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January 2021

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Spotlight!

THE DRIVE-IN

The Drive-In and Santa Monica Airport

THE DRIVE-IN

  • By Ashley Halverson

Surely one of the best things that came out of the mess that was 2020 – is the return of the drive-in movie!! Honestly, I don’t know why these ever went away!  At a time when life as we know it had been canceled – Rooftop Cinema Club found a way for us to get out to do something fun in a safe and socially distant manner. As Kevin Costner says in Field of Dreams – if you build it they will come.

And come they did – the Drive-In at the Santa Monica Airport was sold out every night offered last year!  Kids piled in their parents SUVS wearing pajamas to enjoy Christmas movies and couples got to get out for a little movie date night.  There is a really fun lineup for January of classic favorites like Grease, the Breakfast Club and Pulp Fiction as well as kids classics like Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Tangled – just to name a few.

What’s a movie without popcorn and candy?  Concessions are contact free – simply order on your phone and they’ll email you when your order is ready for pick-up.  Or you can order hot dogs, burgers, tacos or pizzas from The Cloverfield just across the street and they’ll text you when it’s ready. 2021 – the year for Love, Peace & Great Film!

For more details, click here.

FATALE

Fatale is in theaters and available for download (Starring Hillary Swank and Michael Ealy)

FATALE

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of LIONSGATE

For his latest flick, director Deon Taylor (Black and Blue) concocts a fatal attraction all his own that starts with a one night stand and ends with a married man charged with murder. Donning the wandering eyes of this accused man is instant charmer Michael Ealy (Stumptown), who plays Derrick, a successful sports agent happily married to his beautiful wife. But a violent break-in disrupts his fairy tale world and leaves Derrick narrowly escaping with his life. When the police arrive, he and his wife come face to face with his one night stand, played by the always impressive Hilary Swank (Away), now the detective conveniently assigned to investigate his case. The more she digs into his life, the more desperate he grows to keep their sordid secret away from his wife, and as Derrick fends off her advances, the detective must resort to more vindictive tactics to get what she wants. Swank plays the perfect cat to Ealy’s terrified mouse, grounding the character with her signature forcefulness while clearly having crazy fun inside the madness of it all. With an outstanding cast that also includes Damaris Lewis (See), Mike Colter (Evil), Kali Hawk (White Chocolate), Danny Pino (Mayans M.C.), Sam Daly (Hunters), Geoffrey Owens (Bless This Mess), David Hoflin (Turbulent Skies), and Tyrin Turner (Dutch), Fatale lands every thrilling punch.

Fatale” is now playing in theaters.

News of the World

News of the World (Starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel) now in theaters and available for download (Photo Bruce W. Talamon/Universal Pictures)

News of the World

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo By Bruce W. Talamon/Universal

Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved and respected actors in Hollywood — and for good reason. He was also the first A-list star to get contract the coronavirus earlier this year and has since used his platform to stress how important it is that the whole world takes this pandemic seriously. Hanks also believes that the “sea of change” forced on the movie industry by COVID-19 that’s resulted in major films streaming when they would normally have aired in theaters “has been a slow train coming.” This all brings us to News of the World, the Oscar winner’s latest epic directed by Paul Greengrass that will premiere in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day but stream internationally on Netflix. Based on Paulette Jiles’ best-selling book, the western drama follows a widowed Civil War veteran (played by Hanks) on a quest to return a young girl, Johanna Leonberger (Helena Zengel), who was stolen by natives as an infant to her last remaining family. However, Johanna wants to stay with her Kiowa captives with whom she has grown up rather than travel hundreds of miles to live with an aunt and uncle in a place she’s never called home. News of the World also stars Michael Covino, Fred Hechinger, Neil Sandilands, Thomas Francis Murphy and Mare Winningham.

For more details, click here.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru Experience

Hot Wheels

  • By Kymberly Chase

Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru is awesome! It’s a one-of-a-kind, contactless experience where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right outside your car windows! There are 50 full-sized Legendary Hot Wheels cars, Monster Trucks, Garage of Legends vehicles, robots, and more from the classic toy collection. Among the highlights are hall-of-famers Twin Mill, Deora II, Rip Rod, Loop Coupe, and the original Bone Shaker; Monster Trucks Bigfoot and Bigfoot #5 (the world’s tallest and heaviest Monster Truck), Tiger Shark, Demo Derby, and V8 Bomber. There is also a four-story Megasauras, and spectacular light tunnels. Every ticket purchase includes a Hot Wheels 3-Car Pack and one free digital photo memory of your experience. There’s even an Ultimate Toy Pack available for purchase on the event website!

The Drive-Thru is located at 4000 Ontario Center (the Toyota Arena parking lot) in Ontario. Remember to use the restroom before arriving and bring snacks because neither are available. This experience is designed to be enjoyed exclusively from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. No part of it requires you exit your car. Everyone within your vehicle must be in a designated seat and wearing a seat belt. Prices and hours of operation vary so be sure to check the calendar for each day’s opening and closing times — and hurry! Get your tickets today because this unique experience ends on January 10.

For more details, click here.

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.

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Founder / Publisher

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