Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Coming to Theaters March 2, 2012 (Giveaway – Ends 3/5/12)

I have always been a fan of Dr. Seuss, ever since I was a little girl. I still have all of my Dr. Seuss books from when I was a child and some of the newer ones from when my kids were little. I am holding on them so that one day I can share my love of Dr. Seuss with my grandchildren, and God willing, great-grandchildren some day.

I love the story of the Lorax. My husband thinks it’s a really depressing story and not silly like most Dr. Seuss stories are. I like it because I think there is something about the story that can be applied to our world today. If we don’t take care of the important things in life we’ll be killing off nature and wildlife for the sake of industry. The Lorax is a cautionary tale of what life can be like if we get out of balance with nature.

A remake of the classic tale is coming to theaters on March 2, 2012. The movie features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White.

Here is the movie’s trailer for your enjoyment. If you are reading this via e-mail you can view the trailer here, http://youtu.be/go5ovU1-BQU.

Here is the movie’s official synopsis:

From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.  The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. 

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler.  Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams.  Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).  www.TheLoraxMovie.com.

It looks like a fun movie. And unlike the original this movie doesn’t seem so “dark” and “gloomy”. In fact it looks really funny and I can’t wait to see it.

To get you excited about the movie I have an awesome Lorax giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:

–   $25 Limited Edition The Lorax Fandango Gift Card

–   Seedling

–   Re-usable Tote

–   Water Bottle

–   T-shirt

–   Pencil

–   Re-usable Lunch Bag

–   Activity Card & Mustache

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*I was not compensated for this post, however I will be receiving either a free gift card to see the movie for a future review or attend a movie screening. There was no fincacial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Frankenweenie coming to theaters on October 5, 2012

There is a new film coming to theaters this October from the rather kooky Tim Burton. Tim Burton is the man behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp version).

Burton’s newest film, Frankenweenie, is made in the same style as The Nightmare Before Christmas, except this film is done in black and white and 3D, which should be interesting.

The voice cast for the film include Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer (The Middle), Robert Capron (Rowley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men). Tim Burton directed and produced the film. It was also created by Burton too. 

Frankenweenie is a heartwarming  tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

Here are some interesting little bits of trivia about the film.

–   When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for Frankenweenie, he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.

–   Frankenweenie follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

–   Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.

–   The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow).

–   Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister— were inspired by classic horror films.

I’ll post more information about this movie as it becomes available to me.

What do you think? Do you think you’ll want to go and see the film? I think a movie done in both black and white AND 3D could be interesting.


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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Movie Review: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

I’m always on the look out for movies that my entire family can watch together. Sometimes it’s hard to find something that appeals to everyone, especially my kids. Sometimes my son thinks something is too “girly” or my daughter thinks it’s too “immature” for her. My husband and I never look at it that way. A movie is a movie. As long as it’s enjoyable to watch and entertaining who cares if it’s more for younger people or “girly”.

Available on March 6, 2012 on DVD, On Demand and Digital Release is the family friendly movie Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life stars Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos) and Ryan Simpkins (Revolutionary Road). The movie also introduces an up and coming young actor Maxwell Beer who stars at the main character of Jeremy Fink.

Here is the movie’s trailer for your enjoyment. If you are reading this via e-mail you can view the trailer here, http://www.youtube.com/embed/TmIXHrI7E_0

The movie is about a young by name Jeremy Fink (Beer) who received a mysterious wooden box just shy of his 13th birthday. The box is inscribed with the words “The Meaning of Life – for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th Birthday”.

The mysterious box contains four locks that need to be unlocked before the box will open. The only problem is that there are no keys to be found.

Jeremy employs the help of his best friend Lizzy to search for clues as to where the keys are all around the island of Manhattan. Their quest takes them to interesting places around Manhattan and introduces them to some pretty colorful people. With each encounter the pair unlock a new clue that helps them to get closer unlocking the box.

Will Jeremy and Lizzy be able to find the keys for the mysterious box before his 13th birthday? Will they ever find out what the Meaning of Life is? In order to find out the answers you’ll have to pick up a copy of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life or rent the film from On Demand.

This is a fun movie. The whole idea around the mysterious box and having to search for the keys to unlock it is exciting for adults as much as it is for children. My kids kept talking about “What if’s” through the movie. I love that the movie interested my kids enough to come up with all these different scenerious and what if they had to search all over Manhattan looking for clues. My son especially loves NYC so he was glued to the TV the whole time the movie was on. He was quick to point out places that he recognized and even asked if we could find some of the locations used in the film.

The movie not only appealed to me and my husband but also to my almost 15 year old daughter who is VERY picky about things and my 12 year old son who I knew would love the movie. He’ll be turning 13 in a few months. He could totally relate to the character Jeremy Fink. It’s not often that there is a movie geared towards ‘tween/young teen boys. Most of the time movies are geared more towards girls. I love that this movie felt like it was made especially for him.

The movie is actually based on a book by Wendy Mass with the same title. I have never heard of the book before but now that I’ve seen the movie I’m going to keep an eye out for it.  

If you rent or purchase the DVD you’ll get to see a lot of special features like cast interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers, a limited edition embossed o-card with glitter spotting and a downloadable audio reading by author Wendy Mass of the book’s first chapter. I love the deleted scenes. It’s always fun to see if the movie would have been different if the scenes were left in the film.

The movie is rated PG and runs for 88 minutes. It is released by Phase 4 Films and will be available at most retail locations that sell DVDs. 

If you would like more information about the film you can visit www.Phase4Films.com. They are also on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Phase4Films) and on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/Phase4Films – or – @Phase4Films). You can also follow the converation on Twitter with the hashtags #JeremyFink and #Phase4Films.

Here is an interesting Q&A with Tamar Halpern, who wrote and directed Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life


Why did you decide to make this film?


When I read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, I was deeply moved by the message, namely that each day is precious and it’s up to us to celebrate that gift. I love how beautifully and simply Wendy Mass (the author) illustrated the power we have to choose to be joyful, even in the face of great loss.  To understand and appreciate how much love we have around us and the great possibilities each day holds, regardless of challenges and sorrow, is to understand the meaning of life!  Through their adventures, Jeremy and Lizzy show us and remind us to have gratitude, and I knew it would be my great honor to bring that spirit to the screen.


What did it teach you about the meaning of life? Did it change your perspective in any way?


The discovery for me was that the personal beliefs I hold deep in my heart can be shared with children without sounding preachy or pious.  To deliver such a deep message in a light hearted, truthful and entertaining way was a learning experience for me about subtlety and the power of story. It showed me that sticking with my dreams as a filmmaker all these years was worth it because I was given the opportunity to tell such a beautiful story.  
I’ve been making films since the mid-nineties, so it’s been a long road to get to this point.  I raised my son during it all and he was often the subject of my films.  There have been times I felt I should give up on my dreams of writing and directing, but I always comforted myself by focusing on what I was grateful for in my life– namely my son, my husband, my parents and my friends – and then I stopped worrying about my career.   Then Jeremy Fink came my way, which perfectly echoed what I practiced – gratitude – and I found the lesson strikingly poignant.

This is a story about a boy who has lost his father and goes looking for a key in NYC, similar to a film currently in theaters. How is your film different?
I’m so glad you asked!  Both films are beautiful meditations about grief and loss as seen through the eyes of a young boy. One big difference with our film is that we don’t have 9/11 as a plot point, which puts the theme of loss in a more accessible, universal place without a historical reference.  Our film is sort of timeless, as it feels like it could take place anytime in the last thirty years.  
The other difference, which is huge, is Jeremy’s best friend Lizzy.  The great question of Jeremy Fink is will Jeremy overcome his fears and sorrow to become a strong adult?  His relationship with Lizzy plays a huge part in this as she pushes him to step up, to grow up, to face his fears regardless of consequences.  When he hesitates, it threatens the very core of their friendship.  Lizzy is ready to move from child to adult.  She wants her best friend to make the move with her, but if he is unwilling, she may have to leave him.  Of course, she doesn’t want to lose her best friend, so she tries everything she can to get him to move forward. The plot line of their relationship, which starts playful and childlike and grows into something deeper and more meaningful, highlights what Jeremy has at stake if he doesn’t grow up.  What saves their relationship and gives us hope for Jeremy is when he learns to see past his own pain and recognize that other people are struggling too. Lizzy teaches him that having empathy for others, even when we struggle with our own pain, is the most beautiful gift we can give.
When Jeremy gives it, he takes a huge step toward becoming a man and the audience knows that after the credits roll, Jeremy and Lizzy will continue being best friends.  That’s a huge difference between the two films.


What made you choose these specific actors?
Maxwell Beer, who plays the title character, was an easy fit because he IS Jeremy Fink.  Awkward and adorable, he embodied the role.  Ryan Simpkins, who plays Lizzy, is a strong actor who could handle the sassy lines with ease as well as be open and vulnerable to help bring the film to a deeper level.  During rehearsals, as we worked on the scene where Jeremy destroys the time machine, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Ryan delivered her lines. The same is true every time I see the film.  Max and Ryan had incredible chemistry off screen as well and the proof is in the hilarious blooper reel on the DVD.  
Mira Sorvino is an incredible actor to work with because she made beautiful suggestions that resulted in a page one rewrite of Elaine, Jeremy’s mother.  Mira gave me the freedom to develop a mother-son relationship that was much more like my own relationship with my son.  I love the scenes between Jeremy and Elaine and incidentally, my son wrote the music for the emotional last scene between Jeremy and his mom, where they talk about the Shel Silverstein book The Giving Tree.   
Joe Pantoliano was a lot of fun to work with as he brought a whole layer of magic into Oswald and improvised some great lines that stayed in the film (“Have you ever read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now?”).  A lot of his lines were improvised which was a credit to our editor, Maria Cataldo, who made those scenes really work. Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) was a perfect choice to play James, the mysterious limo driver who watches over the children and reveals all the secrets at the end.  He’s a friend of mine as is Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), who plays Madame Zaleski, which is the only scene in the film that makes grown men laugh out loud! Betsy’s an extremely talented comedic actor who I’ve worked with many times.  

Which is your favorite scene?
On a dramatic level, the Coney Island scene where Jeremy apologizes to Lizzy for not understanding how hard it was for her when her mother left.  That is the moment when all story lines come together – we see Jeremy will overcome his pain and be an adult and we see that Jeremy and Lizzy will continue having a friendship as they grow up.  The acting is so sweet and honest and the music brings it all home when they hug. I knew when I wrote it that it would be the most important scene and the way it came out has made it one of my favorites.  
I also love the scene between Jeremy and his mother (Mira Sorvino) when he tells her he needs her to treat him more like an adult, but he uses her trick of citing a favorite children’s book to make his point.  I read The Giving Tree to my own son hundreds of times, so using it in this scene meant a lot to me.  Mira and Max play it beautifully and it continues to build on the theme that Jeremy will grow up to be a well-rounded, good human being, just as his dad wanted – as we all want for our children.  


Are there any behind-the-scenes experiences you can share?
So many!  Mabel, the knife-wielding socialite, was played by the famous Broadway actress Marian Seldes.  It was a big deal having her in the film since she’s a New York icon.   Marian is known for staying in character, so when she met Max and Ryan, she wrinkled her nose and said, “Children” in a tone usually reserved for rotten food.  It was hilarious!
The first day of shooting we tackled the bus scene, which required Ryan Simpkins to be in that funny ‘breaking and entering’ outfit that included a fake pimple.  During lunch, her pimple fell off her chin and into her soup.
We shot an alternate ending for the film, where after James gives Jeremy the envelope and says goodbye, he walks to the back seat of the limo and gets in. The car drives away and we are left to wonder if James was actually Oswald!
Everywhere we went, we found keys in the strangest places – glued to doors, on people’s shirts, on the ground, as jewelry. I guess once you’ve got keys on your mind, they seem to be everywhere.
The opening song for the film was written and sung by Edie Brickell.  She read the script and loved it so much, she just sat down and wrote the perfect song.

The stop motion animation, done by Leila Fakouri at Madera Design, took five full days of shooting to complete plus two weeks of building all the sets and creating the images.  By comparison, it took 22 days to film the entire movie.

What was it like shooting on the streets of NYC?

Well, it was the hottest August on record, so you can imagine how sticky it was.  Otherwise, it was a lot of fun being in iconic places like Central Park or the Museum of Natural history.  The producers Ken and Caron Keller did an amazing job of securing locations usually only afforded by larger budgets.  If you look very carefully in the scene when James drops Jeremy and Lizzy off in front of Mabel’s apartment building, you can see a woman filming the actors from her apartment window.  For the most part, New Yorkers were very cool about us filming.  When kids found out it was the film version of the book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, that’s when crowds would gather!  


Why do you think kids will like this film?
Since the book has such a huge following (half a million copies sold on Amazon alone), there’s no doubt the film will have a following.  For kids who haven’t read the book, I think they’ll be drawn in by the sweet, honest tone of the film, the comedic relationship between Jeremy and Lizzy, and the stop motion animation that represents Jeremy’s inner world.  Some kids’ movies try to talk over kids’ heads and be snarky, or make adult-themed jokes.  I wrote the script to be honest, like the book, but with a level of comedy that’s entertaining to kids and adults. Ultimately, we are rooting for Jeremy to grow up so he and Lizzy can stay friends, just like we hope to keep our childhood friends even though we all change. This film speaks to that very relevant topic for kids, along with the larger themes of grief and joy.  I think the film is a really fun ride that has an incredible amount of heart, just like the book.


Why do you think parents will like the film?
The values in this film are firm without being heavy handed and they relate to adults as well as to kids: enjoy life, have gratitude for those who love you, even if they’re not physically with you. View life as an adventure and be open hearted to good people.  The surprises life can bring are here for us to revel in and learn from.  We have the choice to embrace life fully and sometimes all of us – parents included – need to be reminded!


What do you hope viewers will take away from this?
My dream is that moms and dads, grandparents, cousins, guardians and older siblings, will watch this film with the younger generation and at the end, hug one another.  This film is a magical experience and my hope is people watch it with those they love to further strengthen the ties that bind them together.  It is the most genuine expression of love I’ve made as a filmmaker and I hope it touches as many hearts as possible.  One of the producers, Lauren Bullock, first acquired the rights to the book after two of her young nieces had their lives cut short in a car accident.  This film is for them, for their memory, but just as much this film is a reminder to those of us who are here to choose life in the fullest sense of the term – to live it fully.


Do you have kids? What do you want them to take away from the film?
My son, Jordan, is 24 now.  I channeled our relationship when he was a pre-teen to write the scenes between Jeremy and his mom.  The book was a great guide, but I also used my son’s relationship with his best friend Kelsey, a sassy blonde tomboy, for Jeremy and Lizzy. Jordan and Kelsey have known each other since they were one and they’re still best friends.  Jordan wrote some of the music for Jeremy Fink, which is an incredibly beautiful experience to collaborate with your child.  His music underscored scenes when Jeremy misses his father – specifically the hula hooping/bird flying animation, writing in his Observation Book scenes, as well as the music underneath Jeremy’s Dad’s voice when they open the box.  He also wrote the music under the Giving Tree scene with his mother, which means the world to me.  Since this film reflects my personal journey as a single mom and filmmaker – to be grateful for all I have, starting with the love of my child – I think Jordan sees the correlation between the film and that love.  His music certainly tells me that.


*I received a free screener copy from Childs Play PR. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Chatting with Will Arnett about the film The Secret Life of Arrietty

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to chat with actor Will Arnett about his role in the up coming movie release The Secret Life of Arrietty. The movie will be in theaters on February 17, 2012. Will voices the character Pod who is Arrietty’s father.

When I think of Will Arnett I think of the quirky role he played in the movie Blades of Glory (am I the only one who thinks that film is funny?). He also voiced characters in the films Ratatouille and Monsters vs. Aliens.

Will is mostly known for his character George Oscar “G.O.B” Bluth II on Fox’s cult comedy hit Arrested Development. Dare I say I have never seen the show before (Gasp!). I know plenty of people who LOVE Arreseted Development and think it’s one of the funniest shows ever. FYI… Will informed us that they are making an Arrested Development min-series which will lead up to the release of an Arrested Development film.

Will is currently staring in the NBC series Up All Night with Christina Applegate.

Will was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. When he was 20 years old he moved to New York City to study acting. He landed his first acting role along side Felicity Huffman in the independent film Erie. After a few “bumps in the road” Will finally landed his breakout role in Arrested Development.

In 2003 Will married comedienne Amy Poehler. Together they have two children. Amy has a voice over role in the movie The Secret Life of Arrietty. She voices the character Homily who is Arrietty’s mother.

I had the fabulous opportunity to interview will along side some awesome bloggers and discuss his role in the film. I was even lucky enough to ask Will the first question of the interview.

Q: The Secret Life of Arrietty is based upon the book The Borrowers written by Mary Norton. Have you ever read the story, or were you familiar with the story, before being cast for the movie?

Will: I have not read the books. I did not know a lot about these stories or the book before I got involved in the project. I was very new to all of them.  

Q: You are known more so for your comedy work. How is it that you came to be cast as the stern, yet loving, Pod, which is different than what you are mostly known for?

Will: The people who were involved in the film and Disney came to me and my wife (Amy) and asked us to be a part of it. I was excited that they tought of me. I was also excited because it was a bit different than what people are used to seein me in. At the same time, for many years, have been a voice over guy. I’ve don’t countless things other than narration and commercials. I’ve been a part of a lot of different films in the animation world over the last 10 years…Pod is sort of the stern but steady hand in this story. I was just happy that they thought of me in this way. And I was excited to do something that was a little bit “out there”, outside of my comfort zone.

Q: What is the process of working on a film like this? Do you do individual voice work or do you read it with the cast or others so you get a fell for the other characters?

Will: It is individual. For the most part in animation you are on your own. It’s just the way that it’s set up. Of course I have the luxury of knowing some of my castmates (Amy), so we were able to talk about it. You don’t generally have that luxury.

Q: Prior to this movie were you familiar with any of the Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli films, and if so, what was your favorite one?

Will: Studio Ghibli has some pretty iconic films whether it be Spirited Away (“of course amazing”) or Ponyo (“incredible”). They’ve made like 15 to 20 movies, I think. I haven’t seen them all but definitely Ponyo was the one that was most recent. I think Spirited Away everyone can agree with was so cool. I think that was the first of their films that I saw. I thought it was so amazing.

By the way, when they asked me to be a part of this movie I jumped at it because I was such a fan.  

Q: Where you originally drawn to the character of Pod because you are a father as well and it’s a character that you can relate to?

Will: I wouldn’t say I was drawn to him necessarily. I would say that once I started working on this film I would say my performance was probably colored by it. What you don’t understand before you are a parent is what it means to be a parent. Once you have a child it changes your world view forever. I wouldn’t have had the same perspective had I not been a parent when I became a part of this film. So yes, it definitely had an impact on me being a parent.

Q: I read somewhere that you consider Steve Martin and Chevy Chase as biggest comic influences. I was wondering for the character of Pod where you drew your inspiration from?

Will: For the character of Pod I don’t think I was really leaning on one particular inspiration. I was just trying to be this steady patriarch. A character that could have this inner calmness to him. He understands the reality of their situation of the Borrowers and where they fit in the world. He is very protective of his family and he knows what he needs to do to take care of his family.

I think that goes back to what I said before. Once you become a parent you understand the responsibility of that role and it colors everything that you do. I understood that from my own experiences being a father.

Q: You have been a voice in so many animated features and I wanted to see what it is about animated films that draws you in?

Will: In animation you kind of get to hide. All you have is your voice and you have to work in concert with the other great artists who are creating this story. It’s a different kind of collaboration. It’s such a visual medium. I don’t know. It’s just such an interesting thing to be a part of.

Q: You have mentioned that you have done a bunch of different voice overs in the past few years. Do you have a favorite?

Will: Right now it’s Arrietty. It’s so hard to play favorites in that way. They each have a thing about them that I really love. I know that might sound like a “cop out” answer but it’s actually true. If I say that I like this the most I feel like I’m short changing the others.

Q: After you learned more about the movie, what made you really want to become a part of it?

Will: I didn’t really know much about the books or stories. But once I was brought into the process and they told me this was coming from Studio Ghibli, that is what initially got me. Once I started working on the film and saw the Japanese version I just loved the story. I think it’s great. It has such a universal theme and a touching story. I was just very excited to be a part of it.

Q: There was a lot of depth to the story and visually it was beautiful. What is the message you hope the audience will take away from the film?

Will: I think it has a really nice message of tolerance. I guess you can also say it’s kind of about friendship. By the end of the film the friendship is preserved and ultimately I think that is an important message.

Q: Did you have the opportunity to record with your wife (Amy) and feed off each other while making the movie?

Will: We did not. That wasn’t the way it was set up. Unfortunately that is not the way they record these films. Obviously we talked about it which was great and not a luxury that you often get. We never did record together.

Q: What other projects do you have and what can we expect to see you in, in the upcoming months?

Will: Other than the mini-series and the movie? I work on the NBC series Up All Night and it takes up the bulk of my time. Then I go right form that into the Arrested Development mini-series and movie. It’s kind of a crazy time.  

It was a lot of fun having the opportunity to chat with Will. I think it brings the movie experience to a whole new level having the opportunity to meet and talk to the talent and the creative minds behind a film.

Here is the movie’s trailer for your enjoyment. You can also find the trailer here, http://youtu.be/VlMe7PavaRQ.

If you would like to read my review of the movie you can check it out here, https://www.shescribes.com/2012/02/movie-review-the-secret-life-of-arrietty.html.

The official website is www.Disney.Go.com/Arrietty.

You can also follow the movie on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SecretWorldofArrietty.  


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Movie Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 21, 2012 is the psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Martha Marcy May Marlene stars an up and coming Hollywood “It Girl” Elizabeth Olsen. Elizabeth is the younger sister of the world’s most famous twins, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Don’t let the fact that Elizabeth is their Olsen twin’s younger sister fool you. Her acting ability goes well beyond the “lollipop and gumdrops” acting abilities of her sisters. Elizabeth has much more of a “reach” with her acting abilities.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is the story of Martha (Olsen) who seemed to just “disappear”. Her friends and sister Lucy (played by Sarah Paulson) had no idea whatever happened to Martha.

Martha has been living in a commune as part of an abusive cult, tucked away in the Catskill Mountains where no one could find them. The cult was trying to make themselves self-sufficient so that they would not need to be a part of the outside world.

At first Martha seemed to enjoy spending time with the other cult members, but you can tell that she wasn’t fully committed to them or their way of life. Before long Martha was sucked into their “family” and way of life, even though she soon realized that being with the cult was not where she wanted to be. She had to deal with rape, abuse, crime and even murder.

Martha felt so “lost” in the cult. She wasn’t even called her real name. The cult leader, Patrick (John Hawkes) called her Marcy May. All of the cult women had to answer the phone with the name Marlene (I never fully understood why).

One day Martha finally had enough and she fled from the compound. Once in town she placed a phone call to her sister Lucy who quickly drove the three hours from her Connecticut cabin to pick Martha up and bring her back home with her and her new husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy).

Trying to assimilate back into the “real world”, outside of the cult, was difficult for Martha. At first she seemed to be doing well. She did have a hard time leaving her cult life behind her, however she tried her best to become “normal” again.

In my opinion things seemed to go down hill one night when Martha entered her sister’s room while she was making love to her husband and lied down on the end of the bed. Lucy’s husband make comments about how Martha was “not normal”. I think that might have been part of the reason why Martha started to unravel quickly after that incident. Maybe Martha did see herself as abnormal.

As time went on Martha became more and more paranoid that the cult, most especially Patrick, was watching her every move. This caused Martha to act crazy and really disturbed.

Wat the cult after Martha? Or was it just her imagination? Will she ever regain a sense of normalcy or is she destined to return to the cult? To learn the answers to these questions you’ll need to pick up a copy of Martha Marcy May Marlene on Blu-ray or DVD on February 21, 2012.

The movie is rated R for nudity (although it was more like partical nudity), rape (I saw it as rape – but others might just say sex) and language. It is NOT a family friendly film.

The movie was not at all what I expected from the trailers I have seen. But it was still an interesting film.

I would consider this a some what “artsy” type film. There are some scenes which seem out of place to me, and other scenes where there is a long silence.

The film bounces around from present day to her time with the cult. Sometimes I got confused as to what part of her life I was looking at.

I found the cult part of her life terrifying. It scares the heebie jeebies out of me knowing that there really are cults out there that pray on lost and lonely men and women. In fact there is a bonus featurette included in the movie that shows how one young woman name May ended up in the grips of a cult.

This is a dark film meaning that it’s very deep. I would classify this as a psychological thriller/drama.

I enjoyed the film. There were a few scenes I could have done without, but I understand their importance to the film and storyline.

Elizabeth Olsen did a fantastic job. Your heart really went out to her. I also think that Sarah Paulson did a fantastic job as the concerned sister trying to understand what could have happened to her younger sister and how to “fix” her.

For more information you can check out the official site, www.FoxSearchLight.com/MarthaMarcyMayMarelene.

Here is the movie’s trailer for your convenience. You can also view it by CLICKING HERE


*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Celebrate Season 11 of American Idol with Coca-Cola (Great Giveaway)

Can you believe that American Idol has been on for 11 seasons already? My son is going to be 13 in September. That means American Idol has pretty much been on the air almost his entire life. In fact, I was SHOCKED to learn it was season 11. I was thinking it was season 7 or 8.

My family never watched the first season of American Idol, although my husband is a fan of Kelly Clarkson. We didn’t start watching it until the second season.

Here is an interesting American Idol tid bit for you. Season 4 contestant, Constantine Maroulis, has a sister name Anastacia. When Constantine was on American Idol his sister was the principal at my kid’s elementary school.

The elementary school staff, teachers and all the children voted for Constantine. They had t-shirts made up that the kids would wear every week. There were also posters and banners hung up in his honor.

I made buttons for my kids to wear that said “Vote 4 Constantine”. Some of the teachers asked me to make one for them too. I made 100+ buttons (free of charge of course) for the students, teachers and staff to wear.

We were all hoping that he would show up at the school for the kids, but he never did. He did thank them over the phone once. His sister held the phone up to the microphone so it was heard in all the classrooms.

The kids were disappointed that he never came to school to thank them for all their support. Oh well…

One of my most favorite American Idol alumni is Chris Daughtry. I love his music! He’s awesome! I also like Adam Lambert. He’s a bit over the top but I like his music.

As an American Idol sponsor, Coca-Cola is looking to spice up the cold Winter months with their new initiative called Coca-Cola Family Night.

On the My Coke Rewards website (www.MCR.com/Family) you can find exciting contests, instant wins, rewards, recipes and games—with many fun American Idol based activities for your family.

Personally I think that it’s important to have a Family Night one night per week if possible. If not at the very least once a month.

When my family watches American Idol together was act as judges and critique each contestant and come up with our top picks. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t. But that is the fun of it. The judges on TV don’t always agree either.

If you are going to have a Family Night make sure to include some yummy beverages and treats for the family to enjoy too. It can be something as easy and simple as chips and soda, or you can order a pizza or make some appetizers. Everyone loves to have something to nibble on during a Family Night.

Other things you can do on Family Night is have a Family Movie Night or a Family Game Night. Those are two things my family enjoys doing together too.

It’s not so much what you do as it is making memories together that will last a lifetime. Sometimes it’s the simply things in life that mean the most.

To help you get started with your own Fun for Family Night, I have an awesome prize pack to give to a lucky winner. The prize package includes…


–   Samsung handheld camcorder bundle (includes card and case). I have the same camcorder. It’s awesome! It’s really easy to use and has a lot of fun features. It takes both video and photos. It charges on your computer and it’s incredibly simple to upload your photos and videos to your computer. It’s even waterproof and shock proof. Use this to record your Family Night. 🙂

   Here is a video I did of our kitten Bella using the same camcorder in the prize package. We remove all the stuff from our balcony including the carpeting during the Winter months.

–   American Idol – The Hits Volume 1 CD – featuring songs by Kelly Clarkson (Since You’ve Been Gone), Clay Aiken (Invisible), Chris Daughtry (Home), Adam Lambert (Whataya Want From Me), No Air (Jordon Sparks) and others.

–   A coupon for $$$ off the purchase of Pringles and Coca-Cola.

The prize package is valued around $100.

To enter please tell me how you bring YOUR family together? Do you have a regular Family Night? If not, is it something you plan on doing in the future?

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

–  Subscribe to She Scribes via E-mail or RSS. Both options are found on the right side bar.

–  Tell me who your favorite American Idol singer is.

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– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about this giveaway. Please include @She_Scribes AND #CokeFamilyNight in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day. You can use this pre-made tweet to make it easier.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 25, 2012 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 with a name and mailing address (no PO Box). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other fantastic giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.


*I received the same prize package free in exchange for this post. There was no other compensation. The prize was provided by Coca-Cola, but Coca-Cola is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Coca-Cola. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only.

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