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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

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

The 6 best geeky mobile games to play with your kids

6 Mobile Games to play with your kids

When PCs were hot in the 1980s and 1990s, my father used to be horrified whenever I wanted to play games on the machine — “Computers are not for games!”, he’d say, but I knew better.

Fast-forward to the smartphone and tablet era. Unlike my Dad, I’m totally aware that these mobile devices are made for games (and other things, like email, Facebook, Twitter, oh, and making phone calls). I don’t admonish my children with the phrase, “Smartphones aren’t for games”,  but rather, “Stop playing that and clean your room!” (some things never change).

With thousands of games available, though, you want to make sure that your kids are playing the right kind of mobile game — one that has a geeky element to it. Otherwise, they may end up playing one of those Candy Crush games or asking you to help them on their farm * shudder*.

Here’s our list of the top mobile games we’ve been enjoying with our kids:

Note: We’re not going to take a stand on games with in-game transactions; your decision about whether to spend money on mobile games is up to you. However, we would suggest that you don’t give your young children the ability to pay for premium items until they understand the consequences.

Simpsons Tapped Out

The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Hopefully you’ve raised your kids correctly, and they know all about The Simpsons. This mobile game has a lot of the same humor, voice acting, and storylines seen in the TV show, and it’s pretty fun to play. Also, it’s quite addicting.

The plot of the game — Homer has blown up the town of Springfield, and it’s your job to help rebuild the town and bring back all of the show’s characters. You do this by completing quests, leveling up, unlocking other characters and, if you’re in a rush, spending real money to buy “donuts,” which is the in-game premium currency. Fortunately, you can earn donuts by leveling up and doing other daily missions, but this does take longer than simply buying them.

The game also has seasonal events, limited-time missions that unlock additional buildings, and “outfits” for existing characters. This helps keep the game interesting beyond the initial parts of the game (the game even jokes about how long most players are playing the game).

For kids, playing this gives them a chance to develop their “city-building” game skills, learning that open space often costs a lot of money, so better to put roads in grid-based form to conserve space.
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28 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

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

Disney posts teaser trailer for live-action Beauty and the Beast

We’re not big fans of teaser trailers for movies, as they show very, very little related to the film. Give us the first official trailer (or, if it’s universally panned, the second), in which there’s more to see.

Such is the case with the first teaser trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a live-action version of the 1991 animated classic. We get to hear a few of the voices (Ewan McGregor’s Lumiere and Ian McKellen’s Cogsworth), and we get a very short look at Emma Watson’s Belle. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of scenery, as well as the haunting music from the beginning of the movie. But we’ll take it.

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23 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

Finding Dory Tsum Tsum collection now available

We don’t really need another collecting hobby in our household, but two of the kids are REALLY into the Disney Tsum Tsum plush “animals.” My biggest question is how these things are pronounced – we say it like “Zoom Zoom” (think Mazda commercial), but I was in a store the other day and heard someone call them “Sum Sum” (like “The Sum of All Fears”). I just hope this doesn’t turn into a GIF vs. JIF debate.

Finding Dory Tsum Tsum

CREDIT: DISNEY

The latest versions to come out are Finding Dory plushes, which makes sense since the new movie is coming out next month, and you want your kids to have their favorite characters for when they go see the movie. The collection is available online at the Disney Store, and, one assumes, at Disney retail locations.
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17 May 2016