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Matching Phone Wallpaper and Movie Ringtone

Coordinating a phone wallpaper and movie ringtone is a big part of my geek lifestyle. I like surrounding myself with all the fandom things I love, like Harry Potter and Captain America merch, so why wouldn’t I have a matching phone wallpaper and movie ringtone?

Deadpool Phone Wallpaper and Movie Ringtone

The day after I watched Deadpool, I changed my phone theme to reflect my latest fan obsession. I wasn’t sure if I would like Deadpool, but wow, that movie blew me away. What a fun ride! So, of course, I switched out my phone wallpaper for a pic of Deadpool sitting on the overpass, coloring a picture of his sworn enemy, while waiting for said enemy’s entourage to show up for a smackdown.

But what movie ringtone could I use that would match a Deadpool phone wallpaper? The movie didn’t have any memorable orchestral theme, but one song in particular stood out: “Shoop,” by Salt ‘n’ Pepa. I get why Deadpool loves that song, because it’s always been one of my favorites. “Shoop” has a bouncy beat. It’s fun and a little bit naughty. (Although, Deadpool is a lot naughty.) “Shoop” is so much fun, I’ve missed quite a few phone calls while I’ve been busy gettin’ my groove on.

So, my current phone wallpaper and movie ringtone looks a little something like this.

Deadpool Phone Wallpaper

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now, I bet you’re curious as to what my previous phone wallpaper and movie ringtone was. It was tough to see him go, but Kylo Ren (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was my previous phone wallpaper. The Dark Side boy was matched with the “Imperial March” as my movie ringtone. My text tone was Darth Vader’s breathing. Talk about the perfect trifecta for a geeky phone theme!

(As an aside, I couldn’t come up with a good text tone for Deadpool. The only one on iTunes that fit was a gunshot, and I just can’t bring myself to have a gunshot alert tone. I was hoping for a quote of “maximum effort,” but I haven’t found one yet. So, the text tone is currently the ’80s sounding synth tone. Y’know, to go with the whole “Careless Whisper” vibe.)

So, previously, my Star Wars: The Force Awakens phone theme looked like this.

Kylo Ren Phone Wallpaper

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking over my phone, Avengers: Age of Ultron occupied my mobile device for months. Captain America posed for my phone wallpaper, and I matched it with a funked-up remix of the Avengers theme. My text tone came courtesy of the Jarvis app you can download from iTunes. He said, “Excuse me, there is a message for you.” Jarvis made me feel like a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.

So the Avengers phone wallpaper and movie ringtone went like this.

Captain America Phone Wallpaper

Harry Potter

By now, surely, you’re asking yourself, what’s her go to? What’s her default phone wallpaper and movie ringtone?

If you’re a loyal read of this website (and why wouldn’t you be?), you know that I bleed red and gold for Gryffindor; I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. My default phone wallpaper and movie ringtone — my mobile blankie, if you will — is the book cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, my favorite books in the series, and “Hedwig’s Theme.” The text tone is an owl hooting, so I can pretend Hedwig is delivering a message herself.

Harry Potter Phone Wallpaper

What phone wallpaper and movie ringtone do you use to show the world your fandom? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo credit: r. nial bradshaw


Daisy Ridley as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

6 Times ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Worked Flawlessly

As I’m writing this, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shattering box office records all around the world. In just over a week, it raked in over $890 million globallyStar Wars: The Force Awakens took the number two spot in movie grosses for 2015, previously held by Avengers: Age of Ultron. With only two weeks at the box office in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came close to being the number one movie in ticket sales for 2015. (Jurassic World won that honor.)



Considering it beyond the staggering ticket sales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fantastic movie. Only the crankiest of fans could find fault with the seventh Star Wars movie, directed by J.J. Abrams. My husband, a serious Star Wars fan, who pokes holes in everything, could only question how C-3PO knew BB-8’s name just after meeting the orange and white droid. If that’s the biggest flaw he could find, I say the movie is a roaring success.

In fact, I watched it twice in two days, then saw it again yesterday. It was everything I wanted and more. I’m old enough that I was a wide-eyed child when it premiered in theaters in 1977, which means when Return of the Jedi came out, I was still young enough to enjoy the Ewoks, rather than roll my eyes at them. The Force Awakens recaptured the magic of Star Wars (I refuse to call it A New Hope). It introduced new characters and new plot twists, while offering nods to Star Wars traditions.

Here are the best scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that gave me all the feels.





Rey of Sunshine

Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

One of the first things that popped in my head when Rey lit up a light saber for the first time, was how brilliant J.J. Abrams and crew are for making a girl the central, powerful character this time around. If you’ve seen that funny YouTube video that demonstrates the dearth of female dialog, let alone characters, in the original movie, you’ll know that Rey’s enormous role goes a long way to balance the number of men and women in the Star Wars universe.

Rey is not just a win for feminists, however, but also a fantastic character. She’s smart, resourceful, tough, loyal, generous, vulnerable, skilled and, it turns out, strong with the Force. In a short period of time, we find out that Rey, who is played adeptly by Daisy Ridley, lives a solitary life, waiting for her family to return. We guess, long before Maz verbalizes it, that Rey’s family is never coming back. We find out that Rey is resourceful, scavenging prime parts from downed Imperial ships and walkers; we find out Rey is a talented pilot, after she handles the Millenium Falcon nearly as well as Han Solo ever did; and we find out she’s a hero, in the way she refuses to leave BB-8 behind, or runs into the fray to save her friends, or turns Kylo Ren’s power on himself when she discovers she has power of her own. (I’m predicting we’ll be seeing a lot of Reys trick-or-treating come Halloween.)

Rey is the whole package, a character we love to root for who has a mystery at her center. Daisy Ridley’s nuanced, fiery performance makes Rey leap off the screen. Ridley is pretty, but plain, so much so that before I saw the movie, I couldn’t imagine her role was very important. Her wholesome good looks, however, are the perfect canvas for her emotions. If a woman with exotic features or an innate sexiness had been cast, Rey would not seem as innocent, as naive, or as GOOD at her core as she does. Even young Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia, with her petite stature and big-eyed beauty, had a worldly quality. Rey is nothing but light.

Bad Boys are Good to Love

Adam Drive as Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Adam Drive as Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

The character I was most looking forward to seeing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Kylo Ren, and I wasn’t disappointed. Kylo Ren is just as scary as Darth Vader ever was, while introducing a tortured element in his villain that we didn’t see in Vader, until the very end of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. His emotional scene on the bridge, played with passion by Adam Driver, is fascinating to watch. Even the third time I saw it, I could see both of the possible conclusions playing out in every single line. Ren’s decision to turn to the light or to the dark teetered on a knife’s edge, all the way until his final, horrible choice.

Kylo Ren, for all his power and evil nature, is very clearly coming apart, right from the start of the film. Darth Vader was completely certain of his purpose at the beginning of the Star Wars saga, but Kylo Ren seems to be torn in different directions: finding the map; finding Rey; putting an end to his torment over his father (one way or another); maintaining the Supreme Leader’s approval; and wresting control of the New Order away from General Hux. Because of all these facets, and Adam Driver’s expert performance, it is engrossing to watch Kylo Ren’s story unfold.

Finn is Fab

John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

After the first time I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a couple of my family members said they hadn’t liked Finn until his hilarious scene with Captain Phasma. (“I’m in charge! I’m in charge!”) I was surprised, because I liked him right away. I found his boyish energy infectious, which made it very easy to cheer for him. Although Finn’s main goal was to flee the First Order, he didn’t shy away from helping Rey and BB-8, then Han Solo and Chewie. And he did it all-out, leaving nothing on the floor, so to speak. Finn, played with abandon by John Boyega, rarely had down time or a restful scene. By the time he did, in Maz Kanata’s bar, he still didn’t relax; he laid his heart bare to Rey, telling her the truth about his identity and begging her to come with him. It’s hard to dislike someone who has such a big heart, and who has almost all of the punchlines.

Back when John Boyega’s picture was released, and the world got to see the star Stormtrooper for the first time, the Internet, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, took to Twitter and social media to register their ridiculous outrage that Finn was black. I hope that Boyega’s fun, energetic, passionate performance put paid to any hater’s doubt as to whether he would “work” as a Stormtrooper. John Boyega is fantastic.

“Chewie, we’re home.”

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

I confess, I teared up during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer when Han Solo says, “Chewie, we’re home.” In fact, I’ve seen the film three times, and I still can’t get through that scene completely dry-eyed. I defy any fan of the original three movies to say that seeing Han and Chewie, together again onscreen, isn’t a dream come true.


Happily, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and directory J.J. Abrams didn’t mess with the DNA of their characters very much. Han was still sarcastic and cunning; Chewbacca was still cantankerous and loyal. The easy camaraderie of Harrison Ford, as Han Solo, and Peter Mayhew, as Chewbacca, made it easy to fill in the years between films with smuggling runs, and misunderstandings that end with a shoot-out.

Thank goodness we saw so much of Han Solo onscreen before we lost him. But if he had to die, trying to redeem his son had to be the most honorable death he could have hoped for.

“She’s royalty to me.”

Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

General Leia Organa is another character from the original movies I was thrilled to see. You can imagine, as a young girl, how much I admired Princess Leia, a brave, selfless leader. I was pleased to see Leia wasn’t relegated to some adobe hut on Tatooine, keeping a pitcher of blue milk chilled for Han’s return. Of course, she’s a General with the Resistance. Of course, she’s as tough as ever, dealing with the loss of her son, then her lover. And as her dialog showed, she has no time for melodrama, cutting to the quick of problems and never looking back. Carrie Fisher played her with simplicity, so fitting for royalty.

Man’s Best Friend

BB-8 in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

BB-8 in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

I didn’t think any droid would ever be able to follow in the tracks of R2-D2, but BB-8 is not only endearing, the droid’s also unique. It’s kind of like my family’s guinea pigs; who knew guinea pigs could have their own personalities? Let me assure you, they do, and droids do too. BB-8 is as spunky as R2-D2, but somehow (how do they do it?) manages to display a childlike innocence that the wise-beyond-his-serial-number R2-D2 doesn’t. BB-8 has become so synonymous with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in fact, that if you check into a movie theater and say you’re watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’re status will display a little BB-8 of your own.

What part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

6 times Star Wars The Force Awakens works flawlessly

The monastic Island, Skellig Michael founded in the 7th century, for 600 years the island was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of Europe's better known but least accessible monasteries.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Ireland Feels the Force in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Final Scene

An island off Ireland’s south west coast is wowing audiences at screenings of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.

Unveiled in the film’s closing minutes, this closely guarded secret ending to Episode 7 was filmed in September 2014 on Skellig Michael Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since 1977, the record-breaking movie franchise has travelled through many galaxies, and this time, director JJ Abrams along with cast and crew jetted into a little village called Portmagee, County Kerry, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. From here, they travelled eight miles (12 Km) by sea to a dream film location, Skellig Michael.

Locals were told a documentary was being filmed but were amazed when they realised that Star Wars was being filmed in their community. Gerard Kennedy of ‘The Bridge Bar and Moorings Guesthouse’ in Portmagee, said:

“It’s been so hard to keep this secret! It was such a weird and wonderful experience for our small village to be part of the Star Wars story. We enjoyed evenings of music and dance in our bar with the cast and crew. Mark Hamill even learned how to pull a pint with our barman, Ciaran Kelly!”

More background and stories about Star Wars filming on Skellig Michael are available here: www.ireland.com/starwars

TV and Film are recognised as strong influencers on travellers, with up to 35% of people being impacted in their choice of destination by what they see on screen. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, comments:

Star Wars filming in Ireland will bring the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael to the attention of millions of people around the world. It’s a really effective way to reach audiences, helping to significantly boost awareness of the Skelligs, the South West and Ireland in general, whetting peoples’ appetites to come and visit.”

Skellig Michael is accessible only by boat. Today it’s inhabited solely by birds, but monks settled here over a millennium ago and the beehive huts that they lived in are restored and can be visited from May to September each year, but advance booking is essential.

Kerry, is aptly also one of only three Gold Tier International Dark Sky reserves in the world. The beautiful band of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters and nebulas are just some of the naked eye wonders to see without the aid of any astronomical equipment or filters.

Want to learn more about TV and film locations in Ireland? Go to

Game of Thrones locations in Ireland
Narnia in Ireland
The Cinematic Drives of Wicklow

Source: Tourism Ireland

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