Tomorrowland Cast Interviews | Secrets From #Tomorrowland Movie

I recently interviewed the cast of Tomorrowland. The movie is going to be in theaters on May 22.  Tomorrowland movie is based on a shared destiny of former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity.  They  embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them— forever.

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We interviewed George Clooney (“Frank Walker”),  Britt Robertson (“Casey Newton”), Tim McGraw (“Ed Newton”), Raffey Cassidy (“Athena”), Brad Bird (Director / Producer / Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer / Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).

 

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Interview With Tomorrowland Cast

1. Question: My understanding is that this film really originates from a series of discussions you had with the people at Disney. What were those discussion? How did this film come about and how did television critic from Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Jeff Jensen, became involved in the film?

Damon Lindelof: I was having a meeting with Sean Bailey, who is the president of production at Disney and we were talking about the Marvel movies, of which we’re both fans. He said they had a number of fantasy princess movies in the pipeline at Disney, but wondered what else a Disney movie should be. I said to him, “I don’t know what it’s about, but I would see a movie called Tomorrowland.” And that was the beginning of this whole adventure.   I’ve always been really interested in the future and I kind of feel like all the movies that I’ve been exposed to over the course of the last 20-30 years have shown me a future that I don’t really want to be living in. it’s cool to watch, but teenagers trying to kill other teenagers, or robots eradicating mankind, or you know, apocalyptic wastelands, albeit populated by Charlize Theron, are all great.

 

2. Question:  Jeff what was your response when Damon called and said he wanted you to join this project?

Jeff Jensen:     It was definitely a little crazy and humbling too. It was a lot of fun to work with someone whose storytelling you really admire, and to get in a room with them. The idea that he pitched to me was just really engaging. We groove on the same stuff, but the whole idea of a movie that kind of riffed on and looked at the different ways that we looked at the future then and now, to research the history of futurism and science fiction, and let that inform a story, that was super-fun, and to really build out the story. But also thought I knew a lot about how movies are made and TV shows are made. And this was a real learning experience in how much I didn’t know.

3. Question:      Tim, it’s a different role for you, compared to some of the other dads that you’ve played. I’m thinking specifically of Friday Night Lights. You’re much more nurturing and supportive here, which is great.  You, yourself, have three daughters. It must have felt oddly comfortable to play this part.

Tim McGraw:     That was much more true to life. I was thinking of the scene where we were shooting in the car, Britt and I had a long conversation in the car. We were talking about life and talking about guys. It was pretty reminiscent of some of the conversations that I’ve had with my daughters. In fact, I had to be upset in that scene and I had just been upset with my daughter.

 

4. Question: Britt and Raffey:  The dynamics between the two of you in the film are definitely not what you’d expect. The person who looks younger might not be. How would you two describe the relationship between the two characters?

Britt Robertson:     Raffey played Mom a lot, especially with George and I, you know? She was constantly just trying to keep us focused and funny enough, that’s how she is in life too.  She’s so professional and so focused herself, you know. I oftentimes would look over and be like, “Yeah, okay, right, this is what we’re doing. This is what we’re doing.” But we had such fun together. We spent a lot of time together, just between stunt training and then obviously filming the movie. So I think our dynamic off-screen probably helped a lot of our chemistry on-screen as well.

Raffey Cassidy:     The relationship between Casey and Athena is quite friendly, because Athena just wants to get Casey and Frank together, to try and save the world.

5. Question: George, at the heart of this movie is a really big idea, which I think is powerful. You’ve made a lot of bold films in your career, particularly the more political ones. But I think this one is right up there, as far as being quite bold. Do you see it that way?

George Clooney:     Putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought.

George Clooney:     First and foremost, I think it is a really bold thing for Disney to be willing to do a film that isn’t a sequel and isn’t a comic book, to really invest in a summer film of this sort of ilk. The fun part of it, to me, was when you read the screenplay, although I have to say, just so we’re clear, when Damon and Brad showed up at my house, they said, “We’ve got a part that we’ve written for you.” And then I opened up the description of the character and it’s a 55-year-old has-been, and I’m kind of going, “Hang on a minute, which part am I reading for?”

Jeff Jensen:     It said genius, by the way. It said genius.

George Clooney:     It said former genius, boy genius, who has gotten bitter in his old age. I just loved the idea of, you know, we live in a world right now where you turn on your television set and it’s rough out there. And it’s not fun. And it can really wear on you after a period of time. And we see generations now feeling as if it’s sort of hopeless, in a way, and what I love about it is it sort of speaks to the idea that your future is not preordained and predestined, and that if you’re involved, a single voice can make a difference and I believe in that. I happen to believe in it, and so I loved the theme or the idea that, you know, there’s still so much that we can all do to make things better. And I liked it. I thought it was great.

 

6. Question: George Clooney. It picks up somewhat on what you were just talking about. First of all, this is the summer movie with a serious subtext, and you get to be the grumpy cynic, which I feel I am too. Growing up in the Cold War, that’s who we are. And yet at the same time, you’re searching for hope, and I’m curious if that arc reflects the struggle that you personally have, and whether you relate to that in this particular context of this movie.

George Clooney:     I grew up during the Cold War period and I always found that although we always thought that the world would end in a nuclear holocaust at some point, everybody was pretty hopeful. There were an awful lot of things going on that you felt you could change. I grew up in an era where the voice, the power of the one, really did feel as if it mattered.  We had the riots that are reminiscent of the things we are looking at today, but we had the Civil Rights Movement and we had Vietnam.  We had the Women’s Rights Movements and all those things that you felt you could actually have some part of changing and actually, if you look at the things that changed in the 1960s and early 1970s, individual voices did make a huge difference. It wasn’t governments doing it, necessarily.

I didn’t ever have that great disappointment in mankind. I always felt like it was going to work out in the end and I still feel that way.   What I loved about the film was that it reminds you that young people don’t wake up, they’re not born and start out their lives cynical, or angry, or bigoted. You have to be taught all of those things.  I watch the world now and think I see really good signs from young people out there and I feel as if the world will get better.  I’ve always been an optimist. I’ve been a realist, but I’ve been an optimist about it and  I really related to the film because I thought, you know, Brad and Damon want to tell a story that’s an entertainment, because first and foremost, it has to be an entertainment. But it is hopeful, and I’ve always felt that way myself.

 

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Exclusive Interview With Chef Javier Plascencia At #HarrahsSocal

Chef Javier Plascencia is one of Mexico’s most celebrated chefs.  Born in Tijuana, Mexico Chef Javier Plascencia owns and oversees 8 restaurants in Tijuana, Ensenada and San Diego.  He is a world traveler and enthusiastic advocate of Baja California’s Mediterranean cuisine.    He proudly uses the freshest local ingredients in his modern surf and turf modern cuisine which is influenced by his travels, culture and heritage.

Interview With Chef Javier Plascencia

I interviewed Chef Plascencia at Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival where over 30 restaurants and 30 wineries celebrated Latin wine, food, culture and music.   We enjoyed the green chorizo sopes and savored the delicate coconut water aguachile of hiramasa (yellowtail amberjack) with coconut cream, edible flowers and coconut.

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Chef Javier Plascencia’s green chorizo sopes, peas, cabbage, raddish and a touch of cilantro

At the end of the month Chef Plascencia will also be opening a new restaurant, Bracero Cocina in San Diego, California.  Read on to learn about Chef Javier Plascencia cuisine characteristics, his family’s historical restaurant and new restaurant influences:

 

Can you tell us about some of the ingredients in the green chorizo sope?

Well we use braised pork for “texturity” and they feed that pork. He eats a lot of figs. He eats a lot of avocados and fruit.

It’s free range?

It’s free range pork and he drinks a beer every day. It’s a special kind of breed that my friend raises in Escondido. It’s in the sope with pickled cabbage and radishes.

And what inspired this dish?

I wanted people to taste green chorizo. A lot of people have never seen or heard of it. It’s very popular in central Mexico. In Toluca we eat a lot of green chorizo. I took inspiration from the fondas in Tijuana. We have lots of fondas where you can go and have a taco or tostada.  It’s sort of  like tapas, but in the Mexican way. So you can go and have a taco or tostada or eat menudo or pozole.  It’s like comfort food, usually run by family. And usually a lady will be cooking.  That’s how I grew up.  I love that food.

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I was observing you guys when you were preparing the dishes during Harrah’s Food and Wine Festival.  Your team works together like a rhythm.

When you are cooking you have to be well-organized. If not, the end product won’t be the same and won’t taste the same. It’s almost like an orchestra. You’re the director but everybody knows what they are doing.  All the guys that you see here today are from a cooking school and they’ve been with me for several years. They all learned how to cook with me. 

What influences your cooking?

The place where I come from is like being a kid in Disneyland. We have so many good ingredients around in Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Ocean. We have people making cheese and olive oil too. And that’s all in Mexico. But we also have this side of California as well where people make so many excellent products. And most of it’s the same because the weather is the same. If you taste my food you are going to taste a lot of flavors and contrasts.

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Chef Plascencia’s Yellowtail coconut cream with edible flowers and coconuts.

What features characterize your food?

I do a lot of surf and turf the modern way. I think that’s staple cuisine. But I also work with the freshest ingredients that you can find. I work with the whole animal. I don’t just buy the loins or the ribeye. I buy the whole thing because you can make stocks and chorizo sausage.  I buy the whole animal and we make tons of things. One of the things I make is beef cheek tacos. We may take the cheeks to make tacos de cabeza. It’s mostly cheeks. We use the tongues. We use the tail. You blend everything. My father even eats the eyes.

How does it taste?

It’s amazing. The cheek is the most flavorful and tender meat of the whole animal. People don’t realize that. It’s just really really tender.

At the end of the month Chef Plascencia will be opening a new restaurant, Bracero Cocina in San Diego, California.  Read on to learn about Chef Javier Plascencia, his cuisine influences, his family history and his new restaurant.

 

When did you know that you wanted to be a chef?

I grew up in my parent’s restaurants. They own a chain of restaurants in Tijuana and this past month it turned 47 years old.   Giuseppis is a chain of pizza restaurants. My father opened the first pizzeria in Baja California. He was the one who invented the Mexican pizza.

What’s different about a Mexican pizza?

The story is that my father opened a Giuseppis and it was very successful because there were no other pizza places. My father was the pizza guy. My grandmother made the sauce. And my mother was the cashier. It was a very small place. It only had three tables. It was mostly to go. They worked like that for many months and they were eating pepperoni pizza every day because they were so busy and tired. But one day my father opened a can of jalapenos and put some refried beans instead of tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese and chorizo and bacon. That pizza became really popular with his friends. The clients started asking for it and now it’s their best seller in the restaurant.

You’re opening a new restaurant soon in Little Italy in San Diego. Can you share some details?

At the end of this month. It’s going to be called Bracero. It’s a tribute to the Bracero workers that worked the fields. We thought there was a story to be told. Whenever we open a restaurant we like to tell stories. We wanted to give some history to it. We found the Bracero story very interesting. We met a couple ex-Braceros and they’re living the American Dream in Napa Valley. They’re winemakers. We went to Stanford University and they had a lot of letters and photographs and stories.  The restaurant will open on May 27th.

Will your restaurant have Braceros all around it?

Yes.

Does travel inspire any of your cooking?

Yes. I don’t travel to go to museums or the beaches, I travel to go eat and find ingredients and markets. I don’t go shopping, I go shopping for food.

What do you want our reader to know about Mexican cusine?

I want people to taste and learn about Mexico. Here in California or in the United States, when you think of Mexico you think of tacos, burritos, or nachos but Mexico has many regions and every region has different flavors. I want people to look into that. The region of Oaxaca is very different from the region of Veracruz. They can use the same ingredients but the flavors at the end are very different and unique. Everybody cooks differently. I want people to know that. And I want people to not buy store bought tortillas. They’re awful.  Go find a good tortilleria or make your own. It’s not that hard. It’s very easy and you’ll have fun doing it. Once you have a good tortilla, you’ll never go back to eating that sh*t!

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I’m excited about what Chef Javier Plascencia is doing for the food scene in San Diego and Baja California.  Chef Plascencia’s love of his culture and heritage is evident in everything he touches from the savory baja mediterranean cuisine menu-style, his plating and creative restaurant concepts.  For additional information on the grand opening visit Bracero’s Cocina website or Braceor’s facebook page.

Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival featured world acclaimed cuisine and wines.  For a full list of wines and restaurants visit Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival.

 

Buen Provecho!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

22 Frida Kahlo Quotes For Creative People

Creative people are passionate, rebellious, extrovert & introvert, humble & proud. A little strange, but a tremendous spirit.  Are you creative?

Frida Kahlo Quotes

When I think about creative people I think about Frida Kahlo.   Here are 22 Frida Kahlo quotes to inspire your creative soul:

  1. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.
  2. I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.
  3. Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing
  4. I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.
  5. Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly.
  6. I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.
  7. I paint flowers so they will not die
  8. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
  9. Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.
  10. Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.
  11. There is nothing more precious than laughter.
  12. I love you more than my own skin.
  13. At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
  14. You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.
  15. I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
  16. I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.
  17. Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.
  18. My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently.
  19. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It’s not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can’t.
  20. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.
  21. No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
    fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.
    pine green, pink glass, eye,
    mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.
  22. There is nothing more precious than laughter.

10 FUN Things You Can Do With Mom On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day can be a busy and stressful time for some people. Especially, if you wait until the last minute to purchase a gift. However, this year you can have the best Mother’s Day yet and it won’t break the bank. We put together 10 fun things you can do with mom on Mother’s Day.

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History Of Mother’s Day

Did you know the creator of Mother’s Day, Ann Jarvis originally celebrated Mother’s day in 1908, three years after her mother’s death as a tribute to her mom and motherhood everywhere. Although Ann never had any children of her own, her efforts led to recognition of Mother’s Day as a national holiday within six years! As the creator of Mother’s Day Ann tried to end the holiday when it started to be commercialized after she felt that the holiday was not being recognized as she envisioned. She never succeeded in her efforts to abolish the Holiday and Mother’s Day is now a 20 billion dollar holiday.

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As you think about Mother’s day should we consider breaking the bank or just honoring mom? I think the answer is somewhere in between. It’s important to celebrate our mothers and honor them to show them we love them and appreciate them.

 

Here 10 Ways To Honor Mom That Won’t Break The Bank

1. Create A Picture Album For Mom: Find your top 10 favorite photos with you and mom and create a picture book in a photo album.

2. Write Mom A Poem: In your own words write mom a sweet poem to show her how much you care about her and love her. Also check out write a poem in 50 seconds for some help with writing a poem. Sometimes the poems are kind of silly, but it’s a great resource for words that rhyme for your special poem. It will also make you smile. Everyone needs some more joy in their life.

3. Take Mom To The Park: Pack some lunch and take mom to the park. If you have children it is also a great place for bonding with family. Give mom your full attention and don’t let anything distract you from spending quality time with mom.

4. Take Mom To The Beach: Pack a lunch, put on your flip flops and take mom for a walk on the beach. There is nothing more comforting than having sand in your toes while walking on the beach with mom. It will be a priceless memory.

5. Take Mom To The Local Flower Garden: Flowers are in full bloom during the spring time. Instead of buying mom a $100 floral arrangement, take mom to see live flower fields and buy her a bouquet of flowers. Look at your local newspaper for flower gardens, flower fields or flower festivals in your area.

6. Make Mom Breakfast In Bed: Nothing says I LOVE YOU MOM like breakfast in bed. We don’t care what you make. It can just be fruit, cereal and coffee. As long as it is made with love, you will make mom’s day.

7. Take Mom To Lunch At her Favorite Place: Does your mom really want to dine at a fancy restaurant or does she prefer that mom and pop restaurant down the street? Don’t forget, it’s Mother’s day. Let mom decide where she wants to celebrate and take her there and make it just like old times.

8. Give Mom Unlimited Access To Her Favorite Magazines: You can purchase an app such as Nextissue for under $20 a month and bring over 500 digital copies of magazines to mom’s tablet.

9. Make Her Gift EXTRA SPECIAL: If you have already purchased her gift make it extra special. For example if you bought her an iPad or iPhone fill it up with special memories and include photos of you, her and family. Buy her some of her favorite books or take the time to help her learn how to use the gadget.

10. Just Show Up! Pack yourself in your car and bring mom the best gift of all, your beautiful smiling face. Don’t forget MOM really just wants to spend time with you. In our busy digital lifestyles, the biggest and greatest gift you can give MOM is YOUR time.

No fancy lunch date for our family this year! We’re taking mom to her favorite family mom and pop restaurant.

Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you find our tips useful.

 

Eva-TFL

Hot Pursuit Movie Review And Exclusive Interview With Sofia Vergara

When was the last time you went to the movies and laughed so hard your stomach hurt?  I recently attended a girls night out private screening of Hot Pursuit Movie and Interviewed Sofia Vergara.   Our girls night out evening was topped off with popcorn, candy, cupcakes and coffee and lots of silliness in between.  I never thought my sister and I would ever stop laughing, but every time we think about the movie we share a laugh because the movie was really funny.  It’s been a couple of weeks since we saw the movie and we still can’t stop laughing!   The movie will be released on theaters May 8.

 

 

Cast

Starring:

Reese Witherspoon – Cooper

Sofía Vergara – Daniella Riva

John Carroll Lynch – Captain Emmet

Rob Kazinsky – Randy

Richard T. Jones – Detective Jackson

Director

Anne Fletcher

Release Date

May 8, 2015

Rated PG-13

 

Hot Pursuit Movie Review

When I heard Sofia Vergara and Reese Whitherspoon were teaming up for Hot Pursuit, my curiosity peaked.It’s also great to see powerful women directing, producing and playing lead roles in movies, especially a comedy movie.  I really admire both lead actors in  other movies and loved their roles in Hot Pursuit, a laugh-out-loud hilarious movie.   The movie plot and cast are hilarious, but the chemistry between Reese and Sofia is what really makes this a great comedy.

Hot Pursuit is about an uptight and by-the-book cop, Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) who tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow  Daniela (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.     Daniela is a tough woman who has no problem using her female assets to get what she wants.  Cooper on the other hand is a woman who works in a predominately male field who tries to subdue her female assets and femininity to fit in to the workplace as a police officer.

As the movie develops you will embrace and fall in love with Daniela and Cooper.  The characters are sassy, quirky and share dozens of silly jokes that are actually funny.  I wish I could remember them all and share at least 21 jokes from Hot Pursuit that were actually funny.   My stomach hurt so bad from laughing so hard, but it was a much needed laugh and girls night out.  I definitely recommend the movie as a night out with your best friends.  It will be a memorable girls night out.

Sofia Vergara Hot Pursuit Movie Exclusive Interview

I had the opportunity to interview Sophia Vergara as well.  Here is what she shared about her character, favorite scenes and possibility of teaming up with Reese for another movie:

What drew you to the character Daniela? Any specific character traits?

SOFIA VERGARA: “WELL YOU KNOW IT WAS AN OBVIOUS ATTRACTION FOR ME BECAUSE SHE’S COLOMBIAN. I LIKED THAT SHE HAS A LITTLE TWIST AT THE END. IT WAS FUN TO GET TO PLAY BOTH SIDES OF HER. AND MOST OF ALL, I LIKED HER WARDROBE. IT WAS WAY BETTER THAN REESE’S.”

Loved your jokes, all of them!  What is your favorite scene? Were there any improvised scenes?

SOFIA VERGARA: “THE BUS SCENE WAS MY FAVORITE TO SHOOT AND TO WATCH. IT WAS SUPER FUN TO DO. AND WHEN REESE’S CHARACTER IS DRESSED AS JUSTIN BEIBER I COULDN’T GET THROUGH A TAKE WITHOUT LAUGHING.”

You and Reese make a perfect pair.  Can we expect a Hot Pursuit 2?

SOFIA VERGARA: “IF WE ARE LUCKY! MAYBE IT WILL BE LIKE THE FAST AND FURIOUS MOVIES AND WE CAN GET ALL THE WAY UP TO HOT PURSUIT 8!”

Movie Trailer

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All Bearded Men DO NOT Have Poop On Their Faces

There seems to be a couple of articles floating around the internet claiming that bearded men have poop in their beards.  All bearded men do not have poop on their faces. All these articles claiming that bearded men have have poop on their faces don’t actually have scientific facts.  Their opinion is based on tests done by swabbing a couple of faces.    The real issue isn’t beards, the real issue is about hygiene and about bacteria on people’s hands contaminating counters, doorknobs, homes, restaurants and hotels.

All Bearded Men DO NOT have poop on their Beards

 

According to the article linked above, the real issue is related to men not washing their hands and touching their beards:

Apparently the key to a poo-free beard is to make sure you wash your hands regularly and avoid playing with and twirling the hair.

“Try to keep your hands away from your face, as much as possible,” Golobic added.

How many men, women and children do you know that don’t wash their hands when the go to the bathroom and touch their hair, kitchen surfaces, office doors and worse YOU!  Seriously,  this is the bigger issue.  Leave men with beards and hipsters with beards alone. They are cool and make our world a better place because they are different.

Fecal matter is everywhere. That’s why people need to wash their  hands, close the toilet seat when they flush and keep their bacteria away from others.

Still not sure whether or not fecal matter is everywhere?  Check out these other articles for get some real scientific data on fecal matter in hotel rooms, tootbrushes and restaurants:

Fecal Matter Hiding In Your Hotel Room: Picking up the remote control or telephone at a hotel room may also mean you are picking up fecal matter and other great facts about germs at Hotels.

Toothbrush Fecal Matter:  If you keep your toothbrush within the vicinity of the toilet, it will be regularly bathed with fecal matter

The 10 Germiest Places at a Restaurant: Did you know the salad bar thongs, ketchup bottle and bathroom doorknobs are the germiest places at a restaurant.  Check out this post for a list of the germiest places at a restaurant that have germs, including fecal matter.

 

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Movie Review | What You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

The Avengers Age of Ultron movie premiers in theaters today!  Age of Ultron, is a follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.  Ultron emerges and the Avengers try to stop his terrible plans and protect the world from the greatest threat to mankind.

Before you see the movie you need to know  who the cast of characters are, the powerful roles women play in the movie and role the costumes & prop secrets plays in the success of the movie.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Cast

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.

 

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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.  Kim Soo Hyuan also plays a supporting role in the cast as Dr. Helen Cho.

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Women in Avengers: Age of Ultron & Movie Review

Age of Ultron movie has a great storyline, is action-packed and has more twists and thrills than a rollercoaster.  It’s so entertaining you will blur the lines of fantasy and reality to immerse yourself into a character in the movie. Which Avenger you pick depends on what character you are drawn to the most and their costume.  My favorite so far is the Black Widow, but I really loved all the characters, especially all the roles played by women.

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The Black Widow, Agent Maria Hill, Wanda Maximoff and Dr. Helen Cho characters are very smart, tech savvy and powerful.     Their intelligence, expertise and super powers draws you closer to each of their characters.

The female forces in Avengers Age of Ultron  have a lot of depth, are intelligent and powerful.  They are a force to be reckoned with and inspire us to channel our own inner Avengers.  The combination of their tender-hearts, kick-ass moves and survival skills make them more human-like, even though they have incredible super powers.

These are the characteristics I liked the most from each female character:

It’s really business as usual for the Black Widow with her martial arts moves, but as the film develops we get to see a tender and heart-warming side to her character and unexpected love interest.

Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver are orphaned at a young age.  Their past experiences have drawn them to the dark side.   It’s just them against the world.  Wanda’s character is more motherly, caring and protecting of her cause.  Wanda is very connected to the universe and the world around her, which is where she draws her telekinisis super power from.  Her super powers have never before seen by the Avengers and very mystifying.

Agent Maria Hill’s is reporting to Tony Stark and is in charge of all the paperwork, but as you see her role play out she really has a significant role in day to day operations, as  she works closely with all the Avengers.  When it comes to getting things done she gets it done.

Dr. Helen Cho is a geneticist who helps the Avengers from the Avengers towers.  Her research and technology expertise help the Avengers.  We truly need more movies with smart technologists and world super heroes in film!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Costumes & Prop Secrets

Alexandra Byrne designed all the costumes.   According to Byrne, the most challenging part of the movie was creating all the costume designs for all the characters.   There were a lot of characters and they needed to get the costumes just right.   Alex Byrne and Ryan Meinerding, concept artist collaborated on a great coat for Haweye with really cool lines.

Many of the Avenger props applied new technology to old weapons to take them to the next level. Hawkeye’s archery also takes a new look with an upgrade to a maroon.   There are also five versions of Captain Americas shield for the making of the film:  a hero, a lightweight hero, a durable, a biscuit foam and a stunt rubber.   Black Widow’s fighting batons are based off the Escrima Sticks.

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Marvel Avengers Age Of Ultron Cast Interviews | Top 10 Secrets from #AgeOfUltron Movie

I recently attended a press conference at Walt Disney Studios and interviewed the cast of the upcoming movie, Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. “The Avengers,” the Super Hero dream team is back to protect the world from the greatest threat mankind has ever seen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The movie will be in theaters on May 1.

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We interviewed Scarlett Johansson. Mr. Joss Whedon. Elizabeth Olsen. James Spader. Mark Ruffalo. Chris Hemsworth. Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans. Jeremy Renner. Paul Bettany. Cobie Smulders. Aaron Taylor-Johnson. And Mr. Kevin Feige.

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Question #1: Paul Bettany. So what does it feel like now to be more than just a voice?

PAUL BETTANY: The main difference is I have to show up. The great thing is being able to work with all these incredibly creative and talented people. However, I also now have to show up at junkets, you know, so everything’s a double-edged sword, you know?

 

Question #2: Joss. If you could talk about bringing Vision and Ultron to life. It almost seemed like they each embodied Stark’s nature, both the good and the bad, Ultron being the bad, and the Vision the best of both natures. Could you talk a little bit about that and maybe even Mr. Downey could comment.

JOSS WHEDON: They doo embody a little bit of him, but they’re also their own people. But I do see them as two sides of the same coin. I like the sort of accord between the two of them. I think there’s something beautiful about the fact that they see the same thing and react to it differently emotionally.

 

Question #3: Joss. Can you talk about, what were the biggest challenges that you faced putting together the story and then shooting the film? What were the things that surprised you on your journey?

JOSS WHEDON: There’s 47 of these people. It’s making sure that everybody’s got their moment, their through-line, that it’s connected to the movie. I have all these people. I love all these people. They’re extraordinary. But making sure that they’re not just all being served, but all within the same narrative structure, that they’re in the same movie, that it’s all connected to the main theme. At some point during the editing process, I could not have told you who they were, who I was, what movie I was making, I got so lost in it. But I think it all came together, and you know, it’s just about making these guys look good, which takes a long time.

 

Question #4: Kevin. You started with this grand plan almost a decade ago. What’s it meant to you to see it all coming to fruition, working with filmmakers like Joss and the rest of the cast you’ve had through all your movies? What’s that experience been like for you, and to see the world connect with the MCU in such a powerful way?

KEVIN FEIGE: It started with the notion of making these movies ourselves, and becoming Marvel Studios, and then it continued with Robert in Iron Man one, with the notion of having Sam Jackson come in at the end and say: you’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet, thinking that most people wouldn’t know what that meant, but occasionally somebody would go: what did that mean? I’d go: it means maybe that we’ll introduce all the different characters and put ‘em together. It’d be great. But the minute that happened, the world sort of got it, much more quickly than I anticipated, and it was awesome, and it continues to be – it’s daunting now ‘cause the expectations before, they didn’t exist. They thought: what are they doing, let’s go on to the next thing. And now it’s crushingly overwhelming expectations, particularly on this movie. But it’s incredible, and it’s incredible, to look down the line and the table keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s the greatest ensemble ever assembled in cinematic history, and it is amazing to be a part of it.

Question #5: Robert, James, and Chris Hemsworth. Growing up, who was your favorite superhero, and why?

CHRIS HEMSWORTH: I mean, Superman was probably the only film they’d made, I think, back when I was growing up. That was the one that sticks out for me. Iron Man hadn’t been created yet, or Captain America, or Hulk, or Black Widow or Vision, everyone on this table.

JAMES SPADER: Growing up, I didn’t have any comic books at all, but my friend Will Brottis has a trunk full of ‘em, and so comic books were like candy for me. I’d go over to his house for a sleepover, and I would be really just devouring everything I could get my hands on.

 

Question #6: Jeremy. There were a lot of Hawkeye fans that felt a little shortchanged actually in the first Avengers because one of their favorite heroes wasn’t focused on as much as they would have liked. But we see a much greater emphasis on Barton in this particular film. Can you talk bout what you were hoping to see as Barton evolve into in this film, and your first reactions when you read the script and you saw the role he was going to play in this one.

JEREMY RENNER: I speak in this movie and I become part of the team, which is awesome. When sitting down with Joss, and even Kevin back in the day, about why I liked him, why I wanted to play Hawkeye, is ‘cause I didn’t understand, I could never do like what these gentlemen do. I don’t have that creative of a mind. I understood Hawkeye in the sense of he’s a human just with a high skill set, so I could tap into that. I got to explore a little bit more of that, even outside the skill set, and I thought that was a really, really endearing and thoughtful sort of secret that he had, and I’m excited to kind of see where that goes.

 

Question #7: We’ve seen Black Widow not only evolve depth-wise but we see her role getting larger and larger as the cinematic universe progresses to the point that we see her play such a significant role in Age of Ultron. Talk a little bit about where you see Black Widow even going from here, once we get to the end of this film.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: In the beginning of Avengers 2, there’s some sense finally of there being a kind of normal, in a way. It’s a well-oiled machine where, you tag teaming each other, it’s finally, like, the introductions are over and we’re at work, digging our heels in, and at the end of Avengers 2, I think Widow lets her guard down. She was hopeful for something. I think she had this moment of false hope where she kind of felt like, you know, she kind of put in the work and, you know, there should be some kind of personal payoff and she was ready to accept it. She realizes that her calling is a greater one and that’s not necessarily something that she’s thrilled about, but that’s kind of what is most heroic about her is that she’s, you know, accepting the call of duty, even at herown personal loss. It’s an interesting place to leave her there, because you know, there’s many different directions to go. She going to be able to withstand this huge weight that’s bearing down on her or is she going to crack under it, and sort of crumble, you know, not being able to take this huge hit, this huge personal hit that she does. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see, right?

 

Question #8: Scarlett. Can you talk a bit about the physical preparation that went into the role and were you a proficient motorcycle rider already?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I don’t think you’re allowed to ride a motorcycle when you’re still pregnant. But I did. I did all of the motorcycle riding. I embarrassingly rode some sort of a mechanical bull type of motorcycle, which goes nowhere and doesn’t look cool at all. But you know, we had some very professional and amazing motocross work being done that makes Black Widow look like a total badass. I’m very fortunate that there’s a team around me that is super-supportive in helping all of Widow’s fight moves and badass motorcycle riding happen. Could not do that without that part of it. Starting a move and then finishing a move and all that work being seamless takes a lot of choreography and team spirit. So you know, every film is exciting ‘cause I get new tools and new fun, cool stuff to do, and luckily Joss writes me some badass moves that make me look just epic and it’s awesome. I just said epic, awesome and badass all in one sentence. I’m done now.

 

Question #9: Mark. One of the great things about Dr. Banner is that we see so much of Dr. Banner in Hulk, but yet you find a way to make Dr. Banner feel like such a distinct character from the Hulk at the same time. Talk a little bit about Banner’s evolution in this film and the Dr. Banner you wanted the audiences of Age of Ultron to see.

MARK RUFFALO: I was helped out by the fact that I’m green, and huge, to help me with the distinction between the two characters, so I can’t take full credit for that, except for the accent that I was using.

 

Question #10: Joss. It’s the nerd question of the day. Why is the armor designed to contain the Hulk called Veronica?

JOSS WHEDON: I decided to call it Veronica because I used to be in love with a woman named Betty, and Veronica is the opposite of that.

 

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I Wore Denim To Bring Awareness To Sexual Violence On #DenimDay

April is National Sexual Violence awareness month. More than ever these past couple of months I have paid very close attention to cases about violence against women.  Each year I participate in Denim Day to bring awareness to this important issue and support victims of sexual violence.  It’s horrifying to think that even in 2015 we need to stand up and bring attention to these issues.  Do you agree?

 

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Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence Incidents

Whether you are wearing a short skirt or tight blouse, it doesn’t make a difference because sexual violence is about power. It’s a myth that women who dress in revealing clothing are asking for it. It has nothing to do with dressing provocatively.

In 2015 I would like to bring more attention to a discussion on the way we dress and the myth that the attire women wear attracts sexual violence.  With the popularity of cosplay, it’s important to remember that women can wear whatever they want with the expectation that they will not receive unwanted attention or advances.

In 2014 and 2015 we followed the story of Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia University student who carries her mattress on campus as a symbol of her burden as a victim of sexual assault after the university cleared Nungesser, the man she accused of raping her of  wrongdoing in the 2012 incident.  Emma Sulkowicz’s initiated her protests to show how flawed the university system is when it comes to addressing sexual misconduct.  Two other students also filed sexual misconduct reports against Paul Nungesser as well.  However, Columbia University sided with Paul Nungesser on the first report and terminated the investigation on the second report after Nungesser appealed the finding for the incident and the victim withdrew the claim.   Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping Emma Sulkowiz  denies the allegations.   Nungesser filed a lawsuit against Columbia university citing sexual discrimination for allowing Sulkowicz to obtain college credit for a thesis project, the Mattress Performance.

Emma Sulkowicz activism has placed a spotlight on sexual misconduct at universities, modified the way Columbia University deals with student sexual misconduct reporting and has initiated nationwide discussions of university rape culture.   Her endurance performance art piece uses the elements of protest and provides a creative way for victims of sexual misconduct to heal and people who are not aware of sexual misconduct to learn through interacting with Emma’s story.

In February 2012 we were reminded just how precious life is as Josh Powell took his life and the life of his two children after the police were drawing closer to resolving the case of his missing wife, Susan Powell.

In March 2012, we watched a program on ABC about Crystal Harris, a San Diego mom who was raped by her husband only to find out that she had to pay her husband spousal support.  I felt her pain.  How  demoralizing to have to pay your abuser spousal support.  It’s like being a victim twice. The order for the victim to pay spousal support to her attacker was challenged.   She eventually won the case and received custody of her children from their imprisoned dad.

In 2012, the White House has also been debating the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Under the VAWA domestic violence against women has fallen 60%. However, Congress is currently debating the expanded provisions which include domestic violence protection for same sex couples and illegal immigrants.

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Denim Day 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 many people will join forces to bring national awareness to sexual assault and rape.   Let’s wear denim as a visable social statement to raise public awareness about sexual assault and rape and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  Let’s do it for Susan, let’s do it for Crystal or someone you know.

Denim Day was started in Italy in 1992 after  an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. The assailant was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail. He appealed the sentence, and the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court released the perpetrator and dismissed all charges. The reasoning behind this was “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”  The women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action within a couple hours, and wore jeans.  The California Senate and Assembly did the same. Thus, Denim Day was born.

Let’s make a Social Statement with our fashion statement. Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and make a statement to STOP THE VIOLENCE!

The 10 Powerful Things We Learned From Baltimore Riots In Photos #BaltimoreRiots

 

If you turned on the television and watched the evening news it appears that the entire community of Baltimore looks like a war zone. However, underneath all the Baltimore riots smoke, fires and unrest, there are people within the community who really care, love and want to see their community thrive.

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