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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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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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