Thursday, March 23, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 23

Keri Russell was born on March 23, 1976.

Keri Russell is Born

Keri Lynn Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California on March 23, 1976. Russell’s first TV appearance was on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club show on Disney Channel. She was 15 when she started in 1991 and continued on the show through 1994. In 1992, she appeared in Disney’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid movie and in 1998, Russell starred in the WB TV series, Felicity where she continued the role through 2002. She currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX TV series, The Americans.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Will Arnett Pranks Toy Shop - Video of the Day


Will Arnett pranks a British toy store talking like Lego Batman. Enough said.

This Day in Pop Culture for March 22

William Shatner was born on March 22, 1931

William Shatner is Born

William Shatner was born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on this day in 1931. Shatner is best known for portraying Captain James Kirk on TV’s original Star Trek TV series which ran on NBC from 1966-1969. In 1973 he voiced the character for an animated Saturday morning TV series. In the mid 1970’s Paramount began working on a new TV series called Star Trek: Phase Two but then switched their attention to create the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture released in 1979. Shatner then appeared in other Star Trek movies with the last, Star Trek: Generations, released in 1994. Shatner has also written numerous fiction and non-fiction books related to the famed TV series. However, Shatner has also had starring roles in other properties including T.J. Hooker (1982-1986), 3rd Rock From the Sun (1999-2000), Boston Legal (2004-2008), $#*! My Dad Says (2010-2011) and most recently, Better Late than Never (2016). His most recent work includes voicing the character of Two-Face for the upcoming Batman ’66 animated movie with Adam West and Burt Ward.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beyond the Mirror

Beyond the Mirror


The other day I saw a headline that read “Kim Kardashian Poses Topless in Bed on Social Media” and my immediate reaction was, “Why is this news?” or better yet, “Why is this still news?”

In 2016, Kardashian addressed why she posts these kinds of selfies (after National Women’s Day no less) saying, “I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world."

Seriously? Thank you for your contribution to the world Kim. Unfortunately, a lot of girls and women are seeing Kim’s “flawed” body and thinking less of themselves.

A couple of days later Julia, a friend of my wife and mine, wrote a post on Facebook. Those who know Julia know that she is beautiful inside and out, but like many, she struggles at times dealing with her self-image, beauty and measuring up to others. Self-image is something all of us struggle with (even celebrities who break the internet) but there has to be a better way. I think my friend Julia found it and (with her permission) thought I'd share it with you:

Beyond the Mirror by Julia Ruland Eke

Went to put on my pants this morning and noticed my preset belt size was very loose. No, this is not a weight loss post about how I'm trying so hard to lose weight and be thin. This is a remarkable outcome of what happens when I finally accept myself. When I stop trying to kill myself at the gym. When I stop obsessing about what I eat. When I finally have a level of peace and happiness that drives me into motion each day. When I let God take over every part of me, even the parts I think shouldn't be that important to Him. This is then the encouragement I need to realize I'm finally doing it right this time. By letting God show me how to love myself.

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How Monopoly Will Change - Video of the Day


The boot has been booted, the thimble has been tossed and the wheelbarrow lost its wheel. See what is taking their place in the iconic game of Monopoly.

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.