Harry Potter Mania: Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

IlvermornyI would call myself a Harry Potter enthusiast, others call me Harry Potter obsessed. I have never been beaten in a “Harry Potter Trivia-off,” and yes, this is a real thing my brother and I do. He still talks about the time that he ALMOST got me with a question (it took me a minute longer than usual).
With so much happening in the magical world that J.K. Rowling created, I would be remiss not to talk about what is going on. Continue reading Harry Potter Mania: Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Not All Famous People Are Scum: Awesome Things Celebrities Have Done

     As much as I wish that this blog could mostly be movie reviews, or something along those lines, I am not Diamond-Jim-Brady (where the hell does that saying come from anyway), in fact, I am not employed. So this week I decided to, perhaps, restore a little faith in the image of celebrities. I saw recently in a news story that Amy Adams discretely gave up her first class plane ticket to a soldier on his way home from the Middle East. The only reason the news story broke was because of fellow passengers on the plane who heard Adams speaking to the Airlines worker trying to get the seat change. When I heard this story, I was very impressed and thought perhaps there were other good Samaritan celebrities out there who were doing little acts of good deeds behind the scenes. So I decided to look into it.

       I am as critical as anyone when it comes to these Millionaires. Bottom line I suppose that I am jealous of their capabilities. What they could do with that money, while instead we see them being selfish, indulgent, and indifferent. However, as is often the case, we lump all celebrities in one group, classifying them as selfish bitches because of the bad apples out there who are pretty obnoxious and terrible people *cough* Justin Bieber *cough.* But today I wanted to take the focus off of these “douche canoe” celebrities, and look at some of the good they do.

     1. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp always travels with his Captain Jack Sparrow costume to make impromptu visits to sick kids in hospitals, or children at schools abroad who have written him fan mail. Depp also often goes to Disneyland dressed up as Captain Jack, without giving notice before hand, and takes over for signature time with the kids.
                            2. Tupac
Regardless of the singers less than stellar history, Tupac was never too busy for his fans. At the height of his fame Tupac received a letter from the parents of a terminally ill boy named Joshua, saying it was Joshua’s dying wish to meet Tupac. Tupac then flew out to Maryland to meet the boy. When Joshua passed away, Tupac changed the name of his publishing company to “Joshua’s Dream.”

   3. Dave Grohl
The famous writer, singer and musician in Nirvana and Foo Fighters  Dave Grohl is said to be one of the coolest guys you could ever meet. This image of him can be verified by two Australian miners who found themselves in a terrible situation, with an awesome result. Two trapped Australian miners asked only for an iPod with Foo Fighters to be sent down to them. When Dave heard about this, he personally included a note saying “I want you to know that when you come home, there’s two tickets to any Foo’s show, anywhere, and two cold beers there waiting for you. Deal?” Apparently they took him up on that offer.
     4. Emma Watson

The brilliant and successful Watson also appears to be quite the charitable humanitarian as well. But while she is not trying to do her part to make a difference in the world, she takes the time to make a little boys day. A 5 year old boy was out in NYC treak-or-treating on Halloween dressed as Harry Potter- the outfit, wand, glasses, the whole 9 yards. It was towards the end of his candy hunt when he was approached by a young woman. She came up to him and said “excuse me, are you Harry Potter?” After he mumbled out a, yes, she said “that’s great, because I’m Hermione Granger and we’re best of friends.” and she gave him a big hug. Of course the boy didn’t really understand that this was indeed the real Herminoe Granger.

                                                  5. J.K. Rowling

Before the official release of the 4th Harry Potter book in the series, J.K. Rowling wrote the books ending a year in advance for Natalie McDonald, a little girl diagnosed with leukemia. Natalie died before she received Rowling’s email, so J.K. named a character after Natalie. That character was sorted into Gryffindor in order to commemorate such a brave little girl.
     6. John Cena
Generally I am not a fan of the WWF… wait is it called the WWE now? I don’t know, fake wrestling, lets just call it that. But this story was just too sweet to pass up. John Cena reaches a major milestone with the Make-A-Wish Foundation… 400 wishes granted!

    7. George Takei
George Takei showed up two hours early for a scheduled press conference just so that he could sign the doll of a young fan who was too sick to stick around for the scheduled time of the meet and greet.
     8. Russell Brand
Brand has been seen multiple times on the streets of LA hanging out with the homeless, taking them to breakfast, giving them new clothes, and even a ride to AA meetings that Brand himself attends.
                   9. Tom Cruise
Though I am not a fan of Cruise these days he was pretty heroic after he witnessed a hit-and-run accident. Cruise called the paramedics, stayed with the victim and followed them to the emergency room. During this process he found out that the victim was un-insured and he paid the 7,000 hospital bill himself.
     10. Zach Galifianakis

When Galifianakis was a struggling actor in Los Angeles 20 years ago, he made an unlikely friend at a laundromat. Now 87 year old Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist volunteered and lived at Fox laundry in Santa Monica living off tips from customers for 18 years. One of the customers was Zach, who after his career launching success of The Hangover, stopped going to the laundramat but continued checking on his friend Mimi. When Zack learned that Mimi had become homeless, he found her an apartment in Santa Monica and paid for her rent and utilities. Zach’s friend Renee Zelleweger helped him decorate the apartment and often brings her groceries to make sure Mimi is always fully stocked with food. Zach has taken Mimi to The Hangover 2 & 3 movie premiers, as well as the premier for his film with Will Ferrell, “The Campaign.”  

Monsters And Goonies: Questionable Remakes

         I have been without internet for 8 days. I am surprised that my head is still on straight after this long. I am currently sitting at the Public Library hammering this out because it was bothering me so much that
 1. I don’t have internet and  2. That I am a day late getting my post up online. But I will say this, I haven’t been so productive in months… which disgusts me.
This is a week of announcements…

       A week ago when I went to the movies I saw a preview that made me audibly groan in disgust. Initially I thought it was just going to be another big monster movie, like Pacific Rim, but this is no random monster flick… it is another Godzilla. Good Lord not another Godzilla movie, seriously, let that fact sink in for a second. This will be the 29th Godzilla movie made since 1954. You did not read that wrong… 29! We are hitting television episode statues, or Land Before Time movie zone- for those of you keeping count there are 13 Land Before Time movies. I would love it if I was proved wrong and this movie actually ended up being worth while, but I doubt it.  

       Last week I made the big announcement of the 3 new J.K Rowling movies, set in the wizarding world, being set into motion. This week we have another big movie announcement: The Goonies 2 is in the works. Director of the 1980’s cult classic Richard Donner revealed to fans over the weekend that he was doing a sequel. All we know for sure is that it is not going to be a remake of the original, thank God, and that Donner hopes, and is working on, getting all the original actors to join in. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t totally blow.

       Longtime Late Night host David Letterman has sadly decided to retire from the show next year in 2015. “Late Show with David Letterman” has aired on CBS since 1993.Though he has not been scandal free throughout that long run, he has been a pillar of excellent talk show hosting during that time. For those of us who watch his show on a semi-regular basis, we know that he often doesn’t show emotion, but at the announcement of his departure from the air, the stoic Letterman got uncharacteristically emotional.  

Oh No He Didn’t! Everything That Shouldn’t Be Said Out Loud

In his directorial debut Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses) took a huge risk in starring and directing a film that is amoral, irreverent, crude and twisted- this movie is terrible, but hilariously so, i’m almost afraid to admit that I thought it was funny because of how un-politically (is that a legit word) correct it is. The first thing I have to say about this, before I get into the review is that if you are at all socially sensitive, easily offended or have a delicate sensitivity then this movie WILL offend you because the humor is off color in the extreme and crosses lines that perhaps shouldn’t be crossed.

        This film starts off strong with a breathtakingly wicked set up but becomes more sporadically funny in the middle. As is often the case with these comedies the wrap up of the film is predictably “feel good” and has a stereotypically (and very unrealistic) happy ending.

        “Bad Words” has everything you’ve ever thought about or imagined saying to another human being, but have never had the guts, or have known better than to say. Bateman makes it work by throwing himself into this role without shame or ego. Do not take the kiddos to see this movie!!

                                                           Listen Up!
Attention Harry Potter fans, listen up! J.K. Rowling’s charity novel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is going to be made into three mega-movies. Months ago, Rowling revealed, “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The law and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the ‘Harry Potter’ books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before the ‘Harry Potter’ stories get underway. Who’s excited?!