Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hot Holiday Gifts: The BFG and Pete's Dragon are Disney Magic

You know what makes perfect Christmas Presents: Disney movies! Seriously, what could be more magical under the Christmas tree than some pixie dust? Lucky for you, two new Disney movies are available for home purchase this Tuesday.


First up, The BFG. In the middle of the night, when every child and every grown-up is in a deep, deep sleep, all the dark things come out of hiding and have the world to themselves. That’s what Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) , a precocious 10-year-old, has been told, and that’s what she believes as she lies sleepless in her own bed at her London orphanage. While all the other girls in the dormitory dream their dreams, Sophie risks breaking one of Mrs. Clonkers’ many rules to climb out of her bed, slip on her glasses, lean out the window and see what the world looks like in the moonlit silence of the witching hour. Outside, in the ghostly, silvery light, her familiar street looks more like a fairy tale village than the one she knows, and out of the darkness comes something long and tall…very, very tall. That something is a giant who takes Sophie and whisks her away to his home in a land far, far away. Fortunately for Sophie, he is the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. With each having been on their own in the world up until now, an unexpected friendship blossoms.

I don't want to give away much more of the story, but it involves some treacherous other not so BF giants, a trip to the Queen, and a journey into the world of dreams. The entire film is jaw droopingly beautiful, absolute Disney magic, and frankly quite heartwarming. I may have even shed a few tears during the last scene. The Monsters have been watching our Disney Movies Anywhere copy of the movie on repeat, and I'm sure your own kids will do the same.


Also available this week is Pete's Dragon. The thing I love so much about this one is that it is a quintessential "boy's Disney movie." Don't get me wrong, my girls were in awe of it and loved it, but it has been awhile since Disney offered a strong adventurous boy movie like Peter Pan. This Pete's Dragon is a lot different than the cartoon classic version. After being orphaned tragically, Pete stumbles upon his dragon in the forest and lives a rustic life with him until forest uprooting humans interfere. Pete will do anything to get back to his dragon, but also finds something in the process he was never expecting: a human family to love.

The movie is full of action and also big emotional moments. Like the BFG, there may have been a few tears shed at the end of this film.

I absolutely loved both of these movies and give them two thumbs up. This Christmas, make your kid the luckiest on the street, and gift them with Disney movie magic! 




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Toys are Must Haves this Holiday Season



You know by now that the Monsters are obsessed with Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, so they were so excited to get to try out some of the new Miraculous toy line. Bonzai toys has everything from mini action figures to larger Barbie like dolls available for purchase this holiday season.

Boys have had super heroes forever and its now a chance for girls to have their very own aspirational role model. Girls and boys can watch the show on NICKELODEON on Saturday mornings and get to see more new episodes on Nick and even have fun at Nick.com or the Nick app. Your little Miraculous fan would have a blast playing with these toys, so pick up your own this holiday season!





Keep your eyes peeled for a Miraculous giveaway!

You can pick up your own toys HERE

I was gifted a box of Miraculous products from Zag Studios to feature on the site. All opinions are my own.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Coming Soon to Boston for Holiday Magic!


If you read the blog regularly, you may know I have a true love for all cirque style shows. I also have a deep love for all things Christmas. That is why I am beyond excited to get to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze when it comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre December 9-11, 2016 for six unforgettable performances.


Holidzae is so many things: it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one. The show comes from the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. In Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.




The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers and costumed ornament characters twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a larger than life wonderland of amazement. Think it sounds amazing? Check out this awesome sizzle reel then:


You do not want to miss out on this show. I will be covering opening night, but don't wait until you read my review to get your own tickets. Tickets for Cirque Dreams Holidaze are on sale now and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, Bochcenter.org, or by calling (866) 348-9738.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Rescue, Rehabilitation, Release: Finding Dory is Awesome for BuddingAnimal Activists: Review!



Ten of my lucky readers won copies of Finding Dory today, and boy are they in for a treat! From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. This movie is overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), the film is produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) and executive produced by John Lasseter. Victoria Strouse (“October Road”) wrote the script with Stanton. Veteran composer and longtime Stanton collaborator Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies,” “WALL•E,” “Finding Nemo”) created the film’s music score and singer-songwriter Sia performs the film’s end-credit song, “Unforgettable.”

The thing I loved MOST about Finding Dory was its great message. Without spoiling much, the movie has certain scenes take place at an aquarium like facility where the message is clear: rescue, rehabilitate, and release. As a vegan mom raising two vegan little girls, I felt the movie made a very clear point that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes is not okay. People think I am crazy when I say that I won't bring the girls to our nearby aquarium, but I can't align our family morals to visiting a place that only focuses on captivity and not rescue and release. I think Finding Dory opens up a conversation around what is right and wrong when it comes to animal based attractions. So, while Finding Dory rocks on almost every level, I give it two enthusiastic fins up for its positive and important message about animal captivity. Way to go Disney!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Don't Miss your Chance to See Once: Coming Soon to PPAC!


I think that certain films are like lightening in a bottle: magical moments that are impossible to live up to. One such movie for me was ONCE. I can remember the exact day that I drove into Boston to see its limited engagement and the moment when the credits rolled and no one moved for several moments: frankly stated: it felt like magic. So, as you can imagine, I am especially excited to get a chance to catch the Broadway adaptation of ONCE when it comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center this December 2-4.

ONCE is the celebrated musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way.

Unless you aren't believing me JUST how amazing this show is. Check out this clip from the original Broadway cast performing my favorite song: Falling Slowly.





Tickets for ONCE are available now and can be purchased at the PPAC Box Office (located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), online at www.ppacri.org and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Tickets start at only $36. Box Office Hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days. Tickets to the show would make an AMAZING early Christmas gift, so don't miss this "ONCE" in a lifetime opportunity and get your tickets now.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Finding Dory Giveaway!


The summer blockbuster hit, Disney Pixar's “Finding Dory,” swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15. Viewers can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family and continue the underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features.

The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling; an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute; a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created; never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo” who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more.

“Finding Dory” features an all-star voice cast, reuniting Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) and Albert Brooks (“This is 40”) as Dory and Marlin, the ever-optimistic blue tang and the uptight but loyal clownfish. Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) lends his voice to “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) voices whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) gives voice to beluga whale Bailey. Dory’s doting parents Charlie and Jenny are portrayed by Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Diane Keaton (“Love the Coopers”), and 12-year-old Hayden Rolence (“Beta Persei”) steps in as Nemo, the young clownfish with a lucky fin.

Thirteen years after the original, audiences get a new chapter in the story of their favorite forgetful blue tang. As returning director Andrew Stanton describes, “I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?” His response is a touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable … perhaps even for Dory.


I have TEN DIGITAL COPIES up for grabs. Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it easy to buy Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. Viewers can enjoy their digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple mobile platforms by simply adding the free DMA app or channel to their devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android mobile phones and tablets, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Xbox 360, and connecting to their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Fios by Verizon. DMA users can explore Disney’s library of over 450 digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, redeem Digital Movie codes found in eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars product, and earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase. To enter, "just keep swimming" over to my Facebook page and good luck!


Look for our review of the film coming soon!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trolls Advanced Screening: Free Tickets!



Are your kids begging you to see Trolls like mine are? I can't say I mind though because I loved Troll dolls when I was little. The movie is sure to be amazing. From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.  

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embark on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps - trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. 

Utilizing music to further the film's narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani in addition to a number of classic hits from the 60's - 80's.

Do you want to take your kids to see the movie before it even opens? I have 30 family four packs of tickets for a screening on October 22 at AMC Boston Common. The screening is at 10 a.m. and seats are first come, first serve, so make sure to get there early. You can click below to claim your tickets!



AMC Boston Common, 10/22 @ 10:00am
To download your complimentary passes, click here: http://www.gofobo.com/LBMTrolls
Or, go to www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter RSVP Code: LBMTrolls