Here’s the first full trailer for coming out movie Love, Simon

“My name’s Simon, and I’m just like you – except I have one huge-ass secret… Nobody knows I’m gay.”

Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is getting a big screen adaptation from Greg Berlanti, the producer behind hit shows Arrow, Riverdale and Flash.

The movie will be retitled Love, Simon for its March 2018 release, and stars Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson in the title role.

 

In this first trailer we see Simon come to terms with his sexuality, while navigating teen life at high school.

Oh and his friends having to come out to their parents as straight at the end of the trailer hits the nail on the head.

“Everyone deserves a great love story. But for 17-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online,” a synopsis reads.

Greg Berlanti recently teased that the film will have some powerful scenes, with the two romantic leads being guys – something that is rarely seen in a mainstream Hollywood romcom.

“In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.”

 

Love, Simon will be in cinemas from 16 March.

 

Family Fun ~ Pixar COCO

Disney Pixar Coco Activities and Coloring pages for kids of all ages. You can print or download them to color and offer them to your family and friends. The coloring pages will help your child to focus on details while being relaxed and comfortable. Click on the image to enlarge or Click here to download them as a PDF

Coco Activities

 

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Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pan de Muerto

(Servings:6)

What You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet of yeast

Glaze

  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of beetroot sugar
  • Natural food coloring (varied)

How To Make It

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of flour, aniseed, applesauce, bananas, and maple syrup.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine water, eggs, and orange zest. Pour into dough mixture, adding an additional 1/3 cup of flour and whisking to combine.
  3. Add another 1/3 cup of flour, along with packet of yeast, and combine with a whisk.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour, and stir with a wooden spoon (dough will start to thicken).
  5. Cover bowl with a dampened towel and let sit to rise for one hour.
  6. Sprinkle flour on your hands, and form 6 balls of dough, setting them on a baking sheet.
  7. Save about 1/5 of the dough, using the remaining dough to form a criss-cross shape on top of each loaf.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for another 45 minutes. 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. While cooling, make a glaze by combining maple syrup and orange juice in a small saucepan. Heat the glaze in a saucepan until completely combined and simmering.Use a brusher to glaze the Pan de Muerto, and finish off with a sprinkle of beetroot sugar to serve.

Hot Chocolate

(Servings:2)

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Garnish Cinnamon stick, star anise, and sprinkle with cinnamon

How To Make It

  1. Place milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add in cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and whisk again.
  4. Continue to heat on medium until the hot chocolate becomes fragrant.
  5. Serve with garnishes and enjoy!

 
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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – Fun Facts

THEM BONES – Filmmakers included subtle nods to the skeleton residents in the Land of
the Dead. For example, the cobblestone streets feature some bone-shaped paving stones.

CHANGE OF PLANTS – Artists at Pixar Animation Studios like to add vegetation—grass,
trees, bushes—to exterior environments. But “Coco” filmmakers felt the Land of the Dead
should be different. The only living plants in the vibrant fantastical world are marigolds.

  • Filmmakers learned during their research trips to Mexico that the color and aroma of
    marigold petals are believed to help guide the spirit of a family’s loved one home
    during Día de Muertos.

RECYCLED – Miguel’s loyal canine companion Dante is a Xolo dog—short for
Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico whose origins are deeply rooted in
Mesoamerican civilization. The Xolo was regarded as the representative on Earth of the
Aztec god Xolotl, the god of fire and lightning. Nearly hairless, Xolo’s also often have
missing teeth and for that reason, their tongue naturally hangs out. Filmmakers wanted to
include this into Dante’s design and have his tongue behave like a character itself. To
achieve the look, they borrowed the rig used in “Finding Dory” for “septopus” Hank’s
dynamic tentacles.

  • Filmmakers invited local Xolo dogs to Pixar so artists could interact with the lovable
    dogs and study their anatomy.
  • Xoloitzcuintli comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.
  • Archaeological evidence found in the tombs of Aztec Indians, among others,
    indicates the breed may go as far back as 3,500 years.
  • Many consider Xolo dogs to have healing abilities.
    PULLING STRINGS – In “Coco,” Miguel recycles an old guitar, patching it up and painting
    it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar. But filmmakers knew that if they assigned
    an adult artist to do the design, it wouldn’t look right. Director Lee Unkrich called on his son
    to tackle the project and create the recycled guitar’s design.
  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped
    musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators
    reference footage.
  • Ernesto has an ofrenda room in his grand tower in the Land of the Dead where he
    keeps all of the offerings people have given him over the years. There are giant
    spirals of guitars and other instruments among the gifts.

HIT THE RIGHT NOTE – Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that
enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings.

A LEG UP – When Miguel and Héctor pay a visit to Chicharrón in hopes of borrowing his
guitar, it becomes clear that it’s not the first time Héctor has borrowed from his friend.
Chicharrón sports a pipe where his femur once was—a bone forever loaned to Héctor.

  • Chicharrón is the least remembered character in the Land of the Dead. Artists
    wanted to showcase the effects of being forgotten: his face has more chips and
    grooves and his bones are much looser and more weathered than his counterparts.

CLOTHES MAKE THE CROWD – More than 500 pieces of clothing were made to dress
the crowd characters—from the residents of Santa Cecilia to the skeleton-attendees of
Ernesto de la Cruz’s party in the Land of the Dead. Pixar artists spent time drawing in life
sessions with Mexican folkloric dancers. Artists shaded, shaped and combined the 500
individual pieces in a variety of ways to outfit thousands of crowd characters.

CHIN UP – Character artists spend months finding the right look for each character. And
because Ernesto de la Cruz is a larger-than-life character known around the world, they
wanted to give him identifiable attributes, including a cleft in his chin—visible in both the
living and dead versions of the character.

  • Artists gave the character a distinctive curl of hair that falls across his forehead.
  • He sports a pencil-thin mustache, which was common in the era Ernesto was
    popular.
  • Ernesto wears all white in the Land of the Dead. With so many vibrant colors
    surrounding him, it helped ensure that Ernesto would be the center of attention—
    just the way he likes it. Even his bones are pristine because he’s so well
    remembered.
  • Animators gave Ernesto a bit of a swagger to showcase his celebrity status.

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – New Trailer

Coco’ is about a 12-year-old boy with big dreams,” says director Lee Unkrich. “It’s about a hardworking family with great traditions and a lot of love. But what’s so cool about ‘Coco’ is that the boy could be my son. That family could live next door. The sweet, bossy grandmother who insists on one more bite might be your grandma. There’s something familiar to us all in this story. That’s what makes it so special.

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Meet the cast of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin!

Meet the cast of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie: Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar! (Photo Credit: Will Smith)

BURBANK, Calif. (September 6, 2017) – Casting for “Aladdin,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London.

The “Aladdin” cast includes: Two-time Oscar® nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself; Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter, Jasmine; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s handmaiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar (“Homeland”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.

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