Hulk Uses Smash – It’s Super Effective

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Looking for a fun way to get your kids enthusiastic about programming? Create your own superhero battling program and answer the age old question “Who would win in a fight between Hulk and Thor?” (Spoiler: not the people who have to clean up afterwards) Continue reading

Charity Auction: Autographed ‘Alien’ Egg

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The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is auctioning off a replica Alien egg autographed by Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Carrie Henn, Michael Beihn, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, and Ricco Ross. Continue reading

First Look at The Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

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Fox has unleashed the first look at The Fantastic Four (2015) by releasing the teaser trailer today. While it’s still yet to be seen if the movies (the sequel has already been green-lit) will take place in the same universe as the X-men films, the mood is very familiar. Both franchises share writing and producing credits, and Director Josh Trank hit gold with his directing debut in 2012’s Chronicle which has a fun but dark, character-driven narrative. Continue reading

Director Gary Rydstrom Talks About Strange Magic

Director Gary Rydstrom talks about Strange Magic.  Photo courtesy of Merlot Mommy

Director Gary Rydstrom has a lengthy career in Hollywood, most famously as a sound designer at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, working on films ranging from Saving Private Ryan to Wreck-It Ralph. Strange Magic represents his debut as a feature film director. Continue reading

Elijah Kelley Discusses Strange Magic

Dawn (Meredith Anne Bull) and Sunny (Elijah Kelley) talk about love in Strange Magic. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm.

For actor Elijah Kelley, playing an animated character was a new experience. “I’ve never done a voiceover, like, before in my life,” he says, explaining that his character, Sunny the Elf, was physically demanding. “I thought that it was gonna be so easy; I thought it was gonna be a piece of cake, but I would go in there and guarantee you, I would leave lightheaded and sweaty.” Continue reading

8 Things Parents Should Know About Strange Magic

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Strange Magic is a musical fairy tale; Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) is a fairy princess who is engaged to be married to Roland, a preening, arrogant, self-absorbed creep of a knight. When Marianne discovers that he’s not particularly interested in giving up his other girlfriend, she breaks it off and gives up on love. Continue reading

Studio Ghibli Up Close: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Studio Ghibli is the Japanese animation studio, founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, behind movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Arrietty (among many others). A new documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Studio Ghibli. Here’s your chance to win a copy of the film on DVD. Continue reading

Late to the Party — Star Wars Episodes IV-III

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The author shares his takeaway after watching Star Wars: Episodes IV – III in chronological order of release for the first time. Continue reading

Strange Magic at Skywalker Ranch

The Technical Building, home of Skywalker Sound, reflected in Lake Ewok.
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After Star Wars became a box office giant, George Lucas decided he wanted to make movies outside the studio system. He found a perfect spot on the coincidentally-named Lucas Valley Road, 40 minutes north of San Francisco, and set about creating Skywalker Ranch. Continue reading

Playworld Superheroes Combines UK Streets with US Heroes

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A new game for families from the talent that brought us Wipeout and Motorstorm, Playworld Superheroes offers an In-App Purchase free creative experience with high production values. Continue reading