October 2, 2015

Last Minute Show Notice – TONIGHT at 7pm

So yeah, we should’ve given you more notice, but if you happen to be in NYC and are looking for something to take the kids to tonight at 7pm – that’s Friday October 2 at 7pm, aka THIS EVENING – consider The Commedia Rapunzel.

The Commedia Rapunzel

Full disclosure: we haven’t seen the show. Here’s what we’ve got for you:

  • The Commedia Rapunzel is part of the Fringe Encore Series, which means that out of the umpteen shows in FringeNYC, this was one of the few that got to continue after the Fringe Festival was over.
  • Here’s two quotes praising the show:
    “As much for the parents as it is for the kids!”- Douglas Carter Beane (famous playwright person)
    “It’s the funniest play I’ve seen in years.” – Jasper Magazine
  • Tickets are $18, but only $13 for children 13 and under.
  • From the press materials:
    The Commedia Rapunzel originally premiered at Columbia Children’s Theatre in South Carolina in 2013 where it sold out the entirety of its run. It follows the Spaghetti and Meatball Players, a troupe of poor traveling ‘Italian’ actors, as they present a hilarious zany musical romp through a twisted re-telling of the fairytale ‘Rapunzel’ done in the style of Commedia dell Arte! Expect the unexpected in this wild night of participatory theatre that is wacky, crazy, fun for the entire family.”

The Commedia Rapunzel

Photos courtesy of the publicist, who was very nice and is the main reason I’m posting this. (I used to do theater PR and I know how difficult it can be to get coverage for shows in this city.)

Here are the details. Last minute, I know, but maybe you can make it. Remember: we haven’t seen it, but it sounds good. We take no responsibility if you don’t like it. But other people did like it, which is the only reason the show is running past it’s Fringe Fest engagement.

Friday, October 2 at 7pm
SoHo Playhouse | 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013
$18 for adults / $13 for children

September 21, 2015

Fun Bat-Facts For Adam West’s Birthday

Today is Adam West’s birthday, and Flavorpill compiled a fun slideshow of Bat-Facts titled 15 Famous Actors You Didn’t Realize Were in the ‘Batman’ TV Series.

Batman The Complete Television Series Limited Edition Blu-ray

As a loyal Bat-fan, I thought I would know all of these, but I didn’t. This one in particular amused me.

That’s none other than Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze. Why did the acclaimed stage actor appear on the show? According to Flavorpill, Wallach “appeared on Batman only because his children pushed him to go for the part.”

And the children shall lead us… into silly costumes. Here’s a discussion of the episode and the actor’s role, because YouTube literally has everything, including a British guy talking about Eli Wallach appearing on ‘Batman’.

Hit the link below for the full list. Holy Procrastination, Batman!

Source: 15 Famous Actors You Didn’t Realize Were in the ‘Batman’ TV Series

Batman: The Complete Television Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] (Amazon.com)

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September 15, 2015

Big Sale On These Ear Buds

There’s a big sale on these ear buds. How big? 85%. Amazon Lightning Deal, meaning it’ll end soon.
Price: $119.99
**With Deal: $17.50 Free Shipping for Prime Members**
You Save: $102.49 (85%)
Caveat Buyor: I have NO IDEA if these ear buds are any good. They are, however, inexpensive, at least until the deal ends.

Amazon.com: iQualTech Earphones For Iphone – Ceramic Sculpted Earphones With Microphone For Handsfree Calling And Remote Earphones Black: Electronics

Source: Amazon.com: iQualTech Earphones For Iphone – Ceramic Sculpted Earphones With Microphone For Handsfree Calling And Remote Earphones Black: Electronics

September 14, 2015

JJ Watt Gives Soon-To-Dad The Good News

H/T to ThePostGame

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September 9, 2015

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron 2-Disc BD Combo Pack Pre-Order

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You saw it. (At least you did if you live in my house.) You loved it. Maybe not as much as you loved The Avengers (the first one), but that’s not a big shocker because the first one was awesome and tough to top. Now the 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack is available from Amazon for pre-order. I’m going to pre-order it, because, well, I love me some comic book movies.

English: Cast of The Avengers at the 2010 San ...

English: Cast of The Avengers at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International featuring Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BUT! I won’t get it until October 2, 2015. #FirstWorldProblems

I can’t quite tell, but I think if I want to pay $19.99 NOW I can get the movie in HD *immediately*; SD (standard definition) is available on October 2, like the discs.

Can I wait a month? Of course. Do I *want* to wait a month? No. I want to watch the movie again NOW.

Call the wahhhhbulance. Read more »

September 2, 2015

Netflix Giveth, Netflix Taketh Away, September 2015 Edition

Via The Mary Sue (originally via Death and Taxes), a list of what will be added and removed from Netflix in the month of September in the year 2015. A highly selective micro-list follows. For the full list, head over to The Mary Sue.

taro taking his pictures for netflix 'ads' (se...

taro taking his pictures for netflix ‘ads’ (see more here: tar0shiba.tumblr.com/post/967950437/shibaadvertisements2 ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notable losses:

Sept. 30
Apocalypse Now
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
World War Z

Notable gains:

Sept. 1
First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988) – So, like, ALL the Rambo.

Masters of the Universe (1987)

Mister Roger’s Neighborhood: Volume One – this is interesting. I’ve said in the past that it saddens me to know that children are growing up without Mister Rogers in their television lives. (My kids didn’t get to watch him, but he was important to me.) Will the show work as something to be streamed? I don’t know.

Sept. 12
Portlandia: Season Five – even when this show is bad, it doesn’t bother me. There’s something soothing about it. I’m not caught up, so it’s possible that they’ve run out of ideas by now. Still, I’ll probably watch when I get the chance. Side note: Carrie Brownstein wrote a book and is doing a reading in NYC in October. Anyone wanna go with me?

Sept. 18
Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015) *Netflix Original – this *could* be interesting, as long as it isn’t too long and overly sanitized.

Sept. 22
SMOSH: The Movie (2015) – I was surprised to see this. It’s from the goofy guys who are mega YouTube stars. Here’s one of my personal favorites: a 7-year-old describes the Twilight movies based on the trailers. Semi-NSFW. My kid showed me this years ago.

Anyway, it would appear that they made a movie. Good for them. No, I mean actually good for them, not Christian Bale gooooood for them. I like it when people succeed.

Many, many more movies and TV shows coming and going from Netflix in September 2015. Hit the link below for the full list.

Source: Here’s What We’re Losing (and Gaining) on Netflix in September—Starting Tomorrow | The Mary Sue

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August 31, 2015

Grumpy Cat Is Getting a Comic

This was announced awhile ago, and more info was revealed during San Diego Comic Con, but I only just noticed because it’s not something I track very closely. But for fans of the cantankerous kitty, here is some exciting news: Grumpy Cat is getting a comic.

SDCC: Dynamite Entertainment Announces Full Creative Team for Grumpy Cat #1 – Grumpy Cat contributors include Ben Fisher, Agnes Garbowska, Ben McCool and more and features multiple variant covers, including a Create-Your-Own-Meme.

There are numerous variant covers, but this one by series artist Ken Haeser, is my favorite.

Grumpy Cat #1 Cover B


Because someone is asking for help and Super Grumpy Cat says no. Hee.

This quote from the article on Comic Book Resources also amused me:

Tavis Maiden (cover artist): “This is literally the first thing I’ve worked on that my kids think is cool.”

Grumpy Cat #1 hits comic book shops in October.

Source: SDCC: Dynamite Entertainment Announces Full Creative Team for “Grumpy Cat” #1 – Comic Book Resources