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Gloriously Bad Indie Drama The Room Turns Ten

At the stroke of midnight tonight, director-star Tommy Wiseau and co-star Greg Sestero will be at the first of two special weekend showings of The Room at Landmark’s Regent Theatre in Westwood. To goose the crowd and to celebrate ten years of baffling cinematic triumph.

The Room regularly screens at the Regent, but tonight and Saturday’s showing will be extra special. If you had told the movie’s earliest reviewers and fans back in 2003 that the film would become a west coast 21st century equivalent to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, they would have laughed heartily.

Just how much of a cottage industry has The Room become? Well, around the ten-and-a-half-year mark, Sestero will be releasing a book about his experiences titled The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. He co-wrote the tome with veteran LA journalist Tom Bissell.

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Grantland Gang Set to Invade Skylight Books

To celebrate the arrival of the second issue of the Grantland Quarterly, Skylight Books in Los Feliz will host a quartet of the Web publication’s staffers for an April 9 reading and Q&A event. Attending Monday night will be Katie Baker, Rafe Bartholomew, Tom Bissell and Molly Lambert.

The publication is a combination of Web best-of and print exclusives. Lambert could be in for a fun time in particular, as her contribution to Issue #2 is all about the Kardashians.

Baker writes in the latest issue about female marathoners, Bartholomew profiles Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra while Bissell takes stock of Dead Island, the latest release from Techland. The issue retails for $25.

The event begins at 7:30pm. More info here.