Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Best Episode for Each Character on 'The Office'

We've had over a week now to digest the series finale of The Office. One of the strong points of The Office through all these years has been the strength of its ensemble cast. As the NBC series heads to its end this week, I've decided to come up with my favorite episodes from each of the major characters on the show. It can be as simple as a hysterical line or a standout scene.

Meredith Palmer (Kate Flannery) - "Moroccan Christmas" (Season 5). The Office drunk gets to go first. And there are so many moments that made us all laugh our asses off. When she got hit by Michael's car, bit by a bat, when she ate Angela's hand sanitizer to get drunk. However, "Moroccan Christmas" is her standout episode. when she sets her hair on fire while dancing drunk and Michael then tries to start an alcohol intervention. He dupes her by saying he will take her to a bar, and when she realizes he's taking her to rehab, she tries to escape.

Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) - "Christmas Party" (Season 2). Another Christmas episode, which The Office always did so well. Angela is the head of the party planning committee, and her Christmas party is ruined throughout this episode. Michael first ruins everyone's party by playing "Yankee Swap". He then makes it right by buying a ton of alcohol for everyone. Although everyone else has a satisfying end to the party, Angela's ends with her out back by the dumpsters throwing, then smashing, various Christmas ornaments.

Michael Scott (Steve Carell) - "The Injury" (Season 2). It's hard to pick one for the star of the show, but "The Injury", when he accidentally burns his foot on a George Foreman grill in bed, is an abosolute highlight. It allows Michael to shine in a ridiculous way as he plays up his burnt foot and the lack of care he gets from everyone else in the office, calling it a "disability".

Pam Beesly-Halpert (Jenna Fischer) - "The Dundies" (Season 2). I'm leaving out the Jim & Pam combo moments ("Casino Night", "Booze Cruise", "Niagara", "A.A.R.M"). So my favorite moment where Pam shines alone was when she drank way too much at The Dundies. In just one night, she falls off a chair, wins the "Whitest Sneakers" dundie, kisses Jim, screams "BEST DUNDIES EVER!" and gets banned from Chili's.

Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) - "Pilot" (Season 1). I'm giving Jim the pilot episode, since it introduced us to his first ever prank of Dwight, which is a running stoyline we've looked forward too for the entire run of the series. It all started here, with Dwight's stapler being put into Jell-O, thus creating a prank copied by fans of the show.

Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) - "Livin' the Dream" (Season 9). Dwight finally has two of his dreams come true. He receives a black belt he doesn't really deserve, then he finally becomes the manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, which he totally deserves. It was a satisfying moment for fans to see Dwight finally become manager.

Phyllis Lapin-Vance (Phyllis Smith) - "Phyllis' Wedding" (Season 3). Phyllis and Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration finally get married. The funny part is Phyllis steals all of Pam's ideas from her abandoned wedding to Roy. She also allows Michael to push her father's wheelchair down the aisle so she can get six weeks vacation for her honeymoon.

Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) - "Initiation" (Season 3). Pretzel Day. That's all that really needs to be said. Its Stanley's favorite day of the year, and he actually gets along with Michael as they both wait in line for their free pretzel.

Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) - "Lecture Circuit" (Season 5). Kelly tells off Jim & Dwight for forgetting her birthday, which leads to Jim & Dwight having to team up to make up for it by throwing Kelly a party, as she dictates what they can do. We also find out Kelly was in juvy when she was 14 for stealing her ex-boyfriends boat.

Ryan Howard (BJ Novak) - "Night Out" (Season 4). Ryan is oddly friendly during the start of this episode when he returns to Scranton to unveil the "Dunder Mifflin Infinity 2" website, after the first one was overrun by sexual predators. Michael & Dwight go to New York to see him because they want to party, and we learn Ryan is on drugs.

Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) - "Costume Contest" (Season 7). In this Halloween episode, we get to see Kevin dressed as both Phyllis and Michael Moore. He also has beef with the new salesman Danny because he dumped Pam years ago. He decides not to go to the bar with Danny to be loyal to Jim & Pam. I always loved the moments when the cast would show their loyalty for one another.

Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) - "Classy Christmas" (Season 7). Erin finally meets Holly for the first time after hearing about her from Michael. Throughout the episode though, she tells the cameras that she doesn't understand what Michael sees in Holly, wondering why people think she is attractive. When Holly hurts Michael's feeling for having a boyfriend, Erin gives her the cold shoulder.

Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez) - "Business Trip" (Season 5). Oscar travels on a sales call to Canada with Michael & Andy. He gets drunk and lets loose in a way we weren't used to seeing, getting Andy to drunk dial Angela.

Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton) - "Product Recall" (Season 3). An obscene watermark of a "beloved cartoon duck & mouse" goes out, all thanks to Creed. He saves his job by framing someone at the paper mill. He gets a card for the fired worker and collects money from everyone in the office, which he then pockets for himself. Creed was always good for these quick hitting moments, and this episode was full of them.

Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson) - "The Negotiation" (Season 3). While seeking a raise, he finds out that Michael barely makes more than him and decides to "help" Michael get more money. While he ultimately does get Michael more money, he can't help but play tricks on him by teaching him fake "black man slang" and making fun of him for wearing a suit made for women.

Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) - "Secret Santa" (Season 6). Andy expertly shows his reputation as the shows most annoying character when he requests Erin for secret Santa, getting her the entire 12 Days of Christmas, with some of the birds injuring her.

Jan Levenson (Melora Hardin) - "Dinner Party" (Season 4). Watching Jan & Michael having a party in their small condo as their frustration for one another keeps getting worse throughout the episode is a thing of comedic beauty. We get to hear the song "Just One Night" by her young former assistant Hunter, who she still has a thing for.

Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) - "Goodbye, Toby" (Season 4). Our first meeting with Holly doesn't go so well for her. As the new HR rep, Michael instantly dislikes her in the beginning. He tells her that Kevin is mentally challenged, making her interactions with Kevin throughout the episode hilariously entertaining. It causes him to think she is attracted to him when she gives him this special treatment.

Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein) - "Goodbye, Michael" (Season 8). Michael says bye to Toby and doesn't make fun of him for the first time ever. Just when you think he might miss Toby, Michael quickly gets annoyed when he finds out Toby has a brother in Boulder, Colorado where he is moving. We later see Toby skype with him, and he is exactly the same boring guy as Toby. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Amanda Bynes Arrested; Meltdown Continues

The downfall of Amanda Bynes ("All That", "The Amanda Show", "Hairspray", "Easy A") has scarred the memories of countless 90s kids. Her strange antics have been all over the news for a while now, and only seem to be getting worse. She was arrested after throwing her bong out of the window of her 36th-floor apartment onto the street below. She was smoking pot in the lobby, and her apartment was filled with smoke so the cops were called, and when they walked in that is when she decided to throw the bong. In court, where she was seen wearing a wig that looks more like a bird's nest/halloween costume and one plastic nail on her middle finger, she claimed it was a "vase". Then in the cab ride, she only had $20 on her for a $27 fare. She lives in a luxury apartment building, yet only had $20 on her?

Amanda Bynes' Mugshot
Apparently her apartment looks like a scene out of the (recently cancelled) show Intervention, with an empty living room except for blinds and a mattress with no sheets. I'm thinking her parents need to stage a real one soon and get her some help. She clearly has mental issues right now and needs to be in a hospital getting help. She has also continued her bizarre twitter messages about the singer Drake and various other people. And anyone who tries to question her antics, she calls "Ugly" and says they are the ones with problems...

Lindsay Lohan has some competition, though Bynes is far behind in the mugshot department. At least Lohan seems coherent though. This is rivaling the Britney Spears escapades of 2007/2008. She also went on a Random twitter tirade against Rihanna, calling her ugly, a dog and saying that's why Chris Brown beat her. I don't like Rihanna, but she had the absolute perfect comeback by saying, "Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?" Took the words out of my mouth!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Springfield Invading Orlando

Hot on the heels of their announcement of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, Universal Orlando has officially announced their expansion of The Simpsons. The area will officially be called Springfield now. The Simpsons Ride, a motion simulator, opened in 2008 along with a Kwik-E-Mart at Universal Studios Florida. But now they've detailed all the construction they've been doing, as the rest of Springfield will be opening up this summer to create the most authentic experience possible. The new attractions are:

Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl - A spinning flat ride themed to the Treehouse of Horror mainstays, that will "take foolish humans on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit."

Various shops and restaurants, namely "Krusty Burger", "Lard Lad Donuts", "Moe's Tavern", "Cletus' Chicken Shack" and the comic book guy's store, "Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop". Plus a Duff Brewery, with Duff Beer made exclusively for the park, which is guaranteed to make Homer happy.

Its nice to see that after The Simpsons were banned from ever entering Florida in Season 11 ("Kill The Alligator & Run"), they've been welcomed back with open arms! Hey, they let Casey Anthony free, there is surely room for The Simpsons.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry & Courteney Cox Reunite

Friends fans are eagerly awaiting a reunion someday, but this may have to do for now.

In preparation for co-hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer Aniston looks for advice from Matthew Perry, who co-hosted a few weeks ago. Courteney Cox makes an appearance as well in Perry's house, and the three of them also mention David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc in some form during the funny little segment. Its the closest we've gotten to having the six original Friends cast members together, so enjoy it for now!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

'Anchorman 2' First Full Trailer

The first full trailer for Anchorman 2 has been released, and it delivers some pretty funny lines without showing any footage from the film or giving away any of the plot. The trailer only features Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) & Champ Kind (David Koechner).

The sequel to the 2004 hit comedy also stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, Meagan Good, Chris Parnell, Fred Willard, Luke Wilson, & Vince Vaughn. There are also reportedly cameos from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Carrey.
I'm most excited to see if Carell will have more screen time, and Kristen Wiig as his wife. Her and Carell should easily play off each other to deliver the best laughs of this movie. When the first film came out in 2004, Carell had yet to break out, which he did in 2005 as the lead in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and of course as Michael Scott on The Office. He was in Bruce Almighty in 2003, though Anchorman was the first film that showcased his ability, and now he is the biggest star in the film right now, along with Wiig.

Anchorman 2 is out in December.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Satisfying Finale For 'The Office'

The Office has now shut its doors with a satisfying series finale that picked up one year after the penultimate episode, "A.A.R.M". The Finale was directed by Ken Kwapis, who directed the pilot episode and last directed the Season 5 episode "Company Picnic".

It all started out with a one hour retrospective featuring a look back at the history of the Emmy Award winning show since development in 2004 (premiering in 2005) as well as interviews with the cast & crew, and a look at the series finale party that was held in Scranton, PA. NBC also did this with another hit show, Friends, in 2004 before that series finale.

Then came the emotional series finale. With the help of fansite OfficeTally (major props to the great Jennie Tan!), the episode was thankfully extended an extra 15 minutes in order to incorporate as much as possible into such a well done episode. Angela (Angela Kinsey) & Dwight (Rainn Wilson) have their anticipated wedding that stands up along with Jim & Pam's (John Krasinski & Jenna Fischer) and Phyllis' (Phillis Smith) wedding episodes. Dwight & Angela, or Dwangela, first started their back & forth relationship way back in Season 2's "E-mail Surveillance" when Pam suspects they have a secret relationship. We've come a long way since then, and it was great to see them finally have their big moment together. The highlights include:

- Michael Scott (Steve Carell) returned and gave the best, most joyous, "That's What She Said!" yet. Dwight: "Michael! I can't believe you came!" Michael: "That's what she said!"
Jim was Dwight's best man, but concocted a typical Jim scheme to surprise Dwight and make Michael his best man at the last minute.

- Kelly (Mindy Kaling) & Ryan (BJ Novak) returned and finally hooked up at the reception, in typical Kelly & Ryan fashion. Ryan left his baby with Kelly's boyfriend and the two ran off together. Nellie (Catherine Tate) got the baby, so it all worked out.

-There were a few other fun cameos that recalled the early seasons. It's revealed Dwight re-hired Devon, who was fired in the Season 2 episode "Halloween". Elizabeth the stripper (Jackie Debatin) from Season 3's "Ben Franklin" was the stripper hired for Dwight's bachelor party. And the stripper hired for Angela's? In one of the funniest moments from the episode, it was Meredith's (Kate Flannery) now adult son Jake (Spencer Daniels)! Carol (Nancy Carell) was also back to sell Jim & Pam's house.

- Everyone brings a cat for wedding gifts. Sprinkles may be gone, but Angela will always have some new cats for her collection. And throughout the years we've seen Angela berate and get frustrated with Phyllis, but as the show has done so well, the two showed they still have a bond. As Angela's feet hurt, Phyllis carried her down the aisle piggyback style to the tune of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine".

- We find out that Pam has secretly been showing the house to people to sell it so Jim can move to Austin, TX to join Athlead (now Athleap). She figured he bought it without telling her, so she could sell it without telling him. She wanted Jim to live his dream now as they finish this chapter of their life. Dwight fires them before they could quit, but he does that so they can get their severance pay.

- The characters give their final talking head interviews, and this is the moment that made the tears start flowing big time for me, especially when Dwight talks about what each one of them means to him, calling Pam his best friend.

- After a post-wedding celebration in the warehouse, and after Pam unveils her mural that features the entire cast (which they take a picture in front of with the actual real life crew from The Office), our favorites return to the Dunder Mifflin Scranton office one last time together. Pam answers the reception phone for the first time in years, with her famous "Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam" before telling whoever it is that Jim no longer works there. They all celebrate and then head outside, with Pam taking the picture of the building she drew with her.

- Erin (Ellie Kemper) finally met her birth parents at the PBS documentary fan Q&A earlier in the episode, played by Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr. This is another moment that brought the tears, and it was fun watching the rest of the cast realize who they were with Erin finally doing so in the end.

-Favorite line of the night, besides "That's what she said" goes to Andy (Ed Helms) for: "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."

There are just so many more that writing about them can't do it justice. If you for some reason missed this series finale, which was one of the best of all time, go and watch it OnDemand, iTunes, Amazon, NBC's website. However you can do it, just watch it.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

John Lennon & Paul McCartney: "Imagine The Band"

While there can never be a Beatles reunion, there are ways you can fill an appetite for some new-ish material. "Imagine" by John Lennon from 1971 & "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings from 1974 have been mashed together to create an interesting new take on both songs by Go Home Productions, called "Imagine the Band". And yes, you can imagine if this is what The Beatles may have sounded like had they continued past 1970. 
John Lennon's piano playing on "Imagine" is sped up with the vocals removed, while Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band on the Run" is slowed down to match the two classic songs together as one quite nicely. It goes to show that even when the two former Beatles were writing completely different songs, they can sound so absolutely perfect together. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie Gets Mastectomy; Writes a Powerful Message

Angelina Jolie wrote a piece for the New York Times opening up about having a double mastectomy as a preventive measure, since she carried the "faulty" BRCA1 gene, which can increase the risk of breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer in some women. She had the surgeries over three months time, keeping it all a close secret until now. Her mother also died of cancer, which was obviously a factor in this tough decision.

Her piece is very moving and also very informative, and I would urge people to read it, which you can find here. This was an outstanding way to help raise awareness and hopefully encourage others to not have any fear. If you're curious what Jolie is up to film-wise, she can next be seen in the anticipated film Maleficent, due out summer 2014.

Here are some excerpts from the op-ed piece:
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex. 

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work. 

But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. 

It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

Friday, May 10, 2013

'Gravity' Trailer & Poster Released

Gravity, the new film from Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban) starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney, is one of my most anticipated movies of 2013. Its been in development for years, and now we finally have some footage and a poster to take in. Its expected that the visuals and special effects will be breathtaking. The film will be released in both IMAX & 3D, and based on Cuarón's previous films' attention to details, we should expect it to be worthy of those formats.

The teaser poster does a wonderful job showing off a cool image that makes you want to know what happened right before this to cause the destruction of the shuttle. Its exactly what a teaser should be. It gives little away yet draws you in. The teaser trailer has also been released, and it is safe to say the IMAX format was made for a movie like this. The visuals are breathtaking, & it looks as though it will live up to the hype. The Earth looks stunning in the footage, and if they do the 3D correctly, it will all really pop out. Then of course, the asteroids or whatever it is that destroys the shuttle will be enough to make the toughest person squirm in their seat. I got chills watching it, and seeing Bullock's character seemingly drift off into the eerie calm of space is proof that this entire film will be quite the ride. Watch it here:

Here is the official synopsis: Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth... and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.. The film will be released on October 4, 2013.

Sandra Bullock is in for another big year as her return to comedy with Melissa McCarthy, The Heat, is out on June 28, 2013.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

'The Office' Series Finale Guaranteed To Deliver

I think I need a box of tissues ready from now, because if tonight's second-to-last episode is any indication, I will be crying like a 12-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert during The Office Series Finale next week.

Tonight's episode had Jim and Pam's storyline come full circle. After watching clips of their moments together on a computer, Pam (Jenna Fischer) finally received the love note Jim (John Krasinski) had left with her tea pot from the season 2 Christmas episode ("Christmas Party") back in 2005. Yes, the one where they played "yankee swap"! I'm really going to especially miss getting new Christmas episodes of The Office. Anyway, the moment tonight solidified Jim & Pam's status as one of the greatest TV couples of all time. The song played during their video montage was "Open Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol, so add that to your Jim & Pam playlist along with "Sing" by Travis.

The entire office also gathered to watch the premiere episode of the documentary at the end, and we see them taking in the first episode as we hear Michael (Steve Carell) talking to Jim. The show has really done an outstanding job bringing the fictional documentary to the surface this season.

Finally, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) proposed to Angela (Angela Kinsey) and we found out Phillip really is his son. This is what set up the series finale next week. It picks up a few months after tonight's episode, with the documentary crew catching up one final time with Dunder Mifflin. Its confirmed that many old faces will be back for the finale, including Mindy Kaling & BJ Novak. And though they've denied it, I am almost positive we will be seeing Steve Carell return as Michael Scott at Dwight & Angela's wedding.

We'll see who else might return in cameo appearances. A preview showed the stripper from the famous "Ben Franklin" episode, so anyone is possible. Maybe Jan (Melora Hardin) and Karen (Rashida Jones)? Don't forget to watch the series finale of The Office May 16 on NBC to find out. It starts with a retrospective at 8pm, and the finale following from 9pm-10:15pm.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jodi Arias Verdict - GUILTY

Travis Alexander & Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias has been found guilty of murdering Travis Alexander in the first degree. 

The Jodi Arias trial has taken the public by storm on a level with the Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson trials and it is finally over. Part of that is thanks to HLN for giving daily coverage, and of course Nancy Grace devoting most of her show to the long trail. Another is just how wild and strange the trial has been, seemingly going through every aspect of Jodi Arias' life. The passionate Nancy Grace famously stated that she didn't care about Arias "giving blow jobs behind a 7-eleven" when the defense was bringing up her past relationships during the trial.

Thankfully, the obviously guilty Arias didn't get off like OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony. She admitted to killing him (after numerous lies), but the defense tried to play it as "self defense", which is a slap in the face to people who actually have been victims of abuse, unlike the lying sociopath Arias.

Arias barely shed any tears when the verdict was announced, which is odd for someone up for the death penalty. Its as if she didn't even care, as if she's in her own little universe. She reportedly argued with her lawyers following the verdict, presumably about the interview she wanted to give to a reporter, which she later did before heading off to jail. She claimed she would rather receive death than life in prison, stating "death is the ultimate freedom." You wonder if she is just saying that to try and influence the jury not to give her the death penalty, pretending to want it so they'll give her the opposite. 

Diagon Alley Heading To Universal Orlando

Save up your galleons from now and get ready to apparate to Orlando, Florida in Summer 2014. Diagon Alley has been announced as the newest addition to Universal Studios Florida, and expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I wrote about this happening back in 2011 when the park announced they were removing the Jaws section, but now Universal has officially released all the details on this magical expansion that will once again pack every hotel in Orlando.

As expected, both Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure will be connected for the first time with the Hogwarts Express train. Guests who have tickets to both parks will be able to take this train back and forth between the two. Hopefully they keep the dementors away. In addition to the Hogwarts Express as well as new shops and restaurants in Diagon Alley, the main attraction will be be based on Gringotts Bank. You can see in the concept art that Gringotts towers over the rest of the park. It will no doubt be the most state of the art amusement park ride in the world.

And you can guarantee that the Hogwarts Express ride itself won't just be a typical theme park transport system. The on-board experience will be completely innovative and authentic to give Harry Potter fans what they've dreamed of since reading the very first book, entering the train at a replica King's Cross Station in the Universal Studios section or at Hogsmeade in the Islands of Adventure section. JK Rowling & Warner Bros have been involved with the project since the original Wizarding World was developed.

Universal Creative President Mark Woodbury had this to say, "Those meetings are fascinating and wonderful opportunities to have, to be able to talk and collaborate directly with J K Rowling and the Warner Bros. film-makers. This was a big idea. And everybody immediately saw that when we initially laid it all out. And the fact that we wanted to continue to tell the Harry Potter story, the places that we had chosen to develop -- Diagon Alley & London & Gringotts & Hogwarts Express -- were really big ideas and bold moves, I think that the ambition behind that was very much appreciated."

Universal Studios Florida has been quite busy. Transformers: The Ride 3D opens up in June, and the park is also adding to The Simpsons/Springfield section with a Kang & Kodos themed spinning ride, various games, Duff Brewery, Moe's Tavern, Kentucky Fried Panda and Krusty Burger. There have also been various rumors of whats next with Islands of Adventure. Another Jurassic Park ride, a King Kong ride, and a Lord of the Rings section have all been floated around. For now, just enjoy the excitement of Transformers, The Simpsons and of course the big one, the giant Harry Potter expansion.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Avengers Get New Members

Comic Version of Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver
The Avengers 2 is slated for release on May 1, 2015, and the group will have at least two new members. The brother/sister duo of Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch will be in the film, most likely as new members of The Avengers. Although they could play around with the material and make them villains, but that seems unlikely.

Joss Whedon was at a premiere for Iron Man 3 when he said that his draft of the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster movie contained a "brother/sister act", which has turned out to be Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Those two characters were also used in the X-Men universe, so it has many wondering if there could at some point be a crossover between the X-Men films and The Avengers films. There would be some hurdles, since the X-Men films are produced by FOX and The Avengers is produced by Disney. However, a ton of money would obviously be made, so its certainly possible those hurdles could be cleared in the future.