The Lasting Success of Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny

Since Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny made their star debuts, they have become famous fictional characters known throughout the world.  Both of their names have become synonymous with timeless laughter, optimism and goodwill.  Mickey Mouse still represents Disney as the official mascot that began the franchise over 80 years ago.  While Bugs Bunny became the first fictional character for Warner Bros., starting the Looney Tunes franchise that is still going strong after 75 years.

Mickey Mouse made his early big screen debut in the cartoon “Plane Crazy” in 1928.  “Plane Crazy” didn’t receive the popularity that creator Walt Disney was hoping for.  But that all changed with the premier of “Steamboat Willie” making Mickey Mouse an instant success as a fictional character and Walt Disney a household name.  By the end of 1928 Disney had created his own line of Mickey Mouse merchandise.  Both Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse’s success continued to rise as more cartoons were created.  Through the years of Mickey Mouse cartoons, his animated body design has stayed the same.  Mickey Mouse was originally drawn by Disney using a series of different circle sizes.  Psychologists say that circles represent soothing shapes, which could be a hidden reason behind the success of Mickey Mouse.  But throughout the years the lovable mouse has maintained the same good nature demeanor.

Mickey Mouse plays “the little guy” with constant optimism that always conquers adversity.  A key point to Mickey’s success.  Many people that have seen Mickey Mouse can relate with his character because everyone has felt like “the little guy” who’s constantly being put down by life.  While not everyone can get through adversity with optimism like Mickey Mouse, fans can still relate and find hope because Mickey always overcomes his difficulties.  Mickey Mouse remains a successful character to this day because even through much adversity he has never hurt anyone.  And being one of the smallest animals gives audiences the satisfaction of seeing his victories as well-deserved and memorable.

Bugs Bunny began his extensive career by making his first appearance in the animated short “A Wild Hare” in 1940.  “A Wild Hare” introduced the world to a fictional character with a specific personality that takes great pride in eluding Elmer Fudd.  Since his debut, Bugs Bunny has been in over 150 cartoons, has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was the first animated character to be featured on a postage stamp.  While Bugs Bunny appears as any ordinary carrot loving rabbit, it is his personality that has been capturing audiences for generations.  Bugs Bunny is defined and remembered for having personality packed with witty banter and a sarcastic attitude.  Chuck Jones, the producer and director of Looney Tunes credited Bugs Bunny’s success to being “character driven, rather than gag driven.”

Although Bugs Bunny’s witty personality provides laughter, the key to his fame is he is never mean-spirited.  Being the ultimate trickster, Bugs was the one always provoked by other characters.  This leaves fans feeling that Bugs is always a nice person, though he is never a push over.  Bugs Bunny uses witty humor to see himself through adversity, which makes him feel like an actual person instead of just a fictional character.  Since the phrase “What’s Up Doc?” was said, fans can’t get enough of the animated character that has stayed true to his personality.  Bugs Bunny remains today a character that plays tricks only to those that deserve it.

Both Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse created two entirely different franchises that produced animated shorts, films and merchandising that millions around the world have watched and purchased.  Generation after generation continues to watch and adore Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, both for different reasons.  While Mickey is the smallest animal that provides contagious optimism through adversities, Bugs provides comic relief through witty humor and tricks that is only given to those that deserve it.  Each fictional character through his own way leaves a lasting impression with audiences that will continue to live on through yet another generation of new fans.



Katey Sagal – Making Her Mark on TV Shows

Katey Sagal is a timeless staple in Hollywood. She’s been a leading lady in Hollywood for three decades. Best known as ditzy Peggy Bundy on “Married… with Children,” Sagal hit stardom in the early 90s. From there her star never stopped rising.

Sagal began her rise to stardom in the early 1970s as both a singer and an actress She toured as a back-up singer with famous crooners like Olivia Newton John and Bette Midler. In the 1970s Sagal had bit parts on many different television shows. She finally landed a role on a show starring Mary Tyler Moore, “Mary” to break into acting full time. After the series was canceled, she hit the jackpot landing the role of Peggy Bundy. Peg was nothing like Donna Reed or Carol Brady. She was loud, funny and brash. Sagal brought in her own bright red wig for the part bringing the wild character to life. “Married… with Children” broke the stigma of the perfect sitcom family. Peg and Al Bundy were in love, but sarcastic to one another. Sagal was nominated for a Golden Globe for the iconic role award three times.

Sagal hung up Peg’s red wig in 1997, but wasn’t stuck as the same character forever. She showed up doing guest parts on television shows before changing directions entirely. Sagal stepped into the voice of the alien spaceship captain Leela in creator Matt Groening’s newest creation “Futurama.” The animated series created a cult following and even a feature film. Even as One-eyed Leela, Sagal’s star kept shining and rising. Sagal couldn’t keep her talent away from sitcoms too long.

In 2002 she took the role of Cate Hennessy in “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.” She starred alongside upcoming star Kaley Cuoco and another sitcom legend, John Ritter. The show was a quick hit and the world got to see Sagal as a loving mother of three children, very much unlike Peg Bundy. Tragedy took over the show when Ritter died unexpectedly of a heart attack during the second season. The show wrote the death into the season and brought in guest stars to help fans cope with the loss of Ritter. Even with Sagal’s legendary acting chops as she stepped into the main role’s spotlight, the next season couldn’t seem to keep a following without Ritter.

Sagal went on to guest star in many television shows and TV movies. “Boston Legal,” “Lost,” and “Glee” were just a few of the hit television shows Sagal lent her shining star. Then she switched directions again showing the world her true acting skills. Instead of crass Peggy or sweet Cate, Sagal stepped into the role of tough mama Gemma Teller Morrow in “Sons of Anarchy.” Sagal was known mainly for her comedic timing and her overall force as a comedienne. Now she could show the world her dramatic side. The FX show running from 2008 to 2014 had a huge following as people dove into the lives of those in the motorcycle club. Sagal won a Golden Globe in 2011 for the role proving she was a force onscreen whether it be a comedy or a drama.

Hollywood unveiled Sagal’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. Her hard work and portrayal of a myriad of characters paid off, but Sagal wouldn’t stop there. She is often seen as a guest on hit TV shows, namely playing Kaley Cuoco’s character’s mother on “Big Bang Theory” or playing Jake’s mother on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Next up Sagal is set to play Vivian in ABC’s television remake of “Dirty Dancing.” She also has a starring role on Judd Hirsch’s new sitcom, “Superior Donuts” playing Randy DeLuca. The show centers around local donut shop employees keeping the place up and going despite a changing neighborhood.

Sagal seems to keep getting roles and shining even brighter despite the world of Hollywood where actresses often disappear as they age. Her beauty, talent and personality bring each character to life. She’s a timeless actress in Hollywood tackling the toughest characters, the most fun characters and the most interesting characters to entertain the audience. Katey Sagal broke through the ceiling as Peg Bundy and continues to raise the bar for other actresses to follow her lead.



Movie Mistakes Are More Common Than You Might Think

Every moviegoer is well aware of how important it is to ensure that the movie(s) that they are going to watch, whether it consist of them traveling to a theater or renting a movie, has received enough positive reviews and/or ratings for them to go and see it. Unfortunately, despite some movies receiving positive reviews, it is solely up to each viewers opinion and tastes on whether they happen to like the movie(s) or not. Many of the movies that are produced and shown in theaters and/or are available for rent today have some flows that may go noticed by many viewers. However, it is important to know that mistakes that occur in movies may be a bit more common than one might think.

Due to there have been so many movies produced since the beginning of movie productions, viewers are becoming a bit more difficult to please. Movies have been a favorite past time of entertainment in which people can get together and enjoy watching something that they may have common interest about with one another. Due to the importance of needing to please viewers, movie producers often find themselves in a difficult position as they have plenty of competition. As one may be aware, there are already hundreds of movies in the several different genres that are available. Thus, making the competition that much harder as the years go by as just about every type of subject that one could make a movie about has been made. This is why movie producers are being required to incorporate much more complex subjects into their movie productions. Producers are being required to be quicker to think than their competitors as movie subjects are being covered and produced as fast as they can think of producing such a film themselves.

Some mistakes that may occur in movies are the actors may be less than proficient in what they do. Although acting is a tough job, one should not be an actor if that is not what they were truly born to do. Acting requires a specific type of talent that can be very difficult to work on unless they were given a certain kind of gift. However, some people can certainly pull off acting with hard work. It is up to the producer(s) to decide on what types of actors they will be hiring to film in their movie(s). This is also where a lot of mistakes occur. Producers often end up choosing people to act in their movies over other candidates due to wanting to save money. Although this sounds like a great idea for the purposes of one’s budget, movie goers may not be so pleased.

Many moviegoers can easily detect the mistakes that occur in the movies they view. If you are a movie producer, why not take the time that is required to ensure that your viewer base will truly enjoy the movie? One way to achieve such a goal is to eliminate as many mistakes as possible. Eliminating mistakes consists of studying your particular subject and having the actors reenact the scenes in accordance to how they would truly be in real life. This is where a producer’s talents come into play. Their abilities of putting their vision into an art form is something that is incomparable to any other producer that films their own types of film. Every producer is unique in their own way and that is what makes viewing movies such a pleasure for many people. They love to see what else could be produced in works of film as there is always something new to see and/or learn about.



Hidden Figures Exposes NASA’s Hidden Agenda Towards True Equality

Facing the outbreak of another World War in the late 1930s, there was an intense thrust to advance the United States aeronautical programs. During this period the number of employed female personnel exploded. Hidden Figures is the true portrayal of three African-American women who were blended into a predominately male staff, performing mathematical calculations by hand to relieve the burden on the engineers.

These women were a vital component to the future of the program and started to expose the hiring practices of the United States industry wide. While NASA was clearly open to crossing the once unmentioned gender and color barrier for the predominately male specialized workforce, it would take decades before a true sense of gender and racial equality would materialize.

Equal Hire, But Not Equal Pay

Hiring of qualified females actually started before NASA was formally established. Early in 1915 the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was formed. This was the government agency responsible for all the highly-sensitive aeronautical research in the United States.

In 1935, the NACA hired five women to be part of the first computer data team. Pay equality still stirs heated debates today, but there was an even more profound disparity in the late 1930s. Women were employed as an integral part of a computer science team for pennies on the dollar compared to white males.

The original NASA motive for gender equality was for the economic benefits. Although the June 1941 executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt banned discrimination based on race, creed, color, or national origin, the mandate did nothing to address a profound inequality in pay. NASA, like most major industries, took advantage of the loophole.

Equality in Hiring, But Not Beyond

Although the concept of gender equality and fairness towards women in the workplace was far from becoming part of openly acceptable conversation, Hidden Figures accurately portrayed NASA’s blindness to gender. The plot stays primarily focused on Katherine Johnson, but it also follows the lives of two other important women working at NASA during this time.

Dorothy Vaughn was one of the NACA’s first female computer specialists, hired during World War II. Johnson did become the first women to hold a supervisory role at NACA, but another prominent hidden figure was Mary Jackson. With two degrees in both math and physical science, Jackson was an important, although unheralded person in the US aeronautical programs.

During her career, Vaughn was proof that while NASA hired qualified female engineers, climbing the executive ladder was an arduous task for women. Mary Jackson struggled herself in the 1950s to advance her career. She was hired in 1950 to work in the computer science division at Langley Air Force Base, and it was while she was working there that Kazimierz Czarnecki, a senior research engineer, urged Jackson to become an engineer herself. She attended classes after work and won an appeal to attend classes along with the other white students. In 1958, Jackson earned a promotion to engineer, making her the first African-American female to hold such a significant status at NASA. For most of their careers, Vaughn and Jackson were the only two women to hold such positions of importance at NASA.

The aeronautics program of the United States represented a superficial openness to unbiased hiring practices based on gender and racial equality. By limiting the inability of these women to advance their careers, it proved the agency was giving little more than lip service to the idea. It was as if NASA understood the importance of bringing the brightest minds on board, race and gender notwithstanding, but it was still governed by the entrenched ideology that America was a white male dominated society, especially in the world aeronautics.

Jackson and Vaughn clearly separated themselves from the staff of engineers, but both struggled to obtain opportunities to advance. These women were truly Hidden Figures since their contributions were vital, but clearly; NASA’s desire to promote them, or give them their rightful public acknowledgment, was not.

Although NASA brought some of the most intelligent and innovative minds into the fold for decades, they still lived under the prejudicial pretense that the show should be run by predominately white males. Hidden Figures allows us to view how NASA viewed gender and racial fairness, through the eyes of 21st century equality.



Michael B. Jordan’s Rise To Hollywood Stardom

How did Michael B. Jordan get his start? Just looking at his profile, he reminds everyone who loves movies of the great Denzel Washington. So, that is one way many can say he got his start and then it all snow balled from there. It certainly is not enough to look like an award winning, favorite such as the likes of Denzel Washington, who was a proliferate star from his early beginnings. Walking and talking the part is also required.

Michael B. Jordan does not fall short in that category as the record will show. He did not start out with the intention of becoming a mega star in Tinsel Town. Being born in Santa Ana, California, he might have had it in his DNA to pursue such dreams whether he liked it or not. Early on, he moved to the East Coast with the family. Still, he was just a jump over the Hudson by ferry as they settled in Newark, New Jersey. At the very young age of twelve he landed modeling jobs with Modell’s sporting goods and Toys ‘R Us. He was set to be one of the beautiful people for he had the typical face of many men, because he was first hired to act as a football quarter back for East Dillon High School in the television series, Friday Night Lights. He was simply perfectly impressive and athletic, jock material there, then the magnetism grew so he was cast in a regular gig on national television soap’s All My Children as Reggie Montgomery. Soon after than he got a prime time gig on NBC’s Parenthood.

Really, there was no stopping him as he was so young and prolific as someone who he resembles both in spirit, character types and talent, the great Denzel. So the film casting managers fell for him and hired him on for a shooting victim named Oscar Grant in the critic’s favorite, Fruitvale Station. By this time he was twenty four years old. He had been racking up the movie roles ever since with co stars such as Sylvester Stallone in Creed. He signed on to play the son of Apollo Creed, who fought against the star in the Rocky series. As Adonis Creed, he took the punches himself.

How did he prepare for this role? He hired a personal trainer a year in advance to get him in perfect shape to be a professional boxer. He must have smelled oscar material or some such thing so he decided to take this amazing role to heart and train to take in all of the authenticity of a real boxer. He was determined to become completely ‘ripped’ for the role. There are those who say he accomplished this task with better results than Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone who were the two actors that played Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa of the famous Rocky series.

To get in the perfect ripped shape, Michael hired personal trainer, Corey Caliet. He is a personal trainer who believes in the inspirational aspect of training that fuels the body with confidence. He says “Your attitude determines your latitude.” He has been sculpting physiques in Hollywood for famous actors such as Lance Gross, Tony Bellew and Sterling Brim, to name a few.

With a strict diet and workout plan and the will to see it through, Michael B. Jordan became more ripped than his predecessors in the Rocky series, just as Calliet had promised him he would. Then of course there is the spirit and the heart that Michel B. Jordan exhibits in his acting that rounds it all off. Everyone knows that it is one thing to be ripped, but an entire other thing to have the mojo within to carry the role.

With this attitude, is there any doubt that Michael B. Jordan will be or already is the next Denzel? There is a respite at this time however, and it does not seem clear, as he dropped a role in 2015 for the part of Marcus Attwood in Triple 9, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. Although he is slated to do some new parts in The Thomas Crown Affair and Black Panther, He has yet complete any work since 2015 accept for a role in an Apple commercial with Kobe Bryant.



Top 3 2016 Movies That Were Snubbed By The Oscars

The Founder, Patriots Day, and Deadpool. The Academy is notorious for snubbing movies that are deserving of nominations. They look over the breath-taking performances done by actors and actresses, and don’t acknowledge the movies that are cherished by millions of people. A lot of movies are shunned away by the Oscars, but these 3 films were the most deserving.

The Founder

Based on a true story, The Founder is a movie about a small-time salesman, Ray Kroc (Micheal Keaton), who turned McDonald’s into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world. The Founder was snubbed of an oscar nominee, mostly for the fact nobody knew about it. Director John Lee Hancock stated:

“Nobody knew about us. We weren’t in the conversation. The conversation for awards season starts months and months before, and it has to be carefully calculated and it wasn’t.

“Different people that were on the nominating committee saw the movie and told me: “This is my favorite movie of the year. I wish I would’ve known, I would’ve voted for Micheal.’ I don’t know how to answer that except nobody knew about us.”

Actor Micheal Keaton’s brilliant, live-wire performance deserved some recognition. Keaton was an a-list star in the 1980s and 1990s. In the 2000s, his opportunities dried up, so he settled into more supporting roles instead. Recently, he has been doing outstanding performances. One example would be Birdman. Keaton was nominated for several awards for this movie. The Founder had all the ingredients for a traditional Academy Hit. The Founder is better than good. There are several reasons why this movie should have won an oscar, but unfortunately, failed to get any major awards nominations.

Patriots Day

The movie Patriots Day is based on a tragedy that happened in 2013: The bombing at the Boston Marathon. Starring Mark Wahlberg, this movie is about the disaterous event that deserves to be acknowledged, instead it was snubbed by the Oscars.

Just one thing caused this movie to be ignored; the name Dennis Simmonds was not mentioned throughout the movie. Dennis Simmonds is a Boston police officer who was a victim of the attack.

Patriots Day is a must-see film. This is Whalberg’s finest film to date, and one of his best performances. This movie is an emotional roller coaster. It will teach you about courage, fear, bravery, and selflessness. There will be moments of you shaking with thrill and anxiety, and several heart-warming moments. It is a shame this movie did not receive the Academy’s attention.

Deadpool

Deadpool was another movie that the nominating committee frowned upon. Deadpool is a superhero movie with some dark comedy; two genres not very liked by the academy. The movie got zero nominees. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool wonderfully, experts were shocked when he didn’t receive any nominations. Reynolds himself had a classy response to the news.

“Regularly scheduled tickle-fight at Camp #Deadpool is still on. Congrats to all the nominees for these brilliant films. #Oscars2017” Reynolds tweeted.

The academy doesn’t take superhero movies seriously, but they should. Deadpool was one of the most popular films of 2016, it is a shame it was robbed of its nominations. The movie had $783 million worldwide on just a $58 million budget. The Academy Awards can nominate up to ten films, but only nine were nominated. There was a good chance that Deadpool could have snuck into the tenth spot.

The Academy Awards should have gave an Oscar to these movies, but instead did not give them the respect they deserved. The Founder, Patriots Day, and Deadpool, are three movies that deserved some recognition. All of these movies have potential. The movies who deserve the most attention are shunned away by the Oscars, leaving millions of people in shock and disbelief. It is very disappointing that these movies were snubbed by the Oscars.



A Movie’s Scenery Location Matters

Typically moviegoers don’t consider all of the different things that go into movie production. People who watch these films typically consider the action on screen, the story-line, and perhaps admire a favorite actor or actress. Movies require an extensive amount of preparation, work, and effort to make every scene you see look picture perfect. One of the aspects of film-making that’s of vital concern is how much the scenery location matters.

Scenery in a movie creates a backdrop for the action and story. The scenery is important, because it must make the audience believe in what is happening with the story. If the story from the film is set in a northern area during the winter, it’s expected that the scenery should be snowy or cold. Stories set in forests require a forest. A movie with a small town or a large city location will be best perceived in a town or city of the necessary size.

There are different ways of creating movie scenery. In the past, producers used filming locations or movie sets for the scenery. A filming location requires the crew to go scout out locations that’re appropriate for their film. They often do this in pre-production and sometimes during production. The crew should try to scout out locations during pre-production as much as possible – do it sooner than later so there isn’t a rush during production to find a perfect filming location. Real filming locations may also require permits. A movie set is something completely constructed on a movie lot or sound stage. Movie sets can be more expensive, but they are easier to control and to ensure mistakes aren’t made while filming.

The future of filmmaking appears to be angling more toward the use of green screen sets and CGI backdrops. Films like Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, The Avengers, Man of Steel, Avatar, and more all use plenty of green screen and CGI backdrops. Some filmmakers criticize the use of green screens and CGI backdrops in film-making. The criticism mainly rests in that it doesn’t look real enough. The benefits of using this method are that it’s far easier to create fantasy and action movie settings using this design. The best way of handling green screen and CGI filming backdrops seems to be to combine it with real locations when possible. Films like Lord of the Rings have perfect CGI effects and beautiful real filming locations. They also used sets when they could. This created a far more realistic appearance to the films. The Hobbit films used mainly green screen and CGI effects with some real locations. This made the film seem a little more inauthentic, although it is still nearly perfect CGI.

The use of movie scenery is as much a part of the movie as the cast and the story being told. They can sometimes use the scenery as some help to them while they’re acting. Some have problems with being authentic in their acting when performing in green screen spaces. They rarely complain about having real sets or locations to work with though. Even when an actor or actress isn’t the best, the right filming location can make all the difference to still keep their performance strong.

Finally, a movie’s scenery is important because the scenery itself can tell part of the story. Clips of a landscape or a city scape can convey the season, the time of day, or even the mood of the film. A cold and dark view of a city makes the audience grasp a mood of gloom or of grittiness. A beautiful forest may make the audience feel at ease or transported into a fantasy story.

Whether a filming crew chooses to use a filming location, sound stage, back lot, or a green screen, they’re obligated to choose the best thing to transport their audience into their film. Good story telling uses excellent actors, crew, and the perfect movie scenery to pull it all together. Move magic is all about illusion. A big part of that illusion lies with the scenery.



Is 4 The Magic Number: Beverly Hills Cop 4 & Rush Hour 4?

Beverly Hills Cop and Rush Hour are such entertaining films loaded with action and comedy. With legendary stars like Eddie MurphyJudge ReinholdChris Tucker, and Jackie Chan, fans rush to the movies to watch them in action. Both of these films are action-packed with crime and comedy to keep audiences entertained for a couple of hours.

Beverly Hills Cop, the first of 3 sequels, was released in 1984, starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronny Cox, grossing $244,386,864 worldwide. The film did very well in the box-office receiving 5 nominations, with the top 2 being an Academy Award for Best Writing, and the Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture. This film also won a Grammy Award for Best Album, The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture, and a Stuntman Award for Best Vehicular Stunt. Its popularity resulted in making 2 more sequels, also starring Eddie Murphy.

Rush Hour followed the same lead and after the filming of Rush Hour in 1998, 2 more sequels were released. Actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in all 3 films gaining popularity and fame along the way. Just like Beverly Hills Cop, Rush Hour was also a comedy, crime, and action-packed film. There has been rumors of another sequel for Rush Hour, and according to both actors, comedian Chris Tucker, and Chinese action star Jackie Chan, they will be coming back to the big screen. However, Jackie Chan will be returning only if he is shown a script that is actually worth coming back for. In the first 3 films, both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s characters are detectives who run around causing trouble while they’re in different countries trying to stop troublemakers. It’s been 10 years since the last Rush Hour film, but it looks like Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will be teaming up again for Rush Hour.

Producer Arthur Sarkissian, is focusing on what made the first 3 films a hit to bring back Rush Hour 4, and not on the 3rd sequel since it wasn’t a big success. According to Sarkissian, it’s the relationship between Tucker and Chan that made the film a sensation. For Rush Hour 4, the plot is still unknown, however, Sarkissian is thinking of the possibility of bringing in Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Chris Tucker’s cousin who is now married to Chan’s character, with Tucker going to visit them in Shanghai. The film will be focusing on the relationship between the characters, and there will still be action. But since Chan turned 60, it’ll be designed around what Chan feels comfortable doing. There’s no word yet of the release of Rush Hour 4, but there will be a screenwriter chosen soon.

As far as Beverly Hills Cop 4 is concerned, Eddie Murphy said that he’s trying to recapture the essence of the first 2 movies. And since Beverly Hills Cops 3 didn’t do too well, he didn’t want to leave the film on a bad note. So in his 4th sequel, Murphy was very happy with the outline of the script because it reclaimed the original film. Also, instead of the ‘R’ rating, they have brought it down to a ‘PG-13’ rating to grasp a bigger audience. Although Eddie Murphy will be returning as the character of legendary detective Axel Foley, Judge Reinhold, who is the second most important character will not be returning. However, John Ashton, will be returning as Sergeant John Taggart. Brett Ratner, the director said the film will have a whole new interpretation. For the plot, according to studio reports, Eddie Murphy’s character, Detective Axel Foley, a street smart cop, will be leaving Beverly Hills and returning to his home turf Detroit, facing one of the coldest winter seasons on record to navigate the new rules and his old enemies of one of Americas toughest cities. The film was scheduled to be released in March 2016, however, Eddie Murphy told Rolling Stone that the script was the main reason for the delay.

For fans of Eddie Murphy, Jackie Chan, and Chris Tucker, they will be rushing to the movies to watch the 4th sequels, especially if they’ve watched all 3. But as far as the new generation, if they have never seen any of the sequels of either movie, it’s unlikely they would run to watch either.



Will 2017 Be A Superhero Year?

In 2017, some superhero sagas will be continuing, and some new films will be introduced. Superhero movies have dominated the box office in recent years and 2017 won’t be any different. Marvel and DC comics have a slew of action packed flicks that will make even the oldest superhero fan feel like a kid again.

A new film franchise that is interesting is the revision of “Power Rangers”. More than 20 years ago The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers played an iconic role in pop culture. It should be amusing to see the red, blue, black, yellow and pink rangers team up to help defend the globe. But the real question is, will Tommy be back as the maverick green ranger?

Something a little more familiar to most superhero fans will be the release of “Logan”. Hugh Jackman is back for the third and final solo Wolverine film for this tenth installment of the X-Men film series. According to IMDB “In the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization”. (“Logan” IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017.

A highly anticipated comedic superhero movie will be released this year as well. No not Deadpool 2 (that’s being released in 2018) but “The LEGO Batman Movie”. This flick will be a comedic gem. The premise of the movie is based around Batman heading out on an individual odyssey of sorts to find himself. “Always be yourself… unless you can be Batman” (“The LEGO Batman Movie” IMDB Taglines http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284/taglines?ref_=tt_stry_tg) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017.

DC Comics is gearing up to release the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” on June 2, 2017. It will be interesting to see the classic comic-book heroine grace the silver screen in this installment of the DC Extended Universe. This film is being produced by Zack Snyder who has worked on a number of superhero films such as “Watchmen”, “Man of Steel”, and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. The setting for this series will be based around WWI with Chris Pine co-starring as United States Air Force pilot Steve Trevor.

DC Comics adversary Marvel Comics is ready to release the third installment of “Thor: Ragnarok”. If you’ve stayed up to date the Marvel Comic Universe films, you know that Thor is currently being held prisoner on another world without his trusty hammer. We will definitely be seeing The Hulk in this movie as well a new supervillainess Hela, played by the stunning Cate Blanchett. Along with Thor, Marvel will attempt to roll out a Spider-Man series. Marvel has been trying to tie in Spider-Man to the Marvel Comic Universe for years and finally we will see the result of what is sure to be an exciting segment. The setting for this movie will feature Peter Parker as a high schooler trying to balance his social life with his superhero life.

The fifth installment of Transformers will be bringing back Michael Bay as the director, as well as Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci from the previous Autobot film “Age of Extinction”. Michael Bay has stated that this will be his last Transformers film, but that won’t stop Paramount Pictures from making an extended universe for Transformers. Don’t expect to be rid of the Autobots and Decepticons anytime soon.

If you’re a superhero fan you know that Justice League will be an exhilarating movie with loads of potential. Justice League traditionally is the team of Batman and Superman with fellow DC Comic heroes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. Every DC fan is circling November 17, 2017 on their calendar. Even Marvel Comics might be a little nervous of this potential blockbuster.

Lastly, we have the refreshing and exhilarating flick “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Marvel comes back with Peter Quill and the gang. We will be engaged with the Guardians as they roam through the cosmos with their action-packed antics. “Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.” (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198/) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017

As you can see, it looks like 2017 will definitely be action-packed year, especially with the release of all these captivating superhero movies. It’s amazing the route superhero movies have taken, even from 10 years ago. 2017 will set the stage for the next decade of super-flicks. Sit back, enjoy your popcorn, and fasten those 3-D glasses tight.



Top 7 Animated Movies of All-Time

Some of the best films of all-time aren’t only live-action, but animated. It’s a big misconception to think that the only fans of this genre category are children. After all, we can’t forget that it is the adults who creating these works of art. Animation fantasy appeals to all ages and it gives us a break from reality. With that said, the following article will detail the seven best animated movies created by Disney, Pixar and other productions (in our opinion).

All-Time Best Animated Movie #7: Aladdin
Disney’s Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992. The musical tale featured the characters: Aladdin, Abu, Jafar, Princess Jasmine and the infamous Genie who is voiced by the late-great Robin Williams. This was the movie that inspired kids everywhere to pretend they had their own magic carpet. The film won several awards, mostly for its soundtrack which featured the hit song, “A Whole New World.” The movie’s theme won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and even a Grammy respectively. Sometimes a soundtrack helps shape a movie and Aladdin‘s is definitely one you cannot forget.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #6: The Lion King
Speaking of soundtracks, The Lion King has one of the best ever composed. Elton John and Bernie Taupin gave us “The Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” along with others. The movie told the story of Simba who grew up under the reign of his father, King Mufasa. Mufasa’s brother Scar had a plan to take over the throne and succeeded when Mufasa was killed in a stampede. The film follows Simba into adulthood and chronicles his friendships with Nala, Timon, and Pumba. The classic inspired straight to video sequels and even a television spin off.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #5: Toy Story
In 1995, the world was introduced to Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, toys that belong to our central human character, a  boy named Andy. Andy and Woody were always together, that’s until Buzz showed up as a birthday present for Andy. In the end, Buzz and Woody must learn to work together for the sake of the boy they love so much. The movie has influenced the creation of two sequels and Toy Story 4 is scheduled for release in 2019. The franchise continues to live “to infinity and beyond!”

All-Time Best Animated Movie #4: Monster’s Inc.
Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. starred Billy Crystal as “Cyclops Mike” and John Goodman as “Teddy-Bear Monster Sully”. The monsters are trained to go bump in the night and scare little kids but one little kid in particular is more intrigued than scared. Boo and the monster crew became quick favorites and several years later, they released a sequel, Monster’s University.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #3: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton was known for his quirky, creepy classics such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands but reached a whole new audience when he made The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie’s soundtrack was provided by the talent of Danny Elfman and remains one of the most famous movie soundtracks to this day. While Jack Skellington wants to kidnap Santa and it has a hint of a Christmas theme, the movie has been confirmed as a Halloween film. Over twenty years after its release and its fan base continues to grow.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #2: Frozen
One of the biggest and most surprising successes in more recent years was that of the princess sister musical, Frozen. The parent-less Anna and Elsa become enemies for a short while and along their journey’s they meet talking snowmen and reindeer. The movie is best known for its theme song “Let It Go.” There has been talks of a Frozen sequel in the works but regardless of the time gap, little girls everywhere still want to be one of the princesses for Halloween or incorporate them into their birthday parties. The franchise has now become bigger than the film itself.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #1: Finding Nemo
There hasn’t been a more successful animated movie since 2003’s Finding Nemo. The movie tells the story of Nemo, who is raised by his father, Marlin and gets caught in a fisher man’s net while going to school. The premise of the movie is the search for Nemo and with the help of Dory, a fish with short term memory loss, Marlin is eventually reunited with his son. In 2016, the long awaited sequel Finding Dory was released. The movie featured the original characters and voice talents of Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks.

Regardless really of the film design, it is how its written that makes it stand out, and those are just seven of the best animated movies of all-time. A movie can be thirty years old and attract a four year old, just as a brand new movie can attract an 80 year old. Animation offers something for everyone it seems.