The Doctor Strange Cast Talks

The Doctor Strange Cast Talks

The Beverly Hills Montage Hotel welcomed most of the cast of Doctor Strange for a press conference on October 20. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong, along with Producer Kevin Feige and Director Scott Derrickson answered questions from the audience and moderator Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood, talking about Marvel’s 14th movie, the second installment of “Phase 3.” Read More

‘Leave it to Chance’ 20th Anniversary Slips By Unnoticed

‘Leave it to Chance’ 20th Anniversary Slips By Unnoticed

Before there was a Harry Potter, there was Chance Falconer. Smart, fearless, resourceful, Chance is exactly the girl hero that young readers and their parents are eagerly seeking today, and yet very few people know she exists. How Scholastic hasn’t snapped up ‘Leave it to Chance’ is a mystery to me, but now that the 20th anniversary of the series’ debut is upon us, it’s long past time to sing her praises and see if anyone notices. Read More

‘Captain America: Civil War’: How to Make an Ensemble Super-Hero Film

‘Captain America: Civil War’: How to Make an Ensemble Super-Hero Film

The third installment of Marvel’s ‘Captain America’ franchise could just as easily be marketed as the third ‘Avengers’ movie, though Cap is front-and-center enough to justify the branding, and the film serves more as a sequel to ‘Winter Soldier’ than ‘Age of Ultron.’ The latter film is a significant contributor to the story, particularly in its introduction of several vital cast members. Read More

Cap vs. Iron Man: The Press Panel

Cap vs. Iron Man: The Press Panel

On Sunday, April 10, the cast of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ assembled in a ballroom at West Hollywood’s London Hotel to field questions from reporters. Divided into two groups, “Team Iron Man” and “Team Cap,” much of the resulting conversation was virtually impossible to accurately transcribe, being thoroughly punctuated with snarky comments, jokes, and constant laughter. Read More

‘Frank and Steinway’ Kickstarter

‘Frank and Steinway’ Kickstarter

Wil Panganiban’s ‘Frank and Steinway’ is an entertaining and amusing comic strip built around the premise that Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula were laid off by the movie studio and forced to seek other employment. They end up as roommates, working at a Starbucks and trying to keep afloat in hard times. Panganiban is currently running a Kickstarter campaign in order to finance publication of a second book of his collected strips. Read More

Long Beach Comic Expo Ticket Giveaway

Long Beach Comic Expo Ticket Giveaway

Our friends at the upcoming Long Beach Comic Expo were kind enough to partner with us to give away free tickets. We have two sets of two to give to you!. That’s two FULL weekend passes, good for 2/20 & 21 at the The Long Beach Convention & Exposition Center in Long Beach CA. If that’s in driving distance to you, you should totally enter. Read More

Word Nerd: Duel Identity

Word Nerd: Duel Identity

In a recent conversation on Facebook, I saw someone discussing the current presidential campaign, in which he referred to the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother is an American, and therefore Cruz has “duel citizenship.” Naturally a Word Nerd installment was called for. Dual and duel. Read More

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Zoolander 2’

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Zoolander 2’

Fifteen years after ‘Zoolander’ became a cult classic, Ben Stiller returns to his role of a really, really good-looking (and incredibly stupid) runway model in a film as ridiculous as its predecessor. Like the original, ‘Zoolander 2’ is peppered with an endless parade of celebrity cameos and a lot of nonsense. Read More

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Finest Hours’

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Finest Hours’

‘The Finest Hours’ is another entry in both the “based on a true story” and “disaster at sea” genres, and does pretty well at both. It’s inaccurate to compare the film to ‘The Perfect Storm,’ ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ or even ‘Titanic’; its nearest relative, in terms of intensity and pacing, is the classic ‘Das Boot.’ Read More

Word Nerd: A Tint of Rogue

Word Nerd: A Tint of Rogue

Today we have another one of those word pairs that gets mixed up more often than one might expect, and the mix-up seems to only go one way. “Vogue” rhymes with “rogue” and both are spelled with the same ending, but nobody ever spells it “vouge.” I suspect people see “rouge” and read it as “rogue.” Read More

Lori Henriques: One Year Later

Lori Henriques: One Year Later

A little over a year ago, I told you about the jazz-based children’s album from Portland singer-songwriter-pianist Lori Henriques, ‘How Great Can This Day Be’; it was recently announced that the album has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Children’s Album of the year. I gave her a call to see what else has happened in the past year. Read More

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Bridge of Spies’

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Bridge of Spies’

Steven Spielberg returns to his continuing series of history-based films (including Schindler’s List, Amistad, Munich and Lincoln), turning his attention this time to the Cold War, and the result is a mature and intelligent film about a good man trying to act according to his conscience in a world where that’s unappreciated. Read More

Why Halloween Is Good for Your Kids

Why Halloween Is Good for Your Kids

Let’s talk about Halloween. It’s creeping up on us again, as it should, and sadly, while its popularity among adults continues to grow, trick-or-treating continues to decline. For many parents, the notion of letting their children participate in this tradition is practically unthinkable. If you know some of these people, I encourage you to share this post with them. Read More