Mar 26 2018

Star Wars The Last Jedi Has Amazing Deleted Scenes


The wait is over! … Well, almost over. Tomorrow, March 27, all of us Star Wars fans will be able to own a copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K! Time to rev up the engines and take a trip through space as Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Leia and many others return to try and rid the galaxy of a tyrannical dictator. Best part is, we can now enjoy the adventure from our own home.

In anticipation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s release, I received a copy of the Blu-Ray so that I could watch it and write a review.

{WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW}

I will be honest, I love this movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi raises the stakes as it displays the now smallish resistance attempting to survive the onslaught of the First Order. Let me just point out how desperate they are by stating, this is all that is left of the resistance.

With Poe destroying the whole bomber squad and hyperspace no longer a means of escape, the little band of rebels has become nothing more than a few ships vastly outgunned and low on fuel. With each passing moment, more lives are lost and their numbers decrease to almost nil. What’s worse is that no one in the galaxy will answer Leia’s call to assist. They are all alone.

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Now, I could talk about how much I love all the characters, how the fight scenes are absolutely amazing, and how Star Wars still surprises me with graphics, battle scenes, and story line. I could go into the comedy gold that helps move the story along so that the audience doesn’t become locked in a forever state of despair. I could talk about the Porgs and their wonderful addition to the Star Wars Universe. However, much of this is already reviewed, shared, and discussed throughout the web. All these points are amazing facts about the movie, but, Instead, I want to talk about the deleted scenes.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like many movies, features a section dedicated to the scenes that never made it into the film. These Deleted Scenes , simply put, are what could have been. I believe that what could have been, in a few cases, should have been in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here are three examples:

1. It’s Kind of weird that you recorded that

This deleted scene features Finn thinking about finding Rey. BB-8 comes in to cheer him up with a few cute movements. When that doesn’t work, he shows Finn a hologram of Rey kissing his forehead and stating that she will see him again. It helps get Finn out of the funk but he does realize just how weird it was for BB-8 to record that particular scene.

Personally, I find this to be comedy gold. Not only do we see the relationship between Finn and BB-8 once again, but this scene helps move the story along. It explains why Finn starts to look for Rey and how he ends up nearly taking an escape pod. Also, it allows me to see a bit more of BB-8’s cute and weird side.

2. Caretaker Village Sequence

Here we watch as Rey learns what it means to be a Jedi as she races towards the Caretaker village to save them from would-be raiders and plunderers. Of course she quickly learns Luke was only joking as he laughs at her expense. This only angers Rey.

I think this scene adds more to the Caretakers and gives them a little more depth so that they aren’t simply a filler. This gives the Caretakers a purpose because they are the unwilling subjects of a training exercise.

3. Phasma Squealed Like A Whoop Hog

The Last Deleted Scene that I think should have been in the film is an alternate death for Captain Phasma. This deleted scene shows who is the real traitor to the First Order. It gives the Phasma character a little more dialog and a but more character depth as we see a different side to her. It also continues the glorious Star Wars tradition of a hand being cut off. Why it was deleted is beyond me.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is awesome featuring characters we love from the past, new characters to love, and epic lightsaber and space battles. It has a great balance between the light and dark allowing the audience to stay intrigued and emotional by the story. I give it 4.5 stars. It would have been 5 stars, but I think Phasma could have used that least scene for development purposes, They should have showed more of BB-8’s weird side, and I think developing the Caretaker characters would have helped explain the strained relationship with Rey.

I must say, that even though these deleted scenes are not included, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an amazing film and is a must watch. For more information about the Last Jedi see my blog post here: Star Wars The Last Jedi in 4K

More about Star Wars: The Last Jedi Bonus Features:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    1. Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    2. Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    3. Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • * Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.


    Mar 23 2018

    Printable Porg Easter Egg Holders


    What is your favorite Easter tradition? Is it the Porg roasting in the oven? Or maybe it is the yummy galactic sweets? For me and my family, it has always been decorating the Easter Eggs. The colors, the designs, and the creativity spark the imagination of everyone involved.

    This year, in honor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi being released on Blu-Ray, 4K, and DVD March 27, Disney has released the perfect Easter Egg Holder that will display our beautiful creations using the cutest creatures from the movie, The Porgs. As one of the most popular creatures from The Last Jedi, these Easter Egg Holders will add a level of cuteness to our magnificent Easter egg creations. Simply Decorate the eggs and let them dry. Then place them in the Porg Easter Egg Holder to display the epic Easter Egg Collection.

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    To download the Porg Easter Egg Holders, click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for your Easter Eggs. A word of WARNING: While porgs may be quite cute (in their own odd way), they are also hyper-curious little creatures known for hording shiny human objects and making mischief. So keep an eye on those pretty shiny Easter Eggs.

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. Print this page for two egg holders. Print page 2 for 4 more.
    2. Carefully cutout and egg holder along the dotted lines.
    3. Roll your cutout into a circular shape that fits your egg.
    4. Use tape to secure your egg holder strip in place.
    5. Repeat to make as many Porg Egg Holders as you wish.


    Mar 21 2018

    DreamWorks’ “Dinotrux Supercharged” Season 2 Coming Soon!


    Revv up for new episodes of DreamWorks Dinotrux Supercharged Season 2 coming to Netflix this Friday, March 23rd!

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    Roar into new larger-than-life adventures with our favorite supercharged Trux in all-new episodes of DreamWorks Dinotrux Supercharged! The Dinotrux find a new source of superchargers and suit up Dozer with upgrades, while Ton Ton tricks out in supercharge to participate in the “Doom Run” ore race. Ty and the gang also meet new Trux in the Crater like Goldtrux, Liftasaurs, naughty Speed Demons, Liftasaurs, and even D-Struct’s meaner older brother! Level-up with the new supercharged builds, only on Netflix March 23rd!

    Check out the Trailer now!

    About DreamWorks Animation Television:
    DreamWorks Animation Television is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers on linear and on-demand platforms in more than 130 countries and garnering 31 Emmy Awards to date. It is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG).

    About Netflix:
    Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.


    Mar 20 2018

    Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Trailer

    Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, a Focus Features release.
    Credit: Jim Judkis / Focus Features

    On June 8th, 2018, Focus Features will release WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? in select theaters taking audiences, once again, into the land of make-believe. This documentary will allow us to get to know the late Fred Rogers, the man that taught millions of children, including myself about love, acceptance, morals and compassion through his TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Check out the trailer below for a sneak peek at this upcoming documentary.

    Fred Rogers with Daniel Tiger from his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, a Focus Features release.Credit: Focus Features

    Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people. (Fred Rogers)

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    Life Magazine shoot: WQED studio. Fred Rogers and David Newell, as Speedy Delivery’s Mr. McFeely, stand on the front porch set while filming an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

    Synopsis of Won’t You be My Neighbor?
    From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

    WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – Official Trailer:

    WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – First Look Clip


    Mar 14 2018

    A Wrinkle in Time Printable Activities

    A Wrinkle in Time is now in theaters! We finally get to see the movie adaptation of the science fantasy novel written by Madeleine L’Engle, which was first published in 1962.

    Synopsis:
    Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

    Starring:
    Storm Reid as Meg Murry
    Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which
    Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit
    Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who
    Levi Miller as Calvin O’Keefe
    Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace Murry
    Chris Pine as Dr. Alex Murry
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dr. Kate Murry
    And many others!

    In Honor of this films release, Disney has created several printables for fans to download, print and create.
    The printables include:

  • A Wrinkle in Time Maze
  • A Wrinkle in Time Spot The Difference
  • A Fortune Teller
  • 5 Coloring pages featuring characters from A Wrinkle in Time
  • To get these printables, click the images below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for a little Wrinkle in Time fun.

    Maze
    Spot The Difference
    Fortune Teller
    Coloring Page 1
    Coloring Page 2
    Coloring Page 3
    Coloring Page 4
    Coloring Page 5
    Find a theater near you


    Mar 13 2018

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trivia Activities

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD, and on Movies Anywhere! For those who want a disc opy, The Last Jedi will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc on March 27.

    In honor of The Last Jedi’s release, Disney has supplied us fans with a few activity pages to test how well we know the characters, places, creatures, and ships of the movie. These activity pages feature 12 trivia questions ranging from “who said what” to “name that planet”, a trivia crossword puzzle, and a detailed printable coloring page of The Last Jedi Poster.

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    To Download this printable activity kit simply click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and solve or color for some epic Star Wars fun. Get the whole family involved by seeing who can answer the trivia questions first.


    Mar 12 2018

    Dairy Queen Will Give Away FREE Ice Cream Cones!

    So here is a bite of awesome news for ice cream lovers everywhere! Dairy Queen will be celebrating the first day of Spring by giving away Ice Cream Cones! This spring tradition is a fan favorite that everyone looks forward too.

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    According to the Business Wire:
    Participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill® locations across the U.S. will celebrate the Fourth Annual Free Cone Day on Tuesday, March 20, the first day of spring. Fans will enjoy a free small vanilla soft serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect donations for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

    So Mark your calendars and get ready for Free Ice Cream Day!


    Mar 12 2018

    The Director and the Jedi SXSW Screening

    AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 12: (L-R) Director Anthony Wonke, Writer/Director Rian Johnson, actor Mark Hamill, producer Ram Bergman and producer Tylie Cox attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi “The Director and The Jedi” SXSW Documentary Premiere at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Anthony Wonke;Rian Johnson;Mark Hamill;Ram Bergman;Tylie Cox

    “The Director and the Jedi” premiered today at the Paramount Theatre at SXSW Film Festival today with Mark Hamill, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman, and “The Director and the Jedi” director Anthony Wonke and producer Tylie Cox in attendance. The feature-length documentary is an in-depth bonus feature on the upcoming Digital and Blu-ray release.

    The Director and the Jedi: Rian and Carrie

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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD; and via Movies Anywhere tomorrow, March 13 and 4K Ultra HD; Blu-ray, and Blu-ray; disc on March 27


    Mar 12 2018

    6 Delicious Thor: Ragnarok Recipes


    A Thor: Ragnarok Contest of Champions was held, inviting fans to submit their own Thor: Ragnarok-inspired creation. The six winners have been selected and now all of us can enjoy their awesome original recipes! Click the image below and begin the tasty trip through the adventure.

    Thor: Ragnarok is now available on Digital, Blu-ray & 4K.

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    The Recipes are:

  • Instant Pot Cube Steak by The Typical Mom
  • The Hulk Cookies by Whiskey + Sunshine
  • Maeshmallow Mjolnir by Celebrate Woman Today
  • Thor Hammer Cupcake by A New Dawn
  • Hulk Party Punch by Thrifty Jinxy
  • Ragno-Rock Cupcakes by Mama;s Geeky
  • To get these recipes click the image below, then click on the recipe you are interested in, and check it out on the creator’s blog.


    Mar 08 2018

    Free Aliens Ate My Homework Activity Sheets

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Aliens Ate My Homework is now available on DVD, Digital, and On Demand! Grab your copy before the aliens eat them as well!

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    In honor of the Aliens Ate My Homework release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has created these fun printable activities for the entire family to enjoy. Learn How to grow your own plant and become your favorite characters with the printable character masks!

    Click the image below to open the pdf and save the activities to your computer. Then print and create for family fun!

    Find out more about Aliens ate my Homework from my blog here: william shatner stars in aliens ate my homework