See Tim Burton's Long-Lost Short Film "Hansel and Gretel" 


Before Tim Burton's first feature-length film, "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," the director created a short movie for the Disney Channel. It's his dark, funky, Burtonesque take on "Hansel and Gretel."

Budgeted at $116,000, the adaptation premiered at the then-super young Disney Channel, about six months into the creation of the cable network in 1983, during Halloween. But then, Disney shelved the 30-minute film. Many were saying that Burton wanted to bury his first creation. But that was just a rumor, of course. And the film was considered an urban legend of some sorts...until recent years when "Hansel and Gretel" was resurrected for museum exhibitions including Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

And now, in all its glory, watch Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel."



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Sequel Showdown: "22 Jump Street" VS. "How to Train Your Dragon 2!" Which is Better? 


It’s a sequel showdown at the box-office between the action comedy “22 Jump Street” and the animated fantasy “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” In “Jump Street,” Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum or Janning return to team up once again for the sequel for directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.

Meanwhile, Jay Baruchel comes back to voice the role of Hiccup in “Dragon 2.” Together with his dragon, Toothless, they explore a new territory that will pit good against evil.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my movie reviews of what’s happening this weekend at the box-office.



Official “22 Jump Street” Synopsis

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow fromfreshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. (c) Sony

Cast
• Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt
• Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko
• Peter Stormare as Ghost
• Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson
• Amber Stevens as Maya Dickson
• Wyatt Russell as Zook
• Jillian Bell as Mercedes
• Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy
• Dave Franco as Eric Molson
• Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters

Official “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Synopsis

It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Written by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast
• Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, teenage son of the Viking chief. His best friend and dragon is Toothless, a Night Fury.
• Cate Blanchett as Valka, a reclusive vigilante from the Arctic, Stoick's wife and Hiccup's long lost mother. She also rides on her dragon Cloudjumper, a Stormcutter.
• Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast, the chieftain of the Viking tribe and Hiccup's father. He rides his new dragon Skullcrusher, a Rumblehorn.
• Djimon Hounsou as Drago Bludvist, a dragon hunter.
• America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson, Hiccup's girlfriend.[11] She rides her dragon Stormfly, a Deadly Nadder.
• Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch, Stoick's closest friend and a seasoned Viking warrior. He rides his new dragon Grump, a Hotburple.
• Kit Harington as Eret, a dragon trapper who sells captured dragons to Drago.
• Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson. He rides his dragon Hookfang, a Monstrous Nightmare.
• Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman. He rides his dragon Meatlug, a Gronckle.
• T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston, fraternal twins. They share a two-headed Hideous Zippleback named Barf and Belch.

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The Movie That Could Be Michael Keaton's Big Comeback 


We've been inundated with new movie trailers lately like the "Dumb and Dumber To" teaser, "The Penguins of Madagascar," Robert Rodriguez's and Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," and "The Interview" starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

But my favorite among the latest crop of trailers is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" starring an intriguing yet exciting Michael Keaton. This could be his comeback movie that we've all been waiting for. It's a comedy-drama from the "Babel," "21 Grams," and "Biutiful" director about a former superhero actor (Keaton) who wants to revive his career by going on Broadway. The great white way could be his only great white hope of redemption.

This movie is fitting for Keaton who starred in the "Batman" movies by Tim Burton. His star is fading, a former superhero actor, but instead of starring on Broadway, he gives us "Birdman."

I can't wait to see the film!

Emma Stone, Zach Galafianakis, Amy Ryan, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts costar. "Birdman" flies into theaters on October 17.

See the moody trailer below:



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Why You Have to See "Edge of Tomorrow!" 


Tom Cruise returns to the big screen for the sci-fi adventure “Edge of Tomorrow.” Emily Blunt co-stars for the Doug Liman directed flick. Death becomes both a novelty and a necessity in the film but before you say kill me now, hear this, it’s one of the best action movies you’ll see this year! Why? Find out in my review below.



Official “Edge of Tomorrow” Synopsis

The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dyingagain...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.(C) Warner Bros

Cast

• Tom Cruise as Major William Cage
• Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski
• Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome
• Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham

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Contest Alert: Win Exclusive "Maleficent" Watch, T-Shirt, and Horns! 


Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Pictures, we're giving away some fun "Maleficent" collectibles like watch, t-shirt, and horns to make you as fierce as Angelina Jolie!

Click here to enter and Good Luck!

Winner will be notified on Friday, June 6th! Good Luck!

Click here to see my review of "Maleficent."

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