Week of Geek Breaking News: New Justice League Trailer! And Death Note!

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Hiya Geeklings!  How we all doing this gray but double-digit temperature day?  (It’s still March, we take warm weather when we can get it).

Some exciting news this last weekend.  DC’s culmination of their own cinematic universe, Justice League, will be out this November.  The first footage we saw was from last summer’s San Diego Comic Con.  Here it is if you need a refresher (plus Ezra Miller‘s Barry Allen is just fun to watch).

Well, this weekend we got a full-on trailer!  Check it out!

Whaaaaaaa?  *excited noises*

Now, DC’s had some bumps in the road trying to establish the DC Extended Universe, which is what they’re calling their intertwined films.  Man of Steel was alright, but nothing to write home about.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice broke my darn heart (and a lot of other people’s).  And while I disagree with a lot of the reviews that suggest Suicide Squad was worse than BvS, it still was not great.  *Sigh*  I love these characters, and I want better for them.

But what do we think from the footage of Justice League so far?  Though it still looks dark and dreary (Zack Snyder is still directing it, after all) there at least appears to be some humor and lightheartedness, which BvS was sorely missing and that Suicide Squad tried to clunkily throw in at the last minute.  Hopefully it’ll be more organic this time around, with great chemistry among the teammates and with plenty of high stakes and action.  That’s not too much to ask, right?  (And while Aquaman is often mocked in pop culture, this version doesn’t look like someone you could make fun of and get away with it.  I like!)

On June 2 Wonder Woman arrives in theaters, and there’s a lot riding on it.  It’s the film just before Justice League, so we’ll see if DC can get one good film in before bringing everyone together.  Also, it’s the first film from any company to feature a top-tier female superhero.  How it does could set the standard for how other films featuring female heroes are made.  Seriously DC/Warner Bros, don’t mess this up!

Shifting gears for a moment, let’s talk about manga adaptations.  One of the most popular manga series out there right now is Death Noteit’s about a high school student named Light Yagami, who discovers a notebook from the Shinigami, which are Japanese spirits that invite humans to their death.  This notebook will kill anyone who’s name is written into it.  Light takes the opportunity to play God and cleanse the world of evil, but he then has to contend with a detective on his case and the Shinigami Ryuk, who owns the notebook.

Well, there’s a live-action film version coming in August on Netflix.  And we got a trailer!

What do we think?  Any Death Note fans out there who want to sound off?  Any novices who think they’ll give the series a shot?  Post away.

That’s all for now Geeklings.  Stay tuned for more news, find more on the Justice League here, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: March Break, Teens Heart Reading and Convention Season kicks off!

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Hiya Geeklings!

Hope your March Break is going great so far.  Though the weather hasn’t been stellar, there is still much fun to be had… like in the library!  What?  A library website talking about the library?  I’ve never heard of such a thing!

What do we have?  Well, things like books, movies and TV shows, music, video games, digital content and more! Looking for something to fill you non-constructive downtime?  Come on by!  And then come back again when your time is more constructive (school, studying, volunteering, whatnot).  We have things for both!

So convention season in Toronto is kicking off this week with Toronto Comic Con.  Yours truly will be on the floor, scoping things out, getting the full experience.  One exciting little connection we at VPL have to the Con this year is we’re actually sharing a special guest.  Author E. K. Johnston will be popping in at the 501st Legion‘s booth this weekend, but guess what?  You can actually see her at the Bathurst-Clark Library on Friday, March 24th along with Erin Bow at Vaughan Teens <3 Reading!  Check out this post from our friend Abby for more details.  It’s going to be amazing!

I hope the rest of the week is nothing but great.  Put a hold on the original Beauty and the Beast before you see the live action version, out this weekend.

And speaking of Disney, they just today released a teaser for Pixar‘s fall film Coco.  Check it out!

Stay safe, have fun, hope to have you at Bathurst-Clark next week, and until next time, End of Line.

Vaughan Teens Love Reading

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Hey you guys, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you about a really cool event that’s coming up soon, which I am taking part in and you should really come to too. Since I am not the most subtle of people I’m sure you’ve guessed (and the title states) that I am talking about Vaughan Teens Reading.

The facts are these: This even will be taking place on Friday, March 24th, at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library. That’s exactly two weeks from today, friends, make sure you’ll be there. Some of you may be coming with your classes during the day, 11am to 2pm, but if not the day will repeat itself from 2pm to 6pm (it’s like an awesome Groundhog Day scenario).

I know that just me telling you to come by might not be enough to convince you (I wish it would, guys, you can trust me). So now that I’ve gotten through the where and when of it, let me tell you what we will be doing on the day:

Basically, we are going to be celebrating you and the fact that you are awesome readers and people.

But also…

The library has invited two amazing, award winning Ontario authors who will speak and sign books.  So you will get to meet E.K. Johnson, the author of two 2017 White Pine nominated novels:  A Thousand Nights and of Exit, Pursued by a Bear. A Thousand Nights has also won the 2016 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, shortlisted for the GGs, and is a 2017 Carnegie nominee.

You will also hear from Erin Bow who wrote the 2017 White Pine nominee Scorpion Rules (and winner of the YA Book of the Year award, Canadian Library Association). She has also recently published Swan Riders, a companion to Scorpion Rules. Her novel Sorrow’s Knot won the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

And that’s not all!! We’ve also invited the youth empowerment hip hop troupe UNITY to perform for you all. UNITY uses hip hop to improve young people’s lives there by creating healthier communities. Various artists on the UNITY roster will be performing beat boxing, graffiti art, breakdancing and spoken word poetry.

And on top of all that awesomeness, we will have a bunch of other activities throughout the library for you all.

So? Convinced now? Will you be there?

Come on, stop by BCRL on the 24th and release your inner book nerd with us!

Week of Geek Breaking News: First look at Thor Ragnarok

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Hi again Geeklings!

Some exciting news!  Entertainment Weekly, which is one of the flagships of pop culture magazines, is doing a cover story this week with a first look at the next Thor movie, November 3rd’s (day before my birthday!) Thor: Ragnarok (which, I must point out, is the THIRD Marvel movie we’re getting this year, when usually we only get two; Ragnarok comes after May 5th’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and July 7th’s Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Now, brace yourself, because Thor’s… had a bit of a makeover.

WHAT THE HEEEEEEY?  HE CUT HIS HAIR!  WHAT?!  HE!  WHAT?!

Seriously, what?  His long hair has been a part of his look since the beginning!  It’s so viking!  What?!

Another serious point to ponder; where’s Mjolnir?  His hammer?  He’s got two awesome-looking swords, and that’s awesome, but where’s his hammer?  *GASP*  Has Thor at some point since we last saw him become… unworthy?  Say it ain’t so!  Don’t make me post the screaming-robot-in-the-rain pic again!

OK, moving on.  We’ve got 2 newbies in the cover; Cate Blanchett as Hela and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.  So cool!

And over the last 24 hours we’ve had more pics posted online.  Let’s look!

That’s Jeff Goldblum on the left as the Grandmaster.  Another pic of Thor on the right, looking ready to throw down.

Mark Ruffalo is back as Bruce Banner/The Hulk!  Benedict Cumberbatch will also be back as Doctor Strange (HEE HEE!)

But here’s my big question… what of my beloved Loki?  One of my most favorite of villains?  The one who forced the Avengers together in the first place?  One we haven’t seen in far too long?  OH NO, DID HE CUT HIS HAIR TOO?!

HE’S BACK!  HAIR INTACT!  HAPPY DAY!

I know he’s murderous and evil, but look at that face!  He looks happy!  It melts my fangirl heart!

So what do we think Geeklings?  We excited?  Do we like Thor’s new look?  Do we like the colorful look of the film in general?  Who are we excited to see again?  Who are we excited to meet?  Post away!

In the meantime, we have previous Marvel Movies and Marvel Shows for your enjoyment.  For Thor’s arc, you’ll want this, this, this and this (in that order).  And put a hold on Doctor Strange if you haven’t yet (keep an eye out for the end-credits scenes, *wink wink nudge nudge*)

Stay tuned for more Marvel news.  Let’s end off with this vid.  Yes, it’s from all the way back in 2013, but it’s still AWESOME and it’ll tide us over until we get a Ragnarok trailer.  Until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s go to Hillywood!

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Hiya Geeklings!  Happy International Women’s Day!  Whether a woman, a girl, or a fan of both, today’s the day to celebrate how far we’ve come and the strides we’ve made.  For a couple of books to take a look at click here and here.

Today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to focus on two sisters who, while they may not be changing the world per se, have taken something they love and have created a huge presence online with it.  Their YouTube page has almost 1.3 million followers and their latest video has almost that many views in just five days.

Who’m I talkin’ ’bout?  Hilly and Hannah Hindi and their channel The Hillywood Show.  What do they do?  Parodies of their favorite fandoms in the form of elaborate musical numbers based on popular songs and featuring seriously awesome cosplay and terrific production values.

Observe: Their latest video that combines Lady Gaga with Suicide Squad.

OH MY GOSH!  THE COSTUMES!  AND LOOK HOW MUCH EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE THEIR CHARACTERS!  AND THE DANCE NUMBERS!  You gotta hand it to them, they is talented, and for fans of these fandoms these videos are fun and squee worthy.

How about a few more examples?  A few of my favorites include a Taylor Swift ode to Supernatural with with MANY surprise guests at the end.

Or how about one where Middle Earth meets Frozen?

Here’s one where Hocus Pocus mashes with The Nightmare Before Christmas.

And the Doctor gets a little help from Rocky Horror.

And this last vid isn’t a parody, but I like it.  It’s the girls going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and fangirling all over the place.

You can find more of their videos on their YouTube page (parodying Potter, The Hunger Games, SherlockPirates of the Caribbean, etc), and you can read about how this whole thing came to be in this article at Geek and Sundry.

I guess the lesson to take away from the Hindi sisters and today in general is that women are, and always have been, capable of amazing things.  Whether it’s something as earth shattering as a new invention or something that creates as much joy as a musical parody, it’s always great to take a moment to realize that women, and people in general, can accomplish almost anything so long as the drive, the hard work and the love are there.

Stay awesome geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.