By Aiyonna White, Contributor
When asked about the various social issues the show addressed in the first season, Seth MacFarlane – creator of the Star Trek inspired television show The Orville – stated that “good science fiction should be topical.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast of The Orville attend PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center
“The reaction to that episode [Season 1 Episode 3 “About A Girl”] initially was… a lot of weird hostility about it. ‘Who do you think you are writing about this stuff?’ The reaction
from the fans was the opposite.”
The Paley Center for Media hosts PaleyFest once a year to honor exceptional television series. Held on March 17, The Orville panel is the second event of the festival, second to Barbra Streisand herself. The panels begin with an episode screening and are followed by a Q&A between the moderator, creators and cast, and the audience.
It’s true that the fan favorite series does not shy away from difficult conversations, having covered religion, xenophobia, sexism, and other touchy topics in the first season. It’s also true that science fiction as a genre was created to entertain intellectually and leave the viewer with questions about societal norms (Shoutout to the Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy class I’m taking this semester!) “In this genre there really should be nothing off-limits,” MacFarlane concludes, citing The Twilight Zone, which is known for it’s social commentary. My personal favorite of the cast, actress Penny Johnson added that “fans are smarter than people think,” and could, therefore, handle discussion on tough topics. J.Lee,
who plays Lt. John LaMarr said, “I like the fact that we throw a lot of stuff at the wall…we talk about stuff with a camera on that we all talk about anyway.”
The Orville is an endearing series, and the panel was a delightful insight into the casts’ personalities ties and dedication to the series. Here are some key moments:
While filming episode 9 “Cupid’s Dagger,” Johnson was told by MacFarlane to do “more tongue,” MacFarlane ended the story with, ”Needless to say, my time was up.”
Chad wanted to sit on the egg
Chad L. Coleman, who plays Bortus’ partner Klyden, asked MacFarlane why Bortus sat on the egg to hatch their child when Klyden was the more traditionally domestic of the pair. MacFarlane
responded, “You’ve thought more about that than I have.”
The Ant Story
Scott Grimes aka Lt. Gordon Malloy told a story about the time when 40-50 ants crawled into Peter Macon’s prosthetic face during a nap, which resulted in a chorus of disgusted groans from the audience. “It was 5 or 6,” Macon corrected, who plays Lt. Cmdr. Bortus on the show. “…and if I rip this [makeup] off I’m ripping my skin off with it, so I had to beat myself in the face to kill the ants.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast of The Orville attends PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Brian To for the Paley Center
Ed and Kelly’s relationship
The season finale ended with a harsh but necessary breakup for the couple. When asked about the future of the relationship, MacFarlane responded, “Watch. You gotta watch. I’m not gonna tell you,” to boos from the audience.
Sealing the Deal
A fan asked MacFarlane how he was able to bring the show to fruition. MacFarlane said, “I tend to do things that I want to watch and space sci-fi has been kind of neglected for a long time. Everything was serialized and everything was really dark, and I missed the optimistic, hopeful sci-fi that is not necessarily a cautionary tale…it just went from there.”
A Light in the Room
“On behalf of the Catholic church, I’m pissed.” A fan opened his question with this joke about the season finale, resulting in a lot of laughs. He then asked the cast to speak on their power to shape culture. Johnson revealed that as a Christian she’s been judged by her peers for appearing on the show. “What you want to do is present the issues and be generous and loving about them to allow people to make their own decisions…If you’re not a part of being the light in the room, you’re just allowing anything to be talked about. My thing is to always be a light in the room.” On playing Claire, Johnson says, “I find it extraordinary. Seth and the rest of the writers have allowed me to be three-dimensional, and not this one dimension that we get stuck on. I get to do everything, and my God I am so excited because if you don’t see me on television it’s going to be somebody else so I’ll be missing my calling which is sinful anyway.” Do you see why she’s my favorite?
Peter Macon wore a KISS mask for at least a few months
Peter Macon revealed that after the made-for-TV Kiss movie came out in the 1970s, he wanted to be Gene Simmons for Halloween and also all the time. He wore the KISS mask 24/7, including one particular June day on the City Bus with his mom. “I feel for her now being a parent,” Macon says. “I needed to wear that mask. A little black kid in Chicago wearing a KISS mask…I imagine myself as a little kid watching [The Orville] like I watched Battlestar Galactica, and being a part of something that can go into someone’s young consciousness, I see that kid walking around in a KISS mask in June…I wasn’t told that I can’t wear the mask at all. It helped blossom my consciousness and I hope that with this kind of work I can do the same thing for some little kid.”
The Hardest Script for Seth MacFarlane to Write
“Nothing that I’ve found. I’ve been in comedy for years and I’ve never had an easier, smoother time writing than on this show. I was probably in the wrong business.” We can leave it at that.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 17: Cast and creatives of The Orville attend PaleyFest LA 2018 honoring The Orville, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. © Emily Kneeter for the Paley Center
Season 2 Spoilers?
MacFarlane reveals that there is an episode in season 2 that doesn’t have a sci-fi plot. “It’s all character pieces and that to me is the essence of what a good sci-fi show should be able to do. The character should be so strong that if you want to do a story that is pure drama or pure comedy you should be able to do that.”
What’s the deal with Kermit the Frog?
Viewers of the show know that MacFarlane’s character Capt. Ed Mercer has a Kermit doll on his desk that he idolizes. When asked if his obsession “extends to all muppets,” MacFarlane said, “I love The Muppets. The Great Muppet Caper is one of the best musicals ever made. I’m a big Henson fan. I was always astonished by what he pulled off. Kermit is basically a sock puppet with eyes. There’s so much personality in him and I feel that he never got his due as an actor. There’s so much soul in that character.” I adore Jim Henson praise as -fun fact- he graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park, not far from my hometown. Naturally, the panel ended with MacFarlane’s Kermit impersonation.
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By Aiyonna White, Contributor
Driving While Black is a dark comedy which follows Dimitri, a young black man living in Los Angeles, as he is harassed by the LAPD while trying to get to a job interview. While the film will be in theatres on February 1st, it has already won 32 film festivals internationally and in the U.S. Watch the trailer below: Read more of this article »
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I remember seeing the original Disney’s Aladdin (animated film) in 1992 with my family. It was a delight that had my entire family laughing from my little brother who was in pre-school to my parents. It’s always been a favorite because of the warm fuzzy feelings it gives me so had extremely high expectations when the Broadway show came to the Pantages. We’ve all seen the video of the Broadway cast ‘sing-off’ at the airport with the Lion King cast. The Disneyfication of Broadway has given me hours of joy watching beloved animated series and none have been a disappointment. From the puppetry of The Lion King and delighted by the Beauty and the Beast costumes … Disney musicals are pure magic.
I adored the show it’s a scrumptious visual light pastry that is full of layers to delight attendees of all ages. The moment the curtain opened I was intrigued with the beautiful Aladdin and Jasmine whose voices twirled and danced in my ear like dervishes. The Genie had huge feet to fill but he was able to channel the comic genius of Robin Williams and make it his own. I loved how they were able to translate the animation to real life. We all remember the saucy sarcastic parrot constantly whispering in the Sultans ear. Going into the show I thought they might use a toy bird with a recorder but to have a ‘mini me’ with all the spunk and trouble played by Reggie De Leon (Iago) was hilarious from the evil laugh to plotting with the Sultan to take over the kingdom. I was giggling like a schoolgirl. The costumes were BEAUTIFUL and truly enriched the visuals of the show adding texture and placing them in the Arabian nights fantasy of this Disney fairytale. The costumes didn’t just add texture but also content that reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from the animated films but still allowing the cast to dance and sing. The set designer out did themselves with the market and the cave of treasure. I don’t want to give away too much but don’t take your eyes away from one moment. Try to study the depth and how design enriched the playto transport youto another world. Watching Aladdin made me feel as if I was on the stage with the movement, brightness and cast interactions with the set. It felt ‘real’ and people around me ‘oohed and aahed’ so many times with me. I mean the man to the right gasped with me when the flying carpet took off. When people say ‘Disney magic’ they are talking about this musical that looked so much like a live action of the animated movie that I plan to watch the film again!
Perfect show to see with BFF
The story of boy meets girl and boy finds a genie is the classic romcom I needed to have my feet tapping with beloved songs from the Disney library and new music. My gosh the flying carpet was a marvel and had me so lost in the moment I felt it was magic (since I have NO idea how they did it) but I have never wanted to fly above the city in arms of a good-hearted thief more! I truly recommend going to see Aladdin with your BFF, the person who stole your heart and of course anyone who’s a kid or a kid at heart. Aladdin will show you the world and leave you delighted.
Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014 with homage to the animated film and fairy tale but with a Walt Disney stamp to appeal to fans of all ages. It was with joy and anticipation to learn that it would make its first appearance in January so was delighted to be able to attend the first show. I wasn’t the only one since the filled Pantages had fans young and old ready to rub a lamp and have Adam Jacobs the Broadway actor who originated the role appear to grant THREE wishes. In addition to Adam Jacobs, Reggie De Leon reprises his role as Iago from the Broadway show.
Aladdin, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 10-March 31; $35-$205. hollywoodpantages.com.
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You can’t keep a good turtle down! Nickelodeon has a new animated series premiering sometime in 2018. The new series is Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an all new voice cast starring Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Josh Brener (Donatello), Omar Miller (Raphael), Brandon Mychal Smith (Michelangelo), Ben Schwartz (Leonardo) and a returning favorite Eric ‘Tiger Claw’ Bauza (Splinter). The 26 episode 2D-animated series will be voice directed by Rob Paulsen (Donatello 1987 TMNT series) who has over 2,000 half-hours of animation voice-over experience that he will use steering the new cast. Rounding out the team is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
“I used to sing the TMNT theme song daily on the bus on my way to elementary school and Raphael was my favorite Turtle. To get to voice this fictional character who had such a giant positive impact on my childhood is an honor. And to boot, I’m being directed by the man who voiced Raphael in my childhood.”, Omar Miller (Raphael)
The new cast have major comedic chops so will bring a new energy and direction to the characters personalities and sound! In the new series Raphael will be the big bro leader; Leonardo is the rebel with a heart of gold; Donatello a skilled ninja that knows his way around a motherboard; Michelangelo the renaissance baby brother of many talents; April O’Neil the BFF who always has their back and Splinter the daddy and sensei of the bunch bestowing wisdom and dropping knowledge.
“I’ve watched TMNT since I was a little girl. I’m so proud to be playing the first African-American April O’Neil. What an incredible honor for me and milestone for this iconic cartoon. I’m excited for all the adventures the Turtles and I will have!”, Kat Graham (April O’Neil)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.
“This incredible roster of voice actors provides a fresh take on these globally recognized characters, and they are going to bring this version of the Turtles to life in a whole new way,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation. “We have reimagined the series to be filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”
Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Fairly OddParents, Duck Dodgers, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others.
Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Emmy Award-winner was integral to developing Nickelodeon’s CG-animation pipeline.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.
Follow @TMNT for more Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals and Turtle Power updates.
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visithttp://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
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by Aiyonna White, Contributor
Cinemark Theatres has partnered with The Asylum to offer discounted tickets to exclusive horror, sci-fi, thriller, and cult films from the independent film company. The studio is most famous for the Sharknado franchise. Read more of this article »
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It’s the 4th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on June 29th
“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this annual event an amazing experience,” said Bob Hope USO Executive Director Bob Kurkjian. “We look forward to the laughs and we ask that Southern California will tune in to K-Earth 101 on June 29th and do their part to support the troops and their families.”
Some of the biggest names in comedy are giving back to the troops this Thursday at the Hollywood Laugh Factory
Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Thom Tran, Steve Hofstetter, Robert Wuhl, Finesse Mitchell And Others to Entertain America’s Troops
The Bob Hope USO Comedy Radiothon event is airing live on Gary Bryan’s K-Earth 101 morning show on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is the fourth year of the event and the show will feature star-studded acts for over 200 members of all branches of the military and their families to raise funds for Bob Hope USO.
Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.
“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this
Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 and Hollywood’s Laugh Factory Entertain the Troops 6/29 with A-List Comedians
Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.
USO programs and entertainment are all provided for free to military service members and their families. Several companies will be present to support Bob Hope USO at the event as well, including Keyes Automotive, Delta Airlines, Stater Bros., and Northrop Grumman.
As a non-profit organization, Bob Hope USO relies on private, tax-deductible contributions from individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its programs and services.
K-Earth listeners that wish to support Bob Hope USO during the radiothon can do so at www.BobHopeUSO.org.
ABOUT BOB HOPE USO
Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to members of the military and their families across 50,000 square miles of Southern and Central California. Bob Hope USO is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under a charter from USO, Inc., providing morale and recreational services to over 200,000 members of the U.S. Military and their families. Although Congressionally chartered, Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.
Posted in Comedy, Los Angeles Tagged with: Bob Hope USO, Bob Saget, charity, Conan O’Brien, Finesse Mitchel, Hollywood Laugh Factory, Jon Lovitz, K-Earth 101, Radiothon, Rob Schneider, Robert Wuhl, Steve Hofstetter, support the troops, Thom Tran
I’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:
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.
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.
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: 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.
In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
Itsy Bitsy Shorts
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.
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.
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.
2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS
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.
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.
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:
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
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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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″
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 Funnier, Grandpa 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.
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 Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-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-Files, Back to the Future, The 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.
Posted in art, Books, Comedy Tagged with: Donald J. Trump, Eisner Award-Winning, IDW Media, Illustration, President Trump, Sh*t My President Says, Shannon Wheeler, Top Shelf Productions, Trump Tweets
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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