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Oscar Winner Haskell Wexler Documents Occupy LA

Yesterday, we told you about the Occupy LA broadcast news coverage efforts of Margot Paez, a 27-year-old journalist posting daily video updates under the moniker of Insight Out News. Today, thanks to a piece in the LA Times by freelance writer Steve Appleford, it’s time to highlight the very opposite end of the protest media equation.

Not only is Haskell Wexler a whole lot older (89); he’s also, thanks to cinematography for 1967′s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and 1976′s Bound for Glory, a two-time Academy Award winner. In addition to posting short online interview vignettes, Wexler’s fall sojourn will be part of a much larger feature-length project:

Documentary filmmakers Alan Barker and Joan Churchill (pictured) have accompanied Wexler on a couple of his trips to Occupy LA, as part of their three-year project about the cinematographer, and have watched his particular interviewing style. Barker says that Wexler’s “activism has been continuous his whole life” but that he often challenges protesters to explain their positions.

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Hugh Hefner’s Fiancee Calls Off Wedding

Just five days before she was scheduled to marry Hef, Crystal Harris has called off the wedding. The 85-year-old Playboy mogul tweeted the news: “The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart.”

The bride-to-be also issued an online statement, via her website:

After much deep reflection and thought I have decided to end my engagement with Hef. I have the utmost respect for Hef and wish him the best going forward. I hope the media will give each of us the privacy we deserve during this time.

The plea for privacy is written over a provocative background image of 25-year-old Harris clad in nothing but torn up pages of Playboy magazine.

Photo of the couple in happier times by Steve Appleford.

David Lynch Does Duran Duran

David Lynch took a stab at live webcasting last night, directing a streaming broadcast of Duran Duran’s concert from the Mayan in Los Angeles. We’re gonna say, short of sending creepy old people on stage to do esoteric things, he did the best he could. Mostly that involved superimposing effects and images on top of the live concert feed.

Rolling Stone‘s Steve Appleford says Lynch’s cameramen were roaming the stage throughout the entire concert, which we would imagine would be pretty annoying. But it didn’t seem to bother Appleford too much, as he called the concert “spectacular.”

Check out the whole show here if the above track isn’t your favorite. We have to admit, “Girls on Film” was pretty spectacular indeed.

SPIN Mag’s Year In Music Party

FBLA hit the Henry Fonda Music Box theater in Hollywood Tuesday night for SPIN magazine’s “Year In Music” holiday party. SoCal bands Wavves and Warpaint played for the crowd as we stumbled through the darkened venue, trying to make out faces we could recognize. We found a few:

Your FBLA editor Pandora Young with Richie Ramone of The Ramones. THE RAMONES!!!

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LA Observed Celebrates Six Years

We made it to the rooftop party at the Formosa this past Friday to celebrate the six year anniversary of popular media blog LA Observed. That’s over 12,000 posts, according to LAO creator Kevin Roderick (or K-Rod, as we like to call him)(Not to his face). There were a gajillion people there, and we managed to get a few pictures-

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Alexia Tsotsis and Erin Broadley of the LA Weekly

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Pandora Young elicits a snarl from Kevin Roderick

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Drinking Problem? Or Drinking Solution?

We may have mentioned once or twice that our preferred method of dealing with the economic downturn and the collapse of print media is alcoholism. To that end, your FBLA editors gathered at a Silverlake bar last night with some of LA’s finest underemployed scribes.

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Linda Immediato, Steffie Nelson, and Caroline Ryder

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Todd Sternisha and Marc Cooper

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One Last Hurrah For CityBeat

Former CityBeat employees from throughout the paper’s six year history (but mostly the first five) gathered at El Chavito on Sunday night to say goodbye. The drunken wake of the recently deceased publication was organized by former CityBeat editor and columnist Natalie Nichols, who was good enough to buy us a drink when we realized we’d forgotten our wallet. After we crashed the party. Yeesh.

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Dean Kuipers
and Steve Appleford

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Amy Nicholson and Andy Klein

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Alcoholism Builds Community

This past Thursday your FBLA editors joined a gathering of fellow journalists at The Must bar downtown to drink, bitch, and bond.

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Jessica Stites and August Brown

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Nathaniel Page, Ayse Arf, Matthew Fleischer and Tina Dupuy

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LA CityBeat Mourned In The Blogosphere

cbcover.jpgWe’ve gathered some of the online mumblings from former employees of the now-defunct paper. On his blog LA Photo, photojournalist Ted Soqui posted some of the lovely covers he’d done over the years, and wrote:

Worked with several amazing editors, writers, and designers there, and made some life long friends. LA City Beat will not fade in my memory.

Journalist Dennis Romero wrote on DanceBlogga.com:

Although I had problems with the way the place was run in the last year, it’s disappointing to see that L.A. can’t support two weekly newspapers. More than anything, the paper’s demise is a product of the soft economy and an advertising and media world that’s migrating online.

On lytrules.com, Luke Y. Thompson vented his frustration at seeing a paper with so much talent go under:

Was it the economy, or was it the incredibly stupid move by management to fire Steve Appleford as editor/head/writer/photographer? (Firing a guy who does almost everything, and replacing him with, for example, someone who had never been an editor before…surely not the best business plan). After Steve left, the paper never recovered. An expensive “relaunch” gave the paper cosmetic changes that were all reversed a few months later, and Rebecca Schoenkopf, whose strength as a writer is first-person pieces, became editor and wrote a cover story that was just a bullet-point piece of bits of advice her mom gave her. I grant you, I would rather read that than the OC Weekly’s umpteenth report on the Capistrano School District, but it’s still not cover-story material.

Donnell Alexander noted the demise of CityBeat on his website, and posted a story he was assigned to write for a future issue of the paper. It’s a piece for which he’s yet to be paid. His closing words:

I’ll miss CityBeat even though Southland Publishing – for whom I worked as New Angeles EIC, too – is the cheapest fucking publisher ever to employ this nigga. Runaway titlist. No company has come close.

BREAKING: LA CityBeat Has Folded

citybeat.jpgLos Angeles CityBeat has ceased publishing. Yesterday’s issue will be the paper’s last. The staff was informed this morning in a meeting with Bruce Bolkin, president of Southland Publishing.

Sources inside the paper expressed surprise at the decision. Under CityBeat publisher Will Swaim‘s direction the paper had recently gone from operating at a loss to breaking even.

The paper has seen a revolving door of staff members since former publisher Charles Gerencser inexplicably fired founding editor Steve Appleford last year.

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