AMTRAK, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment partner up for PETS RIDE FREE

AMTRAK, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment partner up for PETS RIDE FREE
AMTRAK AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
GET ON BOARD TO CELEBRATE ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT’S 

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

WITH FIRST ‘PETS RIDE FREE’ PROMOTION

Riding the rails with a beloved four-legged friend will come with an extra special treat during this holiday season, in which “Pets Ride Free.”

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Amtrak are teaming up for a first of its kind promotion in celebration of the Dec. 6 home entertainment release of Illumination’s blockbuster film “The Secret Life of Pets.”

The “Pets Ride Free” offer, available for trips booked December 6 through Dec. 11 or while supplies last, allows pets to ride at no additional cost on participating Amtrak routes from Dec. 9 through March 31, 2017.

During the first year of Amtrak’s pet program, more than 15, 000 dogs and cats traveled with their owners on select Amtrak trains across the country.

Information on the “Pets Ride Free” offer is available at Amtrak.com/secretlifeofpets, at select ticket counters and stations and on trains, including AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi portals.

In addition, a limited number “The Secret Life of Pets” prizes will be available to customers at select stations.

The program will be supported in 40 Amtrak markets nationwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston and others.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release “The Secret Life of Pets,” America’s top-grossing original film of the year, on Digital HD beginning on Nov. 22.

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, and DVD with nearly an hour of bonus content, including three mini-movies, on Dec. 6.

The film will be available On Demand on Dec. 6, 2016.

In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present “The Secret Life of Pets,” a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school, which has grossed more than $873 million in global ticket sales.

Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter.

When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City.

In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

The film features an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Lake Bell (TV’sChildren’s Hospital), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Steve Coogan (Minions) and Albert Brooks (Finding Dory).

The film is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me franchise, Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me franchise).

To travel with a small dog or cat, tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to travel and are valid for up to March 31, 2017.

Only one cat or one small dog are allowed in an enclosed carrier on trips up to seven hours in length.

Both pet and carrier must be a combined weight of 20 pounds.

To learn more about the Amtrak pet program visit Amtrak.com/pets.

To make a pet inclusive reservation, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station.

About Amtrak

Amtrak — America’s Railroad® — is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10-member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the president of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily — at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) — connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Clip Enter the Animus from ASSASSIN’S CREED

Clip Enter the Animus from ASSASSIN’S CREED

It is exiting to share the latest “Assassin’s Creed” Clip “Enter the Animus.”

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.

Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Get ready for ASSASSINS CREED in theaters Dec. 21

The Vampire Diaries – S8|E3, S8|E4 and S8|E5 [Podcast Review]

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Hey there, #TVDFamily!

On behalf of Keisha and myself, we sincerely apologize for being late in getting these recaps done. I actually had no voice for a while as I was suffering from an upper respiratory infection, Keisha has been extremely busy with work over the holiday and it’s just been a crazy time. But never fear…we’re back on track now and we’ll be recapping Episode 6 after it airs December 2!

So here are the episode details for each, and our podcast review below:

S8|E3: You Decided That I Was Worth Saving    (Aired 11/4/16)

SYNOPSIS: As Enzo continues to fight the control over him, Bonnie finds herself at the center of a deadly game and forced to make a heart wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life. At the Armory, Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that he hopes will help in their fight to get Damon and Enzo back. Finally, Damon’s downward spiral leads him to Tyler who attempts to talk some sense into him before it’s too late.

 

S8|E4: An Eternity of Misery    (Aired 11/11/16)

SYNOPSIS: asked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon’s latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, after gaining the upper hand in their fight to save Damon and Enzo, Stefan and Alaric team up and uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against. Finally, Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way.

 

S8|E5: Coming Home Was a Mistake    (Aired 11/18/16)

SYNOPSIS: Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon’s latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo, while Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he’s received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them.

 

Thisfunktional talks with Aaron Eckhart BLEED FOR THIS

Thisfunktional talks with Aaron Eckhart BLEED FOR THIS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Aaron Eckhart talks withe Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about playing boxing trainer Kevin in “Bleed For This.”

Eckhart talks about training as a boxer, being a fan boxing and the experience he had talking with the real Vinny Pazienza.

The physical changes Eckhart needed to go through were only a small part of the challenge it was to portray his character.

This larger than life story of Vinny Pazienza has several supporting characters and his trainer Kevin is one of the ones which is prominent in the movie.

“Bleed For This”
is out in theaters now

Thisfunktional talks with Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues DON’T BREATHE

Thisfunktional talks with Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues DON’T BREATHE

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Director and co-writer Fede Álvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues talk with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com about their collaboration in “Don’t Breathe.”

Álvarez talks about using silence and making the choice to keep the music low or not use any so that the audience feels the intensity of the scenes.

Sayagues talks about the silence in the movie being a challenge in the movie because its installed in the plot when robbing a blind man.

“Don’t Breathe” comes to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29.

Release Date Change for THE SPACE BETWEEN US

Release Date Change for THE SPACE BETWEEN US

STX Entertainment has announced that the release date has official changed for upcoming film “THE SPACE BETWEEN US.”

The date has changed from December 16, 2016 to February 3, 2017.

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant.

Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa.

When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary.
But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

Now in theaters Feb. 3, 2017.

 

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Day 3: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey everyone!

So Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I’m sure we’re all preparing to stuff our faces! Some of us might even be prepping our Black Friday shopping extravaganza!

My Thanksgiving traditions have changed a bit over the years because we’ve had some losses in the family, but there are still little things we can do to start new ones, right?

About a year ago my brother sent me a text with a recipe for a dessert that looked absolutely delicious. It’s like a pumpkin/pudding/cool whip pan of Heaven! We all loved it so much, I decided to make it for my office at Halloween. Let’s just say…don’t make it for your office potlucks if you don’t want it being requested every single time! haha.

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This is one dessert I’ve enjoyed making with my niece because there are four layers to it, and she loves being able to say she helped contribute to the awesomeness.

So here is the link to Lil’ Luna’s Pumpkin Delight Dessert. Try it out and let me know if you love it as much as we do! Also, let me know what your favorite Thanksgiving dishes are!

From my family to yours…have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂

HANDS OF STONE DVD Release 11/22

HANDS OF STONE DVD Release 11/22

In celebration of the DVD release of HANDS OF STONE on November 22 we honor the man who was called “Manos de Pierda” Roberto Duran.

Roberto Duran can arguably be considered the best lightweight boxer of the 20th century, and one of the greatest boxers of all time.

With a career that spanned over three decades and world titles in four different weight classes, Duran was coined “Manos de Pierta” or “Hands of Stone” for his devastating punching power.

By the time the Hall of Famer retired, he had accumulated an astonishing record of 103 victories of which 70 were knockouts for a 68% knockout ratio.

“Hands of Stone” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2016 and follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50.

In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC Welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)

The film is directed and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz.

BAD SANTA 2 is Coming to Town

BAD SANTA 2 is Coming to Town
In Theaters Nov. 23

Written by Angela Maria Ortiz Sinclair (SeFijaOnline.com)

“Bad Santa 2” returns Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke; and joining him is, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke, and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame.

It has been thirteen years since the first “Bad Santa” and I don’t remember much of it and I will have to re-watch it.

This one has a few laughs and at times it made you pause and think.

Yes, it’s over the top and everyone looks like they are all in on the joke.

We got to sit in on a q&a with the main cast and director Mark Waters and we had some good laughs.

Now you can listen in too. Check out the audio from the press day HERE.

Also starring Jenny Zigrino, Ryan Hansen, and Cristina Rosato.

Check out the Red Band trailer, it’s a wild one.

LA LA LAND Screening Giveaway

LA LA LAND Screening Giveaway
La La Land

 

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “LA LA LAND” tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

LA LA LAND
LOS ANGELES
12/07/2016
7:00PM
Regal LA Live Stadium 14

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Brand New Trailer for SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

Brand New Trailer for SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history

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Brand New Extended TV Spot for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Brand New Extended TV Spot for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16

NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16

NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16
Viewers and Visitors May Make Wishes Beginning November 21

Universal CityWalk and NBC4 Southern California announced the second annual The Wishing Tree, inviting viewers to pay it forward by making a wish for someone deserving.

Beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 15, viewers are encouraged to submit wishes for friends and family at NBCLA.com/wishingtree.

Guests are also invited to share their wishes in person at Universal CityWalk’s holiday-themed “5 Towers” plaza.

Every night from Dec. 12-16, NBC4 will grant the wishes live from Universal CityWalk during the NBC4 News starting at 4 p.m. with Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.

For the next four weeks, viewers are encouraged to make wishes for others who are important in their lives.

Everyone is welcome to join NBC4 and be part of the live wish reveals at the “5 Towers” plaza on Universal CityWalk.

Those visiting The Wishing Tree are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #NBC4You.

Updates and a schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at CityWalkHollywood.com as well as on CityWalk’s Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Twitter and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Viewers can tune in to NBC4’s Today in LA at 4:30 to 7 a.m. and NBC4 News at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and follow @NBCLA on social media for daily highlights.

In addition to The Wishing Tree, Universal CityWalk celebrates the spirit of the season, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.” Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

Continue reading “NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16”

Day 2: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey there, holiday shoppers!

I know we’re getting down to business with holiday shopping (or procrastinating until the last minute), and you might be running out of ideas. Don’t fret! I’m here to help!

I’m the type who loves to find unusual/awesome gifts that you can’t find just anywhere. I also have a fickle 12-year-old niece who likes odd gifts that no one else has. We’re raising a trendsetter here! So this year, I found a few things for her at Urban Outfitters.

Whether you’re interested in quirky rose gold cat ear headphones, MEOW stemless wine glasses, white marble LuMee phone cases, guitar pick makers, record players, 3Doodler Pen Gift sets, etc. you might have some luck here. The best part is that the gifts here are reasonably priced!

The link I provided above will take you to the Gift page, where you can choose whether you’re buying for Him or Her, but Urban Outfitters has everything from Clothing to Beauty to Tech Gifts and Home Decor.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try them out and let me know what you think! Happy shopping!

 

Thisfunktional talks with Miles Teller BLEED FOR THIS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Miles Teller talks with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about portraying boxer Vinny Pazienza in “Bleed For This.”

Teller talks about the larger than life personality that the real boxing legend Vinny Pazienza is, the training regimen needed to play a boxer and how the script came to him.

Vinny Pazienza has one of the greatest comeback stories in boxing history, with some unbelievable moments.

“Bleed For This”
is out in theaters now