Toy Story That Time Forgot Trailer

Toy Story That Time Forgot starts out looking a little scary.

There is a big battle and there is blood shed.

Not exactly what I'd expect from Toy Story.

However, I'm not willing to judge Toy Story That Time Forgot by the opening moments in this trailer.

Watch for yourself here:


What do you think? I am thinking it looks a bit scary for young children but I will wait until I have seen the Christmas special when it airs during the world première on ABC on December 7, 2014 to make my final judgement call. It sure looks like a fabulous piece of 1980s nostalgia!

Merry Christmas!
Brenda

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Facts About Roger Ebert


For the curious, here are a few biographical facts about the movie critic Roger Ebert:
  • Roger Joseph Ebert was born in June 18, 1942, in Urbana, Illinois.

  • Ebert began his career as a reporter and was given the film critic job for the Sun-Times rather unexpectedly.

  • He won a Pulitzer Prize for his movie reviews in 1975.

  • He appeared on the television show Siskel and Ebert and then Ebert and Roeper at the Movies for a total of 37 years.

  • He suffered surgical complications related to thyroid cancer in 2006 and was not able to speak after that year.

  • Shortly before his death, he was the Managing Editor of and a reviewer for Ebert Presents At The Movies.

  • His reviews continued to appear in newspapers around the world.

  • Ebert wrote a total of 17 books.

  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the only film critic that has one.

  • Robert Ebert's website, rogerebert.com, receives a staggering 110 million visits a year.
Shown here his 2012 book Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert. This book includes some of the best best of his work from forty years of reviews, interviews and essays. It includes interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Warren Beatty and Meryl Streep. Amazon calls Ebert’s writing top-notch and says that this book “contains some of Ebert's most exciting writing.” Sounds like a good read for those keenly interested in the movies and in movie reviews.

Stay tuned for more about Roger Ebert.

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Brenda

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Toy Story That Time Forgot

This holiday season Toy Story fans will not want to miss a new Disney Pixar television special called Toy Story That Time Forgot.

It's a half-hour family program that features our favourite Toy Story characters including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jesse, The toys go on a play date after Christmas and discover a whole new set of very scary action figures.

You will find an all-star cast that includes Tom Hanks playing Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.


My only disappointment without having seen the show is that this film is only loosely a Christmas story. I would have preferred a full holiday theme. Cinema Blend says that this film has lots of "humor, charm and heart" and "added prehistoric playtime."

There are a couple of new characters, including the dinosaur Reptillus Maximus who understandably connects with, Trixie and Angel Kitty, a Christmas tree ornament who randomly shares bits of lightweight wisdom.


Cinema Blend  also says that Toy Story That Time Forgot is great for kids, calling it "a must-watch, colorful, fun, funny and familiar." For adults, they say Toy Story has once again done a good job of "reminding us of the bonds we once formed with our own toys."

I am not terribly apprehensive about how good Toy Story That Time Forgot will be because I know that Disney delivered a wonderful film when they released Toy Story of Terror in October, 2013 and I have faith in Disney Pixar. I plan on tuning in on Tuesday, December 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) when Toy Story That Time Forgot airs on ABC for the first time ever.

How about you?

Happy Christmas!
Brenda

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Meet Roger Ebert: The Two Thumbs Up Movie Critic

Meet Roger Ebert, the Two Thumbs Up movie critic

Sadly, Award-winning movie reviewer Roger Ebert passed away on April 4, 2013 from the ravages of cancer.

Roger Ebert was likely the most famous movie critic of all time. He started reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 and he was a television movie critic for more than 35 years during which time he and a co-host created the pop culture reference Two Thumbs Up.

He received a Pulitzer Prize for his movie reviews and is the only movie critic to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

There are a handful of movie critics that I enjoy reading or watching that I return to again and again. Critic Roger Ebert was one of those.

Due to his problems with cancer he was not able to speak in the last years of his life but he was still an influential film critic, making extensive use of the written word, which he promoted with his team on the television and online versions of Ebert Presents At The Movies.

Over the next few posts, learn a bit more about Roger Ebert and his movie reviews and books.

Forbes called Roger Ebert, "The most powerful pundit in America." A pundit being someone who offers the world through the media his or her opinions on a subject. I am inclined to agree with that statement.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Johnny Depp as Mortdecai


I cannot wait for Johnny Depp to THRILL me and to DAZZLE me again. That is, Johnny Depp as the Honourable Charlie Mortdecai.

Purveyor of fine art.
Lovable scoundrel.
Part-time rogue.
And NO, he does NOT need help with his bags.

Johnny Depp as a secret agent? You bet! In this action film he will be joined by a talented lineup that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany.


Bonus: There's a bathtub scene with Depp but unfortunately, he's not alone for long, LOL.

Meanwhile there are not one but TWO trailers to hold us over until the movie is released on February 6, 2015. Take a peek for yourself:



 

Mortdecai's mind is his weapon... His mission? The world!

Looks like a fun romp to me starring one of my all-time favourite celebrities.

I hope the music in the movie is as fun as the music in the trailers!

So, what do you think? To Mortdecai or not to Mortdecai?

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

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Robert Downey Jr. 2015 Calendar




I shared my blog post about the Johnny Depp 2015 calendar with my husband and his response, other than a chuckle, was to say, "What are you going to do when there's a Robert Downey Jr. calendar?"

I grabbed our iPad mini and pulled up Amazon and within a couple of minutes I had discovered that there is a Robert Downey Jr. calendar. Who would have guessed?  I'm a big fan of Downey's character Tony Stark in the Iron Man and I recently saw and enjoyed him playing his cocky self in The Judge so I was curious about the calendar and you can see for yourself what I found.

An aside with regard to the movie The Judge. I would recommend it.  It's a fun movie with Downey and Robert Duvall. Some criticize saying Downey was playing another version of himself but I still enjoyed the movie.

Back to the calendar. The cover shows him playing that character we expect Downey to play and, unfortunately, with a cigarette dangling from his lips. I would have liked the image a lot more without that small but obtrusive element and it is definitely not the picture I would have chosen to put on the cover. I like a lot of the other images a lot more and might be hard pressed to pick a favorite though I do really like the picture with the orange sky...

How about you?
Do you like Robert Downey Jr.?
Do you like the images of the actor they've chosen to feature on this calendar?

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Johnny Depp 2015 Calendars


I have said it before and I will say it again. Simply. WOW. Have you seen the new Johnny Depp calendars?

If you love Johnny Depp and you are ready to choose your 2015 wall calendar, consider giving Johnny a glance.

But assuming you can only have one or you are practical and will only buy one, you will be left with a dilemma. Which calendar to choose? Truly a magnificent dilemma, don’t you think? I cannot imagine a worse problem to have!

The artwork from the back of the calendars might help you with this tough decision. Here's a peek:

How about it then? Which calendar will you choose? The first one in black and white or the second one in full, glorious technicolor? My mind is made up. How about yours?

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Tron Fashion

Until the release of Tron: Legacy, I had not even heard of the Tron movie and video game franchise.

I received my introduction to the movie when we took our teenage sons on a birthday outing to a movie. They chose to see the then-new Tron: Legacy movie and we all enjoyed it.

As a matter of fact, once I saw the movie, I was quite curious about the original 1982 Tron movie, too and eventually had the opportunity to view it.

When I was looking for information about the two Tron movies, I discovered this video and that Tron Legacy actually was translated into the real world of fashion. I guess that is not entirely surprising given how often movie items become merchandise choices for fans.  However, I really enjoyed this video in which high fashion pieces are shared from the likes of designer Robin Rotenier, apparel designer Nichole Jordan and designerJerome Rousseau.

If you enjoyed Tron or you are intrigued by how movies become merchandise, I know you'll enjoy this short video.

 

Would I ever wear any of these items? No way! I am a comfort clothing kind of woman but I still enjoy the idea of such futuristic clothing. 

I might, however, be convinced to wear the female equivalent of the Adidas shoes shown at the top of this page, if they made them for women.

How about it? Would you like to own some Tron-themed clothing?  

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at the movies!

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Picture from Will Pate on Flickr.


Daniel Radcliffe on Jimmy Fallon


As a lifelong fan of Daniel Radcliffe - that is his life, not mine - I have to say I am still more impressed with him after watching him perform the incredibly difficult rap song Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious on the Jimmy Fallon show.   I am no rap enthusiast or expert but I can certainly appreciate how hard it must have been to learn every single word in that rap song.

Watch for yourself here on this five-minute Youtube video:

 

What did you think? Pretty impressive!

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at the movies!
Brenda

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