Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 21

'God's Not Dead' was released on March 21, 2014

‘God’s Not Dead’ Movie is Released

It was on this day in 2014 that a “little” faith-based film by Pure Flix Entertainment came arrived in theaters and surprised many by becoming a huge hit. Based on the book God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty by Rice Brooks, God's Not Dead was directed by Harold Cronk and starred Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain. The film had a $2 million budget but raked in over $62 million. Though many critics gave the film unfavorable reviews, the film proved to resonate with many others. The film won a GMA Dove Award for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” A sequel was released on April 1, 2016.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mister Rogers Honored Today - Video of the Day


Today would have been Mister Rogers 90th birthday, so it is fitting that Focus Features shares the trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary about this great man, today. Look for it in theaters June 8, 2018.

This Day in Pop Culture for March 20

Legoland California opened on March 20, 1999

Legoland Opens in California

Legoland California opened its gates for the first time on this day in 1999. Located in Carlsbad, it is the third Legoland built and the first to be built outside of Europe. (A second Legoland was built in Florida and was opened in 2011.) Since its opening, the Carlsbad location has extended to include a Lego-themed Sea Life Aquarium (2008), a Chima-themed water park (2010) and a hotel (2013). Featuring more than 60 rides and attractions, one of the most popular parts of the park that all ages appreciate is Miniland USA that features numerous famous architecture buildings at a 1:20 scare.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Now We Know Who Takes Care of All Those Lights - Video of the Day


Dick Van Dyke stars as The Caretaker of one of California's most popular landmarks in this short film by Sean Isroelit.

The Caretaker with Dick Van Dyke from Hollywood Sign on Vimeo.

This Day in Pop Culture for March 19

March 19 is World Monopoly Day

World Monopoly Day

Though the complete history of who created the game Monopoly and when remain cloudy. Hasbro officially recognizes March 19, 1935 as the game’s anniversary and dubs it World Monopoly Day. Some say that early versions of the game appeared as early as 1903. Numerous editions of the game have been created over the years as well as spin-off games that feature much of the same themes of the original. The game is licensed in 13 countries and printed in 37 different languages. In 2017, it was announced that three new tokens (T-Rex, Penguin and Rubber Ducky) would be added to the game while three others (Wheelbarrow, Thimble and the Boot) would be taken away. Monopoly has also inspired other projects like the summer time TV game show produced by ABC and aired in 1990. Hollywood has been trying to make a feature film based on the game since 2008 and Broadway is currently working on a new musical show based on the game.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

'Instinct' Offers a New Winning Pair in the CBS Mystery Crime Drama Show

Bojana Novakovic and Alan Cummings star in Instinct. (Jonathan Wenk /CBS)


You can have the best writing, but without the best talent to give life to the written word the show is going to fail. CBS’s latest crime/mystery series, Instinct is based on the novel of the same name from James Patterson, but perhaps more'Inst importantly, the duo that heads the series Instinct is especially good. Though it seems a bit of a stretch that Alan Cumming has been cast as the former CIA operative turned author and university professor, he has a wit and charm to pull it off.

Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cummings) should be happy, his life is in a funk. He’s a gifted author, but his publisher (special guest star Whoopi Goldberg) says that his latest manuscript is flat. Adding insult to injury, she mentions that he (who looks skinny as a rail) has gained weight. She encourages him to go out and experience some excitement to give his writing some pizazz. And he knows just where to find his next inspiration.

Earlier in the day Dylan was approached by NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) asking for his help in a murder case. Lizzie is pretty but rough around the edges and makes mention that she doesn’t do well with partners, however, she thinks that the author about abnormal behavior might be able to help with her case involving a victim and a playing card.

As to be expected, the two clash with two different approaches when it comes to case work. Where Dylan lacks tact, Lizzie is too tactful. She too is also having a difficult time in life dealing with a loss of her own. However, they each see how smart the other one is and this becomes a work partnership that is a match made in heaven.

“That was brave of you,” says Dylan when Lizzie risks her life during a scene in the pilot. “Stupid, but brave.” She replies, “That’s what I want on my tombstone.”

Helping the couple with the case is Dylan’s CIA comrade, Julian Cousins (Lost’s Naveen Andrews) who CBS says “can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime.” Dylan doesn’t share with Lizzie who his friend is in the pilot episode and who knows if she will learn his identity or not. Dyan does share with Lizzie his spouse and bar owner, Andy (Daniel Ings) who isn’t too thrilled with Dylan’s reclaimed life of living on the edge instead of settling down. Andy doesn’t do or say much in the pilot episode to justify his character on the show, but fortunately his isn’t much of a distraction either. Yet.

Instinct is another show where the good guys try to get inside the minds of the bad guys, a staple these days on CBS. However, Cummings and Novakovic make the show feel fresh and a joy to watch.

Instinct airs on CBS on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

'Count That High' by Jordan Feliz - Video of the Day


"Count That High" by Jordan Feliz.

This Day in Pop Culture for March 18

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened in Disneyland on March 18, 1967.

A Pirates Life For Me

It was on this day in 1967 that The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened for the first time at Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. It is estimated that 400 million riders have taken the trip since opening day. It was originally planned to be a walk-through wax museum, but after the success of the It’s a Small World and the Carousel of Progress, which first debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney changed his mind. The attraction, which features about 120 audio-animatronic animals and humans, was Disney’s last attraction to be involved with before he passed away. Today, there are five versions of the ride. The others are located in Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, Paris Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland. The ride was also the inspiration for five Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp.