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Lisa Derrick

About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.
 
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About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

FDL Movie Night: “Life After Pi”

By: Monday March 24, 2014 4:59 pm

The Life of Pi was 2012′s pet film. Critically acclaimed, it won a 2013 Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama and for Best Director. The Ang Lee-directed film, which was driven by visual effects, received eleven Academy Award nominations, winning four: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects.

Visual effects house Rhythm and Hues was behind the astounding VFX which made Life of Pi possible; yet two weeks before the Oscar ceremony, the company declared bankruptcy, firing hundreds of employees.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Life After Pi

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 3:57 pm

Monday night’s movie, Life After Pi is short (and free!) film that looks at Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on “Life of Pi”– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Late Night: Hey Joe, All Things Being Equal

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Tomorrow packs a double whammy: It’s the Feast of St Joseph–patron saint of confectioners, carpenters and cuckolds, along with fathers and real estate sales–and the Spring Equinox. St Joseph’s also the patron of saint of Sicily, and the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day is a big deal in New Orleans which has a large Sicilian/Italian population (muffalettas!). Altars are laid out with lemons for new love. Fava beans represent the drought in Sicily which ended after prayers to St. Joe statues of the Holy Family (plus additional saints if you’re so inclined) candles, flowers and food, with an emphasis on seafood, round out a traditional altar.

Saturday Art: “Made in Los Angeles” Showcases L.A. Urban Style

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 10:33 am

“Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love. Featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, “Made in Los Angeles” runs through March 22 at Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona.

Late Night: Obama “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 8:00 pm

In a push to get young adults to sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline, President Obama met last month to tape an episode with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns,” the comedian’s mock interview webseries on Funny or Die.com.

FDL Movie Night: “A Very British Witchcraft” & “The Power of the Witch”

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:59 pm

Witchcraft. Some people believe in it. Some people laugh at it. Some people are afraid of it, even though they claim their various monotheist faiths are stronger. Our first documentary, A Very British Witchcraft, traces the origins of popular witchcraft, aka the Craft or Wicca, from its first codification in the 1940s through to modern day.

Eccentric scholar Gerald Gardner developed a religion based on folklore, folk tradition and Western esoteric traditions, with a healthy bit of Aleister Crowley thrown in. Using the archaeological and information available at the time, Gardner developed Wicca, a term supposedly traceable to the Anglo-Saxon for “wise” and allegedly whence came “witch.”

Penguin Sweaters: The Internet Yarn Keeps Spinning

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 12:34 pm

Knitting sweaters for penguins, a perfect storm of squee and awww that hits every hipster button: Cute widdle birds, knitting, helping some faraway land during an environmental disaster, and social media. Except the sweaters don’t get put on the birds; they are used for fundraising.

It’s possibly one of the best yarns that the internet has even spun.

Late Night: Let Them Eat King Cake

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 8:00 pm

Now that it’s Mardi Gras (or if you prefer Shrove Tuesday, or as IHOP is promoting it, National Pancake Day with free flapjacks til 10pm), we must put aside fleshy food and indulge in a meatless diet, unless you’re an atheist or a pagan. I never know what to give up for Lent, which is for me more cultural than spiritual. Maybe I won’t buy any—uh wool underwear? I’ll give up zucchini! Oh wait no, that’s not good because I loathe the zuke.

Firedoglake Oscars Live Blog!

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 5:25 pm

The 86th annual Academy Awards are upon us on ABC broadcasting live, and we’re live blogging for the fifth year in the comfort of our silk jammies, tiara firmly affixed.  Are you ready for Ellen Degeneres? Are you ready to how see Oscars has increased its diversity in terms of both nominees and presenters? Of the 46 presenters, 11 (nearly one-fourth) are Hispanic or black, versus an average of three in other decades.

Live Blogging the Oscar Red Carpet!

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 3:59 pm

Time to tune into ABC and E! for Oscar countdown and red carpet rundown as we ask “Who are you wearing/what hell are you wearing/what were you thinking?”

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