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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Town Square Exposition Hall Opens at the Magic Kingdom


With Toon Town closed and Mickey and Minnie evicted from their homes, it was a dark time for fans of the mouse at the Magic Kingdom.  Sure, you could find the iconic mice slumming it in Tomorrowland.  But that was just a temporary fix.  Mickey needed something better!

This morning, Disney fans got their first look at what that would be.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 1


 

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In journalism classes, they teach you never to refer to something as “first annual”.  No matter how good the intentions, sometimes events that are planned as annual never have a second installment.  The same is true in movies.  Some films were clearly intended to launch long-lasting franchises but act two never came.

What follows is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a franchise dies out after the first installment.

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My (Disney) World is Rocked by a Family Secret!


My first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1977

I had planned to write an article about my earliest memories of going to Walt Disney World.  My first trip pictured above was in 1977.  I’m the cute one in the middle.  The one thing I was waiting on was the opportunity to raid my mom’s photo albums for pictures from the trip.

Today, that opportunity arose.  I was flipping through pages of various photo albums when suddenly my mouth dropped.  I had passed 1977 in this particular album.  To the best of my knowledge, this was the only time I had been to the Magic Kingdom as a child.  And yet, this picture was clearly in the early 1980’s…

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What the Hell Happened to Elisabeth Shue?


'Gracie' Press Conference

Elisabeth Shue was the girl friend to the Karate Kid and Marty McFly.  She had babysitting adventures and cocktails with Tom Cruise.  In the 90s, she was an Academy Award nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, but then she disappeared from the spotlight until recently.

What the hell happened?

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Was I Wrong?: Starship Troopers


The purpose of this column is to revisit a movie and see if my opinion has changed years later.  It might be a movie I liked or, as is the case here, a movie I hated.  Often, a different perspective or expectations can make for a very different movie experience.  Almost 15 years later, will that be the case for Starship Troopers?  Was I wrong to hate it?

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Top Ten TV and Movie Heroines Who Kick Ass


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In honor of the unveiling of Adrianne Palicki’s fantastic new Wonder Woman costume, I am taking a look at the top 10 woman who just plain kick ass.  No betting, please.

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Something Big is Coming to Kings Island


A T-Rex is being added as part of King’s Island’s “top secret” new attraction

If you are a Kings Island fan, you probably already know about the 300-foot-tall swing ride, Windseeker which was announced last  August.  But apparently King’s Island has another trick up their sleeve for the 2011 season.  They’ve been hinting at it for a few weeks now and have promised a big announcement will be made tomorrow at 2:00.

So what is it?  I don’t know.  But King’s Island promises it will be big.  They have used the phrase “largest of its kind in the world” repeatedly.  Also, it will clearly involve dinosaurs.  Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.

Keep reading for thoeries and videos.

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What the Hell Happened to Michael Keaton?


Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton started out as a manic comic and grew into an unlikely leading man and an even more unlikely super hero.  As the first big-screen Batman, Keaton was able to make deals that secured him A-list work.  But when he walked away from the Bat-franchise, Keaton’s opportunities dried up.  Eventually, he all but disappeared from the spotlight.

What the hell happened?

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Fantasyland Expansion Concept Art


This is it! The “final” version of the Fantasyland expansion. Can you spot what’s changed from the original version?

What you are looking at is the finished concept art for the Fantasyland Expansion currently under construction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Pretty cool, huh?

Apparently a lot of you think so.  The #1 article posted to this blog so far was the one in which I posted concept art that was released back in 2009 for the Fantasyland expansion project.  Based on the search terms that have been driving traffic to that article, people are looking for this art.  So I decided to put it all together in one place.

(Am I a nice guy or what?)

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