(Film Review) MARQUEE MAMA Sings the Praises of Disney’s INTO THE WOODS

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I wish…

More than anything… we were allowed to publish this review of Disney’s Into the Woods weeks ago! That way, you could have been learning the lyrics to the fantastic songs and been ready well ahead of time to sing out loud along with these amazing characters in what is certain to be the family film hit of the Christmas season.

This is one not to be missed. That said, to enjoy Into the Woods, you must like musicals. A love of musicals would be even better. You’re hit with it immediately, in fact, the very first non-narrated line of the movie is sung. This is not a movie for my son, who can’t understand why actors in movies suddenly break into song, but my daughter is counting the days to Christmas and it has little to do with Santa Claus.

Truly memorable fairy tales can be counted on one hand (maybe two). But if you’re like me, never exposed to fairy tales as a child, Into the Woods is a good crash course in the best of them. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack & the Beanstock and Little Red Riding Hood converge in this original tale (adapted from the Tony Award-winning stage version), woven together then twisted and turned.

Click ahead for my full review of Disney’s Into the Woods, coming to theaters on Christmas Day!

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Wild, a Remarkable Walk Into Reality (Film Review)

 

Remarkable, compelling and daunting the film Wild takes audiences on a trip that shows the power of the human body and the decision of one woman to face her fears. Based on the true experience taken from a book by Cheryl Strayed, the reality of it all creates a sense of acceptance much like rooting for a dark horse athlete in a race. But instead of a contestant, it’s a woman walking a thousand miles alone searching for her best self while fighting the daemons within that makes the story a winner.

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Battle of the Five Armies, the Awesome Finale of The Hobbit Trilogy (Film Review)

 

All good things must come to an end and for The Hobbit the finale is amazing. Titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the film delivers action packed sequences of total devastation putting the film up there with The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The cast continues to amaze with their fine acting, Peter Jackson lays the story to rest with a solemn, but captivating finish and the production crew dishes out a heaping helping of awesome cinematography/CGI and special effects.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.10: What We Become (mid-season finale review)

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Over the last few years, television has seen the advent of the “mid-season finale,” or, as network marketing pronounces it, “MID-SEASON FINALE!!”

In the past this was more commonly known as the “episode before winter hiatus” or, more succinctly, “just another episode.” Well, not anymore! Now it’s as big of a deal as the season finale, and advertised as such. The problem is that the showrunners aren’t always in sync with the marketing peeps, resulting in episodes that don’t live up to the hype because they weren’t designed to. They don’t feature big cliffhangers or game-changing events that make viewers complain (in a good way) about having to wait until springtime to see what happens to their favorite characters.

What They Become, the MID-SEASON FINALE to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., lives up to the hype and then some, as evident by my wife’s two-sentence critique, “We have to wait until March for the next one?! What the @#$%!”

STAR WARS: REBELS RELOADED Marathon + Inside Look At THE FORCE AWAKENS Teaser Trailer!

Darth Vader gives orders to the Inquisitor to hunt down the children of the Jedi in STAR WARS: REBELS.

Darth Vader gives orders to the Inquisitor to hunt down the children of the Jedi in STAR WARS: REBELS.

A STAR WARS: REBELS Reloaded Marathon will show ALL episodes of this new, exciting STAR WARS series this weekend on the Disney XD and Disney Channels! After Sunday’s REBELS marathon, go “INSIDE THE FORCE AWAKENS” with Disney XD for official trailer secrets you may have missed. Disney XD’s Jacob Bertrand (“Kirby Buckets”) will reveal a few fun tidbits of the latest STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer. Continue on for the showtimes!

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Exodus: Gods and Kings a Visual Treat (Film Review)

 

Special effects and cinematography are key in this colossal release of Exodus: Gods and Kings. The two and a half hour visual treat takes you into the Biblical times of Moses and his fight to free the Jews from Egyptian slavery. You may have a similar film called The Ten Commandments in you DVD library, but for sure it’s not at the level as this production. Seeing the film on the big screen is the only way to go and I do recommend 3D.

Check Out Artist Paul Shipper’s Awesome Fan Poster for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Paul Shippers Fan Poster for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Teaser

Paul Shippers Fan Poster for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Teaser

 

With just over a year until the world sees the next Star Wars installment on the big screen, our good friend and illustrator Paul Shipper has created this teaser poster to entice us even further.

As Paul tells us, the poster is pure speculation and is loosley based on the first teaser trailer – with an added twist of story-line speculation;

Luke is on the Forrest Moon of Endor…

It is Winter…

He has found the place where his Father was laid to rest, the location of the Funeral Pyre…

There is a disturbance in the Force….

What do you think of the poster? Drop us your thoughts in the comments below!

FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Win a DVD Copy of GRUMPY CAT’S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER from Lionsgate

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Just when you thought we’ve reached the pinnacle of heartwarming and adorable holiday movies, we are graced with the all new, soon to be the next Christmas classic; Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

Yes, internet sensation, Grumpy Cat, makes her debut (voiced by Aubrey Plaza), in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, arriving on DVD December 16 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

In this feline sensation’s first movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, lonely Grumpy Cat lives in a mall pet shop where she never gets chosen by customers. Because she always gets passed over, this kitty develops a very sour outlook on life until…one day during the holidays, a very special 12-year-old girl named Chrystal enters the pet store and falls in love with Grumpy. The two form a special friendship when Chrystal discovers she is the only person who can hear this feline talk. Will Grumpy Cat finally learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will it be, in Grumpy’s words, the “Worst. Christmas. Ever.”?

Now’s your chance to own a DVD of this new film, just in time for the holiday season. Click ahead for our contest question for your chance to add the movie from whom MSNBC hailed the “Most Influential Cat of 2012”

Lindalee Rose Interviews Actress; Erin Cottrell (Doc McStuffin’s Newest Animated Star; “Rockstar Ruby”) – BTM: The WebSeries (Ep.73)

What’s it like being a cartoon rockstar? Lindalee sits down to find out with her godmother/actress Erin Cottrell who voices the newest toy on the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins.

What was it like to play “Rockstar Ruby”. Who came up with the voice? What struggles does this new toy face? What lessons can be learned from this episode? All these and many other rocking’ questions to be answered in this installment of Beyond the Marquee: the Web Series!

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[VIDEO] SNL Hilariously Spoofs the New “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” Trailer!

 

What happens when you gather the original cast members of one the most epic and popular movie trilogy of all time for a continuing installment, 30 years later?

Well the comedy troupe at NBC’s Saturday Night Live took a stab at what the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens may look like with that cast battling more than the dark-side, battling the effects of old age and senility.

In what’s becoming the 2nd most popular parodied franchise this year behind Frozen’s “Let it Go” song, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2 D2 and many other favorites get their turn at being spoofed in this awesome and hilarious sketch. 

Disney’s California Adventure Park is about to get FROZEN over with some all new “Frozen Fun”!

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Get ready for some “Frozen Fun”

Well if you thought the Disney’s animated film “Frozen” hype was anywhere close to dying down and phasing itself out a year later…you were sadly mistaken. And with the biggest animated hit and merchandising blitz in decades, the one thing the Walt Disney Company cannot easily do is “Let it Go”.

If you live in the Southern California area or plan on visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim anytime soon, here are some new changes happening to the parks you may be interested to know about.

So just as soon as the Christmas decorations are down, the wintery festiveness will linger on as the Disneyland Resort celebrates the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2015, featuring magical adventures with characters from the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster film. Guests at Disney California Adventure Park can meet Anna and Elsa in a new location, sing along with the Frozen soundtrack, play in the snow, meet Olaf the snowman and “chill out” at a nighttime family dance party.

A sneak peek of many of the live experiences begins Saturday, December 20, in Disney California Adventure and a new Frozen-themed show opens in Disneyland Park January 7, 2015. “FrozenFun” continues for a limited time at Disney California Adventure.

On December 20, Anna and Elsa will relocate from their Fantasyland greeting area in Disneyland to a roomier new home, “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome,” inside the Disney Animation building in Disney California Adventure Park. Additional new Frozen experiences in the Hollywood Land area of the park include For the First Time in Forever, a Frozen sing-along celebration in the newly dubbed Crown Jewel Theatre; the immersive “Olaf’s Snow Fest” featuring snow play, music, food and Olaf himself; and an after-dark offering, “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.”

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.09: …Ye Who Enter Here (T.V. review)

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…Ye Who Enter Here, the title of this week’s episode, alludes to the warning at hell’s entrance, “abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” as depicted in Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

In this case, “hell” is most likely the ancient alien city that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra have been searching for. Or it could refer to the hell on earth that Whitehall will unleash should he find the city first. Or maybe it’s a synergistic nod to Pirates of The Caribbean, owned by A.B.C. parent company Disney Studios. Regardless, it brings our heroes closer to unraveling this season’s mysteries, the least of… which is…

Alright, wait a sec. Enough of this.

I can’t believe I just mentioned The Divine Comedy in a review about a so-called “comic book show.” And in my opening paragraph, no less!

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The Homesman, a Captivating Drama of the Old West (Film Review)

 

So you’re not into the western genre? How about calling this movie a very compelling drama that takes place in the 1800’s west. Still not excited about seeing the film? Top it off with a stellar cast, an original story line and actors that give Oscar worthy performances. Titled The Homesman, it’s Tommy Lee Jones’ first attempt at directing and he makes the film an excellent story of early Americana.

Elsa & Anna Return for Some “FROZEN FEVER”

More FROZEN fun in Frozen Fever

More FROZEN fun in Frozen Fever

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short Frozen Fever will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of the upcoming live action release Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.

In Frozen Fever, Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give Anna the best birthday celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The team from the Oscar-winning film Frozen returns as the short includes a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and is produced by Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner.

Once Upon a Time “Fall”- Season 4 Episode 9 (TV Review)

Previously on Once Upon a Time… Emma came within a decision of dramatically changing her life forever by doing away with her magic, in order to protect the citizenry of Storybrooke from the Snow Queen and her powerful Spell of Shattered Sight.

Meanwhile the relationship between Robin Hood and Regina got intensified, while Operation Mongoose got placed on the back burner. Lastly, it was revealed that Rumplestiltskin’s newest agenda was to separate himself from the Dark One’s Dagger, and thereby be able to leave Storybrooke once and for all with his wife and grandson along for the journey.

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One of the things that was alluded to before this episode was the fact that Gerda had written a note before their ship went underneath the seas. Since that development had been shown so much earlier, I was thankful to be reminded that Elsa’s parents might in fact not have been looking to remove Elsa’s powers, but had a different agenda altogether. The running narrative that Elsa’s parents were trying to take her powers from her had become the prevailing truth, but now that the bottle had made it’s way to the shore there might be more to the story. Lastly, to bring it back to Gerda’s sister, the Snow Queen had finally unleashed the Spell of Shattered Sight.

Lindalee Rose Interviews Actress/Singer; Anna Camp (Princess Ivy) – BTM: The Web-Series (Ep.72)

Beyond the Marquee’s resident Junior reporter; Lindalee Rose sits down and chats with the star of Pitch Perfect 1 & 2 and True Blood, about her latest role; the voice of the evil Princess Ivy, in Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy

What was it like to play an evil cartoon Princess? Does her animated portrayal of sibling rivalry extend outside the show? How hard was the musical number sequence she had to perform?

All these and many other magical questions will be answered in this installment of Beyond the Marquee: the Web Series!

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[VIDEO] Check Out the 88 Second Early Teaser Trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

It’s finally here! Check out the :88 second, early teaser from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on iTunes Trailers now.

A possible renegade Stormtrooper, a desert speeder-bike type vehicle, a soccer ball looking astro-mech droid, low-flying X-wings skimming over water, Stormtroopers about to deploy out the back of a shuttle, the new villain with a awesome new lightsaber and the Millennium Falcon in a tie-fighter battle over what we can assume to be Tatooine?!?! WOW!!!

Check out some high rez stills below provided to us by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd.

And if you’re heading out to the movies this weekend, the teaser can also be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning today. Following this weekend, the teaser can be seen in theaters around the world this December. Check out StarWars.com for a complete list of theaters.

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 2: How to Improve Sequel Titling

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A sequel by definition is unoriginal, so movie sequels already have one strike against them. Strike two comes from studios saddling them with unoriginal titles.

  • Cars 2
  • The Expendables 3
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Final Destination 5 (If they’re on the 5th film, then how final is this destination? Just saying.)

Humdrum titles like these do not instill audiences with confidence that the sequels themselves will be any good, though they are a great source for teaching kids how to count. The origins and motives for uncreative sequel titling are covered in the first part of this article, as is the case for creative sequel titling, so Analyze That…

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…before you Analyze This.

Once Upon a Time “Smash the Mirror”- Season 4 Episode 8 (TV Review)

Previously on Once Upon a Time… Emma became fully aware how without training and control her magic could harm her loved ones. More specifically, the Snow Queen was able to manipulate Emma against her parents and in many respect her parents against her.

We saw what turned the once light magic that filled Ingrid, the Snow Queen’s heart into black magic, it was the isolation she felt from her sisters, and how Ingrid risked everything to protect her sisters from public scrutiny. Yet in the end it was the outside influence of the Duke of Wessleton, that penetrated the bond of sisterhood, that saw Ingrid into the urn, and her sister to the throne.

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“ONCE UPON A TIME”

Lastly, Regina and Robin Hood’s love for one another could no longer be held back, but at what cost to Robin’s first love Maid Marion.

Read below for our recap and review of this weeks 2 part special of  “Once Upon a Time.”

TRAILER TUESDAY: Jurassic World, Pan, Cinderella, Strange Music, Pitch Perfect 2 and MORE!!!

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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!!!

Instead of bouncing around the net trying to find the latest trailers for the hottest films, just drop by Beyond the Marquee on TRAILER TUESDAY and we’ll load you up with what you need. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie or mind-provoking independent film, we always have a fun mix of the best of what’s to come.

So click ahead to check out this week’s trailers …

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