Meet the actor who plays the most famous hairy giant in movie history. Few movie characters are as well known as Chewbacca from the Star Wars films. But what about the person inside the giant Wookiee suit? He’s Peter Mayhew, a British actor who stands 7 feet 3 inches tall. Mayhew, age 71, returned to his famous role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13). The seventh film in the series opened on December 18. Here’s what he recently had to say about playing Chewbacca and being a real-life giant. Continue reading
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars: A New Hope (rated PG) hit theaters and people went crazy for Star Wars!
Set 30 years after the original films, a new saga: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) is hitting theaters December 18! Star Wars fans, tell us . . .
Would You Rather . . .
1. Be on the light side OR dark side of the Force?
2. Have Princess Leia bun hair OR Wookiee fur like Chewbacca?
3. Battle Kylo Ren OR Darth Vader?
4. Fly with Poe (the leader of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens) OR Luke (from The Empire Strikes Back)?
5. BB-8 OR R2-D2?
6. That the new character Rey turn out to be Han and Leia’s daughter OR Luke Skywalker’s daughter?
7. Fight with a blaster OR lightsaber?
8. Have lunch in a cafeteria full of stormtroopers OR battle droids?
Tell us how psyched you guys are for the movie, and let us know what YOU would rather. May the force be with you!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
You know that the new wizarding movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by J.K. Rowling is coming out in November, 2016. (Watch the trailer here!) The movie will be set in New York in 1926, and here is a surprising fact I learned about the word Muggle: American wizards don’t use the word “Muggle” to describe non-magical people!
If you are a wizard from America, then you already know this, and I’m sorry to be boring you, but for the rest of us, this might come as a surprise: American wizards call us “No-Maj” like an abbreviation of “no magic.”
What?? All this time I’ve been referring to myself as a Muggle while all the American wizards were calling me No-Maj!
What do you think of the American word for Muggle? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Make It Pop Interview and Would You Rather
Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop is super-POPular right now. The show features three friends Sun-Hi (pop diva), Jodi (fashionista), and Corki (super-smart) who form a band in boarding school. They balance school and friendships . . . and spontaneously break out into song and dance numbers! The next episode titled “The Gift” airs Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 p.m. It is holiday season at MacKendrick Prep! When a blizzard traps everyone inside the school, Sun Hi, Jodi, and Corki learn the true meaning of the holidays. Meanwhile, the teens meet a mysterious new student.
I met the cast of Make It Pop and they are soooo sweet! Megan Lee, age 20, plays Sun Hi. Louriza Tronco, age 18, plays Jodi. Erika Tham, age 18, plays Corki. Dale Whibley, age 18, plays Caleb. Here are their answers to my questions . . .
Meet the Characters in the New Star Wars Movie!
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi (rated PG), episode VII The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) will also feature Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, but of course they are much older now.
There are also 3 important new characters. Here is what little I know about them so far. . .
Rey is a scavenger living on Jakku. She was abandoned there by her parents when she was 5 years old, so she’s, you know, pretty tough and independent. It looks like she and Finn become friends somehow.
And Kylo Ren is the dark knight who wants to continue the evil reign of terror that Darth Vader left. He looks really mean, guys, and his lightsaber is homemade. He doesn’t look as scary as freaky, red-eyed Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace, but he does look like a pretty evil villain.
Strangely, we don’t have a picture of how Luke Skywalker will look in the new movie. Why? What are they hiding from us? Did he become a hermit like Ben Kenobi? Or has he gone to the dark side?? (That sound you hear is me screaming, “NOOOOO!!!!”)
We won’t know for sure until December 18 when the movie comes out.
Are you a Star Wars fan? What do you think of the new movie posters? Let us know in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Photos courtesy of LucasFilm
Earlier today, the Peanuts characters answered some of my most important questions, like “Why is Lucy so mean?” Now we will hear from the real life kids who voice characters in The Peanuts Movie (rated G): Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Marleik Mar Mar Walker, and Noah Schnapp. I asked them these would you rather questions. Their answers are pretty hilarious and a little surprising!
Have a perfectly round head like Charlie Brown OR have red hair like the Little Red-Haired Girl?
Francesca (who plays the Little Red-Haired Girl): I already have red hair, so that’s easy! (If you haven’t seen Francesca on Dog with a Blog, you can see her gorgeous hair in this video.)
Noah (who plays Charlie Brown): I would want a round head. That would be cool!
Have Snoopy as a pet OR have Linus as your best friend?
All 4 kids: Snoopy!
Me: Wow! No love for Linus?
Marleik: Linus is an old man and a baby.
Francesca: Yeah, he’s an old baby!
Harsh! Do you agree with the Peanuts cast’s answers? Leave YOUR answers in the Comments. Then watch this Kids Press Reporter’s interview with the stars and tell us if you are excited for The Peanuts Movie!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC
The Peanuts Movie (rated G) is coming to theaters today and we are excited because the Peanuts gang visited the STACKS to answer some of our questions. Read on to find out why Lucy is so mean, why Linus always carries his blanket, and how Charlie Brown can ever be a winner!
Q: What is it like to have a dog like Snoopy?
Charlie Brown: Well, it’s not without its challenges. He requires a lot of supervision. And costume changes. But I honestly think having a dog makes the world better. And I’ll tell you this— it’s never boring.
Q: How do you keep up hope even when everything goes wrong?
Charlie Brown: I try not to focus on all that’s going wrong but on what’s going right. And if nothing is going right, I go home and pet Snoopy.
Q: Linus, when will you stop carrying around your blanket?
Linus: I suppose when I’m a little older I’ll have to stop carrying my blanket. But then I’ll have it made into a sport coat. I think the bigger question is why don’t more people carry around blankets?
Q: Sally, what is it like being Charlie Brown’s little sister?
Sally: It’s not so bad. He’s kind of embarrassing. And sometimes I pretend we’re not related. But if he weren’t here, I would have to feed the dog! He’s actually very supportive and helpful. No matter how mean I am to him. It’s so annoying!
Q: Lucy, do you feel bad about being so mean to Charlie Brown?
Lucy: I don’t think I’m being mean. As a trained psychiatrist, part of my job is to make the patient examine himself on the inside. Sometimes that requires a lot of yelling from the outside. What you call “mean,” I call “caring with crabbiness.”
Q: Do you have any tips for Charlie Brown about how to be a winner?
Linus: Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, strive to be the Charlie Browniest.
Sally: Yes, don’t play sports. Play checkers. Don’t start any trouble— but don’t be afraid either. Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a beagle.”
Lucy: Yes, never fall in love with a musician and never pay more than 5 cents for advice. You have to be true to yourself. Unless of course you’re Charlie Brown. Then you have to just hope for a miracle.
Check back later today for a special Charlie Brown Would You Rather with the actual cast from The Peanuts Movie!
Way back in the winter of 1820, the New England whaleship Essex was attacked by a much bigger, mammoth-sized whale. The incident would inspire American author and poet Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick, but this was a real-life disaster in which a ship with a crew sailed into the Pacific and never returned.
An exciting new film, In the Heart of the Sea (rated PG-13), is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book, In the Heart of the Sea—The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (for ages 12 and up).
The Pittsburgh-born author’s book is a work of nonfiction. It explores the grim path of the crew of the Essex, which headed out to sea after leaving Nantucket in the summer of 1819. The ship barely survived a bout of nasty weather not long after it set sail, enduring significant damage in the aftermath, and was sunk after the huge sperm whale attacked it during November of the following year.
Opening in theaters on December 11 and starring Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea tells the powerful true story of the Essex and celebrates good storytelling.
Tell us in the Comments below about the last good piece of nonfiction storytelling you read, and leave your caption for this photo . . .
Remember Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang? If you are like me, you watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every year at Halloween, and A Charlie Brown Christmas every year in December. Well, they are back in a brand-new movie coming to theaters on November 6, 2015!
In The Peanuts Movie (rated G), Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest to befriend the new girl next door, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Will they succeed, or will they go down in flames?
Also, if you are in New York City next week, you are invited to some cool events! Check it out and ask your parents if you can come celebrate with the Peanuts gang in NYC.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Our Kid Reporter talks with author R.L. Stine and the cast of the new Goosebumps movie (rated PG).