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Star Wars Rebels: Legends of the Lasat

For the past 2 seasons, we’ve been led to believe that Zeb is the last of his kind. While viewers usually sense that he feels like part of a family with his Ghost crew, we feel like something is missing. In the first 90 seconds, we find that everything we think we know about Zeb has been wrong.

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The Ghost crew is on an Ezra led mission to free some captives held by the Empire. Unbeknownst to them, these refugees happen to be Zeb’s people (Lasat). In this week’s episode we get to dig a little deeper into Zeb’s past while he and the Ghost crew try to help the Lasat refugees find their prophesied new world of Lira San.

Legends of the Lasat is an action packed episode with an appearance by everyone’s favorite Weequay pirate, Hondo Ohnaka. We follow Zeb through an emotional journey as he goes from believing he failed the Lasat to the realization that he is the one to lead his people to Lira San. In my opinion, Legends of the Lasat leaves Star Wars Rebels viewers with a great message that if we believe in ourselves, we will find the path to our own personal Lira San.

Catch new episodes of Star Wars Rebels every Wednesday night at 9/8c

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Marvel Universe Live! Is Coming to Salt Lake City

On July 10, 2014 Feld Entertainment premiered a live action arena show featuring characters from the Marvel Comics Universe at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa to rave reviews. The show has since been on an 85-city national tour leaving audiences everywhere stunned and wanting more. Next week Feld Entertainment is bringing this amazing looking live action arena show to the Vivint Smart Home Arena for 7 shows starting Thursday, February 11th, going through Sunday, February 14th.

 

Marvel Universe Live! is an original story, so there will be no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or current Marvel Comics story lines, so don’t go in expecting any tie-ins other than the 25 characters, their names and costumes. It is an all ages show, but take into consideration that there will be high-energy stunts with the use of pyrotechnics, loud special effects, and brief periods of black outs with the possibility of strobe-lights. I would recommend some type of ear protection if you plan on taking really small children.

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Tickets are now available and start at $25-$35 for lower bowl, $55 for VIP, and $70 for Gold Circle via the Smith Tix website. Get your tickets before the shows all sell out. If you purchase tickets for opening night, you get a $5 discount.

On Wednesday, February 10th, at 6:00pm the first 300 people to show up to the Grand Hall at the Gateway Mall in Downtown Salt Lake City (in a Marvel costume) will get a free ticket to the show. So dust off those Salt Lake Comic Con costumes and join the fun.

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Check out what some of our dad blogger friends had to say about Marvel Universe Live!:

…we got a moment where the make believe and imaginary came to life for the kids to enjoy. The story immersed them and my son and my niece didn’t see the wire work or the costumes, they saw Captain America in peril and Iron Man blasting the bad guys.” – NotAnotherDadBlog.com

…our family had an amazing time at this event and we all recommend checking it out. The girls were talking about the show all night and even this morning. When they would say one character was their favorite they would then list off another that was even cooler.” – StLouisDad.com

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Our Broncos Country Playoff Weekend

*This post is sponsored by Dove Men+Care.*

The past two months have been amazing for me. Last month J and I got to take my dad, who introduced me to Star Wars, to see The Force Awakens. Bringing what he started all those years ago to a full circle, and this last weekend Dove Men+Care flew J and I out to Denver to watch our very first NFL game as part of their newest #RealStrength campaign. Dove Men+Care also gave me a third ticket so I could have the opportunity to surprise my dad for his birthday. We had such an amazing weekend, that I wanted to put some of our highlights in a post.

Highlight #1 – The Announcement

J and I have been watching the Broncos together since he was a newborn. J has been loving football Sunday this year, and he was so excited when I told him that we were going to our first Broncos game that he put his Rocket Raccoon costume on and put his Payton Manning jersey on top of it.

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Highlight #2 – At the Hotel

While we were at the hotel, we decided to watch the amazing ending to the Cardinals/Packers game. After the game, Dove Men+Care released an amazing video about their #RealStrength campaign and I was able to share it with my dad (who has taught me so much about what it means to have #RealStrength) and J.


We also were really excited that hotel was about 1/2 mile from the stadium and we could see it from the hotel.

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Highlight #3 – Game Day

We got to the stadium a couple of hours early so we could find our seats, eat some lunch and watch some of the athletes do their warm-up exercises. The game was intense, and the crowd did an amazing job of keeping J into it. We were so happy that our first game ended with a Bronco victory.

Highlight #4 – The Day After

We stopped by a Sports Authority before going the airport to buy something for my grandma because she is probably the biggest Broncos fan that we know. J was still so excited for the weekend that we had, that it was all he could talk about while we were going through security, and while we were waiting for our plane.

I really can’t thank Dove Men+Care enough for such an amazing weekend. We had such a good time, and if you are unfamiliar with their #RealStrength campaign you should check out this paragraph straight from Dove Men+Care:

Dove Men+Care is challenging the idea that an athlete’s strongest highlights only happen on-the-field – in fact, we found that nearly half of men in the U.S. feel modern masculinity is depicted inaccurately in TV advertising and sports, in part because it is typically the feats of strength on-the-field that are featured in everything from post-game reports to highlight reels.  That’s why Dove Men+Care is hijacking the traditional football highlight reel and releasing a fresh take on one of sports’ most iconic video properties, to show that care – not muscle – makes a man stronger.”

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I Guess I Should Say Something About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Finally, after seeing the movie more times than we can count on our hands, we have decided to put down some thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know there are a lot of people out there saying things like, “It’s too much like Episode IV”, but like many great opera’s, Star Wars movies have reoccurring themes. It happens in the prequel trilogy, and now it’s happening in the new trilogy. There are still a lot of elements of The Force Awakens that do not appear in Episode IV, so don’t let that deter you from seeing the film.

Not very many movies can keep a 4 year old at the edge of their seat with their eyes glued to the screen for 2 hours and 15 minutes, but The Force Awakens had J at the edge of his seat the entire time. The first time we saw it, I couldn’t help but look over at J to see his reactions. His first words after the first viewing were, “I LOVE THE FORCE AWAKENS!! CAN WE SEE IT AGAIN?!?!?!” J wanted to talk about so many things, but since there were people lined up for the next showing, J held in his words until we got in the car. That way he wouldn’t spoil it for all the people who had tickets after we did. He was telling me who he thought certain characters, and why certain things had to happen to others. It was a car ride I will never forget.

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J after our second viewing.

The script was amazing, the acting was on point, and the scenery and practical effects were superb. The leads were fantastic, Daisy Ridley’s “Rey” is a strong young woman who had to survive on the desert planet of Jaku by herself from a young age. She’s a scavenger who always had to lookout for herself and never had anyone show an interest in how she felt or how she was doing, so please don’t misinterpret her reactions toward others. There isn’t a lot I can say about John Boyega’s “Finn/FN-2187” without giving too much away, but just believe me when I say that he did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see what becomes of his character. Oscar Isaac did a wonderful job as rebel pilot/black leader “Poe Dameron”. He was smart, funny, and had the attitude of the “best pilot in the resistance”. While he was amazing as Poe, I think that my favorite thing that Isaac brought to the table was that amazing 70s/80s looking hairstyle, now that took me back to the original trilogy. I know that a lot of people are criticizing Adam Driver’s “Kylo Ren”, but in all honesty I thought he was so much better than I could have hoped for. The fact that he is guided by his emotions makes him unpredictable and terrifying, even more so than Anakin in Episode III. One last thing about the new cast, I am so glad that BB-8 was as amazing as I had hoped. BB-8 has such an amazing emotional range for a droid. When he is sad, you feel sad. Thank you J.J. for giving fans old and new such an amazing droid to follow on this adventure.

How can I write something about Star Wars without mentioning the original cast? Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Peter Mayhew all reprised their roles from the original trilogy, and I am so glad they did. Fisher leads the resistance in a way that only Leia can, Han and Chewie do what they do best aboard the Falcon, and Luke does a great job of pulling off that Obi-Wan Kenobi hermit look.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had so much going for it; a more diverse universe, more women, the old gang, and a new little ball droid. In my opinion J.J. Abrams and the cast and crew knocked this one out of the park. Some articles have come out saying there are “plot holes” or they just blast the film for the sake of blasting the film. The former must not understand the concept of setting up trilogies and not giving all of the information right away (I should mention that the novelization answers quite a few of those so called “plot holes), while the latter just don’t get it and frankly don’t want to try. I will say that one of my big criticisms is that I wish there was more Captain Phasma, but I don’t want to linger on that because maybe we will get more of her in the next two films.

If you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, then this is one that I highly recommend. As far as young children go, I would say to gauge it on your children’s understanding of reality and science fiction. If they have seen Episode III (only because this is the darkest of the prequel trilogy) and all of the original trilogy, then they should have no problem with The Force Awakens. There is a little blood shown in the first battle scene, but it is quick and not gory. Be aware that by seeing The Force Awakens, you may find it necessary to see it again right away. That is totally normal, many of us have seen it more than once and are planning on seeing it again…and again…and again. There is a reason why Star Wars has passed both Titanic and Avatar as the highest grossing film, and you should definitely go find out why for yourself.

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The Peanuts Movie Review

J channels his inner Snoopy

J channels his inner Snoopy

If you are looking for a movie that will tap into your nostalgia this weekend, then this is the movie for you. Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie, in my opinion, does everything right telling the story of “Down on His Luck” Chuck (Charlie Brown), his ever faithful dog Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the gang. Even though the movie is computer animated, the animators did a fantastic job of keeping the hand drawn feel that the characters had in their comics, cartoons, and holiday specials.

While the movie focuses mainly on Charlie Brown, we get to see Snoopy and Woodstock go on an adventure as they try to take down the evil Red Baron. We get to see Charlie Brown go on a roller coaster of emotion as he develops a crush on the new girl in the neighborhood. We also get to see Charlie Brown take on a role we never really get to see in the cartoons or comic strips (as far as I can remember) when his little sister (Sally) needs him the most, that of a hero.

I better cut this short before I give any other parts of the story away. This is a perfect movie to take your kids to this weekend. It has everything parents want in a children’s movie, and it also has something for those of us who grew up reading the comic strips and watching the cartoons. Don’t worry if you or your children have never seen or heard of Charlie Brown or Snoopy, this movie will have something for you as well. It is funny, well animated, and the kids who voiced the characters were amazing. Do yourselves a favor this weekend and take your kids to see The Peanuts Movie this weekend.

Also make sure you check out The Peanuts Movie website for some fun activities. Peanutize yourself, download posters, use the Wah Wah Machine, and more. The Peanuts Movie is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour 43 minutes. Make sure you stay a little after for some after scenes.

You can click here to hear what J thought of the movie. Also make sure you follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and now Periscope to keep up with everything that J and I are doing.

What was your favorite Peanuts moment? Did you have a favorite comic strip, or were you only a fan of the holiday specials? What are you looking forward to in The Peanuts Movie? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Trailer

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There’s really not much I can say except maybe, “That trailer though”. This new trailer leaves you wanting the entire movie right this second. But aside from the trailer nothing excited me more than seeing J’s reactions to the trailer (video coming soon). Check out the trailer and if you are trying to buy tickets, good luck.

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Day 1 Wrap up

Yesterday was the start of the 3rd Annual Salt Lake Comic Con. Or very first press conference started off with a bang. As service men and women lined the stage next to local cosplayers, SLCC’s MC (Chris Provost) brought out the voice of the Animaniacs (Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell) to kick things off with a hearty “Hello Salt Lake City”. They then turned the time over to the founders of SLCC, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg for guest introductions and to talk about the numbers for this year’s convention.

Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, and Rob Paulsen

Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, and Rob Paulsen

According to the Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, SLCC ’15 is in line to break the records that SLCC has set in the past. According to Reyes, SLCC has the largest number of attendees per capita, and it brings in a large amount of revenue to the surrounding businesses. Reyes also said that in conversations with Bryan Brandenburg, that Brandenburg wants SLCC to bring “the hero out” of it’s attendees.

After Reyes’ remarks, Brandenburg and Farr talked a little about the new technologies of SLCC ’15. They mentioned that with the help of the partnership between SLCC and GrowTix that wait times to get in the exhibit floor went for hours to minutes. Brandenburg gave a little more insight into the ZipQ technology that lets VIPs tap their wristbands to stand in a virtual line for panels that they really want to get into.

Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg

Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg

When Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg were finished with their remarks, the floor was opened up for the press to talk with the guests that were at the press conference. While we wanted t talk to every single guest, I wanted to keep it short and sweet. The first guests we talked with were Rob Paulson, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell (The Animaniacs). We asked what their favorite songs were, and if they thought that the Animaniacs could still be considered as a teaching tool for kids of this and future generations. They all agreed that the songs could be a great teaching tool for kids with songs that teach kids the states and capitols, the countries of the world, and the Presidents of the United States, just to name a few. They talked about how the show received a Peabody Award (1994) for their songs, and joked about what they wanted to do with said award.

Next we talked with a couple of our favorite Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Austin St. John, Karan Ashley). J asked Austin about his favorite episode, and then Austin and J started talking about the episode with Pudgy Pig (season 1 episode 6). I asked Austin how young he was when he started training and if he had any advice for when parents should start their kids in martial arts. He said that their are two ways you can teach your kids, you can either force them into it or you can help them grow a love of it. He said that his upbringing was the former and that his dad. He recommends that parents start their kids young, but instead of going to a traditional dojo, that parents should do hand-eye coordination exercises with their kids until they have the attention span required for traditional training. I’m hoping I get another shot at asking Karan Ashley some more questions as I didn’t want to take up a lot of time at the interview table.

I introduced J to his favorite voice actor Dee Bradley Baker (Perry the Platypus, Captain Rex). They talked about Phineas and Ferb, and Baker told J that he only had to make the Perry noise once and then the show would just re use that as needed. After a few minutes of talking, Baker gave J a little card with Perry and an autograph.

Before leaving the press conference area, I wanted to see if we could talk with Manu Bennett (Arrow, Spartacus, The Hobbit) for a quick second. I just wanted to let him know how much I love his work. J said he was too shy to talk, but being the amazing guy that he is, Manu was able to get J to talk with him and get a picture with him as well.

J and Manu Bennett

J and Manu Bennett

It was hard to not notice that the number of Thursday attendees seems to have doubled if not tripled since FanX. The floor was harder to navigate, but it was still amazing. There are so many things to see this weekend, and if you don’t have a ticket yet, get one. You don’t want to miss what is going on at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015.  I hope to have more for you on Day 2’s wrap up.

Waiting to start SLCC15

Waiting to start SLCC15