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Minions, Mayhem and Universal’s Godzilla-Sized “Footprint”

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/06/2014, 3:30 PM

  Universal Studios Theme Parks & Resorts, flush with funds from its gajillionaire owner Comcast is going mano a mano with Disney in an all out bid to own the theme park world.  Speaking at an investor conference in January, Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts vowed that the telecom giant was “doubling down on theme parks.”  Now Universal Studios Hollywood is promoting its newly opened “D...

Now We Are Free: Paris Says “Merci” on Anniversary of Liberation

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/24/2014, 6:15 PM

August 19, 1944 began the “Battle for Paris” that culminated in the City of Light being liberated from occupation when the final German troops left on August 25th. This 70th anniversary year (also the 70th anniversary of D Day in Normandy) the Parisians would like to say “merci” and are doing it in a media campaign announced this week at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The commerci...

Where in the World is Godzilla? Hint: It's Not Tokyo

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/23/2014, 4:30 PM

The web is abuzz with talk of the remake of the Toho classic film, Godzilla, premiering around the country in May.  Advance word is the remix (this time with Bryan Cranston) is as awesome as the big guy himself.  Web searches on travel sites will also call up eager travelers who want to know if they can find a Godzilla museum in Japan.  The short answer is no.  Unfortunately, there is...

Salem Still Bewitches: What to See In MA's Historic Town

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/17/2014, 5:30 PM

  If you’ve been watching TV trailers you may have seen the promos for the new WGN America series Salem.  Taking a page from the popular show American Horror: Coven, which was also about witches and featured a creepy/stylish trailer, Salem features the real characters and story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials—along with Game of Thrones scene stealing nudity, sex and the ever-popular th...

Hot Type to Go: Is the Print Travel Magazine Dying? Two Editors See Open Horizons

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/10/2014, 7:15 PM

  The future of the physical, non-virtual travel magazine is on travelers’ talking lists lately.  The recent shake-ups at Condé Nast Traveler and its subsequent high profile relaunch has spurred debate—is the travel magazine in its old school glossy, print format dead? The Editors of Delta Sky and Afar magazines don’t think so. Not by a long shot. Last week, Delta’s in-flight ...

Game On: As the HBO Series Returns, Travelers are Being Lured to Game of Thrones Destinations

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/07/2014, 4:45 PM

They’re back.  Jaime Lannister and his twisted sister Cersei, Tyrion the wise, Joffrey the awful, the Mother of Dragons and the whole crew (minus some key family members that were taken out last season) are back in the addictive HBO fantasy drama that is filmed in real-life fairy tale-like locations. Tourism Ireland has an entire webpage dedicated to doing Game of Thrones locations in...

Divergent’s Wrecked Version of the Windy City Lures “Set-Jetters” To Chicago

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/03/2014, 6:45 PM

  Chicago has always been an iconic city in American movies.  From ‘30s gangster films to John Hughes’ feel good teen flicks like Home Alone and Risky Business in the 1980s, Chicago has loomed large in our collective movie-going consciousness since films began.  The newest movie to frame Chicago’s status as the quintessential American town is Divergent--the new future imperfect film o...

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