With five bear-based shooters for Android and iOS devices under their fuzzy little belts and another on the way, SkyVu Entertainment teams up with the makers of Yo Gabba Gabba! to transform Battle Bears into the next big TV animation franchise for boys. Read story
Tim Burton is known for making quirky films, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, Mars Attacks, and the blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. His latest movie is an animated adaptation of the classic Frankenstein story — only this time, it's a little boy who brings his dog, Sparky, back to life. Listen to and read the story
Over the past two weeks in this space, readers, critics and artists have been asking whether art can still shock. But what’s so great about shock, anyway? In her book “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning,” published last year to wide acclaim, the critic Maggie Nelson examined the “shock and awe” doctrine that has governed so much of the last century’s art, arguing that it has too often let artists off the hook for the less than edifying reactions their work may provoke. Read story (scroll down to Oct. 2)
David Alfaro Siqueiros' 'America Tropical' awaits new unveiling
The controversial, whitewashed mural, painted in downtown L.A. in 1932, will soon be back in the public eye.
"America Tropical" must be Los Angeles' most famous invisible artwork.
Born in drama and buried in anger, Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros' monumental mural on Olvera Street has been a cause célèbre for decades. Siqueiros was commissioned to paint the 18-by-80-foot fresco in 1932 as a decoration for a rooftop beer garden, but it disappeared behind whitewash amid a controversy over its central image: a Mexican Indian lashed to a double cross with an American eagle proudly perched above him, wings spread. Read story
When tourists visit Los Angeles, they often flock to have their photo taken with the iconic Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills, visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and hope to run into a genuine movie star as they sightsee in the City of Angels.
The little known secret these days is that the Hollywood sign looks down upon a landscape that is no longer dominated by film and television production facilities and on-location shooting. You may have just as much luck running into a movie star in Toronto as you would in Los Feliz. Technological advancements—combined with aggressive government programs designed to lure away production and post-production jobs away from our state—mean that filming now happens all over the United States and the world, costing California millions in jobs and tax revenue. Read story
Disney Publishing Worldwide Lets Fans Go Behind-the-Scenes of Tim Burton's New Animated Film Unveiling 'Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book'
Features Exclusive Art, Video, and Music into Disney’s First Book to Leverage Apple’s iBooks Author
Glendale, CA, September 27, 2012 – Disney Publishing Worldwide announced the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Bookhttp://iTunes.com/Frankenweenie, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, “Frankenweenie,” in theaters October 5, 2012. Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie. Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author. Read story
Invisibilities: Animated Films and Live Performance by Laura Heit Mon Oct 15 | 8:30 pm
Using numerous animation techniques, puppetry and live-action video, Laura Heit's exquisitely crafted, subversively witty work makes visible hidden corners of the human psyche, where monsters, wolves and imaginary creatures tread. Look for Me (2005) employs 2D computer animation with monoprints, while The Deep Dark (2011) combines cutout stop-motion animation, live-action video and drawing to evoke elemental fears. The Amazing, Mysterious, and True Story of Mary Anning and Her Monsters (2003) calls on toy-theater puppetry and drawn animation to tell a fanciful tale. Collapse (2002), a reflection on a tragic moment, is a 2D computer animation with pastel drawings, and the allegorical Parachute (1997) a hand-painted and animated multiplane cutout. Heit's program concludes with a new version of the critically acclaimed Matchbox Shows in which she performs tiny puppet vignettes inside matchboxes. Read story
Romney? Obama? Romney? Obama? As interest in the 2012 presidential election builds, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes releases POTUS Pick an app cartoon that givers users the opportunity to choose one candidate, then another, then another, then another and to interact with each while doing so. Read story