In honor of the occasion and with BORN IN CHINA opening in theaters everywhere next month, April 21st, I wanted to share a new panda clip and fun facts!!
Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
I am beyond excited to share with youthe first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS.
Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.
The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!
I loved it! Go see it tonight…or tomorrow…but go see! A wonderful sequel to the original!
The Hatter isn’t well…can Alice save him?
After returning to London Alice finds her Mother and the world she’s been away from very changed. Unable to process these changes right away Alice stumbles upon Absalom who leads her to a room with a looking glass.
Arriving on the other side of the Looking Glass in Underland, Alice finds the whole crew, minus the Hatter, awaiting her arrival.
They tell of the Hatter, he’s not well. They fear…and hope… the only solution is Alice.
Where is the Hatter?
In his Hatter house of course. Alice finds him and its true, the Hatter isn’t well. Isn’t well at all. But oh, can Alice really help him?
Where to start?
Alice’s quest begins as impossible, just as most days start for Alice. Can she accomplish the impossible? Can she find the chronosphere? Can she convince Father Time to help her travel back in time?
Remember you can’t change the past…only learn from it…
Can Alice’s race against time save The Hatter? Be there Friday to find out!
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an
all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters
from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical
world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the
spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in
Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters
created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and
Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive
producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast
from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne
Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices
of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are
also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans),
the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar
creature who is part human, part clock. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska)
has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and
sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a
magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland
and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the
Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The
Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a
quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of
the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes
across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and
embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
The Jungle Book in 3D has you feeling like you are walking, running, and swinging through the jungle with Mowgli as he transitions from being part of his wolf pack to being what he is, a man cub. A movie that captivates all ages and brings you right into the jungle as part of the experience. Director Jon Favreau knocked this one out of the park!
A tiger marked by the red flower of man, Shere Kan, has vowed not to rest until he eliminates Mowgli.
From the love of his mother, Raksha and father, Akela’s safe wolf den he is escorted by Bagheera out of the only home he has ever known.
Along the way he meets Baloo, his best bear friend who rescues him from the grip of the python Kaa and assists Mowgli in his quest for belonging.
Kaa isn’t the only one who doesn’t have Mowgli’s best interest at heart along the way. King Louie and his band of monkeys want Mowgli to get them the red flower, for in it lies the ultimate power, or so they think!
Head to theaters THIS Friday, April 15th and join Mowgli and his friends on their jungle adventure!!!
A perfectly aligned voice cast makes the personalities truly come to life in these animals.
The film, which is directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, hits theaters everywhere on July 1st!
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg –
finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.
The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.
Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers.
Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. To date, the book has been published in 41 languages. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote ‘The BFG.’”
“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.
See you in theaters July 1st!!!!
DISNEY, AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT in association with WALDEN MEDIA
Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON, a reimagining of the studio’s cherished family film about the adventures of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.
PETE’S DRAGON, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford flies into U.S. theaters on August 12th!
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.
I could not be more EXCITED for ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS!!!
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories which stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
Since her debut in 2000, P!nk (Alecia Moore) has released seven records, sold over 60 million albums, over 130 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 14 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three GRAMMY® Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her “The Truth About Love” World Tour played 142 shows in 13 countries. In the fall of 2014, she released a side project with singer/songwriter Dallas Green entitled “You+Me.” Their album, “rose ave.,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Folk Album chart and #2 on Billboard’s Digital Album chart. In 2015, P!nk became the newest UNICEF Ambassador. She is also a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry. She is currently a spokesperson for COVERGIRL, and made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s “Thanks for Sharing,” alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo.
Check out P!NK’s featurette here:
Come join me on May 27th, you know where I’ll be!!!
Based on real life events The Finest Hours is one of the most chilling (brrr) and heroic rescues in Coast Guard history. It takes place when 2 oil tankers, The Fort Mercer and The Pendleton, off the coast of Boston, MA are caught in one of the worst sea storms and both break in half. While The Fort Mercer sends a call in for help and the rescue crews focus on getting to them, The Pendleton has no radio and one can only speculate their last known coordinates.
Challenging The Odds
Following orders from his superior, Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), a clean-cut young Coast Guardsman with 1950’s boyish, shy charm named Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads up his team of 4 on a 30 ft boat to face not only a cold, snowy, violent storm. But manning a trip over the sound off the coast of Chatham, MA where wave after wave crashes around a boat revving 90 degree angles to make it over to get into the Atlantic seems to be an impossible mission to survive. But with a hesitant but positive attitude Bernie and crew set out to search for whats left of The Pendleton and the 32 crew members trying to keep it afloat after running it aground to buy some time for the rescuers that may, or may not have been coming for them.
Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), a quiet and shy but confident captain of The Pendleton makes decisions, some that aren’t popular with some of his crew who feel that because he is a single loner that he isn’t making the best decisions to get the rest of them back to their families. He quickly emerges as the leader they need to keep this half ship above the water as they face setback after setback while waiting, and hoping, that someone is looking for them.
Back On Shore
Back on shore, Miriam (Holliday Grainger), Bernie’s fiancée, who after meeting on a blind date and a few months of dating, boldly asked Bernie to marry her, waits with the men manning the Coast Guard station and the whole community to hear the fate of Bernie and his crew. Emotions run high as the brother and widow of the crew of the ill-fated fishing boat, The Landry, that Bernie tried and failed to reach over the bar in a storm, perished at sea, await as the anniversary approaches on the storm that overtook The Landry.
Grab your date and get your tickets!!
I’ll tell you, I’m not a big history movie fan. I have to tell you though, The Finest Hours had me glued to my seat. The boyish Bernie and the love story between he and Miriam made the perfect backdrop for the waves of action that would follow in the finding and rescue attempt for The Pendleton. The regret of not being able to save the men of The Landry, the history of the men of the town and community around the sea and its trades pull you into a time and place of the past with depth and emotion. You are literally living each emotion, each cold wet harsh wave, each sigh, each fear, right up till the credits roll! It’s a fantastic movie! I highly recommend grabbing your date and hurrying on out to watch!