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

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…

This Day in Pop Culture for June 1

National Doughnut Day is the first Friday in June

Happy National Doughnut Day

When American soldiers went to war in 1917, several women from the Salvation Army followed them to France to create a “home away from home” which included the female troop to darn socks, mend uniforms and create doughnuts from scratch. Years later on this day in 1938, the first National Doughnut Day was celebrated in Chicago as a way to raise money for the needy. Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June and is used more or less as a reason for people to snag a free doughnut at some local bakery.

Ann B. Davis passed away on June 1, 2014.

‘Brady Bunch’ Maid Passes Away

Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as the family housekeeper of the Brady family passed away on this day in 2014. She was 88. After playing Alice for five years during the show’s initial run, she reprised her role over and over again for reunion movies and spin-offs. Lesser known is the fact that Davis won two Emmys for the role of Schultzy the secretary on The Bob Cummings Show. She also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of fame in 1960 for the part. In 1994 Davis wrote “Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook” and in 1995 she played a cameo role in The Brady Bunch Movie spoof.

"Moulin Rouge" debuted in U.S. theaters on June 1, 2001.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Debuts

Described as an “Australian–American jukebox musical romantic comedy film,” Moulin Rouge! debuted in American theaters on this day in 2001. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in her first singing role. The film was set in 1899 Paris, was loosely based on the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice and featured modern pop music that ranged from “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” to “Rhythm of the Night” to “Your Song.” Although most of the production went on without a hitch, it was reported the Kidman injured her ribs during one of the dance sequences and actually broke a rib while getting into a corset trying to achieve an 18-inch waist. Moulin Rouge! was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, the first musical to do so in ten years following Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. However, Luhrmann was not nominated for Best Director. This film only won two for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.


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