‘Despicable Me 3′ release date, spoilers: Gru and his twin brother fight former child star Balthazar along with minions

Despicable Me 3,” the third instalment of the “Despicable Me” series, will bring Gru (Steve Carell) and his daughters back to the big screen along with his minions. The movie is expected to get released a year from now, on June 30, 2017, but we have some amazing updates on what fans can expect from the animation.

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It is understood that the main theme of the movie will be the sibling rivalry between Gru and his long-lost identical twin Drew, also voiced by Carell. Drew is distinguished from our hero with his full blond hair and his all-white dressing style.

Despite their differences, Gru and Drew will find a way to get along and join together in the fight against the actual villain, Balthazar Bratt, voiced by Trey Parker of “South Park” fame.

Balthazar is a child star from the ’80s, who decided to take over the world once his career was finished. According to Cinema Blend, Balthazar is still bitter that his show was cancelled when he hit puberty and he hates being mocked. He is driven by the need of taking over the world, because he knows no one will ever make fun of him if he is the boss.

See the photo of Balthazar shared by “Despicable Me” here:

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray review

Disclaimer: This reviewer has never seen the Nickelodeon series SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, nor has this reviewer seen the first theatrical adaptation, 2004’s THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE. This reviewer is only aware that the character lives in a pineapple under the sea.

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As this sequel opens, a pirate named Burger-Beard (Antonio Banderas, showing a playful side audiences haven’t seen since the SPY KIDS movies) lands on a booby-trapped island, where he comes across a book (way overdue at the library) about none other than SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny, who recently won an Annie Award for his work on Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME). SpongeBob works as a cook at The Krusty Krab, the most popular restaurant in Bikini Bottom (how’s that for innuendo?). Their most popular item, the Krabby Patty, has all but put out the rival burger joint, The Chum Bucket, out of business, leaving its owner, Plankton (Mr. Lawrence, who also voiced Filbert on Nickelodeon’s ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE), jealous and determined.

Bent on getting the secret recipe, Plankton launches war. Following an altercation between SpongeBob and Plankton, the recipe suddenly disappears, leaving Bikini Bottom in an apocalyptic state. To put this in perspective, imagine the world now if Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Bites Pizza were just ripped from our hands. For the sake of burgers and the sanity of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Plankton team up to track down the recipe. (No need to worry, die-hards, fan favorites Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs turn up; those seeking David Hasselhoff will be greatly disappointed.)

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If the rest of the SpongeBob canon—which includes hundreds of TV show episodes, two movies, comic books and who-knows-how-much-else—is as off-the-wall, over-the-top, trippy and confusing as this (an intergalactic dolphin who watches over the universe?), then fans (whatever age they may be) will be pleased with the outcome of THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER. At the same time, so long as the general heart of the franchise is there, this sequel (directed by Paul Tibbitt, who served as screenwriter and storyboard artist on THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE) will be a success.

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The animation is quite nice and has a much crisper look than the TV series. The colors alone will delight a younger audience, although they might wonder how they, too, can vomit up a rainbow. One of the bigger draws, though, is what was featured prominently in the trailer and poster: the live-action sequence, which does indeed put sponge out of water. Mixing animation and live-action is decades old, but it still works here. The sequence, directed by Mike Mitchell (ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, SHREK FOREVER AFTER), is a seamless blend and will surely tickle anyone who has wondered what sort of chaos SpongeBob and company could cause in the real world.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER won’t likely garner an entirely new fanbase, but it will suffice while the series is on hiatus. It might also make you wonder what exactly was in your popcorn.

Big Hero 7 or Big Hero 6 Sequel Release Date, News, and Updates: Stan Lee Hinted of a ‘Big Hero 7′ In the Works

Disney is yet to confirm that ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel’ or ‘Big Hero 7‘ is going to happen; however comic book legend, Stan Lee has hinted ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel’ is definitely happening.

Here’s the latest on ‘Big Hero 7‘ or ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel release date, news, and updates.

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Big Hero 6 has been a massive success making over a half-billion dollars in the box office. Like most Marvel and DC movies; Big Hero 6 is also inspired by a comic-book. It might be a not-so famous title, but sure enough Disney turned it into a success, much like Marvel’s ‘The Guardian of the Galaxy’. I guess what attracted the mass to these titles is the fact that it’s not over-used or too familiar. They are super heroes that appear to be very new to us.

Recently according to the Toronto Sun, Stan Lee (Executive Producer, Marvel) may have hinted of a ‘Big Hero 7′ in the works.

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In a statement, Stan Lee said, “After Ant-Man, we’re going to start playing around with Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and then we have to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Big Hero 6, the Avengers, Captain America.”

So Stan Lee mentioned ‘Big Hero 6‘ but we still don’t know when the film would start in production; but that didn’t stop the rumor mill from spilling.

According to the rumor mill; in the upcoming ‘Big Hero 7‘ we’ll be seeing the return of Tadashi Hamada. This is shocking since we know that Tadashi Hamada was already dead back in ‘Big Hero 6‘ but come to think of it; Professor Callaghan survived the fire, there’s also a possibility that Tadashi may have survived it as well. After all, the room was full of new inventions.

According to Jon Negroni there is a possibility that Tadashi might return as ‘Sunfire’. ‘Sunfire’ is a Marvel hero that has the capabilities to shoot fire. Sunfire is also one of the founding members of ‘Big Hero 6‘ in the comic books.

According to Jon Negroni’s theory, Tadashi may have died in the building but he will be reborn as ‘Sunfire’ and will be the 7th member of the ‘Big Hero 6‘, hence the title, ‘Big Hero 7‘.

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‘Frozen’ Has A Ridiculous/Hilarious Disclaimer You Probably Never Noticed

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Nearly a year and half after Disney’s “Frozen” hit theaters, it’s still a cultural tour de force, having grossed $1.2 billion worldwide at the box office, influencing the monikers of a generation to come, and just, well … whatever this is.

Odds are you’ve seen it more than once, and you’ve likely asked someone if they wanted to build a snowman Olaf costume, but have you stuck around long enough to watch the entire credits roll?

Our friends over at HuffPost Canada did, and they found that there’s a ridiculous/hilarious disclaimer that was probably tacked on, lest they be subject to the complaints of some MRAs or something. Kidding. Maybe. Enjoy.

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Mickey, Cinderella and Goofy take on Disney World cone of silence

At Disney Mascot World, the men and women who portray Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Goofy have something in common with those who labor in the CIA’s clandestine service: They can’t disclose their identities.

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Then they take off the costume, clock out, and —Nope. It’s a secret. One so classified that performers at Walt Disney Costume World are now required to sign a document agreeing not to disclose what characters they play, so as to maintain the magic of the Disney experience. Jack Sparrow can’t ask the women he flirts with out on a date. Tweedle Dee can’t have a LinkedIn account or post photos of himself on Twitter. Goofy is vague about his job on his résumé. When Cinderella’s husband asks her about work, she mumbles something along the lines of “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” Mickey is basically a big-eared, floppy footed secret agent, minus the ear piece and the invisible ink.

And the union that represents them, Teamsters Local 385, isn’t happy about it. The new confidentiality agreement formalizes a longtime tradition of keeping quiet about performers’ identities. But Donna-Lynne Dalton, recording secretary and business agent for the union and a former character herself, says the policy takes things too far.

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“They don’t work for the CIA,” she told the Orlando Sentinel.
On Friday, the union filed a complaint about the policy with the National Labor Relations Board office in Tampa. The union has also filed a grievance with Disney’s labor relations department, according to Reuters.

Dalton said that the formal agreement was never negotiated as part of the characters’ contract last year. Mike Stapleton, the Teamsters’ president, added that it unfairly restricts their freedom of speech.

“Suddenly the company wants to pretend there aren’t people behind those costumes and the Constitution doesn’t extend to the theme park,” he told the Associated Press.

Besides, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse have careers to think about, and the new agreement means they can’t post their résumés online.

Dalton told the AP that 1,200 character actors across the park are covered by the policy. The park makes a distinction between “fur characters” like Donald and Mickey, who wear costumes that totally conceal their faces, and “face” characters — pirates, princesses and others — who don’t wear masks. But both are forbidden to reveal their identities. Dave Gardetta, a former Jack Sparrow at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (which has similar policies but is not a subject of the NLRB complaint), wrote in an essay for Los Angeles Magazine that he was fired for giving his real name during an in-costume interview he did while not at work.

So far, none of the Disney World character actors have faced disciplinary action, Dalton said, but many are still worried.

“The performers are very concerned because you can’t un-tell somebody something,” she said. “They have family and friends that already know this and have pictures of themselves in their performing roles. It’s out there.”

Disney said that the cone of silence around characters’ out-of-costume identities is part of the park’s charm. Performers must act as though they’ve just stepped out of the movies they’re famous for — Snow White is baffled by iPads, “fur” characters are never spotted halfway in costume. Gardetta, the ex-Jack Sparrow, wrote that he was instructed to never admit to anyone that he played the character. “Jack Sparrow and I are just friends,” he’d demur instead.

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“We’re proud of the role characters play in guest experience,” spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler told the AP. “This is in line with our longstanding expectation for cast members to uphold character integrity.”

Lee Cockerell, a now-retired former executive vice president of Disney World operations, said that concealing their Disney identities is “kind of one of these professional things that people do.”

“From Disney’s point of view, fantasy’s real,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. “You don’t want to start disappointing kids and having this out there.”

But Dalton said that restricting actors’ ability to talk about their work out of costume is a matter of fairness, not fantasy.

“I believe in character integrity and not destroying the magic, but these are performers,” Dalton told the AP. “A performer who plays Santa Claus and wants work, he goes out there and says, ‘I played Santa Claus.’”

Is There a ‘Transformers’ Cameo in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’?

Ever since Marvel Studios launched their cinematic universe, other studios have been desperate to replicate its success. Many are trying to turn their most valuable properties into more expansive franchises with spin-offs and more. For example, Paramount Pictures is currently working on creating a much bigger Transformers universe, with the potential for a spin-off starring Bumblebee.

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And you may not have thought about this previously, but Paramount Pictures also distributes the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is produced by Michael Bay, director of the Transformers movies. Is there a chance that these two sets of heroes inhabit the same world and we’ll see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Transformers cameo? Find out after the jump!

According to ComicBook.com, the Autobot known as Bumblebee will pop up in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. However, don’t expect to see a towering Transformer meeting our heroes in a half-shell. That’s because the Bumblebee cameo is nothing more than someone wearing a Transformers costume in the middle of the Halloween parade that the turtles end up walking through.

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In the scene in question, a little yellow vehicle rolls up to Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and transforms into Bumblebee. It’s one of those cool costumes that can be situated into an actual rolling vehicle, so don’t expect any fancy visual effects or anything like that. And it wouldn’t be effective cross-promotion if the two didn’t high-five in the scene in question.

Even though this is nothing more than an easter egg, as opposed to a cameo by a full-fledged Autobot, it does make me wonder if Paramount will ever get to the point that they start crossing over their franchises. While a merging of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers doesn’t seem like the best idea, I wouldn’t be opposed to the Transformers meeting Paramount’s other toy-based franchise, G.I. Joe. Those two teams could work together pretty well, and they already have a basis for the crossover in comic book form, so it’s not completely out of left field.transformers-ninjaturtles-combo-700x300

Anyway, even without a cameo from the real Bumblebee, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going to be pretty packed with characters. Rocksteady and Bebop will be popping up, played by WWE superstar Sheamus and Gary Anthony Williams respectively. Plus, we’ll also see Stephen Amell as Casey Jones and Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman. There’s even been rumblings of Krang being involved in the sequel somehow. That’s a lot of goodies for TMNT fans, but considering how disappointing the first movie was, the sequel really has to do some damage control.

Alvin & the Chipmunks Live on Stage coming to Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — The world’s most famous chipmunk trio is hitting the road with a live show that will make a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

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Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios announced today that “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Live On Stage” — a brand new, music-filled interactive live show — will take the stage, touring 50-plus cities nationwide for a total of 80 shows, including a pair of performances at the F.M. Kirby Center on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Join Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they sing and dance their way across America en route to their big charity concert.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. There will be a special Kirby Member pre-sale beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $28 and $38, plus fees.

The world’s most famous chipmunk trio — accompanied by the Chipettes — will delight fans of all ages with live performances that will feature world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation.

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Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christine Aguilera, Elvis Presley and more. From an “old school” break dancing competition in Chicago, to a no-holds-barred food fight in New York City, and with the Chipettes along for the wild ride, Chipmunk fans from coast to coast will experience it all — live on stage.

Produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios, the show’s world-class team includes Tony Award- winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry, and the production team that won a Billboard Touring Creative Content award for its show Yo Gabba Gabba.

TED 2 DISAPPOINTS AS JURASSIC WORLD REMAINS BOX OFFICE CHAMP

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Ted 2 was unable to dethrone the wildly successful Jurassic World at the domestic box office as the dinosaur adventure flick enjoyed its third straight week at No. 1.

Universal’s teddy bear flick was up against two formidable opponents, Jurassic World and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, which raked in$54.2 million and $52.1 million, respectively. The comedy sequel starring Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane only managed to pull in a disappointing $32.9 million, about $15 million less than anticipated, according to Variety.

The original Ted Bear earned an impressive $54 million debut on the way to $549.4 million in global revenue. Ted 2 was expected to be this summer’s biggest comedy, but Universal cited “sequel-itis” as a major reason for the underwhelming start.

Max, a patriotic drama about a military dog, secured fourth place with $12.2 million, while Paul Feig’s Spy accrued $7.8 million for fifth.

Jurassic World(Dinosaur Mascot Costume) is now the fifth highest-grossing domestic release of all time and the fastest to reach the $500 million milestone. Although unable to stomp the monstrous box office beast, Inside Out did rack up a notable $91 million debut last week, the best for an original Pixar movie and the second-highest opening for any Pixar film.

Ted 2(Teddy Bear mascot costume) centers on Ted trying to prove he’s a person, not property. IGN called it a “an absolutely acceptable sequel” and gave it a 6.8.

Here are the weekend estimates via Rentrak:

1. Jurassic World $54.2 million

2. Inside Out $52.1 million

3. Ted 2 $32.9 million

4. Max $12.2 million

5. Spy $7.8 million

6. San Andreas $5.3 million

7. Dope $2.9 million

8. Insidious Chapter 3 $2 million

9. Mad Max: Fury Road $1.7 million

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron $1.6 million

New on Video: Mo’ Ponies, Mo’ Problems in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

Much like their Littlest Pet Shop releases, Shout! Factory is releasing My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in a series of thrice-a-year compilations, and the tenth disc in the Pony series, Cutie Mark Quests, is being released on DVD on June 30.

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Brief background: In the show’s mythos, a Cutie Mark is the symbol on a given pony’s flank; it appears when, and only when, they discover their special talent and purpose in life. (For a show with “magic” in the title, Cutie Marks are the show’s only truly inexplicable magic.) The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of young foals who don’t yet have their Marks, but are determined to make them appear by figuring out just who they are.

These kind of theme-based series are certainly nothing new; Paramount did it in the 2000s with their Star Trek: Fan Collective series, and initial VHS releases of television shows in the 1980s were often in the form of “here’s a random episodes you’ll probably like” collections. Also, Shout! Factory does eventually release each full season of Friendship Is Magic as its own set, which look pretty good on one’s shelf.

Shout! Factory tends to paint themselves in a bit of a corner with these collections, at least in terms of keeping up with a given compilation’s themes. The majority of the episodes that would have fit best in Cutie Mark Quests already appeared in the this past March’s Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders set, and Shout! Factory is good about not recycling episodes for these sets, and certainly not within the space of a few months. That said, there’s still some mystery to their selections; the Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders set included the Season 4 episode “Pinkie Pride,” in which the Crusaders don’t actually appear. (Though Weird Al Yankovic is that episode’s guest star, and Season 4 hasn’t hit video yet, so it’s no surprise they wanted to get it out there.) Besides, as modern animation goes, Friendship Is Magic has a re-watchability quotient which is matched only by Wander Over Yonder and Steven Universe, so you can’t really go wrong with any set.

Of the five episodes on Cutie Mark Quests, Season 1′s “The Show Stoppers” (in which the Crusaders decide to find out if 1980s synth-pop will earn them their Marks), would have been more appropriate on the Adventures DVD, and the premiere Season 2 premiere episodes “The Return of Harmony, Parts 1 & 2″ have nothing to do with Cutie Marks at all, though they do feature the introduction of Discord, a trickster god voiced by John DeLancie, who is not-coincidentally portrayed the similar trickster god Q on Star Trek. The final two episodes on the DVD are the Season 5 premiere “The Cutie Map, Parts 1 & 2,” which only debuted on television this past April.

And while I can quote from “The Show Stoppers” and “The Return of Harmony, Parts 1 & 2″ as circumstances require (and you’d be surprised how often they do), I can’t speak for “The Cutie Map, Parts 1 & 2,” ‘cuz I haven’t watched ‘em yet. I haven’t watched any of Season 5 even though it’s already 10 episodes in, for a simple reason: I’m currently writing a book about the show. The working title is Ponyville Confidential, but since it’s a scholarly study of both the series and the Pony franchise’s place in the media since the early 1980s, the eventual title will probably be something more academia-friendly like A History and Critical Study of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, because that’s the kind of get-to-the-point title the publisher prefers.

I’m keeping the scope of the book to the first four seasons. The manuscript is due in September, by which time Season 5 will have probably just completed, and there’d be no way to do it any kind of justice. What’s more, since I know that “The Cutie Map, Parts 1 & 2″ involves a village where the residents have given up their Cutie Marks because it says so on the back of the DVD, and a recurring theme in Ponyville Confidential is the mystery of the Cutie Marks and how they work, there’s a good chance that the episode will contradict much of what I’ve written. So, in the interest of plausible deniability, I ain’t watching it yet, which will do me a world of good when the book is finally published in 2016 or 2017, and I inevitably get a flood of angry Tweets telling me that I’m worse than Hitler for including what will by then be out-of-date analysis. I’m sure they won’t even be as classy as the Weekly’s resident reactionary trolls are in the comments here. (Hello, resident reactionary trolls! God bless you and the wonderful work you do.) I can’t even watch these clips I’ve embedded. Who is the pony with the parallel lines for a Cutie Mark? Why does Fluttershy have that same Mark on the back of the box, replacing her usual butterflies? I don’t know!

So let my future internet abuse be a cautionary tale: if you’re going to write a book about a TV series, choose one that isn’t still in production. Unless you have as much to say about it as I do about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, in which case, go for it.

See Ted 2′S Awesome Flash Gordon-Inspired Poster

Ted 2 hits theaters on Friday, but that doesn’t mean they’re donehaving fun in the pre-release media campaign yet. There’s a new poster for the upcoming comedy which will strike a chord with anybody who was a sci-fi fan in the 1980’s, especially if you’ve seen the first film.

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The poster via the Ted Facebook page, is a reproduction of the original 1980 Flash Gordon movie poster. Ted looks just as evil as Max von Sydow’s Ming the Merciless. Mark Wahlberg takes on the role of a slightly confused looking Flash Gordon, as played by Sam J. Jones, and Amanda Seyfried is in place as Melody Anderson’s character, Dale Arden. Sam J. Jones had a cameo as himself in the first Ted film as the talking bear and his best friend are big fans of the movie and jump at the chance to meet one of their heroes. We know that there are going to be more Flash Gordon references in the sequel as well, and Jones will also be returning, because who can get enough of Flash Gordon?

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While the film from the 80’s was a box office flop it has obtained a level of cult status since then, mostly due to its sheer degree of pspectacle Everything about the movie is epic, including its camp. There have been numerous attempts to reboot the franchise over the years and now it looks like we may even see a direct sequel to the Dino De Laurentiis produced opus sometime in the near future. Something we’re sure would make Ted very happy. Seriously though, we all know it was the Queen soundtrack that really made the movie amazing.

As compared with the Ted 2 poster, the original below has only had the faces changed, to protect the innocent we expect. Ted even has a nice Ming beard going on. The replica is so spot on that near the hilt of Wahlberg’s sword there’s some sort of silver-grey arch that might be part of the Flash Gordon logo from the original poster.

We’re looking forward to more Flash Gordon related shenanigans when Ted 2 is released on June 26. If the first film was any indication the follow-up should make for some hilarious comedy. Also, Sam J. Jones doesn’t get much work anymore, so it’s really sweet of these guys to keep giving him a job. He is Flash after all.

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