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January 2021

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Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest

  • By Debbie Emery

It’s been 65 million years since dinosaurs became extinct and 28 years since Jurassic Park stomped into movie theaters. Now the dinosaurs are back — and this time they’re taking over the Rose Bowl in the new monster-sized drive-through experience, Jurassic Quest. The interactive adventure will take advantage of the Rose Bowl’s huge parking lots as 70 moving, life-like dinosaurs will roar and roam while guests marvel from the safety of their cars. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 50 foot-long Megalodon … and beware of the 80 foot-long Spinosaurus’ swinging tail as it could swipe off a side mirror. While dinosaurs once ruled the entire earth, the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru national tour comes to L.A. after prior stops in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Ft. Lauderdale and Houston.

Along with marveling at the majestic beasts, guests can follow along on with an audio tour (in English and Spanish) curated by paleontologists, who also ensured that every movement of the dinosaurs is authentic. Everyone gets the chance to commemorate their visit back in time with a safari-style photo of your group in a Jurassic setting and brag that “We Survived Jurassic Quest 2020!”

Rose Bowl Jan 15-31st, then Orange County in February.  Click here for tickets. 

 

WandaVision

Wandavision premieres January 15th on Disney Plus (Starring Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany)

WandaVision

  • By James Malcolm
  • Photo Courtesy of Disney Plus

WandaVision is a new miniseries created for Disney+ streaming, written by Jac Schaeffer, directed by Matt Shenkman and produced by Marvel Studios. Based on Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, it is set in the Marvel Universe, therefore sharing continuity with the film franchise. Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Avenger who harnesses magic, engages in telepathy and telekinesis, and alters reality. The series explores the origin and extent of Maximoff’s powers and explains how she becomes known as the Scarlet Witch, as she had not been called that in previous Marvel appearances. WandaVision shows the character becoming more in line with versions in the comics including her mental health which is shown through a series of midcentury pop culture dream sequences. Vision (Paul Bettany) returns as the android and former Avenger that was  created using the artificial intelligences J.A.R.V.I.S. and Ultron and the Mind Stone. Additional WandaVision characters appearing include Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), the daughter of Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau who looked up to her mother’s friend and colleague Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Kat Dennings plays Darcy Lewis who was an intern for Jane Foster and befriended Thor, and Randall Parkplays FBI agent Jimmy Woo who was the parole officer of Scott Lang/Ant-Man.

For more details, click here.

The Wilds

The Wilds

  • By Paige Petrone

Amazon’s new original series The Wilds follows a group of privileged yet very troubled, teenaged girls – think Mean Girls – on a retreat arranged by their wealthy parents. They feel they are doing right by their kids and that it’s their final chance to help their highly unhinged offspring. The Wilds are the girls, and this is a very wild ride for sure. Each girl has a special talent in which they excel, but they really are misfits trying to navigate serious issues. When the seemingly routine flight (on a private plane!) to beautiful Hawaii crashes, they all have to survive, get along, and figure out what has happened. Why did the plane crash? Will they be rescued? And so on.

The Wilds resembles television shows like Survivor and Lost (without Jeff Probst or a smoke monster!) and it’s even a bit like the film Castaway … but the reality is that the island is helping them and this series is more about how The Wilds recover emotionally. Basically, the island becomes the therapy they need. The girls’ stories are played out in each episode; this is not necessarily original storytelling, but it’s effective nonetheless. The content is extremely interesting — hip, raw, and very different from most of what is streaming these days. No spoilers here! You must watch to see how it unfolds, of course, in dramatic fashion.

The Wilds” is streaming on Amazon Prime.

All Creatures…

All Creatures Great & Small premieres January 10th on PBS

All Creatures…

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of PBS

All Creatures Great and Small might be new to American audiences, but to Brits like myself, PBS’ new adaptation brings countless happy memories of watching the original BBC television series in the ‘80s. Based on the bestselling novels by James Herriot, the title of the comedy-drama refers to all the different sizes of animals that the main characters treat at a veterinarian surgery in 1930s Yorkshire, England. All Creatures Great and Small sees James (who is based on the author) starting work at a country practice with brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, all under the motherly eye of housekeeper Mrs. Hall. The series stars Nicholas Ralph as James, Samuel West (Mr. SelfridgeOn Chesil Beach) as the eccentric Siegfried, Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells in Corfu) as the charismatic Tristan, and Anna Madeley (The Child in TimePatrick Melrose) as Mrs. Hall.  However, the most recognizable name in the cast is no doubt the late, great Diana Rigg, as the iconic actress and former Bond girl shines in the role of Mrs. Pumphrey – the high-maintenance owner of spoiled Pekingese Tricki Woo. With its delightful mix of nostalgia, sentiment, witty banter, cute animals and breathtaking scenes of rolling hills in the English countryside, I can’t think of a better way to start 2021 off then binge-watching All Creatures Great and Small.

 All Creatures Great and Small” premieres Jan 10th on PBS.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

Paige Petrone
Founder / Publisher

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