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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Spoiler-Free Review for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


No matter when you were introduced to Star Wars, we are all fans. The original trilogy was my introduction and since then I have been hooked on the epic space battle of good versus evil. The Force, lightsabers, spaceships, exotic planets and aliens all helped shaped my view on doing the right thing even if it is difficult. Luke Skywalker will always be my first and favorite hero. Someone who knew they wanted to do bigger and better things. Someone who did what he felt was right for friends, family and others in need. So, in a nutshell, I am a lifelong Star Wars fan.

Eight films and 42 years later, we have arrived at the ninth and final film of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker. While this review will be a spoiler-free, I will tell you that the trailers and the TV spots have done a pretty good job in not giving anything away.


J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio have crafted a script with references and sequences that cynical minds will consider "fan service" but bring back emotion and power going back all the way to the original trilogy. They have brought back the fun and the humor that feel more like the original trilogy as well. As the fun and playfulness have always been a trademark of the saga, so has the darkness and the danger of the galaxy under the rule of evil.

J.J. Abrams knows how to craft a blockbuster. While there are some amazing set-pieces, I feel he is underrated as a director when it comes to performers. Here he gets the best performance out of Daisy Ridley. She is the center of the film along with the other key principles in Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. The best material and interactions with one another belong to these four characters.

This movie is a real roller coaster ride with twists and turns that are surprising and at times risk-taking. And just like a roller coaster the pace of the film is at times neck breaking. You will find yourself needing time to catch your breath! This makes for an exhilarating 2 hour and 23 minute movie.


With all that being said, I loved The Rise of Skywalker, but in this day and age, not everyone will be pleased with the film. The cynical minds have had very unpleasant ways of expressing their unhappiness but it comes with a total lack of perspective. These movies were made for children and we have people that feel that kid-friendly franchises need to be solely aimed at them.

Abrams and team have made a movie for those of us that love it best. The Rise of Skywalker rises to the occasion and is a fitting end to the epic saga.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters December 20th.

PHOTOS OF CAST & FILMMAKERS WITH UNITED AIRLINES’ STAR WARS:THE RISE OF SKYWALKER-THEMED AIRCRAFT


Cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pose in front of United Airlines’ Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, created to celebrate the upcoming film—the conclusion of the Skywalker saga.

United worked with Lucasfilm on the exciting exterior design, which features the Resistance on one side of the aircraft and the First Order on the other. Inside the plane, passengers will be treated to custom headrests embossed with emblems of the film’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order. The special-edition Star Wars aircraft will operate for a limited time, and fans can track the plane with its tail number (N36272) on FlightAware, where it will display as a special Star Wars icon.  

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.






Disney and Pixar’s “Onward”--New Trailer & Poster


Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. A new trailer and poster are now available, and new character posters were recently revealed, introducing cast members Mel Rodriguez, who voices Officer Colt Bronco; Lena Waithe, who lends her voice to Officer Specter; and Ali Wong, the voice of Officer Gore. Also featuring the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer, “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020.






STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WORLD PREMIERE PHOTOS


Last night in Los Angeles, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Naomi Ackie, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant, Ian McDiarmid, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams were joined by director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan for a walk down the red carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans at the world premiere of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
     
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, December 20.



Saturday, December 14, 2019

Giveaway: Mickey and Minnie Holiday Mug

Enter to win this super cute Mickey and Minnie Holiday mug plus a $20 Starbucks gift card! The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email. Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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Friday, December 13, 2019

FROZEN 2’s “Into the Unknown” Sequence Performed in 29 Languages


Check out a new multi-language global rendition of the Golden Globe®-nominated song “Into the Unknown” (best original song) from “Frozen 2.”  The animated sequence from the movie features vocals in 29 languages, including English, Swedish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, French, Hindi, Polish, Korean, Japanese and Sámi, among others, showcasing some the voices tapped to help bring the story of “Frozen 2” to audiences around the world.
  • The film has been dubbed in 45 languages. 
  • “Frozen 2” marks the first time a Disney film has been dubbed in Sámi. 
  • “Into the Unknown” was written by Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 

A SPECIAL LOOK AT THE FRIENDSHIPS FROM STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER DEBUTS AT CCXP 2019


A special look at the friendships between the cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted today to an enthusiastic audience during The Rise of Skywalker panel at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience 2019 (CCXP) held in São Paulo. Érico Borgo, the Content Director of Omelete.com.br, hosted the panel, which included director/writer J.J. Abrams, and actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX’S “FREE GUY” FIRST TRAILER & NEW POSTER


In “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, “Free Guy” is directed by Shawn Levy from a story by Matt Lieberman and a screenplay by Lieberman and Zak Penn. The film is produced by Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Adam Kolbrenner with Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath serving as executive producers.

Giveaway: $50 Disney Gift Card

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

NEW TRAILER & POSTER FOR DISNEY’S “MULAN”


Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

“Frozen 2”—Full Sequence Featuring Original Song “Into the Unknown”


Watch the full “Into the Unknown” sequence from Disney’s “Frozen 2.” The original song is performed in the film by Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) featuring AURORA, and written by Academy Award® winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez.

Togo - Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming Dec. 20


Starring Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson, “Togo” is the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that treks across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of one man, Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo. The poignant and emotional adventure debuts on Disney+ on Dec. 20, 2019.

STAR WARS: JEDI TEMPLE CHALLENGE TO STREAM EXCLUSIVELY ON DISNEY+


STAR WARS: JEDI TEMPLE CHALLENGE TO STREAM EXCLUSIVELY ON DISNEY+

  • Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is an exciting new game show set in a galaxy far, far away, which tests young contestants’ abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight!

  • From lightsabers, to hyperspace, the Force, and the dark side, Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge transports viewers and contestants into the Star Wars galaxy like never before.

  • The show is hosted by Ahmed Best, who will play a Jedi Master and mentor to the contestants. Known to many fans as Jar Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequels, Best’s unique set of skills as an actor, dancer, martial arts expert, STOMP musician, and Star Wars fan make him the perfect choice as the show’s host and mentor. 

  • Best is joined by a hilarious humanoid droid companion, voiced by Mary Holland (VEEP, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre).

  • “This is definitely a kids game show like no other,” says Lucasfilm’s senior director of Online Content & Programming, Mickey Capoferri. “The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations -- a forest planet, on board a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi Temple -- immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous, and exciting competition.”

  • Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge brings together the best of Star Wars – competitive spirit, harrowing obstacles and a hero’s triumph over challenges – in a totally new format for the franchise,” said Dan Silver, vice president, Originals – Unscripted Content, Disney+. “A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+.”

  • Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is executive produced by Lucasfilm, Dean Houser, and David Chamberlin and Mike Antinoro from Endeavor Content.

  • The show will launch on Disney+ in 2020.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

MARVEL STUDIOS’ “BLACK WIDOW” TEASER TRAILER & NEW POSTER


Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow” hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020.

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