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24 Frames switching to Facebook commenting system

June 20, 2011 | 11:30 am

Facebook-comments 24 Frames today is switching to a new commenting system.

The system requires commenters to sign in through their Facebook accounts. People without Facebook accounts will not be able to leave comments.

Readers will have the option of posting their 24 Frames comments on their Facebook walls, but that's not required.

The change is part of an experiment on 24 Frames and several other Times entertainment blogs. Readers are welcome to express their opinions about the news -- and about how the new Facebook comments system is working.

Jimmy Orr, the Los Angeles Times managing editor in charge of latimes.com, discusses the Facebook system in greater depth.

--Lisa Fung and Martin Beck

In the company of Neil LaBute for a live chat

February 2, 2011 | 11:53 am

Neil LaBute chat Audience members paying close attention to the credits of “I Melt With You,” the Rob Lowe-Jeremy Piven guy-bonding shocker that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week, may have noticed a familiar name on the screen: Neil LaBute.

One of the executive producers of “I Melt With You,” LaBute first hit the Utah festival in 1997 with his ultimate revenge film  “In the Company of Men.” That movie, which opened with Aaron Eckhart's villainous Chad uttering the line “Let’s hurt somebody,” took the Filmmaker’s Trophy at Sundance and went on to collect numerous other honors, including Independent Spirit and New York Film Critics Circle awards.

Since then, the provocative writer-director has had ups and downs in the film world. He earned a Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes Film Festival for “Nurse Betty,” the 2000 film starring Renee Zellweger. But his 2006 remake of the 1973 cult classic “The Wicker Man” regularly finds a spot on lists of most-reviled films. His other film credits include “The Shape of Things” (based on his play of the same name), "Possession," “Lakeview Terrace” and last year’s “Death at a Funeral.” And in addition to "I Melt With You," LaBute was back at Sundance this year as a writer-director with his short film “sexting,” starring Julia Stiles and Marin Ireland. Word is that his next project will feature Colin Firth, Brendan Fraser, Ed Harris and Kristin Scott Thomas in “Seconds of Pleasure,” based on his 2004 book of short stories.

LaBute will be participating in a live chat on our sister blog, Culture Monster, to talk about his new play “Break of Noon,” which opens tonight at the Geffen Playhouse, and any other topics that come up. Do you have questions for the filmmaker-playwright? Click here to join in the conversation at 1 p.m. today.

I Melt With You RELATED:

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Complete Sundance Film Festival coverage

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Neil LaBute. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times


Join us for a live chat with the directors and stars of 'Catfish'

September 28, 2010 | 12:45 pm


How well do you know your Facebook friends?

That’s the question at the center of the new film “Catfish,” which opens wide this weekend. New York filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost set out shooting Ariel’s brother Nev after the 24-year-old photographer is contacted, out of the blue, by Abby, an 8-year-old Michigan girl who wants to make a painting of one of his published photos. Soon Nev befriends Abby’s mother, Angela, and Abby’s 19-year-old sister, Megan, with whom he starts an online / cellphone / text message romance. But is all as it seems?
The documentary has been generating a lot of buzz since it first captured attention at the Sundance Film Festival. It opened in select cities last week and is playing strong among critics and reviewers, with a 76.9% positive rating on Movie Review Intelligence. Some viewers, however, have questioned whether the movie, billed as a “reality thriller,” is really a documentary. 

You'll have a chance to get answers to your questions at 11 a.m. Pacific Tuesday, when 24 Frames hosts a live chat with Joost and the Schulman brothers. Sign up below for a reminder message.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Ariel Schulman, left, Henry Joost and Nev Schulman in the reality thriller "Catfish." Credit: MCT

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