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12 Aug 21:42

palalife: chambergambit: lizzah: chambergambit: Rey’s...

Kristen

this is insane









palalife:

chambergambit:

lizzah:

chambergambit:

Rey’s Bread.

THAT WAS A PRACTICAL EFFECT.
A MOTHERFUCKING PRACTICAL EFFECT.
JESUS TAP DANCING HORATIO CHRIST.

“I’m gonna be famous for Star Wars for nothing else but this bread! It was a little gag which was incredibly successful, everybody thought it was CGI. We moulded up an inflatable bread so that it was deflated underneath the liquid and then we slowly inflated it and sucked out the liquid with vacuum pumps at the same time to produce this bread coming up and forming. You wouldn’t believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film. It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear, but then there was the ongoing problem of what color should the bread be? What consistency should it be? Should it have cracks in it? Should it not have cracks in it? It took about three months.”— CFX & SMUFX Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan

WHAT I actually think that bread looks tasty because the way it ‘inflates’ from water and powder

22 Sep 21:16

After Employee Commits Suicide on the Job, LA Wine Shop Stays Open for Business

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

sounds like a great place to work

Buzz Wine Beer Shop in Downtown LA is under fire on social media

A terrible tragedy unfolded last week at Downtown LA’s popular Buzz Wine Beer Shop. According to its Yelp page, which is being bombarded with negative one-star reviews, an employee of the bottle shop (which also has a beer bar and tasting section) committed suicide during business hours inside the space, only for ownership to allegedly open the place back up as soon as the coroner had left.

One of the store's partners confirmed to Eater this afternoon that the suicide did in fact take place on September 14 and that the store stayed in business for the remainder of the day. While a full statement is pending below from the shop's ownership, they did initially state that it was a mistake to stay open, thinking that doing so would put their minds off the tragedy.

Though reports are still hazy about what may have actually happened to the deceased employee, one can peek through the wave of one-star reviews on Yelp to find customers rehashing the same basic information. According to the myriad folks who have left bad comments, co-owner Scott Kamalski was actually on site during the suicide. The proper municipal authorities were called, including the coroner, who quickly arrived on site to deal with the tough situation.

On Yelp, some reviewers alleged that Kamalski demanded that employees return to work immediately, rather than close the shop to allow grieving and shaken employees to go home for the day.  Since the incident, Buzz has been fed nothing but negative comments across the entire social media landscape, including Instagram.

Buzz is currently closed despite a stated opening time of 12 p.m., but will open at 5 p.m. as usual.

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the incident occurred on September 21. It's been amended to September 14. A full statement from owner Scott Kamalski is below:

26 Sep 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

Maru Blinded in Cardboard Accident

 

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久しぶりに作った、段ボール紙のおもちゃ。
ひっくり返すと、ぴょんと跳びはねるやつ。
This is a toy of the handmade corrugated paper.
It jumps up and down by a rubber band.

が、裏返してもちっとも跳びはねない。
However, it does not jump up and down.
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まる:「もしもーし。」
Maru:[Hey, are you ok?]

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まる「跳びませんねぇ。」
Maru:[This dose not jump! Why?]

そうですねぇ。
I don’t know.
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なんて言っていたら、忘れた頃にぴょーん!
However, it jumped up when we forgot it.

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そして、ベシッ!
And it hit his head.

 

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まる:「いたっ!」
Maru:[Ouch!]

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まる「こらっ!」
Maru:[Hey!]

すみません。
Excuse me!

 

23 Sep 23:05

引き出しとねこ。(動画)

by mugumogu
Kristen

should we try this with robotron?

 

引き出しも、はなにとっては知育玩具。
The drawer is a intellectual toy for Hana.

27 Sep 21:50

Checking in on the new Academy Movie Museum taking shape next to LACMA

by Will Weber
Kristen

work stuff.

Once complete, it will hold a big theater and a full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark

Construction is chugging along on the new Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Museum next to LACMA on the Miracle Mile.

Right now, the foundation is being poured for a giant orbed-shaped theater that will be attached to the rear of the old May Company building. Built in 1939, the Streamline Modern building with its gold tower is being restored to house the museum's exhibits, which will include a full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark, plus:

"approximately 62,000 pieces of production art—such as a Planet of the Apes mask, a model horse head made for The Godfather and the lion’s mane and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz—as well as some 12 million photographs, 55,000 posters, 80,000 screenplays, over 185,000 film and video elements and tens of thousands of books, periodicals, items of correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings files."

After years of community push back over concerns about traffic and parking, ground finally broke in March with the demolition of the department store's rear-wing. That makes room for the huge orb, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano to hold 1,000 seats and an observation deck. It's poised to dramatically alter the view at 6th Street and Fairfax Avenue.

A spokesman for the Academy is tight lipped about the construction's timeline and when we might begin to see that spherical theater take shape, but an opening date for the museum has been set for 2018.

Meanwhile, work is progressing on the Purple Line extension and its new station at Wilshire and Fairfax set to open in 2023.

23 Sep 18:50

ABC 7's Meteorologist Dallas Raines' Wife Allegedly Tried To Strangle Their Daughter

by Tim Loc
Kristen

all the dallas raines tea

ABC 7's Meteorologist Dallas Raines' Wife Allegedly Tried To Strangle Their Daughter She has been charged with assault and could face a max sentence of four years. [ more › ]
26 Sep 21:00

Great Job, Internet!: The highly unlikely reign of “Crocodile” Dundee began 30 years ago today

by Joe Blevins
Kristen

this was everyone's jam for years

Few would have predicted that a low-budget Australian comedy whose star was best-known from tourism commercials would become one of the biggest hits of 1986, alongside Top Gun and Star Trek IV. In fact, several major studios passed on the opportunity to distribute Peter Faiman’s “Crocodile” Dundee, an $8.8 million vehicle for laid-back TV actor and pitchman Paul Hogan. It was Paramount Pictures that eventually took the risk on this oddball film, and the gambit paid off to the tune of $328 million, spawning two sequels and making a catchphrase out of “That’s not a knife.” Three decades later, it may be difficult to understand why America and the world embraced Dundee so fondly. A recent BuzzFeed video shows young, present-day Australians cringing at the embarrassing cultural stereotypes in the film. But critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave some insight into the movie’s popularity when ...

19 Sep 10:19

petermorwood: Monday morning cute.

Kristen

oh hello





petermorwood:

Monday morning cute.

11 Sep 14:10

Spotted: Special Limited Run Skewer at Disneyland’s Bengal Barbecue

by Wendy
Kristen

It's actually real tiger meat. bold choice.

Add one more to your list of Skewers to try at Bengal Barbecue in Disneyland!

Bengal Barbecue sign

Bengal Barbecue sign

You may already be well familiar with some of the specialties of the house at this legendary little Adventureland kiosk, like the Banyan Beef Skewer and the Safari — better known as the Bacon-wrapped Asparagus —  Skewer. But DFB Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers just happened upon — and, of course, sampled! — a Special Skewer.

Special Skewer at Bengal Barbecue

Special Skewer at Bengal Barbecue

This Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer with grilled pineapple and red onion accompaniments can be ordered with or without teriyaki sauce. It’s also worth noting that it’s cooked to order, so it does take a little longer to receive than the regular Skewers on the menu.

Special Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer

Special Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer

But Heather assured us that it’s totally worth the wait. She was also informed that it will only be around “while supplies last,” so be sure to pay a visit to the Bengal tiger ASAP to grab yours!

Oh, and don’t forget to grab a Tiger Tail while you’re there!

Would you try the Special Skewer or stick (ha!) with your favorite at Bengal Barbecue? Please let us know with a comment!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

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21 Sep 03:47

Review: Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats in Disneyland for a Limited Time

by AJ
Kristen

I think I know some dudes who may eat this on sunday

It’s no big secret that a few classic confections like Caramel Apples, Marshmallow Wands, and Mickey Krispy Treats get some pretty stellar Gourmet makeovers on a regular basis at Disneyland.

Pooh Corner in Critter Country

Pooh Corner in Critter Country

But if you EVER happen to time your trip during the return of the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats, then run — seriously, tout suite — to your nearest Candy Kitchen (Candy Palace and Pooh Corner in Disneyland, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney). Do not pause — not even to thank me for pointing you in their direction. Just get there and grab one!

Cast Members making treats at Pooh Corner

Cast Members making treats at Pooh Corner

Crispy, salty pretzels are bound to the treats with tons of chocolate and creamy peanut butter. Here are the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Mickey Krispy Treats.

Gourmet Mickey Krispy Treats

Gourmet Peanut Butter Pretzel Mickey Krispy Treats

And here are the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Marshmallow Wands.

Gourmet Marshmallow Wands

Gourmet Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wands

These are everything you want in a sweet treat: crispy-and-chewy, sweet-and-salty. There’s NO skimping on the toppings, either. They are entirely decadent.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wand

Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wand

Don’t miss out on September’s Gourmet Treats in Disneyland!

Have you ever tried a Disneyland Gourmet Treat? Please let us know which one with a comment!

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23 Sep 23:50

6th Street near the Miracle Mile is going on a 'road diet'

by Jeff Wattenhofer
Kristen

oh cool, as if my commute wasn't long enough already :(

Not sure why the middle turn lane is needed since there are no streets to turn down from fairfax to masselin.

More space for cyclists

Drivers in Mid City will soon be forced to give up some precious roadway (and right on the Pedersen Automotive Museum’s turf no less). The amount of pavement available to cars will be whittled down to create more space for bicycles and  pedestrians along a one-mile stretch of 6th Street between Fairfax and La Brea, reports Urbanize LA.

The Mid City West Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the road diet at its meeting last week.

Several portions of 6th are being reconfigured. Here’s how it all breaks down from east to west.

Fairfax to Masselin Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council

Between Fairfax and Masselin, one lane of traffic in each direction will be removed. Both parking lanes will be narrowed by two feet to make room for the addition of a middle turn lane and a pair of seven foot wide bike lanes.

Hauser Boulevard to Dunsmuir Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council

Similar to the previous stretch, a 10-foot wide center turn lane will take the place of two lanes of traffic. The parking lanes will stay the same, and the bike lanes will narrow slightly from the last stretch from a width of seven feet to just five feet.

Dunsmuir Avenue to La Brea Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council
 Mid City West Community Council

The stretch from Dunsmuir to Cochran will get a pair of bike lanes, with a two foot painted buffer separating bicycles from vehicle traffic. From Cochran to La Brea, both bike and cars share the lane.

From Cochran to La Brea, 6th street will keep both existing lanes of traffic, but lose one block of non-peak parking lanes between Dunsmuir and La Brea. The remaining non-peak parking will be narrowed from a width of 13 to eight feet to accommodate a center turn lane and bike lanes.

  • Road Diet Planned for 6th Street [Urbanize LA]
    22 Sep 15:00

    Southern California Residents: Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport Returns

    by Erin Glover
    Kristen

    well well well

    I’ve got exciting news to share with our fans who live in Southern California! The popular Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport is now available for purchase. The pass provides admission to both theme parks on most weekdays and select Sundays, and we are excited to offer this option once again, based on availability. The Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport is available at Disneyland Resort box offices today and will be available online at Disneyland.com at a later date.

    Disneyland Resort Annual Passports offer a tremendous value for guests by giving them the opportunity to experience our world-class attractions all year long. California residents can even take advantage of the monthly payments program, which allows them to spread the cost of their annual pass over 12 months after an initial down payment. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders have access to special experiences, exclusive merchandise and more. They also enjoy discounts on select food and merchandise.

    Learn more about the Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport and all of our Annual Passholder options and benefits here.

    The Southern California Annual Passport is valid only for Southern California residents living in ZIP codes 90000 to 93599.

    Monthly Payments option valid only for California residents who are at least 18 years old and living in ZIP codes 90000-96199 with valid ID. A one-time payment on the date of a new Passport purchase equal to the price of a 1-day, 1-park adult ticket is required. Passports subject to the Annual Passport Terms and Conditions including, but not limited to, Blockout Dates and capacity constraints. Passport types are limited in quantity, and not all Passport types may be available at any given time. Subject to other restrictions, including a retail installment agreement, and change without notice.

    14 Sep 15:45

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration: this IS the babe with the power

    by Catherine Clark
    Kristen

    uh no

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU
    Photos by Bella Kotak Photography
    This month is the 30th (holy shit!) anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Labyrinth. If you're in my generation, you might remember those early tinglings for the snug-pantsed Bowie. He asks for so little. Just fear him, love him, do as he says and he will be your slave. Okay, enough movie lines for now.

    Is anyone seeing the movie in theaters? If not, I'll do you one better. Our friends over at Firefly Path, along with some other super talented vendors, created a most fabulous Labyrinth-themed fashion shoot with their own killer designs. It was originally featured in Faerie Magazine, issue #35 and is too beautiful to ignore… we think it's bound to inspire a fair few fantasy weddings. I must share…

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU
    Belle Bridal Ball Gown by Firefly Path

    Here are a few more dresses by Firefly Path which were inspired by this design, because we need MOAR YESYESYES fantasy dresses…

    Firefly Path gowns
    Princess Celestia Ball Gown, Model: Kelly Eden | Photo by Mike Saffels
    Firefly Path gowns
    Princess Celestia Ball Gown, Model: Kelly Eden | Photo by Mike Saffels
    Firefly Path gowns
    Swan Lake Ball Gown , Model: Madeline Masquerade | Photo by John Truong
    Firefly Path gowns
    Swan Lake Ball Gown , Model: Madeline Masquerade | Photo by John Truong

    Vendors

    Photography: Bella Kotak Photography • Model: Jessica McClellan • Gown: Firefly Path • Stylist & Hair: Daisy Jane Turner • Makeup: Ian Hencher • Skin retouching: Solstice Retouch

    Dear glob this is a sexy shoot. Who's inspired to coif your biggest Sarah hair? Me me me.

    Originally appeared in Faerie Magazine, issue #35

    Recent Comments

    • Ariel Meadow Stallings: Thank you! We'll add that to the post. [Link]
    • Sara: These are beautiful. Next week is my two year anniversary of my own Labyrinth themed wedding. I didn't make my… [Link]
    • Jen: That was amazing!!!! And my all time FAVORITE MOVIE!!!! Now I just have to think of a… [Link]
    • Jessie: I'm 98% certain that this is THE BEST THING EVER! Also, now I really need to watch Labyrinth. [Link]
    • BR: This shoot appeared in Faerie Magazine, issue #35, which should be mentioned. [Link]

    + 2 more! Join the discussion

    17 Sep 17:38

    Bill Hader explains how he and Fred Armisen came up with ‘The Californians’

    by Jenna Chandler
    Kristen

    worth a watch if only for his impressions of Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon, history's greatest monster.

    They, like us, are obsessed with LA driving directions

    The SNL skit The Californians hilariously captured the ridiculousness of maneuvering across the Los Angeles sprawl. In an interview with Seth Meyers this week, Bill Hader talks about how the soap opera was inspired by trips cast members took to LA when they had time off from the notoriously demanding show. During table reads back in New York, Hader says he and Fred Armison:

    We’d start this bit: 'Hey man did you go to LA?' 'Yeah yeah, how’d you get to your hotel?' And then we’d go, ‘Well, dude, I’d go down Sunset, then I’d take a left on La Cienega, then I’d take that all the way down to Pico, take a right, take Pico, hop on the 10, the 10 west, take that allll the way down to the beach, then head up the PCH.'

    Watch the full clip:

    14 Sep 17:02

    Celebrate the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-Out With Two Specialty Eats at Disney California Adventure Park

    by Rachel Bshero
    Kristen

    yeah no way am I drinking that drink. rip tower of terror :(

    Recently, Erin Glover shared some of the special ways you can celebrate the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it checks out of Disney California Adventure park on January 2, 2017. Today, I’m excited to share two new scarily delicious ways to celebrate the final check-out.

    The Tower Drop Dog at Award Wieners almost appears as if it had been struck by lightning. An all-beef frank dipped in red-pepper ketchup, topped with grilled onions, peppers and an onion crunch on a black noir potato bun – one bite will make you think you’ve just crossed over into … The Twilight Zone.

    The Drop Martini from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

    At Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, you’ll find a special martini – The Drop – which features Midori with Irish cream and grenadine “dropped” in. One look and you’ll agree, this creepy cocktail is not for the faint of heart.

    12 Sep 23:08

    The Best Sports Bars in Los Angeles to Watch NFL and College Football

    by Euno Lee
    Kristen

    sharing for later

    The Los Angeles Rams are back

    The NFL regular season is upon us, and this year the Rams are officially in Los Angeles — so there's no longer an excuse for L.A. to not watch NFL football... except, you know, the Rams are probably going to be mediocre this year and, well, this is going to be hard to watch.

    That said, you probably have a different NFL team you fell in love with a few years ago and haven't quite jumped ship from just yet, and you're going to need a place to watch all those Seahawks, Patriots, and Broncos games.

    So go ahead: Cozy up with an ice cold beverage, grab a burger, some wings, or even some fish and chips, and cheer for that team you adopted when the Rams first left, ripped our hearts out and made us stare at it for 20 years. You can cheer when your adopted team wins. You can cheer when the Rams win. Heck, you can even cheer when the Raiders win, because they're not even in the same Conference. Here are the best places to do that. Oh, and you can certainly catch USC, UCLA, and other college football teams on Saturdays at these spots too.

    09 Sep 17:00

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    by Rachel Bshero
    Kristen

    I didn't know you could get the bat cookie at so many locations.

    Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding – almost as if you sense a disquieting metamorphosis … are Halloween treats actually materializing? Yes, they are! Today marks the first day of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, and to celebrate, I have a complete list of all the spooky sweets and creepy eats you’ll be dying to sink your teeth into!

    Disneyland Park

    Blue Bayou Restaurant

    Café Orleans

    • Grilled Flat Iron Steak – Served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, haricots vert, peppercorn cognac sauce
    • Butterscotch Beignets

    Carnation Café

    • Blackened Spicy Chicken Sandwich

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    French Market Restaurant

    • Cookies & Cream Mousse Coffin Cake
    • Butterscotch Beignets

    Golden Horseshoe

    • Ice Cream Nachos

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Hungry Bear Restaurant

    • Pulled Pork Dog – Served on a toasted roll topped and with barbecue pulled pork and citrus slaw, pickled jalapeños and fresh cilantro
    • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie
    • Maple Creme Brulee
    • Spiced Bundt Cake
    • Caramel Eclair
    • Holiday Brownie
    • S’mores Bar
    • Chocolate Hazelnut Mickey-Shaped French Macaron
    • Corn Chowder Soup
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Market House

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Maurice’s Treats

    • Pumpkin Twist

    Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

    • Pork Tamale & Cheese Enchilada
    • Pumpkin Flan

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

    • Supernova Pizza Special – A delicious slice topped with pastrami with mustard oil, Mozzarella, battered pickle chips and finished with a horseradish-mustard sauce
    • Spider Parfait

    River Belle Terrace

    • Loaded Bites – Seasoned potatoes topped with beef brisket, creamy pimento cheese and spicy barbecue sauce

    Stage Door Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Village Haus Restaurant

    • Barbecue Pulled Pork Flatbread – Topped with Mozzarella, roasted corn, pickled onions and parsley

    Disney California Adventure Park

    Award Wieners

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Bayside Brews

    • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Anti-Vampire Chicken Pizza – With roasted garlic sauce, marinated chicken, smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a tomato-harissa sauce drizzle
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

    • Poison Apple-Tini

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Cozy Cone Motel

    • Pumpkin Twist

    Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Flo’s V8 Café

    • Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

    Mortimer’s Market

    • Pumpkin-Shaped Bread

    Pacific Wharf Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin-Shaped Bread
    • Pumpkin Raisin Bread Pudding
    • Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup
    • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

    Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.

    • Vanilla and Orange Soft-Serve Ice Cream

    Schmoozies

    • Caramel Apple Smoothie – With pieces of apple, caramel and ice cream

    Smokejumpers Grill

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • “Cobweb Style” topping of Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms

    Disneyland Hotel

    The Coffee House

    • Pumpkin Spice Latte
    • Caramel Apple Cider
    • Pumpkin Muffin

    Steakhouse 55

    • Poison Apple-tini

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

    • Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug with specialty drink, This Chilling Challenge (Limit two mugs per guest)

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

    Hearthstone Lounge

    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Holiday Cart in Hearthstone Lounge

    • Cake Pops
    • Hot Cocoa (available with or without rum)
    • Hot Cider (available with or without rum)
    • Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

    White Water Snacks

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Spiced Bundt Cake

    Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

    Disney’s PCH Grill

    • Seasonal Halloween desserts on buffet

    Surfside Lounge

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Gourmet Candy, Available at Candy Kitchens Throughout Disneyland Resort
    (Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park, Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park, Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney District)

    • Gourmet Apples
    • Cake Pops
    • Marshmallow Wands
    • Mickey-Shaped Crisped Rice Treats
    • Cupcakes
    • Fudge

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Throughout Disneyland Resort

    • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
    • Poison Apple Stein – Served with fruit, beverages or ice cream sundae
    • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
    • Zero Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Hot Mug

    Bone-appetit!

    02 Sep 17:51

    This Drive-Thru Ramen Restaurant Is the Ultimate in Noodle Convenience

    by Crystal Coser
    Kristen

    ITS HAPPENING

    But try not to slurp and drive

    The next phase of ramen mania is here: Japanese restaurant group Shin Sen Gumi will open a drive-thru ramen shop in Torrance, reports The Times. Located in the Torrance Western Shopping Center in the heart of the Torrance/Gardena Japanese restaurant hub, the drive-thru window will offer the group's signature Hakata ramen and bento boxes.

    With proposed restaurant hours running from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, the restaurant should service the dense community of Japanese Americans and noodle lovers well with ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those who don't want to slurp and drive, the restaurant will also offer a dine-in option with 30 seats within the restaurant.

    This isn't the only thing happening in Mitsuyasu Shigeta's restaurant world that already incldues twelve locations in Southern California and one in Tokyo. Shin Sen Gumi will also open a branch in Irvine this fall.

    Shin Sen Gumi Torrance is slated to open at the end of 2016, and will be located on the corner of Western Ave. and 182nd St.

    07 Sep 20:25

    Dozens of LAX employees call an airport parking lot home

    by Jeff Wattenhofer
    Kristen

    I was not aware of this

    Meet the airline workers who live there

    For over a decade now, a collection of vagabond airline workers has made a parking lot near LAX their home between long stretches of travel. 

    Years ago, LAX officials noticed employees were camping out in RVs throughout the airport’s many parking lots, so they decided to band them all together. As a result, dozens of RVs are gathered in one lot, forming a unique Los Angeles community. They have rules of conduct, residency requirements, and even an unofficial mayor according to a 2009 Los Angeles Times profile.

    Student filmmaker Lance Oppenheimer recently stumbled upon this RV neighborhood and documented the story of a few of its residents for the New York Times. The result is heartbreaking and oddly uplifting, a testament to the human ability to adapt to difficult situations and the sacrifices made to live outside the confines of a normal lifestyle.

    "A house is just a dwelling, that's how I look at it, and right now I can dwell in pretty much anything," says one of the residents.

    The video is a must-watch.

    02 Sep 13:01

    Specialty Treats Materialize During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

    by Rachel Bshero
    Kristen

    that ice cream looks pretty awful

    Boo to you (and you and you and you) … Happy Halloween! If you know me, you know that Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year—and it’s never complete without a spook-tacular evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Of course, my focus is on treats, not tricks, and today I’ve got a look at the creepy confections you can expect to find at this year’s party.

    Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake from Main Street Bakery Halloween Sugar Cookie from Main Street Bakery

    Main Street Bakery

    • Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake
    • Vanilla Spider Cupcake
    • Halloween Sugar Cookie

    Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

    Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

    • Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

    Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake from Gaston's Tavern

    Gaston’s Tavern

    • Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake

    Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone from Storybook Treats

    Storybook Treats

    • Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone

    Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy from Friar’s Nook

    The Friar’s Nook

    • Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy

    Candy Corn Cotton Candy

    Throughout the Park

    • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
    • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Hot Mug
    • Poison Apple Stein

    What is your favorite part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Let us know in the comments below!

    01 Sep 23:00

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    by mkilwein
    Kristen

    ugh I want to do this but I also don't want to have to go to that dumb halloween party. (dumb because it's so crowded and I have to pay extra).

    For many guests, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight of a visit to Magic Kingdom Park during the fall. The party’s characters, fireworks – not to mention you and your family in costume – makes for some great photo opportunities. During each party, Disney PhotoPass offers special themed photo stops in select locations that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a sneak peek of the Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots available only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party…

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    There’s no need to go all the way to Sleepy Hollow to get this spooky shot. During the party, visit the Disney PhotoPass photographer at the Main Entrance of Magic Kingdom Park to get this party-exclusive shot.

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    A Grim Grinning Ghost comes out to socialize at the hearse in front of the Haunted Mansion.

    An adorable pumpkin patch welcomes guests to the park entrance during this time of year. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer is ready and waiting in Town Square to help you get this shot.

    The spooks are coming out for a swinging wake! Visit a Disney PhotoPass Photographer on Main Street, U.S.A. for this ghoulish delight.

    Remember, you can view Animated Magic Shots in your account before they expire, but you must have an active Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day entitlement to download and share them online.

    31 Aug 20:00

    Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats Return to the Disneyland Resort

    by Rachel Bshero
    Kristen

    bill?

    Peanut Butter and Pretzel gourmet treats are back! One of my favorite combinations, I’ve been waiting for this particular treat to return. If you have, too, mark your calendars—starting September 1, you’ll find them at candy kitchens throughout the Disneyland Resort.

    Our gourmet apple is enrobed in caramel and sweet milk chocolate and is covered with crunchy, salty, bite-size pretzels, finished with a creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate drizzle. The crispy treat is equally delicious, and made almost identically, just without the caramel.

    Looking for this sweet and salty treat? Be sure to visit Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of September.

    24 Aug 18:45

    4 Ways to Take Advantage of the Back-to-School Momentum — Apartment Therapy

    by The Kitchn
    Kristen

    lol the dog!

    16 Aug 22:38

    Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles Drops Pico Location for New Building on La Brea

    by Farley Elliott
    Kristen

    Roscoe's News

    The longtime location will shift to a new building

    Just when you counted them out, here comes Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles with a brand new build-out in the heart of the city. Located at the intersection of La Brea and Washington, the upcoming spot will serve as a focal point for the brand moving forward.

    Curbed laid out development plans for the new address after sneaking a peek at some city paperwork that had Roscoe’s written all over it. But it does bring up one particular question: What’s to come of the chain’s existing Mid-City location on Pico Boulevard, less than a mile away? It’s going to close, says a Roscoe’s rep, with all that business moving into the new location once it’s ready to fire.

    The ground-up build means patrons will have more room to sit, staff will have more room to cook, and Roscoe’s the brand will have yet another feather in their still-expanding cap, despite the recent legal trouble they’ve found themselves in. Expect build-out to take the better part of nine months or so, which pegs an opening to sometime in early 2017. Looks like they won't need to rely on Snoop Dogg to save them after all.

    12 Aug 19:42

    Bus tours are lying to gullible tourists about where the celebrities live

    by Jeff Wattenhofer
    Kristen

    this is amazing

    Of course they are

    Despite its sleazy reputation with the locals, Hollywood Boulevard remains catnip for tourists in search of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. It's here among the head shops, bucket drummers, and the seemingly countless supply of Johnny Depp impersonators, that a mix of dazed out-of-towners are struck by an epidemic of bootleg celebrity bus tours.

    According to NBC4, some of these enterprising tour bus operators posses a profound lack of accurate information about where celebrities actually live. Its reporters did some investigative legwork, taking 20 different bus tours, some at prices up to $50 a pop, and they found a wealth of misinformation from tour bus drivers.

    Dozens of houses were misidentified as celebrity homes, facts and locations were regularly smudged for the sake of story, and one bus driver even falsely claimed that Justin Bieber had burned down a home at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent.

    In the end, does it matter if tourists are misinformed for the sake of little phony celebrity lore? If that celebrity has a dedicated, but not particularly Google-savvy stalker, then it actually matters quite a bit. Because apparently some crazies are using the tours for research.

    Michael Edson’s Hollywood Hills property falls on the route of LA City Tours, and he tells NBC4 he's dealing with regular visits from a Julia Roberts stalker who was misinformed via the tour bus that the Pretty Woman star resides at his home. According to Edson, "Julia Roberts has never lived in this house and has never been to this house." Edson says he has received "letters full of death threats," messages for Roberts painted on his walls, and even awoke one night to find his house had been broken into, a single rose left behind. Aww.

    Edson says he has complained to the tour company, asking it to remove this fib from the tour script, but he has overheard tour guides still misinforming tourists on the whereabouts of Roberts. He is now suing the tour bus company.

    Edson’s story is not unique. NBC4 staked out one house that has been incorrectly identified by tour buses as the home of Quentin Tarantino. Over the course of one Saturday, nearly 25 buses stopped out front of the house every hour. The homeowners say they’ve been victims of vandalism, and, they say, they even found a script addressed to Tarantino in their mailbox from one aspiring screenwriter.

    Tourists and obsessive fans alike that are looking to get the most accurate scoop on where the stars live should stick to the big guns. NBC4 vouches for the home tours given by the biggest player in the game, Starline. A few incorrect facts were peppered throughout its tour, but Starline's fibs were far less egregious than the bootleg tours, NBC4 reports. No word on whether the Julia Roberts estate is included in that tour.

    19 Aug 13:14

    Say ‘Freeze!’ Disney PhotoPass Captures Your Adventure on Frozen Ever After

    by Lindsey Swift
    Kristen

    lol these people look to be only mildly amused

    Frozen Ever After has set sail into the wintery world of “Frozen“!

    You can relive the magic of your adventure long after you’ve journeyed through Arendelle, as Disney PhotoPass Service offers an on-ride photo capture opportunity!

    While you’re enjoying a boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle during a special “Summer Snow Day” with Queen Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and friends, our camera will capture a photo of you during an exciting moment of your journey.

    Say “Freeze!” Disney PhotoPass Captures Your Adventure on Frozen Ever After

    To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing a MagicBand during your adventure. Your photo will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account, where it can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or in the My Disney Experience mobile app alongside all of your vacation memories from Disney PhotoPass Service.

    You can receive all of your Disney PhotoPass Walt Disney World vacation photos, including select attraction photos, with Memory Maker. Your Disney PhotoPass photos can also be purchased individually online or at any Disney PhotoPass Sales Center.

    So step aboard a Norwegian vessel and chill out while Disney PhotoPass Service captures your fantastically “Frozen” adventure!

    Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions. Memory Maker includes photos taken during the applicable Memory Maker window. A MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content. If Memory Maker purchased at the advance purchase price, any photos taken within 3 days from the date Memory Maker is purchased will not be included and must be purchased separately. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at Walt Disney World. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Valid theme park admission required for certain photo locations.

    02 Aug 09:51

    An Update on my Precious Cats

    by Martha Stewart
    Kristen

    Cat share. martha's cat likes to sleep in bowls.

    Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my animals. My dogs, cats, birds, and horses - they are all very special to me and are such [&hellip...
    11 Aug 01:05

    Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park for a Limited Time; Last Chance to ‘Paint the Night’

    by Erin Glover
    Kristen

    !!!!!!!!!

    As we just announced, night time at Disneyland park will get even brighter with the return of Main Street Electrical Parade early next year! Twenty years since it last glowed down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, this “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination” will return for a limited-time encore engagement.

    Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland Park

    The quintessential Disney Parks nighttime parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade began at Disneyland park in 1972, shining brightly in the memories of thousands of Disneyland park guests until the end of its initial run in 1996. It returned to the Disneyland Resort as Disney’s Electrical Parade, bringing magical Disney stories to Disney California Adventure park from 2001 until 2010, when it crossed the country to begin its most recent run at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Before its half-million tiny lights return to illuminate the imaginations of a whole new generation of Disneyland park guests, there is still time enjoy the experience this beloved favorite inspired – “Paint the Night” parade.

    ‘Paint the Night’  Parade at Disneyland Park

    “Paint the Night” parade will continue nightly performances, just before “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, through September 5 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And I’m excited to share today that this popular parade will return on select nights during the holiday season later this year. Be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar at Disneyland.com for performance dates and times.

    Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details — including dates — for this special engagement of Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland park next year!

    12 Aug 18:15

    Taylor Swift Throws A Garden Party With Her Parents & Kale

    by Shannon Carlin
    Kristen

    I find this interesting because her parents allegedly hate each other and can barely stand to be in the same room.

    There ain't no party like a Taylor Swift garden party — as she showed fans in this wholesome post, one of the singer's first since her public fallout with Kimye.

    Swift gave the world a tour of her garden on Instagram yesterday, perhaps as a way of showing a return to her wholesome roots. She did grow up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, after all.

    For her latest Instagram Story — the first to not include her cats — Swift gave fans a peek at her green thumb, explaining she was "doing some major gardening today."

    As Entertainment Tonight points out, Swift's parents, Andrea and Scott, were even on hand to help. Her mom pulled weeds from the vegetables, while her dad took a break to give a sweet wave to the camera.

    But the real special guest at this party was a certain hipster-favorite veggie: kale. Swift joked, "This is what we used to do back on the farm, except not with kale."

    So, while Swift reportedly won't be releasing a new album this October, she may be releasing a bountiful kale crop. Expect it to drop this fall.

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    09 Aug 14:45

    Everything That Happens In ‘Nine Lives,’ As Described By The Critics Who Sat Through It

    by Vince Mancini

    EuropaCorp

    A few years back, I noticed that the more ridiculous a movie is, the more critics have a tendency to just describe the plot exactly as it happened, as if the ridiculousness of a bad movie is so self-evident that it requires no analysis, only presentation. Based on that observation, I gave myself a challenge: try to recreate the plot of a film I haven’t seen beat for beat, using nothing but summary from reviews (no analysis!).

    So it was, Plot Recreated with Reviews was born. Thing is, it’s only really entertaining if the movie itself is truly ridiculous (more than just dull or hackneyed or silly: weirder). A movie like that only comes along every so often. Nine Lives fits the bill.

    A concept that began as a French EuropaCorp exec’s idea for a quirky, “Woody Allen-esque” film aimed at adults (and written that way by its first two hired gun screenwriters), about a businessman who gets turned into a cat, was eventually inherited by a different Europa exec who thought it should be exactly what the guy who came up with the original premise swore it wasn’t: a family comedy. The first exec died in May, but the cinematic Edsel he set in motion hit theaters this past weekend, boasting the unlikely pedigree of Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld and Kevin Spacey, and no less than five credited screenwriters (it’s not their fault… it’s not their fault…). It clocked in at less than 90 minutes and didn’t screen for critics (the poor souls below had to either finagle their way into the premiere or see it on their own dime), sure signs of a studio trying to cut their losses and move on.

    In any case, without further ado, here it is, the plot of Nine Lives, as written by the critics who sat through it (chapter headings my own).

    THE SETUP

    “Kevin Spacey plays Tom Brand, a Donald Trump-like New York real estate titan so obsessed with building the tallest, longest skyscraper in America…” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)

    “…that he throws a snit fit when it appears that an edifice located in Chicago might prevent him from having the tallest phallic symbol in the Northern Hemisphere.” (Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com)

    “A flashy business magnate who is cut from the same cloth as Richard Branson, (NYTimes) Tom is introduced as he skydives to work one morning.” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

    “He neglects his second wife (Jennifer Garner), whose calls he refuses to answer during work hours, and his young daughter (Melina Weissman), who pines for a pet cat.” (Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian)

    “His daughter and wife are reduced to spending time with him through watching his press conferences.” (Matthew Goudreau, The Young Folks)

    “’I hate cats,’ Brand scoffs at the suggestion. ‘I don’t need another thing to feed.’” (The Guardian)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxJFPMlFXY

    THE HIGH CONCEPT

    “Fortunately for the little girl, the one thing her dad hates more than cats is wasting time thinking of creative ways to make his daughter happy, so…” (Indiewire)

    “…on the night of his daughter’s birthday, Tom visits a shady cat shop owned by Christopher Walken.” (The Young Folks)

    “He finally gets her the cat she’s always wanted for her birthday, from the mysterious Purrkins Pet Shop.” (Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times)

    “As the proprietor of Purrkins cat store (no other pets, just pussies), his character – Felix Perkins – is the only human who can interact with Brand’s feline form.” (Matt Donato, We Got This Covered)

    “After the scene between the two Oscar-winning actors is finished and Tom has departed, before the sadness of knowing these two might never be in a real movie together hits you, Perkins says to the pets in his shop, ‘OK, cats. Let’s do this!’ ‘This,’ as it turns out, is a curse or something.” (Eric D Snider)

    “In order for the transmutation to occur, Tom has to stand on the roof of the new tower he’s constructing (oh, there’s an incredibly asinine plot thread about a power struggle at his company), be hit by a bolt of lightning, plummet off the side of the skyscraper, snag his leg on some stray equipment, get flung back inside, and then spirited away from his comatose body.” (Indiewire)

    “Tom ends up in a coma and his consciousness ends up in the cat.” (The Los Angeles Times)

    THE SECOND ACT

    “Alarmingly, no one in Brand’s life, including his co-workers and family, seems to care that he’s laid up on life support. The son from his first marriage (Robbie Amell), who works for him, appears more intent on managing the business than monitoring his father’s health. While his wife and daughter barely shed a tear before shifting all of their focus over to the trouble-making addition.” (The Guardian)

    “Lara and Rebecca take Mr. Fuzzypants home, and it only takes them a day to remember that cats need food, water, and a litter box.” (Eric D. Snider)

    “His adult son, David (Robbie Amell), works for the company but doesn’t have Dad’s respect because he’s afraid to go skydiving with him.” (Eric D Snider)

    While Tom’s human body lies in a coma, the boardroom of his company attempts to scheme power away from Tom and his son. (The Young Folks)

    HIJINKS

    “Feline hijinks ensue as Mr. Fuzzypants attempts to convince his wife and daughter that he’s actually Tom and tries to stop Ian from selling his company (even though it clearly makes more financial sense to go public and stop the skyscraper nonsense).” (The Los Angeles Times)

    “It’s not fun at all to watch a poorly animated cat try to open a whiskey bottle or struggle to hold a pen, all while Spacey lobs insults at his ex-wife and says things like, ‘No thanks, I have the rug,’ when Garner ushers him toward the litter box.” (Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly)

    “‘Seriously?’ Spacey groans, contemplating his paws.” (Amy Nicholson, MTV News)

    “…plenty of out-of-place ex-wife-hating barbs; groan-worthy feline puns…” (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter)

    “…Kevin-Spacey-cat pees in handbags.” (Matt Donato, We Got This Covered)

    When Garner’s character sees Mr. Fuzzypants run amok, she asks her cookie-cutter stepson if they make MRIs for cats. His response? ‘You mean CAT scans?’” (Indiewire)

    “Within the span of five minutes, Brand goes from attempting to write a note to downing a fifth of scotch…. as a cat. We also get no fewer than four scenes of a cat urinating somewhere outside of a litter box.” (The Young Folks)

    “One security guard moronically tasers another security guard in the leg, while attempting to snipe Mr. Fuzzypants in mid-air.” (We Got This Covered)

    “…two cat-piss jokes, two slow-motion sequences of people tumbling over while trying to catch Tom in Mister Fuzzypants form…” (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club)

    “Five writers to have Mr. Fuzzypants bounce off an apartment entrance awning like a trampoline. FIVE WRITERS TO WRITE DIALOGUE FOR SPACEY NO DEEPER THAN, ‘HEY, HELP ME! I’M A CAT!’” (We Got This Covered)

    “Famous Internet cats like Lil Bub, Waffles, and Hamilton actually make cameos.” (Entertainment Weekly)

    “See him leap onto counters and up walls, inch along the ledges of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, and fall flat on his feline back!” (Variety)

    EuropaCorp

    MESSAGE

    “Stuck at home, Tom learns the value of family and the struggles they’ve gone through once he’s finally around.” (The Los Angeles Times)

    “Tom has to reevaluate his priorities, connect with his wife and daughter, let David know he’s proud of him, AND save his company from an unscrupulous board member (Mark Consuelos), all while being a cat. And he must do this before his comatose body dies, or he’ll be feline forever.” (Eric D Snider)

    CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

    “We hear Kevin Spacey’s voice, but the other characters just hear meowing. Except for Perkins, the cat whisperer. He hears Mr. Fuzzypants in plain English.” (Eric D Snider)

    “Because his character is a ‘cat whisperer,’ he spends the majority of his appearances speaking directly to the cat.” (TheYoungFolks)

    “This means you get to watch The Walken carry out civil conversations with a hissing animal, as paws swipe and Spacey frustratingly grumbles.” (We Got This Covered)

    “I would not be surprised if this is an actual skill possessed by Christopher Walken.” (Eric D Snider)

    “Oh, and he indeed gets a short dance number.” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes)

    CHINTZY CONSTRUCTION

    “The cinematography is a green screen nightmare.” (The Los Angeles Times)

    “[Mr. Fuzzypants’] little cat mouth never opens, even when meowing.” (The A.V. Club)

    “..small, cramped sets and shortage of background extras.” (The A.V. Club)

    “…the entire Manhattan skyline seems to have been created on an iPad (but not, like, one of those fancy iPad Pros, or anything).” (Indiewire)

    “Spacey’s glued-on hairpiece, given prominent placement by Sonnenfeld’s tendency to frame the actor front and center early on, isn’t much more convincing.” (The A.V. Club)

    “In an attempt to create the image of multiple cats in one room, the special effects department just copied-and-pasted footage of the same cat.” (Entertainment Weekly)

    TONE PROBLEMS

    “Brightly colored production design is spiked with jokes about castration and alcoholism, marital infidelity and child labor.” (Dave White, The Wrap)

    “We are told that, ‘Cats don’t care if you live or die.’” (RogerEbert.com)

    “It’s a comedy pitched at families that climaxes with a supposed suicide attempt.” (The Guardian)

    “And, oh, how the kindergarten crowd will chortle at the lame sight gag involving a ‘Hang in There, Baby’ poster that hails from the early ‘70s.” (RogerEbert.com)

    CONCLUSION

    “The Nine Lives title doesn’t even come into play during Mr. Fuzzypants’s predicament, as only one life is ever needed.” (We Got This Covered)

    “It’s also best that you not contemplate the reality the film establishes: Perkins is an omnipotent wizard who can magic you into a cat’s body to teach you a lesson, and keep you there forever if you fail to learn it. He alone decides. The cats in his shop are the damned souls of the people he’s done this to before – making him exactly like Ursula the sea witch, except that Ursula’s victims willingly made bargains with her. Perkins just sucker-punches you.” (Eric D Snider)

    “The first name typically listed in a film’s closing credits is that of the director. Nine Lives breaks that custom. Instead, that honor goes to the film’s two cat trainers.” (The Guardian)