Saturday, March 10, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 10

The first speech transmitted by telephone occurred on March 10, 1876.

Speech is Transmitted by Telephone

Teenage girls in the late 1800’s had no idea what would be in store for them in the future. On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first speech given over a telephone system. It wasn’t a very exciting piece of gossip though. He called his assistant in another room saying “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.” Bell wasn’t the only one working on a phone at the time. Another inventor, Elisha Gray filed for a patent on his similar device, but Bell filed first, so he was awarded the patent and all the glory. The following year he created the Bell Telephone Company, which later became led by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and later yet, became one of the largest corporations in the world.

Friday, March 9, 2018

‘The Star’ Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

The Star (Sony Picture Animation)


For those who believe that Christmas should be celebrated all year long, Affirm Films and Sony Picture Animation have made that goal a little easier to achieve with the release of The Star. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, The Star is an animated tale of the classic nativity story as soon through those who were there…the animals.

A small but brave donkey named Bow yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. (Who can’t relate to that?) One day he finds the courage to break free and goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels.

The all-star voice cast includes: Steven Yeun as Bow, Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave the dove, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey as three camels, Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph, Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton as Edith the cow, Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer as King Herod.

The new release comes with more than a hour of bonus materials including:

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels.
  • "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance-along.
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of The Star with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists: “The Star” by Mariah Carey, “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony, “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini, “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin and “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round.
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of The Star shine with this simple yet stunning craft.
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. (It is supposed to be interactive and super engaging! You can check it out here.
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life.

When You Mix Walt Disney with 'The Greatest Showman' - Video of the Day


While the movie The Greatest Showman touts that P.T. Barnum was the greatest showman, others will argue that Walt Disney fit the bill. Here is a mini musical featuring the music from the current movie with inspiration with Disney's legacy. (From Patty Cake Productions)

This Day in Pop Culture for March 9

"Krononauts" held a party for time travelers on March 9, 1982.

The Time Traveling Party That No One Attended

According to the New York Times, it was on this day in 1982 when a group of people gathered for “an epidemic of temporary lunacy” waiting for visitors to arrive from the future. The nine planets were as close together than they had ever been in about 200 years and so a group Known as “Krononauts,” the group anxiously waited for “visitors from the futures” to arrive at a party set up just for them. While the group drank, danced and some even took off their clothes, it wasn’t enough to entice time travelers to show up. Two days later, one of the group’s leaders, Kirby Malone, was asked what happened to his guests. ''We really don't know. One possibility is that they came and didn't want to be visible. Another that occurs to me is that there is no future, so there was no place for the people to come from. Another, of course, is that the people came and just decided they didn't want to be here.'' He didn’t blame them.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Another 'Grinch' is Coming This Year - Video of the Day


I'm not sure about this one. I still love the original half-hour Christmas special and wasn't thrilled with the live action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but this new Grinch features the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch so that's a good start. What do you think?

This Day in Pop Culture for March 8

James Van Der Beek was born on March 8, 1977.

James Van Der Beek Is Born

Now forever known as Dawson Leery from the TV series, Dawson’s Creek, James David Van Der Beek was born on this day in 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut. James was not a child actor and it wasn’t until he was 15 that he went to New York City to find an agent with his mother and give professional acting a try. A year later, James performed at an off-Broadway stage performing in Finding the Sun. The next year he performed in the musical, Shenandoah at the Good Speed Opera House. James made his film debut in 1995’s Angus and then auditioned for three different TV series in 1997, one of them for Dawson’s Creek which debuted in 1998 and ran for six seasons. Years later, unable to shake his TV persona, James played a fictionalized version of himself for the sitcom Don’t Trust the “B” in Apartment 23. James’ most recent appearance has been playing the role of Senior Field Agent Elijah Mundo in the TV series CSI: Cyber which ran on CBS from 2015-2016.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pop Quiz: Do You Know Your Brands?

Do you know which logos these letters come from?


Logo Letter Quiz from A to Z

Every day we are inundated with logos for various products, stores, restaurants, etc. Some are so well ingrained in our brains that we can recognize a brand just by its font. 

To test your skill, see how many of these brand names you recognize just one letter alone. 

There are 26 from A to Z and each font is the first letter in either the company or product's first or second name. For example, Baskin Robbins could be represented with either a "B" or an "R." Click below to get started. 

Click the "Read More" to find the answers.

Do you know these brands by their first letters only?

'Lost in Space' Then and Now - Video of the Day


Today it's a double feature! Perhaps you've heard that Netflix is re-booting, re-making or re-imagining the CBS TV series, Lost in Space which ran from 1965-1968. Below is trailer for the new series (which begins in April) followed by a promotion video for the original series to compare. Danger Will Robinson.