The Museum of Selfies Lights Up Los Angeles

It’s a museum unlike any other, and perhaps it’s fitting that it has made its home in Los Angeles, the city perhaps best known for boasting a bit of narcissism. The Museum of Selfies opened up with great fanfare on March 31. Located on a nondescript corner of Brand Boulevard in Glendale, this museum hosts what it known to be the world’s longest selfie stick, in addition to a whole array of other exciting oddities.

For Game of Thrones fans, there is an “iron throne” composed of phones and tripods. Some of the other interesting exhibits include an optical illusion room that has been crafted with only white walls and black tape. Fans of classical art will enjoy the hilarious homage to David, in which the famous figure holds up a mobile phone to check his appearance. At the grand opening event, actresses Amber Hubert and Kimberly Trew were the first to receive “selfie cookies” compliments of the museum. Posing for a quick photo op, they were amazed to see their faces portrayed on a sugar cookie just a few moments later.

Beyond the velvet ropes, one could also experience a brief history of the selfie. From the first daguerreotype selfie to a primate posing with a knowing smile, the museum is full of fascinating selfie events in world history. For those who enjoy posing with eye-catching objects, there are many available at this gallery. From giant sushi pieces and a huge broccoli floret to a Volkswagen made of mirror-like material, there truly is something for every kind of selfie taker. However, this museum won’t be around forever. The limited engagement ends on May 31, so those who want to get their selfie time in should nab their tickets before this artistic exhibit ends.

Spider-Man, Iron Man’s Relationship in “Infinity War”

In an interview with Screen Rant, the directors of Avengers: Infinity War discussed how the relationship between Tony Stark/Iron Man and Peter Parker/Spider-Man continues to evolve during the film.

“And [Tony] still has this connection with Spider-Man that he’s established, and that evolves,” said Anthony Russo, who is co-directing the film with his brother, Joe. “And they basically have a unique mentor-mentee relationship that continues to evolve as they move into this film.”

Iron Man was the first superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Spider-Man was a late arrival, only premiering in Phase 3. After a brief cameo semi-drafted to help Tony in Captain America: Civil War, Peter went on to star in his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Tony as a major supporting character.

That movie made Tony into Peter’s mentor, trying to protect him while assuaging his own guilt for his actions in the previous episode. In some ways they even had a father/son dynamic, which also occurred in the original Civil War comic, albeit with a less friendly ending for the two.

In addition, in the MCU Tony provided Peter with his spider-suit, as opposed to him making it himself as in the comics; it has all sorts of nifty new abilities as a result. It has been confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War will have Spider-Man don the Iron Spider suit, which some believe is could set up Tony’s final retirement from heroics at the end of Phase 3.

It remains to be seen exactly what will happen between Tony and Peter, and really, between Tony and all of his fellow superheroes; many are still angry at him for his actions in Captain America: Civil War.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Break from Tradition

Another royal wedding is bearing down on us, and the prince and his fiancée are busily painting glamorous touches on the wedding of the year.

When Prince William married Lady Middleton, much was expected of him. The eldest son of the heir to the throne, William has always been keenly aware of his sense of duty. His nuptials with Kate Middleton were a high-profile affair, and much of it was done according to British custom.

Prince Harry has been in the public eye as long as his brother, but being the younger son affords him many more liberties. Where Prince William married a well-respected Englishwoman from a good family, Harry is betrothed to an American actress.

It seems that at least some elements of their wedding will also break from tradition, not the least of which is the wedding cake. Fruitcake is not particularly popular in the United States, typically only sold during the holiday season. But across the pond, fruitcake is one of the most popular desserts in Britain.

As a result, fruitcake is traditionally served during a royal reception. Harry’s brother served fruitcake, as did his mother, the late Princess Diana, decades before. Harry and Meghan have decided to break from tradition, however, and will instead be serving a lemon elderflower cake.

The baker commissioned to make the cake is Claire Ptak, a native Californian who runs the Violet Bakery in London. Ms. Markle already knew the chef from a prior connection, which no doubt influenced the couple’s decision.

A lemon elderflower cake make break from tradition, but there is little doubt that the cake will be both lovely and delicious.

We Might Have to Say Goodbye to a Fun Part of Your Childhood Soon

Whether you love them or hate them, candy hearts have been a staple in most peoples lives ever since their childhood. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like cracking open that tiny cardboard box and instantly seeing brightly colored hearts. These little boxes have been found in classrooms across the country. These hearts are also how many professed their love to their crush.

You know you were about to get serious with your crush if one of them slid one of those candy hearts towards you that read “Be Mine.” It was always fun to respond with a different one such as “XoXo” or “Call me.”

It seems that dreams will soon be crushed for all those who relied on these little hearts to flirt with their crush and send a message of love. Necco could soon close the factory that produces these, says GrubStreet. If they do, that’s bad news for Valentine’s Day fanatics. They need to find a buyer by May 6 if they want to stay in business and continue making candy-lovers happy. If you’re someone who relies on these hearts to have a swell Valentine’s Day then you might need to step up in help. Who wouldn’t want to buy a candy factory especially one that’s been a staple of most people’s childhoods?

Whether you loved the taste or thought they tasted like chalk, most people can agree on one thing. It’s sad to see something that’s been a novelty for so long go. These fun hearts have been how so many relationships and memories started. Without them, Valentine’s Day might feel empty next year. Hopefully someone with a big sweet tooth will step up to help in a big way. I don’t want to imagine a world without candy hearts in them. They’re comforting, fun, and bring up fond childhood memories.

Sioux Falls Woman Writes Novel in Tire Shop

Writing a novel isn’t easy. I should know; I’ve started half a dozen of them, and none one of them is finished. It’s not enough just to have a good idea. You have to know how to follow through with it. Finding the inspiration and wherewithal to write 50,000 or 60,000 or 100,000 pages isn’t easy!

One woman found inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources. Amy Daws of Sioux Falls, South Dakota checked into the local Tires Tires Tires for a routine tire change, but she had an ulterior motive on her mind. Like many a writer, she was struggling to make progress in her latest book, and was hoping to make some headway while she was waiting.

As it turned out, Amy found a surge of creativity while she waited, writing more than she had in a long time. Eager to keep her streak going, she contacted all her friends and family in need of an oil change, offering to help them out so she could get some more quality writing time.

Eventually she ran out of friends, but he found a new one in the general manager, Gary Michaels. He contacted Amy and told her she was free to write in their customer comfort center whenever she needed to. Michaels even told her she was free to use Tires Tires Tires for a local book signing!

All’s well as ends well, as the saying goes: Amy Daws found the perfect place to finish her novel, the tire store made a good name for itself in the relatively small city, and the world was gifted with another novel.

President Thomas Jefferson once said, “I cannot live without books.” May all the tired writers looking for inspiration find their own tire shop to write in.

Black Panther Most Tweeted About Movie in History

After already having broken numerous records even prior to its first screening, Marvel’s Black Panther is back in the headlines once again for becoming the most tweeted about movie in history.

According to Twitter’s announcement, this record came after the film garnered over 35 million tweets and counting discussing it recently. While data on how tweets are being counted has not been revealed, it can be confirmed that the majority of the attention came from the United States. This seems to be in large part due to the massive social media attention the film has gotten, with popular hashtags like #BlackPantherSoLit and #WakandaForever being easy ways for fans to get involved outside the theater.

By breaking this record, Black Panther managed to surpass both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in tweets, something virtually unthinkable for a new media franchise even if it’s connected to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless of who has the record, though, Disney is the real winner, as it is the owner of both franchises now and any online buzz for these properties only helps to promote their future cinematic endeavors.

At the time of this writing, Black Panther has earned an estimated $1.2 billion in theaters and is still going strong over a month after its debut, which saw it rake in $242 million over four days as the second highest grossing four day weekend opening of all time. As the highest grossing film of 2018 so far, it seems like it will be hard to beat by anything but another Marvel film, though even that seems shaky depending on how much momentum the film continues to have going forward.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Chosen a Surprising Wedding Cake

A royal wedding is fast approaching, and the soon-to-be newlyweds have gotten one of the most important details out of the way. Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen chef Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery to make their wedding cake.

The Huffington Post reports that the cake will not be the traditional fruit cake that royal weddings are known for. Instead, the couple has chosen a lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream frosting. With their wedding being on May 19, the couple has asked the chef to incorporate spring flavors into their cake. Keeping with the spring theme, the cake will be decorated with fresh flowers.

Markle is familiar with Ptak, having interviewed her in the past for her lifestyle website, The Tig. Markle shut down her website after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced. She also deactivated all of her social media accounts and only uses the royal’s social media accounts to make announcements.

Ptak is a California native like Markle, and she believes in using only fresh, organic ingredients in her baked goods. Prior to opening her own bakery, Ptak worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Upon moving to Britain, she operated a market stall at the Broadway Market in east London.

Like Ptak, the royal couple believes in food sustainability and using organic ingredients. While their main wedding cake may be non-traditional, there’s still a chance that the groom’s cake will be more in line with what royal weddings are known for. Prince William had a chocolate biscuit cake, which is rumored to be a favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s.

Ptak is said to be delighted that the royal couple has chosen her to make their wedding cake and is looking forward to being part of this exciting event.

Blue’s Clues Needs a New Steve, and it Might be You

Anyone who grew up in 90’s likely has fond memories of the Nickelodeon children’s show Blue’s Clues. If you happen to want to relive your childhood and have the ability to act, though, the role of a lifetime might just be yours for the taking.

To coincide with an announced revival of the series, Nick has recently release a casting call for a new Steve starting on April 18, 2018. According to the listing, the company is looking for men and women of all ethnicities, generally between the ages of 18 and 25, who can host the show during its 20 episode revival (and potentially beyond).

Continuing, they state they are looking for those with a background in comedy, a natural in front of the camera, and the ability to make those watching at home “feel important, respected, and smart.” Being able to sing, play guitar, or juggle are also seen as a plus.

Since it began in 1996, Blue’s Clues has been a beloved childhood staple for generations of kids, due in no small part to the character of Steve as the charismatic, fun, and relatable protagonist that helped to lead the young viewers through each episode’s adventure with tenderness and care.

This would not be the first time the host of the show was recast, as the original Steve (played by actor Steve Burns) left the show after about 100 episodes for personal reasons, with Joe (Donovan Patton), Steve’s younger brother in the show, coming in to take his place. As neither will be reprising their roles for the revival series, it only makes sense for Nick to try to cast a wide net to find a worth replacement.

If you happen to be the kind of energetic, funny, and outgoing person with a love of children’s television and a healthy does of 90’s nostalgia, this might just be the break you’ve been looking for.

“Goosebumps” Sequel Casts New Actors

Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, and Wendi McLendon-Covey are set to join the cast of the Goosebumps sequel, which is expected to be titled Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge.

Jeong appeared as a gangster in the Hangover movies and as Ben Chang in Community; he is also set to start to appear in Crazy Rich Asians. Parnell appears in ABC’s Grown-ish and voices father Jerry Smith in Rick and Morty, while McLendon-Covey is best known for her parts in Bridesmaids and The Goldbergs.

Based on the popular children’s horror series from the 1990s and early 2000s, the movie Goosebumps was released in 2015, starring Jack Black as a fictional version of the books’ author, R.L. Stine. In that film, he had special magic copies of his novellas that could be opened to release the monsters inside; naturally their most evil member, the living ventriloquist dummy Slappy, breaks the rest out and they rampage through a town.

It is currently unknown what parts any of these actors may be playing in the upcoming sequel. Originally titled Goosebumps: HorrorLand, the film has been delayed and seems to be undergoing some major shifts in plot. Current word is that the sequel may not include any of the protagonists from the original movie, possibly even including Black’s version of Stine.

Whatever their roles will be, fans can find some hope in the choices for actors. The Goosebumps books were not, in the end, very scary, and the original movie was more of a comedy meant to stroke the now-adult viewers’ nostalgia more than any attempt at horror. This bevy of comedy actors can presumably bring some laughs to the new film.

“A Wrinkle in Time” Reviews: An Epic But Flawed Movie

The review embargo has ended for A Wrinkle in Time, the new film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 children’s novel. The overall consensus seems to be that it provides an amazing, visually impressive scope of different settings and worlds, but is unable to bring the emotional complexity at the heart of the story.

A Wrinkle in Time would be a very hard story to adapt, and indeed, some of the reviews complain that the movie largely consists of sci-fi exposition, much like the book does. Whether or not it still manages to work seems to depend on the viewer. The general opinion seems to be that Storm Reid, who plays protagonist Meg, has legitimate talent and manages to make her role interesting, but that this is covering for an arc that often takes a backseat to the plot, which can be both crazy but also slow and confusing.

This seems to be the main thrust of a lot of the reviews: the characters remain fairly static, and some, such as the highly advertised “witches” (played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey) ultimately only exist to provide exposition.

Nevertheless, many of the reviews emphasize the story’s hopeful message, as well as Reid/Meg herself as a new hero for young children. There is some indication, however, that the movie may have changed the book’s moral at least somewhat. The novel is unabashedly Christian, as a sort of liberal, science fantasy version of The Chronicles of Narnia; according to IndieWire’s David Ehrlich, this version skews more humanist. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on your particular ideology.

It remains to be seen if viewer reactions will be as mixed, but for now here is what the critics have to say.