Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FOURTEEN Academy Awards Nominations for "La La Land" , a Gorgeous Movie That You Must Not Miss !



Disney's Zootopia and Moana are both nominated for "best animated picture" but the big winner in this year Academy Awards nominations is "La La Land" that i saw in theatre today and which is a truly great movie. La La Land got 14 - yes, FOURTEEN - nominations, and only two movies in cinema history have got as many nominations: Titanic, and All About Eve. I remind you that La La Land had seven nominations for this year Golden Globes and won Golden Globes for EACH of them. We'll see if he does as well with the Oscars ( probably not but he should get plenty ).

The movie, if you've not seen it yet - it is released tomorrow in France - starts with a terrific 5 minutes long sequence-shot and all along the movie music and songs are exhilarating! Ryan Gosling is good as usual but Emma Stone will surely receive the Academy Award as she is truly exceptional - and i mean it! This girl is as talented, sensitive and gifted as Leonardo Di Caprio is, and she can't get better compliment coming from me as i'm a huge Di Caprio fan. She began as actress in 2005 and since 2011 started to play in big productions ( the two last Spiderman and Birdman ) and i predict her a great career with plenty of awards.

In the meantime if you've not watched yet La La Land, run to watch it, it's a great musical comedy, partly paying tribute to famous Jacques Demy 1960 musicals ( Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort ) and the first sequence of La La Land even start like the first one of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort ( drivers go out of their cars and start to dance all together ). Of course the storyline is entirely different and here tells the story of a jazz pianist and a young girl dreaming to be an actress at Hollywood and of their broken dreams. The music and songs of La La Land are so good that i jump right now to iTunes to buy the CD, and i'm sure you'll do the same after watching the movie!








Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Shanghaî Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure




Chinese new year is next Saturday, January 28 and Disney parks in Shanghaî and Anaheim celebrate the event! Let's have a look at this with a selection of videos!

On the first video below filmed at Shanghaî Disneyland, shows the morning Chinese drum ceremony.




For those of you who missed D&M article last week about Shanghai Disneyland, here is a new video of the Chinese new year Dragon dance.



This year is the "Year of the Rooster" and a big logo for it stands at Shanghaî Disneyland!


Lot of Chinese lanterns also everywhere at SDL - all with "Mickey" ears as you'll see on the pictures below sent to me, just like the one above, by Helen, a D&M faithful reader.






Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, at Disney's California Adventure they also celebrate Chinese new year. Just like at Shanghaî there is a Dragon dance, the "Mulan's new year procession"...




... and also a new 6 minutes pre-show added to the World of Color nighttime spectacular. It tells the story of the journey home of a little Chinese lantern for the Lunar new year, as you'll see on this video filmed, like the one above, by Attractions Magazine.




Picture: copyright Disney

Friday, January 20, 2017

"Arrival" Short Review



I've watched in theatre some  days ago the Sci-fi movie "Arrival" and i enjoyed it a lot. As you probably know it tell the story of alien spaceships appearing at different places of the planet and although we've seen this before in Roland Emmerich movies i think it's fair to say that "Arrival" is the anti-Independence Day, the two couldn't be more far from each other.

Arrival is by far one of the smartest movie i've seen on the subject, one of the most realistic too. As a matter of fact "Arrival" starts and ends like a Terence Mallick movie and others inspirations include Steven Spielberg "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" although the very talented director Denis Villeneuve took care to stay away of Spielberg masterpiece.

Amy Adams is truly perfect in her role of a language specialist helping to communicate with the aliens and to find why they're here, and Jeremy Renner plays a physicist while Forrest Whitaker plays someone from the army. There is a big big twist in this movie and i take care to really don't tell you what it is, as it is a genius script idea. All i can say is this: if you find the movie slow or if you don't get what's happening, stay and be patient as all the pieces of the puzzle will come together near the end.

Arrival is not a blockbuster movie so don't expect epic battle with the aliens like in Independence Day. In exchange you have one of the smartest sci-fi movie made since decades and definitely one of the best movie of the year. Don't go with young kids, as they probably won't understand the storyline but if you're in the mood to see a smart movie brilliantly played and very elegantly filmed, then you'll be happily surprised and will keep thinking about "Arrival" long after you'll be out of the theatre.




Picture and video: copyright Paramount


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Shanghaî Disneyland Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year ! Now Edited With New Video of the Full Dragon Dance With Disney Characters !




The 2017 Chinese lunar new year - the most important event in Asia - will happen this year on January 28 and Shanghaî Disneyland is ready to welcome the hundred of thousands of guests that will come to celebrate in Shanghaî during the next three weeks. Christian, a faithful D&M reader, share with us pictures he shot this week at Shanghaî Disneyland!

Before we start, a good news as, on December 31, Shanghai Disneyland had received the visits of 5.6 million guests. It opened on June 16, 2016, this making it one of the fastest Disneyland resorts in the world to attract 5 million tourists. Fan Xiping, president of Shanghai Shendi Group, told on Saturday that SDR survey showed that over 80 percent of tourists were satisfied with the service at Shanghai Disneyland. Occupancy rates of the two themed hotels at the resort have been greater than 90 percent, and the Chinese version of Disney musical "The Lion King" has been performed more than 200 times, Fan added." All this is indeed good, now the question is: how much these 5.6 million guests have spent in the park and resort during the last six months, something we'll know later this year when the first financial results will be released ( if they are ).

Let's have look now at the park with Christian pictures - to which i've added others from Chinese medias like this first picture - from Disney - showing a photo location outside the park, near the entrance.



Let's enter the park where most of the Chinese new year decorations with banners, Chinese lanterns, and more, can be found in Mickey Avenue...









...and the Gardens of Imagination at the beautiful Tea house of Wandering Moon.


Mickey and the gang, dressed in Chinese costumes entertain the guests with the famous Chinese Dragon dance and Chinese drums.
















Not to forget the Mulan float during SDL day parade...



Christian went of course all over the park, in other lands which are not themed with Chinese new year decorations, and share with us the pictures below.









And that's it for today's SDL update, see you soon for a new update on Disney and more!

Pictures: copyright Christian Rafael, Disney, News.cn

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Tokyo Disneyland Frozen Forever Nighttime Spectacular - Full Show HD Videos




At Tokyo Disneyland the "Anna and Elsa Frozen Fantasy" winter celebration event has began and feature the new Frozen Forever nighttime spectacular projection show on Tokyo Disneyland's castle. The first HD videos are already online on Youtube and i embed below two of them. The first one is a large view of the castle that you need to see full screen to see clearly the show while the second one is a closer shot of the castle and allows you to see the projection "just like if you were there". Enjoy the show!







Videos: copyright eco, mononofu1109

Star Wars : A Galactic Celebration Debut at DLP Walt Disney Studios Park - Full Show Video



That's it, thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster, we have the video of Star Wars : A Galactic Celebration - Full Show this time filmed from inside the park as there was a soft opening last night at DLP Walt Disney Studios park before it officially begin tomorrow!

Although the projection looks impressive it never look so good than when the scenes projected are dark as it makes disappear the structure of the Tower of Terror. It shows the limit of the technique but i'm sure that when you see it in real it'a big "wow", so enjoy the video and pics of the show below!




























Max will be back soon with new DLP update, and in the meantime i remind you that there is still copies available of the Disneyland Paris book in English regular edition. For the FRENCH Collector edition it's totally different. Only 50 copies are still available, and when this collector's edition will be out of stock, it will NOT be reprinted as it was a limited edition.

The price for an english copy is 78 euros and the price for each copy of the remaining 50 copies of the French edition is 100 euros ( which was the original price of this limited collector's edition ). Don't await any new special offer as these are the last copies and the price won't change. Shipping worldwide per copy is 19€ ( except Belgium or Italy for which it is 25€ ) and you can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Just  send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  to place your order with your shipping address. The Paypal payments can be send at the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality is truly a gorgeous book that late WDI Imagineer described as "the best book ever done on a Disney theme park in the last 50 years". It's an awesome gift for any Disney parks fan, so don't miss it while it is still available, and it won't last long!


Below, Paypal buttons for the English or French edition, make sure to choose the right one! The 19€ for worldwide shipping are included in the total amount before the Paypal payment.

Paypal button for the ENGLISH edition:

DLP Book ENGLISH Edition

Paypal button for the FRENCH edition:


Below, the video showing each of the 320 pages of the book!




Pictures and video: copyright DLP Welcome

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book : Last Copies Available !



The Christmas special offer on the Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" has ended but there is still copies available in English regular edition. For the FRENCH Collector edition it's totally different. Only 50 copies are still available, and when this collector's edition will be out of stock, it will NOT be reprinted as it was a limited edition.

The price for an english copy is 78 euros and the price for each copy of the remaining 50 copies of the French edition is 100 euros ( which was the original price of this limited collector's edition ). Don't await any new special offer as these are the last copies and the price won't change. Shipping worldwide per copy is 19€ ( except Belgium or Italy for which it is 25€ ) and you can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Just  send me an email at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com  to place your order with your shipping address. The Paypal payments can be send at the same email address: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality is truly a gorgeous book that late WDI Imagineer described as "the best book ever done on a Disney theme park in the last 50 years". It's an awesome gift for any Disney parks fan, so don't miss it while it is still available, and it won't last long!

Below, Paypal buttons for the English or French edition, make sure to choose the right one! The 19€ for worldwide shipping are included in the total amount before the Paypal payment.

Paypal button for the ENGLISH edition:

DLP Book ENGLISH Edition

Paypal button for the FRENCH edition:


Below, the video showing each of the 320 pages of the book!