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Most anticipated movies of 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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In the highly-anticipated “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” debuting June 26, 2009, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.

Angels and Demons
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The team behind the global phenomenon “The Da Vinci Code” returns for the highly anticipated “Angels & Demons,” based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival.

Star Trek
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From director J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Lost” and “Alias”) and screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers,” “MI: III”) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, “Star Trek,” featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before.

G.I. Joe
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Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”).

Land of the Lost
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Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world – a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian
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It’s a new “Night” and “Museum” for Ben Stiller, who is joined by several other stars from the original film, as well as new characters from history — including Amy Adams as famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Hank Azaria as villainous Egyptian pharaoh Ka Mun Rah, Christopher Guest as Russian tyrant Ivan the Terrible and Alain Chabat as Napoleon. Owen Wilson is back as cowboy Jedediah, and Robin Williams again rides into history as Teddy Roosevelt.

2012

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012” is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Leading up to the events of “X-Men,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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Movie flashback: Howard the Duck

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2009 is a better year for many,including myself!
I am on vacation in New York with my dad and his flavor of the month. It’s about 11:10am on New Year’s morning and, we don’t have plans till later. I went on Hulu to check out the new content that was added over the past few days. If anyone has STILL not checked it out please do. This site has allowed viewers(U.S. viewers,not available to anyone outside the U.S. at this moment) to view free streaming video of TV shows and movies for free. Yes,it’s LEGAL! I wrote about it in my my 4 quick ways to watch tv and movie for free
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I saw that they added “Howard the Duck”. Quite a bit of people have seen this and some of the ones that haven’t either love it or absolutely hate it. I have seen this movie quite a bit when I was younger. I actually like it’s campiness and the weird vibe of a talking duck, that lives his life as a playa. LOL.
I am going to post two of the comments that Hulu has gotten on this movie over the past few days.

Disgraceful
This film is an abomination. The lowest form of crap. It is not just the bottom of the barrel, it is below the barrel. The bottom of the barrel is on top of it. I am shocked that so many people actually enjoy this horrible film. It is a disgrace to the name of filmmaking. Anyone who likes this film is an idiot. No offense, but they clearly have no idea what a good film is. Anyone who has a brain cell in their head will definately hate this film. Do not waste your time.

Or this lovely person that has written a letter to Hulu about them advertise the recent added of the film to their banner. Dearest letter writer:
Hulu advertises ALL TV shows and movies they add to the site on their banner!

Here’s a letter I just sent to HULU:
Dearest Hulu:
I know that convincing owners of content to allow you to post through your portal has been a tough sell, as evidence by the overall quality and quantity of the movies available.
However, even though a relatively new addition, it’s not a really good idea to be hyping the fact that you just added “Howard the Duck” into rotation.
Why? Its one of the worst movies ever made….its almost as bad as Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (but not as campy fun)
1. It isn’t going to get current hulu subscribers excited. It won’t be rallying “the base”
2. It certainly isn’t going to serve as incentive to convince new users to subscribe
3. Hyping HTD has the brief whiff of desperation about it. Perception is Reality.
I love hulu, and can’t wait for content creators to catch up with you!

People are entitled to their opinions and views of any movie or tv show put on there. Why do people think they were FORCED to watch the content that Hulu has so graciously allowed us to view? The content on there may not be recent especially, if you want to view movies and maybe,the list of movies to watch is a little sparse and B-rated like “The Toxic Avenger”, “Bloody Mallory” or “The Thing”. That was the 80’s! The movies that were made and produced for the 80’s is what it is. I can name quite a few of them that I sat and watched. It might not have seemed silly or stupide them, but they are made the 80’s an era of ” I can’t believe I used to watch that!” or ” What was I thinking when I wore that”?.
I talked about “The Pirate Movie” in an earlier post that I liked and, I watched it again a few days ago and I laughed to myself, thinking why did I like this movie? I look at it now and, the acting wasn’t great, the dancing was sub par and the storyline was corny…but I still LOVE it! What other era can you get these types of movies call it “cheesy” and say,“this is a classic” all in one sentence? We can surely thank George Lucas for this movie

Does anyone remember this movie?

We were sitting around work the other day, talking about movies. We got on the subject of musicals and the really old ones(well not too old. Most people I know are kids of the late 80’s early 90’s) that we watched when we were younger. I brought one particular movie up and, maybe, two other people were like, “Yeah. I remember that”!
Now, I will admit. It was cheesy and musicals, have definitely come a long way since this one. In fact, we don’t get many musical now-a-days that are worth seeing. The children today like “High School Musical” and that’s about the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

Anyways, this movie is called, The Pirate Movie”
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I once thought, I only remembered one person from this movie, Kristy McNichol because she was on the tv show Empty Nest and, last I heard, she’s retired from acting altogether. While researching more of this movie, I realized the guy from “Blue Lagoon” played her love interest! I never really knew his name except that he was the really cute, half-naked, curly-haired kid that took “Brooke Shields'” virginity away in the movie! LOL.

Here’s a clip of the final scene called,”Happy Ending”

There are, of course more clips of this movie on youtube and this DVD can be purchased at Amazon. Yes. I searched for it!

Disney Movies of the Past: A walk down memory lane.

I was watching Turner Classics Movies(TCM) on Sunday and, airing was a documentary called, “The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics”about Disney movies of the past. It was narrated by Angela Lansbury, who is a Tony winner and a three-time Oscar nominee. Angela Lansbury is probably most known and recognized from her work as Mrs. Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove in the hit TV show,“Murder She Wrote”.

The documentary featured interviews from actors/actresses that starred in some of the classics Dick Van Dyke, Kurt Russell, Lesley Ann Warren and Karen Dotrice. It also features Roy E. Disney and clips of Walt Disney himself, working hard to get Walt Disney Studios to what it has become today. What I am gonna to do today, is refresh your memory on some of these classics. I didn’t think twice about these movies movies until I watched this documentary that brought up memories! Disney has definitely shaped how some of the family movies are made today.

The Swiss Family Robinson(1960) is shipwrecked en route to a new life in New Guinea following a horrible night at sea. The parents and their three sons, find themselves deserted on an island with no rescue in sight. The Robinsons quickly learn to adapt to life on the beautiful island, but danger is never far away as the family copes with bad weather, deadly wild animals and pirates who have threaten the paradise the Robinsons have made for themselves. Here’s a clip from the movie:


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Pete and the Dragon Pete’s Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a live-action/animated musical feature film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. It is about a young orphan named Pete (played by Sean Marshall) who enters a small fishing community in Maine in the early 20th century. His only friend is a dragon, Elliott (voiced by Charlie Callas and animated by Don Bluth), who also acts as his sentinel. Elliott can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions which combines live action and animation; it premiered on October 7, 1971. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks, by Mary Norton. It stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
The film has similarities to Mary Poppins (1964): combining live action and animation and partly set in the streets of London. They share cast and crew members, namely Tomlinson, supporting actor Reginald Owen, songwriters the Sherman Brothers, director Robert Stevenson, art director Peter Ellenshaw, and music director Irwin Kostal.

The Gnome Mobile

The story opens with the children’s grandfather, D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), a well-known executive officer of a vast timber-trading company. D.J., an eccentric and passionate man with a distinctive snore, as well as vast dedication and determination, has bought up a preserve of ancient virgin forest to show his descendants the majesty of the Redwood trees. In order to meet with business clients in Seattle, D.J. takes his personal, customized Rolls-Royce Phantom II on a trip, picking up his grandchildren and taking them to a part of his forest en route. In a brief conversation with his Company Head of Security, Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), we learn that the car was purchased after D.J. earned his first $1 million.

The Apple Dumpling Gang
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The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1971 novel by Jack Bickham, about a group of orphaned children during the California gold rush. They encounter a gambler who reluctantly helps them, as well as a pair of hapless robbers who are after the gold the children have found.

Candleshoe
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Con-artist Harry Bundage (McKern) believes that there is a great treasure at Candleshoe, the large country estate of Lady St Edmund (Hayes).
Harry recruits American Casey Brown (Foster)—a street kid—into the plot, employing her to pose as Lady St Edmund’s granddaughter, the Honourable Margaret, 4th Marchonesse of St. Edmond, who disappeared as a baby after her father died in a car crash. Lady St Edmund, however, is poor and owes money in back taxes. Priory (Niven), her butler (who is forced to pose as a gardener, chauffeur and gentleman Colonel), and some local orphan children help keep the estate finances one step ahead of the government by selling produce made on the estate. All of this happens unknown to Lady St Edmund. Initially Casey enters the con attempting to find the location of the treasure; but her affections gradually turn towards that of the household and Lady St Edmund. She eventually joins them in their quest to uncover Lady St Edmund’s treasure for the benefit of Candleshoe, rather than for Bundage.

Mary Poppins
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We all know the plot of this favorite. Parents have two kids that pretty much run off every nanny they’ve had. The kids write a description of what type of nanny they would be happy with and , maybe, they would not “get rid” of this one. I noticed, while writing this blog, the children in this movie is also in “The Gnome Mobile” as well! Disney keepin’ it all in the family,similar to“The Sound of Music” except with no Nazis!(not a Disney Movie,produced by FOX)

Free ways to watch TV and movies online part 2

Here’s a new list of movies and TV sites.  Enjoy!

Watch-movies.net This site is mainly for movies, mostly recent movies. Basically, search for the movie you want. Click a link and watch it. Again. Keep in mind, the more recent movies may not be DVD quality but they’re good enough for watching. If you’re looking for pristine quality and audio, I suggest going to the theater or waiting for the DVD release.

Alluc This site has everything. Movies, television shows, documentaries, cartoons and Sports programming!

Movielab.tv Very nice site. Everything categorized by pictures and clips. This site also has a variety of viewing programming!

66Stage.com This is a DIVX site which means you download their media player to watch these specifically coded videos. This site carries old as well as recent videos. One of my favorites!

You can also check out the major TV networks websites for episodes previously shown. Some of them only have limited shows they air on the websites but it’s good enough! They do have commercials but they are not as comprehensive as you sitting and watching the actual station on your televison set. If you have a slow connection or you don’t want to wait to download it, try

ABC They have their own episodic player you must download. Great quality, of course. Just like watching it own your home TV set.

NBC NBC has classic TV shows on here like The A Team, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Miami Vice. They also carry webisodes, which are shows that may or may not have been created just for the internet or episodes of a TV show that have not been aired on tv due to cancellation or it was too risky for tv.

CBS Similar to the other major network sites.

CWTV.com Limited episodic viewing; just a few shows available. Use the latest version of Mozilla or IE for viewing. Not available for Google Chrome

KidsWB WB cartoons available from Scooby Doo to Batman along with some games. For the kids and the kid at heart. I still watch cartoons myself!! Also not available with Chrome

Happy viewing!!

4 quick ways to watch TV and movies online for free

Anyone that knows me,know that I am ALL about things that are free on the Internet. I’m sure a lot folks are but I search out any alternative to getting what I want in a better and easier way that doesn’t involve me spending any money. In my efforts to catch up on all the TV  that I miss either being at work or school, brought me to some sites I can watch my shows and/or movies for free. 

Now,what these sites do, is host links to other video sites that have these shows or movies. The links to the movies, especially the ones that are in theaters may not be great quality. So,if you want great quality,then, go see it at the theaters.  Here are some of my favorites

Hulu
When I first found this site,it was in beta mode and it was by invite only. The videos on the site were excellent quality but, there was a lot of work to do as far as pausing and playing the videos. It has definitely grown since then. There are more videos and easier to manage players.

Surf the Channel
This site has both TV and movie links. Everything is set up in categories for easy maneuvering. There is a forum and search function. You do not have to sign up to view the videos but you do to comment.

TVShack
Same as Surf The Channel with similar options.

TV-Links.cc
This one is a classic. It was one of the first ones that you didn’t need an invite for. It has a little bit of everything movies, t.v., music videos, cartoons and documentaries.

sidereel
Another favorite of mine. Very attractive site and it encourages lurkers(people that just search,find,use and not show support) to become involved in the site. Recommended!

These are just a few of the sites I frequent every now and then to catch up on TV shows. Why have cable when you can use these awesome alternatives right?