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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

laapff banner.pngI’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives. 

 

On my list to see:

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Colored Hearts

ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS

A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.

Plays In:
FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

Art Share L.A.
May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

EVENTSSPECIAL PRESENTATIONTRANSMEDIA

FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.

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Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pmFREE

 

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS

A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.

Three Sassy Sisters

NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS

Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.

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Welcome To My Life

ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS

In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.

Plays In:
Itsy Bitsy Shorts

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am

 

Wexford Plaza

JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS

A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

WEXFORD PLAZA

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Who Is Arthur Chu?

YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONLAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)

CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm

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C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.

C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

Aratani Central Hall at JANM
April 29, 2017 1:45 pm

 

2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS

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OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN

 APRIL 27 | 7:00  PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.

 

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CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON

APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER

 Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA

MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA

Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES

  • CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang

  • CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra

  • COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada

  • GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon

  • I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong

  • THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita

  • NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

  • WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong

  • WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • 95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue

  • A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong

  • FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung

  • GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda

  • MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

  • MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns

  • RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer

  • SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee

  • UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker

     

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

  • MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

  • PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang

  • SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen

  • TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake

 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

  • BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong

  • DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou

  • KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas

  • POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan

  • RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan

  • THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z

  • SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren

  • THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang

  • THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi

  • TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung

  • TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok

SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
  • JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.:  Joe Piscatella
  • YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee

 

For complete program information please visit  festival.vconline.org.

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March 25th, 2017 by Cherry

I might have to buy a new tabletop book of President Trumps illuminating tweets from Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler. Shannon is publishing Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump with IDW’s imprint Top Shelf Productions this August 2017. The illustration of the President in 140-characters says a lot about not only the man but the people who voted for him to lead our country. 

If you go to the link you can see a preview of the hardcover book which (to me) looks like a literal interpretation of his own words with a gentle bit of humor poking fun of the President’s love of the medium.

 

You may not know Shannon Wheeler by name or face (he is an artist) but he draws cartoons for the New Yorker, Mad and the Onion (not that Shannon is name dropping). I think rather you want to resist or a proud deplorable everyone will enjoy this book celebrating Donald Trump’s wit and believe in alternative facts. The book has a selection of Donald Trump’s most revealing tweets that will be imagined as cartoons giving a glimpse into how Shannon has read them revealing Donald Trump’s mind.

“Shannon Wheeler drew a book I wish I had thought of; that’s the ultimate compliment I can offer in 140 characters! #buyit #wheelerisagenius”

—Jack Ohman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump by Shannon Wheeler
A 120-page hardcover, 5″ x 6.5″
ISBN 978-1-60309-410-8
For mature readers (16+)
Available August 2017

 

SHANNON WHEELER is an award-winning cartoonist best known as the creator of the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man, who has appeared around the world in comic books, newspapers, magazines, books, and even his very own opera. He has also created the strip Postage Stamp Funnies for the Onion, illustrated several books including I Thought You Would Be FunnierGrandpa Won’t Wake Up, and Oil & Water, and frequently contributes cartoons to the New Yorker. With writer Mark Russell, he co-created the acclaimed book God Is Disappointed in You (a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Bible) and its sequel Apocrypha Now.
About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX:IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf Productions, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett.

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September 5th, 2016 by Cherry

 

“UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!” is the sci-fi parody adventure movie starring 40 former Star Trek actors premiering on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek!

I think this might be a Guinness World Record with this many former cast member of the beloved series in one movie!

 

 “As an Independent Film Company, we at Archangel Films have worked tremendously hard on this film, and that work has been a gift. Working with the talented cast of 40 ‘Trek‘ stars as well as two ‘Trek” — The Original Series iconic musical talents was an amazing experience,” said Angelique Fawcette.  “I hope that fans, who are used to seeing these actors in more dramatic roles, will have some fun and laughs watching the exploits of a Puppet hero and dozens of their favorite stars in our slapstick parody adventure,” she added.

 

I’m hoping to cover the premier with over 25 stars and guest stars from all FIVE Star Trek series at the upcoming screening in Hollywood this Wednesday at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. It’s a family affair with Steven L. & Angelique Fawcettee being writing, directing and producing under Archangel Films.

 

The parody is in the spirit of Airplane! and Mars Attacks but with a ‘red shirt’ Star Trek sensibility. The Chiodo Brothers created the star Kirk Stillwood (puppet) voiced by Kevin Carlson. Geral Fried composed the score of the film and it’s full circle since he worked on the original series.

 

“We wanted to create a unique and original film that sci-fi fans can watch again and again, celebrating their love for this iconic TV show. It is a Sci-Fi Parody Adventure, which uses none of ‘Star Trek’s’ intellectual property, with a cast of over forty former stars of the shows in a zany parody, along the lines of ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Mars Attacks!’,” said Steven L. Fawcette. “I hope the five exclamation points in the title “Unbelievable!!!!!” convey the film’s comedic sensibilities,” he added.

 

“Unbelievable!!!!!” is a Sci-Fi Parody Adventure. The movie follows the crazy exploits of four astronauts (one is an animatronic marionette which resembles the character “Captain Kirk” from the 1960s TV show “Star Trek”) who travel to the Moon on a rescue mission to determine the fate of two NASA comrades who have not been heard from in several days. The individuals they find at the Lunar Base are not whom they appear to be and, through acts of trickery and deception, nearly succeed in killing our heroes. The four return to find that everyone on the planet has been transformed into a variant life-form. Aliens from Mars have conquered Earth and now seek to destroy the last remnants of humanity. The astronauts fight back and soon discover how to rid themselves of the alien threat.

 

‘Unbelievable!!!!!” stars 40 actors who starred or guest-starred on one of the five “Star Trek” TV series, including Chase Masterson, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols, Robert Picardo, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Nana Visitor, Walter Koenig, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer, Manu Intiraymi, Dina Meyer, Olivia d’Abo, Julie Warner, Armin Shimerman, Jeffrey Combs, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Max Grodenchik, Casey Biggs, Brenda Bakke, Patti Yasutake, McKenzie Westmore, Anthony Montgomery, Vaughn Armstrong, Gary Graham, Steve Rankin, Michael Dante, Jack Donner, Michael Forest, Sean Kenney, Gary Lockwood, BarBara Luna, Beverly Washburn, Celeste Yarnall, Bobby Clark, Jasmine Anthony, Crystal Allen, Menina Fortunato, along with Gilbert Gottfried and Michael Madsen, and introducing Katarina Van Derham, Producer/Actress Angelique Fawcette, and Singer/Songwriter Emily L. Stanton.

ABOUT ARCHANGEL FILMS LA, LLC
ARCHANGEL FILMS LA, LLC is an independent film company based in Los Angeles, California, looking to create quality action and comedy films with an esoteric and a thought-provoking edge.

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July 10th, 2016 by Alexcea Matthews

Not too long ago I had the distinct pleasure of spending my day at two very different, but equally as informing, conventions around the LA area.

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Dwelling on all the Designs

I started my day–after spending 20 minutes looking for parking–at the LA Convention Center for the 11th annual Dwell on Design show. While there, I was able to browse around and check out up and coming architecture, furniture, appliances, comforts, and much more, for the modern age.

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Interior decorating meets Pinterest with Decorist and ATG stores.com.

I learned a lot about prefab housing from LivingHomes’ new spinoff Plant Prefab, and was even able to tour a few full-scale model houses. I also got to sit in the world’s most comfortable bean-bag chair from LoveSac, and get a massage from $8,000 god of a machine.

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Lovely examples from VintageView Wine Racks

From interior decorators that can use your very own Pinterest boards to create your dream home–thanks Decorist– to wine racks specialized to your specifications, I have seen the future of housing, and I’m excited for more.

So after speaking with a few of the vendors and enjoying my second cup of coffee for the day, it was time to head out of DTLA and make my way to Pasadena for the 2nd annual Politicon Convention.

In only it’s second year, Politicon has firmly established itself as what Huffington Post calls “the Coachella of politics”. From Sarah Palin to 10-year old boys the line-up was extremely diverse.

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Should we #legalizeit? From right: Mat Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, John Ratzenberger, and Hal Sparks.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a panel about the legalization of weed with a great and lively group of debaters. Matt Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, Hal Sparks, and  John Ratzenberger were all great at making their respective arguments and respecting one another’s positions.

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Me with stand up comedian and recurring Colbert Report character, Jordan Carlos

Next and sadly finally, I enjoyed a hilarious comedy show with the likes of Jay Pharoah
Darrell Hammond,  Al Madrigal, and Greg Proops Toure. All were perfect at keeping the audience laughing while still talking about social issues and the political climate of our country–no easy feat!

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Me with SNL’s best Kanye and President Obama impersonator, Jay Pharoah.

Eventually I had to say goodbye to my new friends at Politicon and make my way back home. And after 2o minutes of being lost in Pasadena, not able to find my car, I did just that.

Thank you to Cherry LA for letting me tag along on an amazing Sunday!

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April 15th, 2016 by Cherry

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Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.

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Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem 

Speakers

Kevin BigleyCo-Founder BigCob ProductionsSirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)

Kesila Childers, Vice President, Digital Media-Bunim/Murray Productions

Galen D’attilio, Business Development, Daily Motion USA 

Zoe Friedman, SVP Development, Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros.) 

Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video, Adaptive Studios

 

 

Moderator

Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified. 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm

Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!

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January 2nd, 2015 by Cherry

Do you remember as a child getting up bright and early to watch your favorite saturday morning shows as your parent’s were still in bed? I was a pretty socially inept kid so my favorite playmates were on TV that I watched with my favorite cereal (spoon sized shredded wheat with ice cold WHOLE milk! yummy). As I got older my geek friends morphed into comic books and (yes) my own comic book guy near my high school that I’d get my weekly fix. That was when I discovered my favorite comics and not hand me downs from my geek dad (he LOVED Conan and Vamparilla .. not really appropriate for a kid). Once I was able to buy my own my collection consisted of mutants and superheroes who populated my imagination with tales of derring do! I often imagined I was the star of my comic books with super powers that allowed me to fly, have the power of the sun and no matter what (in my mind) the characters always morphed into a kick ass black chick.

So I must admit to my crazy joy a few years ago when Cartoon Network became DC Nation for a few hours on Saturdays. I never loved Green Lantern since it was slow going at first but towards the end of it’s run they’d finally gotten a great storyline and a good villain that was the right amount of evil and well evil!

Now I never grew up loving Thundercats (that was my sister’s show) since I thought it was boring as dishwater and I’m not a cat person. But the reboot was pretty fun and once Mumra got his evil groove on the show was fun. Really I watched it for the evil doers since often they are just fun as heck.

What I really miss about DC Nations was the Young Justice League. It was a great mix of familiar characters and expanding on characters that had smaller parts back in the days when I was still reading comic books. The show had so many great characters and storylines .. well really the story arcs kept me tuning in every week. The interplay between the young adult super heroes in training as they grew into adults who at times wanted to break away from their ordained paths so related to my journey of adult independence (not that I’m totally a grownup still!) who is still trying to figure myself out. It’s been off for two years now and I still miss Young Justice one of the best animated series I’ve ever seen. I’m surprised that DC hasn’t tried to make a live action film with a few of the characters.

I have to say that DC does great TV but they have such a rich catalog of characters that they could use (not just the famous ones) and it’s frustrating that DC AND Marvel does the same thing over and over again. BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN or SUPERMAN SUPERMAN SUPERMAN am a bit bored with them so am not sure if they’ll get my money for the Batman vs Superman crapfest heading to the theaters next year. Urghh Ben freacking Affleck with another superhero movie (remember Daredevil .. my eyes are bleeding) that he’ll destroy with his wooden Ben self. Opps I got off topic ..

DAMMIT BRING BACK DC NATION CARTOON NETWORK or at least YOUNG JUSTICE. You need to fill a huge block of time since Star Wars is now on Disney and you need a new series. So why begin all over again with a new series use YJ as a jump point to bring new comic book characters that non hardcore fans can love as well. Strong females, people of color, LGBT and physically challenged that  fans of all ages can identify with .. that is all.

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November 7th, 2014 by Cherry

Another day another Friday and this week B&N is offering us a great selection of a collection of short stories to a new CBS comedy (is it still a comedy if it’s not funny?) the Mccarthys. ehh people seem to love Mike & Molly so what do I know!

 

November 7, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is GATSBY GIRLS by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a series of short stories inspired by his wife Zelda serialized by the Saturday Evening Post and published for the first time with the original, full illustrations and cover art. Fans of the immensely popular Jazz Age author of “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night” will fawn over these eight stories inspired by the figure of the Flapper woman, an icon of the 1920s.

Overview:

She was an impulsive, fashionable and carefree 1920s woman who embodied the essence of the Gatsby Girl— F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. As Fitzgerald said, “I married the heroine of my stories.” All of the eight short stories contained in this collection were inspired by Zelda.

Fitzgerald, one of the foremost writers of American fiction, found early success as a short story writer for the most widely read magazine of the early 20th century — the Saturday Evening Post. Fitzgerald’s stories, first published by the Post between 1920 and 1922, brought the Jazz Age and the “flapper” to life and confirmed that America was changing faster than ever before. Women were bobbing their hair, drinking and flirting shamelessly, and Fitzgerald brought these exciting Gatsby Girls to life in the pages of the Post.

FREE FRIDAY APP

November 7, 2014:  Today’s Free Fridays app selection is BALLTASTIC BLAST, a simple yet addictive game for ages 4 and up.
It’s a new take on the original Balltastic Boombastic game. Both of these titles are designed for family-friendly fun! Simple enough for kids to play, but challenging enough for adults… or is it the other way around in your household already?

 

FREE FRIDAY VIDEO

November 7, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the pilot episode of the series THE MCCARTHYS– the new CBS series about a working-class Boston family with a long-running athletic legacy.

OVERVIEW:

The McCarthys are a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny, is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings. Ronny wants nothing more than to move away, join the singles scene and find a partner. His distraught mother, Marjorie is not upset that her favorite son is gay, but that he wants to leave Boston and his family. Ronny’s plans change, however, when his politically incorrect and outspoken father, Arthur stuns everyone with his choice for an assistant. Touched by his father’s offer, Ronny embarks on a completely different future and he can be sure that his loving family, including his twin brothers Sean and Gerard and his sister Jackie, are going to have a very vocal opinion about it.

We hope you enjoy the Free Fridays selections this week, NOOK blog community! Deepest apologies for the price mishap this morning.

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July 18th, 2014 by Cherry
Adult Swim fans in LA get ready for up and close time with Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.  Tickets are for sale and for this September’s show to enjoy their crazy zany humor in a show on stage before your very eyes.  I can’t help but be curious as a cat on how the zany show will translate to a live show.  Since they are all very funny I’m sure it will translate easily!  Two comedians, average nobodies, and celebrity guest stars perform bizarre low-budget comedy sketches.
Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule 2014 TourTIM AND ERIC & DR. STEVE BRULE 2014 TOUR at 7PM – FRI SEP 12, 2014   Tickets are only $36 – THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL, LOS ANGELES

On Friday, September 12, Tim and Eric — yes,that Tim and Eric — do the ungodly things that they do inside of our sacred cinema. They’re bringing Dr. Steve Brule.

Tickets on sale here.

Theatre Sponsors:

A-list alert: tickets hit the streets this week for a pair of big deal shows at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

On Friday, September 12, Tim and Eric — yes, that Tim and Eric — do the ungodly things that they do inside of our sacred cinema. They’re bringing Dr. Steve Brule. A-listers get the jump on tickets with a special pre sale, starting tomorrow at 10am — the secret password “bingus” will get you through the gate. Tell your Pep Pep

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June 22nd, 2014 by Cherry

I’ve watched Drop Dead Diva from the first show after seeing the ads Drop Dead Diva Series Finale Photosof a saucy plus sized woman with a grin that made me smile.  Jane being Jane was one of the things that I loved about Drop Dead Diva.  She wasn’t a sad sack plus sized woman but one who believed in love, she dated and was just (for a slapstick comedy) a normal woman who happens to be big.  Of course the fact that a confidant skinny model was REALLY on the inside helped but the creator/writers never had a moment where she announced she was going to starve herself or workout like a demon to get her ‘true’ body back.  Instead she accepted her body and enjoyment of food.  So not like a normal series where she would have gone on a diet and been recast with a skinny woman with blonde hair (oh wait her alter ego the ‘real Jane’ DID come back with a model body and blonde good looks).   I do think that they missed many opportunities to hand what it’s really like to be plus sized especially plus sized in Los Angeles (pretty brutal) or how being reborn in a body that is polar opposite would be disconcerting in the least but it’s a broad comedy and they didn’t really like to handle serious stuff.

Drop Dead Diva Series Finale PhotosAm I the only one who was ALWAYS on Team Owen who liked Jane just as she was with her dark hair and full figure.  I always thought that Grayson liked her DESPITE her new body.  That he still loved the original skinny blonde Jane but since she in a bigger body he’d overlook it.  The love triangle didn’t bother me but it brought out a side of Jane that I didn’t love all that much.  Especially during the wedding .. so not cool with the wedding and how they behaved (it was damned mean).

I still enjoyed the joy and many a sunday night it brought a smile to my face when I was feeling down.   Especially when I wasn’t feeling too pretty being a big woman win LA and not the ‘ideal’ that men are looking for (in my mind) but I need to stop assuming that I’m not dateable.  I usually like to pre-reject so that I don’t get my hopes but that just means I never try.  So I’ll be missing my girl Jane and plan to take a little Jane attitude in my dating life!  Am going to embrace me .. when I start to say that I’m not pretty or too old for love or just too goofy am going to say NO I look damned good.  I’m going to like myself just as I am right now instead of saying that when I lose weight or grow my hair long THAN I’ll be pretty and dateable.  Nope I’m going to ‘self love’ and like myself from head to toes.   Am going to be liking my curves, not assuming that nobody is interested and really seeing myself as a desirable attractive woman.

What made you a fan of Drop Dead Diva?

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June 11th, 2014 by Cherry

I do love quirky so am pleased as punch that LAFF is screening the doc Harmony on Monday!   I must admit I’ve never been a Community fan (I know .. how dare I!) but I never found it funny.  It just didn’t speak to my humor.   I have tons of friends who LOVE the show and always tried to convert me to community love but ehh not for me.  When I heard that he was the head of the new animated dark animated comedy Rick and Morty I was like ‘ehh’ will skip that but then I caught the last five minutes of the second episode and fell head over heels in love!  The animation was quirky, the humor subversive and dry as well as the voices!  I finally got Dan and am now obsessed with seeing if he’ll strike funny bone gold again.  Harmontown sounds like it shows what makes him tick and how his life influenced his humor.  I’m all in and plan to attend Monday and hopefully meet the man whose humor appeals to the dark places of my soul!

Will you join me?  Leave a comment below ….

Synopsis: Harmontown is a documentary film starring TV writer and producer Dan Harmon (NBC’s Community”, Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty”) as he takes his popular podcast of the same name on a calamitous cross-country tour. Much more than a comedy-tour documentary, the film directed by Neil Berkeley,  uncovers
Harmon’s public persona to reveal his complex character and his equally complex personal relationships.  Supporting
cast includes Jeff B. Davis (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), Erin McGathy (“This Feels Terrible”) and Spencer Crittenden.

Directed, Produced and Written by: Neil Berkeley
Cast: Dan Harmon, Jeff B. Davis, Erin McGathy, Spencer Crittenden, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Agee, Joel McHale, Alison Brie

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