Normally, we movie fanatics aren’t used to “being outside.” I’m told “outside” is very nice, but typically, you can’t watch movies there. Or can you?! For the fourth year, The Omaha World Herald and Midtown Crossing are partnering up for “Monday Night at the Movies.” Starting Monday, June 1, you can head out to Turner Park and watch a flick on a 26-foot inflatable screen starting at sunset. Bring a blanket, hit up one of the local shops for some food, and park it to watch some great movies in this place called “outside,” which I have heard has “grass” and other “nature.” For the grand cost of free, you can see movies like Big Hero 6, Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 and tons more. Think about it like this: If you walk a ways in the park to find a spot to watch the movie, you can tell friends you went on a “nature hike.”

I know that Film Streams didn’t have me in mind when they decided to hold a sing-along screening of Mary Poppins at the Ruth Sokolof theater on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm. Nobody wants me singing anything, let alone “Chim Chim Cheree,” which I have been legally banned from performing near impressionable children. Thankfully, some of the cast of The Rose Theater’s production of “Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” will be on hand to help the event hit the right notes. The last time I hit a note, it pressed charges.

A recent “Vanity Fair” issue provided our first look at several new characters from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This included Gwendoline Christie as “Captain Phasma” and Adam Driver as “Kylo Ren.” The story also investigated why Disney ultimately decided not to use the story notes provided by George Lucas for the next trilogy. This is just a guess on my part, but I’m going to go with “because those story notes were very bad.” 

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