Thursday, April 30, 2020

Amateur Movie Review - Bridge To Terabithia



The other night I watched Bridge to Terabithia with my husband. I liked it and would watch it again and he hated it. As the credits rolled his words were "that sucked!"

Not knowing anything about the movie I sat down to watch a movie starring a kid that I absolutely love, Josh Hutcherson he was in one of my kids favorite movies Zathura. He is a good actor and adorable Also in the movie was AnnaSophia Robb who was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which I had just watched with my kids right before.

The movie had an awesome theme with it's friendship and imagination can conquer all so I was a little surprised with the turn it took. I know there was a lesson here but why are there deaths in kid movies? Why would a kid die in a kid movie?

While watching I made a mental note about picking up the DVD for my kids next time I was at the store but that will have to wait.

Personally I wouldn't recommend this movie to any of the kids I know under the age 14 even though it was rated PG.

Amateur Book Review - The Kite Runner


I don't know that there is anything I can say about this book that will do it any justice.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, (this is his first novel) about a boy named Amir who lives with his father in Afghanistan before they flee for America after the Taliban take over their homeland.

The book sites state this - An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

It is this, and so much more. The story, eloquently written, starts with Amir the child of Baba a very wealthy well to do man in Afghanistan and what happens to change the course of their life and the life of people they love. While the book deals with culture which is also very interesting, this book mainly to me, deals with how the choices we make throughout our life shape who we are and who we eventually become.

I had no desire to read this book. Having heard about it and knowing that everyone was reading, that it was on the best seller list for over 2 years it didn't make me want to pick it up. What made me want to pick it up was hearing my girlfriend Sheress beg me to do so. She called me every morning when she started reading begging, asking, pleading, telling me she would buy it for me and that I just HAD to read it. Now, I am doing the same, I have told 5 people to read this in the past 2 weeks and now I am telling you.

The book is unforgettable. I don't believe there will be a time where I won't be able to recall this story.

This beautifully written book is about family, sacrifice, jealousy, love, friendship, suffering, sin, devastation, redemption and at times was emotionally gripping.

The title comes a traditional tournament where Afghan children or kite-flyers compete by cutting through the strings of their opponents with the strings of their own kites made of sharp, glass strings. The winner is the last one standing after all other kites have been cut and the runner runs after the last falling kite gets the greatest honor.

The Kite Runner like Veil of Roses made me happy to have been born on American soil.

As stated by 
Amazon:
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule. ("...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.")

The Haunted Airman: A Movie Review


Flight Lieutenant Jugg (Twilight's Robert Pattinson), confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in action, arrives at a remote mansion in Wales to recuperate. Suffering from terrible nightmares and visions, he suspects the methods of his psychiatrist, Dr. Hal Burns (Julian Sands). His beautiful aunt, Julia (Rachael Stirling) seems to be the only person he can trust – until circumstances make him doubt even her intentions. Based on the novel “The Haunting of Toby Jugg” by Dennis Wheatley.

For obvious reasons I borrowed this movie from my library. Hello, Rob Pattinson in a bathtub, getting a sponge bath! Plus, I want to see him as someone other than Edward Cullen.

Well, let's just, say this...his character smokes too much. The movie moves too quickly. Every time I blinked it was a new morning.

So, Jug, gets injured after getting hit in the back during a mission, while in flight. He is now confined to a wheelchair and his aunt drops him off at this secluded home to get better.

If you are a Rob fan, you will love it because Rob is in the movie from beginning to end. But, as a fan of movies...well...the movie leaves you scratching your head. Is he a victim?
Is he losing his mind?
Honestly, I have no friggin clue.

The story is based on "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" (1948) by Dennis Wheatley (famous for thrillers and occult novels in the 50s and 60s).

Umm....let's see. I give this a 2 out of 5 stars but only because Rob was in it and he does a great job of brooding and acts like a guy trapped in a wheelchair, unsure of his new life.

Shutter Island A Review - 8/7/10

We recently got Netflix. It is awesome.

Last night we watched Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his own troubling visions and by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley). Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer and Max von Sydow co-star in director Martin Scorsese's plot twist-filled psychological thriller set on a Massachusetts island in 1954.
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Jackie Earle Haley, Elias Koteas, John Carroll Lynch
Director:
Martin Scorsese

Why You Should See This Movie: Leo DiCaprio and the supporting cast!


What I Can Tell You:
This isn't one of those movies you can put on and do things. You need to dedicate 2 hours and 18 minutes to it! Based on the book Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.

I thought the movie was awesome. Leo is fantastic.Mark Ruffalo who I always appreciated is a great wing man.

The Year, 1954. Leo plays Teddy Daniels, a US marshal who is sent to Shutter Island (a hospital/prison for the criminally insane) with his new partner Chuck to investigate the disappearance of a patient Rachel Solando.

Teddy has flashbacks and dreams of his wife and the war that that haunt him both while asleep and awake.

About an hour in I turned to my husband and said I got it figured out. I did! I was right. But, the last 5 minutes of the movie had me scratching my head. It was the one line where Leo/Teddy says, "Which would be worse, to live as a monster or die as a good man?"
 
Now that the ending has been presented to me, there are many clues through the movie that nicely set up the twist. I really want to watch it again to see the twists unfold and see more than I saw the first time.


Since my reviews whether sponsored or otherwise are 100% honest, I have to admit there was about 20 minutes of the movie that I had to watch through my closed hand. It wasn't a consecutive 20 mins but a total of, where I couldn't "see" the images on the screen. Anything to do with children "not breathing" is really hard for me. I refuse to have these images imprinted on my brain so I mostly just ask my husband if it is OK to look.

Michelle Williams was awesome and disturbing at the same time.

Some memorable quotes that sat with me later were:

Chuck Aule: You okay boss?
Teddy Daniels: Yeah fine, I just ah, I just can't, can't stomach the water.

Warden: We wage war, we burn sacrifices we pillage and plunder and treat at the flesh of our brothers and why? Because God gave us violence to wage in his honor.
Teddy Daniels: I thought God gave us moral orders.
Warden: There is no moral orders as pure as this storm. There's no moral order at all. There's just this: can my violence conquer yours?

Dolores Chanal: Set me free.

I think this movie is a 5 out of 5 stars. Great thriller, mystery. Very, very well done.

Feeding Ducks Is Like A Religious Experience


Feeding the ducks with the Goddess is like a religious experience. Sometimes just being with her is like that for me (tearing up as I write this). I wished for many years for a baby girl. Losing my mom so young really made me hunger for a mother-daughter relationship and I love spending time with her.
Today, on a beautiful fall morning, we went to feed the ducks in town while waiting for Handsome to come out of school, there were none.
She was throwing bread to nothing. The water was still, and empty. I asked her where she thought all the ducks were. She said, “I don’t know, maybe they are home with their mommies (cute).” Then she stood at the deck, put her hands around her mouth and yelled, “Ducks, ducks…where RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?
Wouldn’t you know it, they came. Tons of them just started flying across the water towards us. Crazy.
And the rain comes down
There’s no pain and there’s no doubt
It was easy to say
I believed in you everyday
If not for me
Then do it for the world – Stevie Nicks

Lazy Town In My Living Room - July 20, 2008


Go! Go! Go! Get up Lazy Town! It’s the start of a brand new day. Things are upside down here in Lazy Town. Adventures just a moment away. Lyrics to Welcome to Lazy Town

I love when the kids dress up and play together. I especially love that they now try to act out what in this case, Sportacus and Stepanie would say and do. When Goddess came running out to the living room, Handsome told her, “Wow, oh wow, Goddess, you look beautiful.” Seriously, how cute does it get?

Glory Days - Summer at the Lake - July 2008

“Glory days well they’ll pass you by Glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye Glory days, glory days” These are Glory Days. My kids are living a wonderful life here in my little lake village. I love that they get to see this sight every day. The majestic mountains, the cool, crisp ripple of the water, the ducks, swans and various other birds of our area, an occasional bear and cubs, the hundreds of deer that timidly strut across the yard. I love it here and I am happy to be bringing them up in a beautiful town. I love it here.
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My Little Clown

My Little Clown, This picture was taken on Daddy’s birthday. You would be 1 in 2 months. You were in a sticking your tongue out stage and I thought it was a riot. I used to stick your hair up in a semi mohawk and snap pictures of you as if I were getting paid for it. In this picture you were crawling under the table and I lied down on my belly and snapped about 100 pictures. This was my favorite of the day.

July 1, 2008 - Sky Watchers

I searched long and hard through my thousands of pictures to find pictures for this weeks Thursday Challenge theme. Interestingly enough, I don’t have many where the sky is the star. I find this little fact interesting because well, I LOVE looking at the sky. I see it, really see it every day. I turn my head towards the heavens and stare at the sky so I wonder why I haven’t used my camera to capture more of it.

Photos Posted On Memories Through Photography Aug 2008


Fall 2004

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do! Robert Louis Stevenson


Some of my favorite moments were when I would just head to the park with my son in his first year. I remember being so amazed that I created this beautiful person. He was such a happy baby. 

On The Top Of The World


I’m on the top of the world looking down on creation, And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around, Your loves put me at the top of the world

Me And This Guy

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

All About Steve - Amateur Movie Review

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eccentric crossword-compiler Mary Horowitz becomes infatuated with TV news cameraman Steve. Encouraged by Steve's fellow journalist Hartman Hughes, Mary starts to follow Steve around the country.
What I Can Tell You: I can totally understand why Sandra got a Razzie award and an Oscar in the same year for worst and best actress, respectively.

While it seems the movie could work, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Hayden Church, Ken Juong, it just kinda didn't.

Bradley Cooper is extremely likeable, almost too much so. In one scene when he is supposed to look shocked he looks very excited to see Mary! In this scene actually.

Sandra in her crazy red boots, weird, mullet, blonde hair and sexy legs just is over the top which is what they were going for but it just fell short of funny. It was a train wreck that I couldn't wait to be over.  Stalker Mary is just too weird for words and while I loved the first scene feature Sandra and Bradley on a blind date that never happens the movie was un-savable.
 
It wasn't so bad that I would say never see it, but don't pay for it. Borrow it from the library like I did.

Check out this gag reel. Can't say I blame Sandra for wanting to throw her head into Brad's crotch every take.
The movie was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst PictureWorst Director (Phil Traill), Worst Actress (Sandra Bullock), Worst Screenplay (Kim Barker), and Worst Screen Couple (Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. The film won for Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple.

Movie Reviews 17 Again, The Proposal, Sunshine Cleaning, Grey Gardens





For someone who doesn't watch much TV, I spent the last 4 days watching movies. My library had some new releases that I wanted to check out.

The only reason to see this movie is Zac Efron. The premise is cute. What would you do differently if you were given to live your life over? Would you make the same choices you did the first time around?
While the premise has been done a bunch of times, this movie falls short. It was just kind of slapped together and while there are semi cute moments I could have missed this and been OK with it. Although the message of "you are in fact living your best life right now" was not lost on me. Everything happens for a reason is a saying most of us use for a reason.  I give it 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirtysomething Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) would. Then one mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his chance. He’s suddenly back at Hayden High where he’s the star (Enter Zac Efron) of the basketball team, a total hottie, and a classmate to his own teenage kids…which gives Mike a chance to go from not-so-good dad to really cool friend.


The Proposal
This was an OK movie. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are both very likable. What's not to like about Ryan Reynolds? (after all he did star in Maria's Eye Candy spotlight in 2006).
I found it funny that through the whole first 20 minutes of the movie Sandra Bullock's character (Margaret Tate) is supposed to be the boss from hell. "The wicked witch is on her broom" and "here it comes" are IM's sent throughout the office whenever she is on the move. I am here to tell you that Ms. Tate is far from the boss from hell. I know, I've experienced some of the worst.

Margaret is about to be deported back to Canada and Andrew (Ryan) her assistant is sucked into marrying her so she can keep her from losing her Visa. While the storyline is mediocre it is the cast that keeps you watching. Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White are fantastic in their satire and Mary Steenburgen and Craig T Nelson round out the stars of this movie. All of these stars have the likeability factor going for them. The Casting Director knew exactly what they were doing. 4 out of 5 Stars


I really was looking for something fun and noticed this was under comedy so I grabbed it. I am here to tell you that there is nothing funny about this movie. Are comedies supposed to make you cry?  Two sisters whose mom committed suicide open a business together. They clean up after a death, murder or suicide.  Blood, vomit, body fluids, maggots you name it, they clean it. Finding the humor? Neither did I!
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin all are remarkable in this movie but I was seriously looking for something to make me laugh. 

Acting wise amazing. Storyline great! Looking for a good movie check this out. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are some of the greatest actresses out there right now. 5 out of 5.


Grey Gardens (HBO)
I watched this last night and wasn't really excited about it.  When I snatched it from the table to put it in, I thought grrr..."so not interested". That is before watching it. Since last night I have talked to over 5 people about Grey Gardens. 

All I can say is WOW!!! Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange were amazing! This true story of two relatives of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy who were aristocrats until their lives took a dramatic turn after Edith Sr's husband left her and  how they slid from 1930s high society to sharing rotting living quarters with litters of cats and raccoons. Amazing performances by both. I had to keep reminding myself that I was watching Drew Barrymore.  This is her best by far. 

Grey Gardens, which won 6 Emmys last night including Best TV Movie. Last night Grey Garden's took home a Golden Globe for best mini-series or motion picture made for TV and Drew got the award for best actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV.

Funny that they won as I was watching this movie. I give this movie 5 out of 5 Stars.

"It is very easy to keep the line between the past and the present."



A Parenting Low - January 7, 2006

It happened yesterday and I am still dealing with the Mommy guilt. I have been listening to my friend tell me that her son has been painting lately (our boys are 3 days apart). I started feeling bad that my son hasn’t been able to do this because I spend every waking moment holding his sister, Banshee Girl. So I was feeling optismistic yesterday morning (just like every morning) and decided it would be a good time to pull out the paints.
I put the Banshee Girl down, she starts screaming, pull out a wood door hanger from my supplies, pull the paints out of the back of a dresser drawer, find a sponge brush in the back a kitchen drawer. Pull a table cloth out of the kitchen cabinet, get out a step stool so that I can remove the white bottom dining room chair to save it from paint smear.
The girl is still screaming, the boy refuses to get onto the step stool screams and throws the wood door hanger. I say, “do you want to paint?” He says,”OK!” I tell him that he needs to sit on the stool. He climbs into it while I get out cups for the paint. I put two colors in two cups and hand him the brush.
I put the brush in paint and put it to the wood hanger. “See Jesse? Paint!” He takes the brush and puts it in the paint, puts it to the wood and paints. Yeah! Cool, I walk to pick up the screaming, now snotty girl and just as I do…Jesse puts the paint soaked brush to his face and says, “Hello?” “No! It’s not a phone.” I scream.
Why I got so crazy is beyond me, it was washable paint! Could have been the screaming for 20 minute Banshee Girl, could have been the 25 minutes that it took to set up the painting area, could have been the position of the moon, the point is this, this was normal Jesse exploration. He has never painted and he was pretending. As I screamed “No!” Jesse throws the paint soaked brush minus the clearing from his cheek across the room and where does it land? On the white chair and falls to the carpet!!!! He is screaming, the girl is screaming, my throat hurts from the ititial “No” I turn and slap him with three fingers on his cheek! Gasp!!! Holy crap!
The girl hasn’t stopped screaming, the boy is now screaming as he heads to my kitchen where he proceeds to slam his hands into my refrigerator. Paint all over! I am cleaning the chair, working my way to the rug and as I walk over to clean the refrigerator he is standing there, mouth open, blood curdling scream coming from his mouth and now the arms open wide as he puts them around my neck for a hug. I am in no mood for a hug and still really pissed at this point.
The girl is still in the first act of her Opera. My head is ready to explode and that is when my son says in the most heart wrenching little voice, “Mommy.” Like the Grinch, my heart grows a whole 10 sizes bigger and I put my arms around him and we cry together. He just wanted to know I still loved him and I am cleaning!!! I carry him to the counter, arms around each other (Banshee still screaming), I tell him, I am sorry, you can’t throw things when you are mad and Mommy shouldn’t ever hit you.
I wash the paint off his hands, fingers, cheek, shirt and my hands. I carry him over to the floor where Banshee Girl is and hug the both of them. She quiets down finally and Jesse asks for Blue’s Clues. He is over it but it will take me a week to be over this if ever. I could have handled this whole thing in a better way. I could have waited for my husband to be around so that I could have given Jesse my whole attention while the husband held Banshee Girl. I could have laughed when he put the brush to his face. Now his first experience of painting will be ugly. Thank God he is too young to remember this incident in the coming years. I will be putting painting off for a few months.
BTW..the whole time I typed this, Banshee Girl was what??? That’s right screaming!!!

Lake Time Action 2008

My husband tossing my kids in the lake were my favorite kind of action shots. I love the water stream and my son's happy face.

Botanical Gardens Ringwood New Jersey - 2002 Aged Edit


How can you see into my eyes like open doors
leading you down into my core
where I’ve become so numb without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold
until you find it there and lead it back home –
Evanescence
I took this picture before having kids. I spent the morning at the Botanical Gardens and too a lot of beautiful photos. When I showed my husband a few, this was the one he chose as his favorite. He actually wanted a copy of it made in 8 x 10 so that he could frame it.  He liked the look of everything looking dead. Ok?!

Keep The Kids Busy with an Awesome, Interactive Products From Pavilion


Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young and Katie Hewitt (3/3/2020; Hardcover $14.95; ISBN: 978-1843654483; Ages 12 and up; 112 pages) is perfect for Pi Day on March 14th, as well as STEM and Summer Reading!

Inside this mega-jam-packed book are fifty fact-tastic ways to advance your math skills so you'll never be outnumbered by numbers again!

From core curriculum techniques such as multiplying multiples to calculating calculus and probability and division, right through to working out tricky statistics, formulas, and equations in or outside of the classroom, Cool Math will help you work your way out of everyday situations in a way that you'll never forget.

This lively, engaging book is illustrated throughout to help bring math to life, and topics include how to tip, how to work out the distance of a storm, Fibonacci sequences, cracking codes, and many more! From simple multiplication to complex calculus, math has never been easier. With the Cool Math approach, it's fun to learn and easy to remember, but difficult to forget!
The 411: What I loved about this is my daughter challenging certain ways math was done in the book. The reason I love it is I am learning a lot plus she is showing me just how much she knows. We have come a long way baby. This girl use to cry during homework until 5th grade. She really does know her math! With that being said, I loved how the book explains everything. It is math idiot friendly and the reason I can say that is I am a total math idiot!!! I never understood math in school and I am getting it. I can measure any tree right now without a tape measurer. SO COOL!


Build a Castle: 64 Slot-Together Cards for Creative Fun by Pail Farrell (4/7/2020; Hardcover $19.95; ISBN: 978-1843654469; Ages 3-5; 64 pages): Turrets, ramparts, windows, walls, and more--create your own medieval masterpiece with the first in a new series of graphic-designed building cards.

This pack contains sixty-four cards (4 x 2¾ inches) of a variety of graphic designs. Clever paper engineering allows you to slot the cards together, building up and out in whichever way you like! Also included is a short ten-page booklet, with descriptions of the card designs and suggestions of stacking methods. The instructions tell you how to build a castle, or you can let your imagination run riot and design your own!

Renowned illustrator Paul Farrell has designed these cards in his bold, colorful graphic style--turning the image of a castle into a work of art.

The 411: My daughter and I have had a blast with this.  She likes to go through the photos in the book and make everything look like the photos in the book. She has always been like that. I on the other hand like to do my own thing. 

For some reason she thought it was really funny that I put a fence and door on top of a window. She took a million photos and even drew what my version looked like pointing out all my mistakes. I thought we were suppose to have fun! So far we have opened this box about 5 times this week and laughed every time. We believe it is great for anytime but especially now during the quarantine. 

Today I am going to run this down to my preschool class for the school age kids that are there so they can play with it. We have a skeleton crew of teachers and assistants for the essential workers that are still working and this will be the perfect change for them this week. 
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DISNEY+ Releases “IT’S A DOG’S LIFE WITH BILL FARMER” Trailer


Family Friendly TV thanks to Disney+ 

Today, Disney+ shared the trailer for its upcoming ten-episode documentary series, “It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer,” which premieres on Friday, May 15. 



The iconic voice of Goofy and Pluto for more than 30 years, Disney Legend Bill Farmer steps out from behind the microphone to meet his own favorite characters — dogs! Join Bill as he crosses the country meeting dogs doing all kinds of incredible jobs that make our lives better.
“It’s A Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer” is produced by Dog Tale Productions, Inc and GRB Entertainment, Inc. The series is executive produced by Bill Farmer, Jennifer Farmer, Steve Duval, Gary R. Benz and Phil Kruener.


New episodes of “It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer” will stream every Friday on Disney+.

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“STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER” COMES HOME TO DISNEY+ ON MAY THE 4TH

  
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Comes Home to
Disney+ On May the 4th
  
Stream the Complete Skywalker Saga, All in One Place
  
  
   
BURBANK, Calif. (April 27, 2020) -- The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of “May the 4th,” affectionately known by fans around the world as “Star Wars Day.” For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place. What began in 1977 with George Lucas’ groundbreaking film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” the nine-part saga is available within Disney+’s extensive collection of Star Wars movies and series including “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “Rogue One: AStar Wars Story.”
  
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams joined forces once again to deliver “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the thrilling climactic chapter in the Skywalker saga, bringing the heroic struggle to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy to an epic, resounding conclusion.
   
The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams
   
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas.
  
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” joins Disney+’s May the 4th line-up including the premiere of the eight-episode documentary series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” and the series finale of the award-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
   
In addition to new content offerings, Disney+ will also honor the artistry of Star Wars with a week-long concept art takeover on the service. Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May 4th to feature its original concept paintings. From “Star Wars: A New Hope” to “The Mandalorian,” the updated art will feature work from celebrated artists such as the legendary Ralph McQuarrie and Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, Doug Chiang. On the Disney+ home screen, the animated “Star Wars” brand tile, viewable on web and connected TV devices, gets upgraded with a new animation that honors the signature hyperspace jump. For more information and/or to sign-up for Disney+, visit:disneyplus.com/welcome/star-wars. 
   
In the Netherlands, the movie will launch on Disney+ on May 5 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
  
   
   
ABOUT DISNEY+

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