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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Morty's, Marilyn & More

Morty's Pop-Up June 18th-20th
14645 Roscoe Blvd.
Panorama City, CA 91402
June 20th

"Fans in the Los Angeles area can visit Morty’s, a weekend-long restaurant pop-up at Wendy’s Panorama City location on June 18-20. Morty’s will feature a show-inspired menu, like the Jerry’s Single, paired with an out-of-this-world experience. Navigate your spaceship or car through a custom LED drive-thru experience, receive a Rick and Morty-themed menu and be one of the lucky few to enjoy the limited-edition Pickle Rick Pickle Frosty®, a pickle twist on the iconic Vanilla Frosty®, only available at Morty’s."

To celebrate the 5th season of the show starting, June 20th was declared Global(?) Rick and Morty Day by Adult Swim. Other than the new season there's not that much to do online, but you can check out the website here.
Oh, and
Two new flavor mixes created especially for the series starting on Wednesday, June 16 at more than 5,000 Wendy’s locations through August 22, the date of the Rick and Morty season five finale.

To sweeten the deal, fans can score free delivery from Wendy’s in-app* from June 17 – July 1, no minimum purchase necessary.
Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance
Sunday, June 20th  between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. as it travels westbound on Burton Way between San Vicente Boulevard and Rexford Drive, southbound on Beverly Drive between Lomitas Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, and on Canon Drive between South Santa Monica and Dayton Way. Visitors are encouraged to view the tour from public sidewalks or from the outdoor seating of local restaurants and to remain appropriately distanced while watching.
The Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance has selected 50 of the most prestigious, rare and eye-catching vehicles to take part in a rolling display through the City of Beverly Hills, allowing attendees the thrill of witnessing these unique vehicles in motion on public roads.


Sunday, June 20th 7pm
The corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road
Yes, Palm Springs is celebrating Father's Day by unveiling a giant Marilyn Monroe statue. It's had some controversy as it's being installed close to the Palm Springs Art Museum, so when people leave the museum they'll see her big ol' hiney.
 “Forever Marilyn” has, at last,  made her way back to Palm Springs, with installation slated to begin today at her new home – the corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road.

P.S. Resorts – a nonprofit organization made up of local hoteliers to promote Palm Springs toursism through events and attractions – has announced the arrival of the 26-foot sculpture by artist Seward Johnson (l930 – 2020). She will be installed onto a platform using a 60 tonne crane, with legs and skirt at the base, and following that, the torso and head will be lifted and secured into place.


Drive-In Theaters  & Indoor Theaters


Electric Dusk Drive-In 


Monday, June 14, 2021

Cinespia Has Real Plans This Summer, Cinema Week Not So Much

Cinespia has a lot of movies planned for it's 20th season starting this July. We're warning you now to look at their schedule, because a whole lot is gonna sell out. And, they have some showings still this June.

July Schedule:

Saturday July 3rd - Dazed and Confused followed by Fireworks. Celebrate the highs of high school and the rockin’ pleasures of the 1970s with a motley crew on their final day of school. The kids are mostly alright in Richard Linklater’s love letter to teenage life showcases a group of seniors on the fringe as a late night outdoor party brings everyone together. The free photo booth is back and better than ever, and DJ sets continue the party after the film. Stick around after the film for a panorama of firework magic in honor of the holiday weekend! 

Sunday, July 4th - Dirty Dancing followed by Fireworks. Have the time of your life at a special Fourth of July Spectacular! Daddy’s girl Baby (Jennifer Grey) catches a glimpse of bad boy dancer Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) practicing his moves in a Catskills resort. When Johnny loses his partner for a forthcoming competition, can Baby go from spaghetti arms to Johnny’s partner in dance and love? Nobody puts Baby in the corner! Put on your dancing shoes for our free themed photobooth. After the film sit back as a firework spectacle illuminates the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 

Saturday, July 10th - Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster shines as Agent Starling, the smart but young trainee that must stop a serial killer before he strikes again. Anthony Hopkins’ famous role as the brilliant psychotic criminal Hannibal Lector can terrify even the most jaded horror fan, but it’s Jodie’s sensitive performance that steals the show. A roller coaster that plunges guests into the depths of fear, and a masterpiece of filmmaking that won 5 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. See it in the cemetery if you dare! DJ Spins before and after the screening.  

Saturday, July 17th - The Addams Family. Bring the family and hang out with the creepiest and kookiest clan of the silver screen, The Addams Family! A fantastic all star cast made up of none other than Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd, make for genuinely great (and demented) comedy. The elaborate big budget sets and zany camera moves make this one of the most strange, inventive and hilarious comedies of the 90s. Join us for this special picnic and screening under the stars! A themed photo booth will be open for your own ghoulish family portraits. 

Saturday, July 24th - Pulp Fiction.  Widely regarded as Tarantino's masterpiece, with particular praise for its screenwriting. The self-reflexivity, unconventional structure, and extensive homage and pastiche have led critics to describe it as a touchstone of postmodern film.  Enjoy this film under the stars while enjoying a themed photobooth and fun tunes from your favorite DJ’s ahead of the screening.

Saturday, July 31st - The Wizard of Oz. Celebrate the life of Judy Garland at the location of her resting place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Starring the incomparable Judy Garland in her greatest role, The Wizard of Oz is the musical that embodies everything there is to love about classic Hollywood: fantasy, song, beautiful sets and a sixteen year old starlet who took motion pictures by storm! Dorothy and Toto are transported by a cyclone from an ordinary Kansas life to a weird and wonderful kingdom where a wizard rules the land. 

Before July, we have Cinema Week. You might ask? What the Heck is that? See, that's the problem. 
Well, the companies behind our cinemas want people to enjoy going out to theaters again so they concocted a week of special screenings, merch and deals at your local one. The problem, as of June 14th, as this is being written is they haven't really announced any of those special screenings, merch and deals. It's happening next week June 22nd-27th The website for it, really has no info either. 

Other than a Deadline article on it back in April, we're unsure if there's been any other press or details given by theaters.

If theaters want moviegoers back in seats they may want to actually do what they said they were. We're enticed by the idea of early movie screenings, special collectibles or just some slashed prices. As of right now though, there's nothing of that to report and that's not a great way to attract customers back.

We'll report on Cinema Week, if it actually happens next week. If it doesn't, remember to pay if forward to your theaters, by getting a streaming service

Game Hype: All The E3 2021 So Far

Metal Slug Tactics looks okay, I hope it means some new merch for the series. I'd rather they just have another shooter.

We've been waiting on Harold Halibut for a long time, but it looks like it's time well spent by it's developer.

Get A Doritos Locos Tacos Tuesday If You're Vaccinated


Taco Bell is celebrating the rules going lax in LA on the 15th, because enough people got vaccinated. And if you're one of those vaccinated you can score a free Doritos Locos Tacos with your vaccine long as supplies last. via

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Posters: The Amusement Park, Black Widow IMAX & Censor

Out now as an exclusive on the streaming service Shudder, it's really a sort of surreal nightmare. It's a frightening look at getting old with bitter, bitter dream logic. Follow and old man through an amusement park of yesteryear as everything starts to get stranger and stranger. And the only reason we're really looking at it now as it comes from George Romero, that father of zombies. Only, just released, thought to be lost by time, this films is under an hour, but is packed with what should be painful moments to dwell on. One day you'll be in the white room too.

A stylish poster for Black Widow coming to IMAX July 9th.
Censor is out this weekend in select theaters. You might have guessed it's a horror movie. A British movie censor finds out a horror movies she's been asked to look at might have creepier ties to her past. And it looks like it takes place in the 80's. Fun.
A fun alternate timeline poster where Eric Stoltz kept the role of Marty McFly. You can read more about it here.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wait, There's An Art Candy Machine?

Oh, I can't eat the art...drives away.
For those who didn't drive away from this post, I'm showing off this this innovative oddity found in Burbank. The Art Candy Machine! This machines dispenses art, multiple medias, from different artists for a measly $5 a piece. So, you could easily get a gallery on your home desk or spruce up your home office. 
The Art Candy Machine is currently located at the corner of Oak and Fairview in Burbank, CA.
In the driveway with over 100 pieces of art on the fence. (Burbank Neighborhood Gallery)
Put: W Oak St & N Fairview St, Burbank, CA 91505 into Google maps or try
3100 W Oak St Burbank, California, though that's not the actual address.
This is all thanks to Stefanie Girard’s who curates The Art Candy Machine. You can also get your art in the machine by looking up how here.
Below is some more featured art from the machine; it looks like you might be able to see what's available by following what's going on over on Instagram. 
I have to commend Stefanie on making such a fun machine with inexpensive art that let's people find out about artists and change up the look of their homes. Now go there and grab some! And remember, it's not edible!

Stefanie Girard ribbon cutting ceremony

Film Hype: Fantastic Fest Back, Oh Hi, Alamo Drafthouse, Vidiots Coming, Paper Girls Being Produced & Jurassic Sneakers

They beloved Fantastic Fest is back this year. As a reminder it shows off all the fun and strange films we can't wait to see over the next year.
With that same bit of news it should be no surprise that the company behind it is out of bankruptcy.
Variety goes into better detail. Some lower earning theaters closed. The one here in LA is safe and staying open and Drafthouse seems to be staying the same.
An Exclusive Look at the Relaunch of Vidiots and The Eagle Theatre in Eagle Rock with Maggie Mackay
We've been watching Museum of Home Video, hosted by Bret Berg throughout the pandemic promoting this place and in Spring 2022, Vidiots should be open and bring the love that only cinephiles can to LA. Read about whose behind it above.
And Vidiots has an online show, oddly without Brett to raise money for the place.
Hosted by our Vidiots friends + fans, Atsuko Okatsuka + Dana Gould, this Comedy Benefit Show is a fundraiser for the Vidiots Foundation relaunch campaign! Vidiots Foundation, the iconic L.A. video store, is renovating the historic Eagle Theatre in Northeast L.A. with state-of-the-art cinema screens, event space, and Vidiots 50,000 title video store, opening 2022!

Show broadcasts live from 7:30PM.- 9:00PM PST. Tune in for some MUCH NEEDED laughs and a heap of video store love, with some of our very favorites!

Grab stream tickets here.

-We've really like the comic, so we'll see how much it differs in the Amazon live-action adaption of those time traveling Paper Girls.
Etheria Film Night, usually a one night screening at the Egyptian, will now screen exclusively on Shudder.