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Disney’s Maleficent available on November 4, 2014 plus FREE activities download

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Maleficent will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digitial HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere and On Demand on November 4, 2014.

I didn’t see the film in theaters but I wanted to. I bet it was amazing on the big screen, especially the action sequences.

The film stars Angelina Jolie  and Elle Fanning.

After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.”   Discover how King Henry and Maleficent’s opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.”  Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent’s elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.”  Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”

There are plenty of bonus features available on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (less features on the DVD version).

Bonus Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere

  • From Fairy Tale to Feature Film – Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
  • Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
  • Classic Couture – Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
  • Maleficent Revealed – Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
  • Aurora: Becoming A Beauty – Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “Stefan In King’s Chamber”
    • “Pixie Idiots”
    • “Diaval asks about the Curse”
    • “Pixies Seek Asylum”
    • “Suitor”
  • And More! 

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

DVD 

  • Aurora: Becoming A Beauty

I think they did a great job making Angelina Jolie look creepy.

Did you know her daughter Vivienne plays young Aurora in the film? From what I read other young child actresses were afraid of Angelia in her full costume (especially the horns) except for her daughter Vivienne, so they cast her in the role.

Here is a brief clip of young Elle Fanning talking about “Being Aurora”.

 

I also have a FREE download you can enjoy to help you recreate your own Aurora costume as well as other fun activities. Simply click on the image to save/download the activities so you can print them out and enjoy at you leisure.

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<p>Did you see the film? What did you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts.</p>
<p>Kimberly</p>
<p><em>*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. </em></p>
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  • Movie Review: Autumn Blood

     

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    Now available on DVD is the thriller Autumn Blood. The film stars Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgård, Samuel Vauramo, Maximilian Harnisch.

    Two young orphans in the Australian Tirolian Mountains come under siege by a vicious band of hunters. Frightened of being separated by child services following the death of their mother, a self-sufficient 16-year-old girl (Sophie Lowe) and her 10-year-old brother (Maximilian Harnisch) – who hasn’t spoken a word since seeing his father killed by the mayor (Peter Stormare) – strive to live off the land in peace. Their innocence is shattered, however, when a group of hunters led by the mayor’s son brutalizes and rapes the free-spirited girl. Later, when a well-meaning social services worker arrives too late to protect the terrorized siblings, the girl and her brother prepare to take a stand against their ruthless attackers.

    First of all the title really doesn’t go with this film. It doesn’t appear to be autumn and the presence of the word “blood” in the title suggests that the movie my be bloody or gory – it’s not.

    I was very surprised by the lack of dialogue in this film. I’ve heard more chatter in a nature documentary than this film. Initially I thought it could have been a foreign language film. It’s not. They do speak in English. It’s just that there is very little speaking on.

    The setting of this film is absolutely breathtaking. Their farm is way up high in the mountains – far removed from any neighbors or even the nearby town. The family must have to walk for miles down winding mountain roads just to get into town. I also don’t see how they can survie the harsh winters in their tiny wooden cabin.

    The movie starts off with the children’s father being shot and killed by a man. There is no explanation as to who the man was or why he shot their father.

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    Later on in the film the mother dies (assuming she was sick). Again, the film makers offer no explanation as to how she became sick and if she even knew she was sick and going to die.

    There were other unanswered questions that sprung up throughout the film.

    There is some brief nudity. You really don’t see much, but the young lady does appear nude a few times in the film. There is also an implied rape. They don’t show anything but you know she was brutally attacked and taken advantage of.

    The only “blood” you’ll see are from wounds that occurred during the implied rape and gun shot wounds.

    The film was not what I expected, but it was interesting and entertaining none-the-less.

    The young actors did a fabulous job, especially the young girl (Sophie Lowe). Even her brother (Maximilian Harnisch) who doesn’t utter a word in the film had a lot of expression on his face – so much so he didn’t need words to convey what he was feeling. You could read it on his face. Actually all of the actors did a great job “speaking” through their facial expressions.

    The real scene stealer in this film is the landscape. It’s stunning! From majestic mountains to misty forests, the whole setting of this film is breathtaking.

    Autumn Blood has a run time of an hour and forty minutes. It’s rated R for nudity, rape and violence.

    Look for Autumn Blood where ever movies are sold.

    Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

     

    Kimberly

    *I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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    Gone too soon… Celebrate the life of Aaliyah on November 15, 2014 ($150 gift card giveaway ends 10/31/14)

     

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    Life is full of surprises. You never know from one day to the next what might happen to you.

    Throughout history many wonderful people, both famous and non-famous, had had their lives end tragically. It’s always a sad thing but I think it’s even sadder when it’s a young life so full of hope and promise.

    Some people who come to mind are Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, Brittany Murphy, Cory Haim, Heath Ledger, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, John F. Kennedy Jr., River Phoenix and Chris Farley to name a few. Of course there have been many more. These are just a few that come to mind.

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    Another life that tragically ended too soon was R&B artist Aaliyah. She was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small passenger plane carrying her and her video crew crashed after takeoff from Abaco Island in the Bahamas. She was only 22 years old.

    Coming to Lifetime television on November 15, 2014 is much anticipated original movie Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

    The two-hour movie, executively produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams and staring the multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp, follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey.  From her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B and the legacy she left behind, Aaliyah continues to be one of the most successful artists in the recording industry and was named Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artists of the past 25 years.

    Check out the film’s trailer.

     

    I think they did a wonderful job casting Alexandra Shipp in the lead role of Aaliyah. She does bare a strong resemblance to the beautiful singer.

    Alexandra has been seen in shows such as Days of Our Lives, Awkward, House of Anubis, Victorious and Switched at Birth.

    Aaliyah had a promising career ahead of her. Aside from her successful music career, Aaliyah was also making a name for herself in the movie industry too, especially her role in the film Romeo Must Die opposite martial arts star Jet Li. She also won her second Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film for her hit single “Try Again” which was featured in the film.

    If you would like to learn more about this film please visit the Lifetime website – Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

    Will you be tuning in? I hope so. I’ll also be live tweeting during the movie in case anyone would like to tweet along with me using #AaliyahMovie. I’ll have more information about that soon.

    Mark your calendars for November 15, 2014 to watch Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B at 8:00 PM (EST/PST). Please check with your local television provider for the channel.

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    To get you excited about the film I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. One lucky reader will win a $150 Visa gift card by sharing your favorite Aaliyah song and why you connect to it!

    This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

    To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Aaliyah song is and why you connect with it?

    For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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    Kimberly

    *I will be compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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    Earth to Echo Movie Giveaway (ends 10/31/14)

     

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    Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 21, 2014 is the sci-fi family film Earth to Echo.

    I did not see the film in the theater so I am looking forward to receiving a copy of the film to enjoy with my family.

    This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

    Here is a trailer for the film. PLEASE NOTE that the film is no longer in theaters.

     

    It looks cute. I think it might be a modern day version of E.T. I think Echo is adorable too.

    Here is an interesting article that gives you suggestions on how your family can have their own “Earthly Adventures”.

    Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

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    Pick Up Games

    There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

    Bike Rides

    With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

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    Hide N’ Seek

    A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

    Backyard Campout

    Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

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    Chalk

    The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

    I agree about chalk. Chalk is A LOT of fun.

    Growing up I was never home. I was always off on adventures with my cousins. I miss those days!

    Look for Earth to Echo where ever movies are sold on October 21, 2014.

    You can find the film on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too.

    Have you seen the film? What did you think about it?

    I have a copy of the film I can give away to a lucky reader.  

    This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

    To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway.

    For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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    Kimberly

    *I will be receiving a free copy of the film in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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    Scare up some Halloween fun with Netflix

     

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    I remember years ago that there used to be a lot of scary (and not so scary) Halloween movies, televisions shows and specials on TV. These days we can hardly find anything good on to watch to get us into the Halloween mood. I have yet to even see the Halloween movies on television. What is up with that?

    Thankfully we have a lot of Halloween and scary movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we can pop in. We also have Netflix and Netflix has a lot of great movies to get you in the Halloween spirit. They even have a special section of movies they think will help get you and your family ready for the holiday. Don’t worry – not all the suggestions are scary. They have plenty of movies you can watch and enjoy with even the youngest family member.

    Here are some of the suggestions from Netflix.

    Children

    For the family

    DreamWorks Spooky Stories 

    DreamWorks Spooky Stories 2

    DreamWorks Shrek’s Swap Stories

    Disney’s Spooky Buddies

    Casper’s Scare School

    Fred 2: Night of the Fred

    Teen

    For older kids/teens

    Supernatural

    Vampire Diaries

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Haunted Mansion

    Scream

    Odd Thomas

    Adult

    For the horror movie fan

    You’re Next

    Texas Chainsaw

    The Possession

    Hannibal

    Fight Night

    Hellraiser

    Candyman

    I’ve seen most of these movies. :-)

    Netflix also has The Walking Dead which you can watch to catch up on any episodes you might have missed or watch the series from the beginning.

    There are even a couple of Halloween movies (the ones with Michael Meyers) available on Netflix.

    I came across a few I have never heard of or seen before that look cute for little ones – Curious George’s Halloween Boo-fest and Barney’s Halloween Party.

    Personally I enjoy watching horror movies, but I will admit that sometimes my husband and I will watch “kiddie” shows too because they are so cute. Sometimes they are even more entertaining then the horror movies. LOL! (most horror movies these days are just ridiculous and not scary or entertaining).

    How do you and your family get into the Halloween spirit? You have a favorite family tradition? Do you enjoy watching Halloween shows, specials and/or movies to get you ready for the big night? Feel free to share your stories.

    For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com.

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    Kimberly

    *I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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    Celebrate Halloween with DreamWorks

     

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    Are you looking for some fun costume ideas for Halloween? DreamWorks has some great ideas that I thought readers might be interested in.

    Get inspired this Halloween season with this hilarious comedy-adventure. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. Mr. Peabody & Sherman features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

    To help you prepare for Halloween this year, we’ll take you back in time through Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s adventures – a surefire list of original and inspired costume ideas for children and parents alike! 

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    Ancient Egypt

    This Halloween will have everyone walking like an Egyptian. The ideas are endless dressed as Cleopatra, King Tut and Anubis, or keep things under wraps with a Halloween classic – a mummy! 

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    Ancient Greece

    Take a page from the history books as an ethereal Greek God or Goddess. You can also put those old sheets to good use with a characteristic toga or bring history to life as a Spartan warrior! 

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    Renaissance Italy

    A nod to the rebirth of culture, the renaissance was marked by some of the greatest poets, philosophers, sculptors, artists, architects and musicians. While the possibilities are infinite, some original costume ideas include the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci or medieval gowns and robes paired with wigs and jewelry.  

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    French Revolution

    “Let them eat cake.” Whether you’ll be enjoying cake or candy this Halloween, the French Revolution is chock-full of fashion and extravagance – marked by gowns, jackets, headgear, stockings and quirky accessories.  

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    Present Day

    What better way to pay homage to Mr. Peabody himself than an adorable bow tie accompanied by black retro round frames? Add a little black face paint to the nose and some floppy white ears and you’ll have to do a double take! Of course some of those round frames, freckles and a pair of white sneakers would also make for a great Sherman.

    In addition here are some great Halloween recipes, masks and pumpkin stencils from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2. Please click on the image for a larger image that you can save and print out.

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    Mask 1

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    Here are even more ideas (click on the link to bring up the .PDF file) – More great ideas from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2

    If you use any of these ideas, recipes or crafts I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share in the comments section. :-)

    PHOTO CREDIT: DreamWorks

    PHOTO CREDIT: DreamWorks

    Kimberly

    *I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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