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In less than a month, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure makes its debut, taking over the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Celebrating pop culture and fandom of all sorts, this one-of-a-kind entertainment experience is set to immerse attendees in a world where comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming collide with music and comedy.
Adding to the impressive list of already announced music and comedy talent, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure has released details on a variety of experiences and activations that attendees can participate in and observe during the weekend. Attractions include panels featuring the casts and creators of IFC’s Stan Against Evil and TBS’s Wrecked, live podcast tapings from Alison Rosen Is Your Best Friend and Cool Playlist Featuring Eliza Skinner, the ultimate gamer’s lounge and retro arcade from Machinima and Super Deluxe, a Nerdbot Media Compound with photo ops, a zombie shooting range and more, the Stone Blade Tabletop Gaming area with daily tournaments, demos, and cool prizes, Superfight LIVE where you have the chance to play the hit card game against fandom celebs, the Image Artists AlleyThe Geek Gatsby Cosplay Contest, hosted by Bernie Bregman, and much more! There will also be a variety of fan groups exhibiting, including popular Star Wars groups featuring The Saber GuildThe Mandalorian Mercs, and the 501st Legion!
During each day at Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure, attendees will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite cast members and special guests during the panels, participate in interactive fan experiences, tabletop and video gaming, tech demos, and visit the artist alley where some of the comic book industry’s top artists and creators will be speaking about their craft, selling artwork, meeting fans and signing autographs. In the evening, the focus will shift to live performances, when fans will witness sets from acclaimed comedians including Patton Oswalt and Jim Jefferies, along with some of today’s top alternative and dance music artists including Empire Of The SunModest MousePhantogramCold War Kids, What So NotRusko, and many more, spread across three entertainment stages. This all-ages event is free for kids 10 and under (with an adult paid admission). All tickets grant access to everything happening within the event.
More details on the newly announced experiences and activations at Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure can be found below:
Stan Against Evil, featuring guests John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, Dana Gould, Deborah Baker Jr., and Nate Mooney, moderated by Nerdist Senior Editor Dan Casey
IFC’s original horror-comedy series Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as Stan Miller, the curmudgeonly retired police sheriff of Willard’s Mill, and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst) as Evie Barrett, the current sheriff determined to wipe out the demons that plague their quaint New England Town. Deborah Baker Jr. (The Greet Indoors) and Nate Mooney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) return to co-star as Denise Miller, Stan’s absent-minded, do-good daughter, and Deputy Leon Drinkwater, Evie’s right-hand man, respectively. Season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 31 at 10PM on IFC with eight all-new episodes. Stan Against Evil is created, written and executive produced by Dana Gould and produced by RadicalMedia.
Wrecked, featuring guests Ally Maki, Zach Cregger, Brooke Dillman, Brian Sacca, Asif Ali, Will Greenberg, and Jessica Lowe
Wrecked is TBS’s hit survival comedy about a diverse group of airplane passengers stranded on an uninhabited island, a dangerous new world where they must face many threats – mostly brought on by themselves. After surviving a pirate invasion and finally recovering from the loss of wi-fi, the gang most recently found themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious billionaire’s private island where they’re forced to hunt each other to the death in a basic-cable battle royale.
Podcast: Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend 
A twice weekly podcast hosted by veteran interviewer and everyone’s new best friend Alison Rosen featuring surprisingly honest conversations that are equal parts silly and serious. Plus an eternal quest to find out if that thing you think or do is normal in a segment called “Just Me or Everyone?” More info at:
Podcast: Cool Playlist Featuring Eliza Skinner 
On Cool Playlist, host Eliza Skinner and a guest create a playlist for a specific life event, moment, or occasion. From Bar Fights, to Break-ups, to Goth Weddings – we’ll soundtrack it all. Not only do you get a great playlist but new insight into some of your favorite comedians, actors, musicians, and more! More info at:
Superfight LIVE, hosted by Superfight creator Jack Dire
Be a part of Superfight Live! Hosted by the game’s creator Jack Dire, comedian Monty Franklin, Stone Blade Entertainment founder Justin Gary, a to-be-announced comic book artist and audience member will hash it out in real time, live on stage, for the coveted title of champion. Guests on stage will argue about and joke about absurd fictional fights, and the audience will choose the winners. Fans are encouraged to check in and be ready and waiting for a chance to play onstage as the game’s fourth player.
Charge, Chill and Game With Machinima & Super Deluxe at Big Adventure Festival
Machinima is teaming up with Super Deluxe to create the ultimate gamers lounge at this year’s Big Adventure Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit Machinima’s Retro Arcade featuring classics like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, NBA Jam, The Simpsons, NFL Blitz, Pac Man and many more. Super Deluxe will also be providing a spot for festival goers to chill and charge in their one of a kind lounge. Be sure to stop by as there will be no shortage of games, contests, giveaways, and good times.
Nerdbot Media & Compound
  • Live streaming and interviews, where Nerdbot will be conducting interviews with celebrities, artists, and attendees throughout the weekend. Come join our cast and crew as we broadcast live. Do you have an awesome Cosplay? Come say hello and we’ll broadcast it LIVE!
  • The Nerdbot Zombie Shooting Range: It’s time to fight off the zombies before they take over Big Adventure! Come up to the shooting range, choose your Nerf weapon and show us what you got! You might want to aim for the head, but it doesn’t hurt to take a few extra shots at our zombie targets to make sure they’re REALLY dead. This is a free, fun and safe activity for all ages.
  • The Ultimate Retro Display: Come to the Nerdbot Compound for an awesome photo opportunity with our displayed Ninja Turtle costumes and 9 foot Transformers! Take a selfie with Optimus Prime or pose with Leo, Mikey, Donnie and Raph!
  • Nerdscape: Did you want to visit the Death Star or time travel in the Tardis? Come and take the ultimate photos with our Nerdscape of displays inside the Nerdbot Compound.
  • Nerdplay Girls: Come and party with Nerdplay Girls at Big Adventure. These awesome girls in Cosplay will be doing live drawings, ticket giveaways, and much more. Come by and say hello.
The Geek Gatsby Cosplay Contest, hosted by Bernie Bregman
Hosted by Bernie Bregman, producer and owner of Nerds Like Us and host and associate producer of Club Cosplay, the all ages contest will feature over fifty of the best cosplay costumes in Southern California, where a panel of expert judges will choose the most outstanding cosplayers in a variety of categories. Space is limited, so enter now at Winners will be announced on the main panel stage on Sunday, November 4th at 4:30 p.m., with prizing to be awarded for the following categories: Best In Show, Best Fabrication (Sculpting & Building), Best Construction (Sewing & Use Of Fabric), Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Sci-Fi, Best Group or Couple, and Best Kid. DJ Chuck None will be spinning tracks during the competition, as well as kicking off the music to follow at the Dance Stage.
Stone Blade Tabletop Gaming Area
Sponsored by Justin Gary and Stone Blade Entertainment, come by the Tabletop Gaming Area to play some games with the Stone Blade team! The area will be running tournaments with cool prizes for novices and experts alike, along with demos all day long. They may even have a preview version of the next Ascension release to show off! Stone Blade is the maker of hit games including AscensionShards of Infinity, and You Gotta Be Kitten Me, and Justin Gary has been in the gaming industry for over 20 years, first as a US National Magic: the Gathering Champion, then as designer and CEO of Stone Blade, and now as the author of his newly published book: Think Like a Game Designer.
Image Artists Alley
Image Comics will host Image Artists Alley, a branded section in the artists alley dedicated specifically to Image Comics creators. Some of Image Comics most well-known works include The Walking Dead, SpawnSaga, East Of WestDeadly Class, and The Wicked + The Divine.
The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society LARP Battles
The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society is a live-action battle game organization devoted to simulating Dark Age and medieval combat. Belegarth will be at Big Adventure, hosting LARP (live-action role playing) battles throughout both days.
Escape Room
Jack Dire of Superfight is bringing a custom built escape room for attendees to attempt to escape from, built specifically for Big Adventure. Attendees are encouraged to get there early as slots will fill up, and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Produced by Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE)Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure will also boast a massive comic con exhibitor village, a marketplace with a variety of handmade and exclusive items, carnival rides and games, and wandering cosplay performers.
The performance lineup for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is as follows (subject to change):
Live Stage: Empire Of The Sun, Modest MousePhantogramCold War KidsEchosNvdesAllie X, and Party Nails
Comedy Stage: Patton Oswalt, Jim JefferiesEmo PhilipsHari KondaboluKristen SchaalMaria BamfordMonty Franklin, Natasha Leggero, Rhys Darby, and Ron Funches, hosted by Marcella Arguello
Dance Stage: What So Not, RuskoBro SafariFeed MeBonnie X ClydeLuca LushParty ThievesDuckyNitti GrittiChime, and Chuck None
Participating comic companies include Skybound, Image Comics, Kodansha ComicsBoom! Studios, and Top Cow Productions. Comic artists will include Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Ivan Brandon, Matt Hawkins, Nick Dragotta, Andy Kuhn, Robert Wilson IV, Ande Parks, Brent Schoonover, Farel Dalrymple, Jai Nitz, Justin Greenwood, Matt Horak, Matt Wilson, Matthew Southworth, Morgan Beem, Ramon Villalobos, Brian Level, Tess Stone, Tim Doyle, and more to be announced.
Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure partners include: Machinima, Angel City Brewing, Corona, Kraken Rum, Lime Crime Cosmetics, Rockstar Energy Drink, Deep Eddy Vodka, Cosmic Fog, Musicians Institute, Mike’s HARDER, and D-Link.
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‘Abigail’: Bite Me Harder Tiny Dancer



A gang of misfit kidnappers find their tiny target far more bloodthirsty than they bargained for! 

So, unfortunately, the trailers gave it away and let’s be real that’s why most of us are here, the knowledge that the kidnap victim Abigail (Alisha Weir), codenamed by the would-be kidnappers appropriately as ‘tiny dancer’, is in fact, a vampire. Not a spoiler, point of fact, one of the film’s actual great selling points. And the reactions from the misfit club when faced with a real actual f*cking vampire, range hilariously from the blunt “no such thing as vampires” all the way to, “Are we talking True Blood or Twilight rules or what?” all while covered in buckets and buckets of blood. 

Anyway, the gang manages to subdue and abscond with the aforementioned Abigail, in a pre-prepared duffle bag, like you do, and converge to a new location, a house oddly similar to the one she was just taken from. Welcomed and given codenames by a man who introduces himself as Lambert (Giancarlo Esposito), our misfit club is told to simply hold down the fort in this strange old house with the girl chained up in a room and one person to attend her, for twenty-four hours, and they’ll all get paid. 

As inevitable as the tides, the dopey druggie Dean (Angus Cloud) is the first to die, and we’re going to give that death-style points for inspiring terror right off the bat. The very controlling Frank (Dan Stevens, holy crap yes that is the guy from FXs Legion) is also of course the most suspicious – of everyone around him, sure, but also he himself is totes sus. We don’t learn terribly much about the musclebound tank who gets dubbed Peter (Kevin Durand), he’s your pretty typical little-brains-heart-of-gold muscle-for-hire any proper gang needs, right down to the bottle problem. Sammy (Kathryn Newton), well, even for being a purported hacker-type, she has, like, reality issues. Rickles (William Catlett), he’s arguably the most dangerous among them, ex-military and yet somehow here and involved in kidnapping for a few mills. Joey (Melissa Barrera) is our Final Girl, and though she has the inevitable problems in her recent past, she seems more capable of doing the hard thing and still somehow empathizing at the end of the day. Must be her burning desire to get back with her son. 

The fit hits the shan pretty quickly, and Abigail morphs from tiny dancer to tiny monster, though honestly, the way Abigail spoke the entire time in the film, if the ‘nappers had been paying close enough attention, would have been a solid clue. The performance from Alisha Weir as Abigail is incredible, as she literally dances a fine line between comedy, tragedy, and outright monstrosity. With a face full of makeup and the force of a tiny tornado to back it up, Weir brings to mind the great performances of the vampires in 30 Days of Night who saw the practicality in the need to trap their food, but also, play with it a bit first before feasting! Anything else would give away the absolute fun time that is Abigail, so you should go see it, out in theaters now!

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Scrubs Reunion: The Band Gets Back Together



Fans of the beloved medical comedy series Scrubs were recently treated to a thrilling surprise when John C. McGinley, who portrayed the iconic Dr. Perry Cox, dropped a photo on Twitter hinting at a potential reunion project. The image, showing McGinley alongside his former co-stars, sparked a wave of excitement and speculation among fans who have been longing for more adventures with the beloved Sacred Heart Hospital staff.

While details about the reunion project are still scarce, the mere possibility of seeing the gang back together again has sent waves of nostalgia through fans who fondly remember the show’s original run from 2001 to 2010. Scrubs was not just a sitcom; it was a heartfelt exploration of friendship, love, and the chaotic world of medicine, all wrapped up in a quirky and often hilarious package.

At the heart of the show was the bromance between JD (played by Zach Braff) and Turk (played by Donald Faison), whose antics and deep bond served as the emotional anchor for the series. Their dynamic, along with the sage wisdom (and relentless sarcasm) of Dr. Cox, provided viewers with memorable moments that have stood the test of time.

As we eagerly await more news about the Scrubs reunion project, one thing is for sure: it’s time to dust off those old DVDs, rewatch our favorite episodes, and get ready to welcome back our favorite gang of doctors, nurses, and janitors for what promises to be a memorable reunion.

But Scrubs was more than just its main characters. The supporting cast, including the eccentric Janitor (played by Neil Flynn), the neurotic Elliot (played by Sarah Chalke), and the wise-cracking nurse Carla (played by Judy Reyes), each brought their own unique flavor to the show, creating a rich tapestry of characters that fans grew to love.

While the photo shared by McGinley has fueled speculation about what the reunion project might entail, whether it’s a one-off special, a new season, or something else entirely, one thing is certain: fans are eagerly awaiting any opportunity to dive back into the world of Sacred Heart Hospital.

In an age where reboots and revivals are commonplace, Scrubs stands out as a series that has the potential to recapture the magic that made it a fan favorite in the first place. With its blend of humor, heart, and unforgettable characters, a reunion project has the opportunity to not only satisfy longtime fans but also introduce a new generation to the joys of life at Sacred Heart.

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‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’: Rebellion with a cause



The story of the rise of Coriolanus Snow, from teenage Capital City pawn to rising Dictator of the Hunger Games! 

Apparently no one out here in post-apocalyptic Panem has heard of irony and so they name their children things like Coriolanus (Tom Blyth), Tigress, and further off in Hunger Games lore, after swamp plants like Katniss. Corio’s father was a legendary general and that is pretty much the only reason young Snow and his meager family of grandmother called Grandma’am (Fionnula Flanagan) and sister Tigress (Hunter Schafer) are tolerated here in the Capital City at all. 

Most of the snotty youngsters at the academy won’t let Snow forget how far his family has fallen, but he’s generally not concerned with them. What is concerning is the strong disapproval of the drugged-up Dean Casca Highbottom (Peter Dinklage) and the creepy attention of Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis) as she lurks in the classroom sniffing out talent. The Dean feels very strongly the annual Hunger Games should end, while Gaul is violently adamant that not only do the Games continue, but that they get as much more attention as possible. And young Snow is stuck in the middle, when the yearly prize money normally awarded to the academy student with the best grades gets switched out for, you guessed it, the student that can make this years’ Hunger Games as entertaining as possible. 

Whilst the students are protesting this sudden change, the annual Reaping is about to commence, and big shock and surprise, Corio’s candidate from District 12 Lucy Grey Baird (Rachel Zegler) is chosen as a Tribute. This is where the film begins to really take off on musical wings, for as it turns out, Lucy Grey can sing. Boy, can that gal sing! She can sing, she can play guitar, she can work a crowd, she can calm things down, she can fire ‘em up too! And Corio, being no dummy himself, instantly plots ways to use his Tributes amazing voice to draw attention to her, and admittedly his own, plight! 

Though far too many people sneer at the idea, Corio takes his position as Mentor to his Tribute seriously enough to sneak onto the tram taking the Tributes to their habitat, which turns out to be a completely appropriate moniker, as this year the Tributes are held before the Hunger Games in a large zoo habitat so the weatherman ‘Lucky’ Flickerman (Jason Schwartzman), host of this years games, can MC the hell out of everything up close and personal! 

What happens at this years Hunger Games and the subsequent consequences to both Corio and Lucy Grey is actually only half the story, and the movie. Coriolanus has always had to be opportunistic, but learning to be absolutely ruthless when necessary under the tutelage of Dr. Gaul, who basically thinks it’s always best to be merciless, is an eye-opening education indeed.  Even after they’ve both been consigned to military service and his friend Sejanus Plinth (Josh Andres Rivera) decides to finally rebel, Corio and Sejanus continue to deceive each other and themselves, to accomplish their separate goals. Not even the love Corio swears he feels for Lucy Grey can save him, or them, from the adamant absolute necessity of the Hunger Games continuing. And after all that’s happened, Coriolanus Snow has gotten a terrific education in the best way to be the absolutely ruthless next Hunger Games advocate, and oh yeah, President of Panem. 

The movie does itself no favors by trying to stuff not one but two major storylines and a bunch of side storylines sadly introduced and then ignored, into the film. It would have been entirely possible to turn Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes into two different movies, separated between feathers and scales if you like, and do justice to the major storylines in both. Blyth gives a fine  performance as a young Coriolanus Snow, but the fact that President Snow is played by Donald Sutherland in all three of the Hunger Games films means Blyth has incredibly large shoes to fill. Rachel Zegler as Lucy Grey is absolute fire, and yes the actress did sing the songs in the film herself, including the Hunger Games franchise epic song, ‘The Hanging Tree’. Every time Lucy Grey opens her mouth and sheer soul-searing music comes out, it provides a distinct counterpoint to the soul-crushing ambition of Coriolanus Snow and further demonstrates the District and Caste separation Hunger Games is known for. And if, by the end of the film, Coriolanus Snow has come to agree that the Hunger Games must continue but perhaps under his own auspices, he has no one but himself to blame when another younger but still rebellious female blows it all up in his face! 

Choose rebellion or conformity for yourself in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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