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Ava DuVernay to Sit Down With Filmmaker Mira Nair During Double Feature Event

Array is opening up its Los Angeles campus on Oct. 31 to host filmmaker Mira Nair as part of a double feature screening event that will showcase her films Mississippi Masala and Monsoon Wedding. The latter film will screen first and be followed by a special conversation between Nair and Array founder Ava DuVernay. The event comes during a year with milestone anniversaries for Nair’s pics. Mississippi Masala — starring Denzel Washington opposite Sarita Choudhury in the story of a couple that falls in love in the state where her family settles after being expelled from Uganda — celebrates a 30th...
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Watch Phoebe Bridgers, the 1975’s Matty Healy Perform ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’ for First Time

Phoebe Bridgers and the 1975’s Matty Healy performed “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” together for the first time Friday at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater. Prior to the concert — Bridgers’ last gig of her U.S. tour — the singer cautioned fans on Twitter to “Come early tonight. Trust me.” Concertgoers were then greeted with a surprise acoustic opening set by the 1975 frontman, who brought out Bridgers to perform their Notes From a Conditional Form duet onstage for the first time.
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Watch Bon Iver Play “PDLIF” Live For The First Time

Last year Bon Iver released a single called “PDLIF,” which stands for “Please Don’t Live In Fear.” It was billed as the first “episode” of “Bon Iver Season Five,” and it was extremely good — so good that I put it on this list of Bon Iver’s 10 best songs.
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Why Hollywood is Reluctant to Stop Using Real Guns as Props

On Thursday afternoon, a cinematographer named Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of a film called Rust when a prop gun loaded with blanks and discharged by the actor Alec Baldwin misfired. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that, just hours before the accident, a number of camera crew workers walked off the set, citing mistreatment and poor working conditions. One person told the Times that the gun had misfired three times in the days before the accident and that there had been a “serious lack of safety meetings.”
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Insecure is still brilliant in its final season: It still sees the potential for drama in the small blips of life

The fifth and final season Issa Rae's Insecure proves it's one of TV's best shows, says Kevin Fallon. "It sees the potential for drama in the small blips of life, the choices that may not seem extreme to the outside world but are crippling for the individual—moments of growth, realization, and, perhaps more often than we acknowledge, unchangeable or inevitable circumstance that dictate what our life is going to become," he says. "These things can be ordinary but, in that, they are extreme. That seems to be what Insecure gets. This isn’t necessarily a brilliant observation about the series." Fallon adds: "Few shows are as honest about what it means to be an adult and figure out what romance and love means to you as you reach a new stage of life. Few shows are as blunt—and, in that respect, maybe truthful to the point of being cruel—about what friendship is and what you need from it. Most relatably, few shows reveal with such insight how, on that path that you’re not sure you’re supposed to be on where you’re not really figuring things out, you can be your own worst enemy and saboteur. That can be because of fleeting times when you allow yourself to be selfish or careless or dangerous. The show is truthful about the fact that there’s no safety net for you when that happens. But, metaphorically at least, there is often a trampoline somewhere along that fall, and you have the opportunity to bounce back. Maybe not to the heights you were aiming for at first, but you can be OK with settling where you land. run. It had to be about Black love, Black friendship, and Black excellence, a burden of representation and expectation that is impossible to live up to. It had to be about everybody and for everybody the way they wanted and how they wanted to see it. That’s an impossible mandate. But I think the show realized that it couldn’t juggle everything. And besides, you know who juggles? A clown. It’s a show that knew who Issa is, who Molly and Lawrence and these characters are, and allowed that to guide the way. And as the series went on, it became deeper. It got more cinematic, perhaps the most beautifully framed and shot comedy on TV. And it had the courage to lean into seriousness. Some episodes could have been entered in drama categories at the Emmys, and deserved to win. Now, it’s a show that knows when it’s time to say goodbye, too. More than anything else, that’s growth."
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Sleigh Bells make fans feel like dynamite at Teragram Ballroom

Sleigh Bells joyfully tore up the Teragram Ballroom last night in Downtown Los Angeles. Packing the room with their thrashingly good vibes — everyone in attendance was feeling “like dynamite” after getting a much needed dose of the high energy band. Playing songs from their new album, Texi — Sleigh Bells also provides many bombastic hits such as “Riot Rhythm,” “Infinity Guitars” “Crown On The Ground,” “Demons” and more. It was a delightful explosion of badass sounds and vibes and fans took in all the face-melting with the utmost pleasure.
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Elephant Castle – “Rocket To The Moon”

Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Danyew has released his latest single as Elephant Castle, the Beatles-esque “Rocket To The Moon.” A song that he describes as being a “spacey fantasy about leaving gravity behind for a more harmonious existence on the moon.”. The track channels a lot of John...
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AMBULANCE | Trailer

Over one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever. In this breakneck thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman, The Matrix Resurrections), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t—his adoptive brother Danny (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac, Spider-Man: Far From Home). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no.
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