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The Force Awakens Around the World: STAR WARS Fans Invited to Join Epic Global Event on YouTube!!!

 

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I don’t normally post press releases, but due to the fact there are A LOT of fans of the Star Wars franchise I thought many readers might enjoy knowing about this cool event.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.

Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Kicking off in Sydney, Australia on the morning of September 3, and continuing through Asia,  Europe, Canada, and North & South America, selections from the new toy line will debut to global fanfare leading up to retailers around the globe opening their doors at midnight.

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.”

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT  (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

These “unboxing” videos will feature online personalities sharing the excitement of opening the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Unboxing videos overall have captivated millions of Internet viewers and continue to grow in popularity. Eighteen of the top 100 most viewed YouTube Channels worldwide are dedicated to toys and toy unboxings. These 18 channels accounted for 8.1 billion views in Q1 2015.[1]

“We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind initiative,” said Chris M. Williams, Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios. “The unboxing world continues to expand rapidly as audiences around the world connect with digital creators who share their passions. This shared fandom helps attract billions of monthly views and consistently puts the genre at the top of the YouTube charts.”

The global unboxing event will incorporate traditional toy unboxers such as the popular EvanTubeHD, channels featuring families such as Bratayley, lifehack specialists such as ExpCaseros, gamers such as AlexBy11 and Star Wars fans from around the world, including Chris Pirillo, bringing with them a broad audience and appeal. The global line-up includes:

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Several countries will join the live stream from YouTube Spaces (Berlin, Tokyo, London), with Star Wars commentators Anthony Carboni and Andi Gutierrez hosting the event from the YouTube Space, Los Angeles.

Fans can tune in to watch live unboxings at home or on mobile devices, and also enjoy the latest trailers on the upcoming movie, commentary from special guests, fun product videos and demos, and footage from recent Star Wars events.

The global celebration culminates at midnight local time, when many retailers around the world will open their doors to fans to purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more. Visit starwars.com for more details on participating locations. Additionally, select Disney Store locations around the world will take part.  More details are available at www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday.

Fans are encouraged to document their experiences around the event on social media using the hashtag #ForceFriday. In addition the other official hashtags for the film are #StarWars and #TheForceAwakens.

If you would like to connect with the film you can find it on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The official site is www.StarWars.com/The-Force-Awakens.

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Kimberly

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

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Khan Academy launches Pixar in a Box – How movie magic is created

 

 

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Are you a fan of Pixar films? Have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes to bring a film to the big screen?

Making an animated film is not just about animation. There is a lot more that goes on including math, science, technology and engineering.

The Khan Academy has a new curriculum that teaches students all about making movie magic.

I don’t normally post press releases but this is cool and I think it might appeal to a lot of readers.

Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process – is live on KhanAcademy.org. Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

Khan and Catmull officially unveiled Pixar in a Box at a special event yesterday evening on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA. After an introduction from Klaidman, local educators learned the story behind the project and then received a live demonstration of Pixar in a Box from two of its creators – Brit Cruise, Content Producer at Khan Academy, and Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar. The evening concluded with a question-and-answer session moderated by Klaidman.

“Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about,” said DeRose. “Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.”

Starting today, students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

  • How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLŸ
  • How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.
  • How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
  • How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.
  • How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.
  • How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.

“These lessons are the first phase of the project,” said Cruise. “While the first year focuses on math, future Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.”

All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at PixarInABox.org. The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.

This is so cool! I’m going to check it out this weekend.

Did you know that things like math and science were used to create films?

Are you going to check out Pixar In A Box?

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Kimberly

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

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Look Using Instagram’s New Landscape Orientation!!!

 

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Attention Star Wars fans! Here is some information you might appreciate knowing, especially if you are as excited about the new Star Wars film coming to theaters this coming December.

Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

Using this new feature, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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You can also connect with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Instagram here.

If you would like more information on Instagram’s new landscape orientation, please visit: http://blog.instagram.com/post/127722429412/150827-portrait-and-landscape.

About “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” releases in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.

If you would like to connect with the film you can find it on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The official site is www.StarWars.com/The-Force-Awakens.

The official hashtags are #StarWars and #TheForceAwakens.

Are you excited about the new Star Wars film?

What do you think about Instagram’s new features?

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Kimberly

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

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Suffragette coming to theaters on October 23, 2015

 

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Coming to theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 23, 2015 is the film Suffragette. The film will be released nationwide during the following weeks.

The film features and impressive cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep.

Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation. Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, and Natalie Press. Produced by Academy Award nominee Alison Owen and Golden Globe Award nominee Faye Ward, Suffragette is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from an original screenplay by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.

Historical dramas are typically not my “cup of tea,” however some times a great film comes out that you can’t miss. Case in point Abraham Lincoln. I thought that movie would be boring since it was based on history, but the film was amazing. I have a feeling Suffragette is the same type of film. Judging by the trailer, this does look like a “must see” film.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

If you would like to learn more about this film visit www.FocusFeatures.com/Suffragette. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag is #SUFFRAGETTE.

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Kimberly

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Jurassic World available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Digital HD in October 2015

 

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Have you seen one of this years box office hits – Jurassic World? I haven’t seen it yet! Every time my husband and I made plans to see the film something always came up. I’m so irked about that too because I bet this film is amazing in 3D and on the big screen.

Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time.  The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history.

Sadly, I don’t see the film playing locally anymore. The good news is that Jurassic World is coming to VOD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in October 2015.

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Just in case you haven’t seen the film yet, here is a brief synopsis;

More than two decades since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.

Now, 22 years later, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than any dinosaur that ever walked the earth; the secretive new breed also proves more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated.

Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer and Irrfan Khan.

Jurassic World is based on the story by Michael Crichton.

Naturally the film will come with a lot of must-see bonus features. I don’t know about you but I love watching bonus features. You can learn a lot about what went on behind the scenes and gives you a better appreciation for the film.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-rayTM:

  • Welcome to Jurassic WorldAn 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. 

BLU-RAYTM and DVD Bonus Features

  • Delted Scenes
  • 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.

I cannot tell you how super excited I am that this film will be available for home viewing soon. I’m going to watch it as soon as I get a copy.

To learn more you can check out the film’s Official Website. In addition you can follow the film on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. The official hashtags are #JurassicWorld and#TeamJurassic.

Did you see the film? What did you think about it? Are you excited for the film to be available for home viewing?

Below is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*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. 

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Movie Review: Blessid

 

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Circulating at film festivals across the country is the film Blessid. There are plans to make the film available on DVD but the release date is not yet known. The film has won several awards, including best film, in the independent movie sector.

Blessid is the story of a very depressed young woman named Sarah. Sarah is currently pregnant and is unhappy with her marriage. She is also stalked by her abusive ex-boyfriend and she suffers from flashbacks to her sister’s death many years ago. Sarah is so unhappy that she is suicidal.

After an incident Sarah is told by her doctor she needs to go on bed rest to protect the health of her unborn child, as well as herself.

While she is at home Sarah notices a new neighbor moved in. He’s an older gentleman who likes to creep into her yard to steal weeds from her yard.

Sarah is curious to learn more about her unusual neighbor so she sneaks into his yard and accidently gets locked inside his greenhouse. In order to escape she breaks out a glass pane but accidently cuts herself and passes out.

When Sarah wakes u she finds herself at the hospital. It turns out her strange neighbor found her, treated her wounds and brought her to the hospital.

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After she returns home she properly introduces herself to her new neighbor. They quickly become friends.

Sarah makes an unexpected discovery at his house. In a photo album she finds that her new friend looks exactly the same in every picture – some dating back decades, even longer.

How is that possible? How has this man not aged? What is the world is going on?

Sarah finds out that her new friend is over two thousand years old. He’s discovered the secret of longevity – what is it?

During this time Sarah’s husband is away on business. He ex-boyfriend makes his way back into her life too and during a moment of weakness she has a one night stand with him.

When Sarah realizes what she did was wrong and rejects further advances her ex becomes enraged – so much so that he’s jealous of her friendship with her neighbor.

Will her ex-boyfriend lose control with his jealous rage? Will Sarah and her unborn child be in jeporady? How does her strange neighbor fit into all of this? To find out you need to see Blessid – a film about self forgiveness … but the path there is dark, twisted and unexpected.

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I must say that this is a very deep and “dark” film. There are no sunshine and rainbows here, that is for sure.

The film plays on your emotions. It makes you feel very bad for Sarah and you wish for her to find a way to better her life and her situation.

I could have done without the stuff about suicide and her deceased sister. Honestly I would have enjoy the story more if it was more about her strange neighbor/new friend. That part of the story line I found most interesting. The whole film could have easily been about that.

This is not a film for young children. I have teenagers and they could watch this but I don’t think I’d let them simply because I feel it’s too intense for them. Even my husband jokingly said that he needed a beer afterwards to decompress – and he doesn’t even drink alcohol! LOL!

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a good movie that was very well done. It’s just that it plays with your emotions and makes you feel “down” after you watch it. I felt the same way after watching films such as Legends of the Fall – great movie, just emotionally draining.

To learn more about this film please visit BlessidtheMovie.com. You can also check the film out on Facebook and Twitter.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Here is the official trailer for your entertainment.

 

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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