Like a zombie rising from the dead, the October 2016 Spooky Empire horror convention that was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew has been reschedule for December 2-4 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. [Read more…]
If you want to get a jump on the crowds and see the latest CGI comedy from Illumination Entertainment before its release, ‘Sing Saturday’ will provide free preview screenings at 200 AMC theaters around the country on November 26. [Read more…]
Dr. Strange, the latest star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is now making in-person appearances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. [Read more…]
By Sarah Sterling
It’s finally November, which means Disney fans are in the final countdown towards the release of Disney’s newest animated feature, “Moana”. But if there is one thing I find as equally excited as a new Disney movie, it’s a new Disney short! [Read more…]
By Tharin White
Be prepared for a world of endless possibilities in the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Follow along as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) transforms his mind, soul and body from a self centered know-it-all to a protective servant of all of humanity. [Read more…]
Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic, a newly released book by author Aaron Wallace, is the first to dive deep into every aspect of the cult favorite film. [Read more…]
Avatar: Discover Pandora, a new interactive exhibition based on the 2009 James Cameron film, will make its global premiere in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 7. [Read more…]
By Sarah Sterling
We were treated to an early, inside look at Disney’s 56th animated feature, “Moana” on The Walt Disney Studios lot. Here’s a look at the making of the film. [Read more…]
Characterz, an independent “ultra low-budget” comedy about costumed performers that was filmed in the Central Florida area, is now available on Digital HD and On Demand platforms. [Read more…]
Universal’s theme parks are already deeply invested in J.K. Rowling’s saga of The Boy Who Lived, and now corporate parent NBCUniversal has deepened that commitment by securing the television and theme park rights to her Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises through 2025. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
I first saw the original “Pete’s Dragon” movie a few years ago, and again a few weeks ago. This new rendition of the movie has absolutely no similarities other than there being a little boy named Pete and his big green dragon named Elliot (originally spelled Elliott). The new movie is not a musical and doesn’t follow the same plot at all. That being said, the new story is very sweet, and almost exactly what I expected [Read more…]
Universal Studios Hollywood will unleash a trifecta of terror when “Freddy vs Jason” joins “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween” in the lineup of haunted mazes at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event.
The first major Marvel-themed attraction in the Disney Parks stateside is set to open next year, taking over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. [Read more…]
For a limited time, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience” will allow Universal Studios Hollywood guests to interact with the stop-motion movie studio’s imaginative artistry ahead of the August 19 release of Laika’s latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings.
That Doctor Who/Star Trek cross-over you’ve been dreaming about could finally come to fruition this October when David Tennant and William Shatner both appear at MegaCon Tampa Bay.
Magic-loving Muggles who are members of Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center can now purchase tickets to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic, coming in February 2017 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
By Quinn Roseboom
It’s no longer a secret how great “The Secret Life of Pets” is. I went in expecting just another cute movie, and it definitely was cute, but it also had me guessing what was gonna happen next and how the characters were going to get out of each situation. It’s a great movie for the whole family. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
Director Steven Spielberg and Disney have combined forces to bring you a big screen story of “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant). Although it’s a cute story and very visually appealing, it stalls half-way through before picking up steam again.
The story is based on, and closely follows, the Roald Dahl novel of the same name. (Dahl also wrote “James and the Giant Peach”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”, “Fantastic Mr Fox” and more.) It’s about a 10-year-old orphan girl in London named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), who happens to spot a 24-foot-tall giant one night outside the orphanage. Because he knows he’s been spotted, he takes her home with him to Giant Country. She quickly becomes friends with him and nicknames him the Big Friendly Giant, or BFG for short. Although he’s friendly, the other giants are not. They love to eat human beans, as they call them. She doesn’t want to go back to the orphanage, but it becomes clear that it’s too dangerous for her to stay. So she hatches a plan that involves the Queen of England.
The BFG is voiced and motion captured by Mark Rylance. He does a great job, as do the actors voicing the other giants. Newcomer Ruby also played Sophie well, but the real star of the movie are the special effects. The giants all look very realistic and totally believable, even during the close-ups on their faces. It’s so much fun seeing Sophie interact in the giant’s world with her blanket and clothes looking like doll clothes to the giants and BFG using a huge ship as his bed. It was also fun to see BFG looking small next to the other giants, who were twice as tall.
Seeing the giant for the first time and watching Sophie explore his home was fun and funny, as was their interactions with the Queen and her staff, but the parts in-between were too slow for me. Much of the middle of the movie slowed way down. They could have probably trimmed about 30 minutes from the movie without hurting anything. It bored me until the last third of the movie began. That said, overall it’s a cute tale that looks great. If you don’t see it in the theaters, I recommend seeing it in HD when it hits the home market.
“The BFG” runs about two hours long and is rated PG. I saw it in 3D, but it didn’t add much to it. There are no middle or end credit scenes to stay for.
In The Parks
There’s nothing in the Disney theme parks for “The BFG” that we’ve seen, not even merchandise. But you can take a selfie with a wax figure of Steven Spielberg at Madame Tussaud’s Orlando.