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Top Disney Movie Easter Eggs

Top Disney Movie Easter Eggs

If you are reading this article thinking that we are talking about chocolate eggs you get in April with a picture of Mickey on the side, you are going to be disappointed. No we are talking about the hidden messages and in jokes that the Disney animators include in their much loved movies to amuse themselves and reward eagle eyed movie viewers. Here are some of our favourites.

In Aladdin, when Jafar’s spell is broken, Rajar the tiger grows Mickey ears briefly in the transformation. You can also spot Sebastian from the little Mermaid causing the Genie a bit of bother at one point.

Most Disney films tend to slip in a Mickey Mouse ears logo or silhouette. There are too many of these to list them all, just keep your eyes out next time you are watching one.

Disney likes to sneak characters from other films into new movies, and you can clearly see Beast from Beauty and the Beast in a pile of toys in the smash hit Aladdin.

Peg from Lady and the Tramp makes an appearance in 101 Dalmatians and can be seen in the pet shop window along with some other dogs.

The same kind of Easter egg can be found in Tarzan, as Mrs Potts and Chip can be seen on a table.

In the recent CGI Disney movie Tangled, you can spot Pinocchio and Pumba hidden in the pub the Snuggly Duckling, a storybook from Sleeping Beauty and other Disney related books in the book store.

In Lilo and Stitch, you can see a Dumbo toy in Lilo’s bedroom. There is also a poster for Mulan on her wall.

Pixar, who are owned by Disney are famous for their references and Easter eggs and include numerous ones in each film.

Boo in Monster’s Inc has a Jessie Doll from Toy Story 2 and Nemo from finding Nemo. This started off the trend of including a character from the next Pixar movie to be released in the previous film.

In Wall-E you can see Hamm the toy pig on the shelves of Wall -E’s home. It is also interesting that John Ratzenberger who voices Hamm has voiced a character in every Pixar release so far.

If you want to see many of these characters brought to life, why not head to the world famous Disney parks. The parks are also well known for having their own hidden Easter eggs around the parks.…

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A Shocking Movie That Blurs the Lines of Reality – Snow On Tha Bluff

A Shocking Movie That Blurs the Lines of Reality – “Snow On Tha Bluff”

In this article, I will briefly discuss a film that blurs the lines of reality. “Snow On Tha Bluff” is a film that appeared at the annual 2011 Slamdance Film Festival. The movie purports to be about,

“The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.”

Indeed, the drive-by shootings and the nefarious activity is shockingly realistic. The ‘cinema verite” style film-making proves hard to decipher what is actually real in the film. The Snow On Tha Bluff movie raises many interesting questions; Is this movie a documentary or just a fictional film? Do the filmmakers owe the audience an explanation?

It’s interesting to note, a scene from the movie depicting Curtis Snow’s kid playing in crack cocaine powder caused an uproar at the 2011 Atlanta Film Festival. After watching the controversial scene, a member of the audience caused a disturbance in the theater which resulted in many frightened movie-goers exiting the theater. The movie incites emotion from it’s audience and a host of questions.

Technology has progressed as such, that most of us have video cameras built in our phones ready to capture life’s unfolding drama. Snow On Tha Bluff caters to a new generation that has emerged consuming reality video at lightning speeds. Ordinary people are sharing their stories through a medium that is engaging to a massive audience across the world. Snow On Tha Bluff exposes Atlanta’s west-side neighborhood, “The Bluffs”. Scenes of abandoned homes, drug dealing, shootings, and extreme poverty force us to take notice of “the other side of the tracks”.

Reality television burst onto the scene in the late 80’s with the hit show “Cops”. Since then, the reality formula has surged it’s way through our programming blocks. It seems this medium’s popularity has influenced movies such as “Snow On Tha Bluff”. Are the filmmakers raising important questions for society to answer? Or are they exploiting the scourges of society? The movie’s location is reported by the media to be a notoriously violent hood, with drug activity running rampant. Drawing attention to a neglected war-zone in America may spark change and positive involvement.

This hood film blurs the lines of reality, and it’s important to take an assessment of films that reflect a controversial subject. Films that impact culture from an underground level often prove to further influence artists and our surrounding culture. Is “Snow On Tha Bluff” a future cult classic or a shocking stunt for the masses?…

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Twilight – A Short Review

Twilight – A Short Review

Watching movies has been my fashion. Have you seen the movie Twilight? I have been a fan of this series for a long time. I have been reading the books of Stephanie Meyers and I have been so thrilled about watching it on the theater.

The characters did not fail my expectations. Bella and Edward were simply the best couple. Once you see it you would surely wonder how it would be like to be a vampire. Though there are a lot of fans with the two of them and a lot of them are wishing how it would be like to fall in love with a vampire.

Truly the movie is very romantic where a teenage girl Bella Swan fell in love with a vampire played by Edward Cullen. She was willing to risk her life and accept entirely the person that she loves, although they had a lot of problems with being together because of the danger of Bella’s life. Edward is very protective of Bella that he would do anything to keep her safe.

What made Edward fall in love with her is because of her scent. That makes it hard for him to resist. Another is that Edward has this certain gift of reading people’s mind and he can’t do it with Bella. That triggered Edward’s curiosity with this girl. She is just an ordinary human but could somehow resist a vampire’s gift.

It is a very good movie to watch. You should try watching it. Well if you are fond of watching movies that are romantic or adventure. This would be a great film. Though this movie is still the first part of the four series, it would be great to see all of the parts. It has great effects and you will see the great powers of vampires. Though the werewolf has not shown in this story yet you better not miss this part.…

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Small Talk About the Existence of 3D Movie Trailers

Small Talk About the Existence of 3D Movie Trailers

A movie could be advertised and made known to the public in a lot of different but equally creative ways. It could be advertised through the distribution of posters and other forms of print ads. To get the attention of all the very busy passers by, these prints are usually accented by very vibrant colors and often featuring common faces. Another way, is by using the more advanced movie trailers. According to its definition, a trailer is a series of scenes from the movie compressed in a video clip so that the viewers will have an idea what that certain movie is all about.

Before moving on, let us direct our attention first on some of the most interesting facts about 3d movie trailers or trailers in general, the term ‘trailer’ came about because trailers were originally shown right after a feature movie in the past. But this set up was not that successful and beneficial to both the viewers and the movie companies. This is because people usually leave the movie houses the moment the credits start rolling. To put a solution to this problem, slight adjustments were made and movie trailers started to be shown before the start of any feature film. In this way, it seems that the advertisers get more and the target population is really hit. This should be enough to explain why, even if we still call it ‘trailers,’ 3d movie trailers are being shown before the start of feature films. They are even independently shown in some hosting websites such as YouTube.

Speaking of which, YouTube is perhaps the first website that comes into mind when the conversation finds its way to short videos and movies. And it is just something that we should not wonder much about. YouTube has been in existence for almost five years and a half now. And within that span of time, it never failed to entertain us with a lot of videos that really keep the stress, at least a part of it, away! This website also has a host of movie trailers to show us. Some of them are the official trailers of 3d movies while others are just those made by fanatics who just can’t get enough of what the movie companies are giving them. This should mean to say therefore that YouTube is just one of the best sites to visit when trying to look for quality 3d movie trailers.

Now, since this is a written article, obviously, we would not be able to show you examples of the 3d movie trailers. Despite that, maybe we have given you enough information about the topic in hand. So feel free to find your own 3D Movie Trailer samples.…

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Contemporary Art – Review of a Kansas City Museum Dedicated to Nothing But This Period

Contemporary Art – Review of a Kansas City Museum Dedicated to Nothing But This Period

Many large art museums have special sections for contemporary art. But not many specialize in it the way an art museum in Kansas City, MO, does. This well-supported all-free galleries and parking museum offers something for all ages.

What is contemporary art?

One internet definition says it is “the art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes.” That is, it is the art relative to us now. Another definition says it is all the art made since World War II. Still another one says it is the art from the 1960’s or 70’s up to now.

In other words, it is the art created after the so-called Modern Art period, which runs from the latter half of the 1800’s up to about the 1970’s. Certain art historians see 1970 as a distinctive cutoff year for the beginning of contemporary art. About then is when the world seemed to have tired of modern art. About then is when new emerging movements of unclassified art began, and possibly exploded to a degree. Also, about then, many more artists came onto the scene with works that were done much faster than much of the older traditional types.

Collectively, though, contemporary art is much more socially conscious than that from the previous periods. Much of it from the last 40 years relates to relevant issues, like, globalization, equal rights, fascism, multicultures, genetic engineering, politics, AIDS or disease relief, green living, saving the planet, religious issues and so on. Thus, viewers of this more recent form could look for the deeper meanings expressed in it even if difficult to see right away.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

This museum is housed in a modern high-tech low-lying building from the early 90’s. From above, it looks like a large bird in flight. Much of its permanent collection is a gift from its founders, Bebe and R. Crosby Kemper. In addition to the museum’s easy entrance from its two parking sides, it has a large drive-under entrance on the east side for buses, minibuses, and other vehicles in all weather conditions. Another parking lot is also available ½-block further north. Thus, walking is minimized for its patrons.

Most of the modern and contemporary art shown there is from the world over. Besides the ever-growing permanent collection, as many as 12 on-loan exhibits are shown annually. Recently, a traveling collection of paintings by the Wyeths involved both the modern and contemporary art periods because the Wyeths comprise several generations of artists.

A portion of the collection that stands out in the museum’s hallways are the blown glass works by Dale Chihuly. One large piece, which hangs over a doorway inside, is made of select clear crystal. Since the well-known high-end company that provided this crystal is now out of business, this unique piece has become priceless.

This museum has three separate outlets including its main building as follows.

1. Main building. (4420 Warwick Blvd). Provides permanent and traveling exhibitions, installations, performance works, film-video series, lectures, radio broadcasts, and concerts. Gives free group tours and educational programs and similar events for all ages, including family and children’s classes. Gift shop and cafe available here. Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Closed Monday and on major holidays. Cafe hours: lunch – Tues-Sat 11am-2:30pm, dinner – Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm, brunch – Sun 11am-2:30pm. Admission and parking are free; small donations accepted.

2. Kemper East (200 East 44th Street, 1-block north of the main building). Displays various parts of the permanent collection. Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm. Free.

3. Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W 19th Street). Located in the downtown arts district. Gives special exhibitions and programs, sometimes the works of emerging artists. Hours: Fri 8pm-12-pm, Sat 12pm-6pm. Free.

To learn more about contemporary art itself and this museum, see these sites.…

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Where to Start Your Movie Script From?

Where to Start Your Movie Script From?

There are many places and ways by which a story can take form. Is that the same for a movie script? Yes, it is. Although they are not necessary the same form of the craft. A movie script is a story scripted for a movie. That is to say you need to have your story before you can script it.

Even if the story is in the mind you can write a script. Does the story need to be complete? yes. But it can be in any shape; hazy, sharp, mysterious. But it needs to be there.

A good point to start would be to consider the essence of the story. One single story can be perceived very differently by individuals. if the essence of the story is understood by the script writer he/she can move on to the next level of choosing the tone, pitch, speed. Actually the story usually dictates the tone and other elements but they are interpreted by script writers according to their own perceptions.

Finally to start the movie script you need to make a shortest statement about the story. This is not a description of the story. It is a statement exposing the attributes of the movie. For example, ” Marriages are for lovers, weddings are for covers.”

This becomes your guiding mark you do not want to stray away from. It reminds you of what you are attempting to communicate and in what way. Scene by scene your mark is right there for you to measure against.

Remember things will keep changing. Even your perception of the story might change. As long you are happy with the statement stick to it. If you find a better anchoring statement, you need to be careful with it and check all the work already done. It is not unusual to start all over again if during the scripting phase the perceived essence of the story changes.

So go right ahead and pen that “anchor mark” as close to the subject of the movie as possible. An Anchor mark is a rough tool and not a rule or a formatting element. Its function is to help propel the script and keep it well directed.…

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Who Will Be Cast As Christian Grey in the Movie Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Who Will Be Cast As Christian Grey in the Movie Fifty Shades Of Grey?

The bestselling erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is the hottest book around, and not just only for its sale figures. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired the rights to the Fifty Shades series and right now everyone is talking about the casting. While the studios are looking for a director and a screenwriter, fans of the books are busying themselves with their picks as to who should play the dominant, multi-billionaire CEO with a sordid secret. Many actors are dying to get the role, so what exactly do we need for the right Christian Grey?

The book is rather specific about his character’s description. We know his is stunningly handsome, so we need an actor who can match the expectations in our heads. He needs to look not only super hot in a suit but also naked (hopefully the movie will treat us to a little eye-candy there). The character is described as being tall, athletic and with a messy mop of auburn hair and striking grey eyes. The actor who’ll portray him needs to manage the charm of Mr. Grey, but also the capture the kinky and debauched side of the character. Last but not least, he must have the confidence and the cool to pull off all those dominant S&M scenes in the red room of pain.

Actors all over Hollywood are tripping over each other to get the part, but who can pull off the kinky CEO? The Internet is a hub of discussion and fans are all pitching their favourite actors for the part. Ian Somerhalder from the Vampire Diaries is high on the list, and he has definitely got the striking grey eyes to go with the part. Ryan Gosling from the Notebook may not have the intense stare, but he’s a good actor who’d definitely capture the character.

Other hunks on the list includes Swedish heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard from HBO’s True Blood, whose character in the series already has his very own S&M dungeon. Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass has earned his reputation as a rich bad boy, but would he match the fans’ mental image of Christian Grey? We can only have fun speculating, but whoever gets the part is going to have a lot to live up to. Christian Grey is the epitome of the perfect man so any actor who’ll be playing him is going to have a lot of pressure and work to do to keep the fans happy.…

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What Goes Behind the Best Movies Ever?

What Goes Behind the Best Movies Ever?

In order to ascertain the list of best movies ever, it is quite a task at hand. Since everyone has his or her opinion on what qualifies and quantifies as the best, movie makers seek various methods to propel their productions to the A list. Other than having well-recognized faces on board to form the cast and crew, a great movie theme song is also an essential ingredient. Even though people may forget the storyline and faces, a great song is there to stay in the mind. By humming a few familiar bars, the viewer is automatically transported to a certain point in his memory bank. This is why movies employ moving songs to tickle the ears and hearts, thus gaining themselves a foothold in the viewer’s list of favorites.

Dissecting further into what makes the best movies ever, certain portions which hold poignant moments are further emphasized. Normally it is the time when the best line or speech is delivered. Other times, the best interaction between the cast which may sport an onscreen kiss, fight scene or some other relevant point. Perhaps focus is placed on the best special, visual or sound effects as the viewers are treated to laser shows and 3D imagery. With the recent introduction of 3D movies, movie goers are given an adrenaline rush as they don the special but odd-looking eyewear to see the movie reach out to them.

To produce a blockbuster of a movie theme, the screenwriters knit the scenery, atmosphere, cast and emotion into a giant blanket. Complemented with musical interludes, it forms the heart of the movie. Marketing campaigns are further boosted by attractive and meaningful posters. Having a supportive and talented crew on board is equally important as the background units make the foreground teams look and sound good. That probably explains why movies roll such long credits at the end.…

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The Best Snacks and Treats For Movie Theaters

The Best Snacks and Treats For Movie Theaters

A real treat for me is to go to the movies. I love the whole experience, and one of my favorite parts is indulging in my favorite movie theater food. It’s not healthy, and is way over priced but I love it and it makes my trip even more enjoyable.

There is so much food for sale in movie theaters these days that the choice can be mind blowing. Here are just a few of my favorites.

One of my all time favorite foods is now a regular fare in movie theaters. These are the deliciously satisfying Nachos. There’s just something g very special about that hot cheese and salty chips. My only problem is trying not to crunch too loudly.

If you want to limit how much fatty food you eat, yet still enjoy a snack at the movies, then pretzel bites. These hot pretzel pieces arrived in our movie theaters during the 1990’s and are still going strong. If you want to spoil yourself a bit, get them dipped in cheese, delicious.

The biggest selling candy in American movie theaters is the addictive and delicious Sour Patch kids. The contrasting flavors of sweet and sour are truly amazing, and very addictive.

If you like your candies you’ll probably also go for Sno-Caps, Goobers and Junior Mints. Do you, however, ever buy them from a store with your other candy? I bet you don’t, as the movie theater success of these candies has never been replicated in the stores.

There is a great variety in the flavors of fountain sodas available, and I admit I like to mix it up a bit rather than stick to the same one all the time. A new favorite is the flavored ice drink called slush; this is exactly what the name says it is, slushy ice with a fruit flavoring.

I’m finishing off this list with the most popular movie theater food ever created, I refer, of course, to popcorn. This became a favorite decades ago and still stands firm as the favorite global movie food.…

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Scriptwriter: Make a Movie – Pick Your Idea and Start

Scriptwriter: Make a Movie – Pick Your Idea and Start

Scriptwriters come in all shapes and sizes. Scriptwriters have a depth to their soul like no other beings on Earth. It’s a gift, and a curse.

But, no matter what it is, you are a writer (or want to become one) and you HAVE to write. Writers have to write, dancers have to dance, and singers have to sing and so on and so on.

Writers usually have too many ideas in their head. So many ideas, so little time – and eventually if you want to be a writer you actually have to start writing. So the key is – since you want to make a movie script – to start narrowing down those ideas, pick a genre first. What is a genre, you ask?

A genre is the type of category your screenplay is in.

For example –

Comedy (includes dark comedies & romantic comedies, of course)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (imaginary worlds)

Family (parents can take kids to see it) Horror (you know – those violently graphic types)

Suspense (unfolding mystery)

Drama (more true-to-life roller coaster ride types)

Action Adventures (big $$$ makers – excitement, danger, suspense)

And I’m going to add –

High Concept – Hollywood’s favorite buzz word at the moment

– and although a High Concept film could be any of the above genres, it’s claim to fame is that it has MASS APPEAL (which means big $$$$ to Hollywood, and you for that matter). It is easily pitched in a catchy logline, which when spoke, they immediately “get it” and your story is fresh, unique and high in concept. (Duh, did I really say that?)

You might find you start in one genre and end up in another. That’s okay. Just go with the flow. Put pen to paper (or in this millennium – fingertips to keyboard) and just start writing. It’s not time to be critical of what is coming through. The key is – JUST START. It does not matter how or with what you start, just start. Thoughts flow through you, ideas flow through you, and if you ignore them they will go find someone else who will give them life. Starting will show the Universe you’re now committed to receiving. Choosing a genre and picking an idea in that genre to run with tells the Universe what it is you need – what thoughts and info you need – your tools. NOW, you can get started.

At this stage there’s no right or wrong, there’s only opportunity, so take this opportunity to get on the scriptwriting bandwagon and ride that train all the way to the bank.…