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Funko Announces Special VIP Event On November 7 To Celebrate The Arrival of Their Brand New Hollywood Location

Funko’s pop culture themed vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories are ubiquitous. I’m sure many readers of this blog might own a bunch of their fun products. Our house is filled with them and our daughter, Eliana was actually a Funko Fanatic of the Week.

We have visited the incredible Funko store in Everett, Washington and were thrilled to hear that a second store location was opening in Hollywood this year. Funko will celebrate the arrival of this brand new location with a special event taking place on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. 

Guests attending the VIP preview event will get a first look at the 40,000 square-foot store featuring life-size Funko figures, a toy version of the Batmobile, and a custom POP! factory. Funko Hollywood isn’t your typical brick-and-mortar retail location, but rather an immersive experience with an awe-inducing array of pop-culture themed “worlds” and highly shareable social media moments. 

The Funko Hollywood store will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, November 18, 2019. Funko plans to celebrate with a special Grand Opening event. The store will be located at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Funko Hollywood’s Grand Opening event will kick off at 10:00AM on November 18. There is no cost to enter, but entry will be subject to availability. Those interested in attending will be able to pre-register online. There will also be a standby line onsite for those who are unable to pre-register, but still hope to attend. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks through Funko’s social channels.

The Hollywood store will be the second brick-and-mortar retail location for Funko. The company’s first and original store, located at its headquarters in Everett, Washington, has already become a destination for pop culture enthusiasts and more. The Hollywood location will be brimming with highly shareable social media moments, including life-size Funko statues and immersive “sets” inspired by some of the biggest pop culture fandoms.

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The Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing To Be Recreated At Hollywood And Vine On September 26

The city of Los Angeles will close down Vine St. at Hollywood Blvd. from 1-3:30 on Sept. 26 to recreate the Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing.

That and other ceremonial festivities will take place adjacent to Hollywood’s famed Capitol Records tower the day before the release of “Abbey Road: Anniversary Edition,” a 50th anniversary box set including a newly remixed version of the album and previously unreleased outtakes from the 1969 sessions.

The crosswalk will be recreated with a non-slip heavy vinyl recreation of Abbey Road’s zebra crossing laid down over the existing Vine St. crosswalk, with an 8-foot tall double-sided backdrop of 4 panels (two per side) showing the ‘Abbey Road’ cover art photo without the Beatles in the image. There will be four Abbey Road zebra crossing + backdrop areas (two areas per side) for fans to take photos and videos.

Sir Patrick Stewart will provide the celebrity presence at the occasion, joined by L.A. city councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Board of Public Works President Kevin James. Other attractions beyond the photo op will include a Beatles pop-up shop curated by Amoeba Music, food trucks, “Abbey Road” cupcakes and an unspecified “free, exclusive, commemorative takeaway item,” while supplies last.

The temporary crosswalk unveiling and a dedication for a permanent new City of Los Angeles sign at the Capitol tower will take place from 1-1:15, with the rest of the festivities going on till 3:30. The celebration takes place on the actual 50th anniversary date for the release of “Abbey Road”.

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Funko Plans To Open Giant Toy Store In Hollywood In 2019

Funko, the ubiquitous pop-culture toy maker has plans to open up a nearly 40,000-square-foot store in Los Angeles later this year.

“So many people are looking for an experience when they shop — not just buying things,” Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told CNN Business in an interview. “This is retail times pop culture.”

Funko CEO Brian Mariotti

Funko is known for its vinyl figures that are based on popular movie, TV and comic book characters. It also reproduces real life athletes. The company has licenses with most big studios, including Disney (DIS) for its Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars characters, Warner Bros. for the DC Comics and Harry Potter franchises as well as Pokémon.

The LA store will be located on Hollywood Boulevard, not far from the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. It will neighbor a Shake Shack and SoulCycle — in other words, trendy. Mariotti said the company is targeting both tourists and local residents.

Funko already runs a retail outlet at its corporate headquarters in Everett, Washington. Mariotti said that when the company opened that store up, he thought it would be a hit with pop culture enthusiasts and Funko employees. The store wound up exceeding those expectations.

Mariotti said moms with young kids are big fans. Many customers are repeat visitors, too. That proved to Funko that it might be a good idea to set up shops in cities that could attract a mix of local fans and enthusiasts willing to travel to the store.

The new Hollywood location will let customers pose with life-size Funko figures and sit in a toy version of the Batmobile, he said.

He added that the company was still working with the building developer and local officials in Los Angeles, so the store won’t be ready for a while. But he hopes to open it in time for Halloween. Parts of the store are being built in Washington and shipped down to California.

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Seven Most Tragic On-Set Accidents In Hollywood

Hollywood is known for its glamorous escapism, taking the audience away from the mundane routine of everyday living into a world of adventure and imagination. At the same time, there is a real side to Hollywood, depicted by the toil and sweat put into it by people laboring for hours both behind and in front of the camera. Injuries and accidents are a natural part of this process. Unfortunately, many a times, these accidents can be fatal, and can even involve serious litigation. Here are seven tragic accidents that occurred during the filming of some of the most memorable Hollywood movies.

1. Midnight Rider (Unreleased)

Based on the eventful life of rock and roll star Gregg Allman, Midnight Rider was all set to become a major hit. What was to be a seriously bad omen for the film, a tragic accident took place when shooting began on the first day. The director was shooting a scene on a railroad track on location with several actors and technicians. When a CSX train appeared on the tracks, the lookout issued a warning to the crew to get away from the tracks. Sarah Jones, one of the camera assistants, was unable to move in time and was hit by the incoming train. She lost her life in the accident. Fortunately, the executive producer and assistant director were charged with criminal trespass. The attorneys for the Jones family and Allan eventually reached an out of court settlement. This was a surprising settlement since in most cases involving railway crossing accidents, the railway firm is found guilty. In a railway crossing accident that occurred in 2008, railway law firm Pottroff & Karlin were able to secure a verdict against BNSF due to whose negligence four people were killed while crossing a railroad track in Anoka, Minnesota.

2. Gone in 60 Seconds 2 (Unreleased)

This is an extremely tragic accident that resulted in the untimely death of a promising Hollywood action director. A sequel to the 1974 hit Gone in 60 Seconds was under production in 1989 and director H.B. Halicki was at the top of his game at the time. Known for his jaw-dropping way of filming car stunts, Halicki had planned a number of thrilling car crashes for the sequel. While shooting one such scene, a cable snapped causing the tower it was holding up to crash onto a telephone pole. The said pole then fell on the director causing his death.

3. The Maze Runner (Unreleased)

While shooting for the third instalment in the Maze Runner franchise, an unfortunate accident put at risk the career of its promising lead Dylan O’Brien. The young lad showed immense promise as a future Hollywood lead when he won hearts in Teen Wolf. However, while performing a stunt involving a jump from the roof of a car to another, the young actor suffered an injury, causing the shoot and release to be postponed for some weeks. On discovering that the injury was more severe than initially thought, the release was pushed back by a year. The movie is expected to release in January 2018.

4. The Twilight Zone (1983)

The Twilight Zone is a landmark 1983 movie that became more famous for a morbid and fatal accident that occurred while filming. While executing an action sequence that required an explosion setting off under a helicopter in flight. As the helicopter was flying too low, it was heavily impacted by the shock of the explosion and veered off course. Its blades hit two actors resulting in decapitation of their heads. A third actor died after being crushed under the landing gear of the helicopter. As a result of this accident, several Hollywood producers avoided using helicopters for stunts in their movies.

5. Top Gun (1986)

The 1986 classic Top Gun is widely known for putting Tom Cruise on the map as one of Hollywood’s best leading men. However, little is known about a fatal accident during the shooting of the movie that took the life of a promising stunt artist, Art Scholl. On the day of the accident, Scholl was aboard a Pitts S-2 plane to capture aerial shots from an altitude. After executing a successful flat spin with his craft, he became unable to return to a safe altitude. Eventually, Scholl plunged with his plane into the sea, resulting in his death. His body was never found.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

This accident relates to the unfortunate loss of an able stunt artist named Conway Wickliffe. Wickliffe was an upcoming and well-known stunt artist in Hollywood having worked on numerous successful films such as Die Another Day and Batman Begins. While preparing for a stunt scene in the 2008 release The Dark Knight, the one where The Joker destroys the Batmobile with a rocket launcher, Wickliffe was riding in a car going at 20 miles to the hour when the driver missed a 90-degree turn, slamming the car into a tree. Wickliffe suffered extreme trauma to the head and died instantly.

7. The Expendables 2 (2012)

The successful 2012 revenge drama The Expendables 2 had a lot riding on it thanks to the immensely successful prequel. Sylvester Stallone had roped in famed director Simon West who had previously directed Con Air among other successful movies. While shooting a scene involving an explosion, two stunt artists named Kun Liu and Nuo Sun were badly injured. While Sun survived his injuries and recovered completely, Liu succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Tragedies like these simply go to show that life can be very unpredictable, even on a Hollywood film set. The make-believe world of Hollywood can be equally gritty and real as real life itself. Loss of human life is tragic and people working in Hollywood have witnessed such incidents at close range. At times these incidents are hidden from media glare, but at others they become fodder for relentless media scrutiny, especially when these incidents become legal cases. Thus, it is important to be aware of the sacrifices and loss that goes into completing a grand feature film.

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Black Rabbit Rose
1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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Batman v Superman Batmobile To Be On Display At The Warner Bros. Studio Tour In Hollywood, California

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Warner Bros. recently announced that the new Batman v Superman Batmobile will be on display at their Studio Tour in Hollywood, California, and now they’ve revealed a video of the vehicle’s arrival for display. The Batmobile will be on display from September 4 until the end of the year.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.

Directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, the film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016.

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