Monthly Archives: June 2011

Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 3

Lea Thompson – Howard the Duck – 1986

Lea Thompson – Howard the Duck – 1986

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Pixar’s “Brave” trailer now online

After hearing the mostly negative reviews for Cars 2 (the first blemish in Pixar’s spotless record) and hearing Tom Hanks hint that Toy Story 4 is in the works, it’s refreshing to see a Pixar movie that is not a sequel.

The trailer doesn’t tell you much.  But it sure looks gorgeous!  Let’s hope Cars 2 was just a bump in the road (haha) and Brave is a return to form.

Believe it or not, Brave will be the first Pixar film to focus on a female protagonist.  While my daughters and I will likely give Cars 2 a pass, I’m ready to buy tickets for Brave right now.

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True Blood: Season 4, Episode 1

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15,000 Hits

They said it couldn’t be done.  But here we are.  As of today, Le Blog has now accumulated…

Let’s celebrate with fireworks (from Disney World of course.)

Thanks for reading!

Too Big to Fail

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Kings Island Trip Report – UK Day 2011

My wife had some projects she wanted to get done around the house.  So she asked me to take our oldest daughter to Kings Island to get her out of the house.   Naturally, I agreed because I don’t really need an excuse to go to Kings Island.  Although, after I agreed, I realized my wife’s true motivation.  She wanted me out of the house.  Getting our daughter out was a side benefit.

We got an early start because we always get an early start.  I use Kings Island as a training ground for Disney World.  Thanks to Kings Island, my daughter understands the concept of “rope drop”.  “Rope drop” is the Disney term for park open.  I always stress the importance of getting to the park at “rope drop” so as to avoid long lines.  Today was no exception.  And once again, we were richly rewarded for our punctuality.

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What the Hell Happened to Alicia Silverstone?

Alicia Silverstone - 2013

Alicia Silverstone

If you ever read the comments section of these articles, you’ve probably seen some discussion of “the Batman curse”.  Despite the fact that most of the Batman films have been successful, there does seem to be a trend of Batman actors ending up in What the Hell Happened articles.

Alicia Silverstone had a relatively short career that peaked in 1995 and came crashing down 2 years later in Batman and Robin.  Just about everyone associated with the franchise-ending Batfilm suffered some kind of career setback.

But while Chris O’Donnell has finally gotten himself a steady gig on TV and Arnold Scharzenegger retreated to politics, Silverstone’s career has yet to bounce back.

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iCalry: Spencer’s Top Ten Girlfriends

For years, my wife and I dreaded the day when our daughter would enter the “iCarly stage”.  It came upon us a little sooner than we expected.  Our 5-year-old daughter watched it with her cousins and decided to try it out at home.  She liked the show, but she soon lost interest.  However, our 18-month old daughter became obsessed with the show.  She demanded “iTarly” be on the TV at all times.  Several months later, my wife and I have just about every episode of the show memorized.

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What the Hell Happened to Rick Moranis?

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Rick Moranis

The last few celebrities I have spotlighted all had pretty dramatic stories which resulted in the end of their A-list status.  But today’s story doesn’t include the usual celebrity excesses.  This is the story of a guy who basically walked away from it all and never looked back.

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Dad’s Life Video – Happy Father’s Day!

This one makes me laugh till I cry.  If you’ve never seen it, you must watch it.  If you have seen it, you’ll want to watch it again.

Happy Father’s Day!

Movies I Watched With My Dad

I was trying to think of something I could do for Father’s Day weekend on Le Blog.  I don’t generally get too personal here unless I’m talking about something important like Star Wars or Disney World.  Finally, I decided to write about the movies I remember seeing with my dad.

It may surprise some of you to know, I was never a gifted athlete.  Which was just as well, because I had no interest in sports as a kid.  My dad coached my brother and me in pee wee baseball for one year before he finally agreed to let me give up.  I played soccer for less than half a season.  I did stick with basketball for a while, but I think I shot the ball once in I don’t know how many years.

What I liked to do was to go to the movies.  We didn’t go to the movies very often, but I think that made it special when we did.  Now, my dad doesn’t like movies.  Especially the kind I liked as a kid.  He fell asleep during Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.  For Jedi, he decided just to drop us off at the theater.  I guess he wasn’t in the mood for a nap that day.

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Muppets: It’s Not Easy Being Green Lantern

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Fantasyland Expansion Update


We’ve got a few updates on the Fantasyland Expansion project currently underway at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Read the rest of this entry

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