Geek parenting for the win…

Baby MarvelRight after we had finished watching the season finale of The Flash (did anyone understand that ending?), my 6-year-old daughter comes in the room and presents us with this drawing.

Yep. So proud. If anyone from Disney or Marvel would like to talk about creating the TV show, movie or comics, just let us know.

BTW, the character on the right is Baby Deadpool, which we think is the white costumed version (No, we didn’t let her watch the movie).

24 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

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

Chewbacca Mom is winning the Internet Webs

If there was a “Mom & Dad Are Geeks Hall of Fame” (we’re working on it), the first inductee would have to be Candace Payne, based on the weekend that she’s having. In case you were under a rock, her Facebook video where she was showing off her Chewbacca talking mask and joyously laughing to the camera has tallied millions of views.

Payne is now taking advantage of this newfound fame. On Monday, she appeared on Good Morning America as well as the Late Late Show with James Corden. In this video, Corden pretends to be annoyed with Payne, until a special guest star shows up:


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24 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.

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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

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

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

New Star Trek Beyond trailer hits the web – will this appease fans?

Star Trek Beyond Chris Pine

An interesting trend is taking place with movie trailers from well-loved franchises – if the first trailer drops and is heavily criticized, we then get a second trailer in which the filmmakers (or the marketing departments) change the tone or show different footage to tell fans, “Hey, don’t worry, this will still be a great movie.”

We saw it earlier this week with the release of the second Ghostbusters trailer, and late last night we saw it again with the second trailer for this summer’s Star Trek Beyond. Earlier in the year I totally forgot that this movie was coming out – it hits theaters on July 22, right in the middle of summer (normally the big summer movies are hitting now, Memorial Day and 4th of July weekend. In fact, it comes out one week after Ghostbusters and one week before Jason Bourne, so its opening weekend has to win Trek fans or it’s not going to be around for long.


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21 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

Your 3D avatar could be in ‘Ready Player One’ movie

ReadyPlayerOne
You may not be talented enough to be in movies, but perhaps your artistic skills could get your virtual persona into the next big Steven Spielberg film.

In this video, Ready Player One author Ernest Cline is inviting people to submit a 3D avatar creation to the filmmakers, which could be selected to appear in the movie’s virtual world, OASIS. The movie begins shooting this summer, and is expected to hit theaters in 2018.


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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

Watch us open the Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty box for May

Smuggler's Bounty May 2016
SPOILER ALERT: Do not watch this video if you’re a subscriber to the Smuggler’s Bounty box for May 2016.

Presenting our first official video for the site – our guest unboxer, Will, takes you on a tour of the Smuggler’s Bounty box for May 2016. The theme is bounty hunters.


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19 May 2016