Saturday, September 9, 2023

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID CHRISTMAS SPECIAL COMING TO DISNEY+

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Zoo Wee Mama! My kids LOVE Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and our whole family are fans of the live action films that were made about them. So, we are all GEEKED that a new original animated adventure, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever" is coming to the Disney+ streaming service. This holiday tale is debuting December 8, 2023 exclusively on Disney+.

The winter holidays are turning out to be especially stressful for Greg Heffley this year. After accidentally damaging a snowplow while making a snowman with best friend Rowley Jefferson, Greg worries he won’t get the new video game console he so desperately wants for Christmas. To make matters worse, he gets snowed in with his family, including his grumpy older brother Rodrick and annoying younger brother Manny. Directed by Luke Cormican (“Teen Titans Go!) and written and produced by Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever” features the voices of Wesley Kimmel (“The Mandalorian”), Erica Cerra (“Power Rangers”), and Hunter Dillon (“Deadpool 2”).

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Through September 20, new and returning customers can subscribe to Disney+ Basic (with ads) for $1.99/month for three months by visiting www.disneyplus.com.

Friday, September 8, 2023

TEXAS SIZED METAL AND MONSTERS

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A new episode of the Gibson TV YouTube series METAL AND MONSTERS has just been released ... and it is a TEXAS SIZED show! Metal and Monsters host Count D interviews longtime friends Rex Brown (Pantera) and Dug Pinnick (Kings X) as they reunite for an evening of stories surrounding friendship, music, and their Texas roots. Filmmaker, director, producer, and actor Roger Corman is also featured in special segment with an intimate interview reflecting on his early career. 

This is the third episode in the series which is dedicated to heavy metal and monster culture. Metal and Monsters can be viewed for FREE on the YouTube Gibson TV channel or at Gibson.com. I'm always GEEKED when a new episode of Metal and Monsters is released! 

In addition to his off the cuff conversations with the Metal rockers from Pantera and Kings X, Count D also includes a music focused segment "Tunes from The Crypt" that details the history of the landmark album “Leprosy” from Florida death metal legends Death. Viewers also have the chance to win several different Death prizes including CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, Halloween masks and two exclusive Death skateboards courtesy of Check Your Head Skateboards.

Known as “The King of Cult” and “The Pope of Pop Cinema,” famed director and producer Roger Corman is featured in a segment titled “Exhumed From The Tomb.” Not only is Roger responsible for films including The Raven, Little Shop of Horrors, The Fast & The Furious and Death Race 2000, but he is also credited for launching the careers of film legends Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola.

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In the segment “Terror Trek,” the show heads to Las Vegas to visit KISS WORLD at the Rio Hotel to explore Gene Simmons iconic personal collection of KISS memorabilia. Viewers are also treated to guest appearances from Brent Fitz (drums), and Todd “Dammit” Kerns (bass) from Slash and KISS drummer Eric Singer.

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Catch up on the past episodes of Gibson TV’s “Metal and Monsters,” including Episode 1 which features interviews with Freddy Krueger, aka Robert Englund of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Don Dokken. Episode 2 of “Metal and Monsters” offers an in depth interview with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett regarding all things monsters, metal, and horror. Watch as Kirk talks about the films that helped shaped his love of horror including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, and Nosferatu, as well as making music in Metallica, his solo album "Portals", and his top 10 horror bands of all time by checking out the Gibson TV channel on YouTube.

FRIDAY THE 13TH AT MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER


Moms and dads! Here is an event to be geeked about, Find a babysitter and leave the kids at home for an after-hours Halloween soiree for those 21+ at the Michigan Science Center

Immerse yourself in an eerie atmosphere where science meets the supernatural during the science center's After Dark: Friday the 13th event. This party will feature a Stranger Things Laser Show, alchemically inspired elixirs, captivating music, and more. Plus, you can explore the science center checking out things like its new Towers of Tomorrow exhibit and the creatures in the Reptarium.

Tickets are $48 per person (general admission) and $35 for Michigan Science Center members. Each admission ticket includes a drink ticket. The event is from 6 to 11 pm on Friday, October 13, 2023. Buy your tickets in advance online by clicking here.

NEW LAURIE BERKNER HALLOWEEN TUNE: WHICH WITCH

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With Labor Day having passed it is now officially Halloween Season! If you have little tots around the house, check out the new kindie rock tune for preschoolers by musician Laurie Berkner for Halloween. Recognized as “the queen of kids’ music” by People magazine, Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, performer, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC.

The song is about two little friends who decide to dress like witches. But which witch is which? Laurie wonders as they cast their spells, stir their potions, and wave their magic wands. She can’t tell! Can you?

"Once I got into the studio and started to record the song, I also realized I wanted to make it into a larger production and really give the listener a feeling of being transported to a world of magic, playfulness, and mystery,” Laurie commented to ageekdaddy.com. “I hope the harmonies and soaring quality of the chorus, along with the addition of a theremin toward the climax of the song, really help lift listeners up and take them flying in the sky in their imaginations along with the little witches. I also hope it will inspire kids to play their own version of ‘Which Witch?’ at home!”

For more information about the artist and this Halloween tune, visit laurieberkner.com

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

FIVE WAYS TO ENJOY A CODY YELLOWSTONE FALL GETAWAY

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With summer vacations wrapped up and children back to school, if you want to enjoy the scenery of Yellowstone without the sight of crowds of other tourists around the Fall season is a great time for a getaway to the national park and the nearby quaint northwestern Wyoming town of Cody. This town provides a great staging point with the comforts of civilization for your outdoor adventures in the Yellowstone region. 

Here are five ways to enjoy a Cody Yellowstone fall getaway:

Go fishing. Cody Yellowstone is home to an abundance of top-flight fishing spots including the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River and rivers and streams in Yellowstone National Park. Local fishing outfitters offer guides, maps and advice. Blue-ribbon trout fishing is especially popular in the fall, where Yellowstone cutthroat, one of the four subspecies of cutthroat found in Wyoming, can be found throughout the region. 

Drive a UTV to a backcountry ghost town. Cody-based Tread ‘N Trails rents street-legal UTVs for adventurous visitors to explore backcountry areas such as the ghost town of Kirwin. Located high in the Absaroka Mountains above the town of Meeteetse, the discovery of gold in the late 1800s prompted the creation of this once-thriving boomtown. When a disastrous blizzard struck in 1907, most people left the town, leaving behind numerous structures and mines. UTV enthusiasts can explore miles of trails surrounding the town. They can also take a short hike to the foundation of a cabin that was being built by aviatrix Amelia Earhart, a frequent visitor to the region before her disappearance. 

Drive a scenic byway. Road-tripping in the fall is a memorable way to enjoy fall color, with five scenic drives leading into Cody that take travelers past some of Wyoming’s most breathtaking valleys, mountain passes, rivers and forests. Download the free TravelStorys app and listen to a GPS-prompted audio tour of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway or the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway. Fans of audio tours can also listen to a guided walking tour highlighting downtown Cody’s historic structures. 

View wildlife in action. Fall is one of the best times of the year to watch wildlife in action. The forests, river valleys, mountains and canyons of Cody Yellowstone are filled with wildlife such as bears, elk, wolves, moose, bison, eagles and river otters, and many of these species are especially active in the fall. Bears spend the fall months filling up on pine nuts to fatten up before heading to their dens in the winter. It’s mating season for elk, and the males of the species court prospective mates by shrilly bugling and challenging other males to battles. Fall is also a great time to watch wolves. Wolf packs are often larger in the fall than other times of the year because pups are finally big enough to hunt with the adults. Top places to see wildlife in Cody Yellowstone include Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, and along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway from Cody to the northeast gate of the park and the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway from Cody to the east gate of the park. 

Hit the trails. Explore Cody Yellowstone on a bike, on horseback or on foot. A free downloadable trail map offers suggestions for trails based on desired challenge level and type of trail (hiking, horseback riding, gravel bike or road bike). Grab a free downloadable trail map and hop on a bike to explore the town and the surrounding areas. Popular regions include downtown Cody, Beck Lake, Slick Rock and the Shoshone National Forest.

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After a day full of adventure, you are sure to be hungry and thirsty. The new Cody Yellowstone Sippin’ Trail is a great way for visitors to experience some of the town’s most popular restaurants and bars. The trail includes breweries, restaurants and unique venues such as a cigar lounge and a historic hotel built by town founder Buffalo Bill Cody. Visitors who download a free app and make a purchase at the participating locations can earn points for rewards like Sippin Trail T-shirts, pint glasses and stickers.

Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

BARBIE COMES TO IMAX

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The Barbie Movie is a box office sensation having become the highest grossing theatrical film release of 2023 bringing in more than a billion dollars in ticket sales so far. And the movie is getting even bigger as it is set to appear on IMAX screens for a one week engagement beginning September 22nd. During that week's showings there will be released never before seen post-credit footage for IMAX audiences only.

Get tickets for the Barbie IMAX experience now through fandango.com. The Barbie Movie is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

DEEP SKY IMAX POSTER

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Last night sky gazers and astronomy buffs had an interesting night for looking up into space. There was a super blue moon in the night sky. This rare trifecta of occurrences was a full moon, super moon and blue moon. 

A full moon is when the entire moon is illuminated. A super moon is when the moon appears larger than normal because it is in a closer orbit to the planet than usual. A blue moon is when there are two different occurrences of a full moon in the same month. Blue moons occur about every two to three years and a super blue moon is very rare. If stuff like this gets you geeked, you'll want to check out the upcoming film DEEP SKY which will be playing exclusively at IMAX theaters beginning October 20th. 

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DEEP SKY brings the awe-inspiring images captured by NASA's Webb Telescope to IMAX. The film takes audiences on a journey to the beginning of time and space, to never-before-seen cosmic landscapes, and to recently discovered exoplanets, planets around other stars. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, DEEP SKY follows the high-stakes global mission to build JWST and to launch it into orbit one-million miles from Earth, in an attempt to answer questions that have haunted us since the beginning of time: Where did we come from?

How did the universe begin? Are we alone? 13 billion years in the making, DEEP SKY reveals the universe as we have never seen it before; immersing audiences in the stunning pictures beamed back to earth by NASA’s new telescope — and capturing their vast beauty at a scale that can only be experienced on the giant IMAX screen.

CLICK HERE for a list of locations showing DEEP SKY when the film debuts in October.