Comic-Con 2020, WonderCon Cancelled in Light of the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Staff Reports For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021. Recognizing that countless…Read moreRead more

Netflix Strikes First-Look Deal with Comic Book and Graphic Novel Publisher BOOM! Studios

By Staff Reports BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind best-selling Eisner Award-winning and fan-beloved comic book franchises, including Lumberjanes, Something is Killing the Children, Once & Future, and Mouse Guard, has signed a two-year TV first look deal with Netflix for live-action and animated series. “BOOM! characters are innately special, they’re colorful, diverse and varied and…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Onward

By Kevin Hoskinson The latest film from Pixar feels like a traditional offering from the studio, but it also sees the animation juggernaut try something a bit different. It hits all of the emotional buttons they are known for, all while exploring a world they have never ventured into before. The movie imagines a world…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Doctor Sleep

By Kevin Hoskinson One would think that a follow up to The Shining, the 1980 film or the original novel, wouldn’t work, and understandably so. The film is a classic piece of cinema, and millions around the world slept with their lights on after reading the book. But leave it to author Stephen King to…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Bloodshot

By Nolan P. Smith I held off on this review until the movie was released digitally, given the current COVID-19 situation with theaters being closed. Now that Bloodshot has hit the digital realm, let’s talk about the first-ever movie featuring a Valiant Comics hero. Directed by Dave Wilson, the film is based on the Valiant…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Jumanji- The Next Level

By Kevin Hoskinson While it’s an entertaining film, the latest in the Jumanji franchise never fires on all cylinders. It’s a film that balances the awe of the world with a mediocre plot and overblown set-pieces. It chooses spectacle over story, which is a shame because the cast is incredible, and the previous film was…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Instant Family

  By Kevin Hoskinson When it comes to movies like Instant Family, it can be a hit or miss affair. Sometimes they are too sappy for their own good, talk down to their audience, or don’t know how to juggle the comedy and drama. Fortunately, for this film, they found a delicate balance between humor…Read moreRead more

Bravestorm Explodes onto DVD and VOD

By Staff Reports Two families must join forces to save Earth in timeline-hopping mecha-action film, BraveStorm, which makes its U.S. debut on DVD and VOD on April 7! Written and directed by Junya Okabe (TV’s “Blader”), the film stars Shunsuke Daitô (TV’s “Fringe Man”, “Tokyo Alice”) alongside Shu Watanabe (TV’s “Security of Justice”, “Giver: Revenge’s…Read moreRead more

“Free The Three”: 3 From Hell Review

  By Kevin Hoskinson From the twisted mind of Rob Zombie comes the third installment in the disturbing saga of the Firefly family. Starting in 2003 with “House Of 1,000 Corpses” and continuing in “The Devil’s Rejects,” Zombie has continued the story in “3 From Hell”, a captivating, if not conventional (by his standards) horror…Read moreRead more

Sonic The Hedgehog Debuts Early on Digital March 31 and 4K, Blu-ray, DVD on May 19

By Staff Reports Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc…Read moreRead more

A Statement from Pastrami Nation Regarding the Coronavirus, Pop Culture and More

By Nolan P. Smith Editor I have watched the world change in a matter of days, as we all have. It went from precautions to self-isolation and social distancing in the blink of an eye. First and foremost, I hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy. What we are seeing is a nation driven…Read moreRead more

The Invisible Man (2020) Review

By Kevin Hoskinson Director Leigh Wanell’s updated version of Universal’s “The Invisible Man” is a pulse-pounding experiment in tension and horror. It exceeds expectations while also subverting modern horror tropes. It’s not an easy movie to watch, especially if you have been a victim of domestic violence or any abuse, but it’s a great movie…Read moreRead more

Disney Halting Production of Live-Action Films

By Kevin Hoskinson Disney announced that they are halting production on all of their live-action films currently filming. They had multiple projects in the works, both for “Disney+” and theatrical release. Some of the films affected are: “The Last Duel” from Ridley Scott, “Nightmare Alley” from Guillermo Del Toro, and “The Little Mermaid” from Rob…Read moreRead more

Pop Culture Crash: Major Events, Theme Parks, Movies and More Canceled or Postponed Due to Coronavirus

By Kevin Hoskinson First and foremost, our thoughts are with those affected by the Coronavirus around the world, and we are hoping this all comes to an end very soon. With the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) becoming more widespread across the globe, certain precautions are being taken to help contain it. While the CDC and the…Read moreRead more

“This is the Way” Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Brings Pop Cultures Biggest Stars to Las Vegas in 2020

By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– As announced exclusively via ComicBook.com, Amazing Comic Conventions LLC is excited to announce that AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON! is returning to Las Vegas from June 26th to 28th with a FIRST WAVE of headline talent from Disney+ and Lucas Film’s The Mandalorian, Funimation’s My Hero Academia as well as…Read moreRead more

Check Out the My Big Break Almost Podcast with Spencer Wilding

By Staff Reports We wanted to share this great interview with Spencer Wilding, the man who brought Darth Vader to life Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! An accomplished kickboxer and actor, Wilding overcame a lot on his journey to the silver screen. Check out the interview below, and look for an interview with Spencer…Read moreRead more

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Review

By Kevin Hoskinson If you were a random person on the street and asked me what I knew about “My Hero Academia” before I saw this film, I would tell you these things: It’s an anime, there are characters named Deku and All Might, and it takes place (mostly) in a school. Oh, and there’s…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Sonic The Hedgehog

By Kevin Hoskinson In the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise “Sonic The Hedgehog,” Sonic must speed his way to San Fransisco to save himself and his best friend, Tom. Right behind them is the villainous Dr. Robotnik, who will stop at nothing to take down the speedy blue hedgehog and find out…Read moreRead more

NO TIME TO DIE – Listen to Billie Eilish’s Theme Song for the New Bond Movie

By Staff Reports Today, five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest song, No Time To Die, the official theme song to the upcoming James Bondfilm. The song was produced by her brother; fellow multi GRAMMY® Award-winning FINNEAS alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny Marr. No Time To Die comes ahead of the film’s global release, which hits…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Birds Of Prey

By Kevin Hoskinson In 2016, Warner Bros and DC debuted “Suicide Squad,” a film that was met with divisive reviews but did decently at the box office. While the film was a so-so affair, it showcased characters we hadn’t seen on the big screen before. Most notably, it was the live-action debut of one Harley…Read moreRead more

Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscar Awards for Joker- Watch His Inspirational Speech

By Nolan P. Smith At last night’s Oscars, there were plenty of amazing moments and speeches. But the one that stood out the most for me personally was Joaquin Phoenix’s speech after winning ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for his portrayal in Joker. His speech was emotional, inspirational and authentic. Check it out below,…Read moreRead more

Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning and Salma Hayek Star in THE ROADS NOT TAKEN | Watch the Official Trailer

By Nolan P. Smith Check out the trailer for The Roads Not Taken, hitting theaters March 13th! Bleecker Street will release THE ROADS NOT TAKEN in theaters, following the World Premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. Sally Potter’s THE ROADS NOT TAKEN follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and…Read moreRead more

Sci-fi short ‘The Long Dig’ starring Kate Hackett, Cliff Simon and more premieres on Fangirl Nation

By Staff Reports Fangirl Nation has shared an exclusive first look at the short sci-fi film The Long Dig, starring Kate Hackett (Classic Alice), Paul Todd (Candice, Classic Alice), Sarah Cortez (Dear White People, Angie Tribeca) and Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1, NCIS). The film was directed by Tom R. Pike (Personal Space) and written by…Read moreRead more

Hero Collector Debuts Doctor Who Baking Sets

By Staff Reports Hero Collector – designers, manufacturers, and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture – is joining the baking community with its latest Doctor Who collection; baking sets to help fans create treats that are officially out-of-this-world! These baking sets form part of Hero Collector’s new handicrafts range, with…Read moreRead more

Podcast this Saturday, Feb. 1st at 8:00 p.m. on Facebook

By Nolan P. Smith This Saturday, we have a big announcement! Make sure to tune in on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pastramination/) at 8pm PST! ALSO, it is your chance to win FREE food from Apollo Restaurant, as well as a ticket to the upcoming JayZoMon Pop Culture Expo in Victorville! Don’t miss it!

The High Desert Gets its Own Comic Con with JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo on February 8th

By Nolan P. Smith Editor For years, the High Desert has hoped for a comic con to take place right here in our community. On February 8th, it finally happens as JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo debuts at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. Attendees can expect a plethora of things to enjoy with vendors, celebrities, comic…Read moreRead more

1917 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson  From Sam Mendes, the director of American Beauty and Skyfall, comes an epic story of honor, friendship, and determination in the face of war. He once again teams with genius cinematographer Roger Deakins and creates a story that is equal parts inspirational and harrowing but also feels very familiar. The plot of…Read moreRead more

The Grudge (2020) Review

  By Kevin Hoskinson “When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage… a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.” This is the basic premise of the Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge. That idea carried on into the…Read moreRead more

Jojo Rabbit Review

By Kevin Hoskinson Director Taika Waititi’s last outing as director attempted to inject some fun into a superhero franchise that was known for its melodramatic and dark tone. It turns out he has a knack for it, as “Thor: Ragnarok” is regarded as the best film in the franchise so far, and it cemented him…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Expo Takes Place This Weekend

By Staff Reports The highly-anticipated 10th edition of the Long Beach Comic Expo is here and MAD Event Management LLC — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — is delighted to announce the full program guide. Taking place January 11 and 12 at the Long Beach Convention Center, #LBCE2020 is poised to…Read moreRead more