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Boots Riley on ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ political organizing and making a difference

Boots Riley might have previously been best known as a self-described “communist rapper,” but his new film, “Sorry to Bother You,” has been making a splash in the cinematic community after premiering last January at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Steven Yeun, “Sorry to Bother You,” marks Riley’s writing…

The Groundlings’ ‘Cooking With Gas’ is a fresh take on LA comedy

The Groundlings school boasts acclaimed alums including Melissa McCarthy, Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig and current SNL cast member Heidi Gardner. A famed training ground for comedy-inclined actors, the Groundlings can be compared to the Amy Poehler-cofounded Upright Citizens Brigade, which typically attracts comedians and focuses more on fostering comedic timing, narrative emphasis and group work.…