Vidiots

Well, what do you know?

By Andrew Shane Walters

Production of the Week

The Vidiots Foundation is killin’ it! They always have something fun going on. If you haven’t been to any of their screenings, you’ve truly missed out. All right, here is your chance to make up for it. This Sunday (Aug. 2 at 7:30 pm), skip, hop, jump, walk or whatever it is you do on over to Vidiots (306 Pico Blvd.) and prove yourself to be a knowledgable movie buff at their Movie Trivia Night!

You can ride solo or create a team. Either way, it’s $10 a person. First place gets unlimited FREE rentals for a month, plus their very own “picks” shelf at Vidiots, everybody’s favorite old school video rental stop.

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ii’s on Entertainment: ‘Jest’ Laugh

By Andrew Shane Walters

Production of the Week

TootsieHey, uh, you. Yeah, you! Looking for a laugh tonight? Tootsie is a roll, but it’s not a candy, it’s a roll of film. It’s actually a classic, feature-length film. Ever heard of it?

The Vidiots Foundation is having a free screening tonight at 7:30 pm! If you’ve never caught this hilarious 1982 flick then this is the perfect opportunity.

Tootsie is considered to be the second funniest film ever by the American Film Institute. It got nominated for ten Academy Awards and won several, including Jessica Lange for Best Supporting Actress.

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Cause Celeb: ‘Argo’ star to find himself at Vidiots

by Colin Newton

You gotta root for a hometown kid. And it doesn’t get more hometown than this: Actor-director Chris Messina (The Mindy Project, Argo) will present his soul-searching new drama Alex of Venice at Vidiots, Santa Monica’s venerable video rental shop, on Wednesday, July 8.

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Argo" - Red Carpet
Chris Messina

Alex of Venice tells the story of, well, Alex, played to perfection by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Returned). Alex is an environmental lawyer who buries herself in saving local wetlands until one day, when she finds her seemingly well-balanced life a bit unbalanced: Her man-child of a husband (Messina) abandons her to “find himself” somewhere very far away, leaving the already overburdened Alex with even more responsibilities. Alex has some self-finding to do herself, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

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ii’s on Entertainment: Can’t have the sweet without the sour

By Andrew Shane Walters

Performance of the Week

Elle Woods is going to Harvard! That’s right, her boyfriend dumped her again because he is an idiot. This time she’s singing her way into Harvard Law.

LB-Logo-600-x-600-300x300Back in Santa Monica, at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre (starting this Saturday, June 27, and playing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 1), Legally Blonde: The Musical is exactly what it sounds like — a musical adaption of the film Legally Blonde, meaning it is awesome! The show was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Its comedic songs and energetic dance numbers will have you grinning all the way.

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ii’s on Entertainment: The magic out there

By Andrew Shane Walters

Publication of the Week

0940512548tHave you ever experienced magic . . . real magic? Were there supernatural forces at work? Or was it actually the natural world? Sometimes, the natural world appears to be richly magical. Griffith Observatory: A Celebration of its Architectural Splendor by Arnold Schwartzman captures the magical world of the Griffith Observatory that so many Los Angelenos and visitors alike relish in.

On the shelves inside Hennessey + Ingalls Art and Architecture Bookstore, Griffith Observatory is their current number-one seller, Schwartzman shares the beauty and magic of Los Angeles and its favorite and most elegant place to stargaze. This gorgeous collection celebrates Colonel Griffith J. Griffith’s dream to build an observatory on Mount Hollywood, as well as John C. Austin’s exquisite Art Deco architecture that makes up the Observatory.

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