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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

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

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

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

The ‘Wicked’ movie is coming in 2019: Here’s our dream cast

Wicked Movie Dream Cast

Until we get a Hamilton movie, the biggest upcoming movie based on a Broadway musical has to be Wicked. Since it debuted on Broadway in 2004, many, many people have hoped for a movie version (and since one of the producers was Universal, it was only a matter of time before they started to move on it).

According to several reports (including this one from Variety), they’ve now announced a date for the release of the movie – Dec. 20, 2019. This puts it into Christmas-movie and Acadamy Awards territory. With three-plus years to go, that’s a lot of time to make a movie that people will love, and it’s understandable that a cast hasn’t been announced yet.

One big reason for this, I think – casting this movie is going to make some people very happy, or very angry, or both.

For theater geeks, this will be bigger than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in Batman v. Superman. It will be bigger than finding out who’s Rey’s parents are in Star Wars: Episode VIII or Episode IX.

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16 Jun 2016

John Williams to score Ready Player One, next Star Wars

Steven Spielberg and John WilliamsIn wonderful news for sci-fi and music fans, the iconic John Williams tells Variety he’ll be writing the music for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One and the next Star Wars installment. Reports Variety:

He plans to begin work on Spielberg’s next film, “Ready Player One,” in November, and then next year expects to do the next “Star Wars” film. “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he quips.

The 84-year-old is fresh off scoring next month’s The BFG and, of course, last year’s The Force Awakens. Spielberg presented Williams with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night; he was the first composer to receive the organization’s highest honor in its 44-year-history.

 

10 Jun 2016

Happy Ghostbusters Day: Meet the New Crew

We’re about a month away from the release of the (surprisingly controversial) Ghostbusters reboot. While the bones of the story are the same, there’s an all-female, all-new crew commanding Ecto-1. In honor of Ghostbusters Day — today — Sony released new vignettes providing a little background on Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristen Wiig), Holtzmamn (Kate McKinnon), and Patty (Leslie Jones).

First up, Abby:

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08 Jun 2016

Ghostbuster Build-A-Bear items available for pre-order

If you have kids that love both Build-A-Bear and geek/pop culture, get ready to fork out some more money from your wallets. Build-A-Bear today announced pre-orders for its Ghostbuster-themed items, including a Ghostbusters Bear ($25), Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ($29), Supernatural Ghostbusters Bear Set ($56.50) and a Mini Slimer plush ($12.50). Pre-orders can take place now through Sunday, June 12.

If you already have some bears that you created, you can add clothing accessories for less money – a Ghostbusters T-shirt ($7), tan jumpsuit ($13.50) and “Who Ya Gonna Call” T-shirt ($7) are also available for pre-order.

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08 Jun 2016

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

X-Men Apocalypse: Should kids see this movie?

X-Men: Apocalypse

OK, this isn’t a formal movie review like you’d see on other sites or blogs — if you’re looking to see whether you should go see X-Men: Apocalypse or not, there are other reviews out there (although I really enjoyed the movie).

This being a Geek Parent site, I’d rather answer the question, “Should my kids see this movie?” With a rating of PG-13, this raises lots of questions for parents who might be considering taking younger children to see the film, especially if they’re fans of the other Marvel movies or the X-Men comics.

The first thing to consider is whether your kids have seen previous X-Men movies, especially the last one, Days of Future Past. The X-Men movies in general are a bit darker thematically than those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Avengers, Captain America, etc.). Mutants — and humans’ reaction to mutants — are often a metaphor for real-world issues of racism to those who can recognize them (especially when they discuss Magneto’s past in the World War II concentration camp). If they have seen those previous movies, then this one just continues some of those themes, so they should be fine.

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27 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

New ‘Sing’ trailer shows world of singing, dancing animals

Movie Sing pigs singing

I imagine the pitch meeting for Sing, from the studio that made Despicable Me and Minions, went a little something like this: “It’s Zootopia meets American Idol.” Of course, perhaps they didn’t know about Zootopia at the time of the pitch, so maybe it was “The whole world is populated by animals, and someone holds a singing competition.”

Inevitably, this movie will be compared to Zootopia, which is a very tall order considering how successful that film has been. However, I still give this a fighting chance, based on the reactions of my kids to the first teaser trailer, which included the rabbits singing Baby Got Back and the pig singing Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. Throw enough fart jokes in there and we’re all set.

Here’s the new trailer, which expands more on the plot and has more popular music being sung by animals.


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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