VOODOO DOUGHNUT celebrates National Doughnut Day with official opening at Universal CityWalk
Jun02

VOODOO DOUGHNUT celebrates National Doughnut Day with official opening at Universal CityWalk

“Good things come in pink boxes” is Voodoo Doughnut’s mantra as the irreverent, world famous pastry shop sweetens up Universal CityWalk with its first-ever California location, situated adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Hailing originally from Portland, OR by founders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, the new L.A. pastry shop serves a range of 60 eclectic doughnuts,...

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Spielberg, Peele help launch revitalized UNIVERSAL CINEMA at Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Apr26

Spielberg, Peele help launch revitalized UNIVERSAL CINEMA at Universal CityWalk Hollywood

As part of its ongoing revitalization process, CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood reopened its iconic movie theatre, UNIVERSAL CINEMA, in partnership with AMC Theatres, on April 20. On hand for the festivities were iconic filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum and Will Packer, as well as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Ron Meyer and Universal Studios Hollywood President & COO Karen Irwin. “The new UNIVERSAL...

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REVIEW (Spoiler-Free):  Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts
Apr25

REVIEW (Spoiler-Free): Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts

Remember 2014? Donald Trump was just a reality show buffoon with bad hair, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror loomed over Disney California Adventure, Andy Castro photographed Disneyland weekly, and no one knew who Star Lord was. Simpler times. Marvel took the world by surprise with its August 2014 release, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and its grosses rocketed into the stratosphere while everyone fell in love (either romance or bromance,...

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REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch
Mar08

REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch

Disney is bound and determined to turn their vast library of animated classics into big budget live action spectaculars, and while not every one has been a home run, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST cannot afford to be anything but a grand slam. The 1991 animated film is beloved on a level that prompts regular people to become defensive fanzillas. Everyone loves Belle, everyone loves the songs, everyone loves it. Even non-Disney fans can wax...

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POPzilla Gallery’s ‘Mary Poppins’ art exhibition is “Practically Perfect”
Feb14

POPzilla Gallery’s ‘Mary Poppins’ art exhibition is “Practically Perfect”

Just a few miles from Disneyland in downtown Anaheim, Pop Comics periodically hosts POPzilla Gallery curated art shows around a particular theme. Their most recent event selected the greatest theme possible – everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins! The fabulous event, co-curated by Sam Carter and Christina Karlin, brought some of Southern California’s greatest pop artists together to celebrate Walt’s...

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Lunar New Year lands at Universal Studios Hollywood with bigger-than-ever celebration
Jan30

Lunar New Year lands at Universal Studios Hollywood with bigger-than-ever celebration

Universal Studios Hollywood has brought back its popular Lunar New Year Celebration, this time welcoming DreamWorks Animation characters into the Universal family. As in previous years, Universal Plaza is decked out in beautiful Asian finery, while also playing host to several character meet-n-greet opportunities. Making their Universal Parks & Resorts debut, Po and Tigress from the KUNG FU PANDA series join returning favorites...

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set flies into homes November 15
Aug25

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set flies into homes November 15

The eight people in America who own 3D TVs with accompanying 3D Blu-ray players were dismayed earlier this year when STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was released to Blu-ray without a 3D disc in sight. Turns out Disney just wanted more time to put together an elaborate multi-disc collector’s set! Featuring the film in four formats, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, as well as all previously released bonus features, the set...

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REVIEW: Authentic Chinese delights at DONGPO KITCHEN, new at Universal CityWalk
Aug05

REVIEW: Authentic Chinese delights at DONGPO KITCHEN, new at Universal CityWalk

Our friends at Universal Studios Hollywood invited us to preview the newest restaurant at the ever-changing CityWalk, Dongpo Kitchen. The first of its kind, Dongpo Kitchen takes the gourmet and authentic Chinese cuisine from Meizhou Dongpo (famous in the LA area for its upscale outposts in Century City and Arcadia) into a more casual atmosphere befitting a major tourist destination like Universal. We got to sample several menu items...

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The creators and stars of FINDING DORY dish on life under the sea
Jun17

The creators and stars of FINDING DORY dish on life under the sea

Journalists from around the world (and me) gathered at the Montage Beverly Hills last week for a Q&A session with the creators and stars of Disney/Pixar’s FINDING DORY and PIPER. Things kicked off with a visit from the film’s writer/director, Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), and producer, Lindsey Collins (Wall-E). The press wasted no time in asking them about the possibility of a lesbian couple in the film, a rumor...

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REVIEW: Triumphant FINDING DORY helps Pixar find themselves again
Jun14

REVIEW: Triumphant FINDING DORY helps Pixar find themselves again

Nemo takes a backseat in the latest Pixar Animation Studios release, FINDING DORY. Having settled into a routine at the reef, Dory (voiced again by the impossibly lovable Ellen DeGeneres) is happy with her newfound family. That is, until she starts to remember that she’s been separated from her parents. With her memory slowly coming back to her, she sets off across the Pacific to find them. RELATED POST FINDING DORY brings...

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