WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
Ray Donovan – Episode 1 The Kalamazoo
Spoiler Alert – Mickey is terrific babysitter
I’ve been of Ray Donovan for the last couple of seasons now, which I never thought to do a review because I thought it was just a crime/thriller of a show with little or no philosophical questions I wanted to talk about. But then I saw the trailer for this new season, which was a different storyline for Ray as opposed to other seasons because everything in his life is either changing or dying. Ray has to either adapt or die. Also, the other characters of the show are facing new adversities this season. This season might be the best one yet for the show with the new storyline and the new cast members.
The show starts out with Ray’s former confidant and employer, Ezra Goodman played wonderful by Elliott Gould, essentially on his deathbed being visited by a creepy priest. Ezra confesses on his sins to the priest but is desperately seeking to talk Ray but it is too late as he passes away. Ray wouldn’t want to talk to him anyways because Ezra told Avi to kill Ray’s lover/reporter. Ezra was just looking out for Ray because the reporter could have damaged Ray, in which Ezra always had Ray’s best interest in mind as we could see with Ray’s flashbacks with Ezra. But in this season I don’t think Ray really does not give a fuck about himself or anyone else.
As we can see Ray is devastated by the death of the reporter along with Ezra’s death, he does on a downward spiral with drinking and cheating with his wife. He doesn’t want to be around his coworkers or even his family, but he is still willing to take on odd jobs as he meets powerful Andrew Finney. Mr. Finney is a well to do person, which shares similarities with Ray because they are both men of action and discretion. Ray takes on the job doing what he does making a great impression on Mr. Finney, which we can see this is going to be a focal part of the narrative this season with Mr. Finney and his family.
Ian McShane and Katie Holmes are wonderful additions to the show playing Andrew and Paige Finney but the rest of the characters of Ray Donovan are worth the watch. As we can see that Mickey Donovan is still up to his old tricks making new friends, killing new people and having a good time at it. Ray’s wife Abby is absolutely losing it because her family is falling apart as she begins to drink like a fish. Terry is still in jail but Bunchy is running the gym, which I believe is a great storyline because he’s going to fuck it up in grand fashion. The characters are just as gritty as the show, which is another reason to watch the show. But really we just want to see Ray Donovan do what he does because he’s animal!
- I loved the Kafka quote about, ‘In man’s struggle against the world, bet on the world,’” which if I had to bet? I would bet on Ray Donovan.
- Ray is pussy slayer! You girls love the bad boys.
- That new priest is defiantly going to die this season
- I totally forgot how Katie Holmes is hot as fuck
- I want that Katie Holmes family painting with the dog
- Speaking of dog, is Abby doing to call the dog Ray?
- Bunchy on Match.com – Do you put down on your profile that you’ve been raped by priests and really really like children like Jared from Subway?
- Mickey is still the shit! I would have loved it if Mickey was my babysitter.
- The Kalamazoo is the shit! Charcoal and gas with those crazy ass BTUs
- Everyday is a beautiful day in California after you deal with the traffic and pollution. Hotel California is the perfect song for our love of California.
WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
The mere mention of the word paparazzi induces such emotions of discontentment and anger, but why? It’s just another profession where there is supply and demand. People want more intimate stories about their favorite celebrities; so celebrity outlets provide a place where they can get it and photojournalists’ aka the paparazzi help provide that service.
The word “paparazzi” is an eponym originating in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini. One of the characters in the film is a news photographer named Paparazzo (played by Walter Santesso). In his book Word and Phrase, Robert Hendrickson writes that Fellini took the name from an Italian dialect word that describes a particularly annoying noise, that of a buzzing mosquito. As Fellini said in his interview to Time magazine, “Paparazzo … suggests to me a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging.” Those versions of the word’s origin are confirmed by Treccani, the most authoritative Italian encyclopaedia, but sometimes contested. For instance, in the Abruzzi dialect spoken by Ennio Flaiano, co-writer of La Dolce Vita, the term “paparazzo” refers to the local clam and is also used as a metaphor for the shutter of a camera lens.
It is probably the only profession I know that is universally hated by everyone. It is lower than a vagrant and hated more than a parking meter maid. A drug dealer or a hooker has more clout than the paparazzi. Many of these snappers graduated from college and some even had professional training before they entered the other side of Hollywood. There is the other side of Hollywood away from the glitz and glamour, in which the public rarely sees. Sometimes we see super famous people doing things they shouldn’t and occasionally a paparazzi is there to document it all. They make headlines and everyone profits from it except maybe for the celebrity but as the adage goes, “there is no such thing as bad publicity.” The people who profit the most are the celebrity outlets, but you don’t fucking hate them with a passion. I still see a bunch of assholes pack aTMZ tour bus every single day.
So, the question is why do you hate the regular Joe Schmo on a public street with a camera? Aren’t they just doing their job, in which you can probably see yourself doing if you didn’t have this ignorant view of the paparazzi. Let me be clear, not all of them are a bunch of angels but they are not all bad. Of course, you have a couple of crazy fucks willing to do, what they have to do to make a buck and there are others who are willing to comply with all the rules and regulations. Doesn’t this sound familiar? It sounds like every other job that is out there in America. What is the difference from being the paparazzi from any other occupation out there?
But to be fair being a paparazzi is not your typically 9 to 5 job. This is why I decided to interview one of the men that you vehemently hate, Rick Mendoza. Rick has been in this industry for many years in which he was there when TMZ first started and has seen the company rise to fame. He has been there for all the stories, in which he himself has been a part of. Do you remember Britney Spears running over a photographer’s foot? Yup, that was Rick’s foot. He’s seen it and done it all. Rick has many alias like The Man with the Black hat, Top Hat Rick, Sellebrity Rick or Robertson Rick. This is where I meet Rick on Robertson Blvd in “Paparazzi Central.”
Ryan Fu: What are you famous?
Rick: I’m not famous maybe popular for photographing celebrities for a long time. People start to recognize you for the things you do.
Ryan Fu: Is there is difference between fame and popularity?
Rick: I think there is because popularity is just recognizing you for what you do and fame is getting paid for what you do. Fame is on a different level because now you are generating income. It’s all about the income.
Ryan Fu: What did you do before you were a Paparazzi?
Rick: I was collector in Japan.
Ryan Fu: Why did you choose this profession?
Rick: I chose it because I was trying to indirectly sneak into Hollywood. I was looking for a way just to be a part of it because I’m not an actor, writer or producer. But if I can create an illusion that I am from this world maybe it will open some doors for me and it has open doors for me.
Ryan Fu: Do you like being paparazzi?
Rick: I have gotten used to it. I didn’t know the effects coming into it but I knew I had to change the bad stigma it had, so I guess I love it because I believe I’ve changed the bad stigma about what a paparazzi is.
Ryan Fu: How did you change it?
Rick: I changed it because I’ve given it a voice were it had no voice. It’s more recognized now. I will show you the real truth about this world.
Ryan Fu: What is the truth?
Rick: The truth is it is a game. It’s a game about hype, money, and economics. It’s about products and marketing. It’s like any other job out there. It’s about keeping the economical machine rolling called“Hollywood” going.
Ryan Fu: So it’s all about the money?
Rick: Hollywood is based about just money. People have story lines and great acting abilities but the bottom line is the financial gains that it gets.
Ryan Fu: What is the best shot you got?
Rick: I’ve got a handle full of money shots. A few of those shots involved Michael Jackson, and the Royal Family when they came to Los Angeles.
Ryan Fu: What are the dos and don’ts as a paparazzi?
Rick: Be confident and respectful. It’s such an easy game to make money. Just follow the rules and the laws. It’s just common sense and you’ll make money.
But don’t be cocky and believe every shot is the money shot. Don’t go out of away for a shot if it causes you harm and you must be always aware of your surroundings. Don’t think you know it all.
Ryan Fu: What do you like and dislike about your job?
Rick: I love the excitement, which I think I am a part of Hollywood indirectly. I’m my own industry in a different realm of Hollywood. I’m the villain of Hollywood and I like that. It’s like every movie, there has to be a villain and I guess I’ll play the bad guy.
What I don’t like is all the ignorant people who didn’t education themselves before they started judging us. They love to point fingers and blame us before they know the whole story. People should take the time to research so they can find out why they hate our occupation. I don’t like the ignorance.
Ryan Fu: You don’t mind the haters?
I don’t mind the haters but educate yourself to hate. Don’t just hate because you were taught to hate, learn why you hate.
Ryan Fu: How do you feel about the media portraying the paparazzi?
Rick: Personally, I don’t like it. It is usually one-sided and never from the perspective from the paparazzi and when it is, the media usually picks the story where the paparazzi are too aggressive and too reckless. We are not all like that and I hate it when they try to pigeonhole all of us.
Ryan Fu: What are your thoughts of the new paparazzi laws i.e. the “No Kids Policy.”
Rick: I can only speak for myself and say I follow all rules and laws. I never got out of my way to break any laws just to get a shot. But these celebrities have to realize that they chose this life. They made themselves into public figures and just because you are rich and have influence, you cannot just change the laws because it inconveniences you.
Ryan Fu: Are you the best at what you do?
Rick: I’m the best for myself and that’s all that matters for me. What makes me successful is that I know myself and I already know that I’ve been successful at this game.
Ryan Fu: What is your philosophy on business/relationships/ life?
Rick: Be true to yourself then you can be true to others. You have to live with PASSION.
Ryan Fu: Have you ever burned any bridges?
Rick: I’ve burned many bridges. I’ve burned down the mountains that held the bridges.
Ryan Fu: What is your ultimate Goal?
Rick: To live everyday to the fullest and make sure it’s memorable. That makes me excited to wake up everyday.
Does this sound like a guy you should hate? Or does it sound like every person you know that is just trying to make living. In this spiritual weekend I will leave you with this quote that I learned in Sunday school that maybe will change perspective on judging people before you know them, “ Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you. – Matthew 7:1
In case you haven’t yet heard, kids and their parents get free admission to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art any old time they want to go. Art for NexGen is the nation’s only free youth membership program, offering free admission to anyone 17 and under along with one accompanying adult. To join, print an enrollment form and bring it to the museum with you – and then hit the Boone Children’s Gallery anytime you want.
California Science Center
There is so much to do at the Science Center it’s just crazy – including visiting the new exhibit housing the space shuttle Endeavor. Naturally the Science Center greatly appreciates contributions at the door when you can afford to make them, but when you can’t you’re just as welcome, with no questions asked; the “admission” price is a suggestion only.
Although there is a cost to attend the films offered at the Observatory (and they are worth every penny), there is plenty to do at Griffith Observatory without spending a cent. The many interesting interactive exhibits, the epic views, and even the remarkable building itself make the trip a Los Angeles must-do.
Paley Center for Media
This is so LA; formerly known as the Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center has recordings of old TV and radio shows running during opening hours, plus a library where you can request a private screening of any show in history. Like the Science Center, the Paley has a suggested donation posted, but admission is free every day.
Wells Fargo History Museum
The free Wells Fargo History Museum connects the bank’s history to the Gold Rush and early southern California, with displays that include an 1868 Wells Fargo stagecoach and rare gold coins and nuggets. A telegraph machine in the corner on the first floor allows kids to send messages between two tables using a Morse code chart.
Glendale College Planetarium Public Shows
A series of free astronomy presentations for both the GCC community and the general public covers a variety of topics every Wednesday (Spring 2013) from 12:30pm-1pm in the GCC planetarium (CS257). Topics for the different presentations explore our solar system, lunar phases, and the possibility of life on other planets.
SAMO The Whale
Santa Monica Place has a free play area called SAMO’s Clubhouse, designed by the same team that brought us the Skirball’s Noah’s Ark. The enormous play-on, play-in, play-around whale is built to scale, created using recycled materials, and keeps kids up to age 8 or so entertained for a surprisingly long time. The whale is on the top floor, in the food court, with plenty of natural light and plenty of seating for parents.
Watch a hockey game or figure skating at the Toyota Sports Center
The Toyota Sports Center has three different ice rinks with constant action, and two of them are observable from a heated cafe area above the rinks. Check the schedule; if you time it right, one rink could have an action-packed hockey game going on while the other has top-level figure skaters in a freestyle practice session. You can watch both for free, or spend a few coins on hot chocolate and arcade games while you watch.
Getty Center or Villa
The key to either Getty museum is that the seemingly hefty price is only for parking. This means that if you can get a ride, carpool, or take the bus, a day at the Getty can be free – and there is plenty going on at both locations to fill a lot more than a day.
The Fashion Institute of Design Museum
Admission is always free for families to check out the historical garments and costumes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum. Expect to see literally thousands of threads worn in movies through the ages.
Credit: Mommy Poppins
WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
Little Tokyo, also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America.It is one of only three official Japantowns in the United States, all in California (the other two are in San Francisco and San Jose). Founded around the beginning of the 20th century, the area, sometimes called Lil’ Tokyo, J-Town, 小東京 (Shō-tōkyō), is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. It was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995.
Check out this funny parody of Pharrell Williams’ video of “Happy” the L.A. Version, Fix LA’s Sidewalks!
Created, Directed, and Edited by Honora Talbott (@honorathexplora)
Director of Photography: Ben Molyneux
Music: Pharrell William’s “Happy”
Produced by “Clive Rice!”, an iO West Mainstage Sketch Team
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Mid-Wilshire is a highly diverse, well-educated and densely populated residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its commercial and public-use areas also make it the site of world-class museums and research centers and of widely known shopping districts and restaurants.
This article fucking nails it about Los Angelenos! How L.A. Natives have a love/hate relationship about the city we live in and I love the fact the writer is a follow Filipino. No matter how far or high you go in life, you always remember where you came from. I come from the Jungle called L.A.!!!
I grew up in Los Angeles. I was born in New Jersey, but my family moved away from the Garden State when I was six years old. We moved into an apartment in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood, in close proximity to my aunt and cousins and several Filipino bake shops, markets, and restaurants on Temple Street. I grew up hearing the elote man blaring his horn in the streets, bought vending machine stickers, Yan Yan, and Roller Coaster chips from Temple Seafood Market, and fell asleep to my neighbors’ ranchera music and their laughing, Spanish voices. After school, my little sister and I would spend hours at the Echo Park Public Library, poring through picture books and later, as a teen, browsing through classic novels and alternative music CDs. Most of my friends were Latin@. My girlfriends and I listened to punk music and wore the statement chokers…
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