I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!

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“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” … AND I mean the movie. With December in full swing, our family has begun our tradition of watching every single Christmas movie we own. We have a library, and I love it. We have an assortment of DVDs, but I can’t say we watch all our DVDs every year, EXCEPT our Christmas collection!

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White Christmas, starring legends Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney (yes, George Clooney’s mom), and Danny Kaye, is a must-own Christmas movie and is now available in Diamond Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. It’s just classic! If you’ve never seen it *spoiler alert* but it’s a predictable movie; boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding but come back together just in time for Christmas and it’s happily ever after with a white, snowy Christmas. There is also the understory of a band-of-brothers helping an old friend who is their World War II General turned ski lodge owner. The best thing is White Christmas is a truly positive, family-friendly dance musical. Oh I love it!

This year, “In honor of the 60th anniversary of White Christmas and Danny Kaye’s appointment as UNICEF’s first Goodwill ambassador, the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation and Paramount Pictures are proud to make a combined $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund of UNICEF.” (The U.S. Fund for UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product.)

Merry Christmas … I hope it’s merry and white!

Annie Movie Interview With Cameron Diaz & Bobby Cannavale #AnnieMovie

I was invited to a Press Junket in New York by Sony Pictures.

Annie is one of my favorite childhood movies and Sony did a great job re-creating it in a modern way. This interview comes from Marybeth Hamilton, who shared part of the interview with me. I missed the press junket due to the flu but I couldn’t let my readers miss out on such a great opportunity from such a fun family film. The link to the full interview is below.

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Cameron Diaz plays the role of Miss Hannigan, a cruel control freak of the foster home where Annie lives with several other girls.

Bobby Cannavale is Guy, the aggressive political advisor to Will Stacks, who’s running for mayor.

What was your favorite part of the movie?

BC: I loved doing Easy Street.

CD: Yeah. Easy Street. Bobby says that he has never danced before, but don’t believe him!

BC: Dancing does NOT come naturally for me.

CD: It does, though! I witnessed it.

BC: Well, it’s because it’s for the part. That’s the only way I could have done it. I’ve never been the kind of person to be like, “Let’s go dancing!” But for work it’s like gaining 100 pounds to play a guy who’s overweight. It’s for the part. And she’s the best partner. We were sympatico in the way we attacked it. Like sports or…

CD: Right. Very athletic, we were like, Let’s go! We were high-fiving.

BC: They kept adding stuff for us. That dance actually was a lot more simple when it started because we ended up getting it really quickly.

CD: They were like oh, you guys can do this!

BC: I also liked that number because for me, that’s almost the most natural musical number in the movie. We’re in a nightclub and there’s a band already playing. It sort of feels like the most natural setting to start dancing. That’s really why I did the part!

So are you ready for Dancing With the Stars?

BC: I’m not even ready to watch Dancing with the Stars?

[To CD] I read that your two biggest fears were heights and singing in front of people. How did you overcome that fear?

CD: To overcome heights I jumped out of an airplane and scaled a 1000-foot face of a mountain…not at the same time, clearly! I cried the entire time doing both of them. Not unlike this experience.

On this I knew I’d have to perform as if I could sing. That was what was terrifying. I didn’t know what that voice would sound like. But I knew they would surround me with the best professionals to help me find my best voice.

There were lots of tears. Hyperventilating in the vocal booth. It was terrifying.

But the thing I’ve learned about fear is that you can’t run from it. If you run from fear it jumps on your back and takes you down. If you look at fear and you run towards it and jump on it then your chances are better that you’re going to win.

Do you feel that you’ve overcome both of those fears?

CD: Yes!…No!

I don’t know what to write…

CD: [Laughing] I have now done them both but I’m still scared of heights and I’m still scared of singing in front of people with a voice that says I know how to perform. but it doesn’t mean I won’t do it again. I tell myself I can do it, because I’ve done it once.

What’s one of the life lessons someone should get out of the movie?

CD: In the original movie, Miss Hannigan was a spinster. She didn’t get married and she wasn’t validated. She wanted love. Because she didn’t have it she had to live a life of raising kids in an orphanage. She didn’t love herself because no one loved her.

This Miss Hannigan is a comment towards today’s society about how we value ourselves. People spend all day long looking for likes and followers. This validates people. They take it as being loveable.

We’re totally screwing ourselves up. We’re not learning that it’s self-love. You can’t validate yourself by fame or celebrity, which is what our society is obsessed with. If you’re not seen by millions of people they’re not loveable. So Miss Hannigan was a victim of that. She didn’t get her fame, so she believed she wasn’t loveable. She spent her life hating herself. In return treating those poor little girls the way she treats herself and she doesn’t deserve to be treated that way.

Until she realizes she’s worth loving, she can’t be kind to herself and she can’t be kind to others.

I hope that people realize they don’t need fame, they need to love themselves for who they are not who they aren’t.

BC: I like the song Annie sings, ‘Opportunity’. I always like the idea that anything is possible as long as you’re in the moment. This little girl teaches the people in her life how to do that. The movie reinforces that in a really nice way for kids today.

For the rest of the interview see My Interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale from ANNIE #AnnieMovie by Marybeth Hamilton. She helped me put together this post because I missed the Press Junket due to the flu.

Why You Should See Annie

Annie is the must see movie in this house. The kids can’t stop talking about it and I just have “Tomorrow” stuck in my head from dawn to dusk. So Why should you take your family to go see the movie this weekend starting on Friday December 19th?

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Annie (played by Quvenzhané Wallis)  is amazing because she is able to keep happy outlook on life. She was abandoned by her parents at the age of 4; leaving her a child in the foster care system. Living with her alcoholic foster mom, Miss Hannigan (played by Cameron Diaz), was less than ideal. But because Annie is a spunky, self-assured, and assiduously positive, she doesn’t let the hard-knock life with Miss Hannaty dampen her outlook on her future. She is determined to find her parents and spends every Friday at the New York City Restaurant she was dropped off at wearing her locket hoping they will just show up. Even the show owner feels for Annie and gives her a treat before she leaves.

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One day her luck changes as she runs right into billionaire Will Stacks (played by Jamie Foxx). Annie spotted a dog and ran after it right into the street with an oncoming car and Will yanks her from the street keeping her from getting hit. This is captured by some bystander who uploads it and it goes viral. This begins the heartwarming relationship between Annie and Stacks. She moves in with him and he starts to become a nice guy as he develops feelings for her.

There is even talk of him adopting her but his campaign advisor pulls an under-handed stunt that puts quite a crinkle in Will’s plan. Does Annie get adopted? You’ll have to go to the movie to find out and I hope you like music because Annie has 12 musical numbers in it. You’ll find yourself singing “It’s a hard knock life” and “Tomorrow” in no time at all.

I’m Going Into The Woods With Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman #IntoTheWoodsEvent

I’m going to be visiting LA again this week and watching the movie Into The Woods. After watching the movie I’m going to the press day where I’m interviewing some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman.

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I’m really looking forward to that interview plus we get to participate in the full audience interview with the whole cast at one time:

Full audience INTO THE WOODS Q+A with the following cast and filmmakers:

· Meryl Streep (“The Witch”)
· James Corden (“The Baker”)
· Emily Blunt (“The Baker’s Wife”)  
· Anna Kendrick (“Cinderella”)
· Chris Pine (“Cinderella’s Prince”)
· Christine Baranski (“Cinderella’s Stepmother”)
· Tracey Ullman (“Jack’s Mother”)
· Rob Marshall (Director)
· James Lapine (Screenwriter)
· Marc Platt (Producer)
· John Deluca (Producer)
· Colleen Atwood (Costume Designer)
· Dion Beebe (Cinematographer)IntoTheWoods

We’ll have a few more group interviews:

James Corden (“The Baker” – @JKCorden) and Emily Blunt (“The Baker’s Wife”) and

Anna Kendrick (“Cinderella” – AnnaKendrick47) and Director Rob Marshall

Into The Woods will be in theaters on December 25th Christmas Day.

This is going to be so fun and the fun doesn’t stop there. While being in LA not only do I get to do all of these interviews but we will also be spending time with Disney Family watching Melissa & Joey returning on Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:00pm/8:00c, Baby Daddy returning on Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:30pm/7:30c and visiting those sets. And finally we’ll be spending time over at Disney Animation with the re-release of 101 Dalmatians coming out on Blu-ray and Disney HD 2/10/15 . There is going to be a lot of interviews coming up.

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Get Guardians of The Galaxy Now and Watch The Bloopers!

We LOVED watching Guardians of the Galaxy and watched it as soon as it was delivered to our house. Now you can watch it at home too because it was released to DVD and Blu-ray yesterday December 9th.

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

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The Amazing Cast: Chris Pratt (“The Lego Movie,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Star Trek”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick,” “The Man with the Iron Fists”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Fast and the Furious” series, “Riddick”) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit” series, “Lincoln”) as Ronan, Michael Rooker (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan (“Oculus,” TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close (TV’s “Damages,” “Tarzan”) as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic,” “The Usual Suspects”) as The Collector.

I love the cast on this movie, Chris Pratt is an amazing actor and great guy to interview. He did a fantastic job playing Starlord! Zoe Saldana, I’ve been a fan of hers for a very long time and Vin Diesel, is there anything else to say other than “I Am Groot”?

To celebrate this movie coming to your home we have some fun bloopers for you to watch.

Guardians of The Galaxy Singing Event Friday

WHAT: In celebration of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuting on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th, there will be a signing event for the first 200 people to purchase it at Amoeba Hollywood on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray or DVD beginning December 9th.

WHO: Director and Co-Writer James Gunn (Super, Slither and The Specials)

WHERE:

Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 245-6400

WHEN:

Friday, December 12th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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ABOUT GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

INTO THE WOODS: Anna Kendrick Singing “On the Steps of the Palace” #IntoTheWoods

The cast is amazing and I can’t wait to see it in theaters, “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. clip_image001

We have a special feature to share with you Anna Kendrick Singing “On The Steps of the Palace”:

 

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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!

Adorable Images From Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom #MonkeyKingdom

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

 

Here are some adorable images from Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom

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MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas

I can’t believe it’s already December 2nd where did all that time go and us without an Advent Calendar. It’s a good thing that ABC Family has a way we can keep up with the 25 Days of Christmas. It started yesterday but ABC Family will help you count down to Christmas with their line up of shows.

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WE LOVE ELF and Disney’s Prep and Landing and my husband was just talking about how we should show the kids Home Alone. I’m so glad all these movies are in one place for us to find this month!

ABC Family is also  airing “Arthur Christmas” and features the ABC Family Premiere Broadcast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot”.

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ABC Family is also going to premiere holiday episodes of original drama series “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” and “Chasing Life”.  Two other shows  “Melissa and Joey” and “Baby Daddy”  will also debut new holiday episodes.