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Weekly Recap: Double-Sized, Pumpkin Spice Edition

What’s better than Fall?  Not much, if you ask me.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the cool weather and call me uncool but I look forward to the season of pumpkin spice.  Has America’s obsession with nutmeg gone overboard?  Yes, it has.  But I’m still adding pumpkin spice creamer to my coffee for the next couple of months.

As September winds down, I am coming off a staycation during which I had hoped to get some blogging done.  But you may have noticed, I wasn’t actually minding the store much over the last week or so.  As a result, I missed last week’s not-so-weekly recap (but my yard looks great!).  So it’s time to catch up on everything you may have missed here at Le Blog over the last couple of weeks.

I have decided to change up my usual approach to covering Jestak’s daily birthday articles.  In the past, I listed the headliners and hinted at the other birthdays that could be found inside the articles.  Instead, I am going to name all of the celebrities who are tagged in each article.  That way, readers are less likely to miss the birthday of a personality who didn’t make the headlines this year.  Let me know what you think of the new approach.

We’ve got two weeks to cover, so let’s dive right in:

Week One

Week Two

Over the last couple of weeks, Daffy has shared experiences from his recent Disney World getaway.  The first of five videos focuses on his group’s early morning arrival at the Magic Kingdom which is greatly enhanced by a performance by the Citizens of Main Street.  Then Daffy and his family make their way through some of the highlights of the park working counter-clockwise from Adventureland to Tomorrowland.  Midway through, we take a tour of one of Disney’s most popular (and expensive) hotels, The Polynesian.

Daffy’s final two videos focus on the most recent Disney park, Animal Kingdom.  First, Daffy and company check out the new Avatar-themed land, Pandora.  After soaring through an alien landscape and coasting down a phosphorescent river, the Stardust Trio explored the rest of the park.  Highlights include Expedition Everest and monkeys.  Who doesn’t like monkeys?

Finally, Daffy ranked several (but not all) of his dining experiences at Walt Disney World.  There are so many restaurants on Disney’s property that you would have to be a local to stand a chance of experiencing them all, but Daffy has put together a pretty impressive list of dining options which include something for everyone from adventurous eaters to families who want a visit from Mickey Mouse while eating their scrambled eggs.

Kevthewriter took a look at the career of child star-turned-cautionary tale Amanda Bynes in his latest “Whatever Happened” article.  I must admit that I am almost entirely unfamiliar with Bynes’ work.  I saw her in Easy A and the tabloids.

I spent most of the last week or so chasing after the kids and dogs while running errands and getting the yard ready for Fall.  Fortunately, I had prepped enough articles that you guys may not have missed me all that much.  When I wasn’t weed whacking, I did squeeze in some down time for video games.  So I’ll start off my contributions with my Lego Dimensions write-ups.  First I played through the Goonies Level Pack which I found to be superior to the movie.  Of course, I have never been a fan of the movie.  But I imagine that Goonies fans would enjoy the expansion even more than I did.  Then I tried out two Fun Packs based on non-licensed Lego brands; Lego City and Chima.

I took a week off from Fear the Walking Dead recaps.  Unfortunately I wrote up “La Serpiente” rather than the more eventful “Brother’s Keeper”.  Neither episode was good, so I didn’t feel like it was a major loss to skip a week.  I have to leave a little gas in the tank for when The Walking Dead comes back on.  A few people actually read those recaps.

We finished up what was left of the September Movieline articles.  The last cover story of the month was an interview with Jennifer Love Hewitt just before her movie career flamed out.  As we know, she came out just fine with a lot of TV work.  That 2002 issue also included an interview with costume designer Colleen Atwood who was about to win her first Oscar for her work on Chicago.  Finally there was a profile piece on James Franco who was still playing second fiddle to Tobey Maguire on the Spider-man movies.

Working our way backwards, the September 1997 issue included an interview with Vince Vaughn after Swingers and Jurassic ark had put him on the map.  Vaughn was entering period of career uncertainty from which he would eventually emerge as a comedic leading man.  There was also a pair of profiles on two relatively unknown Australian actors, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce.  American audiences were getting to know these actors thanks to L.A. Confidential.  And the 1992 issue included an interview with New York filmmaker Tom Kalin about his influential biopic, Swoon.

Next Week: It’s back to work for me both at my place of employment and here at Le Blog.  We’ll have another week of birthdays, probably some more videos from Daffy, a Why’d It Bomb from Kev and some Movieline and Lego articles from yours truly.  I am also working on the next WTHH which will be a short one, so there is some slim chance I could have it ready next week.

 

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Posted on October 1, 2017, in Weekly Recap. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just to let you know, Bynes wasn’t in Saved! Have you seen Hairspray 2007 and Easy A? Because that’s what she was in.

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  2. I picked up some Pumpkin flavored Pop Tarts this week. They’re okay.

    Surprisingly enough, I have a friend who has a phobia of apes and monkeys, so she is not likely to check out that specific video. She was appreciative when I warned her to sit on the right side of The Great Movie Ride so she could be far away from Cheetah the monkey in the Tarzan scene.

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    • There are very few Pop Tart flavors that are anything other than okay. I was curious about the pumpkin ones. There are some pumpkin flavored/scented products out there that I just don’t get. Like Pringles. Um… maybe that’s taking a trend too far.

      Monkey phobia is surprising. I can understand being afraid of a live monkey, but a video of a monkey or an animatronic. That, I don’t get.

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