Month: December 2019

One Of The Worst Hollywood Ideas Of The Year. Pitting Cats Against Star Wars

It takes a team of dedicated people to make a feature film. If you don’t believe me just watch the ending credits of any film that has come out in the last sixty to seventy years. It takes a lot of hard work and time to tell a tale in ninety minutes, and it can take one or two executives to turn it into a flop. A case in point is the decision to open Cats around the same time as Star Wars. In fact, on further investigation according to IMDB, both films were released on the same day. It is a crazy idea to release a film like Cats against Star Wars which has a built-in fan base of forty plus years. The idea of the fandom and the fan’s thirst for this film should have been enough warning to the producers of Cats and the studio to move the release date. That means somewhere out there someone who gets paid lots and lots of money sat in a board room and the idea of a Cats and Star …

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‘Spies in Disguise’ Directors Say: ‘Will Smith Was Lightning in a Bottle’

An endearing animated spy movie is the perfect Christmas treat. Especially Spies in Disguise, a family-friendly comedy with a stellar cast led by Will Smith as super-spy Lance Sterling, a debonair operative who prefers to work alone. Scientist Walter Beckett (Spider-man’s Tom Holland) is Walter’s exact opposite, a guy who lacks in social skills, but […]

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Hulu New Releases – January 2020

Hulu New Releases – January 2020 Never seen Lethal Weapon or Star Trek? Hulu has you covered with all movies. Looking for a cutesy chick flick instead? My Best Friend’s Wedding, 13 Going on 30, and The Vow will do the trick.  Jan. 1 Bring It!: Season 4 Brockmire: Season 3 Damages Deputy: Series Premiere […]

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What You Can Watch on Disney+ in January 2020

What You Can Watch on Disney+ in January 2020 Didn’t get a chance to get to the theater to check out the 2019 versions of Aladdin and The Lion King? You’re in luck!  January 1 America’s National Parks (Season 1) Austin & Ally (Season 1-4) Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer (Season 1) Bugged (Short) Continent […]

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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime January 2020

What’s Coming to Amazon Prime January 2020 Start the new year off right by checking out the full list of what will be available on Amazon Prime this January. January TBA The Forgotten Army: Season 1 *Amazon Original Series January 1 Amores Perros (2000) Arbitrage (2012) Captivity (2007) Cinderfella (1960) The Conspirator (2011) Crisscross (1992) […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix January 2020

What’s Coming to Netflix January 2020 January 1st launches an array of cat and mouse flicks like Catch Me If You Can, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and New York Minute. Check out the full list of options below. Jan. 1 Ghost Stories Messiah Nisman: Death of a Prosecutor Spinning Out The Circle 21 A Cinderella […]

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Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Opens On Broadway And Breathes Fresh Life Into Alanis Morrissette’s Already Iconic Album

It is almost difficult to put into words just how impressive “Jagged Little Pill” is on the stage, as the show has just recently made it’s Broadway debut. This is no doubt thanks to the incredibly creative team behind the production with director Diane Paulus, scriptwriter Diablo Cody and the artist behind the amazing soundtrack that makes up this show, Alanis Morrissette. “Jagged Little Pill” is loosely based upon the songs that made up Morrisette’s iconic 1995 album release by the same name and taking this music to Broadway has created a breath of fresh life for these songs that were a big part of our angsty teenage youth. After seeing “Jagged Little Pill”, we now have a completely new and different view and understanding of many stand-out tracks featured on both the album and the show including, “You Learn”, “Ironic” and the always anthemic “You Oughta Know” and from now on will definitely be listening to them in an entirely new way. Writer Diablo Cody found a way to take these songs that spoke so much to us back …

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Song Producer Bryce Jacobs Talks Netflix’s Teen Apocalypse Dramedy “Daybreak”

By: Dan Moore Looking for a show to binge-watch this holiday season? One you might want to consider, Netflix’s teen apocalypse dramedy Daybreak.  Based on Brian Ralph’s graphic novel series of the same name, Daybreak is a genre-bending series that finds high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by misfits, such as 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully, Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this crazy new world throws at him. One of the many unique aspects of the show worth mentioning, the musical element. Characters have to participate in a singing competition called American Ninja Idol. Think American Idol, but instead of going through to the next round, you get released to Ghoulies for dinner. The man in charge of reimaging songs from Smashing Pumpkins and Air Supply for this on-screen competition, Song Producer Bryce Jacobs.  Below Bryce gives us the inside scoop of his work …

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USA Network’s ‘Dare Me’ Will Be Your Newest TV Obsession

When we first heard the premise for the upcoming USA Network series “Dare Me” which will premiere on December 29th, we had our doubts about just how well this series would be able to hold its ground against the many other suspense/thriller series out there in the television landscape these days, and “Dare Me” left us pleasantly surprised! We seriously could not stop watching!  “Dare Me” became our newest television obsession and we think that it will be yours as well! The series is based upon author Megan Abbott’s best-selling novel by the same name, and Abbott also serves as showrunner alongside Gina Fattore. Peering behind the all-American facade, “Dare Me” dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading and the extreme lengths, both physically and psychologically that these young women will put themselves through in order to get ahead. The series stars Herizen Guardiola, Marlo Kelly, and Willa Fitzgerald (a fan favorite from the “Scream” franchise) and these actors do an impeccable job of drawing us in and making us care about these characters and their dilemma’s …

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Our Amazing Experience Visiting Happy Place!

If you are in search of the perfect way to spend a fun-filled evening with family and friends then we highly recommend taking a visit to the Happy Place pop-up experience (hint, hint: it is a great idea for a fun holiday experience). It is truly an Instagram dream come true! It is the perfect place for individuals who are in search of something unique and fun to do while actually having an experience with one another. After all, these days it’s more about experiences and sharing memories (especially via social media) then just visiting a place to stare at exhibits. The best part is that it works for individuals of all ages! We also adore Happy Place’s mission statement which says: HAPPY PLACE was created because we BELIEVE that our world today can use a lot more happiness. To make this DREAM come true, we set out on a journey to create a special place where anyone who walks in is surrounded by all things HAPPY. Individuals love the interactivity and Happy Place provides it in abundance! The Age Of The Nerd staff had …

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The Official Trailer For Ghostbuster’s Afterlife Has Arrived

  Last week the world got a taste of what’s to come with the release of a teaser trailer for Ghostbuster’s Afterlife. You can check out that out here. Earlier today the official trailer for the movie was released. Fans of the films from the ’80s should be over-joyed after watching the trailer because we get a new original story with sprinkles of the past. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan. Jason Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman who directed the original two films. Ivan Reitman will also produce. The film will star Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Carrie Coon. It has been rumored that the surviving original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will also be in the film. As a fan, I can’t wait to see the original cast return to the franchise and help put a …

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‘Harriet’ ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and ‘Little Women’ Win Women Film Critics Circle 2019 Awards

Director Kasi Lemmons was dedicated to telling the impactful story of a woman who put herself in great peril throughout her life to help change the world and her stunning movie Harriet, reflects this commitment to storytelling with rapt attention to detail. In what is just the start of the award’s season, Lemmon’s direction, the […]

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Watch The New Trailer For Disney’s Live Action Remake Of ‘Mulan’

Disney has given us a slew of live-action remakes that have been remarkable such as “The Jungle Book”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” to name a few and now we can look forward to the upcoming remake of “Mulan”. The new trailer for the upcoming film show’s our favorite Disney warrior “Mulan” who is more than determined to fulfill her destiny and win over our hearts. The film was shot in both China and New Zealand and the scenery looks absolutely amazing. Mulan is played by Liu Yifei, aka Crystal Liu, a star of the big screen in China. Just like in the 1998 cartoon version of the story, her character is engaged to be married but decides to join the army instead, against the will of her family and the orders of the emperor, played by Jet Li. Mulan disguises herself as a man to defend her people against the Hun invasion. The film is being directed by Niki Caro, who was hired by Disney following the success of Whale Rider and The Zookeeper’s Wife. …

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Composer Jefferson Friedman Discusses His Score to DC Universe’s New Animated Series ‘Harley Quinn’

By: Dan Moore When DC fans remember David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, they probably first think of Margot Robbie’s incredible portrayal of Harley Quinn. This wasn’t the first time we have been introduced to this character, Harley Quinn originally appeared in the 1992 show, Batman: The Animated Series, and was voiced by Arleen Sorkin.  Since Suicide Squad, the character has reached a new level of popularity, spawning Halloween costumes and a whole new sense of punk style for young girls among many things.  Ahead of the follow-up, spin-off titled Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, due out in February, DC Universe has just released an animated series solely dedicated to the frequent accomplice and lover of Joker, titled Harley Quinn.  One of the many standout elements of the new streaming series is the score by composer Jefferson Friedman, which he has described as “power punk crossed with carnival music”.  Jefferson is no stranger to DC Universe, he scored the 2017 Vanessa Hudgens series Powerless.  To get a better idea of Jefferson’s scoring process for Harley Quinn …

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Lorenzo Pugliese Makes a Big Splash in the National Tour of ‘The Spongebob Musical’

Lorenzo Pugliese says that “a crazy number of people” told him he had to audition for the leading role in The Spongebob Musical…and so he did. And the rest, as they say on the hit Nickelodeon animated TV series is Bikini Bottom history. It quickly became a cult favorite and has charmed viewers of several […]

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The First Trailer For ‘Black Widow’ Has Arrived

While we are just now beginning to finally get our emotions together after the conclusion of “Avengers: Endgame”, Marvel has now given us the first trailer for the highly-anticipated “Black Widow” film. Disney/Marvel unveiled the trailer for the film which fans of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) have been clamoring for since the Black Widow character, played by actress Scarlett Johansson, was first introduced ten years ago in “Iron Man 2”. The “Black Widow” film will mark the start of Phase 4 for the MCU and is slated for release on May 1, 2020. Without being an original story, the film will follow Natasha Romanoff into the traces of her past as a former KGB member. She will have to return to where she was trained, meet up with former colleagues and a sister, Yelena, who in the comic has already taken over the Black Widow character, so perhaps now we will figure out why! The film will also star Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour. From the trailer and what we know at least part of the film …

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Focus Features And Will Packer Productions Developing Novel ‘When I Was You’ For The Screen

Focus Features announced today that it will develop “When I Was You” with Will Packer Productions. The project is based on the upcoming book from suspense novelist Amber Garza, described as a female-driven thriller. Garza’s past works include “The Girl Frozen in Time,” “The Last Time I Saw Her,” and the “Prowl” trilogy. Will Packer and James Lopez will produce under the Will Packer Productions banner. The obsession starts on an ordinary fall morning when Kelly Medina gets a call from her son’s pediatrician. It’s a cruel mistake; her son left for college a year ago. The receptionist quickly apologizes: another Kelly Medina, who’s half her age, is a new patient. For days, Kelly can’t stop thinking about the woman who shares her name, lives in her same town, has a baby, and her whole life ahead of her. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that pediatrician’s office, it’s simple curiosity getting the better of her. When they become friends, Kelly can’t help but find a renewed sense of purpose taking care of this young …

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This Year Has Been A Year Of Movies And Reflection For Shia LaBeouf

There was a time not too long ago that actor Shia LaBeouf’s antics in public and on movie sets were making more press than the movies he was in. During the 2012 making of the crime drama, “Lawless” rumors swirled around that LaBeouf and Tom Hardy got into a heated argument which led to LaBeouf punching out Hardy. That’s right LaBeouf punched out Bane from that Batman movie. In 2017 the actor was arrested for drunken intoxication. LaBeouf was ordered to pay some fines, perform 100 hours of community service, get counseling for anger management, and complete drug and alcohol evaluation. It was while in rehab that LaBeouf wrote the screenplay Honey Boy. The screenplay serves as autobiographical. In the film, LaBeouf plays an alcoholic abusive father to a child actor. Honey Boy director Alma Har’el, told the press that LaBeouf sent him the script while in rehab. LaBeouf won the Breakthrough Screenwriter Award at the Hollywood Film Awards back in November. While receiving the award LaBeouf thanked the officer that arrested him. The official trailer for Honey Boy is …

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Ian Somerhalder Chats With Us About His Highly-Anticipated Netflix Series ‘V-Wars’

We can hardly contain our excitement for the release of Netflix’s newest binge-worthy series “V-Wars” starring Ian Somerhalder as Dr. Luther Swann. In the series, which is based upon the comics by Johnathan Mayberry and Alan Robinson, Dr. Swann enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the leader of the vampires. “V-Wars” is built upon many different layers and is not necessarily your typical vampire series. There are added levels of science fiction, social commentary, and human conflict. “V-Wars” will begin streaming on Netflix starting on Thursday, December 5th and will consist of ten episodes, however, to hold you over in the meantime, we caught up with series star and executive producer Ian Somerhalder to chat about the series, it’s creation, how it speaks to society as a whole and more! Speaking …

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