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Catch This Flick: Oscar-Nominated "Cutie and the Boxer"

Noriko Shinohara could have done anything when she arrived in New York City as a 19-year-old art student. She chose to devote her life to avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara, 22 years her senior and famous for his “boxing” paintings. Their 40-year marriage, plagued by alcoholism, an unstable lifestyle, and the sacrifices required to create their art, is chronicled in the Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer.

Early Michael Crichton Novels Prove his Dinosaur-Size Talent

He brought dinosaurs back to life, delved into the dangers of nano-technology, and spun an epic yarn based on Beowulf, but fans of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and Timeline—the books that defined Michael Crichton‘s career—may not know about his early years as a writer of gritty crime novels. What’s more, they’re just as engaging and memorable as his bestsellers. With new life breathed into these works by Hard Case Crime, Crichton’s legacy lives on; readers can afford to lose a few nights of sleep to get through these suspenseful early page turners.

Sundance Comes to L.A.: 5 Must-See Flicks This Weekend at NEXT WEEKEND

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Park City; Park City is coming to you. This weekend (August 8-11) the Sundance Institute will debut its first NEXT WEEKEND event in Los Angeles. The four-day mini-festival happening at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood features panels, filmmaker workshops, and screenings culled from the big event that takes place every January in Utah.

Running 500 Miles—Star Wars style

If you see a cadre of menacing, white-helmeted storm troopers racing down the street, don’t panic or rush to your Millennium Falcon. It’s just participants in the Star Wars: Course of the Force lightsaber relay. After last year’s debut, the race in which participants dressed like their favorite Star Wars characters run from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to Comic-Con in San Diego over the course of eight days, makes a triumphant return to the annual comic book convention.

Elton John Goes “Home Again”

Whether it’s for his outspoken politics, his onstage antics, or his extravagant costumes, the Rocket Man still has the ability to make headlines. Last week, Elton John released the first single off the upcoming The Diving Board, his first solo album in seven years. The album will feature 15 new songs, 12 of which are collaborations with his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin. The album’s first single, “Home Again,” combines John’s now baritone voice with a soulful, restrained melody that evokes a

Johnny Carson Never Left; He Just Took a Broadcast Vacation

Where would we be without the wit of Johnny Carson on late-night television? The legendary chat show host visited America’s living room from 1962 to 1992, amusing the masses and keeping their eyes on the screen. Tonight, Turner Classic Movies launches Carson on TCM, a series dedicated to the best celebrity interviews Carson conducted. Each hour-long segment, which will debut on Monday nights in July, contains five interviews and will be followed by a feature film of the last interviewed actor.

'Under The Dome': New Stephen King Series Premieres Tonight

Every wonder what it would be like living in a snow globe? Maybe it would be nice—until you realized you couldn’t escape. That’s the premise of Under The Dome, a new series in which a giant bubble covers a Maine town. Once the invisible dome drops, citizens must fight for survival amid pollution problems, lack of oxygen, and food shortages. The show, which premieres tonight on CBS, has been adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same title.

The Vinyl Weighs a Ton but the Movie is Only 90 Minutes Long

To describe the music released by Los Angeles label Stones Throw Records as “eclectic” or “left-of-center” is an understatement on par with saying Kanye West has an ego. The diamond in the rough of indie record companies, Stones Throw was founded by Chris Manak (aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf) in 1996 and has put its weight behind hip-hop, world music, and modern funk—to name just a few genres. The influential homegrown music label gets its due in Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This is Stones Throw Records).

Last Chance: Catch These Exhibitions & Shows Before They're Gone

Summer doesn’t officially start until tomorrow but all around Los Angeles there are events and exhibitions that are closing fast. If you’re like us, you hear about a cool event, make a mental note to check it out, then procrastinate and/or completely forget about it until the day before it closes and you’re frantically scrambling to get a ticket. This blog post’s for you: a list of exhibitions and events closing by the end of June or early July. Hurry; the clock is ticking.
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