10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 – Part 1

Happy February, everybody!

Yeah, not the happiest of months, I know. So in order to liven it up, I’ve compiled a list of my 10 Most Anticipated films of 2018. Last year, I had a pretty rockin’ list and those movies turned out great, better than expected. So, I decided to do it again. Like last time, I’m splitting it up into 2 posts. Look forward to part 2 in the coming weeks. For now, let’s start off the list. . .

10. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Unlike many people, I was not a big fan of Wreck-It-Ralph. I loved the concept and the numerous video game references, but it just didn’t have that special sauce and I soon forgot about it. So why am I excited for the sequel? Princesses! I’m not joking. Wreck-it-Ralph 2 is reportedly going to have every single Disney princess in the film. Not only that, it’s also going to feature Star Wars characters and even have appearances by a few Marvel characters (because, you know, Disney owns everything now!) Honestly, the amount of cameos is why I’m hyped about this one. Sorry, Ralph!

9. Mary Poppins Returns

Similarly to Wreck it Ralph 2, I’m also not a huge Mary Poppins fan (although I kind of dig “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”.) This sequel however has me pumped for 2 reasons:

1.) Emily Blunt is stepping into the iconic shoes of Julie Andrews (and I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else.)

2.) Lin-Manuel Miranda is starring in it! With his natural talent for song, I can’t wait to see what he’s going to add to the film.

Hopefully this one soars to the highest heights this December.

8. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Okay, you had to know it was coming! This isn’t called Pop Culture Grinch for nothing, folks. This year, we’ll be treated to the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch voicing one of my favorite characters of all time. Why is it so low on the list then? It’s animated, that’s why! I love Jim Carrey’s manic portrayal in the live-action version, and no matter how excited I am to hear Cumberbatch’s deep voice give life to the Grinch, it’s still not the same as seeing the person in the fur (uh, flesh.) Plus, Illumination Entertainment is behind it and while I love Despicable Me and its sequels, they have not had a good run with Dr. Seuss (*cough* The Lorax *cough*.) But, I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll be half as fun as the live-action film. If anything, I like the Grinch’s design.

7. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Drac and the gang our back in this third outing in which the group heads out on a luxury cruise ship for monsters. While on board, Drac meets its captain Ericka and a relationship blossoms. Turns out Ericka is actually a descendant of the great Van Helsing. Obviously, the “stakes” are high in this one! I joke. No, but I love the concept. We all want Drac to find a match, and who better than a relative of one of the most notorious vampire-killers of all time? The inherent romantic tension makes this entry an interesting one in the franchise, and one that may prove to have more bite than its predecessors.

6. I Feel Pretty

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Originally, this would have been the Barbie movie, but since that got pushed back, I decided to put this clever feel-good comedy about inner beauty in its place. After hitting her head, an insecure woman named Renee (Amy Schumer) forgets how she feels about herself and suddenly discovers she is as beautiful as she sees other women. Inspired by her new outlook, she starts embracing life, and finding out how great it can be when you’re secure in your own self-image. Great concept, excellent casting in Schumer, this one’s going to be the movie all women need to see.

 

Get ready for part 2 next time!

 

 

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Best of the Year – 2017

Hi everyone,

2017 has been a year of surprises. The biggest one? That I actually enjoyed a lot of the things that came out of it! Movies in particular were better than they’ve been in years thanks to entries like Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Today, I’m revealing my absolute favorites in 5 different categories – Best Movie, Best Song, Best Album/Soundtrack, Best Television Show, and Best Book. I’d love to hear your favorites too. Without further ado, here are my favs!

Best Movie:

Thor: Ragnarok

What can I say about this masterpiece that hasn’t already been said? A true “marvel”, Thor: Ragnarok is everything superhero nerds like me want — action, humor, style, did I mention humor? Thor 3 is full of one-liners and one-two punches. Not only that, it’s also brimming with characterization, turning what was essentially the most mediocre of the Big 4 Avengers into a star. Loki is also treated perfectly, vain, conflicted, deceitful. Brava! Oh, and all the new characters – Valkyrie, Grandmaster, Hela, Skurge — are dynamic and fun. It’s a non-stop joyride, and you’re crazy not to get on it!

Best Song:

Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

Earlier this year, I did a post called 10 Best Songs of 2017 (So Far). My top pick was, and still is, “Bad Liar”. We’ve had some great songs since June (“Feels” by Calvin Harris, “How Long” by Charlie Puth, “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons), but none compare to Selena Gomez’s clever ode to unspoken feelings. It sounds like nothing else on the radio, so merely for that, I like it. Selena’s voice also sounds great, it’s creative, and I hope to hear more songs like it in 2018.

Best Album/Soundtrack:

Tie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and Anastasia Soundtrack

 

This was seriously a toss-up. The Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack kicks intergalactic booty with another powerhouse sampling of 70s hits including “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. We are immersed in the film’s stellar moments thanks to Director James Gunn’s excellent song choices. On the other hand, Anastasia picks up right where the 1997 film left off with bright interpretations of classics like “Journey to the Past” and “Learn To Do It.” Plus, the same songwriters from the original film, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, include new songs such as “In my Dreams” and “The Neva Flows”, crafting an enchanting musical embrace that takes you way back in time. Both go to show that some of the best music today lies in the past. Whether you’re in the mood for sweeping ballads or classic rock, these are two albums you definitely need to listen to.

Best Television Show:

The Orville

My most anticipated show of 2017 turned out to be one of my absolute favorites ever! And that’s saying a lot because I’ve seen a ton of shows. Seth MacFarlane is one of those guys you either love or hate. I personally love him! Family Guy aside, he’s funny, cheeky, dark, strange, and yet surprisingly heart-felt (Ted and Ted 2.) My original expectations for Orville, as they were for many people, revolved around the show being an out-and-out Star Trek parody. Boy, were we wrong! Orville is more like a space satire, a hodge-podge of funny episodes and impressive subversive episodes that critique societal norms.

What? From Seth MacFarlane? Yes! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love how Seth often takes a backseat as his character Ed Mercer, while his crew have unique, individual episodes of their own. He’s made a family at Fox, and I’m looking forward to seeing Season 2 blast off next year!

Best Book:

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Before this year, I never picked up a brand new book for the simple reason that — I’m cheap. I’d rather wait until the books is on sale. But this story, I had to have right away. . .and I’m so glad I spent the money. This magical YA novel follows a young girl named Scarlett as she races through the mystical town of Caraval in order to rescue her kidnapped sister from the clutches of the elusive Legend. It’s a heart-pounding journey through a dark, fantastical land filled with love, danger, and sacrifice. This is YA at its finest people, and by a debut author no less! If you read one book next year, pick this one up. Oh, and it’s getting a sequel next year too. . .so there’s that!

 

And that’s 2017 for ya! Compiling this list was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed sharing my favorites with you guys. But these are just a few of my favorite things. I’d love to know yours. So please share in the comments.

Have a great holiday (hope no Grinches steal your presents!)

10th Kingdom Sequel?

Hi guys,

It’s been a few months, I know. Sorry about that! Well, upon my return, I wanted to come back in a big way and what bigger way than to say The 10th Kingdom may be getting a sequel?

For those that don’t know, The 10th Kingdom is a mini-series done by Hallmark in 2000, centered around a woman named Virginia and her father Tony as they journey into the 9 kingdoms to help a prince-turned-dog reclaim the throne while they find a way to return home. Along the way, they meet a bevy of crazy characters including Wolf, a man-wolf hybrid with a particularly insatiable appetite for Virginia (in more ways than one.) Here’s the trailer:

The 10th Kingdom is one of my favorite mini-series of all time and just a few days ago, I found out that Simon Moore (the creator of the show) and Scott Cohen (who played Wolf) are asking fans to sign a petition to get a sequel off the ground. It’s through Change.Org and you don’t have to pay for anything. If you’re fan, you definitely don’t want to pass this up!

If you would like to sign the petition, below is the link:

10th Kingdom Sequel Petition: https://www.change.org/p/the-10th-kingdom-connection-make-the-10th-kingdom-sequel-happen

Oh, and if you want to keep up with progress,  there’s also a Facebook page called the 10th Kingdom Connection that you can follow!

10th Kingdom Connectionhttps://www.facebook.com/The10thKingdom.Connection/

So please enter the portal and sign the petition! I’m crossing my fingers, and wishing on a star, that this sequel will be produced. And for anybody that does sign, I want to give you my sincerest thanks!

 

Happy October from The 10th Kingdom!

 

 

 

 

Overboard Remake Update – Swoosie Kurtz Joins the Cast!

Hi everyone,

San Diego Comic Con is on and we’ve already gotten some awesome news (Harley vs. Joker movie!) But there was another piece that I also found interesting.

More information about the Overboard remake has surfaced and it’s a doozy. Or rather, a Swoosie!

According to Screen Rant, Swoosie Kurtz has been cast in the Overboard remake! WOO HOO!

If you remember my Dream Cast post I did awhile back, I said that I thought Swoosie would be an excellent choice to play Goldie Hawn’s rich mother, originally played by Katherine Helmond.  Since the characters’ names have changed, it’s unclear exactly what part she’ll play (I assume she’ll be playing Anna Faris’ mom), but the fact is, my dream came true! Again!

Earlier this year, Anna Faris (who I thought would be a great replacement for Goldie) was also cast in the film and I did a post about it! It was such a surprise, and now this. The cast is really shaping up well.

Alongside Anna and Swoosie, Eva Longoria and John Hannah have also been cast. I bet John will play Anna’s mean husband, but I’m not sure about Eva. Maybe her best friend. We’ll have to wait and see!

And we won’t have to wait long either. Overboard releases April 20th, 2018!

Dreams really do come true!

What do think? Do you like the cast? Who would you have chosen? Tell me in the comments.

And happy Comic Con, everyone!

Splintered Movie Dream Cast

Hi Everyone,

One of the medium that I (regretfully) don’t represent on my website very well is books. Now, I love reading, especially Young Adult Fantasy and Fairy tales. Last month, a series that I spent gushing over was the Splintered series. It’s a dark Alice in Wonderland retelling with an imaginative world and an intense love triangle. And I want to see it on the big screen! The characters are fantastic and it’d be a visual treat! So let’s take a look in the mirror and see what actors reflect the characters best:

 

Alyssa Gardner                         Dove Cameron

You probably know Dove from the super-popular Disney Channel show Liv and Maddie. You probably also know her as Mal, Maleficent’s daughter, in the also super-popular Descendants‘ films. Her portrayal as Mal captures that struggle between wanting to do good and wanting to do bad. She’d be a perfect match for Alyssa’s human and netherling sides, one tame and one wild. Not only that, they look a lot alike. I’d love to see this happen! And other people would love it too! Check out this pinterest board:  https://www.pinterest.com/aghowardamulet/casting-for-splintered/

 

Morpheus                                           Ezra Miller

Really? The Flash? He’s not even British! I know. However, have you seen Ezra Miller’s performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower? He’s flirty, funny, and a bit off and that’s exactly what Morpheus is. I’m sure he’d be able to handle an English accent, but it’s his personality that would make Morpheus shine on screen like he does in the book. And if you go to Morpheus’ Twitter page, I’m obviously not the only one that thinks that.

 

Jeb                                                Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson is a rising star that I think would be perfect for the role of Jeb. He starred in this year’s Everything, Everything, a teen drama which allowed him to play more of a romantic lead. He’d have to capture a mix of Jeb’s tenderness and hot tempered-ness, but I think he would pull it off spectacularly.

Had this been the 90s though, this would be been my choice:

Joey Lawrence

Uncanny, huh? Wouldn’t that have been awesome?

 

This would be the line-up for the rest of the cast:

Alyssa’s Mom   –  Mena Suvari

Alyssa’s Dad  –  Josh Duhamel (though Timothy Olyphant is a really great choice.)

Jen – Hailee Steinfeld

Taelor – Ariel Winter

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Ivory – Carey Mulligan (or Brittany Snow – get it? Snow and Ice?)

Red   –  Amy Yasbeck

 

What do you think? Who would you love to see in a film version of Splintered? Tell me in the comments!

See you next time!

 

 

UNDERRATED SONG: RED LIGHT FEVER

Hi everyone!

For the start of the summer, I’ve got another underrated song you may want to add to your playlist. It’s by singer/songwriter Liz Phair and it’s called “Red Light Fever.”

You might know Liz Phair from the song “Why Can’t I?” featured in the movie 13 Going on 30. I love that song! And this song comes from the same album! Off the self-titled  Liz Phair, “Red Light Fever” is a song about fear. The singer is frustrated because her friend is either too afraid to be himself (the green light) or too afraid to commit to his girlfriend (the red light.) She just wants him to take a chance, but he keeps stalling at the lights, never really getting to his destination.

It was never released as a single, but it’s one of my favorite songs of hers. I really connect with the lyrics themselves. So, give it the green light and enjoy!

 

What do you think? What’s your favorite underrated Liz Phair song? Tell me in the comments?

 

See you in July!

10 Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

Hi Guys!

We’re almost half-way through 2017 and already we’ve had a few great radio hits. Here is my list of the 10 best songs of the year so far.

10. Kissing Strangers – DNCE ft. Nicki Minaj

DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” was a massive hit last year. “Kissing Strangers” contains all of that summery dance feel with a sweet hook and a great rap from Nicki. It’s pure fluff, but it’s fun fluff.

9. Slow Hands – Niall Horan 

Harry Styles “Sign of the Times” may be the bigger hit with its Beatlesy sound, but I prefer this song by another One Direction alum Niall Horan. It’s great for a weekend drive, so clap along right with the lyrics.

8. Low – Todrick Hall ft. Ru Paul

At #8, I want to give a shout-out to Todrick Hall for his song, “Low.” This is a strong dance number with intelligent, hilarious lyrics surrounding a Wizard of Oz theme. Plus, it features RuPaul!

7. Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai 

Most people know Jam (yes, I’m calling him “Jam”) from his 90s hit “Virtual Insanity.” This upbeat, funky tune is a great showcase for his unique sound and a good song to dance to.

6. I Feel it Coming – Daft Punk ft. The Weeknd

Daft Punk always finds a way to breath life into repetitive dance tunes. They did it again here with The Weeknd. Perfect for a slow-dance under the stars.

5. Bom Bidi Bom – Nick Jonas ft. Nicki Minaj

From the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, this Nick/Nicki collab is just ripe for shakin’ those hips! It didn’t get released as a single, but this stands as one of the sexiest songs of the year.

4. Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft. Anne-Marie and Sean Paul 

Clean Bandit always offers great music. From their first big hit with “Rather Be”, I’ve seen them spawn strong dance tunes ever since. This one, with its message about the lengths a mother will go to provide for her family, is another solid entry. Anne-Marie’s vocals add a nice touch. Can’t wait to hear more from them!

3. Stay – Zedd and Alessia Cara

Honestly, I don’t like either Zedd’s or Alessia’s music separately. But when they came together, they created this catchy little gem. The chorus is strong, and it captures the direness of the singer’s plea to keep her lover with her. I’m sure this one will “stay” on the charts for awhile.

2. Shape of You Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is probably the biggest hit of the year so far, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s catchy, it’s unique, and it’s by Ed Sheeran. Luckily, this song is only a taste of how great his album “Divide” is. Definitely check it out!

1. Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

And finally, we get to my pick for the best song of the year so far — “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez. Talk about catchy! If you’re not singing this chorus after hearing it, you must be deaf! It’s so fun, Selena sounds great, and there’s so many twists and turns in this pop gem, it’s worth a few listens. And I ain’t lyin’!

 

What do you think? What’s your favorite song of the year so far? Tell me in the  comments!

 

More fun. . .coming soon!