Meet the new “TOY STORY 4” Characters

The toys hit the road in “Toy Story 4” alongside friends—new and old—foes and, of course, Forky. Filmmakers welcomed Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and Ally Maki to the toy box today, revealing the three new characters they help bring to life.

Among the new faces is GABBY GABBY, an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s. But unfortunately for her, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. She has spent more than 60 years forgotten in the depths of a jam-packed antique store—her only companions are a band of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Gabby Gabby knows someone will want her if only she can find a working voice box to repair hers.

 Gabby Gabby is voiced by Christina Hendricks. “It became obvious right away that Christina was the perfect actress to play Gabby Gabby,” says director Josh Cooley. “She has the ability to sound inviting and friendly, then subtly become cold and terrifying in just a few words. It still gives me chills when I see Gabby’s introduction in the film. Also, Christina told me that she preferred playing with ventriloquist dummies over dolls as a kid. That’s when I knew it was meant to be.”

DUKE CABOOM is a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman. Riding his powerful Caboom stunt-cycle, Duke is always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. However, Woody learns quickly that Duke has an Achilles heel: He has never been able to do the awesome stunts advertised in his own toy commercial. For years, Duke has been sitting in an antique store, constantly reliving the failures of his tragic past.

Duke Caboom is voiced by another great Canadian, Keanu Reeves. “The first time Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom,” says producer Jonas Rivera. “Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar’s atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It’s all in the movie and it’s all Keanu.”

GIGGLE MCDIMPLES is a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s Giggle McDimples toy line. Giggle is Bo Peep’s best friend. Small enough to perch on Bo’s shoulder, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter and advisor. “Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket—we’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together,” says Cooley. “Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time.”

Ally Maki voices the tiny character. “Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally’s personality and infectious energy,” says Cooley. “Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki.”

BENSON is a classic, antique ventriloquist dummy, and Gabby Gabby’s right hand. He leads a small group of ventriloquist dummies that serve as Gabby’s henchmen. With no person to give them a voice, these silent toys patrol the antique store with a looming quietness that is inherently unsettling.

“The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created,” says producer Mark Nielsen. “Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies’ bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies’ arms just dangle and their legs bend backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they’re nightmare material—in the best way possible.”

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

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AIP Pumpkin Spice Scones & Maple glaze

Following AIP can be difficult, especially during the holidays. There’s so much temptation and yummy things everywhere but are they worth the tummyache? Or all the crazy, super serious symptoms that might come with falling off the AIP wagon. So on my search for yummy recipes that won’t make me sick for a week, I did some trial and error with my favorite scone recipe, and to my surprise these came out delicious!!!!

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KA by Cirque du Soleil Review

The arts are such an important and fulfilling part of people’s lives, good art changes peoples perceptions, opens our minds and helps us discover and travel without leaving our seats. It’s food for our souls, nourishing parts of your spirit, heart and even your brain you don’t know how to until you experience them. Art makes us think more deeply, strive more intently, and feel joy more profoundly.

When we were planning our trip to Las Vegas, we knew we wanted to see a show, but which one? Like so many things in Vegas, there’s an incredible abundance of options and truly something for everyone, no matter your tastes or inclinations. I knew we had to go to a Cirque du Soleil show. And after a quick search, it had to be KA!

Cirque du Soleil shows are notorious for their amazing acrobatics, mind binding stages and effects, cultural inclusive story lines and they pioneered the animal free concept to an extremely cruel field. And KA did not disappoint.

We started by attending the open house they offer, which is a great thing to do if you’re on the fence about attending a show. It is free and nothing short of amazing. The guided tour shows elements of the show you would miss otherwise, like the tons of sand they use every night, an explanation on the story line, the amazingness of the theater when it’s not completely full and you get to hear lots of interesting details and learn what makes KA once of a kind. Guests of all ages are welcome. (free things to do with kids in Vegas!)  Each tour lasts 20-30 minutes.

The lobby features original costumes used on the show, allowing you to check out every intricate detail you wouldn’t notice from stage. There’s also a huge, colorful dragon originally a prop in Zaia, a Cirque du Soleil show from Macau, China, which was mended and given new life to welcome everyone to KA.  Also in the lobby is one of the world’s largest Earth Harp, created by William Close, and it is played by two musicians before every performance of KA.

Here are some incredible facts we learned:

    •  KA is the first Cirque du Soleil show to have a cohesive storyline.
    • Throughout the show they use a rotating stage, that is reactive to touch, like a giant iPad. One of the techs even gave us a demo.
    • They have the highest choreographed fall at 70 feet.
    • KA has more than 10,000 costume pieces, including shoes.
    • There are 74 artists in KA including eight musicians.
    • The “sand” in the show is made out of granulated cork, because regular sand would obviously be too slippery
    • The entire production budget for KA was $165 million and approximately $1 million of that went into designing the theater.

Excited after the open house,we arrived 30 minutes early that evening, to account to the lines and make sure we didn’t miss the musicians playing the gigantic harp. Once we entered the theater, performers were greating everyone without breaking character for a even a second, it gave the experience an amazing feeling, like we were actually part of the show.

Once the lights came off we got a pretty cool and funny reminder to enjoy the show and not the pictures or video. The performances were both thrilling and touching. Some moments left us on the edge of our seats and gasping at the seeming danger and amazing skill of the performers. KA is by far the best show we’ve ever watched. I hope all these details and amazing facts help you decide and make you check it out. KA will never tour, because of their amazing stage this just wouldn’t be possible, so make sure you catch it before it’s gone.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend both the KA open house and the show as their guest. All opinions are my own.


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REGISTER FOR CAMP & GET A JERSEY, BALL, T SHIRT & NEW SKILLS APP AND 20 FREE VIDEOS!

British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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Enroll in the most popular soccer camp in North America! British Soccer Camps have programs for all ages and abilities and feature an innovative curriculum full of skills, drills, and thrills! Register now and you will not only get your free British Soccer game jersey (value $34.95) shipped to you for free immediately, but you will also get our brand new skill development App and 20 videos to help your child practice at home. Your soccer ball, T-shirt & poster will be given out at camp. USE CODE BSC18 at check out to get free shipping.

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Bubble Guppies Live @ the long center!

The Long Center presents Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock,” March 11 in Dell Hall. What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies! Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock.”

Put on your water-wings and dive in to a swimsational musical underwater adventure! The bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n’ roll with everyone’s favorite tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on! With help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the whole gang embark on a musical expedition as they search every corner of their bubbly world for their friend!

Featuring music, comedy, and audience participation, the Bubble Guppies will have to leave no stone left unturned and no bubble left un-popped in order to get the show on the road. Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance, and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock” will have kids, parents, and grandparents alike out of their seats, singing and dancing along with this rockin’ interactive show!

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Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER – New Featurette Now Available!!!

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Like BLACK PANTHER on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackPantherMovie

Follow BLACK PANTHER on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theblackpanther  

Follow Marvel Studios on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marvelstudios/

BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!


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Wigs from Divatress

This is a sponsored post for Divatress, all opinions are my own. I might’ve received products and/or compensation for this post, which in no way altered my opinions.

In the past few years I’ve learn to really appreciate hair, when I first got sick I noticed my hair falling off and with that I realized how much I appreciate my long locks. But long locks are hard to keep healthy and styled and as a mother of three I certainly don’t have the time to deal with it everyday.

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NestFresh Eggs Holiday Recipes

When family and friends are home for the holidays, food always seems to be top of mind. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or taste-full entertaining, someone has to prepare appetizers, entrees, or baked goodies that are crowd-pleasers. There are a lot of distractions during the holidays that can get in the way of preparing something tasty, no matter how spectacular, or how simple. So using the best ingredients can help tantalize the taste buds, even if you don’t have a lot time.

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Interview with animator Ana Ramirez from Disney Pixar’s COCO

I had the pleasure to interview the super nice and talented Ana Ramirez, one of the animators from the new Disney Pixar movie COCO.

We talked about how she started drawing and how she thinks Disney did portraying such an ethnic holiday from her culture and everything in between. It was a lovely conversation that made me love the film that much more. Continue reading

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