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Journalist Pays Tribute to ‘Happy Foot/Sad Foot Sign’

Salon co-founder Laura Miller has an entertaining look today at the unlikely impact of the so-called “Happy Foot/Sad Foot Sign”, a two-sided rotating call for business that sits atop the Foot Clinic at 2711 West Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Never mind that local residents with a view of the sign take the first side they see as a potential harbinger of the day ahead. Banner respect has now moved to the pages of several impressive works of fiction:

The Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign became better known to readers outside the Los Angeles area when it appeared in Jonathan Lethem‘s 2007 novel, You Don’t Love Me Yet… The sign also appears to have inspired a passage in The Pale King, the final, unfinished novel by the late David Foster Wallace, published last month.

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LAT Redesign

34965691-27225506.jpg We didn’t think the LAT was ever going to acknowledge the redesign Spring Street sprung on us a few weeks back — but, alas, they did.

Before you click below for the press release, riddle us this: Is that not the best picture of Jennifer Lopez and Beck that has never been taken? Seriously. You wanna talk redesign? Brangelina are shape-shifters:

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Updated: Beck Interview about “Alice in Wonderland” Film in 2003

UPDATE

The resourceful Richard found the original interview, and translated the best part. From the August 5, 2003 issue interview of Beck by Sandra Cesarale

What about [your debut] movie?

It will be full of energy and full of characters: some kind of Alice in Wonderland set in the 70s. It still doesn’t have a title. The director is a friend of mine and it will be her directorial debut. But I trust her. We will begin shooting in the Fall.

Now, deals fall apart and Hollywood friends aren’t. But why did Beck go to such lengths to deny the whole thing to Vanity Fair?

More Duncan/Blake drama. Beck denied ever discussing acting in Theresa Duncan’s film, Alice Underground in Vanity Fair, but long ago, and far away, he mentioned a project that sounds a whole lot like it in an interview with Corriere Della Sera

Beck allegedly told Italien newspaper Corriere Della Sera (the story is not on the paper’s terrible site and CDS is not indexed by Lexis Nexis) that he’s going to play in a movie this fall, “a kind of Alice in Wonderland” taking place in the 70s. The director a female friend of his and it’s her first film.

Small world or creepy coincidence: the Italian interview is cited by Emmanuelle Richard, who’s a friend of FBLA. Turns out, she was the first journalist (or one of the first) to get Beck to admit to belonging to the church of L. Ron.

E.R: Are you Jewish? AND scientologist?

B.: Well, my grandfather was a Presbytherian [sic] minister. My mother was Jewish and she raised us Jewish as well, but during the summer, I used to go stay with my grandparents and I’d go to Church. My parents were scientologists probably from the 60s… so I grew up around that too. I had a lot of influences.

Did Beck’s auditors wipe out too many memories?

Earlier:
Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show
Jeremy Blake Show Reviewed in NY Sun
Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On
Jeremy Blake Show Opens at Corcoran Gallery
Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Screenplay Offered
Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
The Independent Obit of Jeremy Blake
Scientologist Leader Says Theresa Duncan Had Bizarre Delusions
Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again
How I Got That Story: Chris Lee, Kate Coe on Theresa Duncan
LA Times on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”
FBLA’s Kate Coe Lays Theresa Duncan Myths To Rest
Update: Theresa Duncan’s Death Confirmed
Theresa Duncan, Filmmaker, Reported Dead
If Los Angeles Was a Perfume…..

LA Times on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan

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Chris Lee’s LA Times story is dated August 3, which is tomorrow, right? But he’s got tons of great information–some of which hasn’t been reported elsewhere.

In anticipation of a lawsuit (which he never filed) Jeremy Blake prepared a history of the couple’s alleged harrassment, naming Tom Cruise,Miranda July, Paul Thomas Anderson, former Viacom Chief Executive Tom Freston, Beck and Art Forum Editor Tim Griffin, and a number of Hollywood talent agents and major league art collectors were accused of being in on the conspiracy.

Spaceland Launches Record Label

spacelandimage.jpgOne of the best places to hear up-and-coming artists in LA is Spaceland. So why not leverage that hipster cred into global domination?

Featuring some live releases from Spaceland’s own hallowed grounds, Spaceland Recordings is gearing up to do so. Though the company launched in September, it’s been on a media blitz this month, scoring mentions in the LAT and other publications and sending press releases to various Web sites (like, for instance, this one). Since we’re always happy to help launch the next Beck, we’ll play along.

According to the release, current live recordings include offerings from: Irving, The Drones, Darker My Love & Patrick Park. Go on. Search them on MySpace. Make them your friends and sound cool to your younger co-workers.