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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day - The Original Angry Bird - Donald Duck

darthmaz314 returns after a long hiatus with a new Disney Snapshot of the Day. The insane popularity of Angry Birds has led to the recent release of The Angry Birds Movie, which ruled the box office on its opening weekend. But some would argue that the famous duck pictured below is the "original angry bird." Can you guess where this angry Donald Duck appears in the Magic Kingdom? Send us a comment if you know.


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The Original Angry Bird - Donald Duck
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Friday, January 29, 2016

darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day - Luke Skywalker Reveals Himself

Today's darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features one of the most dramatic moments of the film. From the opening crawl, we learn that Luke Skywalker has disappeared and that his sister Leia and her Resistance fighters are all in a vain search to find him. Once again, it seems that the fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of Luke, the last Jedi, who has hidden himself away after a failed attempt to re-establish the Jedi Order and a sinister betrayal at the hands of his nephew Ben Solo. After a wild two-hour adventure, the movie concludes with a final scene in which Rey, the apparent future of the Force, finds Luke on a remote planet and presents him with his original lost lightsaber, the same one that had belonged to his father Anakin Skywalker. Luke reaction to Rey's arrival and her offering of the lightsaber, which seems to be a plea for him to once again answer the call of destiny and save the galaxy, is a dizzying mix of amazement, anguish, and conflict, as he ponders whether he should accept his latest challenge. A phenomenal end to a film that hits the mark again and again, right until the final credits.


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Luke Skywalker Reveals Himself in The Force Awakens
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Friday, January 15, 2016

BB-8 Gives a Thumbs-Up - darthmaz314 Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day

darthmaz314's next Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features one of the many funny moments of the newest Star Wars film. Early on in the The Force Awakens, Finn convinces Rey that he is a member of the Resistance during their daring escape from Jakku and the relentless First Order aboard the Millenium Falcon.  Once off the planet, Rey questions Finn about the location of the Resistance base, which she will need as the pilot, if she is to help return BB-8 to his master. A very humorous scene ensues as Finn must convince BB-8, who does not know or trust him, to divulge the location of the Resistance base. After winning him over and providing Rey with the name of the star system, Finn celebrates his continued friendly deception of Rey and his newly-forged friendship with BB-8 by flashing him a thumbs- up and a huge cheesy grin. This beautifully well-acted scene of excellent comedic timing is then capped off with BB-8 delivering a thumbs-up of his own, as pictured below.


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BB-8 Gives a "Thumbs-Up" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day - Rey's AT-AT Home on Jakku

darthmaz314's next Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day features a familiar site to fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, which has been brought back for the new film, but which evokes a whole different set of emotions this time around. The Imperial AT-AT (All-Terrain Armored Transport) walker was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back during the Battle of Hoth. These massive machines of war stomped across the frozen tundra of the ice planet during the attack on the Rebel base and with armor too strong for Rebel blasters, they appeared unstoppable and seemed to spell certain doom for our Rebel heroes. Even though Luke Skywalker and his Rogue Squadron managed to take a few of these mammoth machines down, their appearance was meant to strike fear into the hearts of the Rebels and the audience who rooted for them in theaters.

Flash forward thirty years to the events of The Force Awakens and we are presented with a very different image featuring an AT-AT walker. The walker pictured here is a fallen casualty of the Battle of Jakku, which is said to have taken place several years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Force Awakens makes no actual mention of this battle or its victor. However, the fact that the Empire had lost a second Death Star and was left leaderless after the events of Jedi, coupled with the fact that Jakku appears to be littered with fallen Empire weaponry and ships, it is a good bet that the battle did not go the Empire's way. 

However, this AT-AT is significant not only in that it represents the fall of the once mighty Empire. In The Force Awakens, this instrument of death and destruction now serves a home for our heroine Rey, providing her safety and shelter from the harsh elements of Jakku and its many shady inhabitants. Like many, many moments in the Force Awakens, this one harks back to the original trilogy and then connects it almost seamlessly to the the events taking place in the new film. The force and the nostalgia have most definitely been awakened.

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Rey's AT-AT Home on Jakku - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day - Rey Uses the Jedi Mind Trick on Her Stormtrooper Guard

Today darthmaz314 brings you the first Force Awakens Snapshot of the Day. Here we see, the Star Wars saga's newest heroine..Rey, as she uses the Jedi mind trick to coerce the stormtrooper standing guard over her to release her while captive on Starkiller Base. A bit of Force Awakens trivia for you...the stormtrooper featured in this scene is played by none other than James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.

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"You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open." - Rey Uses the Jedi Mind Trick on Her Stormtrooper Guard from The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney
  
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Star Wars The Force Awakens: You Will See This Movie and Enjoy It - No Jedi Mind Trick Required

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Main Title - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

darthmaz314 returns from a long hiatus during the normally insane month of December and there is really only one thing to write about...The Force Awakens. The film opened fourteen days ago (which includes the December 17 evening showings) and it has already raked in over $1.1 billion worldwide and has yet to open in China, the world's second largest film market. So it has certainly made a lot of money and secured the financial futures of Disney, Lucasfilm, and a lot of product licensees. But was it worth all of the anticipation, speculation, prognostication, and the plain old hype? Absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, unequivocally YES!

If you are among those few who have not yet made it to the movies to see this seventh installment of the Star Wars saga, you must do two things right now:

1. Finish reading this post and bookmark darthmaz314.com to visit in the future.

2. Purchase tickets now for the next showing that you are physically able to attend.

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Han Solo from Star Wars The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

If you were a prequel hater and rolled your eyes when you heard that there would be another Star Wars film released to further destroy your once warm feelings of love for the franchise, fear not! You will not leave the theater with that post-prequel sour taste in your mouth. Check your cynicism at the theater door and you will be won over once again. This movie fires on all cylinders and hit the bullseye almost without fail in terms of meeting or exceeding expectations. 

Everything you wanted from a Star Wars film is delivered in this film. JJ Abrams has made the ultimate fanboy movie, purposefully avoiding all the traps that made the diehards cringe in the prequels. Gone are the incessant shots of completely digital sets and characters, sprinkled with a human actor or two. The lived-in "real world feel" of Star Wars is back, with scenes shot on actual sets and locations, with CGI being the exception not the rule.  

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Rey from Star Wars The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

There are great performances from the new cast members across the board. First and foremost, who has seen this movie and not fallen in love with everything about Daisy Ridley's Rey? I was a Natalie Portman fan before she was cast in the prequels and was very excited to see her bring her beauty and talents to the Star Wars universe but she was absolutely blown away by what Daisy Ridley brings to this new film. Ridley delivers beauty, likeability, compassion, intensity, emotional depth, and an ability to crank the dial all the way up to near ferocity for the action scenes. Hands down the best Star Wars female character ever. In fact, one of the top five characters of any gender in the Star Wars films thus far. I can't wait to see the next film for many reasons, one of which is where Lucasfilm will next take the character of Rey. Star Wars finally has a true heroine and little girls everywhere are suddenly feeling the Force. It may have all been well planned-out to tap a left behind demographic in the Star Wars universe, but who cares? It works. It isn't phony and contrived and you don't get the sense that feminism is being forced down your throat for its own sake. 

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Daisy Ridley's Fiery Rey from Star Wars The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

John Boyega's Finn, a stormtrooper with a crisis of conscience that defects from the evil First Order (the Empire sympathizers who have risen up to reclaim the galaxy), is instantly a character you want to root for. His humility, humor, and uncertainty about his ability to succeed are disarming and allow the character to develop as a flawed but well intentioned hero that we can all identify with. His chemistry with the rest of the cast is so fluid that it feels like he has known them all for years. Ridley and Boyega's portrayals are not unique in how they connect to the audience. Nearly all the cast's performances deliver in similar fashion to the original trilogy. You immediately care about the characters, at a level beyond the fact that they are needed to progress the plot. 

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Finn from Star Wars The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

There is so much more to report, so darthmaz314 will return with more posts on The Force Awakens in the coming days. Come back and visit us again and go see this film, you will not be disappointed.

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Finn and Rey from Star Wars The Force Awakens - courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

darthmaz314 Comedy Disney Snapshot of the Day

Today we launch another twist on the darthmaz314 Snapshot of the Day today, the Comedy Snapshot of the Day. This first melds the worlds of Star Wars and the Godfather. Those familiar with Francis Ford Coppola's classic trilogy will most certainly get it. If you are not familiar with either Star Wars and/or the Godfather darthmaz314 recommends the following: 

1. Stop what you are doing right now. 
2. Obtain these movies somehow (buy, rent, download, steal if your conscience permits).
3. Start watching these movies.
4. Don't stop watching until you are finished.
5. Repeat.

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Star Wars/Godfather Meme
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Today we are also posting TWO Snapshots of the Day. Hard to believe, but true. Considering the gaps that often occur between posts, we figured why hold one back if it was ready? We hope you agree. 



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darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day: The Force Awakens Movie Billboard at Disney Hollywood Studios

We are now less that one month away from the release of arguably, the most anticipated film in movie history...Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today, the darthmaz314 Disney Snapshot of the Day celebrates the rapidly approaching release of the film by bringing you a photo of the Force Awakens movie billboard, as seen in Disney Hollywood Studios, on the side of the Great Movie Ride Show building on Mickey Avenue between One Man's Dream and the entrance to Pixar Place. This space, as well as an adjacent wall, normally feature promotional movie poster billboards for the upcoming/current Disney and Pixar films. darthmaz314 has made a tradition of photographing these billboards during visits to Hollywood Studios to capture that moment in time when the films are fresh, unproven, and in many cases, not yet released. 

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The Force Awakens Movie Poster at Disney Hollywood Studios
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In this instance, one of the billboards showcases the upcoming release of Disney's newest acquired property, Lucasfilm. It is no exaggeration to say that the creative, financial, and pop culture futures of Disney are all currently riding on the box office success and fan acceptance of the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga. The trail of breadcrumbs that JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm have sprinkled out for fans to follow over the last two years appears to lead to an epic blockbuster, destined to revive the franchise and win back legions of the Star Wars faithful disenchanted by the prequel trilogy. Only time will tell. The anticipation has reached a fever pitch. The marketing and promotion waves are cresting and appear to be poised to crash down hard, swallowing up everything in their path as the film's premier approaches. What was once a three year wait, anchored by the announcement that after purchasing Lucasfilm, Disney would revive the film franchise, has now entered its final month. Strap yourselves in. It ought to be one hell of a ride.  



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Friday, November 13, 2015

Odd Couple Trivia in Celebration of Odd Couple Day 2015


This post pays homage to what I consider the greatest sit-com of all time, The Odd Couple. This initial installment of Odd Couple trivia is what will hopefully be the first of many more Odd Couple-related posts to come.  But for now, enjoy our first round of Odd Couple trivia. Scroll down to the bottom for answers, but if you decide to cheat, remember the words of Felix, "Let it be on your head..."


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That Request Came From His Wife 
- photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

1. “On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife.” What is the significance of the date November 13th?



2. What is Felix and Oscar’s address?



3. During which season does Myrna make her debut on the Odd Couple?



4. Name the song that Felix writes for 70’s singer Jaye P. Morgan?


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Jaye P. Morgan - One of Many 70's Guest Stars on The Odd Couple
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount


5. What song did Felix pen during World War II that won him “The Silver Canteen?”



6. What song beat out Felix’s to win “The Gold Canteen?”



7.  Name the two child actors who played the role of Leonard Unger and later went on to further fame as teen heartthrobs. 



8. What was the name of Leonard’s jumping contest frog, from the Season Five episode, “The Frog?”


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Leonard & His "Uncle Oscar" in The Odd Couple
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

9. What was Murray’s wife’s name?



10.  What song does Felix attempt to play on the saxophone as a token of thanks to Oscar after he saves his life?



11.  What animal do Felix and Oscar dress up as when they appear on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” with Monty Hall?
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Oscar & Felix Make A Deal with Monty Hall 
- photo courtesy CBS/Paramount 
  
12. When a WZAZ radio DJ calls Oscar to compete in an opera trivia contest, Felix gives him all the answers that help him win a car. Who was the WZAZ disc jockey?


13. Who played oil tycoon Billy Joe Grissom in the episode “Strike up the Band…Or Else?”



14. What cards was Billy Jo Grissom holding when he beat Oscar at poker for $500 in “Strike up the Band…Or Else?”



15. When Felix repaints the apartment in "Take My Furniture, Please!" what does he ask Murray to search for before Oscar comes home?

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What was Murray Looking For?
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

  Answers:


1. November 13th is the birthday of executive producer and show creator, Garry Marshall.


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The Odd Couple - A Timeless Sitcom
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

 2. Felix and Oscar lived at 1049 Park Avenue.



3. The character of Myrna makes her first appearance in Season Two.


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Myrna Turner
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

4. "Happy and Peppy and Bursting with Love!"



5. “To A Sour Kraut”

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Felix Tries to Impress Jaye P.Morgan
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

6. “In Der Fuehrer’s Face”



7. Willie Aames and Leif Garrett



8. Maximillian, One in a Million Max


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Felix & Oscar Make Frog Malted?  
- photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

9.  Mimi



10. “Home on the Range”


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Felix Plays the Sax for Oscar as Thanks for Saving His Life
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

11. A horse


12. Dick Clark


13. Pernell Roberts

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"Four Aces? That's All There Are!"
 - photo courtesy CBS/Paramount

14. Two pair (of aces)



15. Hairs (paintbrush hairs)