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It's a sad thing that we now have to provide teachers with instructional tools on how to react to events that were at one time unthinkable. But here we are, and Brave Dream Media, LLC, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) have announced the start of production a new educational video series Safe Spaces: Schools. The short film series will be used to educate and train teachers across the country on how to react in situations involving bomb threats, active shooters, kidnappings, hostages and tornadoes. Scripts and procedures used have been crafted by former FBI, Secret Service and ATF agents, utilizing advanced and accurate training techniques deemed most effective by law-enforcement agencies.

Wednesday, August 22 2018 11:49

Shark Tank: Who’s Your Favorite Shark?

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Talk about an accidental bite. Who would’ve thought that ABC’s Shark Tank would be so popular, but it’s still raking in the ratings and handing out the dough. It starts another season in October with the Sharks ready to help wannabe entrepreneurs with their latest and greatest ideas. They’re also ready to abuse the contestants, which is probably the real reason why the show is so popular. Who’s your favorite Shark? Here’s a list of the regular Sharks and a few popular Guest Sharks from which to choose.

Courage has no limits in the heroic action-packed film Skyscraper, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on September 25, 2018, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 9, 2018. The global blockbuster from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures is a non-stop, emotionally visceral thrill ride following Dwayne Johnson's (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Fate of the Furious,"Ballers") character as a real-world hero who will stop at nothing while trying to save his family from a deadly blaze. With over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content – including deleted scenes and exclusive bonus clips, Skyscraper is a jaw-dropping, heart-pounding, palm-sweating, visually stunning film that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

The celebration to honor of the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse is about to kick into high gear! Disney today announced that Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, an interactive art exhibit, will open in New York this November. To begin the 90-day countdown, new brand and product collaborations spanning fashion, food, consumer electronics, toys, accessories and more are now available worldwide - many of which I previewed behind closed doors back in February at the 115th North American International Toy Fair (see those in another article). Check out a video preview of the exhibit below, along with all the details on what to expect!

The details of the next Star Wars animated series have come into focus.  Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that takes place prior to the events of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take flight with a one-hour premiere SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD. This new series is a high-flying adventure that follows Kazuda Xiono ("Kaz"), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Check out the first-look trailer and all the details below!

"Still absorbing." Those were the first two words that I shared on Twitter upon exiting the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood back in April, having just experienced Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War at the World Premiere. In my formal review, I would declare the film to be a "non-stop barrage of action that pushes the boundaries between Earth, space and the unknown." I desperately wanted to see it again, calling it "an experience that managed to excite and upset, captivate and frustrate, all while eliciting a range of emotional response from its audience that runs the gamut from celebration to sadness... often trying to find balance, much like that which Thanos seeks." Now, four months later, I've seen it again and have even greater appreciation for the massive undertaking of crafting the biggest movie of all time... right on top of what could claim that title next year - 2019's Avengers 4. With Infinity War now available on Digital and Blu-ray, there's a treasure trove of bonus features that will answer many questions about the production, while dropping subtle crumbs for what's yet to come from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

Saturday, August 11 2018 00:06

Marvel Rising: Initiation - Who is Ms. Marvel?

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The multi-platform Marvel Rising is set to begin rolling out this month on Disney XD, and tonight comes a brand-new Marvel Rising: Initiation featurette. In the latest clip, Kathreen Khavari takes us behind-the-scenes of her recording process and answers the question – Who is Ms. Marvel? Watch her interview below and look for the premiere of Marvel Rising: Initiation on Monday, August 13th at 7:30PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

Perhaps it was a bit of foreshadowing, but at San Diego Comic-Con International last month, there was a display in the Hasbro booth that showed two dolls from their Disney Descendants collection suspended in an underwater scene behind glass. There was a note to make it clear that this was solely an artistic representation - not a playset for sale, but the underwater adventure was being shared by Mal and Uma. Now comes the surprise news that on September 28, Disney Channel with air Under the Sea: A Descendants Story - an all-new short film featuring those very characters. Check out a teaser below!

Friday, August 10 2018 23:14

Gal Gadot Races into Ralph Breaks the Internet!

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Shhhh! A couple of weeks back, I paid a visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California for an early look at Ralph Breaks the Internet. Unfortunately, as of this writing everything I saw is under embargo - which means I can't tell you about anything... yet. But the long-awaited sequel will be hitting theaters in November, and today comes a fresh look at a new character and a new environment from the film - officially unveiled, so we can talk about that. In a new sneak-peek, audiences get their first look at Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) as the voice of Shank, the tough and talented driver in an intense online racing game called Slaughter Race. Of course there's also a new look at the Disney Princesses, too. Check this out...

From Director Ken Marino, DOG DAYS (reviewed here) is now playing in theaters everywhere, and ahead of its U.S. release, I had the opportunity to attend the the film's World Premiere at the Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, California. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in L.A., but the stars were were out to see what I've already pegged as being "a late summer surprise" - a comedy about an unrelated group of people and how their canine companions somehow managed to bring them all together.

With Disney's Christopher Robin (reviewed here) delighting audiences with a tale of what happened when the most famous boy of The Hundred Acre Wood grew up, I recently had the chance to catch up with Director Marc Forster to discuss the production. While the entire genesis is fascinating - largely prompted a plane ride with his daughter in which she mentioned doing a Winnie the Pooh movie, what I was most interested in was the lived-in and much-loved look of the characters.  Seeing Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl and Rabbit realized in "live-action" thanks to the magic of CGI aided by real-world puppetry was wondrous, but I was curious how they arrived at what we see on screen... characters that looked to be a combination of the "Classic Pooh" from the books by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard along with flourishes taken from the famous Disney animated versions...

Kids should be allowed to be kids and enjoy the freedom of unstructured imaginative play. That's a message that I've spoken of often, and it's one that's placed firmly at the heart of Disney's Christopher Robin. In that film, Christopher (Ewan McGregor) has grown up, and as a father himself, he's forgotten about the importance and magic of play. For his daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael), childhood is headed in a bleaker direction until some familiar characters from The Hundred Acre Wood arrive, reminding Christopher of what once was and what still could be. In Los Angeles last week, I had a chance to meet with the 11-year-old actress inhabiting the role of Madeline to discuss the experience of joining Winnie the Pooh and friends for their first live-action adventure. Already a professional actor with a bright career ahead of her, how does Bronte play?

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