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Chess At Tang’s Donuts

Inside Tang's, Saturday Night I often pass Tang’s Donut on Sunset Blvd, which is open 24 hours every day, and although I have never gone in(not so big on donuts and donut related products these days, even though this is my second post about donuts on here in the last week), I do notice that it is absolutely poppin’ fresh when it comes to chess.

A commenter on chessninja has this handy information:

“Tang’s Donut Shop: At the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in Hollywood, a couple of miles west of downtown Los Angeles along Sunset. A donut shop that is a hangout for chess and backgammon players (they also play cards there), this is chiefly a place for gambling (for small to medium stakes unless you are lucky enough to gain entre into the perennial “high roller” game, which has been going on for sporadically for at least 15 years to my knowledge) but it is still possible to get free games here. There are normally a few players there at any time after dark 7 days a week, but the peak hours are between 9 p.m. and dawn the next day. Somewhat of a hangout for local Filipino players, there are usually one or two masters there in the evenings willing and able to take your money. (This used to be a much better place to play and spectate, with the likes of Cris Ramyrat and other extremely strong blitz players showing up on a semi-regular basis, but seems to have gone into a bit of a decline in recent years.)”

It’s also mentioned on this Public Chess Spots page. Has anyone ever gone in on one of these games? Spectated?

Picture from Meltwater.

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

The Los Angeles Times is reporting on the Hollywood background of James Frey, author of the falsely categorized “memoir” “A Million Little Pieces”.

Frey spent nearly a decade in Hollywood, hanging out at industry barbecues, hustling movie ideas and co-producing a few indie flicks… He is listed at the Internet Movie Database website as the director and writer of a small 1998 film called “Sugar: The Fall of the West,” and he has a writing and story credit on the 1998 David Schwimmer movie “Kissing a Fool.” He’s also listed as a co-producer of 2001’s “See Jane Run” and as a producer of the 2000 Luke Wilson film “Preston Tylk,” which was also released as “Bad Seed.”

In “A Million Little Pieces” James Frey claims that he was in jail for two months, had a root canal without novocaine, blacked out once only to awaken bloody and beaten up on an airplane, and numeorous other feats, and went on to promote the book not once pointing out that these weren’t just fabrications but outright lies. When The Smoking Gun ran an article pointing out all the falsehoods, Frey threatened to sue them for slander libel. Since then he’s withdrawn the threat, and only after being confronted by his once champion, Oprah Winfrey, did he finally admit that he didn’t just embellish the truth, he lied.

The L.A. Times also points out that shortly after the novel had become a bestseller the movie rights were sold. Like most authors though, Frey wasn’t happy with the adaptation.

A screenwriter wanted to change the details of Frey’s memoir of addiction for a film script being written for Warner Bros. Frey said they didn’t have the right to alter the facts in the book, the observer recalled this week. “How could they do this? This was his life! How could they change the facts of his life?”

Ah, the irony.

No rage infected monkys here!

Shaun of the Dead opens today at the Arclight! I’m sure everyone I know is sick of me raving about this movie but last week I saw a preview at the Arclight and the Director was there for a brief Q&A and all I can say is that this movie is FUCKING GENIUS! I heartily recommend everyone gets off their collective asses go see it immediately. After-all it’s a love story!