Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a bit when I heard they were making a third Insidious film. I’m sure a lot of people did. But after watching *cue dramatic music that makes you jump out of your theater seat* Insidious: Chapter 3, I feel a little put in my place.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s the best movie ever made, but then again, horror films never are — of course unless you count Silence of the Lambs as a horror, but I think most people file that one under thriller. Either way, it’s fantastic.

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Down for a DCOM

So I may be about to turn 25, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less of a Disney fan than I ever was. Okay, maybe a little bit less. I guess I don’t watch the Disney Channel like I used to (but to be fair it probably isn’t as good as it used to be… remember Lizzie McGuire? Even Stevens? Phil of the Future?), but I still love a good DCOM – Disney Channel Original Movie.

I grew up on DC favorites like Brink, Smart House, The Color of Friendship, and can’t forget another Ryan Merriman classic The Luck of the Irish. I mean, who didn’t have a crush on that guy growing up? Remember his dance in Smart House?

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I traveled “Into the Further” … and you can, too

On Friday the cast and creators of Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment in the chilling Insidious series gathered in Los Angeles to discuss the creation of and inspiration for the terrifying new thriller.

That same day, a large truck waited across the street from the JW Marriot where the junket was being held, a truck which had been dressed to contain all of the horrors of the series’ infamous “the further” for unwitting journalists… and brave fans.

The attraction, titled the Into the Further 4D Experience, uses oculus rift technology to take you into the world of Insidious, as Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) brings visitors into “the further.”  However, it is a fully immersive experience, so guests will also face traditional haunted house-like thrills as they make their way to Elise for the trip of a lifetime. Continue reading

Tricks and Treats

Yesterday entertainment sites picked up a Facebook post hinting at possibly the greatest news of all time… a sequel to 1993 Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus.

This “news,” of course, follows a string of sequels and reboots – Fuller House, Gremlins, The Muppet Show, etc. as nostalgia is quite the popular trend at the moment.

A photo was shared of a movie poster, featuring the infamous Sanderson sisters – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy – along with the tagline: “They’re back!” And according to the poster, the film is titled: Hocus Pocus 2: The Witch is Back. Continue reading

Why I’m dying to see Scream Queens

So I am completely obsessed with Scream. It may be a strange movie to love – gore and horror and all that, but it’s a classic, and hey, I love all kinds of movies.

Scream was iconic in that it played on horror tropes, while characters made fun of them. It unsuspectingly killed off popular actress Drew Barrymore within the first five minutes. And one of my personal favorite details, it brought together aww-inducing couple David Arquette and Courteney Cox – onscreen and off. (Though that last one is a bit sad since they aren’t together anymore, although, I guess also not, since they have each happily moved on.) Continue reading

Scandalous! The network famous for its dramas plans to introduce a ‘more adult’ Muppet Show reboot

As one of a long list of upcoming TV revivals, it was announced earlier this month that ABC would be rebooting the Muppet Show.

The show, featuring Jim Henson’s iconic puppets (who first gained fame from a 1969 appearance on Sesame Street) was originally formatted as a comedy/variety show.

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That night I traveled back to 1984… and had the absolute time of my life

Okay, so I know my blog has been pretty John Hughes-heavy lately, but… sorry not sorry, because this was just too good not to write about.

IMG_6998On Saturday evening, after a brutal nine hour shift and a pretty rough week, my friend and I decided to check out DBA’s For the Record: Dear John Hughes in West Hollywood. (And when I say “decided to check out” I mean bought our tickets weeks ago and couldn’t wait…)

Anyway, so I had heard about the series, and all of the cool things they had going on at DBA, but I didn’t really know what to expect, never having seen one of their shows, or even a cabaret in general. Let me just state for the record, I was not disappointed. Continue reading

Meryl Streep fights the patriarchy in dramatic new teaser for Suffragette

Great news for history buffs – and Carey Mulligan fans. The first trailer was just released for the star’s upcoming film – a telling of the struggles of the brave women pushing for the right to vote – in which she stars alongside greats, Helena Bonham Carter and Oscar winner Meryl Streep.

Streep leads the cast of award-winning ladies in Suffragette as feminist hero Emmeline Pankhurst, directed by Sarah Gavron.

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The ultimate #tbt

I’ve already discussed my love of John Hughes extensively on my blog, as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of unforgettable hit, The Breakfast Club.

The year after that teen classic hit theaters John released another one of my all-time favorites, Pretty in Pink, starring Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and James Spader.

And everyone who’s seen the film knows one of the best moments occurs at TRAX, the record store Molly’s character Andie works at after school. Her lovelorn pal Duckie – Jon – shows off his best moves as he dramatically enters the store dancing along to Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” Continue reading

Living like movie stars at the EcoLuxe Lounge

IMG_6951This weekend marks the beginning of popular music festival Coachella, which takes place in Indio, California. And on Sunday the MTV Movie Awards hit the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

In anticipation of the star-studded weekend, Durkin Entertainment put on Ecoluxe Lounge Rock ’N Rolla Movie Awards Road to Coachella at the chic Hollywood hotspot Avalon, followed by a cocktail party at Bardot.

First Candy and I came across this super interesting project, called Letters to the Universe. It kind of reminded me of PostSecret (which I LOVE), as we were given a postcard, on which to write our feelings. However, in this case we were asked to write a letter – as I’m sure you could guess – to the universe. Continue reading