As one of the producers of the movie, I was not that psyched that he was going to be around and that he had to film a scene in it. I was a little nervous about what impact on the production his presence would have, even though it was only going to be for a day. And then he showed up and was so harmless! And like the character in the movie, very sympathetic and sweet. Within five seconds of meeting him, I was like, I can’t believe I was worried about this. I don’t deny that he acted tyrannically and that he was incredibly unpleasant to a lot of people [while making The Room], but outside of that environment he was actually very sweet. And I was not expecting that. I don’t know what I was expecting. It’s like meeting a fictional character. Like meeting Homer Simpson. Like meeting someone who has stepped out of a false reality. And I’m not alone. Bob Odenkirk, who has a small part in the movie, was at the AFI screening we had at the Chinese Theater a couple … [Read more...] about Seth Rogen Talks Making ‘The Disaster Artist’ and the ‘Stupidity’ of Donald Trump Jr.
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"How about the senator from Hawaii? Nasty...She wants the Green New Deal, and then they informed her that that does not include airplanes. And you're the senator from Hawaii. So they said, 'What are you going to do?' And then they talked about building a train to Hawaii, can you believe it? No, no, she wants it, even though you can't -- you'll never get to Hawaii again. Say goodbye to Hawaii. No, it's crazy, isn't it, though?" -- December 21 speech to Turning Point USA Student Action Summit … [Read more...] about Trump makes 90 false claims during final two weeks of 2019
A new year brings new shows to local stages: Blue Man Group at Segerstrom in Costa Mesa, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz at the Wallis in Beverly Hills, and the annual Dance at the Odyssey festival on the Westside. Long Beach Opera takes on “King Arthur,” a tribute band plays a classic Beatles album, Pittance Chamber Music presents soprano Liv Redpath, and REDCAT and the Downtown Independent cohost the Dance Camera West film festival. And if you like your culture free and family-friendly, MOCA is the place to be Saturday. … [Read more...] about 8 best things to do in L.A. and O.C. including Blue Man Group
A few days ago, it looked like the US and Iran might be spiraling toward war. It appears that threat has passed -- for now. President Trump responded to this week's attack by Iran on Iraqi military bases that house US troops by promising more sanctions and warning that the conflict isn't over. It sounds threatening, but it's far tamer than exchanging another round of airstrikes. It may have helped that there were no reported casualties, which some experts say could have been deliberate on Iran's part. Though tensions have eased slightly, the conflict -- and the region where it is playing out -- is still volatile. Countries have issued safety warnings urging tourists to avoid the Middle East. In the US, the House of Representatives is considering legislation today that could restrain Trump's ability to launch further military action against Iran. Here are five things you need to know about the situation. You can also follow today's live updates. … [Read more...] about 5 things to know for January 9: Iran, royals, Ukraine plane, impeachment, cancer
How our European partners would ultimately respond is not entirely clear. European companies that have signed contracts in Iran could end up being forced to choose between honoring those contracts and doing business with the U.S. — a Hobson’s choice. The E.U. might try to legally shield these companies from U.S. sanctions, but that could prove more painful than going along to get along. The only sure thing is that withdrawing would drive a wedge between the U.S. and its key allies in Europe. … [Read more...] about Trump Is Letting Congress Determine the Iran Deal’s Fate. Here’s What It Can Do.