Snatched – Five Reasons To Love Snatched Movie

There are many reasons to love Snatched movie.    A hilarious and fun mother-daughter comedy stars Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni and  Joan Cusack.  After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother,  Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and  daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape  the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Emily and Linda’s relationship has become distant, but Linda never let that stop her from being a helicopter mom and posting from her social handles.  Although she had a wild and adventurous life during her youth, Linda Middleton now enjoys her quiet suburban life and has no real time for adventure until her daughter persuades her to go on a trip of a lifetime.

 

Cast has More Chemistry Than A Science Project

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer have a lot of chemistry as a mother-daughter duo.  Amy Schumer, read the script to Snatched and just pictured it with Goldie Hawn and herself the whole time.   She only had one person in mind and then she saw her on a plane, and in the airport, “I went up after the flight and I just said, I love you, like everyone else, and I’m a comic actress, and there’s this movie, and I really want you to play my mom. And so, I wanted to just kind of plant the seed. I wasn’t like can I have your email, but I hoped she remembered and whatever. And then we really met in London and got in cahoots together to try to make this movie with the two of us.”

When the two met again at a party a couple years later, Hawn took the offer more seriously and accepted the role.

Schumer rounded up the who’s who of comedy Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni and  Joan Cusack.   Joan Cusak’s charcter Barb is a retired as a Special Ops Agent who uses nonverbal communication.  She also embraced the opportunity to work with comedy legend Goldie Hawn.  Wanda Syke’s character, Ruth is a strong and dependable woman who is an old friend of Barb.    They spend a lot of time practicing their non verbal communication to prepare for the role.

Playing Emily’s basement dwelling brother Jeffrey is Ike Barinholtz.  Bashir Salahuddin plays the state department agent who takes Jeffrey’s call for help.

Christopher Meloni stepped into the role as Roger, an explorer searching the amazon who guides Emily and Linda through the jungle.   The cast is fun, smart, witty and make you laugh from beginning to end.  Seriously, are they all related.

 

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Goldie Hawn Is Back In Film After 14 Year Hiatus

After a 14 year absences in film, Goldie returns to a role of a lifetime as a down to earth, wise helicopter mom who is depressed.   Goldie Hawn had spent many years acting and producing and volunteering for charities which have helped over 1 million students.

When the offer came along, Hawn considered the role in a larger context of her life’s work.  “Everything that I’ve ever done in my life has to bring me joy,” Hawn says.

Addresses Body Image, Self-Esteem and Motherhood Advice Like A Boss

Emily and Linda are both dealing with many issues including body image and self-esteem.  Linda’s husband left her and that has affected how she reacts to the world around her.

Emily is dealing with self esteem and body image issues after a recent breakup.  Emily is selfish, immature and gets a newly found understanding and respect for Linda, her mom through her interactions with her mom.  Amy Schumer introduced the topic in a vulnerable and transparent scene while showing her body in the movie.  For “me showing my body is not me like really making a statement or anything. It’s really just like I feel beautiful, and I think I’m sexy and healthy, and it wasn’t hard, I wasn’t worried about it, it wasn’t like a choice.”

Linda is dealing with a heartbreak by her husband and empty nester syndrome.  Caring for everyone around her has left her with little time to care for herself.  Goldie Hawn is all of us trying to protect her children from harm while giving great advice.   According to Goldie Hawn, ” There’s certain things that mothers do automatically. You’ve got eyes in the back of your head, and you don’t want your kids to fall in potholes. And so, what happens is is that, when they’re little, I think that’s who you should be as a mother, right?  But, unfortunately, there’s no transition that’s made. As they get older, they’re going to have to fall in their own potholes. And that’s when you have to learn to let go. Regarding her character,

Goldie Hawn also provides motherhood and mother-daughter advise.  She states, “I know that as my piece of wisdom, but this character did not know that. This character was completely unconscious about it, and by the way, extremely needy for herself because what happens is is when you have any empty nest situation and you lose your daughter.   And it’s a very powerful image because when your daughter leaves, not always your son, but when your daughter leaves, it feels different, and you feel weak, and you are aging. And it says a lot of things about you losing your youth and your vitality because you have to pass the baton to your daughter.” states Goldie Hawn.  “And that’s a very sometimes unconscious reason why do I feel depressed, why do I not feel happy, why do I not feel sexual, why am I sad, why do I cry for no reason. These are the kind of things that women need to know,” says Goldie Hawn. “You know, when my mother died, I knew I had lost the only person in my life that would love me unconditionally, no matter what. And that was a big loss. So, my mother bereaved when I left her–you later begin to bereave the loss of that love. And it comes back to you in unseen ways.” “But, it’s a big moment of feeling like an orphan. And I think that people have to remember that. There is an end game. So, when you look at that, that’s where I brought my creation of this character from. She came from somebody who basically stayed much, much more closed in order not to feel the pain, not to feel rejection, not to feel–and with that comes fear.” says Goldie Hawn.

“You don’t regain it by telling your kids what to do, and you don’t regain it by putting sun guard on them. You regain it becoming a friend and a person that you can talk to and share with and be intimate with and sometimes tell things you don’t want to tell anybody else. So, that’s trust. So, in this particular movie, I think that this mother is someone who felt those things, and I think she misses her daughter. But, her life isn’t full the way women’s lives are full. She gave that up. Her husband left her for a younger woman.” states Goldie Hawn.

Makes You Want To Take Your Mama To The Movies

Amy brought her mom to the movie, and she held hands at specific parts. “I knew she would know the parts that were taken exactly from us”, said Amy.    “And she laughed louder than anybody. Anything I’ve ever written or said about my mom she’s seen it and agreed on it.  Then at the end of the movie, we were both bawling. And it was like at the screening where it was editors, and it was inappropriate, I would say. And it caught me by surprise and it was important to me like have this kind of love letter to her like I get it and you did the best I could and I want to be grateful for you. And, you know, it’s the most complicated relationship in the world, right?” Right!  Every mother daughter duo can relate to different parts. of the movie.” states Amy Schumer.

 

Makes your Heart Happy

Mother Daughter relationships are the best things in the world and are complicated.  They make you happy they make you emotional.  They make you dance for joy and they make you cry.   The movie does a great job of depicting a mother daughter relationship, balancing the joy and madness of mother daughter relationships.  Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer’s chemistry is so palatable, you forget their really not mother and daughter in real life.   Each and every character in Snatched movie has a role and will bring joy to your life.    The greatest lesson in all of this is that Emily learns that she will never have a greater advocate in life than her mother.  Snatched is in theaters Mother’s Day weekend.

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Bad Moms | Interview With Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis About Motherhood

Bad Moms will be counted as a funny, relatable, true-to life movie of the mom revolution. The summer movie is a comedy about moms who struggle to balance the perfect life, complete chaos and mommytime.  The movie is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also wrote the Hangover.  Lucas and Moore who are both fathers, looked to their wives lives when writing “Bad Moms”.  

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Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However her over-worked and over-committed schedule has her on the verge of exhaustion to the point that she’s about to snap. Amy is fed up and joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities.

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Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate star in Bad Moms.    Mother’s everywhere will related to the comedy, bad mom moment experiences and life lessons.  Bad Moms takes the shame out of motherhood and put things in perspective for mothers nationwide.

Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn Bad Mom Moments

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Mila Kunis has only been a mom for 21 months and she already has several bad mom moments.  Her child was seven to eight months old and she was driving to visit my husband at work when she realized she forgot to buckle up her sons car seat. ” I put her in the car. Like, I high five myself. I’m driving down the 101. And I was like oh, my God, I’m doing really good today. And he was being really quiet, and I was like, oh, let me look in the rearview mirror to make sure everything’s okay. And I look, and she’s happy as can be, but just not nearly strapped in.”  She turned completely white, pulled up to her husband’s work and just burst out crying. She is not alone.

Kathryn Hahn has 2 children and thinks the movie has a great message of solidarity.  She feels like, so often moms and mommies in movies are kind of painted with like a saintly glow around them. “And we know that that’s just not the truth. And we’ve got so much more complexity than anyone could–so, I was so excited to just to see mommyhood examined from like the way that we all know it, or at least would love to experience,” she said.  When it comes to motherhood today,  it’s not the same culture where your mom comes over to help you babysit.  So, you depend on your pals or other amazing women that are going through it or have gone through it or can like–so, thank God. You can’t do it by yourself. And it takes a village.  We’re all in it together. We can’t just lessen those expectations, Kathryn Hahn adds.

Both ladies have had bad mom moments with their kids during diaper changes and in the car seat. We laughed hysterically as they shared their experiences.

 

Bad Moms Fun Facts

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  • The movie was filmed in New Orleans and set in Chicago.
  • The school exterior shots were filmed at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, the oldest girls school still operational in the United States.
  • They squeezed in 200 people into a small living room to film the mom party scene for three days during torrential rainstorms in New Orleans.  Everything outside was flooded.
  • Christine Applegate’s (Gwendolynne) mother is played by her actual mother Nancy Priddy.
  • YouTube star Lilly Singh (iisuperwomanii) has a cameo.
  • No.  They did not drink alcohol in all the scenes. They drank a lot of juice.
  • Check back again next week for additional FUN facts.

 

Tickets and Trailer

Bad Moms comes to theaters July 29th. Whether you are a working mom, single mom, soccer mom, fed up mom, fit mom, rock star mom or a mom in search of perfection, we are all Bad Moms.  So  make sure to plan your Bad Moms Night out and give yourself the Mother’s Day you deserve. Your girlfriends will thank you for it. Get tickets now: http://www.badmomstickets.com/

For additional information visit the Official Website!

Cheers!

Bad Mom,

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

The Jungle Book Movie Review And Fun Facts

The long awaited Disney’s Jungle Book in 3D is here! The 3D experience will immerse you and your family into the jungle with live animals and high tech. It’s an experience the whole family will love. Unlike the original movie, the new movie is not a musical. The new version is a live-action technology packed epic adventure with personable animals that are larger than life.  The unique character qualities and personality pay homage to the original film and is a must see for all families!

The Jungle Book stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Bill Murray as Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Kahn, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela.  The film was directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Brigham Taylor.

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“The Jungle Book,” was published in 1894 and features a collection of tales of the Indian subcontinent, many of them featuring Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. “The Second Jungle Book” followed in 1895, which was the basis for the immensely popular and endearing 1967 Walt Disney animated film.

Disney’s Cast Share The Jungle Movie Secrets

Disney’s 1967 animated film, “The Jungle Book,” was the last film that Walt Disney oversaw. He passed away in 1966, the year before the film’s release. Director Jon Favreau was inspired by more than the 1967 movie. “When I think about Disney’s legacy, I relate to Walt’s original dream,” he says. “Walt Disney’s work has influenced my work. He was considered high tech for the time. He was the first person who locked soundtrack with picture, so the characters were perfectly choreographed to the musical score—something that absolutely blew people’s minds. Disney was on the cutting edge of technology.”

Disney’s 2016 animated 3D film takes the best of animation and the best of live action to create life like characters with unique qualities, personalities and emotions which pay homage to the original film. Baloo introduces Mowgli to the fun aspects of the jungle. King Louis is a gigantic gorilla who is the King of the Jungle.  Kaa the snake is  a storyteller and Raksha the eternal mother and protector.  Akela is the Alpha wolf and Bagheera.

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12 FUN FACTS To Share

  • At full stretch, Baloo can reach nearly 15 feet high. The free-spirited bear is so heavy and sports so much fur, he took nearly five hours per frame to render.
  • Mother wolf Raksha is aptly named. In Hindi, Raksha means protector.
  • Artists at WETA took some creative license when it came to King Louie, borrowing a legendary character—Gigantopithecus—and exaggerating his size. King Louie stands 12 feet tall.
  • Mowgli sports a red loincloth in the film, but costume designer Laura Jean Shannon had her work cut out for her. “Mowgli’s immersed in water and mud, he gets rained on, he runs,” says Shannon. “We even rigged a hidden safety harness into the costume because Mowgli hangs on tree limbs and cliffs. Each of the loincloths—we ended up with 16 or 17—had a very specific purpose.” • Shannon built a “suit of armor” from the leaves of an alocasia tree (known as elephant ear plant). The garment showcased how the intelligent man-cub would protect himself from angry bees before collecting honey for Baloo.
  • The team at Moving Picture Company (MPC) were responsible for animating more than 70 species, crafting 100 million leaves and simulating earth, fire and water. A team of more than 800 computer graphics artists spent more than a year on the project.
  • Artists digitally built most of the jungle environment that appears in the film, creating moss, bark, rock, water, grass, trees, leaves that were all inspired by their real-life counterparts in India. The virtual environment makes up 80 percent of the film frame 100 percent of the time.
  • Filmmakers utilized motion capture technology to help them visualize the entire film prior to live-action production kicking off. The process involves special body suits adorned with dots that translate into the computer. Even director Jon Favreau suited up for select scenes. 2
  • One of the challenges filmmakers faced by pairing a liveaction Mowgli with computer-generated animal counterparts was that the CG creatures were unable to cast shadows on real-life Mowgli. Visual effects supervisor Rob Legato developed a system that allowed filmmakers to project light and shadows onto Mowgli that represent the creatures that are moving near him.
  • Mowgli deals with a lot of honey in “The Jungle Book.” The sweet stuff proved challenging for filmmakers, who wanted it to look authentic—yet still appealing. Color and viscosity had to be considered, as well as how to make the honeycomb it comes in.
  • The iconic song “The Bare Necessities,” written by Terry Gilkyson, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1968.
  • Composer John Debney, who wrote the score for the new, liveaction film “The Jungle Book,” is the son of Louis Debney, who worked for Walt Disney. “When I was a youngster, they were making this incredible magical film called ‘The Jungle Book,’ and I was sort of a studio brat,” says Debney. “I got to know the young man Bruce Reitherman who played Mowgli. We would go on adventures around the world with his family.”
  • According to actor Ben Kinglsey, author Rudyard Kipling’s characters are part of being young in the U.K. “Before a boy in the U.K. joins the Boy Scouts, he joins the Cubs,” says Kingsley. “And our Cub Chief was always called Akela. In fact, all the Scouts’ names come from Kipling’s writings.”

THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th! For additional information visit the official THE JUNGLE BOOK  website.

What You Need To Know Before Watching The Jungle Book

“The Jungle Book” is a live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves who is coming of age and trying to find his place in the world. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when a fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.   The Jungle is not a safe place for a kid.

The Jungle Book Cast, Technology  and Jon Favreau and Brigham Taylors dedication brought this movie to life.

 

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The Jungle Book Cast

The Jungle Book stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Bill Murray as Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Kahn, Christopher Walken as King Louie. and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela.  The film was directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Brigham Taylor.

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Newcomer Neel Sethi

Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as the film’s only human character, Mowgli. Sethi was selected from thousands who auditioned as part of an extensive worldwide search. He read with several actors before being selected as Mowgli.

 

Technology and Innovation Brings The Jungle Book To Life

Filmmakers employed CGI technology  and real animal characters that artists stylized to tell the story in a contemporary and immersive way. “‘The Jungle Book’ is a universal coming-of-age story that everyone can relate to,” says producer Brigham Taylor. “Walt Disney told the story through traditional cell animation and we have the technology to bring these characters to life, make them photo-real and put a real kid into the environment in a seamless, believable way.”  Favreau’s adaption of  The Jungle Book uses CGI technology to tell the story the way that Kipling actually imagined it with a real kid in a real jungle living with actual performing animals that talk to him.  The Jungle Book also draws inspiration from the Disney animated classics, while retaining the gravitas and mythology inherent in Rudyard Kipling’s original stories.  Filmmakers decided to build an almost entirely digital jungle.  The animals each have their own unique emotional language and are made  larger than life to show the vulnerability of a child in the Jungle.

To create the iconic float-down-the-river scene, filmmakers built two tanks with jets and pumps. The larger tank had gigantic jets that created a current.  Each set had to be constructed with an eye for the digital characters who would be added to the scene and allows viewers to be immersed in the movie.

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The Jungle Book Made an Impression on Jon Favreau and Brigham Taylor

Jon Favreau and Brigham Taylor were very impressed with the characters of the Jungle Book.  According to Favreau, story is king.  “Every story needs humanity, emotion and 2 character development, as well as humor—presented in a way that doesn’t betray the stakes of the film. There are white-knuckle moments in the movie when you wonder, ‘what’s going to happen to this kid?’”  The bond between Mowgli and Baloo made a very strong impression Favreau.  According to Favreau, “The relationship between Baloo and Mowgli remineded him of his own relationship with his grandfather, who was a big part of his life.  “I really like that Mowgli is rambunctious, always getting into trouble. He isn’t the standard well-behaved kid, but a bit precocious—a ‘Dennis the Menace’ type. He isn’t intimidated by these big wild animals, in fact, he’s completely at home among them. He’s a tough kid but also very vulnerable emotionally, especially with Baloo”, said Favreau.

THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th! For additional information visit the official THE JUNGLE BOOK  website.

See you at the movies!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

What You Need to Know Before Watching #EddieTheEagle

Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story inspired by the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards an unlikely but courageous British skier who became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.   With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie (Taron Egerton) takes on the ski-jumping establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world.   The movie is Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

The original story, script and cast of characters is what makes this a powerful and authentic movie with life lessons for every member of the family.

Eddie The Eagle Director Interview – Dexter Fletcher

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Dexter Fletcher (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

Although the script for Eddie the Eagle had been floating around for many years, the story behind how Dexter Fletcher was drawn to the movie is a moment of serendipity.

Dexter Fletcher grew up  in England knowing the story of Eddie from back in the day. “I’m old enough to remember when he was there”, recalls Dexter Fletcher.   “When I was growing up in England ambition and congratulating someone was not something people would do.  I think I must have been in my mid-20s or early 20s, and I was quite sort of mid-20s.  I thought I knew it all anyway, which of course I did, and he was just sort of a joke, in England particularly. We don’t do congratulating people. We don’t do it, sort of. Ambition is almost a dirty word in England. Oh, he’s very ambitious.  Although he was sort of celebrated certainly where he came from in his home town, which makes sense, the rest of the country was a bit like, oh, he’s a loser. And I suppose I was of that opinion as well. I didn’t really take much interest at that time.”

The script for Eddie the Eagle had been floating around for about 15 years.   Dexter read the script and saw an interview of Eddie on a reality television program named Splash about five years ago and he had an epiphany.  “Eddie was 25 years older than everyone on the show and did very well in the show because he approached it in this real Olympian kind of way”, recalls Dexter.  “He was brilliant at it.  He absolutely won it. I was like this guy’s amazing. He’s my age, and he’s got the right idea. He’s got the right attitude. He really goes for it, and he was great at it, and really humble.”, said Dexter.   He really admired Eddie after that show and wanted to know who this guy was.  “And then of course, there’s a story behind that young buffoon, as we understood him to be. But, he’s not that. He was a dedicated, determined young man who sacrificed a lot to achieve something that he’d always dreamed of.  And I was like that’s really good. That’s good. Why not tell that story?”,  recalls Dexter.

Director Dexter Fletcher did a wonderful and authentic job in directing the cast of Eddie the Eagle.   He attributes the authenticity to the cast.  “The more I spoke to Taron, I understood that he wanted to create something far away from Kingsman. And it’s a really kind of sensitive, human performance. It’s a very different kind of film. And so, I had seen him there and was very impressed by that and then started working with him and talking to him. And then, we did this screen test with Hugh, and what Taron has is this amazing ability to turn very quickly emotionally and because his eyes are the way they are, you’re kind of engaged with that. And it’s a real  mercurial kind of quality, which is nothing more than a bit of magic in a film.”, said Fletcher.

It’s nice if you’re telling a story like Eddie to have that sort of magic in there, that allows you to go–because there’s a dreamy kind of aspirational quality about it. – Director, Dexter Fletcher

“And the other thing about it is for me the family’s important. The mother and the father, those relationships are important. I like those stories. The mum wants to back him, but can’t show that in front of dad. For me, that’s quite a funny dynamic, you know? And dad’s kind of scared for him.   Don’t go out in the world. Don’t do anything above what you think you can because you’ll only get hurt.”, recalls Dexter.   “But, the reality is, that dad’s just scared for him, and mum’s really backing him. And they’ve  got that dynamic going on. “, said Dexter.

“There’s nothing wrong with not letting go of that dream or that drive or that thing that inspired you when you were young.”  Dexter Fletcher said to me. “You can apply that to so many different things. That’s what’s lovely about Eddie’s story, is that he’s inspired, and he does keep moving forward. And you can apply that to so many different aspects of your life.”

Eddie The Eagle – Hugh Jackman Interview

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Hugh Jackman always loved the story of Eddie the Eagle.  “I always loved the story.   I was 19 I think when Eddie jumped and in Australia we were captured by this guy.”, he recalls. ” He became a folk hero in Australia and I think this same reason I loved him there is why I love this movie. It taps into everybody’s desire to find the thing they love, to overcome whatever obstacles they are going to overcome to do it and as a parent now, I watch that movie and I am so thrilled my kids are seeing a movie that finally says you don’t actually have to win to be a winner. You have to give with your heart, you have to give it all you got, and you got to love it.”, said Hugh Jackman.

“I watched this with my 15 year-old and my 10 year-old and I’m praying these messages are sinking in. Like “Don’t worry what other people think of you, just do the thing you love, just keep going and keep that positive attitude for live, don’t necessarily focus on the result or winning, just keep trying.” – Hugh Jackman

Eddie The Eagle – Taron Egerton Interview

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Taron Egerton (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

In Eddie the Eagle, Taron Egerton plays an average Joe,  which is completely different from other roles such as from Kingsman.   “It was hard to find a reason not to do this movie. It presented a challenge in terms of the acting and I was a huge fan of Dexter [Fletcher], our director. His movies are brilliant. Matthew Vaughn [producer] who I did Kingsman with.

“It always felt very easy stepping into his shoes. It was in the script that he was a kind of, so kind of likeable on the page that it was someone that kind of, I just really wanted to connect with him and bring to life. It was inspiring reading the script”, recalls Taron.  He also got to meet the real life Eddie on the set.

 

My mother is in the whole. My mother did, and my father, they have always, I mean, not to get soppy, my parents have always done everything for me. Everything that is good in me is my mother. She is an incredible, incredible, incredible force of nature, brilliant support.  – Taron Egerton

Crazy stuntmen In Eddie The Eagle Movie

There is a lot of action on the slopes, especially the skiers.  “There were some crazy German stuntmen who–because we filmed in Germany. And we had this amazing second unit director, who is a guy called Vic Armstrong, and he was a stuntman in the ’80s on films like Raiders of the Lost Ark. When you see Raiders of the Lost Ark, and there’s a big boulder chasing Harrison Ford, this is Vic Armstrong, or when you see a guy going underneath a truck on a whip, his name is Vic Armstrong. He came and did all our stunts”, recalls Dexter.

“He put together this team of German guys, all a bit crazy. They’re all a bit bonkers, you know? “Oh, yes, we’ll do it.” And they all just jumped off of this thing. I mean we were filming another bit where we could see them down, and they just kept jumping off and falling over.  He came back with 90 hours of footage for me because he had lots of different cameras. And that was just on the 40-meter jump.”, said Dexter.

“We also had these two young jumpers, who were Romanian actually. And what we did, we strapped a camera to their back, and one guy went down the in-run, as it’s called. And another guy went after him with a camera.”

“But, because the guy who went down first was going very fast, the ice slightly heats up underneath his skis. So, the guy behind him starts going faster. So, they take off, and the guy behind is going faster. And he flies over his head. As they fly through the air, we got it all on film, and clips him on the shoulder with his ski, and then lands before him, and the other guy lands behind him. Like I said, part of it’s in the film.” recalls Dexter.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

 

Alvin and The Chipmunk – Road Chip, the fourth movie in the series of live action CG movies bring together Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and a trip to Miami.   Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.   Along the way they confront obstacles and an infamous air marshall.  The movie is in theaters December 18!

The movie cast includes   Jason Lee as Dave,  Justin Long as voice of Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as voice of Simon, Jesse McCartney as voice of Theodore,  Tony Hale as Agent Sugg, Bella Thorne as Ashley Grey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Samantha, Josh Green as Miles, , Kaley Cuoco as voice of Eleanor, Anna Faris  as Jeanette and Christina Applegate as voice of Brittany and Stefan Kendal Gordy as RedFoo.   The movie is directed by Walt Beck.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Trip is a fun, music filled movie with lovable and endearing characters.  It is a great movie for  familes.  No matter what age you are you will walk away from the movie with positive lessons and catchy songs in your heart.   The movie is full of trendy music and dance routines which guarantees to have you dancing during and after the movie.   The relationship between Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, live action and trendy music  such as “Juicy Wiggle” by Redfoo, Iko Iko, Uptown Funk are a winning formula for this series.

 

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Watching Ant-Man & Movie Review

Ant-Man will be in theaters today, July 17.  The movie is about a man who uses his strength and powerful suit to save the world.  However, Ant-man is more than just a man.  Ant-man has gone through a series of events that has brought him to a place where he needed to make a choice between continuing a life of crime and prison or a life of changing the world.

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It’s a great family movie. It is full of adventure, action and not predictable. The characters make this movie one of the best Marvel movies ever.  After watching Ant-Man you may realize that he is your favorite Marvel superhero yet!

10 FUN Facts You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

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1. How Does The Ant-Man suit work?

The suit encapsulates the Pym Particle technology that allows a person to shrink down to the size of an ant. When the wearer wants to change size, he uses a button on the suit that regulates the Pym Particles, which run through the suit and helmet like an intricate system of veins. The particles are volatile and change the distance between atoms, so the suit and helmet serve as protection for the wearer. Although Ant-Man does not technically have super powers, when he shrinks down in the suit, he actually exceeds the strength of a normal person because energy and mass compacted create a more powerful force.

2. How was the Ant-man costume made? How many Ant-Man costumes are there?

Costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ and head suit designer Ivo Coveney, along with their talented team of artists, constructed 13 Ant-Man suits, 17 helmets, 17 belts, 8 pairs of gloves, 15 backpacks, 6 pairs of shoes, 15 balaclavas and 14 necklaces that go on the balaclava.

The Ant-Man suit is made of leather and resembles a vintage motorcycle suit. It has a worn look and is battle-scarred to harken back to when Hank Pym was AntMan and wore the suit on missions.

Each Ant-Man helmet has 54 different pieces to it as well as 10 LED lights. If you add in the nuts and bolts and the helmet lining, it’s over 60 individual components just for each helmet.

In each Ant-Man suit there are over 159 LED lights, which are controlled remotely. All the circuitry and batteries for the lights are in a very small backpack. The whole suit can light up, including the gloves and belt.

3.  Is the Yellowjacket costume suit as elaborate as Ant-Man’s suit? 

In the movie, the villain’s heavily armored Yellowjacket suit can withstand bullets and has articulating arms that can shoot plasma rays, plus it incorporates sensors and infrared vision. Like the Ant-Man suit, the Yellowjacket suit has the shrinking technology built in.

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4. How did they make scaled-down Ant-Man scenes.

For the scaled-down Ant-Man sequences, the filmmakers used a combination of motion-picture macro photography, still macro photography, motion capture with the actors, motion capture with the stunt people, and for every set they built miniature sets, called macro sets. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography that produces photographs of small items larger than life-size.

In the spirit of shooting everything in miniature, the macro photography team built a mini clapperboard, the device filmmakers use to help synchronize picture and sound. Originally made of wood and handwritten on with chalk, clapperboards now have digital features, but the one for the macro sets was of the old-fashioned variety.

5. How did Marvel know how ants behave?

Marvel did a lot of research into ant behaviors and what the different species of ants could bring to the movie in terms of what filmmakers needed for the heist. For instance, the Paraponera clavata or bullet ants have a very painful sting and resemble dinosaurs in the movie; the Solenopsis or fire ants are like architects as they can link together and form bridges and rafts to help Ant-Man; and the male Camponotus carpenter ants can fly, providing Ant-Man with a helpful mode of transportation.

Director Peyton Reed also got into ant research and was helped out by his mother who sent him a book he had as a kid titled “World of Insects,” which featured an ant on the cover. Reed enjoyed catching up with his inner child as he leafed through the old book.

MARVEL'S ANT-MAN - Shot on location in San Francisco, Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man,  in Marvel Studio's Ant-Man, scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17th, 2015. Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

6.  Was the entire movie filmed in San Francisco?

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is set in San Francisco and many exterior shots were done there, including shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Tenderloin District and the exterior of a Victorian home used to portray Hank Pym’s house. Following San Francisco, the production settled into Pinewood Studios’ newly built facilities in Atlanta and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” became the very first movie to film there. The interiors of Hank Pym’s house where the first sets that the production design team constructed on the new soundstages.

7.  Where did they come up with the van?

In the film, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has a best friend Luis (Michael Peña) who owns an old brown van that has seen better days. The van keeps changing its appearance through the course of the story, and the different versions were dubbed the Mark 1, the Mark 2 and the Mark 3, in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the Iron Man suits. The Mark 1 is the old brown van that Luis is really proud of, but in reality it is a “beater.” The Mark 2 is accessorized for a job by the thieves and boasts things like bigger mirrors, so they can see who is coming and going, and side boards for fast ins and outs. The Mark 3 is geared up for the Pym Tech heist and is painted and accessorized to look like a Water & Power utility vehicle.

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8. Does the Pym home have a safe room, little furniture and everyday items?

When you watch Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” look closely at some of the set dressing in Hank Pym’s house. You’ll see a little chair or a tiny weapon or other miniature everyday items. There are items placed all around the house that hint at the adventures Pym had when he was Ant-Man and suggest the experiments that he made shrinking inorganic objects before he made the breakthrough to shrinking organic objects.

The Basement set in the movie features a safe room where Pym conducts his experiments. It was built like a corrugated metal tube to resemble a bomb shelter and contains an old vault that secures the Ant-Man suit.

9. Was there a live Ant farm on set?

The Basement set is also home to a vertical ant farm that the production design team created. It actually houses live ants that went happily about their daily tasks oblivious to the filming around them.

 

10.  Was the Director, Peyton Reed an ardent Marvel Fanboy?

Growing up, director Peyton Reed was an ardent Marvel fanboy. When he was in high school, Reed made a pencil drawing of the punk band he was in, in which he depicted the band as a recreation of “The Avengers #1” cover, where each of the band members was a different Avenger. Perhaps it was a flash of precognition, but Reed drew himself as Ant-Man.

 

 

5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching INSIDE OUT and Movie Review

I attended a private screening of Inside Out movie and interviewed the cast.  Inside Out will be released in theaters today, June 19th.  Before you head out to theaters make sure you have the inside scoop and familiarize yourself with the movie cast and plot, the cast of characters, the emotions characteristics and FUN Facts.  We’ll also provide our thoughts on the movie without spoiling the ending and give you insider tips for a better movie experience.

Inside Out Movie Plot And Cast

Inside Out was inspired by Peter Docter’s daughter Ellie.  As she was growing up Docter was trying to figure out what she was thinking.    She was high spirited and spunky little girl.  Then suddenly in her tweens Ellie had become quiet and withdrawn and it made Docter wonder, ‘what’s going on in her head and why is she changing?’”

You should also read:  Interviews With Filmmakers and Cast of INSIDE OUT – Top Inside Out Secrets

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We can all related to a time in our youth and even in adulthood when life happens and our our emotions change.  Inside Out gives us a look into the transformation, navigation and outcome of emotions.

Inside Out Cast

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out movie takes us inside the mind of Riley, a twelve year old girl who is guided by her emotions – Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  For additional details read Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie .

 

The Characteristics of Inside Out Emotions

Although there are over one million emotions we can go through in our lifetime as humans, Inside Out focuses on the  five most important emotions and how they interact with each other to help Riley navigate through life changes:

Joy—bounces and glows (literally), overflowing with optimism—to tackle the ever-complicated task of raising Riley—metaphorically—along with four other emotions who contribute their own unique perspectives.  Fear is in charge of safety, Anger ensures that all is fair  Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially.  Sadness isn’t sure what her role is, and her efforts to get more involved in Riley’s life are not exactly welcomed by Joy. “Joy has been there the longest—Riley was born happy,” says Rivera. “But the cross-country move is really upsetting and Joy finds that she’s getting less and less time at the wheel, so to speak. She just can’t let Sadness mess up all the hard work she’s done over the years.”

The relationship between Joy and Sadness forms the root of the story, and when they’re inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—Imagination Land the rest of the emotions must help her navigate life changes.

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Movie Review

I get inspired by Disney’s ability to keep reinventing awesome!  This movie is just awesome and unlike any other movie  I have ever seen from Disney Pixar.  Words can’t describe the emotions that I went thru when I watched the movie.  It was a magical experience being transformed into the mind of a twelve year old.  We got to know the emotions inside and out, in the mind of a twelve year old and also got to know a lot about our own emotions at the same time.   Imagine being left without joy or sadness and only having anger, fear and disgust to get through your life?  I’m sure we’ve all gone through this emotional roller coaster ourselves or are currently experiencing it with our strong willed children or just by navigating life changes.

The character that I identified the most with is Joy.  I am always optimistic and even when I am sad I find a way to be positive and tackle life with an open heart like a ray of sunlight.    After watching this movie you will a little emotional and  find out how all the emotions play a role in life changes including your own.   You’ll also want to buy a fast pass to get in front of the line to watch this movie over again and again.

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FUN Facts

The movie pays tribute to Walt Disney and Disney Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Married Life and Up.  Pay very close attention and see if you can spot these FUN Facts in the scenes:

  • PICTURE THIS – The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the “Married Life” scene in “Up.”   Can you picture this?
  • ROAD TRIP – As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco on their road trip, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
  • GLOBAL DÉCOR – Does the globe in Riley’s room look familiar? The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the “Toy Story” films.
  • FAMILIAR FASHION – One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
  • STUCK ON YOU – Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
  • TECH SAVVY – Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
  • SIGN HERE – A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION – As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.

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Inside OUT Movie Insider Tips

Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss LAVA, the short film at the beginning of the movie.  LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. The volcano, Uku is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.  The short film was created by Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren.  Bring some tissue.   Also, stay after the movie ends to enjoy some silly scenes that may or may not have been left out of the movie.

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Question:  Are you going to see Inside Out?  If you have seen the movie, what character do you identify with the most?

Inside OUT Movie – Top Secrets From #InsideOut Movie

I recently attended the press conference for Inside Out and interviewed the cast of the upcoming Pixar Disney movie.  The animated movie is about a 12 year old tween girl who deals with her emotions as she struggles to adjust to a new home and life in San Francisco.    Her emotions: joy, fear, disgust, sadness and anger emotions live in headquarters and star Amy Poehler (voice of “Joy”), Bill Hader (voice of “Fear”), Mindy Kaling (voice of “Disgust”), Phyllis Smith (voice of “Sadness”) and Lewis Black (voice of “Anger”).  The emotions conflict about how to navigate the move to a new home.  Inside Out is unlike any animated movie I have ever seen.

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Our Inside Out cast interviews were full of emotions, but they made it through the interview without getting sad.   We got to know them personally as well as emotionally — which is something that doesn’t always happen at a press conference.

You should also read:  What You Need To Know Before Watching INSIDE OUT

The cast personalities also closely match the emotions of the characters they play in the movie.  I look forward to watching the movie again and again when it is released in theaters on June 19.

Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie Filmmakers

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Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera moderated by Scott Mantz.

What was the inspiration behind Inside Out and how you pitched this to John Lasseter?

Pete Docter: I noticed my daughter growing up, being a little less goofy and wacky and funny and a little more shy and quiet because she had turned 11. And at the same time, I was looking at different ideas for a film and thought about emotions as characters.   The basic pitch that I gave to Jonas at first, and then ultimately John, was, “What if we have an 11-year-old girl who’s moved across the country, but she’s actually not the main character; she’s the setting, because inside her head are her emotions that help her deal with everyday life?”  It was just that simple of a concept. I didn’t really have a story yet. That came from working with Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen, all the amazing story talents that we have. It slowly developed over the next four years. But we all kind of know that, that it doesn’t have to be perfect. We’re gonna make a lot of adjustments and refinements as we go.

Could you talk a little bit about picking five emotions to go inside the head, rather than six or four? Is there a mathematical reason for that? And, also, were there some of the voices − I mean, in the case of Lewis Black, did he just cast himself?

Pete Docter:    The very beginning pitch, I had pitched optimism, which is, we learned later, not really an emotion, and joy. I had fear and anger and some other ones, and we realized, we don’t really know anything about this. So we did a lot of research, and that’s where this came from.  There is no consensus amongst scientists about how many emotions there actually are. Some say 3; some say 27; most are somewhere in the middle. So we realized, well, we get to kind of make this up.  So we arrived at five, mainly because it’s a nice odd number. It felt like a good crowd, enough contrast and conflict between them, but not so big that you’re, like, “Wait, who’s that again? Schadenfreude? Okay. Lost track of −” so, if we were to represent all 27, I just − my brain was hurting, thinking of writing for all these characters.

At the center of emotion is the emotion console.  How did the idea for the emotion console come, as well as the theme of a spaceship, driving those emotions?

Pete Docter:  From the very beginning, we thought of the emotions as being some sort of controls because  That’s probably how they would work, right, in other to affect us emotionally. And early on, we made it much more specific. We had heart rate and body temperature, kind of the things that emotions actually do physically affect in us.   We have butterflies in the stomach, spine tingle, you know, stuff. And then we thought, well, that’s you wouldn’t need to know that as an audience member. So we tried to make it more evocative of what might be in an 11-year-old girl. It’s got a sense of fun and play to it, but it’s also practical and physical.

The idea of each emotion − I don’t know if you notice this − when they touch the console, it changes color to kind of take on − it’s like those fancy cars when they can kind of sense when a certain person sits in it. The seat adjusts. So it’s a little like that. It adjusts, depending on who’s driving.

Jonas Rivera:  We didn’t want it to be too science fiction. You can imagine, in this movie, without any visuals, reading it, it did sort of lean that way. So we worked really hard to make it whimsical and fun, like the mind of a little girl.   Once we had that grammar, then you could be, like, dads as more of a NORAD computer, you know, old-school coffee cups on it. You could kind of echo that. And there’s just, we hope, just enough logic in the buttons and the way it would work that you would just buy that it was − and when we get too literal, it would almost feel robotic, like they were driving.

And so it was this really − I mean, we looked at − and you mentioned a ship. I remember even looking at the Millennium Falcon. You just buy that there’s a throttle. You kind of don’t need to know more than that. I’ve always sort of accepted those buttons  worked and did things. And we wanted the similar grammar, but in a fun way.

We had talked with the art department as they started coming up with it, that and the whole room. It was almost like this combination of It’s a Small World and an Apple store. That’s what we kind of kept saying. It was whimsical and whirligigs and same with the console. But it was also serious. It was just clinical enough to work and be functional and so forth.

Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie Talent

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

What was it like for you all when you read the screenplay to wrap your head literally around the scope of what was going on in this movie?

Phyllis Smith: I was very excited to get the call and it – I really don’t know the magnitude of it even now. I don’t believe – I was just really happy to go to Emeryville and have Pete and Jonas tell me the story and see the pictures and immediately without a beat, without missing a beat I said yes, yes please and I had a great time.

Bill Hader:   I kind of stalked them – Pixar – I went to them. I said, “I wanna take a tour of Pixar.” This was back in 2010.  I went around and I met Pete and Jonas and there was actually a scene. They didn’t tell me about the movie – there is a scene in the movie that deals with a live television element. We’d like to come to SNL; and I said, “Come to SNL.” And they hung out at SNL for a week for reference of that sequence and so they let me come and hang out at Pixar as a thank you and then kind of really – “Do you want Fear?” and I said, “Sure.” It worked.

Amy Poehler:  I came to the project later and they have done so much work already and a lot of people had already recorded, so I kind of got this PowerPoint presentation of what the idea was and I couldn’t believe it was – the setting was the mind of and 11 year old girl. I just loved that that was the setting. I just thought – I honestly believe from the minute they told me the idea I was like “This film is gonna be the best Pixar movie ever made, and it’s gonna make the most money and it’s gonna win an Oscar.”

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

What you see in yourself that makes it perfect that you play the characters that Pete Docter and the rest of the team wanted you to play; so how do you relate to the emotion that you’re playing?

Mindy Kaling:  The character discussed has a lot of qualities of a very impatient, judgmental adolescent girl and because I seem to be recurring in playing that role over and over again in my career – she just says the things I say on a really bad day – the thing I really wanna say but then don’t say it. Basically, in my mind the parenthetical role or her lines is “I can’t, I can’t with this;” it’s just like what she’s always thinking.

Lewis Black:  My family argued all the time, that’s what we did, that was the way we expressed love and it’s always been so – that kind of anger is always kind of being a part of me and my mother couldn’t cook.

Amy Poehler:  There are some characteristics of Joy – like just maybe some unrelenting energy and bossiness perhaps that Pete, Jonas and Ronnie thought I could pull off, maybe from the other characters that I’ve played and I do think she just likes living in the moment and maybe like to think that I do that too, but I aspire to be more like Joy and I think that characters in the film get all of the range of emotions. Everybody feels anger, fear, sadness, joy; each in their own journey. Bill?

Bill Hader:       I think yes, I’m a big whimp, I don’t know. I guess he needs to play Fear.

 

 

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Tomorrowland Movie Review And Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy

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I attended a private screening of Tomorrowland Movie and interviewed Raffey Cassidy.  The movie will be  released in theaters nationwide today, May 22.  The movie is about optimism and the future, Tomorrowland.  In the movie, the premise that the futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to Walt Disney’s vision.  The characters of the movie obtain a pin to jump-start their quest for Tomorrowland and use their courage, hope and determination to make a difference.

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The movie provides a powerful and optimistic view into the future.  It will have you thinking about the way you think about the future and the role you play in the outcome future.  You will be entertained, but you will also have something to talk about.

Grab your pin and take me to Tomorrowland!

Cast

 

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The film stars George Clooney (“Frank Walker”),  Britt Robertson (“Casey Newton”), Tim McGraw (“Ed Newton”) and Raffey Cassidy (“Athena”).  The film was written and produced by Brad Bird (Director / Producer / Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer / Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).

“Tomorrowland” features a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, and also stars Hugh Laurie.

When the concept of “Tomorrowland” was just percolating in writer/producer Damon Lindelof’s mind, Sean Bailey, president of production at Disney told him about a box that had been discovered in a closet at the studio. The “mystery box” contained all sorts of fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters seemingly related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964 World’s Fair.

Lindelof imagined that these findings were a guide to a secret story that nobody knew about; a place called Tomorrowland.

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FUN facts

  • For the props department, creating props for the different time periods of the film—1964, 1984 and 2014—was a challenge. There are different influences and materials that affect the manufacture and design of the props for each era, so every prop needed to be carefully researched and analyzed to make sure the technology and materials they planned to use existed in the time period. Then the filmmakers had to try and find the real parts to make things authentic.
  • Designed by illustrator Tim Flattery of “Men in Black” fame, the plasma ray guns used in the comic-book store scene feature interactive light that spills out into the environment, adding to their air of authenticity. The guns were built with a very small but powerful wireless battery pack that fits on the end. Upon the actor hitting the trigger, the gun throws interactive light out the front. When the “plasma” is empty, a red light goes on and, as the gun recharges, the lights turn blue again.
  • Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland had to dress almost 400 extras in 1964-era attire for the Hall of Invention and Unisphere Plaza World’s Fair scenes.
  • The 1964 jet pack designed for Young Frank (Thomas Robinson) was a feat of engineering and imagination. It has 40 different fasteners on the backpack frame and has mounts for Electrolux vacuum cleaners on the sides. Control cables operate the small shovels on the back. Cables run through the jet pack onto the handles so the actor can control it. The jet pack was fastened to a plate and could be easily removed from the frame so that Thomas did not have to walk around with 20 lbs. of jet pack on his back between takes.
  • For the 1964 World’s Fair, the Walt Disney Company created three rides, the It’s a Small World ride being the one we remember most. Though quaint by today’s standards, back in 1964, Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln were revolutionary in how they used robotics and ride technology to create a thematically rich experience.

 

Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy (Athena)

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We also had the opportunity to interview Raffey Cassidy, a young and talented actress, who plays Athena, a robot child and hero of Tomorrowland alongside George Clooney.   Raffey Cassidy underwent training in swimming, gymnastics, wirework and martial arts, which was the primary focus of her training as her character kicks some serious butt in the movie.

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During the interview she shares some insight on what it is like to play the superhero, preparation for her mysterious character and hopes for the future:

What is the best part of playing a Athena?

Raffey Cassidy:   Playing Athena was fun.  She is very intelligent, smart and mysterious and doesn’t show emotions.  The best part of the role was doing all her stunts and so many fight scenes.    Scenes that went back and forth.

What was the most difficult part of playing role?

Raffey Cassidy:  Athena has no background to go off of so I got to create it.  Also, not showing emotions. 

Favorite scene in the movie?

Raffey Cassidy:  The Eiffel Tower scene was my favorite.

Favorite Stunt?

Raffey Cassidy:  The Flip

What do you want people to take away from movie?

Raffey Cassidy:  I would like people to think about the future and about the way they interact with each other and communicate with each other.  We need to interact face to face more and less with technology.

Favorite Disneyland Ride in Tomorrowland?

Raffey Cassidy: Space Mountain

Favorite Disney ride of all time?

Raffey Cassidy: California Scream

Favorite Hobbies?

Raffey Cassidy:  I love creating special effects. scars on the face and arms.  I create a lot of special effects.

 

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See you at the movie!

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