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Exciting things are coming to Netflix including new series and AWESOME movies!

 

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I am a big fan of Julie Andrews. I adore her! Ever since I saw her in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins I have been a fan of hers. I also enjoyed her in Victor/Victoria, The Princess Diaries (1 & 2), the Shrek franchise, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Now Julie Andrews is going to star in her own series on Netflix starting early in 2017. The show is called Julie’s Greenroom. 

Julie’s Greenroom is a new preschool show from The Jim Henson Company that features an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts. The series will be available exclusively to Netflix members globally in early 2017.

Andrews, who created the series with her daughter, will executive produce and star as Ms. Julie – the director of the Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts in which she teaches performing arts workshops in the theater and its “Greenroom.”

Ms. Julie and her devoted assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello) bring the performing arts to a new generation of kids known as the “Greenies,” played by original puppet characters built by the renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The Greenies are a diverse group of kids who are mesmerized by all that the arts and creativity has to offer. Over the course of the season, with Ms. Julie’s guidance and inspiration from the visiting guest artists, the kids create an entirely original new show, that is a mashup of all the performing arts including mime, music, dance, improv, circus arts, voice and more.

Most of the episodes of Julie’ Greenroom will feature an original song. In addition, every episode will feature a guest star who engages the kids in a specific area of the performing arts. Confirmed guest stars will include Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Erwin, Ellie Kemper, Idina Menzel, Tiler Peck, and Stomp. WOW! That is an impressive collection of stars. I’m a huge fan of Josh Groban (I met him – he’s so sweet!), so I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that episode.

Ms. Andrews commented that “this project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-Rofė. We could not be more honored to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company. We are equally delighted to be premiering as a Netflix original production.”

“The best of the best have joined together to bring Julie’s Greenroom to Netflix,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Our award-winning director, Tony-nominated puppeteers, Broadway composer, and accomplished guest artists, led by the incomparable Julie Andrews, together will inspire kids to explore, appreciate and celebrate all forms of performing arts.”

The show has already begun filming. There will be thirteen 30-minute episodes.

Below is a teaser trailer for the new series.

 

This is just the latest example of Netflix’s push for new preschool programming following last month’s announcement of Jim Henson’s Word Party, a new show using the groundbreaking Henson Digital Puppetry Studio allowing puppeteers to perform digitally animated characters in real time.

What do you think about Julie’s Greenroom? Do you think you’ll check it out when it airs in 2017 on Netflix?

In addition to these new shows, Netflix just signed an awesome deal with Disney. Starting this September, Netflix will hold the exclusive U.S. rights to Disney’s films. This includes not just films under the Disney brand, but also its Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar subsidiaries. That means smash hit films like Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will only be available on Netflix several months after they have completed their theatrical run. AWESOME!!!!

For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

New from Softsoap – Star Wars and Disney’s Frozen Foaming Hand Soaps

 

 

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Growing up I always dreamed of having my own bedroom. Up until my 16th birthday I had to share a room with my sister. For my 16th birthday I FINALLY got my own room – a walk-in closet that was converted into my bedroom. Needless to say it was tiny. I was able to fit a twin size bed, TV and a small desk. That was pretty much it. These days my old bedroom is a walk-in pantry.

When I was younger and envisioned my own bedroom I also wanted to have my own bathroom. We had had one full bathroom (shower & bathtub) and two half bathrooms (toilet and sink only). I hated having to share the bathroom. I wanted my own space.

These days we have ONE bathroom for the four of us. Oh how I miss the days of having two half bathrooms.

My kids know plenty of other kids who have their own bathrooms. They are so lucky!

I love creating “themes”. For example, years ago I stenciled our entire dining room to resembled an outdoor garden. It took me about a year to do it. I also accessorized with realistic looking animal figurines and 3D butterflies that I place randomly around the room. I really went all out to achieve the look I was going for (after two years I was bored with it and we repainted).

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Once our bathroom had an “Under the Sea” theme. EVERYTHING in our bathroom was ocean related.

Creating theme rooms is fun, especially if you do it in such a way that you can change it up when the mood strikes.

Softsoap recently released new Star Wars and Disney Frozen Foaming Hand Soaps. To celebrate the launch of the new collections, Softsoap challenged some bloggers to give their bathroom a “movie makeover” inspired by the two popular films.

They sent me their new products to try out. I would LOVE to create a Star Wars themed bathroom. We are big Star Wars fans. Even two of our cats are named after Star Wars characters – Anakin and Padmé.

There are so many products on the market that would work great in a Star Wars themed bathroom.

Star Wars Shower Curtain found at Walmart.com.

Star Wars Shower Curtain

Storm Trooper Bath Mat found at OffBeatHome.com.

PHOTO SOURCE & CREDIT: OffBeatHome.com

PHOTO SOURCE & CREDIT: OffBeatHome.com

Star Wars garbage can found at Macys.com.

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And these super cool bath towels from Kohls.com.

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For fans of the immensely popular Disney film, Frozen, there are also plenty of fun products available to dress up your bathroom in a “Frozen”theme.

Disney’s Frozen shower curtain found at Walmart.com.

Frozen Curtain

I love this Disney’s Frozen bathroom collection found on Amazon.com.

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Or this fun collection, also available on Amazon.com.

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I love that you can add just a few, replaceable accessories to change up a room’s theme. You don’t have to go crazy painting the walls, applying wallpaper or anything expensive or more permanent then a rug and a drinking cup.

This is why I enjoy the new Star Wars and Disney’s Frozen themed foaming soaps from Softsoap. They really add to the room’s theme.

Even Darth Vader, Yoda and Olaf approve.

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I love the designs. True fans of either (or both) films will also enjoy adding them to their bathroom, or even kitchen.

The soap goes on easily. Kids also love foaming soaps. It also rinses well and doesn’t leave any residue.

Look for the new Star Wars and Disney’s Frozen foaming Softsoap where ever soaps are sold.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack & Digital HD

 

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Disney’s classic movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is now available for the first time on Blu-ray combo pack and Digital HD.

This is one of my favorite classic Disney films. I am thrilled to have it on Blu-ray. We only had it on VHS, and we haven’t had a VHS player in many years.

I am fairly certain that most people know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White is a beautiful young princess being raised by her evil stepmother, the Queen. The Queen talks to her magic mirror to hear it tell her that she is the most beautiful person in all the land.

One day the magic mirror tells the Queen that Snow White is actually the fairest in the land. Unhappy knowing this, the Queen orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the wood and kill her. As proof she wants Snow White’s heart.

The huntsman takes the innocent Snow White into the wood to kill her, but he cannot bring himself to do it. He tells Snow White the Queen’s wicked plan and encourages her to run off into the wood and hide. To make sure that the Queen thinks Snow White is dead the huntsman returns with a pig heart, instead of Snow White’s.

In the woods Snow White finds seven dwarfs – Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. They work in a nearby mine.

The dwarfs agree to let Snow White stay with them and they grew into one big, happy “family.”

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One day when the Queen was talking to her magic mirror, the mirror told her that Snow White was the fairest in the land. That is how the Queen discovers that Snow White was still alive.

What will the Queen do next? Will she seek out Snow White and kill her herself? Will she retaliate against the huntsman who lied to her? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now available on Blu-ray combo pack and Digital HD.

It’s hard not to be in love with this movie. It has it all… adorable woodland creatures, likable dwarfs, a beautiful princess, an evil Queen and more.

There is one picture of my daughter (taken at Disney World) where I think she looks a lot like Snow White with the dark hair and rosy cheeks.

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The film also comes with bonus features.

In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.

Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.

@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.

The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.

Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.

Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.

And more!

The film is rated “G” and has a run time of 84 minutes.

You can check out the film on Facebook. The official hashtag is #SnowWhite.

I have some fun, FREE, activity sheets and Fun Facts you might be interested in. Simply click on the graphic (below) to save the activities to your computer so you can print them out and enjoy with your family.

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Look for this wonderful, classic animated film where ever movies are sold.

Are you a fan of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Which is your favorite character?

 

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.

Movie Review: Bridge of Spies

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the thriller Bridge of Spies.

Bridge of Spies stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda. The film was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Almost everything Spielberg touches turns to gold – and Bridge of Spies is not exception.

I have to admit that this is not a film I would normally go and see in the theater. I am not into war films, and I like my drama to be in the form of monsters or psycho killers. This film is also based on a true story.

I was intrigued by the film from the first time I saw the film’s trailer. Here is the trailer for your enjoyment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

 

I enjoy Tom Hank’s comedic roles, but he does have the ability to pull off seriously dramatic roles with just as much ease. I would have to say this was one of his most intense roles to date.

Tom Hanks stars as John Donovan, an insurance lawyer, who is called upon to represent a man named Rudolf Abel, that the FBI considers a spy from the USSR.

The U.S. government wants the trial to go smoothly so as not to give the USSR any reason to use the trial against the United States.

Donovan agrees to represent Abel. It’s only after having a chance to speak with Abel that Donovan feels that his client is innocent. He even puts him life and family at risk by going for an acquittal. Citizens of the U.S. are upset with Donovan for insinuating that he’s innocent, but Donovan strands his ground.

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Abel is found guilty. He could have been given the death penalty but Donovan convinces the judge that Abel might eventually be needed as a “bargaining chip” with the USSR someday. Donovan’s predicting comes true when a U.S. pilot crashes in the USSR and it taken hostage. The U.S. has Abel that they can use in trade to get back the U.S. pilot.

The USSR gets a message to Donovan about an even trade – Abel for the U.S. pilot, Francis Powers. Abel agrees, but it takes it a step further and requests a two for one deal – American Pilot Powers and an U.S. graduate student, Frederic Pryor, who was being help captive in Berlin.

Can Donovan pull it off? He has so many people against him (U.S. citizens, USSR citizen, people of Berlin…). It seems like a nearly impossible task to make the trade so that all parties are satisfied.

To find out how it ends you need to pick up a copy of Bridge of Spies, where ever movies are sold.

Bonus features include:

A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES  – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film

SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

This film is really intense and it will have you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end. I thought maybe the political stuff would be boring – but it wasn’t.

I honestly feel like this was one of Tom Hank’s best performances to date. Seeing him Bridge of Spies if a far cry from Bachelor Party and the huge flop, The Man with One Red Shoe.

I love the authenticity of this film too – from the vehicles to the wardrobes – everything was spot on for the time period.

All of the actors did an exceptional job in this film, but Tom Hanks does stand out the most.

This film has a run time of 141 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Have you seen Bridge of Spies? If so, what did you think about it?

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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. 

Disney•Pixar The Good Dinosaur FREE Activity Pages

 

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Coming to theaters on November 25, 2015 is the newest film by Disney•Pixar called The Good Dinosaur.

The animated film features the voice talents of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

It looks like a really cute movie. Plus dinosaurs are so popular these days.

You can learn more about this delightful family film by visiting it’s official website. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To help get you excited about the film, here are some Good Dinosaur activity sheets including plenty of coloring pages and even a pumpkin stencil.

Simply click on the text beneath each image to download/save the activity and print it out to share with your family.

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The Good Dinosaur Hexagon

Maze

The Good Dinosaur Maze

Memory

The Good Dinosaur Memory Game

Spot the Difference

The Good Dinosaur Spot the Differences

Stencil

The Good Dinosaur Pumpkin Stencil

Kimberly

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

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.