Sunday, December 10, 2017

TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Launches MX4D Motion Seats, Dec.14 w/Smoke, Bubbles, Mist, Snow and Rain

Photos by Karen Ostlund

The celebrated TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, famous for its red-carpet movie premieres and movie-star handprints and footprints, is set to launch a special venue in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex on Dec. 14 with the debut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The movie tickets will be 29 dollars per seat, but there will be rebate coupons handed out for upcoming movie Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

The newly configured theatre—the first of its kind in Hollywood—will function both as an MX4D® Motion EFX movie theatre and the first immersive spectator theatre, hosting competitive e-sports tournaments.
MX4D Motion seats at TCL in Hollywood, CA

Robert K. Laity, CEO and Dan Jamele Co-founder of MediaMation
“MX4D Motion EFX theaters will provide our customers with a unique and fully immersive cinema experience,” said Robert Laity, CEO of the TCL Chinese Theatres.
MX4D EFX features include moving seats, air/water blasts, leg/neck ticklers, fog, seat/back pokers, seat rumblers, and other special effects such as smoke, dust, bubbles, snow and rain, programmed in sync with the action onscreen. Owners of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood are planning to launch an immersive esports theater in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex.

The announcement was made December 8 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Plans are for the facility to function both as an MX4D Motion EFX movie theatre, as well as serve as what’s touted as the first immersive spectator theater hosting competitive esports tournaments along with providing a launch pad for a network of tournament theaters beyond Hollywood.
“We see cinema operators working together as a global network of immersive MX4D esports theaters and becoming part of the fabric of competitive gaming. We are in discussions with sponsors, esports organizations and other cinema operators to join forces with the TCL Chinese Theatre as we bring this exciting capability to the world of online and live tournament play"said said Robert K. Laity, CEO of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

 The system is produced by MediaMation, which provides 4D Motion EFX theaters and seats at over 300 installations worldwide in 37 countries.

Dan Jamele Co-founder of MediaMation continued, “MediaMation designs, engineers and installs ultra-modern, modular eSports destinations, temporarily converting the theatre space into a full-scale eSports tournament environment and then back to theatre space. The goal is to offer a professional and immersive environment for spectating while the audience ‘feels’ the gaming action in their MX4D eSports spectator seat.”
“It just made sense for MediaMation to be in the eSports space. The MX4D ‘theatre-to-arena’ initiative is immersive, eSports spectating like nobody has ever seen before!”

 "Enjoy an industry first esports experience as your MX4D seat rolls and tilts in a heart-pounding clash between world class teams. Feel the action as competitors bash, smash, maneuver, shoot, blow-up, and knock down a competitor all the while racking up points leading them to victory."

Esports is also known as eSports, e-sports, competitive or pro videogaming is now the hottest, a new form of competition that is played on personal computers, consoles (i.e. Xbox and PS4) and mobile devices. Esports teams have moved into professional status with contracted teams and players receiving sponsorship and endorsements while participating in online and live tournaments where they compete for large cash prize pools.

TCL acquired naming rights to the Chinese Theatre in 2013. The owners partnered with Imax Corp. that year to renovate the facility as a custom.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vehicle Debuts for LAAutoShow 2017 - Dec.1 - 10 at LA Convention Center

The Los Angeles Auto Show will feature more than 50 vehicles debuts from leading automakers such as General Motors, INFINITI, Lexus, Lincoln, Toyota,  BMW and Mercedes-Benz starting December 1st to Dec.10th located at LA Convention Center.
Mercedes Benz CLS 2018

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Dec.1st 2017
Photos Karen Ostlund

MINI’s new Electric Concept vehicle will make its North American debut, while Mitsubishi will reveal its 2018 Eclipse Cross. Alongside vehicle debuts and experiential showcases from Audi, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and more, this year also marks the first time Tesla will exhibit in a main hall of the show.
VOLVO XC 40 2018

MINI Cooper Convertible 2018
“L.A. is at the forefront of the ever-evolving new mobility industry,” said Lisa Kaz, President of AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show. “With this vehicle debut lineup, we’re set to deliver the best of what’s to come in the automotive space"
BMW Concept car 2018

American, Asian and European auto manufacturers to unveil their latest road-ready vehicles and concepts across all categories. Premium brands are making a major push with BMW Group, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo all preparing to make important debuts.
BMW Group will show eight new cars and one new motorcycle – including two world premieres.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

JEEP Wrangler 2018
Porsche has confirmed  the global reveal of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS and Jeep Wrangler are among more than 30 vehicles confirmed to make their global debut, while Hyundai’s Kona and Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross will make their first North American appearances. Toyota and Lexus are both slated to bring a global vehicle premiere, and Toyota will be focusing on a new hydrogen infrastructure project.
Hyundai KONA 2018

NISSAN car in Star War movie opens Dec.18

Following up on last year’s hit Star Wars-themed debut of the Rogue, Nissan will unveil its newest entry into the CUV segment in the U.S.while the second takes the brand back to a galaxy, far, away and will feature a dramatic family of vehicles inspired by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Additionally, Chevrolet will have both global and North American debuts on display at the show, while legendary American manufacturer Saleen Automotive will celebrate the global reveal of its latest vehicle, which is a result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing and racing.

LA Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles, next to LA Live and Staples Center. Tickets and more info

In its second year, The Garage, a unique destination in lower South Hall, will feature one-of-a-kind vehicles, the hottest aftermarket parts and accessories, customized rides and more. GO, located in the South Hall Atrium and the breezeway, will once again be a favorite of smart mobility fans interested in scooters, kickboards and electric bikes.

The Garage will feature more than 30 exhibitors across a 160,000-square foot area, conveniently located beneath the South Hall of the Convention Center.  LA Auto Show attendees can visit The Garage to watch demos of aftermarket products, purchase branded merchandise and check out custom vehicles. The Garage will feature a car wrap demo from Al & Ed’s Autosound, customizable license plate frames for purchase from Custom Engraving Company and the Girls’ Pit Stop with auto maintenance workshops catering to women from YouTube star Jessicann.

Prestone, celebrating its 90-year anniversary, will be displaying more than 25 vehicles including its 1971 De Tomaso Pantera, built by the Ringbrothers; a custom 1966 Chevrolet C/10 Street Truck dubbed “Unruly;” and its most recent reveal, a custom 1972 AMC Javelin, also built by the Ringbrothers. Prestone will also feature the top cars from its uniquely diverse 90th Anniversary Rally preceding the LA Auto Show.

Alongside Prestone, brands exhibiting in The Garage this year include the following:

AirWolf 3D: Check out “The World’s Most 3D-Printed Hellcat,” a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat loaded with custom parts 3D-printed on AirWolf 3D printers.

Ivan Tampi Customs: The self-taught automotive designer will be displaying his customized Corvette kits, including his latest design, the XIK Widebody Kit for the C7 Corvette Stingray.

K1 Speed: The nation’s premiere kart racing company will have their signature go-karts on display for photo opportunities, in addition to a spin-the-wheel prize giveaway.

Yamaha: The iconic manufacturer will display water crafts, e-bikes, ATVs, 4×4,  motorcycles and helicopter drones, in addition to partnering with the music division to feature a Disklavier piano, amps, guitars and musical performances by a garage band.

“Every year, fans of the show look forward to seeing the displays and exhibits taking place in The Garage and Go, because both destinations encompass what Los Angeles is all about – our love of cool and unique cars (old and new) and our appreciation for the alternative transportation lifestyle,” said LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA President, Lisa Kaz. “The array of custom cars and aftermarket accessories intermixed with inventions and products are a true representation of the diverse future of mobility.”

Featured inside GO will be leading personal mobility companies including Phantom  Bikes, Propella Electric Bikes, and 2016 Top Ten company, URB-E. New this year, GO will also utilize the 3,000 square-foot outdoor space in the breezeway behind West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center as an additional demo space for attendees to test the different products themselves. Attendees will have the opportunity to try products from:

Micro-Kickboard: The Swiss company, Micro-Mobility, manufactures scooters, kickboards and other personal mobility products for all ages.

Phantom Bikes: Headquartered in San Diego, the company designs and builds motorized bicycles, both gas-powered and electric, with the power to take riders anywhere.

Propella Electric Bikes: Electric bikes designed and developed with the look and feel of a traditional bike, that’s simple to use, reliable and affordable.

Razor USA: The American company was founded in 2000 with the introduction of its now legendary kick scooter, now is a designer and manufacturer of personal transporters and other electric rideables around the world.

URB-E: Founded in 2013, a leader in foldable electric scooters and e-vehicles developed for the urban future.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Celebrity Connected" Celebrated American Music Awards w/Holiday Gifting

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund white chocolate with peanut-butter for the holidays
One day prior to the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theatre - The Celebrity Connected yearly gifting suite was held November 18th, at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
The suit focused on Holiday Gifting: Candles, Soaps, Creams, Apparel, Games, Jewelry and Sex-toys.                specializes in making pan rolled ice cream, providing you with a variety of flavors to choose from and adding fresh fruit. Rolling Ice Creamery was founded back in 2015 from 3 best friends that was looking to revolutionized the way ice cream was made. By using a sub-zero temperature pan, the team was able to create freshly made ice cream from scratch using only the freshest ingredients.
Rolled ice cream with fruit
Noah Urreah eating rolled ice cream

James and Christian Ganiere at
 PrimBathandBodyCo is a Louisiana-based bath and body shop, which specializes in unique bath and body products! None of the products are tested on animals and are all 100% handmade.  Bath bombs are their trademark, and the ingredients in each bath bomb are: baking soda, citric acid, SLSA, colorant, sweet almond oil, polysorbate 80 (helps disperse the colorant into the water so it doesn't stain the tub), & fragrance oil.

Costume Holiday and American Music Awards Candles by
Wise Hands plant based salves on Facebook:Muscle Mend, Healing Touch and Working Hands sauna foil mask can prevent to evaporate effective ingredients such as gold, hydrolyzed collagen, coenzyme Q-10, adenosine and soy bean extract.
Elixir provides strong elasticity and a skin firming effect to loose skin, keeping skin’s health and making it soft. This mask is specially developed to help with anti-aging, getting rid of wrinkles and skin firming. is  best known for their haircare products, but have now launched a skin care for the holidays, to help with common issues such as moisture, firming, correcting fine-lines, uneven skin tone, dark circles or wrinkles. Melanated means combining form - of botanical as almond oil, aloe vera, antioxidants, avocado oil, chamomile & cucumber extract, jojoba oil, green tea and shea butter.
NakedAllNatural lotion for tattoos is a company that believes in the power of nature, and harnessing that power to create the finest all-natural healing products with no artificial coloring or fragrance - which is very common cause of skin allergies and contact dermatitis. "Our soap is made from vegetable and plant oils only. You will notice in many bars a product called sodium tallow ate  and contain grapefruit seed (gse) , which is an all-natural, broad spectrum antimicrobial agent". The NakedAllNatural products: soap, tea, lotion, oil and salve were originally made as a healing aid for tattoos and piercings, and other cosmetic applications, such as nails, waxing, and permanent makeup.

Billy Morrison at Second is tight unisex sports apparel engineered for unrestricted movement so you can set your goals and break them.
                                       presented Cookie & Candy new foreplay vibrators: Cookie with 3 massaging tentacles and Candy, the kissing fish mouth - both waterproof which run with lithium batteries

Shaka Smith at
 Hemp Love Chocolate share two powerful ingredients: hemp from Canada and love for chocolate.
Hemp is a crop that comes from the cannabis plant, but is not marijuana and does not contain THC. The hemp love chocolates come in Cinnamon-Salt, Lavender-Salt and Mint flavors. is a girl's lifestyle brand of sandals that is fun and festive. Each pair is handmade and no two pair are alike! was gifting women's elephant print harem pants with elastic smock waist, elastic ankles, and external pockets. Since The Elephant Pants store opened it’s doors in 2014, it has sold more than 400,000 pairs of pants and donated more than $127,000 to organizations that are looking to make the world a safer place for elephants.  - Select CBD Blends oil combines the medical benefits of CBD with essential oils and natural extracts to help you Relax, Focus, and Revive: Relax offers release at the end of a stressful day with sweet-smelling, calming lavender extract. Focus is formulated to provide the clarifying benefits of CBD combined with soothing, refreshing peppermint extract. Revive lifts you up with invigorating, rejuvenating grapefruit extract to help you recover, reconnect and regain energy. Experts use this oil to make devastating edibles, soothing topicals, and to fill their own dab pens. Over 21 for usage.
The idea the was born from one scene of the movie ‘The Boss’ starring Melissa McCarthy, where she was getting her teeth whitened, wearing the infamous mouthpiece and struggling to speak. Watch Ya’ Mouth Game includes 143 cards (ages 8+), 10 mouthpieces (6 regular for adults, 4 small for kids), 1 60-second sand timer, and instructions. Viviana D’Ontañón is the Puertorican jewelry designer who has been known for creating her layering concept lines.  Viviana creates today a wellknown brand with gold-filled chains and semi precious stones - minimal and classic designs.

Travis Deslaurier at tasting, also in spiced flavor from Radouga distilleries
 OKO Lifestyle was created by sisters Abbie Boatwright and Katie Steelman. Their t-shirt dresses come in versatile styles, and has been their favorite since the beginning, created from 100% bamboo.
Eco-friendly and sustainable materials - "We use a variety of sustainable materials including bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester said Alexa Varana the founder and owner of
 "A stencil is created to ensure efficiency for production, which allows us to produce large amounts of our final product. The stencil is hand-cut and applied to our manufactured blanks,and then chosen a variety of paint colors, to hand-paint every item". offers a selection of authentic products from a small european country Lithuania, where some very talented designers live and create. The store Ma Belle Avenue traveled from Hinsdale, IL to Hollywood, CA to showcase.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Eataly, LA's Italian Market Place Inaugurated w/Pasta-Ribbon Cutting

Photos by Karen Ostlund   

The Los Angeles Eataly, located in the northeast corner of the Westfield Century City mall, opened on Nov. 3 with pasta-ribbon cutting by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Mayor Eric Garcetti cuts the “Pasta Ribbon” with Eataly’s partners
Eataly  has locations in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Italy, and now Los Angeles, Century City.
The Italian company was brought to the Americas in 2010 with the help of Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Adam and Alex Saper.
Eataly is not a chain, it's a family, and each location is distinct and highlights the city and people who reside there.
  The large-scale Italian marketplaces, which include restaurants, cafes and markets, are like Disneyland for Italian food lovers. Imagine giant rooms full of fresh pasta, bubbly pizzas, rounds and rounds of cheese, baskets full of fresh bread and walls lined with bottles of wine stacked to the ceiling.
Salumi and Formaggi
Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti said he’s been thinking about an L.A. location since opening the first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007. Lidia Bastianich and her son Joe, as well as chef Mario Batali (Joe and Batali are partners in the L.A. Mozza restaurants along with Nancy Silverton), are all partners and collaborators.
There are now 13 locations in Italy, four U.S. Eatalys, and multiple iterations around the world for a total of 39. The next U.S. location will be in Las Vegas.
Italian desserts
Eataly has also announced plans to open its first Canadian location in early 2019 as an anchor tenant of the newly renovated Manulife Centre in the heart of Yorkville. Eataly, a vibrant Italian food marketplace including a mix of food markets, restaurants, and eateries will span three stories for a total space of 50,000 square feet.
Pasta making
Italian cheese
pasta tasting

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bow Wow Beverly Hills Presented ‘Say Sparky Sent ‘Ya’ for Halloween 2017

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund

 Bow Wow Beverly Hills Presented ‘Say Sparky Sent ‘Ya’ Halloween Party to
benefit The Amanda Foundation last Sunday, October 29th, at
The Via Rodeo at 2 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
The 3 winners of Doggie Costumes Contest 2017 with Amanda Foundation founder Teri Austin

Semi Final of Doggie Costume Contest

Tito's Vodka Martinis and Nectar of the Dogs Wine
Bow Wow Halloween 2017 theme was:
Step back in time to the Roaring ’20’s when a quick knock at the right unmarked door in Tin Pan Alley opened to a bevy of “It” girls and swanky Swells puttin’ on the Ritz enjoying some forbidden Hooch! You’ll be the cat’s pajamas in your flapper finery while you sip our special Halloween cocktail, the “Prohibition Inhibition Martini”.
1920's style dancers at Bow Wow Halloween at Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills

The Amanda Foundation's yearly Halloween event help raise the funds  to rescue our furry pals from the shelters, spay and neuter thousands of pets, and educate the public on how to be the best buddy to our best buddies.
Tina Sinatra with Teri Austin

Tina Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato) returned this year to talk about her long time support of The Amanda Foundation's mission to rescue homeless dogs and cats. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Perlico - Perlaco (1971) and Dream Girl of '67 (1966).
Tina confessed she was once allergic to dogs but overcame it with help from the Amanda Foundation, and she has been a dog-owner ever since.
Collie in a hot dog costume

The night's highlights included the doogie Halloween Costume contest, a silent and live auction, Casino Night (roulette, craps and blackjack), delicious vegetarian cuisine by 208 Rodeo restaurant, and special Halloween cocktails from Tito's vodka and a launch of a new vineyard Nectar Of The Dogs Wine.
Craps at Bow Wow Halloween
Bow Wow veggie platter and silent auction

Chihuahuas in sailor costumes
More contestants
The Amanda Foundation established 1976 has rescued and placed thousands of dogs and cats into loving homes and is the ONLY non-profit animal charity in the city of Beverly Hills and the only one in Los Angeles to own and operate a full-service veterinary