Showing posts with label Universal Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Universal Studios. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 12

"Dracula" premiered in New York on February 12, 1931.

'Dracula' Premieres in New York

America’s passion for vampires began on this day in 1931 as Universal’s Dracula premiered. The first in a long string of “classic” monster movies, Dracula was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi, who had been playing the role in the play version of the Bram Stoker story. Lugosi wasn’t Browning’s first choice for the character. Nor was he the second, third or…you get the idea. Newspapers reported that some people fainted in shock at the horror on screen, which pleased Universal as it help assure them that the film would be a big hit. The role was a blessing and a curse for Lugosi, who became forever tied to the character. His last role was for Plan 9 from Outer Space in 1959. It was directed by Ed Wood and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. This year, movie-goers will suffer through Vampire Academy

Monday, November 6, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 6

Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946.

Sally Field is Born

Sally Margaret Field was born on this day in 1946 in Pasadena, California. She got her start in acting starring in the sitcom, Gidget which aired on ABC from 1965-1966. Gidget wasn’t a hit show, but ABC wanted to give Field another shot starring in a series. She was cast as Sister Bertille for The Flying Nun, that aired from 1967 to 1970. After appearing in several guest spots on popular TV series, Field was again cast in another sitcom called The Girl with Something Extra which also starred John Davidson. It aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974. Field became know for her dramatic acting when she appeared in the TV miniseries Sybil about a woman with multiple personality disorder. The role won her an Emmy Award in 1977. Since then, she moved to movies appearing in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979) which earned her first Oscar for Best Actress and Places in the Heart (1984) which earned her second Oscar for Best Actress. Other film roles include Murphy’s Romance, Steel Magnolias and Mrs. Doubtfire. In 2001, she made appearances on the TV series ER and starred in the ABC show, Brothers & Sisters. In 2014, Field received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 15

Universal Studios Tram Tour began on July 15, 1964.

Universal Studios Tram Tour Introduced

Universal Studios has allowed guests to see the magic of making movies since 1915, but the official “GlamorTram” Tours began on this day in 1964. Guests are taken throughout the studios sound stages and backlot “neighborhoods,” but what has always made the trip special were the extra special effects that guests would experience while on the tram. The different effects has changed over the years but has included the collapsing bridge, a flash flood, an earthquake, an attack by Jaws, a rockslide, a runaway train, the avalanche tunnel, an encounter with King Kong and others.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Universal Studios Theme Parks Will Bring the World of Nintendo to Life in the Near Future

Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo 
Earlier this week Universal Parks & Resorts announced that they have a new partnership with Nintendo and plans are well underway to bring immersive and highly themed environments to all three of their theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Osaka, Japan.

Anyone who has played a Mario game jumping on blocks and collecting coins has certainly wondered what it would be like to do that in real life and soon, we will all find out.

According to the recent release…
“The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.”
Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative
and Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo
and creator of Mario.
Apparently, what was a smaller project to begin with just continued to grow. The new Nintendo-themed areas will feature multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. “Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life,” says Universal. And it won’t matter how good your skill level is as there will be something for everyone. No one will be too old or too young to play.

While it will take some time to create these new worlds, each Universal theme park will announce details of its own specific Nintendo areas with the first of those announcements to come soon. In the meantime, watch this short video by Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative and Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo and creator of Mario.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

See ‘Sing’ For Free Thanksgiving Weekend: Universal Pictures’ Biggest Advance-Screening Program Ever

How to see "Sing" for free
The voice cast and characters of Sing (Illumination).
Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, and AMC Theatres announced today that a free advanced screening of the animated movie Sing has been planned for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Dubbed “Sing Saturday,” tickets for the film Sing will be given free to the first 200 moviegoers in line at 200 AMC Theatres nationwide on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. The tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis at participating AMC Theatres, but all moviegoers will need to be present in line to receive a ticket.

“We are so proud that ‘Sing Saturday’ marks the biggest advance-screening program in the history of Universal Pictures and are honored to join AMC as we kick off the holiday season with Illumination’s gift for moviegoers of every generation,” said Nick Carpou, President of Distribution, Universal.

Friday, May 29, 2015

40-Year-Old 'Jaws' to Return to Theaters

Jaws comes to theaters this Fathers Day. (Fathom Events)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theater...
For some of us, it seems like only yesterday that we were warned about not going into the water with the release of the first summer blockbuster, Jaws. Alas, it has been 40 years since this film has been on the big screen, but Jaws is coming back for a “second feeding” in select theaters across the country on June 21 and 24, because what better way to celebrate Father's Day?

Presented by Fathom Events, TCM and Universal Studios, Jaws will be presented on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. This version of the film contains a special introduction from TCM host, Ben Mankiewicz.

For those living under a rock for the last 40 years, here is the premise of the film: “It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.” And it's based on a true story. (Just kidding).

Check here to find a participating theater near you and purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Video of the Day: The Haunted House

By now, you have probably seen this video as it has been shared all over the place, and yet, no matter how many times I watch it, it still makes me laugh. My favorite line? "Stop it. Stop it now."