Category: Movies

THE FORCE AWAKENS Children’s Books & Box Office Update

Disney announced that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has become the highest grossing film of all time in the US market having earned $758.2 million. In doing so, it’s surpassed the staggering $760.5M lifetime gross earned by Avatar. They shattered that record in just 20 days! Also, the film has made more than 800 million internationally.

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Meet Norm of the North and Free Crochet Pattern

I’d like to introduce you to Norm. He’s starring in Norm of the North which opens January 15, and I’m here to make sure you know about this fun guy! Norm is a polar bear of many words.  He’s a bit grumpy because he’s being pushed out of the Arctic by a developer bent on building luxury condos in his backyard.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

I can’t believe that the last installment of the Hunger Games movies is out in theaters on November 20th. It doesn’t seem possible. I remember the day my son convinced me to read the trilogy of books that centered around a strong female character who was made to endure a contest where there was only one victor and the fight was to the death. I remember telling him I’d never read a book that included those themes, but he pressured me so I relented.

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MOANA: Disney Casts 14-Year Native Hawaiian in Lead Role

Walt Disney Animation Studios has cast native Hawaiian, Auli’i Cravalho, 14, in the lead role in “MOANA.” This talented teen was chosen from hundreds of gifted actors who auditioned for the role opposite Dwayne Johnson. She has enjoyed singing and dancing since she was a small child, but this high school sophomore never imagined she’d be cast in a Disney movie.

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A Walk in the Woods Movie – Bryson/Redford Labor Day Weekend #TakeAHike

One of my favorite books has been made into a movie starring Robert Redford whom I’ve adored since the 70s. Somehow the fact that this was happening had gotten by me unnoticed until today! I happened to look up the title for another piece I’m writing about crafting while listening to audiobooks, when there it was an advertisement for “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson opening Labor Day weekend!

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Walt Disney SHORT FILM Collection Available on BluRay Today

From Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a fantastic new collection of their best short films. Included in the collection are award-winning and beloved films like “Lorenzo,” which was nominated for Best Animated Short in 2004. It also includes contemporary favorites like Disney’s “Frozen Fever,” which stars Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven. Plus Oscar winners “Feast” from 2014 and “Paperman” from 2012.

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GIGANTIC: Disney Reveals Jack-in-the-Bean Stalk Inspired Film

John Lasseter, Disney’s Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, announced on behalf of Walt Disney Animation studios that they were creating the definitive version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Titled GIGANTIC, it is directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and produce by Dorothy McKim (Prep & Landing) and will feature music from Rober Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriters from FROZEN.

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