Nerdly News: Slinky Dog coaster arrives, Inhumans in IMAX

Rounding up some of the top geeky news items for today so you don’t have to go wandering the Internet (we know, you’re working):

VIDEO: Slinky Dog coaster cars show up at Disney World

It’s not just the new Star Wars World that has us excited to plan a trip to Disney World in the future. As part of its new Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the company is building a Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster, which “will make guests feel like they’re shrunk to the size of a toy” from the Toy Story movies.

The Disney Blog has a video showing the new carts arriving and interviews with Disney creators about the ride.

Game of Thrones in modern times?

A mysterious video trailer popped up this week touting a new “Westeros The Series”, in which characters from Game of Thrones are suddenly thrust into a new world. The Telegraph has more details on whether this was just a fan-made video or something that might actually be produced.

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31 Aug 2017

Survey: If You Don’t Want to Fight, Don’t Play Monopoly

Monopoly board

A survey of 1,000 Americans reveals a key piece of advice: If you don’t want to get in a fight while playing a board game, don’t play Monopoly.

You can read the results from the survey, sponsored by OnlineCasino.ca, but some key stats:

Game Most Likely to Cause a Disagreement

  • Monopoly: 47.7% (Dead on)
  • Scrabble: 18%  (Dead on, Part 2)
  • Other: 7.2%
  • Risk: 5% (You can’t argue when you’re passed out from exhaustion)
  • Settlers of Catan: 4.5% (Trading squabbles are no joke. This is why we prefer Ticket to Ride)
  • Pictionary: 3.9%
  • Scattergories: 3%
  • Uno: 2.9%
  • Sorry!: 2.6% (Shocked this wasn’t higher)
  • Cards Against Humanity (Can’t fight if you’re laughing or drunk)
  • Apples to Apples: 1.8%
  • Chess: 1.7% (The Chess Federation frowns on board flipping)

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30 Aug 2017

Where to go for Star Wars Force Friday II merchandise

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in advertisement for Star Wars Force Friday II

Merchandise, augmented reality, maybe a new trailer?

Disney is planning another of its “Force Friday” events – Force Friday II is scheduled for Friday (of course), Sept. 1, 2017. The event is being marketed as “Find the Force”, with a new augmented reality app for mobile phones and a whole slew of merchandise. No word yet on whether a new trailer for Episode 8 (aka “The Last Jedi”) will also be revealed, but we figure that we’re due for one to get everyone excited for the film that opens on Dec. 15, 2017.

For the Find the Force event, the company is promoting a new feature on its Star Wars app (for iPhone and Android). With the app running, you can look for Star Wars graphics at participating retail locations and websites (here’s the list).

There will be up to five different AR-enabled Star Wars character graphics with the “Find the Force” icons – Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe & BB-8, and two other new characters from The Last Jedi. Two graphics with the Find the Force icon will be available online – Finn and Rose. When you scan the graphics with the app, an augmented reality experience will occur. The company says a “data chip” will be unlocked each time a new AR character experience is revealed, with digital rewards unlocking as you collect more data chips. The company says each graphic reveals a different AR experience every day from Sept. 1-3, so don’t worry about going away for Labor Day weekend, just go shopping!

Her’s a video that shows you what it might look like:


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30 Aug 2017

Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2 to include Hellboy, Raiden and Black Manta

Hellboy Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2

New characters revealed for superhero fighting game

Confession time – we recently downloaded the Starfire character for Injustice 2, but we haven’t gotten around to actually playing the character yet – we’ve been too busy blowing stuff up in Just Cause 3 (the free game for August for PS Plus members).

Now comes today’s news from the makers of the game that Fighter Pack 2 is coming soon, featuring three additional characters. Watch the video to see how Hellboy, Raiden and Black Manta will look in the game.


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23 Aug 2017

Game review: Think ‘n Sync

Gamewright Think 'N Sync box and cards

Kids and adults will love trying to blurt out the same answers

Game: Think ‘n Sync
Maker: Gamewright (Buy here on Amazon)
Ages: 12+ (Can be modified for younger players)
# of players: 3-8 (but larger groups could, in theory, play)

If you have a relationship with a spouse/partner or child in which you finish each other’s ___________ (you know you want to say “sandwiches”), then this game is for you.

Think ‘n Sync is a great party game for 3 to 8 players, in which the object is to blurt out the same word or phrase — at the same time — as the person sitting next to you. It’s a little bit like Anomia and 5 Second Rule (where you have to think quickly), but also similar to Taboo; the more you know someone and what they might say, the more likely you can succeed.
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23 Aug 2017

Nerdly News: Disney to Leave Netflix, Start Own Streaming Service

Todays’ news:

 

In what should not be a surprise to anyone, Disney will pull its movies from Netflix and start its own streaming services in 2019. According to CNBC:

 

“CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin Disney had a “good relationship” with Netflix, but decided to exercise an option to move its content off the platform. Movies to be removed include Disney as well as Pixar’s titles, according to Iger. Netflix said Disney movies will be available through the end of 2018 on its platform. Marvel TV shows will remain.” Full story here

King of the Hill May Be Revived at Fox

Fox television chairman and CEO says the network has had “preliminary conversations” with King of the Hill creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge about bringing the Hill family back.

The Magnificent Zune Steals This Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Deleted Scene

io9 has the link. GoTG2 is out own streaming today and will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 22.

‘Game of Thrones’ Dragon Battle Was Inspired by ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’

Director Matt Shakman tells The New York Times: “One of the first decisions I made was to focus more on Jaime and Bronn than on Daenerys — to focus on what it was like to be with these men on the ground in the middle of this horrific moment when war changes forever, when traditional fighting goes out the window and suddenly you have the introduction of something like napalm. That was the chief thematic focus of the episode. To hang it on Jaime’s shoulders as he sees his men dying was the most important thing for me.”

08 Aug 2017

Inside Game of Thrones’s Loot Train Attack

HBO has uploaded a really cool behind-the-scenes video, showing how creators pulled off the scene of the season (so far). The creative staff merged a CGI dragon the size of a 747 with a Spanish plain and a horde of horses, extras, and stuntmen, 20 of whom they set ablaze at the same time (along with pretty much everything else). If you loved the scene, this is worth the 13 minutes.

08 Aug 2017

Our favorite trailers from Comic-Con 2017

Comic-Con International 2017 is almost over in San Diego, and a flurry of new geek-related trailers for movies, TV shows and video games have all come out. There was a ton of new footage (some new trailers, other leaked footage, etc.), but we here at Mom & Dad Are Geeks are just focusing on the ones that we enjoyed watching over the weekend:

Ready Player One
This was the first time we have seen some footage from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, based on the totally awesome book by Ernest Cline. I think this first trailer shows some of the cool effects of the Oasis virtual world described in the book, but misses on the central theme/plot, which is about the main character’s search for the treasure/adventure. Hopefully future trailers will hit on that, rather than just another Transformers-like video game action movie.

Stranger Things, Season 2
At least one of us here on the M&DAG staff (me) loved Season 1 of Stranger Things, and we keep trying to get the other staff member to watch it (she’s stubborn). The addition of the Dragon’s Lair video game, arcade and Vincent Price narrative from Thriller make this so awesome. Can’t wait for October!

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23 Jul 2017

You know it’s true

Stormtrooper light bulb photo funny meme

The difference between geeks and non-geeks, Part 1.

22 Jul 2017

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

Al-ex-an-der Ham-il-who?

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

gillian anderson american gods

(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