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The Star Movie Teen Film Review

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

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio Ever since I was a little kid, I have heard the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus. From my beginner’s bible to my pocket bible I have not only read about, but my family has been telling me the story ever since I was a little girl. There has never been an animated film in the animal’s perspective based off of the first Christmas. The fact that it has never been done before just makes me want to see it even more, so I was super excited about this film. Throughout the entire movie, my brother and I were laughing about the funny ones that some of the animals made and the fact that the animals would try to talk to the humans, but they...

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Wonder Movie Teen Film Review

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

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio The book Wonder by R.J Palacio has been my favorite book ever since I was old enough to read. I found out they were making a movie based on the book Wonder a couple of months ago and I started counting down the days. Wonder has such a unique and touching story, and I couldn’t wait to see how they put it into a film. When the film began to start, I was immediately struck by how realistic the whole thing was. It was like the words from the book had been put on a giant movie screen. Even though I had read the book before, it was like seeing the story in a whole new way. Being able actually to see what everyone and everything look like gives...

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The World Premiere of The Star Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue It was a magical day in Los Angeles this past Sunday where the beautiful film The Star Movie debuted to the world. All of the top celebrities in Hollywood came out to celebrate the film that tells the Christmas story in a whole new way – through the eyes of the animals. When we arrived at the premiere, there were multiple activities for the children to do. There was a ring toss, hot dog on a stick, and other fun treats. My children had a blast enjoying all the different activities until it came time for the stars of the film to arrive. The ‘white’ carpet was buzzing with celebrities from the film and others who came out to support the film. Our children took pictures with some of their favorite...

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World Premiere of The Wonder Movie

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio The highly anticipated time has come for the beloved ‘Wonder’ the #1 New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel by R.J. Palacio to come to life in theaters everywhere in The Wonder Movie. Wonder is a book that my two older children loved reading and encouraged them to want to spread more kindness and compassion in our world. When I found out that they were making a film based on the book, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to see it. Last night, I had the honor of being invited to bring my daughter with me to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Wonder Movie. I surprised my daughter with the news that she was going with me to the premiere when I picked her up from school. I...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: Josh Gad’s Kids are Tickled that He’s Olaf

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 ,We visited as a guest of Disney Olaf, Anna, and Elsa are back this holiday season in an all-new story, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, that will debut in theaters on November 22nd before the feature animation film COCO. The 22-minute story features 40 new songs and is a beautiful story about holiday traditions. Earlier in the month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn more about the short film and to talk with the Producer Roy Conli, Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, and the voice of Olaf Josh Gad. Before screening the short film, Stevie Wermers-Skelton shared with us that the story is about traditions. No matter where you are from or what your religion is, we all celebrate something during the holiday season. Olaf discovers that he doesn’t have any traditions, and sets out on a...

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl would be a date night, we ended up bringing the kids for an unforgettable night under the stars for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We got box tickets (which I highly recommend when coming with young children). We left early and planned to arrive right when the gates opened, which again, I recommend doing when bringing your...

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Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 4 comments

  An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. The Ensemble for Beauty and the Beast – A Christmas Rose features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez. Bonnie Lythgoe serves as Executive Director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe. Golden...

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Action Meets Comedy in Thor: Ragnarok

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney My two boys eat, sleep and dream superheroes. While raising my boys, they have passed their love of action and adventure onto me, who now also enjoys a great superhero movie. Whenever a new Marvel film comes out, my boys are counting down the days until they will have a chance to see the films, and this was the case with Thor: Ragnarok. When I got an invitation to take my teenage son to the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, I expected the film to be full of action, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the film had the most amount of comedy than any other Marvel film. After all, it is the comedy that makes their films so enjoyable to watch. While watching Thor: Ragnarok my son...

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Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! Families will make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when the new ice show Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart arrives to the Greater Los Angeles Area! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories & characters from the smash hit animated movies Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production, with performances from December 14 through January 8, 2018 in Los Angeles (STAPLES Center), Anaheim (Honda Center), Long Beach (Long Beach Arena) and Ontario (Citizens Business Bank Arena). Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from...

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The Creation of Thor: Ragnarok

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  After attending the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, I had the honor of attending a press conference with the talented actors and creators of Thor: Ragnarok. The cast in the film Thor: Ragnarok has perfect chemistry as they worked hard to create one of the best Marvel films ever made. When I entered the room at the Montage in Beverly Hills, I took my seat in the front row and anxiously anticipated the arrival of the cast. As the moderator began to announce the names of the cast and they entered the room, all of the press started to clap and cheer. Once your family sees the film, you will notice that Thor is unlike any other superhero. Chris Hemsworth commented on this fact by saying, “I think we all had a vision and an idea. We wanted to...

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Hotel Transylvania Family Movie Night

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do together as a family is to have movie nights. We will come together as a family, enjoy tasty food and stream our favorite movies while creating memories that will last a lifetime together. When I learned about the all-new app Movies Anywhere, I thought it was a great idea to plan a ‘Halloween-themed’ movie night and downloaded Hotel Transylvania on the app. My favorite part of our family movie nights is creating food that is themed after the movie. Since I knew that we were going to be watching Hotel Transylvania, I thought of some fun vampire and bat-themed foods to serve. For our drinks, I made a spooky fruit punch and served the drink in science beakers. I made a little bit of smoke in the drinks with dry ice...

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Win Tickets to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Music, Theatre | 10 comments

  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl A Live-to-Film Celebration • Saturday, November 4th on National Candy Day This extraordinary event will feature spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG. The Bowl will be projecting his Wonka-inspired art all around the stage during the film and performances. Led by an all-start cast including John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, and accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! Doors will open at 6:30PM with costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8PM. Tickets are priced starting at $31 and are currently available online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 Tickets to Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl on November 4th by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the...

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Segerstrom Center: The Secret Life of Suitcases

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center’s Family Series opens with a tale of adventure brought to life in Samueli Theater: The Secret Life of Suitcases, co-produced by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker and London’s Unicorn Theatre, on October 28 & 29. The popular show engages, enchants and inspires the young and the young at heart with captivating stories brought to life through the magic of live performance. Extraordinary performers combine music, dance and theater that will be enjoyed by the entire family and create experiences that inspire an appreciation for the arts and create lifelong memories. Larry is an office worker. Everything in Larry’s life is in place – until a mysterious suitcase appears at his door one day, beckoning him on an adventure. Packed with wit and whimsy, The Secret Life of Suitcases takes Larry and audiences on a wild journey as...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Something Rotten!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  The completely original new musical, Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, premieres at Segerstrom Center for the Arts November 7 – 19, 2017. Tickets to Something Rotten! start at $29 and are available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation....

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Meet Pepita: Mamá Imelda’s Spirit Guide in Disney Pixar’s COCO

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney When watching the Disney-Pixar film COCO your children are going to be captivated by Pepita who is Mamá Imelda’s spirit guide. Pepita is an Alebrijes, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios, Character/Rigging Artist, Alonso Martinez shared with us what are Alebrijes and the significance it has in the film COCO. Martinez started talking about Alebrijes by sharing with us his own personal collection that he has been collecting since he was a child. Alebrijes are a type of folk art in Mexico created by an artist named Pedro Linares, who came from a family that made piñatas. One day he became sick and had a fever dream. In the fever dream he was in a forest that was colorful and all of a sudden animals started to appear. There were...

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Disney Pixar COCO: Creating Miguel’s Best Friend Dante

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

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney Dante is Miguel’s trusted partner on his journey into the land of the dead. Dante is a Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo) breed. The breed of dogs is named after an Aztec God. They are ancient dogs who are native to Mexico and Central America. They safeguard the home from evil spirits and intruders, and they are also said to have healing powers because the heat from their body was used to cure arthritis. These dogs have also served as guides to the dead as they transition from this world into the next. When creating Dante, they started by making some sketches to figure out his design and character. The next step, they would make a sculpture. They made the sculptures of Dante and Miguel together so they could look at the...

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Teen’s Dream Come True at the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Our family is so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many amazing things. As my son has become a teenager, it is hard to find things to do with him that truly gets him excited about. I was able to find the one thing to make him happier than I’ve ever seen him in his life, so happy that he cried multiple times throughout the night because he was overwhelmed with emotion, and that was the night that I took him to the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere. The day before the premiere, I surprised him with the news that he was going to get to leave school early and come with me to the premiere. He was so happy that he kept hugging me throughout the night, and thanking me for...

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Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Just in time for the holiday season, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH will debut at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) to “Fantasy” (Earth, Wind and Fire) and many more! ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH previews on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm; will open on Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Performances will be Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00pm; Saturdays &...

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Bringing the Skeletons to Life in COCO

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney The Disney-Pixar movie COCO is coming out in theaters on November 22nd. The movie is about family, culture, and music. It tells a story about the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. In the film, skeletons play a significant role, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios learning about the film, I was fascinated by how they were able to give the skeletons life in the film. Designing the Skeletons Daniel Arriaga, Character Art Director, shared with us that it all started with research. They studied the skull and skeleton to find a way that they could make it appealing. They did sketches to see how they could give them character and adjusted the clothing. The next step was to make them into sculptures. By doing this, it allowed...

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