Hello! Exploring the Super cute world of Hello Kitty

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Liz Ho (@elizabethhoacts) I am a fortune cookie: a crispy-Asian-American-treat that will give you useless advice & lotto numbers. I love Star Trek, alpacasso, Star Wars (IV-VI), makeup, reading, and taking daily pictures of my ewok of a dog named Cooper. I am also an actor. (Photography by Argeesht Mirzakhanian)

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When I was asked by YOMYOMF to cover the first ever North American exhibit of Hello Kitty called HELLO! EXPLORING THE SUPERCUTE WORLD OF HELLO KITTY at the Japanese American National Museum (aka the homebase for the first ever HELLO KITTY CONVENTION, which will happen later this month), I about shat my pants. I. LOVE. HELLO. KITTY. I will full on admit to the internet that I am a huge fan and perhaps hoarder of all things Sanrio, especially Hello Kitty.

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

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GUARDIANSSelect Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this final edition of our summer-long SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN, we review the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — 22 JUMP STREET!

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Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN.

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we discuss the sequel, 22 JUMP STREET.

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

They’re Engaged – For REAL! (oh yeah, and also, Passive Aggressive Boyfriend: The Standoff)

In the final episode of Passive Aggressive Boyfriend, Liz and Ira go eyeball to eyeball:

The stars of “Passive-Aggressive Boyfriend,” Liz Ho and Ira Heinichen, are a couple in real life.  And that ridiculously cute dog Cooper?  Yup, also theirs.  And a few months ago, these two got engaged.

Think your engagement announcement was interesting?  Think again:

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These images of Liz and Ira and Cooper went viral.  They made them just for fun for friends and family, but someone somewhere saw them, and, within a few days, they were picked up by CNN, ABC’s “The Chew,” the Daily Mail, The New York Daily News and The Huffington Post.

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Passive-Aggressive Boyfriend: The Revenge

Have you been the victim of passive-aggressive behavior? I’m here to tell you, you have options: stab the person in the eye with a fork; open the front door, walk out and never come back; spend ten years turning their friends against them, or – OR – give them a big fat spoonful of their own medicine:

Next episode: the STANDOFF.

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Enjoy! Or at least blush like crazy as Liz Ho (star of YOMYOMF’s “Reality Reboot” and “The Xmas Special“), and her real life boyfriend, Ira Heinichen (star of “Josh & Ira”) remind me us of our own human foibles!

Now me, I would never pointedly ask my son if he has seen the dog’s collar, which I know is sitting in plain view on the table, as a way to hint to him that I’m mad he hasn’t walked the dog yet; nor would I…

…oh never mind, point is, next episodes, Liz will have her REVENGE!

Amazing Sign Twirlers

Recently I made up some shit about sign twirlers…

So how far off was I?

Our actress, Liz Ho, did a wonderful job dancing around with the sign, goofing off, just being generally bouncy and buoyant. But Christ almighty, there are some people out there who belong in acrobatic troupes…

…or dance companies…

These guys are so good I would stop and buy an asbestos covered donut from them.

Some of the moves have names – The Helicopter, The Blender, and Spanking The Horse (the spinner puts the sign between his legs, slaps his own behind, and giddy-ups).

Uggh! Opportunity missed! Is there time for a reshoot!?

The Short List: THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we feature a holiday-themed short film from one of our own, Offender Alfredo Botello (who is also the writer-director of the YOMYOMF web series REALITY REBOOT starring Chester See). Below are 5 questions we asked him about the making of this short film.
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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

Rookie Still On The Mound (even though the coach walked out and had that little “talk” with him, he STILL isn’t leaving – okay, I swear, the LAST thing I learned directing for the first time)

What began a year ago as some idle chat about a possible show idea over noodles with Offender Justin turned into a chunk of my life, and a little artifact called “Reality Reboot,” which I’m very proud of – the experience, that is, as well as the artifact.  Missing it already.  On that note, here’s the last thing I learned about directing.

My co-director Robert Consing calls it “the epiphany.”

Rookie Back On The Mound (five more things I learned directing for the first time)

Last week I talked about the sheer joy and terror of directing for the first time.  I’m not done.  Today we continue with lessons 6 – 10.  But before we get to any of that, here’s how I spent a Sunday morning in August:

Remind me never to complain about “work” again.

6. Happily, you are not alone.  Making a movie is a big fat collaboration.  I co-directed with my dear old friend, Robert Consing.

Rookie’s Day Out: Ten Things I Learned Directing For The First Time

First, some context: I’ve spent the last twelve years happily typing away in hotel rooms, coffee shops, and my dining room, churning out scripts and revisions as needed, gleefully oblivious to what really goes into the making of a movie (let alone a little web series!)

Now I know different, and it’s all wonderful and frightening and exhilarating and terrifying.  But at least I wasn’t alone: I co-directed with the multi-talented Robert Consing.

1. And this is probably the most important thing – bring candy to the first day of shooting.

INTERPRETATIONS Short Film Spotlight: GOOD SHOT (New and Improved Version)

As many of you already know, we’ve launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). To help us launch, we commissioned several filmmaker friends to make their own shorts using our script and we’ll be featuring each one of them here (including a few words from the filmmakers themselves).

Today we present Good Shot (in an updated version with additional visual effects) by our fellow Offender David C.P. Chan: