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Geek Girl in Hollywood: No, critics didn't want to hate 'Suicide Squad'

This week I want to talk about a little something called “Suicide Squad.” I don’t know you, but I’m guessing you had a strong reaction to seeing those words. Maybe you signed the petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes because their aggregate of the reviews for the film don’t give it a high score....

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 7:01pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Hillary's nomination is great for women

I don’t want to make this about politics. If you read my column regularly, you probably know where I stand. What I want to talk about is history being made. This past week, Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated by the Democratic party to run for President of the United States.I wasn’t...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:24pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On the joys of the 'Wonder Woman' trailer

I just spent five days at San Diego Comic-Con, and between covering for sites, filming videos, being on or moderating eight panels, running around in the heat and typing my digits off, it’s all sort of a blur.There was something that stood out, however. I got to see part of “Wonder Woman” on the...

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:23pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Practical advice for San Diego Comic-Con

It’s that time again. Last year I posted a story about not being excited for San Diego Comic-Con, and it seems I wasn’t alone. I was tired of the slog, of waiting in lines, of running all over San Diego and of studios complaining about fans filming footage and posting it online.I’m still dreading...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Pokemon Go will make you happy

Remember last week when I said we need some good news in the face of what’s happening in the world? Well, that’s still true. I’m not going to write about “Ghostbusters” and all the MRA hate. Not that I won’t talk about it in the future, but today, it’s not happening. Instead, I’m going to tell you...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Juno gives 2016 a rare piece of good news

This weekend, my phone started buzzing with alerts. My first reaction was a drop in my stomach, thinking it was going to be more bad news about shootings or bombings or yet another celebrity death. I almost didn’t look. Curiosity, however, got the better of me, and I braced myself for more horror....

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 7:39pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On the villains of 'Game of Thrones'

OK, I admit it. I’m addicted to “Game of Thrones.” This is not news to regular readers of this column, but the sixth season finale surpassed all my expectations. Why? Because all the time we’ve devoted to this show is finally paying off. Yes, there are going to be SPOILERS here. I’m sorry. If you’...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 9:37pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: In praise of collecting

I’m moving to a new apartment. I hate moving; you probably do, too. I’m starting to snarl at packing tape in the grocery store, and my hands are covered in papercuts from cardboard boxes. It’s all I’m talking about this week. (I’m lots of fun at parties.)When I told someone about the 78 boxes I...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 1:13am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On Orlando and the importance of speaking out

I’ve been staring at a blank page for an hour now.E3 is going on. There are a zillion video game announcements, something I usually eat with a ladle, not a spoon. The Tony Awards were last night and I could write about the “Hamilton” juggernaut and how I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 3:53am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Why being politically correct matters

Are you tired of being politically correct all the time? I hear this over and over again when I write stories about women in the geek world. One of my writers just posted a fantastic story about the “X-Men: Apocalypse” ad showing Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique being choked by Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: The rise of female game designers

This weekend, I read a bunch of articles about something that made me really happy. According to a 2015 survey by the International Game Developers Association, we have a lot more female game designers than we used to. In fact, the number has doubled in the past seven years. Women are enrolling in...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 7:03pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Chewbacca Mom' and happy stories

If you’ve been on the internet at all this past week, you’ve likely seen Chewbacca Mom, akaCandace Payne. In a viral video, she filmed herself putting on a Chewbacca mask that she'd bought at Kohl’s. It roars by itself, and her absolute joy and infectious laughter had everyone laughing along with...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:45pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: You couldn't make that movie today

I’d just gotten off a 13-hour flight before sitting down to write this column. I travel a lot, yet have never gotten over being in a tiny metal tube in the sky. After a while, I start to get a bit claustrophobic. I know lots of you watch new releases on the in-flight entertainment system. I have to...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Game of Thrones' is finally getting somewhere

Last weekend, SNL did a skit about the revival of Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” The big joke was exactly how slow everything was going. I have to say, this season wasn’t the right time for it, despite the fact that it was funny. Three episodes in and Season 6 is surging forward at a galloping pace...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Can you keep spoilers out of the press?

Can anything be kept secret in the entertainment world? I’m pretty sure the answer is no. A certain major cable TV show that aired this weekend was just the latest example. I’m not saying what it is, but you probably know all about it. A certain character is alive again, just as fans have been...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 5:48pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Can 'Game of Thrones' reclaim its former glory?

Can “Game of Thrones” recapture its former glory? The first episode of Season 6 seems to tell us it can.My history with the show actually started with the books, which I started reading when they first came out on the recommendation of a friend. He told me that I’d “throw the book across the room...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Yes, there's a female lead in 'Rogue One'

I’ve been traveling for the past week, so this may be a little late, but it’s given me time to confirm that what I saw was not a few internet trolls: People are freaking out about the fact that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars a woman. Well, not just because it stars a woman. It’s because “The...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On nerding out over the 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer

Last weekend, we got a new trailer for the “Harry Potter” prequel (sort of), “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I was at a convention and my schedule was packed to the gills, but after I watched (with my sister Christina, who is as big a “Harry Potter” fan as I am), it was all we could talk...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Neko Atsume is that rare game that chills

I realize that I’m late to the game — literally — on this one, but I am currently obsessed with the Japanese cat collecting app Neko Atsume. If you’re not familiar with it (and I apologize for the hours you’re about to spend playing it), it’s an app from Japan that allows you to feed and amuse...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: A plea for sanity over 'Batman v Superman'

Blockbuster movie season got off to an early start last week when “Batman v Superman” was released in theaters. No, this is not a review. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what I thought of it. There have been endless pieces online, both for and against, and you’ve probably read them all. What...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 5:30pm