Author: Leona Laurie

SDCC 2017: Your SDCC Road Trip Playlist

I may have gotten a little carried away while I was making a Spotify playlist for the road trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. For a slow trip from LA to San Diego, you might need four hours of music, but the playlist I created for you is long enough to get you there from New York without any repeats.  There is a 100% chance this playlist is missing something you love, but I think there’s a VERY strong chance that it also has something you like. Here are some samples of what you’ll find: The entire album from...

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GAME OF THRONES Season Premiere Recap: (S07E01) Dragonstone

I have to make a confession. Sometimes… in fact, a lot of the time, Game of Thrones makes me mad… but not tonight! The season seven premiere, “Dragonstone,” was straight-up rad. When we last left Westeros, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) had just slit Walder Frey’s (David Bradley) throat after serving him a pie full of his sons. When we rejoin the action, Walder appears to be alive and well and presiding over a feast… a feast peopled exclusively with his male relatives. He speechifies about how odd it is for him to host two feasts within such a short space of time, then...

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Lynda Carter Confirms Possibility of Appearance in WONDER WOMAN Sequel

There are still some big if’s, but if Patty Jenkins makes the next Wonder Woman movie, then there’s a possibility that the original (and some would say real, as in real-life) Wonder Woman  will appear on-screen! Lynda Carter confirmed to People Magazine that she’s talked about a role in the sequel– and that she and Jenkins had hoped to get her in the first movie! Related: Lynda Carter to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Carter told People’s Julie Mazziotta: “We were trying to get me in the first one and we couldn’t make it work with our timing. (Whether I’m...

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9 GIF-tastic GAME OF THRONES Season Six Highlights

Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season this weekend, and season six (like every season) was so dense that it’s worth refreshing our memories before tuning in. My friend Molly Templeton at Tor.com did such a good refresher that I didn’t think I could improve on it– but I can certainly complement it with this list of highlights in GIF form! 1. OF COURSE Jon Snow (Kit Harington) isn’t dead! AS IF. Was there any doubt in your mind between seasons five and six? He still had some bastards to battle and some North to king.  2. Melisandre is...

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DOCTOR WHO Season Finale Recap: (S10E12) The Doctor Falls

It’s happened. Peter Capaldi‘s final episode of Doctor Who has ended. Although it does look like he’ll appear in the Christmas Special, he is no longer our Doctor.  When we last saw the Doctor and company, an unstated amount of time had passed for Bill (Pearl Mackie) on the lower deck of the giant colony ship while everyone else [except, as it turned out, the Master (John Simm)] was moving very slowly on the bridge, with the passage of time being affected by the ship’s proximity to a black hole. The Doctor, Missy (Michelle Gomez) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) had made it to the floor...

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Have a Boss 4th of July with the Pacific Symphony!

Have you already planned your Independence Day? If not, and if you can get to the Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, the Pacific Symphony is celebrating AMERICA with “Symphonic Springsteen.” The Symphony’s annual 4th of July extravaganza is usually held at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, but the Irvine Company is developing that fabled venue into condos, so this year the Symphony will be delighting folks in their new summer home in Costa Mesa. This is the venue where I saw my first-ever concert, The Beach Boys, with my parents and siblings, so it holds a special place in my heart–...

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Director Kari Hayter Brings True Crime to Anaheim’s Chance Theater with PARADE

Hamilton is hardly the first musical to win a Tony for dramatizing a piece of our nation’s history, although Parade is closer to Les Miserables in terms of tone and music. Director Kari Hayter, the woman behind this year’s Urinetown at the Coeurage Theatre Co. in Los Angeles, is excited to be staging Parade at Anaheim’s Chance Theater at a moment in time when the play’s themes of racial tension, religious intolerance and the media breeding hysteria are uncannily relevant. Related: Anaheim’s Chance Theater Is Utterly Charming Parade, 1999’s Tony winner for Best Book and Best Score, follows the...

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Lynda Carter to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Lynda Carter, television’s Wonder Woman, will be getting her own well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Carter of the honor: “Thrilled to be a class 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree and to get my very own star! So excited.” Although Carter has been associated with her iconic turn (pun intended) as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman for more than 40 years, she’s been in the spotlight for it more recently due to the character celebrating her 75th birthday, being selected as a U.N. Ambassador and finally getting to the big screen in Patty Jenkins‘ box...

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DOCTOR WHO Recap: (S10E11) World Enough and Time

Ah, the end is near. In the penultimate episode of the regular season of Doctor Who, the stakes have risen to a dizzying height, the tension is horrific and even the most mundane moments have an implied weight because Peter Capaldi will be going soon.  To make certain his imminent departure is on our minds throughout all of the action in “World Enough and Time,” the episode opens with a bedraggled Doctor staggering out of the TARDIS onto a snowy, nighttime glacier-scape and beginning to regenerate while begging aloud for it not to happen. This isn’t a bait-and-switch like we...

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DOCTOR WHO Recap: (S10E10) The Eaters of Light

The 10th episode of the 10th season of Doctor Who feels like a return to form after a couple of underwhelming weeks, but registering that that episode number means that there are only two more installments in the Peter Capaldi era is gutting.  RELATED: Read Our Four Casting Cases for the 13th Doctor. In “The Eaters of Light,” the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) drag Nardole (Matt Lucas) off to ancient Scotland to settle a dispute about what became of the Roman Ninth Legion, which mysteriously disappeared early in the AD era. Nardole is concerned about leaving the vault...

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