Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where I've Been...

Things have been more than crazy around my house for the last week or so.  A friend of my daughter's needed somewhere to stay for a while and we opened our home to her.  Her daddy had kicked her out and she needed somewhere to go.  She was with us for 5 days and things were going so well, then on Saturday, her dad showed up to take her home.  She started shaking so bad, it scared me.  When she refused to go with him, it got ugly, and since I cannot go into a lot of detail, I will say that we have spent the last 2 days at the courthouse trying to help her.  It hurts my heart so badly, because she was coming out of her shell and on her way to becoming a member of our family in just those 5 days.  We are out of the loop now, and have not heard from her since yesterday.  We are praying she is OK.  She'll turn 18 in a few months, and we already assured her that she could return here with our blessing. 

So that is why I have not been posting.  I'll be back on task tomorrow, and I am hoping the blogging will keep my mind occupied.  Tonight, hug your kids a little tighter and say a prayer for "Penguin."  Pray that she stays strong and that things will work out for her.  Thank you everyone!  Good Night and God Bless!

~Shelly~

Monday, February 18, 2013

A really cool costume and make-up featurette for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL






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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Muppets...Again - Coming March 21, 2014!


Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “The Muppets … Again!” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper.




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Monday, February 4, 2013

THIS IS 40 - Released on Blu-ray and DVD 3/22/2013



From The Director Of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Comes The Newest, Laugh-out-Loud Comedy
Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow

SYNOPSIS
From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.


Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack with Unrated Version, DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet, on March 22, 2013

A midlife milestone sends a long-married couple  into an uproarious tailspin in This is 40, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 22, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Audiences fell in love with contentiously loving couple Pete and Debbie in Judd Apatow’s comedy sensation Knocked Up. Five years later Apatow reunites with his hilarious creations as Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as husband and wife balancing the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood with the milestone of turning 40. The Blu-rayCombo Pack includes a hilarious unrated edition along with more than an hour of extended and additional scenes, backstage documentaries andcommentary by the cast and of the raucous and raunchy comedy that Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says is “laugh-out-loud funny.” 
 
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows consumers to view This Is 40 anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.
·           Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and hi-def sound.
·           DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
·           Digital Copy provides consumers with a choice of formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, Android, computers and more.
·           UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.

Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Role Models) and Leslie Mann (The Change-UpFunny People) head up a stellar comedy cast that includes Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Megan Fox (Transformers), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Ape, Terms of Endearment) and Albert Brooks (Broadcast NewsDrive), with Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Iris Apatow (Funny People), Maude Apatow (Knocked Up), Annie Mumolo, (Bridesmaids), Robert Smigel (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) and Lena Dunham (“Girls”).
Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-rayTM
·               Unrated Edition
·               The Making Of This Is 40
·               This Is Albert Brooks (At Work)
·               Graham Parker & The Rumour: Long Emotional Ride
·               Brooks-O-Rama
·               Biking With Barry
·               Triumph The Insult Comic Dog
·               Kids On The Loose 3
·               Bodies By Jason Commercial
·               Fresh Air With Terry Gross
·               Deleted, Extended & Alternate Scenes
·               Over A Half Hour of Music with Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD
·               Gag Reel
·               Line-O-Rama
·               More Deleted Scenes
·               More Music from Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams
·               Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Judd Apatow

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters on March 8th!






OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (in Digital 3D)
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Genre:                                      Fantasy Adventure
Rating:                                      PG                  
Release Date:                           March 8, 2013
Running Time:                           127 min

Cast:                                        James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director:                                   Sam Raimi
Producer:                                  Joe Roth
Executive Producers:                Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen, Philip Steuer
Screen Story by:                       Mitchell Kapner
Screenplay by:                          Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire


Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.


When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.


OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:


Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

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LIFE OF PI - Coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/12/2013


FROM OSCAR® WINNER ANG LEE* COMES A VISUALLY SPECTACULAR
CINEMATIC ADVENTURE FOR THE AGES


The Inspirational Epic Journey, Nominated for 11 Academy Awards®
Including Best Picture and Best Director, Arrives on
Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 12

Experience the Stunning Cinematography on Blu-ray 3D With Over Two Hours of
Bonus Material Including Deleted Scenes, Making Of Featurettes,
Inspirational Artwork and More

LOS ANGELES, CA. (Jan, 29, 2013) – Believe the unbelievable. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a groundbreaking cinematic experience you will have to see to believe when LIFE OF PI debuts on stunning Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from March 8 internationally and on March 12 in North America. Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel from Yann Martel that has been published in 40 languages, and brought to life by visionary Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this magical adventure of hope, wonder, survival, and the power of the human spirit has been celebrated by critics all over the world.

A “magnificent and moving” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) motion picture event that has been hailed as “a masterpiece” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times), taking in over $500 million in worldwide box office.  LIFE OF PI follows Pi Patel, a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with the only other survivor, a fearsome 450 lb Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery Pi and his majestic companion make an amazing and unexpected connection.

With incredible cinematography from Oscar nominee Claudio Miranda** (The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonTron: Legacy) and masterful performances from newcomer Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-ManSlumdog Millionaire), Rafe Spall (PrometheusAnonymous) and Gerard Depardieu (Paris, je t’aimeCity of Ghosts), the LIFE OF PI Blu-ray 3D is loaded with over two hours of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted scenes that will make you rethink the story (also presented in 3D), five featurettes that dive into the making of the visual spectacle, 60 pieces of inspirational artwork, storyboards and more. Prebook is February 13.

*2006, Best Achievement in Directing, Brokeback Mountain
**2013, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Life of Pi; **2009, Best Achievement in Cinematography,The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

LIFE OF PI 3-Disc BD3D/BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC
        Disc 1: Blu-ray
                Film
                Documentary: A Remarkable Vision (19:35 min)
                Documentary: A Filmmaker's Epic Journey (63:29 min)
                Documentary: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright ( 8:35min)
                Stills: Gallery
                      Art by Joanna Bush
                      Art by Haan Lee
                      Art by Dawn Masi
                      Art by Alexis Rockman
                Stills: Storyboards
        Disc 2: DVD & Digital Copy (Film only)
        Disc 3: Blu-ray 3D
                3D Film
                3D/2D Deleted Scenes:
                      Anandi's Second Dance
                      Time to Grow Up
                      Happy Birthday
                      Did I Say Something Wrong?
                      Darkness
                3D/2D VFX Progressions:
                      Tsimstum Sinking
                      The Wave Tank

LIFE OF PI 2-Disc BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC Combo
        Disc 1: Blu-ray
                Film
                Documentary: Remarkable Vision (20 min)
                Documentary: Epic Journey (60 min)
                Documentary: Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (5 min)
                Stills: Gallery
                      Art by Joanna Bush
                      Art by Haan Lee
                      Art by Dawn Masi
                      Art by Alexis Rockman
                Stills: Storyboards
        Disc 2: DVD & Digital Copy (Film only)

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Emmy Rossum's Sentimental Journey CD Review #SentimentalJourney

When it comes to music, I love a wide variety of genres.  My hubby and daughter often laugh at me when they hear me singing 50's music followed by Kid Rock or Kenny Chesney.  When I received the opportunity to review Emmy Rossum's new CD, Sentimental Journey, I was excited to do it.  I honestly was not sure who Emmy Rossum was.  I knew she looked familiar, but I had to do an internet search to find out more.  As soon as the page opened, I realized that Emmy played Christine in the Phantom of the Opera, and I couldn't wait to get the cd. 

When the CD arrived, I noticed that the songs carried you through a calendar year.  Here is the Sentimental Journey Track Listing:

  1. “Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Arthur Green)
  2. “The Object Of My Affection” (Pinky Tomlin)
  3. “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover “(Mort Dixon, Harry M. Woods)
  4. “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey)
  5. “(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time” (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)
  6. “Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer)
  7. “Many Tears Ago” (Winfield Scott)
  8. “All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
  9. “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” (Jimmy Cox)
  10. “Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques PrĂ©vert)
  11. “Things” (Bobby Darin)
  12. “Pretty Paper” (Willie Nelson)

There are so many beautiful songs on this CD!  My daddy loved the song "Pretty Paper" and I really enjoyed Emmy's version.  The music takes me back to a mellower time.  Another blogger noted that the music on this CD brought pictures to her mind of USO shows during WWII.  She was dead on with that.  Emmy is so soulful and sings each song with such feeling.  The music is really relaxing to me and my mom and grandma thought it was beautiful.  Sentimental Journey can reach across generations and bring us together and leave you feeling like all is right with the world.



Emmy will be a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 6th.   You can follow her on twitter too!  

Rossum is also an acclaimed actress who currently stars in the Showtime series Shameless with William H. Macy. She also stars alongside Emma Thompson and Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film Beautiful Creatures, which hits theaters on February 13th.

Disclosure:  I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

One Night with the King - Coming to Blu-ray 3/5/2013

One Night with the King

With lush cinematography, a mesmerizing score, and an all-star cast that includes Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies, One Night with the King is a sweeping epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish orphan who becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia.


Born into poverty, Hadassah (Tiffany DuPont) grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes – and ultimately becomes his bride. But despite her position, Hadassah’s life is in danger, as the state has decreed that all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith and destiny.


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The Bible ~ Premiering 3/3/2013 Trailer

THE BIBLE is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The VoiceSurvivorShark TankCelebrity Apprentice) premiering on 3/3/13 on History Channel, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Downey plays Mother Mary and Emmy-winner Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. Oscar- and Grammy-award winning composer Hans Zimmer created the musical score to the iconic saga.



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The Lone Ranger Sneak Preview



From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013. 

You can check out the Lone Ranger trailers by clicking HERE!


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Iron Man 3 Sneak Peek


Check out a sneak peek of IRON MAN 3’s spot which is set to air during this Sunday’s game





Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. 

In Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his world reduced to rubble by a malevolent enemy and must use his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him as he seeks to destroy the enemy and his cohort.

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