Nerdist Presents: The Hillywood Show’s Supernatural Parody

hillywood supernaturalToday in things you never knew you needed: a Hillywood Supernatural parody (presented by Nerdist Industries–because who else would help bring you something like this?). If you follow The Hillywood Show on Twitter, this isn’t the first you’ve heard of this masterpiece, as they’ve been buzzing about the parody for quite some time now.

Well, wait no longer, Supernatural Family. The parody is HERE! Check out the synopsis (scroll down for video):

With the Mark of Cain consuming Dean’s soul, it’s time for the Winchester brothers to Shake It Off  in the latest parody brought to you by The Hillywood Show® and executive produced by Nerdist Industries. The devil is in the details of this Supernatural/Taylor Swift mash up written, directed, edited by, and starring our favorite sister duo, Hilly & Hannah Hindi…oh, and practically the entire cast of Supernatural.  
 
Starring Osric Chau as “Sam”, Rob Benedict as “Cain” and special guest cameos that include Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Matt Cohen, Gil McKinney, Tahmoh Penikett, Richard Speight Jr, Lauren Tom, Travis Aaron Wade, Tim Omundson, Samantha Smith, Sebastian Roche, Mark Pellegrino, and Tyler Johnson. 
 
The Hillywood Show® is the brainchild of internet celebrities, comedy sister duo Hilly & Hannah Hindi. Each parody features song & dance parodies of blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter along with popular TV shows & celebrities such as Doctor Who, The  Walking Dead & Lady Gaga.  Be sure to check out these mega-talents as they shake, shake, shake on Nerdist.com!
Definitely head over to Nerdist to check out the fun, but I’ve got the video embedded for you below, because I love you.

Geek & Sundry Post: Greatest Robot Sidekicks

I’m over at Geek & Sundry talking about some of the greatest, metallic sidekicks out there. I hope you’ll join me over there to talk about our favorite bots! geek and sundry

The best heroes in the world have a sidekick to back them up, and the best sidekicks usually end up saving their heroic partner on the regular. While there are certainly some marvelous human sidekicks out there, some of the coolest sidekicks out there are made out of metal. Their skin may be cold and their insides made be elaborate circuitry, but these robot pals prove themselves to be completely invaluable to their human counterparts. They are lovable, and they even seem to feel love themselves. These bots are some of the most loyal, inventive, and quick-thinking sidekicks any hero could ask for, so it’s time we take some time to commemorate their awesomeness.

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Threepio may not be the bravest robot companion out there, but no one in the world could ever doubt his devotion to his job. What makes Threepio awesome is that he’s smart, he’s savvy, and even though he just wants to live a quiet life of a common protocol droid…

Read the rest at Geek & Sundry!

Denver Comic Con: Everyday Cosplay Outfit Lineup

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Denver Comic Con is only days away, so it’s time for me to officially land on the outfits I’ll be wearing at the con. I’ve already let you all in on one of the outfits,  Everyday Walter White/Heisenberg:

Everyday Heisenberg Cosplay

While I will probably be making a few changes to the original outfit I laid out in my Polyvore set, I just couldn’t resist going to the con as The One Who Knocks.

The other outfits I’ve decided on are Everyday Black Widow:

Everyday Black Widow Cosplay

…and everyday Scarlet Witch:

Everyday Scarlet Witch

I promise here, before all of  you, to not attempt any sort of a Wanda Maximoff-esque Romani accent at the con. 

Of course, this is me we’re talking about, and I like to procrastinate and wait until the last minute on stuff like this. I created an Everyday Dragonborn look last week that I kind of love, and ever since GeekGirlCon last year, I’ve wanted to try to pull off an Arrow Everyday Cosplay. However, though I really love those two looks, it’d require me to build two entire outfits from scratch, and I’m trying to save my funds for con swag. So though there is a small part of me that wants to change up my outfit choices, I will most likely stick with the three outfits I’ve chosen. Besides, I really, really love the Heisenberg, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow looks. Super adorbs.

How are your cosplay and con outfits coming? Let me know your cosplay, everyday cosplay, and outfit plans for this year’s con season in the comments. And remember, if you’re in Denver and want to attend Denver Comic Con, buy your tickets now! The 3-day passes have sold out, but you can still get adult and child day passes. Let me know in the comments if you’re coming to DCC; I’d love to say hello!

5 Fandom Friday: My 5 Most Binge-Worthy Shows

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I am very open with the fact that I am a huge, seasoned Netflix-binger. When my job gets stressful, when life gets crazy, or when I’m feeling depressed, there is nothing better for this introvert than turning off my brain and getting lots in a fictional world for hours. So I was incredibly excited about this week’s Fandom 5 topic, my 5 most binge-worthy shows. While there are tons of shows that you could totally lose a weekend with, here are my five faves:

5. The IT Crowd

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I love this show. It’s hilarious and filled with that dry, British wit that I love. It’s impossible to stay in a bad mood while watching this show. In addition to being fully hilarious, each episode is only thirty minutes long, so it’s quite easy to binge on IT Crowd. This show also doesn’t really have a central storyline running throughout like Lost or The Walking Dead, so you can also jump around and watch the show in the order of your favorite episodes rather than chronological.

4. Parks and Rec

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I’ve already said how this show is great to watch on a sick day, but it’s also great for a nice binge. Another thirty-minute comedy, it’s so easy to just lost giant chunks of your life hanging out with the Pawnee Parks Department. The entire series is on Netflix, so if you’ve got the mettle, you can not move until you’ve seen every Parks episode ever invented (I do not advise that–take some breaks, crazy)

3. Bob’s Burgers 

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Unlike IT Crowd and Parks and Rec, Bob’s Burgers is still on the air, so every episode isn’t on Netflix (it might be on Hulu, though). Still, with five seasons in the bag, there are plenty of episodes out there for a hearty binge. Bob’s Burgers is an “adult cartoon”, but it isn’t as crass as cartoons like South Park and Family Guy--the characters are also a crapton more likeable. That paired with the occasional song and dance number (not Broadyway style like Family Guy) makes this show great for a light-hearted binge.

2. Supernatural 

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This is another show that’s currently on the air, but the season on the air now is season 10, so you have nine seasons that you can burn through on Netflix before you even have to start thinking about the current season. Supernatural is a crazy show (and it’s campy at times, I’m not afraid to admit it), but it’s got a lot of heart. You can’t help falling in love with Sam and Dean, and their relationship (which is just as close–though not as destructive–IRL) really carries the show. Whether they are fighting a ghost or trying to seal the gates of hell, Sam and Dean’s relationship keeps the show grounded and heartfelt. And the show can also skew incredibly goofy, so it keeps you on your toes.

1, Breaking Bad

breaking bad private domicileOkay, this is the most binge-worthy show out there. I burned through all five seasons in just over a month. When I introduced this show to my parents we watched the entire first season with them in a weekend. Breaking Bad was, in my opinion, one of the best if not the best show on television. The writing is brilliant, the characters are dynamic, and the acting is stellar. This show is more addictive than a hit of Heisenberg blue though, and it leaves you with one hell of a Netflix hangover. So watch responsibly, kids–but totally watch, because OMIGOSH it’s such a freaking good show.

What are your most binge-worthy shows? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! 

The Order of the Forge Review

I love superheroes, so when I heard about the new comic from Victor Gischler, I got so incredibly excited. The comic comes from Dark Horse Comics and is called The Order of the ForgeCheck out the cover: the forgeAwesome cover, right? Well, let me explain this comic to you with three very important words. Those words are: George Washington and superheroes.

oh yesHere’s the official synopsis:

Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George—along with his friends Ben Franklin and Paul Revere—must stop an evil governor who wishes to rule an empire!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Seriously, Kendall? Founding fathers as superheroes? But its actually a ton of fun. If you’re looking for a serious, historically accurate comic, then this one isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a fun–not always totally historically accurate–ride that paints George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin as some of America’s first superheroes, then this is for you. The art is fun, and though the story in The Order of the Forge #1 is heavy in exposition, the comic ends on a pretty exciting cliffhanger that gets you stoked for the next issue.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really know what to expect from this comic. I didn’t ever read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter out of some sort of English major pretentious principle, so I was skeptical about what I’d encounter in the pages of this comic. However, I really appreciated this creative retelling of the incredibly famous men from American history. I didn’t really read the comic expecting some work of historical accuracy, but I was really pleasantly surprised that the comic portrayed American founding fathers as snarky superheroes in a fun, believable way. More than that, they took classic events from American history–like Ben Franklin’s experiment with lightning, George Washington’s reputation for always telling the truth, and the real story behind that cherry tree he chopped down–and gave them a fun and creative twist. Beyond the creative twists on history, the story itself is pretty exciting as well. I’ll definitely be picking up The Order of the Forge #2. I highly recommend this comic!

What do you think of comics, books, movies, and TV shows that  present a creative twist on history? Have you read The Order of the Forge? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to get yourself a copy from your local comic book store or online!

Legends of Tomorrow: The First Trailer!

I’m sure we all saw people like Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz tweet out images like this one:

Well, now we also have a trailer to go with that incredibly exciting picture (I see you, Arthur Darvill!!!)

So, without further ado, here is the first trailer for the Flash and Arrow spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow! Enjoy!

What do you think? Will you tune in to Legends of Tomorrow? Let me know in the comments! 

Denver Comic Con Everyday Cosplay Prep

Denver Comic Con is coming up, and I’ve been narrowing down the outfits I want to wear at the con this year.

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While I’m not going in all-out cosplay due to general lack of cosplay skills and the fact that I’m attending the con with a press pass and that would be challenging in full-on cosplay, I will be attending in everyday cosplay. I told y’all about some of my outfit ideas last week, I’ve officially decided on my first outfit.

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I couldn’t resist! I zoomed through Breaking Bad over the past month, and I simply had to do a Heisenberg-inspired outfit for DCC. That, and I also got a hella cute hat at Target that would be perfect for a Heisenberg outfit. As of right now, I’m considering deviating a bit from the everyday cosplay I created last week. Here’s a preview of what I’m thinking:

Everyday Cosplay Walter White

Are you going to Denver Comic Con or another convention this year? Are you planning to dress in cosplay or everyday cosplay? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to get your tickets to Denver Comic Con! They’re selling quickly! 

Power Up Box Review

UPDATE: Discount code at the bottom of the post!power up box top

Monthly box subscriptions are kind of all the rage these days. It’s a strange phenomena, and while I don’t wholly understand the craze, I’m still completely fascinated by it. So when the folks from Power Up Box asked me if I wanted to check out one of their boxes, I couldn’t resist. I had no idea what to expect from my very own Power Up Box, but I knew I couldn’t wait to get my box and check out what prizes were waiting for me inside.

surprise1 I was most certainly not disappointed when I received my box. They get you excited about the geeky prizes inside from the minute the box reaches your hands.

Power Up Box Welcome CollageI can’t help myself, I am kind of a sucker for packaging. I loved that the box stuck with the geeky theme on every single part of the box and packaging, from any text to the box itself. It looked great! I got to check out the April box. Here’s what I received:

My favorite part of the box was the Funko figures included. I’ve got a few Funko dolls myself (and I recently added a bobble-head Thor Funko to the mix), but what I loved about the Funko stuff included in this box was that they weren’t your traditional Funko dolls.

Power Up Figurine Collage

The Harley Quinn doll is a plush figurine, not the traditional plastic, there was a Funko Walking Dead Mystery Mini Maggie, and a Donatello Funko keychain. So while I’m obsessed with traditional Funko dolls, I did like that Power Up Box included some of the more unique types of Funko dolls.

The box also had a few odds and ends in it, including a copy of Spider-Gwen #2, a Joker tee, and a bag of Marvel-themed ring pops (I tried one immediately–super tasty).

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They also made sure to set me up with some fun Power Up Box swag, by including a bag and a lanyard:

Power Up Box swag

Ultimately, I was incredibly happy with my Power Up Box. I love the huge influence Funko has on the boxes (you can go to the Power Up Box website to get a bit more info on the Funko presence you can expect in your boxes), and I think you get a lot of awesome stuff for the price. If you’re in the market for a geeky subscription box, I’d totally recommend Power Up Box. Check out the website for pricing options. Be sure to enter the code DistractedBlogger to get a 10% discount on your first one-month subscription on either a premium or deluxe box! 

Have you ever subscribed to a monthly box service? What did you think? Would you do it again? Have you ever tried Power Up Box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Ballet Break: Happy 15th Birthday, Center Stage

It’s no secret that I love the movie Center Stage.

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That movie is a 00’s masterpiece of cheese, ballet, and a pre-Uhura, pre-Gamora Zoe Saldana.

zoe saldanaBecause of it’s pure early 00’s awesomeness, I decided to celebrate this flick to commemorate the movie’s birthday week (it’s turning 15–geez I’m old). Here are some of the reasons Center Stage will always be center stage of my heart.

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Whatever…

  • Center Stage was one of the first things–other than seeing a production of Nutcracker as a kid–that introduced me to classical ballet.
  • Center Stage started my fascination with pointe.
  • The movie also showed me it’s okay to be brave and take a dance class where you know absolutely no one–and even if the style of dance isn’t what you normally participate in. Like this ridiculous dance class:
  • It also showed me that dance is a super diverse art form, and it’s all beautiful. And sometimes, you just have to bring a motorcycle onstage at a fancy ballet performance. Seriously, there is nothing better in the universe than the Center Stage finale dance. That red tutu? Those fouette turns? The motorcycle? So. Much. Yes.

So a big merde and a happy birthday to Center Stage. You were cheesy and are terribly dated, but you will never not be wonderful.