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Summer Movie Season: July 2011

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The Summer Movie Season is in full swing! The box office this month is sure to set off fireworks! The films this month are sure to please all as the themes of the month are Fun, Fantasy, Laughs, and Action. The month kicks off with Selena Gomez starring in “Monte Carlo” which is reminiscent of a “Prince and the Pauper” type of theme in terms of mistaken identity of individuals from different social classes.

Following week we have “Horrible Bosses”, which I feel can be a sleeper hit. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell as the “Horrible Bosses” while Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis are the employees that work for them. The film also stars Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx (“Ray”). From the writers of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, Kevin James stars in “Zookeeper”, which looks like a cross between “Dr. Dolittle” and “Night at the Museum”. It could be a big hit or a big flop.

Mid-month is probably one of the most anticipated films this summer, which is the final installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II”. This film definitely promises to be a big box office hit. I know I’m excited to see it!

Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four”) is Captain America in the next Marvel comic hero film, “Captain America: The First Avenger”. This film could go either way, but it definitely won’t stop movie goers from going to see it. Also opening with “Captain America”, is “Friends with Benefits” starring Justin Timberlake (“The Social Network”) and Mila Kunis (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”). Not sure how this is any different than No Strings Attached, as it is a similar premise but perhaps it has a different angle.

Toward the end of the month we have “Cowboys & Aliens”. The film stars James Bond star Daniel Craig and Indiana Jones‘ Harrison Ford with direction by “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and Steven Spielberg producing, this film promises to be a big production. Also opening the same weekend is the 80’s cartoon brought to the screen in CG and in 3D, “The Smurfs” The film stars Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), and Hank Azaria (“Run Fatboy Run”).

My spotlight picks of the month are “The Ledge” and Crazy, Stupid, Love.” “The Ledge” is a thriller that stars Liv Tyler (“Lord of the Rings”) and she is caught in between two men, Charlie Hunnam (“Nicholas Nickelby”) and Patrick Wilson (“Phantom of the Opera”) who have differing religious beliefs as one is an atheist and the other is a devoted Christian. Crazy, Stupid, Love. stars Steve Carrell (“The Office”) in a film that is reminiscent of “Dan in Real Life” but yet seems different in a way. The film also stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”), Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson”), and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny”).

Well that’s my July overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Summer Movie Season picks and if you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.

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“The Smurfs” – Teaser Trailer

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Here’s the first teaser trailer for “The Smurfs” 3D with an introduction from Neil Patrick Harris. Other cast members include Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), and singer Katy Perry. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com. “The Smurfs” are coming to the big screen in Summer of 2011.

Are you ready to get Smurf’d?

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“Glee” returns on April 13th

Mark your calendars! The Golden Globe winning show “Glee” will return on April 13, 2010. Until then, enjoy this Glee promo.

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Glee Ep 10 “Ballads” Sneak Peek – “Endless Love”

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Here’s a sneak peek from “Ballads” which is episode 10 of “Glee”. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) perform “Endless Love”. The original duet was sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Also check out a scene from “Ballads” where Mr. Schuester talks with Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) about Rachel’s growing crush and Suzy Pepper (Guest star Sarah Drew), the worst school girl crush he’s ever had to deal with. Click on the link below to watch the sneak peek scene from “Ballads”.

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Glee Soundtrack Volume 2

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Following the recent release of Glee: The Music, Volume 1 comes Glee: The Music, Volume 2 which will be released on December 8, 2009. Here are the track listings via Amazon.com:

1. Proud Mary
2. Endless Love
3. I’ll Stand by You
4. Don’t Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl
5. Crush
6. (You’re) Having My Baby
7. Lean on Me
8. Don’t Make Me Over
9. Imagine
10. True Colors
11. Jump
12. Smile (cover of Lily Allen)
13. Smile (cover of Charlie Chaplin)
14. And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going
15. Don’t Rain on My Parade
16. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
17. My Life Would Suck Without You

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What’s up next for “Glee”?

The cast of Glee -- Image via TV Guide

The cast of "Glee" -- Image via TV Guide

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TV Guide sat down in an interview with Matthew Morrison who plays Will Schuester on Fox’s “Glee”. So what can we expect to see in upcoming episodes of “Glee”? Well, somebody is developing a crush on Will Schuester (HINT: It isn’t Emma)! Also find out some of the upcoming songs that will be featured in future episodes.

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More “Glee” covers from “Mash-up”

Here are two more “Glee” covers from this week’s all-new episode titled “Mash-up”. Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester shows off his dance moves in Sisqo’s “Thong Song” and Young MC’s “Bust a Move”.

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Song: “Thong Song” by Sisqo
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Are you watching “Glee”?

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Glee -- Image courtesy of AccessHollywood.com

The official series premiere of “Glee” took place on September 9, 2009. In an effort to promote the show, there was a director’s cut of the preview episode of “Glee”, which aired a week before the premiere. The preview episode was first aired in May following an episode of “American Idol” in order to generate more buzz for the show.

I found the series premiere of “Glee” to be just as enjoyable as the preview episode and in my opinion there is still a lot of potential for the show to grow a bigger audience. According to the LA Times, the series premiere of “Glee” brought in 7.3 million viewers! According to Entertainment Weekly, the show has now been picked up for a full season.

Essentially this show is like a musical for the small screen. I wouldn’t put “Glee” in the same category of Disney’s “High School Musical”, although I can see how some people may think that. “Glee” is a dramedy (drama + comedy) focusing on the students and the teachers. In my opinion the song choices/performances in the episodes help drive the story line or at least provide some comedic relief.

So what is “Glee” about? Well, there are your common High School cliques on the show: jocks, cheerleaders, individualists, etc. However, at the bottom of the High School social food chain is the Glee club. Although at one time in the school’s history the Glee Club was the coolest group to be part of. As the glee club funds hang on by a thread and are in danger of being cut, there is one teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) who believes he can make the glee club as great as it once was. There aren’t many people behind Mr. Schuester’s vision except for a guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), who happens to have a crush on Mr. Schuester who isn’t exactly happily married. None would want the glee club to fail more than the cheerleader coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), who continually schemes for the demise of the glee club. As for the glee club members, the group is quirky but together they are trying to prove that their talent transcends their social status.

So far I really like what the show tries to touch upon. High School is awkward time and sometimes it isn’t as easy as it is for some people. I’m not just talking about academically, but more of social acceptance. I like how the show is exploring real topics that are prevalent in today’s youth(s) including: sexuality, acceptance, etc. Although I feel the overall message that music brings these youths together for a greater purpose is something everybody can relate to. If only some of that optimism would spill into reality, who knows what can be accomplished. It makes me think about the Olympics. Two weeks out of the year, the countries of the world are united as the world watches. It’s an amazing thing if you think about it. 🙂

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“Glee” is gleeful!

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As part of a clever marketing strategy, “Glee” premiered after the season finale of “American Idol”. “Glee” is part of the Fox Fall line-up and with American Idol as its lead in, “Glee” brought in approximately 15 million viewers according to Zap2it.com.

Matthew Morrison stars as Will Schuester, an optimistic teacher who volunteers to take over the Glee club in the hope of reliving his glory days with the help of another supportive teacher, Emma Pillsbury, played by Jayma Mays (“Heroes”, “Ugly Betty”) in the effort of trying to make the school’s Glee club great again. Matthew Morrison has starred in the Broadway productions of “Hairspray” (as Link Larkin) and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in “The Light in the Piazza” (as Fabrizio Naccarelli). The stars of the Glee club include Rachel Berry (Lea Michele, “Spring Awakening”) and the school’s star quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, “Kyle XY”). Together they hope to transform the Glee club into a winning team in order to win Nationals. 

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