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.

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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

INSIDE OUT

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.

Inside Out FUN Facts

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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Tomorrowland Cast Interviews | Secrets From #Tomorrowland Movie

I recently interviewed the cast of Tomorrowland. The movie is going to be in theaters on May 22.  Tomorrowland movie is based on a shared destiny of former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity.  They  embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them— forever.

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We interviewed George Clooney (“Frank Walker”),  Britt Robertson (“Casey Newton”), Tim McGraw (“Ed Newton”), Raffey Cassidy (“Athena”), Brad Bird (Director / Producer / Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer / Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).

 

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Interview With Tomorrowland Cast

1. Question: My understanding is that this film really originates from a series of discussions you had with the people at Disney. What were those discussion? How did this film come about and how did television critic from Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Jeff Jensen, became involved in the film?

Damon Lindelof: I was having a meeting with Sean Bailey, who is the president of production at Disney and we were talking about the Marvel movies, of which we’re both fans. He said they had a number of fantasy princess movies in the pipeline at Disney, but wondered what else a Disney movie should be. I said to him, “I don’t know what it’s about, but I would see a movie called Tomorrowland.” And that was the beginning of this whole adventure.   I’ve always been really interested in the future and I kind of feel like all the movies that I’ve been exposed to over the course of the last 20-30 years have shown me a future that I don’t really want to be living in. it’s cool to watch, but teenagers trying to kill other teenagers, or robots eradicating mankind, or you know, apocalyptic wastelands, albeit populated by Charlize Theron, are all great.

 

2. Question:  Jeff what was your response when Damon called and said he wanted you to join this project?

Jeff Jensen:     It was definitely a little crazy and humbling too. It was a lot of fun to work with someone whose storytelling you really admire, and to get in a room with them. The idea that he pitched to me was just really engaging. We groove on the same stuff, but the whole idea of a movie that kind of riffed on and looked at the different ways that we looked at the future then and now, to research the history of futurism and science fiction, and let that inform a story, that was super-fun, and to really build out the story. But also thought I knew a lot about how movies are made and TV shows are made. And this was a real learning experience in how much I didn’t know.

3. Question:      Tim, it’s a different role for you, compared to some of the other dads that you’ve played. I’m thinking specifically of Friday Night Lights. You’re much more nurturing and supportive here, which is great.  You, yourself, have three daughters. It must have felt oddly comfortable to play this part.

Tim McGraw:     That was much more true to life. I was thinking of the scene where we were shooting in the car, Britt and I had a long conversation in the car. We were talking about life and talking about guys. It was pretty reminiscent of some of the conversations that I’ve had with my daughters. In fact, I had to be upset in that scene and I had just been upset with my daughter.

 

4. Question: Britt and Raffey:  The dynamics between the two of you in the film are definitely not what you’d expect. The person who looks younger might not be. How would you two describe the relationship between the two characters?

Britt Robertson:     Raffey played Mom a lot, especially with George and I, you know? She was constantly just trying to keep us focused and funny enough, that’s how she is in life too.  She’s so professional and so focused herself, you know. I oftentimes would look over and be like, “Yeah, okay, right, this is what we’re doing. This is what we’re doing.” But we had such fun together. We spent a lot of time together, just between stunt training and then obviously filming the movie. So I think our dynamic off-screen probably helped a lot of our chemistry on-screen as well.

Raffey Cassidy:     The relationship between Casey and Athena is quite friendly, because Athena just wants to get Casey and Frank together, to try and save the world.

5. Question: George, at the heart of this movie is a really big idea, which I think is powerful. You’ve made a lot of bold films in your career, particularly the more political ones. But I think this one is right up there, as far as being quite bold. Do you see it that way?

George Clooney:     Putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought.

George Clooney:     First and foremost, I think it is a really bold thing for Disney to be willing to do a film that isn’t a sequel and isn’t a comic book, to really invest in a summer film of this sort of ilk. The fun part of it, to me, was when you read the screenplay, although I have to say, just so we’re clear, when Damon and Brad showed up at my house, they said, “We’ve got a part that we’ve written for you.” And then I opened up the description of the character and it’s a 55-year-old has-been, and I’m kind of going, “Hang on a minute, which part am I reading for?”

Jeff Jensen:     It said genius, by the way. It said genius.

George Clooney:     It said former genius, boy genius, who has gotten bitter in his old age. I just loved the idea of, you know, we live in a world right now where you turn on your television set and it’s rough out there. And it’s not fun. And it can really wear on you after a period of time. And we see generations now feeling as if it’s sort of hopeless, in a way, and what I love about it is it sort of speaks to the idea that your future is not preordained and predestined, and that if you’re involved, a single voice can make a difference and I believe in that. I happen to believe in it, and so I loved the theme or the idea that, you know, there’s still so much that we can all do to make things better. And I liked it. I thought it was great.

 

6. Question: George Clooney. It picks up somewhat on what you were just talking about. First of all, this is the summer movie with a serious subtext, and you get to be the grumpy cynic, which I feel I am too. Growing up in the Cold War, that’s who we are. And yet at the same time, you’re searching for hope, and I’m curious if that arc reflects the struggle that you personally have, and whether you relate to that in this particular context of this movie.

George Clooney:     I grew up during the Cold War period and I always found that although we always thought that the world would end in a nuclear holocaust at some point, everybody was pretty hopeful. There were an awful lot of things going on that you felt you could change. I grew up in an era where the voice, the power of the one, really did feel as if it mattered.  We had the riots that are reminiscent of the things we are looking at today, but we had the Civil Rights Movement and we had Vietnam.  We had the Women’s Rights Movements and all those things that you felt you could actually have some part of changing and actually, if you look at the things that changed in the 1960s and early 1970s, individual voices did make a huge difference. It wasn’t governments doing it, necessarily.

I didn’t ever have that great disappointment in mankind. I always felt like it was going to work out in the end and I still feel that way.   What I loved about the film was that it reminds you that young people don’t wake up, they’re not born and start out their lives cynical, or angry, or bigoted. You have to be taught all of those things.  I watch the world now and think I see really good signs from young people out there and I feel as if the world will get better.  I’ve always been an optimist. I’ve been a realist, but I’ve been an optimist about it and  I really related to the film because I thought, you know, Brad and Damon want to tell a story that’s an entertainment, because first and foremost, it has to be an entertainment. But it is hopeful, and I’ve always felt that way myself.

 

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Hot Pursuit Movie Review And Exclusive Interview With Sofia Vergara

When was the last time you went to the movies and laughed so hard your stomach hurt?  I recently attended a girls night out private screening of Hot Pursuit Movie and Interviewed Sofia Vergara.   Our girls night out evening was topped off with popcorn, candy, cupcakes and coffee and lots of silliness in between.  I never thought my sister and I would ever stop laughing, but every time we think about the movie we share a laugh because the movie was really funny.  It’s been a couple of weeks since we saw the movie and we still can’t stop laughing!   The movie will be released on theaters May 8.

 

 

Cast

Starring:

Reese Witherspoon – Cooper

Sofía Vergara – Daniella Riva

John Carroll Lynch – Captain Emmet

Rob Kazinsky – Randy

Richard T. Jones – Detective Jackson

Director

Anne Fletcher

Release Date

May 8, 2015

Rated PG-13

 

Hot Pursuit Movie Review

When I heard Sofia Vergara and Reese Whitherspoon were teaming up for Hot Pursuit, my curiosity peaked.It’s also great to see powerful women directing, producing and playing lead roles in movies, especially a comedy movie.  I really admire both lead actors in  other movies and loved their roles in Hot Pursuit, a laugh-out-loud hilarious movie.   The movie plot and cast are hilarious, but the chemistry between Reese and Sofia is what really makes this a great comedy.

Hot Pursuit is about an uptight and by-the-book cop, Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) who tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow  Daniela (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.     Daniela is a tough woman who has no problem using her female assets to get what she wants.  Cooper on the other hand is a woman who works in a predominately male field who tries to subdue her female assets and femininity to fit in to the workplace as a police officer.

As the movie develops you will embrace and fall in love with Daniela and Cooper.  The characters are sassy, quirky and share dozens of silly jokes that are actually funny.  I wish I could remember them all and share at least 21 jokes from Hot Pursuit that were actually funny.   My stomach hurt so bad from laughing so hard, but it was a much needed laugh and girls night out.  I definitely recommend the movie as a night out with your best friends.  It will be a memorable girls night out.

Sofia Vergara Hot Pursuit Movie Exclusive Interview

I had the opportunity to interview Sophia Vergara as well.  Here is what she shared about her character, favorite scenes and possibility of teaming up with Reese for another movie:

What drew you to the character Daniela? Any specific character traits?

SOFIA VERGARA: “WELL YOU KNOW IT WAS AN OBVIOUS ATTRACTION FOR ME BECAUSE SHE’S COLOMBIAN. I LIKED THAT SHE HAS A LITTLE TWIST AT THE END. IT WAS FUN TO GET TO PLAY BOTH SIDES OF HER. AND MOST OF ALL, I LIKED HER WARDROBE. IT WAS WAY BETTER THAN REESE’S.”

Loved your jokes, all of them!  What is your favorite scene? Were there any improvised scenes?

SOFIA VERGARA: “THE BUS SCENE WAS MY FAVORITE TO SHOOT AND TO WATCH. IT WAS SUPER FUN TO DO. AND WHEN REESE’S CHARACTER IS DRESSED AS JUSTIN BEIBER I COULDN’T GET THROUGH A TAKE WITHOUT LAUGHING.”

You and Reese make a perfect pair.  Can we expect a Hot Pursuit 2?

SOFIA VERGARA: “IF WE ARE LUCKY! MAYBE IT WILL BE LIKE THE FAST AND FURIOUS MOVIES AND WE CAN GET ALL THE WAY UP TO HOT PURSUIT 8!”

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Movie Review | What You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

The Avengers Age of Ultron movie premiers in theaters today!  Age of Ultron, is a follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.  Ultron emerges and the Avengers try to stop his terrible plans and protect the world from the greatest threat to mankind.

Before you see the movie you need to know  who the cast of characters are, the powerful roles women play in the movie and role the costumes & prop secrets plays in the success of the movie.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Cast

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.

 

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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.  Kim Soo Hyuan also plays a supporting role in the cast as Dr. Helen Cho.

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Women in Avengers: Age of Ultron & Movie Review

Age of Ultron movie has a great storyline, is action-packed and has more twists and thrills than a rollercoaster.  It’s so entertaining you will blur the lines of fantasy and reality to immerse yourself into a character in the movie. Which Avenger you pick depends on what character you are drawn to the most and their costume.  My favorite so far is the Black Widow, but I really loved all the characters, especially all the roles played by women.

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The Black Widow, Agent Maria Hill, Wanda Maximoff and Dr. Helen Cho characters are very smart, tech savvy and powerful.     Their intelligence, expertise and super powers draws you closer to each of their characters.

The female forces in Avengers Age of Ultron  have a lot of depth, are intelligent and powerful.  They are a force to be reckoned with and inspire us to channel our own inner Avengers.  The combination of their tender-hearts, kick-ass moves and survival skills make them more human-like, even though they have incredible super powers.

These are the characteristics I liked the most from each female character:

It’s really business as usual for the Black Widow with her martial arts moves, but as the film develops we get to see a tender and heart-warming side to her character and unexpected love interest.

Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver are orphaned at a young age.  Their past experiences have drawn them to the dark side.   It’s just them against the world.  Wanda’s character is more motherly, caring and protecting of her cause.  Wanda is very connected to the universe and the world around her, which is where she draws her telekinisis super power from.  Her super powers have never before seen by the Avengers and very mystifying.

Agent Maria Hill’s is reporting to Tony Stark and is in charge of all the paperwork, but as you see her role play out she really has a significant role in day to day operations, as  she works closely with all the Avengers.  When it comes to getting things done she gets it done.

Dr. Helen Cho is a geneticist who helps the Avengers from the Avengers towers.  Her research and technology expertise help the Avengers.  We truly need more movies with smart technologists and world super heroes in film!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Costumes & Prop Secrets

Alexandra Byrne designed all the costumes.   According to Byrne, the most challenging part of the movie was creating all the costume designs for all the characters.   There were a lot of characters and they needed to get the costumes just right.   Alex Byrne and Ryan Meinerding, concept artist collaborated on a great coat for Haweye with really cool lines.

Many of the Avenger props applied new technology to old weapons to take them to the next level. Hawkeye’s archery also takes a new look with an upgrade to a maroon.   There are also five versions of Captain Americas shield for the making of the film:  a hero, a lightweight hero, a durable, a biscuit foam and a stunt rubber.   Black Widow’s fighting batons are based off the Escrima Sticks.

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Marvel Avengers Age Of Ultron Cast Interviews | Top 10 Secrets from #AgeOfUltron Movie

I recently attended a press conference at Walt Disney Studios and interviewed the cast of the upcoming movie, Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. “The Avengers,” the Super Hero dream team is back to protect the world from the greatest threat mankind has ever seen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The movie will be in theaters on May 1.

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We interviewed Scarlett Johansson. Mr. Joss Whedon. Elizabeth Olsen. James Spader. Mark Ruffalo. Chris Hemsworth. Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans. Jeremy Renner. Paul Bettany. Cobie Smulders. Aaron Taylor-Johnson. And Mr. Kevin Feige.

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Top 10 Secrets from Marvels Age of Ultron Movie

 

 

Question #1: Paul Bettany. So what does it feel like now to be more than just a voice?

PAUL BETTANY: The main difference is I have to show up. The great thing is being able to work with all these incredibly creative and talented people. However, I also now have to show up at junkets, you know, so everything’s a double-edged sword, you know?

 

Question #2: Joss. If you could talk about bringing Vision and Ultron to life. It almost seemed like they each embodied Stark’s nature, both the good and the bad, Ultron being the bad, and the Vision the best of both natures. Could you talk a little bit about that and maybe even Mr. Downey could comment.

JOSS WHEDON: They doo embody a little bit of him, but they’re also their own people. But I do see them as two sides of the same coin. I like the sort of accord between the two of them. I think there’s something beautiful about the fact that they see the same thing and react to it differently emotionally.

 

Question #3: Joss. Can you talk about, what were the biggest challenges that you faced putting together the story and then shooting the film? What were the things that surprised you on your journey?

JOSS WHEDON: There’s 47 of these people. It’s making sure that everybody’s got their moment, their through-line, that it’s connected to the movie. I have all these people. I love all these people. They’re extraordinary. But making sure that they’re not just all being served, but all within the same narrative structure, that they’re in the same movie, that it’s all connected to the main theme. At some point during the editing process, I could not have told you who they were, who I was, what movie I was making, I got so lost in it. But I think it all came together, and you know, it’s just about making these guys look good, which takes a long time.

 

Question #4: Kevin. You started with this grand plan almost a decade ago. What’s it meant to you to see it all coming to fruition, working with filmmakers like Joss and the rest of the cast you’ve had through all your movies? What’s that experience been like for you, and to see the world connect with the MCU in such a powerful way?

KEVIN FEIGE: It started with the notion of making these movies ourselves, and becoming Marvel Studios, and then it continued with Robert in Iron Man one, with the notion of having Sam Jackson come in at the end and say: you’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet, thinking that most people wouldn’t know what that meant, but occasionally somebody would go: what did that mean? I’d go: it means maybe that we’ll introduce all the different characters and put ‘em together. It’d be great. But the minute that happened, the world sort of got it, much more quickly than I anticipated, and it was awesome, and it continues to be – it’s daunting now ‘cause the expectations before, they didn’t exist. They thought: what are they doing, let’s go on to the next thing. And now it’s crushingly overwhelming expectations, particularly on this movie. But it’s incredible, and it’s incredible, to look down the line and the table keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s the greatest ensemble ever assembled in cinematic history, and it is amazing to be a part of it.

Question #5: Robert, James, and Chris Hemsworth. Growing up, who was your favorite superhero, and why?

CHRIS HEMSWORTH: I mean, Superman was probably the only film they’d made, I think, back when I was growing up. That was the one that sticks out for me. Iron Man hadn’t been created yet, or Captain America, or Hulk, or Black Widow or Vision, everyone on this table.

JAMES SPADER: Growing up, I didn’t have any comic books at all, but my friend Will Brottis has a trunk full of ‘em, and so comic books were like candy for me. I’d go over to his house for a sleepover, and I would be really just devouring everything I could get my hands on.

 

Question #6: Jeremy. There were a lot of Hawkeye fans that felt a little shortchanged actually in the first Avengers because one of their favorite heroes wasn’t focused on as much as they would have liked. But we see a much greater emphasis on Barton in this particular film. Can you talk bout what you were hoping to see as Barton evolve into in this film, and your first reactions when you read the script and you saw the role he was going to play in this one.

JEREMY RENNER: I speak in this movie and I become part of the team, which is awesome. When sitting down with Joss, and even Kevin back in the day, about why I liked him, why I wanted to play Hawkeye, is ‘cause I didn’t understand, I could never do like what these gentlemen do. I don’t have that creative of a mind. I understood Hawkeye in the sense of he’s a human just with a high skill set, so I could tap into that. I got to explore a little bit more of that, even outside the skill set, and I thought that was a really, really endearing and thoughtful sort of secret that he had, and I’m excited to kind of see where that goes.

 

Question #7: We’ve seen Black Widow not only evolve depth-wise but we see her role getting larger and larger as the cinematic universe progresses to the point that we see her play such a significant role in Age of Ultron. Talk a little bit about where you see Black Widow even going from here, once we get to the end of this film.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: In the beginning of Avengers 2, there’s some sense finally of there being a kind of normal, in a way. It’s a well-oiled machine where, you tag teaming each other, it’s finally, like, the introductions are over and we’re at work, digging our heels in, and at the end of Avengers 2, I think Widow lets her guard down. She was hopeful for something. I think she had this moment of false hope where she kind of felt like, you know, she kind of put in the work and, you know, there should be some kind of personal payoff and she was ready to accept it. She realizes that her calling is a greater one and that’s not necessarily something that she’s thrilled about, but that’s kind of what is most heroic about her is that she’s, you know, accepting the call of duty, even at herown personal loss. It’s an interesting place to leave her there, because you know, there’s many different directions to go. She going to be able to withstand this huge weight that’s bearing down on her or is she going to crack under it, and sort of crumble, you know, not being able to take this huge hit, this huge personal hit that she does. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see, right?

 

Question #8: Scarlett. Can you talk a bit about the physical preparation that went into the role and were you a proficient motorcycle rider already?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I don’t think you’re allowed to ride a motorcycle when you’re still pregnant. But I did. I did all of the motorcycle riding. I embarrassingly rode some sort of a mechanical bull type of motorcycle, which goes nowhere and doesn’t look cool at all. But you know, we had some very professional and amazing motocross work being done that makes Black Widow look like a total badass. I’m very fortunate that there’s a team around me that is super-supportive in helping all of Widow’s fight moves and badass motorcycle riding happen. Could not do that without that part of it. Starting a move and then finishing a move and all that work being seamless takes a lot of choreography and team spirit. So you know, every film is exciting ‘cause I get new tools and new fun, cool stuff to do, and luckily Joss writes me some badass moves that make me look just epic and it’s awesome. I just said epic, awesome and badass all in one sentence. I’m done now.

 

Question #9: Mark. One of the great things about Dr. Banner is that we see so much of Dr. Banner in Hulk, but yet you find a way to make Dr. Banner feel like such a distinct character from the Hulk at the same time. Talk a little bit about Banner’s evolution in this film and the Dr. Banner you wanted the audiences of Age of Ultron to see.

MARK RUFFALO: I was helped out by the fact that I’m green, and huge, to help me with the distinction between the two characters, so I can’t take full credit for that, except for the accent that I was using.

 

Question #10: Joss. It’s the nerd question of the day. Why is the armor designed to contain the Hulk called Veronica?

JOSS WHEDON: I decided to call it Veronica because I used to be in love with a woman named Betty, and Veronica is the opposite of that.

 

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Dreamworks Home Movie Review #DreamWorksHome

We recently landed on the purple carpet for the movie premier of Dreamworks Home, starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez.  The movie is in theaters starting today, March 27.

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The movie producers and director did a great job of integrating multicultural characteristics in the characters played by Jennifer Lopez (Latina entertainer and actress)  and Rihanna (Barbadian singer, entertainer and actress).   In addition to the movie,  there is a Dreamworks HOME movie soundtrack which included three new songs by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Feel the Light song.  I love the soundtrack. It’s also a great soundtrack for kids.

Hurry up! Hurry up! Get in your spaceship and make sure to land on the purple carpet and go see Home.  Make sure to take someone with you to ensure you don’t get beemed up by the Boov!

 

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The movie is out of this world and based on a book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  The screenplay was written by Tom J. Astie and Matt Ember, produced by Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy and directed by Tim Johnson on earth.

 

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Home Movie Overview

Oh is a lovable misfit from another planet, Boov. He lands on earth and find himself on the run from his own people, the Boov!  Oh forms a friendship with a young, inquisitive girl named Tip who is also on a quest of her own.  Tip has been living on her own since the Boov rounded up all the humans and is in search of  her mother, Lucy.  Tip has an adorable pet cat named “Pig”, which is always by her side.   Together, Tip and Oh  discover the universe and the true meaning on being HOME.

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Cast

Jim Parsons as Oh
Rihanna as Gratuity “Tip”
Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci
Steve Martin as Captain Smek
Matt L. Jones as Kyle
Brian Stepanek as Gorg Commander
April Lawrence as Boov Announcer

Movie Review

Home is an endearing movie about love, family, unity and the real meaning of HOME.  The characters are so lovable, especially Tip and Oh.    Oh character is from a planet called Boov.  The Boov are running away from their enemy to earth and relocate all the humans to Australia.  Oh is a misfit, but deep down inside he is funny, silly and very lovable.  Tip’s character is from Barbados, intelligent, spunky and very inquisitive.    Tip is separated from her mother during the invasion and is on a quest to reunite with her.

The Boov come from another planet, can speak broken english and have adapted to our environment, sort of.  They have come to planet earth to get rid of all humans so that can take over the planet.     As the story unfolds, we find that Boov’s and humans actually have more in common than differences.  The movie will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.  You’ll even feel like you’re flying in a spaceship!

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Cinderella Movie Review & FUN Facts

Cinderella opened in theaters on March 13.  Unlike the original animated classic of 1950, the Cinderella movie brings to life the original classic and tells a story about kindness, courage and true love with two kindred spirits who see each others hearts falling in love.  This is not a movie about a “poor girl” getting save.  The movie will take you through a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, love and make you believe in magic. 

 

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 The Making Of CINDERELLA

Disney’s animated fairy tale “Cinderella,” the magical love story of an ill-treated heroine whose dreams come true, was a colossal moment in Disney’s history. With a $3 million budget, “Cinderella” was a huge financial risk for the studio at the time, but the film opened on February 15, 1950 to universal acclaim and was a big hit commercially, grossing more than $34 million and firmly solidifying the studio as a major force in the industry. Today, 65 years later, “Cinderella” has become one of the studio’s most treasured  titles. The film is included on the American Film Institute’s list of the “10 Greatest Animated Films of All Time”.

The live-action Cinderella movie brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as real life characters for a whole new generation and stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron.

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CINDERELLA Synopsis

Ella’s father was a merchant who traveled alot.  Her mom taught her to believe in everything.  Her mother becomes very ill and passes away. Before her passing, Ella’s mom reminds her to “Be Kind and Have Courage.  Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic”.  Ella takes her moms encouragement and advice and tucks it away in her heart and lives a life focused on how life should be with a magic after her moms passing.  She loves the world around her and was kind to animals.

After Ella’s mom passes away, her dad meets Lady Tremaine and marries her.  The fashionable Lady Tremaine  makes a grand entrance when she arrives to Ella’s family estate.  Lady Tremaine’s had also experienced grief.  However, it made her bitter and angry over the years. It’s hard to see the anger and bitterness on the surface because she is a stunning beauty with an amazing wardrobe of clothing which will captivate your attention and put you into a spell.

Ella’s life comes crashing down after the passing of her father.  With the father’s passing Lady Tremaine lets her anger and bitterness take over her life and she becomes an evil and cruel step-mother.   Through a series of events you can see why Lady Tremaine is that way and once you understand, you will come out of your spell and have a hard time seeing her as an “evil” stepmother.

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The step-sisters were spoiled and raised to be vain, selfish, self-centered and mean.  As you look closer at the characters of the evil step-mother and evil step-sisters you will see that Ella could have easily become her evil step-family, but instead she chooses the path of kindness and courage.  You will be overcome with emotion by seeing just how much Ella endures and how she overcomes it.

You will feel like you are being transformed to the period to experience a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness and love. with Cinderella.

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Cast

Stepmother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CATE BLANCHETT

Cinderella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LILY JAMES

Prince . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARD MADDEN

Fairy Godmother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HELENA BONHAM CARTER

Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NONSO ANOZIE

Grand Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STELLAN SKARSGÅRD

Drisella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOPHIE MCSHERA

Anastasia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOLLIDAY GRAINGER

King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DEREK JACOBI

Ella’s Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BEN CHAPLIN

Ella’s Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAYLEY ATWELL

Master Phineus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROB BRYDON

Princess Chelina of Zaragosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JANA PEREZ

Royal Crier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEX MACQUEEN

Lizard Footman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOM EDDEN

Goose Coachman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GARETH MASON

Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAUL HUNTER

Ella (10 Years) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELOISE WEBB

Palace Official . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOSHUA MCGUIRE

Halberdier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW STEER

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10 CINDELLA movie FUN FACTS

  • For the palace ball, Kenneth Branagh wanted to see the most spectacular ballroom imaginable. The set was constructed at Pinewood Studios on the famous 007 soundstage, the largest in Europe, which has housed hundreds of massive productions over the years.
  • The ballroom also included 17 enormous custom-made chandeliers from Italy, which had close to 5,000 oil candles, each of which had to be lit by hand. For the chandeliers that adorned the corridor leading into the ballroom and the ballroom itself, Francesca Loschiavo-Ferreƫ wanted them to be over the top. In the end, the chandeliers were custom-made in Venice, and are works of art themselves.
  • In addition to the palace and ballroom sets, Dante Ferreƫ and his crew built an exterior of Ella’s family’s home on location at Black Park, a sprawling country park in Wexham, Buckinghamshire (not far from Pinewood Studios), that included stables, the fountain and the greenhouse in the garden.
  • Cinderella costume designer Sandy Powell started working on concepts for the characters’ looks almost two years before the start of principal photography began, thought it would be interesting if the costumes weren’t strictly 19th century, but more of a 1940s version of the era instead.
  • Designer Sandy Powell also designed the footwear worn by the Stepmother, all of which were made by Salvatore Ferragamo.
  • Cinderella’s tiny waist was achieved with a corset to accentuate James’ already petite frame and created even more of a difference between her 22-inch waist and the gown’s voluminous skirt.
  • As for the Fairy Godmother, Powell wanted to fulfill every young girl’s dream and bring the treasured character to life in a luminous and magical way. To accomplish this, she created a white gown with silver wings made up of 131 yards of fabric, 10,000 Swarovski crystals and 400 lit LED lights, which were stitched throughout the material and lit up when she cast a spell.
  • The famous glass slipper was also designed by Sandy Powell based on an original shoe from the 1890s that she found in a Northampton shoe museum.  The shoe was impossibly tiny with a 5-inch heel and was simply elegant.
  • Sandy Powell soon realized the only way she could even attempt to make a crystal shoe was with the help of the Austrian crystal company Swarovski, and when approached, the company was more than up to the challenge. Thus began a collaboration featuring Powell’s designs and Swarovski’s
  • The entire film was shot on film, not digital, using 200 ASA and 50 ASA film.

Favorite CINDERLLA Quotes

YOU HAVE MORE KINDNESS IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER THAN MOST PEOPLE POSSESS IN THEIR WHOLE BODY, AND IT HAS POWER. MORE THAN YOU KNOW. 

—ELLA’S MOTHER

YOU MUST NOT MARRY FOR ADVANTAGE. YOU MUST MARRY FOR LOVE. FIND THAT GIRL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT…THE FORGETFUL ONE WHO LOSES HER SHOES. 

—THE KING

I THINK HEAVEN IS LIKE THE PALACE BALL. EVERYONE IS INVITED.

—CINDERELLA

HOW HAPPY HER MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN, TO SEE ELLA RIDE OFF IN SUCH SPLENDOR, AND WITH HER COURAGE AND HER KINDNESS INTACT.

—THE FAIRY GODMOTHER

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