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04 NEWS U.S. NEWS 04 BLOGS D-DAY 23 BLOGS THE ART OF LOVE 06 FILM THE GREEN HORNET Seth Rogen puts the sting on criminals. 07 FILM THE DILEMMA Will Vince Vaughn turn his best friend’s world upside down? 08 FILM PROJECTIONS 08 FILM TV TIME

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by sam quinones and scott kraft, LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) Piece by piece, details of the weekend rampage in Tucson are beginning to emerge: the heartbreaking tales of people slain on a sun-splashed morning, the courage of those who overpowered the gunman and the state of mind of the suspect himself, a young man who the authorities say had plotted for weeks, and perhaps longer, to assassinate a member of Congress. As the full scope of the tragedy sank in, it also rekindled a national conversation, sparked by the outspoken sheriff of Pima County, about the role that an environment of partisan and vitriolic political discourse did – or did not – play in the shootings. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, was formally charged Sunday with two federal counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and an aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and three counts of attempted murder, of

Campus Circle > News > U.S. News Giffords and two other aides who were injured. Law enforcement officials said Loughner appeared to have prepared his attack on Giffords with some care. The Democratic congresswoman had just begun one of her “Congress on Your Corner” public events outside a grocery store near his home when the shooting began. Loughner had purchased a 9-millimeter Glock semiautomatic pistol at a Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson five weeks ago, and investigators who searched his home over the weekend found, hidden in a safe, two key pieces of evidence – a letter from Giffords thanking Loughner for attending one of her “Congress on Your Corner” events in August 2007 and an envelope that bore the handwritten phrases “I planned ahead” and “My assassination,” the name “Giffords” and what appeared to be Loughner’s signature. Roll, the chief federal judge in Arizona, lived nearby and had come to the event to thank Giffords and one of her aides for helping “resolve issues related to the volume of cases in the District of Arizona,” according to an FBI affidavit filed with the charges. Authorities said Loughner fired 31 bullets from the weapon, hitting at least 20 people. When he paused to reload, he was tackled by two men attending the event. Giffords remained in critical condition late Sunday, doctors said, but they saw her ability to respond to simple commands as a hopeful sign for her recovery. Meanwhile, the investigative focus was on Loughner, who remained in custody but was saying little during questioning. Authorities said Sunday that they now believe he acted alone. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Sunday that while it was premature to discuss motives for the attack, “it appears the target was the congresswoman.” The director called the shootings “an attack on our institutions and an attack on our


GRAD SCHOOL APPS: A GUIDE by denise guerra

Here’s to keeping my fingers crossed. Because you never realize just how stressful graduate applications can be. With three months of my life spent studying and revising essays, and about $295 later, I officially hit send on my graduate application. My process wasn’t perfect, but I can say the experience gave me a moment to examine what I really wanted out of my life, professionally, and who I was as a person. It was also filled me with dizzy anxiety. The most important thing for me to keep in mind during the process was the answer to, why go to grad school? This was the best motivator. Below, I will tell you what helped me alleviate some of the stress, and offer some of my pitfalls that you can learn from. Why so much money? Besides the regular application fee, some colleges also require you to take the GRE. It is the standard test for any grad school and costs $160. I bought and borrowed a bunch of test prep books, but what helped me prepare the most was downloading the computer tutorial from the ETS testing site. The tutorial functions exactly like the real GRE test, so when it came to testing day, I did not need to familiarize myself with the format. Unfortunately, I psyched myself out and decided to extend my testing day another two weeks. You can extend your testing date as long


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way of life.” In a series of disjointed YouTube slide shows Loughner posted in recent weeks, he had railed about government mind control and brainwashing through grammar, proposed a new world currency and complained about illiterate people and “federalist” and “treasonous” laws. Some suggest that Loughner’s remarks about grammar may have been inspired by the teachings of David Wynn Miller, a far-right activist in Milwaukee who has argued that the government uses grammar to control people. Reached by on Sunday, Miller said he agreed with Loughner that the government is brainwashing people by controlling grammar but said any suggestion that his writings inspired the shootings is “ridiculous.” Loughner lived with his parents in a working-class neighborhood about a 10-minute drive from the scene of the shooting. He had dropped out of a Tucson high school after his junior year and attended classes last year at Pima Community College. But he was involved in five “classroom and library disruptions” that were handled by campus police and was suspended in September after posting a video on YouTube claiming that the college was “illegal” under the U.S. Constitution. A letter explaining the decision was delivered to his home by campus police, the school said. Later, in a meeting with campus officials, Loughner withdrew from the school. A YouTube user who appears to be Loughner posted a video in November saying the school was a “torture facility” and its teachers “con artists.” Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day as you’re not doing it within three days of your actual test date. And the fee is $50. Also, give yourself at least a couple of months before your application due date, that way you have plenty of time to retake the test if you’re unhappy with your score. Check with your school on their requirements. I was fortunate enough to have a guide on what exactly my school needed for their application process, right down to what I needed to address on the personal statement. Remember, you want to turn in everything that is required, so inquire with admissions about a checklist or guide of what you need, including where to send transcripts and most important: deadlines! Letters of Recommendation: Be kind to your professors and bosses. They lead busy lives. Make sure to tell them in advance about writing you a letter of recommendation. My application process involved a method of sending letters electronically, so when I sent my inquiry I let the addressee know what to expect in their inboxes. Because it has been almost two years since I graduated, I sent my professors an e-mail inquiry introducing myself, what classes I took and anything special that stood out, like my grade on a project. I thanked them for their time and set a deadline, reminding them I would send a follow-up e-mail a week before the due date. Some professors I didn’t hear from, so I sent follow-up e-mails until I heard from them. This was a really scary time, since I did not want my application to depend on whether or not my professors sent in a letter of recommendation. My advice is to start this part as early as you can. The sooner you get this process over with, the more at peace you will be for the hardest part of your application. The Personal Statement: This is the most important part of your application because this is where you directly speak

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Give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the GRE. to admissions on why you are the perfect candidate for their program. So revise, revise, revise. This is all I did throughout the application process. Perfection is hard to achieve, but you sure can try. Be honest and personal but don’t be too overly dogmatic. Be moderate and politically correct is what I learned. Have friends and colleagues read your essay and give their input. Most important, explain the “how.” I learned that you can’t just tell them you’re motivated: What have you done to show them that you’re motivated? These four items are just the basic necessities. You may have other supplemental materials that you need to submit, but these four were the main meat to all the craziness that surrounded my application process. Now that I’ve finished, all I can do is wait. For those of you starting, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you too.

Become a CAMPUS CIRCLE Fan on Facebook GRAPHICNOVELS Preacher Book 3 (Vertigo) Creator Garth Ennis’ magnum opus follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who is possessed by the godforsaken offspring of an angel and a demon and imbued with the power of the Word of God. Now, with his ex-assassin girlfriend and vampire friend Cassidy, Jesse takes to the road to find an absent God and hold him accountable for his deeds. This beautiful hardcover omnibus includes the spectacular High Plains Drifter-esque origin story of the Saint of Killers. It’s a bloody tale of revenge, damnation and a card game with the Devil. Then, Jesse and company travel to the Big Easy, where we gain some insight into a chapter of Cassidy’s long life and find that he might not be the fun-loving cad he makes out to be. Meanwhile, Arseface is hot on their trail and bent on revenge for the death of his father. Preacher somehow manages to be over-the-top violent, unabashedly profane, constantly inventive and oddly touching. Ennis provides a new introduction. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Preacher Book 3 is currently available.

The Reconcilers (Viking Warrior) The Reconcilers takes place in the year 2165 after a corporate war brought on by dwindling resources. A single corporation with a messianic CEO has taken over through control of Liberty Ore, the only energy source left, found beneath the moon’s surface. The heroes are a ragtag company of drillers

Campus Circle > Culture > Graphic Novels who stumble onto a massive ore find, thus putting themselves in the sights of the powerful corporation. With nations dissolved, the only court of law is a Running Man-esque gladiatorial arena, where disputes are settled in mortal combat. Now, Sean Hexhammer, a miner with a violent past he’d soon rather forget, is the only hope for the band of outmatched misfits. At times, The Reconcilers gets bogged down by too much dialogue, with writer Erik Jensen trying to convey too much on a given page, often resulting in postage-size panels crowded together. However, the world Jensen and his co-creators have shaped offers a lot of possibilities, with a timely subject matter at its core. Comics legend Neal Adams created the cover in addition to lending his editorial insights. Grade: B —Mike Sebastian The Reconcilers is currently available.

What I Did (Fantagraphics) Since the appearance of Hey, Wait…, Jason’s first book to be translated into English, the Norwegian-born artist has remained one of the most distinctive voices in comics. What I Did is the latest omnibus collection of Jason’s work, which collects into a beautiful hardcover volume, Hey, Wait…, Sshhhh! and the long out-of-print The Iron Wagon. Hey, Wait… remains one of Jason’s most affecting stories. It’s a quietly devastating telling of one man’s life, from childhood to death, as he carries around the weight of the accidental death of his close childhood friend. The second entry is told completely without dialogue.

It is one of Jason’s more surreal and mysterious works, full of cosmic irony, cruel twists of fate, tragedy, guilt, loneliness and, of course, Jason’s trademark deadpan humor. The final story is a departure for Jason. It is an atypically talky adaptation of a classic Norwegian novel by Stein Riverton, an ingenious Hound of the Baskervilles-esque supernatural murder mystery. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian What I Did is currently available.

The Wild Kingdom (Drawn & Quarterly) If David Lynch and Rube Goldberg collaborated on an encyclopedia of suburban wild life and then had William Burroughs come in with his cut-up technique, the result might approximate the singular blend of surreal satire, deadpan absurdism and cosmic irony at work in Kevin Huizenga’s The Wild Kingdom. There is no story per say, but rather an amalgamation of vignettes from the life of suburban everyman Glenn Ganges and his quotidian interactions with squirrels and pigeons. In between, bits of slipstream satire invade reality to take surreal swipes at consumer culture, as when Walt Whitman makes an appearance to hock a “tooth-whitening system.” You can breeze through this mostly-wordless book for a droll experience, or you can stop, reread and try to puzzle out its construction. Fans of films like Steven Soderbergh’s Schizopolis will eat it up, while others may just be perplexed. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian The Wild Kingdom is currently available.


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Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green Hornet


Seth Rogen gets the greenlight. by sasha perl-raver In 2007, when word first hit the blog– osphere that Seth Rogen had signed on to write and star in an adaptation of the classic superhero serial, The Green Hornet, the critical response was, if you’ll pardon the pun, rather stinging. Rogen, then best known as the pudgy star of Knocked Up, reportedly beat out A-listers like Jake Gyllenhaal, George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg for the role of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day and masked vigilante, with the help of his kung-fu kick-ass partner, Kato (played by Bruce Lee in the 1960s series and Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou, in an outstanding American debut, in the update), by night. With his dopey Canadian charm, head of mildly tamed Isro curls and less-than-svelte waistline, fanboys flew into an eviscerating blog campaign against Rogen’s casting. In response, the now 28-year-old star admits, “[The fan reaction] was a little surprising. I love the idea! I think it’s going to be a unique and interesting movie, but nerds love complaining. You go on [the Web site for] Ain’t It Cool News, and everybody complains about everything. They could find out Jesus Christ was making a movie with Frank Miller, and they’d say, ‘That’s a terrible combination!’” Adding to the “Seth Rogen as an action star?” frenzy was the addition of Michel Gondry, the visionary director of films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. While some wondered if The Green Hornet would end up being a case of too many wrongs making a right, others feared the film could go down as the biggest mistake in masked crime fighter films since Batman & Robin. But then Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz, fresh from his Oscar win, signed onto the film’s villain role, early screenings proved to have very positive reactions and the film’s one sheet and trailer were greeted online with a new flurry of


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comments that knighted them “awesome.” On a grey Sunday morning, at the film’s press day held on a soundstage on Sony’s lot, the bare walls cast with shafts of green light, Rogen, a slip of his former self, settles into a white plastic chair and says he’s very proud of the film he made and pleased that all the brouhaha has died down. Speaking about the script, which he co-wrote with his Superbad and Pineapple Express partner Evan Goldberg, Rogen says he wanted to break away from the sort of superhero rehashing that has become a staple of Hollywood recently. Rogen says he has “no interest in doing a very literal interpretation of pre-existing material. I see a lot of these comic book movies that come out now and you almost feel that anyone could pick up the first few issues of a comic book, take it to a DP and say, ‘I wanna shoot this,’ and six months later you have the origin story of most superheroes. That really didn’t interest us in any way.” After signing on, Rogen and Goldberg began by going back to the radio programs and film serials that began the series and inspired the comic books. “In the beginning phases, we did a ton of research, just to accumulate ideas. The way we write is, we start by making tons of lists of ideas and thoughts and things we’d like to include in the movie. We tried to listen to almost all the radio serials. They’re a little outdated, I guess. Back then just hearing footsteps for 30 seconds straight was really suspenseful and interesting. The creaking of a door opening was real cinema at that time, but it’s a little hard to sit through hours of it at this point, for me anyway. But I’m very stupid,” he laughs. “We tried to include ideas from all these things, little tips of the hat to the previous incarnation of it.” Once they had the basis for their story, Rogen and Goldberg felt it was paramount to inject their own sensibilities and senses of humor into the tale, yet at the same time maintain “the things we love about superheroes and comic books ourselves. It was very appealing that there were a few iconic things that people knew about the Green Hornet: Kato, the car, the gas gun, Lenore – but that’s pretty much it. That kind of stuff, we knew we wanted to include, but it was fun because we could integrate them into the story however we wanted and reintroduce them in a way that was organic to our characters and not the previous versions of things.” The Green Hornet is a film that is very meta. While most superhero stories ignore the existence of the genre, Britt begins the film with a caped crusader doll in hand and often talks about what being a superhero means.

“To us, the thought was, ‘Who’s the guy who’s likely to become a superhero?’” Rogen offers. “Probably someone who reads comic books and is a comic book fan, or is, at least, aware of them. But in the writing we kind of wanted to subvert notions that are in a lot of these comic book movies and that you would find in a lot of early origin stories of comic book characters. I think to play with those ideas, you have to be very aware of what they are in the first place, that they exist and acknowledge them to some degree. We wanted to dance on the line between being a comic book movie and commenting on a comic book movie.” Of course, you can’t have a superhero without a supervillain, and that’s where Waltz, playing Chudnofsky, a criminal in the throes of a midlife crisis, comes in. But unlike most antagonists, Rogen says, “We wanted the villain to be sympathetic. Our fixation wasn’t how to make this guy scary; we wanted more than anything to intellectually understand why anyone would be so fascinated with killing another person. That’s how we approached it. We wanted it to be funny and when we saw Christoph’s previous work [in Inglourious Basterds], it had elements of danger but, at the same time, was very entertaining and had funny parts. That’s why we thought he would be a good guy to do it.” Although Rogen describes The Green Hornet as an action movie, comedy was always paramount, even in raging fight scenes and gun battles. “I always thought it was funny,” Rogen grins, “in, like, the old ‘A-Team’ TV show how they’d shoot 400 people and none of them would die. If you’re going to make a violent action movie, you might as well just go for it.” Asked if he was ever concerned about the amount of brutality in the film, Rogen shakes his head. “It’s not explicit, it’s not in any way meant to inspire people to try something similar or instill horrific images, it’s all for the point of fun and big action. It’s funny [Evan and I] watched a lot of action movies leading up to this and what we were fascinated by was how many people die in our average action movie. Like in Transformers, Optimus Prime getting thrown through one building would kill four thousand people and there’s no mention of it, no one cares, no one says anything.” The actor goes on to reveal that at one point Gondry wanted a dog to be killed during a fight scene and that was where morality took over. “You can’t do that! My girlfriend would never let me kill a dog. You can’t kill a dog!” he says emphatically. Asked about other lines not to be crossed, like the very thin one between comedy and parody, Rogen ponders a moment. “It’s a hard rule to articulate. You just had to be aware that the comedy had to come from the characters, it should all feel real and you shouldn’t feel like you’re being funny for the sake of being funny but that it was something that would actually happen with these people. We tried to approach the structure of the story in a somewhat traditional action movie sense and it was just how the characters related to one another that we hoped the humor would come from. But I remember, with the car, we were like, ‘Inspector Gadget’s car is too far.’ That was our benchmark. We were like, ‘When it starts to become like Inspector Gadget’s car, we’ve gone too far. We’ve crossed the line.’ Little things like that we’d come up with, mostly arbitrarily and we’d break those rules constantly. But it was just fun to say, more than anything.” Now that fans seem to have gotten behind Rogen as an action star and anticipation is mounting for The Green Hornet’s release, you have to wonder if Goldberg and Rogen held onto any choice ideas for a Green Hornet 2 script. But Rogen quickly shoots down that query with his signature guffaw. “No,” he laughs. “We’re not the kind of writers to save ideas. If it’s remotely good, we shove it in there. Nor are we confident enough to assume there’ll be a sequel.” The Green Hornet releases in theaters Jan. 14.

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THE Dilemma

Ron Howard returns to comedy. The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, is about Ronny Valentine (Vaughn) and Nick Brannen (James), business partners and best friends since college who are both with women way too hot for them (Vaughn is paired with Jennifer Connelly, James with Winona Ryder.). But when Ronny discovers his best friend’s wife is having an affair with a loose cannon named Zip (Channing Tatum), he finds himself in the unenviable position of deciding whether or not to spill the beans to his friend, who, he discovers, has a few secrets of his own. Ron Howard, who directed and produced the film along with his longtime collaborator and Imagine Entertainment co-founder, Brian Grazer, was at a dinner party in Rome during the filming of Angels & Demons when he and Grazer first struck upon the idea for The Dilemma. “Brian started talking about these crazy scenarios,” Howard recalls. “One of them was, ‘What would you do if there was somebody you cared a lot about, say, your best friend, and you spotted his spouse cheating?’ He said that this idea popped in his head, ‘What if I saw Ron’s wife kissing a guy somewhere? What would I do, and what would be my process in figuring out when and how to tell him?’” The dinner table erupted in conversation, and soon everyone was enthralled by the “What would you do?” aspect of the query. By the time the plates had been cleared, Howard and Grazer knew they had the basis of a new film, one that would mark their return to comedy after a decade of dramas such as The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind. A few months later, during a meeting, Grazer presented the same quandary to Vaughn, who had a similarly impassioned reaction. The star, who also produced the film with Grazer, says, “When I met with Brian, what I connected to was the idea of how you get the information to your friend without destroying him, and, in the process, losing him as a friend.” Despite the gravity of the situation, Vaughn explains the potential for comedy was intrinsic to such a fraught predicament because of the internal push-pull. “For me, it wasn’t about whether I should tell him or not. It was about watching someone burdened with the knowledge of what’s going on and the struggle to figure out how and when to tell him. It’s fun to watch a character go through this because you know he has to tell his best friend, but how do you do that? It’s easier said than done, and the dilemma becomes how does one friend navigate it and cause the least amount of damage possible?” “Questions of infidelity certainly play a part in this story,” Howard adds, “but it also boils down to trust, truth and how much we tell our best friends and loved ones. It makes you think about how much we trust the people who we are closest to.” While the concept could have veered into dark, sad, dramatic waters, the inclusion of Vaughn and Howard ensured it would stay firmly on a light, humorous path. “When we were developing the script, people said, ‘This story sounds like a Ron Howard comedy,’” recalls Vaughn. “It felt good to be part of something that brought him back to comedy. Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon and Parenthood are all classics and just fun movies. In a Ron Howard film, you’re going to get sophistication without pretension. He has a great understanding of human behavior and an elegant way of revealing a story that’s not self-indulgent and is very accessible.” In turn, Howard heaps praise on his star. “The Dilemma is told almost entirely from Ronny’s point of view. I don’t think there is anyone in modern comedy

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Director Ron Howard and Vince Vaughn on the set of The Dilemma who audiences would rather see playing a character caught between a rock and a hard place than Vince.” “Vince has this everyman quality that women love and guys aspire to,” says Grazer. “Whether one of his characters is telling you he’s considering breaking up with his longtime girlfriend or he’s struggling to balance being a dad and a husband, he allows us to explore the rough patches in our lives in funny ways. Through Vince, we see a heightened comic reality of our own lives. I’ve met very few actors who have that ability.” Another exceptional Vaughn quality is his ability to riff, and ad-libbing became an integral part of the filmmaking process. “Vince and I had an open communication because I knew what he could bring to the process as an improvisational actor,” says Howard. “He is also great about getting what’s in the script. Vince is a creative guy who understands the whole story and doesn’t want to completely rely on improv. For him, improv is the bonus round that may or may not work, but the script has to be great first; he’s disciplined about that.” With Vaughn’s considerable comedic talents and given that the film’s nucleolus is a bromance, the casting of his counterpart was a tricky prospect, until the filmmakers brought in James. “From the first time they met, Vince and Kevin created a great onscreen partnership,” Howards says. “Audiences love to see them when their characters are not necessarily at their best, but are very likable and have this goodness about them. Kevin makes comedy seem so easy, and it comes from a place of absolute honesty. What’s interesting is that he’s at his funniest when he’s upset, vulnerable or misbehaving a bit. Kevin is easygoing, and Vince is extremely verbal and analytical; it is a great combination.” “I’ve always been a fan of Kevin’s work,” adds Vaughn. “Not only is he hilarious, but he makes it so easy to root for him. He is very genuine and has a warmth and sincerity in all of his performances. On this project I feel like I made a great friend who will be around beyond this film.” James calls his decision to sign onto The Dilemma “a no-brainer. I have always enjoyed Ron’s films, and Vince is someone I’ve looked up to and wanted to work with because he constantly makes me laugh. It was easy to fall into the best friend dynamic of our characters.” To fill the role of Ronny’s girlfriend, Howard turned to Jennifer Connelly, who won an Academy Award for her work in the Imagine production, A Beautiful Mind. In recent years, Connelly has staked her claim on more brooding material

and might not have been an obvious choice for this sort of romp, but Howard felt it wasn’t “her responsibility to bring the laughs. The character is supposed to make you feel the stakes involved in the story and what there is to lose. Despite that, it’s still a playful movie and a terrific opportunity for Jennifer to show another side of herself. She is whip-smart, very dry and funny, and I was really pleased with what she brought to the role.” “Ron is an invested filmmaker,” Connelly offers. “No matter what kind of project he is doing, he’s meticulous, professional and cares about his performances. He’s also a great storyteller.” Asked about the shift from a Howard drama to a Howard comedy, Connelly insists, “Ron’s the same guy. I didn’t really notice a different approach between doing a drama and a comedy [with him].” The lynchpin of The Dilemma is Geneva, Nick’s philandering wife, played by Winona Ryder, who’s been heavily on the comeback trail following her 2001 shoplifting arrest and subsequent five-year on-off hiatus from acting, with her recent appearances in Star Trek and Black Swan. “I have always been a fan of Winona Ryder’s work,” says Howard. “She dazzled us and won the role. It’s an unexpected turn for her, and she was excited and challenged by it.”  “The script made me laugh out loud, which is rare for me,” Ryder reveals. “It was funny, but it also had real depth and heartbreak in it, which made for a nice balance.” As for her director, she decrees, “Ron is the complete package. He is very compassionate and honest and has a great way of giving direction that makes you feel safe. He motivates you and gets so much out of you.” Perhaps it’s because of his experience as a director of all genres that gives Howard his edge when he steps on to the set. “There are many moments in the film where you feel like you’re on the edge of your seat and you want to find out what’s going on with the characters,” James explains. “A lot of times, the more serious the moment, the bigger release of the comedy.” But Howard simply sees filmmaking as his job and reacts to any praise with an “aw-shucks” sincerity that’s pure Opie. “It’s been 12 years since I focused on making a comedy, and it was flattering and encouraging that comedic actors on the level of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James were interested in my ideas.” The Dilemma releases in theaters Jan. 14.

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GOLDEN GLOBE FOREIGN LANGUAGENOMINEE SERIES Now-Jan. 15 @ Aero and Egyptian Theatres by candice winters Screw the resolutions television ads inflict upon our conscience. I don’t have any habits I’d like to change, but thanks again Weight Watchers for that tempting offer. Even if I did need to join the crowd flooding Gold’s Gym this time of year, I know that hitting up the weights probably wouldn’t happen. You know why? Because the turning of the new year also officially marks the start of awards season, the few months where I have to sit in a dark room or on my couch to catch up on the few films I have yet to see this year. And what a year it has been. Let’s start with the best of 2010. On my list that I have limited to five (in no particular

Campus Circle > Film > Projections order): The Social Network, True Grit, Black Swan, The King’s Speech and Inception. If I had to pick my favorite, I think David Fincher’s The Social Network about 20-something billionaire Mark Zuckerberg would win out over all the others. It may not be quite so true to real life, but Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is genius, and the over-the-top drama is all we want anyways. I give myself a few honorable mentions this time of year too, so I don’t have to feel like a complete Hollywood snob. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Easy A, Let Me In and Kick-Ass are four films that may not have done nearly as well as they deserved. Although it seems to be the age of superheroes and the revamp of teen comedies, these were somehow overlooked by audiences, particularly Let Me In and Kick-Ass, both of which starred Chloe Moretz who rocks as leading lady, even at the tender age of 13. There were, as always, some really terrible films as well. If I could speak on behalf of audiences everywhere, I would like to officially say that our resolution is to quit making films like Valentine’s Day or The Bounty Hunter. The summer comedy Grown Ups was brought to the big screen only because big names like Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Rock agreed to spend a week out of their busy filming schedule to make the horrifying flick and get paid handsomely in the process. But my hopes are still high for 2011, our last year to prove ourselves worthy before John Cusack must save us from the apocalypse in 2012. First up, the Golden Globes, which are often viewed as a precursor to the Academy Awards. Many Globe winners have gone on to win the Oscar, so this award ceremony is a big one for nominees in every film category. If you are like the majority of the American public, foreign films may not be on your radar. Co-presented with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, American Cinemateque is featuring their “Golden Globe Foreign


Any particular challenges or joys? Whenever I walked on to that set, I knew I had to bring my A game. Every day was a new challenge for me, and it definitely helped me become a better actress. What was the biggest lesson you learned? I learned that no matter what is going on around the set you have to stay focused on your job. Focus is key. What places do you frequent in Los Angeles? Probably my favorite restaurant in L.A. is Midori Sushi on Ventura Boulevard. I eat there at least once a week. I also love getting a group of friends together and going to the movies! “Big Love” Season 5 premieres Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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Language-Nominee Series” through Jan. 15 at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres. Each night (as of Jan. 11), one of the five nominated films will be screened. Biutiful from Mexico and Spain, The Concert from France, The Edge from Russia, I Am Love from Italy and In a Better World from Denmark are the five nominees and five excellent films that should make it on everyone’s list of the best of 2010. The week of foreign films will culminate on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for the Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Seminar. The event includes a free roundtable seminar with the directors of the five nominated films and is moderated by Mike Goodridge of Screen International. So instead of investing in that gym card that will only collect dust in the center compartment of your car, get a little culture and prep for the next few months of filmic glory. I don’t need to be told twice. For more information, visit


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What’s it like working on “Big Love”? Cassi Thomson: Working on “Big Love” has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I feel so honored and blessed to have had the chance to work with such a talented group of people.

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Now-Jan. 23 @ The Pantages Theatre Last night I checked out the Public Theater’s new production of “Hair.” From the moment my guest and I walked into the theater to take our seats, the energy was electrifying. The audience was anxious for the performances to begin. As soon as the curtain dropped, madness ensued. The show is about a tribe of close friends who sing about love, peace and freedom, protest war and rebel against authority. There is a whole lot of hippie loving, pot smoking, touchy-feely going on, and by the intermission everyone on stage had taken off his or her clothes. Yes, they all have brilliant voices, but their bodies are just as impressive. The music composed by Galt MacDermot is fantastically catchy. I can’t seem to get the songs “Aquarius” and “Hare Krishna” out of my head. The performers, led by Berger (Steel Burkhardt), had unbelievable amounts of energy, running up and down the aisles, jumping on random seats in the audience and grabbing innocent theatergoers from their seats to give them hugs. Although the plot was a bit confusing to follow, it was so fun! The highlight of the night was Josh Lamon as Margaret Mead. Let’s just say the man (in drag) had brilliant comedic timing. The lighting design by Kevin Adams and the scenic design by Scott Pask were colorful and vibrant, complementary to the chaos happening on stage. I really loved the fun costumes designed by Michael McDonald, full of bell bottoms, tiny shorts, flowy dresses and tiny tops, and the long hairstyles and afros. Fans of this musical will be quite pleased with this production. You are guaranteed a crazy time with fantastic music. —Ximena Herschberg The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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Oliver Stone returns to the financial industry with Michael Douglas reprising his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Shia LaBeouf plays an up-and-coming stock trader who teams with the disgraced Gekko to warn the industry of the coming economic disaster. Emma Stone garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Easy A, a high school update of The Scarlet Letter. When Stone tells a white lie about losing her virginity, she soon finds herself an outcast, until she decides to use her newfound status to her advantage.

The Vault: How To Get Ahead in Advertising, Bruce Robinson’s (Withnail & I) ballsto-the-wall attack on the 1980s advertising industry, is one of the best satires of the last 30 years. It follows a hotshot ad exec who becomes blocked when he has to come up with a campaign for a zit cream. As pressure mounts, he finds that he has grown a very inconvenient second head. America is bankrupt and the only recourse for President Chet Roosevelt (John Ritter) is to hold a telethon in Americathon (1979). Elvis Costello, Meat Loaf and Jay Leno make cameos in this long out-of-print satire now available online through the Warner Archives.

Under the Radar: How much, if any, of Catfish is real? Does it matter? The filmmakers stand by their claim that the film is a straight documentary, but not everyone is convinced. The film is spellbinding either way. It follows a young New York photographer who strikes up a friendship with a family over Facebook – but not everything is as it seems. Bitter Feast is a blackly comic thriller about a disgraced chef who kidnaps the critic who sank his career and forces him to prepare deceptively simple dishes, dispensing punishment for anything less than perfection. Also available: Love Hurts, The Hessen Conspiracy The Idiotbox:

“The Ricky Jervais Show” is a hilarious animated adaptation of the British comic’s popular podcast, which features “The Office” creator and his two wacky friends musing on life’s big questions, like monkeys in space. The Complete First Season is now available. Emmy-winning miniseries The Temptations chronicles the rise of the group from the streets of Detroit to Motown legends. Adapted from the book by founding member Otis Williams, the series features beloved hits and great performances. Toni Collette returns in her Emmy-winning role in United States of Tara: The Second Season. Collette plays a housewife with dissociative identity disorder. Along with juggling domestic crises, she has to contend with the multiple personalities living in her head, including two new additions. Bill Paxton leads a stellar cast, including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Harry Dean Stanton in Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season. The series follows a modern-day polygamist as he juggles three families while launching a Mormon-friendly casino and a possible run for state senate. Archer: The Complete Season One is FX’s take on an Adult Swim-esque oddball humor cartoon. Lampooning spy movies and office politics, it’s a hilarious look at petty secret agents. There are more pranks and parties in Greek: The Complete Third Season, as the students of Cyprus-Rhodes University deal with the fallout from the “End of the World Party.” Academic pressures collide with romance drama in this ABC Family series. If you’re more into the Bret Easton Ellis kind of college experience, travel across the pond with BBC’s Skins: Volume 4, which follows a group of hedonistic British undergrads.

Blu Notes: Jean-Pierre Melville made a slight departure from his typical noir milieu to craft a masterful view inside the French Resistance in Army of Shadows (Criterion Collection) now on Blu-ray. The result is never less than riveting.




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It’s hard being Hilarious. by candice winters Screw being green, it’s harder being funny. Have you ever tried telling jokes? I don’t mean to a group of people at a family gathering or in your overpriced apartment with your roommates. To get on a stage by yourself and tell one long and continuous and often unrelated story, and to make a correlation between everything you say – that’s some brutal work that isn’t for the faint of heart. Comedy is one of the toughest and most cutthroat industries in this town, and if you can’t take the heat, get off the stage. A-list actress Rachel Weisz is not a comedian in the professional sense, but she has said, “Comedians don’t have the kind of narcissism that actors have. They’re writers who perform their own material. It’s more interesting. And they’re sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone.” One such risk-taker started doing stand-up in 1984. He made it to open mic night for the first time and only managed to wrangle a couple minutes worth of material for an unimpressed audience, despite the fact that he was allotted a whopping five minutes for his routine. Rough start doesn’t really cover it. Living and working in Boston, Mass., he was so ashamed of his first attempt that he didn’t try again for another two years. Like all great success stories, he did try again and again and again until he won the audience’s approval and became an important part of the Boston stand-up scene. His name is Louis C.K., and if you haven’t heard of him, then you are really missing out on something hilarious. Born Louis Szekely in Washington, D.C., he was raised for the first seven years of his life in Mexico City. Don’t be fooled by his looks, he’s not your ordinary white man. His first language was, in fact, Spanish, and he still maintains his Mexican citizenship. He moved with his mother at the age of 10 to Newton, Mass., a suburb of Boston, when his parents divorced. Before taking up stand-up, C.K. worked as an auto mechanic. Luckily for the comedy-loving world, he gave standup another whack and was much more successful than his first attempt. He moved to New York City, the city of people aspiring to make some sort of name for themselves, and he appeared on numerous televised comedy shows including MTV’s “1/2 Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip Live” and even “Star Search.” Throughout the ’90s, Louis C.K. worked like a mother trucker, making short films, writing his own material and performing anywhere that would pay. His second successful short film was called Ice Cream and was accepted to both the Sundance Film Festival and the MOMA’s New Directors/ New Films Series. It is still shown frequently on Bravo and IFC. The real turn in his career came when he made his television comedy writing debut. In 1993, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” hired him to be a member of the original writing staff. He worked for two years and helped launch the show and its star talent, who went on to become the country’s late-night favorite. O’Brien gave him some shine back by showcasing Louis as the first stand-up comedian to perform on the show. In 1995, C.K. performed on “Late Show with David Letterman.” Dave liked him so much that he hired Louis as a writer, and he worked there for three months. However, he jumped immediately to “The Dana Carvey Show” where he was the producer and head writer.


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Louis C.K.’s latest comedy special, Hilarious, was filmed in Milwaukee, Wis. As if he didn’t have enough experience to write a book about, in 1996 he was brought on as a producer and writer on “The Chris Rock Show” on HBO. His work on this show scored him three Emmy nominations, including a win for Best Writing in a Variety or Comedy Series in 1999. Born from his work with Rock was a feature film based on the sketches the two did together. C.K. wrote and directed Pootie Tang which, despite negative reviews from critics, became a cult classic. He also co-wrote two screenplays with Rock, Down to Earth (2001) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007). Where to you go from here, from this point of so much experience and prosperity? Where all good comedians always go back to: stand-up. Amidst getting married and having two kids, C.K. starting making his rounds to comedy festivals in American and Canada. Although he had several failed or never distributed sitcoms, he wrote, executive produced and starred in a sitcom pilot for FX that opened in 2010 entitled “Louie.” Going back on to the stage seemed seamless for C.K., who had such a rocky start with stand-up. He’s had several one-hour specials including Louis C.K.: Shameless and Louis C.K.: Chewed Up; the latter won him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He has a YouTube channel, and if you want a good look at the type of humor C.K. pulls, you should check out some of his clips. Be warned, Louis C.K. is not a light comic. He doesn’t go with the easy jokes, or the ones that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. C.K. makes the hard jokes, the ones you make to yourself but you’re sure are inappropriate. He is a ginger-haired white man who uses his Caucasian race to his advantage. “How many advantages can one person have? I’m a white man!” It’s the punch line for many of his skits and jokes, and it hits the audience square in the face, but, like I said, these are the jokes that we’re thinking, but unable to say. In particular, C.K. has a story about going to perform

to an all-black audience in Hollywood. Based on his name and previous work (particularly Pootie Tang and several collaborations with Rock), producers of the comedy festival assumed he was African American. Needless to say hilarity ensues, at least the way he views his experiences. His newest special Louis C.K.: Hilarious opens softly and gently enough. C.K. makes his way from the car to the stage where a large crowd greets him with uproarious applause. He opens with a feeble line about saying hello to everybody, and then clarifying what ‘everybody’ entails. But then when he gets going, there’s no stopping him. He jumps right into his recent divorce and the happiness it brings to every recently divorced man. It is his network television premiere special, and Louis C.K. seems to go where most comedians go with age. Long gone are the jokes of singledom, married life horror tales or anything else men do in their 20s. C.K. takes on some new frontiers, like the much-hated aging process, life as a single father, a divorcee and his politically incorrect views of human behavior. Filmed at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wis., Louis C.K.: Hilarious is his third one-hour stand-up live concert film. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010 as the first stand-up concert film presented at Sundance. C.K. directed the film and received promising reviews across the board. Louis C.K.: Hilarious DVD is out now, and it’s uncensored and uncut, with over 40 minutes not aired on network television. He is still ‘shameless,’ though he doesn’t seem ‘chewed up’ any longer. Instead, he is just plain hilarious with a capital H. He doesn’t have any gimmicks, and once you get into his type of humor, you may not be willing to revert to watching any other stand-up comics. Louis C.K.: Hilarious is currently available. For more information, visit





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Bradley Henderson wheels ’em in. by stephanie forshee Jumping through hoops to please other people is precisely what San Francisco native Bradley Henderson is up to these days. On the U.S. tour of the acrobatic sensation “Traces,” Henderson and six other performers are set to wow audiences, just as they have done so worldwide. The tour is making its way to Los Angeles after its first stop in Chicago. With an outrageous combination of skateboarding, hoop diving, wall climbing and piano and guitar playing, the performers keep the action alive on stage. “It’s action packed, from the very start of the show,” says Henderson. “People don’t really know what’s going on. It’s kind of chaotic. People are just flying everywhere.” Henderson explains that while there is not necessarily a solid plot in “Traces,” the show holds meaning nonetheless. “We’re just trying to touch the audience in any way we can and really express ourselves,” tells Henderson. “We only have an hour and a half to really show the audience everything we can show them.” “Throughout the entire show, we use whatever there is on stage, whether it’s drawing chalk on each other or on the floor or even telling audience members about who we are in everyday life,” explains Henderson. Henderson was part of the original cast for four years and now, after a year of resting up, he’s returned to the

Campus Circle > Culture > Theater “Traces” family. In the show, he performs his specialty entitled “Wheel” where he spins by shifting his weight inside a metal wheel similar to a quarter spinning on a table. His specialty has been in the works for a number of years. He worked on it at the National Circus in Montreal for two years, and he’s been performing the “Wheel” with “Traces” and impressing audiences ever since. After practicing the technique in school, he went on to work with director Gypsy Snider, who helped him build a number for the show to a Blackalicious song. Henderson’s talents came after years of practice and training. From the age of 9 to 18 he recalls dedicating at least a couple hours of practice every other day to learning skills like Chinese hoop diving and Chinese pole climbing. “Everybody in the show is an amazing acrobat, but maybe they hadn’t touched upon certain things like Chinese background disciplines that I had been doing since I was really young,” says Henderson. The seven artists in the show survived a five-month station process for show training. “All of the performers have been training since they were young, but they [had to learn] their specific apparatuses for this show,” says Henderson. “They were acrobats with separate specialties that they had to offer for the show, but they had to also learn about their new apparatus.” “We had a skateboard section in the show, so they had to learn how to skateboard with a coach for five months, and they had to learn how to climb the poles and dive through hoops,” he continues. Henderson loves the entire show, but admits he has one favorite part that really gets his adrenaline going. “At the very end, when we’re doing hoop diving, it’s just a really fun number for me, because it’s action packed and



Jan. 19-Feb. 6 @ White Big Top, Burbank by stephanie forshee The largest big top in the world is in town, but it’s not the circus. It’s better. It’s the dream world brought to you by Cirque du Soleil founding member Normand Latourelle titled “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Human.” “Cavalia” is the place where horses can roam free and interact with humans just like in a fantasy world. “It’s moving to watch,” says Latourelle. “It’s like when you dream. You dream about color. You dream about happiness. You dream about fun. That’s what the show is all about.” “Cavalia” was last in Los Angeles in 2004, but only one performer and four horses from that cast remain today. “The show is designed around the horses, so I can say we’ve changed at least 50 percent of the show,” says Latourelle. “So people will recognize the philosophy behind it, but a lot of the show has been totally changed.” “From one show to the other, there’s a lot of improvisation. I can’t say it’s a new show because it’s the same design, but it’s almost a new show,” he says. What’s really fascinating about this fantasy world is the work it requires. The show is quite the spectacle. Whereas many touring shows must be prepared to set up the day of, “Cavalia” needs an entire month of preparation and a week to


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Bradley Henderson jumps through hoops in “Traces.” you really have the feeling that time is running out,” he says. “The music really pumps you up,” he goes on. “It’s the last number of the show and the audience is with you and you give it everything you got. It’s a powerful number. It’s very fun.” But with all of these performers diving through hoops and pulling all sorts of stunts the entire hour and a half for eight shows a week, doesn’t it get dangerous? “I’ve been pretty lucky. I haven’t had any severe injuries where I’ve had to stop the show,” shares Henderson. “Maybe I had to adapt the show a little bit if I had a sprained ankle or a sprained wrist, but I’ve never had to miss a show. At the moment, I’m just trying to do the shows and survive. It’s fun, but it’s hard work too.” “Traces” runs through Feb. 20 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Culture > Theater dismantle. The L.A. site is made of concrete, so the tour has brought in 2,5000 tons of dirt to create the scene. “The stage is the playground for the horse,” explains Latourelle. “They need space to run and to enjoy themselves. They don’t come into a small, confined area like you see in the circus. They come into a big, large area like a playground.” Making it the largest touring show in the world, “Cavalia” tours with approximately 100 semi-trailers, 50 horses and nearly 40 human performers – riders, aerialists, dancers, musicians, acrobats and a vocalist. The humans and horses alike have all trained at the company’s ranch in Quebec for months. “We have to train the riders to become acrobats, and we have to train the acrobats to become riders or trainers of the horses,” explains Latourelle. But there’s more to the training than just the physical elements. “We train the people, and they have to understand that. The acrobats are not used to the horses, and they have to understand the horse before they go on stage. And they have to have a real relationship with the horse,” says Latourelle. The horses have to trust the humans also. Latourelle prides himself on never forcing the horses; he tries to give them as much freedom as possible. “We’re trying to show the bond between human and horses. Our way is gentle and subtle. It requires a lot of time and patience, but that’s why the horses are happy on the stage. We don’t force them. We bring them in slowly so they do what they wish they will do,” explains Latourelle. Even if Latourelle can’t control everything the horses do, he admits he doesn’t want to. “Sometimes the horse is stubborn and doesn’t do what we taught it to do, but sometimes it’s more beautiful than what

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Watching “Cavalia” is like being in a dream. we wanted it to do.” Nonetheless, “Cavalia” is set to tour for many years to come. “There’s so much territory we haven’t covered, and it’s so successful, so we’ll keep it on the road,” tells Latourelle. It’s been so successful that Latourelle even has a second version of “Cavalia” in the works, set to launch in August 2011. “It’s going to be a totally different show. It’s too soon to explain, but people are going to be surprised,” he boasts. “The horses will have more liberty and be totally free, no saddles.” Latourelle is excited to return to Los Angeles. He originally brought “Cirque du Soleil” here in 1987 and, of course, “Cavalia” in 2004. “Coming back is like a big treat for myself,” he says. White Big Top is located at 777 N. Front St., Burbank. For more information, visit


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JON ANDERSON Yes, he’s still in the spotlight. by david Tobin The history of contemporary music goes back for most of us to the classical age, when baroque styles influenced the sounds people moved to in grand ballrooms. Over the years, it changed and made its way into small shacks in the South where blues was born. It spread across European countries in a ska-like beat, and in some places it evolved into its own entity. For years we have been inundated by sounds that make us feel emotions we weren’t sure we were capable of, and there are a select few that have come across each decade to give us a chance to experience their abilities not only once, but in several incarnations. Jon Anderson is best known for his work with the band Yes. Their hit song “Roundabout” is a staple of many music classrooms and the plethora of hits rest nicely on rock ’n’ roll charts all over the world, but it’s what this legendary musician is doing now that has got everybody’s attention. “I work with a couple dozen people by way of the Internet. I’ll sing melodies and lyrics, and we co-create. I’m working with people in Italy, Australia, Romania, France, England, L.A. and New York. You co-create with these people and you don’t even meet them,” Anderson explains. “You don’t all need to be in the same room. I’ve been there; I’ve done that stuff. So why not use modern technology to cocreate now? I’ve been freed from the band routine into a

larger world of music.” This idea has been around for years, and in some cases has led to huge success; just look at the Postal Service. And with that idea comes the next level: Anderson’s own Internet radio station filled with artists who have had the ability to collaborate with him and others. His Facebook page has over 20 pieces of music covering a wide range that inspires tons of new musicians, old and young. “On HDNet you can see the San Antonio Youth Orchestra, and here in San Luis Obispo there’s a group of musicians, I’m working with them. Teenagers, I enjoy working with them, they are very open. They are still happy about life and aren’t beaten up by the business. A lot of musicians are about the money, where the kids are about the music.” This kind of mentality and realizing that the youth are the ones pushing music forward from their souls shows the relevance of a musician like Anderson even 40 years after his first songs hit the airwaves. But it’s not just his insight to work with the youth or use technology to push music further, it’s also the understanding that he doesn’t have to be associated with one type of music. “Recently I was asked to have my vocals used on Kanye West’s new album. I did it, and it sounds great. People are going to hear my voice and wonder who that Jon Anderson fella is, so I’m happy to see what comes of it.” It’s that kind of thinking that has allowed Anderson to still be an important figure in music: the willingness to try new things and see what can come from working with artists of all backgrounds. “You caught me at an interesting time. I’m collaborating with a range of musicians – bands up here in San Luis Obispo and others around the world. We’re trying to do something a bit more adventurous. Keep it upbeat. Like Paul Simon

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opened up the whole African side of things. There’s so much music out there, there’s so many people out there. You sit and watch people play and it shouldn’t be restricted by record companies, the radio or pop music. That’s a lot of rubbish. They have to make music from their heart.” It’s a pleasure talking to artists like this. They not only have proved they can create hits, but they still get it. Instead of resting on past success, people like Anderson have chosen to grow and evolve, and in turn, have continued to create something new. To sample a bit of this in true form, pick up the The Living Tree, Anderson’s new album with Rick Wakeman, or his album set to drop later this year titled Survival and Other Stories. The Living Tree is currently available. For more information, visit


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Jan. 7 @ The Key Club Right from the start, it was nothing but pure, legitimate and thrilling West Coast hip-hop tracks. Composed of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, Tha Dogg Pound provided a night of genuine rap for the packed house at the Key Club, which featured guest appearances by DJ Quik, Roscoe, King T, MC Eiht, CMW, Jayo Felony, Dresta, Battlecat, Ras Kass, Taz and Julio G. The entire 60-minute show included some of the most-known songs from their repertoire dating back to the early 1990s. Kurupt’s “Who Ride Wit Us,” featuring Daz, was the second tune performed, and it cracked the night wide open. Daz’s unique voice and rapping lyrics begin the 1999 hit from the album titled Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, followed by Kurupt’s energetic verses. After short rapping appearances from the special guests, excluding DJ Quik, Daz busted original solo rap songs. This included a true favorite for fans of Los Angeles and state natives with “In California,” a track debuting in 1998. To close out their first concert of 2011, Tha Dogg Pound performed their most prominent song of their career in “What Would You Do.” Their collaboration and immense success led to a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996, although it was officially released as a single in 1994 from Death Row Records. Additionally, the piece appeared on the soundtrack to Murder Was the Case in 1994. Unfortunately, the duo did not win the honor, but it certainly placed them on the right path within the industry, which they showed in West Hollywood this particular night. Even in their late 30s, Kurupt and Daz still know how to connect with a young crowd, as they pumped them up into rapping their stylish lyrics while waving their hands in the air. —Marvin Vasquez

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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Here Comes the Belle Brigade Reprise Records has announced that they’ll be releasing the self-titled debut album from Los Angeles’ the Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, in April. The pair comes from a musical family (Dad is songwriter Jay Gruska, and grandpa is renowned film composer John Williams.), but they haven’t always worked together; it was just a couple years ago that drummer Barbara picked up a guitar and formed the Belle Brigade with younger brother Ethan. But things developed fast after that as the duo became a staple on the local live scene and then put their all into making the album. “We didn’t want to make something small and precious,” says Barbara. “We wanted to make something big and exhilarating. Recording this album was an incredible lesson at walking the line between holding on and letting go. Every note is intentional, but we gave up the reins to let the music go freely where it wanted to go. We wanted to make a record that was personal and aching but still uplifting, relatable and fun to listen to.” You don’t have to wait until April to hear some of the new music; the Belle Brigade appears live at Spaceland every Monday night through the end of the month.

Lynch Has a Good Day Legendary film director David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet), who has composed music for his films in the past, is about to release two singles featuring himself on vocals and production duties. Sunday Best Recordings releases Lynch’s electronic single “Good Day Today” on Jan. 31 along with a “narcotic blues track” called “I Know.”

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report Lynch has also allowed a handful of notable producers to work their own magic on the tracks. Remixes from Underworld, Simon Ratcliffe from Basement Jaxx, Sasha, Skream, Boys Noize, Jon Hopkins, Diskjokke and Rob da Bank drop on the same day.

AP Tour The lineup for this year’s AP Tour has been announced, and Hollywood band Black Veil Brides are getting top billing along with Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, a Michiganbased outfit whose name can be cleverly abbreviated as D.R.U.G.S. Richmond, Virginia’s Conditions, touring behind their recent release Fluorescent Youth, VersaEmerge and I See Stars round out the acts set to appear when the AP Spring 2011 Tour rolls into the Hollywood House of Blues March 23 and the Glass House in Pomona March 24. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15.

Steely and Clevie’s Reggae Anthology VP Records and 17 North Parade are about to release a various artists compilation album featuring songs produced by Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne. Digital Revolution holds a massive 42 songs on two CDs and includes favorites like Buju Banton’s “It’s All Over,” “Trailer Load A Girls” from Shabba Ranks, “Loving Pauper” by Freddie McGregor and Beenie Man’s “Battery Dolly.” Cobra, Foxy Brown, Ninjaman, Tiger, Bushman, Lexxus, Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas and Reggie Stepper are just a few of the other acts contributing. A bonus DVD showing Steely and Clevie at work in the studio in 1988 and with newer interview footage is also included in the package.

FREQUENCY by brien overly 30 Seconds to Mars Jan. 14 @ Fox Theatre Not going to lie, it’s still kind of weird to me that 30 Seconds to Mars is like, a thing now. It kind of boggles my mind that they’re happening right now, and the level to which they are. Not so long ago, it seems like nobody wanted to really give them a fair shake, least of all the mainstream radio and TV outlets, and now both are all up on the band’s business. And the fandom. God, the fandom. I’d wager that on a scale of one to Twilight, it’s probably about a nine. But to the band’s credit, they’re one of few acts who can achieve that kind of following and have that widespread of an appeal without having to reduce their music to lowest common denominator elements. Granted, they’re not quite as prog-artsy as they were on their first album, but they still challenge the mold of mainstream rock in a way that the other bands currently occupying that scene could only ever hope to do. Despite their increased accessibility, frontman Jared Leto’s vocal style hasn’t lost its edge and is still as dark and haunting as ever. Whatever your preconceived notions about him are, listen to Leto live, and he’ll make it worth the price of admission for you. The dude sings like he means it, like it’s the last performance he’ll ever give. Maybe it’s those acting skills at work, but his flair for theatrics only makes a 30 performance that much more evocative.

Bad Books Jan. 15 @ The Troubadour Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra together in a collabo, you say? Two great indie-emo tastes, now together?


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Dark & Somber Greetings “It feels great to hate you!” That’s just one of the sentiments you’ll find expressed in the new line of black metal greeting cards created by Dark & Somber Greetings, a Los Angelesbased greeting card company helmed by designers Farron Loathing and Courtney Frystak. Eleven different cards are available, each featuring grim artwork and carrying greetings such as “Another step closer to the grave,” “If I had a heart I’d give it to you,” “I’m sorry for being born” and “Thanks for nothing.” Cards cost about $4 each or $17 for the set and are available at

Darkthrone Design Contest Speaking of black metal, Peaceville Records is getting ready to re-release the Goatlord and Ravishing Grimness albums from Norwegian metal duo Darkthrone, and they’re calling on fans to create new artwork for the now-classic albums. Contest details can be found at, and the label is requesting that only serious contributions are submitted. Competition ends Jan. 31.

Campus Circle > Music > Frequency Yes, please. I’ll take a Venti, thanks. Though slightly more pop leaning than what either act sounds like separately, the darker undertones still remain on even the most sing-along-friendly songs. Devine’s indie-folk howlings are disarmingly emotive at best, downright chilling at their worst, but it wouldn’t be a Manchester or a Devine show if things didn’t get intense on stage, would it?

Dashboard Confessional Jan. 16 @ House of Blues Anaheim Jan. 19-21 @ The Troubadour I hate to say it, but under normal circumstances, a Dashboard Confessional show likely wouldn’t register on my weekly show radar. Usually, I’d take the words in as I scanned through the show listings on a given week, and somewhere in that short distance between eyes and brain, they’d peace out, never to be processed or absorbed, like when you read on food labels about how much high fructose corn syrup you’re consuming in each bite. But this time is different. This time, Chris Carraba’s touring in support of the 10-year anniversary of Swiss Army Romance, which was kind of a big deal as far as albums go. Remember that first time you heard “Screaming Infidelities”? Yep, that album. Say what you will about the albums that came after, and all the terrible bands Carraba has spawned, Swiss Army Romance remains one of the great iconic albums of emo and is still one of those sacred cow albums that can’t be spoken ill of. Go ahead, flip over to this album on your iPod. I’m sure you have it somewhere. Rediscover why it’s so awesome. To date, it’s arguably Carraba’s magnum opus, and despite a decade having passed since their original release, the songs still feel as timeless and relevant as ever. While I admittedly

Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional celebrates 10 years. wasn’t as big on the last few albums he put out, this is the Carraba that made a fan of me so long ago, and I’m willing to wager that hearing these songs live can still have that same effect now.

Atlantic/Pacific Jan. 18 @ Hotel Café Given that the rest of this week’s Frequency has been devoted to singers and vocalists who turn the emoting and intensity up to 11 with pained wails and sandpaper-polished yells, we’re going to close the week out with something a little more mild. Soft and delicate indie-folk crooning, these guys have mastered the art of emoting with subtlety. And given the kind of intimacy their music creates, there’s really no better venue in Los Angeles to see them at than Hotel Café, where you’ll swear frontman Garrett Klahn is singing directly to you, since y’know, you’re like, face to face a foot away from him there.

Join CAMPUS CIRCLE CDREVIEWS British Sea Power Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade) This band has the rare ability of presenting emotionally charged situations in the form of understated pop, a technique that was long ago perfected by Bruce Springsteen. British Sea Power doesn’t sound anything like the Boss, but the smoldering, pent-up feelings spilled on “Georgie Ray,” a piano-driven ballad, are as much Jersey Shore ’76 as they are present-day England. “Mongk II,” on the other hand, is very Oasis-y while “Who’s in Control” takes itself less seriously musically even though lyrically it wrestles, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, with the subject of whether it’s right to party carefree at the disco when the world is falling apart, summed up with the clever line, “Sometimes I wish protesting was sexy on a Saturday night!” “Living Is So Easy” is done in a Strokes/Killers vein, “Baby” is slow and luxuriously dripping with affection and “Heavy Water,” an aching song of lost love, uses the heavy water (water used in nuclear reactors) metaphor as a symbol of a dangerous or toxic situation. British Sea Power is by no means the only group from the U.K. that does literate pop music well, but they’re among the few that are consistently pleasing. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Valhalla Dancehall is currently available.

Class Actress Journal of Ardency (Terrible) Class Actress’ debut, Journal of Ardency, is deceptively

Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews simple, with pretty little melodies crafted to suit Elizabeth Harper’s elegant voice. On “Careful What You Say” and the title track, the electro-pop is streamlined enough to come from 1981, with all the innocence and open spaces of that era. Even when the Brooklyn trio throws in some New Ordersounding bass and ethereal guitar on “Let Me Take You Out,” Class Actress makes it sound like they just discovered how to fit these special pieces together. Grade: A—Glenn Gamboa Journal of Ardency is currently available. (c) 2011, Newsday. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Madison The Noise Some People Make (G) Can a former medical student from New York City become pop’s new It-girl? In the case of platinum blonde Madison, listeners will instead wonder why she hasn’t made her debut sooner. Madison, who’s no stranger to East Coast DJs, is ready to take over Los Angeles with white-hot pop that sizzles turntables. ‘Think ultra femme ’80s club beats, only cool enough to make stone-faced supermodels want to toss aside their Louboutins to break a sweat. Madison’s new EP, The Noise Some People Make, is the first of a four-part series and will have you strutting like a socialite with one night left before heading to rehab. With “#1” Madison makes her grand debut with breathy, sensual vocals made for a love-at-first-sight moment on the

dance floor. Then there’s the glitterati anthem, “Superwoman,” which unites a pre-breakdown Britney Spears with wildly addicting electro thumps that would put one Kardashian’s famous assets to work. It may shine brighter than a disco ball, yet Madison’s “Hot Hot Love,” is the album’s true gem. Her flirty delivery and playful cheerleader chants, along with stomping synths made for beach girls swiveling in their bikinis, is exactly why ladies and gents are already craving for summer. Madison may call her music “high fashion for low brow,” but we call it perfect party starter. Grade: A—Stephanie Nolasco The Noise Some People Make is currently available.

DVDREVIEWS Various Artists PUNK: Attitude (Shout! Factory) With the current music scene going in the direction it is, many wonder if the punk scene ever existed. Fortunately, PUNK: Attitude captures the essence of a fading musical movement that influenced many artists performing today. This documentary exposes the uprising evolution that revolutionized the music scene forever. Director Don Letts takes the audience for an amazing journey as he reveals that punk is much more than a haircut or style of clothing. Letts quickly identifies that punk originated before the arrival of the Ramones, the Clash and the Sex Pistols. Although each band played a pivotal role for the scene, he further focuses on the bands’ influences dating back to Elvis, the Who and the British invasion. Moving on from the ’60s garage band and rockabilly scenes, the arrival of punk pollinates how the crucial elements during the mid-’70s structured the future. This history lesson captivates the viewer without turning into another tedious documentary. Letts includes extensive coverage of the U.K. movement as well as New York, showcasing how a generation inspired the world around it with art, fashion and antiestablishment attitude. Having lived during the scene, he displays rare footage from early performance and exclusive interviews with musicians and filmmakers of the era. Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks elaborately explains how the music exceeded the London city limits causing a global phenomenon. Henry Rollins focuses on the expansion of Black Flag in the ’80s transcending into the grunge generation. Although the Los Angeles scene is greatly overlooked and the legendary L.A. band X is completely excluded, this documentary is one of the best punk genre films out there today. Don Letts delivers a well-crafted feature that is educational and informative. PUNK: Attitude is wonderfully fascinating and an elaborate lesson in punk rock history. A must-watch, and definitely a must-own, film.
 Grade: B+ —Jacob Gaitan PUNK: Attitude is currently available.

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PIZZA ANTICA 395 Santa Monica Place, #304 by gillian ferguson For too long pizza was something we ordered late at night. After a few (too many) drinks, who was to notice that the crust was soggy, the sauce too sweet or the cheese only half melted? Fortunately for those of us who demand more and like to eat pizza with a knife and fork and a glass of wine, Los Angeles is in the midst of a pizza renaissance. Nancy Silverton’s Mozza proved that pizza can be high brow, Gjelina on Abbot Kinney proved it can be hip and the ever-expanding Pitfire Pizza Co. proved that even chains can produce excellent wood-fired pizza. Enter Pizza Antica, a relative newcomer to the L.A. pizza game. Situated on the roof deck of Santa Monica Place, Pizza Antica’s exterior is what I might call tavern chic. Dark wood walls bring to mind a cozy European alehouse, but the oversized windows flooding the interior with light make it distinctly SoCal. Inside, black and white floor tiles, marble countertops and wood furniture pay homage to classic bistro style. An open kitchen, complete with a wood-burning pizza oven, keeps the interior warm while a display of wine bottles and microbrews serve as the décor. The Santa Monica location is the latest of four Pizza Antica restaurants to open in California, and the first location outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Judging by the menu, it is no surprise that the restaurant group hails from Northern California where seasonal farm-fresh fare is

Campus Circle > Culture > Food a must. One section of the menu is simply, and aptly, titled “Greens.” There you will find a salad of young field greens with fresh herbs and toasted pine nuts, another featuring fall vegetables, cider vinaigrette and mint and my personal favorite: warm brussels sprouts with caramelized onions, bacon, hard-cooked egg and crunchy croutons, a delightful mingling of salty and sweet. The restaurant’s housemade mozzarella is as good as it sounds. Placed on top of braised tuscan kale and garlicrubbed crostini it is even better. It appears several times on the menu, and I encourage you to order it whenever possible. Pizza, as expected, is at the heart of the menu. You can create your own, but there is no reason to. The menu features 10 pies starting with a meatless and cheeseless option and ending with a meaty and cheesy calzone. If your taste buds tend to savor sweet, try the Bartlett pear, sweet garlic and Mt. Tam Triple Cream pizza. The cheese, made by Cow Girl Creamery in Point Reyes, is a California classic. Earthy and buttery, it is a pleasure to eat raw and a revelation atop pizza. Like most Angelenos, I enjoy a little spice, and the spicy calabrese sausage, onions, peppers and parsley pie did not disappoint. The crust, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, is a feat only possible with a pizza oven that can reach temperatures upwards of 700 degrees. Our server, Dylan, insisted that I order the handmade potato ricotta gnocchi with pesto and sun-dried-tomato cream, and rightfully so, the potato dumplings were as light and ethereal as he promised. If you are carb-averse do not despair, the herb-roasted breast of chicken paired with a warm white bean salad hits the mark, as does a dish of thinly sliced lamb with cauliflower and celery root bagna cauda. Service is a strong point. It is attentive, yet casual. Choosing between a Nero d’Avola and a Dolcetto d’Alba,



Yoga Workshops at the Montage Spa by erica carter Most of us do them in January – make goals for the rest of the year. More often than not, fitness is usually on that list, especially if you’ve overindulged during the holiday season. But one thing about fitness and weight-loss goals, they don’t really target healing from within and can quickly become monotonous. That’s one reason why the practice of yoga is so popular. Not only can you achieve great flexibility and lose your unwanted pounds, but you are also practicing wellness for your mental and emotional health. I started my yoga journey six years ago in Santa Monica. My first teacher, Ashley Turner, started out our practice by having us sit quietly with our legs crossed and eyes closed as she instructed us that to allow ourselves to forget about was going on around us for just 90 minutes and focus on ourselves; it would be worth it. As we bended and twisted in ways I had never experienced, she came around and gently adjusted our postures. I was so happy with my first yoga experience that I signed myself up on her e-mail mailing list. Fast-forward to January 2011, Turner is now in her 10th


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Pizza Antica’s newest location is in Santa Monica and offers the same seasonal farm-fresh fare. Dylan steered me to the right choice. If it’s beer you crave, there is a long list from bottled Budweiser to the $19 bottle of Delirium Tremens, once named the best beer in the world. When it came to dessert I was happily swayed by our server’s suggestion to try the warm walnut cake with brown sugar bananas. Sinful enough to call dessert, yet not so naughty that you couldn’t eat the leftovers for breakfast, it was a welcome finale. Best of all, the complete bill of fare is offered at both lunch and dinner – a perfect respite either pre or post shopping. For more information, call (310) 394-4080 or visit pizzaantica. com.

Campus Circle > Culture > Beauty year of yoga instruction, working at three studios, including Exhale Spa in Santa Monica. Turner’s background includes a specialization of Yoga Psychology, the practice of yoga, spirituality and the implementation of modern science. Turner has also created a series of DVDs: Element: Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Weight Loss, Yoga for Stress + Flexibility and Power Yoga. Turner’s method is Vinyasa, or “synchronized breath movements,” which improves joints and promotes balance. She has organized yoga retreats overseas, snowboarding trips to Mammoth and most recently has teamed with premier hotel the Montage in Laguna Beach. Her newest workshops and retreats at the Montage Spa feature a day of fiery yoga during the morning hours and a restorative class in the afternoon. The Montage Spa is one of the most beautiful venues I have practiced yoga in. Overlooking the blissful blue of the Pacific, Turner’s yoga techniques in the morning have you paying close attention to the beautiful nature that surrounds you – the lull of the ocean, the soft seagull “soundtrack,” the calming sound of the wind. All of the elements give the class the energy needed to perform the stretching, balancing and twisting poses that Turner flows through. One thing she had us do in the workshop, appropriately titled “Resolve to Evolve,” was write down what we wanted to release during the class – be it anger, anxiety or stress – and what we wanted to embrace – love, compassion, understanding, etc. We put that paper under the yoga mat, and during our floor practice we “pushed” all the things we wanted to get rid of, and in our rest state we welcomed all that we wanted to embrace. After our two-hour practice, I thought I’d be too sweaty

and exhausted, but the opposite happened. I felt very refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. But before departing, I was reminded that the workshop included use of the spa’s won– derful facilities, including the state of the art pool, cold dip, sauna, steam room and fitness center. My friend and I sat in the sauna for about 15 minutes with our water, grazing on fresh fruits, and we just took in all the surroundings of the spa. Ashley will be conducting a few more workshops at the Montage Spa (“Reclaim Romance” on Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and “Change Your Mind. Change Your Body. Change Your Life.” on March 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.). She is also conducting a “Spring Detox: Clear Your Body, Mind + Soul” Retreat April 16 and 17.

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Paramore, before the departure of the Farro brothers

by eva recinos After splashing onto the music scene with bright hair and a colorful personality, pop/rock Paramore pixie Hayley Williams launched a music career that exploded. But whilst the gal snagged stardom and buzz, the guys in the band stayed mostly in the background. It was mostly Williams’ eyes and red hair that filled magazine stands, and the name Paramore became automatically associated with her face. And now it seems Josh and Zac Farro have had enough. In a feisty blog entry, the sibling duo revealed their dislike towards supposedly sneaky movements on the part of Williams’ manager and parents to catapult her to fame and kick the guys out. Not only that, but they revealed hard feelings over a breakup and lyrics from “Brand New Eyes” that conflicted with their Christian beliefs. From the get-go it was the biting lyrics, young age and fiery persona of Williams that got the music world’s ears perked up. She was college age, hardly over five feet and belted out notes like it was nobody’s business, carrot microphone in hand. For the guys, her fame became too much. The image of a happy, successful band dissolved when the Farro brothers finally departed. Whether or not the blog entry holds truth and regardless of where the blame should lie, the tiff shows the members of Paramore were on completely different wavelengths regarding their image. Williams stayed at the forefront and was able to land many solo interviews while the guys received minimal attention, something the blog entry brought up various times. Williams was not just Paramore’s poster child, she became its entire personality. The new Guns N’ Roses is nothing without guitar-note-ripping Slash. Sure, the blonde, bandana-clad Axl Rose wowed the music world with his arresting blue eyes and sexual sheen, but Slash had the talent and recognizable curly hair to make his name synonymous with the band’s persona. Without him, the new Guns N’ Roses band formation didn’t strike up half the attention, and Chinese Democracy remains a far cry from Welcome to the Jungle. In this case, both of the guys made the band. But for the Farro brothers, giving up their amount of the spotlight in the beginning got them a nice and cozy spot as William’s background men in their musical journey. If their problem with Christian lyrics was serious, what about Williams’ bitter recounting of a fight over a guy on “Misery Business” where she crooned, “God, it just feels so good?” From the very first album, the lyrics lured in an angst-ridden and honest persona, one far from the Christian identity the Farros so heavily identified with. Although the lead singer oftentimes plays the role of the lyricist, the rest of the band members also have the right to create the band’s image. The issue not dealt with, Williams continued writing tracks that hit hard but also got the band veritable fame that would prove harder to attain if Paramore tried to jump-start their career as just another group of guys trying to make it big in the music world. No one in the band possesses the epic talent level of rock icons such as Slash, but what separates Williams from the guys lies not in musical genius but in energetic stage performance and a consistently confident personality. William’s VMA performance with B.o.B. made it obvious she can hold her own, sans the vegetable microphone and the rest of the guys, aided only by the distinctiveness of her voice and a pair of heels. With their new tour, Paramore gets to introduce new members, an experience as mixed-bag as introducing a new boyfriend to your teenage daughter. But if Williams stays with Paramore, the band’s run is far from over. Letting Williams take most of the attention only makes it easier for her to move forward, whether in the new Paramore formation or with a solo career. For the hundreds of bands blossoming from independent productions and car garage practices, the lesson is simple: Either present yourself as take all of us or none of us or push your glitzy gal or hunky guy to the forefront, watch quietly and then take your share of the fame and fortune when the time comes.

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Which would make a better stand-up comedian: a warrior or a bear? The warrior would have great stories to tell from countless battles. On the other hand, the bear has an instinctual rage that could translate into hilarious rants about the world around him. The Laugh Factory, for the second year running, will try to answer this question as they pit the USC Trojans against the UCLA Bruins. Student comics from each campus have auditioned to make it to the Laugh Factory stage and fight for this year’s Laugh Bowl trophy. Ten of the best comedians from each school were voted on at the Laugh Factory Web site. The top six picked from each school will perform in the Jan. 13 semifinals at the Laugh Factory Hollywood. The winner of the whole shebang will get coaching from Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada and get the chance to perform in a MTV comedy showcase. Of course, they will get the bragging rights for their school as “College Campus with the Best Sense of Humor.” USC is the reigning champ from the first Laugh Bowl – this means UCLA needs to step it up if they want to take the title. You can support your school by attending the semifinal comedy throwdown to give encouragement to your fellow Trojans or Bruins. You can judge the hilarity along with a panel of professional comedians. The semifinalists will then go up for a vote again online, where you will pick the four finalists to duke it out next month. If you’re looking for a way to show your school is the best off the field, then take your school pride to this fun and funny event happening at the World Famous Laugh Factory. For more information, visit

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Unwind in Palos Verdes by jon bookatz Several years ago, high atop the bluffs of Palos Verdes was once the home to killer whales, highflying dolphins, a manmade baja reef and many other types of beautiful creatures from the sea. Marineland of the Pacific was a public aquarium and tourist attraction located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, opening in 1954. Millions of people over the years visited Marineland, which opened a year before Disneyland and was actually considered the first major theme park of California. The park finally closed back in 1987 and for several years remained in limbo as different developers decided how to utilize such a pristine location. Fast forward to 2009 and a spectacular luxury resort opens its doors to the public. Terranea (ter-a-NAY-a), a true destination for those looking to get away for a little rest and relaxation, opens on the peninsula. My recent stay at Terranea, though brief, was truly unforgettable, and I will definitely be heading back to experience more of what this amazing location has to offer. As you head down the road into the resort, you pass by an enchanting fountain and can’t help but to notice the beauty of such a well-designed upscale hotel. Taking a moment to look around, you feel as if you’ve entered into a tropical paradise

Campus Circle > Culture > Travel and are greeted warmly by the Terranea staff. As you enter your spacious and comfortable bedroom suite, you’re quickly mesmerized by the beauty and tranquility overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each of the 400-plus hotel rooms, suites and bungalows offers amazing views no matter where you are situated on the property. The room itself was well kept, clean and very spacious. Outside on the property, the surrounding landscape is well manicured with all types of foliage and coastal vegetation mixed with a unique architecture and design, truly complimenting how a top-tier resort should be maintained. There was a constant breeze in from the west that filled my room, and at times the sounds of crashing waves could be heard off in the distance. Terranea’s amenities are second to none and often, you actually forget you’re still in Los Angeles County. There are three relaxing pools, retail shops, eight – yes eight – restaurants and lounges as well as a secluded shoreline cove you can escape to. For you Sunday hackers, there’s a well-situated nine-hole golf course on top of the bluff, and if you’re a real player, there’s Los Verdes Golf Course (public) and Trump National only minutes away. Ladies, your oasis is an inviting 50,000-square-foot oceanfront spa with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Did I also mention the water slide that I couldn’t stay away from? I had a chance to grab a bite at Nelson’s, a bar/pub-style restaurant, situated at the edge of the peninsula. The casual setting and friendly environment was a perfect way to enjoy some great California cuisine. I was able to try a few different items on the menu, and I highly recommend the Pork & Crab Sliders, along with the Chipotle Shrimp Tacos. Amazing! The Nelson Burger and the Free-Range Chicken Sandwich were prepared perfectly and served with seasoned fries.



Sonny Bono, the late one-time mayor of Palm Springs and one-half of ’60s pop act Sonny & Cher, has a pretty good view. I’m not talking about Sonny’s spirit and wherever it might be in the great beyond; I’m referring to the statue of the man perched in the heart of downtown Palm Springs at Palm Canyon Drive and La Plaza. The homage to Sonny is located in one of the most popular shopping and socialization areas in Palm Springs, no doubt the exact place that the gregarious singer would choose to chat up visitors to his beloved city if he were still alive. And it’s a pretty sure bet that he’d recommend the following Palm Springs attractions. Downtown and VillageFest: Whether you want to shop or window-shop, grab a drink and a bite to eat or just mingle and people watch, the Palm Canyon Drive portion of downtown is where you’ll want to be. About a dozen blocks are packed with unique shops of all sorts, many reflecting the distinctive artistic flair that Palm Springs is noted for in both their design and items on offer. You won’t find a McDonalds


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Finishing the dining experience, I was treated to a couple of desserts that will blow you away. The Butter Croissant Bread Pudding and the Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie, both with a side of fresh whipped cream, will leave you speechless. To complete the evening, a step outside to the patio area, relaxing by a cozy fire with one of your favorite microbrews, is a perfect setting to catch an amazing California sunset. The entire staff at Terranea was truly professional, accommodating and always there when needed. They went out of their way to make sure my stay was pleasurable, but also remained out of sight too so as not interfere with my time relaxing and soaking in some rays. The key word behind Terranea is “natural” and its commitment to stay connected with nature and the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific coastline. The resort currently offers amazing deals and special rates on rooms. Their Web site is very user friendly, providing you with all the important accommodation, dining and recreation information you may need when booking travel. If you’re able make it out to Terranea on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, your time away from the daily grind will truly be unforgettable. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Culture > Travel or other chains here; shopping on Palm Canyon Drive is more like an exploration where you’ll discover the quirks and delights of a seemingly endless variety of mom-and-pop stores and indie eateries. Every Thursday evening the road through this area is closed off and VillageFest (villagefest. org) – a street fair/farmers’ market/artist’s mall – takes over, doubling the amount of fun to be had. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Chances are you’ve never been on an aerial tramway quite like this one; there’s only one other in the world that’s like it, and you have to go to Switzerland to find that one. What’s unique about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ( is that the gondola car rotates (the inner floor does) as it transports you up and over the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, ensuring that no matter where you’re standing you’ll have a clear view of all there is to see as you dangle over the craggy mountainside. And there’s certainly plenty to see; a sweeping panorama of the Coachella Valley looking downhill and the rugged alpine cliffs of the mountain looking in all other directions. Up top at the mountain station you can get great pictures, have lunch and adult beverages and browse a sizable souvenir shop. Most take the tramway just for the thrill of the ride, but the mountain station is also a jumpingoff point for outdoor enthusiasts who want to stay and spend time enjoying some of the park’s 54 miles of trails. Palm Springs Air Museum: While the aerial tramway literally takes you soaring, the Palm Springs Air Museum (, located adjacent to Palm Springs International Airport, is the place to indulge all other fantasies of flight. Two giant hangars are filled with American military aircrafts of all sorts, primarily from the World War II era. Fans of military history and aviation in general will love how close they can get to these flying machines, most

See panoramic views on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. of which are still capable of flight. Flight simulators, a movie presentation, historic autos and a B-17 that you can climb into for a tour are just some of the other attractions here. The museum also has a sizable library for those interested in doing research on military aviation. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway: The next-best thing to Graceland, visit the house that Elvis Presley lived in while he was making some of his movies in Hollywood and the place where he spent his honeymoon with Priscilla. The tour shows you Elvis’ pool and party area, his space-age kitchen, plenty of memorabilia and yes, the bedroom. You’ll hear lots of stories, view a short video presentation and have a chance to play Elvis’ (replica) guitar. Tours must be booked in advance at (760) 322-1192 or Where to Stay: The Palm Springs Travelodge (333 E. Palm Canyon; is recently remodeled, has rates that are student friendly (Continental breakfast is included.) and is only minutes from all the pubs and restaurants in the downtown area. For more information, visit

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With technology full blast in the lives of budding college students across the nation, few are apt to pick up a dusty encyclopedia or call 411 to find out the number for their nearest pizza place. This is the era of user-edited Wikipedia, zoom-happy Google maps and instantly uploaded photos. For the Web-savvy and Facebook-friendly college student, the Internet can be a great means of entertainment. It can also offer a variety of snazzy online tools. No longer do you have to post fliers offering services; today there are more electronic bulletin boards out there for offering and finding all types of services. is like craigslist except weirder. The Web site is a gathering place for people with services like writing songs to people searching for writers for a new magazine – all for the price of five dollars. All services offered and wanted are five dollars, and so are all things bought and sold. But the Web site also goes beyond normal posts, allowing users to pay five dollars for everything from relationship advice to customized birthday videos. So forgo that Subway Footlong and invest in technologically advanced, user-friendly advertising. As if it weren’t enough to compete with other students over Web registration for the coming semester, sometimes the classes you fight for end up being a semester-long battle. To alleviate your frustration and predict some obstacles, Chegg. com – the Web site that allows students to rent textbooks – bought and made your academic life a little more predictable. The site suits fans of ratemyprofessor. com and similar services, allowing you to take a look at what you can expect from a class. Not only do you get to see behind the scenes from the student’s point of view, but CourseRank also offers the grades of your peers so you can see whether the course is likely to deflate your precious GPA or prove an easy A. Banana Books: If you’re still hanging on to those textbooks with the nostalgia from last semester, it’s time to add a little pep to your bank account. offers an easy way of selling back last semester’s books and getting some cash. The Web site ensures that it will take any book you want to send. Simply type in the ISBN and in return you get a nifty list of book prices and a label to ship them off. When they get to their destination safe and sound, you get your check. The Web site even takes damaged books, though any with missing pages only get you a shiny penny to add to your savings account. If the cost of postage for your books totals in at $10, shipping is free, but anything less must be covered by you. Send up to 30 a semester and keep the cash for the next book list. If you’re looking to stock up on textbooks but hate high prices and long lines, stay cozy in bed and virtually visit for more affordable books. The site lets you search by ISBN for your textbook but also features cheap textbooks and compares the list price to their price. As a plus, take an additional $5 off when you spend $30 by using the coupon code: 5circle. Keep the pajamas on and keep your wallet happy. Bib Me: No, this is not a site for making custom bibs. Famed for their nocturnal sense, quite a few college students stay up until 4 a.m. writing their papers. And when the sun is up the next morning and you hear the glorious sound of pages printing, you remember you completely forgot to type your bibliography. As you rush to the computer, you think angrily, why doesn’t that pesky thing write itself? Well, now it does. Go to and type in the name of the books used for the paper and let the Web site do the work. Select the correct version, check the information and indicate how much you quoted, and it goes on your list. Registering for an account allows you to either download it to your computer or keep it on your online account. Registration is completely free and allows you to choose from MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian layouts. Project Gutenberg: Nothing like saving money on buying books and with the e-book craze, it only makes sense you make your textbooks more high-tech too. Type in and browse through their selection for the books you need for class. The site boasts of allowing you to download around 33,000 books for free and download them onto anything ranging from an iPhone to a Kindle. Basically, the copyright is no longer valid in the United States, so you can rest assured that F.B.I. agents won’t be breaking into your dorm window when your download completes. You can search by author or title name or browse the catalog, which is organized by a variety of categories. Date Buzz: There’s plenty of fish in the sea, or so they say. 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Junior forward Nikola Vucevic amassed 20 points to lead the USC Trojans past the visiting UCLA Bruins, 63-52, Sunday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles before a sold-out crowd of over 10,000. “This is the first time I’ve played here that the crowd was with us completely,” USC junior guard Jio Fontan says. “The difference was the students are back in school and really got behind us. It wasn’t like that in our other games.” Vucevic added four rebounds to his solid performance that saw him shoot nine-of-16 from the field in 34 minutes of play for the Trojans, who improved to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. Meanwhile, the Bruins dropped to 9-7 and 1-2. “Once they stopped double-teaming me, I felt comfortable going one-on-one against them,” Vucevic confesses. The win was the fourth consecutive for the Trojans over the Bruins. One of the key marks in the game came in the second half as USC forced the Bruins into eight turnovers, which the Trojans converted 11 points on. “You can see our youth in not handling adversity when things go against us,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland tells the media after the loss.

Campus Circle > Sports > Basketball Senior forward Alex Stepheson scored 13 points on fiveof-10 shooting and 16 rebounds, a career high, for a doubledouble in 38 minutes. Stepheson played without the cast he used to cover a broken bone in his left hand prior to the start of the campaign. “This guy played 10 games when he shouldn’t have with a broken hand,” USC head coach Kevin O’Neill comments. Running down the floor for offensive sparks and defensive stops, the energetic Stepheson made his presence felt more than ever before. He displayed profound emotion after picking up an offensive rebound inside the paint and powering a twohanded slam dunk. A former Harvard-Westlake High School and University of North Carolina Tar Heel athlete, Stepheson knows the importance of the USC-UCLA rivalry. “It means everything to us,” he says after the victory. “Especially being from L.A., knowing what the rivalry is, it’s huge. It’s bragging rights.” To begin both halves, the Trojans had strong scoring runs. In the second half, they went on a 12-4 run to gain the lead for good, although the Bruins remained relatively close during the affair. For the last minutes of the game, the Trojans played solid defense to seal the conference victory. “The stretch we played in the second half toward the end was as active and as good defensively as we’ve been all year,” O’Neill admits. O’Neill improved to 3-0 against UCLA. “I guess that’s important around here. USC and UCLA compete. They are the tradition of Pac-10 basketball,” O’Neill states. “Everybody’s measured against them. I feel very fortunate. It won’t go on forever.” Fontan scored in double figures with 10 points, while freshman guard Maurice Jones registered nine points and four steals. On the other end, the Bruins also had three players reach



Matt Barnes to Have Knee Surgery by marvin vasquez After a terrible home loss to MEMPHIS Jan. 2, the Lakers regrouped to achieve a four-game winning streak. The team, now 27-11 and closing in on the San Antonio Spurs for first place in the Western Conference, are gradually gaining a rhythm that could lead to big results. Their latest win arrived at Staples Center Jan. 9 when they defeated the visiting New York Knicks 109-87. Los Angeles’ performance featured three different players reaching doubledouble figures, led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Pau Gasol contributed 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Lamar Odom chipped in 13 points and 18 boards off the bench. Lately, Gasol has received less minutes on the floor, and his productivity and efficiency have increased. “He got a little bit numb playing a lot of minutes,” Lakers head coach Phil Jackson says during the press conference after the game. “Now that it’s shortened minutes, I think it’s really


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Jerime Anderson struggles to get through SoCal’s defense. double figures even though they only shot 39.6 percent from the field, including two-of-nine three pointers. Sophomore forward Reeves Nelson totaled 14 points, but only two of those came in the second half. USC shut down Nelson thereafter, but he also managed to miss some easy buckets. Additionally, he had eight rebounds; he played 17 first half minutes. “I was pretty tired, but I thought I needed to play that many minutes in the first half because of the way the game was going,” Nelson states. Junior guard Jerime Anderson had 11 points, while sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt recorded 10 points, nine boards and committed seven turnovers. Freshman center Joshua Smith contributed eight points although he played most of the second half with four fouls. “He’s just got to learn,” Howland comments on the issue of foul trouble with Smith. “We need him in the game.” The Bruins held a two-point advantage at halftime, but the Trojans outscored them by 13 in the second period. After hosting four consecutive affairs, USC next travels north to face the Oregon Ducks Jan. 13 and Oregon State Beavers Jan. 15.

Campus Circle > Sports > Basketball helping him be more energetic out there on the floor.” Another player who was en route to attaining a doubledouble was center Andrew Bynum, but he was ejected in the fourth quarter after recording 18 points and seven rebounds. Ron Artest added six points, nine rebounds and two steals. What the Lakers used to pummel the Knicks was their much-awaited defense, holding New York to under 90 points and 36 percent from the field. “We can definitely win a championship with this type of defense,” Jackson admits to reporters. “There’s still a little ways to go before I think we perfect that, if there is such a thing as perfecting a defense.” In the second half, several aggressive fouls and other situations occurred. Bynum was ejected for arguing with a referee, while Artest became involved in a couple of confrontations. Artest showed his physical intensity against the Knicks, particularly on the defensive side. “That’s one of the strengths of Ron’s game, to be able to do something like that,” Bryant says about Artest. “It was a physical game, and we responded to the physicality of it.” Bryant and Artest were the other two Lakers to register technical fouls. Bryant even tangled himself in a verbal fight with Knick Amar’e Stoudemire. “We’re a little bigger than they are, so there was a lot of bumping going on, but it wasn’t really physical. It feels like we’re learning things,” Bryant tells reporters. “We did a much better job tonight defensively. Every game, it seems we’re getting better.” For the Knicks, Stoudemire collected a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while three other Knicks also scored in double figures. Five of the 23 points came during the first half of play. Stoudemire believes it was a tale of two halves for the Lakers.

“I love it. I hope they keep it up,” he says of Los Angeles’ physicality. “All it does is fuel me and gets me going. I’m kind of glad, because the first half, it wasn’t that physical. But the second half, it was, and I got going.” By halftime, the Lakers held a five-point edge over the visitors. However, it was not Ron Artest of the Lakers until the fourth quarter when Los Angeles blew the game wide open. For the night, the Lakers shot nearly 42 percent from the field, but their threepoint shooting provided a much-needed spark for them. Los Angeles had struggled behind the arc in previous contests, but they nailed 8-of-17 for 47 percent during the night. The Lakers’ fourth consecutive victory ended the Knicks’ three-game winning streak, while also marking the seventh straight time the purple and gold defeated the Knicks.Prior to the affair, the Lakers learned that Matt Barnes would be out several weeks after receiving news of his imminent knee surgery to repair torn cartilage that he suffered in the win over the New Orleans Hornets Jan. 7. In Barnes’ absence, Artest’s minutes are speculated to increase. “Artest looks forward to it,” Jackson says. Los Angeles’ next five games take place in California, with two of them officially being on the road (Golden State Warriors Jan. 12 and Los Angeles Clippers Jan. 16).

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THURSDAYJAN. 13 College Night at Mountain High

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Mountain High Resort, 24510 State Highway 2, Wrightwood; Ride for only $20 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with a college ID, plus live demos from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tent city at the Bullwheel from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and party at the Bullwheel from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with DJs, Monster drink specials, $1 hot dogs, 1/2 off draft beer and more.

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Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; The hilarious Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer’s unique brand of musical comedy includes songs that span topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism) and his amour de boobs(ism). 8 p.m. $20.

Shrine Auditorium, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles; Billy Dee Williams, arguably best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will be making a rare convention appearance to meet with fans and sign autographs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.

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Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica; Don’t miss the largest photo-based art fair in the country. It brings together photography dealers from around the globe, displaying the finest masterworks from the 19th century continuing through contemporary video and multimedia installations all in Santa Monica. Runs through Sunday.

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; The Clippers take on the Indiana Pacers at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Lakers vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAYJAN. 14 Alfred Hitchcock Double Feature Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; Two of cinema icon Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilling classics, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder, starring one of his muses, the beautiful Grace Kelly. 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 w/ student ID.

SATURDAYJAN. 15 Bearing Witness: Daniel Heyman Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, LMU; Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey to meet with former Abu Ghraib detainees to paint and engrave their portraits and to record their personal testimony. Runs Wednesday to Sunday, through March 13. Noon-4 p.m. FREE.

TUESDAYJAN. 18 An Evening with Joel Grey Paley Center for Media; 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; The Tony and the Academy Award winner for “Cabaret” is still entertaining audiences with recent performances on “Oz,” “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” 7 p.m. $20.

TUESDAYJAN. 18 Your Neighbor’s Son: The Making of a Torturer Ray Stark Family Theatre, 900 W. 34th St., USC; Renowned documentary filmmaker Jørgen Flindt Pedersen will be present for a screening of his classic film on how ordinary people are turned into torturers. In this gripping documentary, torture victims and their torturers confront the issues with poignancy and candor. 7 p.m. FREE.

SATURDAYJAN. 15 International Wine Festival Renaissance Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; intlwinefestival Sample dozens of different wines from around the world along with an assortment of delicious bread and cheese to cleanse your palate and help you soak up all of the alcohol. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $60 includes unlimited samplings.

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I met a guy online who lives in a different country, and we’ve been talking via webcam. I really feel a connection with him like I never felt with anyone else before. He told me that he likes me a lot too and he would marry me if I come and visit him. The problem is that his Facebook says “In a relationship.” He said, “It’s just so girls don’t bother me.” I made a friend request, but he didn’t approve me. He said he doesn’t want me on there because I would be questioning him about girls that hit on him. My friend requested him, and he approved her. I saw his FB, and there is nothing really to see and no other girls on his pictures or on his profile hitting on him. Should I move on and believe my gut feeling that he is lying to me or should I continue to talk to him? When we do talk it’s for eight to nine hours at a time. —Ella Proceed with caution. It’s great that you feel a connection on video, but you have to see if that translates to real life. Eight to nine hours at a time is way too much time. He needs to miss you and anticipate your next chat. As for the FB thing, it sounds suspicious, but since you didn’t see anything on his page, I’d say withhold judgment for now. The first thing you have to do is meet. Let him be the man and come to you. You can take it from there if there is still a connection when you see each other in person. Write to Lucia at Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

PAGES Full Dark, No Stars (Scribner) Reading Stephen King’s new book, Full Dark, No Stars, you immediately feel that you are in the hands of a master storyteller. Sit back and prepare to be thoroughly entertained. Like Different Seasons, Full Dark is a quartet of long stories, which are more macabre thrillers than straight horror. The first entry, 1922, is a brutal take on The Tell-Tale Heart and The Rats in the Walls. It follows a man who talks his son into helping him murder his mother in order to stop her from selling off the farmland she inherited. Big Driver is a revenge tale about a staid writer of “cozy mysteries” who is raped and left for dead. When she comes to, she realizes there was more to her attack than mere happenstance and decides to do something about it. Fair Extension is a post-modern take on a “Twilight Zone” episode that never was. A man with terminal cancer stumbles onto a roadside vendor who says he can offer him 15 extra years. He just has to give him the name of someone he hates. The final entry, A Good Marriage, comes ready-made for a big screen adaptation. It follows a housewife who after 30 years of marriage discovers her husband’s secret life. King pushes these nasty tales to their full potential as he plumbs the depths of the human soul. They are, in a word, relentless. But, along the way, King somehow manages to tell some affecting stories. As he writes in an illuminating afterward, the characters are “real people in extraordinary situations.” His prose, which can at times get bogged down with interior monologues and characters talking to themselves, is here as controlled as ever. It is his best work in some time. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Full Dark, No Stars is currently available.

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