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Sew/Cute – A Two Person Art Show Featuring Jerrod Maruyama & Oh Sew Nerdy To Open At Gallery 1988 On March 23

Jerrod Maruyama has teamed up with Oh Sew Nerdy for his very first Two-Person art show opening at Gallery 1988 March 23rd! The opening reception will take place on Friday March 23rd from 7:00 -9:00 PM. Both artists will be at the gallery that night to kick off this super-fun exhibition.

Jerrod has been waiting a long time to showcase some exciting properties such as The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters and Stranger Things.

There will be a very limited number of prints available for each image and framed pieces will also be available for purchase. Plus there will be a giveaway with each purchase to the first few customers on opening night!

Oh Sew Nerdy will be bringing his unique combination of cross-stitch and pop culture goodness. He’s got a bunch of one-of-a-kind pieces that are just so clever and ready to hang!

The show will be on display in the gallery through April 14th.

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The 2018 L.A. Times Festival of Books Will Feature Diana Gabaldon, Junot Diaz, Patton Oswalt, Joyce Carol Oates & Hundreds More

Today the L.A. Times announces the lineup for the 23rd annual Festival of Books. Featured authors include Junot Diaz, Walter Mosley, Gabrielle Union, Patton Oswalt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Jorge Ramos, John Scalzi, Tayari Jones, Lawrence Wright, Rick Riordan, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Dennis Lehane, Janet Mock, Kate DiCamillo, Reza Aslan, Dave Eggers and, for the first time, Diana Gabaldon.

But that’s only scratching the surface. More than 400 authors, illustrators, performers and new media creators will participate in the two-day festival April 21-22. See the complete schedule HERE.

Gabaldon, author of the “Outlander” series, will be there on Saturday, her first appearance at the Festival of Books.

Although Eggers and Diaz are known for their literary fiction for adults, both are coming to Los Angeles to present their books for children; Diaz’ is “Islandborn” and Eggers’, “The Lifters.”

Riordan, famous for his own kids book series, will come to the festival with an author he is publishing with his imprint at Disney: Roshani Chokshi, who is launching her new Pandava adventure series.

Some favorite young adult authors coming to the festival include Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Nic Stone, Marie Lu, Maureen Johnson, Gloria Chao, Robin Benway, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

L.A. Times critcs at large Nguyen and Alexander Chee will be in conversation (Chee’s upcoming book is the memoir “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel”); critic at large Rebecca Carroll will interview novelist Jones, Oprah’s latest pick for her book club; and critic at large Scalzi, whose upcoming novel is “Head On,” will be in conversation with actor and writer Wil Wheaton.

Discussions of politics, activism and America in the age of President Trump will include Sarah Kendzior, David Cay Johnston, co-authors David Corn and Michael Isikoff, broadcaster Ramos, activists Paola Mendoza and Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, all of whom have new books.

Also talking about their books are actors Union, Vivica A. Fox, Ed Asner, Jenna Fischer, Mike Epps and Leslie Odom Jr. Valerie Bertinelli will appear on the cooking stage for her new cookbook.

Musician Viv Albertine of the Slits will join a discussion about women changing culture; chef Edward Lee will be discussing America and food; Erwin Chemerinsky discusses our endangered Constitution; Justina Blakeney will talk about bohemian home design; Tim O’Reilly talks about business innovation; Antonio Damasio will talk about writing about big science ideas; Caitlin Doughty tells us what we should know about death and Geoff Dyer will talk about photography and narrative.

Mystery writers who will participate include Mosley, Lehane, Attica Locke, T. Jefferson Parker, Ryan Gattis, Joe Ide, Lee Goldberg, Stuart Woods, Naomi Hirahara and Ivy Pochoda.

Other writers coming to the festival include novelists Jenny Zhang, Edan Lepucki, Luis Alberto Urrea, Leni Zumas, Claire Messud, Victor La Valle, Madeline Miller and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi; popular historians Mark Bowden and Yunte Huang; poets David St. John and Carol Muske-Dukes, graphic novelist Mimi Pond and hundreds more.

The event takes place on the campus of USC, where entrance is free. Presale passes, which include entry to ticketed events, are available for sale beginning today; on April 15, individual event tickets will go on sale.

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Apple Announces WWDC 2018

Apple has officially announced details for its 29th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held from June 4 – 8, 2018, once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. 

Registration has already opened today and the opportunity to purchase tickets will once again be offered by random selection, and only those who are members of the Apple Developer Program as of today will be eligible to register for the conference, and registration will close on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Apple will hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4, where we will get our first glimpse at new software products and perhaps some new hardware. Rumors suggest Apple could use the event to introduce new lower-cost MacBook Air models and refreshed iPad Pro models equipped with Face ID. 

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Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs, Rebel Wilson & Jane Krakowski Lead All-Star Cast In Disney’s Beauty And The Beast In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl Performed With Orchestra Live-To-Film Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26

The animated classic Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be given new life for two special evenings at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, where Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs, Rebel Wilson, Jane Krakowski, and Anthony Evans headline an all-star cast of performers singing the songs from the Oscar and Grammy-winning score as the film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full live orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 at 10:00AM Pacific HERE.

The singing cast includes Zooey Deschanel as Belle, Kelsey Grammer performing “Be Our Guest” as Lumiere, Taye Diggs singing as Gaston, Rebel Wilson singing the role of LeFou, Jane Krakowski performing the title song as Mrs. Potts, and Anthony Evans as Beast singing “Evermore” written for the live-action version of the film.

Enhancing the evening will be breathtaking living scenery projected onto the façade of the iconic Hollywood Bowl, making the event more immersive. This special family event will also include a costume contest, unique photo opportunities, and other surprises.

“Performing ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ one of my favorite movies growing up, in a special concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl is a dream come true,” said Zooey Deschanel.  “I am looking forward to what I’m sure will be a magical event.”

“I love this film, I love Alan Menken and I loved Jerry Orbach—the title song, as sung by Angela Lansbury, makes me cry to this day,” said Kelsey Grammer. “Walking in the footsteps of such a brilliant cast is an honor; and as for singing the music of the incomparable Alan Menken—it goes without saying.”

“I’ve been a fan of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ both as a parent as well as a Disney animation supporter,” said Taye Diggs. “I’ve seen the Broadway production more than once and have harbored jealousy of every actor who has ever played Gaston every time I’ve been in that theater. I’m giddy with excitement at the opportunity to finally sing the role. To be able to do this while staying in LA and at the famed Hollywood Bowl only sweetens the pot. I’m hyped and oh so grateful.”

“I’m so stoked to be playing the role of LeFou for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl this May,” said Rebel Wilson. “I’m hugely looking forward to meeting Taye and the rest of the cast and to meeting all you lucky folks who get to come to this special live event! Anywhere where you can bring a picnic AND be incredibly entertained is a superb night out. Until then I will be mentally preparing for the role in France by eating croissants.”

“This cast is nothing less than enchanting,” said concert director Richard Kraft, who previously helmed live-to-film events at the Hollywood Bowl such as Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “La La Land,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Kraft explains, “Like our celebration of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, we are mixing film, live music, singers, dancers, digital projections, effects, and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that can only be experienced live. Our creative mantra for this show has been: ‘We want our audience to be our guests. We have filled up the event course by course, one by one, ’til they shout, enough I’m done!’ “

“The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl was an amazing and unforgettable event,” said Alan Menken. “Now ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Bowl is coming, with an extraordinary cast and a world class orchestra. I am beyond excited to be a part of what will be another fantastic evening.”

Conductor Michael Kosarin will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture, including beloved musical numbers “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and “Belle.” 

The show will also feature several special guest artists, including 16-year old pianist Emily Bear performing the 1948 Disney short “Bumble Boogie” live-to-film, and a featured performance by violin soloist Sandy Cameron and cello sensation Tina Guo.

Music supervisors for the show are Julia Michels & Julianne Jordan. Choreography is by Mark “Swany” Swanhart. Robert J. Ulrich, Carol Kritzer, and Alex Newman are the casting directors. Scenic design is by DeAnne Millais, with wardrobe by Linda Muggeridge.

The concert is produced by Laura Engel & Richard Kraft, Tim Fox & Alison Ahart Williams, and Live Nation/Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, in association with Disney Concerts, the team that presented the 2016 highly-acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl,  starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson, as well as Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara. Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is executive producing the event.

Doors will open at 6:45 PM with a costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8:15 PM.

Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. 

“Beauty and the Beast” was nominated for six Academy Awards® and was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture. It went on to win two Oscars, including best song, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and best original score (Menken), as well as a Golden Globe Award® for best comedy/musical.

“Beauty and the Beast” was Disney’s first animated film adapted into a Broadway musical, which ran for 5,464 performances from 1994-2007 and has delighted more than 35 million people worldwide. On March 17, 2017, audiences experienced the retelling of the original tale through Disney’s live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken’s music score. “Beauty and the Beast” was one of the top grossing films of 2017 earning over $1.26 billion worldwide.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl is produced under license by Disney Concerts. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir.  Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum, and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, are currently in development.  

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Mark Hamill Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Today, Mark Hamill was honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre with special guests Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran and R2-D2.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 13 and Blu-ray on March 27.


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Mark Hamill To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame On March 8, 2018

Mark Hamill is taking his first steps…onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The iconic actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga — and whose incredible body of works spans movies, TV, theatre, video games, and voice-over — will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be dedicated on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. PT. in the category of Motion Pictures, in a special ceremony at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre. Joining master of ceremonies and president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be two of Hamill’s friends from his time in a galaxy far, far away: Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

“Star Wars fans will be over the moon that hearing their idol Mark Hamill is going to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “We are proud to add this extraordinary actor on our historic Walk of Fame.” Fans can watch the event on

Born in Oakland, California, Hamill was discovered in a workshop musical comedy called Anthems in E-Flat Calliope the summer before becoming a theatre arts major at Los Angeles City College. For six years, he made guest appearances on multiple TV series and television movies, including a stint on General Hospital and a starring role on The Texas Wheelers.

Next came his big screen debut: 1977’s Star Wars, and the role of Luke Skywalker, which made him a legend. Hamill reprised the part in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and again in the highly-anticipated sequels The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), for which he garnered great critical praise. In a lengthy discussion on his birthday last year, spoke with Hamill about his Star Wars journey, from acting with longtime hero Alec Guinness to what being part of Star Wars means to him today.

In addition to the Star Wars saga, Hamill’s many film credits include Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and last year’s Brigsby Bear. Hamill also directed and starred in the cult mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie.

A gifted voice actor, Hamill has performed across mediums. For a generation of Batman fans, he is the Joker thanks to his turn in the revolutionary Batman: The Animated Series. He reprised the role for the Arkham Asylum video game series (for which he received a BAFTA Award), the 2016 animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, and the new series Justice League Action — in which he also, in a bit of comically meta storytelling, played himself, the Joker, and the Trickster in the same scene. 

Recently, Hamill also returned as the Trickster on CW’s live-action The Flash, a role he first played in the original CBS series. On Broadway, Hamill’s credits include The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Michael Stewart’s Harrigan n’ Hart, The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and the Roundabout Theatre production of Room Service.

Hamill will receive his star as Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Digital on March 13 and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27.

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Barnes & Noble At The Grove Announces Sebastian Maniscalco “Stay Hungry” Book Signing On March 13, 2018

Meet  stand-up comedian, actor, and podcast host, Sebastian Maniscalco Tuesday March 13 at Barnes and Noble at The Grove at 7pm when he joins us to celebrate his new book, “Stay Hungry”

This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian’s career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day you’ll make it.

Wristbands will be issued starting at 9AM on the day of the event with purchase of feature title from this Barnes & Noble.

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Craig Drake Solo Show IV Opens At Hero Complex Gallery On January 12, 2018

Hero Complex Gallery is thrilled to have Craig Drake joining them from Japan on Friday, January 12th for his fourth Solo with HCG. Hero Complex Gallery doesn’t usually preview very much of Craig’s solo artwork before doors open, so you’ll have to come to the show to see everything that he has created, but there are a few teases below.

You can expect to see original paintings, original sketches, foils, metals, metallic ink goodness, custom Craig Drake poster tubes, other odds and ends, free giveaway prints and stickers! Craig will be signing opening night, so please bring any artwork you have of his to get signed!

The show will open at 7PM at:

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd.
Studio D
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Online sales will start between approximately 10-11am Pacific time, Saturday, January 13rd, HERE.

Iron Giant print by Craig Drake

Fifth Element print by Craig Drake

One of the free Gizmo stickers that will be given out on opening night

One of the free Fifth Element stickers that will be given out on opening night

One of the free Daenerys prints that will be given out on opening night

One of the free Star Wars prints that will be given out on opening night

Image credit i09: LINK

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Watch The New Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Trailer

A new trailer for Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s next animated feature, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, has arrived online!

An adaptation of the popular 1989 tale that introduced the Victorian Era Dark Knight who was in pursuit of Jack the Ripper, the original comic was written by Brian Augustyn and drawn by Mike Mignola of Hellboy fame. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is largely considered to be the very first “Elseworlds” tale. At 48 pages, the original comic is relatively slim, meaning the movie version will offer an expanded version of the story, something that’s sure to delight fans of its cobblestone-paved world.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight will by followed by Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the first Suicide Squad movie set within the DC Universe Original Movies’ shared continuity.  Rounding out the 2018 releases will be Death of Superman, the first part of the two-parter. Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.

Finally, in early 2019, look for Reign of the Supermen, the second part of the two-part adaptation. We’ll be seeing the rise of the Superman alternates that took his place during the year after his death, including Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton. This part of the Death and Return of Superman was greatly simplified in Doomsday, which instead featured a single alternate Superman rather than the four we saw in the comics.

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Father Daughter Dance Short Film Co-Written By Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier Playing At The San Pedro International Film Festival

“Father-Daughter Dance,” a short film co-written be Mark Jude Poirier and Owen King, will be playing at the San Pedro International Film Festival at 3PM on October 8th. It stars Robert Anthony Peters (The Pursuit of Happyness), Jennifer Lafleur (Big Little Lies), and Jerry Rocha (The Gentleman Jerry Rocha).

A short description of the film is as follows:

Because of his wife’s newfound religion and his daughter’s recent ascent into teen-dom, Lee feels like an interloper in his own life.

More information about the festival and tickets can be found HERE. If you love film and want to support this local San Pedro event, please make an effort to come. I’ll see you there!

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