Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ending 2014 In The "Box Office"

By Zach Cooper
2014 has been an amazing year in films! We have been "awesome" with The LEGO Movie and "Marveled" with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Don't be folded, the excitement of the year has not ended just yet! This month, we will leave 2014 with a "bang" in movies! Below are just two of the many that will be debuting this month.




THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
-Release Date: December 17th (USA)
-Director: Peter Jackson


“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.  

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.  

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance."


 www.youtube.com/thehobbitbattle




NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
-Release Date: December 19th (USA)
-Director: John Hamburg



"Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever." 

www.youtube.com/nightatthemuseumtomb



SOURCES:
-Each link provided leads to where we found the trailer on YouTube. It may or may not be on the channel where the trailer originated. 
-The synopsis/summary of each movie was found in the description of each YouTube video. (same link provided.)
-YouTube channels used: Warner Bros. Pictures, MOVIECLIPS Trailers. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

"Frozen Christmas Celebration" Taping at Disneyland & Walt Disney World

By Zach Cooper
Since the 1980's, the magic of Disney and Christmas has been brought home to televisions nationwide.  For many years, it was called the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade," but this year, the name has been replaced with the title of the billion-dollar film, FROZEN.

Earlier in November, the Disneyland Resort lit up with cameras and lights for the multi-day taping. Special guests and preformers included Lucy Hale, Trisha Yearwood, Trey Songz and also Train.


This week in Orlando, Walt Disney World hosted their own taping for the show. The 3-day taping included performances by Ariana Grande, Prince Royce and Lexi Walker.

The parade also included a full lineup of Disney characters, which included all of your beloved friends from Frozen.

The "Frozen Christmas Celebration" airs on ABC December 25th, 2014 at 10am EST/ 9am CST & PST

Sources:
Parade cover courtesy of parks.disney.com/christmas-parade

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sarah Michelle Gellar Lights The LEGO Christmas Tree at LEGOLAND California

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR LIGHTS THE LEGO® CHRISTMAS TREE AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT  

By Zach Cooper
Last night, Emmy award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar and her family helped Santa pull the switch to light up the parks 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree inside LEGOLAND California Park.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR LIGHTS THE LEGO® CHRISTMAS TREE AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT 

That evening, LEGOLAND California Resort presented a check for $10,000, written to Baby Buggy Inc, which supports families with young kids. Baby Buggy donates gently used diapers, cribs, clothing and other essentials. Sarah was given the gift of a LEGO Star Wars Death Star ornament.

"When LEGOLAND asked me to light the tree and at the same time do it as a way to raise money for Baby Buggy, which is all about children in poverty, it's marrying my two favorite holiday traditions."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar 

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR LIGHTS THE LEGO® CHRISTMAS TREE AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT

After Gellar and her kids lit up the tree, setting off thousands of twinkling lights, she headed over to the new ice skating rink at the front of the park. 

Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights runs now until January 4th, 2015 at LEGOLAND California Resort. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

San Diego Zoo: Trip Report



By Zach Cooper
Just days before Thanksgiving, I was able to head down to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It is located in Balboa Park, which hosted the 1915-1916 World's Fair. The San Diego Zoo opened just after that.

The Zoo includes 100 acres filled with plants, animals and incredible habitats. Here are a few things I saw during my day:




GUIDED BUS TOUR: A great way to see the Zoo is to take the guided bus tour, taking you around the park in just about 35 minutes. The tour guides are very knowledgable and also sometimes throw in a few jokes. The tour is included with a 1-Day Pass. Be sure to take a ride early in the day since the buses can fill up quick!




The tour is conducted on a double-decked bus.





SKYFARI AERIAL TRAM: Being that the Zoo is 100 acres, it can be very hard to get around to places. Instead of walking through the crowds, you have a chance to go above them. This shortcut takes you from one end of the Zoo to the other.


  
Amazing views of the park.






POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: A great way to see the polar bears in an amazing habitat.





An amazingly designed habitat for the polar bears.


One of the viewing areas. 


There are a lot of hands on activities.



ELEPHANT ODYSSEY: In 2009, the Zoo added a new 7.5 acre area called Elephant Odyssey.




A fossil portal showcasing a replica of the tar pits. 


A lagoon for the elephants. 


 Artificial trees that feed the elephants.  

An elephant care center. 





There are also many other habitats to check out around the Zoo.







I had a great time at the San Diego Zoo and really recommend checking it out. It is very close to the convention center that holds San Diego Comic Con annually. So if your down there in July, be sure to stop by the park. To learn more information or to purchase tickets, visit zoo.sandiegozoo.org



A video overview of the San Diego Zoo:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IAAPA Releases Joker Animatronic for Justice League 4D Attraction


By Zach Cooper
Yesterday, at the annual IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Sixs Flags and Sally Corporation released the Joker animatronic to guests. This is for the new attraction Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D.

Visitors were able to see the Joker being brought to life, along with a look at the ride vehicle. Both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis will be debuting the attraction next year. This dark ride will be unlike any other.

Video and more information courtesy of www.insidethemagic.net.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Queen Mary CHILL


By Zach Cooper

       Is it holiday time already? The Queen Mary is just days away from opening up "CHILL", a magical experience on board the historic ship. The Queen Mary is located in Long Beach, not too far from Anaheim. 

       This year, there will be more than ever at "CHILL", featuring a 14,000 square-foot igloo called The Ice Kingdom. Inside will be a lot of fun activities including 3 slides on a 30' replica of The Queen Mary. "CHILL" also has an ice-skating rink, and even a Holiday village, where you can stroll down Candy Lane and meet Santa Claus. 

       By purchasing a ticket from www.queenmary.com/chilltickets, you can get admission to "CHILL" and also to the whole Queen Mary ship. It is certainly a great deal!

       The Queen Mary "CHILL" begins November 21st and runs on select days until January 11th.



Friday, November 7, 2014

"Toy Story 4" Announced

By Zach Cooper
Yesterday, it was announced Toy Story 4 will be heading our way, and will be released into theaters June 16th, 2017. 

The first Toy Story film was brought to us in 1995. Ever since then, it has been a popular Disney Pixar   trilogy with Toy Story 3 released in 2010. 

The movies have expanded into merchandise, theme park rides and also short specials on television.