Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney To Aquire Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise.

Acquisition continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value.

Lucasfilm to join company’s global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC.

STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015.

Read the article on StreetInsider.com:

By Meredith Woerner

New York Times.com:

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Frankenweenie 3D [PG]
2012 Disney
Directed by Tim Burton

Grade B
Up-graded from B

+1: Black and white horror/ fable.
+1: Stop-motion animation.
+1: Sparky’s (the “Frankenweenie”) day out.
par: (Magic) lightning makes monsters.
par: Score (Danny Elfman).

par: 3D

[overview on Fandango]


Looper [R]
2012 Sony
Directed by Rian Johnson

Grade: B
Up-graded from B

+1: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe) as a young Bruce Willis (old Joe).
par: Time travel and paradoxes.
-1: Logic: only the mobs control outlawed technology of time travel.
par: Near future design.
par: Logic: killing a man from the future - slowly.

[overview on Fandango]

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania [PG]
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

Grade: B+
Up-graded from B

+1: Animation.
+1: Monster Families. Wolfman Wayne (Kevin James) and his kids (pups?), Dracula (Adam Sandler) and daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez).
par: Story logic: from what are monsters taking a vacation?
-1: Physics: vampires burn instantly in the sun, yet endlessly without being consumed.
par: Love story: Johnathan (Andy Samberg) and Mavis.

[overview on Fandango]

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The World of Lisa Frank

“I think probably the best thing about being Lisa Frank is to be able to make kids happy.”
– Lisa Frank.

Urban Outfitters meets the queen of the rainbow unicorns and magical bears: click to see video

Check out the rainbow goodness at the site:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Disney Television Animation’s “Some Kind of Monster” Gallery Show

Glendale, CA, Oct. 21 –

The Disney Television Animation studio, turned one of its production offices on Sonora Avenue in Glendale, into an exhibit space for its fall second in-house art gallery this fall, themed “Some Kind of Monster.”

Read more in Olu Alemoru’s article for Los Angeles Wave:
[click: http://wavenewspapers.com/article_901258e8-1bdb-11e2-818a-0019bb30f31a.html]

Read more and see photos in Mercedes Milligan’s article for Animation Magazine:
[click : http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/monster-gallery-show-spotlights-disney-talent/]

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Some Nights

Cover performed by Jake Coco and Friends

Published on Aug 11, 2012 by jakecoco
Produced by Jake Coco and W.G. Snuffy Walden


Featuring: Jake Coco, Corey Gray, Caitlin Hart, Madilyn Bailey, Savannah Outen, Jess Moskaluke, Sara Niemietz, Eppic, Black Prez

from the album “Some Nights” by fun.

Official Video by fun.
Published on Jun 5, 2012 by FueledByRamen

Some Nights
by Jack Antonoff, Jefferey Bhasker, Dost Andrew, Nathaniel Joseph Ruess

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights, I call it a draw
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I'm still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know anymore...
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah oh oh
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah oh oh

This is it, boys, this is war - what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype - save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I'm half as liked, but here they come again to jack my style

And that’s alright; I found a martyr in my bed tonight
She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am
Oh, who am I? Oh, who am I? mmm... mmm...

Well, Some nights, I wish that this all would end
Cause I could use some friends for a change
And some nights, I’m scared you'll forget me again
Some nights, I always win, I always win...

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know... (come on)

So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on
Oh, come on. Oh, come on, OH COME ON!

Well, this is it guys, that is all - five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home; Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call “love”
But when I look into my nephew’s eyes...
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from...
Some terrible lies...ahhh...

oh woah, oh woah, oh woah, oh oh
oh woah, oh woah, oh woah, oh oh

The other night, you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It's for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance... oh...
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance... oh...



Dredd 3D [R]
2012 Lionsgate
Directed by Pete Travis

Grade: C+ (3D: B-)
Up-graded from C.

+1: Guns and explosions.
-1: Character development.
-1: Tension and stakes.
+1: Psychics.
+1: Franchise entry (re-boot).

+1: 3D.

[overview on Fandango]

Expendables 2

The Expendables 2 [R]
2012 Lionsgate
Directed by Simon West

Grade B-
Up-graded from C

+1: Cast.
-1: Logic and character motivation.
par: Dialogue.
+1: Spotlight fight sequences (Jet Li as Yin Yang, Jason Statham as Lee Christmas)
+1: Franchise entry.

[overview on Fandango]