Wednesday, February 20

Courtesy of JUSTIN BRAUN
"The Monica 90404," premiering today, is a Web series that takes a critical look at teen dramas like "The OC" and "Gossip Girl." The show satirizes recurring themes in these shows, such as the younger ages the actors are expected to portray.

New ZIP code of drama to premiere

Emo cheerleaders, seductively boozy mothers and a whole lot of teenage angst take center stage in the teen Web comedy "The Monica 90404." Read more...

Photo: Courtesy of JUSTIN BRAUN "The Monica 90404," premiering today, is a Web series that takes a critical look at teen dramas like "The OC" and "Gossip Girl." The show satirizes recurring themes in these shows, such as the younger ages the actors are expected to portray.

Courtesy of JUSTIN BRAUN
"The Monica 90404," premiering today, is a Web series that takes a critical look at teen dramas like "The OC" and "Gossip Girl." The show satirizes recurring themes in these shows, such as the younger ages the actors are expected to portray.




Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's film, "Synecdoche New York," stars actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) as Caden Cotard, who spends years building a replica of New York City in a warehouse.

Psychoanalysts dissect writer’s films

Among Hollywood's so-called "difficult" writers, those who insist upon a level of intellectual effort that isn't required to understand the human-Na'vi conflict, Charlie Kaufman is perhaps uniquely focused on finding new ways to represent psychological reality. In his most successful films "“ "Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Adaptation" and "Synecdoche, New York" "“ Kaufman often seems to be thinking out loud, on the screen, as he works through his stories. Read more...

Photo: Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's film, "Synecdoche New York," stars actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) as Caden Cotard, who spends years building a replica of New York City in a warehouse.

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's film, "Synecdoche New York," stars actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) as Caden Cotard, who spends years building a replica of New York City in a warehouse.


Peggy Ahwesh's 2001 15-minute film "She Puppet" was inspired by Lara Croft, the main character in the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise. The film is one of several that will be screened tonight at the Avant-game festival at James Bridges Theater.

Avant-game program features experimental shorts that reconceptualize video game graphics

Purgatory, desolation and loneliness aren't the first words that come to mind when the carjacking video game "Grand Theft Auto" is mentioned. Read more...

Photo: Peggy Ahwesh's 2001 15-minute film "She Puppet" was inspired by Lara Croft, the main character in the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise. The film is one of several that will be screened tonight at the Avant-game festival at James Bridges Theater.

Peggy Ahwesh's 2001 15-minute film "She Puppet" was inspired by Lara Croft, the main character in the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise. The film is one of several that will be screened tonight at the Avant-game festival at James Bridges Theater.


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