The only downside to having thousands of movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix is being so spoiled for choice that you don’t even know where to start. Sometimes I’ll sit there clicking through so many great things that I want to see, that I can’t decide which one I want to watch first! I’m not the only one who does this, so Netflix has come up with a fun solution: Their very own printable fortune teller! Simply print it out and consult it any time you find yourself paralyzed by indecision. You can either print out a blank one and load it up with your personal favorites, or if you REALLY can’t decide, print out their pre-filled Fortune Teller containing popular suggestions. And hey presto! Now you know what to watch!
Travel consideration provided by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.
While I was in Las Vegas this week, I attended the 20th Century Fox CinemaCon Presentation and got the scoop on their upcoming movies. It was a star-studded event filled with celebrity guests, big film announcements, new trailers and clips. The presentation was kicked off with a very special appearance by Vanilla Ice, who performed “Ice Ice Baby” with a twist in celebration of Ice Age: Collision Course:
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Release: July 22, 2016, in 3D
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, opening in theaters everywhere July 22, 2016, stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Next up was the announcement that Ryan Renolds and the entire creative team behind Deadpool are returning to make a sequel to the smash hit. Following this, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron & Adam Devine took the stage to introduce a special clip from Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. The trio were hilarious cracking jokes on stage – I can’t wait to see this one!
Trailer contains mild language/adult themes
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
Release: July 8, 2016
Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
Next up, Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox, Jesse T. Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward took the stage to talk about Independence Day: Resurgence.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Release: June 24, 2016
We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
We also got a peek at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film adaptation with an early preview trailer. The clip is not available publicly yet as the special effects in it are unfinished with the move still in production, but it looked fantastic!
Release: December 21, 2016
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox . ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
Next, Anna Kendrick returned to the stage to introduce Trolls and joked, “Pretend I wasn’t just out here with a really raunchy movie!” As I discussed in my interview with Anna Kendrick earlier today, Trolls is an animated feature that is bigger than life while being smaller than life:
Release: November 4, 2016 in 3D
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
It was also announced on Thursday that John Cleese, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski and Quvenzhané Wallis have been added to the Trolls voice cast. Can’t wait!
We were also introduced to another movie currently in production, Why Him? The trailer isn’t out publicly yet, but the glimpse we saw really had me cracking up as beleaguered dad Bryan Cranston deals with his daughter’s oaf of a boyfriend, played by James Franco. Why Him? is by the same people that brought us Meet The Parents, and is another one on my list to see!
Release: December 25, 2016
Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Nate Parker & Aja Naomi King also came out to introduce Birth of a Nation, a historical film 8 years in the making about Nat Turner. The movie was made in only 27 days, and it looks phenomenal. This film comes out October 7th, and you can watch the teaser trailer now:
There was also a special tribute to Tim Burton, leading to a trailer and simultaneous live dance performance for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I noticed that portions of this were filmed at one of my favorite vacations spots, Blackpool, England!
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Release: September 30, 2016
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
We also got excited for for X-Men: Apocalypse:
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
In addition to this, we also got a quick taste of some of the movies coming out next year:
Release: January 13, 2017
Director: Ted Melfi
Screenplay by: Alison Schroeder, Ted Melfi, Lori Lakin Hutcherson
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Ted Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kevin Costner
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Release: August 4, 2017
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: John Logan* (*writing credit not final)
Producers: Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Director: Greg Mottola
Written by: Michael LeSieur
Producers: Laurie Macdonald, Walter F. Parkes
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot
An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
Release: February 17, 2017
Director: Wes Ball
Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, and Patricia Clarkson
Release: March 3, 2017
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman
THE BOSS BABY
Animation, in 3D
Release: March 10, 2017
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Producer: Ramsey Naito
A CURE FOR WELLNESS
Release: March 24, 2017
Director: Gore Verbinski
MOTHER / DAUGHTER
Release: May 12, 2017
Director: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Katie Dippold
A Chernin Entertainment/Feigco Entertainment Production
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn
Animation, in 3D
Release: June 2, 2017
Director: David Soren
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release: June 16, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Release: July 14, 2017
Director: Matt Reeves
Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Toby Kebbell
Animation, in 3D
Release: July 21, 2017
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
UNTITLED FOX / MARVEL
Release: October 6, 2017
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay by: Michael Green
Produced by: Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg
Cast: Kenneth Branagh
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Release: December 25, 2017
Cast: Hugh Jackman
The presentation ended with a bang as James Cameron took the stage to make a huge announcement: There will be a total of four Avatar sequels coming out in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Cameron said that he has been working for the past couple of years with top talents to create the new world, and the small number of people who have seen it were speechless. They showed some concept art and it looked fantastic – what a great way to close out the morning!
Which one of these movies do you want to see the most?
This week, I flew to Las Vegas to attend 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon, where I got my first look at the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls. Coming November 4th from the creators of Shrek, Trolls is a musical comedy with an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick as happy-go-lucky Poppy and Justin Timberlake as the surly loner Branch. When a group of trolls are kidnapped by miserable, troll-eating Bergens, Poppy and Branch must team up in order to rescue them. We got a special sneak peek at a clip from the film during the CinemaCon presentation, and it was so funny and full of great music! Take a look at the teaser trailer:
To celebrate Trolls during CinemaCon, I attended a special breakfast with Anna Kendrick to chat about the film. I asked Anna what drew her to this role, and she spoke to her love of animation as a big inspiration.
“Animation is the BEST thing ever and I would do it for free, but don’t tell anyone!” Anna joked. “It’s the best thing ever. It’s so much fun.” I wanted to know what she enjoys the most about recording a role like this, and she gave some interesting insights into movie making process.
“I mean, the big joke is like, ‘Oh, you can wear sweatpants and no makeup’, and that’s great, that’s a bonus. There’s so many other people’s jobs that have to go right on a live action movie, for your thing to be like, OK, we can put that in the movie. Everything has to be perfect, and when it’s animation, you just do it over and over again and you get so many more opportunities. And you can play so much, you can try things that are kind of crazy and out there because you’re not wasting anybody’s time. It’s not like, ‘Oh! We gotta reload the camera’, you know, so it’s great. And if somebody shouts a direction at you, you can just say it right then, whereas on a movie someone tells you a direction and then 10 minutes later, you shoot it, and you’re like, ‘Crap, what was the instinct that I had when I first got that direction?’ And there’s no delay with animation so when Walt [Dohrn] or Mike [Mitchell] suggest something to me, I can just do it in that exact moment. It feels like this really pure acting exercise that I get to do over and over.”
Although Anna is so warm and friendly – the first thing she did was compliment my pink hair when we met – she told our group that she’s actually not as gleeful in real life as her character Poppy.
“[Poppy’s] such a psycho! She’s so happy and so positive and because I’m kind of a grumpy person, it comes out kind of unhinged. I’m not the person who’s like, ‘Everything fine!’, I’m the person who’s like, ‘Everything’s ruined!’ even when it’s not, and so every time I play her really happy and really sunny and really excited about everything, it comes out a little weird and a little off, and I think that’s what’s fun about it. I don’t know, I like a girl who’s a little psycho. In a fun way!”
The best documentaries are ones that make you think, and perhaps even reconsider some of your opinions. That is what the new film The Syndrome hopes to do by exploring the devastating, heartbreaking subject of shaken baby syndrome. The somber trailer addresses some controversy on the topic that I was previously unaware of – I have not seen the film yet to form an opinion, but it is now playing in select theaters and VOD:
Prizing and samples are courtesy of Hulu.
Curious George is on of those ubiquitous childhood staples: It seems like most kids, myself included, grew up with the books, and today’s youngsters also get to enjoy the adorable Curious George animated series. And if you haven’t yet seen it, there’s great news: You can now watch all 9 seasons of Curious George, now streaming only on Hulu!
Your favorite monkey is swinging into your home. All 9 seasons of Curious George, as well as the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, are now streaming only on Hulu. As with all Kids programming on Hulu, Curious George streams commercial-free.
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Curious George is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?
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All Right Stop, Collaborate and Listen. Ice Age is back with a brand new edition. Vanilla Ice’s opening performance of ICE AGE BABY rocked the house at Fox’s CinemaCon presentation this morning. Check it out!
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Release: July 22, 2016, in 3D
Director: Mike Thurmeier
Producer: Lori Forte
Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, opening in theaters everywhere July 22, 201 stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Digital HD TODAY & Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD and Digital download we have a special crafts, recipes, Star Wars coloring pages and bonus clips to share.
We had so much fun attending the press junket we just had to share as much as we can with the home release of Star Wars The Force Awakens:
Here are few behind the scenes and bonus clips
John Boards the Millennium Falcon:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Poe Comes Back
Here you will find some Star Wars coloring sheets
Please go get your copy today!
If you’ll be in New York City on May 20th, don’t miss this fantastic exhibition coming to Morrison Hotel Gallery:
Bob Dylan doesn’t look back – he’s elusive, poetic, an artist’s artist – and he’s always in motion. He doesn’t readily put forth details about his personal life or his music. Director D.A. Pennebaker is often described as the pre-eminent chronicler of sixties counterculture. His film, Dont Look Back, filmed in 1965 and released in 1967, reveals Dylan as vulnerable, fiery, and grappling with the demands of the media and his fans while he struggles to push his artistry forward.
On Friday, May 20th, Morrison Hotel Gallery – located at 116 Prince Street – along with esteemed curator of immersive, retrospective events Joseph Baldassare – will present a rare and revelatory exploration in images from this formative time.
“As I was looking back on D.A. Pennebaker’s enduring documentary, Dont Look Back, which follows a young Bob Dylan emerging into worldwide prominence as the singer/songwriter of his generation, I was reminded throughout the film that Dylan asks his audience and not the media to interpret his songs for themselves,” MHG co-founder Peter Blachley reflects. “Our gallery is very proud to present the images from this classic film. I’m most excited to present this show to people who may have never experienced of the music of Bob Dylan, so beautiful and intimately captured by D.A. Pennebaker.”
The exhibit celebrates the 50-year anniversary of this iconic movie – a movie that brings together an already iconic artist and a filmmaker who was in the process of revolutionizing the documentary. The show is thoughtfully curated and produced by industry vet Joseph Baldassare – in conjunction with MHG – and has the distinction of being the first gallery exhibit of Pennebaker’s work. The show features original movie posters and 18 choice image stills from the film, printed from the enhanced negative. Pennebaker, 90, will be at the opening reception, and to this day, he remains a vital cultural force. He recently screened his newest documentary, Unlocking The Cage, at The Sundance Film Festival, which will air on HBO later this year
“This exhibition at Morrison Hotel Gallery is a celebration of the artistry of both D.A Pennebaker and Bob Dylan – two pioneers that have shaped the way we see, hear and think,” says Joseph Baldassare about the exhibit.
Included in the exhibition are small editions of 10 prints of each that are signed and numbered by Pennebaker and available for purchase. Each purchased print includes a multiple image, original filmstrip from the Dont Look Back film, in a specially designed protective sleeve. Several original movie posters, which are 50 years old, will be part of the exhibit and for sale as well. As a big treat for Dylan fans, Hohner Harmonicas has issued a signature series harmonica that is hand signed and played by Bob Dylan, and packaged in a handsome wooden case available for purchase at the exhibit.
The film Dont Look Back chronicles Dylan’s 1965 tour of England and features a cast of characters including Joan Baez, Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, his road manager Bob Neuwirth, Marianne Faithfull, John Mayall, and Allen Ginsberg. It showcases a cocksure but charismatic young Dylan. It’s a culturally weighty documentary that shows Dylan’s impact on his peers, the press, and offers glimpses into Dylan coming to terms with international stardom. It also includes stunning musical performance footage, including the ground-breaking music video for Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The film made its public debut on May 17, 1967, at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco, and opened that September at the 34th Street East Theater in New York.In 1998, The United States National Film Registry recognized the film for its cultural significance. It has also been voted in the top ten of many film documentary polls.
Says Pennebaker of the iconic film – “This exhibition is a tribute to a film that 50 years ago I couldn’t get theatrical distributors to sit through the 2nd reel. Go figure.”
I was lucky enough to attend the Press Junket for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and interview so many talented people involved. J. J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega all talked about how real BB-8 was to all of them. He was in most of the film and when he wasn’t on set he was missed. So I think it’s great that some of the extras on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens home release include BB-8. Which by the way you can get Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download right now! If you’re like me you had it on pre-order long ago!
Want a little more BB-8 in your life? We’ve got a special bonus clip and concept art showing the design process behind creating the world’s new favorite droid! This little celebrity has been very busy on screen as well as off! Take a look at a special visit he made to NASA’s JPL laboratories where he interacted with the best and brightest droids from this galaxy as well as celebrating the inaugural international flight of Japan’s ANA BB-8 Jet!
BB-8 at NASA’s JPL
Secrets of The Force Awakens – Building BB-8 Bonus Clip
BB-8 Concept Art