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

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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.

 

Beauty and the Beast Characters

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.

 

Happy Martin Luther King Day

Happy Martin Luther King day! Martin Luther King was a great leader. It is evident that he has influenced many including our youth. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr day with the 2012 MLK Jr Oratory winner, Matthias McBride. Matthias McBride shares a power speech about hope, determination and change.

“When one is hungry, everyone is hungry.

When one is homeless, everyone is homeless.

When one is unemployed, everyone is unemployed.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is

neither safe nor popular nor political.

But one must take that position because it … is … right!”

 

Martin Luther King Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The official address of the monument is 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W. and commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law. The memorial was created by sculptor Lei Yixin and opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than 20 years of planning, fund-raising and construction.

I was pressed for time as I had a meeting with the United Nations Foundationto help them with their social media and word of mouth outreach and wanted to see the memorial. It was my first trip to Washington DC as well. Enroute to the hotel we asked the cab driver if he could stop at a couple of landmarks. He agreed and we trusted him with all our luggage, electronic equipment and purses to jump in an out of the cab to take photos of Washington DC and had enough time for outfit changes before the meeting. How crazy is this! Always a fun & memorable adventure.

Best time to visit the memorial:  

The memorial is beautiful all year long and stands out at the tidal basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Enjoy the virtual tour!
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Leadership Lessons from Children

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