The Lion King Rises

This parody of The Lion King/The Dark Knight Rises is incredible!

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James Franco as the New Wizard of Oz

 

Coming out March 2013, Disney is taking a new approach with the classic movie (much like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked) and will show the backstory to one of Oz’s most notorious names…the great Oz himself.

Who else gets chills while watching this new Trailer from Disney?

Here’s a synopsis:

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Looks like a great cast!

Happy Father’s Day!

Certainly if I had lived in Scotland 400 years ago, along the same time as my ancestors, this would have been my father and me!

In honor of Disney/Pixar’s Brave coming to theater’s this Friday, I thought I would share this touching video. Happy Father’s Day to everyone!

Mirror, Mirror – Another Look at Snow White

The newest trailer for this summer’s OTHER Snow White movie has just come out, and I must say that it looks so much better than the original glimpse we got of Mirror, Mirror. While at first it promised to be almost a parody of the classic tale, the version below seems to show Snow White as a stronger female, kicking butt with a band of misfits as companions.

As always, Julia Roberts makes for a wonderful leading lady, offering a bit of comedic relief to the title of Evil Queen. This, of course, is in stark contrast to the tone Charlize Theron has set for the Snow White antagonist.

Lilly Collins is going to shine in the lead role of Mirror, Mirror. Not only does she physically fit the part of Snow White down to the smallest detail, but judging from the trailer, her acting skills are already far beyond that of Kristin Stewart. That said, the role of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman is pretty intriguing. I love the warrior theme, depicting her clad with shield and sword. We’ll see if she can live up to the armor.

I look forward to seeing them both. With Snow White and the Huntsman releasing June 1, and Mirror, Mirror coming out March 30th, it will be interesting to see which one truly is the fairest in the land (sorry, I just had too!).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In case you missed it over the holiday break, the creators of Lord of the Rings have announced that they are making a prequel in the form of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. I had been content with the fact that my glimpses of Middle Earth were going to either come from movies in the past, or my overactive imagination. But now New Line Cinema is going to keep the story fresh on everyone’s mind and appease my Tolkien-loving heart!

Tolkien’s book features Bilbo Baggins as the lead character, setting off on an adventure with dwarves, elves, and of course, Gandolf the Grey. The movie is much the same, although comments from Elijah Wood have made it clear that they are taking liberties by adding to the original. He notes, “It definitely expounds upon the book; there are already characters that are cast that are not in the book, so that indicates that it goes slightly outside the boundaries in the structure of the original novel.”

It also seems The Hobbit will be shot in two parts. I’ve been missing the familiar list of characters, and it seems like many will make an appearance in either the first or second release, including Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Ian McKellen revisiting the role of Gandolf.

Like all amazing movies lately, this one will be shot in 3D. There is an official blog full of information, photos and videos, but I had to share a few of my favorites on here!