Monday, March 27, 2017

WonderCon 2017 Update: 3 Day Badges Sold-Out

Well, 3 Day Badges are gone now too. So if you were planning for whatever DC movie reveal was gonna happen on Saturday, you're as lucky as Superman in his last movie.

The parking page updated too, we have a huge Disney lot nearby to fill up, it just might be a slosh to get in with so many people coming.

LA's Last Mall Arcade Gets A Continue

You may remember we reported earlier this month that the All Amusement Fun Center was closing April 15th, however, after community support and some negotiations the store should be re-opening on the third floor of Burbank Mall in June. As reported by LA Weekly, enough people gave their support and e-mailed the current owners of the mall, which is going through major renovations, that talks opened between the owners of the mall and Jim Rowton, owner of All Amusement Fun Center.
The talks paid off and the arcade looks like it will remain part of the Burbank community. You'll be able to shoot dinosaurs and ninja cyborg terrorists and try and earn tickets for prizes this summer.

*The arcade will still be temporarily closing April 15th until it reopens later this Summer
*Not everything is fully complete with the deal, but ti's more than likely over.

Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature Screenings

You can already pre-order tickets to double features of Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol 2, hitting theaters this May. Now...they also have an Ultimate Ticket, we've seen this before with Interstellar. For $100 you can see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 once a day for as long as it's running with this ticket, that comes looking like a cassette.

via /Film

The Huntington Has Views This Spring

Over the weekend we visited The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens as the wisteria was in bloom. It wasn't the only flower showing off its colors. The wide ranging gardens are perfect to visit  this Spring with flowers and plants to study all over the different gardens. Rivaling the natural beauty is the art available, some of which is older the America itself.

The Huntington
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Weekdays Weekends/Holidays*
Adults $23 $25
Seniors (65+) $19 $21
Students (12-18, or with full-time student ID) $19 $21
Youth (4-11) $10 $10
Children (under 4) free free
Groups (15 or more) $18 ea. $20 ea.
Members free free

For something new however you may want to visit the Orbit Pavilion. In the shape of a shell, this metal structure releases the sounds of passing satellites that NASA is using to study the Earth. Drop in to hear a soundtrack reminiscent of an ambient indie sci-fi video game. In the center of the structure is a screen that tells you what satellites are supposedly flying over head.

We're not sure how accurate the Orbit Pavilion is, if it's using GPS to really track satellites or even if a structure with so many holes in it amplifies or does anything to the sound being generated. It's more on the artistic end than scientific, we would have like a lot more of a scientific connection than a room of chip-tune sounds.

You can hear the sounds of rushing water in the Chinese Gardens. The expansive area has wonderful Chinese architecture and surroundings to take photos of or just get lost in the beauty of. Truly some wonderful sights from the bridge to a small waterfall.

It has it's own restaurant, Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House, which we can't say we recommend. It has a small menu and a very ugly aesthetic when it comes to seating and tables. If hungry we say go further in to the larger 1919 Cafe or if feeling a bit more fancy the Rose Garden Tea Room.

The Japanese Garden isn't far from the Chinese Garden and stands out with it's bamboo and the spotty coloreful koi underneath its bridge. You also have the majesty of the desert to explore with  strange cacti and the Jungle, Palm and Subtropical Gardens all showing their own indigenous flowers. Though only one we have to say was not up to par, Australia, it was our least favorite of the gardens.

You might even spot a bunny
The Huntington just isn't gardens though it has some truly magnificent art to be stunned by. 18th- and 19th-century British paintings are still so utterly engaging, you could argue the ones the have on view are the selfies of yesteryear, though only for the rich.

If you need a place to get away from the city, to smell the flowers and see what nature can offer. Just the open air and trees made us feel fortunate to be there. Take the time to leave the valley or the city and enjoy nature.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Shaqtown Today March 24

The Nine-Foot Shaq statue goes on display today at the Staples Center. To celebrate they've created a shanty town Shaqtown to celebrate all things Shaq, except his awful roles in Hollywood movies.Shaqtown starts at 2pm, with the unveiling of the statue at 4pm with special guests. It ends around 7pm.

Damn, I do think it would be hilarious if Adam Sandler showed up for the festivities.

via LAist

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ronin-Expo Replaces Ninja-Con June 10th

It looks like the very indie con, Ninja-Con is gone, replaces with Ronin-Con. From the press release, the CEO and the organization behind Ninja-Con was going for more of an arts festival than an anime convention, but the Ninja-Con committee still wanted to keeping striving for anime fun, so they amicably have separated.

 Ronin-Expo replaces Ninja-Con, but will still take place in Little Tokyo at the JACCC and will be staying in June, the 10th to be exact. We will have more details as the new event draws closer. We doubt it will change much as a small fan led anime event.

To register for the event early and save some money or to start finding details go to the official site.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 14th Factory Ends April 30th: See The 2001: A Space Odyssey Bedroom Up Close

The 14th Factory, a temporary art space, was created to shoot an artsy doc movie. Now the people behind it want to show it off by making it a multimedia art installation for you to see. Oh, they also recreated the bedroom from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Brought to our attention from LA Mag, the space is asking you to pay $16.74 for a run of the place, unless you want to play more for the V.I.P. Tour. Basically, it's a trip through The 14th Factory's artistic vision with a really nice look at a piece from movie history.

No word if you can enter the bedroom, but we're guessing it's viewing only. The pictures online are also missing an astronaut aging and a monolith.

Grab tickets here.

Loot Rascals Review: Why Is This Weird Game So Hard?

Loot Rascals, you could be so much more fun if you weren't so damn hard! Made by Satan to piss me off and to stop me from getting my work done is Loot Rascals. A game so hard I haven't been able to get to the third level of it after playing more than 6 hours. If you play it, you will die again and again and you'll be brought back by some kind of monster Cthulhu-like vagina looking creature. It's a game about defeating monsters and grabbing a robot's head and getting the Hell out of dodge.
To be more specific it's a card battling game. Set on weird alien planet that randomly generates levels and then monsters that dwell on them. You must power up yourself, loot their cards and become more powerful. To be more complex every move on the board takes up a turn or in the "story" time of day. So many turns make it change from night to day. You attack the monsters when their shields are up, based on the time of day, so they don't attack, because if not, they'll straight up attack you.

These aren't Pokemon, they aren't Dragon Quest monsters, they're just weird looking monsters out of a designer toy catalog. These things making you want to laugh at them or just ponder what the Hell they are. Their design, like the rest of the game, adds to the reason of coming back. To just see how weird they move and look. If one manages to kill you, they loot you.

The story is set around you having to fix a resort by terra-forming it, the cards are actually suppose to be used to fix any sort of broken equipment, so there like mini-putters and swim trunks. You're fighting monsters and robots with golf balls, though you don't see those visuals, just a simple attack animation. The main monster likes you destroying the monsters, it wants you to come pick up your lost robot head and then it wants to go home with you...which would probably bad as it's all kinds of wrong, powerful and is actually outside of our normal dimension.

Let's make it more complicated.

The game would be much more fun or even playable on the phone if it wasn't 1980's hard. If you die, you lose all your cards and start all over again. Your brought back by none other than the end boss itself. I haven't been able to get past level three and barely get there and it seems everyone else on Steam discussions isn't fairing much better.

On other complications, cards switch between being defense and attack and you only have 10 spaces. You have to choose wisely and the cards can have weird bonus or negative effects on where they're placed in your deck

Enemies seem to randomly range to high numbers on boards out of no place. It's usually five hits and your dead adding to how hard it is to progress in this game.

You do have the chance at help, holograms of other players whose cards are stolen can help you...or hate you. See if you find a stolen card, you can be nice and return it to that player, so in another person's game they'll get their card back. If you kept it, well then, that player's hologram wants you dead.

Loot Rascals captured my attention at the PlayStation Experience with look alone. It's like an early attempt from a game company that can make a great looking game if they only tweaked down how hard it was to progress. Loot Rascals is a loony game that I would like to love, but how painfully hard to progress just takes it away from how great it could be.

Available on PC and PS4

Game provided by publisher for review purposes.

Weekly What To Do: Yeah See, Yeah, It Was The Vegan That Done It

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience 
featuring Ramin Djawadi
Thur, March 23, 8pm
The Forum, Inglewood, CA
$tarts at $34

That theme song just over and over again. No, it's suppose to be quite the spectacle with live music and a chorus dressed like they just went to the Renaissance Faire.

Fri, Mar 24, 2017 - Sun, Apr 2, 2017
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
The 19th edition of NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD takes you back to the original film noir era with a program replicating the moviegoing experience of that time - TEN double bills, each featuring a major studio “A” picture paired with a shorter “B” movie. Join us for this incredible, one-of-a-kind experience - classic noir on the big screen, showcased exactly as it was back in the day! It’s Film Noir: A to B!

March 24-30 
Laemmle NoHo 7
The 4th Annual North Hollywood CineFest.

Metro Art Presents: Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions
Friday, March 24 at 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to welcome Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions Ensemble to Union Station for a night of cosmic instrumentalism.


Friday, March 24, 7:30 PM
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue

"It only seems fitting for Friday Night Frights to celebrate its 6th anniversary with another high-concept all-nighter - the 666athon, a celebration of Part 6's! Only the most determined horror franchises reach a 6th installment, so the choices are sure to be off-the-wall and gore-iffically insane. We're keeping our programming a secret, but you can count on seeing some of your franchise faves as well as unexpected entries and strange cobwebbed corners of the horror landscape. The world has gone to hell, so why not lean into 2017 with a Part 6 all-night marathon! Get caffeinated and lose your minds with us!"

Call Of Booty: Video Game Vixen Burlesque
Fri, March 24, 8pm and 10pm
Harvelle's Long Beach
201 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

"Calling all Gamers! Let us introduce you to a whole show dedicated to all your crazy video game fantasies! From old school classics, to the new stuff all the cool kids are playing, we have it all! So whether you are a Pac Man nerd, a Skyrim junkie, or you just want to get your Street Fighter on...we have a show for you! 25 amazing burlesque and boylesque performers will be collecting all the gold coin and shakin' some 8 bit booty!"

Japan Nite US tour in Los Angeles
Sat, March 25, 8pm -11pm
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90042
SXSW staple, the coolest Japanese indie rock, punk and obscure culture extravaganza with another killer line-up. 

Aloha! Lolligag Custom Toy Opening Reception
Sat, March 25, 7 PM - 10 PM
Q Pop
319 E 2nd St Unit 121, Los Angeles, California 90012
Q Pop and Lolligag are joining forces to bring you a custom art show of the new vinyl toy, Aloha! Lolligag.More than 45 artists (worldwide)

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California 90015
$tarts at $20
"The show features the world’s top show vehicles and notable industry brands all under one roof while creating a unique experience allowing attendees the opportunity to connect and share common interests with one another. From classics to concepts, there’s a little something for everyone to see during the event. With its core focus on the automotive industry, AutoCon is a place where exclusive vehicle builds/projects are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced. Let the good times roll!"

LA Weekly's The Essentials
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017
Doors: 2:00 PM (ends at 5:00 PM)
California Market Center
110 East Ninth Street
Los Angeles, CA
$0 - $115 
LA Weekly's top choices of where to eat in LA all in one place for you to munch on.
Sunday, March 26, 9 AM until 4 PM
Culver City to Venice
"CicLAvia heads back to one of our fan-favorite routes for the first event of 2017! On March 26, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Venice will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space."

Sunday March 26, 11 AM - 7 PM
11223 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
"Vegan Street Fair is an annual *FREE ENTRANCE* vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.
The best part? All bite-size portions are $4 max and did we mention that entrance is FREE?!? Oh and you pay vendors directly... THAT'S RIGHT! Food tickets are G.O.N.E! Breathe a sigh of relief with us and gear up to #eatalltheveganthings!"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie Reunion in LA Today

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie Reunion in LA!
March 21 at 7 PM - 10 PM
TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

Week of Logic 2017

We usually don't report on Anaheim unless related to aerospace or theme parks, but beer with a video game themes always grabs us. Week of Logic 2017 from Bottle Logic is going on now with special prizes to be won and all in the same vain of gaming.

Join us as we celebrate our third anniversary with an epic week of fan favorite beers and sneak-peek previews of our upcoming releases! We'll be open from noon to midnight each day!

We've outgrown our brewing warehouse as a party space so this year's festivities will take place in our "new" 7,000sq ft warehouse exactly next door to our current Tasting Room!

Make sure to grab your Strategy Guide [available in our Tasting Room beginning Thursday 3/16, and throughout Week of Logic at the Strategy Guide Station] and #LEVELUP by purchasing a beer each day and collecting the day's unique stamp.

•Collect three stamps and win this year's bottle opener!

•Collect five stamps and win a set of gorgeous new Bottle Logic glasses!

•Collect all seven stamps for this year's new 64oz glass growler and to earn #LEVELUP guaranteed bonus bottle access to the Level I Stasis Project Releases in 2017!

••Prizes will not be available for sale during Week of Logic, but may be reordered and sold after the festivities conclude. **

Monday, March 20, 2017

The CW Heroes & Aliens Panel at PaleyFest 2017

We all applauded and laughed as Kevin Smith asked Brandon Routh, “Ray Palmer/Atom” if he had a "d*ck door" to pee out of when he's in his Atom suit. It was one of many highlights for that evening's special panel that had a huge assortment of heroes in attendance. The CW Heroes & Aliens Panel part of the ongoing PaleyFest 2017, taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend, had fans decked out in STAR Labs t-shirts and Arrow hoodies. At the end, fans rushed to the stage to get pictures and get stuff signed from the following stars of their favorite superhero shows including the CW Trinity of Arrow, Supergirl and Flash:

Stephen Amell, “Oliver Queen/Arrow”                                      
David Ramsey, “John Diggle”
Marc Guggenheim, Executive Producer
Wendy Mericle, Executive Producer

The Flash:
Grant Gustin,“Barry Allen/The Flash”                                        
Candice Patton, “Iris West”                                                            
Andrew Kreisberg, Executive Producer
Todd Helbing, Executive Producer
Aaron Helbing, Executive Producer

Melissa Benoist, “Kara Danvers/Supergirl”
David Harewood, “Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz”
Andrew Kreisberg, Executive Producer

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:
Brandon Routh, “Ray Palmer/Atom”
Caity Lotz,“Sara Lance/White Canary”

One of the best parts was when host Kevin Smith, whose directed two episodes of Supergirl, asked Diggle on Arrow played by David Ramsey about how he felt over the crossovers.
"It's actually a lighter atmosphere over on The Flash, there's bright light...everyone's smiling, everyone's happy...we're literally separated by a wall. By the way, the have cans of soda on their show, we don't. It's true, we don't get Coke or Mountain Dew or Pepsi, Flash does. This is the truth.,"

Diggle was then interrupted by one of his producers.

"Once we start pulling a .9 or a 1"(millions of views) [will get soda.]

Diggle made a face that made everyone laugh in attendance.

Other highlights included the promise from Flash producers of not having a speedster to be the main villain for the next season, Abra Kadabara is on his way in episode 18 and episode 19 is where The Flash visits the Future in "The Once and Future Flash" and a better crossover is coming.

Stephen Amell, Oliver Queen/Arrow basically promised a better crossover for next season instead of the 3.2 out of 4 episodes we got. He told of a dinner date with a producer about getting a huge crossover every year.

On a more technical level we got the questions of moving the productions to LA, that the actors seemed to want to, the producers explained production will remain in Vancouver, Canada for all shows. The reason given was simply cost is cheaper there and it allows for a lot more money to go into the shows, more locations and more special effects can be noted in Supergirl since here move.

When the actors were asked about what they would want to happen in crossovers. Arrow explained he wanted for all the other heroes to be out stopping whatever problem was going on while he and Diggle were drinking tea and playing chess, then when they would ask for his help he would say, "No, we're good."

Grant Gustin,“Barry Allen/The Flash” simply said he wanted to hang out with Brandon Routh, “Ray Palmer/Atom”  as they are "Science Bros", then they tried an air high five, as they were sitting away from each other, and still somehow missed.

If you are wondering about The Atom's "D*ck Door," it does not exist, yet. Atom explained he had to take off the top off of his suit to...urinate. Producers expected a memo the next day of putting one in.

The event went by in a flash as there were so many stars they could only answer one question each before a few audience Q&A's and Kevin Smith's long introduction took up the time. It ended with two lucky teenage girls asking if they could take a picture with Arrow, which he let them come up on stage for and sit on his lap surrounded by CW's heroes.

Check out new episodes airing all this week on the CW.

 All pictures © Emily Kneeter for the Paley Center.