This weekend Westwood Village kicks off the 15th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival showcasing the best in new American and International cinema. This top film event gives you access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, industry professionals, and actors from around the world. Drawing a diverse audience of more than 80,000 people, the festival will showcase more than 100 feature films alongside premieres, panels and seminars, short film programs, music video showcases, free outdoor screenings, live musical performances, and unique signature events. What’s Playing?

The Festival’s opening film Paper Man stars Jeff Daniel and Ryan Reynolds. It’s the story of story of middle-aged Richard Dunn, a writer caught between the pressures of deadlines, the expectations of his wife, and the constant presence of the superhero who’s lived inside his head since 2nd Grade. And then he meets a girl–a Long Island teenager whose friendship shows him that no matter how much it hurts, it’s never too late to grow up. You can check out the festival’s full schedule and film lineup here. How Much? Costs vary, but all regular features, panels, short film programs, and music video programs are $12. Dates: The festival runs from June 18th through June 28th, 2009. How do I Purchase Tickets or Passes to a Screening? Passes and tickets can be purchased on the web site or over the phone at 866.FILMFEST (345-6337). LA Film Festival website

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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