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The New Grinch Movie Coming in 2018 and There’s a new Poster!

"What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” We've already heard Disney's announcement about a live-action version of the Nutcracker coming in November of next year, but it looks like 2018 is going to be the year of Christmas movies.  Not only are we getting a retelling of Clara and her favorite Christmas toy, but we're also getting a new version of The Grinch.The story is, of course, a retelling of Dr. Seuss' tale "How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Illumination Entertainment just released a new poster for the film. Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney are directing the film, and Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, will also be involved in the production. Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the Grinch, but beyond that we don’t know much about what Illumination Entertainment has planned.  What we do have is a poster with what appears to be a kid version of the Grinch. ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT Are you excited for a new version of the Grinch? What other Christmas movie would you like to see a new version of?  

By |December 23rd, 2017|Movies|

Disney Released a Teaser for the Live-Action Nutcracker Movie

“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. ” ― Vera Nazarian  Just in time for the Holidays, Disney released a teaser for the live-action film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." 200 years later, this re-telling of E.T.A Hoffmann's classic Christmas tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", will be premiering in late 2018.  The film is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Matthew Macfadyen. None other than Misty Copeland will also perform in the film. YOUTUBE In this darker adaptation, Clara (Foy), who is desperately searching for the key that will unlock a box containing a precious gift from her late mother. Her godfather Drosselmeyer (Freeman) gifts her with a golden thread which leads her to the key—but also into another world entirely. There, she encounters a variety of new characters including a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a crew of mice, and the rulers of three Realms: the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers, and the Land of Sweets. Together, the two voyage to the Fourth Realm, ruled by Mother Ginger (Mirren), in order to find Clara's key and bring harmony to the realms. Disney also released four new photos from the film, showcasing breath-taking costumes and set design:    DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in the US on November 2, 2018. Are you excited for Disney's latest live-action remake? What is your favorite Christmas movie? Let us know in the comments below.

By |December 21st, 2017|Movies|

Descendants 2 Movie Review!

On July 21st. Descendants 2 finally premiered on Disney Channel and five other channels. I've been waiting for it all summer long, and the wait was certainly worth it. I completely loved the movie. It had a such a great message about Mal being herself and not to change for anyone. The songs were absolutely amazing. My favorites are "Chillin like a Villain," "It's Going Down," and "You and Me." If I had to rate the movie, I would give it five stars. If it was out of 10, then 10 stars! I don't know if I would say it's better than the first, but I kind of think it is. What do you guys think of the new movie? If you haven't watched the Descendants movies, you really should!

7 Movies About Tech Geniuses

7 Movies About Tech Geniuses By: Cameron Chapman, Skillcrush Movies about tech geniuses aren’t hard to come by—but they always seem to feature some version of a tech bro in a hoodie (hello, Social Network!). While Zuckerberg and company are undeniably wizards of STEM, we’re more than ready for movies that show the brainpower of girls and women in tech. Here’s a roundup of our favorites (with a few dude geniuses thrown in too—because hey, they’re good movies!). They range from G to PG-13 to movies from last year to 80s classics, so grab some popcorn and enjoy! 1. Hidden Figures (PG) Before there were computer algorithms doing all the calculations for NASA missions, there were human “computers” who did all that math by hand (with multiple people checking and re-checking each calculation before it was used). Hidden Figures shines a light on the fact that a number of those early “computers” were Black women who were nothing short of mathematical geniuses (and by all means, go back to your high school history teachers and ask why you weren’t taught this key fact). Without these Black women’s contributions, the early space flights might never have happened—or could have gone catastrophically wrong. 2. Contact (PG) This 90s throwback stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway—a fiercely dedicated scientist who is selected to meet up with extraterrestrials IRL. Not only is the movie completely gripping and the character of Dr. Arroway a total hero, but a real-life female scientist played a critical role in the making of the movie: Ann Druyan—who specializes is communicating about STEM

Wonder Woman Makes over $100 Million on Opening Weekend

GIRL POWER! Wonder Woman, princess of Themyscira, the newest movie to make its way into the DC Universe raked in an estimated $101.4 million in its North American opening weekend. Not only is this the biggest opening by a female director (Patty Jenkins) ever it’s also one of the biggest openings for a superhero movie ever! DC COMICS "Wonder Woman" is the first major superhero film to be led by a woman and it was the help of women that brought it to the top.    52% of the films audience (that’s more than half!) of the audience were female – a significant number for a genre that has been traditionally dominated by men.  The box office haul for Wonder Woman was smaller than some of her male counterparts, but opening weekend has been an achievement for female filmmakers, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR). "Any ridiculous notion that a woman may not be suited to direct a big budget superhero movie is hopefully once and for all shattered," he said Were you one of the many girls who went to see “Wonder Woman”? What did you think? Would you like to see more female super heroes hit the big screen? Let us know in the comments below.

By |June 5th, 2017|Movies|

Queen of Katwe Movie Review & Giveaway

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” the inspirational journey of a young girl from the streets of Uganda to world-class chess player. This movie has earned widespread critical acclaim, including a 93% Certified Fresh critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The triumphant film, which is based on a true story, is now available on our Winitz Auction until Feb 14th. Use your points and bid on this wonderful film!   The in-home release of “Queen of Katwe” takes viewers behind-the-scenes with filmmakers, as well as the cast and their real-life counterparts, through extensive bonus features, including a three-part documentary highlighting the amazing personal stories behind the film; audio commentary by director Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!,” “Mississippi Masala,” “Monsoon Wedding”); a short film by Nair depicting the life of Robert Katende; in-studio access to 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys during the creation of her new original song “Back to Life;” deleted scenes; and more.  “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired.  According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and