May 19, 2019 marked the season finale of HBO’s hit series Game Of Thrones. As the sixth episode of season 8, Game Of Thrones fans could only surmise what dreadful, or perhaps joyous, surprises awaited them. Depends on how you look at it. Spoilers ahead . . .
Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame” opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, April 26. To honor the Marvel Studios movie franchise, six of the “Avengers: Endgame” cast members, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, placed their handprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood today!
WonderCon returned to Anaheim March 29-March 31 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year’s attendees enjoyed presentations from 20th century Fox, Amazon, DC Comics, DreamWorks Animation, FX, Geek & Sundry, Marvel, Nerdist, and Warner Brothers to name a few. In addition, there were approximately 300 hours of programming featuring comics, movies, television, and an annual costume competition.
With aspirations of fame, two actors Will Kavanaugh (Gil Freston) and Jon Lieberman (David Shabtai) meet for lunch at a prototypical health restaurant in West Hollywood during pilot season, that golden period for successful actors to audition for new TV shows. Unfortunately, their meeting spirals into a deadly altercation with a spin class instructor that escalates into a shootout with Lieutenant Ramirez (David Arquette) and the police. VICE Media, the world’s leading global youth media brand, will premiere action comedy mini-movie THE BIG BREAK, written and directed by Gil Freston (Paladar) and starring David Arquette (Scream), on VICE.com tomorrow, January 17.
If you are a Marvel Comics fan like me, and you loved Runaways season 1, then to usher in the holidays, Marvel has given you a Christmas present – the entire season 2 starting today on Hulu! Join LA teens Alex (Rhenzy Feliz), Gert (Ariela Barer), Nico (Lyrica Okano), Chase (Gregg Sulkin), Karolina (Virginia Gardner), and Molly (Allegra Acosta) as they use their new found powers to stop their parents from an evil plan, while staying alive.
Lara Jean Song Covery’s love life is non-existent, so she writes five love letters for every boy she’s ever loved. Of course, this was all a secret release of unrequited love with no intention of the letter’s recipients ever seeing it. One day, all the letters are mysteriously mailed out. Suddenly her love life goes from imaginary to out of control! What is a teen girl to do? Based on the New York Times bestselling trilogy “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ” by Jenny Han, the film adaption is directed by Susan Johnson and stars actress Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Noah Centineo (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, The Fosters). To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is currently streaming on Netflix.
Comic-Con International returned to San Diego from July 19 – 22, 2018 with preview night on July 18. As our very own writers Michelle Alexandria and Sheldon Wiebe continued to update us with what was going on during Comic-Con, I made the trek from Los Angeles to San Diego to be in the thick of the action. Welcome to my annual recap of my favorite conference!
Earth Day was yesterday, so what better way to celebrate the environment than with the second annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL! With the need for awareness of issues surrounding our environment, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV nationwide brought back the second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival last Friday, April 20 with a private “Green Carpet” event to celebrate LA’s only environmental film festival. I had the chance to chat with various attendees of the green carpet event and see how Hollywood celebrates the environment…
Being a huge sweet tooth, I can’t say no to a delicious sweet snack. Having being heavily involved with medical mission work in Latin America and Asia, I’m also a big advocate of community service. So what better way to give back to the community, or the world, than buying a great tasting candy bar that goes toward giving life-saving nutrition to a child in need! That is exactly what co-founders/ brand advocates Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen 2), Ryan Devlin (Jane the Virgin), and Ravi Patel (Master of None, Wrecked), Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time) did when they launched This Bear Saves Lives in 2013. Brand advocates Patrick Adams (Suits), and Troian Bellesario (Pretty Little Liars) and CEO Paul Yoo during the brand’s launch event yesterday at Ysabel in West Hollywood. I had the opportunity to chat with some of the founders and friends of the brand during the This Bar Saves Lives launch event at Ysabel in West Hollywood yesterday.
I can never miss a WonderCon! From Los Angeles to Anaheim, I have made my journey to this convention of comic books, animation, costumes, TV, and movies. This year’s WonderCon lasted from March 23 – 25. In addition, the Anaheim Convention Center greeted its attendees with a new change – expansion of a new building near the Area! This wonderful addition allowed for more space to attend activities and programs. After all, there is so much to see and do for both new and returning fans, this addition for the thousands of visitors was a welcome change.
Just like previous WonderCons, the blood drive and Masquerade completion for cosplayers returned. There were panels for people’s fave shows, autograph signings in the convention hall, and educational lectures on those who want to follow their own aspirations in writing or animation. Endless comic books, anime products, and costumes abounded in the never-ending booths.
Waiting in line is worth it when getting an autograph of your fave comic book artist!
Anime pajamas and pillows!
What’s cuter than an ewok backpack?
Chewbacca stands at attention
Comic books, comic books, and more comic books!
Professional makeup school applies superhero paint
Watching the amazing costumes are one of the best parts of WonderCon. Here’s but a handful of the wonder costumes that abounded at the convention center!
Pennywise the clown from IT!
Guardians of the Galaxy!
Harry Potter characters revised!
Poke Mon duo!
Of course, you know I love TV and movies! Where else can fans of their fave shows go celebrate and perhaps catch a glimpse of their hero in real life? Previews and panels of TV shows and movies this year included Reverie, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, The 100, The Expanse, Constantine, Lucifer, Black Lightning, Siren, SuperMansion, NBC’s Timeless, Syfy Krypton, Bad Samaritan, A Series of Unfortunate Events, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super Villain High, Into the Badlands, Final Space, Teen Titans Go! and Unikitty. Classics such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Power Rangers, Back to the Future and X-Men were revisited in discussions.
Couldn’t make Wonder Con this year? No worries, you can go next year on March 29-31, 2019!
I end my yearly WonderCon update with a quote by the great Stan Lee: “I am very lucky because everything that I do is exciting to me. It’s always new.”
Every day is a fight for life as the doctors, nurses, and staff of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center return for a season 3 premiere on its new night, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 10-11 pm ET/PT on NBC this fall as part of the Chicago franchise. The season 2 finale saw victories with new love as Dr. Choi reveals his love for ER nurse April, the discovery of and removal of a brain tumor, which was the cause of Robin’s erratic behavior. There was the introduction of new colleague Dr. Bekkar who causes friction with Dr. Rhodes. There was also heartache with Dr. Halstead breaking up with Nina, and most importantly, the shooting of psychiatrist Dr. Charles by one of his former patients.