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Friday, April 12, 2024

Game Hype: Children of the Sun, The Rogue Prince of Persia, Screams & More

 

Children of the Sun is out now and has style pouring out the bullet holes.

"In this tactical third-person puzzle-shooter you assume control of one bullet, guiding it through increasingly complex and challenging levels to kill cultists, trigger traps, and reshape the environment. Every shot counts and ruthless precision is rewarded. Taking down THE CULT is deeply satisfying; doing it with style even more so."
 
The Rogue Prince of Persia is in Early Access on Steam May 14th. Did not expect this from Evil Empire, maker of Dead Cells. It looks addictive.

Here's some more stuff we found online that has us interested:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cartoon Network Stairwell

Ever wonder what the Cartoon Network stairs looked like? You can now see them fully digitized. If you don't read the article or haven't been keeping up, Warner Bros decided to axe the Cartoon Network building, selling it, losing a decades worth of memories and by many accounts a great place to make cartoons. However, the Cartoon Network stairwell that has multiple cartoonists drawings from years and years of people drawing on it was digitized and preserved for you to look at. 

 Hopefully, someone can now mod it into a video game.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Fallout Out Early This Wednesday, 6pm on Prime

Weekly What To Do: Coachella, Less Traffic Here

Traffic in the city might be a lot easier to get around as many are headed to Coachella...if headed there...ehhhh. Coachella Weekend 1, then 2 then Stagecoach takes over Palm Springs/ Indio for the rest of April's weekends.
 
'This Is Not A Fiction 2024'
Wed. April 10 - Thu. April 18, 2024
Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3

"The American Cinematheque proudly presents 'This Is Not A Fiction,' a documentary and non-fiction film festival from April 10th to 18th, 2024. Spanning nine days across three venues—Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, and Los Feliz 3—the festival showcases 43 films and 11 short films, hosts over 20 filmmakers and subjects for in-person Q&As, celebrates with a special anniversary panel, and unveils six premieres.

The inaugural festival includes a dynamic lineup of repertory classics, cutting-edge documentaries, television programs, experimental works, essay films, fiction and more. 'This Is Not A Fiction' goes beyond the limits of genre, with a lineup reflecting the boundless possibilities of non-fiction storytelling, and is a celebration of non-fiction as a form of filmmaking and its profound impact on our lives, from its influence in art and entertainment to its power in education, political advocacy and social discourse."
 
I Like Movies filmmaker Chandler Levack, actress Romina D'Ugo and producer Evan Dubinsky will participate in a Q&A at the Royal following the Thursday, April 11th screening. Comedian Whitmer Thomas will moderate. At the Laemmle Glendale she will introduce the 10 PM screening on April 12 and on April 13 participate in a post-screening Q&A after the 4:30 PM show with D'Ugo and Dubinksy moderated by Letterboxd's Mia Lee Vicino. 
 
Academy Museum 
$
 
Remembered today as much for his off-screen activism as for the physicality of his on-screen presence, the many faces and phases of Brando’s astonishing career are represented here and in our Oscar® Sundays series this spring in what would have been his centennial year.
 
Thursday, Apr 11, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PDT
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$10
21+

Join Giant Robot Biennale 5 artists Darren and Trisha Inouye, the duo known as Giorgiko, for a workshop that explores individual creativity and the surprising nature of collaboration. Participants will start prompt-based drawings and pass them around to each other, engaging in the fun experiment of enhancing someone else’s artwork with one’s unique touch, and concluding with reflection and a group discussion.

Enjoy food from East Los Musubi and drinks from Sanzo and Brewyard Beer Company, available for purchase.
 
 
Friday, April 12, 2024 4:00 PM-Sunday, April 21, 2024 9:00 PM
DOLBY THEATER 6801 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA, 90028
$
 
Get your tickets now, if it's popular enough it can sell out. So probably not Airbender.
 
Why go to Coachella when you have PalyFest? The special annual TV show panels series where the shows are celebrated at the Dolby. Still sad the museum is gone, but the fest remains. Check out if any of your favorite shows will have a panel. Or see if any of the shows you don't like have a panel and wear a shirt sharing your views...just y'know, no expletives. He's Young Sheldon, keep it clean. And, Larry David isn't going to listen to you about how he screwed up with crypto, he went after Elmo...Elmo.
 
The Family Guy panel looks like it'll be fun. 

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm: Family Guy 25th Anniversary Celebration - Live Table Read with the Stars, Musical Performances led by composer Walter Murphy, and More Surprises! 
 
Friday, April 12, 2024 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036
$50
 
Embark on an electrifying escapade with your comrades at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum, where thrills await long after dusk. Prepare to be enveloped in an enigma as you find yourselves inexplicably locked into the Museum. Band together, unleashing your collective brilliance as investigators to unravel the mysteries and Escape the Petersen! With a mere 45 minutes ticking on the clock, channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and navigate through a labyrinth of clues, challenges, and cunning puzzles.

Saturday, April 13, 2024
3pm – 8pm
Plaza West Covina
112 Plaza Dr
West Covina, CA 91790
Free

Join us at Plaza West Covina from 3pm to 8pm and learn more about Japanese culture, indulge in exquisite Japanese and Japanese-American flavors, enjoy traditional music and dance performances, shop at an array of different vendors, and watch Japanese taiko drums and martial arts performances. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the outdoor festival with the ESGVJCC family to celebrate the Cherry Blossom season!



626 Night Market and HBO are cooking up something new. Come check out HBO The Sympathizer x 626 Night Market Mini in Santa Monica celebrating the release of the new HBO Original series The Sympathizer, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Come enjoy a celebration of Vietnamese culture, food, and fun from 1-10pm on the Westside on April 13-14.

The new HBO Original Limited Series from Park Chan-wook, Robert Downey Jr., and A24 premieres April 14 exclusively on Max.
 
 
 
 
April 13 – June 16, 2024
Location: Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 4949 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Tickets: $25 per ticket, Children under 2 are free

Originally crafted in 1981, Hooray LA was the last new show Bob created and encapsulates his vision of the city, complete with an oil derrick kickline and the finding of gold in an onion patch. Last year, Bob Baker Marionette Theater updated the show to include more voices and perspectives from within the city, including working with community partners to create more cultural and historical accuracy in a loving tribute to the city.


CAMP x Bluey | The Bluey-est party ever
Saturday, April 14th, 11 AM
 Westfield Century City; Atrium; Tickets can be reserved HERE
 
We’re celebrating the release of Bluey’s extra-long episode, “The Sign,” with games, crafts, dancing, and appearances by Bluey and Bingo! If you have Bluey clothes or costumes, wear ‘em — we’ll do a little fashion show and you might win a prize!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Figure Drawing at Heavy Manners Hosted by Kellan Jett (4/14)
Sunday, April 14th, 2024 at 11am PST

Join us for Heavy Manners Library's recurring life drawing session. The sessions will last for 3 hours, with one model doing various poses for different lengths of time. We will have chairs and drawing boards for participants, but we ask guests to bring their own paper and drawing/painting materials. Free refreshments will be available to participants as well.
 
The Getty Museum’s annual College Night will return on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 6 to 9pm,
hosted by the Getty Center in Brentwood.

Free with a student I.D., the evening includes exclusive curator-led gallery tours, hands-on artmaking and craft stations, a KCRW DJ set and vocal performance, and free food and parking.
 
 
 
 
 
SCA Events
15 YEARS OF AGFA
April 15, 2024 - April 29, 2024, Varied
The USC School of Cinematic Arts
 
We're waiting for Hard Ticket To Hawaii. one of our favs.

Monday, April 15th - Monday, April 29th, 2024
Times and Venues Vary.
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.

Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is an Austin, TX-based non-profit
committed to preserving both the legacy of genre film and the theatrical experience itself. Through collection, conservation and distribution, AGFA has rescued over 100 feature films from the void. Housing theatrical and video distribution arms, a 4K film scanner and over six thousand 35mm prints, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world.

Join us for an expansive series of screenings based upon some of AGFA’s favorite in-house projects, including the works of exploitation film pioneer Doris Wishman, underground trash-art king Jon Moritsugu, Riot Grrrl icon Sarah Jacobson, found-footage founder Joe Dante and the world restoration premiere of Dave Markey’s ‘80s L.A. punk rock opus Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.
 
Hundreds of Beavers Hits Streaming This April
Underground Frostbitten Epic Bows on Prime Video
and Apple TV April 15th via FilmHub

 
 
 

We've been waiting on this one and are a bit sad it comes after our editor's birthday, by just 6 days. The Rose & Camellia Collection finally releases exclusively on Switch, April 16th. This ridiculous game has you slapping other woman who get in your way in this drama using Joycons to utterly mess-up the competition. Coming out digitally at $19.99. These are one of those games I say you just grab for your system for when friends come over, perfect for any party.
 
 
Extra:
 
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
 


American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The MontalbΓ‘n.


 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
 
Brain Dead Studios-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
 
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
 
 
Art
 
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
 
 
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, characters,

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Local Hype: Broad & Colburn School Expansion, Universal Studio Tour’s 60th & CineGear Expo Moved

 

Here's more info from The Daily News. It's just such a massive collection that they need more room over there.

Look like from April 26 through August 11, 2024 you can celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Universal Studio's Tour. Looks like they want you to take a ton of selfies.

Here's what going on from the press release:

      "...In addition to the return of several iconic red and white candy-striped Glamor Trams, the centerpiece of the Studio Tour 60th anniversary celebration will treat guests to the unique opportunity to step off the tram and onto a legendary movie set where an original, fully restored 1964 vintage Glamor Tram awaits. The area will provide additional memorable photo opportunities and social media posts, including a giant King Kong backdrop and the theme park’s original hanging Jaws shark.

            A highlight of the 60th celebration also includes the “Earthquake—The Big One” attraction, which debuted on the Studio Tour in 1989 and has been shaking things up ever since with its eerily realistic 8.3 magnitude quake. To coincide with this diamond anniversary, this simulated natural disaster attraction has undergone a top to bottom renovation and will debut anew with contemporary technology and aesthetics.

            Other exciting features will include a visit to Courthouse Square aboard the Studio Tour, where scenes from the blockbuster Back to the Future movies were filmed and where an original time machine picture car will sit prominently on display, not far from a nearby Doc Brown character.

            As the Studio Tour navigates around the historic backlot, additional surprises from a time long gone will make a cameo appearance, including the temporary return of the 1976 Runaway Train as warning bells and sirens alarm from its stationary location. Moments of nostalgia will also be featured aboard the tram’s monitors showing clips of former Studio Tour attractions as they once appeared on the tour..."

Cine Gear's 2024 LA event will take place at Warner Bros. Studio Lot. That's a big change as we think it's always been held at Paramount since the inception of this site. It's a huge free event showing off the latest in film production gear. Check out all the equipment you might want or need for your next production.

And, another building that just broke ground, not far from The Broad is The Colburn School. It broke ground April 5th for a $335-million expansion  designed by Frank Gehry. Whom you might know from many well-known LA buildings and is somehow still alive. Yes, we know you thought he was dead, he's only 95.

Monday, April 8, 2024

15 Years Of AGFA April 15-29


SCA Events
15 YEARS OF AGFA
April 15, 2024 - April 29, 2024, Varied
The USC School of Cinematic Arts

Monday, April 15th - Monday, April 29th, 2024
Times and Venues Vary. See Calendar Below.

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.

Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is an Austin, TX-based non-profit
committed to preserving both the legacy of genre film and the theatrical experience itself. Through collection, conservation and distribution, AGFA has rescued over 100 feature films from the void. Housing theatrical and video distribution arms, a 4K film scanner and over six thousand 35mm prints, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world.

Join us for an expansive series of screenings based upon some of AGFA’s favorite in-house projects, including the works of exploitation film pioneer Doris Wishman, underground trash-art king Jon Moritsugu, Riot Grrrl icon Sarah Jacobson, found-footage founder Joe Dante and the world restoration premiere of Dave Markey’s ‘80s L.A. punk rock opus Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.

CALENDAR OF SCREENINGS
Click on Film Titles to RSVP

Friday, April 5, 2024

Hype: Godzilla vs. Kong Escape Room, Los Angeles Festival of Movies & Four Bloody Films

You can preorder the escape room experience here

 Jane Schoenbrun on ‘I Saw the TV Glow’ Opening the First Ever Los Angeles Festival of Movies: ‘That’s Trivia!’

-Nice article of how everyone is on equal footing getting in for the movie. 

The film festival continues this weekend. Then everyone heads to Coachella!

We've got four ultra bloody violent films in theaters or coming out this year. Monkey Man and Abigail are her for April. And, Kill and Cuckoo are out this Summer. Funny enough, two are set in India and two of them have actor Dan Stevens in them. Dan's also in Godzilla Vs Kong 2. So, you'll keep seeing him throughout the year if going to the theaters.

In any case, the level of bloodshed in these could fill buckets or maybe better to say 10-gallon drums?