Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe

Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.  Witness the beginning of a Dark Universe.

Universal Pictures' Dark Universe
Universal Pictures announced that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.”

The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which was released on June 9.

The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Universal Pictures' Dark UniverseDark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through.  While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known asProdigium.  Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world.  Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it. For more visit:

DESPICABLE ME 3 | Watch Pharrell’s New Music Video

Despicable Me 3Watch Pharrell Williams’ new video for “Yellow Light” from #DespicableMe3

“Yellow Light” is one of five brand new original tracks Pharrell wrote and produced for the film. Watch him and the Minions journey through the streets of Hollywood in a virtual video game in the new music video. Another original Pharrell song made for Despicable Me 3, “There’s Something Special,” perfectly captures the tone of the series. Additionally, Pharrell’s anthemic “Freedom” serves as the backdrop as the Minions plot their escape from prison in the film.

Pharrell has written and produced songs and themes for the entire Despicable Me series. Despicable Me 2 featured the Academy Award®-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit “Happy.” The song inspired a worldwide movement of happiness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. “Happy” has topped countless charts around the globe, with 14 million units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certification in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014.

Despicable Me 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yellow Light – Pharrell Williams
  2. Hug Me – Pharrell Williams feat. Trey Parker
  3. Bad – Michael Jackson
  4. Take On Me – a-ha
  5. Papa Mama Loca Pipa – The Minions
  6. There’s Something Special – Pharrell Williams
  7. Tiki Babeloo – The Minions
  8. Freedom – Pharrell Williams
  9. Doowit – Pharrell Williams
  10. 99 Luftballoons – Nena
  11. Into The Groove – Madonna
  12. Chuck Berry – Pharrell Williams
  13. Fun, Fun, Fun – Pharrell Williams
  14. Despicable Me – Pharrell Williams
  15. Despicable Me 3 Score Suite – Heitor Pereira
  16. Malatikalano Polatina – The Minions

DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30

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DESPICABLE ME 3 | Watch the New Clip

The Minions Take The Stage

Despicable Me 3Watch the new clip from DESPICABLE ME 3, in theaters everywhere June 30!

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

Become a Minion with the NEW Facebook Camera Mask

Facebook has announced new ways for people to share creative photos and videos with Facebook Camera. Now more than ever, fans can experience immersive video and express themselves authentically on Facebook.

To celebrate the launch, fans around the world can use & share an exclusive #DespicableMe3 Minions Mask in the Facebook mobile app! Despicable Me 3 will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

Facebook Camera mask Minions

Summer at Home 4-1-1

Summer is here!

Summer is here!

The summer is here! It is so hard to believe. Are you looking for great FREE (or *almost* free) activities to keep your kids happy & still learning? Here are 10 different ideas worth looking into.

  • Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics – This year, Lowe’s has partnered with Dreamworks Studios. Crafts are offered every 2nd & 4th Saturdays & are totally FREE! June features “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. July features crafts inspired from “Turbo”. August will have crafts from “Monsters VS. Aliens”. Sign ups are usually a few weeks before each clinic.
  • Michael’s Passport to Imagination – Michael’s is offering their summer program once again. This year, they explore 7 museums with fun crafts. Two hour classes are offered 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday & Fridays for $2/class.
  • Local library – Most local libraries have fun summer programs with great reading incentives! Check with your local library for more!
  • Summer Learning Adventures at – has put together a great 10 week d.i.y. summer camp at home! Did I mention this is FREE? Every week has a fun summer theme & great projects to keep little ones busy busy busy thruout the day.  Be sure to check this out.
  • HomeSchool Share : Summer School  Math – HomeSchoolShare has put together more than  40 different math printables to keep your little learner on top of their math over the summer. They range from lower elementary-middle school. And, once again, they are FREE 🙂
  • TenMarks – Summer Math Program – 20 minutes/3 days a week is all it takes to brush up on math skills. Normally a $40/student program, TenMarks is offering this for FREE! An email will also be sent to you charting your child’s progress.
  • Regal Entertainment Summer Movie Express – Who doesn’t love $1 movies? Fun kid movies at a great price = an awesome summer treat! Movies are shown Tuesdays & Wednesdays starting at 10am. Two different movies are offered each week.
  • AMF Bowling FREE Summer Games – Sign up for this great free summer program. Kids(up to age 15) receive 3 FREE games/day. Shoe rental is not included.
  • Homeschool Share Monthly Calendar – HSS provides a calendar every month with great DAILY activities or ideas to learn about. Every month a new calendar is posted on the blog. Did you know that June 18th is International Picnic Day? Help make your days count!

What activities do you have planned for the summer? Do you plan on using any of these? Share if you know others!!

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