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French Comedy Delights At Palm Springs Film Festival

French Comedy Delights At Palm Springs Film Festival

The French usually can be counted on to deliver sexy comedy, gritty drama, and historical biographies with wit, style and flair respectively.  The current French language film (with English subtitles) delighted audiences of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) with France’s Official Foreign Language Oscar Submission “The Intouchables”. This classy little comedy tale of […]

Condom controversy: US porn-makers keen to overturn Measure B law

Condom controversy: US porn-makers keen to overturn Measure B law

Two US porn giants, filmmakers Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions, are suing Los Angeles County over the new law requiring adult movie actors to wear condoms on set. According to porn industry insiders, the new measure is unconstitutional. “Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about,” founder of LA-based Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch, told […]

Cross-country clubbing: ‘Party train’ from California to Las Vegas to open in 2013

Cross-country clubbing: ‘Party train’ from California to Las Vegas to open in 2013

The X-Men superheroes would have definitely liked the idea of taking the comfortable X-train from California to Las Vegas. This one-off “party train” – boasting big screen TVs, recliners and lounges – will soon hit the tracks. The one-stop entertainment vehicle, announced with the name ‘X Train,’ is a $100 million venture by a Nevada […]

Monsanto wins California: GMO labeling law defeated

Monsanto wins California: GMO labeling law defeated

President Obama wasn’t the only big winner on Tuesday: the Monsanto Co. and the billion-dollar business behind genetically modified foods were victorious in California, where a measure that would’ve required the labeling of GMOs lost at the polls. Proposition 37, a state-wide initiative that aimed to increase consumer awareness about the food industry’s growing use […]

San Diego Rep Comedy/Satire “The Exit Interview” Premieres

San Diego Rep Comedy/Satire “The Exit Interview” Premieres

The San Diego Repertory Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, has never shirked from meeting any controversy head on when it comes to presenting politically charged theatrical material to its audiences.  If the Rep’s productions are provocative and probing, so much the better as long as they’re entertaining, is the way I […]

Hollywood Movies Of The ‘30’S From A Different Pov

Hollywood Movies Of The ‘30’S From A Different Pov

Since her breakthrough play “Intimate Apparel” in 2003 (seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 2004), and her Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Ruined” in 2009, playwright Lynn Nottage now makes a 180-degree turn in subject matter with an interesting and provocative serio-comedy entitled “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”.  It just opened at the prestigious […]

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