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Friday, March 30, 2018

Killer Klowns from Outer Space Live Concert May 19th

This one sounds crazy, but crazy is good here in LA. We're a horror town, we love horror films and this May we're celebrating like it's Halloween up in here with the Killer Klowns from Outer Space Live Concert. Killer Klowns comes from the Chiodo Brothers, who've been in the horror business for decades. They came up with this ridiculous horror movie with a killer soundtrack and made all the monsters. Now it's back after 30 years to celebrate how weird it is with a live concert show on top of a building in LA.

Check out the details below including a contortionist, stilt walkers and killer klowns walking around before the show.

Get tickets here

Happening May 19

For the 30th Anniversary, Massari has created a three-ring Sci-Fi/Horror celebration, reuniting an amazing line-up of special guests, including the film’s creators, the Chiodo Brothers, musical guests The Dickies, stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder.
At 6PM, the Kosmic Klown circus celebration will begin with stilt walkers, balloon folding artist Buster Balloon Cadwell, contortionist Bonnie Morgan, plus fortune tellers, strong men and women, magicians, body art, fan arts and crafts, and of course the Killer Klowns. There will be a pre-show Q&A at 7PM featuring Stephen Chiodo (writer/director), Charles Chiodo (writer/art director), Edward Chiodo (writer/producer), Grant Cramer (Mike Tobacco), Suzanne Snyder (Debbie Stone), members of The Dickies, and composer John Massari, moderated by Jim Branscome of Cinematic Void.
Following the Q&A, at 8PM, the film will be screened with it’s original musical score performed live by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Massari. LA’s very own original punk rockers, The Dickies, will perform their enduring classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space theme song.

Varèse Sarabande Records will be releasing a new recording of the soundtrack on CD and LP, available for sale at the concert. The album features the original score performed by members of The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, with new orchestrations by Massari and Bernhard Eder. The Dickies recorded a BRAND NEW version of the film’s theme song featuring an extra creepy intro followed by their signature pure punk energized sound.”
“For 30 years, love and loyalty from fans the world over made this extraordinary movie a beloved cult classic,” said Massari. “This event is our way to celebrate Killer Klowns From Outer Space directly with these fans.”

via BD

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cobra Kai in LA?

Looks like marketing for YouTube Red, which is identified as a music service by the people running it, is showing off it's new show based on The Karate Kid Franchise, Cobra Kai. Cobra Kai comes out May 2nd.

via /Film

Moon Cat Cafe: A Mobile Cat Cafe

A silly novelty that'll cost you $12 to play with some cute cats. The Moon Cat Cafe is a mobile cat cafe. It stops all around the LA and OC area to promote pet adoption.

So it may seem a little cramped, but it's a place you can chill with cats around you. When I went back on March 25th, I had some kittens all to myself. I played with them for a little bit, but decided to save my complimentary drink and pastry for outside. Ya see, when you spend your $12 to enter, -it's paperless, so bring a card to pay-you get a drink and a treat, not that bad a deal for hanging out with some cats.

There's really no time limit when the cat cafe rolls in, so once you pay you're good. If you're waiting, it may be a bit.

It is a little strange being inside a truck in a specially hard to open room, so cats can't get out. There's not a lot of space and I was there by myself, so I wonder how well it works with others inside with you.

For more details or where the cat cafe will be showing up near you check their site below.
Moon Cat Cafe

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

FX Presents: The Legion Chamber Sounds Pretty Dumb

We have a lot of pop-ups here in LA and this latest one from FX sounds as bad as the one I experienced at WonderCon.


She called herself the The Terror Experience from AMC. She looked quite pretty and mysterious from the outside. Inside, she was a boat and projector that showed out of sequence clips from the show. She was a mess. Sure, she had snow fall on us, but the boat didn't sway or move. It gave off the effect to not watch the show.

[End of  Flashback]

So here's the synopsis for the "Chamber," which kind of sucks, because we really like Legion and a mind maze wouldn't have been that hard to pull off.

Enter the mind of a sane man in an insane world.
FX’s LEGION Chamber is an artistic video installation that allows fans to step inside a 360-degree micro-theatre featuring a one-of-a-kind presentation from the internationally-acclaimed Marco Brambilla Studio. You’ll find yourself disconnected from the outside world – literally – and be fully entrenched in the hypnotic digital realm of FX’s Legion. This extraordinary visual art piece will leave you questioning what is real and what is not.

FX Presents: The Legion Chamber
Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 11:00 AM –
Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
Goya Studios Sound Stage C
1541 N. Cahuenga BLVD
Entrance on Selma Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free, Must RSVP

Good-Bye Meltdown

Meltdown Comics is closing its doors Friday. No word, but there might be a final throw-down or a hurrah good-bye, but nothing concrete on its last day. Look to social media for anything. Until it closes, everything is 50% off inside and there's not much left. We have a lot of memories and it's hard to see it go, but might as well see it go then it just going away and not paying respect to so many memories.
We took some photos of the place as a final passing. See you space cowboy! Er, I mean comic store.

Weekly What To Do: Meltdown Closes Friday

Meltdown is closing its doors this Friday, until then everything in the store is 50% off. Head in, say good-bye, by some merch.

Everything Is Terrible! in LA!
Wednesday, March 28, 8 PM - 10 PM
 The Regent
448 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90013
$20 Advance / $26.50 Day of Show
"Since the dawn of time, man has searched for answers... and failed. But the fog of existence has finally cleared thanks to the eternal fruits of your favorite found footage collective, Everything Is Terrible! Over the last 10 years, EIT! has reinterpreted our shared memory into 3,000+ daily web videos, collected 15,000 Jerry Maguire VHS tapes, and forever altered the collective consciousness. Now, with their longtime collaborator Lucifer, Everything Is Terrible! has ingested over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-horror VHS tapes. They have recontextualized them and created a narrative feature that reminds us all who we are, why we are here, and what we should be doing with our paltry time on this dumb planet."

Tim Burton's Planet of The Apes
Wednesday, March 28, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A, “Designing the Planet of the Apes”, with 7-time Academy Award-winning Makeup Artist Rick Baker and Sculptor Jeff G. Rack.

Wednesday, March 28, 9 PM - 11:59 PM
Los Feliz Theater
1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027

Wednesday, March 28, 5 PM - 8 PM
Collector's Paradise - Pasadena
319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Ste 4, Pasadena, California 91105 

"MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25 is the official beginning of the historic POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID comic book event. Arriving in comics shops worldwide on March 28th, this issue begins the first comic book event in the twenty-five-year history of the global franchise as writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo deliver a story so shocking that the issue will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent spoilers!"

Just Dance Live
March 29 – 31, 2018
Hollywood Palladium
The Just Dance game just got real with a huge audience to dance with.

Sacred Fools' New Play
March 30-April 29 Select nights
Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater
1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038
$Parking or street

"In 1956, a giant kaiju (monster) destroys Tokyo and sends seismic waves of fear, anger and ignorance through generations. Facts are questioned, history is alternatively written and modern politics is set against primal religion in this ferociously civilized cautionary tale of two nations coping with their own damaged legacies. Can humanity reckon with the monsters that rise against us, the ones that live within us all?"

Saturday, March 31, 8 PM - 11:59 PM
Red Gate Recorders
4440 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90041
"Welcome to the Hyrule Castle Party, a night our guest would never forget. Deep within the forest of Los Angeles there lies a secret party castle where all your dreams becomes a reality! The Hyrule castle dungeon overflows with themed refreshments as our guests dance the night away to DJ Synthos’ anime & gaming mix. As they say—What Happens in the Castle, Stays in the Castle."

Rod Serling's Night Gallery Cast & Crew Reunion + Q&A
Saturday, March 31, 1 PM - 3 PM
Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505
Creature Features closes out our exhibit of original paintings from Rod Serling's NIGHT GALLERY with a special cast & crew reunion featuring key players from the show's original production.

Sat, Mar 31, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Two Italian horror classics from Dario Argentoin new 4k restorations.

Sun, April 1
211 N Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
"The Museum of Selfies is an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie – an image of oneself taken by oneself."
Sun, April 1, 10 AM - 2 PM
Southern California Live Steamers
2290 Washington Avenue, Torrance, California 90501
Boarding tickets are $7/rider on April 1st (or $5 during regular run days before April 1, 2018).
Your Eggspress adventure begins as you depart the Station on your way to a secret location inside the SCLS facility for an Egg Hunt. The Eggspress Special Run is a fundraiser event.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Anime Hype: DARLING in the FRANXX Fan Service Future

The damn girl pilot's ass is a main feature inside the cockpit. Japan is in no way part of the feminist movement going on now and it shows in it's new mecha anime. DARLING in the FRANXX is the newest thing out from Trigger and can be watched Dubbed via Funimation/Crunchyroll. We're not gonna go deep, but just go over a few reasons why the show is a watch right now or just bizarre fan service.

Yes, those are butt handles. To pilot the mechs in this anime it requires two pilots. A boy and a girl. The girl has to ride up front, in an awkward position, while her male partner rides in back and controls other aspects of the mecha via butt handles.

Oh, it looks as silly as it sounds.

Another weird part of this series is the utterly strange design of the mecha. Robot looks like a lady. These things are powerful in battle, but it's hard to not just think they're ridiculous with huge anime eyes on each of them. Let's not forget they seem to have boobs or robo busts too.

Then you have some other weird circumstances, like only kids can pilot these mechs and some basic knowledge about the world is missing. I mean these kids don't know what a kiss is. The world has weird monsters in it. Everybody lives in mobile bases. And some weird organization is in control.
I haven't even gone over the main characters, but let's just say the people who made this have seen Evangelion.

I'm only giving you a taste of how strange this anime is. DARLING in the FRANXX will continue being a wild ride as it has a 25 episode season and the dubbed was at episode 8 last time I checked. Give into those pervy tendencies if you want to watch

Monday, March 26, 2018

What Was WonderCon 2018?

What? We had another WonderCon? Yes, good folks, we had another WonderCon at the newly renovated Anaheim Convention Center. We're gonna go over the highlights of some of the booths and some of the things we could see being fixed.

 As per usual, no problem with the cosplay, check out our cosplay section from this year's con.
This year we had IDW and DC giving out some goodies, posters and comics. Oddly missing, was the usual gang of Nintendo and Capcom. We're not sure why they didn't show, but they were missed. This year didn't have a very large presence from feature films like in the past too. I would say the main hall lacked some of the bigger names people are accustomed too.

 Hero Complex Gallery always loves showing off its art.
 Bob's Burgers merch sells out, the Boob Police hat was gone Saturday night.

A very fun innovative booth from Exploding Cats, we saw people rewarded with pineapples and watermelons walking around from trying it out.

As always it was fun to explore artist alley and in the upper aisles meet some legendary artists like Dean Yeagle. Artist alley has so many items for fans of niche anime and other media. It's hard to choose what to get, but if you have friends into...really anything that's come out in the last 20 years you'll be able to get them a birthday gift.

There was an exhibit hall in the new section of the convention center that showcased new technology and VR. It just wasn't that impressive without Hologate, a VR shooter. It also showed off how little the new renovation mattered to the con.

The new expanded area of the convention center was never really used, that is to write, it looks nice from the street, but it had zero impact on WonderCon. I can't think of a thing my crew and I did or wanted to do there other than check out one VR booth that could have had taken up room near the main hall. This area has to be used or give some sub-section of WonderCon more room to frolic.

Another waste of time was the RFID chips embedded in badges. It adds more wait time to people leaving and going as you have to tap in or out, not just walk past the machines, you have to tap them. So, kind of pointless as a way to stop illegal entry as a guard has to make sure your badge works anyway. Guards wait by each machine and wait for a ding or stop ya. All I can think is it's great for data collecting on where people left and came in, it really doesn't help the attendee.

What WonderCon 2018 was, it was still fun, but it needs some bigger booths next year.

* And The Terror Experience sucked, bad job AMC, I don't want to see an art grad reject's idea of a horror television show. Just take a picture of someone with fake snow on them and be done promoting the show.