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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

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

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

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

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

Let’s create the menu for the Golden Girls restaurant

The big news yesterday for some people in this Golden Girls-obsessed household was the announcement of a Golden Girls-themed restaurant  in Washington Heights, New York (upper Manhattan).

The “Rue La Rue Cafe”, will open later this year (early September) to honor the late Rue McClanahan. The creator of the restaurant, Michael J. LaRue, was a close friend to the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV series. LaRue inherited much of McClanahan’s show business memorabilia after the actress’ death, and he said he plans to use some of these items to help decorate the restaurant. He also said he’s lined up actress Betty White, the only surviving major cast member from the show, to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The article mentions food items including “cheesecake, soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine”, with some items “tied to characters and situations on the show.” We love these ideas, but they seem to general to us. Here are our suggestions for the food items we’d like to see:
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21 Jun 2016

Lady Stoneheart is coming…or is she?

Catelyn Stark Game of ThronesEver since Catelyn Stark hit the ground at the Red Wedding, most Game of Thrones (or my favorite moniker, Tits and Dragons) fans — especially book readers — have been clamoring for the appearance of Lady Stoneheart.

 

Viewers have twisted and interpreted signs, nods, character appearances, and theories into two words: She’s coming. Then, when she doesn’t, up pops the next theory (usually the following season), which turns into: “No, really, this could be it.”

 

Well, with the recent appearance of The Brotherhood Without Banners and the awesomely named Lem Lemoncloak, io9 is theorizing this is it. This is not a drill.

 

Now Dad Geek Keith thinks she will not show up, period, But, with this season’s Hodor reveal, we know GoT can pull a six-seasons-in-the-making payoff and surprise the hell out of everyone. Are the producers intentionally staying away from Lady Stoneheart because they know everyone is waiting or have they been working a long con and just delaying the inevitable?

 

Watching the theories unfold and enduring the anticipation is half the fun of this exercise. And I would love to see Michelle Fairley return. Is this finally it? Who knows. But it’s fun to think about it. And, if Lady Stoneheart’s mute, mutilated corpse makes an appearance, prepare for the Internet to blow up in a way we haven’t seen since we last heard the final notes of “The Rains of Castamere”.

 

10 Jun 2016

Mattel releases alleged Capt. Kirk doll, others

The good folks at Mattel understand that adult geeks have money and like to buy dolls they don’t play with. The latest releases in its pop culture line are three dolls celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary: Uhura, Spock, and allegedly Kirk, but “Kirk” looks nothing like Shatner or Chris Pine. We can’t figure out who he looks like, but it’s not The Shat. But we know they’re going for Kirk because he’s labeled thusly:

Capt Kirk Star Trek 50th anniversary Barbie

It’s not even Pike! However, Uhura’s doll (love those boots) looks like the awesome Nichelle Nichols and Spock looks like Nimoy, so they work fine.

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But this guy? No idea.

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09 Jun 2016

Told you so: James Corden and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing Broadway Carpool Karaoke

Time for a little bragging – two weeks ago I predicted that James Corden, host of this Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony, would be doing a Carpool Karaoke segment for The Late Late Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the smash hit musical, Hamilton.

Bang! Here it is. Mic drop!

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07 Jun 2016

James Corden’s ‘Crosswalk the Musical’ is the spiritual successor to ‘Guffman’

If you enjoy musical theater or have ever been in a local theater production, there’s no better movie than Waiting for Guffman, a 1996 mockumentary by Christopher Guest that showcases the journey of a local theater production that wants to be bigger than it really is.

James Corden, host of CBS’ Late Late Show, has taken on the mantle of the spiritual successor of that film, via his “Crosswalk the Musical” segments. The videos showcase Corden as the leader of a local theater group that puts on musicals in the middle of a Los Angeles crosswalk. They only have 30 seconds or so to run out, perform the number, then run back to the sidewalk before the traffic starts again.

It’s brilliant comedy – the first one they did was Grease (they’ve also done Phantom of the Opera), and last night Corden was back doing The Lion King, but this time with special guests Rose Byrne and Seth  Rogan.


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26 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

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:

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24 May 2016