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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Resident Evil 6 Launch Parties We Missed Out On Meat

We had one here in LA, but the one in England looked a bit more meatier.

LA photos- Leen Isabel

Now the British launch was a bit more fun. Wesker and Son just puts a grin on my face as well as the idea of a butcher shop transformed for Resident Evil. Don't forget they had bbq, too. So our party here was all glamour and no meat. I don't no who the party was geared toward, because it sure wasn't gamers. Here's what people like: free food, free t-shirts and being able to talk about the game they're playing without annoying music. LA's launch being at Lure, looked nice and had some nice zombie eye candy, but it missed on giving people a good scare. Instead we got trendy night club action, which you know gamers are known for.

British photos-Lianna Brinded

Herbalife Triathlon LA Screwed Over Everyone

People are pissed all around LA for the Herbalife Triathlon today. The triathlon blocked major streets and ways of getting around the city, add the 405 being closed and you have some unhappy Angelenos. Some are even demanding apologies from Herbalife, which got some really awful press from this. Here's some of the complaints from the Herbalife Triathlon Facebook page..

626 Night Market Oct 20-21

more info

part of press release:
The 626 Night Market returns for its third event this fall at its new home at Santa Anita Park for two consecutive nights on Saturday, October 20th from 3PM to 12AM and Sunday, October 21st from 3PM to 10PM. Admission is free of charge and the events will be staged in Santa Anita’s spacious infield area.Parking 3-4pm $4 dollars, after 4pm is $7 dollars.

Man Uses Jetpack To Get To Catalina Island

So it used 45 gallons of gas for the 3 hour trip, but it's propelled in the air by water sucked up from the ocean. Who doesn't want to try it.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Batman Live Los Angeles Is Gotham This Weekend

The night drew and I was upon the Staples Center to see Batman Live. As the the darkness embraced downtown the lights came on the dome where both the Lakers and Clippers play. As I past children dressed as the heroic hero of the night and life size Lego statues of the cape crusader, Robin and the Joker, I could hear bat-quotes and people asking what they would see.

What they would see is a stage show with the charm of Las Vegas and enough comic book and movie accuracy for the nerdiest audience member to enjoy. The circus hadn't been in town since PETA got angry about them owning elephants, but it was back with this show. Thrilling fights, epic scenes by Batman's rogue gallery and some artsy stage craft all worked together to weave a night show both kids and adults could enjoy. There was a Bat-mobile on stage too!

Batman Live presented us the story of Batman gaining Robin in his fight against crime in Gotham. Batman's origin is revealed to let newcomers understand his plight with the death of his parents. This is done by an extravagant stage show which surprisingly had no musical songs, but some musical numbers or acts with no vocals. It's action oriented, but does weave a story children can follow.

The charm of show has Batman beating down huge amounts of henchmen in thrilling fights. It had special effects like Batman and Catwoman swooping around the stage with a giant monitor behind them changing view of tops of buildings. Joker's big kisser was both on a helium balloon and giant ... well, head that came out with wriggling teeth and a tongue that came out like a red carpet. Those wriggling teeth and his eyes were people in costume, which gave off a great grim effect. Grim was Arkham Asylum  style, it's style which had bodies strung up and had the lighting set up for a much darker tone.

Elements like stage performers being based of circus acts which included Joker's Henchmen, Robin's origin at the circus and Penguin's Iceberg Lounge staff made the stow stand out. There was a Harlequin bit that was very much like a magic act from The Strip.

Mentioning the villains is to simple to write as how the delight of seeing so many in the show. The Riddler, Two- Face, Penguin, Poison Ivy and the stilted Scarecrow all have their moments. Harlequin and Catwoman are only runner-ups to the stage-stealing Joker who made everything about him whenever he went up. He had a rocket pack at one point no less.

All the actors did a fantastic job in their roles, not just the villains. Everyone took on their roles well from Commissioner Gordon to Alfred Pennyworth. The henchmen new their marks for every fight and the stage performers pulled off every move.

Those into tech will be impressed by the giant Bat symbol wall placed behind the stage and crucial to the story. With transitions being done by watching pages flipped in a comic book. You'd also be impressed by the Batmobile which seeing on stage got the audience applauding for the first run show I saw last Thursday.

One scene with the Batmobile was a bit off and it wasn't even the one on stage. At a point Batman travels to Arkham and instead of the actors being involved a cartoon video is shown of the car in action which drags on for a bit long. That and a giant table that screams artsy play, would be some of my faults with the show. Oh, the seating arrangement might want to be considered too, though half the Staples Center is used in the show I think the best seats would be in the front of the stage, but a few rows back. If you too far off to the side you'll be missing visuals matched with the background and the stage floor.

 I didn't like the redesign of Harlequin, but her image is remade for every media property and even the comics now. Those are just some minor critiques other than that this show wowed me with the nostalgia of my childhood and made me remember why I liked Arkham City on my 360.

This play is fine for both the kid in us and real kids and any fan of Batman. There's Batman fights, with his patented back-handed fist to the face, some safe for work sexy time with Catwoman and the Joker being a huge jerk while you enjoy it.

Snag tickets for the last few shows.


Traffic Advisory – Sunday, September 30th 12:00 pm Show

The City of Los Angeles is hosting the 2012 Triathlon on Sunday, September 30th. Many streets throughout the city and downtown Los Angeles will be affected and streets in and around STAPLES Center will be affected until approximately 12:00 pm.
We recommend that you allow extra time when planning your trip to STAPLES Center for the 12:00 pm show.
At the link below you will find directions that will avoid the closures, please read them carefully and use them instead of GPS instructions. Some of our parking lots and garages will not be accessible due to the street closures. We recommend using the directions at the link below and parking on the Olympic West Parking Garage/Gate B. In addition parking staff will be located at key location to assist with parking needs and access.
DIRECTIONS – Olympic West Parking Garage/Gate B

Wings Anniversary Screening Oct 1

5th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING, “WINGS,” Starring Clara Bow and A Young Gary Cooper,
At 85 Year-Old Grauman’s Chinese Theatre!

“Wings,”First Ever & Only Silent Movie Winner of Oscar® Until “The Artist” 85 Years Later!

“Here’s An Offer You Can’t Soar Without:” 25 Cent Movie

WHAT:              25 Cent Screening, 85th Anniversary Screening “WINGS”…
WHEN:              MON., OCT. 1, 7PM
WHERE:           Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. 90028

Friday, September 28, 2012

IndieCade 2012 Price Nice

IndieCade 2012

$15 advance
$20 at the door
$40 family advance
pack of four tickets
$50 family @ door
pack of four tickets
all for Festival Day Oct 6, rest of the prices and activites can be found here

Tron 30th Anniversary Party October 27th

Time to save on a Halloween costume and just be somebody from Tron. At the end of October
celebrate not only Halloween, but original Tron with a mega event of early pixels proportions. Huge amount of details below, but check out more info here

pr release:


On October 27, 2012, the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre will host a 30th anniversary celebration for Tron, one of the most significant films in motion picture history.

Tron, released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1982, featured groundbreaking use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) to create characters and environments, and forever changed the way computers are used to produce entertainment.

Directed by Steven Lisberger and produced by Donald Kushner, from a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, Tron inspired a generation of artists, designers and musicians, many of whom will be there that night to honor a film that changed their lives.

The anniversary will also be a reunion of sorts, as the film’s cast, filmmakers and studio executives who were instrumental in its production are expected to attend.

The event will begin at 7 PM with a Filmmakers’ Panel, followed by a screening of the film in the Chinese Theatre.

From 10 PM to 2 AM, guests will party in a Tron-themed cyber-world inside the new Chinese Theatre ballroom.

Musical acts include Nosaj Thing, Alluxe, and Mobius8—all of whom cite Tron’s soundtrack by Wendy Carlos as a major influence on their work.

The lobby of the Chinese Theatre will feature a display of Tron memorabilia and artifacts from the film.

Guests are invited to dress in ‘Tronesque Attire.’

Grauman's Chinese Theatre--6925 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, CA. 90028---323-461-3331

Tickets are on sale now at, and start at $50 for regular admission and at $100 for VIP access to the Filmmakers and Party.  This event is 21 and over only. Tickets are subject to increase.

Don't Forget Carmageddon II

No 405!

Game Hype: Mario and E3

Mario Items

by Scott Balmer

This is up here with Glen Brogan's map from way back. Use Mario Items as backgrounds or icons.
via Tiny Cartridge

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America paperback
Mario Items reminded me that Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America is now out in paperback and for the Kindle. It's a great read on the history of how Nintendo made it big in America, with small starts and annoying family bonds.
E3 In LA Until 2015
LA Times has a nice article on why we keep E3 until 2015, even with a possible stadium coming in. The reason was money.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Is that a figure of a man... no wait something's wrong. You're being hunted by robots in what looks like a deserted British country-side. It had me hooked in the first few seconds.

Giant Robot at Kokoro Craft Boutique

Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave (yes, either address works)
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States
Showcase and sale of unique, high quality, handcrafted, artist designed merchandise.
Craft items for sale include: origami art, unique jewelry, kimono fabric clothing, handbags, silk/yarn scarves, ceramic and miniature bronze sculptures, cultural t-shirts, stationery, glass art, and much more!
Free admission to Japanese American National Museum exhibitions with craft show purchase ($5 minimum) (September 30, 2012 only). On the Plaza: Yuujou Taiko will perform at 12PM.
Shoppers can take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo Arts District~1st & Alameda. (Cash or Checks please)

Anime Hype: Local 2 The Mystical Laws Oct 19 and Digimon

I guess I missed another local event. A new anime movie out for just one night? It's The Mystical Laws.

 Here's part of the synopsis:

In 202X, a coup happens in Asia, which has become an economic and military superpower. Tathagata Killer, a man of military origin, becomes the new emperor. The U.S., a former superpower, is weak and has no power within the United Nations.

Then the beautiful Chan Leika, CEO of a mysterious trading company, supplies the Godom Empire with a highly advanced Mystical Technology. Her Mystical Technology comes from another planet, where science is 1000 years more advanced.

Laemmle's Monica 4-plex
Starting from 10/19/2012 (Fri)
1332 2nd Street Santa Monica, 90401
Tel: 310-478-3836
Some pr notes

The top animators from “NARUTO”, “Neon Genesis EVANGELION” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” come

together to bring you this new animation with the all-star voice cast, Takehito Koyasu from “ONE
PIECE”, “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST”, Daisuke Hirakawa from “BLEACH”, Ryoka Yuzuki from
“NARUTO” and Shin-ichiro Miki from “Pokemon”.

The Los Angeles Business Journal has a fun little post on Saban acquiring Digimon. My favorite part "Digimon explores a parallel digital world in which powerful digital creatures known as Digimon battle for supremacy with the aid of young human partners, similar to the animated world of Pokemon", just to read about in a business journal is funny.

Murder LA 000008

by James Cohen

David Viens was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday afternoon. He gave several versions of what happened to his wife, Dawn, since she disappeared in October 2009. He said she simply left, and used her phone to send text messages so people would think she was still alive.

Mr.Viens is a chef and his wife worked at his restaurant. Weeks after his wife's disappearance he was dating her replacement at work.

While drinking with his daughter soon after, he confessed that he had a fight with her step-mother. He tied her up and duct-taped her mouth and took some Ambien. But hey, he had done that twice before and she survived. He woke up to find her dead so he dumped her in a trash bin. His daughter tried to help the cover-up by texting from Dawn's phone but misspelled a common nickname, which did not quell suspicion.

He's currently in a wheelchair because he jumped off an 80 foot cliff after his girlfriend prevented him from driving them both off of it. Detectives saw the whole thing because they had him under surveillance and had actually kickstarted the incident by planting a news article in a paper he was subscribed to so that he would think they had new evidence. Good thing he didn't flip out and kill the new woman, huh guys? I think her family would have at least a tenable claim against the police if he did, but on the other hand she's did jump right into a relationship with a guy who's wife went mysteriously missing only a few weeks before.

In the hospital, hopped up on medication, he told the police the same story about finding his wife dead but added that he cooked her for four days before disposing of the body. He said her skull was at his mother's house, but police never found any of it so he may have been lying about any and all of it. I would bet that the police combed his restaurant and cooking utilities too, and yet had no hard evidence to present. Without his confession he probably would not have been convicted.


Did the police lie to the journalist who wrote that deceptive article or did the paper run a story they knew was misleading?

Mr. Viens' restaurant, Thyme Cafe, has closed. I expected more mischief on the review sites but apparently they've been edited, since several reviews are now gone. According to that article, urbanspoon was the place to go for crass.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anime Hype: Local Edition

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie tickets are avalaible now, one show is already sold out. Tickets are $25, but it's for two movies and you get a free poster.

Get the tickets here

This is a starting sweetly Sailor Moon like anime that starts getting dark fast.

"Puella Magi Madoka Magica follows the story of a 14 year old girl named Madoka Kaname. Madoka is offered the opportunity of gaining magical powers if she agrees to make a contract with a strange little being named Kyubey, Kyubey will also grant Madoka one wish, but in exchange she shall risk her life by accepting the responsibilities of fighting witches. "

Hentai Event at Anime Jungle (Adults Only)

I can't... it's just too funny it's real.

Must be over 18 to enter
Book, Dojinshi, Poster, DVD, Clearance Sale
Date: September 28th 2012
Time: 8:30pm to 10:30pm

319 East 2nd Street #103, Los Angeles, California


Pacific Media Expo Cosplay Runway at Asian Festival at L.A Country Fair 9/28-9/30 2012

This is the sign up sheet for the PMX Cosplay Runway at the Asian Festival portion of the L.A County Fair. Cosplay in front of thousands of people at the L.A County Fair!
FESTIVAL: Fri-Sat Sept 28-29 from 10 am - midnight, Sun from Sept 30 10 am - 10 pm COSPLAY RUNWAY: Friday: 4:00 PM (cosplay) Saturday: 4:50 PM (cosplay) Sunday: 4:50 PM (cosplay) COSPLAY RUNWAY MANDATORY CHECK-IN TIME: Fri, Sat, Sun: 3:00 - 3:30 PM. If you are coming to the fair only for the cosplaying portion, you will need to meet us OUTSIDE the Fairplex at this time. If you want to come early and change into cosplay later, we have the dolldelight/PMX booth as a home base. That is booth B6. We will email you all the contact information once you're confirmed as part of the cosplay runway. PRACTICE: 3:45 PM Friday, 4 pm (Sat/Sun) WHERE: L.A County Fair - Pomona Fairplex 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 COST: FREE FESTIVAL ADMISSION FOR COSPLAYERS ONLY

Weekly What To Do: Yom Kippur Day Late and Carmaggedon II Weekend


Cinerama Dome Cinerama's 60th Anniversary

Check out the free movie Friday, first come first served

For the FIRST and ONLY time for one SPECTACULAR WEEK we will be playing twelve classic Cinerama productions. Select titles will be presented in the original 3 strip Cinerama process and additional titles will be digitally projected, re-mastered from the original negatives.
All of the films will be presented in the Dome, one of only three theatres in the world capable of projecting in 3 strip Cinerama. Specially designed to project Cinerama, the Dome features a giant, 126-degree curved screen that immerses audiences in the picture . Made of 316 hexagons and pentagons, the Dome is the only concrete geodesic dome in the world.

September 28-29-30, 2012
The Warner Grand Theatre (View)
478 W. 6th Street (at Pacific)
San Pedro, CA 90731
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® promotes the works of famed American science fiction and horror author H.P. Lovecraft through motion pictures by both professionals and amateurs, current and classic, national and international. The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in Portland, Oregon to promote and encourage film and television adaptations of Lovecraft's great works and other, similar weird tale writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Robert E. Howard.

Ultimate Thursdays: ROBOCOP (Director's Cut)
Sep 27, 2012 11:00 PM
Downtown Independent (View)
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Hole 3D

Starts Friday, week run
Downtown Independent (View)
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Cirque Chinois The National Circus of the People's Republic of China

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330 Thu, Sep 27, 2012 08:00 PM

One of China’s most celebrated circus troupes will present Cirque Chinois, a program filled with extraordinary acrobatic grace. The National Circus of the People's Republic of China has been performing in its unique style for over sixty years, influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Breathtaking movements performed on the flying trapeze, interspersed with deft juggling and mouth-dropping body contortions, will mesmerize and astound.

Carmaggedon II at LACMA

September 29, 30 | 10 am

The weekend of September 29 and 30, another ten-mile stretch of the 405 will be closed down for the I-405 project. Leave your car at home and come to LACMA! We’re offering half off general admission during the weekend for anyone who comes via an alternate mode of transportation (bus, bike, skate, walk, etc.). To redeem your discounted admission, just let the Ticket Office know how you traveled.

Tran Nguyen / Stella Im Hultberg

Borrowed Memories

Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, September 29, 2012
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Art Gallery | 6009 Washington Blvd. | Culver City, CA 90232

The World in an 80′s Daze @ Galler 1988 Venice
from The Fire Wire
"September 28, 2012, artists Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen will unveil their 2-man show, “Around The World in an 80′s Daze” at Gallery 1988: Venice.
The show will feature 21 screen printed retro-style travel posters that celebrate 80′s pop culture.
Both Dave and Tom will be in attendance at the show opening on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Gallery 1988 (214 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405). The opening reception will be from 7–10 PM."

  • 7:00pm until 11:00pm
  • A solo exhibition by Señor Chips

    Pop culture-themed Mexican folk art made by a Gringo!

    Opening Reception
    Friday, October 26
    7 to 11pm


    TASTY BEVERAGES courtesy of Phuket Beer and Coba.

    On display through
    Sunday, November 11

    2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90026


    74th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    5pm - 11pm
    Central & West Plaza
    943-951 N. Broadway
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Free for all ages

    Plenty of street and event parking is available. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station

    Stair Climb for Los Angeles


    September 28, 2012 1:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
    Have you ever wondered what Los Angeles looks like from the tallest building West of the Mississippi? Now you can find out!

    Join us on September 28th, 2012 as over 3,400 participants race to the top of the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. From 1:00-9:00pm Hope St will be shut down to make room for food trucks, music stages, a beer garden, a rock climbing wall, and more! Admission to the Stair Climb Block Party is FREE, so even if you don't participate in the climb, you can still bring your friends and celebrate with us at this unique downtown event. Proceeds benefit community programs at the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA