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While New York deals with the chaos left behind by Hurricane Sandy, it's business as usual in Los Angeles where they are about to kick off the AFI Film Festival.
The AFI Fest, which begins TODAY (Thursday, Nov. 1), will screen a variety of big budget, independent, and foreign films at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and The Egyptian, including the gala premieres of Hitchcock and Lincoln.
This last Saturday, the Space Shuttle Endeavour caused a little Los Angesles gridlock of its very own, traveling on the Over Land Transporter (OLT) for 12 miles through the city in order to reach its new home at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. No surprise that it was 10 hours late.
Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. The public will be able to visit the Shuttle at the CSC beginning October 30. For more images of Endeavour both on the LA streets and during her fly days, check out the Endeavour Flickr Group.
It also shouldn't come as any surprise that NASA themselves scored the best images from the entire drive, posting them to their Flickr. Hey, NASA may not have flying Space Shuttles anymore, but they do have a killer Flickr stream! From the NASA shots and a few others, we chose 10 images you just have to see:
A 10 mile stretch of Los Angeles's 405 freeway"the 405" to Southern Californians who know how to refer to freeways properly, "405" to the rest of you peopleis going to be closed September 29-30. As with the 2011 405 closure, this event is being met with the panic usually reserved for planetary collisions with particularly large comets.
Los Angeles hospitals are bracing for disaster and taking emergency measures because apparently just telling people to 'go around' or 'take side streets' isn't sufficient. The LA economy has been fully reconfigured to "encourage Angelenos to stay out of their cars and...close to home." The mayor even held a press conference to try to contain the rising panic, during which he assured residents that they would will still be able to have "fun" despite not being able to drive on that particular 10 mile stretch of asphalt.
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Houston, Texas isn't in the best mood today. After all, around sunrise this morning "Space City" lost what it should have kept: the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour, which departed for the last time from Houston's Ellington Field, en route to its final resting place in Los Angeles. The Endeavour first hit the sky in 1992, flying 25 times, with 123 million miles in space and 4,700 circles around Earth.
It won't be a direct flight to LA for the Endeavour, atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier plane; it's booked to stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, before heading to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Then, tomorrow, the journey in the skies completes at LAX Airport before the shuttle takes to the streets in October.
Stan Lee has attended so many Comic-cons in recent years, it was only a matter of time before he started his own.
Last year the comics icon launched Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo which welcomed 35,000 people, the largest comic convention debut ever.
This weekend the con returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its second year. Along with Lee, other special guests will include Elvira, Kevin Smith, Lou Ferrigno, Felicia Day, Thomas Jane, and Linda Blair.
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Enterprise, not Endeavour, atop NASA's 747
September 20. Mark that in your iCal for your next chance at NASA shuttle-spotting as the Endeavour mounts NASA's specially configured Boeing 747 for the cross-country trip to the shuttle's final resting place in Los Angeles.
We've already filled you in on what's going down for the parade through the streets of LA on October 12, but Cape Canaveral isn't about to let the opportunity for extra cash pass by almost two weeks earlier.
Whereas standing street-side will be free in LA, Florida's Space Coast is selling tickets for a viewing of the flyaway, and they're not cheap...
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Los Angeles is the third coolest city in the United States but also the single most stressful. Maybe because of all that stress it ranks fourth among American cities as the overall best place to live, despite how the top six areas in the United States where people "value sex most"literally #1, #2, all the way down to #6are in and around Los Angeles.
What this teaches us is that lists are stupid. Even when they're not just made up (which is almost always) they tell you little to nothing about how people live and travel. Except lists about the best zoos for looking at baby monkeys, which often end up including the Los Angeles Zoo. Those explain a great deal. Because baby monkeys.
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When you think of flying between LA and London, what airlines come to mind? Surely all the major US carriers, plus British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, right? Right. Well, except there's a lurking surprise: the LAX-LHR route on Air New Zealand.
This week, Air NZ not only celebrates a whopping 30 years on this route, but they're doing it with a fare sale and a slick infographic. First, let's discuss that fare sale...
Book the roundtrip before August 27 and score Economy fares from $830, Premium Economy from $1,406 and Business Premier from $3,030. That's including all taxes and fees. Or just enter to win it (plus a slew of other goodies) with the giant contest on the airline's Facebook page.
And now, the full infographic in all its infrographic-y glory:
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The Enterprise lands at JFK
We know, we know. Just as New York City got its breath back back hyperventilating over the arrival of the Enterprise Space Shuttle, Los Angeles is all set to steal the thunder with their very own Shuttle arrival.
If the weather is good, expect the Space Shuttle Endeavour to land on the back of a NASA Boeing 747 (a bit like this) at LAX on September 20. Plane your plane spotting now!
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Riding around on the TMZ Hollywood Tour is, well, kinda embarrassing. The monitors blare an array of terrible songs, all sung by the annoying TMZ narrator (the same one who sings on the show), as the tour guide's voice booms antidotes about celebs getting diarrhea and picking up prostitutes, all from a bright red bus with the TMZ logo emblazoned on the both side.
But, between the heckling from pedestrians and corny games (like "finger or wave"), there is the occasional celebrity sighting and the chance to make the very folks the bus is stalking (rich, famous Hollywood types) take a long, hard look at themselves.
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Spring is quickly transitioning into summer, which means two things. One, the weather is perfect for outings to the nations' zoos, where you can see baby otters and baby giraffes and baby tigers and - as you're about to read - baby monkeys. Two, those zoos are about to get overrun by screaming children so you won't be able to view any of those animals in peace and quiet (no but seriously, we heart kids).
As usual we've tried to give you parks on both coasts, because people are going on vacation. Also as usual we've embedded a bunch of videos at the bottom, because baby monkeys.
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Star Trek fans will get a chance to spend ten days exploring some of the sites made famous by the TV series and movies with fellow Trekkies this summer.
Geek Nation Tours (yes, there is a tour company specializing in geek-related itineraries) has teamed up with Star Trek author, historian, consultant and producer, Larry Nemecek for “Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas With Larry Nemecek.”