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.

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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.

Anyone who received a mole or rat Patronus in J.K. Rowling’s new quiz is getting a little reassurance from the Harry Potter author.

Last week Pottermore took the fandom by storm when they debuted the long-awaited Patronus quiz. It’s a next-level personality quiz — it’s beautiful and provides a real sense of magic. Overall, we love it!

There’s just one problem: Many people are getting Patronuses they don’t particularly like. After all this waiting, these poor fans got stuck with a creature that they’re allergic to (cats), are scared of (rats), or they simply don’t like (moles).

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Anyone who received a mole or rat Patronus in J.K. Rowling’s new quiz is getting a little reassurance from the Harry Potter author.

Last week Pottermore took the fandom by storm when they debuted the long-awaited Patronus quiz. It’s a next-level personality quiz — it’s beautiful and provides a real sense of magic. Overall, we love it!

There’s just one problem: Many people are getting Patronuses they don’t particularly like. After all this waiting, these poor fans got stuck with a creature that they’re allergic to (cats), are scared of (rats), or they simply don’t like (moles).

Over the weekend Rowling fielded a couple of complaints by offering the upside to getting a rat or mole Patronus.

Rat Patronus explanation:

Mole Patronus explanation:

All told, there are over 140 Patronuses. Can she get to work on writing reassuring comments on every single one of ’em?

In a press release announcing the Patronus quiz, Pottermore said that “further new information and features will be revealed about the spell and its outcomes” in the “months to come.” Hopefully that means we really are getting detailed explanations.

Related: Hypable’s staff reacts to their Patronus results and what they mean

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At Copenhagen Comic-Con, Hypable caught up with Game of Thrones actress Kerry Ingram for a chat about Shireen’s horrific death scene, Netflix, and horseback riding.

It seemed like a full-circle moment when I got to sit down with Kerry Ingram and tell her just how much Shireen Baratheon’s death upset me. Even on a show like Game of Thrones, which makes an art out of assaulting its viewers’ senses, that particular scene felt like it crossed a line — and that was just my reaction, watching safely from behind a computer screen! How must the actress herself feel, having to actually act out her character’s death at such a young age?

This led to a wider musing about what Game of Thrones does to protect its child actors from the horrific things their characters experience. (Ingram is now 17, but was only barely in her mid-teens when that scene was filmed.) I also wondered if she ever went back and watched the scene. Turned out she watched it live with the rest of us — but, luckily, she was able to find the fun side of the situation: Outraged reactions like my own. The irony is sweet.

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At Copenhagen Comic-Con, Hypable caught up with Game of Thrones actress Kerry Ingram for a chat about Shireen’s horrific death scene, Netflix, and horseback riding.

It seemed like a full-circle moment when I got to sit down with Kerry Ingram and tell her just how much Shireen Baratheon’s death upset me. Even on a show like Game of Thrones, which makes an art out of assaulting its viewers’ senses, that particular scene felt like it crossed a line — and that was just my reaction, watching safely from behind a computer screen! How must the actress herself feel, having to actually act out her character’s death at such a young age?

This led to a wider musing about what Game of Thrones does to protect its child actors from the horrific things their characters experience. (Ingram is now 17, but was only barely in her mid-teens when that scene was filmed.) I also wondered if she ever went back and watched the scene. Turned out she watched it live with the rest of us — but, luckily, she was able to find the fun side of the situation: Outraged reactions like my own. The irony is sweet.

At Copenhagen Comic-Con 2016 I got to ask Kerry Ingram all this and more, while also diving into more fun topics like Shireen and Arya’s hypothetical take-over of Westeros, and Ingram’s new Netflix series, on which she plays ‘Becky with the good hair’ and gets to do lots of horseback riding. Watch the full interview below:

Ingram’s new Netflix series stars Jaylen Barron as Zoë, a 15-year-old American girl whose stay at Bright Field Stables in the U.K. leads her to form an unexpected friendship with a mysterious horse named Raven.

The Lime Pictures drama also stars Celine Buckens and Natalie Gumede. It was created by Anna McCleery and Vicki Lutas, and is tentatively expected to premiere on Netflix in 2017.

Follow Kerry Ingram on Twitter to keep up with her latest projects. Read more Game of Thrones news right here on Hypable.

This interview was done in collaboration with the Danish entertainment site Kulturbunkeren. Thanks to Copenhagen Comic-Con for making it possible!

Surprise! A real ‘Will and Grace’ reunion was just released — watch now!

It takes on the Presidential election.

10:20 am EDT, September 26, 2016

The cast of Will and Grace reunited this week to take on the 2016 Presidential Election.

Update: After a couple of days filled with agonizing teases, and just a hour before the first Presidential Debate, the Will & Grace reunion is now online! Watch the 10-minute episode below, taking on this year’s Presidential Election:

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The cast of Will and Grace reunited this week to take on the 2016 Presidential Election.

Update: After a couple of days filled with agonizing teases, and just a hour before the first Presidential Debate, the Will & Grace reunion is now online! Watch the 10-minute episode below, taking on this year’s Presidential Election:

It’s the first “new episode” of Will & Grace since the finale in May 2006. Our hearts!

Original story: Will! Grace! Jack! Karen! Hot Food! Wait, what was that last one? The cast of Will and Grace got together this week to presumably to film a super-secret project. Are we finally getting that full cast reunion special? A reboot? A Christmas special? What does it mean?

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The pictures began to pour in from all four of the cast members earlier this weekend with a few couple shots and one of the entire cast followed shortly.

The first few images made our hearts flutter and our eyes water, but then more photos were posted and it seems that the sweet reunion was more than just a few friends gathering for the fun of it. Something is coming. Something big.

Eric McCormack’s script here says, “Hot Food.” Similarly, on Sean Hayes’ Instagram, a picture featuring the same title was posted with the name “Fred” underneath.

Other photos, namely those of Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, look as if they were shot on the rebuilt set of 9C. Be still my heart. Be still.

With very little to go on, some of our early guesses include a video filmed in support of a charity or, more likely, an announcement that the entire series is going to available for streaming on either Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. The series is currently not available online.

Whatever the news turns out to be, it was a great weekend to be a Will and Grace fan!

Stay tuned for more information after the announcement arrives!