Vulture Festival L.A. is Coming!

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)


For the first time, Vulture Festival will be held in Los Angeles this weekend. It promises to be a high-profile pop culture extravaganza featuring the best of today’s television, film, comedy, art, and more. The lineup includes panels, screenings, exclusive cast reunions, a private museum tour, and a live comedy show, taking place November 18–19, primarily at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, with select events at other venues.

Among the new events at the two-day live showcase, curated by the entertainment site’s editors, are:

  • Scandal: The Final Season, featuring cast members Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith, Jr., and George Newbern, and a look at how the series has changed the way we think about behind-the-scenes Beltway drama.
  • Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) joins Vulture Festival for an in-depth, career-spanning conversation about her groundbreaking work as an artist, from stage to screen. The evening will feature highlights from her most esteemed performances (including her Oscar-nominated turns in Jackie and Closer), her efforts as a writer-director-producer (A Tale of Love and Darkness), and a look inside her deep commitment to global humanitarian causes.
  • James Franco discusses The Disaster Artist, his new film about the making of the modern cult classic The Room (known to its many fans as the greatest bad movie of all time).
  • Issa Rae, creator, executive producer, and star of HBO’s Insecure joins the festival for a wine down.
  • Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the women behind HBO’s Girls and Lenny Letter, in conversation.
  • An ultra-exclusive private tour of the Broad museum led by New York Magazine and Vulture senior art critic Jerry Saltz.
  • An exclusive early screening of Disney•Pixar’s Coco, followed by a conversation with co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina and star Anthony Gonzalez(voice of Miguel). Presented by Screenvision Media.
  • Robert Pattinson, the critically-acclaimed star of the Safdie brothers’ breakout movie Good Time, makes a rare live appearance to discuss his work in the film and other highlights from his varied film career.
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  • Stranger Things: Inside the Upside Down, with creators Matt and Ross Duffer, executive producer Shawn Levy, and new cast members Paul Reiser and Linnea Berthelsen discussing the 2nd season of Netflix’s popular series.
  • Vulture Festival’s Pop-Culture Trivia Game Show will test the pop-culture savvy of the cast of NBC’s Superstore the previously-announced cast of Lifetime’s UnREAL.
  • An exclusive early screening of the film I, Tonya, followed by a conversation with the film’s director, Craig Gillespie, and screenwriter Steven Rogers.
  • Actors Owen Wilson and Ed Helms discuss their upcoming comedy Father Figures, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.
  • Netflix’s American Vandal stars Jimmy Tatro and Tyler Alvarez, co-creators Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, and showrunner Dan Lagana discuss their hit show, just renewed for a second season.

A full lineup can be found at Tickets for these events are on sale now, and range from free events to $150, with most in the $25 range and including access to the AT&T Vulture Lounge poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt. A limited quantity of all-access Vulture Passes are available for $495 (excluding The Broad tour, Search Party scavenger hunt, and comedy night).

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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