Avengers Assemble! Avengers Viewing Party

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Avengers Table

ASSEMBLE! MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on May 1st, which means you only have a week to plan an epic viewing party. Get your friends together, watch the first Avengers (and the other Marvel movies–I’d recommend Thor and the Iron Mans myself!) and get prepped for the newest addition to the Marvel collection.

I planned such a party this past week. There were food, drink, activities, prizes, and of course, movies. Thanks to Collective Bias, I was able to hit up my local Walmart and grab everything I needed for the party. (You can see everything they have and more at walmart.com/avengers.) I might have had a bit too much fun finding all of the cool Avengers stuff…

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Movie Roulette

Movie Roulette

A couple weeks ago, I got to attend a fantastic event helmed by Logan Bonner called “Movie Roulette.” The premise was a genius one: Instead of debating with all of your friends on what movie you should watch, everyone brings their movie of choice, one is drawn randomly, and then everyone watches that one.

Logan rented out Central Cinema and we all paid a small cut of the rental fee to attend the event, but a Movie Roulette can happen just as easily at your home. (Having a large theater and a bar/restaurant to be able to serve people is pretty nice, though!) Just instruct your friends to each bring a movie they’d like to show everyone else, but to keep it concealed. Make sure you let them know of any restrictions: Length, rating, nothing too explicit or scary, etc.

When your friends arrive, hand them each a raffle ticket (or have them put their name on a small piece of paper) and then draw the winner. This person’s movie will show! The movie selected for ours was “Thank You For Smoking,” which everyone seemed to love. It was a safe choice, considering some of the weirder options people brought or thought about bringing!

I’m already excited for the next Movie Roulette and am starting to brainstorm early for what movie I can bring. Would you attend a movie roulette night? What movie would you bring with you?

Friday Favorites: November 15

Friday Faves 11-15

It’s already the middle of November and nothing I’m doing is helping time stop or go any slower. But I’ve found lots of delightful new things to keep myself occupied as winter closes its cold grasp on me. Take a look!

Favorite Trailer: Maleficent
The Maleficent trailer premiered this week, and you could almost hear the cries of excitement ring out throughout the land. This is a villain we’re all excited to root for!

Favorite Charity Event: Desert Bus For Hope
If you like watching sleep-deprived people play a boring video game and do silly tasks while raising money for Child’s Play, then you’ll love Desert Bus! Tune into the pre-show starting tonight at 6:30pm Pacific, or tune in on Saturday morning at 10am for the start of the event. Last year they played for over 6 days and made over $440,000. I can’t wait to see what this year holds! Tune in at desertbus.org.

Favorite Product: Real Techniques Makeup Brushes
I got these brushes from a Klout perk (of all places) and I absolutely LOVE them. You may remember that I’m not so good with makeup brushes, I prefer to put makeup on with my hands. Well, these brushes have changed that. They’re super easy to use (they tell you how to use them on the brush and the packaging), they’re cute, and they’re well made. The first day I started using them, Mr. Geek complimented me on my makeup. So far so good! You can find them at Amazon.com.

Favorite Superhero: Batkid
San Francisco has turned into Gotham City for the day as one Make-a-Wish kid becomes Batkid and saves the town from a series of villains. You can watch the events live here!

What awesome things have you discovered this week?

Cinema-Inspired Jewelry

Kate Spade, the brand I wish dressed me every morning, has come up with a fantastic collection of cinema-inspired items, and I want them all. Whether you make films, love films, or just plan on dressing well when you hit up some of the summer blockbusters, you’ve gotta check these out:

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If you’re a fan of the 3D craze, then you should get your hands on this Cinema City CoinPurse–it’ll keep your ticket and popcorn money at the ready! $98.00.


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Remind yourself what it takes to be a star with this Steal the Show Hinged Idiom Bangle. Mix it with other solid colored bracelets for a fun look! $78.00.

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Show everyone you’re ready to make a movie (in your pants) with the Simply Cinema Movie Belt. If you’re directing a film, I think it’s pretty much essential for you to have this. $128.00.

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My absolute favorite piece is this Cinema City Bangle. Wear it and tell everyone that movies are so much better when made on ACTUAL film… $78.00.

There are a variety of other cinema-influenced items at KateSpade.com. Which one’s your fave?

Build a Personal IMAX Theater

Have tons of money lying around? Have a part of your house you don’t ever use? Will you only watch movies if they’re 20 feet tall and in 3D? You should get yourself a personal IMAX theater. And then we should become close friends. I’ll bring the popcorn.

IMAX’s website claims that “Everyone’s experience it. Few will own it.” After speaking with a personal consultant, they will look at the space you have available and design a theater and sound system exclusively for you to give you the best quality of film-watching possible. You’ll be just like the directors who watch their IMAX films in a private theater for the first time, except you’ve never directed anything and probably have more money than them.

See more at IMAXPrivateTheatre.com. The price isn’t listed, which means it’s automatically out of my price range. I’ll stick to my normal-sized TV for now.

My Crazy Valentine

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. And for many, Valentine’s Day is one of the worst days out there. So why not get your Valentine’s Day-hating friends together for one crazy party. All the disturbing and snarky parts of love, none of the sweetness.

The event should get started with my favorite non-traditional love story:

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not
A French romance film starring Audrey Tautou? May sound too lovey-dovey for you, but I guarantee it’s not. My gentlemen friends still cringe when I bring this movie up; it makes love scary on a psychological level. I promise. Stay with it till the end.
$14.99 at Amazon.com

After a good dose of crazy, release your inner feelings with some homemade ransom Valentines. Make them for each other and then pass them out. Or even better, slip them under the doors of those who couldn’t make the party.

All you need is some construction paper, scissors, glue stick, and the thickest wedding magazine you can find. Bonus points, with a couple markers you can go to town making zombie brides!

Just because your guests are single for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean they don’t deserve gifts. Just stay away from anything too romantic.

Show them you care with an anatomically correct gummy heart (complete with gummy blood). Take a bit of extra time to wrap it up in a nice box, they’ll never know what’s coming.
$6.99 at ThinkGeek.com

Do you love the chalky taste of conversation hearts, but hate the sayings? Find something a bit more appropriate in this container of Bittersweets.
$9.95 at Despair.com

Want to get a bit more crafty with your treats? Try Sprinkle Bake’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries:

Fire, alcohol, fruit, and chocolate. Can’t go wrong in my book. Just make sure the true crazies stay away.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

A Marathon of Feasting, LOTR Style

The amazing Alamo Drafthouse holds a yearly LOTR marathon. However, this marathon’s better than any you may have attended: it includes an 8 course feast fit for the hungriest hobbit.

The menu includes fresh, comforting meals that are all inspired from the cuisine of the characters in the movie.

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Check out Wired.com for more pictures and a recipe for Coney Stew!