Thursday, June 25, 2015

Manhattan Season 2 Trailer!!! @ManhattanWGNA #Manhattan #MadMen #MMCast


If you are still grieving the loss of Mad Men have I got some good news for you. It's a little show called Manhattan, on a little network you don't know much about. Scenerio sound familiar?

I've mentioned Manhattan on WGNA several times on the Mad Men Podcast. I really think this is the show all Mad Men fans should be watching. Not just because it is a period show but because it has that same level of quality. The acting, lighting, custumes, scripts everything are perfection.

The show is about the scientists (and their families) who worked on the Manhattan project during WWII. Most of the action takes place at Los Alamos where they all live and work in 1943. The project was incredibly sensitive so everyone was working in secrecy and even their families don't know what they're doing.

Here is the Manhattan season 2 trailer. They've yet to announce a premiere date sometime this Fall is all they say.



If you missed the first season of Manhattan you can catch it on Hulu

Manhattan will also start reairing season 1 on Sunday July 5th on WGN America.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Thrive Market Membership #Foodie #GlutenFree #Vegan



So happy to share this opportunity to try Thrive Market grocery delivery service free. Sign up here and get a two month membership free plus $10 off your first order.

I don't usually promote non entertainment at The LA Rambler, but this is a unique company that uses membership dues to allow it to deliver vegan, gluten free, etc.. groceries at 25% to 50% off normal prices and for every member they sign up they provide a free scholarship membership to a low income, student, teacher, or  military family. Their goal is really to remove the expense hurdle to eating and living healthy for everyone.

It's not just food either they also carry baby product like diapers and household cleaning products. I hope you will take the opportunity to try out this service. Not only does it remove the financial roadblock of making healthy food decisions but it also removes the need to visit several stores to get all the different brands you need. No more going to Whole Foods for one thing and the Co-Op for another, Trader Joes for everything else and finally a traditional store for all the commercial stuff.

Here's the founder with the whole story.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

TCM Summer of Darkness Begins June 5th #noirsummer @TCM #TV






Did you ever want to know all there is to about film noir? Yeah, me too. This summer we will have our chance to study with the master of noir Eddie Muller among others. TCM will be airing 24 hour noir films every Friday in June and July, with Eddie introducing those in prime time. That over 100 Noirs airing on TCM beginning this Friday.

"Our film noir programming slate will trace the evolution of noir from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this extensive programming slate and to be collaborating with Eddie Muller, who is one of the foremost experts on the genre and a noir film preservationist.”



In addition to the 24-hour on-air programming, fans will also have the opportunity to experience film noir on the big screen when TCM, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures bring Billy Wilder’s noir classic, Double Indemnity (1944) starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck to theaters across the country on July 19 and 20.



If all that weren't enough you can also join an online university course, Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir. The free, nine-week course will be offered on Canvas Network and will be taught by Richard Edwards, Executive Director of Ball State’s iLearn Research and film noir expert. The course, designed in part with TCM’s Summer of Darkness Programming event, will bring together an online community of film noir students and fans to learn about the genre and its place in cinematic history.

The course will feature:
  • Educational lecture videos
  • Access to TCM's online archives, including movie descriptions, original photos, movie trailers and original essays on film noir
  • OTTO (Open Text Tool for Online video) annotation software developed by Edwards and Christopher Turvey, a Ball State researcher/developer allowing students the experience of having real-time discussions about specific film titles
  • Online video chat with Summer of Darkness primetime host, Eddie Muller
Courses officially began June 1st but you can jump in now. So sign up and become a walking talking noir encyclopedia. It's bound to make you the life of any party. Definitely any #TCMParty.

For all the info. on all the noirness - tcm.com/summerofdarkness




Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Knott's Berry Farm is Voyaging to Iron Reef #KnottsIronReef #NewAtKnotts



How much does my family love Knott's Berry Farm? ALOT! And this summer they have a brand new ride that we can't wait to try, Voyage to Iron Reef. We are so excite to be invited to visit on June 13th and ride it. If you want a peak follow me on Twitter (@EliseCD) or the hashtags #KnottsIronReef and #NewAtKnotts on that day. Or better yet go down to the park and get a look at it in person it's open now.

Voyage To The Iron Reef - Takes guest on a thrilling journey into the depths of the boardwalk to fight the Kraken queen.The spectacular new 4D ride feature 10 interactive scenes filled with menacing sea creatures and many hidden surprises that react to the freeze blasters controlled by the guests on board. Every rider earns a score which makes every trip to Iron Reef a competitive repeatable adventure.

There are also two new shows this Summer at Knott's.

Blockbuster Beagle!...on ice  - Charles M. Schulz Theatre - Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies "go Hollywood" bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. Join Snoopy and our World-class ice skating stars at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre for this amazing new production!
June 13 - August 23 No shows on Wednesdays

Vertical Impact & Vertical Impact Geared Up Show - Vertical Impact presents the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family! The fun continues after dark with Vertical Impact, Geared Up! This high energy show is set to the most popular songs of today, combining everything from trampoline stunts, bmx bikes, skaters, dancers, and aerialists. Every show ends with an informal meet & greet for the guests with the entire cast on stage.
June 13 - August 23 No shows on Mondays & Tuesdays

Of course we'll be hitting all our old favorites too, Montezooma's Revenge, Coast Rider, and Camp Snoopy's Sierra Sidewinder. Finally a trip to Knott's isn't the same without a meal at the restaurant and by meal I mean CHICKEN POT PIE and a slice of berry pie. I recommend eating after you are done riding the roller coasters.



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cameron Crowe's ALOHA Opens Friday! #AlohaMovie

Bradley Cooper Emma Stone in Cameron Crowe's ALOHA
Tomorrow ALOHA is released. After much begging I was invited to see a screening earlier this week. I make no bone about my love of Cameron Crowe. If they made posters of directors I would hang his over my bed. It's hard to find films these days that feature the personal journey and Crowe is a master of them..

Tuesday night as we waited for the lights to dim in the theatre we were surprised by an appearance by the director himself. He urged us to set aside any leaked emails we might have read disparaging ALOHA. Personally I choose not to read the emails that came out but I know a lot of you did and I too would encourage you not to pay attention to how the sausage is made, because it is delicious.

Aloha is a story about selling out, as is often the case in Crowe films. The romance of the space program has been replaced by greedy megalomaniac billionaires (wonderfully played by Bill Murray).  Brian Gilchrist (Bradley Cooper) is said billionaire's prodigal employee returned for a chance at career redemption. Enter the extremely earnest Captain Allison Ng (Emma Stone), Brian's military baby sitter. She has different ideas about what kind of redemption Bradley's character should be after. Conflict and canoodling ensues.

The second story features Brian's (Bradley Cooper) long lost love Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams) who is married to the silent pilot Woody Woodside ( John Krasinski). There are lots of unresolved feeling and some hysterical scenes where they are resolved.

I found the film very sweet and even in a theatre full of film critics there was laughing out loud and a trickle of applause at the end. If you are looking for a film without super heroes, earthquakes, or post-apocalyptic shenanigans, run don't walk! They are few and far between and this is a good one.



Update: I know I was virtually on my own in liking this film. I definitely get why people were upset about Emma Stone's character and I thought I would share Cameron Crowe's response to that.

You can find it on his blog THE  UNCOOL