November 29, 2014

Don't forget!

I've moved over to A Nerdy World. Please update your bookmarks/subscriptions accordingly!


November 14, 2014

Big news!

It has been a busy month+ friends. And I'm sorry to have left you hanging, but I have something exciting to report:

Chocolate and Cream Cake will soon be transitioning to my new site: A Nerdy World.

Come say hi!


November 01, 2014

November's a bit of a knave

The eleventh month of the year knows how to steal its way into your heart.

Hint: It involves pie.

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October 23, 2014

Four down ...

A million+ more to go!*


To the ends of the universe, my darling.

*Yes, we will live for a million+ years. Or at least ... our love will!**

**Yes, I know, we're gross.***

***Not back from my pause yet—Just had to pop in to publicly tell a certain someone happy anniversary.

October 02, 2014

Press pause

As you might have noticed during the past few months, I haven't been around these parts much.

I really miss it.

That said, I also need a little break to clear my head and do some rethinking. October is going to be a very busy month for me, for a variety of reasons, so I'll be taking time off from blogging here.

In case you need a fix of nerdy news while I'm away, check out:

Badass Digest | Comics Alliance | Fashion and Action | GeekTyrant | IFL Science | io9 | Joystiq | The Mary Sue

And, if you need a fix of me, you can always find me at Forever Young Adult or on social media, which you can access in the sidebar.

I promise this isn't goodbye.

Be good while I'm away!

October 01, 2014

October's quite magnetic

The tenth month of the year's feeling a bit sinister, but you know underneath those masks there are good hearts.

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September 30, 2014

Nerd News: Animated Buffy, Kingsman trailer, Korra Book 4 and more

Vol. 5, Issue 34

Hey kids! Hope you’ve had a good start to your week. What’s up in the world of nerdy pop culture?

In movie news:

Here are a few trailers and a featurette:

All You Zombies


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Big Hero 6


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The Boxtrolls


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Jupiter Ascending


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Kingsman: The Secret Service


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September 23, 2014

Nerd News: Deadpool movie (!), Lykoi cats, Nick Frost on Xmas Who and more

Vol. 5, Issue 33

Hey kids! It’s that time again ...

In TV news:

Here are a couple of previews:

American Horror Story: Freak Show


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Star Wars Rebels




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And a great Arrow gag reel:


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September 16, 2014

Nerd News: Cap 2 gag reel, Mockingjay trailer, Stonehenge revelations and more

Vol. 5, Issue 32

Howdy kids! Hope you’re having a good week so far. What the latest in nerdy news?

In movie news:

Here are a couple of trailers:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1


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Playing it Cool


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And a couple of clips from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier gag reel:




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September 11, 2014

Haiku Revieu: The Maze Runner


The Maze Runner (****)

The maze doors open
Boys run from creepy monsters
The maze doors draw closed


I read The Maze Runner a few months ago when I heard that this movie was coming out. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't in love with it. The adaptation, however, was really good!

The premise is this: A young man wakes up in an elevator, not remembering who he is or how he got in the situation. When the elevator stops, it opens into a large glade, which is populated by a group of other young men. The glade, it turns out, is in the middle of a gigantic maze, and it's up to the boys (or so they think) to find their way out. They thrive on routine and the rules of the Glade. But soon, circumstances change, and all routine is thrown out the window.

Those adults in charge of The Maze Runner were smart to look outside of the standard YA adaptation stars—I'm looking at you, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort—and cast a semi-unfamiliar ensemble that had great chemistry together.  Thomas is played by Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien; I've never seen the show, so I don't know what he's like on it, but I think he did well in the role of Thomas, who runs the gamut of from confused amnesiac to solid leader. Thomas Brodie-Sangster—yes, Sam from Love Actually—was great as second-in-command, and he's still as adorable as ever. (But so skinny! Someone get the boy a Kalteen bar.)

Although the adaptation wasn't to the letter of the book, it was quite close. I have a few nitpicky complaints about some of the changes (with the sets, specifically), but I don't feel like they detracted from the movie experience. But I really wish they'd spent a little more on the vines. (If you've seen the movie/once you see the movie, you'll know what I mean.)

I haven't read the second or third book in the series, but a movie sequel has already been greenlit, so I suppose I'll need to move those up on the TBR* list.

Regardless of if you've read the book, if you're a fan of thrillers or dystopian YA adaptations, I think you'll enjoy this film.


*to be read

September 09, 2014

Nerd News: Frozen on OUAT, #nintendarmok, The Tick revival and more

Vol. 5, Issue 31

Welcome to the first Tuesday edition of Nerd News! I hope y’all enjoy what I’ve found for you, regardless of when you end up reading this.

In TV news:

Here are a few previews:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


(via)

American Horror Story: Freak Show


(via)

Once Upon a Time


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September 04, 2014

Nerd News is moving!


I wanted to let y'all know that Nerd News is moving to Tuesdays as of now. Thursdays are going to be super busy for me on FYA in the coming weeks, so I hope this might alleviate some of my late (late) Wednesday nights.

The series might move back to Thursdays, or even to another day of the week, if this move doesn't work out. I hope y'all will continue reading, regardless!

September 01, 2014

September is gettin' on sweater weather.

Let's get toasty by the fire with the ninth month of the year.


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August 28, 2014

Nerd News: Baby Groot, Donald Glover as Spider-Man, Ultron's army and more

Vol. 5, Issue 30

Happy Thursday, everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Before we get into the news, I wanted to ask: If I needed to shift Nerd News to another day, which day would you be most likely to read it? Or, does it matter? Let me know in the comments?

Now, onto the good stuff.

In movie news:

Here are a couple of trailers:

Automata


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Outcast


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Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in the same movie? This could be AMAZING(ly awful).

August 25, 2014

Lusting After: Doctor Who edition


Happy Monday, friends! In honor of this past weekend's Doctor Who Series 8 premiere, I went on a little browser-shopping spree and found some great Doctor Who merch.

What did I find that's totally lust-worthy?


1 | A fun spin on Bad Wolf. (T-shirt)
2 | A way to show off your nerdy side as you get fit. (tank top)
3 | Pretty Who-welry. (crack necklace, pendant, locket)
4 | Bags that are bigger on the inside. (TARDIS purse, Dalek purse)
5 | An arty accessory. (scarf)
6 | The promise of adventurous dreams. (duvet set)


7 | A fantastic tech accessory. (decal)
8 | Warmth for the cosplayers. (10th coat, 11th coat)
9 | Awesome art. (I Believe, All of Time and Space, We're All Stories in the End)
4 | Time for tea. (infuser, teapot)

Have you run across anything on the web lately that makes your two hearts go a-pitter-patter?


P.S.—I'll be recapping each episode of the new series for Forever Young Adult, if you'd like to discuss! Here's my recap of "Deep Breath."

August 21, 2014

Nerd News: GotG fan art, Veronica Mars webseries, Who episode titles and more

Vol. 5, Issue 29

Hey guys! Thanks for your understanding last week. But just because I was busy didn’t mean the news machine stopped churning. What’s up in the world of pop culture?

In TV news:

Here are some previews:

Community


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Doctor Who


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The Flash


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Gotham


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Houdini


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August 19, 2014

Haiku Revieu: The Expendables 3


The Expendables 3 (****)

Ross and gang are back
But who are those young people?
Needs more R rating


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Y'all know that I'm a huge Expendables fan. The first movie blew me away, and then the second movie surpassed the first in both action and hilarity, which I didn't think was possible. Sadly, that spark has gone missing between the second and third films.

The Expendables 3 again follows the team of ragtag mercenaries with hearts of gold led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hail Caesar (Terry Crews).  While on a mission to take down a warlord, things go amiss when Barney recognizes the warlord as a former associate, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Barney suddenly begins to feel his mortality, and so fires his old crew and finds a new one filled with a bunch of young ne'er do wells. Of course, explosions and ridiculous dialogue and fight scenes ensue.

First of all, let me say: Those character names ... They are THE BEST. I don't think I'd really paid attention to them before, but they're so ridiculous. And the old guard can pull them—and their equally ridiculous characters—off so well. The actors might not be winning Oscars for these roles, but they do a fine job.

The new kids, however, left something to be desired. The Expendables movies are about old (and older—Terry and Jason are in their late 40s, and I don't consider that old at all) guys kicking ass. Watching the younger actors, who, certainly, can kick some major ass, made me feel like I was watching a different franchise. (And someone please tell Ronda Rousey that she should really stick to MMA. I'm not doing it—I'm not that stupid.) Additionally, the movie's rating is PG-13, which meant less cursing and less ridiculous violence. Now, I'm not a proponent of meaningless violence, but these movies are meant to be farsical, and the fact that people get blown to shreds in them is funny because of the level of ridiculousness with which it happens.

The movie's saving graces were—surprisingly—Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes. Their characters, Galgo and Doc, respectively, added needed humor into the film. I have long had an animosity toward Antonio (for no real reason other than that I didn't like him?), but I will admit that this movie has done a lot for bringing him into my good graces. And Wesley give great crazy eyes.

On the whole, I enjoyed the movie, but I didn't love it like I did the others. It was much more a typical (i.e., formulaic) action film, and that's not what's so amazing about the franchise.

If you liked the other films, I would recommend seeing this one, too, if only to make the possibility of a fourth one a reality. (There's always a dud in a franchise somewhere.)

August 14, 2014

No (Nerd) News is good-ish news

Apologies for the lack of Nerd News today, friends! I just started a new job this past Monday—I know! I'm excited, too!—and have therefore been a bit overwhelmed. I also got the opportunity to see a preview showing of The Expendables 3 last night—with live explosions!—and you know I couldn't pass on such an awesome opportunity.

I'll be back next week with all of the nerdy news that (I think) is fit to print.

To tide you over, I'll leave you with this:

(Click to play, or visit here.)

<3!

August 07, 2014

Nerd News: Harry Pilgrim, Into the Woods, Marvel Easter eggs and more

Vol. 5, Issue 28

Hey kids! Hope you’re having a good week so far. Let’s get going ...

In movie news:

Here are a couple of trailers:

The Expendables 3


(via)

Into the Woods


(via)

August 06, 2014

Haiku Revieu: Guardians of the Galaxy


Guardians of the Galaxy (*****)

Five anti-heroes
Save the galaxy with snark
Ooga Chaka, Oo ...


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I've been excited about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy since it was announced. I knew very little about the comic the movie is based on—I've learned a bit since then—but I was excited, regardless. (I am becoming more and more a Marvel fangirl.) Plus, any movie in which two of the five main characters are a talking raccoon and his BFF, a tree creature that can only say "I am Groot" in various inflections? SOLD.

Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of misfits/outlaws/criminals who don't want anything to do with each other at first, but soon find themselves working together out of necessity to save the galaxy (and their own hides) from a crazed villain hell-bent on destruction.

The movie ties into the already filmed Marvel 'verse via the end-credits scene from The Avengers, in which we got a glimpse of Thanos, and the mid-credits scene from Thor: The Dark World, in which we met The Collector (Benecio del Toro). This film has a somewhat different feel than the other Marvel movies we've come to know and love, however, in that it's a little sillier and a little lighter. It fits in with the rest of the movies well, but the main cast—Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively—aren't your typical superheroes. They're not superheroes at all; at least, not the Captain America and Thor kind. They're outlaws/criminals who just so happen to also have hearts of gold.

The actors, both the main five and the supporting ones, are all fantastic in this movie. Chris is so great as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) with his "big talk and somewhat smaller action" persona. I was really impressed with Dave Bautista, too. The plot isn't exactly Oscar-worthy, but if you're going to a Marvel movie for deep philosophical ideas ... you obviously have someone else's tickets. I was also impressed with the quality of the CGI—both Groot and Rocket actually look like living creatures, rather than cartoons.

But really, Vulture hits the nail on the head with this article: "Is This the Best Part of Guardians of the Galaxy? (Yes)." (Definite spoilers in that one, so do avoid it until you've seen the movie.)

If you're a fan of Marvel's superhero movies, particularly the snarkier/more lighthearted bits, then I'm certain that you'll enjoy this film.

August 01, 2014

August's not afraid of a little lightning.

Let's give a hearty skål to the eighth month of the year!

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July 31, 2014

Nerd News: Arrow preview, Mad Max trailer, SDCC stuff and more

Vol. 5, Issue 27

Hey kids! Tonight is the night. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I am very excited. However, first things first: Loads of good stuff came out of SDCC last weekend, so let’s jump right in.

In TV news:

Here are a bunch of previews:

Arrow


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Constantine


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Gotham


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The Flash


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Legend of Korra: Book Three (Thanks, Colt!)



Sleepy Hollow


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The Walking Dead


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July 28, 2014

Do you live in or around Houston (Texas)?

Do you enjoy dystopian movies or YA novels?

Do you want to see me being a nervous wreck?*

Then join me this Sunday, Aug. 3 for An Evening with Chris Weitz: MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME at the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park!


Because of my work with Forever Young Adult, I was asked to moderate a Q&A with film director Chris Weitz (About A Boy, American Pie ... Twilight: New Moon), who has written a new dystopian YA novel The Young World.


(I finished the book this weekend and enjoyed it—thankfully! I'll be posting my review on FYA this Wednesday, if you're curious.)

Here are the event deets from the Drafthouse site:
Murder by the Book and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema presents an in-depth discussion with writer/director Chris Weitz.

Weitz is the acclaimed director of AMERICAN PIE, ABOUT A BOY and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. In addition, Weitz has written the screenplays for films such as ANTZ and the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA. Most recently, Weitz has authored the YA novel "The Young World," a a gripping thriller set in a post-apocolyptic New York City where adults have been killed off by a myserious Sickness and the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. When a potential cure is discovered to the Sickness, a group of five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind. 

Weitz will sit down with Forever Young Adult writer Mandy Curtis for an extended Q&A about his career, his novel and his writing process. In addition, Weitz will introduce MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME, a movie that has influenced him during the course of writing THE YOUNG WORLD.
I'd love to see you, if you can make it out! And, if you know anyone in the Houston area, please pass this on.

*Only slightly kidding.

July 24, 2014

Nerd News: Agent Carter characters, Bat-Bear, Supernatural musical and more

Vol. 5, Issue 26

Today is the first day of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) … and I am not there, sadly. I hope that if you are there, that you’re having a great time. (And reading this after the event is over. Or while standing in line.) If you’re like me, however, you can be sure I’ll be sharing links to roundups in next week’s Nerd News. Let’s console ourselves with some links.

In movie news:

Here are a few trailers/clips/20 minutes of the new TMNT:

Guardians of the Galaxy


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The Imitation Game


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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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July 17, 2014

Nerd News: Age of Ultron photos, Doctor Who teaser, "Word Crimes" and more

Vol. 5, Issue 25

Hey guys! Sorry again for the lack of Nerd News last week. Projects tend to pile up when I’m away from the computer for a few days! Let’s get going.

In TV news:

Here are a few promo videos and a featurette:

SyFy’s 12 Monkeys


(via)

Doctor Who (Thanks, Rebecca.)


(via)

The Flash


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Sleepy Hollow


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July 15, 2014

obsessed.: Don't Kill the Magic


So, yeah ... Nerd News over the weekend didn't happen. Sorry guys! I got sidetracked with other projects, like this one:


Which I made for the summer scavenger hunt/showdown that I'm part of through the FYA Book Club. (View a larger, non-animated version here if you'd like to read the articles. I don't know why it stops moving when it's embiggened ... I blame Tumblr.)

I'll have a double dose of NN ready for you Thursday morning. However, I do have something to share with you today: I fell hard for the song "Rude" on the radio recently, and turn it up and sing along every chance I get. It's not my typical jam, but I dig it. And when I listened to Magic!'s entire album, I was hooked. Take a listen for yourself below.


What's your summer jam?

July 10, 2014

Nerd News delay + the new Harry Potter short


Sorry guys! Late night work event + early morning continuation of work event = no time to dedicate to nerdy news gathering.

I've got another late night tomorrow, so check back this weekend for the news you need to know ... only a few days late.

To tide you over, here's a new Harry Potter short that J.K. Rowling released earlier this week. I've included the first couple of paragraphs below as a tease.
There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd. 

But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen. As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.

<3!

July 08, 2014

Haiku Revieu: How to Train Your Dragon 2


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (****)

Dragons are awesome
Dragon trackers are d-bags
Power can deceive


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. We didn't jump on the How to Train Your Dragon bandwagon until long after the first movie had gone to DVD/BluRay, but once we did finally watch it, both the mister and I totally fell for its charm. And Toothless, natch.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up on the island kingdom of Berk five years after the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless began. The vikings have taken to their dragons quickly, and treat them like part of the family. Stoick is attempting to groom Hiccup to take his place as chief when he retires, but Hiccup would rather go exploring and adventuring with Toothless. On one such adventure, the duo come across a set of dragon trappers ... and a mysterious dragon rider who might be more than meets the eye.

Before I get into the why, let me say: How to Train Your Dragon 2 is adorable. It has a great humor that rides the line between childlike and adult so well. The main characters—particularly Hiccup, Astrid and their crew—are endearing. I think it's hilarious that the actors that voice the kids young adults look absolutely nothing like their characters (particularly America Ferrera (Astrid) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs)), but it all works. The new big bad, Drago Bludvist, is voiced by Djimon Hounsou. Again, he looks nothing like his character, but his voice is perfect for a baddie role.

The stars of the movie, however, are definitely the dragons. I want my own Toothless SO BAD. The CGI was also great, both technologically and visually; I'd love to visit some of the places Hiccup and Toothless visit, regardless of their historical inaccuracy/fantastical nature.

I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first one, or anyone who wants to enjoy a carefree time at the movies.


P.S.:


TRUTH.