Tomorrowland Movie Review And Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy

Tomorrowland
Movie

I
attended a private screening of Tomorrowland Movie and interviewed
Raffey Cassidy. The movie will be released in theaters
nationwide today, May 22. The movie is about optimism and the
future, Tomorrowland. In the movie, the premise that the
futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to
Walt Disney’s vision. The characters of the movie obtain
a pin to jump-start their quest for Tomorrowland and use their
courage, hope and determination to make a difference.

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movie provides a powerful and optimistic view into the future.
It will have you thinking about the way you think about the
future and the role you play in the outcome future. You will
be entertained, but you will also have something to talk about.
Grab your pin and take me to Tomorrowland!

Cast

 
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Clooney
(“Frank Walker”), Britt
Robertson
(“Casey Newton”), Tim
McGraw
(“Ed Newton”) and Raffey
Cassidy
(“Athena”). The film was written and
produced by Brad Bird (Director / Producer
/ Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer /
Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).
“Tomorrowland” features a screenplay by “Lost” writer and
co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof
& Bird & Jeff Jensen, and also stars Hugh Laurie.
When the concept of “Tomorrowland” was just percolating in
writer/producer Damon Lindelof’s mind, Sean Bailey, president of
production at Disney told him about a box that had been discovered
in a closet at the studio. The “mystery box” contained all sorts of
fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters
seemingly related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964
World’s Fair. Lindelof imagined that these findings were a guide to
a secret story that nobody knew about; a place called Tomorrowland.
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FUN facts

  • For the props
    department, creating props for the different time periods of the
    film—1964, 1984 and 2014—was a challenge. There are different
    influences and materials that affect the manufacture and design of
    the props for each era, so every prop needed to be carefully
    researched and analyzed to make sure the technology and materials
    they planned to use existed in the time period. Then the filmmakers
    had to try and find the real parts to make things
    authentic.
    style="text-align: left;">Designed by illustrator Tim Flattery
    of “Men in Black” fame, the plasma ray guns used in the comic-book
    store scene feature interactive light that spills out into the
    environment, adding to their air of authenticity. The guns were
    built with a very small but powerful wireless battery pack that
    fits on the end. Upon the actor hitting the trigger, the gun throws
    interactive light out the front. When the “plasma” is empty, a red
    light goes on and, as the gun recharges, the lights turn blue
    again.
  • Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland had to dress almost 400
    extras in 1964-era attire for the Hall of Invention and Unisphere
    Plaza World’s Fair scenes.
    style="text-align: left;">The 1964 jet pack designed for Young
    Frank (Thomas Robinson) was a feat of engineering and imagination.
    It has 40 different fasteners on the backpack frame and has mounts
    for Electrolux vacuum cleaners on the sides. Control cables operate
    the small shovels on the back. Cables run through the jet pack onto
    the handles so the actor can control it. The jet pack was fastened
    to a plate and could be easily removed from the frame so that
    Thomas did not have to walk around with 20 lbs. of jet pack on his
    back between takes.
    style="text-align: left;">For the 1964 World’s Fair, the Walt
    Disney Company created three rides, the It’s a Small World ride
    being the one we remember most. Though quaint by today’s standards,
    back in 1964, Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr.
    Lincoln were revolutionary in how they used robotics and ride
    technology to create a thematically rich experience.

 

Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy
(Athena)

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Cassidy, a young and talented actress, who plays Athena, a robot
child and hero of Tomorrowland alongside George Clooney.
Raffey Cassidy underwent training in swimming, gymnastics,
wirework and martial arts, which was the primary focus of her
training as her character kicks some serious butt in the movie.
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height="500" /> During the interview she shares some
insight on what it is like to play the superhero, preparation for
her mysterious character and hopes for the future:
What is the best part of playing a
Athena?
Raffey Cassidy: Playing
Athena was fun. She is very intelligent, smart and mysterious
and doesn’t show emotions. The best part of the role was
doing all her stunts and so many fight scenes. Scenes
that went back and forth.
What was the
most difficult part of playing role?

Raffey Cassidy: Athena has no background to go off
of so I got to create it. Also, not showing
emotions.
Favorite scene in the
movie?
Raffey Cassidy: The Eiffel
Tower scene was my favorite.
Favorite
Stunt?
Raffey Cassidy: The
Flip
What do you want people to take away
from movie?
Raffey Cassidy: I would
like people to think about the future and about the way they
interact with each other and communicate with each other. We
need to interact face to face more and less with
technology.
Favorite Disneyland Ride in
Tomorrowland?
Raffey Cassidy: Space
Mountain
Favorite Disney ride of all
time?
Raffey Cassidy: California
Scream
Favorite Hobbies?
Raffey Cassidy: I love creating special effects
scars and bruises on the face and arms. I create a lot of special
effects.
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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.

Disney's TOMORROWLAND..Young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) ..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney 2015

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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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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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.

Age of Ultron Trailer

 

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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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Top 10 Secrets from Marvels Age of Ultron Movie

 

 

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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Dreamworks Home Movie Review #DreamWorksHome

We recently landed on the purple carpet for the movie premier of Dreamworks Home, starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez.  The movie is in theaters starting today, March 27.

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The movie producers and director did a great job of integrating multicultural characteristics in the characters played by Jennifer Lopez (Latina entertainer and actress)  and Rihanna (Barbadian singer, entertainer and actress).   In addition to the movie,  there is a Dreamworks HOME movie soundtrack which included three new songs by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Feel the Light song.  I love the soundtrack. It’s also a great soundtrack for kids.

Hurry up! Hurry up! Get in your spaceship and make sure to land on the purple carpet and go see Home.  Make sure to take someone with you to ensure you don’t get beemed up by the Boov!

 

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The movie is out of this world and based on a book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  The screenplay was written by Tom J. Astie and Matt Ember, produced by Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy and directed by Tim Johnson on earth.

 

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Home Movie Overview

Oh is a lovable misfit from another planet, Boov. He lands on earth and find himself on the run from his own people, the Boov!  Oh forms a friendship with a young, inquisitive girl named Tip who is also on a quest of her own.  Tip has been living on her own since the Boov rounded up all the humans and is in search of  her mother, Lucy.  Tip has an adorable pet cat named “Pig”, which is always by her side.   Together, Tip and Oh  discover the universe and the true meaning on being HOME.

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Cast

Jim Parsons as Oh
Rihanna as Gratuity “Tip”
Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci
Steve Martin as Captain Smek
Matt L. Jones as Kyle
Brian Stepanek as Gorg Commander
April Lawrence as Boov Announcer

Movie Review

Home is an endearing movie about love, family, unity and the real meaning of HOME.  The characters are so lovable, especially Tip and Oh.    Oh character is from a planet called Boov.  The Boov are running away from their enemy to earth and relocate all the humans to Australia.  Oh is a misfit, but deep down inside he is funny, silly and very lovable.  Tip’s character is from Barbados, intelligent, spunky and very inquisitive.    Tip is separated from her mother during the invasion and is on a quest to reunite with her.

The Boov come from another planet, can speak broken english and have adapted to our environment, sort of.  They have come to planet earth to get rid of all humans so that can take over the planet.     As the story unfolds, we find that Boov’s and humans actually have more in common than differences.  The movie will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.  You’ll even feel like you’re flying in a spaceship!

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For additional information follow DreamWorks Animation on Twitter , visit ‘HOME’ on Facebook  or Dreamworks Home for FUN games, a visit to the Boov Testing Center  and additional information about the movie and cast.

Cinderella Movie Review & FUN Facts

Cinderella opened in theaters on March 13.  Unlike the original animated classic of 1950, the Cinderella movie brings to life the original classic and tells a story about kindness, courage and true love with two kindred spirits who see each others hearts falling in love.  This is not a movie about a “poor girl” getting save.  The movie will take you through a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, love and make you believe in magic. 

 

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 The Making Of CINDERELLA

Disney’s animated fairy tale “Cinderella,” the magical love story of an ill-treated heroine whose dreams come true, was a colossal moment in Disney’s history. With a $3 million budget, “Cinderella” was a huge financial risk for the studio at the time, but the film opened on February 15, 1950 to universal acclaim and was a big hit commercially, grossing more than $34 million and firmly solidifying the studio as a major force in the industry. Today, 65 years later, “Cinderella” has become one of the studio’s most treasured  titles. The film is included on the American Film Institute’s list of the “10 Greatest Animated Films of All Time”.

The live-action Cinderella movie brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as real life characters for a whole new generation and stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron.

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CINDERELLA Synopsis

Ella’s father was a merchant who traveled alot.  Her mom taught her to believe in everything.  Her mother becomes very ill and passes away. Before her passing, Ella’s mom reminds her to “Be Kind and Have Courage.  Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic”.  Ella takes her moms encouragement and advice and tucks it away in her heart and lives a life focused on how life should be with a magic after her moms passing.  She loves the world around her and was kind to animals.

After Ella’s mom passes away, her dad meets Lady Tremaine and marries her.  The fashionable Lady Tremaine  makes a grand entrance when she arrives to Ella’s family estate.  Lady Tremaine’s had also experienced grief.  However, it made her bitter and angry over the years. It’s hard to see the anger and bitterness on the surface because she is a stunning beauty with an amazing wardrobe of clothing which will captivate your attention and put you into a spell.

Ella’s life comes crashing down after the passing of her father.  With the father’s passing Lady Tremaine lets her anger and bitterness take over her life and she becomes an evil and cruel step-mother.   Through a series of events you can see why Lady Tremaine is that way and once you understand, you will come out of your spell and have a hard time seeing her as an “evil” stepmother.

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The step-sisters were spoiled and raised to be vain, selfish, self-centered and mean.  As you look closer at the characters of the evil step-mother and evil step-sisters you will see that Ella could have easily become her evil step-family, but instead she chooses the path of kindness and courage.  You will be overcome with emotion by seeing just how much Ella endures and how she overcomes it.

You will feel like you are being transformed to the period to experience a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness and love. with Cinderella.

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Cast

Stepmother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CATE BLANCHETT

Cinderella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LILY JAMES

Prince . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARD MADDEN

Fairy Godmother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HELENA BONHAM CARTER

Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NONSO ANOZIE

Grand Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STELLAN SKARSGÅRD

Drisella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOPHIE MCSHERA

Anastasia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOLLIDAY GRAINGER

King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DEREK JACOBI

Ella’s Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BEN CHAPLIN

Ella’s Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAYLEY ATWELL

Master Phineus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROB BRYDON

Princess Chelina of Zaragosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JANA PEREZ

Royal Crier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEX MACQUEEN

Lizard Footman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOM EDDEN

Goose Coachman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GARETH MASON

Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PAUL HUNTER

Ella (10 Years) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELOISE WEBB

Palace Official . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOSHUA MCGUIRE

Halberdier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MATTHEW STEER

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10 CINDELLA movie FUN FACTS

  • For the palace ball, Kenneth Branagh wanted to see the most spectacular ballroom imaginable. The set was constructed at Pinewood Studios on the famous 007 soundstage, the largest in Europe, which has housed hundreds of massive productions over the years.
  • The ballroom also included 17 enormous custom-made chandeliers from Italy, which had close to 5,000 oil candles, each of which had to be lit by hand. For the chandeliers that adorned the corridor leading into the ballroom and the ballroom itself, Francesca Loschiavo-Ferreƫ wanted them to be over the top. In the end, the chandeliers were custom-made in Venice, and are works of art themselves.
  • In addition to the palace and ballroom sets, Dante Ferreƫ and his crew built an exterior of Ella’s family’s home on location at Black Park, a sprawling country park in Wexham, Buckinghamshire (not far from Pinewood Studios), that included stables, the fountain and the greenhouse in the garden.
  • Cinderella costume designer Sandy Powell started working on concepts for the characters’ looks almost two years before the start of principal photography began, thought it would be interesting if the costumes weren’t strictly 19th century, but more of a 1940s version of the era instead.
  • Designer Sandy Powell also designed the footwear worn by the Stepmother, all of which were made by Salvatore Ferragamo.
  • Cinderella’s tiny waist was achieved with a corset to accentuate James’ already petite frame and created even more of a difference between her 22-inch waist and the gown’s voluminous skirt.
  • As for the Fairy Godmother, Powell wanted to fulfill every young girl’s dream and bring the treasured character to life in a luminous and magical way. To accomplish this, she created a white gown with silver wings made up of 131 yards of fabric, 10,000 Swarovski crystals and 400 lit LED lights, which were stitched throughout the material and lit up when she cast a spell.
  • The famous glass slipper was also designed by Sandy Powell based on an original shoe from the 1890s that she found in a Northampton shoe museum.  The shoe was impossibly tiny with a 5-inch heel and was simply elegant.
  • Sandy Powell soon realized the only way she could even attempt to make a crystal shoe was with the help of the Austrian crystal company Swarovski, and when approached, the company was more than up to the challenge. Thus began a collaboration featuring Powell’s designs and Swarovski’s
  • The entire film was shot on film, not digital, using 200 ASA and 50 ASA film.

Favorite CINDERLLA Quotes

YOU HAVE MORE KINDNESS IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER THAN MOST PEOPLE POSSESS IN THEIR WHOLE BODY, AND IT HAS POWER. MORE THAN YOU KNOW. 

—ELLA’S MOTHER

YOU MUST NOT MARRY FOR ADVANTAGE. YOU MUST MARRY FOR LOVE. FIND THAT GIRL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT…THE FORGETFUL ONE WHO LOSES HER SHOES. 

—THE KING

I THINK HEAVEN IS LIKE THE PALACE BALL. EVERYONE IS INVITED.

—CINDERELLA

HOW HAPPY HER MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN, TO SEE ELLA RIDE OFF IN SUCH SPLENDOR, AND WITH HER COURAGE AND HER KINDNESS INTACT.

—THE FAIRY GODMOTHER

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For Additional CINDERELLA movie information

Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella | Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella | Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie | Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella |Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella |Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

Candid Interviews With Cast of Cinderella Movie

I recently had the opportunity to interview the cast of Disney’s Cinderella movie.  I was captivated by their candid responses and the twinkle in their eyes when they spoke about the making of Cinderella, the Costumes and the Shoes.

The live-action Cinderella movie is inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” and brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as real life characters for a whole new generation. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron.  The costumes were designed by Oscar award winning designer, Sandy Powell.

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Lily James & Richard Madden

The production team carefully selected the period for the film and drew inspiration from the 15th, 16th and 17th century architecture in Northern Europe for the set of CINDERELLA.   There was also that spark of magic that can only happen in the creation of a Disney movie to make CINDERELLA come to life.

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Lilly James & Kenneth Branagh

 

The Making of CINDERELLA – Candid Interview with CINDERELLA Director Kenneth Branagh

Although the original animated Cinderella of the 1950s is perfect, the cast stayed true to the movie with romance and Disney magic.  CINDERELLA Director, Kenneth Branagh hopes CINDERELLA speaks to a new generation of movie goers.  Unlike the animated version Cinderella of the 1950s, CINDERELLA brings two people together that bring the best out of each other.   As Director, Kenneth Branagh wanted to stay true to the traditional storyline, but also stay true to the times and brought in modern elements to bring CINDERELLA to life.  An example of the modernization is Cinderella’s courting.  Branagh wanted Cinderella to find a man who had respect for women not just a prince to “save her”.  On casting of Richard Madden as Prince Charming, they wanted to build out a character who has ideals and a father.

Kenneth Branagh also advised that Lily James originally came to audition for the part of  the “ugly step sister”.  After the reading the casting team asked her to read for the part of Cinderella as well and true to Disney magic, he knew they had found CINDERELLA after hearing her voice.  When Kenneth Branagh heard Lily Jame’s voice, he recalled that he could hear kindness and fragility in her voice and knew that they were listening the voice of CINDERELLA.

On casting of Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy God Mother, Kenneth Branagh felt she was loving and whimsical.

Kenneth Branagh also advised that one of the real challenges in making the movie was to make it modern, but not so modern that the audience is out of touch with the movie.   They built big sets such as the hallway and the stairs to bring CINDERELLA to life.  He wanted to tell the story of CINDERELLA, not a makeshift version, but a celebration of kindness.

According to Kenneth Branagh, CINDERELLA is an underdog that transcends and transforms everyone around her.  It appeals globally.  It is not gender specific. We agree.

 

 

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The Cinderella Costumes – Candid Interview with Costume Designer Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell is a three-time Oscar award winning costume designer.  She designed all the incredible costumes for CINDERELLA.   She wanted the costumes to be bold and full of color.  On designing the coats used by Prince Charming and all male leads Sandy Powell advised that she had all the hand-crafted embroidery done in Pakistan.  Richard Madden wore a white hand-embroidered coat with white crystals which looks stunning at the ball.

The breathtaking CINDERELLA ball gown has 12 layers of fabric, 270 yards of fabric and 10,000 Swarovski crystals.   Sandy Powell advised that the crystals were not placed and glued one at a time.  Instead the Swarovski crystals were already placed on fabric rolls and were already on the fabric she used to design the dress.   Sandy Powell wanted the dress to be light and just right for dancing, running and jumping.  She used a crinoline cage and layers and layers of fabric (inside and outside crinoline) to give the dress a light and flowing look.   She used silk fabric, silk crepline and polyester fabric to achieve the desired design.  Sandy Powell made 8 dresses of the CINDERELLA ball gown for the movie.  She only made 1 wedding dress.

Sandy Powell’s designs took thousands of hours to complete (500 hours per CINDERELLA ball gown) and were instrumental in bringing CINDERELLA to life.

 

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The Famous Cinderella Swarovski Crystal Shoes

Swarovski partnered with Disney to design the famous shoes.   Sandy Powell also designed the famous Swarovski Crystal shoes.  She knew that glass would not sparkle and used Swarovski crystal to  create the effect.  None of the shoes were worm in the movie.  Instead they used disney magic (with help of the digital team) to create the effect of CINDERELLA wearing the Swarovski crystal shoes.

There were 8 pair of Swarovski crystal shoes made for the movie.  The shoes have inspired several designers to create CINDERELLA inspired shoes.

The entire movie will inspire a whole new generation of movie goers, designers and writers.  The movie truly appeals to a whole new generation of movie goers.  Stay tuned for my movie review on Friday

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th.  Make sure to set your dates with the person your love and let me know what you think about the casting and costumes.  I won’t give it all away, because I want you to be captivated by the costumes and casting yourself.

Additional CINDERELLA movie information

Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella

Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella

Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie

Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella 

Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella

Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

  

 

Cinderella Red Carpet World Premier

JCPenny invited me to attend the Disney Cinderella Movie Red Carpet premier in Hollywood, California as a VIP guest.  It was a spectacular event with a glam ball, private pre-reception ball in a huge enclosed victorian renaissance ball themed decorated tent, live music, food, dancing, trumpeters and revelers on stilts welcoming guests.  We also viewed the world premier of the Cinderella movie.

My fairy godmother (JCPenny) sent a horse drawn carriage (Lincoln Navigator) for me and I was whisked away to the VIP JCPenny glam ball to prepare for the evening festivities.     We arrived at the glam ball where all the princesses gathered for refreshments, hair and make-up touch-ups and accessory styling to complete our princess look before our presence was requested at a private pre-reception at El Capitan theatre.  I saw Princess Katherine, Princess Jill and Princess Sylvia looking as lovely as ever in their gorgeous gowns and JCPenny accessories.   We were also showered with lots of kindness from prince charming, refreshments and well wishes as we prepared to depart to the ball. It was a magical experience.

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Princess Eva Smith, Princess Katherine, Princess Jill and Princess Sylvia at the VIP JCPenny Glam Ball

 

My good-hearted fairy godmother also provided makeup and JCPenny accessories at the glam ball.  She touched up my makeup and gave me a natural look with smokey eye shadow, black eye-liner and red lipstick.   She also provided me with a lovely sparkly black crystal clutch and earrings to put the finishing touches on my red carpet look.   The fashionable crystal clutch was the perfect size for my iPhone and charger and met my techie needs during the premier.

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JCPenny clutch put the finishing touch on Princess Eva Smith’s red carpet look

After the glam ball prince charming escorted me to the private pre-reception ball at El Capitan theatre for a walk on the red carpet.  On our way to the red carpet it started to rain, but there was nothing to worry about because our fairy godmother gave us umbrellas and within a couple minutes she waved her wand and bibbity bobbity boo it stopped raining!

As we entered the red carpet pre-reception trumpeters and revelers on stilts welcomed us to the festivities.   I enjoyed the live quartet, live ballroom dancing, sword fights, food & wine and silhouette artists.  It was truly an amazing experience.

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Princess Eva Smith walking the Cinderella premier red carpet

 

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Princess Eva Smith with revelers on stilts

I also had the opportunity to celebrate in the festivities at the Cinderella premier and see several movie stars I admire including Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Octavia Spencer, Josh Gad and Grumpy Cat.

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Heading home before midnight on a horse and carriage (Lincoln Navigator)

After the festivities, my horse and carriage arrived in time to get me home just before midnight!  I look forward to watching the Cinderella movie over and over again, especially on March 13 when it is released in theaters nationwide.  Cinderella will always remind me of this magical day sprinkled with pixie dust.

So Thankful to  JCPenny & Disney for a spectacular night!  I didn’t lose a shoe and look forward to sharing the interviews with the cast of Cinderella tomorrow.

Eva-TFL

Movie Review: McFarland USA and FUN Facts #McFarlandUSA

 McFarland USA Movie Review

Grab your friends and family and run to see McFarland USA!  Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland USA movie follows the lives of athletes from McFarland, a predominately Latino community in California Central Valley as they build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner).  The McFarland athletes are farm workers before they arrive to school, students during the day and champions in training after school.  They overcome adversity, economic challenges and lack of athletic resources through their loyalty, hard work and dedicated coach, to become  top cross-country team athletes.

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McFarland USA is  recommended for families, teachers, students, sports enthusiasts and all athletes.  The story is very inspiring and does an outstanding job of showing the real life experiences of economically challenged students pursuing high school athletics.  It doesn’t hold back any dialogue and does a great job of showing how athletes, who are also farm workers deal with adversity on and off the field.   It also dives into the Mexican-American heritage, rights of passage for latinos as well as give us an inside look at mexican culture and traditions.

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McFarland is much more than your typical inspirational sports movie.  It is a story of the journey for the McFarland athletes and Coach Jim White.  A series of events put McFarland students and Coach White on the same path.   Coach White was able to inspire them to greatness by going the extra mile, providing sound advice and taking an interest in each runner’s life on and off the field.  Coach White was also able to make McFarland home for his family and give purpose & meaning to his life through his hands on efforts in his community.  The movie also does a great job of telling the story about the bond between coaches and athletes.

Having come from a latino background and raised in a small border town myself, I can relate to the storyline of the under dog and feelings athletes have without proper equipment or uniforms.  When you lack resources and have the right attitude, you can get inspired and things can definitely take a positive turn! Coach White and the McFarland students show  us that anything is possible!

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The true story came to the attention of the film producers in 1999 after hearing the story in the media about a small town group of heroes. The film’s producers suggested the Director, Niki Caro read the story and the movie started coming to life.

McFarland USA Filmmakers

Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NIKI CARO
Screenplay by . . .CHRISTOPHER CLEVELAND & BETTINA GILOIS and GRANT THOMPSON
Story by . . . . . . . . . .. CHRISTOPHER CLEVELAND & BETTINA GILOIS

McFarland USA Cast

Jim White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . KEVIN COSTNER
Danny Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ
Thomas Valles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CARLOS PRATTS
Jose Cardenas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOHNNY ORTIZ
David Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RAFAEL MARTINEZ

Johnny Sameniego. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HECTOR DURAN
Victor Puentes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SERGIO AVELAR
Damacio Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . MICHAEL AGUERO
Señora Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . DIANA MARIA RIVA
Señor Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OMAR LEYVA
Principal Camillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VALENTE RODRIGUEZ
Sammy Rosaldo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANNY MORA
Cheryl White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARIA BELLO
Julie White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . MORGAN SAYLOR

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McFarland USA FUN Facts

  • “McFarland, USA” is inspired by a 1987 true story.  Over the years since then, the McFarland High School cross-country teams have won nine state championships and the small school is considered a powerhouse in the sport.
  • Coach Jim White taught in the town of McFarland for 40 years and coached for 25 of those years.  He retired in 2002, but is still involved with the cross-country program.  If you go to McFarland you will see him riding his bike with the kids.
  • Some of the original runners on the championship 1987 cross-country team are educators at McFarland school district.  They are also raising their families in McFarland and support the team financially as needed.
  • Three out of the seven young actors on the team in the movie are from the McFarland area—Sergio Avelar who plays Victor Puentes and Michael Aguero, cast as Damacio Diaz, are actual runners and Ramiro Rodriguez, as Danny Diaz, was a champion soccer player.
  • Ramiro Rodriguez had no intention of auditioning when he agreed to drive his cousin to the casting tryouts for “McFarland, USA.” He landed the role of Danny Diaz after being pestered repeatedly by executive producer Mario Iscovich to audition.
  • Classic lowriders are featured in “McFarland, USA” in several scenes. Lowriders are custom cars fitted with hydraulic jacks that allow the chassis to be lowered almost all the way to the road. Lowriding was very big in California’s Central Valley in the mid-’80s with Bakersfield being one of the lowriding epicenters of the area. Lowriding is often stereotypically depicted as gangster-related in film but the reality is that these car clubs are essentially about family and community and the cars are lovingly treasured.
  • Director Niki Caro took particular interest in the “hero-car” lowrider vehicle— and not just in the service of the movie. The car actually belongs to Caro and she likes to drive the 1970s Chevrolet Caprice, which was customized to the movie’s specifications. The beautiful classic features an iconic chain steering wheel and a mural on the hood that is in the likeness of the owner’s girlfriend in the film, Lupe. The painting is in the style of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is an ongoing visual theme in the movie.

Uno, Dos, Tres… McFarland!

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