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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for September 28

Olivia Newton-John Gets 'Physical'
The single "Physical" from Olivia Newton-John’s 12th album was released by MCA Records on this day in 1981. The song, written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, was originally intended for Rod Stewart. The song was a huge success selling two million copies in the U.S. It was certified as Platinum and spend ten week at the #1 spot of the Billboard Hot 100. “Physical” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and it won the Billboard Award for Top Pop Single. To date, it has been Newton-John’s biggest hit song.


Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is Displayed
You may appreciate pop art, but did you know that "Whaam!," a 1963 pop art piece painted by Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the best-known works of the art form? The painting was first exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New Your City on this day in 1963. It was purchased by the Tate Gallery in London three years later and has been on permanent display at Tate Modern since 2006. It is said the Lichtenstein was inspired by several comic book panels. Lichtenstein studied art before and after serving in the United States Army during World War II. His themes of art focused on romance and war.


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