Freeform is kicking off Halloween with a free, socially distant experience in Los Angeles. Freeform Halloween Road is an outdoor event all behind the wheel of your car.
For the third year in a row, Freeform is creating an immersive event that will take fans on a thrilling journey through some of the most nostalgic Halloween movies, including “Hocus Pocus,” “Ghostbusters” and “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Freeform will fright and delight guests with themed surprises, interactive experiences, live entertainment, and exciting photo moments—all from the safety of their own vehicles. Guests can also look forward to additional themed environments from other “31 Nights of Halloween” films.
The FREE experience will take place at Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is open to the public from Friday, October 2, through Sunday, October 4. Reservations are required to attend. Subscribe HERE for reservations and event details.
Eager to relive one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories of the 1980s?
The 35th anniversary of the cult classic film The Goonies will be celebrated with exciting virtual events this year.
The celebration will kick off with fun activities that fans can do at home, safe in their personal Goondocks. On June 7th, the actual anniversary of the release of the film, there will be a series of virtual events including a Q&A with Adam Goldberg where he will discuss all of the rumors about Goonies II:Never Say Die. Also join in on the Worldwide Truffle Shuffle.
And finally, when it is safe to do so, please visit Astoria, Oregon the filming location of the movie, to live out your Goonies dreams as you see all the sights and participate in the One-Eyed Willy Treasure Hunt.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, there will be a special screening of the movie in 20 cities, followed by amazing, never-before-told stories about the making of the film by Paul Reubens!
The pre-sale starts tomorrow at 10AM local and on-sale is this Friday. Go to peewee.com now to see when it’ll be at a city near you!
Join Barnes & Noble – The Grove on November 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM as they host legendary actress and #1 New York Times international bestseller Julie Andrews to celebrate the release of Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.
With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films—Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.
Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Purchase of a ticket guarantees entrance to the event, but may not necessarily guarantee a seat at the event, as later arrivals may be placed in standing room only.
The event will include a Talk/Q&A with Julie Andrews and one copy of Home Work.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13th at 12:00 pm noon ET, and there are a few purchasing options.
Porter Square Books will be offering a limited number of deluxe tickets via a ticketing link that will be provided by email to their newsletter mailing list the day before tickets go on sale. The deluxe ticket package costs $65 total and includes entry to the event, a signed copy of The Institute, and a signed copy of Full Throttle.
The remainder of tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster will offer two options: a ticket that comes with a copy of The Institute, priced at $30, and a ticket that comes with a copy of Full Throttle, priced at $28. Tickets are subject to Ticketmaster’s fees. A limited quantity of signed books will be randomly distributed to standard ticket holders!
In order to buy a deluxe ticket from Porter Square Books, please make sure you’ve subscribed to their newsletter via this link. On Thursday, September 12, all newsletter subscribers will receive an email with a link to purchase up to 2 deluxe tickets. The link will go live on Friday, September 13th at noon, so be ready to purchase then.
Apple today sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch three new iPhones, including two “Pro” models to replace the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The Pro models are said to feature a new and improved camera and video recording features. Apple could also give final details and pricing for its streaming TV service, Apple TV+.
As with past events, Apple will stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV.
What happens when Kevin Smith, Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage walk into a Hollywood Production office in the mid-90’s?
Well, eventually nothing, but not for lack of trying and one of the most off-beat superhero screenplays ever written!
Superman Lives is based loosely on the Death and Return of Superman storyline in which Brainiac employs the services of Doomsday to bring about the Man of Steel’s demise.Featuring the witty banter we’ve come to expect from Kevin Smith, this table read promises to be more entertaining than Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman and Justice League combined!
Cast and Crew
Adam Marcus – Director/Narrator Gib Gerard – Superman/Clark Kent Tracy Drolet – Lois Lane Curtis Fortier – Jimmy Olsen Scott Koblish – Brainiac Bob Arce – L-Ron Nigel Lawes – Lex Luthor Sassan Safari – The Eradicator Will Dixon – Batman, Jor-El, Perry White Debra Sullivan – Cat Grant, Governor Caitlin Bree, Alien #1, Misty, Woman Rafael Navarro – Host, Shuster, Council Voice, Delegate #1, Engineer, Police #1 Dan Wickline – Alien #2, V.O., Boy (Brodie — Governor’s son), Deadshot, General Darris, Chief (Fire Chief) Chris Saunders – Music and Sound effects Mike Wellman – banished to the Phantom Zone
Brought to you by the fine folks at Skeleton Crew Productions (Secret Santa) and Cattywampus Productions (12 Sided Die) and featuring a spectacular cast of actors and amazing sound design by Thirsty Crowes Chris Saunders.This event is free for everyone and the first 100 people will get an exclusive Superman Lives! poster by artist Ralph Miranda.
The Comic Bug Manhattan Beach is located at 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, California. Call 310-372-6704 for further information.
Apple today sent out media invites for another special event on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
It’s widely expected that Apple will announce new iPad Pro models and Mac hardware at this event, as has been the trend in the past toward keeping the company’s September event focused on the iPhone.
The tagline on the invites for this event is “There’s more in the making,” and Apple’s new event page actually lists a whole collection of different stylized Apple logos, with a new one appearing each time you load the page.
Yesterday, my wife and I were invited to attend a 49 Boxes event at the Brookledge Theater in Hancock Park as guests of the event creator’s Michael Borys and Alex Lieu.
Alex Lieu & Michael Borys
Borys is a magician member of The Magic Castle who has been working with Lieu for over 20 years on games, marketing campaigns and immersive experiences for the biggest companies in the world. They’ve won Webby, Clio, One show and Canne Lion awards (and others) for their incredible work.
55 visitors arrived at the Larsen residence (Bill Larsen Sr. was the original proprietor of the famed Magic Castle). Not knowing what would happen next, we entered the intimate theater with excitement and trepidation. The group was immediately transported back in time to an age of victrolas, vintage radios, and leather suitcases with travel stickers. The air was thick with mystery and history.
On their website the premise of The 49 Boxes is described as follows:
The 49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience where audiences interact with incredible artifacts to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century…
But it’s so much more than that.
The audience is told that the magician Floyd G. Thayer left behind a large box, sealed with 19 unusual locks. The guests have about 90 minutes to figure out how to acquire keys to open the locks and are promised an amazing surprise at the end if they complete the task.
Groups of guests sit at various tables with an array of strange boxes that contain instructive letters from Thayer and artifacts that can be used to solve puzzles. The group must work as a team to determine the solution. Our table had to do some code breaking, use an abacus in an usual way, and hook up a detonator to a special box to reveal the contents inside. At one point we had to look through a special ocular apparatus to uncover hidden messages. Some clues were right in front of us. Other times we had to engage with different guests to see if they had the necessary object or approach the stage to request special items.
The shared experience is in the vein of an escape room but instead of trying to escape, the goal is more about teams collaborating in a very unique and fun way to solve a series of puzzles for the ultimate payoff.
It’s part Vaudeville, Rube Goldberg, Rubiks Cube, and pure magic!
Strangers become friends, unknown talents are tapped into, and cheering ensues when a team successfully unlocks their lock. In Survivor like fashion alpha individuals take over, barking orders while other teams employ friendly delegation techniques. The room is filled with frenzied commands and gasps at “aha” moments. Yes, there will be some stumbling blocks and good natured confusion. Fortunately there are plenty of helpers available to assist to keep the momentum going.
One after another, keys are found, locks are unlocked as the anticipation builds to what could possibly be inside? Like any good magic trick, I’m not going to spoil that answer and you will have to find out for yourself. I will say that it’s worth it!
Bring a date, grab your closest friends, take your parents, set up an ice breaker session for your workmates and buy a ticket to the 49 Boxes quickly as the events sell out in a flash. We can’t wait to return, be dispatched to a bygone era and do it again!