Movie Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ In 4DX

Last night my friend Josh and I made our way to the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in DTLA to see a showing of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 4DX. This review of the movie will be broken into two parts … the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes part and the 4DX part. 4DX, for those of you who aren’t aware, is the next generation in the movie-going experience. In a 4DX theater, the room — the seats — adapt to the action that takes place in the movie to make you feel as if you were part of the action. It was a crazy fun experience, let me tell you right off the bat but I am also very happy to relay that Dawn was a superb movie even without all the bells and whistles from the 4DX experience. More »

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Sweet Escape

Last night was a very chill night for me, literally, since the temps have cooled in LA considerably over the past couple of nights. So what do I do when it gets colder? Why, I go out for gelato, of course. I met up with Tamar for a quick bite to eat because I wanted to thank her for everything she’s done for me in recent weeks and we had a really nice hang out session together. After a leisurely sushi dinner, we grabbed some gelato and went for a walk. It was a very nice night, indeed. More »

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Welcome Back Party

After the super fun weekend that I got to enjoy celebrating my birthday with my friends, you might expect that I would decide to just stay home and chill out on my Monday night. Yeah, that’s not what happened. The president of my Disneyland social club Sons of Anakin, who was away on vacay for about 3 weeks, made his grand return last night and a bunch of us met up with him at Disney California Adventure for a little welcome back party. The parks were wonderfully empty and the weather was cool & breezy … which meant it was the perfect night of fun at Disney. More »

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The Happiest Birthday On Earth

After my pretty epic birthday party Saturday night (thrown for me by my truly amazing friends), I knew I had to get my buns down to Disneyland so that I could properly celebrate my birthday. With rare exception, I’ve celebrated my birthday at Disneyland every year that I’ve lived here in LA so, it simply had to be done. I met up with some of my peeps in the Sons of Anakin social club and we had the best day ever! I’m not sure how your Sunday turned out but my Sunday turned out pretty spectacularly :D More »

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4T

First and foremost, I have to thank every single one of your for the barrage of messages, tweets and comments that you have been sending me all weekend for my birthday. I have been floored by all of the love that you guys have been throwing my way. It may sound weird but I carry you guys in my heart with me wherever I go because, hello, we spend so much time “together” on a daily basis … and have done so, for years! My friends threw me the most amazing party last night and they managed to include you guys (represented by OG Emily, Iris and Devonte Antonio) in the fun. So thank you. My friends, OMG, I can’t even begin to thank them for being the most amazing people on earth. I had the best day ever. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’

For a few months now (years for some) we have been hearing about Richard Linklater‘s film Boyhood which was filmed over a 12 year time frame. Last night, I was able to be among the first people in LA to see the movie in full. I met up with my friends Emma, Eileen and Josh at the Arclight in Hollywood to see Boyhood and I am happy to relay that we were all completely floored by the film. I mean … wow. Before I get into a few details about the movie, I must point out first that it is my humble opinion that Boyhood will be one of, if not, THE best movies of the year. Hands down. There is a poignancy to this very simple story of one boy and his family that will resonate with so many people. I’m really excited for more people to see the movie so that they can share the experience as well. More »

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#TBT

So … my day yesterday was productive but not really all that successful. The place I check out as my possible new home was nice but just not the right place for me. And so, the search continues. I have a nice list of places to check out … I just need to make the time to check them out. I was informed yesterday that my lease in my current home is a month longer than I thought so at least I have more time to figure it out. Honestly, the move is stressful enough without me having to freak out about my birthday in two days. BLAH! As a way of trying to dull the pain of turning another year older on Saturday, I posted a pretty embarrassing photo on Instagram from my youth in an effort to try and make me feel better about getting older, wiser and hopefully more stylish. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Obvious Child’

Last night I met up with Emma for a quick movie date because I learned a long time ago that when Emma offers a movie invite, you absolutely have to say yes. She suggested we see an indie film titled Obvious Child and altho I knew nothing about the movie at all, I jumped at the chance to see it with Em. As usual, Emma proved to have excellent taste in films becuase we both loved Obvious Child very much. The movie stars comedienne Jenny Slate in an amazing break-out role that, I hope, will provide her with more acting opportunities in the future. More »

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The Happy Monday

And so, I am back in LA again. Normally, when I take a weekend trip, I tend to fly back home on the last Sunday night flight. This time around, Adriana and I decided to stay one extra day … which made all the difference in the world. Because we had a whole day unplanned, we were able to hang out with friends in the city and just take the day as it unfolded. Aide ran off to hang with some of her peeps and I was able to meet up with some of my peeps. I met up with Courtney for lunch (she’s in the city for a few weeks staying with her man) and then afterward, we met up with my old LA friend Paul who has been living in NYC for the past few years (some of you longtime readers will remember that he was a founding member of Le GangTM. Our late flight was delayed a bit so Adriana and I got even more time to play in the city and, well, we just had the best monday ever. More »

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Theater Review: ‘Aladdin’

As a BIG fan of the original Disney animated film, I have been anxiously awaiting my chance to see the Broadway production of Aladdin … and last night was finally my chance. I did my best to stay away from any spoilers about the show but I couldn’t resist watching the live performance of the Friend Like Me number on the Tony Awards this year so I knew that I was in for a good time based on just that performance. The hardest thing for me was to try and not think about the original animated movie while watching the show. I didn’t want to compare the two since it is impossible to recreate the magic of animation on the live action stage. On its own, I really did love Aladdin … even if I wished there was a way for Disney to infuse a bit more magic into the performance. More »

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