Posts Tagged ‘disney’

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – A Little More Penzance Than Last Time

Posted 19 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, USA, 2011

Directed by Rob Marshall Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a 2011 adventure fantasy film and the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

In what could be called “Captain Jack and the Last Crusade,” we say goodbye to Will and Elizabeth Turner (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, respectively) and hello to a more expensive look, drearier set pieces, and a more puzzling plot line. However, one benefit of the Pirates films is that no matter how twisted the story may be, and no matter how questionable things may get, everything seems to fall into place. The franchise has always had a firm rooting in faith, spirituality and things seemingly happening for a reason, with the hint of a moral compass always guiding the way, so in that aspect the film gives itself room to take outlandish turns, so long as everything fits. On Stranger Tides is certainly no exception to this rule, but At World’s End (2007) had that market cornered.

I have to say, and I know I’m one of the few, but I missed seeing Bloom and Knightley side by side with Johnny Depp. I always took them to be the crux of the trilogy, especially because their stories were the forefront: them meeting, discovering more about their pasts, getting married, having a baby, etc., all while Captain Jack Sparrow gets himself in one scrape and out of another. But, inevitably, their story drew to an end in At World’s End, giving this film more of a chance to focus on Sparrow’s past – lost love, old friendships, all that. As the film opens, Captain Jack (Depp, as savvy as ever) impersonates a British judge to escape hanging for crimes he may or may not have committed, though he probably did; he’s just not ready to hang for them. The opening of the film tells us this: Jack is in London looking for a ship and a crew. This is true, but not in the sense that everyone thinks it is; in fact, it’s an impostor posing as Jack. Her name is Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and she’s the only one with enough guts to impersonate the infamous captain and get away with it. She’s an old love, or as close as Jack has gotten to it. Meanwhile, Jack is looking for the Fountain of Youth. The catch is, so is the Spanish kingdom, the British Navy, helmed by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, back from the first film and looking barely alive), and Blackbeard (the performance of the film, from Ian McShane), along with his daughter, Angelica. Spoiler? Not really. Read More

Bitey Disney Movie to Premiere Friday, June 10

Posted 08 Jun 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Hollywood Beat

By Rachel Menendez Seems like we can’t get enough of vampires at the moment and Disney’s new  "My Babysitter's a Vampire," a comedic spin on pop culture vampires and scary movies in general, is a timely newcomer.

Seems like we can’t get enough of vampires at the moment and Disney’s new My Babysitter’s a Vampire, a comedic spin on pop culture vampires and scary movies in general, is a timely newcomer.

The new release movie will premiere on Friday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and tells the story of three teens who believe their new babysitter is a real bloodsucking creature of the night — and it’s now up to them to rid their sleepy little town of the menace.

The movie is produced by Fresh TV and distributed by Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME),  and is set to usher in a summer series premiering Monday, June 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT).

The films centers around geeky 14-year old Ethan (played by Matthew Knight) who is left to babysit his younger sister, Jane (played by Ella Jonas Farlinger), with his best friend Benny (played by Atticus Mitchell). But after Ethan inadvertently puts Jane in harm’s way, his parents hire a professional sitter, the beautiful yet mysterious 17-year-old Sarah (played by Vanessa Morgan) who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a fledgling vampire. Read More

Disney/ABC TV Group Signs Multi-Platform Deal with Katie Couric

Posted 08 Jun 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Hollywood Beat

By Rachel Menendez Starting from this summer, Couric will join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms.

Disney/ABC have just signed award-winning journalist and best-selling author Katie Couric to host and produce a daily daytime show to premier in 2012.

Katie Couric is a winner of the distinguished duPont, Murrow and Cronkite Awards and numerous Emmy’s. She is already well known to American and international audiences and ABC is looking forward to having her lend her experience to the ABC news team.

The deal will see Couric join the ABC news team as well as hosting and producing a daily hour-long syndicated talk show. It has been announced that the show will premiere in September, 2012. Read More

Jonas, Hendricks, Ferguson, Ice T, Coulter, Dunn and Disney’s “Lemonade Mouth” on ABC’s The View

Posted 07 Jun 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Hollywood Beat

By Rachel Menendez  “The View” features Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

This week’s featured guest line up on The View is just about as varied as they come. From Larry King to Ice T and Ann Coulter to Sarah Ferguson, there is a real range of perspectives lined up to grace the sofa and small screen.

June 6 through 10 will see guests such as Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, Ice T & Coco (Ice Loves Coco), Larry King (author, Truth Be Told), Sarah Ferguson (Finding Sarah), Ann Coulter (author, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America) and musical guest Ronnie Dunn (“Bleed Red”). Read More

Sharpay Returns to the Screen

Posted 09 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel Menendez Ashley Tisdale stars as Sharpay Evans on Disney Channel's original movie "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure."

High School Musical fans will be happy to hear that the bad girl everyone loves to hate is returning to the screen in “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”.

The Disney original movie will premiere Sunday, May 22 (8:00pm ET) on the Disney Channel, with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV.

“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” is Led by Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical” and “Hellcats”) reprising her unforgettable role as Sharpay Evans. The movie also features Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected”), Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) and Cameron Goodman (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”). Read More

Gnomeo & Juliet

Posted 07 May 2011 — by contributor
Category Animation, Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Scott Martin

Gnomeo & Juliet, UK / USA, 2011Gnomeo and Juliet Poster

Directed by Kelly Asbury

In what might become an anthem for the Gnome Liberation Front, Gnomeo & Juliet (very loosely) retells the story of William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy of nearly the same name. But, after all, a movie about doomed garden gnome love by any other name is still as dreadful. Oddly enough, a pastiche of Shakespeare puns and gardening jokes took nine writers – Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Kelly Asbury, Rob Sprackling, and John R. Smith – to fully realize. That might be the funniest thing about the film. Between them, be it final touch-ups, penning the original stories, script drafts, or tossing in jokes here and there, they pulled off true movie magic: a film that feels like it has no screenplay at all, written by a small committee.

Most of us grew up knowing the story of Romeo and Juliet, and for the little kids who are for some reason seeing this film, a small gnome sets our scene: “Two gardens, both alike in dignity, in fair grass, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil dirt makes civil ceramic unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross’d gnomes pull through it all right; whose misadventured piteous overthrows do with their lame puns bury their parents’ strife. The fearful passage of their scuff-mark’d love, and the continuance of their parents’ rage, which, but their children’s end, nought could remove, is now the 86 minutes’ traffic of our stage; the which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.” And if you’ll buy that, I have a bridge I need to get off my hands. Baz Lurhmann’s take, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, was rooted in gang violence in Southern California. That feud was believable. All other versions, we’re committed to going along with simply because they’re direct adaptations of the play. Here, we’re expected to believe several key things without batting an eye. Read More

TRON’s Legacy – Not That Far Ahead

Posted 03 Jan 2011 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get, Movies I Got

By Jason A. Hill

TRON, USA, 1982

Written and Directed by Steven Lisberger

TRON: Legacy, USA, 2010

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

tron legacy movies i didnt getTRON: Legacy has its moments and I admit it is entertaining, but the film falls flat on a weak plot that is little more than a facsimile copy of the original. The original TRON had interesting characters to carry its plot, but Legacy‘s characters will need the 3D dressing to un-flatten these performances. If you saw the original, nothing in this film will surprise you. It seems to be playing on old TRON fans’ curiosity of what they can do with the new CGI, whose best achievement is a young Jeff Bridges’ face. As for new viewers to the franchise, it may entertain but this film plays more like an all-night rave than a plot to save the world from digital oppression.

When the original TRON was released in 1982, computers were still a new thing in pop culture and video games were enchanting a new generation of gamers. It was able to capture a wave of interest in the new technology, as well as the culture, of imagination and the possibilities of technology. The film invented a new form of special effects and took CGI mainstream in a way that didn’t exist before. People often wonder why a film like TRON, with its fairly pedestrian plot, became such a cult phenomenon, but the original TRON was well ahead of its time in every way. Read More