Movie Pass: A great deal for movie fanatics

MoviePass is a monthly subscription service that allows users to go to the movies everyday for one low cost.

MoviePass is a monthly subscription service that allows users to go to the movies everyday for one low cost.

If you are a habitual movie-goer (or if you need an excuse to become one), you may want to check this out.

MoviePass is a subscription service for going to the movies – pay one fee a month and you can use the card to see one movie per day. It pays for itself in three visits! The benefits of this program are that you can see all major movies at all major theaters, and there are no blackout dates.The cons: you cannot see the same movie multiple times, and you can only use the pass to watch 2D movies; the company is apparently working to add options for 3D/IMAX films.

The process is simple: the MoviePass comes to you in the form of a Mastercard debit card. You must download the smartphone app in order to use. When you get to the theater (you must be within 100 feet of the theater for the app to work) you open up the app, choose which film/showtime you want to attend and enter it. The app will then tell you to go and purchase your ticket. I used my pass last night for the very first time (I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road) and it was incredibly simple to use.

Right now, you can try it free for two weeks. Afterwards, you will be billed monthly (anywhere from $25-$35/month depending on your location). If – like me – you plan to live in the theatres this summer (Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic Park, Ted 2, Magic Mike XXL…you get the picture) then this may be a great, money-saving deal for you to try.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer #2 released, character photos revealed

star-wars-anaheim-logoToday marks Day One of the Star Wars Celebration event, held in Anaheim, CA and it did not disappoint!

In addition to a new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which is the 7th installment in the classic series),  we also get the first official photos of three of the newest leads in the film.

Teaser trailer #2 unveiled at Star Wars Celebration on April 16, 2015

Character photos revealed at today's Star Wars Celebration event. From L-R: Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley, and Finn (John Boyega)

Character photos revealed at today’s Star Wars Celebration event. From L-R: Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley, and Finn (John Boyega)

Not much has been revealed yet about the plot, except for the fact that the film takes place approxixmately 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due in theaters December 18, 2015.

New “Insurgent” trailer – “Fight Back”

So I came home from work and took (what was supposed to be) a 30-minute power nap, and woke up to see this all over my social media newsfeeds. Yay!!!

With just over a month to go until the release “Insurgent”, today a new trailer was released. This one shows a few scenes that we haven’t seen in previous trailers, but that would be familiar to book readers (but I won’t mention them so as not to spoil anyone who hasn’t read the book yet). We get glimpses of Tobias/Four, Tris, Eric, Peter, Caleb, Johanna and Jeanine, and things are looking quite intense. Watch below:

“Insurgent” comes out in theatres and IMAX on March 20.

“Insurgent” animated character posters

This morning, Entertainment Weekly released some exclusive animated character posters for the upcoming film Insurgent, the second film in the “Divergent” series that is due in theaters and IMAX on March 20. The posters feature three of the main characters from the first film: Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James) and Jeanine (Kate Winslet) – along with two of the newest characters Evelyn (Naomi Watts) and Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

The posters all have a tagline, which begins with “Inside us all there is” and then ends with a word that describes the character: Hope (Tris), ¬†War (Four), Evil (Jeanine), Peace (Johanna) and Obsession (Evelyn).¬†Judging by the posters, I think I’ll be going to see this one in IMAX. See the cool animated posters below:

Shailene Woodley as Tris

http://www.thedivergentseries.com/animated3dportrait/#hope

 

Theo James as Four

http://www.thedivergentseries.com/animated3dportrait/#war

 

Kate Winslet as Jeanine:

http://www.thedivergentseries.com/animated3dportrait/

 

Naomi Watts as Evelyn:

http://www.thedivergentseries.com/animated3dportrait/#obsession

 

Octavia Spencer as Johanna:

http://www.thedivergentseries.com/animated3dportrait/#peace

 

You can also view the regular posters here.

“Insurgent” Featurette

Official Insurgent posterSo anyone who knows me, knows that I am a recent convert to the “Divergent” fandom. I saw the film for the first time in early October, and began reading the books Halloween weekend. I spent all of November and most of December watching the movie at least twice a week. I started following Sheo and FourTris-related social media pages (that stands for Shailene/Theo and/or Four/Tris – for those of you uninitiated who are clueless about what a ship is), reading old interviews of Shai and Theo (yes, my burgeoning fandom love has progressed to first-name basis), and trying to figure out exactly what took so long for me to get into the series in the first place (oh, yeah – the fact that I could never find the books in the library and was trying to stick to my “don’t buy another book until you read the almost 400 you’ve already got” rule). Whatever.

My obsession quickly died down as the holidays ended and I had to get back to real life – work, school, parenting, and all of that other stuff that interferes with me being able to fangirl full time ūüė¶ However, today as I was sitting at my desk at work trying to take a five minute break from the mountain of paperwork I was drowning in, Insurgent¬†began trending on my social media timelines and I figured something got released and it was my duty to check it out.

“Something” was a 2 1/2 minute featurette on the upcoming film, which is due in theaters on March 20. The featurette gives viewers a sneak peek into the changes in Tris and Four’s lives, since the events that found them pretty much factionless in Divergent. ¬†Snippets of interviews with Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Miles Teller (Peter), Zo√ę Kravitz (Christina), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Kate Winslet (Jeanine) and Mekhi Phifer (Max) are sprinkled throughout the video, as well as glimpses of some fresh faces (I’m sorry, but Naomi Watts does not look old enough to be Evelyn!!) and some familiar scenes to those who have read the books (the Amity tree, Erudite headquarters, Tris’ fear simulation). Click on the link to watch the segment for yourself, and while you’re at it, you may as well take another look at the official trailer:

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015 – The Grown Up Fangirl’s Year in Review

Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015 HD Wallpaper Images PicturesGoodbye, good riddance 2014!!! 2014 was the year I really could have used a clone, because I did not get to do nearly as much as I wanted to do, fandomwise. Not enough cons, not enough podcasting, not enough TV/movie watching, and not enough blogging. Even so, there were a few highlights to my fangirlish year, and it’s enough to motivate me to make more effort in the coming year. So…let’s cover a few things, shall we?

BOOKS – Trying to work full-time and go to school has gotten harder for me to juggle in the past two years, so I haven’t gotten to read quite as much as I wanted to this year (my reading goal on Goodreads was 25 books – I fell waaaaayyyy short of that goal). In anticipation of the reboot (which I still have yet to see), I re-read V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic for the millionth time (and am still adequately fascinated/disturbed at the story). I finally sat down and read/listened to the first novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (or, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the books, the series that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on). I found some sense of closure with The Mortal Instruments: A City of Heavenly Fire, but was reluctant to give up on the Shadowhunter world, so I picked up The Bane Chronicles in an effort to get into the head of one of the more mysterious and interesting characters in the series, warlock Magnus Bane. As of right now, the jury is still out on this one; whereas most of the books I’ve read lately have been of the can’t-put-it-down variety, sadly this book doesn’t fall into that category, and I am finding it harder and harder to remember why I liked Magnus Bane in the first place.¬†But the book series that has really had a grab-me-and-don’t-let-me-go effect is the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.

divergent1Until June 2014, I had worked the past two years in the public library system, and the Divergent books were always in the hard-to-find category, especially with to the March release of the first film in the series, Divergent. For awhile I had given up on trying to read the books, deciding that I would just wait until I bought them to read them. However, once I sat down to finally watch the film, I was drawn in by the chemistry of the lead characters Tris and Four (portrayed onscreen by Shailene Woodley and Theo James, respectively). So, Halloween weekend consisted of me reading Divergent (Friday), Insurgent (Saturday), and Allegiant (Sunday). I followed up with Four a couple of weeks later. Even though I’m late to the faction party, I’ll probably end up doing a re-read and then blogging about the books at some point, because those books were a doozy to read. But I haven’t fangirled about books/movies as much in the past few years as I have in the past few months with these characters, so that’s a good thing. (BTW, I will totally spaz out if I ever get to meet Theo James in person. Just warning y’all in advance). Oh, and if someone could find a way to convince Veronica Roth to write more books about Four, I’d appreciate it.

TV – Television was kind of huge for me in 2014. I enjoyed some of my newer favorites (Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Walking Dead, The Originals, Orphan Black), fell back in love with an older one (now that’s the Supernatural I know and love), said goodbye to an old friend (rest in peace, True Blood) and got sucked in to a couple of others (How to Get Away with Murder, Teen Wolf). ¬†Scandal consistently kept my jaw on the floor, and The Vampire Diaries is getting interesting again now that Delena isn’t so much the focus of the show. I am currently catching up on Season 4 of Lost Girl, but am apprehensive because I already know one of my favorite characters dies. Oh yeah, speaking of beloved characters dying…

WTF, Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow? (Spoilers be ahead, for those of you not caught up).

I know that in the reality of the zombie apocalypse, it’s unrealistic to think that all of our favorite characters will escape unscathed. Episode 1 of Season 5 nearly gave us a heart attack thinking that Glenn was going to be head-bashed with a bat not once, but twice, Carl was almost raped by a rather ogre-ish looking biker dude, and even little baby Judith was threatened with a knife to the throat (RIP Martin…not). But we knew someone from the group was gonna have to die, and unfortunately the first casualty was Bob Stuckey. After what happened to him (being bitten by a walker, and then taken hostage and partially turned into Bob-B-Q by some survivors of Terminus), I expected him to not make it. No, the death that got me was Beth. Beth’s death for me equaled the WTF? incredulity I had when Hedwig was killed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was just one of those deaths I really feel was unnecessary to the whole of the story; it really serves no purpose except to solidify the fact that the group needs to pay attention to Rick when he tells them that being nice isn’t getting them anywhere. And poor Maggie’s face…

Moving along to Sleepy Hollow – I will admit that I am still pissed about the killing off of Captain Frank Irving. That was another WTF? for me. Orlando Jones is a talented actor and his character brought a sense of balance to the group of Ichabod, Abbie, Katrina and Jenny. It was bad enough that the character was grossly underused in the first part of season 2 (bring him back and send that damn Sheriff Reyes away, okay? She irks the hell out of me and serves no purpose), but then to kill him? (Although the manner of death was heroically glorious). However, I do realize that dead does not always mean dead in Sleepy Hollow and hope that there’s some great way the writers will bring back Irving’s character.

In the meantime, check out this HILARIOUS video from the Captain himself, giving us a recap of his character’s journey through Sleepy Hollow:

MOVIES РI totally suck in the movie department for 2014 Рaside from Divergent, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy (last week), X-Men: Days of Future Past (two weeks ago), and Maleficent (opening weekend). Pathetic, I know, and I will hopefully get a chance to change that in 2015.

PODCASTS – Due to scheduling conflicts and other real-life BS, I only recorded a few episodes on Sci-Fi Party Line this year. They are as follows:

20140830_215700CONVENTIONS – I only got to attend one convention this year: Dragon Con. The experience wasn’t as great as previous years, mainly because I spent most of the week prior sick as a dog and literally had no energy, but it wasn’t a total flop. After podcasting together for 5 years, I got to meet Cat (@fancyfembot) in person!

I also got to meet Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter) and Osric Chau (Kevin Tran, Supernatural – he was there as an attendee but was nice enough to pose for a photo when I recognized him outside of Starbucks). I got to ask Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick, Almost Human) a question during his panel, and I was a panelist on the “Growing Up to Save the World” panel on the Whedonverse track.

All in all, not such a bad year, but I plan to do so much more in 2015. To those of you who follow and have stuck with me, thanks again for another great year! Happy New Year 2015!!