THE ALIENIST- Premiering on TNT January 22

The Alienist opens when a series of haunting murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and forensics, this band of social outsiders set out to apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers. The limited series also stars Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Ray Wisdom and Q’orianka Kilcher.

The Alienist premieres across TNT’s television, mobile and digital platforms on Monday, January 22, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Grand Opening of Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation October 18 at Segerstrom in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28. The Michael Maltzan designed Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation (CDI) are transforming the Center campus with the addition of inviting and flexible outdoor spaces for performances, community events, international festivals, pre-show dining and picnicking. The day will begin with an opening ceremony and dedication at 11 a.m. followed by a full day of free family activities and an array of performances on the new permanent outdoor stage. As soon as the sun goes down, the new Argyros Plaza lighting design will add a glow for music and dancing to ‘60s — ‘70s ‘let go and let dance’ band Orgone and Bay Area soul band Monophonics. For a dramatic climax to the day, BANDALOOP returns to the wall of Segerstrom Hall high above the stage with another gravity-defying vertical dance performance that weaves intricate choreography with the art of climbing and rappelling.

Segerstrom Center President Terrence W. Dwyer said, “The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation, and the programs they host, reflect our commitment to complementing great performances with innovative community-focused initiatives to contribute in every possible way to the vitality of the county. We look forward to welcoming families and guests of all ages to the Argyros Plaza, a welcoming new public gathering place where people can connect culturally and celebrate the dynamic diversity of the County’s many wonderful communities. Performances and events on the Argyros Plaza and programs offered through our Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries will provide new ways for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts. This Grand Opening celebration is just the beginning of the Center’s ‘Next Act’ – expect more great things to come!”

On opening day, the entire Center campus will be activated and ready to be enjoyed: the lively, full-service café, permanent stage, shaded seating and picnic areas with free Wi-Fi, and an observation deck atop the café where visitors can take in the plaza ‘scene’ or pose for selfies. It’s a perfect location to catch the Center’s new fountain at the entrance to the Argyros Plaza, a reflection pool 60 feet in diameter with arches of shimmering streams of water shooting 24-feet in the air.

There will be entertainment throughout the day by a diverse array of community artists, choirs, school ensembles, a marching band, Taiko drummers and folklorico dancers. Center resident companies Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale will also join in the festivities, as will South Coast Repertory and Orange County Museum of Art.

Kids of all ages will get a jump on the Halloween weekend, decorating trick-or-treat bags and trick-or-treating at candy stations throughout the Center campus. Other fun attractions will include a caricature artist, face painting, dance class for all, Imagination Playground, food trucks, Music Mobile, puppet shows, and opportunities to observe classes by students of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. Center Docents will provide tours of the Argyros Plaza, theaters and Center for Dance and Innovation.

As evening arrives, imaginative lighting will transform the Argyros Plaza. It’s a whole new look and vibe, as audiences will discover during the free opening performances by California bands Orgone and Monophonics. Orgone delivers California funk/soul/Afrobeat – the gritty funk and soul of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with the musical cultures colliding in LA during the late ‘90s. Monophonics was influenced by many of the classic acts such as Sly and the Family Stone and Funkadelics, but their music embraces the psychedelic sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s as well.

Returning to deliver breathtaking ‘thrill’ entertainment will be BANDALOOP. People still talk about the vertical dance company’s first two visits to the Center. BANDALOOP will perform a World Premiere high above the new Argyros Plaza stage. Their daring choreography draws on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement that leave people questioning the laws of gravity. It’s more than dance, BANDALOOP performances are experiences.

San Diego International Film Festival is Underway and We’re Here with Pen and Mic

The San Diego International Film Festival is underway in Downtown San Diego. Films are screening now until Sunday. Why not spend a beautiful weekend in San Diego and see some amazing independent films.

THE SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL is So Cal’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDiFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers. Join us Downtown at the Balboa Theater for opening night, Regal Cinema and the ArcLight La Jolla for screenings and featuring the beautiful Pendry San Diego as our Festival Headquarters.

Urban Armor Gear Offers New Cases For LG V30

Urban Armor Gear (UAG, urbanarmorgear.com) — leading designers of rugged, lightweight mobile device cases — has announced a new line of their popular Plasma Series designed for the new LG V30 & V30 Plus.

Adventure seekers can have best-in-class protection with UAG’s new Plasma Series for the LG V30. The case offers 360-degree Military Grade protection to the device while remaining compatible with the latest LG features. With three-layer composite protection and a sleek, minimalistic style, UAG’s new Plasma Series is the perfect accessory to enhance the utility of the LG V30.

“We are excited to expand our popular Plasma Series to the new LG V30,” said Michael McVerry, Senior Marketing Manager at UAG. “Using our past experience with LG devices, we have engineered our Plasma case to offer rugged protection in the lightest possible package.”

UAG Plasma Series Case for LG V30

Available in: Clear and Translucent Gray

MSRP: $39.95

  • Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Wireless charging and rear fingerprint reader compatible
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on September 12

Activision has unveiled the first official details of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution developed by Infinity Ward, the fourth DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the U.S. (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The map pack features four new, epic multiplayer maps, and the final Infinite Warfare zombies co-op experience called The Beast from Beyond, set in an abandoned military base on a distant ice planet. Retribution is scheduled to release September 12, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow.

“Our team has had so much fun this year creating content for the Infinite Warfare community,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “So with Retribution, it’s the culmination of our thrilling zombies storyline, where players will head to a new setting with tons of surprises, and find out what evil force has been pulling the strings all along. For multiplayer fans, we’re delivering four new maps that really showcase combat rig abilities and great gameplay. September 12 can’t come soon enough.”

The Beast from Beyond, the final chapter of the five-part Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, features the return of Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). Wyler once again has trapped the four protagonists inside an all-new horror film, now set in a desolate military station on a distant ice planet. As players begin to discover more and more infected crew members, they’ll need to battle hordes of the undead to uncover the truth and escape Wyler’s films once and for all. The Beast from Beyond also features new weapons, traps and more, in addition to the hallmark Call of Duty action, with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “Poindexter;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) as “AJ;” Jay Pharoah (White Famous, Saturday Night Live) as “Andre;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “Sally,” all making a return from the ongoing story.

In addition to The Beast from Beyond, Retribution will also include four new multiplayer maps:

  • Carnage – A post-apocalyptic race track along the California coast, Carnage features long sight lines and environmental hazards including a fire trap players can activate on command to roast their enemies.
  • Heartland – In Heartland, teams will go head-to-head in a simulation of small town America that is a re-imagining of the classic Call of Duty: Ghosts map, Warhawk. Players can pop into the local ice cream shop for a treat, and then take out enemies down the street with a Black Hole Generator.
  • Altitude – Set in a high-end, sky high shopping mall located on the edges of the universe, Altitude pushes teams around a chaotic center where quick flank routes are key to victory. Additional features include floating lush waterfalls that border the map.
  • Depot 22 – Depot 22 is a watering hole at the end of civilization that focuses on mid-ranged encounters waged in a medium-sized, three-lane map. Players can battle in the cantina for close-quarter combat or engage with enemies wall-running off of a moving train.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution releases on September 12, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes). For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. Follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

JUICING UP THE KART RACER GENRE: ALL-STAR FRUIT RACING FLIES OFF THE STARTING LINE ON STEAM EARLY ACCESS

Leading Italian indie developer and animation studio 3DClouds is excited to announce today that they’re juicing up the kart racer genre to its limits with the release of All-Star Fruit Racing on Steam for Windows PC. Still fresh from wowing crowds at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany last month, All-Star Fruit Racing seats players behind the wheel of a speedy kart in the midst of a fruit-fueled fiesta, charging through scores of expertly crafted tracks with power-ups aplenty designed to cause magnificent macerated mayhem. Blue skies and cherry pie — get ready for a fast drive with All-Star Fruit Racing available now on Steam Early Access!

All-Star Fruit Racing employs a unique power-up system unlike other games in the genre, adding a sense of strategy to the carnage on the track. Dubbed “The Juicer,” each kart sports four separate tanks designed to be filled by the power-packed fruit players pick up on track, enabling them to both combine moves and — when all the tanks are full — unlock a unique “Mega Juice” power-up! Players are also given the opportunity to fully customize the look and feel of their characters so they can create their own unique and iconic drivers.

“The Juicer is just one way we’ve looked to bring something different to the karting genre,” said Francesco Bruschi, CEO and Founder of 3DClouds. “There have been some huge kart games over the decades, but there’s no point in following someone else’s path. All-Star Fruit Racing is designed to offer something different, and its run on Early Access should give us the feedback we need to make it an even better game.”

All-Star Fruit Racing includes both single player and multiplayer modes, local split screen with four players, online multiplayer (coming this fall) and an incredible roster of 22 characters to unlock — 11 of which are available from the start of Early Access. Players can challenge themselves today in two different modes, Juicer mode and Classic mode. Additional modes Dragster, Elimination and Elimination Mix will be added later. The easy level of all racing formats (Custom Race, Career, Fast Championship, Custom Championship and Time Attack) are available now, with medium and harder difficulty levels being added soon as well.

Five islands play host to 21 different tracks to ensure players have plenty of challenges to take on as they fight to be the juiciest racer on track. The first two islands, Winter and Summer, are available for play starting today. Another two islands will be unlocked while playing the game; the last island will be released in the coming months.

All-Star Fruit Racing is available on Steam Early Access now (Steam) for $14.99. The full game will be available for $19.99 later this fall.

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