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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Weekly What To Do: Christmas Movies Ahoy with Disney In Tow

Thu, December 8, 2022, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The Secret Movie Club Theater 1917 BAY ST 2ND FL LOS ANGELES, CA 90021
$25 suggested

'Tonight, we’re throwing a fundraiser to do our part to help our sister rep cinema get over the finish line with their renovation of the Eagle Theater in Eagle Rock. Vidiots Executive Director Maggie Mackay and the entire Vidiots team have been working tirelessly to open their rep cinema/video store/community space. We’re all in this together. Our suggested donation for the night is $25 per ticket. But if you want to donate more, go for it!
We’ll be donating ALL REVENUES tonight (including concessions) to Vidiots so Secret Movie Club can hopefully become a founding member of what will continue to be one of the great LA movie institutions."- Craig Hammill Secret Movie Club Founder

THU DEC 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Los Feliz 3
$13.00 (general admission)

Q&A with filmmaker Brian Levant.
The Thing 40th anniversary screening (4K Remaster)
Fri, Dec 9, 2022, 9:45 PM
Laemmle NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 91601
$16 FREE Popcorn & Soda
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's The Thing starring Kurt Russell. Grab your popcorn and experience Rob Bottin's incredible special effects in this chilling and terrifying film. The Thing is the perfect winter horror movie. 

Book Signing Event
Kinokuniya Los Angeles: Dec. 8 (Thu), starting at 5pm
Nucleus Opening Reception / Dec 10, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Toshio Ishizaki, aka SUSHIO, is a powerhouse in the Japanese animation industry. His animation and design work can be seen in a variety of shows, films, and projects such as:

Kill la Kill, BNA, Promare, Little Witch Academia, Redline, Dead Leaves, Kill Bill: Vol 1, FLCL, Evangelion and more.
Dec. 10-11
LA Historic Park
$99 and up
LA3C is a two-day music, art and food festival celebrating the rich culture and immense creativity of Los Angeles. From headlining musical talent and iconic art installations, to food and flavors that represent the diverse palate of the city.
The featured artists include interdisciplinary artist Jacolby Satterwhite and Amanda Ross-Ho, the artist collective For Freedoms, visual artist Patrick Martinez, Mexican-American artist Edgar Ramirez, Afro-Latinx artist Tiffany Alfonseca, installation artist Abi Polinsky and sculpture artist Rogan Gregory. Plus special augmented reality installations by LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives projects.
Dec 10-Dec 11
Jaxx Theatricals, Inc 1089 North Oxford Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029
$10 – $20
An animation festival that couldn't care less about having a good website. more info

Dec. 10, 2022–March 27, 2023
 MaryLou and George Boone Gallery
The Huntington

The international traveling exhibition "Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts" explores the early inspirations behind Disney Studios' creations, examining Walt Disney's fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks.
Opening Reception / Dec 10, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
Gallery Nucleus and Cyclops Print Works are proud to present the next installment of our Dream Destination Series! Take a tour of magical lands from your favorite Disney films.
Saturday December 10th & Sunday December 11th
Halloween Depot
13422 Paramount Blvd. South Gate, Ca.90280
Way, way late for the season, but hey Halloween never stops here. It's a horror convention, without a Christmas theme?
December 10th & 11th, 2022
San Fernando Blvd in Downtown Burbank [From Magnolia to Angeleno]
Use 200 N. San Fernando Blvd for navigation to a mid point of the festival
Featuring 150+ local, hand-selected artisans, shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more. 
Sun, December 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Los Angeles Convention Center 
South Hall HJ 1201 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90015
$12 – $30
Vintage Clothing and Collectible Convention.
Pressure: James Cameron Into the Abyss
Dec 12, 2022–Feb 20, 2023
Natural History Museum
Free with paid admission

In 2012, filmmaker and explorer James Cameron made history with the first solo dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, Earth’s deepest point. In celebration of this feat of discovery, and to signal a new age of exploration, from December through February the Natural History Museum will showcase Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible and science platform, which he co-designed and co-engineered.

Stuff-A-Bus for the Spark of Love Toy Drive
Friday, December 9, 2022
4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park
The Spark of Love Toy Drive collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for children in the Southern California area, and this year the drive is celebrating their 30th anniversary! With toy requests anticipated to be higher than ever this year due to the pandemic + wildfires, locals are encouraged to drop off their new, unwrapped toys to Westfield Topanga and give back to their community.
CGV Cinemas 
Korean films you could watch online, but you can see in theaters here

Dec 8 an on
8175 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046
Free, Must RSVP

Starts Dec 8
Sat, December 10, 2022
California African American Museum 600 State Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037
Dec 11, 2022–Sep 10, 2023 
-National Pastry Day on December 9, Angelenos can get their first taste of the viral croissant roll courtesy of Beverly Center’s Pitchoun Bakery. The pastry has enticed croissant fans worldwide and Pitchoun has the great honor of being the first to introduce it to the West Coast!
Symphonies for Youth: The Nutcracker with Dudamel – two performances
Symphonies for Youth – Shortened Performance
Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
A Chanticleer Christmas – one night only
Tuesday, December 13, at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake: Done Before It Airs?


by character & prop designer Guinevere Reilly

Bittersweet to know that the main crew behind the upcoming Adventure Time: Fiona & Cake are finished on the show and now it has to be animated overseas, but it hasn't been renewed for a second season, so they're looking for work.

Now, if the show is popular on HBO Max it can come back, but, by then, I'd assume many of the fine peeps working on the show we'll have new jobs and can't come back. Ughh. 

Not sure if I'll even enjoy the new series as:

1. I don't see much of the original Adventure Time crew worked on it, at least by names I know.

2. Didn't enjoy Distant Lands that much and I assume, same people worked on them and this.

It's been so long since it was announced, forgot about the premise too, from Wikipedia:

Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake is a spin-off of Adventure Time, the latter of which follows the adventures of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog. This series follows Finn and Jake's gender-swapped complements, Fionna the Human and Cake the Cat. The series also stars Simon Petrikov, a character who for most of Adventure Time had been well known as the Ice King. Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake sees the trio travel throughout the multiverse, while also being chased by "a powerful new antagonist" who is "determined to track them down and erase them from existence."

Here's hoping it's watchable, but getting a multiverse burnout as it's fast becoming the buzzword of the year and years to come.

And worried how it won't be on Cartoon Network, but streaming right away. Marketing for animated stuff on HBO Max hasn't been that great.

Local : O O O'Reilly & Required Reading

Monday, December 5, 2022

Did Every Trailer Come Out Last Week? Rise Of The Beasts, Cocaine Bear & Super Mario Bros


As any kid who grew up with Beast Wars, of course this impressed.


Everyone's voice is fine except Mario's.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Hype: Carole & Tuesday, Goodbye Volcano High, Bastard & Neuralyzer


English & Japanese with English Subtitles
Out Dec 20th 

We really liked this one, from the creator of Cowboy Bebop and set in a more easy-going setting then that show.

 SYNOPSIS:  It's not easy being an orphaned refugee, especially when you're not on the planet where you were born, but Carole Stanley still has big ambitions. However, while she dreams of forging a career in music, something isn't quite right yet. There's a spark that's missing. Tuesday Simmons has lived a life of comfort, so no one expects it when the shy young woman suddenly runs off to another city, taking little more than her beloved guitar and a need to perform with her. When they meet, Tuesday's spark ignites Carole's fire, and their musical ambitions begin burning anew. Achieving their dreams will be hard in a world where music is created by AIs, but if they don't give up, soon all the worlds will know the names CAROLE AND TUESDAY!

KO_OP is still making Goodbye Volcano High.

Night of the Bastard Comes to Select Theaters, Digital & VOD on January 13, 2023


Men In Black I & II - Neuralyzer Limited Edition Prop Replicas are coming from Factory Entertainment. These bad boys cost a lot , but are worth it if you're a huge fan of the films.

These highly detailed 1:1 scale prop replicas precisely replicate the Neuralyzer props as seen on screen. They feature cast metal bodies and have the following functions:
•   Spring-loaded pop-up action.
•   LED-lit year display, which can be manually adjusted to display any year (Men In Black I version)
•   Red standby light (Men In Black I version)
•   Blue standby light (Men In Black II version)
•   Ultra-bright LED flash.
•   Movie accurate sound effects.
•   Screen accurate time setting dials.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Local: Elden Ring Jazz Concert? Four Samosas, WonderCon 2023 Badges & LA Made


There's an Elden Ring Jazz Concert here in LA, but you can't see it in person. Only online? Not sure if they thought Covid would be super active still at this point or what. We wonder how many people will pay that much to see it online.

Hear favorite tracks from Elden Ring played in a whole new format as Jazz compilations with improvisation. The concert will feature a full ensemble led by Kenny Garrett on Alto Sax and Takuya Kuroda on trumpet. Tickets to the livestream are available now in different tiers, with VIP packages that include collectible items, the ELDEN RING digital soundtrack, and access to the post-show VOD.

Four Samosas
Opening in theaters and VOD December 2 
-Set entirely in LA’s “Little India” 
Determined to disrupt the wedding of his ex-girlfriend by stealing her dowry, underachieving, wanna-be rapper Vinny and his neighborhood pals concoct a plan to take her family jewels from a supermarket safe.

WonderCon 2023 badges are on sale now


Check out the crazy list of events at local libraries at LA Made. 



 Memorial Branch Library

December 5, 2022 3:30 PM
Learn the story of Leon Theremin the inventor of the first electronic musical instrument and discover how its sound inspired the...
December 15, 2022 4:00 PM
Gallery 1988 Presents: Required Reading
The Los Angeles Public Library, in collaboration with the world-famous Gallery 1988, is proud to present, Required Reading, an art show...

TTDILA'S Holiday Gift Guide 2022 Edition

We have a list of what you need to get for that special someone in your life. No, not your cat or other animal friend. But real friends and family, that can talk. You talking to the cat and it talking back isn't happening. You're just saying things to to that cat, bro.

Ultra HD and Blu-ray

What can I say, we love the movie and it was on our holiday gift guide last year too. The best so-bad-it's good movie of all time? How to explain anything about the movie without it sounding insane. I'll try, here: The college band and martial art friends of Dragon Sound must fight for its right to survive against a rival band and a hillbilly biker gang who has connections to the local ninjas. Just get crazier as the movie continues. A masterpiece of a middle-aged martial arts instructor playing a college student.
This year, we have the brand new version released from Vinegar Syndrome out on both Ultra HD and Blu-ray in one collection. Tons of extras in the best visual format you can see it in. And in one of the nicest looking cases for this cult classic.


Something perfect to take out for Hanukkah and get into discussion over with your Jewish family. What's your favorite thing to eat? Did they get in wrong? Have you even heard of everything in here? Some fun time complaining or memories flooding back over your favorite Jewish food to nosh.

Price varies by food
Still hungry, how about constantly being reminded about food with plushies? Kidrobot's Yummy World has a huge collection of different food items you can hug. These plush versions of things to eat look cute and would be the perfect gift as a replica of anyone's favorite food with cartoon eyes on them. Enjoy sushi, tacos, ramen, challah, it's all here with silly eyes staring at you.


Thy Kingdom Come, a dark look at DC comics future from writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross. What happens when the Man of Tomorrow gives up and all the children and grand children of heroes and villains fight for no reason?...possibly the end. Stunning art work to this day and an utterly amazing look at what could happen. If you've never read it before, it's a must.

Just something to make your car to stand out while struck in traffic.


Blend in. Act normal.

Jason Anarchy Games
Le Neckbeard

A trio of strange, but fun games. Your Friend is Sad, has you cheering up your sad friend with great art that'll make you laugh. Le Neckbeard has you chasing waifus, girls or girl like things you fancy as a huge internet meme nerd. And, Self Careless has you struggling being an adult with a mischievous cat with the art of Cassandra Calin.

Three inappropriate air fresheners to hang from your car.