Octomom Nadya Suleman's Masturbation Video Proceeds Peak the ... uh ... Interest of IRS

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Octomom's porn proceeds spark IRS interest.
Turns out Octomom Nadya Suleman's legal troubles may not have been over with her no contest plea to welfare fraud in July.

Orange's single, seldom-employed mother of 14 received two years probation and a small fine for receiving public assistance in 2012 from Los Angeles County despite having earned $144,000, including more than $100,000 from her masturbation video.

But Octo-cheater may not be done paying up. The Internal Revenue Service is reportedly investigating her for possibly failing to report at least some of her income.

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1,000 Times Goodnight, Juliette Binoche and Peter Travers Are "in" Port Theater TONIGHT

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The outside of Port Theater and programming inside have entered a new age.
Before and after its 2012 resurrection, the Port Theater in Corona del Mar has been the host of film screenings followed by audience Q&A's with filmmakers and stars.

That's happening again at 7 tonight with the drama 1,000 Times Goodnight, although there is a twist: moderator and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers, in-theater reporter Alison Bailes and the film's star Juliette Binoche will be 2,800ish miles away in New York City.

The New York Film Critics Series presents live, interactive, high-definition screenings of films that are beamed into independent cinemas, before the regular theatrical openings.

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Hibbleton Gallery Brings You the Cinema of India

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There's more to Indian cinema than their popular Bollywood exports--much more. That's why programmers at Hibbleton gallery have opted to make their latest film series an ongoing introduction to the cinema of India. Films by Indian filmmakers, about India from non-Indians, from art house to documentary to classics to political films, Hibbleton'll host a menagerie of genres to sink your teeth into to enlighten, captivate and amaze viewers who choose to give them a chance.

This series barely scratches the tip of the proverbial iceberg in the range of Indian films that exist, but it's a start--a two-month start, even. Screenings start this Wednesday, and as always, you can settle in for some rousing discussion with Steve Elkins, who presents each film, at every film's end. Here's the full list of films to expect.

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Read Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger, See the Trailer, Read the Review, See the Flick

Original Kill the Messenger book cover (left) and the version now that there's a major motion picture.
As you'd expect, the cover has changed to OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger now that a major motion picture of the same title based on the book hits theaters today.

Whether vintage or new, you'll want to read the book before venturing into a local theater to see the movie starring Jeremy Renner. For Nick's sake, why not buy copies of each version? Check Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Takes Over The Frida Cinema This Friday Night

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Without the added participatory elements of a light show, sing-along, or garlic bread handed to me, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is still a movie worth watching. Yet, the folks at Cinemattack from Fountain Valley have planned all those things and more for their upcoming screening of the film at the Frida Cinema in SanTana this Friday night.

The film, based on the popular graphic novel by Brian Lee O'Malley, was well received by critics and fans alike upon its initial release, and like the graphic novel, has nurtured its own cult following (although it's no big issue if you're unfamiliar with the source material since the film stands alone for its hilarious and visually stunning merits). It stars my good buddy Michael Cera in the title role, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Allison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Anna Kendrick, who bring to life O'Malley's beloved characters to the screen.

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A Call for Making Arrested Development's Orange County Imagine/Imaging a Reality

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The Bluth and nothing but the Bluth

Further proof that Orange County is a Bizarro World version of Arrested Development's Orange County (or Arrested Development's Orange County is a Bizarro World version of Orange County) comes in a MemorialCare Health System announcement Monday.

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Television Comedy Writing Workshop with Rick Najera this Sunday

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If you're savvy to the world of comedy in Hollywood, especially sketch comedy, you're probably aware of Rick Najera. Among his credits include cult faves like In Living Color, MADTv, Loco Comedy Jam, his first film Nothing Like the Holidays with John Leguizamo and Debra Messing, and the highly successful Latinologues on Broadway. As a writer, director and executive producer, he's got the agency to supply more well-rounded Latino characters that help for our representation.

Najera also teaches acting and comedy writing, which has helped launched the careers of hundreds of young writers who have moved on to bigger and better writing credits for major television. This Sunday, Najera will provide a free Television Comedy Workshop as one of the final events for Santa Ana's OC Film Fiesta.

I chatted with Najera on comedy, writing, and staying afloat in the industry. Think of this as a small sample of Najera's golden wisdom, which you can experience for yourself by attending his workshop.

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Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists Screens This Thursday at OCMA

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Leslie Buchbinder's documentary film Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists first amazed audiences this past April at the Newport Beach Film Festival and makes its way back to OC Thursday night at the Orange County Museum of Art. I even had the pleasure of interviewing Buchbinder about the Hairy Who and making the film; you can read that in-depth conversation here.

To summarize, Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists illustrates (with nifty illustrated animation, no less) the bizarre and irreverent cadre of Chicago artists from the 1960s whose work challenged the growing pop art movement of New York and Los Angeles. Those scenes had become highly acclaimed in the art world; the work of the Imagists did not.

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The One I Love Screens and Director Charlie McDowell Talks About It at Chapman Thursday

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Charlie McDowell crouches down to go over a The One I Love scene with actor Mark Duplass.
When I yammered on and on about how much I enjoyed The One I Love when it hit theaters about a month ago, I shared Charlie McDowell's unusual trip to the director's chair for a most unusual indie feature.

It's a trip the writer/actor/American Film Institute-trained filmmaker son of Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell can now share with you Thursday night at Chapman University.

McDowell is scheduled to participate in an audience Q&A after The One I Love screens in Dodge College's Folino Theater starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited but an RSVP is required HERE.

Despite the training and Hollywood pedigree, what made McDowell an in-demand director was his Twitter feed of open letters to two ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties who lived in the apartment above his. They were later compiled in his book Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story, whose fans included Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis and Mark Duplass.

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SoCal Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years Starting Today and Earns Much Praise from Filmmakers

Yep, it's been a decade, movie lovers.

Time flies when you're watching a well-made film, and time has flown for a now 10-year-old Huntington Beach festival that specializes in indie flicks and the people who make them.

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