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    Unboxing & Giveaway ~ Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV & CHARGE

    The COMET TV and CHARGE! March Prize Pack is perfect for binging some classic films and TV Shows!

    If you like free stuff and Kickboxer films The Mommy Gamers have you covered with this new giveaway from COMET TV and their new network CHARGE! CHARGE! is a new free broadcast network featuring action programming including movies, series and sports entertainment. They sent us a box of goodies to celebrate all the fun things they have happening on both those networks.

    There is an awesome best of the worst marathon happening at COMET TV happening in March, and an awesome giveaway for one of YOU as well. If you want to know what is in the giveaway check out this unboxing video.

     

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    CHARGE! punches it’s way into our lives with an awesome Kickboxer marathon!

    All five films will be shown Monday-Friday, March 26-30 at 6/5C – including the original Van Damme movie that started it all!

    The roundhouse kicks begin March 26 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer
    Saturday, March 10 at 10/9C
    Monday, March 26 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
    Saturday, March 10 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Tuesday, March 27 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
    Saturday, March 17 at 10/9C
    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor
    Saturday, March 17 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Thursday, March 29 at 6/5C

    The Redemption: Kickboxer 5
    Saturday, March 24 at 10/9C
    Friday, March 30 at 6/5C

     

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    “BEST WORST MOVIES” in March

    COMET TV is rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

    Creature (1985)
    Gargoyles (1972)
    Jaws of Satan (1982)
    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Monster Dog (1984)
    Reptilicus (1962)
    The Milpitas Monster (1976)
    Vicious Lips (1986)

    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Cyberpunk might be all the rage right now, but Johnny Mnemonic was doing it before it was cool. Keanu Reeves stars as a data courier who traffics top secret information via an implant in his brain. Sounds cool, right? Not when that data ends up acting like a virus that could kill you dead if you don’t get the passwords in time.

    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

     

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

    Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV, CHARGE, and The Mommy Gamers

    Comment below and tell us which Kickboxer film is your favorite, or just make a silly comment for extra luck in the giveaway.

    *Giveaway open to the US. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner must submit their address by April 5th or prize will go to the next winner. Assets were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote COMET TV & CHARGE. We also think their content is awesome so make sure to go check it out and give their sites some support so these contests can keep happening.

     

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

     

    In Episode 171 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are joined by Jon Hydeman, aka The1Jon. Jon is a freelance game/software tester, a daddy, a huge Destiny fan, and an all around great guy. They chat a LOT about Destiny 2, and also Uncharted Lost Legacy, Conan Exile, and Last Day of June. Also…surprisingly enough, this week we do NOT talk about butts. You’re welcome.

    Shout out to our newest Patreon supporter Christey aka PlasticBob! You can check out her Twitch channel here. If you love our show, and want to support us and get fun rewards including a shout out on the next podcast, you can join our Patreon community here.

    Also, you don’t have to come back here every week to get the latest podcast. You can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on iHeart RadioGoogle Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to catch the live streams on Twitch and follow them us on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook too!

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    Richard Hatch: The Heart of BSG Goes Missing

    As a child, I think you connect with role models and heroes in a way that you don’t when you’re grown up. You’re learning about yourself, finding your passions, figuring out where you fit in. You attach yourself to people you see on screen, relating to them in deeply profound ways and perhaps not understanding exactly where reality detaches from fantasy. Those characters become a touchstone for your life. As you get older, you may grow out of that intense passion for your heroes, but they’ve left an indelible mark that never quite fades. 

For me, Apollo of “Battlestar Galactica” is one of those icons.

    I was just eight years old when the series first started airing on ABC, and I have hazy but fond memories of sitting in my living room in front of a console TV, watching a traitor named Baltar give silver robots orders from a high pedestal in a dark room. I have clearer memories of reruns being aired every single weekend throughout my entire childhood, into my mid-teens, even though BSG was canceled after just one high-profile season. I watched the series over and over again. I’ve probably seen every episode of the 1978 series 50 times.

    Two Apollos – Jamie Bamber and Richard Hatch

    One of the show’s main actors was Richard Hatch, who played Apollo, and who died this week. He was my first star crush. I was way too young to think of Luke or Han as potential crushes, when I saw “Star Wars” at age 6. And I’ve always been more drawn to strong female characters than male ones. This means that though Apollo was my first crush, I always wanted him for Sheba, played by Anne Lockhart – not for myself. That was my first ‘ship. Not that we had a name for it in those days.

    By the time I met Richard Hatch in person, I was too wise to the ways of the world to expect this actor to be anything like the character he portrayed, and he isn’t – exactly. The two are both dark and handsome and charismatic. Apollo is serious and uncorruptible, the brooding hero that good girls like me dreamed of. Richard Hatch is outgoing, fun, and easy to hang with. In my limited encounters with him, his charm has seemed more what I’d expect from Apollo’s fictional co-conspirator Starbuck, played by Dirk Benedict.

    I’ve been told that girls either gravitated to Starbuck or Apollo. This told you pretty much everything you needed to about said girl – and I was an Apollo girl. Whatever that says about me. This didn’t change after I met the man who played him. That was on the 2008 Galacticruise, celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary. I am just one of many fans who experienced the Hatch charm, and found my love for BSG revitalized by his clear passion for the series, even after all these years.

    Richard Hatch has a way with people. In my journal from 2008, I say that he’s “handsomer in person,” which is very unlike me. But his attractiveness is more than skin-deep. He makes every single person feel special. You know, at first I thought it was just me – wow, he really thinks I’m cool, I thought. But nope. It turns out he’s that way with everyone. Just ask anyone who’s ever met him. It’s easy to react positively to that vigorous, yet authentic charm, and to be enthusiastic about whatever Hatch is enthusiastic about.

    Photo from last summer, courtesy of Richard’s friend and publicist Mina Frannea

    And some of his enthusiasm has always been reserved for BSG – the story, the characters, and the family that has grown up around the series over decades, which expanded when the newer SyFy reboot entered the fold. Over the years, he’s spent much of his time and energy campaigning for another version of the series, being an ambassador for the show, and otherwise strengthening the bonds between BSG and its fans. It has been his life’s work, in a way. The fact that he ended up playing Tom Zarek in the new BSG was simply – fitting.

    I’ve met him once or twice at conventions since then, because he’s always going to them all over the world, and I interviewed him just a little over a year ago. He remains one of the most approachable actors I’ve ever spoken with, and I’ve interviewed my share. I also took one of his acting seminars. Now I’m no actor, and I have no pretensions that I’d ever be good at it, but here’s what I remember learning during that experience: acting is a lot like life. You may not be a professional actor, but the techniques used to improve one’s acting ability can help you work through your feelings and establish self-esteem. You can break through the fear that’s sapping your energy, poisoning your attitude, and holding you back from discovering your best self.

    I know, it all sounds like cliched self-help stuff, but I can’t do justice to his actual words. When Richard Hatch said it, it was quite moving and very inspiring. And I’m a cynical Gen X-er so that means something. It’s not so much the words I remember as the kindness, and the sincerity, behind it. He really wanted to help us achieve our dreams.

    I have come to know firsthand how amazing, interesting, and generous the BSG community is. This is no accident. The fans have had, as their champion, a man who who truly believes in the BSG story – its “heart and soul, and spirit,” as he described it to me in an interview in 2015. In a very real way, Richard Hatch was the heart and soul and spirit of the BSG fandom, and he will be missed. Those of us who were “Apollo girls,” or kids who aspired to be like him in a world that needs heroes, will not forget.

    And Apollo, that upright, good, honest man who saw so much darkness but imparted so much hope, may very well be waking up on that Ship of Lights again. At last.

    Click here for a Nerdist video paying tribute to Richard Hatch. And click here to go to the article I wrote on BSG, “A Fan History of Battlestar Galactica,” which explains Hatch’s contributions to BSG fandom (and a lot of other things…).

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    Carrie Fisher: Our Princess is in Another Castle

    I’ve been trying to find the strength to write this for a few days now. Every time I would try to start, I hit an emotional wall and couldn’t find the strength. Different people are touched in different ways by the lives of celebrities they love. They are inspired or driven in their lives by those they see as their heroes. Carrie Fisher was such a celebrity to many. She was so much to so many, including myself.

    The Mommy Gamers Carrie Fisher Star Wars

    She was a princess.

    For many of us who loved her, it all began when we first saw her in Star Wars. Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Princess Leia Organa was not typical of what we had seen in princesses up until then. Leia was strong, could take care of herself, and was not at all a damsel in distress. She was someone who I looked up to so much. I was a serious tomboy when I was younger, and it made me feel so good to know there was an actual princess who was just as tough as I wanted to be.

    The Mommy Gamers Carrie Fisher Princess Leia

    She was tough and could save herself.

    On a personal note, being named after a horror story was not always easy for me. However, one thing I was always able to hold onto was that I also shared a name with Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. It helped me emotionally shield myself from the awkwardness I felt sharing a name with a telekinetic psychopath. Carrie Fisher gave me someone to look up to as a little girl who gave me a sense of pride I just couldn’t find anywhere else.

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    Dat smile.

    Beyond a galaxy far far away though, Carrie Fisher was so much more. She was also an inspiration to anyone who has battled personal demons. She struggled with mental illness and addiction, and was open about both. Her strength has helped many, including myself, to find help when they needed it. Despite her struggles, she never lost her humor. Just another testament to the amazing strength that was Carrie Fisher. If you haven’t seen her stage show, Wishful Drinking, I highly recommend it. It’s currently streaming on HBO GO.

    Carrie Fisher The Mommy Gamers

    She could always poke fun at herself.

    Carrie Fisher was also an extremely accomplished writer. Her most famous work, Postcards From the Edge, was a semi-autobiographical novel Fisher later developed for the big screen. The novel was an outlet for her to discuss not only her struggles with addiction, but also her relationship with her mother. The film adaptation, which she wrote the screenplay for, won two Academy Awards, 3 BAFTAs, and 3 Golden Globes. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it enough.

    She wrote an Oscar winning movie.

    My heart aches for her daughter, Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), who has also lost her grandmother, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ In the Rain). A mother should never have to outlive one of her children, and yet it happens all too often. Her last wishes were to be with Carrie again, and I’m happy she is at peace with her little girl.

    She was always herself, and never apologized for who she was.

    All in all, Carrie Fisher is the most inspirational celebrity I’ve ever known of. She helped me deal with low self esteem when I was younger, and has inspired me to never compromise who I am now that I’m older. She was a true force of nature and will be deeply missed. I want to end this piece with Fisher’s instructions on how her obituary should read:

    I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

    RIP Carrie Fisher 1956-2016. How has Carrie Fisher touched your life? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

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    The Kids From Stranger Things Reviewing Retro Toys Gives Me Life

    I’ve made it no secret how much I love Stranger Things. If you aren’t aware, read how excited I was to hear it was renewed here. A huge part of what makes Stranger Things so magical are the incredibly talented child actors who served as stars of the show. These kids have incredible careers ahead of them, and I can’t wait to follow each and every one.

    Earlier today, Buzzfeed released a video of the kids from Stranger Things reviewing retro toys. It is the most amazing video I have seen in a while. Caleb McLaughlin (who played Lucas), Millie Bobby Brown (who played Eleven), and Gaten Matarazzo (who played everyone’s favorite toothless hero, Dustin) review everything from Pop Rocks to Furby and more. Check it out for yourself below.

    These kids are seriously too adorable. What was your favorite part of the video? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Fall TV Is Returning Soon

    It can’t start soon enough
    Supernatural

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    Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles, Mark Sheppard and Jared Padalecki photographed on the Supernatural set in Vancouver, Canada on August 23, 2016
    Photograph by Matthias Clamer
    Hair: Jennifer Manton; Makeup: Trisha Porter; Wardrobe: Kerry Weinrauch; Props: Karolina Grant; Production: Susan Milne

    The new Fall TV seasons are about to start, and I can’t wait. I think one of the most miserable times of year is the time in between television seasons. Shows always leave on the most excruciating cliffhangers, and then you have to wait months to see what happens next. For those of you who haven’t gotten caught up on everything yet, I will leave spoilers out. I’m going to give a list of shows with very vague descriptions of the closure I need from them.

    Supernatural – I mean… who was that chick? And what are they going to do now that [Redacted] is back? Where did [Redacted] and [Redacted] really go? Will we find out? And of course, the biggie… is [Redacted] ok??? It’s got me all emotional.

    Dean Winchester

    The Vampire Diaries – It’s the last season, so how are they going to wrap things up? Is [Redacted] going to return to finish up her story line? And what the heck was in the basement? What is going on with [Redacted] and [Redacted]?? I’m so worried about these things, guys, you don’t even know.

    Loki Demands Answers

    The Originals – Last season ended with everything in turmoil. I’ve already seen a little bit of the next season, and I know they are doing a time jump of several years. It makes sense, seeing as how The Vampire Diaries also recently jumped in time a bit. I’m guessing they are going to continue to try to keep the stories running parallel to each other. But how are they going to resolve what happened? Is [Redacted] going to come to his senses and stop being such an insufferable jerk?

    Klaus

    Sleepy Hollow – I almost gave up on this show. The death of [Redacted] still doesn’t sit well with me. However, I still am intensely curious as to where they take the show from there. Who were the people who picked Ichabod up at the end? Where is [Redacted]’s soul? Does this leave room for the character to return? They really better wow me with whatever they do, though, because I’m still pretty mad.

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    The Walking Dead – Honestly, I’m only half excited for this season. I know, I know, I know… I just… I’m a little bitter that people keep giving Jeffrey Dean Morgan stuff to do. He’s said repeatedly he would return to Supernatural if he ever has the time. People keep casting him in stuff, though! I should be happy for an actor finding work… and I am… I just wish it was different work. Other than that I am interested to know who Negan’s victim was. I have an idea, because I’ve read the comics, but they’ve strayed so far off that path there’s really no telling. It just better not have been Daryl. I -WILL- riot. Seriously, though.. the boys need their father.

    John Winchester

    Hell’s Kitchen – There’s no cliffhanger here, but my love for all shows Gordon Ramsay runs deep. This is one I can’t wait to start up again. I’ve been watching old seasons in preparation.

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    iZombie – The season finale changed everything. Where are they going to go from there? Who are these new players and what is their agenda? What will the group dynamic be like now that [Redacted] knows all about zombies? Will [Redacted] forgive [Redacted] for seemingly ruining her career? Will she be told about everything now that there is such a massive threat on the loose? I am so excited to find out!

    Excited Ravi

    Sherlock – AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! That’s really all I can say about that. I’m not even going to elaborate at all, because the whole thing is all just too emotional. If you want to share in my feelings, and haven’t seen the Series 4 promo yet, you can check it out below.

    That’s my list. I would have put Game of Thrones on here as well, but that season doesn’t start until next year. These are the shows that are coming out within the next few months that I am the most excited about. Did I miss any you would have added? Do you feel my pain in waiting for any of these to return? Let me know in the comments below!

     

     

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    Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Officially Renewed For Season 2

    Season 2 is coming, and I can’t wait.

    Stranger Things

    It’s official, Stranger Things has been renewed for a second season on Netflix. Created by the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, Stranger Things is the TV version of a King/Spielberg/Carpenter love child that every 80’s horror fan always wanted. Set in the 1980’s, the show follows a group of young boys as they go on an adventure to save their friend after he goes missing. Along the way they meet the mysterious Eleven, a girl their age who has escaped from a secret lab where she has been tested on her entire life. She has telekinetic abilities and a mysterious link to a monster that is plaguing the city.

    The Duffers have confirmed that much of the original cast will be returning along with some new additions for the second season. Also, whereas the first season felt much like an 80’s movie, the second season will feel more like a blockbuster sequel. Matt Duffer explained to Entertainment Weekly that James Cameron was a big influence while writing season 2.

    Watch the teaser trailer below, which lists the episode names for all of season 2.

    If you haven’t checked it out yet, Stranger Things season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Let us know what you think about the show in the comments and on our Twitter!

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    Remember When The VMAs Were Actually Good?

    The 2016 VMAs Are Tonight And I Couldn’t Care Less

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    The 2016 VMAs (Video Music Awards) are on MTV tonight, and I am having a really hard time caring. Granted, this might be because I’m “just too old” for that sort of thing, but honestly I feel as if it’s more than that. I am not ashamed to admit that I listen to a top 40 radio station most of the time, and so it definitely is not something that can be blamed on not liking the music. The VMAs honestly just aren’t what they used to be.

    Today’s VMAs seem to be less about the performances, or even the awards, and more about the drama surrounding them. “What crazy thing is Miley going to wear?” or “Who is going to call out who on stage?” are the questions that seem to top our minds when we think about MTV’s awards show. I remember a time, though, when the main question on my mind was, “I wonder who is going to have the most over the top performance?”

    What do you think? Do you remember how the VMAs used to be? Do you still watch them? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook. Until then, I’ll leave you with a video from the time when the VMAs were actually worth watching.

     

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