Hypable Movie Review: ‘Rise of the Guardians’

10:00 am EDT, November 21, 2012

Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks’ latest animated adventure, is a must-see family movie for the holiday season. With the re-imagining of fairytale characters into superhero-like protectors of children, the story is sure to please.

The story follows our hero, a puckish-like version of Jack Frost (Chris Pine), as he tries to discover the purpose of his existence. As far as mythical beings goes, he is an unknown who doesn’t really get along with the other characters, especially the E. Aster Bunny (Hugh Jackman). However, when an enemy from the past reappears, the Guardians need all the help they can get. Pitch (Jude Law) – also known as the Boogeyman – is set to unleash his nightmares on the children of the world and rule with fear. The Guardians’ true purpose is to protect the children’s belief in them, for without that belief they wouldn’t exist.

Ride of the Guardians movie review

The story is populated with well-known characters such as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), better known as North, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher). However, the re-imagining of these characters – North has naughty and nice tattoos while the Tooth Fairy is a beautiful hummingbird-like creature – is what makes the movie unique. The sidekicks such as North’s minion-like elves and hardworking Yetis bring added humor to the story. The characters are perfectly voiced, especially Alec Baldwin’s North.

The story works for many reasons. First, it isn’t pegged as one mythology or another, it is based on universal characters that even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter, you’ll find someone you know. Even though this is being released during the holiday season the movie isn’t actually about Christmas. The story focuses more on the strength of believing in something and fears than it does on holidays. While there are healthy doses of humor there are also quieter moments, especially surrounding Jack’s origin story.

The film is visually stunning with nightmares that glitter like black sand and ice that crystallize in snowflake-like patterns. The story is thematically rich, combining William Joyce’s novel, Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King, with his picture book The Sandman. While the movie doesn’t match up exactly to the novels, it is an excellent story on its own. The movie is definitely something that the whole family can enjoy.

Grade: A

Rated: PG (for thematic elements and some mildly scary action)

Rise of the Guardians opens nationwide on November 21, 2012.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

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So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.