Category Archives: Movies & TV

April 10, 2016

SPONSORED POST The BFG Movie

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BFGHow Whoopsey-Splunkers! It’s the BFG!

On July 1, 2016, Disney’s The BFG opens in theaters across the United States. From the world’s greatest storytellers—Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg—Dahl’s beloved novel The BFG comes to life. Watch the spellbinding trailer.

bfg trailer

Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, The BFG tells the story of a young orphaned girl from London named Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) who learns about the wonders and perils of Giant Country after she starts hanging out with—what else—a big friendly giant (the BFG!). Sophie is a bit freaked out at first because, well, it’s a giant.

But the BFG is a gentle soul! He’s just a really TALL gentle soul.

Like more than 20 feet tall.

The BFG teaches Sophie all about dreams and a land called Dream Country. In fact, in Dream Country he collects dreams, stores them in jars, and sends them to children just like her so that they can enjoy them at bedtime. And they’re good dreams—far less frightening than the nine human-hunting other giants who roam Giant Country. YIKES.

The BFG author Roald Dahl is also the writer behind classics such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And in the book that’s coming to the big screen, Dahl uses his very own made-up language—built of words like “catasterous,” “hopscotchy,” and more—that we call “Gobblefunk.” It’s named after the BFG’s instruction to Sophie: “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” This year, we celebrate 100 years of masterful storytelling from Roald Dahl!

Dahl came up with his big, friendly character for a short story before writing the novel. He told the story of his giant to his own children long before he’d begun to write drafts of it on a big yellow legal pad. Dahl carried a notebook or pad with him at all times and called it an “Ideas Book.” He scribbled down ideas and sometimes would not revisit them for many years. When he got around to it, he’d return to those ideas, polishing draft after draft before coming up with an exciting finished story like The BFG!

Do you like to write stories? Have any writing tips to share? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by Disney.

April 5, 2016

Selena Gomez Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:41 am in Movies & TV, Music, Trivia | Permalink

Selena GomezSelena Gomez Trivia Quiz

Selena Gomez is what show business calls a “triple threat.” She can sing, dance, and act. Along with her acting success, she has an awesome musical career as well. But there are a few things about Selena that you might NOT know. Take this trivia quiz to learn a few interesting facts about the beautiful starlet.

  1. In the hit show Wizards of Waverly Place, what was the name of Selena’s character? A) Alex B) Sandy C) Max D) Theresa
  2. Which of these is NOT the name of a movie in which Selena stars? A) Monte Carlo B) Princess Protection Program C) Ramona and Beezus D) High School Musical
  3. Selena played a character named Mikayla on which other popular TV show? A) The Suite Life on Deck B) Hannah Montana C) iCarly D) Victorious
  4. On which children’s show did Selena get her big break? A) Blue’s Clues B) The Wiggles C) Yo Gabba Gabba D) Barney & Friends
  5. In which U.S. state was Selena born? A) Illinois B) New York C) Texas D) California
  6. True or False? Selena is of Mexican and Italian heritage.
  7. Selena’s birthday is in which month? A) July B) June C) April D) December
  8. True or False? Selena was the youngest UNICEF Ambassador.
  9. Selena’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber planned a romantic date for the two of them at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, during which he screened which of these classic movies? A) Grease B) Titanic C) The Wizard of Oz D) Clueless
  10. Which pop star gave Selena the song “Rock God”? A) Rihanna B) Pink C) Katy Perry D) Taylor Swift

Read on for the answers . . .  Continue reading

March 11, 2016

Stuck in the Middle

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stuck in the middleQuick-Witted Girl Uses Inventions to Navigate Life in STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

This new comedy TV series follows 12-year-old Harley Diaz as she maneuvers her way through the bustle of being a middle child in a family with six other siblings: Rachel the self-involved eldest; Georgie, a basketball-playing teen; Ethan, Harley’s closest ally; invincible and indestructible twins Lewie and “Beast”; and the strong-willed youngest sibling, Daphne. The heartfelt and comedic stories of a big family find Harley devising creative ways to cope with – and stand out – in her family’s busy suburban Massachusetts household. Her ingenuity often wins the day for the Diaz family, even with many different personalities living under one roof.

Stuck in the Middle will air in its regular time slot beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 11 (9:00 p.m. EST) on Disney Channel. Will you be watching? Tell us in the Comments.

March 7, 2016

Teen Actress Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:05 am in Movies & TV, Personality Quiz | Permalink

Which Teen Actress Are You?

There are SO many cool teen celebrities nowadays, it’s hard to pick a favorite!  So here is a star-studded, teen actress personality quiz.  Are you sunny and upbeat like Dove Cameron? Smart and funny like Rowan Blanchard? Super-cool like Zendaya? Take our quiz to find out!

  1. It’s SPRING BREAK! You can’t wait to . . . a) hit the beach! b) scope out the new boutique that opened downtown. c) make a dent in your reading list. d) finish the creative project you’ve been working on since the holidays. e) explore a new place.
  2. Your favorite TV show is . . . a) a funny sitcom. b) a nature show. c) the news! d) full of musical numbers. e) a cool anime.
  3. Your friends would describe you as . . . a) friendly. b) classy. c) smart. d) creative. e) edgy.
  4. Your favorite breakfast food is . . . a) Cheerios. b) a yogurt parfait. c) eggs. d) waffles. e) a smoothie.
  5. You would describe your personal style as: a) peppy, colorful, and bright. b) classic with a twist. c) casual and comfortable. d) low-key but creative. e) too cool for school.
  6. You are most likely to get into trouble for . . . a) being too chatty. b) being too controlling. c) staging a protest. d) getting distracted. e) being yourself. (Too bad some people just can’t handle ya!)
  7. Your pet peeve is . . . a) bullying. b) bad manners. c) ignorance. d) unoriginality. e) playing it safe.
  8. Your dream career is . . . a) actress. b) President of the United States. c) scientist. d) artist or author. e) You can’t pick just one; you want to do everything!
  9. Your fantasy BFF is: a) Cinderella. b) Elsa. c) Hermione Granger. d) Luna Lovegood. e) Katniss Everdeen.
  10. You would describe yourself as the color: a) yellow. b) red. c) green. d) blue. e) silver (because glitter’s not a color, right?) Continue reading
February 19, 2016

Facts About SpongeBob

Posted by at 12:35 pm in Movies & TV | Permalink

SpongeBob SquarePantsInteresting Facts About SpongeBob

Most people think they know everything there is to know about SpongeBob SquarePants. He lives in a pineapple under the sea; he works at the Krusty Krab flipping Krabby Patties; his best friend is a not-so-bright starfish named Patrick, etc. Well, there’s much more to know about the star of Nickelodeon’s longest-running cartoon series. For instance . . .

  • SpongeBob’s name was almost “SpongeBoy.” It’s true. During production of the first episode, it was discovered that “SpongeBoy” was already taken and trademarked by a mop company. So the writers went back to the drawing board, changed the “y” to a “b”, and the name SpongeBob was born!
  • The guy who created SpongeBob used to be a marine biologist. His name is Steven Hillenburg, and he made his living studying marine life (including sea sponges)! You’d think with all that undersea knowledge, he would know that sponges don’t really talk.
  • It’s easy to learn to laugh like SpongeBob. The actor, Tom Kenny, who plays the famous sponge, explains how to do it. Just make an “Aaaaaaaahhhh!” sound (like a dolphin) and move your hand up and down on your throat. Try it! Annoying, huh?
  • Although SpongeBob’s fellow KrustyKrab employee is named Squidward, he is actually not a squid, but an octopus. He’s kind of a freak though, because octopi have 8 legs, and Squidward only has 6.

SpongeBob image courtesy of Nickelodeon

February 12, 2016

Best Friends Whenever Would You Rather

Best Friends Whenever Would You Rather

Are you a fan of Disney’s new show Best Friends Whenever starring Landry Bender (from Crash & Bernstein) and Lauren Taylor? They play high school best friends Cyd and Shelby, but when their cute neighbor Barry’s science experiment goes crazy, they find themselves able to time travel!

Would you rather . . .Best Friends Whenever

  1. Time travel back to see the day you were born OR forward to the day you get married?
  2. Have twin brothers like Shelby OR live in Peru like Cyd’s parents?
  3. Jump back in time to kindergarten OR forward to senior year in high school?
  4. Argue with your best friend OR argue with your sibling?
  5. Go back in time to stop the sinking of the Titanic OR stop the Civil War?
  6. Travel back in time to see your teachers as kids OR the olden days to see your great, great grandparents as kids?
  7. Travel back in time to see your parents as teenagers OR travel forward in time to see your future kids as teenagers?
  8. Have your best friend live with you for a year OR go away for a year with your parents?
  9. Be able to time travel OR do magic?

Give us your “best answers whenever” and let us know what you think of Best Friends Whenever in the Comments below!

-Ratha

 

February 5, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting

Posted by at 1:15 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

adventures in babysittingAdventures in Babysitting, inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name, is an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie starring Sabrina Carpenter (from Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson (from Descendants).  It is set to premiere in 2016 on Disney Channel.

In Adventures in Babysitting, a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away. Talk about a babysitter’s nightmare!

Are you excited for this new Disney Channel movie? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

January 29, 2016

Star Wars Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:50 am in Movies & TV, Personality Quiz | Permalink

star wars the force awakensWhich Star Wars Character Are You?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The greatest gift I got this holiday season? Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13)! While I’m not as hardcore about it as my good friend who went to see the movie every day for 30 days in a row (not kidding), I still consider myself a pretty big Star Wars fan. And with all the new characters, there’s never been a better time for a STAR WARS PERSONALITY QUIZ! Are you a passionate and whip-smart leader like Padme Amidala? Are you a brave but hesitant rebel like Finn? Take the Star Wars Personality Quiz to find out!

1. This weekend, you can’t wait to: a) learn how to juggle, do a cool new skateboard trick, or recreate your favorite dish from scratch. b) hang out with your best friend, listening to cool new music together. c) volunteer at your local animal shelter. d) visit your grandparents. e) construct the world’s stinkiest stink bomb ever!

2. Your favorite snack is: a) a granola bar. b) something you can share, like goldfish crackers. c) anything healthy. d) an apple. e) gummy bears.

3. You’d love to go to this kind of music concert: a) hip-hop. b) singer-songwriter. c) pop. d) classical. e) anything loud, loud, loud!

4. People describe you as: a) talented. b) easy-going. c) generous. d) wise. e) wild.

5. Your favorite color is: a) red. b) blue. c) white. d) green. e) Is glitter a color?

6. If you could have any superpower, you would most like to have: a) the ability to learn anything by watching someone else do it. b) invisibility. c) the ability to read other people’s minds. d) the ability to fly. e) the ability to transform into other animals or objects.

7. The career you would most like to have: a) inventor. b) singer. c) political leader. d) writer. e) actor.

8. Your favorite book genre is: a) action and adventure! b) sci-fi/fantasy. c) historical fiction or biography. d) realistic fiction. e) funny fiction.

9. Your personal style is: a) sporty casual. b) comfy and cool. c) classic and polished. d) very practical. If it’s cold out, you zip your jacket right up! e) outrageous.

10. You are happiest when you are: a) out in the wild and surrounded by nature. b) in a small, friendly town that feels like one big family. c) in the heart of a busy city, right where all the action is. d) by the sea, where everyone is very calm and laid-back. e) anywhere you have room to practice extreme sports. Continue reading

January 22, 2016

High School Musical Reunion

Posted by at 1:21 pm in Movies & TV | Permalink

HSMDid You Watch the High School Musical Reunion?

Before Austin & Ally, before Teen Beach Movie, before Liv & Maddie, there was High School Musical. This week, the stars reunited to celebrate the 10-year anniversary in a special telecast on Disney Channel. Did you watch?

High School Musical reuinion

(Disney Channel/Image Group LA)

Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman taped the nostalgic segments at a high school gymnasium in suburban Los Angeles.

The STACKS was there for High School Musical 3. I think it is safe to say, we were HUGE fans of High School Musical back in the day!

What do YOU think? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja

January 15, 2016

Exclusive Hotel Transylvania 2 Featurette

Posted by at 1:00 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

Hotel Transylvania 2 DVD and Blu-ray

Hotel Transylvania 2 fans will want to check this out! The Blu-ray and DVD version of the movie is in stores and we have 2 new video featurettes about the making of the movie.

Hotel Transylvania 2 character effects video

Video courtesy Sony Pictures Animation

In the video featurettes, director Genndy Tartakovsky and his animation team walk us through amazing visuals which show how they created the lighting, animation, character effects, simulation techniques, and more.

Future animators, pay close attention! This might be your job someday! Watch the videos!

So cool, right? Leave a Comment to tell us what you think!