In celebration of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Subway Restaurants took sandwich artistry to a whole new level with a larger-than-life street art display on Hollywood Blvd. Jared Fogle “The Subway Guy” was on hand this week to unveil the masterpiece, pose with fans, and dine #WhereSuperHeroesEat.
After all, superheroes need to eat, right? Which begs the question: What kind of speedy metabolism do Thor and Captain America have if they're chowing down on footlong clubs in between battles with nasty otherworldly enemies?
Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images
Jared posed with #WhereSuperHeroesEat 3D street art in celebration of sandwich maker's partnership with the upcoming Marvel movie on Monday.
While some of you were sweating it out in the desert at Coachella this past weekend, we were chilling out at the Hollywood Roosevelt and sampling the goods at the MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge (sponsored by LifeCell).
The fabulously hospitable GBK Productions hosted yet another swagfest full of treats and surprises for celeb guests and various members of the press covering the annual festivities.
Photo Credit - Getty Images for GBK Productions
During our visit we spied Teen Wolf hottie Ryan Kelley and Glee's Dot Marie Jones among the recipients who got to sample some refreshments, provided by event sponsor Bare Organic Mixers (our fave: the Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo) and bring home some sweet gifts like...
Tops and pants from Savee Couture, T-shirts and hoodies from Bible LA, a cool V-neck tee from the eco-friendly, humanitarian designer M The Movement (as seen on the right with Castle's Nathan Fillion), a box of baked treats from Naughty Girls Donut Shop, handmade, natural stone jewelry from Dara Ettinger, and a goodie bag filled with artisan accessories and bath products from The Artisan Group.
After a glass of Nuvino Wine, we were ready to put down our bags and recline on a lounge chair before heading out to Hollywood Boulevard...
Brendan Robinson. Photo Credit - Getty Images for GBK Productions
...but little did we know playing a few rounds with the new Nerf Rebelle - a toy that would please any Katniss follower - would delay us.
If you've been living under a social media rock for the past couple of days, you should know that the annual, take-off-your-shirt-and-get-sweaty-under-a-tent musicfest that is Coachella has officially kicked off for the next two weekends in the sweltering Southern California desert.
And here are some past and present opportunities to ogle the tight torsos and sunburnt beefcake that tends to populate the festival grounds...
Chances are, if you've lived in L.A. long enough to grow tired of every trendy boutique eatery that opens up every other month and wins the attention of every foodie with a subscription to Los Angeles Magazine and Bon Appetit...then you'd probably enjoy the unabashed old-schoolness of Billingsley's on Pico Boulevard (right behind the Best Buy on Sawtelle).
We recently had the pleasure of experiencing one of the oldest dining establishments in L.A. Opened in 1946, Billingsley's has some classic Hollywood blood running through its veins; the family of Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley is its original founders, so you know this place has a lot of history packed within its windowless walls (if they could only talk).
Stepping inside is like taking a trip back to 1974, probably because that was the last time the restaurant was renovated since its ownership changed hands (and probably when much of its waitstaff had been hired). And that's a good thing. This is more than just a warm, welcoming place. It's a time capsule that deserves some respect.
The food is what you'd expect from a place that has stood the test of time and trends, a basic selection (basic in a good way) of old-fashioned meat-and-potato platters that proudly laugh in the face of all of those gluten-free, Paleo, and soy protein recipes that tend to populate the pages of menus across the city. As for the cocktails, they're under $10, which is a rarity within these city limits.
And now there are rumors saying that this Los Angeles staple is near extinction, which is sad, another example of a traditional, family-run establishment that is buckling under the pressure of a city constantly reinventing itself and obsessed with the new.
Say it isn't so.
Don't let the unpaved parking lot and rusted sign outside fool you (pardon the dust from the newly constructed Metro line that hovers above the non-descript building). Billingsley's is still open for business (well, at least until 9:30pm) and serving up some culinary nostalgia.
Crowds by the thousands. Long lines for autographs. Insightful discussion panels in huge halls...
Sure, we've had our fair share of Comic-Con in San Diego, but the upcoming 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 18-19, at USC) is promising to be its biggest gathering of geeks and bibliophiles.
Whether you call it #bookfest or #bookpride, FOB is making some pop culture pundits wonder: is it the next Comic-Con?
If you ask us, the answer is YES. And now's the time to jump in because, over the years, the crowds have gotten bigger -- and more fervent. Much of this could be attributed to the ever-increasing popularity of YA fiction in popular culture, thanks to successful blockbuster franchise adaptations at the box office. #LAtimesFOB is known for showcasing the next big things in the genre and inviting current literary heavyhitters to meet fans.
Maria Bello, Octavia Spencer, Jason Segel, Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), Billy Idol, Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black), Patton Oswalt, and Candice Bergen are just a few of the famous names appearing on the various stages throughout the festival grounds.
And don't forget the Festival After Dark events like...
THE SPOKEN WORD - An interweaving of text and movement that journeys through African American fatherhood, planet hip hop and environmental justice. Performed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
BOOK DROP BASH - The official after-party of the LA Times Book Prizes. here’s your chance to rub shoulders with authors and library lovers alike, participate in the legendary book swap, and enjoy music and drinks. This event is open exclusively to Library Foundation Members and invited guests of the Book Prizes.
LITERARY DEATH MATCH - Called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times, the live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary.
For those suffering from Glee withdrawal, check out Boychoir, the indie starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, and Kevin McHale (Hi Artie!) about the arrival of a rebellious 12-year-old at a private music academy for young boys.
Kind of like Pitch Perfect...eh, maybe not:
Then...there's Arnold Schwarzenegger'sMaggie, which sees the action hero in a more muted role as a father looking to save his daughter from what appears to be a zombie plague.
If you ask us, it looks like a feature-length flashback episode of The Walking Dead...and that ain't a bad thing:
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