TrailerWatch – “CRAZY RICH ASIANS brings the bling

Holy bleep, I’ve been waiting for this trailer. Fantastic book, and a star studded cast led by Fresh Off the Boat‘s Constance Wu. Synopsis!

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.

From the opening strains of the Flying Lizard’s cover of “Money (That’s What I Want)” to the lush, opulent world of Nick’s family, this looks like a must see. I can’t wait til it hits theaters August 17th.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Tully”!

Ready to get your fun on?  Because I’ve got passes for Tully, the latest Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody joint!  Synopsis!

Marlo (Charlize Theron) , a mother of three including a newborn baby, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).

The trailer looks like it’ll be full of the same kind of quirky comedy and straight-up feels that Juno delivered. So who’s with me?

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Con News: BronyCon Welcomes

Let’s get right to it, shall we?  Tony Fleecs is coming back to BronyCon!  That’s right, the talented IDW artist is coming back for MOAR PONIES y’all.  And it’s sure to be a great time.

Now the big question; will he be designing this year’s BronyCon badges? And if so – what will they look like?  I HAVE TO KNOW.

See everypony there!

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – new poster released!

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MISTER RODGERS!!! I know him! I know him!  Okay, so I never met the man. But I grew up watching him, and feeling like I knew Rodgers and his crew of puppets. (Am I the only one who wanted to be Henrietta Pussycat’s BFF, and who thought Lady Elaine Fairchild was just so elegant?)

If you haven’t seen all the social media buzz from your friends, there’s a Mister Rodgers documentary coming out called, naturally, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Director Morgan Neville did an incredible job with his documentary of backup singers, 20 Feet from Stardom, so I’m sure he’ll deliver the same high-quality stuff here.

Synopsis!

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? hits select theaters June 8th, 2018. And I can’t wait.

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Book News: SFWA “Spacetime” book bundle coming soon!

I don’t know about you, but when things start to get covered in pollen, I like to curl up inside with a good book.  (I also like to curl up with a good book when it’s cold out, or when I’m on the beach.  Or on a train.  Or avoiding the rain….)

The SFWA – that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – feel our Claritin pain.  And they’re ready to help us out by giving us a bundle o’ books. And when I mean bundle, I mean BUNDLE. Great books like Don Sakers’ A Rose from Old Terra, Cygnus Rising by Craig Martelle, and Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells.  Basically there’s something for everyone here, and a whole lot of really good stuff.  It’s what you’d expect from the folks that give us the Nebula Awards?

The best part of all?  You get to set the price you want to pay!  That’s right – much like Humble Bundle, it’s all up to you.  So no crying poormouth this time; you want ’em?  You can have ’em!

This bundle will be available from May 9th through May 24th, 2018, so mark your calendars! Read on for the full list of incredible books!

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“Truth or Dare” delivers low-key chills this Friday the 13th

Nutshell: Cliches and tropes we’ve all seen too many times before. Characters we’ve all come to expect in horror films. And yet, Blumhouse’s tribute to Stranger Danger can be surprisingly effective at times.  Not chilling, but effective. That’s worth a lot in today’s straight-to-garbage video nasties. A nice, low-key horror film for fans expecting not much more than the basics.  Grade: C

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“Rampage” – monstrous fun

Nutshell: Big mutant animals! On a rampage! With lots of good looking guys all over the place! People who are looking for Fine Cinema in this film are idiots. For those of you who just want big monster fun, this is it. Grade: B

“This is beyond protocol!”

Story: Loner primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwane Johnson) has been working with albino Silverback gorilla George ever since George was a baby. But after space station debris touches down in George’s enclosure, things get weird.  Bigger, meaner, and more violent kinda weird. But George isn’t the only animal infected.  Cue the super-sized wolf and alligator! Good luck, Chicago.

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