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Fun Family Film: Surf’s Up 2 WaveMania

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Sony Sony Pictures invited us to help celebrate and kick off the new Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania film! Our family was excited when we received the invitation to attend the screening of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. We welcomed the opportunity to spend the day with the Director of the film, Henry Yu, and witnessed firsthand some of his many illustrations from his storyboards in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie. Henry Yu invited us to a special backstage Aquarium room where he illustrated life-size drawings of the children’s favorite characters in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie. The kids received a once in a lifetime experience drawing with the renowned artist/Director. Henry described how it takes collaborated TEAMWORK to get the illustrations completed as...

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Couples Movie Night: The Light Between Oceans

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Review copy received When was the last time that you had a date night with your husband? You don’t have to go out to have a special night together, and plan an in-home movie date night. My husband and I have an in-home movie date night every week where we set our kids upstairs with a movie of their choice, we order takeout, and enjoy a romantic movie together alone on the couch. When I was given an advanced copy of the movie “The Light Between Oceans,” I immediately knew it would be the perfect movie for our next in-home date night. Last night, we ordered some Chinese food, and then dimmed the living rooms lights to begin watching “The Light Between Oceans.” The movie was beautifully produced and the story was moving. It is based on the 2012...

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Moana Sing-along at El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

  The epic journey continues for MOANA fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure MOANA, coming to theaters nationwide January 27th! Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new sing-along version of MOANA launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on Jan. 27 and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on Jan. 20. MOANA audiences were swept away by the film’s original songs and score from a dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Mark Mancina (“Tarzan,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa‘i (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). The sing-along version of MOANA includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so...

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Introducing the Cast of Disney’s CARS 3

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Key cast members and new characters in the upcoming faster-than-fast film CARS 3 were announced today! Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively. “Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said CARS 3 Director Brian Fee. “And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either. Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.” Lightning McQueen Owen Wilson Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds...

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What Teens Think of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Coming to Netflix

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 My mom is a member of the Netflix Stream Team When I was in the fifth grade, I started reading the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. When I read the first book, I instantly had to read all of them. I was lucky to have the whole series at my school library. The first thing I did when my friend told me about the series is go and check out the entire collection. When I heard they were making a Netflix series, I was so happy. I have been counting down the days until the series comes out. When my mom told me, that Netflix sent her a pre-screening of the first episodes I was literally dying to watch it. When my brother called me downstairs to watch it, I practically fell down the stairs, trying to...

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2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Movies

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  It’s here!! The official 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Movie line-up!! It is going to be one of the biggest years yet for Disney film. Get ready for an epic year of bringing your children to the movies. Beauty and the Beast March 17, 2017 The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within....

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Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdown

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team It’s New Year’s Eve and time to countdown to a New Year with your children. What do you do to keep the kids entertained on New Year’s Eve? Have a Netflix New Year’s Eve countdown! Spend the evening watching one of the top ten shows on Netflix with your kids: Word Party, Puffin Rock, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs, All Hail King Julien, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters, Project Mc2, Fuller House and Chasing Cameron. Take some New Year’s Eve selfies, and then grab streamers for a New Year’s Eve countdown. Start the New Year off right by giving yourself the gift of sleeping in. Create a movie door hanger for your little ones with some Netflix show suggestions to watch when they wake-up, and while you’re getting in some extra zzzzz’s....

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The 80’s are Back with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney Just like many of you, I grew up watching Star Wars. I would dress up like Princess Leia and immerse myself into the magical world of Star Wars while doing imaginative play with my friends. Star Wars was a big part of my childhood, and when I had children, I knew that I wanted it to be a part of their childhood too. Once my kids were old enough to start walking, I purchased them their first box set of the Star Wars movies. As they have grown-up, we have spent many nights watching Star Wars together, and I’ll even dress-up for some imaginary play time with them from time to time. Recently, new Star Wars films have begun coming out, and now our children are starting to have a...

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World Premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the event as a guest of Disney Last week something incredible happened… My daughter and I had just arrived in Yosemite for a mother/daughter getaway. Once we arrived at the hotel, I had to go into a short meeting, and my daughter returned to the room to relax after our long drive. When I returned to the room to meet my daughter, I opened the door, and she started talking with so much excitement that I could barely make out the words that she was saying. Then I heard her say, “Mom, you missed a call while you were gone, and you got invited to the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!” And then we both started screaming!! Words cannot describe how excited and honored I felt to have been invited to this once...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming First Official Trailer

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited the set as a guest of the studio Guess what? I have been keeping a pretty big secret that I can finally share with the world – I got to visit the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming!! The best part is that the very first trailer was just released tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!! Check it out below… Stay tuned for more details about my Spider-Man: Homecoming set visit…and get excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7th!! Learn more about Spider-Man: Homecoming on Twitter and...

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Entice Rudolph with Reindeer Chow

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Family, Film, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to watch the classic version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with my children. The timeless story brings out the spirit of the season in a way that is indescribable, and watching a classic holiday movie is one of the best ways to get your family into the holiday spirit. Along with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” we also enjoy watching “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” during the holiday season. The one thing that has been challenging for me in the past was finding the movies to download and watch with our children every year. When I learned that an Anniversary Collection of the three timeless films was being released this year, I jumped at the opportunity to add it to our home...

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Pacific City Holiday Movie Nights

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film | 0 comments

  Get in the spirit of the holiday season as Pacific City in Huntington Beach presents Holiday Movie Nights every Wednesday in December. Bundle up, grab the kids and meet at Level 2 near Saint Marc and Smocking Birds for some of the most beloved holiday classics of all time. The Pacific City Holiday Movie Night listings are: December 7: Elf December 14: A Christmas Story December 21: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version) The holiday movies start at 7:00 pm, but come early to save your seat and grab a snack at one of our delicious eateries before the show starts! Admission to Pacific City movie nights is free and all movies are rated PG. Outside food and drinks are not permitted but you can take advantage of special movie night meals these Pacific City restaurants:...

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Advance Tickets Available for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for Star Wars fans to purchase tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that will blast into theaters on December 16th. Tickets are now available everywhere that movie theater tickets are sold, and we highly recommend purchasing them early before they sell out. As an added bonus, select theaters are offering special promotions for fans who purchase their tickets early. Curious about the upcoming blockbuster hit? We are thrilled to share with all of you an extended look into the film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of unlikely heroes in a time of conflict who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars...

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Moana Teen Movie Review

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I saw the movie as a guest of Disney Ever since I was young, I have loved Disney Princesses! My whole world revolved around them, and now that I am an older I still love them! When Frozen came out, I was so happy. I had to get all of the Frozen toys and gizmos. I even had three Elsa costumes! When I heard about Moana, I could not wait, and I was hoping it would be amazing just like Frozen. I heard about Moana about three months before it was going to come out. I was so bummed that it wouldn’t be coming out for a while, but then the very next day, Disney sent me the Moana book! I immediately started reading it, and I fell in love. It took me about a two weeks to read...

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5 Fun Facts about Moana

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We saw the film as a guest of Disney Moana is one of the most magical things to ever be created by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. There was so much research that went into the film and so many fun facts about the making of the movie that we wanted to share our five favorite facts about the film Moana. While it your might think that Moana is wearing the same outfit in the movie – look closer because she wears seven different outfits. One of her most elaborate outfits was only shown for six seconds in the film during a dance sequence. My favorite character in the film, Heihei was originally going to be a smart and sassy chicken, but the filmmakers didn’t feel like it was working with the film, and almost cut his character from...

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Moana Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  Once your children see the movie Moana, they are going to fall in love with the story, and Moana toys will be at the top of their holidays wish list. Hurry and get these adorable Moana toys before the sell-out, and watch your child squeal with delight when opening them on Christmas morning. Hei Hei Plush They will have plenty to crow about when they give the adorable Heihei a hug. Moana’s stowaway rooster shows off his colorful plumage with this soft plush that will wing its way into their hearts. Disney Moana Toddler Doll Even before becoming a wayfinder, Moana showed signs of her adventurous nature. With ”sand” on her toes, her turtle friend in hand, and her shell necklace, the little Polynesian explorer is looking for hugs. Disney Moana Tsum Tsum Complete Set of 9 Plush...

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Magical Moana Premiere

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the premiere as a guest of Disney It was a magical night in Hollywood as my daughter and I put on our prettiest dresses and walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the movie, Moana. As we arrived at the premiere, we saw that the streets were lined with fans eagerly awaiting a chance to see one of the favorite actors in the film. The minute that a celebrity arrived the crowd would squeal with delight and call out their name in hopes that they would come towards the crowd for a selfie or autograph. The minute that we stepped foot on the “blue carpet” I looked over at my beautiful daughter who was beaming with happiness. There was a Polynesian band who was playing festive music to greet all of the guests attending the...

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Feel the Aloha Spirit with Moana

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney It had been less than a week since I had major surgery, but that wasn’t stopping me from going to see the amazing film “Moana” and meeting the cast and creators of the film. My kids and I jumped into the back of my friend’s car on a Saturday night, and she whisked us up to Los Angeles to see the movie “Moana.” The film was everything that I hoped it would be and more. The music, the imagery, the story, made the film one of the best Disney movies ever created. We drove home that night singing all the catchy tunes from the songs in the film, and I had a list of questions that I was eager to ask the cast the next morning. We were going to...

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Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Strange

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We saw a screening as a guest of Disney My 11-year-old is a huge Marvel fan. He’s got the comics; he’s got the encyclopedia (yes there is a Marvel Encyclopedia that has in-depth information about all things Marvel), and he seems to know about all things that are happening in the Marvel Universe including when movies are slated to come out. I grew up on X-Men but didn’t really follow the other superheroes until my son.  I love Marvel movies because they bring pop culture and humor into dark situations leading the viewer to feel all sorts of emotions from fear to happiness anger to dismay. I never leave a Marvel moving feel depressed, well that not true, I’m depressed the movie is over and that I have to wait a year or so for the next one.  So, whenever...

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Creating Moana with the Oceanic Story Trust

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press event as a guest of Disney Before creating a film, Disney always starts with research. When researching the film Moana, the filmmakers pushed the cinematic boundaries by doing something that has never been done before by forming the Oceanic Story Trust. This past July, we talked with Jessica Julius (Sr. Creative Executive) about the creation of the Oceanic Story Trust and how it played a role in creating the magical story of Moana. Julius shared with us that her job is to support the filmmakers to develop their world, story, and characters for their film projects. She continued to share with us that research was a key part in making this film, and something that they started right away with Moana. “We started with a research trip because there is nothing quite like being in...

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