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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We Want This Umbrella Corporation Wine & Floor Mat

Via Kotaku and the lucky bastard that is Brain Ashcraft comes news of Resident Evil Wine; we're huge fans of the film's use of Umbrella Corporation, not the actual films. Check it out, just look at the design. Love the take on the Umbrella Corp logo. And it goes for about $30.

Also coming out, wine based on Ace Attorney.
Over at PlayAsia we have the Umbrella Corp mat, with no date or price yet.
If you know of where to import online, send us an e-mail.

Elon Musk's Love of Holes

Rich, creepy-looking dude, I mean, I don't know him personally, but in any footage this guy looks creepy, Elon Musk is making a hole in his Hawthorne facility. Why? He wants to fix LA's horrible congestion problem and eventually wants to build super speedy hyperloops-sucktion tunnels-to get us all around. We have a problem of digging those tunnels and he wants to test how to dig tunnels, well as he said, "We’re just going to figure out what it takes to improve tunneling speed by, I think, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 percent,” says this Wired article.

Read the whole thing here. Essentially, it's the start of a rich mad men causing LA to fight the "mole people."

Monday, January 30, 2017

Reminders: Gadget and Nerd Night

Monday, January 30 at 10 PM - 11:30 PM
Ucb Sunset
5419 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
Free, Suggested donations
 Join your fellow geeks and nerds in an evening of entertainment and fun.

Andy Heyward, Mastermind Behind Inspector Gadget, Reading & Signing Go Go Gadget: The Creation of Inspector Gadget
Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Chevalier's Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

" We all know Inspector Gadget, that clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective —a human being with various bionic gadgets built into his body. But who MADE him?  Who was behind the French-Canadian-American animated television series that revolves around his adventures  with  his nemesis, Dr. Claw, the leader of an evil organization known as “M.A.D.”? Andy Heyward is who! And he will be here to answer your gadgety questions from A to Z and back to G-G- Go Go Gadget: The Creation of Inspector Gadget , the book! Reading, talk, q&a and signing."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Guess What Else LA Has A Lot Of...STDs

"Public health officials throughout Southern California are grappling with alarming increases in syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia that are part of a national epidemic."

That's what the Daily News is reporting.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hammer Museum Still Won't Sell Hammers Expands

The Hammer Museum, a place that's hosted quite a lot of fun exhibits and events over the years has released plans to expand by 2020. The museum plans to expand the galleries by 60% including two major newly constructed ones.

Here's a few more points from the press release:
  • Increasing visibility of the museum with a dramatic new presence along a full city block of Wilshire Boulevard
  • Enhancing 20,000 square feet of community spaces to make the museum more accessible and inviting to both visitors and passersby
  • Creating premier facilities to showcase L.A.’s third largest collection and make the Hammer’s outstanding works accessible to students, scholars, and the public
  • Supporting the museum’s intellectual, creative, and operational capacity with a two-story expansion of workspace
This with other major museums coming into view including the Lucas and the Academy musuem will make LA's cultural side grow to unseen levels. We're going to have a lot of art on view and a wide range of media and history on view in 2020 if all construction finishes on time.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review: Terrible, I Know It Is, Why'd I Watch It

When friends ask me, "Why do you see those movies, they're terrible?," I say, "I know, you're right." I don't even fight it, they're right, I have no excuse. Jeez, this is just depressing.

Last night, I went to the GameStop EXCLUSIVE Screening at Universal's AMC 19, me and the 8 other people who came out to see it...did watch it. And luckily, they did a really good job on the new AMC theater, the seats, the whole theater is great.

Oh, the movie. Let's just go over the things I liked. There's no reason for you to see it in theaters unless nothing else is out  and you need to kill time and your stuck somewhere, even then I recommend trying something else to do.

What I do watch this series? It's the Umbrella Corporation. And this movie has Umbrella Corporation's new gear. Let's go over the gear in the film as that's the only thing I cared about in the movie.

1. Umbrella Motorcycle

First up is the brand new Umbrella Corporation Motorcycle. A sleek Kawasaki looking number that requires fingerprint I.D. or you'll be shocked trying to ride it. The vehicle has a great paint job of the Umbrella Corporation logo on it and comes in nice red color. With the end of the world, why not look as cool as possible when there's less than 5,000 people left on Earth. It launches from the side of the Umbrella Corporation Battle Tank letting you scout or leave the  tank for whatever you need while it's still in motion.

2. Umbrella Corporation Battle Tank

These bad boys let Umbrella traverse what's left of the world on the ground. Battle Tanks come with missile launchers and gun turrets in the front. A gun turret in the back for taking out any zombies or non-Umbrella groups. Storage cages for what's left for humanity inside and very intricate cockpit that can be piloted by one if need be.The battle tank can open in the back for the fast transport of people or to toss someone out to run behind the tank as bait. They aren't invincible and are weak against fire when open to the elements and exceeding speeds going down hill. Other than that there quite useful in getting around what was America. Comes with bags of trail mix.

3. Mini Holographic Communicator, Projector and GPS

This tiny device can not only give you excellent signal during the Apocalypse, but also shows off full holographic video in a large range no matter if it poorly lit or sunny locations. It doesn't matter if it's secrets about Umbrella or meaningless plot points, you'll see some great visuals with this device that doesn't seem to ever need charging. It can also give you full visual readouts of your locations. May or may not also transfer memories from original versions of yourself? It may have also been an earpiece, unsure as how badly the movie was made.

4. Cryo-Unit Storage Facility

Remember the secret Umbrella Corporation base from the first movie? Well, there was another secret facility underneath it, holding the rich and Umbrella elite in cryo units maintained by robots. How do you get to the any of the many floors of the frozen jerks? A secret elevator that was actually the room before you entered the Red Queen. Which made no sense, but was cool to look at.

5. Insta-Skin

Did you just lose something? Like an appendage? Bleeding out? You need Insta-Skin that instantly heals over your bleeding wounds and coats them in something that looks like skin and is never fully explained. Comes in white, not sure about other colors.

6. Umbrella Bionic Implants

Giving the powers similar to the androids from Dragon Ball Z with a twist, you have cyborg Umbrella Corporation bosses. If you've ever seen the film D.O.A. and yes, it is based on the game, then you may remember some cool glasses that could predict martial art moves. Well, based on another bad game movie those glasses are back though they might be bionic eyes. The main bad guy in the movie has them and it is hilarious. As stab attemps have percentages. Bionic users might also have have ability to take extreme damage and have super speed. May need system reboot after heavy damage.

A few other things

Dr. Isaacs played by Iain Glen seems to have forgotten any sort of acting he learned on Game of Thrones and gets homerowed (hit in the head with a keyboard, twice) and gives the best scream when he gets his hand cut off. Meme it

Don't see it.

From imdb the accidents on set were severe

-Ricardo Cornelius was a crew member on the film's shoot in South Africa when he was standing near a Humvee that was located on a rotating platform. Apparently, the Humvee was not properly secured and it slid off the platform. According to Deadline, when this happened it pinned Cornelius against a wall and crushed him. The crew member was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support, but he passed away a few hours later.

-During filming stuntwoman Olivia Jackson suffered a severe injury to her left arm after a motorcycle crash and ultimately had to have the arm amputated.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ni Hao Lunar New Year @ Universal Studios

With lanterns flowing in the wind and beautiful red surrounding the plaza...wait is Megatron speaking Mandarin? Yes, yes, he was, because Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the Lunar New Year. Between now and Feb 5, Universal is celebrating the year of the rooster as part of the Lunar New Year with some special events. We headed over to see what the park looks like in this special festive mood.

When you enter the park just look for all the red and be transported to an idyllic photo spot, a piazza of red lanterns and a beautiful center plum blossom arch. It's a nice area to drop out to the busy flow of park.

Inside you'll be able to take photos with a Mandarin speaking Megatron and other colorful characters including Curious George and Woody Woodpecker in Chinese style clothing. Also, Kung Fu Panda stars, Po and Tigress.

Take a second a write down a wish for the new year and attach it to one of the surrounding trees. My favorite wish I spotted was, "Don't give up all my time to Netflix." Just take the provided pen and paper and write down your own wish for the new year.

You can find your animal and year with the surrounding banners, go year of the Tiger!

If you happen to be visiting from China the park does have a Studio Tour in Mandarin so you can enjoy learning about movies and TV shows made here and the studio's history. You'll see the already old by our standards King Kong section of the ride as a new King Kong comes out this year. Then be blown away by the Fast and Furious section.

For locals and newcomers the parks undergone some amazing new additions with The Walking Dead attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more of Springfield be build out for The Simpsons Ride. So check it out and even catch a film at the newly refurbished theater at Citywalk.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year
January 21 to February 5
The event is included in the price of theme park admission


What's La La Land?

What's La La Land? How does it relate to LA? Some of our readers may have been asking that question or the question of why we at TTDILA didn't go out of its way for another Ryan Gosling movie with LA as the backdrop after we recreated Drive and visited all the locations that were in it. Good question.

Our answer; we're doing it now.

If a fan of the movie, here's compiled guides to go everywhere from the film
13 Los Angeles Locations Every 'La La Land' Fan Should Visit
Most Memorable L.A. Locations in 'La La Land'-From Hollywood Reporter
The ultimate 'La La Land' filming location map-LA Curbed

Will we have our own one day? Will it be just set to a different song? Maybe.

For those who don't even know what were writing about let's talk about the movie with a little help from it's imdb page.

Ryan Gosling, star of one of our favorite LA film's, Drive, plays Sebastian a jazz pianist. He meets up with Emma Stone (who I'm not that happy about as a co-star, that voice) who plays Mia in the common role of aspiring actress. They get angry at each other over some road rage and thus begins a romantic, comedy, drama, musical. From the director of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, comes a movie that wholeheartedly takes in LA and goes to a variety of locations in it and boy does he make them look cleaner and cooler. If you're a resident you know what it's really like.

Why it's being gobbled up by us here in LA is that they really shot the whole thing here too, which was impressive, though whenever you shut down the freeways, we aren't happy.

*We learned from the news blurbs on it that city here actually gives out two passes to film LA's freeways twice a month. So you might have been caught in traffic once because of filming. Thanks, Hollywood.

What we can thank Hollywood for is the upcoming Oscars and the horrible traffic, which we'll give you reminders about and how to avoid next month. As the Oscars are just coming up and the news cycle is going on about it we might mention that the film is up for a few Oscars. A few in the sense it's crazy how many.
It's up for 12 Oscars, quite a nod to the City of Angels. And it has some good odds to win big, that's at least what this article is saying. And that's after winning the most Golden Globes in a single show. The odds are looking like they might win many of those Oscars which include best picture and director. So if you want to be that pretentious friend who says, "How haven't you seen it?," or just want to see a modern musical in LA it's still playing in theaters.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Weekly What To Do: Broadway or Bust

Wed, Jan 25, 7 PM - 10 PM

The Virgil
4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90029

Pay 5 bucks to compete. Receive your first Slurring Bee Shot. (Don't worry; it's like, a girly delicious shot.) Shoot it. Spell something. For every round you stay standing, you'll receive another free specialty Slurring Bee nectar. Keep spelling till we crown a queen (or king) bee! Winner receives half the pot, fabulous bee-themed prizes and their picture immortalized on our Wall of Fame, plus automatic placement in our Tournament of Champions!

Previews: Jan. 26
Performances: Jan. 27 – Feb. 19:

 Thursday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 26 (preview)
 Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 27 (opening); Feb. 3, 10, 17
 Saturdays at 10 p.m.: Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18
 Sundays at 7 p.m.: Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19

Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90038

$30 general admission; $15 for the preview performance; and $10 with $1 beers for Saturday at 10 p.m. performances (promo code 220)

"What does the future hold for sex? The mysterious conglomerate Monocorp fabricates an epidemic condemning intimacy to profit from its “safe” new pseudo-sex product called the Love Light. Meanwhile, at an underground "intimacy" speakeasy, four fallen popstars gather in collusion to plan their revenge against Monocorp’s devious CEO — a la the current political climate."

Animé Los Angeles 13
Jan 26-29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
Only on site admission now$70 for Full convention (all days)
One Day badges (tickets) are available for
Friday, Saturday or Sunday – $35 each day
*sells out
Here's some more info on the primarily fan event for anime, now in it's 13th year of cosplay and fun.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions
Fri, Jan 27, 4pm
Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley
1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Possibly more screenings will appear as movie approaches

A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi.

CGV Cinemas Buena Park Grand Opening
Fri, Jan 27
6988 Beach Blvd

CGV Cinemas is thrilled to announce the opening of a new theater in Buena Park. Come celebrate with us and experience state-of-art theater technology!Special coupons up on their site for sweet deals.

Fictional Foods
Opening Reception FRIDAY, Jan 27, 7-9 PM
G1988 (East)
Free, waiting

Grab a piece, an art piece of your favorite fictional food. I wouldn't mind some Let's Potato Chips or senzu beans.

1st Annual Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival
Sat, January 28, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Mack Sennett Studios1215 Bates Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029 
$tarts at $60 

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is proud to present the first annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake. Join over 40 independently-owned craft brewers from the Los Angeles County for unlimited tastings of over 100 beers plus complimentary bites from some of our favorite local restaurants and purveyors of fine foods.

Night On Broadway
Sat, January 28, 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Downtown Los Angeles

Night on Broadway is a free arts and music festival produced in celebration of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative. Like never before, Night on Broadway awakens beautiful historic theatres and the blocks between them along the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles.

Jan 28-29
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St, Pasadena
$10 kids under 5 free
It's Lego bricks people, not the one's you build real building with. Hopefully they'll have something for the LEGO Batman Movie.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 PM

Horrible hostess of the darkness, Mini Coffee, and Ookie the puppet start 2017 strong with Tim Kincaid (Breeders, Robot Holocaust, Joe Gage Sex Files Vol. 1: Jack-off Party at Billy Bob’s)’s MUTANT HUNT – “A vicious genetic scientist, discovers a way to alter harmless cyborgs into blood-thirsty mutants that kill for pleasure! Now, Matt Riker must hunt the mutants before they hunt him first.”

Sunday, Jan 29 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM
The Last Bookstore 453 S Spring St
Modern Hiker founder Casey Schreiner chills out in the coolest bookstore in downtown L.A. for a presentation, Q&A, and book-signing for his first book, "Day Hiking Los Angeles."
Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 28
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (bonus matinee!)
Sunday, Jan 29, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Regent
448 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90013
 To prep for Season 3 of “Twin Peaks”, see the most dangerous creation to have ever sprung from the mind of David Lynch -- presented LOUD on the Regent’s big screen!

Museums Free-for-All
Sunday, Jan 28
Multiple Museums

Over thirty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

Monday, 1/30/17  3pm-10pm
Neon Retro Arcade 
28 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91105
$10 (all games are set to FREE PLAY)
We'll have some goodies & giveaways around 7pm...don't miss out!

Monday, January 30 at 10 PM - 11:30 PM

Ucb Sunset
5419 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
Free, Suggested donations
 Join your fellow geeks and nerds in an evening of entertainment and fun.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hive Jump Review: Jump Into Four Player Couch Co-Op

Back in October...2015, I saw a classic looking bug killer four player local co-op at the Nintendo Booth at IndieCade. After two years that game is finally on the Wii U Steam. And it remains a game designed for you and friends to just have fun crushing bug scum. Hive Jump, the name that still doesn't quite fit, does make sense from the story, but still isn't a great name, but a great game in the market that always needs a boost in co-op. It's also has a long list of Steam tags of both local and online co-op and multiplayer.

So down to the nitty gritty, it's a 2D platformer where you kill bugs with up to three other friends. You jump from hive to hive. In a upper class British person voice, "Oh my, now I get the name!,"

You get bug goo, the goo's money, you buy and upgrade weapons with goo. There's all the classic types from flamethrowers to plasma guns, electro bolts that bounce around, missles and more. Your team's goal is to get to the end of a hive and defeat the big bug boss or all they all queens, when it's a bug game? Anyways... So, big ol' boss fights.

After two years there are some problems that I wished were polished out. It's not the greatest platformer, controls work, but they could be more precise and for any platformer you want the most precise they can be. Some animations and interactions with bugs don't look like click.

I'm not sure what the idea with the over world map fight system is about in Campaign mode. I don't want to think about losing ground to bugs in even a rudimentary chess board. I want to jump in and fights bugs with friends on my couch.

Beyond that, the game is just lost in co-op fun. And you could play alone, but that's sad and I doubt you could make it that far.

Making you almost like Deadpool or Wolverine is that you'll be caring a pack, you or someone else on your team. As long as the pack's intact you and anyone else on your team can keep coming back from the dead. And you can die a whole lot, alien bugs are trying to kill ya'. But if the pack does take enough damage you're down to one life. And then soon game over.

Teaming up with four friends, all with different weapons and jumping into wasting a hive. It's hard not to just give the game credit for something so simple and fun. A slaughterfest that's rated Teen, that's colorful with green goo splattering your screen.

Hive Jump is on sale as of writing this currently $14.99, Normally $19.99

Reviewer was provided game by publisher for review purposes.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Yakuza 0 Review: 1980's Beat-Down of My Dreams

Paint the town green! With the money that flows out over every dirtbag's butt you kick!

That town you'll be beating bros so bad that one can say they're literally hemorrhaging money is in 1980's Japan, gaudy as Hell and your a Japanese gangster, a yakuza for people who haven't kept up with media in the last 30 years. And it's funny, cuz' 30 years back is where you are and you've got some problems and money isn't one of them.

Yakuza, is a long time series from Sega and this is a prequel to all the games that have come out. In it, you'll be playing two Yakuza; Kazuma Kiryu – the Dragon of Dojima and a fella by the name Majima. He has an eye-patch, you'll get to know them both.

Now starting off, Kazuma Kiryu goes for that old trope of being fingered for murdering someone he didn't and putting unwanted pressure on the Yakuza. The higher ups aren't happy and it's not that bright a picture for his boss whose close to getting out of prison and he sees as a father. So now it's up to him to figure up what's gone wrong, so you're a detective sort of. You're more of a...

Bam! See that guy get thrown threw a window. You're a bad-ass gansta. You act serious when needed as a Japanese Yakuza, but you can also smash someone's head in. And, boy, golly you will. You'll wail on lesser gangs while you explore the open city of Kamurocho, a shady place for shady fun things.

Really it's a world map of hurt that you can hammer out and explore while beating enemies; however all the while you can have fun as only a rich Yakuza could.

The world has arcade parlors, you can play old arcade games within the game along side UFO-Catchers. I need a stuffed doll! If not your boat, or UFO really, how about some utterly crazy Karaoke. Karaoke where you can become part of the song like a music video? Batting cages? Dancing with the ladies? Darts, fishing?

This world of 1980's wonder is at your fingertips and then it goes into an entirely different location for Majima.

Then Kiryu slammed a man's head into a urinal and all was right with the world. Yeah, the game combat had me; reminding of the fun of beat-em ups. There's nothing like building a skill tree, making your character get better by spending money on yourself and see your gansta grow.

Yakuza 0 is beat-em-up, mystery, adventure with comical elements that only the Japanese could pull-off and continue to. If you've never gotten into the series, it's fine. Everything is new, even though it's the 1980's.

Out Now on PlayStation 4

Reviewer was provided game by publisher for review purposes.

Adventure Time Time: Islands, It's Back

Cheating the system, that's what it is if you want to skip ahead and get Adventure Time: Islands now. Though new episodes are inbound for Adventure Time this week,

you can skip ahead to the mini-series that will drop some of the biggest drama bombs and answers to the series.

Finn, Jake, Beemo and Susan Strogn have set sail on the high seas to find answers about possible still living humans, but they might find something more. What they do find is a bananas adventure for kids and for those a little older a mockery of what awaits humanity...the show can get deep when being about a little boy with a magical talking dog.

Islands is available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Video and Google Play ahead of its
linear premiere. All eight episodes plus exclusive new content including animatics, an art gallery
and song demos will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the suggested retail price of $14.97.

*This mini-series takes place after current airing episodes 

We've seen the mini-series and there's only so much we can talk about without revealing too many secrets and there are some huge ones. This is a very heavy Finn and Susan arc exploring there total back-stories. So, if you've been waiting, you'll finally have your answers. But, don't ever think they'll come easily and that the story ends here.

 Adventure Time: Islands Premieres with Four-Night Event
Monday, Jan. 30 on Cartoon Network