Our favorite duo has released their first joint EP today and it’s amazing!
Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi are known for being 2/5 of the award-winning a cappella group, Pentatonix. They also have their own YouTube channel, which you can find HERE.
The talent between these two is beyond believable and it’s nice to see them expanding their reach to wider audiences. Their voices together is absolute perfection and I already can’t wait to hear Part Two!
This is a fun, up-beat collection of songs with phenomenal harmonies, as usual. One of my favorites so far (and it’s hard to choose one) is ‘Worth It (Perfect).’
You can find the first video (‘Imaginary Parties’) from Future Friends – Part One below:
You guys!!! It’s back!! Words can’t express how much I love this show. My only complaint is that each episode is only 30 minutes! We need more, TV Land! We need more!
The Season 4 premiere of YOUNGER, which aired on Wednesday, June 28th, picks up where Season 3 left off. Liza’s lies (say that five times) are catching up to her, and she’s forced to “unburden” her truth on Kelsey (Hilary Duff). The tension is high throughout the conversation, but Liza (Sutton Foster) has got to be exhausted from all the lying! Kelsey doesn’t take the news well and sneaks out of Maggie (Debi Mazar) and Liza’s apartment in the middle of the night.
Now let me say that, on a personal level, I don’t think what Liza did — lying about her age in order to be considered for a job she was already good at — was necessarily wrong, but I think she definitely should’ve told Josh (Nico Tortorella) and Kelsey a lot sooner. The truth always comes out in the end, and, let’s be real … when you marinate something for a little longer than necessary things can get salty. Do you like what I did there? lol.
In any case, Kelsey feels betrayed by her bestie and now has to face the burden of finding an apartment to live in. During a meeting with Charles (Peter Hermann) and Diana (Miriam Shor) regarding a potential book deal, Liza is determined to come clean with them as well. Before she can spill the beans though, Kelsey stops her in her tracks and saves her from ruining her career. Did her alone time allow her to consider Liza’s position and possibly forgive her? Not quite. She tells Liza that if she reveals the truth, the Millennial imprint will be done for — it’s all business.
Kelsey ends up bonding with Josh over their shared feelings of betrayal by Liza. Spoiler Alert (if you’re not caught up on Season 3): Josh is still heartbroken after finding Liza kissing Charles in the Hamptons right before he was about to propose! He tells Kelsey not to ask him about that night in the Hamptons ever again. Ugh … Josh’s heartbreak makes my heart break!
Surprisingly, Kelsey calls in Emily — the Entertainment Weekly writer who blackmailed Liza into publishing her labradoodle book in exchange for not revealing her secret — into the office for a chat. She tells Emily that they’ll only publish her book if she keeps Liza’s secret AND puts Millennial on EW’s 29 Under 29 list to garner more publicity. Liza takes this as a sign of forgiveness, but she’s dead wrong … again. After the EW party, Kelsey tells her that what she did was for the imprint, not for her. She doesn’t know that she’ll ever be able to forgive Liza because she broke her heart. And to be honest, this whole exchange broke mine! I love the friendship that Kelsey and Liza have, so to see it on the rocks like this is difficult. Especially when I can understand both sides. Liza didn’t have bad intentions when she started this lie of hers, but she took a little too long to reveal the truth to those who trusted her integrity. Kelsey has gone through a lot in the past few seasons, so to have the one person she relies on reveal this huge lie, I can see why she feels so utterly betrayed.
While Josh and Kelsey wallow in their feelings of betrayal, Liza goes out with Charles to see items related to Ernest Hemingway being sold that once belonged to his father. Liza sees love letters written by Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, which Charles explains the two were “victims of unsynchronized passion.” Ummm … yes, Liza … that was probably directed at you!
I should tell you all now that while I’ve been on the fence regarding the Josh-Liza-Charles love triangle at times, I am definitely on Team Josh at the moment. Josh is young, yes. He’s a bit more spontaneous and wild as opposed to Charles, yes. But Josh loved Liza despite her lies and he wanted to start a family. He was about to propose to the girl and saw her kissing her boss (which is a no-no as it is)!
After the 29 Under 29 party, Lauren (Molly Bernard) offers Kelsey her Uber ride which has just arrived. Kelsey takes the bait and Lauren and Liza follow the Uber on Lauren’s phone to find out where Kelsey has been staying. Turns out she’s Josh’s new roommate! He greets her at the door with a set of keys and my immediate thought is … this will not end well!
Ughhhhh … why do you do this to us, YOUNGER?? We get it, cliff hangers are your thing. But our broken hearts can’t take much more! Either way, I’m as hooked as I was during the first season and I’m not going anywhere!
If you’re not caught up yet, you can find all the episodes on the TVLand app, On Demand and on Hulu. Also, it was announced recently that YOUNGER has been renewed for a 5th Season!
Make sure to tune in to TVLand every Wednesday at 10pm for more of YOUNGER.
Here are some outtakes from this episode to hold you over until next week:
With an initial down payment, this interest free, online exclusive payment plan enables guests to spread their payments out while enjoying regular visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
The three 12-month annual pass options available to purchase via FlexPay include the following along with key benefits (partial list). Terms and conditions are available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/annual-pass.
As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood offers unparalleled entertainment for the entire family and limitless fun for annual pass members.
Platinum Annual Pass:
365 days of entry per year.
No black-out dates.
Front of line privileges at all rides and attractions.
Free Halloween Horror Nights ticket on select dates.
Free general parking daily until 5:00 p.m.
15% off in-park beverage, food and select merchandise.
Exclusive invitations to special events.
Discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family, on Halloween Horror Nights tickets and at participating CityWalk locations.
Gold Annual Pass:
345 days of entry per year.
Select black-out dates apply.
Free general parking daily until 5:00 p.m.
15% off in-park beverage, food and select merchandise.
Exclusive invitations to special events.
Discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family, on Halloween Horror Night tickets and at participating CityWalk locations.
Silver Annual Pass:
Over 250 days of entry per year.
Select black-out dates apply.
Exclusive invitations to special events.
Discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family, on Halloween Horror Night tickets and at participating CityWalk locations.
This summer, Universal Studios Hollywood offers guests a chance to experience “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” in a whole new light as part of its all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts TM Castle,” which features a dazzling light projection display against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Ahead of its just announced 2018 attraction based on DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, guests will have a chance to meet many of DreamWorks lovable characters as part of its summer fun experience located within the park’s Universal Plaza venue. Characters include Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, The Penguins – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private – and King Julian; Trolls’ Poppy and Branch; and Shrek’s Puss ‘n Boots who will join existing characters Shrek and Fiona.
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
The fast-paced “Baby Driver” develops a great story quickly, makes use of every scene and captivates from the opening scene on.
The music can drive the movie on its own, but have characters develop and evolve through out the movie helps to get the audience invested in the plot.
Writer-directed Edgar Wright said that this was a story he had been wanting to tell for many years and it all started with music.
The diligent research he did made the story based on actual reality, but the pacing was driven by the beats of the songs.
The soundtrack helped him develop what would happen to each character and continue moving the story forward scene after scene.
Actor Jamie Foxx, who plays Bats, said he kept the music going between sets because it was important for the story, important for how the characters would react on screen and it made a difference when actors would need to hit queues.
Although the the cast have been on numerous sets for different projects, Actor Ansel Elgort, who plays lead character Baby, found the entire experience unique because everyone was committed to making this story exactly what Wright would be proud of.
Elgort also said that coming off “Baby Driver’s” set and onto his next project was difficult. He was able to play music between takes to keep the mood. His co-stars would look at him funny for playing music between takes as well.
After months of playing Baby and wearing headphones, with the scene’s music and sound effects playing, Elgort needed some time to decompress.
Actress Lily James paired up with Elgort well and was thrilled to play off of Elgort.
James brings out a vulnerability in her character which shows the trust she had in Elgort.
The movie seemed to be written for Elgort to star in, James said.
Actress Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm play complimentary character which are only complete when they are together, and most of the time when they are on screen they are touching.
Gonzalez was interested in the fact that none of the characters tell their own back story, they each tell a bit of each other’s back story.
Hamm thought that by Wright doing that he was able to create the myth of each character and make Baby more of a legend, which works to bring compassion and some level of curiosity.
YES YES YESSSSSSS!!! The follow up to BAD MOMS will be gracing theaters this November and I can’t wait to see it! Raunchy humor, curse words laced throughout the hilarious dialogue, seeing another side of the “perfect mom” persona? It all works for me!
The holidays can make even the most sane of people quite the opposite, so the anticipation of seeing these “bad moms” weave their way through Christmas leaving behind their usual trail of debauchery is on another level. Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) don’t just have to deal with being “bad moms” themselves, but they also have to deal with unexpected visits from their own respective mothers. It’s sure to get some laughs and, I mean, if worst comes to worst, we’ll always have the image of Ty Swindle (Justin Hartley) being body-waxed by Carla lol!
What do you think is the funniest part about the trailer? Mine has to be Jessie’s (Jay Hernandez) daughter telling Amy that she heard them screaming in the bedroom and thinks they hate each other. Bahahaha! Classic!
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS hits theaters November 3, 2017!
Ooooooh … I’m excited for this one!! This movie has a great cast, a fantastic storyline and the trailer certainly evokes a strong interest in checking out the rest of the film. It looks like the perfect balance of action, drama and edge-of-your-seat craziness!
The story centers around Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a man who is no stranger to loss. After losing his girlfriend/fiancé in a terrorist attack, he’s hell bent on seeking revenge. He’s sent to train with a Cold War veteran named Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton … yes, you heard correctly!) and together they’re led on an action-packed mission.
Based on the #1 Bestseller by the late Vince Flynn, AMERICAN ASSASSIN looks like it’ll be a strong contender among recent action films. What do you think? Are you as excited as I am??
AMERICAN ASSASSIN is set to be released in theaters on September 15, 2017!
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, and featuring original songs by the Academy Award® Winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
DF-05782 – Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) and Zac Efron (Philip Carlisle) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
DF-07341_R – P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and Charity Barnum (Michelle Williams) share an enchanting dance on a New York rooftop in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
DF-07720 – P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) comes alive with the oddities in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
DF-11638_R – Philip (Zac Efron) is entranced by Anne’s (Zendaya) trapeze artistry in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN hits theaters everywhere on December 25, 2017!
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Release: December 25, 2017
Director: Michael Gracey
Story by Jenny Bicks
Screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon
Producers: Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping
Cast: Hugh Jackman; Zac Efron; Michelle Williams; Rebecca Ferguson; Zendaya
FORD MOTOR COMPANY PARTNERS WITH LEYO FOR NEW MUSICAL PROJECT AND GIVE FANS A CHANCE TO WIN $30K TOWARDS A NEW VEHICLE
The Ford Motor Company and singer/songwriter Leyo have joined forces to help fund his new musical project via a BYGMusic social media effort and give fans a chance to win $30,000 towards a new Ford vehicle.
Beginning the week of June 19 until the week of Sept. 12, fans will have to respond to a series of call-to-action posts on Leyo’s official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (@OfficialLeyo on all platforms) in order to enter the contest. Official Link: bygford.com/leyo
Fans are to click on a link that will direct them to Leyo’s personal Ford landing page created by BYGMusic (available in both English and Spanish) and will then be asked to enter their information (name, e-mail and zip code) to become eligible to win the $30,000.
While submitting their information, fans will also be given the option to “Opt In,” agreeing to become a Ford Hand Raiser.
It is crucial for fans to “Opt In” in order for Leyo to receive the maximum amount per action.
Fans will also be asked to watch a short 30-second video for an additional five entries, for a total of 6 after submitting their information.
Fans must be 18 years old to enter the contest.
“It’s an artist’s dream to have a huge brand that you grew up admiring and still believe in, believe in you,” Leyo said. “Having Ford support my Latino culture and my artistry esta padridismo.”
Delivering on its commitment to offer bigger and better scares, ScareLA, the first Halloween convention of its kind, will count with a substantial array of curated and unique exhibits showcasing scary goods and services at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 5-6.
Exhibits will include returning favorites Funeral Classics, Characters Unlimited, Reign of Terror, terrifying escape rooms, music and family-friendly activities and an all-new exhibit from Starburns Industries.Monsters can look forward to:
Funeral classics will be displaying a Jack Pierce/James Whale Frankenstein Prop head at their booth.
Characters Unlimited will be featuring their specialized and affordable designs for life-sized talking characters.
Reign of Terror will have a frightening photo op for all attendees.
60out Escape Rooms, Cross Roads Escape Games, and PuzzleMazement will offer terrifying escape rooms that will test the cleverness and agility of all monsters.
The best in Halloween music, including LA Fear, Nox Arcana – William Piotrowski and The Rhythm Coffin-Monster Rock n’ Roll.
Family-friendly exhibitors including, Broken Oar Productions, featuring “Monster Elementary”, an all-ages comedy adventure graphic novel series created by Nicholas Doan and Caanan Grall.
With many more monstrous exhibits and attractions to raise the Halloween spirit.
For the first time ever at ScareLA, production company, Starburn Industries (“HarmonQuest”, “Great Minds with Dan Harmon”, “Community”) will feature a dedicated booth where they will create a thrilling exhibit that will incorporate the cutting-edge technology that has elevated them to industry leaders, including stop motion and 2G/CG animation.
Tickets for the convention are still available for purchase, but all monsters must act now before quantities die out!
You guys!!! Mike and I are almost caught up on our recaps for The Originals. So sorry for the delay, but Mike had daddy duty and I was finishing up with one of my last classes. Adulting sucks sometimes, doesn’t it??
In any case, was anyone else watching this episode on the edge of their seat? There was also a lot of backlash towards the writers regarding the direction in which Hayley and Elijah’s relationship seems to be heading. Mike & I discuss our feelings on that in the podcast, but let me just say that if you’re a fan of the show be a fan of the show. Don’t start shooting hate towards the writers and creators because a relationship doesn’t have a picture perfect path that you want it to go on. They deliberate over the direction of the show in all aspects and they’re professionals for a reason! They know what they’re doing, people! Think before you send negative comments to people just because a pair of fictional characters aren’t giving YOU what you want. Write some fan fiction if that makes you feel better. As a writer myself, I just hate seeing the horrible comments like I saw on Twitter after these last few episodes aired. It’s not cool.
Anyway, check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought!
SYNOPSIS: When The Hollow targets the most vulnerable Mikaelson, Klaus is forced to rely on Vincent, who believes he can use The Hollow’s own dark magic to defeat their enemy for good. Meanwhile, as Marcel worries that Vincent’s plan might backfire, the King of New Orleans decides on a deadly backup plan of his own. Elsewhere, after falling victim to The Hollow’s manipulations, Hayley struggles to figure out Hope’s future in New Orleans, while Freya must confront her darkest fear.
Ok, my anxiety is growing with all of this business with The Hollow lurking around! What do you think is going to happen? Will Kol betray his siblings to save Davina? Do you think it’s truly over between Marcel and Rebekah? What do you think The Hollow wants with Hayley? Let us know what you think!
Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought!
SYNOPSIS: When it’s discovered that The Hollow is using a magical totem to fuel her power, Freya enlists Rebekah and Klaus’ help to locate and destroy it. Elsewhere, an ultimatum by The Hollow puts Kol at odds with his own siblings, while an unexpected run-in forces Marcel and Rebekah to confront the growing tension between them. Finally, The Hollow’s plan for Hayley leaves her in the fight of her life.
ALL EPISODES OF CHESPIRITO AVAILABLE DURING FESTIVAL INFANTIL
In time for summer break, the third annual edition of Festival Infantil just kicked off and it includes all the episodes of the family-favorite Chespirito and also of El Chavo Animado. Festival Infantil is a TV marathon where Xfinity TV users have an all-access pass to hundreds of hours of the best kids and family content and it runs till July 2. Popular shows and movies from networks such as Vme Kids, Univision, Kids Central, and Discovery Familia are also part of the marathon and they will be available through Xfinity On Demand and on-the-go through the Xfinity Stream TV app.
And what a better way to have kids practice their Spanish than to show them the most popular Latin-American comedy program from recent times. Check out this amazing video from Anima Estudios where they got together all the Chespirito characters played by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the show’s creator, and present them in the best style of El Chavo Animado:
During Festival Infantil, you and your family can also enjoy:
Hundreds of hours of free movies and shows in Spanish including the family-favorite films Open Season, Stuart Little and Next Karate Kid from Cine Sony; Discovery Familia’s DOKI and Luna; Kids Central’s Fishtronaut, Franny’s Feet, and Dragon; Sprout’s Ruff-Ruff Tweet & Dave, Nina’s World and Terrific Trucks; and Vme Kid’s new show Louie plus favorites such as Tayo, Dougie se Disfraza, El Mundo de Rosie, and many more!
Premieres of two original Baby First en Español feature films, Harry y Su Gran Aventura en el Circo & Harry y Su Gran Conteo de Cumpleaños on the XLEC.
Also available during Festival Infantil (and throughout the entire year) is Xfinity’s Kids Zone, a destination provides a safe space for children to watch TV independently while parents can get peace of mind knowing the content has been deemed age-appropriate. The Kids Zone feature, a truly bicultural experience that is available in customers’ language of choice, also provides parents exclusive access to Common Sense Media’s age-based ratings and reviews in Spanish, directly on the TV.
SYNOPSIS: Follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.
Ok, so the big bro (Mike “the Movie Guy”) gave me some homework a few weeks ago to check out a show called Taboo, starring Tom Hardy. I did, and I loved it (in fact, I should probably do a review for that one too!). After watching the first season of FRONTIER, I get a ton of Taboo vibes.
We all know that Jason Momoa plays the aggressive macho dude role really well (if you haven’t seen him on Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, do yourself a favor and fix that!), but it kinda sucks that he’s typecasted into these roles. He’ll also be stepping into the water shoes of Aquaman, set to be released in 2018. With that being said, he plays the lead role of Declan Harp really well on FRONTIER. He’s determined to make heads roll, but still conjures up some sympathy from the viewers, which is what I like in a show.
The supporting cast is also great and full of lovely accents! You get some Native American, some Scottish and some of my own peeps, the Irish! There is a ton of cursing, some suggestive language, drinking and debauchery for those of you (like me) who enjoy a good F-bomb lol.
In comparison to Taboo, the quality is a little lacking. The throat-slitting happens way too easily, the stabbings barely produce any blood and sometimes the scenes in the tavern actually sound like a soundstage, but the show is still a great watch. I went into it with Taboo as a comparison, so if you haven’t seen Taboo, you might actually really like this one. I’ve seen both and enjoyed them regardless of production quality. With the first season being only 6 episodes, I’d say check it out. See what you think!
The show originally aired on Discovery Canada, but you can catch the first season on Netflix now. According to IndieWire, the show has already been renewed for a second season, so keep your eyes open for that as well.
Check out the trailer below, and then watch the darn show! Let me know what you think!
The Hilarious Comedy Starring Eugenio Derbez, Academy Award® Nominee Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell, Arrives on Digital HD August 1 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD August 15 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 20, 2017) – Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) and Academy Award® nominee Salma Hayek (Best Actress, Frida, 2002) lead an all-star cast in How to Be a Latin Lover, arriving on Digital HD August 1 and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand August 15 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by Pantelion, How to Be a Latin Lover is a laugh-out-loud comedy about an aging “ladies’ man” who is thrust back into real life after years of being pampered, and onto the doorstep of his estranged sister and nephew. Directed by comedy veteran Ken Marino (“Childrens Hospital,” “Party Down”) and written by Jon Zack (The Perfect Score) & Chris Spain, the film features a standout ensemble cast, including Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”), Kristen Bell (Frozen), Raquel Welch (Legally Blonde), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Raphael Alejandro (“Once Upon a Time”).
When aging Latin lover Maximo (Derbez) is suddenly dumped by the older woman he married for money, he moves in with his estranged sister Sara (Hayek) and her 10-year-old son, Hugo (Alejandro). Determined to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses Hugo to meet a rich widow—and learns that love and trust must be earned.
The home entertainment release of How to Be a Latin Lover features exclusive bonus content, including over 30 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentary with director Ken Marino, producer Ben Odell and editor John Daigle. How to Be a Latin Lover will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD /DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
Deleted and Extended Scenes
“Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How to Be a Latin Lover” Featurette
“A Little Help from My Friends” Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director Ken Marino, Producer Ben Odell and Editor John Daigle
To view this information in Spanish, please click below:
Jinga Films and Matchbox Films are pleased to announce the UK release of Nicolas Onetti’s giallo homage FRANCESCA which will be released on Bluray, DVD and VOD from July 3rd 2017.
A psychopath stalks the city cleaning it of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo are the detectives tasked with resolving these “Dantesque” crimes. The secret is eventually revealed by Francesca, a little girl who was abducted 15 years ago, but has now reappeared.
Like Barberian Sound Studio, Amer and The Strange Colour Of Your Bodies Tears, FRANCESCA is an authentic and stylish celebration of the Italian giallo crime thrillers of the 60’s and 70’s made popular by Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
FRANCESCA received its World premiere at Cannes where it screened in Blood Windows and has since become a genre festival favourite with screenings at FrightFest, Sitges, Fantasporto, Fantaspoa and Morbido.
What’s up, everyone?! I am so stoked about this post, I can’t even control it haha!
I got the news today that I’m officially a rep for PURAVIDA! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to stack bracelets on bracelets on bracelets, so giving others the chance to do the same makes me a very happy woman lol.
You can check out their full bio over at puravidabracelets.com, and also start to make your fabulous purchases. But first, I wanted to share a little bit of insight into why I’m so excited about this. “Pura Vida” is Spanish for “pure life” – something we should all be striving for, am I right? Each bracelet is handcrafted and helps to provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica.
So, as a lover of art, and as a supporter of hard work and creativity, join me in supporting these artists and all local artists who pour their hearts out to make trendy things for us to wear and share! Check out puravidabracelets.com to order their limited edition 4th of July bracelets:
What’s up, my fellow movie lovers?! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
We celebrated my niece’s birthday at the beach this weekend, so her and I were nursing extremely sunburnt skin and decided to stay in bed and watch a movie. She decided to use some of her birthday money to buy BEFORE I FALL, so that was her movie of choice!
Let me start out by saying that back when this movie was in the theater, I thought the trailer looked great. My niece (who just turned 13) saw it with her friend when it was first released and told me she didn’t like it. After watching it with me again this weekend, her opinion has changed. I think the message behind the movie went over her head a bit the first time, so I’m glad she gave it another chance.
With that being said, I actually liked it. It had a Premonition vibe to it, if any of you have seen that 2007 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon. BEFORE I FALL was more relatable to teenagers though.
The story follows four friends as they navigate their way through high school. As the four friends leave a party one night, they get into a car accident causing Sam (Zoey Deutch) to relive the same day repeatedly for the remainder of the movie. This concept might sound annoying, but Sam tries to figure out what could be done differently to alter the outcome of that one night. So while the day always starts out the same, Sam takes different steps to try and fix what was broken.
It’s interesting, to say the least. I’m sure many of us have a day where we wish we’d done things differently, or treated someone better, or didn’t trust someone that shouldn’t have been trusted. I know I have! This movie explores that idea and ties it in with teenage bullying, and the unnecessary need for teens to feel accepted and popular among their friends and peers.
I also enjoyed the casting for this movie! Zoey Deutch is fabulous as the main character, Sam. The supporting cast was diverse and equally great. These are your typical high school teenagers who think it’s funny to make jokes about the less popular oddballs. The difference here, however, is that viewers can sympathize with them a bit because of the little bit of backstory we get on them.
The message here is simple: Yes, we might have difficult moments in our lives that we want to ignore, push to the side, or even push off on someone else, but bullying is not the answer. It also makes you think about how you would live your own life if you knew you only had one day left to do it. The things we take for granted are often the things we should value the most. So I think this film really pushes that discussion of how actions can affect others and, subsequently, ourselves.
BEFORE I FALL is available on DVD/Blu-ray now. Check it out and let me know what you think!
The Orchard has released the official poster for Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators! Featuring a narrow escape from the Nazis on makeshift bicycles, Monkey Business explores the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, the authors of the beloved Curious George children’s books.
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators will be available on demand and digital August 15, 2017!
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Documentary Release: August 15, 2017 Directed by: Ema Ryan Yamazaki Animation by: Jacob Kafka Narrated by: Sam Waterston Produced by: Ema Ryan Yamazaki, Emily Harrold Executive Produced by: Marc Levin, Eric Nyari, Paul Davidson, Danielle DiGiacomo, Brad Navin
Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. Since his introduction in the first publication in 1941, the beloved series has sold over 75 million books in more than 25 languages. MONKEY BUSINESS explores the lesser-known tale of George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, the Reys first met when Hans was dating Margret’s older sister. Years later, having heard that Hans was wasting his artistic talents as a bookkeeper in Rio, Margret traveled to Brazil to persuade him to marry her and do something creative together. After their four-week honeymoon to Paris turned into a four-year residency, they accidentally became children’s book authors when a publisher suggested they create a book out of a cartoon Hans had drawn. Being German Jews, however, their life in Paris abruptly came to an end in June 1940 when the Reys were forced to escape from the Nazis by riding makeshift bicycles-a manuscript of the first Curious George book was one of the few possessions they could smuggle out with them. Arriving in New York as refugees, they started their life anew and over the next three decades they created a classic that continues to touch the hearts and minds of children around the world.
First off, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there (and to all the single moms playing both roles)!
As some of you may know, my dad passed away 2 years ago, so we celebrate my brother on Father’s Day, who is a father to my wonderful, sometimes annoying, niece. As part of his gift, I finally sat down to watch a movie and CHEF was his choice.
I have to say I’m glad he chose this one. Sadly, I’d never heard of this film, but I thought it was fantastic! It really exemplifies how someone can take a situation that is no longer making them happy, and turn things around for the better.
The movie follows celebrity chef, Carl Casper, as he runs the kitchen at an LA restaurant owned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman). Riva wants Carl to stick to his usual menu, but when a popular food critic arrives at the restaurant Carl and his team want to switch things up to make their menu more creative. This idea doesn’t sit well with Riva, and their plan is shut down. The critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) destroys Carl’s cooking and the horrible review goes viral.
Carl gets schooled by his 10-year-old son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), on how Twitter and social media works. With little to no knowledge of social media, Carl engages Ramsey in a Twitter feud that eventually results in Carl leaving Riva’s restaurant.
At the suggestion of his ex-wife, Inez (Sofia Vergara), Carl flies with her and Percy to Miami, where his love for cooking first began. He meets with Inez’s other ex-husband, Marvin (Robert Downey, Jr.), and buys a food truck in order to get back to making the type of food that makes him happy.
With the help of his old sous chef and friend, Martin (John Leguizamo), and Percy, Carl sets off on a cross-country trip in the food truck. Percy’s use of technology turns the new food truck into a sought-after establishment.
In my opinion, this movie has great storylines that intertwine to give viewers the motivation to find what truly makes them happy. Carl takes an incident that hurts his career and stifles his creativity, and turns it around into something that positively impacts all aspects of his life. It sends the message that things aren’t always easy, but with hard work, dedication, and a dash of positive, creative energy, true happiness is absolutely possibly.
The film also features a ton of Hispanic flavor that really showcases the atmosphere here in Miami. An underlying moral of the story is: If you haven’t tried a TRUE Media Noche, do yourself a favor and TRY ONE!! Side note: Yuca Fries and Tostones should also be on your list of foods to try! What can I say…my Cuban peeps know what they’re doing! lol.
So check out the film on Netflix and, as always, let me know what you thought! You can thank me later for this little hidden gem!