Monthly Archives: June 2013

Details on Disney World’s Top Secret Project


No, I’m not talking about the proposed Hollywood Studios expansion.  Details have finally started to leak about Disney’s new My Magic Plus aka FastPass Plus.  This initiative has been in the works and tightly under wraps for years now.  Disney has been testing the new FastPass on and off for about a year now.  Originally, they had planned to roll it out in late 2013, although I am hearing 2014 is more realistic.

The details have been wrapped in secrecy as Disney tested their system and decided how best to monetize it, I mean give their guests the best experience possible. Those details have been mostly hammered out, although they are subject to change if Disney feels the need to do so.

Forum poster and generally connected Disney scooper, WDW1974, posted the details for all to see at wdwmagic.  Details after the jump:

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What the Hell Happened to Lindsay Lohan?

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan isn’t just a train wreck.  She is a train that is perpetually wrecking.  It’s as though someone keeps rewinding the tape and replaying the same disaster over and over and over again.  The situation has gone from sad to funny and back again more times than I can count.  It’s hard to remember, but just ten years ago Lohan was the most promising actress in Hollywood.  She seemed poised for greatness.  On screen, she had a talent and composure beyond her years.  In reality, she was ill-equipped to deal with the pressures of her life.  Her public melt-down is in danger of lasting longer than her career.

What the hell happened?

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12 Angry Movies

                                “Okay, who’s been in some other movies?”

In January of last year, I set out to write profiles for a dozen remarkable actors.  Researching and sharing my thoughts about the cast of one of my favorite films, the Reginald Rose/Sidney Lumet/Henry Fonda jury room drama 12 Angry Men was a very rewarding experience. So when I finally posted my article about Juror #12, played by Robert Webber, I decided not to let the project go just yet. Okay, so that was more than six months ago. Life (and an as-yet unabated obsession with the Simpsons “Tapped Out” game) can get in the way.

One of the great pleasures of the 12 Angry Men project has been catching up on some of the films these men have performed in over their careers which I had not seen yet. But while there have been plenty of hits, there have also been several misses. What I’d like to do is to narrow down the offhanded recommendations I made over the course of the previous 12 articles into 12 recommended films which include appearances by jurors 1 through 12.

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Disney World Rumors: Star Wars Universe

Star Wars Land

Ever since the Walt Disney Company purchased LucasFilm, there have been rumors about how they would incorporate Star Wars into their theme parks.  Recently, Disney began issuing surveys about Star Wars at both Disneyland and Disney World Resorts.  These surveys have fueled a lot of Star Wars rumors.  About a month ago, my mom told me she heard on the radio that Star Wars Land was opening in 2016.  Just this past weekend, my sister told me she heard it was opening in 2018.

As it turns out, neither of these rumors is strictly speaking true.  No date for a Star Wars expansion has been set.  In fact, no expansion has been approved.  But there is a plan for a Star Wars expansion on the table.  Insiders say that in some form, it is likely to be approved.  In fact, an announcement may be made as early as this summer’s D23 convention in Anaheim.

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Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel

This year marks 75 years since Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938.  When he first appeared, he wore a circus strongman’s outfit while performing feats of strength.  The original Superman couldn’t fly.  He leapt tall buildings in a single bound.  Over the years, Superman has been adapted to stage, screen and radio.  He’s been on TV and the movies both in animation and live action.  Not surprisingly, the Man of Steel has changed with the times.  In the post 9/11-era, the original super hero was in danger of seeming outdated.  To that end, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the creative force behind the Dark Knight trilogy, have teamed with Watchmen director, Zach Snyder, to reinvent Superman for the 21st Century.

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The Low Down on Superman Movies

Man of Steel

Zach Snyder’s 21st century take on Superman opens in theaters today.  The character, generally considered the first super hero as we know them today, is celebrating 75 years since his first appearance in Action Comics #1.  He helped to kick off the super hero movie genre which has become a dominant force at the box office in recent years.  And by this point, there have been enough Superman movies to form a mini-genre dedicated to the Man of Steel.

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