“New Chewie” is Heading to Star Wars Celebration!

By Bryan Westfall

While it’s very very safe to assume that all of the major players from a galaxy far far away will be at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this April, the guest announcements are still super exciting!

The two big announcement highlights start with the man who has brought some new agility and spirit to everyone’s favorite Wookie. Joonas Suotamo will be heading to Chicago to meet fans and (hopefully) chat about how he’s approached taking over the walking carpet we all know as Chewbacca!

We also know who will (again) be taking over hosting duties from the Celebration Stage…Warwick Davis! Warwick was amazing at the Orlando event in 2017. If you’d like a taste of Wicket’s panel hosting skills, you can catch him with Ray Park (Darth Maul) from 2017’s Star Wars Celebration on the Chasing Geekdom YouTube channel.

We’re less than 3 months away from the Chicago event! I can’t wait to see more of the guest announcements roll in!

We’ve Got a Stage 5k Clinger!

By Bryan Westfall

I’m not normally one to speak ill of the dead (character from fiction), but this new charity race from the Potterhead Running Club is perfectly & hilariously named. The Stage 5k Clinger! (Here’s a hint as to where that saying originated, in case you’re unfamiliar 😄).  Poor Lavender Brown. She and Ron were just not meant to be, but she was the last to realize it.

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The timing of this race is fitting. Lavender started to crush on Ron in the beginning of their sixth year at Hogwarts, and the PRC is starting their sixth year of virtual charity races with an event “celebrating” this ill advised romance.

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The Potterhead Running Club teams up with a charity for each race event, and this one is a charity that they’ve worked with before. Project Purple is a non-profit “created to raise awareness, support patients and families affected by the disease, and fund research efforts to defeat pancreatic cancer.”

The legendary Alan Rickman who played “Severus Snape” in all of the Harry Potter films, died from pancreatic cancer in 2016. The PRC teamed up with Project Purple that year for the “Half Blood Prince Half Marathon” and honored Alan & all of the joy he brought to his fans through that iconic role.

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The Stage 5k Clinger registration is still open, and is only $25! Here’s to hoping I’m more in tune with my body during this run than Lavender was with the reality of love.

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BEST OF 2018!

By Bryan Westfall

Every year on Twitter I like to throw my top 4 of a few entertainment categories for that year. I choose 4 because you can only add 4 pictures to each tweet, and packing them into one tweet forces me to boil everything down to a smaller list than an easy 10. Let’s jump in!

Here are my top 4 favorite TV and FILM performances of 2018!

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Cara Gee as “Drummer” in “The Expanse”. Going toe to toe with David Strathairn and coming out looking as badass as she did is no small feat. Outstanding scene work, as well as disappearing into that Belter dialect.
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Anthony Carrigan as “NoHo Hank” in HBO’s “Barry”. Already a huge fan of him as the menacing “Zzasz” in “Gotham”, Anthony brings a different kind of whimsy to this “bad” guy (who I’d 100% hang out with…till I leaned what he did for a living).
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Letitia Wright as “Shuri” in “Black Panther”. Was she NOT everyone else’s favorite? The Panther’s storyline was a bit stale (compared to “Civil War”), so the supporting cast jumped out in that film, lead (for me) by his sister.
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Jake Johnson as “Peter B Parker” in “Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse”. I had no idea that the Parker I needed was a sweatpants wearing, Dad-bod havin’, burger lovin’ dude.

Up next…my top 4 favorite TV Shows of 2018!

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Kristen Bell may look surprised, but I wasn’t. “The Good Place” continues to shine!
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The Expanse” has been solid from the start, but this season got to my favorite storyline from the books (no spoilers for late-comers). Everything about this show is magic, and this year saw it saved from cancellation and will air season 4 on Amazon!
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Bill Hader pulls a real Bryan Cranston and crushes a dark role after a largely comedic career. “Barry” has a fantastic cast (including Henry Winkler). Don’t sleep on this one.
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What needs to be said about “Westworld“? 🙌

Last but not least…my favorite FILMS of 2018!

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Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse” is WILD. Not a film only for kid fans. Stole 2018 at the last minute for me.
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It took me a while to see “Game Night“, and I 100% regret not watching this in the theater. Such TWISTED and surprising fun in this one.
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Black Panther” brought a supporting cast that blew me away, but the main character for me was Wakanda itself. That was a world I’m so happy to have been able to spend time in before “Infinity War”.
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Avengers: Infinity War“. How they were able to make a film this packed with stars from the Marvel Universe NOT seemed too stuffed is beyond me. They found the right ‘team-ups’, for sure. Josh Brolin as “Thanos” was finally a challenge worthy of these heroes. I was upset not to see “Hawkeye”, but now we know! Here comes RONIN.

Let’s see what 2019 has in store, shall we?! 😄

2018 Finisher Bling Gallery!

By Bryan Westfall

Thanks to the transition from the even, mild temperatures of California to the erratic super hot/cold temperatures of St Louis, 2018 brought the end of half marathon distance training for me. I’ve embraced more frequent, shorter (5k) runs…and have moved indoors (treadmill) for running during the week and on days with more extreme temperatures.

The result was more races than past years, but shorter distances (for the most part). I was able to do runDisneys “Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon” (with difficulty), the Potterhead Running Club‘s “Platform 9 3/4k”, the STL “St. Paddy’s Day Run” (a 5 miler), and most recently the “Hot Chocoloate 15k” (in 20 degree weather). Everything else was 5k or shorter.

According to MapMyRun, I netted a sweet 156 miles running this year. Averaging 3 miles running a week for an entire year sounds excellent to this 44 year old who only started running at 39. Aiming for 200 next year! Here’s to an even more active 2019!

9+ Miles For All Of The Chocolate!

FOUND: A Relic From a Happier Time (In Marvel-Land)

LA Comic Con 2018 Panel Gallery!

By Bryan Westfall

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Katie Cassidy chatting about tackling both the “Black Canary” and “Black Siren” characters on “Arrow”.
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Katie Cassidy chatting about tackling both the “Black Canary” and “Black Siren” characters on “Arrow”.
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Katie Cassidy chatting about tackling both the “Black Canary” and “Black Siren” characters on “Arrow”.
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Katie Cassidy chatting about tackling both the “Black Canary” and “Black Siren” characters on “Arrow”.
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Lego Batman (without Lobster Thermadore) welcoming folks to LA Comic Con.
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Some of the Guardians looking better than the last time we saw them.
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Jack Black and Kyle Gass of “Tenacious D” chatting about their new show “Post-Apocalypto”.
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Jack Black and Kyle Gass of “Tenacious D” chatting about their new show “Post-Apocalypto”.
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Jack Black watching a video of “The Fonz” jumping the shark. Need I say more?
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At the “Agents of SHIELD” panel, Brett Dalton (Grant Ward/Hive) and Mallory Jansen (Aida/Madame Hydra) listen intently to a fan question.
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At the “Agents of SHIELD” panel, Brett Dalton (Grant Ward/Hive) and Mallory Jansen (Aida/Madame Hydra) get excited about doing “selfie inception” with the large screen.
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At the “Agents of SHIELD” panel, Brett Dalton got excited when he knew I caught his “selfie inception” on camera.

VIDEO – Agents of SHIELD’s Mallory Jansen (Aida) chats fight choreography!