Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

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Get ready for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels! . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

Oscars: Free Us Or Die

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The end is near.

Lady Gaga proved herself to be a stellar contender for the lead in what is now an inevitable contemporary remake of The Sound of Music. In a formidable triad with Lupita Nyong’o’s fabulous dress (adorned with six-thousand-handsewn-pearls) and Patricia Arquette’s rousing acceptance speech, three women were prominent in salvaging the 2015 Oscar telecast from utter disaster. The male standout, in my opinion, was The Imitation Game’s Graham Moore speaking so honestly about suicide and feeling out of place in society.

This year’s self-congratulatory motion picture awards/fashion show will otherwise be remembered for extended lulls, failed comedy, and Neil Patrick Harris embarrassing himself and the celebrity-filled auditorium by appearing in his underwear. That was almost as unfunny as it was lacking in class for a show that likes to think of itself as the stylish global celebrity affair of the year.

Dozens of media sources are reporting today that this Oscar show’s ratings were significantly down, with drops ranging from 10% to more than 15%, definitely the smallest television audience in the last four years. With some variances, the downward trend seems persistent.

This year, it occurred to me that the Fireplace Channel might be more interesting and yet there is vicarious pleasure in watching Hollywood’s old guard get it wrong—again.

The Academy Openly Dismissed Popular Movies

Liam Neeson’s presentation speech was a surprise, whether the words were his own or provided by Academy writers:

“Hollywood is often criticized for making too many movies based on toys, . . . → Read More: Oscars: Free Us Or Die

Geek Out Your Workout

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The other day I was on Pinterest looking for a good plank challenge plan when I saw a pin for a Black Widow workout. Black Widow as in Black Widow who can be seen in many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but not on much of the merchandising Black Widow? Yes, that one. It was indeed an illustrated workout combo inspired by the woman who, among other things, saved a super soldier multiple times. There was punching, kicking, and oh yes, climbers. So I decided to give it a try the next day. Let’s just say it looks easier than it is. But it’s a fun element to add to your fitness regime. I’ve heard of a couple gyms being based around geek/nerdy themes or incorporating them into their WODs, but it’s something I had never tried.

Then I realized there were several other similarly illustrated geeky-interest-inspired workout sets floating around from the same site. So I ended up on neilaray.com and there is literarlly a treasure-trove of these with instructions, info about what muscles you’re working, and tips. They even have timer buttons for your rests in between sets. It’s all part of the NR Project, which is a volunteer-run passion project to make fitness fun and accessible. As such all the workouts are available for free; you can even download them as pdfs.

What’s more most of them don’t require equipment so you can do them anywhere you have the space. A whole range of female, male, . . . → Read More: Geek Out Your Workout

WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

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An audio excerpt from Chapter 43 of WYNDE. . . . → Read More: WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

Fangirl Chat Goes Into the Woods

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For Episode 21 of Fangirl Chat, Geek Kay of Hyperspace Theories and Sarah Woloski of Skywalking Through Neverland joins Tricia Barr to discuss Disney’s movie Into the Woods. It’s three music lovers discussing lyrics, storytelling and Pinenuts. . . . → Read More: Fangirl Chat Goes Into the Woods

SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

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Mary is inspired by one of the characters in SAGA and explains what captivated her. . . . → Read More: SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

Strange Magic on Fangirl Chat

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Fangirl Chat dives into Lucasfilm animated movie ‘Strange Magic.’ . . . → Read More: Strange Magic on Fangirl Chat

Kay Reviews Strange Magic

Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic

FANgirl’s SAGA Read-Along: Beginnings

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It’s time to kick off FANgirl’s first Put More Of This In My Star Wars Read-Along, featuring the graphic novel Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I explained the premise of this new adventure for our blog in a post earlier this month:

Each of the stories picked will have some connection to Star Wars and will promote our goals as readers and fans. We’re going to show you what we like to see in our stories, and we invite you to join us on the adventure.

Our winner of the Read Along giveaway copy was Amanda Bond. Thanks for participating!

Linda kicked off the conversation on Twitter after opening the book and being sucked in.

@fangirlcantina Got my copy of Saga today! I picked up to flip through– couldn't put it down. I loved it! #Saga

— Linda Hansen-Raj (@LindaHansenRaj) January 13, 2015

Kay also offered feedback that the story grabbed her. Mary’s reaction has been more mixed, although one character inspired her enough to contribute an amazing character dissection that will help spur the discussion next week.

To start, let’s talk about the opening chapter:

1) One of the great elements of the Star Wars movies is the use of in media res. The characters and situation are fleshed out but the audience has to dive in. That’s also true in the first chapter of Saga. What did you think?

2) The opening jumps into the birth of the narrator, Hazel. Would you . . . → Read More: FANgirl’s SAGA Read-Along: Beginnings

Club Jade, Star Ladies and Wild Cards on Fangirl Chat

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Club Jader Tish Pahl joins Fangirl Chat to discuss her adventures in Star Wars fandom and sharing her Expanded Universe expertise with Timothy Zahn. . . . → Read More: Club Jade, Star Ladies and Wild Cards on Fangirl Chat