‘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 October 9

Lecrae is Born
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae Moore was born to a single mother on this day in 1979 in Houston, Texas. He never met his drug addict father, was sexually molested by a babysitter and by the age of 16 was taking drugs. The bible that his grandmother gave him was nothing more than a good luck charm when he was dealing drugs later on. However, by the age of 17 he decided that he wanted to do “the mature thing” and agreed to go to church where he met his future wife. He says that it wasn’t until he was 19 that he finally made a decision to follow Jesus, but he still struggled with making bad decisions. By age 25, Lacrae released his first album, Real Talk. Since then, he has received numerous nominations and awards for his art. Lecrae has also been seen in a few movies as well including 2014's Believe Me and the upcoming Breakthrough. He is married to Darraph Moore and together they have two children.

The Phantom Drop the Chandelier for the First TimeThe Phantom of the Opera opened on this day in 1986 in London’s West End. With music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, the musical is based on a French novel by Gaston Leroux about Christine, a beautiful opera singer who becomes the obsession of a mystery man. The musical won the 1986 Olivier Award as well the Tony Award in 1988 for Best Musical. Michael Crawford play the disfigured and masked man who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. He won both awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Phantom has become Broadway’s longest running musical and the West End’s second longest after Les Misérables. Joel Schumacher directed a film version of the musical in 2004 that starred Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Minnie Driver and Miranda Richardson. In 2010, Webber along with Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth and Glenn Slater created a sequel to the musical called Love Never Dies where the Phantom secretly invites Christine to Coney Island to perform at a new attraction. In ran for over 17 months at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End with plans to open on Broadway but was later cancelled.

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