A Collection Of Some Strange And Unusual New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around The World

(PCM) As we gear up to ring in the New Year we got to thinking about some of the more strange and unusual customs and traditions for celebrating New Year’s Eve all over the world. Each country does something a little different. While some consist of traditional celebratory measures such as champagne toasting and making merry… Read More

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Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Opens On Broadway And Breathes Fresh Life Into Alanis Morrissette’s Already Iconic Album

It is almost difficult to put into words just how impressive “Jagged Little Pill” is on the stage, as the show has just recently made it’s Broadway debut. This is no doubt thanks to the incredibly creative team behind the production with director Diane Paulus, scriptwriter Diablo Cody and the artist behind the amazing soundtrack that makes up this show, Alanis Morrissette. “Jagged Little Pill” is loosely based upon the songs that made up Morrisette’s iconic 1995 album release by the same name and taking this music to Broadway has created a breath of fresh life for these songs that were a big part of our angsty teenage youth. After seeing “Jagged Little Pill”, we now have a completely new and different view and understanding of many stand-out tracks featured on both the album and the show including, “You Learn”, “Ironic” and the always anthemic “You Oughta Know” and from now on will definitely be listening to them in an entirely new way. Writer Diablo Cody found a way to take these songs that spoke so much to us back …

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Song Producer Bryce Jacobs Talks Netflix’s Teen Apocalypse Dramedy “Daybreak”

By: Dan Moore Looking for a show to binge-watch this holiday season? One you might want to consider, Netflix’s teen apocalypse dramedy Daybreak.  Based on Brian Ralph’s graphic novel series of the same name, Daybreak is a genre-bending series that finds high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by misfits, such as 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully, Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this crazy new world throws at him. One of the many unique aspects of the show worth mentioning, the musical element. Characters have to participate in a singing competition called American Ninja Idol. Think American Idol, but instead of going through to the next round, you get released to Ghoulies for dinner. The man in charge of reimaging songs from Smashing Pumpkins and Air Supply for this on-screen competition, Song Producer Bryce Jacobs.  Below Bryce gives us the inside scoop of his work …

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Did Visa Cards Really Begin As A Social Experiment?

(PCM) If you were to check just about anyone’s wallet these days surely you would most likely find at least one credit or debit card tucked safely inside. It would also be a safe assumption to say at least one of these cards would bear the Visa logo, as it is certainly one of the… Read More

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Looks Like We Have Been Playing Monopoly All Wrong!

(PCM) The holidays bring families together and what better way to spend some quality family togetherness than breaking out a good ol’ game of Monopoly. You know the one that usually ends in a stalemate with siblings screaming at one another and the board getting tossed across the room. Well, it seems that the classic… Read More

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USA Network’s ‘Dare Me’ Will Be Your Newest TV Obsession

When we first heard the premise for the upcoming USA Network series “Dare Me” which will premiere on December 29th, we had our doubts about just how well this series would be able to hold its ground against the many other suspense/thriller series out there in the television landscape these days, and “Dare Me” left us pleasantly surprised! We seriously could not stop watching!  “Dare Me” became our newest television obsession and we think that it will be yours as well! The series is based upon author Megan Abbott’s best-selling novel by the same name, and Abbott also serves as showrunner alongside Gina Fattore. Peering behind the all-American facade, “Dare Me” dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading and the extreme lengths, both physically and psychologically that these young women will put themselves through in order to get ahead. The series stars Herizen Guardiola, Marlo Kelly, and Willa Fitzgerald (a fan favorite from the “Scream” franchise) and these actors do an impeccable job of drawing us in and making us care about these characters and their dilemma’s …

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Surrealist Salvador Dali Once Collaborated With Walt Disney

In 1944, surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Disney studio artist John Hench of Walt Disney came together to collaborate on an animated short film titled “Destino”. The film was only seven minutes in length and was not officially completed and released until 2003.  It took nearly 60 years for “Destino” to make it’s debut and… Read More

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Our Amazing Experience Visiting Happy Place!

If you are in search of the perfect way to spend a fun-filled evening with family and friends then we highly recommend taking a visit to the Happy Place pop-up experience (hint, hint: it is a great idea for a fun holiday experience). It is truly an Instagram dream come true! It is the perfect place for individuals who are in search of something unique and fun to do while actually having an experience with one another. After all, these days it’s more about experiences and sharing memories (especially via social media) then just visiting a place to stare at exhibits. The best part is that it works for individuals of all ages! We also adore Happy Place’s mission statement which says: HAPPY PLACE was created because we BELIEVE that our world today can use a lot more happiness. To make this DREAM come true, we set out on a journey to create a special place where anyone who walks in is surrounded by all things HAPPY. Individuals love the interactivity and Happy Place provides it in abundance! The Age Of The Nerd staff had …

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December 8, 1980: The World Mourns The Death Of John Lennon

(PCM) The date of December 8, 1980 is one that is tragically etched in the minds of Beatles fans, as it is the night that musician John Lennon was shot to death in front of his New York City apartment building. Back in October, we celebrated what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday and on… Read More

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Watch The New Trailer For Disney’s Live Action Remake Of ‘Mulan’

Disney has given us a slew of live-action remakes that have been remarkable such as “The Jungle Book”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” to name a few and now we can look forward to the upcoming remake of “Mulan”. The new trailer for the upcoming film show’s our favorite Disney warrior “Mulan” who is more than determined to fulfill her destiny and win over our hearts. The film was shot in both China and New Zealand and the scenery looks absolutely amazing. Mulan is played by Liu Yifei, aka Crystal Liu, a star of the big screen in China. Just like in the 1998 cartoon version of the story, her character is engaged to be married but decides to join the army instead, against the will of her family and the orders of the emperor, played by Jet Li. Mulan disguises herself as a man to defend her people against the Hun invasion. The film is being directed by Niki Caro, who was hired by Disney following the success of Whale Rider and The Zookeeper’s Wife. …

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Composer Jefferson Friedman Discusses His Score to DC Universe’s New Animated Series ‘Harley Quinn’

By: Dan Moore When DC fans remember David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, they probably first think of Margot Robbie’s incredible portrayal of Harley Quinn. This wasn’t the first time we have been introduced to this character, Harley Quinn originally appeared in the 1992 show, Batman: The Animated Series, and was voiced by Arleen Sorkin.  Since Suicide Squad, the character has reached a new level of popularity, spawning Halloween costumes and a whole new sense of punk style for young girls among many things.  Ahead of the follow-up, spin-off titled Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, due out in February, DC Universe has just released an animated series solely dedicated to the frequent accomplice and lover of Joker, titled Harley Quinn.  One of the many standout elements of the new streaming series is the score by composer Jefferson Friedman, which he has described as “power punk crossed with carnival music”.  Jefferson is no stranger to DC Universe, he scored the 2017 Vanessa Hudgens series Powerless.  To get a better idea of Jefferson’s scoring process for Harley Quinn …

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The Christmas Classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Almost Didn’t Happen!

(PCM) Back in 1943, author Philip Van Doren Stern was unable to find a publisher for his short story “The Greatest Gift” and was about to give up hope of ever getting his work out to readers. In a last ditch effort he ended up printing 200 copies of the story and gave them out as… Read More

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