Category Archives: Movies & TV

February 12, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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!

 

January 8, 2016

Best Friends Whenever

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Best Friends WheneverBest Friends Whenever

Best friends Cyd Ripley (played by Landry Bender) and Shelby Marcus gain the power to leap forward and backward in time whenever they want – and sometimes when they don’t. Now they experience the twists and turns of friendship and high school and must decide between fixing mistakes in the past or catching a glimpse of the future, all while their friends, aspiring scientist Barry and his assistant, Renaldo (aka Naldo), scramble to figure out how Barry’s time travel invention went awry in the first place.

Friends since elementary school, the girls’ high school years begin as Cyd’s parents depart for an archaeological dig in Peru, and Shelby’s family agrees to let Cyd and her feisty dog, Diesel, live with them. While Shelby and Cyd are worlds apart in personalities, becoming roommates is a dream come true for the teens whose differences, quirks and all, ultimately benefit their friendship.

Shelby is an enthusiastic dreamer who’s hyper-organized and thrives on making nearly every moment a big, special occasion. Cyd is laid back and carefree and mostly driven by her immediate needs – sleep and food, especially extra guacamole whenever and wherever possible.

When the girls are not in school, they can be found in the family attic, which has been transformed into Shelby’s bohemian-chic haven and Cyd’s edgy, urban hangout space. There they can avoid Shelby’s pesky younger twin brothers, Bret and Chet. The twins, who both have a crush on Cyd, try to impress her with their assorted hobbies that usually leave the brothers at odds with each other, and near-miss disasters in their wake.

Best Friends Whenever

Photo courtesy of Disney Channel

Cyd and Shelby spend their off-school hours hanging out with their good friends, the socially awkward Barry and his fun-loving buddy Naldo, in Barry’s home science lab, which is his family’s converted motor home. It’s there that Barry’s invention accidentally zaps Cyd and Shelby with the power to time travel. Now whenever Cyd and Shelby simultaneously think of a specific time frame in the past or in the future, and somehow make even the slightest physical contact with each other, they are immediately transported to that era or point of time. The budding scientists Barry and Naldo are the only people who know Cyd and Shelby can time travel.

As Shelby and Cyd travel back in forth time, each experience – past, present or future – leads the girls to new adventures. Through it all, they know they can count on each other, and they discover how friendship can make every moment in life special.

Are you a fan of Best Friends Whenever? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

January 4, 2016

Make It Pop Season 2

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Make It Pop Returns for Season 2

Nickelodeon’s music-infused series, Make It Pop, returns for a 20-episode second season starting Monday, January 4, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). With all new songs and performances, heightened drama, and lots of laughs, season two will continue to follow social-media maven Sun Hi (Megan Lee), bookish Corki (Erika Tham), fashion-forward Jodi (Louriza Tronco), and DJ Caleb (Dale Whibley) at Mackendrick Prep, who, out of their love of music, formed the band XO-IQ.

MAKE IT POP SEASON 2 Faced with bigger challenges and higher stakes in season two, XO-IQ has yet to reunite after a number of setbacks. Corki is in danger of being removed from Mackendrick Prep by her father, Jodi is deciding if she should pursue her love of fashion, and now that Sun Hi is clashing with hotshot guitarist Linc, it looks like XO-IQ might be over, until a new band competition and rival boy band emerge and change everything.

Will you be watching? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

December 28, 2015

Middle School Bucket List

Middle School bucket listWhat’s on your list of 100 Things to Do Before High School?

While going to high school may seem really exciting and amazing and cool, it’s important to remember to make the most of your younger years . . . because once you get to high school, “you lose your best friends when you all discover you like different things.” That’s what CJ’s older brother says in 100 Things to Do Before High School.

We’re inspired by the brave (and goofy) antics of CJ and her BFFs, so we bring you our own bucket list . . . with a twist! Would you rather . . .

  1. Pull an all-nighter doing homework OR have a sleepover in a haunted house?
  2. Have your best friend give you a bad makeover OR go on a really weird diet for a week?
  3. Spend a day at school dressed as a turkey OR have to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of the whole school before a sports game?
  4. Say “yes” to everything for a day OR lick a toad?
  5. Get a really bad haircut OR only wear crusty old sandals every day for a month?
  6. Wear your underpants outside your pants for three classes OR eat a bug for lunch?
  7. Have your best friend use you as a guinea pig in a science fair project OR wear a super-sparkly “Mom is #1!” sweatshirt on the first day of school?
  8. Publish a book OR break a world record?
  9. Meet your favorite celebrity OR talk to your crush?
  10. Read every book in the library OR get A’s on every test?

Well, there you have it—our middle school bucket list would you rather! Share your answers in the Comments below and tell us what is on YOUR list of 100 things to do before high school!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

P.S. Don’t worry about high school. You get to keep the friends that you like, and you also get to make even more awesome friends!

December 19, 2015

Interview with a Wookiee

Scholastic News logoInterview With a Wookiee

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

December 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

star wars the force awakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

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!

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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