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Disney World Trip Report 2012


WDW 2012 - Ariels Grotto

To celebrate the release of Pixar’s latest animated feature, Coco, we’re digging into some of the Disney-related articles in the site’s archives.  This is a Disney World trip report from a family vacation we took around this time five years ago.  The kids were tiny and the first phase of the Fantasyland expansion was finally about to open.  Since my mom came along that year, we stayed in one of the family suites at the newly opened Art of Animation Resort.  Looking back, this was one of my favorite Disney World trips.

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Six Character Actresses in Search of an Offer


There are more talented actresses in Hollywood than there are good parts for them to play.  That’s especially true in movies where good leading roles are few and far between.  In the November 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Brian Hirsch and Elaine Bailey selected a half dozen character actresses they wanted to see land a lead role in a good movie.

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Totally Awesome Facts You Need to Know About Toy Story


Tim Allen - Toy Story

To celebrate the release of Pixar’s 19th feature film, Coco, we’re taking a look at where things all began.  In 1995, John Lasseter’s Toy Story became the first computer-animated feature film beginning a largely unbroken run of critically and commercially successful movies.  These are the totally awesome facts you need to know about Toy Story.

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Elizabeth Hurley: The Most Resilient Star in Hollywood


Elizabeth Hurley was more famous than her filmography would suggest.  She was better known for her romantic relationships and modeling work than she was for the movies she made.  Hurley has spent more than her fair share of time in the tabloids.  Movieline dubbed her “The Most Resilient Star in Hollywood” when she appeared on the cover of the November 2002 issue following a nasty break-up with her millionaire boyfriend who demanded a paternity test after Hurley gave birth to his son.  And yes, it turns out, he was the father.

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Weekly Recap: A Justice League of Our Own


It’s been a rough road for Warner Brothers as they have tried to catch up with their Marvelous competition.  After a couple of false starts with Superman Returns and Green Lantern, they finally got their superhero universe established with Zack Snyder-helmed efforts Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.  After the latter opened to blistering reviews, the studio scrambled to reverse course with their team-up movie, Justice League.  They were too late in the game to replace Snyder outright, but Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon was brought on board to handle reshoots.  Was it enough to right the ship?  We’ll talk about Justice League and more in this week’s recap.

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The Most Successful Person in Hollywood


How do you measure success?  In Hollywood, box office reigns supreme followed distantly by awards and recognition from critics and peers.  Odds are, if you were asked to select the most successful person in Hollywood history, Orson Welles would not top your list.  Welles spent much of his career obese and running from debt.  His financial woes forced him to accept work that was beneath him just to cash a paycheck.  But this article from the November 2002 issue of Movieline magazine argues that none of that matters.  Welles’ legacy lives on and that may be the most important measure of success there is.

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Worst To First: Ranking the Batman Movies


Batman Movie Posters

Today is the day that Zack Snyder’s Justice League disappoints audiences nationwide.  Despite the fact that the most enthusiastic reviews are the critical equivalent of a half-hearted shrug and something to the effect of, “at least it’s not Batman v Superman,” I am probably going to subject myself to this noisy spectacle at some point this weekend.  Before you make your way to the theater to see Ben Affleck’s Batman assemble a team of heavy-hitters that somehow includes Aquaman, let’s review and rank all the Bat-movies to date.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t): The Punisher


This weekend, Netflix will debut their latest Marvel-based series.  This one is a solo effort featuring Jon Bernthal as the Punisher.  Prior to landing on television, Frank Castle has starred in three movies.  None of them were successful which makes pinning down the exact start and end of the Punisher series a bit tricky.  Since each of the three theatrical films was essentially its own separate entity, I am going to treat them as three failed attempts to launch a franchise.  Which one are we looking at today?  All three of them!

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Franchise Killers: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace


The first-ever superhero movie franchise started with Superman: The Movie in 1978.  Producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind were so certain of its success that they filmed the movie’s sequel back-to-back with the original.  Unfortunately, the Salkinds clashed with director Richard Donner so they replaced him on Superman II with Richard Lester.  Lester took full control of the third movie in what most assumed would be a trilogy.  After Superman III proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment, Christopher Reeve announced that he was done with the character.  The Salkinds eventually sold the rights to the Superman franchise to Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who hoped to revive the series at Cannon Films.  Instead, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace did what Lex Luthor never could.  It killed Superman.

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Charlize Theron: Bowled Over


If you make a list of today’s A-list actresses, Charlize Theron has to rank somewhere near the top.  Not only has she headlined her share of hit movies, Theron also won an Oscar for her performance in the 2003 biopic, Monster.  But twenty years ago, she was a relative newcomer.  When an injury prematurely ended her career as a ballerina, Theron turned to acting and immediately turned heads with her performance in 2 days in the valley.  In the November 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Theron discussed her next feature, Devil’s Advocate, while bowling.

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Lego Dimensions: Teen Titans Go! Team Pack


All good things must come to an end.  After months of speculation, Traveler’s Tales recently confirmed that they were no longer developing new expansions for Lego Dimensions.  Before we put down our controllers and move on with our lives, let’s take a look at the final wave of products for the toys-to-life game.  Since this week has a DC Superheroes theme, I thought we would kick things off with the Teen Titans Go! team pack.

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Joan Allen: The Art of Decency


In the late 90’s, Joan Allen became one of Hollywood’s favorite actresses.  Mostly, she played supportive wives who exist on the sidelines of the story.  In this profile from the Novemeber 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Allen admits that she was painfully shy and extremely proper and that she doesn’t see herself as cut out for showier roles.

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Richard Gere: Shifting Geres


I don’t know about you, but my eyes kind of glaze over when I think about reading an interview with Richard Gere.  He’s an activist and I assume he’s going to spend 90% of the article talking about his causes.  Plus, Gere has a reputation for being guarded, so I’m not expecting him to say anything really interesting.  As it turns out, when Gere sat down for the cover story of the November 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he did have a lot to say about Buddhism.  But he also tells some interesting stories about his career up to that point.

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