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I love Disney. I know that by your mid-twenties, a lot of people expect you to grow out of it, but I can't help it. There's something about Disney films that takes me back to a simpler place and time, and those guys sure know how to tell a story that tugs at your heart strings. Having grown up on the films, I was thrilled to find out in my teens that some of my favorites had been adapted as stage musicals. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King had been huge successes on Broadway, and since the... [Read more]
With the apex of Hannah Montana-mania just a blip in the rearview mirror and Miley Cirus coming closer and closer to becoming Lady Gaga, the bigwigs at The Walt Disney Company have to be eager to find their newest cash-cow. After missing out Justin Bieber and One Direction, you know Disney is going to put everything its got into making finding the next Hannah Montana*. The teen pop scientists are hard at work in the Disney laboratory pruning the next pop star all the kids will be wailing to get ... [Read more]

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51. It's a Wonderful Day For Pie - Who says Family Guy isn't appropriate for children? This is just plain old, family-friendly, anti-Semitic, Disney-style fun. | Episode #127: "Road to the Multiverse" (Season 8, Episode 1) 52. Take On Me - One of those "What the f$@&?" moments that made Family Guy what it is today. It incorporates many signature FamGuy gag features: music, an '80s cultural reference, and an altered animation style. | Episode #59: "Breaking Out is Hard to Do" (Season 4, Episode ... [Read more]

Star Wars Episode 7: The Return on Investment

November 2, 2012
Nerds across the universe exhaled a collective sigh of relief earlier this week when it was announced that Star Wars would be wrested from George Lucas’ steely grip and placed into the hands of the greatest propagandists in the history of the world. Word of Star Wars: Episode 7 lit a tiny fire in the collective hearth of the Comic-Con-loving peoples of many galaxies as hope spread that the franchise would be placed in the hands of more capable directors.Read more...

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Theatre Review: Mary Poppins

October 1, 2012
Over the past several decades, Mary Poppins has been a cherished part of the lives of millions of children around the world. The original 1934 stories by P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke have kept the story alive and relevant, and now, the Broadway musical is enchanting a whole new generation of fans, young and old alike. Thankfully, the stage version of Mary Poppins preserves nearly every song from the film. Favorites like "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Jol... [Read more]

The Weekly Toast 1/27/12

January 27, 2012
THIS WEEK: THUGGIN'...whip-it good...Bueller...Bueller... • Seal and Heidi Klum are calling it a day after seven years of Seal’s uncontrollable temper. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are reportedly taking tour buses down the same road. • Rihanna had “THUG LIFE” tattooed in pink across her $72 million net-worth, white-collar thug knuckles. • Blue Ivy Carter’s new godmother Oprah Winfrey is actually fairly well-equipped to provide wishes. • Embattled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is work... [Read more]