#EarthToEcho Movie Review and Cast Interview

We recently attended a private screening of Earth to Echo courtesy of Relativity Media and absolutely loved it.  The movie is made for inquisitive kids and takes us back to the time when kids were just kids exploring their surroundings and joining forces to solve problems.  Make sure to mark your calendars for July 2 and make this a family date to remember!

Earth To Echo Movie Review

We recommend this movie for ages 0 and up!  The movie is not just another kid movie, it’s a family movie for every member of the family to enjoy. If you are a child it will make you want to grab your bike,  go outside with your friends and seek adventures that help you bond in real life with your friends.  If you’re an adult, it will take you back to your childhood memories and the time when life was just about the things that really mattered, friendship and family.  There is also no coarse language, no uncomfortable cursing or offensive scenes either!

The actors also do a very good job of drawing you into the emotion of the characters and make the movie realistic.   The directors made it seem like the movie was filmed by the teens which is a genius idea! Due to all the technology resources available today our children are very inquisitive, always thinking, creating ideas and using new types of communication to connect with each other.  The characters in this movie creatively use technology, social media, filming abilities and GPS tools to create a believable movie.    Echo also did an awesome job of making us love him  He was so adorable.  I don’t think I can even call him and alien.  He is a great friend.

We often don’t see these type of family friendly movies and I am hoping there will be an Earth To Echo 2!

 

Earth To Echo Cast Interview

Our reporter Denise Nicole interviews Teo Halm, Ella Wahlestedt, Astro & Reese Hartwig to find out what it was like to film Earth To Echo movie.   Find out how the actors individually relate to movie, how they bonded in the movie and more!

 

Earth To Echo Writer, Producer, Director Interview

We also interviewed the Writer, Producer and Director or Earth to Echo movie.  Dave Green (Director), Andrew Panay (Producer), and Henry Gayden (Writer) were very transparent in their interview with us.   We omitted movie spoilers from the answers for readers who haven’t watched the movie.

Question:  How long did it take to select the actors for Earth To Echo?

Answer (Andrew Panay): The actors were found within a week of shooting the movie.   Although the turnaround time was short, we were not panicked at all as we were looking for a cast that had authenticity and chemistry.  Andrew Panay also advised that they were looking for a cast that felt like “real kids” that speak to the next generation of kids and for  parents to relate to some of the movies  to see when we were growing up.  

 

Question: Were any scenes filmed with a mobile device?

Answer (Dave Green):  Yes, 2 scenes were filmed with an iPhone.  The first scene and another scene in a truck.

 

Question:  How were you able to draw all the emotion with the CGI special effects?

Answer (Henry Gayden):  A lot of the Echo scenes were filmed off camera as Echo was either not there or a robot.  The actors worked in groups and supported each other with the scenes.  They raised to the occasion, especially for the emotional scenes.

About the Movie

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a group of close friends whose neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. The team is convinced something bigger is going on and team up with another school friend, Emma to look for the source of their phone signals.  They discover a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. The friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home.

Cast

Actor Teo Halm  as Alex
Actor Astro  as Tuck
Actor Reese Hartwig as  Munch

Actor Ella Wahlestedt   as Emma

Echo as Himself

Actor Jason Gray-Stanford Jr.    as Dr. Lawrence Madsen

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New Official Trailer Release for Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn

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The movie is about an underachiever who finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

 

Monster’s University Now Enrolling in Summer 2013

 

We had the opportunity to attend a screening of Monster’s University this past weekend.  The movie is a prequel to the 2001 Monsters, Inc. hit.  The long awaited 3-D movie sequel is set on the campus of Monster’s University and explores the relationship between Sulley and Michael when they were at Monster’s University pursuing an education at Scare School.

The plot, movie setting in the college campus and references to college traditions such as the rivalry between college students is also addressed.  The movie also has a lot of silliness, laughter, comedy and lessons learned.

The film will definitely be another Disney-Pixar classic.  My children watched Monster’s Inc when they were youth and now that they are college aged kids they enjoyed it as well in 3-D.  This is also a great movie for families to watch together and talk about the life lessons learned afterwards.   I applaud Disney-Pixar for providing a realistic  and amusing storyline and making the ending a heartfelt lesson.  The movie made me smile, tear up and laugh out loud.

TITLE: “Monsters University”

CREDITS: Directed by Dan Scanlon; written by Mr. Scanlon, Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson.

CAST:  Billy Crystal ( Mike – Voice), John Goodman (Sullivan -Voice), Steve Buscemi (Randy – Voice), Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble – Voice),  Peter Sohn (Squishy – Voice)

RATING: G

KID APPROPRIATE: YES

RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes.

OVERALL RATING:  9

TRIVIA:

  • The first prequel to a Pixar film. 
  • Doug Sweetland, who directed the Pixar short Presto, was originally set to direct Monsters University, before being replaced with Dan Scanlon
  • Mike’s parents were originally planned to be included in the story. They would drop Mike off for his first day at Monsters University. However, director Dan Scanlon decided to drop them from the finished film to make Mike seem just that much more vulnerable. 
  • This is the second ever “college” themed film to receive a “G” rating, the first being another Disney film, College Road Trip
  • Professor Knight’s lecture hall is room A113, a reference to a room at CalArts where animation classes are taught. All Pixar films have a reference to “A113″. 

 

 

2013 Golden Globe Awards Complete Nominees & Winners List

I always love looking at the Golden Globes!  The fancy dresses, dinner tables and celebrities make for a fun television viewing evening.  The 2013 Golden Globes didn’t disappoint.  My favorite movie, Les Miserables won Best Picture, Best Actor in a Musical Comedy and Best Supporting Actress. Daniel Day-Lewis received the Best Actor award for his role as Lincoln in the highly acclaimed movie Lincoln.  To top off the winners list, Brave received the Golden Globe award for Best Animated Film!

Here is the complete list of 2013 Golden Globe nominees & winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“Argo” — WINNER!
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” — WINNER!
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actress, Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” — WINNER!
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables” — WINNER!
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables” — WINNER!
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls” — WINNER!
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Best Director 
Ben Affleck, “Argo” — WINNER!
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Actress, TV Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “The New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls” — WINNER!
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Animated Film
“Brave” — WINNER!
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Actress, TV Drama
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland” — WINNER!
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour” — WINNER!
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Actor, TV Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” — WINNER!
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Louie C.K., “Louie”
Jim Parsons, “Big Bang Theory”

Best Screenplay
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained” — WINNER!
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Supporting Actress 
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” — WINNER!
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture 
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change” — WINNER!
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” — WINNER!
Maggie Smith, “Quarter”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs

Best Actor, TV Miniseries or Motion Picture 
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys” — WINNER!
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Original Song 
“For You,” “Act of Valor”
“Not Running Anymore,” “Stand Up Guys”
“Safe and Sounds,” “The Hunger Games
“Skyfall,” “Skyfall” — WINNER!
“Suddenly,” “Les Miserables”

Best Original Score 
“Life of Pi” — WINNER!
“Argo”
“Anna Karenina”
“Cloud Atlas”
“Lincoln”

Best Television Series, Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland” — WINNER!
“The Newsroom”

Best Actor, TV Drama
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Brian Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damien Lewis, “Homeland” — WINNER!

Best Actress, TV Miniseries or Motion Picture 
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change” — WINNER!
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best TV Miniseries or Motion Picture 
“Game Change” — WINNER!
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best Supporting Actress, TV Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture 
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” — WINNER!
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” — WINNER!

Question:  Who is your favorite actor/actress winners?

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