I Am Officially Cancer Free!!

This week I saw several of my doctors, finishing up with a visit with my cancer doc. After a quick exam to check out something my radiologist had found a month ago (which turned out to be scar tissue), the doc said she was giving me the all-clear.


Calvin and Hobbes dancing

It’s been almost a year that I’ve been fighting the Big C, but I’m happy to say that as of now, I have kicked it’s ass. I still have to stay vigilant, because this cancer has a higher risk of return, but for now, I’m claiming this as a victory.

While I think a positive attitude, and the love and support of friends had a lot to do with this, I was also fortunate to have some real cancer-fighting badasses in my corner.


Marvel Studios Announces New Release Dates for Four Upcoming Films

Marvel logo

Due to the news that broke late yesterday about Spider-Man being allowed to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Marvel Studios has also announced new release dates for four previously announced films.

Here are the new dates to pencil into your calendar:

  • November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
  • July 6, 2018 – Black Panther
  • November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
  • July 12, 2019 – Inhumans


Sony to Finally Allow Spider-Man to Play in Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel and Sony have finally come to an agreement that allows Spider-Man to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Nope this isn’t rumor or an April Fool’s Joke. Marvel and Sony have finally come to an agreement that allows Spider-Man to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Sony retains control over the character.

So here is what I know about this deal:

  • Spider-Man will next appear in a Marvel Studios-produced MCU film first, with a a clause stipulating it will happen prior to 2017. Could that mean Spidey will be participating in Captain America: Civil War?? If so, this will be huge!
  • Sony will then release a new Spider-Man movie on July 28, 2017. This movie will be co-produced by ex-Sony honco Amy Pascal, who handled the franchise at Sony, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who has guided the MCU into what it is today. He also was an executive producer on the first Spider-Man trilogy, starring Toby Maguire. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.
  • Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
  • Marvel and Sony are also using this deal as a possible stepping stone to introduce MCU characters into future Spider-Man films.


Seeds of Change Makes Quick Work of Cooking Chicken Curry at Home #SeedsofChangeFood

Seeds of Change Korma organic simmer sauce

I grew up on curry, but I’ve never actually made it at home. I always left the cooking of it to others – family, restaurants, etc. So when Seeds of Change asked me to try their organic simmer sauces, I chose their Korma simmer sauce.

Korma is a coconut based creamy curry sauce, so it’s more sweet and savory than spicy hot. Perfect for my roommate, who is not as much a fan of spicy foods, as I am. Trying new food is better when we both can eat it.

This sauce made cooking chicken curry so easy. We sauteed about a pound of chicken breast, cubed up, in a frying pan with some olive oil. Once that was done, we added the jar of Korma simmer sauce, and let it simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, we whipped up some jasmine rice to use as a base for the curry.


Marvel Releases First Full Trailer for Netflix’s Daredevil Series

Marvel's Daredevil

Today Marvel released the first full trailer for the upcoming series “Marvel’s Daredevil,” which will be released in partnership with Netflix.

The show is based on the character of Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox), who was blinded as a boy in a tragic accident and developed extraordinary senses as a result. By day, Matt fights injustice in the courtroom as a respected lawyer, but at night, he protects his home turf, Hell’s Kitchen, New York, as the masked vigilante Daredevil.

The trailer offers a gritty look at the new series, which seems to have a darker tone than typical Marvel film and TV fare. It also features Daredevil in an all-black costume, which is what the character wore in the comics when first starting out. He will eventually transition to the red costume everyone is familiar with, but I like that they’re starting the story a little before that point.


Who Wins When Chris Evans and Chris Pratt Bet on the Super Bowl? The Kids Do.

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt Bet on the Super Bowl

Last month, actors Chris Evans (best known as Captain America in the Marvel films) and Chris Pratt (who played Star-Lord in last summer’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy) made a bet on the Super Bowl.

It all started on January 19, when Evans taunted Pratt, once it became clear their favorite teams would be battling in the Big Game…

Pratt, not one to back down, trash talked to Evans…


Marvel Drops New 30 TV Spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel Drops New 30 TV Spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Without much fanfare, Marvel Studios has dropped a new 30 second TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron this evening, and it has some new footage in it.

The spot starts with footage we’ve seen before, in a trailer that aired a few months ago during “Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” but after a quick look at our heroes, we get some new battle scenes with Ultron and his army, along with a few new shots of Black Widow.

A few snippets of Hulk vs Iron Man in the Hulkbuster suit comes next, interspersed with a comment from Black Widow, with Thor, Hawkeye and Captain America in the room. It ends with the credits.


Watch Transparent for Free on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Amazon

Amazon original series Transparent - image courtesy of Amazon Studios

One of the most critically acclaimed series of 2014 is Transparent, and to celebrate its Golden Globe wins, Amazon is letting everyone view the series for free on January 24.

Transparent is the story of a Jewish family whose father is transitioning into a woman named Maura. Other characters include his ex-wife, and their three adult children whose lives are somehow more messed up than their parents.


Get Amazon Prime for Only $72 on Saturday, January 24, 2015

one-year Amazon Prime membership for only $72

Normally Amazon Prime in the US costs $99 a year, but for one day only, on Saturday, January 24, 2015, you can get a one-year Amazon Prime membership for only $72!

And what does this $72 get you?

Prime members get two-day FREE shipping or you can choose a slower method of free shipping and get a $1 digital credit. Residents of a few major cities can now select same day delivery, and take advantage of the new Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.

Prime members have access a huge library of Amazon Instant Video offerings, including HBO series, and Amazon Studio content like critic’s faves Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle.


Marvel Releases Second Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Last night during  ESPN’s College Football National Championship game on TV, Marvel released the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. If, like me, you weren’t watching the game, Marvel thankfully has released the trailer online to watch.

And it’s good. Really good.

It gets a little more in depth than the first trailer did, and quite a bit darker, too. We get an overall sense of foreboding and doom from the clips shown in this trailer.

We also get more footage of Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster suit going at it against each other. That looks like it’s going to be an intense scene.