Friday, February 28, 2020

Horror Hype: Cursed Films April, Scare Package Summer & Butt Boy 4 Ever

Cursed Films comes out in April on Shudder. The series features some of the most talked about supposedly cursed films in the biz including John Landis' fatal The Twilight Zone movie where two child actors were killed by a helicopter accident and set a president for the industry where the AD would be blamed for an on site deaths. Then paperwork and lawyers stopped anyone from anyone being sued or really losing the blame.

You also have the following as part of the docu-series: The ExorcistThe Omen, The Crow and Poltergeist.
We've been waiting on Scare Package for months now. This new anthology horror film has six directors trying to scare the bejeezus out of us! They looked bloody and silly! Suppose to be out this Summer.

BUTT BOY [Official Teaser 2019] from Tiny Cinema on Vimeo.

And we come to the end. The end being about a serial killer who eats children via his butt. We give you Butt Boy. Now exact date for release, but as it builds, we tells you when it finally comes out. Ahahahaha.
Update: Butt Bou in theaters April 3 on streamin April 14
All via Bloody Disgusting

Thursday, February 27, 2020

LA Link List: California Lottery Not paying Off Schools, SpaceX Port & Death To The Tour Bus Industry

-California Lottery officials shortchanged schools by millions, state audit says 

Looks like the California Lottery didn't learn math very well and has to pay California schools millions.

-Musk's SpaceX rocket production facility approved by Port of Los Angeles

We don't know how good this is gonna go, because SpaceX was suppose to be building rockets out of the port too, before it all fell apart.

-LA City Council approves regulating tour bus operations on certain streets

We hope this industry dies, the tours are boring and a waste of people's time and money.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Booth @ PAX East

Let's hope the booth shows up at some local LA conventions. Who wouldn't want this at WonderCon, E3 and AX?

Curry House Memorial Service Feb 29 Where Were You When The Curry Died?

Looks like Curry House mattered to a lot of people...including us. So, why not visit and share your memories at the Memorial Service this Saturday? A professional cosplayer named Kitty Kaboom has set up a memorial service for the one in Little Tokyo. She suggests coming to share memories and cosplay.

Curry House Memorial Service
Saturday, Feb 29, 1 PM – 8 PM
123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #3847, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Well if you were like me today you found out that Curry House overnight just completely up and left us all . Without any type of warning or even last opening date we were left with an abrupt and suddenly shocking goodbye . This coming up weekend I will be at the store front of the little Tokyo Curry House location to leave candles, flowers and a large memorial board that you can write on saying your goodbyes to our beloved curry house. The place we use to celebrate after every so cal con. Many memories and birthdays we had. Awww heck, we even had an old school Cosplayer gathering back in 2002 over there called J con lol. Come meet with friends take your last selfies, EVEN COME IN COSPLAY. Let’s all bid farewell to our loved curry house."

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Anime Hype: Hatsune Mikue Expo & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in LA Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] III. spring song Premiere

-Hatsune Miku Expo
Wed, Apr 8, 2020 - 8:00PM Shrine Auditorium
665 West Jefferson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
$49.50 - $150.00
See the digital songstress on stage and screen as she returns to LA to share music only a computer generated Japanese idol can. With any concert she'll be joined by her other digital friends and show off with costume changes on the fly as it's easy for her, because you know that's just some DLC they put in.

-Kyary Pamyu Pamyu :: Live in Los Angeles 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9 PM
Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
$43.00 and up
The Japanese Idol returns to LA! Hear her over the top style and see her look that will no doubt mesmerize at Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's live performance. And even better it's not in the awful Microsoft Theater. (writer spits)

-Heads up, because this always manages to sell out,
Aniplex of America is ecstatic to present the North American premiere of Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] III. spring song on Friday, April 17, 2020 at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This highly anticipated film is the final act of the critically acclaimed Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy. The premiere will begin at 7:00PM (PDT), with doors opening at 4:30PM (PDT) to give attendees a chance to buy exclusive merchandise. Fans will also get a special giveaway. Ticket sales for the Los Angeles premiere will begin February 28 at 11 AM (PST) on

-Someone noticed the homages in Colossal from Evangelion

-Netflix is partnering with 6 big name anime creators including CLAMP and the creator of Thermae Romae for new content.

Bummer Week: Fry's Woodland Hills Kaput & Curry House Brown Wedding

If you're still reeling from Kobe's Memorial Service that was held Monday...uh, things...aren't getting that better.

- Woodland Hills' long time place to get electronics and computer parts with the theme of Alice in Wonderland is really closed. No longer part of the slow painful death it was having like all the other stores, Fry's Woodland Hills is dead. The property is gonna be turned into apartments/hotels/office space with little anything of significance near it, but the Topanga Canyon Mall. Woodland Hills has lost a bit more of it's charm. This sucks.

The other Fry's probably won't be around much longer as their property is worth too much. Fry's Anaheim closes on March 2nd. No word on Burbank's 1950's sci-fi movie store. But all of them had one slow death. Would don't recommend going in them, it's too sad to see them so empty.


-Now for some more bad news. Curry House is closed. And, no we don't just mean the one in Little Tokyo all of them in the US. It what people are calling the #Brown Wedding (curry color + Game of Thrones Red Wedding) or #curry house massacre, all locations have closed with no warning. Even the staff wasn't aware.

LA Times did some digging and found the current owners have a pretty bad legal battle pending due to problems with their expense accounts as to a possible  reason why all stores might have shuttered.

via LA Times

Arcade Hype: Arcade Expo 6.0, Barcade Blows Chunks, Royce's Arcade Coming Back & Neon Retro Arcade Robbed

-How does over 700 pinball machines and 550 arcade games all on free play with admission sound to you? Now your asking for admission and we're getting to it! Arcade Expo 6.0 is taking place an hour 30 or less from LA.

Arcade Expo 6.0
Friday, March 20th (2:30pm-12midnight)
Saturday, March 21st (11am-2am)
Sunday, March 22nd (11am-7pm)
Museum of Pinball
700 South Hathaway
Banning, CA 92220
$50 and up

Out near the dinosaurs you've seen in Pee Wee's Big Adventure or The Wizard also lies the Museum of Pinball and for a 6 year in a row they're throwing Arcade Expo. A place where you can just enjoy tons of old school arcade machines and I'd assume countless pinball machines from now and the past.

Also going for it:
-Starcade, play  arcade machines and pinball machines underneath the stars at night
-Swap Meet / Flea Market
-Arcade Tournaments
-Silent Auction
-Barcade still blows when it comes to the food.

Daily 12pm to 2am
Happy Hours Daily 12pm to 7pm
Just look for the Mexican food restaurant near Galco's
Free entry

Why can't they serve decent food in dis joint? It has a great selection of arcade games, not so-priced great booze, but the food, blech. Don't waste your money, you've got so many good places to get something nearby. I mean Galco's Soda Pop Stop is walking distance.

And for whatever reason they still thinks it's cool to keep the Mexican Restaurant sign up. We'll miss you el Arco iris Mexican Food. We'll miss you.

-The beloved Royce's Arcade is coming back from basically being dead with a new location in the Westfield Topanga Mall. Their social media says June 1st, but it might be later this Summer knowing how bad construction and permits are to get in LA.

-And finally, Neon Retro Arcade Northridge got robbed, but they're taking it in good spirits. Check out this real footage of the robbery set to Super Mario sounds that they posted on their official Instagram.

Neon Retro Arcade
8943 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
$12 an hour

via LA Taco 

Weekly What To Do: Robot Pants Ninja Love

Day of the Dead & Death Wish III in 35mm: 4 Years of Void
Thurs, Feb 27, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Cinematic Void
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
Fri, Feb 28, 9pm
Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
$23.00 and up
ANAMANAGUCHI with Saint Pepsi, HANA & Cowgirl Clue

Guns Akimbo
Fri, Feb 28
Select Theaters  
Arclight Culver City, Arclight Sherman Oaks, Arclight Hollywood, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown
*Weird story on the director's recent harassment on Twitter
Miles’ (Daniel Radcliffe) nerdy existence as a video game developer takes a dramatic turn when he inadvertently gets caught up as the next contestant with SKIZM, an underground gang live-streaming real-life death matches.  While Miles excels at running away from everything, that won’t help him outlast Nix (Samara Weaving), a killer at the top of her game.

35mm screening bat-sh@t crazy
Fri, February 28, 2020
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The Club
1917 Bay Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Feb 29, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
February 29, 2020 - March 15, 2020

210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

*Have fun being stuck at this boyfriends
"It's time for "Another Op'nin, Another Show" at Gallery Nucleus! Consider yourself invited to a Broadway celebration that will capture the magic of Broadway and remind us all that there's no business like show business! The best of Broadway will be on display in this new poster show, featuring new interpretations of Broadway hits from an amazing chorus line of artists."

Bob Baker Day
Saturday, February 29
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

On Saturday, February 29th (Leap Day!), join the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and some of their most fabulous friends on location at the Los Angeles State Historic Park for a full day of puppet shows, live music, crafts, games, food trucks, and so much family fun! FREE and OPEN to all!

Leap Day Silent Disco 
Saturday, February 29, 6 - 9 p.m
1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade
Free, Photo ID for headphones needed

Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies

Dumpster Fire Launch Party
Saturday, February 29, 11 AM – 9 PM

356 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

-The Dumpster Fire vinyl figure as well as the limited edition Magical Trash Edition will be available for purchase (limited amounts, 1 per person)
-Play the Raffle Prize Game! Every ticket is a winner and get a chance to win a rare Gold Dumpster Fire Vinyl Figure, (free play for first 300 people to purchase a Dumpster Fire)
-Take your picture with the gigantic Dumpster Fire inflatable and photo wall!

BL x GL: Boys Love and Girls Love Art Exhibition

Q Pop
319 E 2nd St #121, Los Angeles, California 90012
*Have fun being stuck at this boyfriends
This exhibition will feature artwork from artists around the world celebrating all things related to the Boys Love and Girls Love comic genre in Japan.
James Bullough 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 
6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232
Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is “Horizon Light”, featuring new works from the duo Giorgiko. The new series of paintings depicts the childlike characters of the Giorgiko universe caught in the twilight moments between light and darkness.
Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by American, Berlin-based, artist James Bullough in “Parallel Truths”. A technically accomplished painter who creates with a staggering degree of detail, Bullough begins with figurative imagery, disjointing and levitating its fragmented parts impressionistically to build dynamic surfaces that read with startling effective resonance.

Hammer Museum Primary Election Polling Place
Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
New this year: Regardless of where you live in Los Angeles, you can vote at any center.
Free parking for voters

Scoring, Building: Iteration III

Mackey Apartments 1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Celebrate the third iteration (deinstallation) of Scoring, Building during our closing party at the Mackey Apartments! Iteration III will host the public program The garage will do by MAK architect-in-residence Jakob Sellaoui.


Innovative Cybernics Technologies to Address Societal Challenges

Sun, March 1, 2020
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free, Must Register

Dr. Sankai will speak on the role of Cybernics, which fuses "Humans," "AI-Robots" and "Information Systems," and introduce some innovative Cybernics technologies. The world’s first Wearable Cyborg HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limbs) is a representative example of Cybernics Technologies. HAL is called the world's first “Wearable Cyborg” because it functionally fuses with the human wearer using bioelectrical signals derived from the brain-nerve system.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Game Over Pizza & Adults Only

We have another place to drop our quarters in LA and also grab a slice.

Game Over Pizza

Thu / FRI / Sat  NOON – 3AM
7065 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9002

Mamma mia, we gotta new pizza arcade bar in town! The pizza is relatively cheap and the arcade portion has some classics, so that everybody will like at least one game. And who doesn't miss the neon?

Word from the reviews is it's NY Style pizza and that the place could have a little bit more room when it gets busy. So, we suggest giving it a shot or 50 cents when in the area.

Another nice coincidence is it's right next to Adults Only.

Adults Only
OPEN EVERYDAY • 7pm - 2am
Los Angeles
7065 1/2 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

What looks like an ancient and defunct adult video shop is really the entrance to a classy bar. Adults Only casts a facade in front with a shady looking video store, but most looked that way when they weren't Blockbusters. Once you're past the false front you'll be in for a treat with a great looking bar to chill in with you and your friends.

via Secret LA

Cine Gear Expo LA 2020 Free Registration

Cine Gear Expo opened up it's free registration. Enjoy checking out the latest tech and gear for those who want to make films for free.
Cine Gear Expo is the premier event for professionals engaged in the film and entertainment technology industry. Taking place June 4th - 7th, Cine Gear features exhibits, new product and service introductions, complimentary seminars led by industry leaders, and ample opportunity to network with peers within a studio environment.

Superman: Red Son Coming Feb 25: AT&T Please Kill Off WB Animation Making These

Superman: Red Son is a fun and fascinating take on the story of Superman if he landed in the Soviet Union as a baby. In comic book circles it's called an Elseworlds tale and it shows a more grim world for the man of steel and other DC super heroes. And in the hands of Sam Liu it's gonna be forgettable trash. Like most DC animated movies.

Superman: Red Son is coming out Feb 25 for digital. And we don't look forward to it, because of the previous DC Animated films,.

DC Animated Movies use plots from some cherished comic book stories and then cram with the same usual junk to be edgy.

This junk includes:
-Off-screen rape
-Glass breaking
-Sexy time for no reason

You see,  since animators aren't allowed to do these things in a regular cartoon on television they over compensate. You can have those things we mentioned if it adds or is part of the story your telling, but these are added out of blue balls for the animators not being able to essentially draw fan fiction on their favorite characters.

AT&T, please save the company some money and kill of these awful films that make people hate DC's brand.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Movie Hype: Alamo Season Pass, AMC 16 Becomes A 12 & First Vertical Film

-Moviepass might be dead, but that's not stopping Alamo Drafthouse. People in LA and other cities with Drafthouse theaters can pay a monthly subscription to see a movie a day. It's called the Alamo Season Pass and LA's will cost you $29.99 a month. But check out the link above that goes over all sub-charges for 3D and what not. Still, might be a good deal if you see two movies a month there.

-The undying AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills will say open until 2021. Then it moves over to the Westfield Topanga. In 2021, a new section called " The District will open there and it'll be where the former Sears was. Oh, and it'll only be a 12 screen theater at that point. So, will it ever really be dead or just born again? So, don't worry you can keep visiting the movie theater in a dead mall until it opens just a few blocks away.

via What Now

V2. Escape From Hell, a WWII escape film is coming out next year...because someone wants attention. It comes out in vertical format and will be shot on that way on purpose. It wishes for release in theaters and not directly on the phone. It sounds like a stunt to get attention. We're sure they'll be a ton of puff pieces on it when it comes out, but sounds like a pretty awful idea. Sadly, with money behind it.

via /Film

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ax Throwin News

-First up, LA AX can finally serve liquor, specifically beer and wine. They've been waiting since they opened. Oh, they now feature mobile axe-throwing?

-There's a new Axe Throwing place in town, Mo’s House of Axe in Koreatown 611 S. Western Avenue. LA Eater has more info on it. They have a full bar. So, if you want to drink and throw axes you have more than one place to go. And they have a sizable menu of food. Tough competition.

KTLA tried it out too. Check out there Mo’s House of Axe Preview

Make Room For Mario The Walking Dead Attraction Closes In March

You have until March to experience The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios. On March 5th it finally dies for real. It isn't actually making room related to Super Nintendo Land, it looks like room is needed for a new ride and area for The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash ride, which is not related to Nintendo, so we care less.


Westworld Season Three The Broad Still Around

Anyone else notice The Broad in the trailer for Season 3 of Westworld? We're kind of glad decades into the future they didn't redesign most art museums in LA.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Weekly What To Do: Movie Nights & Video Store

Brian Posehn & Scott Ian at Amoeba Hollywood
Wednesday, February 19th at 5:30pm
Amoeba Music
6400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
Comedian Brian Posehn has recruited an all-star list of musicians for his first metal album, "Grandpa Metal" (out February 14th on Megaforce). Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Posehn will play songs and discuss their collaboration on "Grandpa Metal"
35mm Bat-sh@t crazy improv cinema 
Wed, February 19, 2020
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
The Club
1917 Bay Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021
$12 – $15

YETI: GIANT OF THE 20THE CENTURY, an Italian King Kong rip off from the late 70’s with basically a really hairy dude as some kind of Yeti instead of King Kong.

This is an experimental show where we’ll actually be showing a crazy exploitation foreign film with no subtitles. We’re going to have improv actors do the voices for all the characters and create (what we hope) is a totally new, crazy, funny story. If this works, we have access to a whole treasure trove of 35mm prints from all over the world. And we’ll be bringing the troupe back to create new, ridiculous stories for all of them.

35mm screening bat-sh@t crazy
THE APPLE and Karoake Party!
Thu, February 20, 2020
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The Club
1917 Bay Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Ozzy Osbourne Signing!
Fri, February 21, 5:00pm
Amoeba Music
6400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
To attend
- Purchase Ordinary Man (available on CD, LP or picture disc)  in-store at Amoeba Hollywood on February 21st.
- ONE signing ticket per person. Limit 2 copies of Ordinary Man per person for signing.

Ozzy visits Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate his new album, Ordinary Man, with an in-store signing. 
Fri, Feb 21, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Japanese horror movie from 1965 with a nighmare feel. A classic to see on the big screen.

Paper Pushers & LAPel Pins
Fri, Feb 21, 7pm-9pm
Gallery 1988

Pieces on paper, $200 and lower only. Pins from some of the top makers in LA and on Etsy.
A JRPG Music Concert
Sat, February 22, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Schoenberg Hall
445 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Free, Must RSVP

Join the Game Music Ensemble at UCLA for an evening of music from the beloved Final Fantasy series and other popular JRPG games including Kingdom Hearts, Xenoblade, Nier, Fire Emblem, and more!

Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off
Sat, Feb 22, 12:00 PM
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
$18 – $28

It's a battle of the tastiest, spiciest and most mouth-watering chili recipes in So-Cal! Teams from all over are vying for your votes to call themselves the Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off Champs.

Leigh Whannell's
Sat, Feb 22, 1:00pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Leigh Whannell's Thrill-A-Thon features four seminal tales gloriously celebrating obsession, delusion and mania. Exclusively programmed by Whannell himself, these titles serve as a thematic entry into his latest thrill ride, THE INVISIBLE MAN.
MISERY, 1990

Slashback Video: The Beginning - Opening Reception!
Sat, Feb 22, 8pm
The exhibit will run through June. 
Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum
3204 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA.

Tickets are $12 for admission

It's back from the dead...a video store. 

Slashback Video returns for a 3rd immersive exhibit transporting visitors back to the '80s when horror movies saw no limits, masked maniacs rampaged on the screen, interdimensional beings reached out with tentacled appendages, Fangoria ruled the magazine rack, and - of course - when mom and pop video stores and the VHS biz thrived. 

Space Sequel Slumber Party
. . .in Space!
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
The Club
1917 Bay Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021

"We’re gonna be having a party at the Club and screening 3 nutty sequels that took a series into space (when it had no business going into space). We’ll be taking 20 minute breaks in between movies, having concessions, drinks, pizza, and a great time). Come join the party with us!"

35mm movie palace screening of Japanese horror classic
Sun, February 23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Million Dollar Theater
307 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Whistlers
Monday, February 24th, 7pm
3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

In The Whistlers, not everything is as it seems for Cristi (Vlad Ivanov of 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS), a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda (Catrinel Marlon) on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

Beta Night
Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Free entry, RSVP

Beta Night is the most fun night of the month at Two Bit Circus, and we have the amazing local developer community to thank for it!
Join the Two Bit Circus team as we unveil new games, test new material and showcase beta games!