Marvel’s Black Panther is Opening Soon – Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway!

All reports have this new Marvel movie being a hit! I have read many great reviews about the design and the cast.  Black Panther is an upcoming superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther. It is a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and will also be the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s Black Panther follows an African king named T’Challa with superhuman strength and intellect, who presides over the fictional nation of Wakanda. There are sequences in “Black Panther” that may make you cry because of where they go and what they say.

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The highly anticipated latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, is finally almost out in theaters! On February 16th, travel to Wakanda as you get to know T’Challa, the King of Wakanda. To help celebrate this release, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to bring our readers a Black Panther prize pack worth $180 that everyone will want to win!

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After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and as Black Panther – gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

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SOLO: A Star Wars Story ~ Trailer and Posters and My Thoughts

Solo Star Wars Story Trailer

I have a confession to make. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl so I didn’t see the teaser trailer that was shown. I did catch this trailer this morning on Good Morning America and I’m excited to share it with you all!

I have another confession to make. I have never really been a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve watched the movies but never felt the over the top fan feeling that you see so many gushing all over social media about. After watching this trailer several times, I just may change my mind. This movie has a totally different feel to me. There’s something about seeing Han and Chewie together on a beach that pulls at your heart – silly – I know! There’s something about seeing a young Han Solo as a brash fly-boy who drops out of the fight academy to sign on with a rogue group. I’m beginning to really look forward to SOLO: A Star Wars Story.

‘I’m going to be a pilot; the best in the galaxy’

One of the big takeaways that I had from the trailer is that we’re looking at a new-looking Falcon, long before it was sort of turned into a “piece of junk”. This trailer also gives us a really good look at Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, who tells Han that he’s assembling a crew and asks – “you in?” I’m a Woody Harrelson fan and he seems to really fit this part as mentor to Han.

This trailer gives us a chance to see quite a bit of the young Han as well as a glimpse at the newest cast of characters that will be joining him and Chewbacca. Although this trailer doesn’t do much in the way of revealing what the central or main plot will be, it gives you enough to make you eager to see the final product. 

 

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters everywhere on May 25th!

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It’s Going to be an Amazing Year at the Movies! 2018 Walt Disney Studios Movie Slate

2018 is going to be an amazing year for movie goers! Walt Disney Studios releases this year will be one outstanding movie after another.

February 16, 2018 – BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios) – #BlackPanther

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

 

March 9, 2018 – A WRINKLE IN TIME (Walt Disney Studios) – #WrinkleInTime

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,  examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.

Directed by Oscar® nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award® nominee 

Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy® nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.

Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield and Adam Borba serving as executive producers, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented and skilled craft persons working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar®-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor, two-time Academy Award®-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer with music by Ramin Djawadi.

“A Wrinkle in Time” opens nationwide on March 9, 2018.

May 4, 2018 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Marvel Studios) – #InfinityWar

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. 

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

“Avengers: Infinity War” releases in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018.

May 25, 2018 – SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (Lucasfilm)

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” releases in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.

June 15, 2018 – INCREDIBLES 2 (Disney / Pixar) – #Incredibles2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.

July 6, 2018 – ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (Marvel Studios) – #AntManAndTheWasp

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”  In the aftermath of “Captain America:  Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.  As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walter Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Lawrence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” hits U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018

August 3, 2018 – DISNEY’S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Walt Disney Studios)

In the heartwarming live action adventure “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it’s up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

“Disney’s Christopher Robin” releases in U.S. theaters on August 3, 2018.

November 2, 2018 –  THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (Walt Disney Studios) – #DisneysNutcracker

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” releases in U.S. theaters on November 2, 2018.


November 21, 2018 – RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens- to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend making site “BuzzzTube.” Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia & Wreck It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck It Ralph and Zootopia), and produced by Clark Spencer (Zootopia and Wreck It Ralph).

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” hits theaters on November 21, 2018.

December 25, 2018 – MARY POPPINS RETURNS (Walt Disney Studios) – #MaryPoppinsReturns

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. “Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca (“Into the Woods”) based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt (“La La Land”) with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray”) with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). The film also stars Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”) as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer (“Hugo”) as Jane Banks; Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films) as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) as Mary’seccentric cousin, Topsy and introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book “Mary Poppins.” However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other PL Travers’ books…until now. “Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London 24 years after the original film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. Carrying on in her mother’s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers’ rights and provides a helping hand to Michael’s family. When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack’s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018.

So – there you have it! All the films due to be released in 2018! I will be sharing as much information as I can all year long leading up to each film, so be sure to check back often!

Which one are you most looking forward to?




Bilal, A New Breed of Hero Set for Release in U.S. on February 2

A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history. Bilal, A New Breed of Hero is set for release in the U.S. on February 2, 2018.

Bilal February Release

The film tells the true story of Bilal, who rose up and freed himself from slavery. Originally premiering internationally in 2015, the film has garnered recognition winning “The Best Inspiring Movie” at the Cannes Film Festival, “Best Innovative Movie” at the BroadCast Pro Middle East Award, officially selected at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival under “Best Feature Film” and nominated for “Best Animated Feature Film” at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Starring Ian McShane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and China Anne McClain, Bilal, A New Breed of Hero is set for release in the U.S. on February 2, 2018.

 

1,400 years ago, Bilal, a seven-year-old boy, with a dream of becoming a great warrior, is abducted into slavery with his sister and taken to a land far away from his home and thrown into a world where corruption and injustice rule all. Throughout his life he undergoes many hardships, through which he discovers an inner strength he did not realize he possessed. Through these experiences, Bilal comes to realize that if he is brave enough to raise his voice and choose his own path – everything becomes possible. It is through his courage, that he frees himself and ultimately his community; It is through the power of his voice and faith that his lifelong dream of freedom comes true. Bilal grows into a man who will inspire the world.

“Bilal: A New Breed Of Hero” stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Suicide Squad,” “Thor: The Darkworld,” Lost) as the voice of adult Bilal; Ian McShane (American Gods, “John Wick: 2,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ,” Deadwood) as the voice of Umayya, Bilal’s evil master; Jacob Latimore (“Detroit,” “Collateral Beauty,” “The Maze Runner”) as the voice of teenage Bilal; China Anne McClain (“Descendants 2,” Descendants: Wicked World, A.N.T. Farm) as Bilal’s teenage sister Ghufaira; Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Bosch, Nashville) as Bilal’s mother, Hamama; and Michael Gross (“Tremors,” ER, The Young and the Restless, Family Ties) as Okba the cowardly slave trader.

The musical score of the film was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studio. A unique blend of Icelandic music fused with Oriental music was used in order to develop a language that spoke to a wider audience.




The Nutcracker and the Four Realms First Trailer and Holiday Recipes!

Nutcracker Four Realms

I admit I will be very curious to see how this adaptation is received. I’m a little torn myself so I’m looking forward to more and more information being released. The film stars Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Mackenzie Foy, and is a live-action take on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 novel “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet. Foy plays Clara, a young girl who finds a key to a mysterious parallel universe. There, she encounters gingerbread soldiers, an army of mice, and a tyrant, played by Mirren. Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and helps Clara on her journey.

The trailer suggests a bit of a more sinister turn to the classic story. The movie joins a number of live-action remakes that Disney has in the works and will be released in time for next on November 2, 2018.

 

The Trailer

 

Enjoy these holiday recipes that can be found on DisneyFamily.com:

Nutcracker-Inspired Cookies from Disney Family – Get the recipe HERE

Nutcracker Gingerbread House from Disney Family – Get the recipe HERE

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opens in theaters everywhere on November 2, 2018!

About the movie:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.