Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | Behind the Scenes at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort and we have a preview!

 

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Get ready to take control of the fastest ship in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon and to come face to face with Kylo Ren at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance a galaxy far far away.

Jennifer Lopez Interview About Second Act | Tech Life Magazine

Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini and Director Peter Segal sat down with Tech Life Magazine to talk life, friendship, movie making and Second Act movie.

Second Act is a movie of an outer-borough hard working Queens, New York  girl who is trying to fulfill her dreams by trying to convince her chain’s CEO to promote her. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Second Act movie stars Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens.  Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 43-year-old woman who is trying to reinvent herself.  She hopes to convince her chains CEO that she is qualified to be the boss.   After failing to obtain a long anticipated promotion at work, she uses a fake social media profile to land a job in Manhattan.    Her real life ride-or-die bestie, Leah Remini stars as Joan, Maya’s pep talking, sassy, supportive best friend.  Joan is a badass mom who calls her bestie on her BS and is comfortable in her own skin, just like real life BFFs do.

 

Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez star in SECOND ACT.

Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez star in SECOND ACT.

 

Five Things You Should Know Before Watching Second Act

  1. Jennifer Lopez only envisioned Milo Ventimiglia for “Trey’s” role.  Milo Ventimiglia and Jennifer Lopez have great on-screen chemistry, REAL good chemistry.  According to Jennifer Lopez he was the only person she envisioned in the role. According to Jennifer Lopez, the cast was very busy, but once Milo Ventimiglia read the script and spoke with Jennifer, they knew he just had to do the film.  “Ventimiglia was filming the hit NBC show in Los Angeles at the same time shooting for Second Act began.  Scheduling his scenes wasn’t easy, but it all worked out in the end.” said Jennifer Lopez.  The relationship between Maya and Trey is so powerful, you can feel it.
  2. Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini are REAL life besties.  When Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini walked into the room, they were smiling, laughing and holding hands.  They are real life BFFs. Second Act is Leah Remini’s first major film and first film Jennifer Lopez and she have done together.   As Jennifer read the script for the role of Joan she could only envision her real life Bestie Leah Remini in the role of Joan.  According to Leah Remini, “A lot of it was our real relationship, and we were lucky enough to have a director who allowed us to play, and allowed us to, you know, I say I’m going to do a little something, and I also know Jennifer, she has a pretty large resume, and she’s worked with some A list actors, I’m not that kind of actor. What you’re seeing is just me being me, and then Jennifer reacting to Leah being Leah, and he allowed it.”    Director Peter Segal adds, “When we had a little get together at her apartment, we just read through the script, and I got to see what their real-life relationship is like. These guys are like sisters. You start throwing out some joke at her that, “Oh wow”, and she just like zing them right back, and that’s when I encouraged her, I said, “You got to do this on the set.” She kind of took the bit in her mouth and went maybe a little too far with the slapping scene. But she did that alright, but that was them.”  Leah adds, “The film you’re seeing is just a lot of like slice of life, real love, real respect, real–like some real things.”   The relationship between Maya and Joan is relatable for everyone, especially women.
  3. Second Act is a Love Letter to Manhattan.  Shooting Second Act was a dream come true for the Director, Peter  Segal.    “It was a bucket list of mine, not only to shoot a love letter to Manhattan, but also to do it during the Holiday season,” said Segal.    “Everything from Central Park, to Grand Central Station to downtown at the 4 World Trade Center, to the Brooklyn Bridge, to Queens (where my dad grew up), to Long Island City  was shot in the areas I grew up,” adds Segal.   One of Segal’s favorite scenes was shot at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC.   Maya, Zoe and her dad are having lunch when Maya’s friends pop up.   Other locations included Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, Food Bazaar in Queens, Rockefeller Center, the Villard Mansion at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Dean & Deluca’s, inside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway car and an elevated train platform.  The glamorous Franklin & Clarke Christmas party sequence was filmed at Bar 65 on the 65th floor at 30 Rock.  Is there a ” Second Act Movie Love Letter To Manhattan Map”?  There are so many amazing locations in the movie you’ll want to map out the locations and go on a tour.
  4. Jennifer Lopez co-produced the movie.  One of the most interesting aspects of this movie is that Jennifer Lopez co-produced the movie with Plain Goldsmith-Thomas. As a co-producer she was heavily involved in Second Act movie, including casting, watching and working closely together on all the scenes.  Patricia Field was able to create a wardrobe for Maya to give her styles and identities.  According to Jennifer, “We called it the Queens’ Maya and the Manhattan Maya. And Pat Field and I worked very closely together. She’s obviously from “Sex in the City”, and thousands of other things, and movies. And I just felt that she would bring a color to this movie that would stand out. And that’s what I wanted, and she did an amazing job. We really had a good time creating the Maya character.” With [screenwriter] Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as my producing partner [we] came up with the spark of an idea, kind of a Working Girl, It’s a Wonderful Life, outer-borough woman who was in her forties and was thinking her life was over,”  the Second Act star Jennifer Lopez shares in her interview.
  5. Sia wrote “Limitless”, song for the movie and her daughter is in the Music Video. The mantra for Second Act is, “the only thing stopping you is you”, said Jennifer Lopez.  “You don’t have to hide.  You really can just let all those feelings go.”  “You get to reinvent, you get to evolve, you get to have another day every single day you wake up.” She adds that “That was really the basis of the film. And then kind of putting all these colorful characters together to tell this story that, well, it’s not over till it’s over at the end of the day.”    According to Jennifer, Sia wrote a song for the movie which captivate these feelings.   “The song that Sia wrote, was also, not a baby anymore, it’s about limitless, that’s what she saw when–she wanted to write when she saw this movie. And it is that because you have to get to a point where you have the experience to get to that feeling of like, “Oh yes!” And understand that power that you have.”  The video for Limitless, the anthem for Second Act music video and Jennifer Lopez’ life.  The music video is directed by Jennifer Lopez and also stars her 10 year old daughter.  Limitless excerpt:

I told myself I had to be a different someone
In order to win at a war I had already won
Yeah, I’d given up on the saying “I’ll never give up”
But look at me now
Yeah, look at me, I’m limitless (I’m limitless)

Yeah, look at me, I’m limitless (I’m limitless)

-Jennifer Lopez

Song: Limitless written by Jennifer Lopez

 

Second Act is a relatable film about second chances, authenticity, reinvention and not giving up.   It is a film about women empowering each other and themselves.  Its about going for the dream, no matter your background, age or zipcode.  Its a movie about change.

If you have ever experienced a setback, if you are in the process of your Second Act or planning your next move in your career or life, you need to see this movie.  It’s much more than just a romantic comedy, it’s movie that comes to life. Second Acts is in theaters December 21.

For additional information visit Official Site.

Thanks to STXfilms for the invitation.

 

See you at the Movies!

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Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

 

 

Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

The 2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival will be hosted at Arc Light Cinemas studios on October 3, 2018.   The 2018 entertainment event promotes networking, collaboration and innovation on a global scale, and serves as an ideal platform for visionaries, content creators, entrepreneurs, and investors currently working in – or interested with – the US-China landscape of entertainment technology.  Global trends and innovation in entertainment has created opportunities for the entertainment industry to unite and collaborate on projects.

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Speakers

You will hear from entertainment executives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and experts in the industry including:
  • Robert Stromberg: Co-founder & CCO at The Virtual Reality Company
  • Joanna Popper: Global Head of Virtual Reality for LBE at HP
  • Amy Peck :  Founder & CEO at EndeavorVR
  • Marcie Jastrow:   SVP of Immersive Media at  Technicolor Experience Center
  • Charlie Fink:  AR/VR Consultant,  Forbes  Columnist
  • Erik Murphy-Chutorian: Founder & CEO at 8th Wall
  • Kourtney Kang: Former Writer/Co-Executive Producer for Fresh Off The Boat
  • Ramon Hermann: Director of Esports at Tencent America

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Sessions and Panels

The festival sessions includes keynotes, fire-side chats and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Diversity: Asian Representation in Hollywood
  • Creating Immersive Stories with New Technology
  • eSports
  • Determining Box Office Success with Big Data
  • Location-Based Entertainment
  • Blockchain for Entertainment
  • Advances in AR (Augmented Reality) Technology
  • Themed Entertainment

We’re looking forward to the discussion on whether or not Big Data can determine a Box Office Success, the Immersive Stories with New Technology fire side chat and the session on Location-Based Entertainment which discusses how location-based technologies are driving tourism and creating one of a kind entertainment experiences. Can immersive stories with technology bring stories to life? Can data really tell filmmakers what audiences will enjoy? Can statistics predict a hit movie?  Join the Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival to find the answer to these questions as well as the trends which will impact the future of Hollywood Entertainment.

 

For additional details on the event and sessions, visit Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival.

Register here to save 20% 

SoCal Summer Guide | Monster Jam Triple Threat Series and Ticket Giveaway

We’ve added Monster Jam Triple Threat Series to our  SoCal SUMMER GUIDE because its a fun-filled event for all family members to enjoy.  The cars, the athlete and adrenaline-charged competition make for a perfect summer event for families.

Here is a sneak preview of what to expect at the Monster Jam Experience:

After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam is revving its way up to Downtown Los Angeles!  Monster Jam has an all-new adrenaline filled, action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES CENTER.

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The Monster Jam athletes will also be going head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles: the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs.  We can’t wait for Monster Jam Triple Series to come to Staples Center in LA!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Athletes

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes

BLUE THUNDER – Travis Groth
EL TORO LOCO – Mark List
GRAVE DIGGER – Brandon Vinson
MAX-D – Jared Eichelberger
MEGALODON – Justin Sipes
MONSTER MUTT DALMATIAN – Cynthia Gauthier
WONDER WOMAN – Collete Davis
ZOMBIE – Tyler Groth
*TRUCKS/DRIVERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

We’re looking forward to the Grave Digger, Meg and Wonder Woman. However, every athlete has a unique story which is why so many of them are fan favorites.

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Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Event Details

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STAPLES CENTER

1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dates

August 17 – August 19

Location

STAPLE CENTER

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Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Ticket Giveaway

To celebrate Monster Jam Triple Threat Series upcoming event in Los Angeles we are giving away a FAMILY 4-PAK to attend on Sunday, August 19th.  If you win, your family will receive 4 tickets to attend the event. Want to win tickets to join in on all of the Monsterjam fun?  Enter the giveaway to win:

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2019 Travel Guide | National Parks Park FREE Dates

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National Park Service announced the park fee-free dates at our National Parks.  With over 400 National parks, it difficult to just pick one favorite park.   There are the majestic views of Yellowstone National Park and the beautiful landscape of White Sands National Park to name a few.

Park fee-free dates are great for day trips or weekend trips with your families.

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The 2019 Park fee-FREE dates are as follows:January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • January 21:  Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • April 20: First day of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Start planning your 2019 day, weekend or vacations in 2019 around these dates!

Photo Credit:  Eva Smith

 

 

*Updated 12/5/2018

 

 

Snatched – Five Reasons To Love Snatched Movie

There are many reasons to love Snatched movie.    A hilarious and fun mother-daughter comedy stars Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni and  Joan Cusack.  After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother,  Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and  daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape  the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Emily and Linda’s relationship has become distant, but Linda never let that stop her from being a helicopter mom and posting from her social handles.  Although she had a wild and adventurous life during her youth, Linda Middleton now enjoys her quiet suburban life and has no real time for adventure until her daughter persuades her to go on a trip of a lifetime.

 

Cast has More Chemistry Than A Science Project

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer have a lot of chemistry as a mother-daughter duo.  Amy Schumer, read the script to Snatched and just pictured it with Goldie Hawn and herself the whole time.   She only had one person in mind and then she saw her on a plane, and in the airport, “I went up after the flight and I just said, I love you, like everyone else, and I’m a comic actress, and there’s this movie, and I really want you to play my mom. And so, I wanted to just kind of plant the seed. I wasn’t like can I have your email, but I hoped she remembered and whatever. And then we really met in London and got in cahoots together to try to make this movie with the two of us.”

When the two met again at a party a couple years later, Hawn took the offer more seriously and accepted the role.

Schumer rounded up the who’s who of comedy Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni and  Joan Cusack.   Joan Cusak’s charcter Barb is a retired as a Special Ops Agent who uses nonverbal communication.  She also embraced the opportunity to work with comedy legend Goldie Hawn.  Wanda Syke’s character, Ruth is a strong and dependable woman who is an old friend of Barb.    They spend a lot of time practicing their non verbal communication to prepare for the role.

Playing Emily’s basement dwelling brother Jeffrey is Ike Barinholtz.  Bashir Salahuddin plays the state department agent who takes Jeffrey’s call for help.

Christopher Meloni stepped into the role as Roger, an explorer searching the amazon who guides Emily and Linda through the jungle.   The cast is fun, smart, witty and make you laugh from beginning to end.  Seriously, are they all related.

 

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Goldie Hawn Is Back In Film After 14 Year Hiatus

After a 14 year absences in film, Goldie returns to a role of a lifetime as a down to earth, wise helicopter mom who is depressed.   Goldie Hawn had spent many years acting and producing and volunteering for charities which have helped over 1 million students.

When the offer came along, Hawn considered the role in a larger context of her life’s work.  “Everything that I’ve ever done in my life has to bring me joy,” Hawn says.

Addresses Body Image, Self-Esteem and Motherhood Advice Like A Boss

Emily and Linda are both dealing with many issues including body image and self-esteem.  Linda’s husband left her and that has affected how she reacts to the world around her.

Emily is dealing with self esteem and body image issues after a recent breakup.  Emily is selfish, immature and gets a newly found understanding and respect for Linda, her mom through her interactions with her mom.  Amy Schumer introduced the topic in a vulnerable and transparent scene while showing her body in the movie.  For “me showing my body is not me like really making a statement or anything. It’s really just like I feel beautiful, and I think I’m sexy and healthy, and it wasn’t hard, I wasn’t worried about it, it wasn’t like a choice.”

Linda is dealing with a heartbreak by her husband and empty nester syndrome.  Caring for everyone around her has left her with little time to care for herself.  Goldie Hawn is all of us trying to protect her children from harm while giving great advice.   According to Goldie Hawn, ” There’s certain things that mothers do automatically. You’ve got eyes in the back of your head, and you don’t want your kids to fall in potholes. And so, what happens is is that, when they’re little, I think that’s who you should be as a mother, right?  But, unfortunately, there’s no transition that’s made. As they get older, they’re going to have to fall in their own potholes. And that’s when you have to learn to let go. Regarding her character,

Goldie Hawn also provides motherhood and mother-daughter advise.  She states, “I know that as my piece of wisdom, but this character did not know that. This character was completely unconscious about it, and by the way, extremely needy for herself because what happens is is when you have any empty nest situation and you lose your daughter.   And it’s a very powerful image because when your daughter leaves, not always your son, but when your daughter leaves, it feels different, and you feel weak, and you are aging. And it says a lot of things about you losing your youth and your vitality because you have to pass the baton to your daughter.” states Goldie Hawn.  “And that’s a very sometimes unconscious reason why do I feel depressed, why do I not feel happy, why do I not feel sexual, why am I sad, why do I cry for no reason. These are the kind of things that women need to know,” says Goldie Hawn. “You know, when my mother died, I knew I had lost the only person in my life that would love me unconditionally, no matter what. And that was a big loss. So, my mother bereaved when I left her–you later begin to bereave the loss of that love. And it comes back to you in unseen ways.” “But, it’s a big moment of feeling like an orphan. And I think that people have to remember that. There is an end game. So, when you look at that, that’s where I brought my creation of this character from. She came from somebody who basically stayed much, much more closed in order not to feel the pain, not to feel rejection, not to feel–and with that comes fear.” says Goldie Hawn.

“You don’t regain it by telling your kids what to do, and you don’t regain it by putting sun guard on them. You regain it becoming a friend and a person that you can talk to and share with and be intimate with and sometimes tell things you don’t want to tell anybody else. So, that’s trust. So, in this particular movie, I think that this mother is someone who felt those things, and I think she misses her daughter. But, her life isn’t full the way women’s lives are full. She gave that up. Her husband left her for a younger woman.” states Goldie Hawn.

Makes You Want To Take Your Mama To The Movies

Amy brought her mom to the movie, and she held hands at specific parts. “I knew she would know the parts that were taken exactly from us”, said Amy.    “And she laughed louder than anybody. Anything I’ve ever written or said about my mom she’s seen it and agreed on it.  Then at the end of the movie, we were both bawling. And it was like at the screening where it was editors, and it was inappropriate, I would say. And it caught me by surprise and it was important to me like have this kind of love letter to her like I get it and you did the best I could and I want to be grateful for you. And, you know, it’s the most complicated relationship in the world, right?” Right!  Every mother daughter duo can relate to different parts. of the movie.” states Amy Schumer.

 

Makes your Heart Happy

Mother Daughter relationships are the best things in the world and are complicated.  They make you happy they make you emotional.  They make you dance for joy and they make you cry.   The movie does a great job of depicting a mother daughter relationship, balancing the joy and madness of mother daughter relationships.  Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer’s chemistry is so palatable, you forget their really not mother and daughter in real life.   Each and every character in Snatched movie has a role and will bring joy to your life.    The greatest lesson in all of this is that Emily learns that she will never have a greater advocate in life than her mother.  Snatched is in theaters Mother’s Day weekend.

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Official Websites

Visit the Official SNATCHED website for additional information.

LA LA LAND Guide To Things In LA – LA LA LAND In Concert

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If you love LA LA LAND you are going to love this concert!

LA LA LAND concert: The Hollywood Bowl LA LA LAND concert will feature a 100-piece orchestra, choir and jazz band performing along to the film and the actor’s original vocal recordings, and the show will be conducted by composer Justin Hurwitz, who won two Academy Awards for the movie’s music. After the Memorial Day shows in L.A., the show will hit the road for dates in cities including Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas, IndianapolistSeattle, Portland, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver and Washington.

LA LA LAND will be in concert on May 27 and May 28. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

Beauty And The Beast Fun Facts And Movie Review

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now.  The live action movie brings to life the animated tale of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle.  Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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The classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast” – and its empowering message that true beauty comes from within – dates back to 18th century France and the first published version of the fairy tale, “La Belle et la Bête,” by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Today, the themes are still just as relevant and the story continues to enthrall storytellers.

 

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Prior to 1991, most female characters in animated films were viewed as passive and somewhat one dimensional, but Belle broke the mold. She is interested in literature, has thoughts of her own and is not easily intimidated, and quickly became an empowered role model for girls around the world and the first contemporary feminist heroine in an animated film. “Belle is someone who doesn’t really care about becoming a princess,” says Condon. “She’s more interested in seeing the world and figuring out who she is than in finding a man and getting married.” Not only does Belle herself love reading, but she also loves sharing her passion for books. Says Condon, “We all know how intelligent and worldly and sophisticated Emma is, and while that doesn’t describe.

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Several of Beauty and the Beast’s main characters include Lumière, Cogsworth, Chip, Mrs. Potts and Babette.  Visual effects broughtLumière, Cogsworth, Chip, Mrs. Potts and Babette to life.  According to Dan Stevens, the scenes with the Beast and the household objects also took a great deal of imagination on his part. He explains, “I would walk on the set to film a scene where I am speaking to Lumière but I would be looking at an LED light on a stick and hearing Ewan’s voice. It was like an extra level of weird that we had to deal with.” For the design of the mantel clock, Cogsworth, played by Ian McKellen, the base and main box were made from polyester resin and painted gold. The exterior pieces were gold plated, the face was made from brass, and it was fitted with proper clock movements to make the ticking and movement of the weights authentic. The candelabra, Lumière (Ewan McGregor), is one of the few household objects that could open up and become a moving character with what are essentially arms, legs and hands, and the filmmakers wanted to bring as much of McGregor’s personality to the character as possible. McGregor was filmed dancing and moving the way he envisioned Lumière would move, via performance capture technology. “Lumière was difficult to concept because we wanted him to be able to move, but at the end of the day he’s still a gilded candlestick,” says visual effects producer Steve Gaub. “Once we had a 3D computer model of him that everyone was happy with, he was constructed from a process called rapid prototyping which is able to take 3D computer files and produce an accurate model in polyester resin so you can physically see and feel it.” The same process was used for the teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson): she was designed via computer, prototyped and then molded. To bring Garderobe (Audra McDonald) to life, a real version of the beautiful – and enormous – wardrobe was created and rigged to make her move. Additional special effects elements, like those in the scene where Garderobe creates Belle’s gown and dresses her, were then added in post-production.

Dan Stevens conversed with Thompson about the relationship between the Beast and Mrs. Potts, and says, “Mrs. Potts is the closest thing the Beast has to a mother figure, really. She’s a bit like his strict aunt; she keeps him in line, keeps him in check, and it was nice to chat and establish that between ourselves.” The filmmakers reasoned that if anyone could take on the legacy of a character created by Angela Lansbury, it was Thompson, as she has a similar warmth, history and connection to an audience. Newcomer Nathan Mack plays Mrs. Potts’ son, Chip, who is now a teacup, and Hattie Morahan (“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Mr. Holmes”) is the enchantress who places the spell on the Beast and his castle at the beginning of the story.

Beauty and the Beast Filmmaking FUN facts

  • Over 8,700 candles (or 104,400 inches of wax) were used as set decoration during production.
  • The ballroom floor in the Beast’s castle is made from 12,000 square feet of faux marble and its design is based on a pattern found on the ceiling of the Benedictine Abbey in Braunau, Germany. The 10 glass chandeliers in the ballroom – each measuring 14 feet by 7 feet – are based on actual chandeliers from Versailles which were then frosted, covered in fabric and candlelit.
  • Approximately 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased during production for use as research or set decoration. The enchanted forest which surrounds the Beast’s castle and features real trees, hedges, a frozen lake and 20,000 icicles, took 15 weeks to complete. Approximately 180 feet of feather light satin organza was used to create Belle’s yellow dress. The dress, which required 3,000 feet of thread and took over 12,000 hours to create, was accentuated with 2,160 Swarovski crystals.
  • During production, the costume department challenged itself to design and create ethical and sustainable costumes made from fair-trade fabrics (meaning the use of organic materials from suppliers that pay their employees a fair wage and are considerate of the environment), which they achieved. Working in tandem with Eco Age and the Green Carpet Challenge, the department used natural and low impact dyes, carefully disposing of any waste water, and printed with traditional wood blocks.
  • A production crew comprised of more than 1,000 people worked around the clock to design, build and decorate the film’s mammoth sets.
  • Philippe, Belle (Emma Watson) and Maurice’s (Kevin Kline) horse, is played by three different horses, two of which had to be painted on a daily basis. Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Nathan Mack (Chip) all share the same birthday, April 14, which was also the date of the cast read through.
  • Froufrou, the dog belonging to Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), is played by Gizmo, a rescue from one of the U.K.’s oldest and most famous animal rescue centers.
  • The coat of arms in the Beast’s castle is a lion and a boar with a WD anagram (the WD is meant to represent a fictional character, William Devereaux, but could also stand for Walt Disney).
  • Some of the original lyrics written by Howard Ashman for the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” that were not used in the animated film have been added to the live-action adaptation.
  • The lend-a-hand lights on the terrace and staircase in the Beast’s castle and the rose colonnade on the castle grounds are an homage to Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Avant Garde film, “La Belle et le Bête, which was a source of inspiration for Bill Condon.

 

Beauty and the Beast Movie Review

The re-telling of the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast animation brings to life Belle, the Beast, Lumière, Cogsworth, Chip, Mrs. Potts and Babette.   Belle is independent, a rebel, nonconformist intellectual inventor.   Instead of marrying a prince and following the traditional path of girls in her village she is in love with books, education and the arts.   Emma Watson is the ideal actor for Belle.

I watched the original 1991 Classic a million times.  Unlike the original movie classic, the new movie will answer the question about what happened to Belle’s mother as well as a backstory to the Beast.  However, the live-action film bring the animated film to life especially with the added visual effects.   It is a great film for families and children.  For additional information visit the Beauty and the Beast online.

 

Dreamworks Trolls Movie Review

The one thing we need right now is unity, and that’s simply what Dreamworks latest work, “Trolls,” brings. Not only does it show us the importance of unity, but it also brings smiles and laughter to us during a very scary and crucial time for our nation. The movie itself is short and sweet just like the protagonists. However, nearly every single second of the film is colorful and elevating. “Trolls” has an excellent soundtrack as well, and seems to fit the format of old school animated movies that used fun soundtracks to compliment the plotline and characters. If you’re not sold by now, “Trolls” also carries an all-star cast consisting of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russel Brand, Ron Funchess, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Now before I get too carried away, let me tell you more about Dreamworks “Trolls.”

The common misconception when it comes to animated movies is that they’re only for kids and that adults and parents won’t be rewarded, that isn’t the case when it comes to “Trolls.” Because of the films astounding cast of characters, there are several different ways to laugh. For example, Poppy ( Anna Kendrick ) is overly optimistic, and that plays into the fact that Branch ( Justin Timberlake ) is the complete opposite. Throw in a little bit of comedic relief from Russel Brand ( Creek ) and James Corden ( Biggie ), and you’ve got yourself an hour and a half worth of laughs.

 

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“Trolls” is practically an animated scrapbook thanks to the fact that nearly everything in the film is textured with felt. The variety of color throughout the movie made the experience feel a bit therapeutic, especially when there was music involved, and by the end of it, I felt oddly optimistic about the rest of my day. I can’t emphasize just how lifting and motivating this film is, and I think it would be a very healthy viewing option, especially if you have kids.

The soundtrack for “Trolls” is one of the best I’ve ever seen out of Dreamwork’s recent projects. You might have heard Justin Timberlake’s latest hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling” play over the radio this Summer, that song was made just for the film along with a couple of other contributions from Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, and Icona Pop. Not to mention, there are classic songs included such as “Sound of Silence” and “Hello” by Lionel Richie. So there are definitely some references that adults will understand before the kids do. The soundtrack pops just like the colors do on the big screen. During the film, I was singing along with “Hello” by Lionel Richie– quietly.

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One thing that directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn pride themselves for in “Trolls” is that they didn’t restrict their cast in any way, and that’s something that was easily recognizable. Russel Brand’s sort’ve carefree humor is shown through his character, Creek, and type of humor you see on James Corden’s late night show is sprinkled in as well. Poppy, Anna Kendrick’s character, is exactly what I would imagine she would be if you told me that the protagonist is a pink and sassy princess with an excessive amount of optimism. The chemistry between everyone is as smooth and soft as the felt used to texturize the film itself.

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Dreamworks “Trolls” can be a movie for everyone. With the cast, characters, animation, humor, and music, I felt a bit spoiled after the credits rolled. No other movie will be as fun as “Trolls” this November, simply because it feels like a 120-minute party for your eyes. In addition to that, it reminds us all that with unity the world is a much more colorful place, and that we gain more being unified than at conflict, and that is what’s most important.

Until Next Time

JJ King

Bad Moms | Interview With Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis About Motherhood

Bad Moms will be counted as a funny, relatable, true-to life movie of the mom revolution. The summer movie is a comedy about moms who struggle to balance the perfect life, complete chaos and mommytime.  The movie is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also wrote the Hangover.  Lucas and Moore who are both fathers, looked to their wives lives when writing “Bad Moms”.  

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Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However her over-worked and over-committed schedule has her on the verge of exhaustion to the point that she’s about to snap. Amy is fed up and joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities.

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Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate star in Bad Moms.    Mother’s everywhere will related to the comedy, bad mom moment experiences and life lessons.  Bad Moms takes the shame out of motherhood and put things in perspective for mothers nationwide.

Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn Bad Mom Moments

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Mila Kunis has only been a mom for 21 months and she already has several bad mom moments.  Her child was seven to eight months old and she was driving to visit my husband at work when she realized she forgot to buckle up her sons car seat. ” I put her in the car. Like, I high five myself. I’m driving down the 101. And I was like oh, my God, I’m doing really good today. And he was being really quiet, and I was like, oh, let me look in the rearview mirror to make sure everything’s okay. And I look, and she’s happy as can be, but just not nearly strapped in.”  She turned completely white, pulled up to her husband’s work and just burst out crying. She is not alone.

Kathryn Hahn has 2 children and thinks the movie has a great message of solidarity.  She feels like, so often moms and mommies in movies are kind of painted with like a saintly glow around them. “And we know that that’s just not the truth. And we’ve got so much more complexity than anyone could–so, I was so excited to just to see mommyhood examined from like the way that we all know it, or at least would love to experience,” she said.  When it comes to motherhood today,  it’s not the same culture where your mom comes over to help you babysit.  So, you depend on your pals or other amazing women that are going through it or have gone through it or can like–so, thank God. You can’t do it by yourself. And it takes a village.  We’re all in it together. We can’t just lessen those expectations, Kathryn Hahn adds.

Both ladies have had bad mom moments with their kids during diaper changes and in the car seat. We laughed hysterically as they shared their experiences.

 

Bad Moms Fun Facts

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  • The movie was filmed in New Orleans and set in Chicago.
  • The school exterior shots were filmed at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, the oldest girls school still operational in the United States.
  • They squeezed in 200 people into a small living room to film the mom party scene for three days during torrential rainstorms in New Orleans.  Everything outside was flooded.
  • Christine Applegate’s (Gwendolynne) mother is played by her actual mother Nancy Priddy.
  • YouTube star Lilly Singh (iisuperwomanii) has a cameo.
  • No.  They did not drink alcohol in all the scenes. They drank a lot of juice.
  • Check back again next week for additional FUN facts.

 

Tickets and Trailer

Bad Moms comes to theaters July 29th. Whether you are a working mom, single mom, soccer mom, fed up mom, fit mom, rock star mom or a mom in search of perfection, we are all Bad Moms.  So  make sure to plan your Bad Moms Night out and give yourself the Mother’s Day you deserve. Your girlfriends will thank you for it. Get tickets now: http://www.badmomstickets.com/

For additional information visit the Official Website!

Cheers!

Bad Mom,

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

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