Movie Review by Kristin: Netflix’s BRAIN ON FIRE

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Holy shish kabobs!

I saw the trailer for BRAIN ON FIRE on Netflix a while ago, and I finally had a chance to sit down and watch it this week.

For the most part it was pretty slow-moving, but seeing as this movie was based on the real life story of Susannah Cahalan, it was also pretty terrifying.

SYNOPSIS: Susannah Cahalan is a promising writer at the New York Post. She’s young, she’s happy and she’s living her best life in NYC. When she begins exhibiting unexplained erratic & violent behavior, her parents & doctors race the clock to correctly diagnose her condition and to bring Susannah back.

The first half of the movie, as I mentioned, was pretty slow-moving. This is no action movie, but it’s the telling of the real Susannah Cahalan’s experience with a rare condition called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. So, the slowness is just us watching a normal day in Susannah’s life before experiencing any symptoms. Once she begins experiencing symptoms, it’s a downhill battle because no one knows exactly what’s causing her behavior and none of her doctors know what her diagnosis is just yet.

It was interesting to watch the movie and watch this person go through something as terrifying as basically being trapped inside of your own body, and then to read the facts about how many people go through this unknowingly.

If you want to watch the movie for yourself, you can catch it on Netflix now, and you can also read the memoir by the real Susannah Cahalan, also titled Brain on Fire.

 

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Jordan Peele’s US | Watch The Trailer

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A new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, writer and director of Get Out.

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

SYNOPSIS: Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. 

Us will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, March 15, 2019.

 

US – In Theaters March 15, 2019

Official Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | #UsMovie #WatchYourself

Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays) from According to Kristin!

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Wishing all of you a truly fantastic holiday to spend time with your family, friends, fur babies and yourself! Eat lots of cookies, drink tons of wine and smile until your face hurts.

I can’t even begin to describe my appreciation for all of the support I’ve received on According to Kristin this year and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

From my family to yours, have a wonderful Christmas!

 

 

WATCH: New Clips from FUNNY TWEETS – A New Documentary Featuring Conan, Family Guy & Simpsons Stars!

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COMES TO DIGITAL THIS DECEMBER!

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Andy Richter (“Conan”), Alec Sulkin (‘’Family Guy’’) Matt Selman (‘’The Simpsons’’) Damien Fahey (‘’Family Guy’’) influencer Elijah Daniel and Danny Zuker (‘’Modern Family’’) feature in Funny Tweets, an enlightening and side-splittingly funny exploration of the 140-character laffer!

From director-producer Laurie McGuinness and writer Dan Duvall, Funny Tweets follows a cashier manager whose ‘Funny Tweets’ help him connect with Andy Richter and the writers of ‘’Family Guy’’ and “The Simpsons”.  Through interviews, they share how powerful a ‘Funny Tweet’ can be.

Available now on digital from Upstream Flix.

WATCH: New Clips from FUNNY TWEETS – A New Documentary Featuring Conan, Family Guy & Simpsons Stars!

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COMES TO DIGITAL THIS DECEMBER!

Andy Richter (“Conan”), Alec Sulkin (‘’Family Guy’’) Matt Selman (‘’The Simpsons’’) Damien Fahey (‘’Family Guy’’) influencer Elijah Daniel and Danny Zuker (‘’Modern Family’’) feature in Funny Tweets, an enlightening and side-splittingly funny exploration of the 140-character laffer!

From director-producer Laurie McGuinness and writer Dan Duvall, Funny Tweets follows a cashier manager whose ‘Funny Tweets’ help him connect with Andy Richter and the writers of ‘’Family Guy’’ and “The Simpsons”.  Through interviews, they share how powerful a ‘Funny Tweet’ can be.

Available now on digital from Upstream Flix.

THE TWOTAKES Premiere Sparkling New Single “Shame”

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Atlanta-based alternative rock band The Twotakes have released a new single, titled “Shame,” out on all digital platforms NOW. Blending retro influences, ranging back to 60’s rock and roll, and modern pop hooks, The Twotakes are a compelling young band; “Shame” is just a crack in their unique shell. The single is sure to captivate new ears with its’ driving guitar tones, glistening vocals, and immeasurable depth. Although rock driven, The Twotakes have the capability of appealing to a mainstream audience through their crisp energy and modern influences.

Based out of Atlanta, GA, The Twotakes are an alternative rock band influenced by music ranging from the 60’s to present day. Finding a balance between alternative rock with pop-riffs and rock ‘n’ roll, our debut album, Submarine Races, brings something new to the music scene while paying tribute to the styles we know and love. Their new single “Shame” is available on all digital platforms NOW.

 

THE TWOTAKES | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify

Movie Review by Kristin: BIRD BOX

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I’ve been waiting months for BIRD BOX to finally be released on Netflix, so I was excited to curl up on the couch to check it out last night after doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Because nothing says holiday spirit like a supernatural apocalyptic movie that has you on the edge of your seat for about 2 hours, amiright? My excitement to see this was heightened after seeing some of the feedback on Twitter about it. I definitely went into it with high expectations and it delivered!

No lie, I felt like I needed a Xanax to calm my anxiety throughout most of the movie — ok, all of the movie. My body was tense the whole time and I just couldn’t stop watching. Unfortunately, it’s easy to compare BIRD BOX to A Quiet Place because they both have similar concepts, but this one took the cake for me.

SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.

BIRD BOX gave me a little bit of what A Quiet Place didn’t. I can’t really pin point exactly what that was, but once the movie was done I didn’t feel like something had been missing. The cast was incredible, the plot was interesting and Sandra Bullock’s performance throughout the movie was probably one of her best performances. (Side note: Why the heck is Trevante Rhodes not being mentioned anywhere? Between BIRD BOX and Moonlight, he deserves a bit more recognition.) One thing that I appreciated in this movie was that viewers never get to see whatever it is that causes the mass suicides once it’s seen. The fear of the unknown is brutal, so I liked that we never really had a physical image to go along with whatever supernatural being was causing this mass terror.

It’s definitely worth the watch.  Douglas (John Malkovich) will make you want to punch your TV screen, Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) will make you want to scream in her face, Felix (Machine Gun Kelly) will make you wonder why his character was even there in the first place if he wasn’t going to be given any significant importance (not that I don’t like MGK), and Mallory (Sandra Bullock) and Tom (Trevante Rhodes) will make you want to be their besties during any apocalyptic situation.

Give it a chance and, as always, let me know your thoughts!

Addictive New App: DOLLIFY

I’ve been following an artist, David Alvarez, on IG (dave.xp) for quite some time and I absolutely love his work. He basically uses Photoshop to draw doll versions of celebrities and some of his followers. Sometimes he holds contests on Fridays where he randomly chooses one of his followers to draw.

There were so many times where I hoped my name would be announced, but alas, it was not. Imagine my excitement when he announced that he was developing an app (iOS: Dollify) where we could make our own! You can choose skin tone, eye color, hair color, clothing, jewelry, freckles/no freckles, etc. I wish I could say the possibilities are endless, but the app was just released this week, so things might be added in the future.

With the app’s free version, you can create a maximum of TWO dolls, but you can continue to edit them infinite times. OR, you can contribute to David’s hard work and pay the $6.99 in order to gain access to more options and an endless number of dolls.

Here are some of the ones I made for myself (I told you it was a addictive):

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Check it out for yourself and tag me in your posts so I can see what you came up with! Now excuse me while I go make moreeeeeeeeeee lol.

Movie Review by Kristin: NO SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS

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Hello there!

So, last week I decided to record a Christmas movie on my DVR called NO SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS. The movie aired on Freeform and stars Charles Michael Davis, Odette Annable and Dave Annable. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to actually watch it until last night because . . . the holidays, amiright?

SYNOPSIS: A bartender and a businesswoman find they only have one thing in common; insomnia. 

I actually really liked this one. It had the perfect amount of comedy along with the usual level of predictability, but it all blended really well together. I admit, watching the two main characters deal with insomnia gave me a bit of anxiety haha. The only thing I was a little confused about was that this isn’t really a Christmas movie. It’s almost like ‘Christmas’ was just slapped into the title to reign in all the Christmas movie hunters lol.

Despite that, I thought it was still a great movie. Real life husband and wife, Dave & Odette Annable obviously have incredible on-screen chemistry and they engage in pretty comedic witty banter throughout the entire movie. I’d definitely recommend checking it out, just don’t go into it thinking that it’s a full-blown Christmas movie because it’s not. If you’re looking for a funny little rom-com with a gorgeous cast and a touch of holiday spirit, then this is worth the watch!

 

 

Watch exclusive clip PRACTICAL EFFECTS from HELL FEST

Get in Line for a Thrilling Horror Ride with “Hell Fest” on Digital December 21 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 8 from Lionsgate®

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.

But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground.

On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

HELL FEST

On Digital December 21, 

On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD On January 8

30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival Announces Pantelion Films’ PERFECT STRANGERS U.S. Premiere

30TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL LINE-UP INCLUDING U.S. PREMIERE OF PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS)

The film opens in the U.S. on January 11th in select theaters 

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Palm Springs, CA (December 18, 2018) – The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has recently announced the complete line-up, including the U.S Premiere of Pantelion Films’ Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers). The Festival will screen 223 films from 78 countries, including 48 premieres (4 World, 13 North American and 31 U.S.) from January 3-14, 2019. The line-up includes a focus on cinema from France, India and Mexico, Premieres, Talking Pictures, Book to Screen, Special Presentations, FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions, Gay!La, Local Spotlight, Modern Masters, True Stories, World Cinema Now, a 30-film retrospective of selections from past festivals (free screenings sponsored by Desert Care Network and National Endowment for the Arts), and more.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have the U.S. premiere of Perfectos Desconocidos at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year,” said Director Manolo Caro. “It’s an honor to be able to represent Mexican cinema on a global scale as well as introduce our unique style of storytelling to broader audiences. Working alongside the cast and crew to bring this story to life has truly been a remarkable journey and I can’t thank the PSIFF team enough for giving us this opportunity to showcase all our hard work.”

PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS)
Release
: January 11, 2019
Director: Manolo Caro
Based on the Screenplay by: Paolo Genovese
Produced by: Rafael Ley, María José Córdova, Rodrigo S. González, Manolo Caro
Cast: Cecilia Suárez, Bruno Bichir, Mariana Treviño, Manuel García Rulfo, Miguel Rodarte, Franky Martin, Ana Claudia Talancón, Camila Valero

SYNOPSIS: From Mexican auteur Manolo Caro (THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS) comes PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS), the electrifying story about a seemingly simple dinner. When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva (Cecilia Suarez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), they suspect it’s just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.

The stellar ensemble cast includes Cecilia Suárez (“Overboard,” “The House of Flowers”), Manuel García-Rulfo (“Magnificent Seven,” “Murder in the Orient Express”), Mariana Treviño (“Overboard,” “Club de Cuervos”), Miguel Rodarte (Sundance winner “Time Share,” “Saving Private Perez”), Bruno Bichir (“Narcos,” “DC Comics Titans”), Ana Claudia Talancón (“Crime of Father Amaro,” “Fast Food Nation”) and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. PERFECT STRANGERS is directed and adapted by Manolo Caro based on the original screenplay by Paolo Genovese.

PERFECT STRANGERS | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #PerfectosDesconocidos / #Perfect Strangers

 

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“It’s Officially Official!” | The TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE Sequel is Coming to Netflix!

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Ladies & gents, Netflix has announced the sequel to TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, reuniting stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

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The film is based on the popular YA To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han.

Production Companies include Awesomeness Films, Ace Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment.

Produced by: Matt Kaplan and Dougie Cash

Screenplay by: Sofia Alvarez

Awesomeness Films previously partnered with Netflix on 2018’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and 2017’s You Get Me. Overbrook previously partnered with Netflix on 2017’s Bright and the upcoming Bright 2.

The sequel is currently in development and will be released by Netflix.

 

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE | Official Channels

Instagram | #ToAllTheBoysSequel

www.netflix.com/toalltheboysivelovedbefore

 

 

 

Enter to Win! | COMET & CHARGE! December Giveaway! The Terminator! Babylon 5 Christmas Marathon! Blair Witch! And More!

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Snow is falling, the scent of pine needles is in the air, so it must be… Time to watch some awesome movies and TV shows on COMET TV and CHARGE!

Yep, this December the sci-fi and horror classic The Terminator is blasting its way through Comet TV! Check out the classic and the birth of Cyberdyne Systems!

If that wasn’t enough to celebrate the holiday season Babylon 5 has a Christmas marathon! After you sip your egg nog and trim the tree, turn on COMET TV for a spacey Christmas Marathon! Starting at 10a/9 C!

And don’t forget to check out Area 10! The best in cult classic films are airing all month long on Comet TV!

In celebration of the holidays, we have an awesome giveaway opportunity with exclusive swag for one awesome COMET TV viewer!

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I have 1 prize pack to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2KcometTV

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning! & as an added bonus, get two friends to follow and message me with your name.  😉

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

This promotion will end Sunday, January 6 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Each household is only eligible to win COMET TV + CHARGE! September Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


 

The Comet TV and CHARGE! December Prize Pack has:

1 – Limited Edition Terminator Muscle Shirt – Show off those guns! Figuratively and literally in this awesome Terminator Tee! Do some flexing and share your pics on the gram! #CometTV

1 – Exclusive Blair Witch Holiday Ornament – Deck the halls and ring in the new year with the Blair Witch! This hand-crafted ornament will bring holiday scares to you and those you love!

1 – Terminator Dog Tag – John Connor is the leader of the resistance and this promo dog tag set will get you ready to battle the cyborgs of the future!

1 – Babylon 5 and Space:1999 Custom Snack Box – This is the perfect treat to celebrate any trip to space. It might require some popping, but this custom box will satisfy any spacey craving!

Use #CometTV to spread to the word on social!

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HUNTER KILLER | Available on Digital 1/15 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD 1/29

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The Action Goes Underwater on
Digital January 15 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 29 from Summit PremiereTM, A Lionsgate® Company

4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack to Include Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®

Experience the year’s most intense action-thriller when Hunter Killer arrives on Digital January 15 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 29 from Summit Premiere, a Lionsgate company. From the producers of The Fast and the Furious and Olympus Has Fallen, the film is a high-stakes action-thriller, taking audiences deep beneath the Arctic Ocean to sneak through enemy waters and stop WWIII from becoming a reality. Hunter Killer features an all-star cast including Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 300, The Bounty Hunter), Oscar® winner Gary Oldman (2017, Best Actor, Darkest Hour), Oscar® winner Common (2014, Best Original Song, Selma), Primetime Emmy® nominee Linda Cardellini (2013, Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Mad Men”), and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, The Machine, 13 Hours).

SYNOPSIS: Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he uncovers a secret Russian coup threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.

Take home Hunter Killer and take a deep dive into the making of the film with the “Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer” two-part featurette, as well as an audio commentary with director Donovan Marsh. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on-screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray also feature Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The Hunter Killer 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • “Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer”  (Two-Part Featurette)

Movie Review by Kristin: THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES | Starring Kurt Russell

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I’m hoping that everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit – what with Christmas only being less than a week away and all. I’ve just been cookie-baking and Christmas shopping and feeling the onset of my anxiety when I think about what I’ve spent and what I’ll eventually have to pay back lol. I did find some time to sit down and watch THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES on Netflix this weekend and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!

SYNOPSIS: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. 

Kurt Russell is THE perfect Santa Claus. He’s the coolest version I’ve ever seen in a movie, that’s for sure. What other Santa have YOU seen that wears a red leather coat? I’d also seen that the people who handled the special effects in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Home Alone also handled the special effects in this one, so I went into it with pretty high expectations. With that being said, I thought they did a fantastic job. I remember thinking to myself that this is the perfect Christmas movie for kids to see because not only was Santa relatable and very human-like, but it was everything that I think a child might try to envision. For example, how does Santa carry around gifts for so many children in one little bag on his sleigh? This movie brings that idea to life and allows children to see what the inside of that bag might look like.

While I, myself, became salty that a fictional character was taking all of the credit for my hard work in buying gifts for my niece when she was younger, I still found myself enjoying this movie very much. It had the corniness that all Christmas movies have, but it also had adventure and a coolness about it. It brings imagination to life in a new way. I’ve seen a few people say that this movie is safe for children 10+ to watch, but I also have friends who have watched this with their younger children & they loved it. It’s an edgy twist on the idea of Santa and I highly recommend checking it out! If you’re not 100% sure if you should watch it with your young ones, perhaps you should watch it yourself first. Either way, curl up on the couch with some popcorn and hot cocoa and enjoy the swag that Kurt Russell brings to the character!

ALITA | Robert Rodriguez Holiday Greeting

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I’m excited to share this holiday greeting from Director Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Spy Kids) as he invites you to his upcoming Action/Adventure movie ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – in theaters on February 14th.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
Release
: February 14, 2019
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Produced by: James Cameron, Jon Landau
Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez – Based upon the graphic novel (“Manga”) series “GUNNM” by Yukito Kishiro
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

SYNOPSIS: From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR)  and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLEANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #Alita

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 | Watch the Snowball Trailer

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With great power comes great adorability.

Watch the Snowball trailer for #TheSecretLifeOfPets2 now – in theaters Summer 2019.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – In Theaters June 7

Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | #TheSecretLifeofPets2

 

 

 

DUA LIPA Announces New Single “Swan Song” For 20th Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

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Global pop singing sensation and 2019 double Grammy nominee Dua Lipa, will co-write and perform a new single, “Swan Song,” for Twentieth Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY).  The film will be released in the US on February 14.

“From the moment we saw her video for ‘New Rules,’ we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL,” commented Producer Jon Landau.  “She has the kick-ass strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie.  Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make ‘Swan Song’ the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film.”

Said Lipa, “I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her badass spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”

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SYNOPSIS: From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLEANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities.

 

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #Alita

 

Freelance Artist to Watch: ELLEY BURCH | [Interview]

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Good morning, loves!

I recently stumbled upon a freelance artist (Elley Burch) on Instagram that was shared by an account I follow. After seeing some of her work, I decided to reach out in regards to a pet portrait of my little fur babies & I am so glad I did!

Elley is extremely professional & an absolute joy to work with. Not to mention that her work is exceptional & I am so in love with this new piece that I get to display.

 

I got to have a chat with Elley about herself & her art, so keep reading to learn more:

1. Could you please introduce yourself for those who might be unfamiliar with your work (for now)?   😉

Hello! My name is Elley Burch and I am a freelance artist. My amazing husband and I recently got married and we are now living in Auburn, AL while he attends medical school. We often joke that there couldn’t be two people who are more different when it comes to interests and talents than we are. My husband is athletic and crazy smart (hence the medical school) while I love every area of the arts especially painting. If I could just create all day, I would.

 

2. When did you first realize you had a talent for drawing?

Since I was a little girl, my mom said I always was trying to color or make something. I just always had a love for art so my mom decided that I needed to be put into art classes to have a place for this love to grow and to transform. My teachers and family would always tell me that I had a talent but I didn’t really begin to believe it until I was in high school. Then from there everything began to take off. People would begin to hire me for small things and I would paint lots of banners and things for my cheer squad. Then and into college I made backdrops for various events and things of that sort. Slowly but surely business began to pick up and now here I am growing my skills and taking steps towards a career as an artist.

 

3. What made you decide to actually become an artist?

In some ways I always knew it was something I wanted to pursue. But it didn’t fully click until I realized that God gave me a talent for a purpose for something greater than myself. Ever since then, I have pursued every open door and am continually refining my skills.

 

4. It’s so important to support independent/new artists. It can be a fickle business.  What message do you have for other artists who are looking to make their mark?

Every aspiring artist or creative mind will always feel these two dreaded words in most conversations “starving artist”. This implies not only the lack of income but the lack of talent. Yes, at first you may not be at the skill level you desire or know that you can achieve. But that is where practice and passion come in. No matter what influences you, you must believe in yourself and continue to do what makes you happy. Paint and create things that give you joy and also stretch you! And most importantly, be open to the direction that your clients/inspiration takes you. You never know, it may have you unlock something special that you would of never found otherwise.

 

5. Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep our eyes open for?

Yes! I am working on a few ideas for brides! Without giving much away, this could be a special gift or even a special touch to any wedding. It is something very new to me and I am so excited to give it a try.

 

6. What is the best part about being an artist?

I simply have no limits to what I can create. There is no box to be put in and I am allowed to let my imagination come to life.

 

7. What are your aspirations for Elley Burch for 2019?

For 2019, I plan to expand my portfolio and gain a larger following. My desire is to not only to make beautiful and custom work for any and everybody but to provide each season and celebration with something creatively meaningful.

 

Here is a picture of the piece Elley made for me:

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To contact Elley, or to simply find out more, visit elleyburch.com

 

 

 

ZAYN Releases New Album ‘Icarus Falls’

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Good morning, music lovers!

We were blessed with a new album, Icarus Falls, this morning from former One Direction member Zayn Malik and I am not mad at it. The album is double the length of a regular album, which means you get extra songs to listen to this weekend!

Have you listened to the album yet? What are your favorite tracks so far? Let me know in the comments OR you can comment on my IG post HERE.

Here is the track list for Icarus Falls:

  1. Let Me
  2. Natural
  3. Back to Life
  4. Common
  5. Imprint
  6. Stand Still
  7. Tonight
  8. Flight of the Stars
  9. If I Got You
  10. Talk to Me
  11. There You Are
  12. I Don’t Mind
  13. Icarus Interlude
  14. Good Guy
  15. You Wish You Knew
  16. Sour Diesel
  17. Satisfaction
  18. Scripted
  19. Entertainer
  20. All That
  21. Good Years
  22. Fresh Air
  23. Rainberry
  24. Insomnia
  25. No Candle No Light (ft. Nicki Minaj)
  26. Fingers
  27. Too Much (ft. Timbaland)

 

You can listen to the album on Apple Music Preview HERE.