By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • Meeting Marcel and Bernard from The Mayor

    On October 9 – 11 I attended a Disney Press Event. My hotel and airfare and meals were taken care of while I was in L.A. Opinions and observations as well as recaps and such are all my own. This post may contain some affiliate links to Amazon.com.

    On the second day of my trip I went to a few places including the ABC Studios. There we had a group interview and screening with two cast members of the new ABC comedy, The Mayor. We met with Bernard David Jones (“Jermaine Leforge”) and Marcel Spears (“T.K. Clifton”). Marcel is to my right and Bernard is to my left in the photo above. Immediately upon walking into the room these two guys put us all at ease. They were shaking hands and giving out hugs to everyone. They were as excited as we were to watch an episode of the show. I think that they were more excited. The Mayor is the only new Fall comedy that ABC picked up this year and that has to be a lot of pressure for a freshman show.

    The Mayor on ABC

    (Photo Credit: ABC)

    We settled in to watch the Episode titled “The Filibuster”. That episode was airing that very night and so we were doing a lot of tweeting about the show. I had watched the pilot episode and it was funny enough. However, I really liked the second episode. I saw that the characters were beginning to change and develop a bit. These three young men were now in charge of the well being of their city and you could tell that they love the city and would do what they need to do to bring it the best that they could. Watching a show or a movie with the people who made it is always interesting. There is an energy that is hard to match. You could tell that these guys put so much hard work into their characters. When the episode was finished we were able to interview the guys and it was a fun one.

    Marcel and Bernard talking about The Mayor

    (Photo Credit: Allison Waken / AllForTheBoys.com)

    Both of the guys went to a casting call. Marcel originally read for the part of the main character, Courtney Rose. That role went to Brandon Micheal Hall. The casting director liked Marcel so much that they needed to find a place for him on the show. That place was the role of T.K. Clifton, Courtney’s friend who is very enthusiastic but not all the way the smartest guy around. But he does have a lot of heart. read more!

  • National Geographic Junior Explorers Clubbr>Photo-A-Day #4569

    Pley sends us the National Geographic Junior Explorers Club Box each month for free to unbox, try out and review. I am also an affiliate of the product. Our opinions are our own.

    When I was growing up my Aunt Cindy gave me a subscription to National Geographic. The magazine was really important and filled with amazing photography and great stories from places all over the world. It really expanded my knowledge of the world around me and the photos were inspiring. We no longer have that subscription but we do have the new Pley National Geographic Mystery Box that comes every couple of months. With this we can explore all sorts of places. The boxes are filed with interesting things like little toys, fact cards, a box, a t-shirt and an activity packet. There is also an online component to the subscription. Kids can have fun and learn along the way. the book inside is perfectly age appropriate for Andrew. We read through it together and had a great time.

    The first box that we received was the Great Barrier Reef. The PleyBoxes are meant to be opened in a series because each mission builds off the last. We are a little behind. there have been a few boxes released so far and the next one will be about the Serengeti. You can purchase your very own subscription to the National Geographic Kids PleyBox and get 25% off your first box with the code Welcome25. A great gift for Christmas to last a child all year long. Order Today.

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  • Black Panther Movie Poster

    I’ve only just returned from a Disney Press trip where I saw Thor: Ragnarok. The next Marvel movie to come out before the explosive first part of Infinity War will be Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER

    Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

    Here is the amazing new trailer. I wish I knew exactly who was doing the intro voiceover. It doesn’t seem to match with anyone in the trailer, but maybe that is just me.

    Wasn’t that incredible? I’m excited to see this movie.

    Black Panther Movie Still

    Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHERL to R: Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira)
    Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018

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    BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!

  • On the Red CarpetOn October 9 – 11 I attended a Disney Press Event. My hotel and airfare and meals were taken care of while I was in L.A. Opinions and observations as well as recaps and such are all my own. This post will also contain some affiliate links to Amazon.com.

    When I first received the invite to attend the Thor: Ragnarok I was incredibly excited. Then I panicked. I’ve never done a red carpet before. I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy and have absolutely nothing to wear to this. Do I wear a suit, what do I do? I’ve seen friends attend and they look really good in their suits and shirts and have awesome poses. I’m overly critical of myself and was really worried about how I was going to look.

    the women on the trip were all talking about what types of dresses they would wear and when they asked questions about what they should wear and it was suggested that they take a look at the colors of the movie I got an idea. I was going to be wearing black pants, that was a given, black pants work for whatever. I also needed new shoes so I looked for something I knew I would like. I needed a really solid shoe with a more blunted toe. I would also need a new belt. I discovered something really cool when looking for my new belt, ratcheting belts. I looked first at the buckles and then the belts themselves to find my new one. Socks were going to be fun and comic book related so I got a four pack of Marvel Superhero socks that included some Hulk ones. Then it was the shirt. I wasn’t going to go full suit, pants and a shirt were the way to go for me. I started searching for green shirts. I either wanted something a dark emerald green for Hela or a lighter green for Hulk. What I found worked as a theme for both of them. I found a shift that was light green like this version of hulk but had these spiky black designs like Hela’s helmet. It worked perfectly.

    If you’d like to get my look for just over $100, you can through Amazon.com. That’s how I did all my shopping.

    I was ready for this. I couldn’t wait to get there and experience this amazing event. read more!

  • Mario Rabbids

    I received a copy of the new game from Ubisoft called Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch. I got it for free to play with and review. I can legitimately say, I’m loving this game!

    I totally love puzzles and complex games. I enjoy trying to figure out problems and the best way to solve them. I also enjoy things that are funny. The game is easy to start playing. You start out with Mario, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Luigi. These Rabbids characters have crossed into the Mushroom Kingdom and they are causing all sorts of crazy havoc. The Rabbids have discovered an Augmented reality helmet, the SupaMerge. With it they can combine two things and make something new. They can combine a lamp and a flower to make a flower lamp. The Rabbids take the device to the Mushroom World. There the device malfunctions and the kingdom gets torn apart. Your quest it to put things right again. You are also aided by an artificial intelligence named Beep-O.

    The Game is filled with all the humor that you would expect from the mischievous Rabbids. Where Mario and his friends are kind to everyone, the Rabbids do their own thing. There is one hilarious moment where Rabbid Peach knocks over a large pile of blocks that a Rabbid Donkey Kong is atop of. As he falls she snaps selfies of him in the background. Rabbid Donkey Kong is a fun boss to take on.

    A Donkey Kong Rabbid

    I’ve gone through 9 of the worlds so far and each gets a little harder than the next. Along the way you can upgrade your characters skills, weapons and secondary weapons. My copy of the game came with some DLC content of additional pixel based weapons. Some weapons bounce the baddies off the screen others cover them in sticky honey to prevent them from getting away. The game has already won a ton of awards, too. Take a look at this video. read more!

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