New Posters Released for Oz The Great And Powerful!

So you guys already know that I’m pretty excited to see Oz The Great And Powerful – I remember falling in love with The Wizard of Oz when I was little (although the flying monkeys totally creeped me out), and cannot wait to see the magic that Disney has worked in creating a backstory for one of the most famous stories ever told!

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Judging by the way the trailer and how the posters look – this film is bound to get nominated for something! Right now I’m completely enthralled with the artwork featured in the movie posters – everything looks so vivid and whimsical. Plus, I can’t wait to see Rachel Weisz as Evanora, one of the three witches (I’m guessing she’s the darker more devious one of the three) of the Land of Oz!

Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff Oz The Great And Powerful is directed by Sam Raimi and slated for release on March 8, 2013. Until then, I’ve included the newest poster and a couple stills from Oz The Great And Powerful for your viewing pleasure – aren’t they beautiful?!

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Monsters Inc. in 3D Wishes You Happy Holidays!

Walt Disney Studios and Monsters Inc. wish you happy holidays!

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Being a 90s child, I cannot tell you how excited I am that Monsters Inc. is back – and in 3D! Monsters Inc. 3D hits theaters tomorrow – but you can print out these fun activity sheets right now! Keep your kiddos entertained with these mazes, doorhanger, coloring page, and hexaflexagon (try saying that three times fast)!image012

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I can’t wait to watch Sully, Mike, and Boo wreak havoc in Monstropolis again!

Oz The Great and Powerful : March 8th!

Oz The Great and Powerful is one movie that I’m ridiculously excited for!  Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco) is a small time circus musician with questionable ethics. When Oscar is hurled into the Land of Oz, his dreams of fame and fortune are extinguished as he is drawn into the epic problems that face the people of Oz. The witches – played by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz (one of my all-time favorite actresses) are not convinced that Oscar is the wizard everyone thinks he is, and Oscar must utilize his magical arts, ingenuity, and wizardry to become a better man, and The Wizard of Oz!

First of all, I’m in love with the casting done on this film – I absolutely love Rachel Weisz, and can’t wait to see James Franco as Oscar! Plus the costumes and design of the film looks breathtaking. While Oz The Great and Powerful doesn’t hit theatres until March 8th, I’ve included two of the movies posters (one above, and one beneath) and the trailer for your viewing pleasure!

As excited as I am??? Check out the movie site, facebook, and twitter to stay on top of new updates and exclusive content!!!

New Iron Man 3 Trailer Released!

After watching The Avengers (more times then I care to admit) I cannot wait for more Marvel movies! I already own Thor, and I can’t wait to add Captain America and The Avengers to my DVD collection this Christmas (I’m anticipating some serious Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales on these). While I wait to get my super-hero fix, I’m happy to share with you guys this bit of news- the new Iron Man 3’s trailer has just been released (available on iTunes Trailers here)!!! Whether you’re a fan of Tony Stark, The (drool-worthy) Avengers or of Marvel comics – you’re going to LOVE this movie!!!

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley and directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 will be released on May 3, 2013 in inDigital 3D and RealD!!!

Can’t wait for more info about Iron Man 3??? Then follow the movie on facebook and/or twitter and check out the official movie site here!

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania!

This past week Shawn and Juliet (my little brother and sister, for those of you who don’t know) were one of the few lucky kids who were invited by The MOMs to attend an advance screening of fall’s new hottest family film- Hotel Transylvania! And at the end of the film, we were all treated to an exclusive Q&A with the voice of the bride of Frankenstein – Fran Drescher!

Yummy after-school snacks that were waiting for us at the screening :)

Now, I grew up with the nasal -er- dulcet tones of Fran Fine ringing in my ears. In fact, I didn’t even have to guess which character Fran was voicing- I knew it the minute the big-haired, blue-skinned, bride of Frankenstein appeared on the screen. And being the awesomest older sister ever, I’ve gladly shared and cultivated proper Fran Fine fans in Shawn and Juliet – that way they were equally excited when they heard they were going to get to meet her in person!

Eunice (Fran Drescher) hugs Mavis (Selena Gomez) with her father Dracula (Adam Sandler) watching in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, an animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation.

Now for the movie. Dracula, owner of Hotel Transylvania – a lavish resort dedicated to providing a safe haven to monsters- has invited all his monster friends (hello invisible man, Frankenstein, the blob, and other classic scaries) to celebrate his daughter Mabel’s 118th birthday. However, Dracula’s plans to keep Mavis safe from the human world go awry when the hotel is visited by Jonathan – a human, who’s unlike anything Dracula ever expected.

Johnnystein (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) with Dracula (Adam Sandler) looking on in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, an animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation.

I have to say, Hotel Transylvania is one of those adorable films that you just can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so you can add it to your home movie collection. It was like Father of the Bride met the Halloween section in Party City, and had a movie love child. It was cute, it was funny, it was heartfelt, and it was wildly entertaining. Shawn and Juliet loved it and are demanding to see it again when it hits theaters.

After the movie, we had a chance to talk to Fran. She was so nice (and yes the voice is real) – and had a lot to say about making Hotel Transylvania, as well as her Cancer Schmancer non-profit and the Trash Cancer movement- an initiative started by Cancer Schmancer designed to support people in cleaning their home of toxins and cancer-causing agents. I don’t know about toxins, but I was having The Nanny flashbacks involving Fran, Mr.Sheffield, Sylvia, Grandma Yetta, and Gracie.

Shawn, Juliet, and I had such a great time and absolutely LOVED Hotel Transylvania! We’re seriously going to go see it again- we all gave it a five star review, so be sure to head to your local theater and see it yourself – you’ll love it! Hotel Transylvania opens the weekend of September 28th.

*Disclosure: I was invited to the advanced screening of Hotel Transylvania by the lovely Melissa and Denise of The MOMs. No other compensation was provided.

Talon TV: The 10th Kingdom (2000)

Before Once Upon a Time and other fairytale spinoffs started making the rounds on our screens, there was the 10th Kingdom. This easily one of my most favorite made-for-tv movies. The 10th Kingdom while initially wasn’t received well when released back in 2000, has since acquired a cult following (who are eagerly awaiting a 2nd installment- seriously, Kimberly Williams Paisley looks like she hasn’t aged a day)- and rightly so.

Williams-Paisley plays Virginia, the daughter of John Larroquette’s Tony Lewis. Who become entangled with a wolf, trolls, and dog (who happens to be the grandson of Snow White, and Prince of the 9th Kingdom) – who have traveled from a parallel universe where all fairy tales are real, but happily ever afters are not. Both father and daughter travel back into the universe, and embark on an adventure to save the 9 Kingdoms and find a way to return home. Self-discovery, magic, romance, and some seriously bad luck ensue.

I love love love this miniseries- it’s so sweet and funny, with just the right amount of action- it a major family favorite. Humor is cleverly used, as the fairy tales we all know are smartly intertwined throughout the whole series. It’s (roughly) 7 hours amounts to a great rainy day film, the kind you watch on a day spent at home eating take-out.

Right now you can find it on YTube (here), or if you really love it you can buy it on amazon.

Memorable 10th Kingdom Quote:

“Wolf:  But you don’t understand, I won’t be here next week!
Dr. Horowitz: Ah-ah-ah, you’re not going to intimidate me with suicide threats. “

Feature Film Friday: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

I’m a really big fan of most, if not all, of Tennessee Williams’ plays- but I love Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for it’s starring cast and the fact that it gives me the excuse to yell “Mendacity!” all the time. In case you haven’t seen this movie, mendacity – being the tendency to lie, or an instance of falsehood – is the buzzword for this movie, and used most famously by Big Daddy in reference to his own family and friends. And while I might not be the brash, large, plantation owner- I find Big Daddy’s favorite phrase to rather useful in everyday life, see how I use it:

College Representative: “Sorry, you owe $3,000 in tuition”

Me: “Mendacity!”

Cashier at the grocery store: “Sorry, that coupon has expired- you can’t use it”

Me: “Mendacity!”

Doctor: “You’ve gained weight. Maybe you should think about going on a diet?”

Me: “MENDACITY!”

My mom: “You look just like Rachel Weisz”

Me: “Men- er- SURE!”

See how useful mendacity can be? Now, if you haven’t seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, you should- that way you can learn how to use mendacity in your everyday conversations too!

Memorable Cat on a Hot Tin Roof quote:

“What’s that smell in this room? Didn’t you notice it, Brick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?”

- Big Daddy

Mamarazzi with Jada Pinkett Smith & Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Event

One of the great things about being a blogger is that you get to go to fun, awesome events! This Friday I was lucky enough to be invited by The MOMS to join a number of fellow bloggers for a screening in Times Square of the just released Madagascar 3: Europe’s most wanted. To be completely honest, this was my first “real” event- and I was super nervous about rubbing elbows with a group of seasoned and established bloggers. So I brought along my sister, my best and most loyal wing-girl. However, there was nothing to be nervous about, The MOMS – Melissa and Denise- were super welcoming and made my sister and I feel right at home. Also, the cake pops helped too!

We were treated to a light reception, where we were surrounded by Capri Sun’s new Super V juice, Dogmatic restaurants light and refreshing salads and tasty cake pops from New York Cake Pops.

These were so cute!

Capri Sun’s Super V line contains 1 combined serving of fruits & veggies- plus they taste great!

After the light reception, we got to see the movie (they gave us each a colorful afro, to match Marty’s). Which I totally loved! Trust me, Madagascar 3 really lives up to the comedic standards set by the first and second films from this series. And I loved the casting addition of Martin Short (from one of my film fav’s- Father of the Bride 1 & 2)! We got to see it in 3D- which really enhanced the viewing experience for me. I cannot wait to take my younger siblings to see this flick! You should totally go see it!

Hardcore 3D glasses ;)

After the film, we actually got the chance to meet Jada Pinkett Smith- who voiced the voluptuous and adorable Gloria the hippo. Seated a couple feet away from us, Jada shared advice and a couple stories with an obviously captivated audience. She’s so tiny, and such a warm personality!

After chatting with Jada, guests had a chance to take a few pictures with her. I declined, since she was completely surrounded by adoring fans ;)

Last but certainly not least, we were sent away with an awesome swag back- my sister’s bag even had a $25 gift card to Aeropostale’s P.S. store in it (this is me pretending not to be jealous of my sister)!

Inside: cooler bag, stadium blanket, beach ball, mini speaker, fruit-shaped ice cubes, four colorful pairs of sunglasses, 2 Madagascar pencils, and samples of Capri Sun Super V

I really enjoyed this event and would like to thank The MOMS for having us, and to Capri-Sun and their Super V juice (which is delicious! Believe me, I had plenty so I know what I’m talking about here!) for sponsoring the event. I had an amazing time and got to meet some really nice bloggers like Jennifer who writes the Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology blog, and Kristen from Hope With Feathers-  both were really nice to lil ‘ol and I hope we get to hang out at BlogHer ’12 this summer! ;)

Update: The wonderful PR people for this event (hi there DKC Public Relations!!!!) were kind enough to send me not only a aeropostale PS gift but also 2 boxes of Capri Sun Super V, and an amazing cooler bag with a plug-and-play stereo feature! Thank you sooo much!

Feature Film Friday: Runaway Jury (2003)

I absolutely love thriller movies, especially if they involve journalism, the courts, and rogue justice seekers. I blame my dad. Thanks to him I’ve seen loads of cliche’ guy movies- The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, A Few Good Men, The Dirty Dozen, yup I’ve seem ‘em all. Now don’t get me wrong my mom feeds my guy movie luvin’ too; without her I would have never seen Death Wish-and ever since I saw that flick I walk around NYC with a load of quarters in a sock tucked away in my pocket. In fact, it was my mom who gave me Runaway Jury as a gift way back in middle school. You know me too well mom. I loved it.

Despite my best efforts, I find writing a brief synopsis for Runaway Jury as easy as looking for vegetarian friendly food in a butchers shop. So I snatched the tagline from the IMDb description: “A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.” Not enough info for you? Well then, here’s the trailer:

This drama/thriller is definitely worth seeing. The cast is stellar (hello- where else will you get Hackman and Hoffman on the same screen? and don’t get me started on Rachel and John!), and the scenes are electric!

Memorable Runaway Jury Quote:

Gentlemen, trials are too important to be left up to juries.

- Rankin Fitch

Feel free to comment below! What are your favorite films? Are you a fan of thrillers- which ones?

Feature Film Friday: The Ghost and Mrs.Muir (1947)

One of the most hauntingly (pun so intended) romantic films that I’ve seen, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir stars native New Yorker Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady), and young Natalie Wood (West Side Story). Mrs. Muir, a young widow, moves to a seaside cottage with her daughter Anna and housemaid Martha. She discovers upon arrival that the house is haunted by its previous tenant and owner, Captain Daniel Gregg. Undeterred by the roguish Captain Gregg, Mrs. Muir decides to stay and forms a “unique” relationship with the ghost. But problems arise when Mrs. Muir can no longer afford the rent, and later when she becomes attracted to suave Miles Fairley.

The movie was actually made into a series in the late 60′s- but wasn’t very popular at the time, it has since accrued a dedicated following of fans. Famed composer Bernard Hermann is said to have claimed that the score he created for this film was the best of his career- outshining the one’s he created for classics like Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Taxi Driver. Gene, is of course, gorgeous and cast perfectly alongside arrogant and “crusty” Rex. And me and my sister were thrilled to see George Sanders annoy the hell out of us with another one of his devious low-life characters (if you’ve seen Rebecca then you know what I’m talking about).

Just so you know this movie doesn’t have what my sister calls “a happy ending”. However, I think it’s an adorable romantic melancholic movie that deserves to be seen. Luckily, one of YouTube’s many users has been kind enough to upload the whole thing here. If you watch it please feel free to come back and let me know what you think!

Memorable The Ghost and Mrs. Muir quote:

Confound it, madam, my language is most controlled. And as for me morals, I lived a man ‘s life and I’m not ashamed of it; and, I can assure you no woman’s ever been the worse for knowing me – and I’d like to know how many mealy-mouthed bluenoses can say the same.

- Captain Gregg