Thursday, April 12, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 12

Disneyland Paris opened on April 12, 1992.

Disneyland Paris Opens for the First Time

It was on this day in 1992 that the “happiest place on earth” got a sibling in France. Originally known as the Euro Disney Resort, the theme park had an uphill battle from the very beginning. Many critics feared it would fuel an unhealthy consumerism or that it would be a symbol of America within France. Some considered the park to be a “cultural Chernobyl.” On opening day, there were rumors that a crowd of a half a million people traveling in 90,000 cars could be on the road wanting to make the trek to the land of Mickey Mouse. In reality, less than 25,000 people showed up making the park only half full. The park continued to struggle to receive a healthy-sized audience for two years, but in May of 1995, things began to turn around when the park added the addition of its own Space Mountain. Today, the resort covers 4,800 acres, features two theme parks (Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park), seven resort hotels, seven associated hotels, a golf course, railway station, an outlet center and a shopping mall. One of the most popular attractions in the park is the dark ride, “Ratatouille: The Adventure,” based on the Paris-themed Pixar movie, Ratatouille.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 11

Singin’ in the Rain Premieres

Singin’ in the Rain premiered in theaters on this day in 1952 and starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The film’s namesake scene with Kelly dancing in a downpour took 2-3 days to film, the water caused his wool suit to shrink and he danced while suffering from 103°F fever. Reynolds was not a dancer prior to the filming, something that Kelly was not happy with. Fred Astaire happened by the set one day and offered to help her. She is quoted in saying that Singin’ and childbirth were two the hardest things she ever had to do in her life. For O’Connor, he had to be hospitalized after filming the “Make ‘em Laugh” sequence due to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Marvel Studios Says Thank You To ... You!

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This Day in Pop Culture for April 10

"The Great Gatsby" was published on April 10, 1925.

'The Great Gatsby is Published - Became a Hit Later

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published on this day in 1925. Set in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in 1922, the story centers on the young millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the former debutante, Daisy Buchanan. Themes included in the story dealt with a twisted version of the American Dream with decadence, idealism and social upheaval during the roaring twenties. Some have described the story as a cautionary tale. When it was first published, the book received mixed reviews and did not sell well – only 20,000 copies of the book were sold during the first year. Sadly, Fitzgerald died in 1940 feeling as if he were a failure but after World War II, the book experienced a revival and today is considered a literary classic that is often used with English studies in American high schools. Some consider The Great Gatsby to be a good example of the “Great American Novel.”

Monday, April 9, 2018

New Trailer for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is Here - Video of the Day

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So, are you ready for another Star Wars story?

Disney Releases New Posters for 'Solo'

Han Solo and crew as featured in new poster. (Disney/LucasFilm)

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The Star Wars universe is getting a little larger this summer with the new alone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will explain what Han Solo was doing before he met Luke and Leia. While some fans are looking forward, others are leery about the new venture. At any rate, the Disney/LucasFilm studios have released to new posters and a new trailer for the new movie. Let the debates begin!

"Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy," describes Disney. "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."

Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. Solo opens in theaters on May 25, 2018.

This Day in Pop Culture for April 9

First Indoor Baseball Game is Played

The Houston Astrodome opened its doors for the first time on this day in 1965. It was the world’s first domed sports stadium and nicknamed, “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” On its opening day, 47,879 people watched the first indoor baseball game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The game was played on “Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass” which was created for indoor use. The ceiling had many semitransparent panes of Lucite which caused a glare and made it difficult for the players to follow fly balls. Many of the panes were painted over with white paint, but then the grass died due to lack of sunlight. For the remaining season, the Astros played on green painted dirt. For the next year, a “new” artificial grass was installed called “ChemGrass” but became better known as “AstroTurf.”