Monthly Archives: March 2015

Los Angeles Film Festive 2015The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced last week the launch of the second annual Funny Or Die Make ’em LAFF contest, an internet talent search to discover content creators of color and underrepresented voices who specialize in comedy. Last year’s winner Suzi Yoonessi’s Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High was selected from over 300 submissions.

“We are so thrilled to work with Funny Or Die again,” said Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  “Our mission of discovering diverse talent gets amplified through their reach.”

Submissions are now open until May 8, 2015. This year’s jury will be comprised of Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell and comedians Jason Mantzoukas (Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation), Beth Stelling (@midnight, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Ron Funches (Kroll Show, Undateable)

The Los Angeles Film Festival and Funny Or Die invite content creators and comedians from underrepresented communities (i.e. artists of color, women and/or LGBT) to submit videos of under five minutes in length showcasing their diverse, unique and authentic comedic voices. Short films, webisodes, animation and music videos are welcome. Visit the Make ’em LAFF page on the Funny Or Die website for full competition details. The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2015.

10 short-listed videos will be announced and streamed on the Funny Or Die website on May 15, 2015. From those 10 short-listed films, Funny Or Die and Los Angeles Film Festival Curator Elvis Mitchell will select three finalists to screen their films in conjunction with a live comedy show during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 10-18 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles. The winner will be announced live at the Make ’em LAFF showcase at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The winner will also meet with a Funny Or Die producer where they’ll pitch ideas for their next comedy video and once Funny Or Die approves a concept, we will co-produce the video and have it distributed on Funny Or Die.

Passes to the Los Angeles Film Festival go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 21. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 5. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 19.


The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema.  The Festival provides the movie-loving public with one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film Nights at The GRAMMY Museum ®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, Coffee Talks, LA Muse and more. The Festival also screens short films created by high school students and a special section devoted to music videos. The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times. The Official Host Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Platinum Sponsors include Jaeger Le-Coultre, American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and EFILM. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Sauza 901 Tequila is the official spirit sponsor. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency. More information can be found at

In full swing, the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Film Festival is bringing History in Hollywood to one of the largest gatherings of film fans. The TCM Film Festival runs this weekend from March 26 to 29 in Hollywood.

The theme of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival is History According to Hollywood. The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world.

Ben Mankiewicz and Genevieve McGillicuddy

Ben Mankiewicz and Genevieve McGillicuddy

On Wednesday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz, TCM General Manager Jennifer Dorian, Senior Vice President of Programming Charles Tabesh, and Managing Director Genevieve McGillicuddy talked about the success of the film festival. They discussed, talked about how the film festival has become a gathering of film fans from across the nation. While TCM, the channel, presents the classics of Hollywood in subscriber homes, the Film Festival brings the classic to the big screen where they were meant to be seen.

One special event to look forward to includes the 50th anniversary, restored screening of The Sound of Music, including an appearance by leads Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Spike Lee will introduce a screening of his movie, Malcolm X. Ann Margaret will be on hand for a one-on-one discussion about her career.

In case you want to see where the magic happened, Starline Tours has put together a 3-hour tour of Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Los Feliz/Silverlake area for the TCM Movie Locations Tour. The Geek Lab will cover this tour in the near future.

Don’t miss out this unique opportunity to travel to Hollywood’s past.

MUL_20140713_5214-EditThursday, March 26 at 5:00 PM / Honda Center, Anaheim**

The Honda Center will be packed with a web-full of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man characters, one of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, as the call to action has been sent out to all Southland/Orange County Marvel fans to gather on Thursday March 26 to celebrate the much-anticipated Southern California Opening Night Premiere for the all-new action stunt spectacular Marvel Universe LIVE!

Each person participating in the event that arrives dressed in full official head-to-toe Spider-Man costume will receive one complimentary ticket to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Honda Center/Anaheim. (**limited to the first 250 people in attendance in costume) 

MUL_20140712_3717Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before!   Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing Villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Southern California for the first time ever starting March 26th to 29th – playing Honda Center/Anaheim.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest.  The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story.  Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40-year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!

Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29
Thursday, March 26 – 7:00 PM
Friday, March 27 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 28 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 29 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM

Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

Prices range from $20, $30, $45, $75 (VIP) and $135 (Gold Circle) Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at $20 each*
Opening Night discount tickets available for $20 on select seating*
*not valid for VIP/Gold Circle levels

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility, and handling fees.


Intergalactic-02-smSegerstrom Center’s Family Series continues with the third and final installment of The Intergalactic Nemesis with the Orange County premiere of Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel on March 21 & 22 in Samueli Theater. The sequel to the hit shows The Intergalactic Nemesis and Robot Planet Rising follows the adventures of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her fiancé Ben Wilcott in this period story set in 1942 as they fight against a secret society of spies that spans the globe. No previous Intergalactic experience is necessary.

The unique storytelling method makes The Intergalactic Nemesis mesmerizing. There are more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-resolution and intensely vivid comic book images displayed on a giant screen as three actors play all the parts and one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all sound effects and music.

The Intergalactic Nemesis began as a radio play conceived by Ray Colgan, directed by Jason Neulander, with sound effects by Buzz Moran. It was produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater and performed and recorded in Little City, a downtown Austin coffeehouse, in 1996.

When The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel premiered in 2010, more than 2,000 people turned out. Shortly after, it was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and CONAN. Since 2011, the first two productions of the trilogy have been performed in more than 100 venues around the world to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive early, as each performance is preceded by an hour of free creative activities. The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel is recommended for families and children ages seven and older. Tickets start at $29 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Secret City Geek Lab is pleased to feature the movie Walter in a recent episode of the Geek Lab. Alan Ng interviewed star Andrew J. West and director Anna Mastros. They spoke about the unique character of Walter, the script and the challenges indie films face with small budgets and amazing casts.

Walter, a mild mannered movie ticket-taker believes himself to be the son of God with the responsibility to judge the eternal fate of everyone. When a ghost stuck in purgatory interrupts Walter’s daily routine his world is turned upside down forcing him to reassess the meaning of his life.

WALTER stars Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan, and William H. Macy.

Walter is in theaters now at the Quad in New York, the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles, the Bianchi in Paramount, CA, and the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum. It will also be available on March 13 on all major VOD providers including iTunes, Microsoft Xbox, Google, Sony, M-GO, Blockbuster, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.