The 33rd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) wrapped the screening of 180 films from 33 countries this week. It commenced on April 27-May 4 in Los Angeles with an extended version of the festival in Orange County from May 5-May 11. With May being Asian Pacific American Heritage month, what better time to celebrate incredible movies of Asian Pacific filmmakers both locally and abroad than at the LAAPFF!
For the 4th year in a row, I made my annual trek to one of the largest comic conventions on the West coast – WonderCon! After a brief foray in Los Angeles last year, WonderCon returned to its usual location at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 31-April 2. With over 900 exhibitors, over 200 hours of programming featuring comics, movies, and TV shows, and numerous panels on your fave TV shows, the sold out convention was sure to delight fans again. And this time Eclipse Magazine’s fearless leader Michelle Alexandria joined me all the from the east coast!
On March 17, 2017, the 38th annual Young Artist Awards (YAA) took place at the Alex Theatre. Hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) along with the appearance of Danny Glover, the YAA recognized and honored young talent. Having interviewed and chatted some of these talented young nominees and winners in real life along with seeing the work of the other talent, it was truly a delight to see them being recognized for the talent I already knew existed.
In The Shelter, directed by John Fallon, homeless vagrant Thomas Jacob (Michael Paré) seeks shelter for the night when he discovers an abandoned two-story home. With an open door and lights on, it seemed like the perfect place to stay for the night, and sneak out undetected. Once inside, his past comes to haunt him and he soon realizes that he is not alone. There’s a supernatural force in the house and it won’t let him leave. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place but will he survive the ordeal? During the screening of The Shelter in Beverly Hills earlier this week, I had the opportunity of chatting with actor Michael Pare and director John Fallon about the film, which is currently out on video on demand and screening in select theaters.
In The Whole Truth, Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso) is charged with murdering the wealthy Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi), his father. Family friend and defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on this personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Together with new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Ramsey reveals the dark side of Boone to the court and they fight to reveal the whole truth about Mike’s innocence. Of course, uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems. Directed by Oscar nominated director Courtney Hunt and written by Rafael Jackson, we realize that uncovering the truth is not as easy as it seems. Check out incredible interview with director Courtney Hunt as she chats about compelling film The Whole Truth that opened in theaters today and available On Demand now.
With the season premiere on July 27, it signified the end of another era in Wayward Pines created by writer Chad Hodge. The first season was about surviving and escaping the creepy town of Wayward Pines. The second season was about surviving the creepy town of Wayward Pines and just staying alive. As as expected, there were so many twists and turns, you didn’t know who was going to live or die. Take a step back in time to see what executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, actors Jason Patric, & Djimon Hounsou had to say about season 2 of Wayward Pines, see an overview of this season and its season finale. Spoiler alerts ahead!
It was that time of year again where all the hotels sell out in San Diego, and the people who got the oh-so-coveted tickets don their best superhero costume and wait in line to get the juiciest tidbits of their favorite show. If you were driving by the San Diego convention center and you saw Spiderman, the Predator, orange hairy thing, and Sailor Moon wannabees all walking alongside people carrying Walking Dead back packs, then you were in the right place. And if you have Kevin Smith broadcasting interviews from a yacht for Comic-Con, you know it’s not just comic books anymore. Hollywood star power is on the way. Welcome to the 49th annual San Diego Comic-Con International convention!
For Game of Thrones fans who scored the golden ticket to attend Comic Con, then you are in for a treat. If you loved season 6 of Game Of Thrones as much as I have and applaud all the Emmy nominations that this show garnered this year, then celebrate with a scavenger hunt at Comic Con! By tweeting out photos to #GoTScavengerHunt, GOT fans can embark on a scavenger hunt to win up to $200 in Game Of Thrones merchandise.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally had it’s long awaited season finale. Fans were kept in anticipation waiting after Daisy had a vision that one of the agents was going to die. The question was–who would that be? Well, that agent was … Spoiler alert for those of who you dare venture on to read this article. In the meantime, let’s take a walk back in time during WonderCon in March 2016 and see what some of the cast members, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and Luke Mitchell had to say about this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s that time of the year where everyone dons their Batman and Stormtrooper and favorite Disney character costume. No, we’re not talking Comic Con (although give us a few months and we’ll be in full blown Comic Con mode). We’re talking WonderCon. All thirty years of it. And they have relocated to my part of town–Los Angeles! It is the first time that Comic-Con International has done a convention in Los Angeles. Now let’s take a trip back in time from March 25 to 27 and recap my annual pilgrimage to one of the best conventions that comic book fans flock to every year.
On February 5, the NAACP held its 47th annual Image Awards to celebrates the achievements of people of color in film, television, music, and literature. It also honored or groups who promoted social justice through creative endeavors. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), the show aired at 9/8c on TV One. Eclipse Magazine had the opportunity to celebrate this amazing event, including chatting with talented celebrities such as Jussie Smollett (Empire)!