Happy 40th Birthday, Hello Kitty
Oct31

Happy 40th Birthday, Hello Kitty

On Saturday, fans around the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of global icon Hello Kitty. She was born Kitty White on Nov. 1 in London. In Los Angeles, the city is hosting the first Hello Kitty convention in Little Tokyo....

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‘Frozen’ Ride Coming To Disney World
Sep15

‘Frozen’ Ride Coming To Disney World

Disney World is embracing “Frozen.” Construction has begun at Walt Disney World Resort on a new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests. “Frozen’s” popular characters...

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IKEA Singapore Parodies Apple iPad Launch Video — The Power Of A Bookbook
Sep06

IKEA Singapore Parodies Apple iPad Launch Video — The Power Of A Bookbook

IKEA Singapore has parodied the Apple iPad launch video for their new 2015 catalog. The video specifically calls attention to the fact that the catalog is a physical item, and invites interested parties to “experience the power of a...

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Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat — She’s A British Schoolgirl
Aug28

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat — She’s A British Schoolgirl

The world is buzzing over the big news: Hello Kitty, that staple of Japanese pop culture celebrating its 40th birthday, is not a cat but a little girl. The jaw-dropping revelation comes from Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist with the University of Hawaii who is curator of a Hello Kitty retrospective coming to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in October. She told the newspaper that creator Sanrio made that clear:...

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The Scoop On Betty Boop Movie
Aug15

The Scoop On Betty Boop Movie

Variety reports that Betty Boop — the first female animated star at the end of the Roaring ’20s — is returning to the big screen, with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment developing and producing. The project has been in the works for several months with Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop charater, partnering with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic — which performed the animation for...

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TV Tackles ‘Approval Matrix’ Again — Hosted By Neal Brennan
Aug11

TV Tackles ‘Approval Matrix’ Again — Hosted By Neal Brennan

The Approval Matrix — New York Magazine‘s popular, back-page pop culture round-up of what’s highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant, and despicable — is now a TV show on Sundance TV (premiering Aug. 11 at 11 p.m.) This is the second attempt to bring the feature to the tube. Bravo’s bland 2011 pilot never went anywhere. What can viewers expect this time? Jon Caramanica of the New York Times reviews it: “The Approval...

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