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DISNEY·PIXAR’S “CARS 3” FUELS UP FOR NATIONWIDE TOUR

DISNEY·PIXAR’S “CARS 3” FUELS UP FOR NATIONWIDE TOUR

Road to the Races Takes Off March 23, 2017

Title Sponsors Include Alamo Rent A Car SM, Coppertone®,

Crest®/Oral-B®, DOLE® and Mattel

 

BURBANK, Calif. (March 21, 2017) — Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road this month with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017.

“We are going to kick off the tour at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World on Thursday, March 23,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, worldwide marketing partnerships and special events for the Walt Disney Studios. “There will be fun activities for the whole family—plus a sneak peek of the movie.”

The roster of cities includes Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles, among others—the full list is available at CARS3tour.com. The “Road to the Races” nationwide tour wraps up in California with a visit to NASCAR at Sonoma at the Sonoma Raceway June 24-25, 2017, and the life-size character cars will also roll onto the red carpet for the “Cars 3” world premiere on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

 

A host of sponsors have signed on to support the tour, which includes a variety of activities.

  • Alamo Rent A CarSM is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir.  Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world.
  • Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.
  • Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.
  • Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit www.dole.com/Cars3.
  • Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.

 

Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars.

In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR.

Mack Trucks, Inc. will transport the life-size character cars on the coast-to-coast tour.

Schedules are subject to change without notice, and attractions may be unavailable for unscheduled reasons.

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.


Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

 

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, John Ortiz, with Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly

Rated: PG-13

Run Time: 2h

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

3 Frames out of 5

By: Shari K. Green

It’s invigorating to see that Kong: Skull Island isn’t just a remake of King Kong.  It has a few similarities, such as beast still digs beauty, but that’s about all.  It stands alone on its own giving director Vogt-Roberts something to be very proud of having a part in. Speaking of beauty, however, I did like the more substantive presence of the ape in the 1970 movie King Kong, where you could see Jessica Lange pull at Kong as she begs him to not let her go.  This gives you the chance to feel for him much more.  That realism isn’t in this version where Kong is CGI.  However, if you have a heart, you’ll still hope the best for the guy.  Why he keeps falling, literally, for these woman is beyond me, though!  You’d think he’d learn by now!  I digress.

Far be it for me to suggest you can learn something from a monster movie but I’m going to.  You can learn something from this monster movie.  You can learn, if you haven’t already, that sometimes with nature things are better left alone.  Though we don’t always pay attention to it, there is a natural order of things and if you interrupt or disturb that order, in the name of helping mankind, you could be doing just the opposite.  Such is the case here.

Kong is set in the early 70’s in the time of Watergate.  Research scientist Bill Randa (Goodman) is in Washington and looking for some money and a military escort to an uncharted island he’d like to explore for the possible medicinal cures it holds.  Insert political statement here as Randa stands outside and proclaims that there’ll never be a more screwed-up time in Washington.  The Nixon bobblehead is a nice touch, as well.

Randa gets his grant, a photographer (Larson), a rather large escort and his own tracker (Hiddleston); they set off to explore Skull Island which is shrouded by vicious storms.  Going only so far by water, the teams, which are led by Colonel Packard (Jackson), take to the air the rest of the way.  However, once they clear the dangerous weather another danger appears; Kong.  He immediately senses danger and begins to protect his turf which looks more like swatting at flies, to be honest.  This scene was well placed as it’s not too far into the film, wasting no time getting you into some heavy action.  Packard takes the attack personally.  Losing many of his men in the battle he’s now hell-bent on killing the creature.  He must prove to Kong that man is King.  Jackson’s look is fiery and savage as his Packard stares Kong down for a moment before being whisked away at the last minute.  Getting stomped on like a cockroach might have ruined his already horrible day.

Helicopters are scattered and the teams separated.  One group meets an indigenous tribe and Hank Marlow (Reilly), also known as the comic relief, a paratrooper who has been stranded on the island since WWII; twenty-eight years to be exact.  Through Marlow, the team hears all they need to know of who Kong really is… he’s King.  To the people of the island, he’s God.  Without him, the Skullcrawlers would dominate and kill every living thing on the island.  Kong keeps the skeletal creatures in low numbers and below ground.  If not for him, all would perish and not only would they take over the island but they’d begin to take over the planet.

During their lesson, other teams are meeting and in some cases, wiped out, by other inhabitants of the island.  If spiders aren’t your thing… this might not be the movie for you but the thought of taking the mother of all spiders down in a wicked way would be spectacular then remember this is a Kong movie, not a spider movie, and get your butt to the theatre.   What’s left of the team meet and make their way to the destination point so they can leave the island and you can leave the theatre but don’t do that too soon!  There is an after credit scene so make sure you stay all the way until lights up.  What they will be assuring you of here is that the MonsterVerse will continue and who could be coming up next.  If you like monster movies, you’ll like Kong: Skull Island.  You might not like the way Hiddleston over plays his role as Larson’s love interest but the CGI is great and the motion capture performance really pulls you in.  Those reasons alone are worth spending the extra money on seeing this at an IMAX theatre if you can.  ENOY!


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales – Extended Trailer

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