Reviews: Black Science #1, Mr. Peabody & Sherman #1, Wolverine and the X-Men Annual #1, Rick and Morty, Frozen
The Podcast Wife, Erica Schultz, is back again! Jimmy catches up on Misfits and they chat about the rumors surrounding which other heroes will appear in the Man of Steel sequel. News includes: Mark Millar starts new universe, Sin City and The Mist are coming to television, Picture Box closing up shop, a possible new Doctor Who companion plus speculation on the number of Doctors and Leonardo DiCaprio to produce a Bill Watterson biopic. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I can't explain how much I loved the movie Frozen. Well, I will in the next episode of my podcast COMIC NEWS INSIDER so you can hear my thoughts there. And the music really harkened back to the Alan Menken Disney films. I came out singing a few of them! Very catchy. The blurb:
"Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Frozen' features eight original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez ('In Transit,' 'Winnie the Pooh') and Tony Award-winning songwriter Robert Lopez ('Avenue Q,' 'The Book of Mormon'), plus a phenomenal score by the composer of last year's Oscar-winning short 'Paperman,' Christophe Beck."
Kudos to the composers. Go buy it now. I'm betting if you see the movie it will be one of the first things you do after.
I went down to my favorite UK grocer/bakery in NYC called Myers of Keswick. If you don't know, I'm quite the Anglophile and that includes the food stuff! My haul: Christmas crackers, Advent calendar, Quality Street chocolates, Glenfiddich mince pies (SCOTCH PIES!), Bourbon creams (alas, no bourbon in them), dark chocolate HobNobs (biscuits), HP sauce, and small container of Marmite (didn't like it when I first tried it years ago but thought I'd give it another shot). They also bake original British pies there so I picked up some sausage rolls, pork/stilton pies and scotch eggs. Delicious!
Always friendly and helpful there as well. If you're in need of some UK goodness, head on down to 634 Hudson St. in NYC.
Afterwards, I went over to the other UK shop in town called Tea & Sympathy. They have most of the same items but quite smaller and cramped. Still, they pack a lot in there! I always get a big box of toffee from there. Also picked up some caramel wafers. They have more UK goodness on both sides of them. On the right side is a restaurant of the same name serving traditional English fare. Alas, have not made it in to sample but will one day soon. And to the left is A Salt and Battery. It is the best fish and chips you will have in NYC. I recommend getting some curry sauce with it. Warning, it comes out piping hot so give it a few to cool before shoving it in your gob.
Head over to 112 Greenwich St. in NYC and you'll be fishing and chipping it up soon enough!
And if you want to check them both out, they are about a 10 minute walk apart. Now keep calm, and Anglo on. #SorryGuv
So many inappropriate jokes with that cover. Alas, I'll keep it thankful! Thanksgiving has never been a big holiday for me. Sure, Moms went out with all the fixings when we were little and/or we went to friends or relatives houses to celebrate. It was always about the meal and the delicious turkey sandwiches after that made it for me. And as I got older, great memories were made here in New York City of having "Orphans Thanksgiving" with my fellow actors whom couldn't go home for the holiday. We'd all get together at someone's apartment and cook for one another.
One Thanksgiving, my sister Marsha and a few others went to Atlantic City and ate at the Caesar's Palace buffet. I had really long hair back then and liked to play jokes about being Cherokee or Sioux. As we bought our buffet tickets, the unsuspecting girl taking our money happily said, "Happy Thanksgiving!" And I, with my long locks down, looked at her sternly and replied. "For YOU it is". Poor thing started to apologize and felt uncomfortable. My sis jumped in and told her I was joking but I got her! Mwhahaha. Yes, I was a turkey jerky. Sorry nice lady at Caesar's!
I even went through an annoying/short lived kind of "anti-Thanksgiving" phase where I would spout off my oh so holier than thou philosophy of "How dare you celebrate the destruction of the proud native people of this land!" I quickly got over that and learned to appreciate the idea of just giving thanks. And with that simple idea...
Is life perfect? Nope. Not by a stretch. But I have so much to be thankful for. The most consistent one is years has been my sister and her family. If you don't know the story, well, I'll just give you quick highlights.
1996. I found out I have a sister (Marsha) I didn't know about. (We have the same dad).
2000. I found her online.
After reaching out and finding she lives in New Jersey, only an hour or so away, we started hanging out and became very close very quickly.
I performed the marriage ceremony of her and her husband Bob as minister at their wedding.
I am now the proud uncle of two amazing kids. My 5 year old superhero nephew Maximus and my 4 year old miracle niece Chloe. This morning, sis posted a video of Max asking Chloe, "What does a turkey say?" And Chloe replied, "Boggle Boggle!" Heart melted.
My sister is one of the most positive people I know. So great to be around. Tough to have a bad day with her. Those that have seen us together say it's hard to believe we didn't grow up together as we are so alike, supportive, close, etc. She's the best! Even though my dad was super jerky for not telling me about her for 20+ years, I'm glad he finally did. Because she is what I'm most thankful for in my life. She's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. Thanks for being my sister, sis!