Three big movies are opening up this week to make sure there’s something for everyone this holiday weekend.
“Hangover III” is the final chapter in the saga of the Wolf Pack, with Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis making many more bad decisions. Heather Graham and Ken Jeong return. And a CGI giraffe loses his head.
“Fast and Furious 6″ is a sensitive coming of age story based on an acclaimed novel. Oh, who am I kidding. It’s more cars, more fights, more chases. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez are back. Yes, Rodriguez’s character was killed in an earlier episode, but logic and consistency have always been a low priority in these films. Fortunately, the priority is the cars, fights, and chases, and they look great.
And we even have a film without a number in the title. The animation whiz kids behind the “Ice Age” series are presenting “epic” (small letter “e”), a big story about tiny creatures, and it looks adorable.
Long before they starred in this week’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve appeared in the sweet indie romantic comedy “Starter for 10,” also featuring James McAvoy (“X-Men First Class”) and Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3″).
One of my favorite television series for kids is the wonderful PBS show “Word Girl,” and this new release is one of the best: Wordgirl vs the Energy Monster.
WORDGIRL and her sidekick CAPTAIN HUGGY FACE fight the good fight against dastardly villains and bad vocabulary in this thrilling collection!
Dinner Or Consequences (Parts 1 & 2): Dr. Two Brains and the Energy Monster want to turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to stop them even if it means missing her family feast and facing the consequences.
Best Fan Club Meeting Ever: TJ plans to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members, until Tobey threatens to destroy the clubhouse. Will WordGirl save the clubhouse and her fans?
Day at the Museum: Scoops takes Becky, Bob, and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his next news story. When they go in search of a haunted treasure, The Butcher follows right behind! WordGirl enriches vocabulary skills, fosters better reading comprehension and instills a love of language in all children.
And what great words will she learn?
I have a copy to give away! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with WordGirl in the subject line and tell me one of your favorite long words. Don’t forget your address! I’ll pick a winner on May 20. (US addresses only)
Did the folks at Disney even watch “Brave?” One of the great strengths of Pixar’s first movie starring a female character (and its first originally written by a woman, Brenda Chapman, though she was replaced by a male director) was that its feisty heroine, Merida, looked like a real girl and not a wasp-waisted “princess.” But Disney released art showing that she had been given what she would never have put up with in the film — a makeover. The drawing on the Disney Princess website had a Merida who was more slender, bustier, and had eye make-up.
After protests by Chapman, bloggers, and a Change.org petition, Disney has backed down and Merida is back to the way we love her.