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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.

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

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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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

Nothing reminds me of the passing of time more than the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars and that the AARP Magazine has a special article in the April Issue. I’m not quite old enough to subscribe to AARP but I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a child and love to learn about the beloved series.

 

The article will have Star Wars trivia in a special article that will be full of fun facts from the past forty years if you are a member of the Empire or part of the Rebel Forces or a Jedi! The article will not just talk about the original trilogy but the new films as well. The facts will include how they got the TIE fighter’s engine with sound editors blend an elephant’s trumpeting call with the swoosh of a car driving through puddles. If you stay till the credits in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story you’ll see that it took almost 2,000 people to bring it to the screen. If you look closely at the Phantom Menace (1999) Senate scene you’ll notice that a few aliens look like E.T. cousins! If you want to learn about the rest of the Star Wars facts you’ll have to pick up the latest issue of the AARP Magazine (April).

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March 8th, 2017 by Cherry

Am so excited to hear that the Paley Center for Media is welcoming Prison Break, Riverdale, Speechless, and the New ABC Musical Event, Dirty Dancing for the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season! <scream> so many great programs that my head is spinning!

“The programs selected for our PaleyLive events represent the best television has to offer and tackle today’s most compelling themes and issues,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “The programs in our PaleyLive Spring Season run the gamut from thriller to mystery, from romance to the challenges facing a special needs family. Each one promises to spark the entertaining and informative conversations that have made PaleyLive programs the premier experience for both the public and industry professionals.”

PaleyLive LA this Spring selection of programs, feature screening, premier episodes, panel talks AND the opportunity for the audience to ask questions!  I just found out about these new panels and if you are a member you can buy tickets before the general public!

 

An Evening with Speechless

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm

 

I’m a huge fan of ABC Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox Television’s Speechless it’s a show that represents the challenge of a family struggling to live in a neighborhood to offer the best to their kids. The portrayal of JJ DiMeo by Micah Fowler that shows a HS kid living his life and not allowing anyone to stand in front of his wheels! Out of the entire family I must admit I want to hang with JJ and not just to cut in line <guffaw>. The Paley Center will host Minnie Driver (Maya DiMeo); John Ross Bowie (Jimmy DiMeo); Mason Cook (Ray DiMeo); Micah Fowler (JJ DiMeo); Kyla Kenedy(Dylan DiMeo); Cedric Yarbrough (Kenneth); Scott Silveri, Creator & Executive Producer; Melvin Mar, Executive Producer; and Jake Kasdan, Executive Producer; for a premiere screening and conversation.

 

 

Prison Break: Premiere Screening & Conversation

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm

I’m ready for a new adventure with Prison Break and the new nine part event series with original series stars reuniting for an all-new adventure that has the thrills and cliff-hangers of the Golden Globe Nominated original series when it aired on FOX (2005-2009). The Paley Center welcomes back members of the cast & creative team including Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield); Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows); Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi); Robert Knepper (T-Bag); Paul T. Scheuring, Creator & Executive Producer; Vaun Wilmott, Executive Producer; and Executive Producer, Michael Horowitz, who last appeared on the Paley stage in 2008; for this special screening and conversation in advance of the broadcast premiere on April 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

 

Riverdale:  Screening & Conversation

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

 

Riverdale, the CW and Warner Bros. Television’s newest series has turned Archie and the gang into a modern teen soap series heavy on the mystery! Archie Comics has always stayed relevant over the decades but this new story has introduced them to not only old but new fans! The show has captured the CW viewers and has already been renewed for Season 2! Archie, Betty Veronica,  Jughead and Josie are living a small town life with big city dreams and murder simmering under Pop’s shop as the teens sip milkshakes and exchange very simmering glances! The Paley Center welcomes the talented ensemble cast and creative team for screening and conversation including: KJ Apa (Archie Andrews); Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper); Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge); Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom); Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge); Mӓdchen Amick (Alice Cooper); Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy); Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Executive Producer; Jon Goldwater, Executive Producer; and additional guests to be announced.

 

Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event

Premiere Screening & Conversation

Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm

No fan of the 1987 movie classic can miss the 30th anniversary musical premiering this year on ABC! Paley Center is offering a first look AND talk with the talent and team behind the upcoming three hour filmed musical event that will be produced by Lionsgate and Allison Shearmur Productions. We get to see the romance of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle during a summer vacation in the Catskills that I think will have all of us singing the songs from the original movie and era. Those lucky enough to score tickets to the premier screening will have a chance to hear from Abigail Breslin, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Colt Prattes, and Katey Sagal just before the ABC Television Network TV premiere on May 24. So don’t put baby back in the corner instead have a Dirty Dancing Party at PaleyLive: Los Angeles!

 

 

As part of the many benefits of Paley Center Membership, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets starting March 7. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on March 8, and to the general public on March 9. To learn more about other benefits of Paley Center Membership, which includes the opportunity to experience more intimate events with today’s most famous television stars and other noteworthy personalities, please visit paleycenter.org/join-us.

 

For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

 

 

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

 

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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers

The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.

Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).

Royal Rumble of Rube
11:30AM-2PM
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.

The Path to Innovation
2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!

I am a Robot!
11AM-1:30PM

Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.

Get Your Build On
11AM-4PM

Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!

Swim With the Fishes
11AM-4PM 

Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.

Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
S.T.E.A.M. Machines
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.

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December 27th, 2016 by Cherry

The season 2 of WGN America’s Outsiders will premier on  January 24th. Lucky Los Angeles fans of the series can see a screening & panel on January 10th with cast, creator and executive producers. It should be a fascinating talk as this is the third original series from WGN. I watched the first season and found it to be a great family drama that pushes the boundaries of what you’d expect about a ‘mountain’ people series. It has stories that span from class, education to interracial relations. Leave a comment below what’s been your favorite episode and what you’d like to ask during the panel.

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENTS A PALEYLIVE LA SEASON TWO PREMIERE EVENT OF WGN AMERICA’S OUTSIDERS

The Series Cast, Creator and Executive Producers Will Celebrate with a Screening and Panel Conversation on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills  

Christina Jackson As Sally Ann & Kyle Gallner As Hasil

 

The Paley Center for Media will present a PaleyLive LA premiere event: Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation on Tuesday, January 10th. The event is open to the public and features the series cast and creatives for an intimate panel discussion and audience Q&A following the screening. Tickets for the event are currently on sale to Paley Supporting and Patron Members. Tickets go on sale to Paley Individual Members Tuesday, December 20, at 9:00 a.m. and to the General Public on Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00 am.

Big Foster And Lil Foster

From Executive Producers Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, Outsiders explores the epic struggle of the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and way of life from the town below. The WGN America hit original drama series returns for a highly anticipated season two on January 24, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Participants are subject to change. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

**Panelists to appear schedule permitting.

 

Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation**

Paul Giamatti, Executive Producer

Peter Mattei, Creator and Executive Producer

Peter Tolan, Executive Producer

David Morse, “Big Foster”

Ryan Hurst, “Lil Foster”

Gillian Alexy, “G’Winveer” 

Kyle Gallner, “Hasil”

Christina Jackson, “Sally-Ann”

Francie Swift, “Haylie Grimes”

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills

465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA: The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

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November 19th, 2016 by Cherry

Two of my favorite brands got together and had super cute shoes with handbags.

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“For JustFab, partnering with Betches just makes sense – we are at the forefront of using technology to better understand our customers’ needs and serve them with the right products, styling, trend information, and fashion & lifestyle content. Betches provides its customers with just that, along with a healthy dose of humor. It’s a platform where you can have fun with fashion & lifestyle content, and laugh with your friends over how relatable it really is. That’s exactly the type of partnership we want to offer our customers,” commented Traci Inglis, Chief Marketing Officer of TechStyle, JustFab’s parent company.

 

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Samantha Fishbein, Aleen Kuperman and Jordana Abraham wearing head-to-toe JustFab

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Erin Zierling, Jessica Hall and Sarah Stage

JustFab the fashion subscription, e-commerce site and lifestyle fashion brand worked with Betches to create a collection that embodies a look that fans will be wearing all season. The party was a mix of style writers, JustFab & Betches fans as well as celebrities including Johnny Wujek, Brittany Furlan, Miguel’s Fiancé Nazanin Mandi, Jaqueline MacInnes Wood, Sabina Gadecki, Renee Olstead, Logan Browning, Kara Royster, Diamond White, Lilimar Hernandez, Greer Grammer, Hazel-E and more.

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BETCHESxJUSTFAB is getting all of my holiday shoes and accessory money this year! Make it rain ladies make it rain!!!

 

 

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Who can say ‘no’ to a candy bar … especially a Pink Candy Bar BETCHESxJUSTFAB you get me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miles B. and Hazel-E: Sabina Gadecki wearing JustFab shoes and bag

They had a few select items at the event that made me want to have a date for NYE and Valentines and all the parties in between! BETCHESxJUSTFAB had signature drinks courtesy of the sexy bartenders at the Doheney Room on the 2nd Floor where I made friends with other stylish women and men who ponied up to the bar looking JustFab I went with my drink of choices .. something with Tequila as I snacked on munchies (YUMMY food) and indulged in shoe AND handbag porn.

 

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I didn’t realize I NEEDED a metallic envelope bag but now that BETCHESxJUSTFAB made it .. I WANT it

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I have a weakness for black sparkly high heels!

 

 

 

 

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I would walk on sexy clouds in these shoes!

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These pink bow heels are a party on the side and work at the front. This pair can go from work to a night out with friends or a date!

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Lilimar Hernandez wearing head-to-toe JustFab

 

 

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I love this fall wine boots with sexy lace up details that would be great with jeans or a wool skirt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning

 

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Special thanks to Naked Princess & The Glam App

 

ABOUT JUSTFAB:
Founded in 2010, JustFab is the leading fashion-subscription ecommerce site and lifestyle fashion brand that offers members an engaging and personalized shopping experience. Millions of members worldwide are given the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a customized selection of shoes, apparel, handbags and jewelry. Members have exclusive access to fashion tips and content, clickable style boards to shop complete outfits and the team of JustFab fashion consultants for expert advice.JustFab offers high-fashion looks at affordable prices and shipping is free for all items over $39.95. JustFab is available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
For more information, please visit: www.justfab.com
ABOUT BETCHES
Betches was started in 2011 as a blog by college roommates and childhood friends Jordana Abraham, Samantha Fishbein, and Aleen Kuperman. Their blog immediately went viral, and from there they knew they had a unique chance to build their business from the ground up. Five years later, they have a created a huge millennial brand with an audience of over 5 million, two New York Times bestselling books, and a successful retail operation, Shop Betches. The Betches are excited to be launching this collaboration with JustFab and for many new exciting projects to com

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October 28th, 2016 by Cherry

screenshot-2016-10-28-14-08-46Daredevil Actor Peter Shinkoda Set For Special Appearance with SHAKA Platform 

Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con

This Saturday at the SHAKA Booth

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I know how I plan to spend Saturday!!! It’s saying hello to Peter Shinkoda one of the stars from my beloved TNT Falling Skies series (Dai) and of course Nobu from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix! I hope you have your tickets to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! All ou have to do for a meet & greet and autograph with Peter is download SHAKA in the  Apple App Store and Google Play (shakapp.com). Than sign in and enter: PeterShinkoda, Daredevil, Netflix or Nobu as your ‘vibes‘.  Peter will be at the SHAKA booth #1403 at 1:30pm

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October 27th, 2016 by Cherry

Am SOOO excited to see Taboo’s collection of geekiness tomorrow! What’s on your must see list for Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con this weekend at the convention center?????

TOMORROW IS Stan Lee’s L.A Comic Con!
We have an amazing show and want YOU to have an awesome time!
But first…some last minute additions!
LET’S GET IT STARTED!

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is coming to LA Comic Con! Taboo will be bringing the debut of Taboo’s Toy Museum, a collection of valuable and collectible toys from the 70’s and 80’s. Come say hi and take a peek at highlights from his own personal collection!

THEY’LL BE AT L.A. COMIC CON… Mostly!

We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance HenriksenMichael BiehnJenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.

 THINK YOU CAN CREATE A TV SHOW?

Our friends at Legion M will be on hand all weekend, taking elevator pitches — the best one could be made into a real television series! Bring your best ideas and pitch it…but you only have the length of an elevator ride to do it!

 THINK YOU SHOULD BE ON A TV SHOW?

Think you have a rare collectible? Want to find out what you’ve got? Then bring it on Sunday to the SyFy Con Stars booth, and maybe you can make it on to the show…and discover what you’ve really got!
IMPORTANT SHOW INFORMATION!

Pick up your badge early! A ticket gets you a badge, a badge gets you in the door!  We are working hard to make sure we can process tickets as fast as possible, but you can never go wrong with arriving early! You can pick up your badge any time during badge redemption hours.

  • Friday badge redemption starts at 9am, and the show opens at 5pmFriday is shopping only. This is the best time to get your shopping done and grab your exclusives! You should also check out Club Comic Con if you are 21 and older with DJ RUFIO (Yes, from Hook, in his costume)! You can get your tickets HERE.
  • Saturday Badge redemption starts at 7am. Show doors open at 9am and the show goes until 6pm. Don’t forget all Saturday and 3-day badge holders who are 18+ get in to our Cosplay Ball at Club Novo at LA Live after the show! So come convention all day and party all night!
  • Sunday Badge redemption starts at 9am. Show doors opens at 10am and goes till 4pm. The Ultimate Kids Trick-or-Treat will start at 1:30pm. All exhibitors in booths will have candy and fun stuff to give out to the kids! The Kid’s Costume Contest, sponsored by Disney’s MOANA, starts at 12:30 pm on the Hot Topic Main Stage. Any child 12 and under can enter, sign up is at 11:00to the right of the Main Stage. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

Read our Survival Guide HERE. The Survival guide is your key to all the info on Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con. Serisously read it and thank us later.

Grab a progam guide! We have free program guides avaliable in the Lobby of South Hall with cover art by Camilla De’Errico. Have her sign it at A26. Program guides have floor plan and panel info. However some changes and new additions have been made so Download the ALLCal app for all the updates or see our website as well.

Autograph and Photograph Schedule! Get prices and signing/photo schedule for all our guests HERE. We try to get prices for everyone but if their price isn’t listed just go to their booth or table for price info

Panels! We have some MIND blowing panels this year!  Plan your show and check for any updates or new additions HERE

PARKING! LA Convention Center has a lot of parking and there is PLENTY of other lots close by as well. We always suggest carpooling with friends to avoid parking fees. If you can take the TRAIN, The PICO stop off the EXPO and BLUE LINE stops RIGHT across the street from the LACC and it’s super cheap.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUNDAY ATTENDEES! Sunday morning is also the LOS ANGELES ROCK N’ ROLL MARATHON in Downtown L.A. Street closures and detours will be in effect — plan accordingly, and come early!

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October 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation

About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.

 

Image result for Center for Asian American Media “People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”

 

Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.

 

It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!

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Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

 

Image result for Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGSGrace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.

 

Image result for Sandra Oh 2016Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.

 

Image result for Richard Lui msnbcRichard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Before in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show.

 

 

 

 

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. To learn more, visit www.caamedia.org. #storiestolight

 

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit: www.nbcuniversal.com

 

About the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS)   Since 2000, NBCUniversal has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS). NBCUNI TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature 21 programs including the Writer’s on the Verge Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. For more information, visit NBCUniTIPS.com. #nbcunitips

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August 30th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m very excited to attend the preview of  Gaetano Pesce Molds (Gelati Misti) presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center. 

The exhibition will be from September 3 – November 27, 2016 at MOCA Pacific Design Center

“I hope my work is acknowledged for its multidisciplinary nature and its curious diversity,” remarks artist Gaetano Pesce.

MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson and John R. Geresh, Pesce collector & scholar organized the exhibition that focuses on the Italian artist’s use of two dimensional cast-resin reliefs that he calls ‘industrial skins’ and will have his body like vases, a selection of chairs and lamps that use his casting techniques with resin and molds.

Pesce has more than four decades of work that span architecture, exhibition and industrial design that are playful, eccentric and utilizes the medium’s variation of pigmentation, transparency and plasticity.

“Gaetano Pesce is a true icon of contemporary design,” says Simpson. “His cast resin works evoke bodies, fungi, lava flows, and ocean life—seductive and repellent in their strange beauty. It is an honor to bring his work to MOCA.”

Though many of his vases (Amazonias, Twins, Rock, Spaghetti, Pompitou, Medusa, and Tre Piedi) have structural foundations that begin with the same bullet-shaped underpinnings, their final forms are anything but identical. Each bares the process of its own making, capturing gravity and the velocity of Pesce’s hand, which renders some things humorously anthropomorphic or blithe and painterly, and others unsettlingly corporeal.

Gaetano Pesce was born in 1939, La Spezia, Italy. He has led a forty-plus-year career of exuberant and groundbreaking work in architecture, urban planning, interior, exhibition, and industrial design. His engagement with the avant-garde began with his studies in architecture from 1958 to 1963 at the University of Venice, where he became one of the founding members of Gruppo N, a collective focused on expanding the idea of programmed art that emerged out of the Bauhaus movement. During his college years, Pesce worked at three notable Murano glass factories: Moretti, Vistosi, and Venini; this occupational education in Venetian glasswork has informed much of the way he wields and approaches resin as a part of his current practice.

Geresi has written, “Pesce’s work in resin is an extension of the 20th century’s greatest Italian glass artist and is as continuous with that tradition as can be believed.”

His career has also led him to teaching at prestigious institutions such as Cooper Union, New York; Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, Strasbourg, France; Domus Academy, Milan; and the Architectural School of São Paulo. He has mounted over two dozen solo exhibitions and featured in a number of group exhibitions, most notably the seminal 1972 exhibition The New Domestic Landscape: Achievements and Problems of Italian Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Pesce’s work is featured in more than 30 permanent collections across the world, including MoMA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris.

Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti) is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson with John Geresi, and with curatorial support by Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator Hana Cohn.

Lead support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, Hästens, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg, and Thao Nguyen and Andreas Krainer.

RELATED PROGRAMS

BENNETT SIMPSON AND JOHN GERESI IN CONVERSATION
Sunday, September 25, 3pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)
About MOCA: Founded in 1979, MOCA’s vision is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,800 objects, international in scope and among the finest in the world; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with modes of new media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.

Hours: MOCA Grand Avenue (located at 250 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles) is open MondayWednesday, and Friday from 11am to 6pmThursday from 11am to 8pmSaturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm; and closed on Tuesday. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (located at 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) has the same hours as MOCA Grand Avenue during exhibitions. Please call ahead or go to moca.org for the exhibition schedule for The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. MOCA Pacific Design Center (located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069) is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pmSaturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm; and closed on Monday. The MOCA Store at MOCA Grand Avenue (located at 250 South Grand Avenue) is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pmThursdayfrom 10:30am to 8:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

Museum Admission: General admission is free for all MOCA members. General admission is also free for everyone at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. General admission is always free at MOCA Pacific Design Center. General admission at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for children under 12.
More Information: For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

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