2012 was another blockbuster year for superhero flicks. This summer saw the launch of a brand new Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man (73% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (87%).
The Cast of The Avengers Assembles
The Dark Knight Rises is on its way to a $500 million domestic box office gross, but it is unlikely to surpass this summer’s truly heroic feature: Marvel’s The Avengers (92%) which stars not one but six Marvel superheroes and has grossed more than $617 million domestically and $1.49 billion worldwide, securing third place in the All Time Worldwide Box Office.
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On August 6th, 2012, the five week audition period for the second annual Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off came to an end after more than 25,000 audition videos were submitted online by aspiring young dancers.
Promotional image for Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off, image copyright Disney
The semi-finalists won’t be announced until September 14th, more than a month after the last of the auditions were uploaded. In the meantime, Make Your Mark hopefuls can watch, “like”, and comment on the 25,000+ audition videos while they wait…wait…and wait for the big day.
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With four weeks until the end of auditions for this year’s Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off, the competition is already rocking. Already, more than 6,400 audition videos have been submitted by aspiring dancers from across America and are available to view online.
Screenshot from the Make Your Mark: Shake it Up Dance Off promotional video, image copyright Disney
This year’s Make Your Mark website is different than last year’s. Disney has nixed the STAR and THUMBS UP icons used to distinguish last year’s featured and most popular audition videos. This year, viewers can search the audition videos by song (“Don’t Push Me”, “TTYLXOX”, “Something to Dance For”, “Whodunit”), and by “Number of Dancers”, “Dance Style”, and “Fun Stuff” (Cool Location, BFFs, Fresh Personality, etc.). Viewers can “Like” videos and post responses from a selection of pre-approved comments.
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Let the dancing begin! On June 29th, 2012, the Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off will begin accepting online video auditions for its 2012 competition.
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Last year’s Make Your Mark inspired thousands of aspiring dancers to upload more than 28,000 audition videos. Disney Channel fans invited to watch the videos online and vote for their favorite dancers. Six semi-finalists were selected to compete in a televised event where the competitors were watched – and voted for – by millions. The four talented dancers of AKsquared were declared the winners and were featured as spotlight dancers on an episode of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up.
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I have always been a fan of fairy tales, from Disney’s animated classics to retellings by authors Gregory Maguire (Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), Robin McKinley (Beauty, Spindle’s End), and Shannon Hale (The Goose Girl). Drew Barrymore’s Ever After: A Cinderella Story is one of my all-time favorite films, and who doesn’t swoon over Westley, Buttercup’s dashing true love in The Princess Bride?
Logo for ABC's Once Upon a Time, image copyright Disney
When ABC’s ambitious fairy tale series Once Upon a Time premiered in primetime last fall, I was excited to see Disney’s latest take on fairy tale characters trapped in the modern world, a concept which worked wonderfully in 2007′s Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. The pilot episode showed promise, despite some sup-par special effects and conspicuously rendered backgrounds, but as season one’s disjointed plot unfolded across two worlds (one magical, one mundane), I was often less than enchanted – and left wanting.
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