Trent Reznor Of Nine Inch Nails Turns 50

Today is a very special day for fans of Nine Inch Nails because it is the 50th birthday of NIN mastermind Trent Reznor. It is insane to think that Reznor is actually 50 but when milestone birthdays come along, they must be paid homage to. I am very proud to say that I have been a NIN fan from the very start. A friend of mine brought her Pretty Hate Machine CD to social studies class during my Freshman year of high school and literally changed my life forever. With the release of NIN‘s sophomore album The Downward Spiral came a musical awakening in me that completely upended everything that I knew before. I’ve seen NIN live in concert all over the US, as well as internationally, and absolutely consider Nine Inch Nails to be my all-time favorite. In recent years I’ve been fortunate enough to strike up a friendship with TR and his beautiful family and it is with all the love I can muster that I wish Trent the Happiest Birthday of all. I had a hard time finding the right photo to use for this post so I decided to share a few of my faves to celebrate TR‘s birthday today. I hope he has the best day ever and I am very much looking forward to wishing him Happy Birthdays for many, many years to come!

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Surprise! I’m In The ‘Bad Blood’ Music Video, Too

For the past week or so we have been inundated with character posters for Taylor Swift‘s new music video/mini-movie Bad Blood which is set to premiere during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. Seemingly everyone in creation is featured in the music video … and it is with great pride that I announce that I, too, will be in the Bad Blood music video. Don’t believe me? Well, just click below to see my character poster for the video and see that I am the latest person to star in Taylor‘s latest music video opus. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Last night I met up with Eileen at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see an early showing of Mad Max: Fury Road. To be completely honest, it has been so many years since I’ve seen any Mad Max films that I went into this movie as if it were an entirely new story. Based on the trailers that we’ve seen, I knew I’d have a good time watching this movie … what I didn’t expect was just how much I would love it. It’s no exaggeration to say that this movie is a cinematic masterpiece. From start to finish, the movie is a feast for the eyes. The action is high-paced and the story is so entirely satisfying that at the end, I just sat there and marveled at what I just saw. It’s really early in the year to say so but I think Fury Road may be one of the best movies that we will get this year. More »

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Sony Is Planning To Remake ‘The Craft’ And I Am Having Some Feelings About It

Late last night, Sony Pictures announced plans to remake the 1995 movie The Craft for a new generation and almost immediately, friends, PITNB readers and fellow fans of The Craft started flooding my social media accounts and my email inbox with links and comments … so much so that I felt I needed to take some time to process the news and then form a reasoned opinion. After a few hours, I decided I needed to take the night … and then this morning, I decided I needed a bit more time. Without question, The Craft is one of the more important movies of my life (for various reasons) so news that will be remake with a new cast and, likely, a new story has been hard to process. A very minuscule part of me loves the story so much, that a perfectly made remake helmed by a female director might offer a fun new take on witch tale … but, overwhelmingly, the rest of me is screaming that this idea to remake The Craft is a bad, very bad idea. More »

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‘Vison’ Quest

Last month I mentioned that I’ve been obsessed as of late with an iOS mobile game called Marvel Contest of Champions and I’m afraid I must admit that the obsession continues. I’m not usually a big video game person but when I find a game that I really love, I tend to lose my mind. And with a game that is updated on a weekly basis with fun new stuff to play for, like Contest of Champions, well … I can’t help myself. The last time I really went nuts was when I played in a multi-day tournament to win Daredevil as a playable character. This week, the Age of Ultron version of Vision has been made available so … I’ve been grinding in the tourney in order to win him. More »

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Re-Runs

For the past few weeks, I’ve been recording pretty much every thing I come across on all the cable channels that I pay for and have managed to amass a pretty full DVR full of fun things to watch. I like to keep a varied collection of movies recorded just in case I want something playing in the background on a quite night in but, overwhelmingly, most of things on my DVR are TV shows. Now that the current TV shows are wrapping up for the season, I’m going back and rewatching lots of classic TV shows, some for the first time since they originally aired. The truth of the matter is that I live in the past … and I really wouldn’t have it any other way. More »

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A Whole Lotta Nothin’

Last night was a quite night for me … in fact, with all this cold and rainy weather we’ve been getting this week (and will continue to get through the weekend) I suspect I’ll be coped up at home for a few lazy days and nights. Because I am never without entertainment, I was able to have a nice, relaxing night in with my record player and my beloved collection of vinyl. I busted out a few faves, chief among them the Greatest Hits album by Fleetwood Mac. More »

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The Hatbox Ghost Returns To The Haunted Mansion

Longtime Disneyland fans are well aware of the legend of the Hatbox Ghost, one of the ghosts that was created for the Haunted Mansion ride in Disneyland that disappeared shortly after the attraction opened in 1969. According to the story, the Hatbox Ghost was only in the Haunted Mansion ride for a few weeks before it was removed because the creators couldn’t get it to work properly. This weekend, for the first time since 1969, the Hatbox Ghost made his return to the Haunted Mansion ride. I have been waiting for his return for years so, I’m sure you can imagine, I was very excited to ride the Haunted Mansion yesterday so that I could see the Hatbox Ghost in person … again and again and again. More »

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My First Best Friend

First and foremost, I’d like to send out a HUGE Happy Mother’s Day to my mom back home in Detroit who has never, every turned on a computer in her life so she will never see this post. Nor does my mother have a cell phone, so she’ll never see my Mother’s Day shout outs on social media … but I’d still like to send her love into the Interwebs all the same. Secondly, I’d like to send JUST AS HUGE Mother’s Day lurve to all the moms out there celebrating their special day today. I know that everyday is Mother’s Day but it’s nice that today has been set aside especially to fête all the worthy moms out there. More »

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Friday Night ‘Funeral’

After I ran the Never Land 5K at Disneyland early yesterday morning, I felt great for most of the day. Then, for some reason, I got unusually tired by the afternoon and my day was pretty much dunzo. It’s not unusual for me to get wrecked after a half marathon run but a 5K race never wipes me out like this. Meh. I decided to take it as a sign from the gods that I needed to take the day off. I ordered take-out and spent a nice, leisurely day at home in front of the TV. More »

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