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 »
by Aiyonna White, Contributor
Panels are an opportunity for fans to connect with their favorite creators. Los Angeles Comic Con took place on October 27-29 and offered dozens of panels for fans to attend when they were not walking the floor. The convention may have ended, but these panels left a lasting impression on me. Read more of this article »
OSCAR®-WINNING ANIMATION STUDIO LAIKA COMES TO SAN DIEGO FOR PRIDE AND COMIC-CON CELEBRATIONS JULY 14-23, 2017 with the Laika Experience Pop Up Exhibit. Fans will be able to see props, puppets, monsters and sets from Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman & Caroline. A signing with Travis Knight, Laika President & CEO, an exhibit of fan art, interactive experiences, photo ops, daily giveaway (pair of EXCLUSIVE LAIKA Nikes) and a shop with merchandise that you can take home! The pop up opens Friday, July 14th for San Diego Pride!!!!
Details below …..
WHAT TO SEE at The LAIKA Experience:
Sets, puppets, monsters, props from all four LAIKA films.
LAIKA merchandise available for purchase.
Daily drawing for pair of Nike’s customized shoes created for LAIKA films.
Photo ops with LAIKA costumed characters.
Saturday–Sunday, July 15-16 from 11 AM – 6:00 PM:
Watch for LAIKA walkaround costumed characters at the LAIKA GIF Photo Booth inside the gates of Balboa Park during the PRIDE Festival. Pose for a photo with ParaNorman’s “Mitch,” the first gay character ever featured in an animated film. Customized LAIKA headbands will be distributed.
Friday, July 21 from 2-2:30pm
Facebook Live/Media Partner WIRED Magazine: LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) for a Facebook Live tour of The LAIKA Experience. Travis will share LAIKA’s unique creative process with Tony as they take FB guests on a virtual tour of the pop up exhibit. Fans will be able to ask questions via facebook.com/WIRED.
Friday, July 21 at 3pm
Come for a chance to meet Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and director of Oscar®-nominated KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, at an autograph signing session of items purchased at the Pop Up. Autographs of merchandise (available at the Pop Up Shop in the Exhibit) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is Mr. Knight’s only public appearance during the Exhibit.
WHEN: Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 23, 2017
Hours of operation:
WHERE: San Diego’s Gaslamp District
San Diego, CA 92101
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Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and former Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, feature film animation studio LAIKA was founded in 2005. Located just outside Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its innovation in 3D printing in 2016. Its four films, Kubo and the Two Strings (2016); The Boxtrolls (2014); ParaNorman (2012), and Coraline (2009) were all nominated for Oscars® and PGA Awards as Outstanding Animated Film. Kubo, which marked the directorial debut of Travis Knight, also received an Oscar® nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects. Kubo won this year’s BAFTA Award as well as three Annie Awards, the National Board of Review and 19 regional and critics’ group awards. The Boxtrolls also earned Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Award nominations and 13 Annie Award nominations, more than any other film that year. ParaNormangarnered BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and GLAAD Media Award nominations and won two Annie Awards and was cited as the year’s best animated film by 14 critics’ groups. Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice nominations, and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI).
For more details and updated hours of operation visit www.laika.com
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Animation, Animation Studio, Coraline, film, Kubo and the Two Strings, LAIKA, LAIKA Experience, LAIKAStudios, Oscar Winning, ParaNorman, San Diego Comic Con, San Diego Pride, SDCC, the Boxtrolls, Travis Knight
I’m so excited to learn of the 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition nominees from across the world. It will be a fierce battle with TV and digital content from around th wold. This year Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has over 40 countries competing at the Program Competition Ceremony on Monday, June 13th at the beautiful Fairmont Baniff Springs. The beauty of the countryside is a perfect backdrop for content creators from around the world to show off their endeavors to showcase the talent from around the world.
Attendees will learn who will be be the winner in 22 categories that span drama, comedy, children’s, documentary, factual, digital and more.
“With the proliferation of television and digital content across today’s top global networks and platforms it’s important to recognize the companies and creatives who are breaking the mold to execute some of the most captivating projects and that’s what we strive to do with the Rockie Awards,” commented Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual celebration in June.”
The Rockie Awards are one of the world’s largest program competitions. The program’s industry jury features more than 350 professionals and leaders from around the world working in entertainment and the media arena. Categories include Animation, Art and Performance, Children and Youth Fiction, Brand Content, Comedy Series, Digital Fiction Series, Drama Series, Environmental and Wildlife, Biological and History, Interactive, Interactive for Kids, Lifestyle, Melodrama, Music, Performance, Sketch and Variety, Reality, Science and Technology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Social and Investigative, and TV Movie.
For the full nominee list: http://
The festival is open to all and has programs for content creators to established producers seeking distribution or media channels. The 2016 BANFF schedule is live and has panels that anyone in the business or wants to get in the entertainment field. The organizers have created a schedule that will provide attendees insight into a variety of content streams including scripted, unscripted, digital, banded content, kids and animation. A few of the programs that I would love to attend as a content creator hoping to network are:
If you plan to attend examine the schedule and mark on your calendar what you plan to attend as well as have your pitch and a deck ready! You never know what opportunity will come around the corner at BANFF and you have to be ready to for your moment to pitch!
The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 37th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 12–15, 2016 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.
Posted in Business, festival Tagged with: 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition, BANFF, Banff World Media Festival, Canada, children's, Comedy, digital, digital media, Documentary, drama, Entertainment, factual, film, Program Competition Ceremony, tv
I am very excited about the upcoming the 14th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 6-10, 2016 at the Arclight Hollywood. I was not able to attend last year but was mesmerized by the closing night celebration. I walked past a stage with a band playing and people laughing and talking and I thought ‘Hey, what’s that and I want to go!’ I don’t plan to miss this year with 26 films showing the diversity of Indian cinema. I know most people have seen at least one Bollywood movie and think that’s all India’s films have to offer but it’s not all song and dance (I must admit I LOVE singing and dancing)! This year IFFLA has a selection of films that showcases groundbreaking Indian cinema.
They’ve curated 26 films that show the direction of Indian cinema that shows the laughter, tears and drama from the country. IFFLA will be welcoming films that have been in film festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance.
Highlights include the festival opener, ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, which screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and takes a refreshingly uncensored look at the issues facing women in contemporary Indian society while celebrating the uniqueness, talents, and flaws of each of its female characters. Festival closer, Anu Menon’s WAITING, is a poignant and stirring story that is as witty as it is heartrending. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and the incomparable Kalki Koechlin reunite for the first time since they starred together in THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS, giving beautiful performances as two strangers who develop a deep connection in the hospital while their spouses lie in comas.
Posted in festival, Film, Los Angeles Tagged with: Angry Indian Goddesses, Anu Menon, Arclight, Bollywood, Cannes, Comedy, Coming of Age, contemporary indian society, drama, film, Hollywood, IFFLA, India, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, international film festival, Kalki Koechlin, Los Angeles, Movies, Musical, Naseeruddin Shah, Sundance, Sunset, That girl in the yellow boots, Theater, Toronto International Film Festival, Waiting
I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. – Luke, Star Wars: Episode IV A new Hope
Better keep Luke away from the new Star Wars Death Star Grill available for pre-order from TheFowndry for £99.99 (estimate $142.54 US) or he just might blow it up with a few of his rebel pals! <guffaw> This grill is for the carnivore AND vegetarian grill fan or just a Star Wars fanboy/fangirl that must own a Death Star the can fit in your home or apt patio area. Just make sure that the rebels don’t make off with Princess Leia before your down with the interrogation! I think this looks almost TOO good to use and would look great in my living room full of geek collectibles!
The Death Star Barbecue has the power to annihilate an entire chicken. Or, in the right hands, cook an al fresco feast in classic, sci-fi style.
That’s no moon… It’s the sun! And if it’s hovering over the house it means barbecue season is upon us. But don’t settle for your run-of-the-mill sputniks, dazzle your guests and terrorise the outer rim planets with the Death Star BBQ.
This officially licensed outdoor grill is made from stainless steel – so even if you’ve strafed it with a rebel sausage, it’ll still buff up like new. The intricate detailing isn’t just there for show either. Cleverly disguised as a devastating laser, the lid of the Death Star BBQ has an adjustable thermal vent – perfect for regulating heat. Just keep an eye out for X-wings.
Posted in Business, Comic Con, Food, Geek Fun, Geek Gift Tagged with: A Galaxy far far away, A New Hope, backorder, Backyard, BBQ, Camping, cook, Darth Vader, Death Star, Death Star BBQ, Deathstar, Empire, Fanboy, Fangirl, film, food, Foodie, garden, Geek, Geek Cooking, Geek Gift, George Lucas, Gift Idea, grill, Jedi, new, outdoor, patio, Princess Leia, sci-fi, SciFi, Silver, Space, Star Wars, starwars, Steel, Summer, The Death Star Barbecue, The Force, the force awakens, Tie Fighter, UK, Valentines Gift, X Wing, X-Wings
If you are in London head to the Ace Hotel for a little Adam Yauch Beastie Boy love to check out a retrospective of his work behind the lens.
Many of you will know Adam Yauch as a co-founder of the successful American hip-hop band The Beastie Boys. However, it is not very well known that he also directed many of the group’s music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hörnblowér, a quirky Swiss film maker. Yauch was the driving force behind the ambitious and humorous videos that were at least as influential for the music video genre as the Beastie Boys’ music was.
The programme celebrates Yauch, who died in 2012, as an indie artist, who was neither bothered by style nor technique and certainly didn’t worry about good taste. All that counted for him were lunatic ideas, a fearless love for experimenting and the courage to produce creative trash, true to the motto “Fight For Your Right – to party”.
In association with “Independent Cinema USA” at the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
SHADRACH (Nathaniel Hörnblowér [Adam Yauch], US 1989, 5 mins)
CIAO L.A. (Spike Jonze, US 1994, 7 min)
INTERGALACTIC (Nathaniel Hörnblowér [Adam Yauch], US 1998, 5 mins)
THREE MCS AND ONE DJ (Nathaniel Hörnblowér [Adam Yauch], US 1999, 5 mins)
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NATHANIEL HÖRNBLOWÉR (Nathaniel Hörnblowér [Adam Yauch], US 2006, 26 mins)
DON’T PLAY NO GAME THAT I CAN’T WIN (SPIKE JONZE, US 2011, 11 mins)
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED (Adam Yauch, US 2011, 30 mins)
Mower are a London based band initially formed in 1999, and signed to Blur’s Graham Coxon’s Transcopic label. After a second album produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths), and tours with British Sea Power and more, they split in 2007. Tonight we welcome them back with a live set that will include some Beastie Boys covers.
Posted in culture Tagged with: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NATHANIEL HÖRNBLOWÉR, ADAM YAUCH, artist, Beastie Boys, Blur, British Sea Power, Cial L.A., Culture, Director, DON’T PLAY NO GAME THAT I CAN’T WIN, festival, FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED, Fight for your Right to PARTY, film, Graham Coxon, Hip Hop, Independent Cinema USA, Indie Artist, Intergalactic, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, London, Mower, MOWER [live], Nathaniel Hörnblowér, Rap, RETROSPECTIVE, Shadrach, SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Spike Jonze, Stephen Street, Switzerland, The Smiths, THREE MCS AND ONE DJ, Transcopic label, video
I saw the film ‘Olympus is Falling’ a few years ago in the theatre because of Gerard Butler love <swoon> I have a weakness for a man in a suit and he always fills his out very well <chortle>. Reading the trades it did pretty well worldwide and wasn’t too expensive to produce but I hadn’t realize it did well enough to have a sequel but <yahoo> more Gerard but in LONDON! I’m sure the move will be a delight full of yummy British men with a co-star of London landmarks. Gramercy pictures will release ‘London has Fallen’ nationwide March 14, 2016. The film will star Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Charlotte Riley and Waleed Zuaiter. The sequel is written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John and the film takes place after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.
Posted in Film, Movie Tagged with: Aaron Eckhart, Action, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Chad St. John, Charlotte Riley, Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger, film, geeks at the movie, Gerard Butler, Jackie Earle Haley, Katrin Benedikt, London, London has Fallen, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman, Movie, Olympus has Fallen, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Sean O’Bryan, sexual, Waleed Zuaiter
It’s been a while since I saw a movie and decided to go to see the new animated film Big Hero 6 at the Arclight. Imagine my surprise that it’s not at Arclight Hollywood (boo) so looked at the schedule and thought what the heck I don’t mind looking at Matthew McConaughey for three hours (mmm still too handsome for words). Now I have to say that I appreciate the directing talents of Christopher Nolan but he’s never been on my list of directors that I’ll see all their movies. I’ve always found his movies to be a bit pretentious and always a little too long (does he NOT have an editor???). I went in with so-so expectations after reading reviews and the amusing twitter war that Neil deGrasse Tyson had with scientific flaws the film had.
Well it’s not an awful movie, it’s just way too long, has a FU ending and suffers from the usual what happened to all the colored people (was there a race war that left most of the people of color dead other than the 2 scientists too smart to leave behind) in the future. I think that what threw me for a loop was that it’s deliberate pace didn’t really engage me. I did find the subject interesting but despite having a long film they didn’t really explore or give me the emotional connection I was looking for in a film about the end of Earth and the death of humanity. Instead it went off on a little bit of a love story (not needed), a LOT of daddy issues and dropped the ball on humanities place on the cosmos. Like most Nolan movies it’s visually a good looking movie but just never connected emotionally with me. I’m not saying ‘die humanity die’ but I didn’t care about anyone so for the last 20 minutes all I could think of was going to the restroom!
I probably would have liked the film more if they had focused on the exploration and how a lack of human connection can drive someone to ignore right and wrong but instead it was just a bit of a jumbled movie that jumped around too much for me to enjoy.
I can’t really recommend the movie unless you love Matthew (he’s front and center) and don’t mind a movie that’s mostly talk that gets distracted and drops plot lines (left and right!) but it’s not the WORSE movie I’ve seen!
Posted in Film, Geek Fun Tagged with: Anne Hathaway, Christopher Nolan, David Gyasi, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, film, Geek, geekout, Interstellar, Jessica Chastain, Jonathan Nolan, Kip Thorne, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, movie review, Science Fiction, TARS, Wes Bentley, Wormhole
Now in its 27th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to the Washington, DC, region.
Recent AFI European Union Film Showcase favorites have included Sweden’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Germany’s THE LIVES OF OTHERS, France’s THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY and PERSEPOLIS, and the UK’s ANNA KARENINA, THE YOUNG VICTORIA and LE WEEK-END, all making their Washington, DC, area premieres at AFI Silver, before going on to successful theatrical runs.
This year’s selection of films will include international film festival award-winners, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.
All tickets for films in the 2014 AFI European Union Film Showcase are half price on Nov. 21! Peruse the listings now and customize your own cinematic trip to Europe, at bargain rates! Shop online or at the box office on Nov. 21, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The AFI European Union Film Showcase is organized by the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union and the Cultural Counselors of the member states of the European Union in Washington, DC.
Early confirmations for the 2014 lineup include: