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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 or download the Paley App at

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.
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October 14th, 2017 by Cherry
I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Cartoon Network burst into my life. The first all animated channel and it’s still going strong with new series and reboots of beloved favorites! If you are a fan of CN that this is the best holiday season EVER! The Paley Center in NYC and LA welcomes CN with an exhibition that has panels, screenings, fun experiences for kids and people who love the art form. See below details for schedule of panels with CN artists who created and worked on popular series. 


Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity

FREE Exhibit and Screenings
Los Angeles: October 14 to November 19, 2017

Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
New York: This exhibit ran at the Paley Center in New York: September 16 to October 8, 2017.

Twenty-five years ago, the way we enjoyed cartoons changed forever when Cartoon Network launched as the very first twenty-four-hour network dedicated to animation.

Join us at the Paley Center to celebrate twenty-five years of drawing on creativity! Visitors will experience the creative process from sketch to screen and beyond with an in-depth look at Steven Universe, enjoy special exhibits including stop-motion sets from Adventure Time, and have photo ops with sculptures from The Powerpuff Girls and Cartoon Network’s newest hit OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!

Let the celebration begin!

The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More information about visiting the Paley Center in Los Angeles.

The Paley Center for Media in New York
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019
More information about visiting the Paley Center in New York.

In Los Angeles:
Free Drop-In Animation Activities for Kids storyboard
Saturday, October 14, 2017; noon to 3:30 pm

You be the animator! Through arts and crafts projects from the Paley Education Department, children (ages 5-15) and families will have the opportunity to try out simple animation techniques and gain a better understanding of process behind some of their most beloved Cartoon Network programs.

Storyboarding (ages 5-7)
Using blank storyboard templates, children will be able to map out a scene of their own design. This activity will give children a chance to try their hand at drawing their favorite Cartoon Network characters and then using their creativity, imagination, and literacy skills to fill in the dialogue and action boxes for a complete scene.

Flip Books, Thaumatropes, and Phenakistoscopes (ages 8-15)
One of the best ways of understanding how animation comes to life is to do it yourself. Children will be given the opportunity to create their own simple animation toys like flip books, thaumatropes, and phenakistoscopes that show how small changes over multiple images make for exciting results!

Cartoon Network on the Big Screen
LA: Weekends, October 14 to November 19, 2017
Starting at 12:15 and 2:15 pm

NY: Weekends, September 16 to October 8, 2017

Join us in the theater to enjoy a taste of the Cartoon Network programming that is featured in the exhibit.

Cartoon Network Sampler: One hour screening of episodes featured in our exhibit including Ben 10, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!, and The Powerpuff Girls.

Steven Universe: One hour screening focusing on Steven Universe, including episodes, behind-the-scenes clips, music videos, other special Steven Universe content.


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Weekends: Oct. 14 to Nov. 19
12:15 pm & 2:15 pm

In Los Angeles:
Panel: Cartoon Network Presents: The Creator’s Journey
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 12:00 pm

Our Cartoon Network 25th Anniversary Celebration continues with a special free panel event, The Creator’s Journey. Join creators Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, and Julia Pott for a behind-the-scenes look at Cartoon Network’s hit series Steven Universe, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, and the upcoming Summer Camp Island.
In Person:
Rebecca Sugar, Creator, Steven Universe
Ian Jones-Quartey, Creator, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes
Julia Pott, Creator, Summer Camp Island
Moderator: Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire; Editor At Large, Variety

In New York:
Panel: Art of the Hero
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 11:00 am

Join creators and artists from Cartoon Network’s most heroic shows to talk about how they have the most epic jobs on the planet! Learn how they got into animation, what advice they have for young artists, and maybe a few secrets about your favorite heroes. In person: Ian Jones-Quartey (Creator, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!) and John Fang (Producer, Ben 10). FREE!


Fun Facts about Cartoon Network

An entire cable channel devoted to cartoons? Twenty-five years ago, the concept was revolutionary, yet here we are celebrating the anniversary of the October 1, 1992, launch of Cartoon Network, an industry titan that has played a crucial role in redefining children’s television, entertaining and inspiring generations of youths and animators. Like Samurai Jack, Cartoon Network has traveled far and wide in twenty-five years, finding a magical place to fulfill its destiny.

Initially, Cartoon Network provided its parent company, Turner Broadcasting, with a platform to leverage a formidable library of classic animation, including programming from Hanna-Barbera, MGM, UA, and Fleischer Studios—so, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo Where Are You!, Tom and Jerry, Popeye, and numerous other iconic shows. But the following year CN began offering original programming—The Moxy Show was first, followed by Space Ghost Coast to Coast (combining old and new footage) and an incubator initiative, spearheaded by John Kricfalusi and Fred Seibert, that produced such shows as Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls. In no time at all, Cartoon had demonstrated its commitment to experimentation and innovation, nurturing independent up-and-comers like Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and Van Partible.

Turner’s 1996 merger with Time Warner opened new doors, resulting in the arrival of animated adaptations of such Warner properties as Justice League, Teen Titans, Acquaman, and the many permutations of Batman. In 1997 Cartoon launched Sean Atkins and Jason DeMarco’s Toonami, a programming block showcasing action anime.

The list of successful CN shows over the last twenty-five years is way too long to present here, but just to whet your appetite: Adventure Time; Steven Universe; The Amazing World of Gumball; Ben 10; Ed, Edd, and Eddy; Samurai Jack; Grim & Evil; The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy; Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends; Regular Show; and, from 2003–05, three seasons of Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars—perhaps you’ve heard of some of them?

What do the next twenty-five years hold in store for Cartoon Network? “Everything ahead of us is totally unknown,” says Jake, Jr., in Adventure Time, one of CN’s most beloved shows. But like Old Tart Toter says in the same show, we’ll “still be here tomorrow to high five you yesterday.”

-David Bushman, Curator, Television
The Paley Center for Media

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July 16th, 2016 by Alexcea Matthews
By Alexcea Matthews 


Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 11.17.38 PMImpractical jokers unite! Starting next Thursday, July 21st-Saturday, July 23rd, truTV’s Impractical Jokers will be taking over San Diego alongside the much anticipated Comic Con International. Your very own Cherry LA
will be there to interview the cast, which includes all the Tenderloins: Sal, Joe, Murr, and Q, so don’t forget to add your questions to the comment section!

They’re kicking things off with a bang on Thursday, July 21st from 12-10pm by following up last year’s Museum of Impractical Jokers with the Hall of Impractical Jokers. For three days, Comic Con attendees can get up close and personal with some of the best jokes and artifacts from the show, while playing custom games like “Pin the Tail on the Ferret with Blackout Glasses” and pleasing their inner foodie with themed drinks and food. There will also be a live-streamed Q&A with the whole Tenderloin squad and CherryLA asking questions at 6:30pm. You don’t want to miss this madness at Dick’s Last Resort in San Diego’s Gaslamp district!


But the best is saved for last when on Saturday, July 23rd they move venues to The Park at Petco Park (Seventh Avenue and K Street) from 3:30-8pm for a block part of impractical size. While there, attendees can try their hands at some of the show’s most beloved dares and punishments like, “Pseudo Sumo” where participants can try out sumo wrestling, and “Rodeo Clown” for the brave souls wanting to ride a mechanical bull. With music from DJ Sid Vicious, and an autograph signing with the Jokers from 4-5pm, this is the place to be.



Saturday, July 23 from 3:00-8:30 p.m. PT at The Park at Petco Park 

On Saturday, July 23, join truTV and thousands of fans at the one-of-a-kind Block Party extravaganza celebrating all things Impractical Jokers. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen – unless, of course, you’re a New Yorker who grew up going to neighborhood block parties and street fairs – this massive block party will give fans a chance to get up close and personal with some of the show’s most exciting and iconic dares and punishments. Things like:


Pseudo Sumo: Trying their hand at sumo wrestling (Season 4; Episode 11)

Rodeo Clown: Riding a mechanical bull (Season 3; Episode 9)

Field of Screams: Navigating a corn maze with Benjamin the Cat (Season 3; Episode 3)

High Wire Hijinks: Walking a 20-foot tightrope (100th Episode Live Special)

There will be lots to do, including music from DJ Sid Vicious, food, an autograph signing with the Jokers from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and an exclusive sneak peek of a never-before-seen episode of Impractical Jokers starting at 8:00 p.m.


All activities are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Plus don’t miss the exclusive sneak peak of a never-before-seen episode of Impractical Jokers at 8pm!

This is not a weekend you want to miss, I mean that would just be impractical, a joke really. Ok, I’m done with the puns, for now…


New episodes from Impractical Jokers’ fifth season return on Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special hour-long episode that drops the four long-time friends in London for Impractical Jokers: British InvasionThe special will be followed by the series premiere of Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes at 11:00pm ET/PT which packs classic, fan-favorite episodes of the show with sharable pop-up facts throughout.


Let me know what to ask the guys when I talk to them at SDCC 2016 …..

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April 2nd, 2016 by Cherry

Who says TV isn’t about culture? Membership has it’s privileges with free tickets for Paley Members to attend the screening at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills). This is an opportunity to see some of the greatest actors that you aren’t available on YouTube.

April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s death. The Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles joins the international celebration of his life with a rare, once-in-a-lifetime chance for the public to see, on the big screen, six seminal Hallmark Hall of Fame Shakespeare programs, which are not commercially available nor on YouTube. Come celebrate the life and towering work of Shakespeare with the greats—Richard BurtonJudith AndersonRichard ChamberlainMaurice Evans— to name just a few … only at the Paley Center!

As a Paley Member, be our guest for one or all of the screenings. Not a Paley Member yet? Join today!

Screening on Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24


Free Admission.

Become a Member! Join us online or contact Membership at 310.786.1066.

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December 17th, 2015 by Cherry

HBO® and Brewery Ommegang to re-release first two beers in popular Game of Thrones® collaboration has the PERFECT gift for the GOT Fan and Ale/Stout Connoisseur! 

Brewery Ommegang & HBO show Game of Thrones - Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout

Brewery Ommegang & HBO show Game of Thrones – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout


It’s the rerelease of the first two brews in the collaboration series not seen since King Joffrey’s wicked reign! This is a great addition for anyone who wants to play the Game of Thrones aka who will rule the Seven Kingdom. Brewery Ommegang‘s beer finder will show retail and bar locations by zip code when the beers come to market.
The beers will be on draft and in single 750ml bottles and in a collectible gift pack featuring a bottle of each AND a commemorative Game of Thrones glass! Brewery Ommegang also can recommend the perfect food pairing. If you are in the Cooperstown, NY area make reservations for the Ommegang Cafe and take a tour of the brewery!
Iron Throne Blonde Ale has a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.
Take the Black Stout is deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.
This is a major treat since Iron Throne Blonde Ale was released in 2013 and brewed at only 25% of the volume of the most recent beer the Three-Eyed Raven, which hit stores this spring timed to Season 5 of the show. Bottle shops across the country sold out in days, while bars poured through kegs in hours. Take the Black Stout was brewed at twice the volume of Iron Throne and still sold out quickly. Fans who missed out on both of these popular brews, and those who can’t wait to try them again, will finally have a chance this fall.
“We had no idea what the reaction to a Game of Thrones beer would be when this all started,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “We were blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers and are very excited to give loyal fans another chance to enjoy them.”

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June 10th, 2015 by Cherry

Anyone planning to join me and eat their way across the country? I’m so excited to attend the Culinary Road Trip a Pop-Up dining experience from the great minds of Thrillist this weekend in Hollywood. Looking over the list of locations I’ve either lived or visited every region/city except for Portland! I think that my tastebuds will be flooded with memories from Geno’s Steaks in Philly (you HAVE to order with cheese whiz!) to Giordan’s in Chicago (my first experience with real Chi-Town deep dish – quite embarrassing really my friends and I were on spring break and ordered a pizza. It came to the table with nothing but tomato sauce and no cheese! I said to the waitress that we would like cheese with our pizza and she rolled her eyes and said ‘it’s CHICAGO style the cheese is on the bottom!’ tee hee so embarrassed ). So I can’t WAIT to try some old friends and make new taste memories!


Anyone want to join me for some taste memories this Saturday? Leave a note and let’s get our grub on!


A stomach-stuffing tour of America’s best eats from coast to coast
(Georgetown Cupcakes! Luke’s Lobster rolls! Black Seed Bagels!), all under one roof.
Siren Orange, Studios 1 & 2
1050 N. Orange Drive
Hollywood, CA
Because this “road trip” scores you half a dozen legendary foodstuffs
that you can’t get in LA from culinary masterminds across the country–
including deep-dish slices from Chicago’s Gino’s East,
fresh brews from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee, and more —
plus free giveaways, a few surprises, and more. | 568 Broadway | Suite 507 | New York, NY | 10012

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March 1st, 2015 by Cherry

Well I know how I want to spend my summer … it’s visiting NYC for a geek trip to explore the Hunger Games Exhibition with costumes, props and an interactive component that makes me want MORE from my girl Katniss! The exhibit is going to be at the Discovery Times Square and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot ticket so don’t delay! The exhibit opens this July so its major tourist season and it WILL sell out! Now if you weren’t able to get tickets for the 2015 San Diego Comic Con you can take solace with Katniss and the other tributes!

Now do you think you’d survive the Hunger Games? Or are you one of the fallen tributes?
Tickets to The Hunger Games: The Exhibition!




The Hunger Games: The Exhibition™ will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films.


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May 10th, 2014 by Cherry

If your on the East Coast buy tickets to attend the first event Vulture Festival from NYMag one of my favorite magazines!  It’s chuck full of all the things that I enjoy about NYMag a bit of snark, lots of wit, humor and interesting viewpoints from smart people!, New York magazine’s culture and entertainment site, presents the first-ever VULTURE FESTIVAL – a series of high-profile events celebrating the best of today’s television, music, film and more.  Join us May 10 -11 for a pop culture extravaganza!

The First Ever Vulture Festival

MAY 10-11

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A Pop Culture Extravaganza!

Vulture + New York magazine present the first-ever Vulture Festival, a pop culture extravaganza! Celebrating the best of today’s television, music, film and more, the Vulture Festival aims to bring the witty, in-depth, critical coverage found on the web to life with two jam-packed days of events. Join us May 10-11 for live performances, screenings, animated conversations and more with your favorite celebrities and Vulture editors.

More programming to be announced soon!

Saturday Schedule

Chelsea Artist Tour with Jerry Saltz
David Milch and Matt Zoller Seitz
Fort Tilden Screening & Stella Artois Reception
The Greatest Panel in Television Historyn
Animated Voices
The Art of Songwriting with Jason Robert Brown
M.I.A. + Solange Live in Concert

Sunday Schedule

Brunch with Rufus Wainwright
Vulture Book Club
Costume Designers Roundtable
Pop Culture Trivia Night
Comedy Night

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March 31st, 2014 by Cherry

Well I’m disappointed with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother since it was everything I didn’t expect or want … well I started to feel concerned with the infamous “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slapmarra” so offensive on many levels.  What I found offensive started with acting as if being Asian is a ‘costume’.  The director’s decision to have the ALL WHITE cast put on makeup to appear Asian AND have accents .  The refusal to cast ASIAN people for the episode (don’t get me started on the lack of diversity for a show in NEW YORK CITY).  The fact that NONE of the cast members brought up this is offensive and acted in the episode (really!!!! WTF I expected the final episode to have Black Face & KKK as a joke).  The episode infuriated me so much I couldn’t watch it but hoped it was an anomaly for the series.  Namely ignoring the diversity of not only NYC but Minnesota not that I can talk since I was a faithful fan (holding head down with shame) and watched it faithfully every week.  Yes I know Barney has a black brother and Robin’s nemesis is Filipino (????) but out of years and years that’s pretty much it other than the blips of POC chips that popped up in (I suspect) fan complaints over the lack of diversity.

Than the annoyance of the Barney & Robin wedding that took up FOUR damn episodes (WTF again) the show is HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER!!!  Not the Wedding from Hell that goes on WAY too long!  Since the producer/writers seemed to have run out of ideas for a few episodes I gave them a pass hoping that the finale would be a big kiss to us loyal fans but alas it was a sucker punch to the gullet.  I just thought the end was mean to Barney, mean to Robin (successful professional woman is of COURSE a spinster) and mean as HELL to the wife.  It made Ted a bit of a douche (five freaking years and two kids but still couldn’t seal the deal????) who pined away for his true love (sort of) but settled for his ‘second’ choice.

Part of the reason I was a fan of the show is that I’m a female Ted.  I’m looking for my true love.  The man who will make my toes curl, who makes me laugh, gets my odd humor, is so smart it’s intimidating, is a major geek and is the perfect person for me (he’s not perfect just perfect for ME).  I’ve been waiting for him all my life and nothing horrifies me more than to think that one day I’d find him and realize that he just ‘settled’ for me since the one he REALLY wanted didn’t want him.  It’s why I watched the show every week (even when it made me mad, wasn’t that funny and went on a little too long) because I wanted … NO expected the happy ending that I want for myself.  I thought it would be worth the wait to live vicariously through a romcom with a somewhat schlubby geeky guy who gets his geeky cute gal.

I know that real life isn’t like the RomComs that I love.  I know in real life that people fall in love with the wrong person, that people would rather be with anyone than be alone and that no matter how nice somebody is they don’t always find love (I worry I’m the poster child for that malady).  But when I watch a silly 30 minute comedy I do want a little happiness and I expect lots of laughter.

Am I the only one who didn’t get the series finale they wanted?  That instead we got the finale the producer/writer wanted that was supposed to be bittersweet but was instead just bitter.   Do you agree?  Please respond with a comment on the finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Geek you later …

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February 24th, 2014 by Cherry

I remember as a kid watching TV and not really seeing too many people of color.  When I say people of color I don’t just mean black people but any color beige, yellow, red, chocolate or pink instead they were just white.  I don’t think it bothered me since I just expected to only see white people.   What the heck I grew up in Iowa and the only POC I saw where my family, the two Mexican kids, 1 Jewish and one other black girl (she was an AWFUL bully) at my Catholic School.  Oh and some of the kids in my neighborhood but they never liked me very much.   Now I do remember Fat Albert who I could never understand his where he lived.  The way they spoke, looked and the area they lived didn’t look like my life but they were brown and that was enough for me to look at them.  It was never my favorite Saturday morning show that was School House Rock (I’m just a bill .. tee hee) and Land of the Lost (LOVED her monkey boy pet/friend)!  So I was very excited to hear that the New York Public Library is having an exhibit on Blacks in animation over 40 years.  I wish I could go to NYC to see this exhibit since I do remember a few of the less than PC images of blacks in media.  Song of the South always comes to mind since I saw the film as a child (can STILL sing ‘my oh my what a wonderful day’) and found it VERY amusing.  Of course ask a child I didn’t realize he was a slave and how racist it was I just thought it was a movie with cartoon bits that had a black person in it (very exciting).  I can’t help but think what other POC or LGBT think about their representation in media or well lack of representation.  Even today it seems as if alot of shows have the philosophy that if they have a black character they’ve hit the quota and all is good or they have a white male gay character (now that seems to replace having a black cast member) and that will satisfy the PC police.  Well that’s another blog of frustration that the powers that be in Hollywood refuse to make shows/movies that represent the diversity of our country and the world.

The New York Public Library is having an exhibit celebrating Black Characters in animation showing how they evolved from racial stereotypes to more realistic reflections of African Americans.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character RevolutionFrom 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.

Now through Saturday, June 14, 2014


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery (Map and directions)
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Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
(212) 491-2200


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