How to celebrate Harry Potter this weekend

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child has opened in London’s West End and is sold out through December 2017. Yes, 2017. The 5-hour play, set 19 years after the last movie, is running in a very small theatre only 1,900 seats, thereby exacerbating the problem, well, it’s a problem if you want tickets, not so much for the producers. The reviews are in and they’re very good.

Good news: Another 250,000 tickets go on sale next month. A quarter-million. So you have time to start saving, as you’re looking at 2018 and beyond.

However, you don’t have to go to see the play in person to enjoy it. The script, which is being treated as Book 8, is being released at midnight tonight, fittingly Harry’s birthday, July 31.

Writes io9: Barnes & Noble said the eighth book in the story of Harry Potter is already the book retailer’s most pre-ordered book since, well, the seventh book, which originally sold over 8-million copies in 24 hours in the US. It’s also on the top bestseller list on Amazon. The upcoming release is being celebrated at more than five-thousand bookstores and libraries Saturday night, with midnight release parties featuring costume contests, wizard rock bands, magic shows, and lots of butterbeer.

On the movie front, Freeform is showing all eight Potter movies over the weekend.

30 Jul 2016

Geeky titles coming to Netflix in August

With the addition of the Jurassic Park series and the Back to the Future trilogy earlier this summer, it’s not surprising August is a far more chill when it comes to geeky acquisitions.

The biggest titles are Star Trek Nemesis (2002) and Sleepy Hollow (1999) on the movie side, both are available starting Aug. 1. (Wow, it’s been 14 years since the last TNG movie?) The fifth season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time (aka “Once upon a time this show used to be good…”) lands Aug. 26. A full list of all new titles can be found here.

27 Jul 2016

The ‘benevolent’ Game of Thrones Season 6 blooper reel

There are not a lot of laughs in GoT, but there are many chronicled in Season 6 blooper real. Watch Peter Dinklage try (and fail repeatedly) to say “benevolent.” Watch Emilia Clarke butcher Dothraki (although, it kinda sounds like Dothraki always does). See what’s under Kit Harrington’s sheet, and more.

Whoever’s running HBO’s YouTube channel is killing it as of late, with the release of the blooper reel, the Season 7 production teaser, and the amazing Samuel L. Jackson guide to the first six seasons (NSFW/Kids).

26 Jul 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews are in and they’re magical

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America’s favorite Federalist is about to be theatrically big-footed as Harry Potter has taken the stage in London. The blazingly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, in previews since June in the West End, has opened its show to reviewers — and they are gushing. And, in case you didn’t know, theatre reviewers are not the type to gush unless it’s warranted. (We’re not spoiling anything here plot-wise, so read on.)

Says The Hollywood Reporter: “[The play is] an entrancing theatrical event that generously serves fans and newcomers alike. While purists might grumble about the colonization of yet another stage in the West End by a property that originated in another medium, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has originality, craft and charm that will help to hook a new generation of mainstream theatergoers.”

That’s good, more fans. Because, you know, the Potterverse was really lacking in devotees there.

The notoriously crusty British reviewers are fawning, too.

The Daily Telegraph: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”

The Times: “It’s not the movie of the book. It’s the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could be.”

The Guardian: A “thrilling theatrical spectacle.”

The Independent: “It’s quite apparent this isn’t written to be either a book or a tie-in film; it’s a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze.”

And possibly the most important review is from actress Emma Watson: “I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.”

In true Rowling fashion, the play clocks in a 5 hours and 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. THR called it a “two-part” show; we’re assuming they mean two-act. Still, that’s the equivalent of two plays. Regardless, if you ever get a ticket, you won’t be able to say you didn’t get your money’s worth.

The play’s script is due to be released this Sunday, July 31; book stores are planning a multitude of special events on magnitude with anything they did for the latter Potter releases. The movie’s film rights have been sold, but not news on to whom.

26 Jul 2016

Gillian Anderson: Twitter Treasure

Gillian Anderson is the world’s best celebrity tweeter. Twitterer? Twitter user? Whatever. Just a few recents (we won’t even get into all her tweets trolling Duchovny from earlier this year, be still our shipper heart).

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David Duchovny

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(Anderson is joining the cast of Starz’s American Gods, coming next year, which is amassing a hell of a cast.)

Who am I kidding? I can’t resist a couple more classics:

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26 Jul 2016

Geeky movies leaving Netflix on Aug. 1

We’re in the last week of July, so it’s mad-dash-binging time for several geeky titles leaving Netflix on Aug. 1.

It’s a relatively quiet, short month for geeky departures, as evidenced below. The biggest losses will be the two Mummy movies and the first three seasons of Sci-Fi’s mishandled Warehouse 13 (and they were the best of the series 4.5 seasons.)

Gone as of Aug. 1:

Addams Family Values (1993)

The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy Returns (2001)

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Queen of the Damned (2002)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Warehouse 13 (first 3 seasons)

Wing Commander (1999)

Full list of titles here

25 Jul 2016

NASA teams with Rocket and Groot

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Well, this is cool. NASA has chosen the Guardian’s terrible twosome to adorn the official mission patch for its work aboard the International Space Station this year.

At Comic-Con, a NASA official noted the pair were chosen because they “space-based background,” and represent the “characteristics associated with what’s happening on the space station.” Really, you want the jazz that happens with those two (read: everything getting blown up and destroyed) to happen on the ISS? Did they even watch the movie? Regardless, story here.

25 Jul 2016

Our favorite geeky TV news from San Diego Comic-Con

OK, we’ve covered the new movie trailers from San Diego Comic-Con – let’s switch to the smaller screen. Here are a bunch of trailers for new series, new seasons and other TV-related stuff that debuted over the past few days at the geekfest known as SDCC.

Star Trek: Discovery
Something about the title bothers me – maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of a cable channel, or a credit card. Or maybe it still bothers me that in order to see this series, you’ll have to subscribe to another Internet service. Listen, we love Star Trek, but do we love it enough to shell another $6 per month? When you consider subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (if you’re paying for Prime) and HBO Now, these are starting to rack up.

Maybe we’ll change our mind if we see something more than just a ship and a title (maybe some additional plot details? Some character profiles? Anything?)
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24 Jul 2016

Comic-Con: All The Movie News You Need To Know (and Trailers You Need to See)

Minute-per-minute, no other week yields more news of the geeky persuasion than that of San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s a round-up of the movie news you need to know, then the trailers you need to see.

Oscar-winner Brie Larson officially announced as Captain Marvel
Due out 2018, it’s the first Marvel female superhero in forever. Black Widow fans ticked.

Joss Whedon still wants to direct a Black Window movie
“But should he?” asks io9. No. No, he should not. Black Widow fans ticked even more.

Kurt Russell will play StarLord’s Dad in Guardians 2
1. Didn’t we already know this? 2. Apparently Stallone is in this, too. Say what? 3. Most important: What’s on the soundtrack?

Guardians is also becoming a ride at Disneyland

Black Panther movie reveals its villain
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24 Jul 2016

Review: King’s Gold lets your kids play pirate by rolling dice

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Game: King’s Gold
Creator: Blue Orange
Price: $11.93 (buy here on Amazon)
Players: 2 to 6
Ages: 8 to Adult

King’s Gold is a very fast game that can end even faster if you have a lucky roll of the dice. The object of the game is to collect the most gold coins, reproduced here in the form of plastic. Players can collect gold in different ways – by grabbing it from the main game box, stealing it from the king (more on that later), or stealing it from other players (which the kids love the most).

These actions are achieved by rolling five dice, each decorated with different symbols (1, 2 or 3 coins, a skull, red crossbones or a cannon). Players get three rolls of the dice to try to achieve the final goal combination for a particular action, and you can save dice off to the side if you want. If your kids have played Yahtzee, they’ll quickly understand the process.
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18 Jul 2016

Geeky stuff you should buy on Amazon Prime Day

UPDATED: OK, the sale is on, so here are some additional geeky items on sale during Amazon’s Prime Day:

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

DC Comics Deck Building Game

Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition)

Heroes Wanted Card Game

GoPro HERO Session with Remote, Memory Card, and Carrying Case

GlowBowl GB001 Motion Activated Toilet Nightlight

A lot of these deals have a time limit, so check back later when we peruse the site for some more deals!

ORIGINAL POST:
Here at Mom and Dad are Geeks, we’re not above celebrating a fake holiday, especially one created by Amazon.com as a way to get you to buy more stuff.

Yes, tomorrow (July 12, 2016) is Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly “shopping event” that wants you to go online for special deals that the online retailer has set up. More importantly, it’s a way to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime, its membership that offers members free shipping as well as access to its streaming media and music services.

On the off chance that you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, getting one on Prime Day is a great incentive – you get to participate in the Prime Day sales, and then are ready for the shipping frenzy that occurs later in the year during the holiday shopping season.

One way you can help us, the humble creators of this site, is to sign up via this site. Just click on the banner below, which will give us a small “finders fee” if you sign up for a Prime account (this link gives you a free 30-day trial). Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.

If you already have Prime, clicking on the banner below will give you some great deals on Prime Day:

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11 Jul 2016

Should you let your kids play Pokemon Go?

Wow, we go away for a few days (vacation!) and the whole world goes crazy over a mobile app.

Yep, we’re talking about Pokemon Go, which Nintendo released for iOS and Google mobile devices over the weekend, and apparently has taken the world by storm.

We’ve seen a lot of crazes come and go, and for a mobile app to become this popular this quickly either says something about Nintendo, the Pokemon game or the fact that we’re all so connected now that news like this amplifies and spreads so much quicker. But that’s a post for another time, perhaps.

What you really want to know is, “Should I let my kids download/play this app?”
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11 Jul 2016

Kristen Chenoweth’s Mighty Game of Thrones Vocal Warmup

Actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth is a small woman with a big voice. Seriously, I met her once, she’s elfin. But get a load of the GoT warm vocal warm-up she’s got goin’ on. Wow.

01 Jul 2016

Geek streaming you can/should watch with your kids in July 2016

With school out and the kids already saying “We’re bored!”, here are some “new” movies that are streaming on Netflix in July 2016 (and one holdover from June 2016) that will not only entertain your kids, but will give them additional geek cred (and heck, you’ll enjoy them too).

Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990)
If you haven’t yet shown your kids the time-travel series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd yet, this is a great chance, as all three movies are available starting tomorrow. There’s some 1980s-level language to watch out for (especially the S-word and some G-damns), but for the most part kids aged 8 and up should be OK to watch this (they tend to ignore the subplots of the whole Marty/Lorraine arc). Mainly they’ll laugh every time Biff lands in the manure pile.


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30 Jun 2016

Love Game of Thrones ? Watch Game of Jones

 

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There’s nothing more hilarious than watching a funny person riff. This is backed up most recently by last night’s “Game of Jones” segment on Late Night With Seth Myers.

Myers sat down the Jones (of Saturday Night Live and next month’s Ghostbusters reboot) to watch last week’s epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode. The 8-minute clip is absolutely hysterical with, among other things, Jones opining on Tyrion, Littlefinger, the Unsullied, Daenerys, Jon Snow (“The boy got 9 lives. He’s a cat! He’s a frickin’ cat!”), Melisandre, Ramsay, Rickon (“You got to zig zag (%$#^$&!@($#. You can’t let him just shoot the arrow.”) and others.

She also gives Daenerys a theme song (pictured above), imitates Ramsay’s hounds, and breaks into Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” when Sansa shows up. And her sheer unbridled joy at Ramsay’s dog’s arrival at the end of the episode accurately reflects that of every GoT fan ay 9:58 p.m. last Sunday. Apparently Jones (@Lesdoggg) live tweets every GoT episode, and I’ll be adding her to my Follow list ASAP.

 

24 Jun 2016