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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December 20 in Pop Culture History

December 20 in Pop Culture History 1803 – Although officially signed in April 1803, the French flag came down and the United States’ flag rose in New Orleans, completing the Louisiana Purchase. 1880 – New York’s Broadway was first lighted by electricity, built by Charles F. Brush, and became known as the “Great White Way.” […]

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December 20 in Pop Culture History

December 20 in Pop Culture History 1803 – Although officially signed in April 1803, the French flag came down and the United States’ flag rose in New Orleans, completing the Louisiana Purchase. 1880 – New York’s Broadway was first lighted by electricity, built by Charles F. Brush, and became known as the “Great White Way.” […]

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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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December 19 in Pop Culture History

December 19 in Pop Culture History 1732 – Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, in Philadelphia. 1843 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published. 1871 – Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for “An Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps”, a type of cumberbun/belt. 1903 – The Williamsburg […]

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December 19 in Pop Culture History

December 19 in Pop Culture History 1732 – Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, in Philadelphia. 1843 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published. 1871 – Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for “An Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps”, a type of cumberbun/belt. 1903 – The Williamsburg […]

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December 18 in Pop Culture History

December 18 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. Passenger William Bradford became the first governor of the colony. 1787 – New Jersey became the 3rd state. 1839 – John William Draper took a daguerreotype of […]

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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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December 17 in Pop Culture History

December 17 in Pop Culture History 497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. 1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicated England’s Henry VIII. 1790 – The Aztec Stone (‘Sun Stone’) was excavated in the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City. It is about 12 feet across and weighs about 24 […]

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December 16 in Pop Culture History

December 16 in Pop Culture History 1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan. 1773 – The Boston Tea Party. Massachusetts colonists, ‘the Sons of Liberty,’ disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor. 1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the […]

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December 15 in Pop Culture History

December 15 in Pop Culture History 1827 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective March 1 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This […]

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December 14 in Pop Culture History

December 14 in Pop Culture History 1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands 1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin. 1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat […]

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December 13 in Pop Culture History

December 13 in Pop Culture History 115 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) 1545 – The Council of Trent began; it was the planning of responding to the Protestant Movement, by the Catholic Church. 1962 – Relay I, the first U.S. communications satellite was launched. 1968 – Science magazine published the essay ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, […]

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December 12 In Pop Culture History

December 12 in Pop Culture History 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless (radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. 1913 – Stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The […]

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December 11 In Pop Culture History

December 11 in Pop Culture History Babies born today were probably conceived on Saint Patrick’s Day. 1769 – Venetian Blinds were patented in London by Edward Bevan in England. 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic (Nitrous Oxide) for the dental procedure, by Dr. […]

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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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December 10 in Pop Culture History

December 10 in Pop Culture History 1033 (Earthquake) Ramala (West Bank) 1478 – Arte dell’Abbaco (‘The Art of the Abacus’), the first teaching math book, was printed and distributed in Treviso, Italy. Author unknown. 1845 – British engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic (air pressured) tires. 1869 – Montana granted women the right to […]

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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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The Comeback And History Of Christmas Kissing Balls

(PCM) Not to be confused with hanging a mistletoe, Christmas Kissing Balls are medium to large size bunches of evergreens, holly and herbs placed in a spherical shape and hung in the doorways of a home. Some people may add pieces of mistletoe to them as well, as a more recognizable symbol to urge those that […]

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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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December 9 In Pop Culture History

December 9 in Pop Culture History 1884 – The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates, was issued to Levant M. Richardson. 1907 – Christmas Seals, an outreach from the American Lung association, went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. 1958 – In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society formed. […]

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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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December 8 In Pop Culture History

December 8 in Pop Culture History 1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts, which enabled the industrial revolution. He doesn’t get enough credit for that. 1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception, was Roman Catholic dogma, […]

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December 7 In Pop Culture History

December 7 in Pop Culture History 1732 – The Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened on London. 1787 – Delaware became ‘The First State’ to ratify the US Constitution. 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James committed his first bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri. 1909 – Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New […]

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December 6 in Pop Culture History

December 6 in Pop Culture History 1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia. 1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments’ in Washington, D.C. 1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention the ophthalmoscope, […]

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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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December 5 in Pop Culture History

December 5 in Pop Culture History 1455 (Earthquake) Naples, Italy, killing an estimated 40,000 people. 1854 – Aaron H. Allen of Boston, received U.S. patent# 12,017 for a folding chair as an “Improvement in Self-Adjusting Opera-Seat” for theatres or other public buildings. You have probably sat on his invention, if you have gone to a […]

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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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