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Friday, April 20, 2018

Fundays At 420: Happy 420 Day!!!

Greetings gang! Not only is it Friday, but it’s also one of our favorite counterculture holidays - International 420 Day! April 20th (4/20) is a big day for those who celebrate all things cannabis from medicinal to recreational purposes and those who support the cause will be out in full forces today to promote and bring awareness of all the positive things this little herb provides. 

Medical Usage in Pennsylvania (Update)
Two years ago, Governor Tom Wolfe signed Senate Bill 3, making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. In February of 2018, Pennsylvania began it’s first legal sales of medical marijuana for those with one of 17 qualifying conditions, including AIDS, autism, cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease. This includes nearly 3,000 patients have obtained medical marijuana cards, and more than 17,000 have registered to participate with the aid of some 700 doctors who have been qualified or are getting qualified to treat patients.

So far, the 2016 state law restricts the drug to pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, but not in smokable form or what are considered edibles. However, earlier this month, the state medical marijuana board recommended that Pennsylvania allow the sale of marijuana in dry leaf form, in theory to allow users to vaporize and inhale it, and expand the kinds of medical conditions it can be used to treat, including cancer remission therapy, opioid-addiction therapy and to treat neurodegenerative diseases and spastic movement disorders. It also recommended that certified patients be able to bypass the law’s requirement that patients first try other painkillers or therapies before they use it to treat severe pain.

In an update to this news, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced Monday she will approve the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board that includes allowing the sale of medical marijuana in dry leaf or flower form which should be available this summer. It has also been confirmed that list of conditions has expanded from 17 to 21 now including neurodegenerative disease, spastic disorders, and patients with a terminal illness whose life expectancy is one year or less.
Dry Leaf Medical Marijuana is now legal in Pennsylvania as of April 2018

Selling dry leaf marijuana will have two other important benefits for patients, by allowing patients or caregivers to process it at home in small batches to better control dosage and it will substantially lower prices in Pennsylvania, which are currently $60 to $144 per gram for processed oil. Buyers currently pay $200 to $250 (sometimes more) per ounce for dry leaf marijuana on the underground market, or under $10 per gram.

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has been so successful that in March dispensaries had reported shortages in which many patients have reported that they haven’t been able to get the quantity or variety that they are looking for. In the Pittsburgh region, there are two dispensaries that have opened (Solevo Wellness in Squirrel Hill and CY+ Dispensary  in Butler, PA), however, only one grower supplies to them due to a new state law that says dispensaries can not get supplies from out of state and in-state grower-processors like PurePenn in McKeesport have only been growing since December. 

Pittsburgh World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo 2018

Pittsburgh also hosted the second World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo in April over a three day period that included vendors, doctors, care center representatives, and patients who are all interested in this every expanding industry in our region. Check out this short video from KDKA on the convention and some of the challenges that growers have had due to the high demand for product.

Pittsburgh World Medical Marijuana Conference 2018  (courtesy of KDKA TV)

Recreational Usage in Pennsylvania (Update)
With the demand high (no pun intended), talks also continue for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Pennsylvania. Auditor General Eugene Depasquale has stated that Pennsylvania  cannot afford to lose out on economic and social benefits from marijuana legalization as public support grows and more states allow possession of small amounts for personal use.

DePasquale said regulating and taxing marijuana could:

‒ Pour $200 million into Pennsylvania’s state tax revenue at a time when budgets are strained and there is little appetite for additional taxes.

‒ Reduce an estimated 20,000 marijuana possession arrests annually in Pennsylvania estimated to have cost at least $47 million in tax dollars in 2017.

‒ Help prevent some people from getting addicted to prescription painkillers and entering the potentially deadly spiral of opioid addiction.

‒ Create thousands of good-paying jobs.

‒ Reduce the loss of income and other social, personal and emotional impacts on those arrested for simply possessing a small amount of marijuana.

“Other states are already taking advantage of the opportunity for massive job creation and significant savings from reduced arrests and criminal prosecutions for possession of small amounts of marijuana,″ DePasquale said. “The longer we wait, the more we will miss out on new business development, good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians and tax revenues to support services for residents.″

High Demand for Legalized Cannabis Brings Huge Profits & Jobs For All

To put this into perspective, last year, Colorado, one of the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, made $1.4 billion in recreational cannabis sales last year totaling in $70 million in taxes as opposed to $42 million in alcohol taxes. Dispensaries regularly sell more than $100 million worth of cannabis products every month and Colorado earned more than $230 million in licensing fees and tax revenue combined in 2016. 

What’s Next?
Now with Pennsylvania law makers championing the use of medical cannabis, increasing the list of conditions it can be used for, and considering the benefits of legalizing use for recreation purposes, the region is steadily catching up to states like Colorado and Washington who have reaped the benefits of this amazing little plant. 

With that said, the gang at good ol’ PU wants to wish everyone a happy 420 day and provide a few resources below for those who would like to connect to a doctor near them to approve medical treatment using cannabis, apply for their own medical marijuana card, and find dispensaries near them in order to purchase legal product. These resources will also be found in our Beyond PU / Pittsburgh Medical Marijuana Info & Dispensaries section.

Don’t forget, at 4:20 pm today, smoke em if you got them as Pennsylvania has a lot to celebrate on 420 day this year!

Happy 420 Day Everyone!!!

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Information:
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Website - The official PA gov website to help guide you in finding licensed practitioners, obtaining a medical marijuana card, and finding dispensaries near you.

Marijuana Doctors / Pennsylvania - A free resource for a more in-depth explanation of cannabis laws, medical qualifications, and answers to questions concerning marijuana in Pennsylvania and other states who have made cannabis legal.

Weedmaps - The 'Google Maps' for cannabis dispensaries. Just enter where you live and it will show you the closest places to purchase legal cannabis.

Western Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:
CY+Dispensary (201 Pillow Street / Butler, PA 16001 / (724) 276-0069)

Solevo Wellness (5600 Forward Avenue / Pittsburgh, PA 15217 / 412-422-0420)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Announcement: Mister Rogers 50th Anniversary Celebrated in a Stamp and MORE!!!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood indeed with this week commemorating what would have been the 90th birthday of Mister Fred Rogers! To honor Pittsburgh’s best and brightest hero, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing forever stamps TODAY showcasing the gentle TV host in his trademark cardigan with King Friday at his side.

Not only are we honoring Mister Rogers, but also his long loved children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on PBS this year. His legacy of kindness, love, and acceptance touched all his ‘television friends’ and especially those in the Pittsburgh region who were lucky enough to meet him in person. 
David Newell aka Mr. McFeely

It's a sentiment echoed by David Newell, who popped in to make "speedy deliveries" as cheerful postman Mr. McFeely throughout the series' 31-season run. 

"This is the year of Fred," Newell says. "The program has really resonated — it's very rewarding. People in their 50s now are the first generation that watched the Neighborhood, and it goes all the way down to teens. It's four generations (of fans)."  Check out Mr. Newell in this interview below:
David Newell aka Mr. McFeely talks
Fred Rogers and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Pittsburgh's own WQED aired the first episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood on February 19, 1968. A young Fred Rogers entered the living rooms of children to teach them about caring, kindness and the value of being true to yourself - a message he would continue to deliver over nearly 900 episodes and 33 years.
The Mr. Rogers Exhibit Courtesy of the Pittsburgh International Airport

Mister Rogers is being honored in many ways this year, including the Pittsburgh International Airport where today travelers can view the Trolley and Daniel Striped Tiger from the Land of Make Believe along with his trademark red cardigan sweater and sneakers in a display that can be viewed in the Airside Terminal Center Core. Visitors can also share memories of Mister Rogers on a large chalkboard, have refreshments, and pick up free buttons and red shoelaces from employees wearing red cardigans. Also, travelers who want to pick up some of those forever stamps can do so at the post office in Concourse D.
The Mr. Rogers Exhibit Courtesy of the Heinz History Center

Fans of the show can also visit the set of Mister Rogers Neighborhood by heading to the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Mr. Rogers living room, King Friday’s Castle and the Great Oak Tree are just some of the familiar set pieces you can check out.

Also on the horizon is the new documentary being released in theaters on June 8th called Won’t You Be My Neighbor that features a retrospective on the life, lessons, and legacy of the iconic children’s performer. The documentary will feature interviews with those involved in the creation of the children’s television series, including producer Margy Whitmer, who quips, “You take all of the elements that make good television, and do the exact opposite — you have ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’….yet, it worked.” Others interviewed in the trailer include Elizabeth Seamans, who played Mrs. McFeely, and Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons. Check out the trailer below:

Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018 Trailer / Focus Features)

If that isn’t enough, it was also recently announced that Tom Hanks will be portraying Fred Rogers in a new movie entitled You Are My Friend directed by Marielle Heller with the story largely focused on a reporter who is at a critical point in his life - becoming a new father, having issues with his own father and meeting Mr. Rogers to write a piece about him, thinking it’s going to be a bit of a puff piece, but it ends up changing his entire life. The story is still in the development stage, but great news for fans who can’t get enough of Mr. Rogers.
Fred Rogers Tribute to Children Monument Courtesy of Hot Toddy

Now that warmer weather is finally on the way, the gang from good ol’ PU encourages all of you to check out one of our favorite spots in the city, the Mister Rogers ‘Tribute to Children’ Monument located on the North Shore overlooking the Allegheny River at the former Bridge pier near Heinz Field. 

The 7,000-pound memorial, opened in 2009, showcases an 11-foot bronze statue of Mister Rogers sitting down and tying his sneakers, as he did at the beginning of each episode of his show that was created by the late sculptor Robert Berks whom Fred Rogers was an admirer of. The monument also features sound clips of Mister Rogers timeless wisdom allowing his words of kindness, encouragement, and understanding to live on. Trust us - if you’re ever feeling down, one trip to this Pittsburgh landmark will bring a smile to your soul to make you instantly feel better.

For more on Mister Rogers, check out the Fred Rogers Company Website for news, merchandise, and wonderful memories of our favorite neighbor. 

FRED ROGERS' FRIDAY BONUS!!! Check out the wise words of Fred Rogers' below as he appeared before the United States Senate in 1969 to defend public television from budget cuts. President Richard Nixon had proposed slashing funding for programming such as Rogers’ in half as the war in Vietnam raged on. The world needs Mister Rogers now more than ever.

Mister Fred Rogers' Addresses the U.S. Senate 
to defend Public Television Budget Cuts in 1969

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tits For Telly: Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2 STARTS TOMORROW!!!

Greetings gang! Can you believe it’s been two years since Jessica Jones debuted on Netflix? Fans of the show need not wait any longer as Jessica Jones Season 2 starts premieres tomorrow on Netflix, coinciding with International Women’s Day. Check out the trailer below!
Jessica Jones - Season 2 (2018 Trailer / Marvel / Walt Disney Pictures / Netflix)

As Krysten Ritter returns as Jessica Jones, she'll face some consequences after murdering her tormentor, Kilgrave (David Tennant) in season one. Now known as a ‘super powered killer’, a new case comes along that will make her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Kilgrave (David Tennant) Together Again For
Jessica Jones - Season 2

If that isn’t cryptic enough, what’s even more surprising is that rumors are that Kilgrave will be back in some form this season (which Marvel has been keeping under wraps for some time now) as shown in a few leaked photos of Ritter and Tennant on the set of season 2.

Luckily, all of our questions will be answered tomorrow with the binge-worthy return of Jessica Jones Season 2 on Netflix! Stay tuned!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Movies That Have Everything: Marvels Black Panther Starts TODAY!!!

Greetings loyal viewers and happy 2018. After a long hiatus we’re back and just in time as the superhero movie season starts ridiculously early this year with Marvel’s Black Panther leaping into theaters TODAY! Check out the trailer below!

Marvels Black Panther (2018 Trailer / Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures)

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a lot of hype for this movie for a lot of good reasons. Although mainstream media keeps toting it as ‘the first black superhero movie’ they would be wrong (somewhere Wesley Snipes is sitting in his armchair asking, “doesn’t anyone remember me in Marvel’s Blade, Blade 2, or Blade 3?). Semantics aside, Black Panther, is a seminal movie for pop culture as it does spotlight a predominantly African American cast along with director Ryan Coogler who also shares writing duties with Joe Robert Cole.

1st Appearance of Black Panther in Marvel's Fantastic Four, 1966

Based on the comic created by legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who introduced Black Panther and the fictional kingdom of Wakanda to mainstream audiences in Fantastic Four #52 back in 1966. He also starred in what was considered to be one of Marvel’s first graphic novels appearing in the Jungle Action series back in 1972. He got his own book in 1977 and has in guest starred in numerous Marvel titles over the years including joining the Avengers as one of their rotating members. 
Marvel Comics Jungle Action Featuring The Black Panther, 1972

The new movie stars Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa who takes on the Black Panther mantel that has been handed down from father to son for generations.  After the events that take place in Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda (home to the world’s biggest supply of ‘vibranium’, the metal used to make Captain America’s shield) to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

The women of Wakanda take a central role in this movie as they did in the comics as King T’Challa’s protectors known as the Dora Milaje. The all female special forces unit serve as his bodyguards that includes  leader Okoye (the Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira) heading up the team, his former partner Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), his 16 year old sister Shuri (Lititia Wright) who is not only a princess, but also head of technology for Wakanda. Rounding out the cast is T-Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Zuri (Forest Whitaker), M’Baku (Winston Duke), W”Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya), Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), and Ulysses Klaue (played by the always awesome Andy Serkis) returns as our villain.

Marvel’s Black Panther finally springs into theaters starting today!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Star Wars The Last Jedi STARTS TOMORROW!!!

Another Friday is upon us, as is another entry into one of our favorite franchises as Star Wars: The Last Jedi soars into theaters tomorrow - Check out the trailer below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017 Trailer / Lucasfilm / Disney)

As episode eight begins, so does the journey of Rey (Daisy Ridley) as the story picks up from where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off - on a mysterious island confronting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as she steps into the mysterious world of the Jedi. 

Also returning to the continuing saga are heroes Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) along with their villainous counterparts Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Gerneral Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and Han Solo’s murderous son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

May The Force Be With Carrie Fisher.... Always.

Old favorites return as well from Chewy (Peter Mayhew), C3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2-D2 (Jimmy Vee), Admiral Ackbar (Tim Rose), and Princess Leia played by the late Carrie Fisher in her last appearance on screen. 

To be honest, the gang here at good ol’ PU has kept ourselves excited, surprised, and charmed by avoiding all spoilers and media hype with every new story that has added to the series dating as far back as the original in 1977 and this latest entry is no exception. 

With that, the gang at Pittsburgh Underground goes on holiday hiatus, wishing all of our readers well for the the final month of 2017 as we approach a new year. As always, thank you for tuning in - May the force be with you... always!

HOLIDAY BONUS: For all of you folks that were around in 1978 (and most especially for those of you that weren’t), enjoy some Wookie Life Day cheer with the Star Wars Holiday Special!

Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Announcement: The 4th Annual Pittsburgh Krampusnacht is TONIGHT!!!

Tonight is the eve of the Feast of Saint Nicholas which can only mean one thing - all you naughty boys and girls better run and hide as the 4th Annual Pittsburgh Krampusnacht claws it’s way into Market Square starting at 6pm tonight!

The Krampus is Coming...

Europe has celebrated Santa's evil doppleganger for centuries with the hairy, horned, half-goat demon has been punishing bad little girls and boys every St. Nick's Eve.  Organized by Pittsburgh’s own Professor EmCee Square of the It’s Alive Show, this year will be no different as the Krampus will make his appearance at Market Square tonight for photos at 7PM with the band Sleigher performing at 7:30, marking the start of the Krampus pub crawl sponsored by Straub Beer.

Also, the holiday market is also in full swing for any of those last minute gifts along with an ongoing karaoke contest is being held with the winner taking home a $1000 prize.

For more info on the event, check out the Facebook event page.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Justice League STARTS TODAY!!!

Here’s a movie that feels like it took a lifetime to finally come to the silver screen! Justice League explodes into theaters today! Check out the trailer below...

Justice League (2017 Trailer / DC Comics / Warner Brothers)

Do we really need to explain the Justice League to you? It’s only been around in some form or another since 1960, created by Gardner Fox and first appearing in ‘The Brave and the Bold #28”, but debuting in their own title in 1962. You probably know them by other names as well - Justice League of America, The JLA,  or even by it’s more popular kid friendly title ‘ The Super Friends’ (as it was titled during it’s Hanna Barbara animated roots between 1973 to 1986). 
1st Appearance of Justice League / Brave and the Bold #28
(1960 DC Comics)

The original roster of team members have changed over the years, but most of the core members remained at one point or another in their very long history: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter. 

Justice League #1 (DC Comics / 1987)

Others have joined in throughout the years as the team changed from time to time - Green Arrow, The Atom, Shazam, Firestorm, Black Canary, Vixen, Fire and Ice, Green Lantern’s Guy Gardner and John Stewart, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, Power Girl, Doctor Fate, Cyborg, Mr. Miracle, and even the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo was a member. The list goes on and on as the never ending rotating team has always been a showcase of DC Comics characters over the years. 

The Super Friends (1973-1985 / DC Comics / Hanna Barbara)

It’s spawned four different animated series starting with The Super Friends in the 1970’s to the superior Bruce Timm designed Justice League and Justice League Limited in the early 2000’s, and then Justice League Action from 2016 to the present day. 

Justice League The Animated Series (Warner Brothers Animation)

This is the first time we are getting an all out blockbuster cast to portray the heroes we’ve all come to love throughout the years. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon the cast includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman / Diana Prince), Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Jason Momoa (Aquaman / Arthur Curry), Ezra Miller (The Flash / Barry Allen), Ray Fisher (Cyborg / Victor Stone), and back from the ‘grave’ Henry Cavill (Superman / Clark Kent). 

Also joining the cast are Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amber Herd (Mera), Connie Neilsen (Queen Hippolyta), Robin Wright (Antiope), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West), Billy Crudup (Henry Allen), Joe Morton (Dr. Silas Stone), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf). 

Justice League Vol. 2, #1 (DC Comics / 2011)

The plot reads as follows: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League starts today at your local theater and as Chops’s mom would say ‘enjoy your super friends movie’!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tits For Telly: Marvel's The Punisher STARTS TOMORROW!!!

More comic book mayhem starting this weekend as Marvel’s The Punisher hits Netflix TOMORROW!!! Check out the trailer below!

The Punisher (2017 Trailer / Marvel Comics / Netflix)

The Punisher, created by Gerry Conway, John Romita Jr. and Ross Andru, first hit Marvel Comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 back in 1974. Inarguably one of the most violent ‘anti-heroes’ in Marvel’s stable of characters, Frank Castle, a former U.S. marine, becomes the titular vigilante after his family is murdered by the mob. From there he holds nothing back employing everything from murder, extortion, kidnaping, coercion, and torture in his one man war against crime. 
First Appearance of The Punisher in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 
(Marvel Comics / 1974)

Spun off from the Netflix MCU series Daredevil, Frank Castle is portrayed by Jon Bernthal (Shane of Walking Dead fame) and is joined by Deborah Ann Woll who resumes her role as Karen Page, a character who played a pivotal role in Frank Castle’s storyline as it unfolded in Daredevil Season 3.

The Punisher paints the town red starting tomorrow for all your binging enjoyment on Netflix!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Thor: Ragnarok STARTS TODAY!!!

Happy Friday everyone! Our old pal from Asgard is flying into theaters again this weekend in Thor: Ragnarok and by Odin’s hammer it looks to be a smashing good time! Check out the trailer below:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017 Trailer / Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures)

In this third movie of the series, The mighty Thor finds himself imprisoned in a gladiatorial contest against his old buddy the Hulk as he fights for survival and a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Directed by Taika Waititi (who is also playing Korg in the flick) all our old friends (and foes) are back including Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Loki (Tom Hiddleston)Heimdall (Idris Elba)Volstagg (Ray Stevenson)Fandral (Zachary Levi)Hogun (Tadanobu Asano)Odin (Anthony Hopins)Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Also joining the cast is West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Karl Urban (Skurge), Rachel House (Topaz), Clancy Brown (voicing Surtur), and Cate Blanchett as Hela, the goddess of death. Keep your eyes peeled at the beginning of the flick to for special appearances by Luke HemsworthSam Neill, and Charlotte Nicdao portraying our favorite heroes 'on stage'.

Journey Into Mystery #101 / The Mighty Thor #150 (Marvel Comics)

Hela, created by the famous duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first appeared during the silver age of comics in Journey into Mystery #102 back in 1964. She’s based on the Norse goddess, Hel who was the child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða who, when she came of age, was appointed the Goddess of Death by Odin, giving her rulership over the dead in the realms of both Hel and Niflheim. She frequently battled Thor who often tried to expand her power into the realm of Valhalla, the realm of the honored dead. For the film version, Hela is the eldest daughter of Odin and sister to both Thor and Loki (although her motives for power reflect that of her comic book counterpart).

A lot of reviews are already pouring in stating that this is one of the most entertaining Marvel movies since Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor: Ragnarok bolts into theaters this weekend!

BONUS!!! Check out this 1987’s style of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer by!

Thor Ragnarok - 1987 Trailer (presented by

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tits For Telly: Stranger Things 2 STARTS TODAY on Netflix!!!

Greetings all you ghouls and fools! The wait is finally over and just in time for the Halloween weekend as Stranger Things Season 2 starts TODAY for your binging pleasure on Netflix!!! Check out the trailer below!

Stranger Things 2 (2017 Trailer / Netflix)

Created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross), we revisit our favorite time period - the 1980’s, as more otherworldly mayhem ensues in Hawkins, Indiana as the ‘Upside Down’ isn’t finished with our main heroes Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas Sinclair, (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) who was missing in the aforementioned ‘Upside Down’ for most of the first season only to return at the end, but now with a mysterious connection to this bizarro universe.

Also returning is Will’s big brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jonathan’s crush Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and her boyfriend Steve Harrington (Joe Keery). Also returning is Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who was found dropping off Eggo waffles in the woods in the last episode of season 1 for our telekinetic heroine Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who has been missing after the events of last year (don’t worry - she’s back too)!

Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, and Paul Riser join Stranger Things 2

Joining is the cast is Goonie legend Sean Astin as a Bobby Newby, a former schoolmate of both Joyce and Hooper and rumored boyfriend of poor Joyce, who after last season, needs a little happy in her life. Chances are that this love triangle between her, Bobby, and Hooper will only complicate her world further as we find out what’s happened to Will this season. Paul Reiser will also be joining the fun, playing Owens, a Department of Energy executive tasked with containing the events of last season. Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will be playing Roman who's described as "an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab".

Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink join Stranger Things 2

Finally, joining the kids is tomboy Max (portrayed by Sadie Sink) and her big brother Billy (played by Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery) who’s been described as one of the ‘human villains’ of the show - steals girlfriends away from boyfriends, great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro (a very 80’s villain indeed!).

What About Barb?

The one thing on most minds of most fans is ‘what about Barb”? Barb Holland (portrayed by Shannon Purser), became quite the sensation after her character was killed off by one of the creepy crawlies of the Upside Down. 

Matt Duffer stated that although she won’t be back for season 2,  “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time,” he explained. “So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”

Stranger Things 2 starts TODAY on Netflix so grab your favorite Halloween candy, turn off the lights, and binge those sweet nightmares!!!