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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Leap! for FOOTLOOSE!

I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas for this social good campaign. I may receive movie-related promotional items or experiences; but all opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

In support of the home entertainment release of the heartwarming animated family adventure, Leap!, Lionsgate has partnered with the non-profit organization, FOOTLOOSE, to gather donations of new and gently used dance shoes to help aspiring dancers in need. On November 16th, from 6p-8p PST, Lionsgate will be hosting an event in which they will be presenting FOOTLOOSE with the shoe donations. I wanted to help support this social good project, by encouraging donations from my readers. If you have new or gently used dance shoes you are willing to donate, you’ll find the address to send them to below. You can also follow along the donation event on social media via #LeapMovie and #LeapForFootloose

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – New Clip & Featuret te_Now_Available!!!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Giveaway: 9/11 Film Charlie Sheen Autographed Poster and Gift Pack

Everyone has a 9/11 Story. I was actually at the USA Consulate in Costa Rica, and stood in shock along with everyone in the building, it was incredibly sad and it’s certainly a day no one will ever forget.

We would like to introduce you to an awe-inspiring film starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg titled 9/11, based on the original play, The Elevator, that centers on the events of September 11, 2001.
No matter who you are or where you were, that moment and the aftermath is indelibly etched in everyone’s mind.

The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

I’d love to hear how you were impacted by the event and where you were. Is so important to never forget, and sharing people’s stories of love, courage, perseverance and even heartbreak, helps everyone remember that together we’re strong.

Visit the official website for more information about this film.

 

9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

Now you have a chance to win a prize pack!

The Prize Pack Contains:

1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children

Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada

To enter just head to our instagram and make sure to follow the simple steps. Good Luck!

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10 must watch movies to get in the Fall mood

Have you heard about Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word to describe a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. For me those are cooler weather, warm cinnamony drinks, fluffy blankets and  freshly baked cookies. Nothing is better and more comforting to me than Fall. Maybe it’s a Texas thing, when you live through 100+ degree weather you embrace cooler seasons and don’t let go. So how to I hygge? I combine one or more of the above with the epitome of comfort: watching movies on the couch. So without further ado here’s my list of movies to get into full Hygge bliss, in no particular order and the sweetest part is that they’re all available on Netflix DVD.

Good will hunting: When professors at MIT discover that an aimless young janitor working at the university is also a mathematical genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back. 

Benjamin ButtonA man who was born old and wrinkled but grows younger as the years go by — with a screenplay adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Legends of the Fall: Yes, two Brad Pitt movies in one list, don’t judge me! The Ludlow clan — father William and brothers Alfred, Tristan and Samuel — splinters when Sam goes off to fight in World War I against his father’s wishes. To protect Sam, his siblings follow suit, but tragedy ensues when their efforts fall short.

Stepmom:Ain’t no mountain high enough… ” This is one of those ugly cry movies so make sure you have tissues handy. Divorcée Jackie Harrison opposes the presence of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend — career-woman Isabel Kelly — in the lives of her two children. But the chasm between the two women disappears when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone: I added the first one just in case you have been living under a rock and need to start watching them in other. But any Harry Potter movies will do. On his 11th birthday, orphaned Harry Potter learns he’s a powerful wizard — with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers, he uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths.

American Beauty: Suburban fall, windy days with plastic bags dancing around. I love this Kevin Spacey film. While struggling to endure his tightly wound wife, an unfulfilling job and a sullen teenage daughter, suburbanite Lester Burnham falls deep into a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with one of his daughter’s friends.

Practical Magic: I love magical movies and I think this one is right on that sweet spot where it’s not really scary enough for Halloween but just perfect for fall. Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are modern-day witches whose love lives are complicated by an unusual curse: Men who fall in love with them meet untimely ends. But against the advice of their eccentric aunts, the sisters continue to seek romance.

You’ve got mail: In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet — both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business. Director Nora Ephron’s Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy puts romance on the ropes — and forces two people to make tough decisions about life, love and livelihood.

Edward Scissorhands: Dark, spooky and with Johnny Deep, do I need to say more? An inventor dies before developing hands for his creation, a boy named Edward who instead has scissors at the end of each arm. Edward lives a monastic existence until an Avon lady adopts him and takes him to live in the pastel paradise of suburbia.

Hope you guys enjoy the list! If I didn’t mention your favorite please let me know on the comments below. Make sure you check out these and all the amazing titles available on Netflix DVD

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STAR WARS Fans Invited to “Find the Force” As Unprecedented Augmented Reality Event Sweeps the Globe for Force Friday II!!!

Following the global phenomenon of Force Friday in 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Find the Force, a global augmented reality (AR) event rolling out on Force Friday II (September 1) to commemorate the worldwide launch of new products inspired by STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

From September 1-3, retailers around the world will invite fans to Find the Force by taking part in an AR treasure hunt. Here’s how it works: first, download the Star Wars App, which is your one-stop-shop for all things Star Wars (those who already have the app will need to download the latest version). Then, visit any one of 20,000 participating retail locations to find a graphic that contains the Find the Force logo. When you scan the graphic using the Star Wars App, you’ll reveal a character, who through augmented reality, will appear in the room with you. You can then take photos, record videos, and share the experience on social media. Come back each day to reveal new characters (15 in total across the program’s three-day run). Click here for more information: www.starwars.com/findtheforce.

“Force Friday II puts fans right at the center of the action using augmented reality to bring our characters to life like never before. The technology theme continues in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi product line, which is our most innovative yet – we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store.” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

Fans can download the latest version of the Star Wars App (v. 2.3 or higher) beginning Aug. 24 for an early look at the new Porg characters in AR before the AR treasure hunt goes live at retail. By sharing photos or videos featuring the in-store AR characters on Twitter or Instagram using #FindtheForce and #Sweepstakes throughout Force Friday II weekend, fans in select global markets can participate in a sweepstakes for the chance to win the ultimate fan experience: tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedipremiere in December.

More information about Find the Force and a how-to video is available at www.starwars.com/findtheforceStar Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.

 

Like STAR WARS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starwarsmovies/ 

Follow STAR WARS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars 

Follow STAR WARS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/StarWarsMovies/

Follow STAR WARS on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/starwars

Visit the official STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI website: http://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-viii-the-last-jedi

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th!

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THOR: RAGNAROK Superpower of STEM Challenge!!!

I am very excited to share with you details about Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK – “Superpower of STEM Challenge” that recently began and goes until September 23rd. Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more! Here is a video with Cate Blanchett (“Hela”) that has more information:

 

This program, supported by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS, and Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young girls to use the superpower of STEM to help their family, community or the world be safer, healthier or happier. MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide, ages 15 -18 in grades 10 – 12 living in the 50 United States and D.C., to use the superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.

Five finalists will be selected to come to Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts and to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK.  Each finalistwill receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotel accommodations, from October 8 through October 11, 2017; the opportunity to be on the red carpet at the Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, $500 deposited into a high-yield savings account from Synchrony Bank; a tour of the Walt Disney Studiosin Burbank, California; and more.

About the Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends at 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 – 12, as of August 23, 2017, who are legal residents and physically living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Limit 1 entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about October 8, 2017 through October 11, 2017. See Official Rules at www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Like THOR: RAGNAROK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thor/  

Follow THOR: RAGNAROK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thorofficial

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

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

 

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My favorite things about Moana

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By now you guys know I adore Disney, so when I got to attend the screening of Moana this week before it opened in theaters I was thrilled! If figured this time around I should switch up my review a bit so here are my favorite things about Moana and I’m pretty sure you’ll love them too.

  • Best animal sidekick ever!

Not only does Moana have a pet piggy Pua but also some incredibly challenged chicken Hei Hei who is definitely not all there. My kids were laughing so hard at all the silly things and it was pretty cool how it was included in so many parts of the movie. Now I want a chicken…and a piggy moana582ac07062dbb

  • Adjusting body image

This is probably the first thing I noticed and loved. Moana is a fierce 16 yr old girl and for the first time in Disney history; she looks like a 16 yr old. Just as a quick refresher… she’s the same age as Ariel, Mulan and Aurora. I can’t tell you enough how I amazing it is to see a realistic looking girl, don’t get me wrong my favorite princess ever is Ariel, but honey that waist couldn’t be any farther from reality!

Moana is showing little girls what it looks like to be 16, no tiny waists, no huge boobs, which is so reassuring and quite honestly necessary in this times where little girls and young women are told they have to look a certain way to be beautiful. And as a curly haired woman and mother of a curly haired little girls is so wonderful to see luscious dark black curly hair and a big nose. I ADORE it!

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  • Amazing cultural experience

Perhaps I was a bit sentimental or maybe I’m just a big baby but the inclusion of another language, native dances and costumes gave me a knot in my throat. THIS.IS.EVERYTHING. I want my children to grow up learning about different cultures and learning other languages so this is such a refreshing change from your usual animated movies and Moana is this an so much more, to see the Polynesian culture come through so beautifully makes me want to learn more! Also the folk stories about their ancestors (mostly Maui) and the way so many things were created are great.

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  • Be courageous and follow your destiny

What a huge change! Moana is to put it quite bluntly a badass! She knows exactly what needs to be done and she goes above and beyond to fulfill her destiny. She learns how to sail, fights monsters and saves not only her island but the world. All while reminding us to take care of mother earth because she loves us. What better message could we convey to kiddos?

MOANA arrives in theaters everywhere on November 23rd! In the mid time check out the trailer here:

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