Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Coloring Pages

Fast. And Furious.

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The Fast and the Furious film series is one of the most respected film series in Hollywood history. Every film is a box office success, and the films delight audiences around the world. The Fast and Furious films are a great way to bring the world closer together, and they show no sign of ending anytime soon.

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"Hobbs & Shaw" (2019) (All photos courtesy Universal).
"The Fast and the Furious" series began in 2001. It since has expanded to eight films and a spin-off film, with more scheduled to come. Here we have Fast and Furious coloring pages free and downloadable.

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Top series stars include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson.

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Other top stars include Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Black, and Jason Statham.

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There is a Fast and Furious attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. It is called "Fast & Furious: Supercharged."

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There also are several Fast and Furious video games. The first, arcade game The Fast and the Furious, was released in 2004.

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There have been toy cars for Fast and Furious, too. ZipZaps sold micro RC versions of the cars from the first installment, while AMT Ertl and Racing Champions released die-cast replicas of the early films. Greenlight and Hot Wheels also have sold versions of the cars featured in the films.

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There have been numerous singles released relating to the Fast and Furious franchise, too. These include "Tokyo Drift," "We Own It," and "Hey Ma."

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There have been numerous soundtracks released from the Fast and Furious franchise, too. The first was released on 5 June 2001.

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In total, as of mid-2019, the Fast and Furious films have accumulated over $5 billion in the global box office. It is a very successful series.

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Directors of the Fast and Furious films have included Rob Cohen, John Singleton, Justin Lin, James Wan, F. Gary Gray, and David Leitch.

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The main characters of Fast and Furious include Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner, Leticia Ortiz, and Luke Hobbs.

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There have been some short films within the Fast and Furious series. Most of them were just special features for DVD releases.

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There is an underlying "Robin Hood" theme to Fast and Furious where the main characters use their skills to steal from the rich for the benefit of the poor.

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"Hobbs & Shaw" (2019) was the first of several planned spinoffs.

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There also is a (currently planned) animation series planned for "Fast and Furious. The animated productions will be made by DreamWorks Animation (NBCUniversal) and appear on Netflix.

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Vin Diesel was in the first Fast and Furious film but did not appear in a couple of sequels. However, he returned to the series in 2009 with "Fast & Furious" aka "Fast and Furious 4."

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Many of the Fast and Furious films revolve around street racing. However, beginning with "Fast Five" (2011), the films began to focus more on gunfights, brawls, and robberies.

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The Fast and Furious series was created by Gary Scott Thompson.

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There also has been a "Fast & Furious Live" European tour. It began at Liverpool's Echo Arena in January 2013. The tour lasted until mid-2018.

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Fast and Furious is the 15th highest-grossing film series at the North American box office of all time. The top franchise is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the second is Star Wars.

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In general, there have been Fast and Furious films every two or three years since the first one. Fast and Furious films were released in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

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There are several Fast and Furious films still to come. In fact, it is unclear if the Fast and Furious series will ever end.

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There are always new cars and new stories and new stars. We hope you enjoy these Fast and Furious coloring pages free and downloadable!

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2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

"Avengers: Endgame" is a Worthy Marvel Entry

All Your Favorite Superheroes!

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"Avengers: Endgame" film poster.
It is easy to recommend "Avengers: Endgame." You can look at it in one of two ways: if you love superhero characters and Marvel Comics characters, "Avengers: Endgame" is a worthy entry in the superhero genre; and if you hate superhero films and wish they would all disappear so that Hollywood would start focusing on lonely men walking their dogs and trying to find women, well, each superhero film brings us one step closer to that.

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It is impossible to discuss "Avengers: Endgame" at length without giving away key plot points. So, let's just put out the facts, which will give away as many plot points by themselves as you need to know in order to make the decision to see "Avengers: Endgame" or not. The reality is that you either want to see another superhero film or you don't, and nothing in a review is going to convince you to either see "Avengers: Endgame" or not see it.

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Let's just put it this way: "Avengers: Endgame" is all about superheroes with different magical powers saving the world from evil aliens. Of course, you already knew that, right? But once you go any further than that, you may as well just either see the film or skip it because that sort of thing either is or is not your cup of tea. Adding any further plot points will either just bore you or ruin the suspense for when you see "Avengers: Endgame." You should, of course, have seen the other Marvel Comics superhero films first in order to really understand what is going on, and at the very least should be familiar with the events of "Infinity Wars." Here's a hint: if you don't know what happened in Marvel Comics' "Infinity Wars" and other films in the series like "Iron Man" and all their many and varied sequels when you make your decision as to whether or not to see "Avengers: Endgame," you may as well not go to see "Avengers: Endgame." That is because you almost certainly won't enjoy "Avengers: Endgame" as much as someone who does know what happened in the earlier films. If you do still want to go see "Avengers: Endgame" just because of the endless marketing for it or you're just curious because of the title or so forth, you are still better off seeing the other films first. Rent them, buy them, watch them on Netflix, see them in a theater if they're playing nearby. Seeing "Avengers: Endgame" first will not only ruin the pleasure of what "Avengers: Endgame" can bring, it also will ruin the pleasure that watching the preceding films in the series can bring. So, that is the recommendation: don't start your Marvel Comics binge with "Avengers: Endgame" because you will just be cheating yourself. I would start with "Iron Man" and go from there. I hope that helps.

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Okay, let's get down to cold, hard facts. Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" (2019) is a blockbuster film that features all of the popular superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. So, here, we have free downloadable coloring pages of the superheroes in "Avengers: Endgame."

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The Marvel Comics superheroes featured in "Avengers: Endgame" include Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Ant-Man, Nebula, Rocket, Captain Marvel, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, and their Nemesis, Thanos.

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Actors in "Avengers: Endgame" include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Marvel characters on which "Avengers: Endgame" is based.

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Some Marvel characters that had a rough time in "Infinity Wars" reappear in "Avengers: Endgame." These include Spider-Man, Dr. Stephen Strange, and Black Panther.

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"Avengers: Endgame" is or will be (depending on when you read this) the highest-grossing film of all time.

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While "Avengers: Endgame" supposedly ends the Marvel superhero universe, or at least ends the major storyline of the Marvel superhero universe, there are certain to be more Marvel Comics superhero movies. Count on it.

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The remaining Avengers in "Avengers: Endgame" are Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Rocket, Thor, Natasha Romanova, and James Rhodes.

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"Avengers: Endgame" was released on 22 April 2019.

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The running time of "Avengers: Endgame" is 181 minutes. That makes it an extremely long film, so it's a good idea to either plan on taking breaks during it or preparing for it like an endurance event.

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"Avengers: Endgame" is available in IMAX and 3D.

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"Avengers: Endgame" streams exclusively on Disney+ starting December 11, 2019.

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Viewers tend to like "Avengers: Endgame," with the film getting wide praise from critics and on film-review sites.

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Disney, which produced "Avengers: Endgame" in conjunction with Marvel, hasn't made clear at this writing how it will follow up "Avengers: Endgame." There have been broad hints that there will be another "Avengers" film, but no confirmation.

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The score for "Avengers: Endgame" was composed by Alan Silvestri. It uses the traditional themes for many characters, including Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel.

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There is a soundtrack album for "Avengers: Endgame" released by Hollywood Records.

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"Avengers: Endgame" was shot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia.

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The entire "Avengers: Endgame" film was shot using IMAX/Arri 2D cameras. This made "Avengers: Endgame," along with "Infinity Wars," the first films ever shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras.

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Filming for "Avengers: Endgame" took place from 10 August 2017 through 11 January 2018, though some reshoots took place as late as January 2019.

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2019

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Heartwarming Christmas Classic

Heartwarming Christmas Classic "Miracle on 34th Street" Endures

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"Miracle on 34th Street."
You must have heard of "Miracle on 34th Street," because it seems as though everyone has heard of "Miracle on 34th Street." If you didn't see "Miracle on 34th Street" as a kid, then you missed out on a big part of the holiday season. But, you can always watch it now whether it be the first for fortieth time!

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 John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn on the set of "Miracle on 34th Street (all photos courtesy 20th Century Fox/Fox Entertainment Group).
Just to be clear, we are talking about the original "Miracle on 34th Street," not the 1994 Hollywood remake or any other version (there actually are several). "Miracle on 34th Street" appears on television every holiday season and has for decades and no doubt will continue to do so. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) is a bona fide holiday classic.

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"Miracle on 34th Street" stars Maureen O'HaraJohn Payne, Edmund Gwenn, and a young Natalie Wood. There is an authentic feel to "Miracle on 34th Street" which is rarely equaled in a Hollywood studio film. There are very good reasons for this which we will get to below.

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"Miracle on 34th Street" was made during a brief period of time when Hollywood was making a string of sentimental classics such as "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), "The Bishop's Wife" (1947), and "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946). There are only a handful of live-action films that are the elite of seasonal classics. Others in this small group include "A Christmas Carol," "Babes in Toyland," and "A Christmas Story." It may seem easy to become a "holiday classic," but it actually is only a very small elite group of films that make the grade out of the hundreds that have been made and continue to be made.

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George Seaton wrote and directed "Miracle on 34th Street." Seaton based his script on a story by "Miracle on 34th Street" is the story of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa and whose influence drastically affects the lives of those around him.

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Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for  Best Actor Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as Kris Kringle. George Seaton won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay, while Valentine Davies won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story.

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While "Miracle on 34th Street" is an obvious holiday movie, 20th Century Fox, which produced and distributed the film, decided to release it on June 4, 1947. June, obviously, is not the holiday season, so it was an odd time to release a Christmas-themed film. Very few people are thinking of the holiday season in June. Despite this, "Miracle on 34th Street" did fairly well at the box office, earning $2.7 million on a budget of $630,000.

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So, "Miracle on 34th Street" definitely made money. One can think of releasing a holiday film in June as counter-programming of a sort, but it definitely was an odd decision that was based on the simple fact that more people go to movies during the summer than in the winter (which is still the case). The studio felt that the stars alone would sell "Miracle on 34th Street," as they were romantic leads, and the studio was right.

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The initial box office of "Miracle on 34th Street," however, is dwarfed by its subsequent earnings as it became an undeniable holiday classic. There are enduring memories of "Miracle on 34th Street." for instance, "Miracle on 34th Street" concludes with the Johny Payne and Maureen O'Hara characters buying a house. The real house used for that scene is at 24 Derby Road, Port Washington, New York. It still looks pretty much the same.

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The child star of "Miracle on 34th Street," Natalie Wood, was a well-known child actress at the time of its production. She first began acting in the 1943 film "Happy Land," and was named the Most Talented Young Actress of 1946 by Box Office Magazine. Edmund Gwenn, who plays Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street," was an accomplished British actor who began acting in 1895 and became a silent film actor. Not particularly prominent in Hollywood at the time, Gwenn reached his height of fame with "Miracle on 34th Street."

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An original lobby card from "Miracle on 34th Street."
Maureen O'Hara, who plays Macy's event director Doris Walker in  "Miracle on 34th Street," already was a top Hollywood actress. Just as Edmund Gwenn had acted in four Alfred Hitchcock films, O'Hara had broken through to stardom in the Hitchcock film "Jamaica Inn" (1939). O'Hara was the biggest Hollywood star at the time, and she receives top billing despite the film's focus on the Kris Kringle character. John Payne, attorney Fred Gailey in "Miracle on 34th Street," was a top B-movie leading actor. The success of "Miracle on 34th Street" enabled Payne to get better roles at other studios.

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One of the reasons that "Miracle on 34th Street" has an authentic feel is that Natalie Wood, who was eight years old, honestly thought that Edmund Gwenn was Santa Claus during the filming of  "Miracle on 34th Street." Edmund Gwenn did not actually have a beard. He also gained 30 pounds for the role, though, and when she learned that after filming was over, young Natalie's illusions were shattered. There were good reasons why Natalie Wood might have thought that Edmund Gwenn was the real Santa. Besides his obvious resemblance to Santa Claus, Gwenn played Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on 28 November 1946. This was a real event, not done for the film, a very unique example of verisimilitude for a young girl. Gwenn did this for real, not as a stunt, though, of course, it tied in nicely with his role in "Miracle on 34th Street."

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The crew for "Miracle on 34th Street" had motion-picture cameras placed at several points along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Every scene showing the parade in the background was shot in one and only one take.

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According to Maureen O'Hara, the movie set of "Miracle on 34th Street" was extremely friendly. Everybody on the set loved Edmund Gwenn. William Frawley, a little-known actor at the time, plays a canny political operative in "Miracle on 34th Street." A few years later, Frawley got his friend Lucille Ball to cast him as Fred Mertz in "I Love Lucy," one of the most beloved television characters ever. Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn, and John Payne routinely walked together along Fifth Avenue after each day's shooting, which was done essentially in real time during the 1946 holiday season depicted in the film. It was that kind of set, and that translated to the screen.

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Another reason for the authentic feel of "Miracle on 34th Street" was that the film shot on location in New York City in the actual Macy's Department Store and nearby locations. Macy's, of course, is located on 34th Street in Manhattan, hence the title. This gave a unique opportunity to film a scene which shows the actual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade rolling by outside. In fact, in an early scene of "Miracle on 34th Street," Natalie Wood and John Payne are shown having a conversation in front of a window overlooking the parade. That was the very Thanksgiving Day parade in which Edmund Gwenn rode on a float portraying Santa Claus.

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"Miracle on 34th Street" was phenomenal advertising for Macy's and its main competitor which is mentioned in the film, Gimbels. Macy's reportedly closed early one day in 1947 so that its 12,000 workers could see the first run of "Miracle on 34th Street." Gimbels is no longer around, but Macy's remains at the same location in New York City now that it was at in 1946.

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Only three Christmas films have been nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. They were "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "The Bishop's Wife" (1947). None of them won, and no Christmas films have been nominated since. It's not that none have been made since - in fact, Christmas films literally are made every year. Just turn on the Hallmark channel in December and you will see plenty of them.

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The decision to release "Miracle on 34th Street" during the summer led the studio to disguise the fact that it was a holiday movie. So, the studio changed the film's original title, "Christmas Miracle on 34th Street," to drop the reference to Christmas. But, make no mistake, it is clear right from the beginning that "Miracle on 34th Street" is all about Christmas and Santa Claus and holiday feelings. The romantic angle between John Payne and Maureen O'Hara which was such a focus of the initial marketing of "Miracle on 34th Street" is only a subplot that occupies very little of the film.

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There are few finer films to watch if you are in the holiday season. In fact, queue "Miracle on 34th Street" right after "It's a Wonderful Life" to continue a feel-good evening. There is a colorized version, but "Miracle on 34th Street" is better in the original version because there are stark contrasts drawn between doubt and trust that are best told in black and white.

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"Miracle on 34th Street" also has a lot of positive things to say about things like redemption and adoption and treating other people well, though sometimes they may not be obvious at first glance. If it's the holiday season when you read this, look in your local theater listings - there's often a showing of "Miracle on 34th Street" in a theater near you!



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"Miracle on 34th Street."

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