You know what says happy holidays? A sweet little mutant with radar ears. Fortunately, there are plenty of gifts that have “Bat Boy” written all over them.
First, the Bat Boy bobblehead. Who wouldn’t want this staring at you from your dresser or desk? Comforting. Add to cart!
Next, Bat Boy messenger bags. “Emblazoned with Bat Boy’s trademark grin, now you can carry all of your belonging in style.” I would use mine to carry wine from Kroger or fresh produce from Capitol Market.
Dressing for a holiday party or to be described over our police scanner? The Bat Boy hoodie should be in your wardrobe.
Then there’s Bat Boy’s book, “Going Mutant: The Bat Boy Exposed.” It’s not exactly a memoir. It’s more of an expose, filled with clippings from The Weekly World News. “See how Bat Boy went from unknown to becoming America’s favorite freedom fighter.”
Here’s my favorite, the Bat Boy plushie backpack. Getting bullied at school? Just turn around. Scree! Your tormentors will scream — and run.
And finally, here’s a gift certain to land you on Santa’s naughty list. A framed picture of Bat Boy biting the previously jolly old elf.
The book series is a guilty pleasure of mine (I seem to have a lot of those) and is definitely not something I admit to readily. I’m the same way with the movies. My enthusiasm for Stephenie Meyer’s teen vampire drama has waned over the past few months, but I’m starting to get back into it a little bit with the new movie Breaking Dawn-Part 1 set to hit theaters on Nov. 18.
Jacob (Lautner) might have something to say when the preacher asks if anyone has objections during Bella (Stewart) and Edward's (Pattinson) wedding.
The movie features Kristen Stewart as the girl next door human Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as the brooding “vegetarian” vampire Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as the friendly neighborhood shape-shifting wolf Jacob Black.
The movie for Breaking Dawn, the last full-length book in the series, has been broken into two parts with Breaking Dawn-Part 2 set for release Nov. 16, 2012–A whole year away…
I re-read Breaking Dawn (my least favorite of the four-and-a-half book series) and I think I’m up to speed on the stuff I forgot. I’m sure my sister will goad me into watching the other three movies with her in the days leading up to the release.
But for those looking to catch up with the Cullens on the big screen, Great Escape Nitro 12, in collaboration with Summit Entertainment and Fathom Events, will be showing the three movies on the three Tuesdays leading up to the premiere.
“Twilight Saga Tuesdays” is being held at 730 theaters nationwide and locally at Great Escape Nitro, Cinemark Huntington Mall in Barboursville and at Cinemark Cinema 10 in Ashland, KY.
The cool kids club. We first meet the Cullens in Twilight and learn about their "quirky" family.
Twilight is going to be shown Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. This is the movie where we first meet Bella Swan, her boyfriend the vampire Edward Cullen, and the nomadic vampires that threaten the human girl and Pacific Northwestern town she resides in. They’re also going to show some behind the scenes footage from ComicCon 2008 and commentary from cast members about their experiences in making the movie and the fan following. You know, do they think it’s awesome or are they creeped out. That kind of thing.
New Moon, the second in the series, focuses on Bella’s relationship with her friend Jacob Black in Edward’s self-imposed exile. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and will feature behind the scenes clips from filming scenes with the Volturi in Italy and footage from other New Moon fan events.
Bella Swan (Stewart) gets cozy with Edward Cullen (Pattinson) in their meadow during Eclipse.
Eclipse will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The third movie in the series, and my favorite, focuses on the uneasy alliance between the vampires and the Quileute wolf pack to protect Bella and the choice she feels she must make between her friendship with Jacob and her romantic relationship with Edward. Taped interviews with cast members discussing their favorite scenes from the movie and footage from ComicCon 2011 will be shown before the movie.
In case you miss all of that the Nitro theater’s got you covered. They’ll be showing all three movies back-to-back starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 17 before the midnight premiere of Breaking Dawn-Part 1. Tickets for the three-movie marathon are $10 but keep in mind a ticket to the midnight premiere must be bought separately.
So if you’re up for the Thursday Twilight marathon you’re in for almost eight hours of Twi-fun. That’s a lot of Twilight–and a lot of popcorn.
I’m not sure whether I’ll partake in any of the festivities beforehand (gotta make the money to buy the tickets) but you Twi-fans might catch me at the midnight premiere. I’ll be the one in a Team Jasper t-shirt.
For more info check out http://www.breakingdawn-themovie.com/
Books-A-Million is moving into the Charleston Town Center space formerly occupied by Borders Express, said Lisa McCracken, the mall’s marketing director.
“We’re looking at an early November opening,” McCracken said.
Even though Books-A-Million will occupy the same 5,730-square-foot space on the second floor of the mall, “We’re hoping Books-A-Million will be able to provide a more extensive offering” than Borders Express, McCracken said.
Books-A-Million has a much larger store at Dudley Farms Plaza off Corridor G.
Borders filed bankruptcy in February and liquidated all of its stores.
I was a teenager before I heard this song, and it still gave me nightmares. My wife and I recently watched the movie “Space Cowboys,” which (spoiler alert!) ends with Tommy Lee Jones saving humanity by floating off into space, strapped to a nuclear warhead. I told Whitney the ending reminded me of “Space Oddity,” a song she’d heard but never really listened to. I cued up the mp3 and she almost cried.
Why would you read this to your kids? It’s not like there’s a lesson to be learned here…unless you’re the type that hates astronauts and thinks space exploration is a waste of money. But somehow I doubt that type of person listens to David Bowie.
I wrote and illustrated this classic tale of practicality underlying fantastic heroism when I was in the fourth grade.
I think it still holds up.
What do you think?
This story was written in roughly 1980, coinciding with the Cold War. Do you think the bunny rabbit and mouse represent the author’s vision of the Western world while the monster is meant to depict the Soviet bloc?
How did the author’s penmanship affect the story? Do you think his penmanship has improved?
Is the mouse, Pipsqueak Little, forever destined to be a sidekick? Or might he step out on his own one day?
Nothing subversive was meant by running in and out of the closet, was it?
The monster is depicted as “ugly.” Is that a shallow representation? What were the monster’s real motives?
Would you have guessed that, one day, the author would grow up to participate in a Nerd blog?
Almost every day brings a new criticism of what I’m watching or listening to:
Aug. 2, 2011
All In the Family –Sometimes I like to watch “All In The Family” while I’m washing the dishes.
In this episode: Archie, working as a taxi driver, gets in an altercation with a would-be robber, peppersprays the guy and winds up going to court himself because he’s in possession of a dangerous weapon. Archie, a critic of the Civil Rights Movement, is let off on a Civil Rights violation.
My kid: “Why are you watching that? It’s boring. Borrrring.”
Aug. 3, 2011
Van Halen, “1984″ — I got this off Amazon’s version of the bargain bin for $5. I was inspired by nostalgia. This was all the rage among kids at my junior high in, well… in 1984. The smoking baby angel on the cover said it all. There’s really not much particularly naughty about this album. But back then, for us adolescents, it seemed dangerous. Or, at least, dangerously acceptable.
My kid: “No. No. No. No. I don’t like it. Ew.”
The track we were listening to: “Jump.”
Aug. 3, 2011 (again)
Madonna, Fresh Prince — We were going through our family’s music on the computer to pick out some stuff she might like to put on her mp3 player.
Me: “Do you like Madonna?”
Her: “Who’s that? I don’t think so. I don’t have any idea who that is.”
Me: “OK. Never mind.”
“Scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll.”
Her: “Hey, wait! Who’s that?”
Me: “Will Smith?”
Her: “Oh. I thought it said Willow Smith.”
Me: “Oh. No.”
Aug. 10, 2011
“It Takes Two” – From the first phrase, “I wanna rock right now,” this song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock always makes me smile and wanna roll my car windows down. It reminds me of my youth, when I was an up-and-coming rapper.
It came on this morning on “Backspin,” one of the satellite radio channels I keep programmed in my car. The kids were in the back seat. And I was all like, “All right, you shout the ‘woo” and I’ll shout the ‘yeah!’”
My kid: “This song is weird. Change the channel.”
I kept it on. Next up was “Danger,” an almost equally-catchy song by Blahzay Blahzay. (“When the East is in the house, Oh my God! DANGER!”)
My kid: “I don’t like rap.”
Aug. 11, 2011
“Ring of Fire” — This was on my favoritest satellite radio channel, “Outlaw Country,” which I love because of my younger days traveling America with Willie, Waylon and the boys.
What’s not to love about this song? Penned by June Carter, was the biggest hit of Johnny Cash’s career and features mariachi-style horns.
My kid: “Daddy, why do we have to listen to this? Whyyyyyyyy????”
Aug. 17, 2011
Grammar Girl — As I ate my morning Kix cereal, I put on one of my favorite podcasts, Grammar Girl. Her quick and dirty tips about grammar last about 5 minutes (about as long as it takes to consume a bowl of cereal), are useful and, by grammar lesson standards, are kind of funny.
My kid: “Why are you listening to that? It’s so annoying?”
Me: “I like it. I learn something.”
My kid: “It’s annoyyyyyying.”
Aug. 21, 2011
Kindle — My kid picks up my eReader and looks at the default screensaver, a photo of classic mystery novelist Agatha Christie.
Her: “Agathia Christie. She’s weird. Well, at least she looks weird.”
Me: “She writes mysteries.”
Kid, now toggling through eReader contents, which include “Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell,” “Treasure Island” and some other stuff: “Is this just books?”
Me: “Yeah, just books.”
She flips the off switch, and the Kindle puts up another screensaver. It’s a picture of Alexandre Dumas, the author of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
I mean, I know, the answer is a) Amazon, b) e-books and c) the economy.
But it’s still weird. I can’t tell you how many lifetime hours I’ve spent nosing around in bookstores. And now the mall here, with the demise of Borders, is about to have no bookstore at all and probably won’t again.
Then there’s Books-A-Million. When we go there, we go to eat yogurt at the new Yogurt Mountain shop inside the bookstore where the cafe used to be.
Apparently, so does everybody else.
I’ve never been a big Books-A-Million fan anyhow. Is it the aisles? Is it the fluorescent lights? Is it the Muzak? It has the personality of a shoebox.
Yogurt Mountain stores are the ultimate self-serve frozen yogurt experience featuring 16 rotating flavors of delicious, authentic frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings. All of our Yogurts are fat free or low fat and feature probiotics, which can help promote a healthy digestive and immune system.
Uh-huh. Well, the main thing is, you can pick your yogurt flavor and then slather it with gummy bears or smashed Reese’s Cups or strawberries or whatever you want.
The last time I was there, the yogurt shop was packed with people.
And the bookstore? Oh, yeah, that. Well, there were some people there, too, thumbing through paperbacks.
Does a bookstore have to have a yogurt shop to survive these days?