Akbar Gbajabiamila Sees ‘American Ninja Warrior’ As “Occupational Therapy”

American Ninja Warrior
Former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila has a vivid memory of March 25, 2013, as it’s the day he got the call to co-host American Ninja Warrior. A new season of ANW is in full swing (Akbar also works with Matt Iseman on Team Ninja Warrior which has its season finale this Tuesday). During an interview with Gbajabiamila, I asked him how American Ninja Warrior has transformed his life.

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Flipping the Script on ‘The Mummy’ (1999)

The Mummy
Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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WalletHub Cites Los Angeles As Sixth Best City For Gamers

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Although La La Land is the place for movies and Hollywood’s shiniest stars, it’s not the #1 city for gamers according to a study released by the personal finance WalletHub. That crown belongs Orlando, Florida. Details on how the 100 largest cities stacked up in the video game universe is below!

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Larry Bell’s ‘Pacific Red II’ Goes Glass At The Whitney

The fifth floor deck of the Whitney is a fine place for “Pacific Red II,” as far as Larry Bell is concerned. The series of six massive glass red cubes with smaller cubes inside was visible from his room at the nearby Standard Hotel where he stayed during the installation last March. Even better, “Pacific Red II” is visible from the Empire State Building.

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It Was All A Dream Or So It Seemed (‘It Comes At Night’)

It Comes At Night - Dream
Dream Factory, as I’ve stated in a previous column, started during my UCLA Bruin days and centered on my obsession with cinema. Twenty three years later, my rotund, balding self is grasping at straws (or in my case, another slice of pizza), but the goal of the column is to discuss movies that have really embedded themselves in my itty bitty brain. This week that feature is It Comes At Night.

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‘Street Food Cinema’ Serves Up ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ & ‘Aladdin’

Street Food Cinema - Los Angeles
Last Saturday’s “La La Land” was a successful sixth season opener for Street Food Cinema, as the event attracted over 5,000 attendees. Cinema and food go hand in hand like PB&J, and tonight’s serving includes outdoor screenings of “Singin’ In The Rain” and “Aladdin.” Details below!!

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Raquel Welch Talks Life Changing Aspects Of Yoga

Raquel Welch - Eugenio Derbez

 

Raquel Welch co-stars in How To Be A Latin Lover as Celeste, a rich elderly woman who becomes the latest seduction target of a faded gigolo named Maximo (Eugenio Derbez). During the roundtable sessions for the film, Welch was refreshingly candid about her life and career, and during the chat i asked her about her lifelong passion for yoga.

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‘Superstore’ Actor Nico Santos Talks Filipino Community And Balut Broth!!

Nico Santos, Lauren Ash - Superstore
Along with his work on Superstore, Nico Santos is also a stand-up comic who has dates at the Irvine Improv (April 23rd) and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival (4-7). Being a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but ask about Balut, a delicacy I’ll never try. Check out the video below to hear his take on Balut and, more importantly, the support he’s received from the Filipino community.

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The Afghan Whigs Drum Up Hypnotic Beats With ‘Arabian Heights’ Single

The Afghan Whigs
Photo credit: Chris Cuffaro
I love getting press releases that features information/insight that’s actually accurate. The Afghan Whigs’ new single “Arabian Heights” has just debut today, and as the release suggests, it’s truly “driven by drummer Patrick Keeler’s bravura, tribal cadences.” Details on the band’s album and tour is found after the jump.

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‘Third Eye Blind’ Releases New Recordings And Ready Summer Tour

Third Eye Blind are busier than ever in the coming months on a couple of fronts. Unreleased recordings from the outfit’s eponymous debut will be featured in Third Eye Blind: 20th Anniversary Edition, and the group will also headline a North American tour starting June 9th in Miami. Details below!!

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