Sherlocked USA 2017 – The Convention

Look for me at 221B Baker Street!

Last weekend, instead of braving the Memorial Day weekend crowds at the parks, I was fortunate enough to attend a different gathering of fans thanks to a new convention that came to town – Sherlocked USA!

Previously only held in Europe, Sherlocked is the official convention of the hit British television series, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. And while neither of these actors were in attendance at this particular event, there was no lack of popular guests to meet nor things to do and see!

Guests Mark Gatiss and Una Stubbs being interviewed by Tony Lee.

Some of the headlining guests included co-creators Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss (also one of the stars of the show as Mycroft Holmes), producer Sue Vertue, the utterly adored Andrew Scott (Moriarty), the utterly adorable Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson), along with guest stars including Alastair Petrie and Louis Moffat, plus production guests and more. Continue reading

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Mad Hatter Day is Just My Cup of Tea

Mad Hatter pin

Mad Hatter pin

For some time, October 6th or “10/6” has been celebrated as “Mad Hatter Day” since 10/6 is part of the inscription on the sales tag tucked into the character’s hat in many traditional depictions and illustrations of this character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The original meaning of “In This Style 10/6” was literally an advertisement of the cost of a hat of that design made by a hat-maker – ten shillings and sixpence.

So in honor of this mad occasion, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite performances of the Mad Hatter!

5) Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, 2010)

  • This version inherits Johnny Depp’s special brand of madness, being another in a string of Tim Burton’s lost, lonely, longing boys (including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, Sweeney Todd, and Barnabas Collins). They’re all variations on a theme, made appealing by Depp’s projected vulnerability. While the shtick didn’t work quite as well in the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, his sweet, innocent, mad sorrow still charms in the first film under the direction of Depp’s artistic soulmate, Burton.

4) Mad Hatter (Ed Wynn – voice character, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

  • Don’t let’s be silly! One of Walt Disney’s favorite actors to work with provided not just the voice of the Mad Hatter, but also the visual reference for the animators, as well as some improvised dialogue. His comic instincts and the actor’s lisp helped define the resulting character onscreen. Charming, delightful and of course, mad as a hatter, he was the one I wanted to dance around a tea party table with as a child. But I would not trust him to fix my watch! Continue reading

Marvel TV – The Netflix Edition

While I have previously discussed my instant love for the ABC TV series Marvel’s Agent Carter and my lesser enthusiasm for ABC and Marvel’s first attempt at a TV spinoff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., today I’m going to take a look at the first two entries into a darker corner of the Marvel universe as featured on Netflix: Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

These two shows represent the introductions of the first members of a team that will eventually come together in a mini-series event (ala what the MCU did with Avengers) called The Defenders. Both of these shows, along with their anticipated companion series that have yet to air – Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the newly-announced Punisher – are all clearly working towards a specific endgame that make their mythology in coming together a lot of fun to watch from the very beginning!

Daredevil’s first season was released in April 2015, with all episodes immediately available to view per the typical Netflix binge-watching format.

When I saw the show, I went in ready to forget the failed film version featuring Ben Affleck and I immediately was taken in by this iteration. Continue reading

Marvelous Mid-Season TV

It’s that time of year… when your favorite TV shows are all on hiatus and the networks bring out new or limited series to fill in the timeslots.

I’m very, very happy for the return of Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC! Since the show ended its first season last year, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its comeback. And so far… so good.

The best: Peggy Carter, Edwin Jarvis, Daniel Sousa and especially Howard Stark are all in fine form! There are some terrific new characters like Calvin Chadwick (played by the always charismatically creepy Currie Graham – or the ‘Canadian Kevin Spacey’ as I’ve thought of him for years!) and Jason Wilkes (the irresistibly appealing Reggie Austin – it’s easy to see why his character would turn Peggy’s head!).

And this season they’ve finally introduced Jarvis’ wife, Ana, who is… odd… but somehow quite endearing! Her quirkiness allows forgiveness for her getting in the way of those fans who would “ship” Peggy and Jarvis as a couple.

But speaking of romantic pairings… the show does seem to be emphasizing the soap opera aspects this season, a bit more than the Alias/spy format of last season and I’ll attribute it to the new showrunners. We shall see if the plotlines pay off as well as the romance over the next few weeks!

This mid-season of television also brings back some very long-lost friends on FOX – in the form of The X-Files’ Mulder and Scully (talk about fan-beloved duos!)! Two episodes in and the show is holding up well, both for its nostalgia factor in bringing back favorites such as SPOILER AHEAD! (highlight the text ahead for some familiar faces) Walter Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man – as well as the entertaining alien and government conspiracy plotlines.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are as smooth together in their roles and relationship as if they’d just parted a season ago. It’s like visual comfort food to have these two back on my TV!  And hearing the memorable opening credits theme music puts a big smile on my face!

But the mid-season has wonderfully also delivered a promising new series that I’m already hooked on after one episode airing… Continue reading

A Disney Christmas Tree Lighting at Fashion Island Mall

Mousertainment Memorandum: Apologies for another late night post, but once again, I had to make an unusual weeknight Mousertainment run to the park to see a very special performance of Aladdin at Disney California Adventure – which I will report on at a later date!  But in the meantime, let’s bring on the Disney Christmastime coverage!

While the Disney Parks have been in full holiday mode for several weeks now, in Southern California the season really kicks off with an off-property event!

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The Christmas Tree at Fashion Island Mall once it was officially lit.

For the past several years at the Fashion Island outdoor mall in Newport Beach, Disney has hosted the first weekend of the center’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting with performances by park entertainment and Disney characters. It is co-hosted by local television station KTLA, who also recorded the event the first weekend of November to air on Thanksgiving night.

In honor of the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, the decorations this year prominently featured the 60th anniversary logos and the characters arrived decked out in their anniversary outfits. This year’s cast of characters included Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and of course, Olaf. No, they still won’t “let it go” and the Disneyland Resort utilized the event as an opportunity to promote various holiday activities in the park including Olaf’s Snow Fest.

Hiya Daisy!

Hiya Daisy!

But the reason that I went this year was to see some of the wonderful Mousertainment cast from the park singing Christmas songs (and “Let It Go”, of course) as they danced merrily around the stage. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Disney Parks

The book!!!

The book!!!

Probably to no one’s surprise reading this site, one of my favorite current television shows is the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time.

And not just because Sebastian Stan was (if only briefly, prior to his Marvel role) one of the best Mad Hatters ever! I actually wasn’t that big a fan of spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, however – although I was happy that its best character, the Knave, appeared recently on the flagship series, and I hope he returns with a good storyline.

Ads for Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland inside a Walt Disney World Resort bus.

Ads for Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland inside a Walt Disney World Resort bus.

What I really like is how Once manages to incorporate both Disney fairy tales and other classic stories yet twist them a bit into entirely new adventures. (Last season of course, it synergetically utilized Frozen’s Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and even Sven in its storyline!)

Plus, it has two of the greatest (villain? hero?) characters on television in Rumplestiltskin and Regina!

But what some folks may not realize is that Once Upon a Time has a presence at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts! Continue reading

Mousertainment Movies: Top 10 Favorite Disney Villains

Continuing to celebrate this most villainous season, I thought I would share with you a list of my Top 10 favorite Disney Villains from the movies!

When I started to think about it though, this list was actually rather difficult to narrow down, as there are a lot of great villains out there!

However, since lists like these are always completely subjective, and since this one is about the lawless rule-breakers, in their naughty honor, I shall include villains that are part of the extended Disney movie family too. Just because I can and I like them!

So here we go…

10) Bowler Hat Guy (Meet the Robinsons)

  • The poor misunderstood villain – or should that be – SPOILER ALERT!!! – wearer of the villain?!?! I simply cannot help but love a man with an evil hat.

9) Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)

  • And speaking of villains to love – he likely has a potion for that, but with all of his Friends on the Other Side, you’re still more likely to fear him than love him! And yet, I still kinda do…

8) Si & Am (Lady & The Tramp) / Lucifer (Cinderella)

  • Evil kitties! No… SERIOUSLY evil kitties! Possibly the most devious creatures on this list. Because kitties! And evil! They want to hurt babies and mice! Bad kitties! Bad!

7) Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Because Wonderland. That is all. (And really, if you read this site regularly, you were expecting her to show up on the list, weren’t you?) Continue reading