Friday, June 23, 2017

San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights This August

This August you can enjoy a drive-in movie theater like in the before times. This experience is very valley oriented as all the films showing take place in our very own valley, where many of us live, not like you downtown folks which we consider as the worst. San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights are four nights of films at the Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 in your cars. Each night is a film taking place in our own Valley. It's make sense as this is happening thanks to the Valley Relics Museum, which is benefiting from you buying a ticket.

The movies and dates are:

August 4

E.T. the Extraterrestrial
with The Alien Dance Band


August 5

Back To The Future
with The Flux Capacitors Band

August 11

The Karate Kid (1984)
with Tokyo Dance Party

August 12

La Bamba
with The Viva La Bamba Band

Each film is accompanied with music

San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights
August 4-5, 11-12 pre-Show (7:30pm) Screening (8:30pm)
Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 & XD
9201 Winnekta, Chatsworth, CA. 91311

Anime Expo 2017 Updates: The US premiere for Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game, Kirby's Dream Band

Let's go over some updates on events at Anime Expo 2017 as it's rapidly approaching.

The US premiere for Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game
July 3rd, Day 3 @ 2:00PM-4:00PM
Location: The JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom/ Room Video 2

Celebrating 50 years with Lupin. This will be a screening of a TV special based on the new series airing on Toonami. Lupin has to rescue his wife(?), steal a special treasure and all while battling "The Masked Count." We're unsure if it has any relation to the Count of Caligastro. There's going to be a giveaway on-site at the screening of free exclusive T-shirts, specially designed by the character designer Hisao Yokobori.

Kirby's Dream Band at Anime Expo 2017!
Monday, July 3 at 7 PM - 8 PM
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California 90015
"KDB returns to AX for more live video game music and silly hats. Catch us on the Community Stage in the Entertainment Hall, Monday at 7pm. It's gonna be siiiiick!"

Fans attending Anime Expo show can snag an incentive cover edition of the Street Fighter Swimsuit Special 2017. Premiering early at the show, July 1-4, UDON has produced a new limited-edition cover featuring the artwork of Japanese illustrator, Tsuji Santa! Only 200 copies of this limited-edition cover will be available at Anime Expo. If you want to be one of the first to own this all-new special pinup comic, be sure to stop by UDON booth #3218!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

24-Hour Service For Metro Orange and Silver, Night Life LA & Dog Attack Goes Very Wrong

First up, news for those who don't have cars or don't like using them. We're getting 24-hour service on the Metro Orange and Silver Line starting June 25. Now you don't have to call an Uber a 2am if you're near those lines. For now, this seems like it's permanent.


From the same people who gave us Petal Drop LA and the Griffith Park Teahouse there's Night Life LA (02). Sadly, free tickets are all gone for this special hidden event that takes place at some beach Sat June 24. The new pop-up will feature bioluminescence, when organisms give off their own light, to those lucky enough to have snagged tickets.


The LA Times has a just horrible, horrible story about some LA deputies accidentally killing a teenager while trying to shoot his dog that was about to attack them for a second time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grand Opening For The Wilshire Grand Friday June 23

The Wilshire Grand Center opens this Friday, June 23. The Grand Opening of the tallest building in LA will feature various events throughout the day. For the public, they're going to put on a light show!

From press release:

"The day’s events will conclude with an evening light show, which will present a dazzling spectacle of the 1,100-foot-tall building’s signature, 73-story high LED light features in full force as they illuminate the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, accompanied by music. "

The light show is schedule for around 8:15pm, hopefully it'll be dark by then.

A ribbon-cutting will be taking place at 2:30pm with various LA City Council members and owners of The Grand. You may be able to see it from the street, but it's probably for press and VIPs only.

Hopefully, details on what stores, businesses and when the hotel will be opening will be going up soon.

Wilshire Grand Center
900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Anime Expo 2017 Updates Viz

As we get closer and closer to the largest anime convention in the nation, we'll be giving you updates on the latest Anime Expo news to prepare you and tell you what you can do there.

First up here's the schedule for all things VIZ, I'm looking forward to some Jojo Bizarre Adventure Panel! Also, we put in Viz's deals at their booth this year.

Details after the jump

Weekly What To Do: I Like That The Babadook Came Out Of The Closet ...To Take Your Children

Now–January 7, 2018
The Autry in Griffith Park
Admission to museum

Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition. Through more than 200 historic objects from the Autry’s diverse collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.

*Drop-in Family Fun: Let's Play
In celebration of the Autry’s new Play! exhibition, enjoy four square, hula hoops, checkers, cards, and more. Throughout the museum, explore the galleries through themed scavenger hunts, pose for photos at dress-up stations, participate in story time sessions, and discover the history of the West through hands-on carts. Fun for groups and families with children ages five and up.

2017 Last Remaining Seats
Wings (1927)
Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, downtown L.A.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, downtown L.A.
Jaws (1975)
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, downtown L.A.

Special screenings of films in downtown LA.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
Wed, June 21, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Multiple Locations
Mostly Free

All around LA you can hear a ton of musical performances, mostly free in celebration of music.

Twilight Concert Series
Jun 22 - Aug 17 (Skipping Jul 6)
Santa Monica Pier

Free concert series at the Santa Monica Pier.

Fight Club With Live Score: Movie Night At The Wiltern
Thursday, Jun 22, 7:00 pm
The Wiltern
Starts at $30

"Come experience Fight Club like you never have before - with a live musical score accompanying this cult classic at our historical theater!"


The Little Hours Preview Screening
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with Jeff Baena, writer/director

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

Jennifer's Body (with director Karyn Kusama in person!)
Friday, June 23, Midnight
The Cinefamily

The Babadook Raises
June 23-27
Arena Cinelounge Sunset 
6464 Sunset Blvd. Lobby Level
Hollywood, Ca. 90028

The Babadook has become a LBGTQ icon thanks to Netflix messing up and putting it under that label last Summer. It's actually an Australian horror movie indie. Though the film has nothing to with the LBGTQ, its still become an icon of that community.
  • 3 FUNDRAISER SCREENINGS (6/23-6/25 9PM SHOWS) with proceeds supporting LGBTQ Awareness
  • BABASHOOK - Talk back Conversation - From Monster to Cultural Icon (Sat. 6/24 after 5PM show)
  • With David DelValle (Horror Film Historian) Camilla Jackson (Cinelounge/Blumhouse) SURPRISE GUESTS
  • BABADOOK Cosplay Karaoke Party (SAT. 6/24 9PM - Secret Location Hollywood)

Ripped Special Screening 
Friday, June 23, 7:30
Laemmle's Music Hall

The RIPPED cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 PM screening at the Music Hall on opening night, Friday, June 23. Synopsis: Best buds Harris (Russell Peters) and Reeves (Faizon Love) smoke top secret, CIA weed in 1986 and wake up thirty years later. Now older and fatter, the two decide to take stoner entrepreneurship to an even higher level

The Bad Batch Q&A
Saturday, June 24th after 7:30 PM show
Arclight Hollywood

ArcLight is excited to announce a Q&A for the Venice Film Festival-premiered The Bad Batch. Hollywood will host a Q&A with Director Ana Lily Amirpour on Saturday, 6/24 after the 7:30 PM show. A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals. Reserve now!

The Corgi Show
June 24, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Jun 24, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

"Who doesn't love corgis?  Because we certainly do!  Come check out our show featuring a number of adorable art dedicated to the ever popular corgi."

An Apple And An Adventure Release Party
Saturday, June 24
2 – 4pm

Secret Headquarters

"We are very excited to invite you to our party for Martin Cendreda‘s An Apple And An Adventure!This is an all ages event! Bring the whole family by for an afternoon of milk, cookies, and super fun comics.A girl, her dinosaur friends, and the alphabet. What more could you want?"

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA!
Saturday, June 24, 11 AM - 5 PM
7320 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
PARKING: Parking on Melrose is tricky. You can find metered spaces, but don’t let your time run out because the city will ticket you on the weekends if your meter runs out. There are spots in the residential areas, but many of those spots are only 1 or 2 hour parking.
"We are so excited to be hosting the First Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Shop in the U.S at JapanLA!
Come by the opening party Saturday, June 24th 2017, from 11am - 5pm for a first look at the Pop-Up Shop, exclusive JapanLA products, and to meet tons of other Ghibli fans! We will have lots of special Exclusive Official Studio Ghibli items from Japan for sale! Come early to get first pick. Visit the Pop-Up Shop at JapanLA from June 24 - July 24, 2017.
We are closed 4th of July.

ArcLight Presents Studio Ghibli Fest
Starts June 25
Multiple ArcLight Locations

"Beginning this June, we are proud to be taking part in ArcLight Presents… Studio Ghibli Fest. This series showcases six of Ghibli’s favorites, giving you a tour through the years of one of Japan’s most renowned animation studios."

The Floor Improv Day at Union Station 
Sunday, June 25, 2pm - 5pm
Union Station 

Come experience the joy and magic of THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY when L.A.’s best artists come together at Union Station, June 25, July 23 and August 27 from 2pm - 5pm, to perform live and lead classes in diverse styles of dance, movement, and music. Each event culminates in the popular THE FLOOR IMPROV JAM!

Climate Day LA
Tuesday, June 27
The Theatre At The Ace Hotel
Free with RSVP
Evening Concert $35

The event will bring together over 1,500 Angeleno leaders, advocates, and locals to strategize, implement, and celebrate local solutions to climate change. A benefit gala will follow featuring an exclusive performance by award-winning artist, Moby, and an evening concert in the Theatre will cap off the day with internationally renowned bands and DJs, Neon Indian, Weyes Blood, Eric Wareheim (DJ set) and more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lupin III's Opening & Ending Now Suck

Wow, I'm not sure whose to blame. Toonami or Discotek Media must have screwed up the licensing rights for the opening and closing music for the brand new Lupin III Part 4 that just started airing on Toonami. The new dub has Lupin the Third back at it in Italy, trying to steal everything with the greatest of flare. The flare was reflected in both the Japanese opening and closing to the show, now missing from the Toonami broadcast.

Check out the original versions below. They're both eye-catching and it's a tragedy we get such an ugly remix for the dub.
Oh, jeez, the music got taken off of the only copy of the ending I could find on YouTube, but just look at that animation. It's a shame we don't get these here in the States.

LA Convention Center's Security For E3 Sucked

Over at Polygon they have a run down of how easy it it was to sneak in to the LA Convention Center during E3 this year. The results aren't great. It also brings to question how hard would it be for someone to bring a weapon inside as bags aren't thoroughly checked.

Most security for LA Live and the LA Convention Center is handled by third party companies. For those who have experienced security in those areas they know they're quite bad at their jobs.

With Anime Expo on the way it opens questions of safety as who anyone who has seen these security companies before in action at AX would question how good they are as they hire teenagers and very old people to stop sneaking in.

Luckily the convention center is usually swimming in real cops checking out the area.

I consider most of the security for the LA Convention Center glorified ticket takers with no skills in an emergency.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beautiful Big O Review: Roger Smith!

The Big O Blu-Ray Complete Collection
Out June 20
As of writing this $45.99 on Amazon

It's showtime! The steam-punk Batman rip-off with robots is back and on Blu-ray. Since its start on Toonami its been a mega-sized punch for anime fans wanting a neo-noir story about a robot pilot and a city that's lost its memories from 40 years ago.

Let me just write that Sentai has done a wonderful job collecting the show and putting in on Blu-Ray. If you've ever wanted to see the show in its highest quality with its great music, cept' for it's ever-changing opening theme then you need to pick this up.

Let's just smash through on that opening, it was terrible when it came out and since it came out it had to be changed three times due to legal reasons. The latest theme song sounds like a rip-off off The Kinks - "You Really Got Me" so maybe in a few years a newer theme song will have to come out. That's my only qualm with any content in the Blu-ray collection. I only noticed it once when it was inserted into the show proper and man, it did not fit in the action scene.

For those who don't know about the Big O. Let's take you through it to get you excited about one of my favorite animes. Roger Smith is a negotiator in Paradigm City, a city that has lost all its memories prior to 40 years. A negotiator is someone who settles disputes. On top of that he's basically Bruce Wayne/Batman. If Batman had to deal with giant robots. The main reason why he looks Bruce and the show looks like Gotham city is because the Japanese animators, Sunrise, did the animation for Batman: The Animated series and created this show.

Paradigm City and its dome cities should still win awards for their inventive look. A city-scape trapped behind a curtain of metal and glass. Fallen buildings from a disaster that took place that no one can remember.

So Roger Smith pilots the Big O, a giant hammer-piston punching robot with special moves that defends Paradigm City from all manner of robots, super villains and monsters. He's helped by his Butler Norman akin to Alfred and R. Dorothy his android companion. The live in a mansion that used to be a bank building. The series goes beyond its simple premise of a new baddie every episode with an overall arch over finding memories, foreign countries attacking and Paradigm's evil CEO coming up with dastardly acts for unknown reasons, later fully realized in the ending episodes. Oh, and things get really weird in those ending episodes.

Many people find the ending to just be plain terrible and I agree after watching it again. I'm writing bout, Evangelion levels of what-the-f*ck? 

The ride on a giant robot getting there however is well worth the trip. Big O's story is so reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series it's hard to not to think of it as a weird spin-off. With great musical scores; even one episode has to deal with learning piano and turning that into a deadly weapon, makes the show so much fun to take in as robots battle each other.

Oh, and the battles are downright crazy to watch. The show fully realized how big The Big O is and its counter-bots and makes you feel like the world's coming down or you're right in the fight. You can't wait for Roger Smith to call out, "It's Showtime!" on his watch communicator to summon Big O.

And the set-up inside the Big O and how it's operated is fascinating in on itself in battle. I'd say it's one well-thought out mech when it came to design. How many times does it just have a fun new toy or power to smash down bad-bots!

If you've never seen it or if you've missed it, it's showtime! Pick it up this June.

Blu-ray provided by publisher for review purposes

iam8bit: A Love Story Gallery Online

Check out iam8bit's latest video game art show, iam8bit: A Love Story which seems like it was suppose to come out in February, but those artists can be lazy f*cks.

Friday, June 16, 2017

World 8 Art Show Ends This Weekend

If you haven't had a chance, you still have this weekend to check out the art from the World 8 Art Show! It all comes down this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! So if you want to see a dog pretending to be Big Boss or Link dancing it up all sexy or even a really cool 3D Castlevania candlestick you better head over to the recently redone World 8.

World 8 Art Show
Runs from June 10-18
World 8 1057 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone 213-389-5212

The Legend of Michelle Christine, A Link to the Laughs June 16

Ending E3 is the strange comedy experience revolving around The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Michelle Christine, A Link to the Laughs 
Friday, June 16
Meltdown Comics
Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door
All Ages with Parent or Guardian 21+

The defining game of my childhood was Ocarina of Time. I found my diary from 1998, each page dedicated to my daily struggles in Hyrule, the Water Temple took up several pages :). This show will take you back to those N64 days, while I channel my inner Link in costume. My favorite comedians will join me including Just for Laugh's Sabrina Jalees and Fahim Anwar, BoJack Horseman's Ron Funches, and Egypt's Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef. We will keep those faces smiling, and bellies rumbling, let's laugh together!

Game Hype: DICKS Out

 DICKS the prequel to Nintendo's ARMS fighter is out today. Yes, DICKS makes it debut at the same time that ARMS stretches its way to the scene. Get the games here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Give It A Chance

The story of a young boy becoming a legendary hero may remind you of Dragon Ball. So it's funny that this cartoon got the same voice actress of young Goku -during Dragon Ball minus the Z- to play its main character and a young hero, K.O., yeah, he's name is Knockout. From the mind of Ian Jones-Quartey, known for his work on Adventure Time and Steven Universe comes a tale of a young hero trying to become a hero in a world filled with heroes. That's a lot of heroes! So many heroes that they actually have a pretty tight-knit community at his local mini-mall, Lakewood Plaza Turbo.

Cartoon Network has release six episodes online, before it's August debut on TV and we're already fighting for it. Not only because of the nostalgia of Dragon Ball. No, because it's just back to fun cartoony animation. There's talking animals and fruits, weird products, and it actually has real off-model imagination behind it and it's building a world to see people kick butt in.

But yeah, there's total homages to Dragon Ball, I mean K.O.'s best friend, a super-powered green alien stockboy is very reminiscent of Piccolo and he's gal pal, who runs the register, Enid, seems to take control like Bulma. By the way they all work in super store, that sells super hero gear. 

We also think we spot the art style of Lamar Abrams and we know Jeremy Polgar's taking credit for the opening cinematic. Both animators we really like from cartoons and comics.

You can check out the series now via Cartoon Network's app or wait for it to come out this August on Cartoon Network.

LA Film Fest 2017 Guide Reminder

Don't forget our guide for the LA Film Festival going on now.

Anime Expo 2017 Schedule & Maps Up

Anime Expo's schedule is up here. Check out what's happening for AX and plan accordingly.

Update: AX released maps too, Check out where the booths are that you want to go to.

Oh, no! Looks like Mega 64 isn't doing a panel this year! They were always one of out wacky favorites.

Here's some of out top things to do.


-Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (All Ages)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

-Pony Canyon Industry Panel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

-Production I.G Industryl Panel
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

-Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

-VIZ Media Industry Panel
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

-The Aksys Games Panel
 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

-Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Industry Panel
 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

-Anime News Network Panel
 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

-FAKKU Presents: Hentai Worth Watching (18+)
 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Fazio Vs. Anime (18+)
11:00 pm - 12:00 am

He's performed at some of the top clubs and conventions in the state. Now the comedian and writer comes to Anime Expo to put the hurt on some of your favorite anime and video games. No property is too sacred for his judgment. Prizes for audience participation!


-A Glimpse Inside The Ancient Magus’ Bride
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us as Crunchyroll sits down with President of WIT STUDIO George Wada, and Director Norihiro Naganuma to discuss their up-and-coming project, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, as well as a chance for some Q&A.

-Aniplex of America Industry Panel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do titles like Erased, Sword Art Online, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, or Madoka Magica make your fandom heart flutter? Then this panel is definitely for you! Join the Aniplex marketing team as they bring you the latest news from AOA headquarters!

-Crunchyroll Industry Panel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

-FLCL 2 & 3 Panel
 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

-studio TRIGGER panel
 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

-Corgi Cosplay Panel
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
-Super Soul Bros
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
-Crunchyroll and Kadokawa Present: Summer Simulcast Preview
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Crunchyroll and Kadokawa for an exclusive on upcoming summer simulcasts, panel session with the production team behind “Classroom of the Elite” - Seiji Kishi (Director), Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Director), Yuji Higa (Animation), Sho Tanaka (Producer) and a premiere of the series!
-Shonen Jump Presents: The Official JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Panel
 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

-Anime Expo Cosplay Chess!!
 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
-Bringing the world Gal*Gun to Virtual Reality (18+)
10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
-Voice Acting with Hentai (18+)
10:30 pm - 12:00 am
Ever want to voice act in a hentai? No? Well, too bad, we're doing it anyway. Join us for a night of classy dubbing of classy hentai, and try voicing our your, uh.. favorite scenes.
-Karaoke Gong Show!  
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
-Official SAILOR MOON Panel
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

-Super Soul Bros 21+ 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
-Warner Bros. Japan Anime Panel
 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
-Crunchyroll Presents: An Exclusive Sneak Peek of The Ancient Magus' Bride
 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 Be one of the first people in the world to see Wit Studio's highly anticipated new series, The Ancient Magus' Bride! Join us as we sit down with George Wada (President of WIT STUDIO) and Norihiro Naganuma (Director of The Ancient Magus' Bride) to present an exclusive sneak peek at the series based off the fantasy manga by Kore Yamazaki.
 -Kirby's Dream Band
 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
-Crunchyroll Summer Premiere Event
 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
-Dragon Ball Super Panel: Presented by Funimation & Toei Animation Inc
 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
They’re back! Get to know Dragon Ball Super English voice actors Sean Schemmel (Goku, King Kai), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo, Shenron), Jason Douglas (the man behind Beerus), and special guest Japanese voice actor Ryō Horikawa (the man behind Vegeta) during a special panel and Q&A session. 
-studio TRIGGER live drawing
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

-FAKKU Industry Panel (18+)
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

-Super Soul Bros
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm