All posts by Lora Bofill

Comic-Con celebrates 50 years

Fifty years of Comic-Con, and I was there to discover what new treats lay for the attendees of this vast convention devoted to comic books.  Comic Con ran from July 18-21, with preview night on July 17.  Announcements, screenings, and trailers for returning and upcoming new TV shows and movies were present daily.  There was so much to see and so little time to see them!

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Apollo 11 celebrates 50th anniversary with a red carpet event at the Rose Bowl

Charlie Duke (astronaut, Apollo 16), Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut, Apollo 11), Gerry Griffin (Apollo flight director)
In our modern age where one can barely make it an hour without his or her cell phone, it is amazing to think it has been 50 years since the first man stepped foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.  Prior to that, it was the stuff dreams were made of.  Last night, a VIP red carpet opening was carried out for the APOLLO 11: The Immersive Live Show at the all new custom built Lunar Dome at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the world’s largest touring venue.   The live play written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Scott Faris tells the story of the 400,000 individuals it took to accomplish this mission is told through the eyes of Ben, a retired NASA Aerospace Engineer, as he recounts those days to his granddaughter Sydney.  This celebration of one of mankind’s greatest achievements takes audiences of all ages on the ride of a lifetime and inspires future generations to imagine what comes next.

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Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” cast and Marvel Studios president places their handprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

 

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!

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A Look Into the 33rd WonderCon, including links to trailers of upcoming films, TV news, and more!

 

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.

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Action comedy mini-movie “The Big Break” debuts online on Vice on Thursday, January 17

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.

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Marvel’s Runaways season 2 premieres on Hulu today, December 21!

Runaways — “Gimme Shelter” Episode 201 — The kids struggle with their new lives as Runaways, but find a hideout. Alex goes to work for Darius while PRIDE plots to kill Jonah. Jonah initiates a plan to build a new box. Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) from left, Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner) and Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), shown. (Photo: Greg Lewis/Hulu)

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.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved premieres August 17 on Netflix

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – (L-R) Noah Centineo, Lana Condor. Photo by Masha Weisberg. Courtesy of Netflix.

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.

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2018 Comic-Con recap

 

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!

 

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Hollywood walked the green carpet at second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

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…

 

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Hollywood actors launch “This Bar Saves Lives” to battle child hunger

This Bar Saves Lives co-founders & friends of the brand (L – R) Ryan Devlin, Ravi Patel, Kristen Bell, Todd Grinnell, Troian Belessario and Patrick Adams

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.

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