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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…

ABC Says Show Must Go on for Controversial ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Controversial "Bachelor in Paradise" will resume production.
Bachelor is Paradise is said to begin airing in August of this year. (ABC)

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We’ve come a long way from The Dating Game. After weeks of news about Warner Bros. halting the production of the TV reality series, Bachelor in Paradise, due to allegations of misconduct between one "Bachelor" and a "Bachelorette," a spokesperson for ABC has released this statement today:

“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

This news contradicts another statement given to People magazine on June 11 that said that season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise would not continue on. “There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” said the source. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming — this summer at least.” So apparently, everything has been worked out.

All the various shows in The Bachelor franchise have been controversial over the years, but production has never been suspended before. Some speculate that contestants are encouraged to drink heavily while on the show to help lower their inhibitions. It is a surprise that it took this long before things went out of control.

Still, romance apparently does happen on these shows. Just two days ago MSN reported that two contestants who met while filming season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, just tied the knot in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The Bachelor’s host, Chris Harrison, acted as the officiant and the guest list included many other Bachelor contestants. Publicity stunt? Maybe.

It was just a few years ago that The Bachelor made controversial headlines for going the opposite direction when Christian contestant Sean Lowe appeared on The Bachelorette and then later on The Bachelor who vowed to abstain from sex while appearing on both shows. He met and fell in love with Catherine Guidici. The two were married in 2014 and Lowe wrote about his experience in his book, For the Right Reasons.

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