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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Well, Sonic Sucks

Well, the trailer for Sonic tells us the movie will not be watchable. It ruins the ending with Robotnik/Eggman played by Jim Carrey being trapped in Sonic's home dimension, where he"ll finally have his iconic look. Maybe a buffet will be nearby so he can get fat too?

To break down why the movie is gonna be so bad, not just from the terrible look, we can look at whose making it. It's directed by Jeff Fowler, whose only credit as director is a CGI film called Gopher Broke back in 2004, echh. 

Then the screenplay is from three dudes who also don't have a good history. The man who wrote The Cloverfield Paradox, the bad one on Netflix, Oren Uziel is one of the trio. The two others are Josh Miller and Patrick Casey who last wrote for 12 Deadly Days and Golan the Insatiable. That means their latest work was in 2016. And though we had some fun with 12 Deadly Days, a YouTube exclusive, we think, it was not something that really showed the chops for an iconic video game character.

Will Detective Pikachu be better? Maybe, the trailer makes it a least look better, but its director is a guy named Rob Letterman, who has done nothing we would recommend.

Free Comic Book Day LA Guide & May The Fourth Star Wars Day

Like twins suns glowing brightly in the sky, this Saturday is both Free Comic Book Day and May the Fourth aka Star Wars Day. Here's a guide for all those special Star Wars events and where you can get free comics.

Das Bunker Star Wars Night
Friday, May 3, 9 PM – 3 AM
Das Bunker
4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90042
$16.94 early bird, price goes up as event gets closer
18 +

The legendary sci-fi dance party returns in 2019 bigger than ever! Seven themed areas to explore, five areas of music, seven full bars, interactive photo booth, signature drinks, and the biggest dance party in the galaxy!

The following all takes place on Saturday, May 4th:

May The Fourth 2019
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Scum and Villainy Cantina
6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
Special events at the Star Wars themed bar.

May The Fourth Be With You: A L.A. Star Wars Themed Bar Crawl
Starts 4pm
Santa Monica

Calling all Jedis! Star Wars themed Bar Crawl is headed to Los Angeles. May The Fourth Be With You. Barcrawlerz is a Los Angeles Bar Crawl like no other. May The 4th Be With You features The Best Drink Specials and The Best Bars in Town!*COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!!!Participating Bars: Barney's Beanery - Santa Monica, The Britannia Pub, Cabo Cantina Santa Monica, Makai Lounge, Ye Olde Kings Head

Star Girls Burlesque - May the 4th Celebration
Sat, May 4, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Globe Theater
740 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
$tarts at $18- two drink minimum

This particular performance focuses on Star Wars and the classic characters with some new performers making their debut on our stage and re-imagined performances of some of our favorites and a little bit of the classic original show sprinkled in for good measure .

Star Wars: A New Hope Medal of Yavin Ornament
Hallmark Stores
Out May 4th

*To be given to friends at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings
Declare victory over the Empire with this Medal of Yavin Christmas tree ornament. Front design is inspired by the award bestowed upon Luke Skywalker and Han Solo by Princess Leia in the triumphant throne room finale of Star Wars: A New Hope. The reverse side of the medal features an embossed homage to the classic Hildebrandt movie poster

The following all takes place on Saturday, May 4th:

Free Comic Book Day at Earth-2 Comics!
10 AM – 5 PM
Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Cosplayers for photos, dollar boxes, giveaways and raffles, signings.
9 AM – 7 PM
Collector's Paradise - Winnetka
7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, California 91306
9 AM – 7 PM
Collector's Paradise - Pasadena
319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Ste 4, Pasadena, California 91105
This year, FCBD falls on May 4th, (May the force), which many celebrate as STAR WARS DAY, and we are combining both into a crazy celebration of all things related to comics with two GIANT SALES, plus Comic Book Artists doing FREE SKETCHES for kids (adults, please let kids get sketches, this is their day for that), at both stores. 
11 AM – 7 PM

Comics Factory
1298 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California 91106
Join us on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 11am - 7pm as we host our 18th annual Free Comic Book Day! Free comic books? Yes! In fact, SEVEN FREE comic books per person, no strings attached!
  7 (SEVEN) FREE comic books per person! +
+ EARLY BIRD BONUS -- 10 (TEN) FREE comic books for the 1st 100 people in line! +
+ FREE Star Wars sketches! +
+ Charity Raffle to benefit the Light Bringer Project. Win original art pieces, Star Wars posters, Gift Certificates, and more! +
+ Huge selection of $3.99 Funko Pop Vinyl figures! +
+ Storewide Sale! Take $4 off on any purchase totalling $20 or more, $10 off on any purchase of $40 or more, or $30 off on any purchase of $100 or more! +
+ Our insanely popular "20 Comic Books for $4.00" Deal is back! +
+ Loads of Line Prizes! +
10 AM – 5 PM

Hi De Ho Comics
412 Broadway, Santa Monica, California 90401
 Hi De Ho Comics is proud to announce the return of Hi De Ho Comic-Con on Free Comic Book Day May 4th 2019! Hi De Ho Comic-Con is an actual comic con held at Hi De Ho Comics featuring comic book publishers,artists, writers cosplayers, free comics and more!
10 AM – 7 PM
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90038
On Saturday May 4, 2019 come the Golden Apple Comics and our neighbors on Melrose Avenue to celebrate FCBD 2019 and get a bunch of FREE STUFF! Festivities, Free Comics, Signings and Sale begin at 10am.And....our newest neighbors, Standings Butcher Shop, will be grilling the best $6 cheeseburgers you've ever tasted and handing out FREE Bob's Burgers comic books!
6 AM – 8 PM
Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy St, Van Nuys, California 91406
Here we are again, giving away FREE COMICS! And, as in past years, festivities will begin at 6 AM! Join us for FREE COMICS, Food Trucks, A Giant Prize Wheel and our HUGE ALL DAY SALE!
9 AM – 8 PM 
Blastoff Comics
5118 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601
Free comics, amazing artwork and make sure to enter our raffle to be eligible to win vintage comics and amazing original art, including our grand prize, a beautiful painted page by J. K. Woodward from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken!
Saturday, May 4th from 11 am to 4 pm 
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Sunday, May 5, 11 am to 4 pm
Culver City Parking Lot 
4267 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

In addition to getting a handful of free books, here are some of the incredible creators you can expect to meet!

11 AM – 5 PM
Emerald Knights Comics and Games
4116 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, California 91505
This year Star Wars Day & Free Comic Book Day both fall on Saturday, May 4th. To celebrate, come get nerdy with some of SoCal's finest nerdy vendors! Grab a free comic (while supplies last) while you shop small and nerdy.
Extra Events

Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Exhibition Opening:
Saturday, May 4, 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
*Special preview and open night prices
*regular admission when exhibit open to general public. 

Now, there's going to be some cool preview events that you might want to pay a premium for to see before anyone else. Check out the events here.

Just in time for Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you, comes a special car exhibit for the Petersen. And though there won't be any X-Wings there will be the Batmobile, Batpod and a time traveling DeLorean to name a few. They'll be shown as part of the new Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibit. The new exhibit is going to showcase a number of vehicles from your favorite movies as well as props and design drawings.
Batman (1989)
Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Select Theaters
Batman is turning 80 and to celebrate we have the Dark Night's iconic defining movies back in theaters this May. You can check out what select theaters will be showing Tim Burton at his best, because Dumbo is all sorts of messed-up, with probably the two greatest Batman films.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91423
Van Eaton Galleries is proud to present "The Art of Entertainment", a 700 item Popular Culture and Disneyland exhibition and auction. This collection brings together original artwork, props, artifacts, and historical items from memorable moments of Popular Culture and Disneyland history.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Arena Cinelounge Hollywood
6464 Sunset Blvd. Lobby Level, Los Angeles, California 90028

Led by podcast co-hosts and comic book writers Jason Inman (DC All-Access, Nerd Alert), and Ashley Victoria Robinson (What the Throne, Comic Book LIVE!), bring the show to life with where they are joined by Mark Reilly (Reilly Roundtable, Collider Jedi Council), and Marvel's Runaways' star Ryan Sands to celebrate the monumental release of AVENGERS: ENDGAME by debating the best Avengers, their worst villains, and highlights of the MCU so far.

Monday, April 29, 2019

College Night at the Getty Center: Dreaming in Color Apr 29

College Night at the Getty Center: Dreaming in Color
Monday, April 29, 2019, from 6 pm - 9:30 pm
The Getty Center
Free | Advance ticket required

 Come enjoy a night exclusively for college students, designed by college students, at the Getty Center. This year College Night celebrates color - color in art and in our dreams, the science of color, and the possibilities of a more colorful future. Free; students must show college I.D.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Movie Hype: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, One Cut of the Dead Here

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has released its final trailer or it's at least dubbed that. We didn't know the studio made it clear if any other trailers were made, someone would get in trouble. Yes, were comment on the term final trailer, because easily enough the studio could just release another trailer. This one does show that Godzilla is facing off against a lot of other kaiju, so looking forward to it as our top Spring/Summer move as Endgame is out so early.

-Shudder, the online horror streaming service, is getting One Cut of the Dead as an exclusive, no date when it'll come out, but you can always try out a free week. We really liked this indie zombie comedy movie from Japan. The sell point on it that everyone keeps mention is that it was made on the cheap and made so much money back. The real point is that for any fan of making movies, horror and Japanese culture all tie into the film. Here's our review from the only showing it had in LA.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Small Dog Escalator Safety Signs Are Common Here

Do we wish we did this post on April Fool's Day? Yes, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Here in LA we have small signs warning people to just not even attempt bringing their tiny dogs onto escalators. It's something so LA, that yes, it should be on a shirt. It's also stupid. So, stupid that we really wonder why they need the signs, but it's LA.

At the same time, whose the artist and where are these signs bought? And a number of questions.

One being, how often do tiny dogs get stuck in escalators? The last incident in LA; we found on a simple search was February 2018 at LAX.

Are people dumb who let their dogs ride on escalators, yes. That's why we have signs for it here.

And than the those writing this sighed. 

As of writing this we've seen these on escalators at the Century City Mall and at The Grove. But they're in general, spotted at many malls in the LA area.

Adventure Time Completed: Finn, Jake & Marceline Say Goodbye

By Jonathan Bilski
John DiMaggio, Olivia Olson and Jeremy Shada
"Ohhhh, Simon!," Olivia Olson aka the voice of Marceline swooned as a cosplayer dressed as Simon aka the Ice King went up to her for the signing. Olivia was joined by Finn and Jake voiced by Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio as Adventure Time fans spent the night at gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. The event was for the upcoming release of the Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set. Fans spent there time with the cast getting Adventure time merch signed and getting a special Q & A session with the trio.

During the signing session, John DiMaggio burst out to praise everyone's art work that they brought in to be signed. He was impressed by how many fans had made something for him to see. He gave hugs to fans who asked for them and was impressed by a man's Jake tattoo that wrapped around his arm.

Many fans came out not only to get the new Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set due out in the next few weeks, but to see the the cast one more time. And they were insanely happy, with many moments of sheer joy as they asked question after question of the cast. And of course, the cast had to sing songs.

Making bacon pancakes was sung with the crowd and Jake/John was so happy to see someone take out a frying pan with bacon prop, swinging along with the song. Finn/Jeremy sang the Buff Baby song and Marceline/Olivia sang Everything Stays twice. Once alone and once with a fan, a young girl who cried tears of joy after getting to sing along.

On sale were special prints by Matthew Houston, you can snag them on the Nucleus site

And projected on a wall was a special feature both in the box set and online now, a Come Along With Me music video made with the The Art of Elysium organization. Each frame was colored by kid and teen fans, making a very weird video to look at.

All of it was in the background as fans got to ask the cast questions. "You know, I haven't watched the last episode yet, "John told the crowd when asked about his most sincere emotional moment on the show. He could only say how much he cried when he went in for his last recording session for the show and how much Jake the Dog meant to him.

Jeremy Shada said he's working on his own animated projected with his brother and something else, but couldn't give and details. He told the audience his favorite episode was Trouble in Lumpy Space because John and he just got to talk like Lumpy Space Princess as they did again in front of the crowd. And he shared his least favorite moment from the show, which was when the evil deer stood on it's hind legs like a man and revealed he had tiny hands instead of hooves in the episode No One Can Hear You.

When asked what was Jake's favorite child of his litter, John Di Maggio chose Kim Kil Whan. He also shared that the Banana Guards, who he voices, are just a take on creator of Adventure Time Pen Ward voice and style of talking.

The night ended with free Adventure Time goodies being thrownout to the crowd and the trio thanking everyone for coming out.

Weekly What To Do: Let's Plan For Saturday

MLB Foodfest

April 26-28
Magic Box at THE REEF
1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
$45 and up 

MLB FoodFest is a one-of-its-kind event that gives fans the opportunity to taste special menu items from ALL 30 ballparks. We're talking the D-backs' Churro Dog, the Mariners' toasted grasshoppers, the Dodgers' Sisig Fries, and so much more, all in one indoor space. In addition to the ballpark bites, the indoor d├ęcor will include interactive exhibits perfect for your Instagram feed.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 27-28
Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Ave.,
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair. Other highlights of the festival include games and crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays

90s Nightmares: A 16mm Horror Marathon
Saturday, April 27, 2pm-2am
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theater
2511 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057

We know you want a powerhouse 12-hour session of '90s horror gems, projected from nothing but rare film prints -- because we do too! Plus, the show starts w/ a community potluck. Please bring a dish or other fun, picnic-worthy item! (Potluck covers the show’s 1st half; snacks + other food available at concessions for 2nd half.)
 #6: Strange Brew
Sat, Apr 27, 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the 
Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
This monthly screening series showcases the best new underground, surreal, crazy, experimental, absurd, rule-breaking and outlaw films from around the world. The theme for April is “Strange Brew” – a frothy mix of paranormal anomalies and science gone very, very wrong.

Street Food Cinema Season Starts
500 Days of Summer
Sat, Apr 27, 5:30pm
Los Angeles State Historic Park  
1245 N Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
$14 and up

"Now in its 8th season , Street Food Cinema is LA's largest outdoor movie experience, combining carefully cultivated experiences  with outdoor movies, street food, audience games, live music and more. We'd love to have you join us this season for 27 weeks, 11 locations and more than 50 fantastic events! "
Saturday, April 27-28 11am-5pm
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
During both days of the festival, visit Jardin del Arte, the public marketplace at Our LA Voices. The marketplace will feature a range of art works for sale including paintings, photographs, collages, postcards, jewelry, and plants.
Latent Content
Saturday, April 27, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 
6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232
Thinkspace Gallery is pleased to present new works by Southern Californian-born artist Casey Weldon in Latent Content. Known for surreal imagery that combines darkness with humor, Weldon creates visual puns and narratively suggestive contexts to stir associations or deliver smart, if at times irreverent, punch lines. His works have often sought to critique and consider the role of popular culture and digital media in the creation of hyperbole and representational extremes.
Sun, Apr 28
Taiko: 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Manga: 11am to 3pm
The Japanese Garden - Suiho-En
6100 Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, California 91406
General Admission to the Garden is $5 for adults, 
$3 for seniors 62+ and children 12 & under.
"Join us for Taiko and Anime-Manga. Guests will spend the day enjoying local artist Nori Shirasu as he demonstrates the art of anime-manga, and the celebratory beats of San Fernando Valley Taiko."

10th Annual Good Food Pie Contest
Sunday, April 28,
12p - 5p at Royce Quad at UCLA.
Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Free, two slice each
Self-parking (Cash Only) Parking is available in Lot 4 398 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Enter UCLA campus LOT 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza. The parking fee is a maximum of $12 CASH ONLY for the whole day.

"Cheer on the competitors, visit the Fowler exhibitions or just come by and enjoy a slice or two. Good Food host Evan Kleiman will preside over the afternoon pie festivities which will include music by KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Garth Trinidad, pie tasting, a beer garden, kids activities, an artisan marketplace and more! This event is free and open to the public."

Skirball Puppet Festival
Sunday, April 28, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
$15 General
$12 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children under 12
$10 Children 2-12

*Because every child deserves some childhood drama. No, we're just kidding around, it's just such a horror movie or childhood trope. Some times little kids don't like puppets.

Celebrate the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling at the Skirball’s eighth annual Puppet Festival! This campus-wide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music, and art making. It brings together talented puppeteers and artists from across the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles.