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Original Ghostbusters back on the big screen in June

Fathom Events and theaters nationwide are teaming to return some classic to the big screen this summer. First up is the original Ghostbusters, which will be shown across the country on June 8 and 12. Below are the participating Massachusetts theaters, click here if to find those in your state.

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We will be there.

Next up is the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on June 26 & 29. I will not be there due to my lifelong phobia of the Wonka movie, but Keith might take the kids. Fathom is also offering more cinema experiences through December, from broadcasts of Met Opera performances to a Motley Crue concert.

29 May 2016

Disney Channel Original Movies release top hits soundtrack Friday

Disney Channel Soundtrack

What’s a party without a soundtrack? (Note: I originally typed “top hits album,” but realized that was ancient. Then I changed it to “top hits CD.” *sigh* Also outdated.)

The Disney Channel is kicking off a binge-y month-long marathon of all 99 Disney Channel Original Movies this Friday, May 27 (click that link for a day-by-day schedule). On the same day, they’ll release a companion soundtrack, Your Favorite Songs From Disney Channel Original Movies. Not the catchiest title we’ve heard, but it tells the tale. Anyway, here’s the track list:

Disney Channel Original Movies soundtrack

One good thing about DCOM and its accompanying songs: From a parent perspective, you never have to worry about inappropriate words sneaking in. “Adventures in Babysitting” is the 100th DCOM, debuting June 24, and a — sigh — a “reimagining” of the 1987 classic (which should not, under any circumstances, be reimagined. You kids, get off my lawn!)

25 May 2016

Bananagrams hosting fan giveaway for Party Edition

Banangrams Party Edition

If you love Bananagrams and want more gaming potassium, the company is giving away 20 copies of the upcoming Party Edition next week. Wanna win?

  • Snap a photo, take a video, or write a story to tell us why you love BANANAGRAMS
  • Upload the photo, video, or story to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook
  • Use #FANANAGRAMS in your post and tag us!

More details (such as, you have to be 18+) here.
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25 May 2016

5 ways adults can untether from their smartphone

smartphonesI’m kicking my kids off devices daily like a 21st-century technological bouncer, but do I do the same for myself? Not so much. Would it be a good idea? Probably, she winced.

Common Sense Media has five tips on how to wrest the phone from your not-cold, very-much-alive hand. When perusing I found this:

That feeling you get when you think you felt your phone vibrate? And you pick it up and there’s no message but you decide to check Facebook since you’re already looking at your phone? It’s called “phantom vibration mode,” and one theory is it afflicts people who rely on their phones to regulate their emotional states.

Holy crap, that’s a thing? Yikes. Anyway, really good tips and suggestions, were you so inclined, here.

 

25 May 2016

Big, big, big Netflix news — and almost all of it’s good

In 2012, Netflix made a deal with Disney in which the streaming service gets all — that’s all — the latest movies from Walt Disney Animation, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. The deal goes into effect in September, so prepare for a kick-ass fall.

Now, the only bummer news is that Hercules (our pick for most underrated Disney animated movie), Mulan, and Hunchback of Notre Dame 1 & 2 are leaving Netflix. Hercules is gone by June 1, Hunchback and Mulan on June 24. But, this probably isn’t a big deal as you may own them. Except if you’re us and don’t own Hercules, which you love and now need to purchase on Blu-ray.

But, let’s get you some more good Netflix news: There are some excellent movies coming soon.

Arriving June 1: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Jurassic Park 3, aka, Jurassic Park and the other two cruddy ones.
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25 May 2016

Gillian Anderson loves Legos, Star Wars, and is perfect in every way

Photo via chewiesgirlfriend.tumblr.com

Photo via chewiesgirlfriend.tumblr.com

I thought I couldn’t love Gillian Anderson more, but what do you know. She went and got her own tumblr to promote her current play, A Streetcar Named Desire in Brooklyn.

It’s not this version:

Anyway, Anderson named her tumblr Chewie’s Girlfriend, and had a lengthy Q&A with fans on variety of topics:

gillian anderson tumblr

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24 May 2016

Disney Channel movie marathon starts Friday

Disney Channel Original Movies

Start clearing your DVR.

In honor of the 100th Disney Channel Original Movie  — a “re-imagining” of ’80s classic, Adventures in Babysitting — The Disney Channel is launching a 30-day marathon of all DCOM titles.

The fun begins this Friday, May 27 and continues non-stop through Memorial Day (schedule below). From there, the channel will air two movies per night through the premiere of the new Adventures in Babysitting (heresy, BTW) on June 24. A full schedule for each day can be found here at Inside the Magic.

Friday, May 27:

10:00 a.m. – Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20 a.m. – Read It and Weep
12:55 p.m. – Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40 p.m. – Jump In!
4:15 p.m. – Lemonade Mouth
6:15 p.m. – Zapped
8:00 p.m. – High School Musical 2
9:55 p.m. – The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45 p.m. – Zenon the Zequel
1:25 a.m. – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55 a.m. – Twitches Too
4:25 a.m. – Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28:

6:25 a.m. – You Wish!
8:05 a.m. – The Proud Family Movie
9:50 a.m. – Quints
11:25 a.m. – Horse Sense
1:10 p.m. – Cow Belles
2:50 p.m. – Twitches
4:30 p.m. – The Even Stevens Movie
6:15 p.m. – Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
8:00 p.m. – Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50 p.m. – Princess Protection Program
11:30 p.m. – The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05 a.m. – Zenon: Z3
2:40 a.m. – Halloweentown High
4:20 a.m. – The Thirteenth Year

Sunday, May 29:

6:00 a.m. – Right on Track
7:45 a.m. – Full-Court Miracle
9:35 a.m. – Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20 a.m. – Brink!
1:10 p.m. – Double Teamed
2:55 p.m. – Rip Girls
4:35 p.m. – Motocrossed
6:20 p.m. – Butt 9
8:00 p.m. – Teen Beach 2
9:55 p.m. – Bad Hair Day
11:40 p.m. – How to Build a Better Boy
1:20 a.m. – Pixel Perfect
2:55 a.m. – The Other Me
4:30 a.m. – Genius

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24 May 2016

Which cameo is Stan Lee’s favorite?

Stan Lee working at Timely Comics in the 1940s. Photo (c) D23.com

Stan Lee working at Timely Comics in the 1940s. Photo (c) D23.com

At 93, Stan Lee is still the master of Marvel — as well as making cameo appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. D23 has an interview with Lee and asked which cameo was his favorite:

Maybe my favorite, though, was the one in Spider-Man 2 where I say to Peter Parker in the street something like, “Yes, one man can make a difference.” Then when I walk away, I say, “’Nuff said!”

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23 May 2016

Warner Bros. debuts Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad exhibition

If you can’t make it out to Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly has a cool (ad-free!) slideshow of props from Batman v Superman and the upcoming Suicide Squad. A few samples below, the rest are definitely worth your clicks here.

Harley Quinn costume Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squad costume. Photo by Jared Cowan / L.A. Weekly

Try your hand at Kryptonite. Photo by Jared Cowan / L.A. Weekly

Try your hand at Kryptonite. Photo by Jared Cowan / L.A. Weekly

Joker props from Suicide Squad / Photo by Jared Cowan / L.A. Weekly

Joker props from Suicide Squad. Photo by Jared Cowan / L.A. Weekly

23 May 2016

We love Buckner & Garcia

Yesterday in 1980, Namco released Pac-Man, which popularized arcade gaming for the masses and gave Buckner & Garcia their 15 minutes. Which makes it a fine time to look back at one of our (many) favorite ’80s one-hit wonders.

Good news: You’ve got a hit single and you’re going on national TV. Bad news: It’s Solid Gold and “Pac-Man Fever”. (Although, to be honest, the latter two were very big deals at the time.)

 

B&G’s Wikipedia entry has some interesting info:

 

…in 1980, they wrote a novelty Christmas song titled “Merry Christmas in the NFL”, imagining Howard Cosell as Santa Claus. Performed under the pseudonym Willis the Guard & Vigorish, the song reached No. 82 on the Billboard charts despite limited airplay after Cosell found the song offensive….The duo also wrote the lyrics for extra verses of an extended version of the WKRP in Cincinnati theme song in 1982.

However, the duo is best known for the song “Pac-Man Fever“, which became a large novelty hit in 1982, peaking at No. 9 in the United States. It earned a million-selling Gold-certified 45. Later the same year, after the song became a hit, the duo signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records. According to interviews, the duo never wanted to become a novelty act known for songs based on video games, but when it signed with the label, the company insisted on a full album of video-game songs, although the duo had intended to write a more varied collection of pop music.

Just when I thought I couldn’t love them more, I learn about the Cosell and WKRP work.

 

While Garcia is currently dropping quarters at The Big Arcade in the Sky, in 2011 Buckner went on to write the “Pac-Man Fever” homage, “Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph!” for the 2012 Disney film. A brilliant addition to the movie, the song was credited to Bucker & Garcia (as no one would have known who Buckner & Houston were).

 

22 May 2016

Review: Bananagrams’ Zip It

Zip It Bananagrams

When you’re out to eat with the family, it’s extremely tempting to pull out (or keep out) that cell phone. You can check your email, see who’s doing something interesting on any social media network, or hand it to the kids to keep them occupied. However, it kinda defeats the purpose of eating out as a family.

One fun thing you can do to pass the time is play a game, and Zip It from Bananagrams is a very small, very portable, and very fun way to enjoy each other’s company on the go.

The pouch, only 5 inches long, contains 24 cubes with letters on all sides. Each player gets 12 cubes and when someone says, “Go!” they race to build words in a crossword-style formation using any letters on the cubes. The first to use up his or her 12 cubes yells “Zip!” and ends the round. Provided they didn’t use any illegal (or nonexistent) words or had misspellings, the winner can notch a point, via the zipper, on their side of the carrying case. The first to 10 points wins.
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20 May 2016

What not to get Dad for Father’s Day

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No dad — geek or otherwise — wants this for Father’s Day, FYI. Trust us. Shop wisely.

20 May 2016

Disney Parks staff Whisper what it’s really like working there

Walt Disney World

I love Disney (but not this much) and from time to time I’ve thought, Wouldn’t it be fun to retire to Orlando and work at Walt Disney World? (I know it wouldn’t be, but go with me here.)

So it was with great interest I read this Daily Mail story on Disney employees allegedly anonymously yakking to Whisper about what life is like as a Parks employee. Some tidbits:

‘I work at Disney World and being around children and their parents all day every day has taught me how not to raise my children.’
100% true.

‘When I worked at Disney I wanted so much to freak out whenever I met a celebrity. Totally sucks when I can’t break out of character.’
Believe. I would feel the same way.

‘I once walked in on Belle and Gaston having sex. They paused and then Belle says: “Don’t tell the Beast.”‘
Calling bull on this, but a super story if true. This will this employee’s go-to story (true or not) whenever he or she hears “Disney” forever more.

‘Every day before my shift I drink liquor to help make me more cheerful for the children.’
Possible and admirable — functional alcoholism for the benefit of mankind.

‘I work at Disney and ‘have a magical day’ is mouse for “go f*** yourself”.’
Not only do I completely believe this, I intend to adopt it in everyday life.

Not everything is crappy working at the Happiest Place on Earth, but you can read those charming tidbits here.

20 May 2016

Marvel makes men mighty promises

Marvel Avengers underwear

 

Spotted in the Men’s section at Walmart. Marketing is making some significant promises.

19 May 2016

Walking Dead opens permanent attraction at Universal July 4

Celebrate our nation’s independence by getting the ever-loving piss scared out of you. I’m filing this under: Places I’m Going, Never. But, if you’re into this sorta thing, it looks impressive.

According to Comic Book Resources:

The immersive, haunted house-style attraction will incorporate aspects of both the hit AMC television series and the Image Comics title that spawned the show.

Unlike temporary, pop-up attractions, this one is permanent. No word if it’s heading to Universal Orlando. I’ll just stay safely tucked up here in Massachusetts, thanks.

19 May 2016