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May 25, 2017

The Importance of Hydration

by Connor Coman
May 22, 2017

Finding Your Acting Class - An Actor's Guide

by Fran Montano
May 18, 2017

Money and Fame and Very, Very Independent Film

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
May 16, 2017

Build Your Credit Score!

by Lillian Appleby
May 12, 2017

Things to Refresh Your Space

by Christopher Porikos
May 11, 2017

14th Factory

by Raleigh Barrett
May 04, 2017

People Do Go to Jail for Animal Cruelty…YAY!

by Nancy Bianconi
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May 02, 2017

I Dream of Pinky

by Luckie
May 01, 2017

Horoscopes - May 2017

by Maya White
April 27, 2017

Don’t Forget to Love Your Body: Now

by Connor Coman
April 26, 2017

The Best Indie Films

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
April 24, 2017

LAPD North Hollywood - Our Police Captain is a 'Trekkie!'

by Waide Aaron Riddle
April 21, 2017

24 Hours In NoHo

by Jack Witt
April 19, 2017

How is your Mental Equivalent?

by Fran Montano

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If you knew the end of the world was coming, you might want to have a last laugh enjoying This is the End, featuring a whole gallery of current Hollywood A-Listers hilariously playing exaggerated versions (?) of themselves. Seth Rogen stars and co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg this apocalyptic comedy in which Jay Baruchel comes to L.A. to visit old friend Seth and winds up being dragged along to a bacchanal at James Franco’s mansion. As Jay’s discomfort level reaches its peak (he’s not crazy about Seth’s new Hollywood friends, particularly Jonah Hill), he and Seth head out to a convenience store—and lo, the end of the world arrives in the form of explosions, mass chaos and a huge earthquake (which sucks in many game guest stars including Rihanna, Jason Segel and Aziz Ansari), as well as the arrival of some lascivious, murderous, and ravenous monsters. Rogen and Baruchel, along with Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson, take refuge at Franco’s house, and all is semi-well (considering it’s the end of the world) until they’re rudely surprised by Danny McBride, who not only has crashed the party, but proceeds to use up many of their supplies for an exorbitantly wasteful breakfast.

Much of This is the End is seriously funny, as the six stars vie for food (especially the Milky Way bar), attention and affection. All the actors are inspired: if you like Rogen, Robinson, Hill, Baruchel and McBride you won’t be disappointed. Michael Cera also scores, playing himself as so coke and sex-obsessed that an errant light pole barely deters him, while an armed Emma Watson makes a welcome appearance until she takes off with the group’s supplies (as the result of a misunderstanding that goes on a little too long). However it is Franco who especially impresses as a screamingly wealthy, secretive, self-centered version of himself who is obsessed with the idea of sacrificing himself to show what a good friend he is---if not in real life, at least with the proposed sequel to Pineapple Express. The idea of sacrifice in the service of friendship runs throughout the hijinks and the carnage, leading to a satisfying ending…at least for most of the cast.

For some reason, The Internship has been gathering some hostile notices. I hope some reviewers aren’t confusing this second Vince Vaughn/Jared Smith-scripted, Shawn Levy-directed collaboration with last year’s The Watch. I mean, The Watch was grim fare indeed with nary a chuckle among the powerhouse cast. The Internship, which reteams Vaughn with Owen Wilson is another matter altogether: light-hearted, fast-paced, genuinely funny at times, while keeping a smile on your face at other times. Vaughn and Wilson are both at the top of their game as career salesmen who are left in the lurch when their watch company goes under. In the ever-changing world of technology, they’re viewed (by others and themselves) as dinosaurs. Vaughn hits upon the idea of interning for Google, and convinces a wary Wilson to brave a Skype interview and join the ranks of summer interns competing for the rare Google paying job.

Much of The Internship can be seen as formulaic; Vaughn and Wilson have to win over their much younger colleagues, as well as their…younger superiors; there are the inevitable screw-ups; there is the one evil guy who wants to sabotage them (although in a nice moment, he says to Vaughn that he doesn’t have to do a thing-Vince can foul up all by himself); some tentative attempts at romance among the younger and the older set; and the inevitable moment when the guys prove they can still be relevant. However, it’s all good clean fun and features some good supporting turns from Assif Mandvi, Rose Byrne and John Goodman, as well as an amusing cameo from Will Ferrell as a man who makes his living with mattresses.

Now You See Me is a lot of fun indeed-- most of the way through. Four magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher) are maneuvered into joining forces by a mysterious benefactor, and one year later, as a group called “The Four Horsemen”, dazzle audiences in Las Vegas with a trick that seemingly involves using an audience member to rob a bank—in Paris—through teleportation. That the trick succeeds all too well brings them to the attention of the FBI (led by Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent) as well as a professional magic-debunker (Morgan Freeman).

From there, the complications mount, and the sleight of hand continues as characters and motives are not necessarily what they seem. While I enjoyed the various twists and turns (though a little Jesse Eisenberg goes a long way), Now You See Me loses momentum at the moment of its biggest trick, consisting of a twist that many might guess in advance—but without an altogether satisfying payoff.

 

Monday, 10 June 2013 17:10

Music >> “Summertime Music In LA”

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If you’re like me, once summer hits in Los Angeles, live music is a priority to compliment the wonderful weather we get at this time of year.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

Music Review >> Bastille "Bad Blood"

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London based band Bastille are the UK’s next big thing. Their debut album charted in the UK at number 1. Their CD ‘Bad Blood; is a bit of a confusing one. It has a great sound, great vocals and great lyrics, but I get the feeling that they are trying too hard and at times do not come across as authentic.

 

 

 American Dreamers: The Great Gatsby, Pain and Gain

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The American Dream-success, excess, money, more money—is the subject of two very entertaining films attracting the crowds to your local cinemas. The bigger draw is the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, brought to the screen with maximum 3-D (or 2-D if that’s your choice) razzle-dazzle--and a surprising degree of sensitivity by Baz Luhrmann.

Nohoartsdistrict.com is dedicated to promoting local musicians/bands.  Sarah D caught our attention!  Here is what she has to say.... 

Thursday, 02 May 2013 02:24

Music Festivals in Los Angeles

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Kick off the summer enjoying live music.  Check out the festivals below and for more events, visit our calendar

May

CINCO! Hottest Concert Of The Year! 30 Of Social Media's...5 May 2013 at 2:00 PM
CINCO! Hottest Concert Of The Year! 30 Of Social Media's Most Popular Stars
Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA

http://avalonhollywood.com/ai1ec_event/cinco/?instance_id=5100


May 5 2013 at 11:00 AM
30th Annual Topanga Blues Festival
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA) 1419 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard Topanga, CA 90290

http://scbsevents.org/


Starts May 11, 2013
Eat See Hear Festival 2013
Culver City

http://eatseehear.com/music/#.UYH8hLU3uHA

 

May 12, 2013 at 3:00PM
10th Annual Mother's Day Jazz & Blues Extravaganza
Ford Ampitheatre 

http://www.mothersdayjazz.com/Welcome.html

 

June


June 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2013
Ink-N-Iron Festival
Queen Mary – Long Beach

http://ink-n-iron.com/

 

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June 20 & 21 2013 11:00 AM
Vans Warped Tour 2013
Pomona Fairgrounds

http://www.vanswarpedtour.com/bands/


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Playboy Jazz Festival 2013
**** Father’s Day Weekend! ****
Hollywood Bowl

http://www.playboyjazzfestival.com/

 

MARIACHI USA - Hollywood, CAJune 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM
24th Annual Mariachi USA Festival
Hollywood Bowl

http://www.facebook.com/MARIACHIUSA

Friday, 26 April 2013 08:35

Music Review >> James Blake

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Good vocals go with just about any genre and can also save many ill composed songs. Luckily James Blake has not only good vocals, but also good instrumentals to go with it. The London born singer-songwriter and producer has recently released his sophomore album ‘Overgrown’ and just like his debut self-titled release ‘James Blake’ he has taken his talents and shared them with the world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:45

Movie Review >> 42 and The Company You Keep

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Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is at the plate many times in 42, Brian Helgeland’s effective, occasionally rousing film that focuses on Robinson’s first few years in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodger organization.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:48

Music >> Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng, dies at 42

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Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng, has died.

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It’s the End of the World: Olympus Has Fallen, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:41

Movie Review >> DORFMAN IN LOVE

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The wonderful thing about the movie Dorfman in Love, playing at the NoHo 7 theater on Lankershim Boulevard, is that it is an extremely well acted story with quite a few unusual twists.

Friday, 29 March 2013 11:55

British Music Review >> Daughter

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Daughter, originally just the solo work of Elena Tonra, have spent the past few years making a name for themselves, so their debut album was highly anticipated and it is safe to say that they truly lived up to their expectations. ‘If You Leave’ is a wonderful collection of songs from the three piece band.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:37

Music Interview >> Every Time I Die

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"You let your hair grow out," says Andy Williams as we soundcheck for the interview. "You look like a fucking hippie."

Real Magic is Lacking in Oz and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Monday, 11 March 2013 10:53

Movie Review >> Jack the Giant Slayer

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Jack the Giant Slayer reunites the formidable team of Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) for an entertaining spin on the Jack and the Beanstalk/Jack the Giant Killer fairy tales.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 08:56

Band Review >> Glass Battles

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The NoHo Arts District dot Com team likes to showcase the immense talent we have in our growing one-mile neighborhood. We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with North Hollywood band Glass Battles.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 13:03

Album Review >> Bobby Long - "Wishbone"

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The British folk scene is one that is truly thriving at the moment.  Each week it seems that we are introduced to a new fresh-faced artist or act that claim they are going to take the genre further.

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Perhaps you’re sitting home right now, wondering which February release not to see…or you might be consulting the list of Oscar nominees to determine which you should see before Oscar night. Then again, you may just want to catch up on some nice things you (and Oscar) might have missed.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:35

LA Music >> Between the Buried and Me

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It's the last day of the Summer Slaughter tour and things are hectic in Anaheim.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:44

Album Review >> Funeral For A Friend

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Funeral For A Friend has finally released their eagerly anticipated album ‘Conduit’ and things are sounding interesting. This band is without a doubt a huge influence on the current British post-hardcore scene. Their debut CD ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’, was of such high quality it has been said by many that the band have never really matched up to the standard they so highly set themselves. As the albums went on we heard the band start to stray from their roots that started it all, not to say they were any less appealing, they just didn’t seem to have that nostalgia that they possessed in their first record. 

Monday, 28 January 2013 09:05

Movie Review >> Broken City and Quartet

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In Allen Hughes’ modern-day noir throwback Broken City, Mark Wahlberg has big problems: he’s a troubled former NYC cop (after a controversial, incendiary shooting years earlier put him in the crosshairs of ambitious police commissioner Geoffrey Wright and seemingly sympathetic mayor Russell Crowe) ekeing out a living as a private eye.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:56

LA Music Scene >> And So I Watch You From Afar

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"It was surreal being there," bassist Johnny Adger says of touring Europe in 2010 with Them Crooked Vultures. "On the first night, [Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme] introduced themselves to us. I was like 'yeah, I know who you are,'" he laughs.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:54

Movie Review >> Zero Dark Thirty, The Guilt Trip

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Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping Zero Dark Thirty portrays the search for Osama Bin Laden in the aftermath of 9/11, through the eyes of a determined, young, lone-wolf CIA officer (Jessica Chastain)-- and the movie pulls no punches.

Ryan Minic is the creator of Ryan's Rock Show.  Ryan's Rock Show is a daily resource for music news and candid video interviews covering the most relevant bands in the rock music community.

Monday, 07 January 2013 09:08

Music Review >> Shooting Pigeons

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Shooting Pigeons- City of Peace

Manchester alternative rock newcomers Shooting Pigeons have just release their debut EP ‘City of Peace’. Consisting of a mere four tracks, the band really had to focus in on their talents to get people to listen to them; and that is exactly what they did.

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When I first learned that Quentin Tarantino’s next project (after the grand Inglorious Basterds) was going to be the spaghetti western homage Django Unchained, I’ll admit I was a trifle concerned; for every classic A  Fistful of Dollars, there are at least twenty messy spaghetti-o rip-offs with titles like Eat My Lead and Die, Zartana!


When they landed in Philadelphia after an 8-hour flight from France, Hypno5e's bassist Gredin and their light guy were denied entry into the US. "Customs wouldn't let them in," drummer Thibault Lamy says, smoking a hand-rolled cigarette on the front patio at Bonnerhaus.

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln gets off to a shaky start; after (what is for Spielberg) a rather perfunctory Civil War battle scene, various Union soldiers, black and white, talk to a seated, pensive President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) about the war, injustice, equality, and the speech they’ve all taken to heart, …you know, The Gettysburg Address.

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