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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Los Angeles to Shine Bat-Signal for Adam West

Los Angeles City Hall to shine Bat-Signal for Adam West.
Adam West as Batman. (ABC Television/Wikimedia)
The late Adam West, the much-beloved TV show portrayed Batman during the late 60's on ABC, will be honored tonight with a shining of the Bat-Signal in Los Angeles reports The Hollywood Reporter. Mayor Eric Garcetti along with L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck, will be doing the honors at the Los Angeles City Hall at 9:00 p.m. West died this past Saturday, June 10, 2017 from a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Fans are invited to the ceremony which takes place at 200 N. Spring St., but many will no doubt be able to make it. Instead, West’s family is asking fans to consider donating toward the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations can also be made to Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho-based charity for children battling cancer.

Adam West played the caped crusader alongside Burt Ward as Robin on the simply named TV series Batman beginning in 1966. The pair were later joined by Yvonne Craig in 1968 who portrayed Batgirl for the series. Though the show only aired for three seasons, West was never able to shake the iconic character and after a few years of trying, just embraced his legacy. It is then fitting that his last acting role was voicing the character for the upcoming animated film, Batman vs. Two-Face which also features the voice talents of Ward and Julie Newmar who played Catwoman on the original show. It is a follow up to last year’s Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

See the news report the day after here.

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