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Los Angeles is getting to play itself again.

There's been an increase in movies, shows and commercials are being shot in LA -- 16% more this quarter, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's part of an ongoing recovery after Hollywood staged a retreat from itself, in search of bigger and better tax incentives elsewhere. For most moviegoers, there's not going to be a noticeable difference. Up through the '80s, a lot of movies that didn't require elaborate locations were shot in California. Movies shot in New York seem to...

"South Dakota," an abortion "dramumentary."

The history of abortion on-screen is short and inglorious: for the most part, it doesn't exist, rejected out-of-hand as a viable option, since its presence would automatically turn any film polemical. But it's not like there's a shortage of information, impassioned views and propaganda on the subject widely available from both sides of the aisle. So why did almost 1,000 L.A.-area high school girls have to be bussed into Westwood one October morning to watch "South Dakota: A Woman's...