Movie Review by Kristin: THE WORDS

The-Words-Australian-movie-poster[1]Hey there, movie lovers!

After binge watching The Punisher over the past week, I remembered hearing about this movie that Ben Barnes was in a few years ago and decided to check it out.

THE WORDS was released back in 2012 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Ben Barnes.

SYNOPSIS: Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.

I actually enjoyed watching this movie. As a writer, I often find myself questioning my own writing abilities. I can’t tell you how many times in a day I sit and ask myself if I’m good enough to pursue this as a career. I’ve read pieces written by others and I wish I had half of the imagination that they had to create such works of art. The truth is that it all depends on who is reading your work. So, that aspect of the movie really intrigued me. I knew how Rory Jansen felt on a personal level.

While there wasn’t any action in this movie, there was heart and relatability. It may not be for everyone – especially those who are unaware of the trials and tribulations that come along with being a writer. It’s not my favorite movie in the world, but I’m happy I was able to watch it.

Bradley Cooper plays Rory Jansen and does a great job! He’s charming and determined to find his place in the literary world, which is definitely not as easy as one might think. I don’t agree with plagiarizing a novel the way that he does, but I don’t think his intention was to actually have the manuscript published. We all find inspiration in the most random of places, so I think Rory was retyping the manuscript in order to find his own inspiration within this story that he fell in love with. When he saw how excited and proud his wife was, he ran with it.

I enjoyed the concept of a story within a story here as well. I don’t know that the point of it all was as cut and dry as I was expecting, but I overlooked that. It was also a bit disappointing that Ben Barnes’s character as the Young Man barely had any lines. His role was instrumental in the telling of the story, but he’s a fabulous, underestimated actor and I wish they would have given the man some more lines! In any case, even with very few lines, he delivers a fantastic performance. One can even argue whether he is the main character of the story.

Perhaps the movie could have made a stronger impact if it had been just a little bit longer. It leaves the audience with so many unanswered questions and I think tying up a few of them might have been more effective.

As I mentioned, this wasn’t my favorite movie, but if you’re a writer I would recommend watching it. If nothing else, just as a reminder that even through all of the rejection letters and silence from literary agencies and magazines, success can be found in the most unexpected places. Also, don’t plagiarize . . . that’s not cool!

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR | Official Trailer

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HOLY CRAP! HOLY CRAP! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!! THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Marvel Studios has released the first poster and trailer for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and I can not contain my excitement!!! Have you seen it? What do you think??

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SYNOPSIS: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Cirque Du Soleil LUZIA Lights Up Plaza Mexico

Cirque Du Soleil “LUZIA” and Plaza Mexico partner for a launch event in preparation for “LUZIA’s” arrival to Los Angeles.

A one-of-a-kind projection show will light up the Main Plaza Façade and take audiences on a surrealist journey inspired by the vibrant and breathtaking wonders of LUZIA.

Don’t miss this mesmerizing FREE event on the first weekend of December exclusively at Plaza Mexico.

Event information:

  • WHEN: Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. / Light Show starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: PLAZA MEXICO, located at 3100 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

Join the launch event with the whole family to enjoy fun activities, live mariachi, folklorico dancers, face-painting, giveaways and the chance to win tickets to the show.

More about LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico
In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

LOVE, SIMON | Teaser-Trailer Released!

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His story must come out.

This looks so good! After watching Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer in 13 REASONS WHY and Nick Robinson in EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING this movie has incredible young talent attached to it. Not to even mention the rest of the cast! I think this is a story that so many young kids and teens can relate to, so I’m curious to see how it does. As I mentioned, if the cast is any indication . . . I’m sure it will do well!

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

LOVE, SIMON will hit theaters everywhere on March 16, 2018!

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Release: March 16, 2018
Director: Greg Berlanti
Screenplay by: Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger
Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Official Channels:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #LoveSimon

A VERY PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS | TV Review

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Hey there!

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore Pentatonix and everything they’re doing and have been doing for the past few years. I don’t remember why, but I missed their Christmas special last year and I refused to do it again this time around!

This year’s special aired Monday, November 27th on NBC at 10/9c, and it was adorable! If you missed it, don’t worry . . . the special will re-air on Wednesday, December 6th at 8pm. Do not be like me last year and miss both airings! You can also find a link to the special on their Twitter page @PTXofficial, so there are no excuses lol.

The one-hour special featured an amazing duet with Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, an appearance by “America’s Got Talent” winner Darci Lynne Farmer and a duet (and hilarious sketch) with country music star Brett Eldredge.

As usual, the vocals were exceptional throughout the entire show.

The only part that threw me off a bit was Avi’s absence. If you were previously unaware, Avi Kaplan left the group earlier this year to pursue a solo career as Avriel & the Sequoias. Filling in on bass is Matt Sallee – who sounded incredible. While it was odd seeing Pentatonix perform without Avi, I thought Matt did a great job. He even got Avi’s stamp of approval on Twitter: “Beautiful! It is now officially Christmas. @mattsalleemusic you are killin on bass! Much love to you brother.” I’m not sure if he will be invited to permanently join the group, but it was a bit awkward at times when they would have him come out to sing bass with them and then he’d walk off stage while Kevin, Mitch, Kirstin and Scott entertained the audience. His name was also listed separately from the group during the credits. I say invite him to join! Avi approves and is doing his own thing, so why not?

Either way, I thought the show was a great little Christmas special. They didn’t sing my favorite, “That’s Christmas to Me,” or my mom’s favorite, “Hallelujah,” but I can forgive them for it because their vocals and the show’s stage design really put me in the Christmas spirit!

Here’s the video of their version of “Deck the Halls,” which was released ahead of the special:

If that didn’t satisfy your craving for great music, here’s a video of the duet with Jennifer Hudson from the special:

Be sure to check out the special, and watch for the closing of the show especially. The group sang their version of “Imagine” and it was absolutely beautiful. Let me know what you thought!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

TRANSLATE THIS Digital Release, Limited Edition Vinyl Album Available On December 1

TRANSLATE THIS Digital Release, Limited Edition Vinyl Album Available On December 1

“FELIPE ESPARZA: TRANSLATE THIS,” the very first HBO comedy stand-up special from the comedian who is widely known for his hilarious antics of growing up in East Los Angeles and which aired on the network on September 30, will be released by All Things Comedy Records digitally alongside a very limited-edition vinyl album on Dec. 1.

The special was shot at the San Jose Improv in San Jose, CA and sees Esparza humorously discussing topics such as immigration, translating for his parents, being a once-not-so-great single dad while dating single moms, his current challenges in raising his blond-haired, blue-eyed stepson, and more.

Fans will also be able to purchase one of 500 numbered vinyls exclusively on FelipesWorld.com, which will be a double album that will feature a full hour of audio, poster and a digital download card.

“I am very excited to release this album! It is a much more personal hour of stand-up, that truly covers most of my life. I dig further into my personal experience as an immigrant, my past life as an addict, a not-so-great father, my new life as a recovered addict, a husband and a stepfather living a domesticated life while still being a little wild inside” Esparza said.

The digital album will be available for purchase on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and Tidal.

Select tracks will also be available on the leading streaming sites, including Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMúsica, Saavn and MediaNet.For fans who want to see him in-person, Esparza will kick-off his “Bad Decisions” tour on Dec. 8 where he will explore his past tough decisions with comedic flare.  

Tickets are available on FelipesWorld.com.

For the latest news and to hear from the man himself, you can follow Felipe on Facebook.com/FelipeEsparzaFanPage, Twitter @funnyfelipe, and Instagram.com/felipeesparzacomedian.

All- New CHRISTMAS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER™” Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood Bringing an Exciting Array of Keepsake Memorabilia, Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas

 

The Festive Holiday Celebration Continues at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The arrival of Universal Studios Hollywood’s first “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” also brings an exciting selection of all-new themed merchandise inviting guests to cherish and share their Harry Potter experience far beyond their visit to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

​From stockings to stuffers, the addition of these specialty keepsakes and gift-givingitems complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

Featured items include an array of all-new custom-made ornaments designedespecially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

A variety of decorative HogwartsTM castle snow globes, as well as Hogwarts crest and Hogwarts mascot tree ornaments are available in addition to a selection of Christmas stockings, stocking holders and a varietyof unique Hogwarts-themed tree toppers and house pennant garland.
Name ornaments will also be available or they can be customized.
Items available for purchase are representative of each of the four Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses.An original Hogwarts Express collection is also available featuring an array of holiday and everyday themed items.

From Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Railways and Hogwarts Express train ornaments to stockings and holders, as well as themed scarves, hats and gloves to a selection of clothing and collector Hogwarts Express tickets.For guests who prefer to channel their inner Slytherin, Professor Severus Snape’sdramatic full length wizard’s robe makes a grand debut, adding to the selection of existing house robes from the four Hogwarts’ houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.

For fans of the popular Quidditch sport, a keepsake Gryffindor Quidditch robe scores as a must have and can be paired with either the impressive full size Firebolt or Nimbus 2001 broomsticks as well as select Quidditch accessories, including the coveted Golden Snitch, Quaffle ball and Bludger.Several new interactive namesake wands are added to the collection, including the Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory, Yaxley and a new Death Eater wand.

Beginning on November 24, 2017 and continuing through January 7, 2018, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTMcastle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new seasonal songs.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling’s story for themselves.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic Britishsensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with nine retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Join the conversation online using #UniversalHolidays and #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.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 RideTM” 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, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.About Warner Bros. Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Yuletide Arrival of the All-New CHRISTMAS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Bringing a Dazzling Light Projection Spectacular to Hogwarts Castle and Festive Holiday Entertainment and Décor to the Immersive Land
Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the opening of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM,” transforming HogwartsTMcastle with a breathtaking animated light projection show, choreographed to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. kicked off the yuletide season.The evening program introduced Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood, as she welcomed the land’s new holiday festivities.

Following anoriginal a cappella Frog Choir performance of “Christmas at Hogwarts,” Irwin and a group of children—clad in attire representing each of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses—wielded wands and cast a spell that revealed the light projection spectacular: “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle.”

“We are delighted to welcome ‘Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as a new Universal Studios Hollywood holiday tradition,” Karen Irwin said. “Millions of guests visiting from around the world have already experienced the incredible offerings of this immersive land. This exciting new holiday program further expands the Harry Potter universe by bringing some of the holiday spirit from the films to life for guests to experience for themselves.”

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Hogsmeade village also shines brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed fare served at Three Broomsticks and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer.

The newly-introduced Holiday Dinner features a sumptuous roast turkey with gravy platter that includes pigs in blankets, a medley of vegetables, braised red cabbage and roasted potatoes served with cranberry sauce, along with Christmas Pudding.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardrywith “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will also perform original holiday themed songs over the course of the seasonalevent.

​From stockings to ornaments, the addition of specialty keepsakes and gift-giving items complement the land’s immersive holiday festivities as the theme park continues to envelope guests in the captivating world of Harry Potter.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” are available this holiday season. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Wizard robes and wands and an array of Quidditch game accessories are perfect for gift-giving.Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic Britishsensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with nine retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Join the conversation online using#UniversalHolidays and #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.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 RideTM” 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 complexalso 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.About Warner Bros. Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Happy Thanksgiving from According to Kristin!

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Happy Thanksgiving from According to Kristin!!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, and to let you know that I am thankful for YOU! I started this blog because a friend encouraged me (thanks Mike) and I haven’t looked back since. I love talking about music, TV, movies and more, so the fact that I get to do that on here really is a blessing. The blog is still growing every day, and for that I’m thankful as well.

So have a great day however you celebrate! Know that you have a friend here at According to Kristin who appreciates you very much . . .

 

– Kristin

@Thisfunktional Talks With Greg Powell THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

@Thisfunktional Talks With Greg Powell THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Stunt coordinator Greg Powell looked forward to action packed “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” because it was set to have no CGI fights.

Having a script which was full of action is what a stunt coordinator looks for and having everything set in practical stunt work makes it even better.

“The reason I liked this script particularly, it was all live action. There was no CG fights,” Powell said. “It was all live action, which I love. These days there’s so much CGI it’s sort of taken over the whole film screen.”

The script may not have gone through many changes, but there was a change in director that changed the way the movie was shot, but not the content of the movie.

Working on so many stunts which varied and the different people involved in the stunts took some time.

“It went on for quite awhile, because we changed directors literally weeks before we started. There were some major changes,” Powell said. “The stunts and everything, we always going to do that stuff, nothing was ever taken out, it was just shot in a different way.”

Working with an experienced cast like Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, whom have experience makes Powell’s work easier.

Having people who enjoy what they do made Powell excited, especially since the cast brought skills which helped make creating the stunts more fun.

“Ryan (Reynolds) is very good because he actually rides a bike, he can fight, it makes it an awful lot easier, especially when they are enjoying the film,” Powell said. “It does help people like me when we are rehearsing and have to get their input and how they see it because we can get right into it, get their style and what they are thinking.”

Even with an experienced cast, the time needed to ensure safety which is Powell’s first concern takes time.

Practicing is an essential part of of the process and Powell was happy to get an opportunity to rehearse.

“We had lots of fight rehearsals, since there’s a number of fights in it,” Powell said. “Using doubles and a fight choreographer, the guys spent a number of weeks doing the fights. Then in Bulgaria we did some driving stuff.”

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
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PITCH PERFECT 3 | #Watch the Bellas x The Voice Top 12 Mashup Video | #PitchPerfect3 #TheVoice

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Check out the aca-awesome collaboration between the Bellas and The Voice Top 12 that aired on NBC’s The Voice.

PITCH PERFECT 3 – In Theaters December 22

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth.  But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return and are joined by additions including John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.  Pitch Perfect 3 is again produced by Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions, and is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In).

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Genre: Comedy

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle with John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks

Directed by: Trish Sie

Screenplay by: Kay Cannon and Mike White

Story by: Kay Cannon and Craig Mazin

Based on the Book by: Mickey Rapkin

Produced by: Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks

Executive Producers: Jason Moore, Scott Niemeyer, David Nicksay

Boy Band Alert: PRETTYMUCH | @prettymuch #music

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What’s up, peeps??

It’s no secret that I grew up in the boy band era (*NSYNC foreva!), but now I get to enjoy the new wave of boy band’s thanks to living with my 13-year-old niece. My niece is an old soul, so she was always willing to watch old *NSYNC videos with me, she’s gone to see New Kids On the Block with me twice, and we were hooked on ABC’s Boy Band Show this past summer. What can I say? It’s genetic!

I have to say that this is one of my current favorites. PRETTYMUCH has an old school style, catchy beats and they can dance their butts off! Plus, they were put together by Simon Cowell, who also put together my niece’s all-time favorite band, One Direction.

Check them out and let me know what you think! Who was your favorite growing up?

PRETTYMUCH is currently on tour with Jack & Jack, and we’ve heard some of their unreleased songs, which are amazing! Stay tuned…

 

COMET TV November #GIVEAWAY: Teen Wolf & Freaky Feast Pack!

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November is here and what better time to think about friends, family and feasts? This month COMET TV is dishing out all kinds of supernatural goodness!

The Friday Night Movies feature Cowboys VS Dinosaurs and Vampires! Who knew Cowboys could kick the undead’s butt as well as prehistoric reptiles? Then we have the Jeff Bridges classic Starman and head into Deep Space!

There are also classics like Teen Wolf, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and each week on COMET TV there’s a different theme! Vampires! Ghosts! Werewolves! Oh My!

On Thanksgiving Day, COMET TV has The Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast, The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video Dead, The Beast Within and Creature. Tune in for perfect pass-the-cranberry-sauce scenery.

And we want to give you the opportunity to have a Freaky Feast of your own all month long! The COMET TV November Freaky Feast Pack is perfect for a Horror-iffic gathering!


Here’s what you have to do to enter the giveaway…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2KFREAKYFEST

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning!  😉

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This promotion will end December 6 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.

 

The Comet TV November Freaky Feast Pack has:

1 –Limited Edition Teen Wolf T-shirt: Get ready to Howl! This shirt sports the classic Teen Wolf logo on the front and is perfect for letting your inner freak fly. Whether you’re playing basketball or just letting your beard grow in, we got you covered! Literally, I mean… It’s a shirt. Hello!

2 –Limited Edition COMET TV Condiment Bottles: How can you have a feast without the accoutrements? These condiment bottles are just the thing for adding that secret sauce at any Freaky Feast!

8 –COMET TV Table Place cards: Haven’t you always wanted to tell your friends, “You’re a beast!” Now you have a chance, in a nice subtle way. These place cards are perfect for that elegant classy touch at your next Freaky Feast. Featuring aliens, robots, and more!

1 –COMET TV Collectable Card: You’ll get one of four collectable COMET TV cards featuring Teen Wolf, Once Bitten and more.

BUT… You can’t have a feast without candy! You’ll also get an assortment of gummy brains, hearts, livers as well as some candy blood bags and even a wax fang or two!

Continue reading “COMET TV November #GIVEAWAY: Teen Wolf & Freaky Feast Pack!”

New Music: Saint Raymond’s new EP ‘A Light That Blinds’ | @Callum_SR #music #newmusic

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Hey there, music lovers!

I had the pleasure of listening to Saint Raymond’s EP before its release and became an instant fan. It was released on Friday, November 17 and I’m happy to be able to share it with you now!

The A Light That Blinds EP follows from the release of the acclaimed Nottingham singer’s Top 10 debut album Young Blood in 2015.

You can listen to A Light That Blinds EP here – Spotify

IMG_1057Saint Raymond released two songs from the EP ahead of release, including the upbeat indie pop anthem ‘We Are Fire’ and the seductive late night swagger of ‘Nightcrawling’.

The singles have been receiving great support from Radio 1, with Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens particularly big fans at the station. He has previously been ‘Hottest Record In The World’ and completed a Maida Vale session for Radio 1 too.

Saint Raymond has received great praise from the broadsheets and indie tastemakers. His feel-good indie anthems have captivated arenas and he’s also played with the likes of HAIM, Jake Bugg and Ed Sheeran.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

Star Studded Red Carpet During LA Premiere of THE SHAPE OF WATER

On November 15 the stars came out for the Los Angeles red carpet premiere of the critically acclaimed film, THE SHAPE OF WATER. The film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, and cast, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins were among those present.

SYNOPSIS: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Below are photos of the event:

THE SHAPE OF WATER releases nationally in theaters on December 22.