When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas)—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are
Geek Music Episode 106: The Velveteen Band
In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Jason Amelio (and Foe the Destroyer!) from the Velveteen Band. Their latest release is What’s on the Other Side?. The album itself is really great, but a large part of the appeal of the band is in their visuals and stage presence. The lead singers are puppets, Foe (voiced and controlled by Jason) and Fum the Puppet (voiced by Captain Dan Flores and brought to life by Claire Flores), and their lead guitarist / trumpeter is Baron von Velveteen, an anthropomorphic rabbit (whose “real” identity remains a mystery). Yup, it’s pretty crazy and
Contest: Win Shot Caller on Blu-ray and Digital HD!
Shot Caller follows the harrowing, often heartrending journey of successful businessman Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who is transformed into Money – a stoic, ruthless prison gangster – after a DUI sends him down the rabbit hole of the American prison system. As he navigates the brutality of his new home, adapting to its violent codes of ethics and rites of passage that will ensure his survival, he slowly loses his previous identity and his relationship to his former life, including his wife and son. The grip of his new family, the prison gang, extends beyond the prison walls. Upon his release, chased by law enforcement and threatened by his incarcerated “protectors,” Money must orchestrate one last dangerous crime. All is not what it seems. The ruthless process of fulfilling his obligations also becomes his path to sacrifice, retribution, and
Geek Music Episode 105: Bryan Baker
In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Bryan Baker. I discovered his music because he emailed me as a fan of the podcast. After listening to his music, I knew he needed to be a guest. Check out his music, and you’ll quickly see
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing some of Peanuts’ most beloved seasonal television specials on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever, with Peanuts Holiday Collection! Peanuts fans can now enjoy their favorite animated holiday classics in 4K Ultra HD resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR), for the ultimate home entertainment viewing experience. This compilation is comprised of nine Peanuts TV specials, including classics It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, which will be offered together in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Combo-Pack includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the episodes in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc, and digital version of all nine
Contest: Win Impractical Jokers: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD!
In season five of Impractical Jokers, the guys visit the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York, play an epic game of catch-and-release at the supermarket and go on a helicopter ride from hell. The four jokers also pose as receptionists, cashiers, restaurant hosts, pet store employees and wreak havoc at a pawn shop. The season ends with a two-hour event in which the guys team with NITRO CIRCUS and face obstacle courses, high-flying jumps, and much more. It’s a season loaded with hysterical antics no Impractical Jokers fan will want to
Geek Music Episode 104: Jace McLain
In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk again to Jace McLain from Nuclear Bubble Wrap and Holy Bongwater. NBW have released a few videos and some songs from their upcoming album which you can find on their YouTube channel and the FuMP respectively. Holy Bongwater keeps releasing new parodies, including their election-themed EP, Mock the Vote!
Contest: Win Reign: The Fourth and Final Season on DVD!
Season four of Reign finds Mary rising to the challenge, taking back her country and establishing her rule in Scotland, the land of her birth but a wild nation foreign to her, and now, once again, her home. Even as our canvas expands to welcome a new court in Scotland with new players, including Mary’s half-brother James, and the men who vie for her hand, the French Court grows as well. Catherine gave France many heirs – too many, as it turns out. We will meet more of her brood, who are amusingly and dangerously at each other’s throats. Our queens will make wise choices and knowingly brutal sacrifices; their fates, especially Mary’s and Elizabeth’s, are not only intertwined but increasingly inescapable. It is a season of impossibly high stakes, unexpected betrayals, sexual exploits, a royal wedding, a royal birth and a rising body count as three queens in three nations fight for their people, their loves, and their
This week sees the release of not only a couple of new Pokemon titles for the DS but also a new Sims 2 expansion for the PC for all those die hard Simmers out there. Most notably, though, the much anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Prologue ships for the Playstation 3 this week, as does Read More
This week sees Alien Vs Predator Requiem showing up on DVD and Blu-Ray in a number of different configurations. We’re also getting the Academy Award nominated Juno, as well as In the Name of the King, a fantasy video game adaptation from Uwe Boll, arguably the worst director of Read More
E’s Kristin Dos Santos reports that the Lost season finale this year has been extended to a three hour mega-episode. The first hour will air May 15 at 10pm, with the final two hours airing May 29 starting at 9pm. Kristin has all the details about the addition of a Read More
Gamestop has revealed a Collector’s Edition of the hot upcoming RPG Fallout 3 in a recent mailing. According to Gamestop, the CE will be $20 more than the standard edition of the game and will include: Vault Boy Bobblehead Dwight Schrutes of the world rejoice! You now can Read More
McFarlane Toys has announced that they are bringing a free Halo 3 theme and picture pack to the X-Box 360 on Monday, April 14. The picture pack will have 15 all new gamerpics based on McFarlane’s line of Halo action figures, while the theme will feature photos of the Read More
Harmonix has announced next week’s DLC for Rock Band, and it consists of: “Call Me” by Blondie – 160 MS Points ($2) “Message in a Bottle” by The Police – 160 MS Points ($2) “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – 160 MS Points Read More
Viz Media has confirmed that they will be bringing a two-volume Legend of Zelda manga to the western market in October. This series is based on the Ocarina of Time video game and previously had a release in Japan 2000. This will be the first time it’s been released Read More
Production blogs seem to be the Big Thing in show business these days. Zack Snyder’s been doing it for the Watchmen movie, and now Aaron Horwitz has a blog up for his upcoming Street Fighter movie. The first entry has details on the first week of production, as well as some Read More
Here’s a roundup of the biggest stories around the fandom blogosphere today: Movies Quarantine Teaser Trailer – UGO New Villains Cast for Wolverine Origins – Superheroflix Batman: Gotham Knight to Premiere at Wizard World Chicago – Comics2Film TV Shows Read More
Lionsgate has opened the new official website for the upcoming film adaptation of The Spirit. The movie is slated for a 2009 release and stars Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, Paz Vega, and Samuel L. Jackson. Read More
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