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August 8th, 2018 by Cherry

You know it’s the end of summer when you get to enjoy some of the best food around with the Los Angeles’ Times the Taste!

I’ve gone a few times over the years and have always been delighted with the introduction to new chefs, great food, wine and ideas with the cooking demos! This year looks like it’s going to be even better as we raise a glass to Jonathan Gold who passed away earlier this year. In his honor they will have special programming at each event for the beloved restaurant critic who’s passion for food and respect for the culture of cuisine won him a Pulitzer and special place in every food lovers heart.

Tickets are on sale now at latimes.com/TheTaste

The Taste returns to the Paramount Pictures Studio backlot with three nights during the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 2) of unlimited tastings for food and drinks with your ultimate block party ticket! This year they will highlight the rich history of Los Angeles international cuisine where you can travel the world with every bite! This year they have three evenings of fun with Friday all about LA Pop-Ups and Underground restaurants, Saturday is International with everything from Japanese to Mexican Breakfast Tacos to India and everywhere in between and Sunday is all about ‘home comfort’ food with the diversity of Los Angeles chefs giving us a taste of their favorite dishes!

  • Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    L.A.’s pop-up and underground restaurants will take the stage with a demo of Cajun-by-way-of-Compton cuisine from chef Michael Lawless (Shad’s New Cali Catering). Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Ludo Bird) will showcase his French flair. Master of the grill, Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue), will lead a barbeque how-to. Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and Jonathan Yao (Kato) will provide a glimpse of what makes their dishes imminently Instagram-able. The Bar Stage will be serving up white wines of Italy with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Wines. Restaurants include: Amor y Tacos, Baltaire Restaurant, Bone Kettle, Casa Vega, Chao Krung, Farmhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, Otium, Pop’s Bagels and Wanderlust Creamery.
  • Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Delicious food will be the special of the night as Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama (n/naka) showcase Japanese cuisine and Briana Valdez (HomeState) celebrates breakfast all day with a demo of her signature dishes. Sommelier Ira Norof will give you 101 reasons to drink wine. Restaurants include: Cento Pasta Bar, Border Grill, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Jaffa, Kali Restaurant, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Prawn, Taste of Tehran, Trois Mec and Winston Pies.
  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
    Experience the diversity of flavors in our fair city when Sean Lowenthal (Little Beast Restaurant) and L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter highlight Southern cooking, Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs) shares her technique for elevating porridge, and Charles Olalia (Rice Bar/Ma’am Sir) gives a master class on Filipino cuisine. Wine expert Christine Dalton will raise a glass to rosé. Restaurants include: 71Above, Banh Oui, Coni’Seafood, Holbox/Chichen Itza, Hotville Chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Inko Nito, Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen, Meals by Genet and Prince of Venice.

Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, is produced in association with Best Events and this year The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $165; a $10 discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers starting July 23.

Also this year for the first time The Taste travels to Costa Mesa this October from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 with programming to be announced in September. Details and tickets: latimes.com/TheTaste.

Connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @TheTasteLA (#TasteLA)

Leave a comment below if you plan to attend and what chef, demo or taste is on your foodie list! 

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July 26th, 2018 by Cherry

Fall is fast approaching and tickets will go on sale for the upcoming 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews from September 6 – 16th in Beverly Hills. PaleyFest Fall TV Previews New York City fans will be able to enjoy free screenings from September 7 – 9th. This year the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews will have screenings, cast and creatives from ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, History, Hulu, Lifetime, NBC, Netflix and Telemundo!

I’m a HUGE TV Fan so I always look forward to the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview. Over the years it’s given me a chance to ‘meet’ TV shows that I hadn’t planned to watch but after seeing the first first episode and hearing the cast/creators talk I am willing to give them a ‘test watch’ or sometimes an unexpected fan (I’m looking at YOU the CW Dynasty!). This year they have Netflix’s Bojack a animated series that is really good and has characters that I see reflected in myself despite not being a talking horse, dog or cat! As far as the new shows I’m curious about the Charmed (the CW) reboot with Latina flavor and the Rookie (ABC) since I have a weakness for police dramadies but am willing to give all the shows the networks selected to highlight a chance but not Last Man Standing (Fox) didn’t like it on ABC so am sure I won’t like the continuation with move to the new network.

“Every September television fans know PaleyFest Fall TV Previews is the place to be for a first look at the most buzz-worthy new shows of the fall TV season, and engaging conversation and insight from the cast and creative teams behind them,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re honored to present this stellar lineup of new shows as well as several Emmy-nominated returning fan favorites.

Citi is the Official Card of the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews with advance access to Citi cardmembers before they are available to the public. Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members can also purchase tickets and festival passes starting today. Tickets go on sale for PaleyCenter Individual Members on July 26 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on July 27 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit paley.me/previews or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.

The Paley Center is welcoming old favorites and new series that I’m interested in watching from major networks and streaming services. The PaleyFest Fall TV Preview with Netflix’s Atypical and BoJack Horseman, followed by screenings and discussions with the casts and creatives of Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman and Castle Rock; ABC’s The Kids Are Alright and The Rookie; The CW’s All American and Charmed; Lifetime’s YOU; History’s Project Blue Book; EPIX’s Get Shorty; NBC’s I Feel Bad; CBS’s The Neighborhood and Happy Together; Fox’s The Cool Kids and Last Man Standing; and conclude on September 16 with the cast and creative team from Telemundo’s Nicky Jam: El Ganador.

 

2018 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Initial Lineup*
Netflix Presents Atypical and BoJack Horseman: Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from Atypical includes:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Elsa Gardner”
Keir Gilchrist, “Sam Gardner”
Michael Rapaport, ‘Doug Gardner”
Brigette Lundy Paine, “Casey Gardner”
Robia Rashid, Executive Producer
Mary Rohlich, Executive Producer
Featured talent from BoJack Horseman includes:
Aaron Paul, “Todd Chavez”
Alison Brie, “Diane Nguyen”
Paul F. Tompkins, “Mr. Peanutbutter”
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Creator & Executive Producer
Lisa Hanawalt, Production Designer
Mike Hollingsworth, Supervising Director
 
Hulu Presents I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Castle Rock, and The First: Friday, September 7, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screening of I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, and finale screening of Castle Rock, & Conversations
 
Featured talent from I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman includes:
            Sarah Silverman, Host & Executive Producer
Featured talent from Castle Rock includes:
            Sam Shaw, Creator & Executive Producer
Plus a preview screening of The First
ABC Presents The Kids Are Alright, The Rookie, and A Million Little Things: Saturday, September 8, 2018
1:00 pm Preview Reception
1:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from The Kids Are Alright includes:
Michael Cudlitz, “Mike Cleary”
Mary McCormack, “Peggy Cleary”
Jack Gore, “Timmy”
Tim Doyle, Creator & Executive Producer
Featured talent from The Rookie includes:
Nathan Fillion, “John Nolan”
Alyssa Diaz, “Angela Lopez”
Richard T. Jones, “Sergeant Wade Grey”
Titus Makin, “Jackson West”
Mercedes Mason, “Captain Zoe Andersen”
Melissa O’Neil, “Lucy Chen”
Afton Williamson, “Talia Bishop”
Eric Winter, “Tim Bradford”
Alexi Hawley, Creator & Executive Producer
Plus a preview screening of A Million Little Things
 
The CW Presents All American and Charmed: Saturday, September 8, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from All American includes:
Daniel Ezra, “Spencer James”
Samantha Logan, “Olivia Barker”
Bre-Z, “Coop”
Greta Onieogou, “Layla Keating”
Monet Mazur, “Laura Fine-Baker”
Michael Evans Behling, “Jordan Baker”
Cody Christian, “Asher”
Karimah Westbrook, “Grace James”
April Blair, Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer
Spencer Paysinger, Consulting Producer
Robbie Rogers, Producer
Featured talent from Charmed includes:
Melonie Diaz, “Melanie Vera”
Sarah Jeffery, “Maggie Vera”
Madeleine Mantock, “Macy Vaughn”
Jessica O’Toole, Executive Producer
Amy Rardin, Executive Producer
Jennie Snyder Urman, Executive Producer
Lifetime Presents YOU and History Presents Project Blue Book: Sunday, September 9, 2018
1:00 pm Preview Reception
1:30 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from YOU includes:
Penn Badgley, “Joe Goldberg”
Sera Gamble, Co-Creator & Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer
Caroline Kepnes, Author
Plus additional guests to be announced
Featured talent from Project Blue Book includes:
Michael Malarkey, “Captain Michael Quinn”
Plus additional guests to be announced
EPIX Presents Get Shorty: Sunday, September 9, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screening & Conversation
 
Featured talent includes:
Davey Holmes, Creator & Executive Producer
Adam Arkin, Director
Plus additional guests to be announced.
NBC Presents I Feel Bad, Manifest, and New Amsterdam: Monday, September 10, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from I Feel Bad includes:
Sarayu Blue, “Emet Kamala-Sweetzer”
Paul Adelstein, “David Sweetzer”
Madhur Jaffrey, “Maya Kamala”
Brian George, “Aneel Kamala”
Aseem Batra, Executive Producer
Julie Anne Robinson, Executive Producer
Plus preview screenings of Manifest and New Amsterdam
CBS Presents The Neighborhood, Happy Together, and Magnum P.I.: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from The Neighborhood includes:
Cedric the Entertainer, “Calvin Butler”
Tichina Arnold, “Tina Butler”
Max Greenfield, “Dave Johnson”
Beth Behrs, “Gemma Johnson”
Featured talent from Happy Together includes:
Damon Wayans, Jr., “Jake”
Amber Stevens West, “Claire”
Felix Mallard, “Cooper James”
Plus a preview screening of Magnum P.I.
FOX Presents The Cool Kids, Last Man Standing, and Hell’s Kitchen: Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
7:00 pm Preview Screenings & Conversations
 
Featured talent from The Cool Kids includes:
David Alan Grier, “Hank”
Martin Mull, “Charlie”
Vicki Lawrence, “Margaret”
Leslie Jordan, “Sid”
Patrick Walsh, Executive Producer
Charlie Day, Executive Producer
Featured talent from Last Man Standing includes:
Tim Allen, “Mike Baxter”
Nancy Travis, “Vanessa Baxter”
Jonathan Adams, “Chuck Larabee”
Amanda Fuller, “Kristin Baxter”
Christoph Sanders, “Kyle Anderson”
Jordan Masterson, “Ryan Vogelson”
Plus a preview screening of Hell’s Kitchen
Telemundo Presents Nicky Jam: El Ganador: Sunday, September 16, 2018
6:00 pm Preview Reception
6:30 pm Preview Screening & Conversation
 
Featured talent includes:
Jessy Terrero, Creator & Executive Producer
Sergio Lazarov, Executive Producer & VP, Current Productions, Endemol Shine Boomdog
Plus additional guests to be announced.
 
*Panelists appear schedule permitting.  All events and panelists are subject to change.
Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, offering Citi cardmembers access to tickets and festival passes today before they go on sale to the public. For details visit citiprivatepass.com/paleyfest_previewsNY_2018.
In addition to Citi cardmembers, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members can also purchase tickets and festival passes starting today. Tickets go on sale for PaleyCenter Individual Members on July 26 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on July 27 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit paley.me/previews or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.
Additionally, the Paley Center’s New York location will host free PaleyFest Fall TV Previews screenings on September 7-9. For more information on the screening schedule and to reserve seats, please visit paley.me/previews or citiprivatepass.com/paleyfest_previewsNY_2018.
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. 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 Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, 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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June 9th, 2018 by Cherry

You had me at Melted Brisket!

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(Melted Beef Brisket) or Nashville  (Fried Chicken). Decisions .. decisions! The one-day Pop Up Food Hall is this Sunday, June 10th with exclusive food. You can choose between a Hot Chicken Plate from Nashville and Chef Eric Greenspan’s #18 Exclusive Smoked Brisket Melt. You can choose your entry time and entree all include Urbani Truffle Fries, a sweet freshly baked Hustle and Dough Doughnut and Califia iced coffee, cold brew, juice and more! It’s all age family at the Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica with validated parking (included in ticket)!

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Buy your ticket before they sell out!

What are you going to choose and time? Let’s meet up and chow down! I might even let you have a fry .. MAYBE ……

 

LAeats – Pop Up Food Hall will have the Legendary Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, featured by Anthony Bourdain on CNN, and most recently in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious at the Pop Up Food Hall for One-Day Only.

This will be Bolton’s first time serving the Hot Chicken outside of Nashville!

Get ready for Hot CHICKEN PLATE – With a Hot chicken Sandwich (2 Tenders) on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll & an order of Hot Wings

Bolton Matthews and his wife Dollye are flying in all the way from Nashville to prepare their legendary Hot Chicken.

 

LAeats Fresh Summer Truffle Fries

 

LAeats has partnered with Urbani Truffle and Pat LaFrieda out of NYC on what could be the most decadent fries in America. Taking great French Fries, cooking them in Pat LaFrieda Beef Fat, and then Freshly Micro-Planning Black Summer Truffles a

Plus other drink Pop Ups at LAeats – One Day Pop Up Food Hall.

DON’T MISS THE ONE DAY ONLY POP UP FOOD HALL

All of these dishes are very unique and one of a kind in LA, so you’re going to want to take pictures to share with everyone on what food they missed out on.

Enjoy gourmet food, drinks & more at the exclusive One Day Pop Up Food Hall

LOCATION

Come with the whole family and enjoy a day of fun, food & games outdoors at the beautiful Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica.

PARKING : UNDERGROUND PARKING INCLUDED

Validation Offered To Ticketed Guest

*TICKET PURCHASE AT EVENT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE, BUT ARE LIMITED TO ITEM AVAILABILITY AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED

*Please note, a ticket per person is required for entry into the food hall

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May 10th, 2018 by Cherry

It’s GIRL power this weekend with Street Food Cinema! They have Wonder Woman in Glendale and Selena DTLA!

 

It’s been seven years since Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison founded Street Food Cinema to combine love of movies, drive-ins and food! Fans can see new and classic films in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

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This weekend I’m heading to Verdugo Park in Glendale with Gigi the Geek for Wonder Woman where part of the event proceeds are going to Red Nose Day USA! We also plan to enjoy LA food truck cuisine from Meat the Greek, Ralph & Richies, SUGO, The Shrimp & Taco Stop, Yuna’s Bob, Dreamy Creations AND Drunken Cake Pops, and dance to live music from DJ Ivy (http://www.djivyla.com/home/).

Mark your calendar for Red Nose Dayon Thursday, May 24thto raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Our mission is to end child poverty – one red nose at a time. Get Your Nose On!  Donate HERE

Image result for selena movie posterYou can also head DTLA for the classic tragic tale of “Selena”at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, with live music from Selena tribute band Dreaming of You at 6:30pmand Food Truck favorites Canvas Food Truck, Goshen, Los Tamaleros, Not Your Mamas Kitchen, Oaxaca on Wheels, Phillyfornia, Roni Macaroni, Romolo’s Italian Kitchen, Spyros Gyros, Triple Threat Truck, Wise BBQ, Churro Stix, Drunken Cake Pops & more will be onsite.

Don’t stay home “Dazed & Confused” or you’ll miss a fun night with special guests Q&A, music and a movie. 

Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, that began with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time”on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” and “I, Tonya” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot”  on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th.

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April 4th, 2018 by Cherry
AN EVENING WITH BOB NEWHART: A “NEWHART” CELEBRATION
AT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA AND HULU


I grew up watching Bob Newhart and am beyond excited that he’s coming to the Paley Center on Thursday, April 26th to discuss his long career. In case you don’t know Mr. Newhart he is an Emmy and Grammy winning entertainer who’s humor has kept generation of fans laughing. The show I most loved was Newhart (1982-1990). I have fond memories of watching the series with my entire family (parents, younger siblings, grandparents, aunts, cousins) where we laughed AND water cooler talked before they even had a name for repeating TV show lines! The complete first season of Newhart is now available to stream on Hulu and if you have never seen the show get ready to laugh about a slice of life series. Newhart is set in a rural Vermont Inn where he’s an author who’s juggling being an innkeeper, marriage and zany neighbors in the great outdoors.

Image result for newhart showMr. Newhart will be joined by series cast members Julia Duffy and William Sanderson. Fans will also be able to watch iconic video from the series personally selected by Mr. Newhart from the Paley Archive which has the world’s largest publicly accessible archive of TV and radio programming. Tickets go on sale TODAY for Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members so if you are a fan I recommend buying tickets ASAP. This is a rare opportunity to hear him speak about his work in the television industry from a TV master of comedy that has influenced generations of comedic actors, writers and creators.

“When I started the Newhart project, I told myself I was going to employ the formula I found that worked with The Bob Newhart Show,” said Mr. Newhart.  “Surround yourself with absolutely the most gifted cast that is possible to assemble, and an incredible and supportive writing staff, and take all the credit yourself.  It worked both times.”

“Bob Newhart has entertained generations of television audiences and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Paley Center,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “This program is the perfect addition to our PaleyLive LA spring season and promises to be a memorable and entertaining look at one of television’s most beloved comedies.”

Tickets go on sale to Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members on April 4, 2018, at 12:00 pm PT; for Paley Center Individual Members on April 5, 2018, at 9:00 am PT; and to the general public on April 6, 2018, at 9:00 am PT. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets, please visit paleycenter.org

PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public.

 

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. 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 Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements 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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March 18th, 2018 by Aiyonna White

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:

“More tongue!”

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

Gross.

 

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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February 8th, 2018 by Aiyonna White

By Aiyonna White, Contributor

In honor of Black History Month, The Paley Center for Media has announced a panel discussion with prolific African-American creators in the industry. They Run the Show: 

African-American Creators and Producers in Conversation will be at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills February 13 at 7 pm. The panelists will discuss the adversary faced by African-Americans in the industry, the current state of the industry, and other topics.  

Here is the complete list of panelists:

Cheo Hodari Coker, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Luke Cage

Courtney A. Kemp, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Power

Janine Sherman Barrois, Executive 

Producer/Showrunner, Claws

Lee Daniels, Creator/Executive Producer, Empire and Star

Prentice Penny, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Insecure

Yvette Lee Bowser, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Dear White People

Moderator: Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight

The Paley Center never fails to impress. The panelists are outstanding and the shows are some of the best.  

This event is one of several in the Paley Center’s Black History Month Celebration, titled African-American Achievements in Television: A Black History Spotlight Presented by Citi. Tickets on sale here and on the Paley Center website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Paley Live:

PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public.

Leave a comment below about this Black History Month Paley Center Program and favorite TV shows/cast members. 

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January 29th, 2018 by Cherry

Attend the special world premier of the LEGO® DC SUPER HEROES: THE FLASH at The Paley Center for Media (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) on Saturday, February 10 at 12:00PM with free tickets for fans of all ages. This family friendly Saturday screening will have a film talent panel, signed posters and LEGO® Toys for All Kids (and maybe the kids at heart <guffaw>. Attendees will have the chance to hear a panel after the screening including James Arnold Taylor (voice of Flash), Troy Baker (Batman), Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman, Lois Lane), Phil LaMarr (Firestorm) and Eric Bauza (The Atom, B’dg, Jimmy Olsen) and executive producer Brandon Vietti, writers Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams before the release of the film on 2/13/18 on Digital HD; 3/13/18 on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD.

In LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash, Reverse-Flash manipulates the Speed Force to put The Flash into a time loop that forces him to relive the same day over and over again – with progressively disastrous results, including losing his powers and being fired by the Justice League. The Flash must find a way to restore time to its original path and finally apprehend his worst enemy before all is lost for The Flash … and the world! Along the route, The Flash encounters numerous new characters being introduced to the popular DC Super Heroes series, including The Atom; B’dg, a squirrel-esque Green Lantern; a pair of legendary super pets in Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Super-Dog, Batman and Superman’s faithful canine pals; as well as Aquaman’s trusted seahorse, Storm.

A limited number of free tickets are still available to the general public, and families are encouraged to come enjoy the film and festivities. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on February 10 must RSVP via email to LEGOFlashLA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

Barry Allen

2 tickets

BarryAllen@gmail.com

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email and this will sell out so RSVP so ASAP for your family or just yourself! Please do not submit more than one request.

Other voices featured in the film are provided by actors Kate Micucci (Zatanna), Doctor Fate (Kevin Michael Richardson), Nolan North (Superman, Killer Croc), Dwight Schultz (Reverse-Flash), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man, The Penguin), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Vanessa Marshall (Poison Ivy), Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Boomerang, Aquaman) and Jason Spisak (The Joker).

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and the LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Super Heroes: The Flash will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 13. WBHE will distribute the film on March 13, 2016 on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD.

 

Leave a comment below if you plan to attend and make sure you say hi! If you have any questions you want me to ask on the red carpet tweet me @cherry_LA 

 

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January 19th, 2018 by Cherry

I’m so excited that we are having a Batman: Gotham by Gaslight premier on February 5th at the Paley Center for Media. A limited number of tickets were available for fans but have all been requested. I plan to cover the red carpet and chat with VA/Director/Screenwriter so leave a comment below or tweet me @cherry_LA with #GothamByGaslight and any questions you have for the team behind this animated movie.

Confirmed to attend:

Jennifer Carpenter (voice of Selina Kyle)

Scott Paterson (Commissioner Gordon)

Yuri Lowenthal (Harvey Dent)

William Salyers (Hugo Strange)

Sam Liu (director)

Jim Krieg (screenwriter)

 

They had the world premier during the DC in DC 2018 event and now it’s Los Angeles’ turn! The screening will begin at 7:00 pm for the newest film in the DC Universe Movies series. It’s R rated for ‘some violence’ and anyone under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian). TICKETS to attend the Paley Center Screening are SOLD OUT.

 

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on February 5 must RSVP via email to SOLD OUT.

 

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

 

Bruce Wayne

2 tickets

DarkKnight@gmail.com

 

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email. Please do not submit more than one request.

 

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman enacts his own detective work – with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle – to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Witness a world in flames as the notorious serial killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight.

 

Acclaimed for his performance in Batman: Under The Red Hood, Bruce Greenwood (American Crime Story, Star Trek, iRobot) reprises his role as the voice of the Dark Knight in Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Limitless) makes her DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Selina Kyle. The voice cast also features Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Justice League Unlimited) as James Gordon, Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Merlin) as Alfred Pennyworth, Yuri Lowenthal (Batman Unlimited, Young Justice) as Harvey Dent, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) as Chief Bullock, William Salyers (Batman vs. Two-Face) as Hugo Strange, and Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Sister Leslie. The cast also includes notable voice actors Tara Strong, Bob Joles, David Forseth, Chris Cox, Lincoln Melcher and Kari Wuhrer.

 

Producer Sam Liu (Batman and Harley Quinn, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) also directs Batman: Gotham By Gaslight from a script by Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Alan Burnett is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are executive producers.

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight will be distributed February 6, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting January 23, 2018.

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January 12th, 2018 by Cherry

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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