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When the winter thaws and the days get warmer, many people look forward to hitting the beach, grilling outside and baking away that pasty, cold weather glow. But for those of us within fan culture, summer is the season of the con.
Although cons, short for comic and fan conventions, already take place nearly every weekend across the nation, the warm months are a prime time for nerdery. For me, the uptick of blockbuster superhero and genre flicks in theaters during the summer, along with more free time spent daydreaming or reading –not to mention extra opportunities to strike a hero pose in the sunshine — makes me want to hangout even more with my fellow fans. READ MORE
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There’s no better way to experience the history, soul and charm of The Big Easy than at a festival. While Mardi Gras is the most popular and well-known festival in New Orleans, the celebrations don’t stop there. With more than 400,000 attendees each year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known as Jazz Fest, is the city’s second most popular festival.
Taking place from April 25 to May 4 this spring at the Fair Grounds Race Course, this 10-day, 2 weekend festival celebrates the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana with live music, authentic Louisiana cuisine and crafting. READ MORE
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From April 16-27, the hip NYC neighborhood of Tribeca will welcome film fanatics from around the world for the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
With more than 5,000 submissions from around the world, many of the films selected for this year’s festival will be showing for the first time as North American, international or world premieres. Starting at $9 for late-night or weekday matinee tickets, festival-goers will have the opportunity to be among the films’ first viewers. READ MORE
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So many of Wes Anderson’s whimsical films have had us wanting to escape to dreamy destinations – from under-the-sea in Life Aquatic to seaside New England in Moonrise Kingdom. And with a name like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s much-anticipated film opening this weekend, we think this one might be his most travel inspiring film yet, bringing us back to a time when travel was grand and dripping with glamour.
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Chances are if you’re reading this post you spent a good part of your long weekend binge-watching House of Cards Season 2. Those of you who have been sucked into Netflix’s Emmy-award-winning political thriller know the simple truth: It’s the Underwoods’ world and we’re just living in it.
Location manager Patrick Burn did a wonderful job of capturing Washington’s well-known landmarks and neighborhoods, while shooting almost exclusively in nearby Baltimore due to its tax incentives. He told Variety, “I scouted all over DC to see what we needed, and then we created our own DC in Baltimore.”
In fact, the viewers’ only glimpse of the real DC is mostly relegated to the show’s opening sequence, which features the White House as well as North Capitol Street and Nationals Park. Ironically, when Frank Underwood takes the mound it’s at the Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards. Wait – you haven’t watched that far yet? We promise no more “spoilers.”
Since all of this drama and deception takes place in Travel Channel’s own backyard, we couldn’t help but wonder which real destinations could have inspired the DC you see in House of Cards.
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Music fans will be cozied up by the TV tonight to watch the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live from LA. Not only will fans be sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of who will win the coveted award, but they will also be poised to see and hear some top-notched performances that are creating a lot of buzz.
Sunday is a big Nielsen ratings night for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, but producers of the awards show are hoping to attract more viewers by including some exciting collaborative performances like Jay-Z and Beyonce; Robin Thicke and Chicago; and yes, a Beatles reunion with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The remaining members of the ’60s band will take the stage to perform in a tribute to commemorate the British rockers’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago.
The day has finally come. Almost a decade after the release of the first Anchorman film, Ron Burgundy and the KVWN San Diaaaaago news team are back. Yesterday marked the highly anticipated (and cameo-packed) release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, where anchorman (NOT anchorlady) Ron Burgundy and his news team take their … er… talents … to “GNN,” the very first 24-hour cable news network. READ MORE
See the Swan House, on a Catching Fire tour of Atlanta. (Photography by Atlanta History Museum)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is living up to its name. This past holiday weekend, the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic saga broke Thanksgiving box-office records. Now that you’ve seen the movie, walk in the footsteps of Katniss and company — and see where the Hunger Games franchise was actually filmed.
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The rugged abandon of California’s Central Coast has been given the cinematic treatment in Sundance darling and newly released Big Sur, starring Kate Bosworth. Based on Jack Kerouac’s eponymous novel, the film highlights the haunting beauty and isolated wilderness that drew the Beat writer to retreat here in the first place.
Relive it for yourself, or discover the splendor of the serpentine coast for the first time, on one of America’s most beloved road trips.
Nowhere is the Pacific Coast Highway’s winding roads more magnificent than along Big Sur’s craggy cliffs and crashing surf some 30 miles south of Carmel, CA.
Actual lifeboat from Maersk Alabama, on display at the Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, FL.
Friday sees the release of Captain Phillips, the biopic starring Tom Hanks that tells the story of a merchant mariner and his crew who are taken captive by Somali pirates.
You may recall it was in April 2009 that the crew of the cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was traveling on the high seas, 240 nautical miles southeast of a Somali port city, when terror struck: The ship was seized by 4 Somali pirates, and a harrowing ordeal soon followed.
In addition to the 2.5-hour-long film, you can learn the story first-hand at the Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, FL, where the actual lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama now has a permanent home. Plus, for a deeper look into the actual story of what happened that day off Somalia’s shores, check out our own Don Wildman’s recent take on Mysteries at the Museum: