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Could Robert De Niro be the next Clint Eastwood? Both were workhorse actors for most of their careers, but Eastwood later in life stepped behind the camera and became known more as a prolific director. He has two films this year in awards contention (“Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”) and already has the Oscars to prove it. If “The Good Shepherd” is any indication, then De Niro might not be too far behind. His second directorial effort following “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 is an ambitious project about the beginning of the Central Intelligence Agency and the man chosen... Read More
The announcement has been made and the decision is final. Miss USA, Tara Conner admitted to making a mistake and she has been given a second chance to clean up her act. Of course, the idiots at MADD don’t see it that way. Instead of embracing Miss Conner for her honesty, MADD took the low road and publicly chastised her for her underage drinking. Instead of viewing this as a real-life opportunity to bring a message that everyone makes mistakes, MADD followed in typical liberal stupidity and severed ties with Miss USA, at least for the duration of Miss Conner's reign. While its foundational... Read More
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For a vast majority of the Western world, Santa Claus is an essential figure in our upbringing. I know that, as a child, I’d spend the wee hours of Christmas Eve in my pajamas, on the windowsill, nose pressed hard to the glass, inspired by holiday season, television viewing, desperate to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas clamoring around on our roof top (despite the fact that we did not have a chimney – like every other house nearly astride the Equator). But times have changed. My parents told me that Santa wasn’t real and half hearted, counter-corporate culture activists told me that... Read More
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It's 10:30 pm at the Hotel Cafe, tucked away down a back alley off Cahuenga in Hollywood. A back door opposite a concrete car park is being manned by an uncharacteristically approachable looking doorman. Inside, critically acclaimed, independent, Australian Singer/ Songwriter, Matt Ellis and his band are about to step on stage. It's such a dark, sexy, atmospheric room this one (the only thing thankfully missing is a smoke haze). The deep, wood-paneled walls arranged in that tasteful, art-deco fashion, floorboards underfoot and cast-iron, Moroccan, sculpted spheres - like jewelry hanging from the... Read More
On December 15, 2006, the Reuters News Service reported that the word “macaca” had been named the most politically incorrect word of 2006 by the Global Language Monitor organization. The word was used by Republican Senator George Allen during the run-up to the November mid-term election in reference to a Democratic activist. The word is supposedly a racial, derogatory term, yet prior to its use by Senator Allen, very few people in America had ever heard the term. Research into the etymology of the word reveals “macaca” is a genus of primates which includes the rhesus monkey. No legitimate... Read More
Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing, hearing and feeling Damien Rice in concert at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This concert will forever rank in my top five concert-going experiences. If the opportunity comes your way, I highly recommend checking out Damien Rice and his band in person not just for his amazing integrity in his craft but for the chance to find some peace in whatever makes you sad. I have to admit my love for Damien’s music may be intensified by the manner and timing of which it was introduced to me. Every time I hear his voice or Lisa’s, (female vocalist... Read More
Many Angelenos will start celebrating Hannukah this coming Friday. Here are a few interesting ideas for things to do. For those of you who feel like brushing up on your holiday cooking (and being a little of a couch latke), you might want to check out the Food Network's Sara's Secrets on Thursday December 14th at 10:00am. The show will offer some easy recipes, including Red-Wine Braised Beef Brisket with Horseradish Sauce and Aunt Rifka's Apple Fritters. For those of you caught in 405 traffic on your way to the menorah lighting, you can get into the holiday spirit by tuning into XM Satellite... Read More

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