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Ideas for a Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Party

Throwing a spooky Harry Potter Halloween party is as easy as Divination class, even if you’re more Filch than Fleur. Awin, the company that runs the Etsy affiliate program, is running a contest for Etsy affiliates. Media Medusa is an Etsy affiliate, so I thought it would be fun to jump in. (Disclaimer: If you […]


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Alexa Skills for Movies – Times, Quotes and More

Did you know Amazon has several Alexa skills for movies? Someone at Amazon is a movie buff, because they know just what a movie junkie like me wants out of my Amazon Echo Dot. I tested a lot of Alexa skills for movies to find the ones that were the most helpful and the most […]


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How Amazon’s Alexa Can Help You Right Now

Amazon’s Alexa has skills out the ying-yang, as my husband would say. In fact, Amazon’s Alexa has become my most valuable tool in my never-ending fight against chaos, unorganization and forgetfulness. I bought Amazon’s Echo Dot when it went on sale. It was possibly the best purchase I’ve made in my adult life. I keep […]


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Outlander Dinner Menu and Recipes

An Outlander dinner menu, and Outlander recipes, aren’t very sexy. Scottish food is pretty basic — meat, bread and maybe some kind of root vegetable. That’s because the Scottish Highlands are a harsh place to try to grow crops of any kind, let alone something exotic, like tomatoes (wink). The wind is relentless, the sun comes and […]


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TV Shows Like Game of Thrones

Which TV shows like Game of Thrones should you watch? Good question. It’s painful, isn’t it? When new Game of Thrones episodes run dry? The stabbing pain that leaves fans empty inside has prompted lots of people to ask, what now? What other TV shows that are like Game of Thrones can I watch? First, the bad news. […]


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How to Match Your Phone’s Wallpaper and Ringtone

I love to coordinate my phone’s wallpaper and ringtone. It’s is a big part of my geek lifestyle. When a big movie is coming out, or there’s a new season premiering on TV, I switch up my phone’s wallpaper and ringtone to pump me up and to show the world what I’m into. Are you thinking, […]


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Ambient Sounds for Geeks (Background Noise)

One of the reasons I love taking my laptop to Starbucks is the blur of ambient sounds in the background while I work. Sometimes I focus better with the murmur of voices in the background, as opposed to the deafening silence at my house. It really just depends on what I’m writing. Of course, it […]


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5 Best Sci Fi Movies Starring Soldiers (and the Worst 1 Ever)

These sci fi movies starring soldiers provide thrills and chills, in space and on the ground. Except for one that’s so bad you’ll be tempted to test that theory about screaming in space. When someone says “science fiction” or “sci fi” most people probably picture outer space, or aliens, or some futuristic city. Almost every […]


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Books in a Row

How to Read More, Watch TV Less

A lot of us busy bees want to read more. If you’re a book lover, it’s always one of your goals. We have stacks of books on the nightstand, waiting to be devoured. We have “to-read” lists on Goodreads that scroll for days. I even keep a mental list of books that friends have mentioned […]


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Wonder Woman: A Lover and a Fighter

Wonder Woman was always meant to be an advocate of love and peace. She became more of a warrior only in the last two decades. Wonder Woman effectively combined both of those roles, which has led to more than one casual fan asking themselves about Wonder Woman’s history. Comic Book Resources, one of the websites I […]


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‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Review

Captain America: The First Avenger is a movie that’s overlooked when it comes to great Marvel movies. It’s set in the ’40s, and has an old-fashioned style. It’s also character-driven, spending time on Steve Rogers before he underwent the experiment that turned him into a super-soldier. Perhaps the old-fashioned style and slow pace, especially compared […]


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DC Movies Timeline or DC Extended Universe

DC movies are being released as fast as lightning (remind you of anyone?) to compete with Marvel’s jam-packed roster of superhero movies. 2016 saw the release of two DC movies within only a few months of each other. Warner Bros. will release two DC movies in 2017, as well. I recently created a Marvel movie timeline […]


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Marvel Movies Timeline: What to Watch, What to Skip

The Marvel movies timeline is lengthy and each movie dovetails into the next. But, if you’re not steeped in comic books or the entertainment industry, the Marvel movies timeline can be confusing. Where do you start your binge? Can you jump into the middle of a Marvel movie timeline and still keep up? And which […]


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Spider-Man climbs the Washington Monument in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™: HOMECOMING.

Tom Holland is the Webbing That Holds ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Together

Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t a re-boot of Spider-Man movies. Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man movies, starring Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man: Homecoming is fresh and masterful in telling Peter Parker’s story, which is already in progress. Here are 7 reasons to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially if you’re a die-hard fan. (No spoilers, so keep reading!) See also: I wrote a list for […]


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Game of Thrones Season 6 Recap

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Recap: How to Remember

Game of Thrones Season 7 returns July 16 at 9 p.m. and the world can hardly wait. This is the penultimate season of Game of Thrones, with only seven episodes instead of ten. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, with input from author George R.R. Martin, will have to pack a lot of story into those seven hours. […]


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‘Amerian Gods’ on STARZ – Review and Guide

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, is possibly the only successful fantasy series set in the United States. STARZ just wrapped the first season, and wow, it’s off to an amazing start. American Gods will likely travel the same path Game of Thrones did. Meaning, they had small audience for the premiere and the first season, then […]


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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Smart, Dark and Powerful

Wonder Woman was everything I wanted it to be. It’s the kind of superhero movie that reaffirms my belief in good scripts and great directors. Wonder Woman is the best of the DC movies to date. It took in over $103 million in its opening weekend, taking the top spot for that weekend and the following. […]


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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Review

‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ Review

Let me be up front. This Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 review is not going to be as glowing as the pages and pages of reviews out there. So, if you want to find out why I’m all “meh,” keep reading. The Basics Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 begins not long after the gang […]


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Finding Harry Potter in Lancaster County

Calling all Muggles! Have you ever wanted to visit Hogwarts? Or see Godric’s Hollow? Believe it or not, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has several magical places that seem like they are right out of the Harry Potter series. I just published an eBook, Finding Harry Potter in Lancaster County: A Muggle’s Guide. My book will take you to seven […]


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Copyright: © 2016 WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk Caption: (L-r) DAN FOGLER as Jacob, EDDIE REDMAYNE as Newt and KATHERINE WATERSTON as Tina in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure "FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

6 Harry Potter Themes in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has several things in common with J.K. Rowling’s other wizarding world movies. And I don’t mean wands and Grindewald. J.K. Rowling wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as an original screenplay, whereas the Harry Potter movies were adapted from her novels. Fantastic Beasts marks her first time writing […]


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Sexism and Androids in Entertainment

Recently, I wrote about androids in entertainment for Comic Book Resources. With the popularity of Westworld, and a new Blade Runner being released soon, I wrote it because I thought it was time to revisit all the great almost-human androids we’ve seen on TV and in movies. While I was researching that list, however, a definite trend […]


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How to Oscar Party: Bingo Cards That Work Every Year!

Oscar bingo cards are a must-have item for any Academy Awards party. I had an Academy Awards party years before they were a thing. As a theater student, I loved going to Oscar parties with my friends. Living in Los Angeles, I couldn’t escape Academy Awards fever. It’s a bigger day than Christmas and Rosh Hashanah […]


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How to Read Media Medusa in Flipboard

I’ve been asked several times why Media Medusa doesn’t have an app. There are a few different reasons. First, the blog looks pretty good in browsers on mobile devices. If it was unreadable or unwieldy, I would be more likely to consider making a Media Medusa app. The other reasons are the same reasons people […]


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13 Ways 'The Flash' is Wasting Iris West

13 Ways ‘The Flash’ is Wasting Iris West

In just three seasons of The Flash, the characters have been through a lot of changes. I’m always impressed when a TV show doesn’t drag out a story. That means the writers’ imaginations are primed and they have a lot more stories to tell. Barry matured and tapped into the Speed Force; Cisco became Vibe; Caitlin is on […]


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Outlander Jamie and Claire in bed.

Like ‘Outlander?’ Try These Romantic TV Shows

If you love Outlander, these romantic TV shows, with or without nudie scenes, will get you through Droughtlander. Recently I had a conversation with a casual fan of Outlander (I count anyone who hasn’t read the books as “casual”) about how much she liked the show for its romantic appeal. Sure, she loved the history and […]


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How to Know if You’re a Slytherin

As most Harry Potter fans know, the Slytherin House has produced successful wizards, as well as evil ones. Yeah, Voldemort and Grindewald were awful. But Andromeda Tonks and Regulus Black were good-hearted. My friends who were sorted in Slytherin on Pottermore don’t feel bad about it at all. (That, in itself, proves they’re Slytherin through […]


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3 Very Different Empowering Movies for Girls

Last week I saw three empowering movies for girls that were very different from each other, but had valuable messages. I’m a member of Generation X, raised by Baby Boomer parents. My mother was part of the first generation of women who were encouraged to work full-time and have a family. I’m not naturally inclined […]


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Geek Gear by Tomboy Togs

Tomboy Togs Has Geeks Covered

I can’t get enough geek gear, and recently I needed a quick, easy and clever costume for a Halloween concert. I wanted to be Harry Potter (natch), but I didn’t want to wear the full cloak and tie, because under the stage lights — whew! — it gets hot. Plus, I didn’t want to wear […]


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Carrie Fisher will be remember for more than just 'Star Wars.' / Gage Skidmore

How Carrie Fisher Was Amazing in This Galaxy

Carrie Fisher died today. She suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve. I thought she was recovering, because this morning the news reported that she was stable. We lost her anyway. Carrie Fisher will mainly be remembered for playing Princess Leia Organa, and rightfully so. She was young and beautiful when Star Wars was filmed. Fisher was […]


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Heat Changing Mugs

31+ Heat Changing Mugs for Geeks

Heat changing mugs are incredibly cool, and the perfect way to celebrate the fandom that makes you geek out. What are heat changing mugs? The effect is a lot like those pens from the ’70s, the ones that displayed a perfectly normal woman, until you tipped the pen. Then her clothes would disappear. But, heat changing mugs […]


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3 Reasons ‘Frozen’ is Personal

The success of Frozen isn’t news to anyone. The movie is nearing $400 million in worldwide box office sales. After its initial release, Disney re-released the movie to theaters as a sing-along, inviting the public to belt out tunes with their fellow Ice Cubes (that’s my new name for Frozen followers). The DVD broke a record on its first day […]


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Harry Potter Decals on Etsy

Harry Potter Decals and Fun Decorations

I love adding Harry Potter decals to my car, my computer, my Kindle, just about everything. Merlin knows that there is a hippogriff-sized amount of Harry Potter merchandise available at HarryPottershop.com. But as an avid fan, I have been frustrated many times when I can’t find something Harry Potter-related for a device, or something that isn’t […]


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Geek Gingerbread Houses for Christmas

Making a geek gingerbread house is the perfect way for a mega fan to celebrate Christmas. I may be a geek, but unfortunately, my kitchen skills are in the negatives. Where I live, we’re very lucky to be treated to a different gingerbread village, every year, at a local architect’s office. RLPS Architects holds a contest […]


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Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is Top 5 Christmas Movies

Top 5 Christmas Movies Since the ’80s

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like the spate of Christmas movies that play ’round the clock on TV.  Sure, there are classics, like It’s a Wonderful Life, but recent decades have also given us some Christmas movies that have become iconic. These top 5 Christmas movies are always on my annual viewing […]


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Where to Find Christmas Yule Log on TV and YouTube

Looking for a TV Christmas Yule Log on DVD? Scroll to the bottom of this article. We’ve got some suggestions from Amazon. Last year was the first year that yule logs pinged on my radar. What’s a TV yule log? It’s when a network or channel airs a looping video of a cozy fire, usually […]


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Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie in 'Outlander' Season 2

‘Outlander’ Season 2 Wish List UPDATED

Like millions of other fans, I have my own Outlander Season 2 wish list of scenes that I remember fondly from the books. In the run-up to the second season, we’re being swamped with pictures of sumptuous gowns, velvety waistcoats, manicured gardens, and gilded decor. Fans who didn’t read the books may be wondering how Claire and […]


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‘Doctor Strange’ Review – Marvel Re-Invents Itself Again

Doctor Strange is an origin story, which means we find out how he got his powers. After a horrible accident, talented surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must find a new purpose in life. He is mentored by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). A lot of controversy surrounded Doctor Strange. After it was revealed that Tilda Swinton […]


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Ed Harris on Westworld

‘Westworld’ Opening and its Symbolism

My husband and I have been devouring Westworld on HBO. I’ve been fascinated by the Westworld opening sequence since the start. Several episodes in, I now think I know what most of the imagery represents. See also:15 Burning Questions After the Season Finale of Westworld Westworld is based on a 1973 sci fi movie, written by […]


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Throw a Braw ‘Outlander’ Viewing Party

Outlander seems to attract the kind of fan who not only obsesses about the TV series, but also makes Outlander a way of life. Pretty soon they’re speaking Gaelic, wearing tartan wool as everyday cosplay, and hanging thistle accessories all over their home. (Some of us find excuses to wear our official Outlander wristers while we work. […]


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Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill – Pics and Tips

I’ve wanted to go to the Harry Potter festival in Chestnut Hill since a friend of mine shared it on Facebook a few years ago. After hearing about it only a couple times, THIS year I had multiple friends sharing it on my Facebook page or tagging me. I was already dying to go! So, […]


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Sneaky Geek T-shirts Are My Favorite

I have loved sneaky geek t-shirts since the late ’90s, when I bought a Sunnydale High t-shirt. If you know what Sunnydale High is, then you know of which fandom I speak. If, however, you’re mystified, then that sneaky geek t-shirt did its job. (I’ll put you out of your misery. Sunnydale High was the […]


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‘Arrow’ Needs to Fix These Things STAT

Although Arrow remains one of The CW’s highest-rated shows, a few significant changes would strengthen the show’s plots and characterizations. The DC Comics series has changed significantly since its debut in 2012. Arrow has strayed so far from its original premise — Oliver Queen’s origin story as the Green Arrow — that much of the show just […]


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10 Worst Casting Mistakes in a Superhero Movie

10 Worst Casting Mistakes in a Superhero Movie

Some of the worst casting mistakes in a superhero movie have been very obvious, while others sneak up on you. Maybe you’ve enjoyed a superhero movie, only to realize later, as you drift off to sleep, that one of the actors just sucked. Here are ten of the worst casting mistakes in a superhero movie, […]


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Here's what to expect in Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs Mutants

‘Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs Mutants’ is Tech Happy

In Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, Batman battles a variety of DC’s best villains. He’s not alone in his battle, however. Batman has the help of not only his best sidekicks, but also a giant mech suit. The Batman Unlimited series has gone from goofy to good in just a few short DVDs. What started out as […]


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Darth Vader in 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2 Review

Star Wars Rebels isn’t just a knock-off TV cartoon that was created in an attempt to lighten the wallets of Star Wars fans through a line of new toys. Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is a heady, heart-wrenching mix of new stories and old friends. The second season takes what was working in the first season […]


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Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Movie Review

Batman: The Killing Joke earned criticism from die-hard fans of the titular graphic novel. Fans, and critics, are unhappy with the first half of the movie, which was created solely for the movie. I agree with those fans, even though I never read the graphic novel. BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD Synopsis Batman: The Killing Joke is […]


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(l-r.) Beetle, Kubo, and Monkey emerge from the Forest and take in the beauty of the landscape in animation studio LAIKA’s epic action-adventure KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Laika Studios/Focus Features

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is Boldly Artistic

Kubo and the Two Strings, in theaters August 19, reminded me that animated movies can be more than slick CG products. Kubo and the Two Strings is entertaining, yes, but it’s also art. Synopsis Kubo and the Two Strings is set in a Japanese-esque world. Kubo (Art Parkinson) and his mother are hiding from her sisters and their […]


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Netflix Guide: Hacks and Secret Codes

You want great entertainment. Now. We put together this Netflix guide so you can organize your queue, find movie and TV show suggestions easily, and manage your viewing history. Netflix has been leading the way for digital content since 1997. Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over […]


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‘Suicide Squad’ Review – Can You Say Hot Mess?

Suicide Squad was meant to be a fun aside, a summertime movie that flew under the radar. Thanks to disappointing box office returns for Batman v Superman, however, Suicide Squad took on much more attention and pressure than it was meant to. Suicide Squad is about a group of incarcerated criminals, who are released by super-secret government agent […]


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9 Must-Own Suicide Squad Pops

Funko’s Pop! Vinyl figures are absolutely adorable and totally collectible. The Suicide Squad Pops are no exception. Pops (which are not bobbleheads, but based on the same design concept) have huge heads for their bodies, much like babies. Their heads are shaped like rounded blocks and take up about half of their full size. Their eyes […]


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