One of the most anticipated panels of the celebration was The Last Jedi. Duh. We made our way into the room, speculating what exactly they would share. Some set pics, maybe tiny nuggets of info, and of course we all waited on baited breath, would they bring the teaser? The panel did not disappoint.
Watch highlights from The Last Jedi panel. Including the moments when we first saw the poster, the trailer, and we get a look at some exclusive set photos! Plus is Rey a Skywalker? Does BB-8 know who the last Jedi is? Does Luke finally talk or is it just voiceover work for Mark Hamill?
I’m glad to be typing this instead of videoing it because my voice is still gone from this one!
What we know about The Last Jedi
Meeting your heroes might not be what you expect
Luke is vital in this film
Finn has a choice to make, will he be a part of the resistance or will he continue to run
Finn and Poe’s friendship will continue to develop
BB-8 has a lot of great moments, because you can never have too much BB-8
Carrie Fisher rocked her role and helped develop dialogue in the film
Starkiller Base was a big loss but they did take out the seat of the Republic and that has thrown the galaxy into chaos, something they are jumping on to take advantage. Things are going to get dire.
New characters, including Rose
December 15th cannot come soon enough
The Teaser, because yesssss!
This new poster gives us a lot of feels. The Jedi Order symbol, Rey, Luke, Kylo Ren, and a whole lot of red. What could it mean? I have some theories, but I will have to wait until December to find out if any are correct.
What are your thoughts on the teaser? Do you have any theories about Rey’s parentage?
Star Wars The Last Jedi is in theaters everywhere December 15th!
A few months ago, the family and I screened Disneynature’s Born in China. I knew it was going to be an amazing adventure, if you have seen any of the other Disneynature films you know I am right. But wow, it was stunning. China is far more beautiful than I think I could have ever imagined. The terrains and the wildlife that the filmmakers encountered are breathtaking.
The newest Disneynature film is narrated by John Krasinski and it takes the viewer on an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. We meet Ya Ya and Mei Mei, the mother and daughter pandas. Tao Tao the mischievous little golden monkey who feels he has lost his place in the family thanks to a baby sister. Dawa, the elusive mother snow leopard who faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Plus a host of other animals who who call China home.
Bring your tissues. Nature films always get me right in the feels. I personally become so invested in the lives of the animals it’s like they are my own. It is hard not to feel the joys and the anguish of these mothers as you watch their stories unfold.
The storytelling and cinematography blend together to form an amazing experience that draws you into the movie and leaves you feeling inspired and wanting to do all you can to save these animals.
Help Protect the Wild Pandas and Snow Leopards in China just by seeing the movie.
When you see Born in China opening week it will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Disneynature through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a donation to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
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Tao Tao says go see Born in China, in theaters April 21, 2017
What to Expect
Alamo’s street art booth will bring Cars 3 to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends. Plus pick up a color pencil pack souvenir.
Coppertone is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity.
Crest and Oral-B will be providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get Cars themed oral care products.
Dole, will help us all recharge our batteries with sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, “Cars 3”-inspired recipes, and more.
Mattel will have an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action. You will get to see a lot of the new toy sets featuring scenes and characters from the new movie.
Everyone will get a chance to take pictures with the stars of Cars 3. No not Owen Wilson, Lightning McQueen! I have met Lightning and Mater up close at Disney World. Trust me, they are awesome in person!
Don’t forget to stop by the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater for a special sneak peek at Cars 3!
Cars 3 is in theaters June 16th!
Beauty and the Beast- New Tale Instant Classic
The Story, a Tale as Old as Time
In the village of Villeneuve, lives Belle, a smart, kind, and beautiful young woman who dreams of something beyond her provincial life. She is out of place in the small town and feels it more so than her animated counterpart. Gaston is very determined to marry her despite her outright refusal of his advances. Any girl in town would easily swoon over him but as a hunter he doesn’t want his prey to fall so easily. Real charmer right?
Spoiler alert she meets the Beast and through her sentence of staying there forever, learns that things are not always what they seem. She is a fearless girl. And that along with her intellectual prowess proves that she is just what was needed for the Beast. And we all know how it ends, and they lived Happily Ever After. How could you not? You get to be with Dan Stevens who looks like he was made to one day grow up to play the Beast in this movie. *Le sigh*
And the library? Swoon worthy. Belle’s reaction to the library is exactly how I would react if anyone gifted me a massive library like this. So if anyone wants to give me one my birthday is next month. Just saying…
I love that almost every main character had a little more something to their story. A je ne sais quoi if you will. But don’t tell Gaston because he doesn’t know what that means. We learn why the Prince was such a selfish, arrogant man. How Belle and her father ended up in a small minded town where women should not read books, especially without pictures. The servants in the castle are a loyal bunch with lives and dreams of their own.
We also get to see the complicated relationship of Gaston and Le Fou. I always thought of Le Fou as being Gaston’s main cheerleader albeit a super weird one. That is no different in this one. But we do get to see Le Fou in new light. Sure he wishes he could be Gaston, and maybe gets a little confused about his own feelings but he also struggles with the realization that he doesn’t have to be a blind follower. Josh Gad was hilarious, I don’t think they could’ve chosen a better Le Fou.
And Gaston? I thought it was going to be hard to dislike the guy, I mean it is Luke Evans we are talking about. However, Luke brought his A game and made Gaston into the beastly villain we all know him to be. Love him or hate him, my what a guy that Gaston.
The Music and the Scenery
If I had to sum it all up: perfect, stunning, beautiful, wow.
If this ballroom number doesn’t get you misty eyed I don’t know what will.
The original songs are what you want them to be, endearing, full of nostalgia, and a lot of fun. And the new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice help tell new parts of the story while still feeling somewhat familiar. I love that some of Howard Ashman’s original lyrics from the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” which were not used in the animated version have been added back in to the film as well.
My favorite new song is “Evermore,” performed by Dan Stevens as the Beast. We all know Beast was devastated letting Belle go. Even though it was the right thing to do didn’t make it less painful. But we never saw his suffering. Just the sadness in his eyes when the villagers come to storm the castle. In “Evermore” Beast dives into his feelings of letting her go. As the audience, you really feel his anguish.
Dan has one of the most standout performances in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, each actor did a phenomenal job and if I wrote about them all this post would be even longer than it is. He however had the added toughness of running an entire gamut of emotions. All while for the most part, being a Beast. He was selfish, harsh, emotionally stunted, lonely, reluctant, doubtful, kind, gentle, and loving depending on the part of the story. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He is the Prince, he is the Beast.
Safe for kids?
I screened it yesterday with all adults and I can tell you a few jumped at the scenes when the Beast seemed to jump into them out of nowhere. If you are familiar with the animated classic then you know the Beast can be loud and even a little scary when he gets angry about her being in the West Wing. My recommendation is if your child saw the live action Jungle Book in theaters and did fine then they should be okay for this one too. My daughter is pumped to see it, she is 10. The 7 year old thought Jungle Book had too many “scary loud” parts and he wants to wait to see it when it comes out on Blu-Ray.
Every child is different. If you are unsure how your child may react I always recommend to view it first.
Do you ever see that article: 12 Questions Disney Forgot To Answer About “Beauty And The Beast” I remember reading them and laughing about some of the questions. In this movie, Disney tackles several of them, some in very funny ways. Like a reference to Mrs. Pott’s being Chip’s grandmother. Word to the wise: it’s not a good idea to make fun of a tea pot.
Excited for the movie? Grab your FREE Beauty and the Beast coloring sheets. Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters everywhere March 17, 2017!
HAN SOLO – SMUGGLER. SCOUNDREL. HERO.
A NEW STAR WARS STORY BEGINS
Here is what we know so far a.k.a. the official press release:
The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”