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

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!

 

A girl and her giant: A BFG Review

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My family and I had the chance to attend the screening of The BFG, and let me tell you…I was worried, book adaptations can be pretty tricky specially the meaningful ones, those that pull the strings of your heart and take you to another time in your life. To me books and music are such important parts of my life, each chapter of my life has it’s own soundtrack and a book to go with it.

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The BFG is one of those, so many quotes bring me to that warm and fuzzy place where my overactive imagination can rejoice and my wildest dreams are obtainable.

“The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”
― Roald Dahl, The BFG

“Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.” ― Roald Dahl, The BFG

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Still to this day, I get the heebie-jeebies when I so happen to wake up in the middle of the night at 3 a.m. Lol, silly me….

And my fascination for Dahl’s little jewel became even more meaningful when my 10 year old read it at school. Now my baby can be my reading partner, someone I can discuss some of the books that helped shape the woman I am today.

But the more I heard about the film, the more excited I got. Until the day we went to watch Finding Dory and watched the preview of The BFG, in my awe, I didn’t realized until it was over that tears were running down my cheek. Yes, I’m a weirdo that apparently even cries with previews.

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So when we got invited to the screening I was over the moon, oh and the kids too! 😉 The BFG although with much smaller ears, was beautiful! His expressions, the way he spoke, everything about him reminded me of the little girl  who wished she was plucked away from her bed by a Big Friendly Giant.

The special and digital effects are exquisite, when we see The BFG “at work” collecting dreams, the willow and the “dreams” floating around are astonishing. It was truly magical, and the genius of Spielberg comes through beautifully.

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For any of you concerned they might not do Roald Dahl’s work justice, rest assured that you’ll leave the theater feeling content and maybe slightly teary if you’re anything like me. Like most great movies, The BFG has a good amount of laughter, adventure, heartfelt moments, all combined with amazing effects and beautiful imagery.

Have you watched it? What did you think? And if you haven’t….. what are you waiting for?

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brakes records!!!

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of Avatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release. In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today.

Through Jan. 5, the film had grossed $758.2M domestically and $799.1M for a global total of $1,557.3M since its Dec. 16 global debut.

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS debuted in the US and Canada on Dec. 18, its first two weeks pushing the domestic annual industry box office to an all-time high of $11B. It has set numerous individual records including:

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· Fastest film to reach $100M (21 hours), $200M (3 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), $500M (10 days), $600M (12 days), and $700M (16 days)

· Biggest all-time debut and biggest December debut ($247.966M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall moviegoing weekend of all time ($313.3M for all films, Dec. 18-20)

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· Biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall Christmas weekend of all time ($296.4M for all films, Dec. 25-27)

· Biggest third weekend of all time ($90.2M)

· Biggest Thursday preview gross ($57M)

· Biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1M)

· Biggest Sunday ($60.55M), Monday ($40.1M), and Tuesday ($37.3M)

· Biggest Christmas Day ($49.3M) and New Year’s Day ($34.39M)

· Highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982)

· Biggest opening week ($390.85M)

· Biggest IMAX debut ($30.1M)

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Globally, the film posted the highest global opening weekend of all time ($528.967M) and surpassed $1B in a record 12 days. It also had the biggest global IMAX debut ($48M) and surpassed $152M in IMAX in a record 19 days. It was the highest international debut in December history with $281M, and it remains #1 in many territories after posting the biggest opening weekend in at least 18 major markets.

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Named one of AFI’s top 10 films of 2015, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS now heads into its fourth weekend of global release ahead of a debut in its final international market, China, on Jan. 9.