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Walt Disney World: First Time, Last Time, First Time in a Long Time


 

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Every time I get home from a visit to Walt Disney World in Florida I take some time to look back at some of the great things I got to do. Usually these are well-worn favorite experiences and sometimes they are wonderful new things I had never gotten around to in the past. But I also am constantly amazed by how much stuff I still haven’t done, or by that long neglected attraction that got past me again. As I prepare for another foray into the World of Walt, I intend to right some of these past wrongs.
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Non Blockbusters That Became Classics Part 2.


Non Blockbusters That Became Classics

Picking up where we left off.

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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Today it’s regarded as one of the quintessential family films (along with The Wizard Of Oz and The Princess Bride) and a touchstone for many Generation Xers. But upon its release in 1971, Mel Stuart’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel ended the year as fifty-third of the highest grossing films of that year.

However, by the mid-late 80s, repeat showings of it on TV along with increased sales on VHS (and later DVD and Blu-Ray), helped it find a following with a new generation. This continues to this day. Wonka has also survived a not-bad but unnecessary 2005 remake by Tim Burton.

Poll: What is Your Favorite James Bond Song?


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In celebration of the 007th episode of our podcast, Lebeau’s Le Show, we’ve been celebrating a week of Bond.  In today’s poll, we’re rocking out with the best James Bond theme songs.  With 23 songs over more than 50 years, there’s some pretty clear winners and losers.  But it’s up to you dear readers to decide which Bond song reigns supreme.  Will it be Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better?  Or Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die?  Or should we kick it old school with Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger?

After the jump, we’ll run down all the songs and you can place your vote.

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Lebeau’s Le Show: Episode 007 – The Best of Bond


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When I was editing the previous podcast, I got very excited because I realized that our next episode would be our seventh Le Show.  As a James Bond fan, I knew what the topic for episode 007 had to be.  I wasn’t even finished editing episode 6 when I e-mailed Daffy with my idea.  If his response was less enthusiastic than mine, I didn’t care.  I had a pun topic and dammit I was going to use it come hell or high water.

As the name suggests, Daffy and I discus the best (and worst) of the James Bond franchise.  Fifty plus years and 23 official films is a lot to cover, so this is an extra-sized episode.  I also put a little extra polish on this one.  You’ll know what I’m talking about when you listen.  Hopefully these special touches serve as an enhancement rather than a distraction.  If nothing else, it should help break up the sound of two guys droning on and cracking up over silly things.

With that said, there’s all the silliness you have come to expect from Daffy and me.  We reimagine a classic Bond villain as a member of the cast of Friends, Daffy makes me queasy by talking about one of the Golden Girls as a Bond babe and poor Diana Rigg will never wear that catsuit again.  Daffy and I pick our favorite Bond movie from each of the six actors to play the role.  We also discus our favorite Bond villain, Bond girl and Bond song.  Each of us names our least favorite Bond movie and finally selects our favorite of the six Bonds.

The show is embedded after the jump.  Hope you like it.

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Poll: Who Is the Best Bond Girl?


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I usually tie the weekly poll into the previous weekend’s box office results.  But the last several weeks have been dominated by Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And I think we have discussed them to death.  So this week, I’m going in a different direction.

Over the weekend, Daffy and I recorded the next episode of Lebeau’s Le Show, our (supposed-to-be) monthly podcast.  Because it is our seventh episode to date, I insisted on a James Bond theme.  I am currently in the process of editing what I hope will be a special episode, so all things Bond, James Bond are on my mind.  Yesterday, I asked the age-old question, “Who is the best Bond?”  Today, let’s talk about the girls.

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Poll: Who Is the Best James Bond?


Bond Actors

I usually tie the weekly poll into the previous weekend’s box office results.  But the last several weeks have been dominated by Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And I think we have discussed them to death.  So this week, I’m going in a different direction.

Over the weekend, Daffy and I recorded the next episode of Lebeau’s Le Show, our (supposed-to-be) monthly podcast.  Because it is our seventh episode to date, I insisted on a James Bond theme.  I am currently in the process of editing what I hope will be a special episode, so all things Bond, James Bond are on my mind.  So since there’s nothing interesting happening at the box office, let’s tackle the tricky question of who made for the best 007.

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A-List: Eva Green


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“I think this [Showtime's Penny Dreadful] and Sin City 2 have officially ended Eva Green’s time on the ‘It’ list.”

The quote above comes from a commenter on the Lebeau’s Le Blog FB Page.  (If you haven’t already done so, like us already!)  The comment sparked a bit of debate between myself and the commenter.  Even after the conversation had concluded, I was thinking about Green and her status in Hollywood.  I don’t think anyone would argue that Green is currently on the A-list.  But she certainly has the potential to be.  Following her turn as a Bond girl in the 2006 hit, Casino Royale, her name was on everyone’s lips.  But in the eight years that followed, Green has yet to become a star.

I could almost ask, “What the hell happened?”  But I think it’s still too early to write off Green’s chances of A-list stardom.  Because even though she has starred in two disappointing movies this year, I actually think Green is having a very good 2014 career-wise.

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Pop Culture Quiz: What the Hell Happened Quiz #3 *Results*


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It’s time to review the results of another What the Hell Happened Pop Culture Quiz.  I have collected all the papers and the grades are in.  Let’s see how everyone did.

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Review: Maleficent


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There is nothing Hollywood likes more than a formula.  You can hardly blame them.  Given the astronomical budgets of modern movies, studios like to play it safe.  That means recycling old ideas in hopes of enticing audiences into seeing them one more time.  Disney’s Maleficent follows a formula laid out by previous revisionist fairy tales like the studio’s previous hits, Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland.

Not surprisingly, first time director Robert Stromberg served as the production designer on both of those films.  So he knows how to create a wonderful fairy land out of CGI.  Maleficent is, if nothing else, a feast for the eyes.  Although those with a low tolerance for CGI-created wonderlands may find themselves screaming “enough already!” before the story even takes flight.

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Poll: Which Super Hero Should Get Their Own Movie?


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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot at the box office four weeks into its run.  The movie which features a bunch of comic book characters even comic book fans were not familiar with has officially become the biggest movie of the summer.  Marvel gambled on some of their least-beloved characters and the gamble paid off big time.  You can bet that success will open the floodgates for other obscure super heroes to start getting their own movies in the near future.

Since they are coming whether you like it or not, let’s pick who should be making the leap over a tall building and onto the big screen in a single bound.

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