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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Sometimes, we need to forget about all our responsibilities in life and just follow our passion. This good advice comes from a sound mind in the Obama campaign — actor Kal Penn.

While Penn enjoyed his time serving as Obama’s associate director of public engagement in Washington, D.C., he musn’t have been getting nearly all he thought he would out of the job. It has been confirmed that he will be leaving the White House to begin work on a third ‘Harold and Kumar’ movie. You just can’t say no to a good stoner movie, eh?

According to Yahoo! News, Penn had given his future White House plans to Entertainment Weekly back in April 2009 — he said he was unsure about how long he would be working with the government. He also explained that he still wanted to remain active in Hollywood. At least he made sure not to burn his bridges.

The latest ‘Harold and Kumar’ flick will have a holiday theme and will most likely be released for Christmas 2010. There is some speculation about whether or not it will be in 3D. Shooting will begin in June.

It’s okay if you couldn’t cut it in the White House, Kal. We liked you better when you got stoned and made us laugh anyway.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

OK. So I think we can all agree that seeing movies in 3D is pretty cool. You get to sit in a dark theater with buddy holly glasses on and watch various objects pop out from the screen right to the tip of your nose. What a viewing experience. But how far are you willing to go to have this experience? Is it worth paying extra money for?

Today, theaters nationwide will be raising their prices for 3D shows and even regular movies, too. The main companies affected by the price increase are AMC Enertainment, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

Prices will vary from theater to theater, but the Wall Street Journal reports that some ticket price sales will jump to as much as an extra $5 per ticket. You could be paying close to $19 to see a 3D movie!

And get this, theaters aren’t responsible for announcing the increase. So the next time you go to see a 3D movie, you might be in for a bit of a shock.

Of course, the newest trend is making every movie in 3D. In the next year, there are numerous films to be released that will fall into that category. Harry Potter, Phish 3D, and Toy Story are among those. Is it me, or is someone trying to steal your money here?

The last time I checked, the American economy wasn’t doing so well. I seriously doubt that raising the price to see a movie will help the situation. It is now up to the consumer to decide if they MUST SEE that new 3D movie in theaters or wait for it to come out on DVD. In some cases, it might be a decision between that and dinner.

I choose dinner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Appropriate post title…considering that seeing Alice in Wonderland is very much like tripping on mushrooms.

The movie, which I happened to see in 3D, is nothing short of spectacular with bits and pieces of happiness and wonder mixed in. Characters that you remember from your childhood Alice in Wonderland books come back to life, but in a new way….a way that Tim Burton can only produce.

Spoiler Alert! The movie takes place with a much older Alice, who comes back to Wonderland after having years and years of ‘dreams’ about it. This time around, she still thinks it is a dream and keeps trying to pinch herself to wake up. But it doesn’t work. This is the real deal, Alice.

The entire plot of the movie is laid out in the very beginning, which many people may find to be poor writing, but it served well here. Knowing the ending of the movie does not mean that you will know how characters get there. The journey through Wonderland is psychedelic and winding, as Alice prepares to slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon type creature who is loyal to the Red Queen.

Johnny Depp did a wonderful job as the Mad Hatter, but was very much upstaged by Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice. Other memorable characters were the Cheshire Cat, who floated along and disappeared at his whims, the caterpillar, and of course, that big headed Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

My only qualm — seeing the movie in 3D may not have been worth the extra money. There was nothing in particular that stood out as an incredible 3D scene. If you want to save money when you see this, just pay for the regular version. It’s basically the same.

Alice in Wonderland is worth the watch. Tim Burton’s world of big and tall mushrooms, forests, oversized chess boards, and towering castles is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a movie before. It’s far out, dude.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Looking back on my childhood, I must admit that one of my favorite things to do was read books or have them read to me. Having avid readers for parents also helped my situation, and made me the voracious reader that I am today. One of my all-time favorite books of my childhood had to have been Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Now that it’s a movie, I’m stoked.

What a great book. Photo from atomicpopcorn.net.

What a great book. Photo from atomicpopcorn.net.

The children’s flick opened in theaters this past Friday and made a whopping $30 million this weekend. Many theaters that showed the movie played it in 3D, which I’m sure gave audiences quite a thrill. It was even opened in a few IMAX theaters.

From reading a bit about the plot, it seems that the movie will differ slightly from the book, which is to be expected. It is rare that a movie stays true to its printed word counterpart. Apparently, the story starts with an inventor who wants to improve people’s lives. I’m sure you can guess where it goes from there….meatballs, pancakes, and ice cream start falling from the sky!

Actors in this film include Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader, Anna Farris, James Caan, Mr. T, and even Evil Dead’s own Bruce Campbell as mayor of the town.

For me, this movie brings some nostalgia. I remember cold winter nights, and my Dad sitting next to my bed reading me the fabled tale about the town of ChewandSwallow. Oh, to be a kid again. But if you’re anything like me and LOVED this book when you were young, go check out this movie.

Just to mention, the movie has a terrific website to check out. You can find videos, play games, find downloads and learn more about the story. Visit the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs website.

Watch out for that giant pancake predicted to land right on your school.

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