Jurassic World Coming to DVD on October 20th! #JurassicWorld #TeamJurassic

Jurassic World

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The biggest movie of the summer, Jurassic World, is roaring its way to your home on October 20th! The film will be available in Digital HD on October 1st, and will come out on DVD, Blu-ray, 3-D Blu-ray and On Demand on October 20th. The DVD and Blu-ray will also include these bonus features:


WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD: An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS: Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT: Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES: Clips from all films in the franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.


DINOSAURS ROAM ONCE AGAIN: Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
CHRIS & COLIN TAKE ON THE WORLD: Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.

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On the Set Disney Channel’s Hit Show Liv & Maddie

When I was the same age as my children I didn’t know the name of the actors playing on the shows I watched. In all honestly I don’t even know the names of the actors acting on the shows I now watch as an adult. Dove Cameron is a name I hear often because both of my kids love watching Liv & Maddie. And we’re all quite impressed with how she jumps from one scene to another acting as two different characters. I had the opportunity about two months ago to sit down on the set of Liv & Maddie and interview the cast (Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Kali Rocha, and Benjamin King). They were all so very kind and you can tell that they all work so well together.


Just in case you don’t know the premise of the show:Liv, a popular television star whose show has just finished its run, and Maddie, an outstanding student and school basketball star whose popularity is on the rise until Liv makes a return to their high school. And their parents work at the school they go to, you know just to add a little more complication.

While sitting there someone asked if Dov ever gets confused and she said No, not usually and the rest of the cast agreed. They actually said that as a group everyone else gets more confused on which character she is supposed to be playing than she is. Which I can totally relate. To them they see the same person, while she has in her mind this is the character I’m playing right now. It’s like seeing a twin but forgetting which one it is. Yep, I’ve made that mistake. She said that originally she wasn’t supposed to play a twin, Disney just said after 8 months from doing the pilot, see you Monday you’re playing twins. She was worried that she was going to be fired the next day. But she pulled it off and now they are in their third season.


Another question someone asked was what has been your favorite moment on set? Do you have any?

Dove : Yeah, honestly and I think that everybody like in the world is so tired of hearing actors say this because everybody’s like “every day is a favorite.” I can’t even think of a favorite moment because there’s so many. And while that’s actually true because we really like each other and we function like a real family. Like, I’ll come to Kali and Ben for parenting advice and we fight all the time.

Benjamin : Oh yeah.

Dove : I always win and stuff. But you know, but we really do have fun every single day. I think the first moment that came to my mind was when we got picked up to be a full series and they gathered us all.

It was, because we only initially got ordered for 6 episodes in Season One. And they gathered us all in the twins room and they were like, “Hey, we have an announcement,” and our Director played it off like we were gonna have a really exciting Guest Star. He kept being like, “Yeah, the Rock, the Rock.” And we were like, “The Rock is gonna Guest Star!” And then we got picked up for a full Series.

Joey : It was like, “Oh not the Rock?”

Dove : No… I just think that’s really fulfilling as an actor. We were all sobbing, we were all sobbing.

Kali : Well it has been a long journey, it has.

Joey : That’s what’s so crazy is that it’s been… This is the 3rd Season, like we are right now where most Disney Shows reach their peak and are finished and are wrapping it up and they’re getting ready to start another Disney Show or to move on past Disney.

But it doesn’t feel like that. We still feel new.



You know, I feel like they have a few seasons left. They have great chemistry on and off screen and they laugh a lot together. We were laughing during the entire interview.

Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Comes to Food Network August 24th

Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off

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This August, Food Network is introducing a cooking contest with a twist. The 8 challengers competing will face off to create an amazing dish – except this time, the contestants are all children! Host Rachael Ray will mentor these “Kidtestants” in the new 6 episode series, Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off.

Rachael Ray will be joined every week by special guest judges including Robert Irvine, Sunny Anderson, Fabio Viviani, Amanda Freitag, Daymon Patterson and many more. They will help to make the tough decision as to which one of these amazing, precocious junior chefs will win as they tackle assignments such as creating their own signature pasta dish, whipping up “Desserts in disguise” inspired by Hotel Transylvania 2, and re-inventing a fast food classic. The contestants, ranging in ages from 10 to 13 years old, will face off for a grand prize of a $20,000 culinary scholarship plus their own web series on FoodNetwork.com. They also have the chance to learn from one of the most famous Food Network hosts as Rachael Ray shares her knowledge and cheers them on through the competition. Prepare to be impressed by these incredible young chefs-in-training!

Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off premieres on Monday, August 24th at 8 PM Eastern/Pacific Time and is the perfect show to watch with the whole family!

Meryl Streep Rocks in “Ricki And The Flash” #RickiAndTheFlash #RickiJunket

Ricki And The Flash

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Many actors get typecast in similar roles throughout their career, but Meryl Streep is constantly tackling new roles and challenges; this time, she’s becoming a rock star in Ricki And The Flash. In this film, Streep plays fontwoman Ricki Rendazzo, a washed-up LA musician filing for bankruptcy. When not working as a cashier at “Total Foods”, Ricki is playing cover songs at The Salt Well with her band The Flash. Although her guitarist Greg (Rick Springfield) cares deeply about her, Ricki is more ambivalent about their relationship after the dissolution of her first marriage and subsequent estrangement from her children.

Ricki (Meryl Streep) and Greg (Rick Springfield)

During a break at work, Ricki gets word that her adult daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer, Streep’s actual daughter in real life) is going through a divorce and having a tough time. Ricki flies home to Indiana to see her and finds out that Julie’s problems are much more serious than she realized – as is their estrangement. Ricki begins the process of trying to make amends with her grown children, help Julie, and navigate her relationships with her ex-husband (Kevin Kline) and his new wife (Audra McDonald).

Ricki And The Flash does a great job of painting a nuanced portrait of a complicated family, with amazing performances from the cast. The film does its best to portray three dimensional characters and show their differences of opinion and personality without casting anyone as a villain. The family confrontations are intense, but also punctuated with humor. And then, there’s the music: All of the band’s songs in Ricki And The Flash were recorded live, with Streep learning to play guitar just for the movie. Director Jonathan Demme is a master of atmosphere – he won an Academy Award for The Silence of The Lambs – and I thought The Salt Well really captured the vibe of a dive bar perfectly. The combination of talents working on this movie result in a film that is funny, sad, and ultimately, human.

Ricki And The Flash opens today, August 7th – visit RickiAndTheFlash.com for tickets and infromation on the soundtrack.

Interview With Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield & Mamie Gummer #‎RickiAndTheFlash‬ #‎RickiJunket‬

Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, and Mamie Gummer. Photo by Beeb Ashcroft.

Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, and Mamie Gummer. Photo by Beeb Ashcroft.

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In TriStar Pictures’ Ricki And The Flash, set for release on August 7th, Meryl Streep takes on the mantle of an almost-was rock star in Ricki Rendazzo. Although Streep is no stranger to musical roles, singing in films like Mamma Mia and Into The Woods, this is her first turn stepping into the shoes of a guitar hero. As with all of her characters, Streep fully commits: Striding confidently through the film in leather pants and heavy makeup, she struts her way through classic rock covers and even versions of contemporary pop like “Bad Romance” and “Get The Party Started”.

But she is not merely going through the motions of being a rocker; in order to film Ricki, Streep actually became one, spending months learning to play guitar specifically for the role. In order to give the film authenticity, The Flash became a real band: Streep and costar Rick Springfield (Who plays Greg, Ricki’s guitarist-turned-love interest in the film) joined with musical veterans including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bernie Worrell on keyboard, drummer Joe Vitale, the original touring drummer for Crosby, Stills & Nash, and bassist Rick Rosas, who has played with everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Etta James. The band began closed rehearsals prior to filming that even the director, Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme, was not allowed to sit in on.

Remarkably, all of the music for the film was recorded live; everything on screen was actually happening in that take with no lip syncing or pre-recorded instruments. This is unusual for a number of reasons, and saw Streep stepping up to the experienced musicians in order to truly become the character of Ricki and create a believable on-screen experience.

This past week, I attended the Ricki and The Flash press conference at The Ritz-Carlton in New York City, where I had the opportunity to interview cast members Streep, Springfield, and Mamie Gummer, who is both Streep’s real-life and on-screen daughter. I asked the cast what the experience was like performing all of the music live, and what kind of energy that brought to the set.

“It was fun,” said Streep. “I mean, fun is like a little bitty three letter word for something more fun than anything I’ve ever done. And it’s also a privilege to step into something that people do really, really, really well, and pretend that you can sort of hold your own. I mean, that was amazing. When we started, we were in a set that was meant to look like a club. And it was down in Brooklyn. Tragic place on the end of a dock. When you went in there, the place just throbbed. We were playing and the extra said, ‘MAN! I wish this was a real club! I would come here every night!’ Because we really set it off, didn’t we?”

“It was really fun for me watching it, ” agreed Gummer.

“Yeah, It was a blast,” Springfield added. “From the very beginning, we’d know the take was cut when Jonathan would come spinning and dancing out on the dancefloor. It was great. And we’d jam in between takes -”

“He knows every song ever written,” Streep chimed in. “I mean, he can play anything. And the boys would pick it up and it was really fun.”

Ricki showcases the talent of its performers in both creating believable rock music and depicting nuanced characters with equal measures of drama and humor. Streep is in her wheelhouse as usual, tackling the challenge of playing guitar live and embodying the stage presence of a seasoned musician. The film is also a breakout role for Gummer, who is a true talent in her own right and is set to impress with her performance. Springfield shines in his acting depth and musical skill, using the same 1969 Gibson in the movie that he bought at 21 years old and wrote “Jessie’s Girl” on. During the press conference, he took time to snap some photos with the press in attendance and also treated us to an impromptu performance while he spoke more about playing in the film.

Ricki And The Flash hits theaters this Friday.

Did You Watch Disney’s Descendants? If Not DO IT!

My kids have been counting down for weeks for the day that they could watch Disney’s Descendants. I mean seriously every day it was what day is it? How many more days until Descendants, I mean time was told in how soon it would come on. Well last night their dreams came true because Disney’s Descendants debuted on the Disney channel and only one kids made it. They actually got the time wrong they thought it started at nine and I was watching something on my computer not paying attention. I went upstairs to find that Zoe just started watching it but in the middle. I was like NO WAY sister. You CAN NOT miss the opening song…Evil to the Core.


SO I restarted it from the beginning, they were recording it so they could watch it over and over again and it was so fun to watch it with her. I however, fell asleep before the ending so I’m glad I saw it in advance while I was visiting Disney. Disney Descendants is a musical with lots of singing and lots of dancing and magic and princes and princesses. It was really well done. The characters were really well developed and the talent was amazing. First I have to say it’s directed by award winning Kenny Ortega. Then t stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson as modernized depictions of the teenage children based on the villains featured in Walt Disney Studios’ animated film franchise. Queen Bell and King Beast unite the Disney kingdoms into the United States of Auradon, and are elected the leaders of the new idyllic kingdom. All the villains, sidekicks, and accomplices are forced after their defeat to live imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, a forbidden island surrounded by a barrier that also inhibits magic. We start off in the Isle of the Lost where all the bad guys are trapped forever. Until their son Prince Ben decides to let some of the villains children come over to Auradon.


Maleficent sees this as a chance for everyone to break free so she sets the children off with a plan to get the Good Fairy’s wand. So the children set off to reek havoc but they quickly find that they like being in Auradon and then we find the complication. This is a fantastic movie for young children.

Getting Back in Harmony When Life Goes Off Key #RickiandTheFlash #RickiJunket

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Mothers and daughters share a very special bond. Sometimes, a woman is the spitting image of her mother – a chip off the old block who always calls mom for advice or just to chat. But not everyone has a Norman Rockwell family. What happens when that precious relationship is strained early on? Is it ever too late to make things right?

Julie and Ricki

Ricki And The Flash explores this dynamic as rock star Ricki comes home in an effort to mend her broken relationship with adult daughter Julie. Portrayed by the real-life mother and daughter team of Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer, this movie promises to deliver heart, laughs – and of course, rock & roll!

I’m heading to New York City bright and early tomorrow morning to attend the Ricki And The Flash press junket, where I’ll be getting a sneak peek at the film and interviewing the cast. I’m excited to return to the Big Apple and look forward to sharing more about the film with you next week, so stay tuned!

The Great Food Truck Race Returns to Food Network on August 23rd

The Great Food Truck Race

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Anyone from this area can tell you that food trucks are a huge deal in Portland. It’s a fun way to discover new dishes and try things that are sometimes off-the-wall – like that time I had a ham sandwich made out of a waffle from a PDX food truck! ;) So it’s no surprise to me that The Great Food Truck Race is coming back to Food Network for its sixth season on August 23rd. This fun competition takes host Tyler Florence and seven food truck teams on an unforgettable road trip through Route 66, where they compete in a series of challenges to not only create amazing dishes on the fly, but also sell them to customers all across the country!

The show starts in Santa Monica, California, and ends in Chicago, Illinois, where the last truck standing takes home a $50,000 prize. The food trucks vying for the top spot this season are:

  • Waffle Love
  • Pho Nomenal Dumplings
  • Spice It Up
  • GD Bro Truck
  • The Guava Tree Truck
  • Diso’s Italian Sandwich Society
  • Postcards

It’s going to be a trip to remember for these teams, that’s for sure! Tune into Food Network on Sunday, 08/23 at 9PM PT/ET for the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race!

Inside Disney’s New Series Bunk’d: Interviews, Set Visit and Fun

I’m a huge fan of Karan Brar for many reasons. He is actually from the same city that my kids are from so it gives me hope that they will be successful in perusing an acting career as well. (As long as that’s what they want to do and they are having fun doing it) With that being said, I love seeing his career change and had been thinking for a while now that Jessie had to be near it’s end. Anyone watching Jessie could see that these kids were all getting taller and looking older as well. So it’s super exciting to see a spinoff of Jessie…..Bunk’d.


It was also super exciting to get to meet him and talk about his experiences as an actor.



Bunk’d is about the Ross kids at summer camp. Here is the Official Description About BUNK’D


Emma (Peyton List), Ravi (Karan Brar), and Zuri Ross (Skai Jackson) have left their New York penthouse for a summer at Maine’s rustic Camp Kikiwaka, where their parents met as teenagers. Now CITs (Counselors In Training), they must learn the ropes from the overly cheerful head counselor Lou and the camp heartthrob, Xander. Zuri makes new friends with two younger campers, the uptight Tiffany and compulsive fibber Jorge. The camp’s owner is Gladys and she’s even scarier than the legendary creature that’s rumored to stalk the grounds, and with help of her sneaky niece Hazel, she’s out to get the Ross kids because of her decades-old rivalry with their mom. Along with their new friends, Emma, Ravi and Zuri adapt to their new “home away from home” and settle into their exciting new lives at Camp Kikiwaka. Luke wasn’t able to go to camp because he has to go to summer school, but the truth is the actor has his own show, The Gamers Guide to Practically Everything playing on Disney XD.


I was fortunate enough to visit the set and talk to all the main characters of the new show. They are all so cute, smart and humble, I loved chatting with all of them as they talked about different aspects of being child actors on a fun TV series.


Peyton was asked about how school work goes during the day. She said that they do a scene, run upstairs do some school in between takes and then run back down stairs. She said they get done with school work pretty quickly.


It looks like these actors are having such fun working together. And it’s going to be fun watching how their characters change having to be at camp and not in their luxurious penthouse.


The younger kids are the ones that I think are super cute.


In the first episode I saw how each one of their characters are developed. Nina Lu and Nathan Arenas seem super excited to be joining this team of actors and Nathan had me laughing right away. Miranda May talked about how she would love to start a new fashion line for curvy girls and I loved her passion behind it.


And my favorite quote was from Karan. You do not have to sell everything and move to LA to become a successful actor. Start in your own pond and develop your skills and you will succeed. He is a firm believer in that and that makes me admire him even more for spreading such great advice. All of these actors are super talented and I love seeing their success.

Here are more photos from the day:


And just a few more from my camera:




Make Back-to-School Lunches Fun With This How to Train Your Dragon Craft!

How to Train Your Dragon Craft

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Summer is disappearing as quickly as it arrived, and as crazy as it seems, it’s already time to start making back-to-school preparations. To help you inject a little fun into your kids’ lunches as they re-adjust to their school routine, here is a really fun How to Train You Dragon craft idea that is as simple as it is cute! Here’s what you’ll need to make a Dragon-themed lunch for your kiddos:

  • Snack size chip bags
  • Twizzlers
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Pens
  • Scissors

To make your fun lunches, simply cut out your pieces of paper into small squares and grab your pens to mark them. For chips like Doritos, write “Dragon Scales”; for chips like Bugles, write “Dragon Claws” (and laugh when your kids put them on their fingers and pretend to be dragons!). Tape your labels onto the bags and tuck into a How to Train Your Dragon lunchbox along with some Twizzlers, which could either be a dragon tongue or a sword, depending on your imagination! If your kids are draggin’ their feet back to school, this fun lunch should perk them right up! Get it? Dragon? Draggin’? Never mind…

And once your kids get home from school, don’t forget to turn on Dragons: Race to the Edge, the brand new Netflix original series that follows Toothless and Hiccup on their latest adventures!

How do you jazz up school lunches?