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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nathan For You Premieres Today Feb 28

The New Comedy Central show premieres tonight. It seems like a very long Daily Show segment, so it might be fun. Nathan helps small businesses it seems in the weakest way possible. Check out the clip above and set you DVR to Comedy Central tonight.

JB and Hart On Location: Sky High Sports Woodland Hills

Check as Hart and I bounce around Sky High Sports Woodland Hills, it's a trampoline park and there is a Super Mario jump reference in there.

Sky High Sports Woodland Hills
6033 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
 (818) 346-6300






PaleyFest Starts March 1st Livestreams For Those Who Can't Go

 PaleyFest, the television panels featuring the cast and crews starts this Friday with the sold out The Walking Dead Panel.

A few tickets are available, but the big name shows are already gone. Sadly, The Walking Dead won't be streamed live, but here's the schedule.

You can watch the events here

The following panels will be streamed live as they unfold at the Saban Theatre:
  • Saturday, March 2: Revolution (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 3: Once Upon A Time (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 3: The Newsroom (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Tuesday, March 5: Community (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Wednesday, March 6: The New Normal (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Thursday, March 7: Parenthood (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Friday, March 8: The Mindy Project (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Saturday, March 9: Nashville (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Saturday, March 9: Arrow (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 10: Dallas (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Monday, March 11: New Girl (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Thursday, March 14: 2 Broke Girls (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Friday, March 15: Closing Night Presentation: American Horror Story: Asylum (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET
  • Additionally, NCM® Fathom Events and The Paley Center for Media will present PaleyFest Featuring ‘The Walking Dead,’” on Thursday, March 7 and “PaleyFest Featuring “PaleyFest Featuring ‘The Big Bang Theory,’” on Wednesday, March 13 in select movie theaters nationwide.

Kickstarter LA: Meltdown Vault Not Going Well

I didn't even know the Meltdown Vault even existed and it was producing weekly content. It seems like it might be ending as this Kickstarter is days away from ending and is no where near it's goal.

I do like the thought of a community production space, but I don't know how open it was and what exactly made the cut.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ABCs of Death Review Ti West Try A Little Bit Harder

Well here's my sheet, like I suggested to you readers make your own to score the movie while watching. Reminder, the ABCs of Death is a compilation of 26 films by 26 different directors on death, shot anyway they wanted. Jason Eisner's Y was my favorite, while Z might be my least favorite for sheer lack of creativity. A reference to Dr. Strangelove and 9/11 was not the best direction for a Japanese director who didn't seem to understand what his job was.

This is another film to see with friends or invent a drinking game too. You see boobs, Japan, toilets or people not speaking English you take a drink, you will be thoroughly hung over by how many toilets show up.

Though heavy on horror a lot of this would be classified as sci-fi or just art pieces. Let's leave it at a fun experience best enjoyed with a group.

Ti West can not be apart of anthologies. After this "M" and V/H/S, it shows he needs to sit back and plan out a long feature. I loved The Innkeepers, but man he can not do shorts, kind of angry he wasted $5,000 on nothing, while other films pulled off so much more. Even "Z" did more with it's budget and I hated it, making Ti West the worst director of the anthology. Not putting the effort into it, no matter how small the part just shows such contempt for everyone else involved. Kaare Andrews "V" was just grand in comparison with the minimal budget of $5,000 each director got. It's not even the special effects in comparing his and Ti West film, his was just so lame.

Dead Author Readings Edgar Rice Burroughs March 1

Dead Author Readings are moderated monthly by H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins). This month, H.G. Wells welcomes Edgar Rice Burroughs (Chris Tallman) to the stage. Please don’t tell him that he is dead by now!
Tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit 826LA. RSVP here.

Where & WhenUpright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5919 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Friday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.

Cartoon Hype: Peter Ramsey Ruined Dreamworks, Brave Oscar

DreamWorks Animation is going to have some lay-offs thanks to the massive failure of Rise of the Guardians. It did extremely poorly. Director Peter Ramsey might be remembered for the annoyingly bad HP Envy commercials where he showed himself "creating" characters with his children, maybe he should have worked harder on the film instead of taking money from HP selling Windows 8 garbage. Now the people who so dillgently worked under him will be fired due to his lack of vision.

Though some people mark the occasion in an intersting light by bringing up the fact he is the first big-budget animated African-American director, I'd rather he be remembered that he worked on both Tank Girl and the first American Godzilla movie. Those two films being on his resume should have stopped him from being a big feature director.

The other big problem for DreamWorks is an upcoming film with the voice of a SNL cast member, Bill Hader, other wise known as the guy who doesn't talk during South Park writing meetings via the South Park doc. It will also be voiced by Josh Gad, which I wrote about early with his curse of 1600 Penn to NBC's already terrible schedule.

Jeffrey Katzenberg or the bag guy from Disney documetaries broke the bad news, but did anyone see him at the Oscars, what happened? He's bald, but had a baid haircut. If you were watching the Oscars Sunday, you might have noticed Brave won for animated feature, yeah I know it should have been Wreck-It Ralph, but you may have wondered why a woman got up when she wasn't called. That was Brenda Chapman who Natalie and I met briefly at the Annie Awards. Now why they might have not called out her name is because she gave up her role on being director of the movie and Mark Andrews took over. So they were co-directors on it and maybe someone in the Academy resented that.

What I want to explain is I don't want Peter Ramsey or Brenda Chapman to be celebrated for what they did in future speeches or ceremonies. Peter Ramsey was the first African-American big budget animated director, but his film did so poorly it caused layoffs in his company. Brenda Chapman is the first woman to recieve an Oscar as a female director for an animated film, first female Pixar director too, but had disagreements over her film with her company and did not finish her work. If anyone brings up what they did with some sort of amazement or as an argument of us growing as a culture tell them to shut up. In the history books their names should have apostrophes by them.

Now we wait for Rebecca Sugar's show as she's the first female cartoon director for Cartoon Network.

Weekly What To Do: Brazilian Book Fair Requires Dancing To Enter

Screamfest Mixer at the Brickyard
Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:30pm in PST
The Brickyard Pub
11130 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood,

Grand Park’s Downtown BookFest

March 2, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Grand Park's Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012

'"READ YOUR HEART OUT in Downtown LA! Grand Park’s literary nooks and crannies come alive in a day for book lovers both big and small."

Heads Up

55-hour northbound 405 lane reductions slated to start Friday, Mar 1

"Three lanes on the northbound I-405 will be closed between Montana Avenue and the Getty Center off-ramp for 55 hours starting Friday, March 1. The contractor will pave the future High-Occupancy Vehicle lane and realign the I-405 in this area during this time."

The 2nd Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival

 Featuring live appearances by Sarah Silverman, Dana Gould, Aziz Ansari, the Sklar Brothers, Nick Kroll and Bill Burr! - See more at:

Heart of Darkness (feat. live sets by Reggie Watts, Greg Barris, Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant and more!)

A staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene, Greg Barris is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that just recently had its 20th sold-out show in a row, at Union Hall in Brooklyn! Heart Of Darkness has been a frequent TimeOut New York critic’s pick, and has also been hailed by the Village Voice and the New Yorker as well — and BrooklynVegan calls it “NYC’s most awe-inspiring comedy/variety/brainz shows.” Tonight’s show features live music/video/comedy and insight from Reggie Watts, Everything is Terrible!, Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant and Greg Barris, plus other special things. Bring a sin and be forgiven. -

13th annual Brazilian Carnaval: Exotica 
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at Club Nokia/LA Live.

"  A faithful replica of the real Carnavals in Rio and Bahia, Carnaval: Exotica is the most authentic and extravagant Carnaval on the West Coast and has consistently sold out, drawing an annual crowd of 3000+ for the past 12 years."
The Club Nokia Brazilian Carnaval 2013 is for all ages.
Presale tickets are: $45 general admission / standing room only ($55 @ the door)
& $65 preferred seating ($75 @ the door)

Purchase General Admission and Preferred Seating tickets by calling (818) 566-1111, visit or Ticketmaster at
Club Nokia is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking on site available for a fee.

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum
March 1

Tour (5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm): "Tools of the Trade" with Lindsey Groves, Collections Manager
 Discussion (6:30 pm): “Living in Earthquake Country: Los Angeles and the Big One” with Dr. Lucy Jones
Performances (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Landmark Theater Events

The Room
Fri & Sat, March 1 & 2 at Midnight
at the Regent Theatre
Filmmaker/Star Tommy Wiseau
and Co-Star Greg Sestero In Person!

A Place At The Table
Starts Friday, March 1 at the Nuart Theatre
David Gist from Bread for the World In Person Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm

Genius on Hold
Starts Friday, March 1 at The Landmark
Director Gregory Marquette and Producer Walter T. Shaw In Person Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm!

 Twelfth Annual LACMA Muse Young Directors Night

The twelfth annual LACMA Muse Young Directors Night takes place this Saturday, March 2, at 8 pm. This evening, dedicated to cultivating and celebrating local film, is one of LACMA Muse’s most popular annual events.

12th Annual Lantern Festival
Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:00 pm -
7:00 pm

425 North Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
A signature event for CAM and now a beloved community tradition, CAM's annual Lantern Festival celebration offers Chinese New Year fanfare with free entertainment and interactive cultural activities for people of diverse backgrounds and ages to enjoy.
LALUZAPALOOZA Our 26th Annual Group Show
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
March 2 - April 1, 2012

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly rebrands our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 9,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, animators and working gallery artists had to be sorted-through, and we've finally narrowed it down to 125 or so artists

JC Richard and Justin Santora Show @ Gallery 1988
March 1st, 7-10 PM!!
This is the last show at the Melrose location near Golden Apple

Gallery 1988 Los Angeles

7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

 Both artists will be in attendance, so join us March 1st, 7-10 PM!!
Gallery 1988 is also teaming up with Paleyfest for some special one of a kind pieces only available at  the event.


ABCs of Death Showings March 2 and March 8

The movie I pleaded with you to go see at AFI Fest is coming to theaters March 2nd and 8th. The ABCs of Death has 26 directors going over death with each letter of the alphabet. I've heard it's not all horror, but sometimes just when death awkwardly occurs and with 26 directors your going to get a lot of different styles. Why not make your own scoring list like the gentleman in the picture to the left did, I know I will.

THE ABCS OF DEATH! CineMayhem Film Fest will screen THE ABCS OF DEATH this Saturday March 2 at 8:45 PM at the Muvico Theaters in Thousand Oaks, CA (166 W. Hillcrest Dr).

Tickets are available for purchase here: 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel of several directors from the movie—Jon Schnepp, Marcel Sarmiento, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett.

Then March 8th The Cinefamily will be screening the film. Segment directors Marcel Sarmiento (“D is for Dogfight”) and Jon Schnepp (“W is for WTF?”) will be in person for a Q&A!

 Friday Night Frights presents The ABCs Of Death (filmmakers in person!)
Fri, March 08, 2013 11:59 PM (Doors open at 11:30 PM)
 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Pack 1 Review

Capcom is slowly going to release many of it's classics through the (shocking sound) Capcom Arcade Cabinet on the PS3 and 360. I got to try out the first pack, oh yeah. I'm going to judge each game fast and separately.

Avengers- Now I thought this was going to be about the Marvel superhero team  "Avengers". For some reason I thought it was going to be the classic Konami game. Disappointed to say the least, the main character looked a bit like Wolverine, which got my hopes of it somehow being related to Marvel. In any case the bizarre set up of having a  beat-em up, punching like shooter grew thin on me as what looked like evil clowns killed me immediately.

I'm glad future beat-em ups did not follow it's vertical style.

Black Tiger - Okay, here we go a classic dungeon crawler... wait, what everything is attacking me! There is no waiting here, it's just constant movement or things will kill you. The art isn't getting any high marks either. Games of this time were way too hard and this was one of them. It took me a second run through to figure out that the "statues" were frozen people I need to touch to get items from or buy stuff, it's a fun little gimmick. This is way to chaotic to play for me and anyone else who doesn't want to die in a minute.

1943: The Battle of Midway - Oooh, old favorite. Wait, I remember now! I never beat this as a kid or was playing some sort of different developer plane airplane shooter. This airplane shooter starts off easy, then has you taking on warships. You have some powerups and a dodge move, but it gets intense. There was a remake not to long ago or some reversion I played, hmmm.

It's a bid odd that a Japanese game company made a game about Americans taking out it's own ships during WWII, I wonder if it did bad in Japan. Wikipedia tells Japan got a special version, where planes could fire lasers, so it must have not done that poorly.

Overall these titles weren't for me, this seems more like the collection where Capcom learned from it's mistakes and then made better games.

You know I'd rather have a rare collection instead of a reloaded collection, that WWII laser plane version sound pretty sweet and I know there were a bunch of titles that Capcom never released out of Japan that I'd love to try.

The video game was provided by the publisher for review.

LA Times Travel Show 2013 There's Other Places Than LA?

Do you need a new place to go? A new identity? Then you missed a really good opportunity to find out about places to escape to. From Dusseldorf to Yap almost every friendly nation and even ones that don't seem really friend were on view and wished for people to travel to them at the LA Times Travel Show this weekend.

 The LA Convention Center usually packed with cars or luxury items was only packed with slightly less of them. Car companies and of course the once ill-fated Mega Bus were inside. Mega Bus may have failed initially a few years ago, but who doesn't want to book a trip to Vegas for a buck. Not kidding, it can be a s low as a buck, some how.

The convention was a great way to learn about different places to travel outside of your everyday life. To gain a better understanding of the world or enrich the time with your family or spend a magical time with someone you love. California was mostly celebrated by wine country, Chumash Casino and the high school trip of Catalina Island. No, California was also represented by the beach communities ever so slightly away from LA, that make them inconvenient to really spend a day traveling to by car.

There are some amazing places to consider going to: Korea (the good one), Okinawa, the ever foreign Utah. Yet, as I wrote, your time for escape plans has ended and you'll have to wait for next years show. So stiff upper lip, buy sunglasses, a small dog and some hipster clothes and you should fit right in until next year.

Notes about the travel show
-Israel next to Jordan, smart move exhibitor plan committee
-Animal show was way too early , I'd like to see animals after lunch thank you
-Egypt, why? Not the best time
-China wants us, not as enemies, but as tourists spending money

 It wasn't all travel booths, there were zorbs to ride in for the kids, large protective balls to ride in. A rock wall and a zip line were in the back of the hall. You can always tell a friend how you zip lined through the LA Convention Center, hell of a story.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What the Hell? IDW + Cartoon Network

Uhhh, deep breath. In another bizarre scenario that only media giants could create, Cartoon Network will release comics through IDW publishing. Now why this is stupid is that Cartoon Network is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Warner Bros owns DC Comics. DC Comics should be releasing CN titles through it's own kids label, but it's run so poorly it apparently can't. The other glaring fact is both Adventure Time comics and the upcoming Regular Show comics are being released through a third company, Boom! Studios.

Cartoon Network should be releasing comics based on its shows through it's own mega media corporation. Dark Horse is concerned that Star Wars titles will be falling to Marvel at some time after the big buy from Disney, but nothings really moved in that news.

Cartoon Network ignoring the success of Adventure Time comics through Boom! is just strange. It could be that the creators retain rights and get to choose or some other factor, but why they wouldn't work with a company that already proved itself with the Adventure Time label is odd.

One of the comments over this news at CA make a great point though

Well I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure it's because if DC published it, they would have to pay for everything, such as writers, artists and printing. By selling licenses to other comic companies they get paid royalties while IDW and BOOM! Studios handle all the comic making duties"

That's does make a lot of sense, but it still makes you wonder on why Boom isn't just being used. To me it also speaks volumes on how fed up Cartoon Network was with DC.

8 Bit Lit: An Art Show Celebrating Great Video Games and Literature

Michelle Wilens and Caroline Jeanne McClanahan Nelson bring us "8 Bit Lit: An Art Show Celebrating Great Video Games and Literature" this Saturday at Meltdown.

A video game art show based on literature, I can't wait to see what they have and then laugh at the literary and game mash-ups. The life-size balloons grab my attention, but the Tiny Splendor living arcade seems like it might be exaggerated to how wonderful it might be.

"The opening reception will be SATURDAY, March 2, 2013 at 7PM and feature music by DJ Old Boy, life-size balloon art from Super Inflated ( and FREE BEER provided by Stone Brewing Co. ( Tiny Splendor ( will also be on hand to transform the Meltdown Comics Gallery into a living arcade. The Bun Truck ( will be parked outside Meltdown Comics serving delicious treats. "

Be there and power up!

Meltdown Comics Gallery
7522 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046

Featuring artwork by:
Aldrin Cornejo
Amy Watson
Arminda Arroyo
Barry Blankenship
Ben Sears
Brad Lamers
Brett Gilbert
Chris Downes
Dave Kloc
Dominic Moschitti
Dominique Bell
Donna Letterese
Ellen Coons
Guillermo Martinez
Jason Jones
Jeffrey Rebner
Jenny Fine
John Mathot
Josh Karp
Kate Ward
Kenneth Srivijittakar
Laura Knight
Laurel Maha
Lauren Andrews
Max Stadnik
Michael Thomas Grant
Natalie James
Nathan Theis
Nolan Fabricius
Ryan Moran
Sanaa Khan
Trinity Shi

LA Weekly Plate 5th Annual Food and Wine Event

LA Weekly Plate 5th annual Food and Wine event

Sunday March 3
12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Doors: 12:00 PM
The Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

Monday, February 25, 2013

Edwardian Ball 2013 Dark Fun

An evening of sound, costume and the macabre was held at the Fonda Theatre last Saturday. The Edwardian Ball returned to tinsel town and its patron were very well dressed. I saw a steam punk rocket girl, a seductive peacock dressed mistress and many people in top hats. If it wasn't a unknown military noble or a explorer from Victorian England on Safari it was a beautiful women in a gown. For all that happened that night it was truly the people who put on their best out fit that made the event.

I was well entertained by the stage show as was the well dressed audience. Each act was like seeing an old forbidden attraction. In any case it's just good to see something near Hollywood and Highland not connected to Cirque du Soleil. Dancing sword girls, big bands, acrobats and a re-creation of A Doubtful Guest, an Edward Gorey classic story, with music becoming a stage show had the main auditorium always booming with excitement, dance, laughter and a few spilled drinks.

The Fonda theatre was a perfect fit for all of the fancy dressed, better cosplayers of the evening. Be it on the roof with a photo booth, it's own dj, bar, mini music club, and tiny bazaar. In the stand of the second floor where you could look down on others. The dance floor surrounded by some of the best dressed ne'er-do-wells this city has seen iether dqancing or observing the imagery on stage.

The evening was a success with mixed parts of great entertainment, great music, great place and very fine costumes. The corsets on ladies didn't hurt.

more photos

Adventure Time Time: Finn's Golden Sword Made Real

Beat Super Punch and ComicsAlliance on this one. They are theVonly other sites that really keep up with Adventure Time. Maybe Caleb Goellner, John Struan and I should go on a press tour of the AT offices, we're the only qualified people to go.

Maybe the head of the AT wikia too, but I don't know who that is.

Double Dipping Dennis Zine

 Though I'm not for Cary Brazeman for city controller I do like his ad against Dennis Zine.
I'd go for Ron Galperin, remember the election is next week March 5th.

Ted Tallks 2013 Long Beach Feb 25 -Mar 1

The Ted Talks are happening right now in Long Beach. Bono's going to be at tomorrow's...maybe miss that one.

Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Feb 28- March 3

Head to the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre to check out some Turkish delighs in four feature films from Turkey and a bunch of shorts.

Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
Feb 28- March 3

Cartoon Hype: Everything Powerpuff

Andrew Kolb, who I interviewed a while back, just re-did the Powerpuff girls in his own style. You can pick each girl up for $50.

This is on the news of a special for the Powerpuff done by Kevin Dart in his own style as well coming out some time this year. Still no news on the Powerpuff Girls anime ever hitting stateside, it has already been dubbed in English, but no with the original cast and their are no current plans for it coming out here.

Nickelodeon Art Show at IAM8BIT

IAM8BIT teased an upcoming art show this April on its Facebook. It's more than likely for Nickelodeon. Double Dare was suggested to happen at whatever tribute show might occur. I wholeheartedly agree.

Edwardian Ball 2013 Attire

Gadzooks! Fans of Edward Gorey were strutting there stuff up in the Hollywood sky. Just driving up to the Fonda Theatre I was already enticed to have a wonderful evening by seeing the fantastic costumes, dresses and outfits that patrons of the Edwardian Ball were walking up in. Hollywood already had a better red carpet Saturday night, right before the Oscars, a little further down the street. Here is but a taste of some of smashing attire that people wore. I'm somewhat dismayed there isn't a costume contest. Be you a fan of steam punk or just want to wear a top hat and monocle for once, this was the place to be.
That's a mechanical hand puppet.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the "Sex, Love and Comic Books Show"

Hey, remember the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater group I told you about last October and probably a bunch of times in the weekly what to do section? Come on, you know I did. No, don't leave. What I'm not angry. No that's not fair.....


Well, that one person left, but if you want 1950's and 60's like radio show hour performances then this Sunday venture to the El Cid for the Sex, Love and Comic Books Show.  Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has a monthly residency now at the El Cid, every first Sunday of the month. The one in April looks fun.

Full details below

What: Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the "Sex, Love and Comic Books Show"
a variety show of comic books, music and booze
When: Sunday, March 3, Doors open at 7:30 for dinner and drinks, Show starts at 8:30
Where: El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90029
Tix: $10 at the door or online at or

Monthly Variety Show Series Themes, so far:
March 3: Sex, Love and Comic Books
April 7: Saturday Morning Cartoons Live Show
May 5: A Teenage Comic Book Quinceanera on Cinco de Mayo!
June 2: Los Angeles Noir