New Cinderella Trailer is Out! #Disney


Are you excited about the new live action Cinderella movie??  After seeing the clips on the Bachelor and all of the Disney hype, I can’t wait! So I’m super happy to be sharing the newly released Cinderella trailer with you!

Cinderella will be released on March 13!

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Are You Ready for Some Strange Magic? #StrangeMagic



I’m so excited to share this with you!  Just found out about a new Lucas films movie that will be released on January 23, 2015 called Strange Magic!  There isn’t TOO much information available yet but I’m super excited because this is a musical, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and features one of my FAVE Broadway actresses (Kristen Chenoweth) and is produced and composed by the same musical genius who did Moulin Rouge, Marius de Vries.  This is sure to be a good one, and I can’t wait until the trailer for Strange Magic comes out…

Here’s all the details from Lucas Films:

STRANGE MAGIC is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

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Maleficent Movie Review + New Maleficent Activities #Disney



Have you seen it?  Have you seen it yet??  We have and WE LOVED IT!!  I took the girls to see Maleficent this weekend and I can enthusiastically report that Disney has another smash hit on their hands.  The girls and I both really, really enjoyed it.  We came out of the movie with a family plan to dress as Maleficent characters when we head to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall.

So here’s the scoop.  My 7 year old and 13 year old girls both loved it – and there is definitely enough action in this movie that even the most girl-movie adverse boy would be into it.  I think it’s PG rating is definitely appropriate – there are some intense action scenes, but my youngest wasn’t bothered at all.  There are some scenes (without giving too much away) that are pretty heartbreaking that might upset the very youngest of viewers (my oldest daughter cried a couple of times).

Angelina Jolie was BRILLIANT.  I truly have never seen a movie with her in the lead that I have enjoyed more.  She, and this movie, gave us a lot to talk about.  In the car on the way home, we discussed what it means to be a hero, a villain, and sometimes a little of both.  We talked about heartbreak and anger and living with the consequences of our actions.  It is truly a moving movie with a great message.   LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!  If you haven’t seen it yet, please do so.  You won’t want to wait for this one to come out on DVD.

For those of you who are already huge Maleficent fans like we are, download Disney’s Scene Maker, a cool new activity pack that lets your kids act out the movie!  Here’s a sample of the Cut-Outs you get with the scene maker.

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3 Days Until Maleficent is in Theaters + New Clips from #Disney



We are sooooo close to Maleficent’s release this Friday!  So excited!  As I have mentioned before, I truly think this will be the movie of the summer!

Even though it’s almost time, check out these amazing new clips from Disney!

How beautiful does Angelina Jolie look in that clip – I believe that this is before Maleficent “goes bad” – can’t wait to explore the storyline of this movie!

And check out this one – in which Aurora identifies Maleficent as her fairy godmother….eeesh.


See you in the theater on Friday!  Maleficent is rated PG.

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Memorial Day Recipe from Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey!


Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for holding our families dear with food, fun, and time spent together.

Disney is celebrating Memorial Day as well, and in honor of their new movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey, they have passed on a wonderful recipe that is perfect for Memorial Day get-togethers.

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

As a foodie who LOVES to eat and cook, I will definitely be watching the Hundred-Foot Journey – and trying out this YUMMY Tandoori Chicken Recipe!

What yummy foods will you be eating this Memorial Day?


New Marvel Movie Announced: Guardians of the Galaxy

Do you have a Marvel nut in your house?  Even though I have two girls, we are BIG Marvel fans!  My oldest daughter is OBSESSED with Loki from the Thor franchise, and my youngest loves Captain America.  So I am super excited to see a new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, coming out!  I know this is going to be one that my girls are going to want to see as soon as it is released in theaters!

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.

I’m super excited to see Bradley Cooper  and Zoe Saldana in this movie – love both of them!  I’m also super excited to see Chris Pratt in this role – I can’t think of him without thinking of his super-cute (and then super-jerky) character in Bride Wars – but he looks pretty good!

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.



So who in your house is going to be excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy?

One Week Until #Maleficent + New Featurette from #Disney


For those of you who are counting down the days until Disney’s Maleficent is released, only SEVEN MORE DAYS!  Maleficent is rated PG and is set to be released on May 30.  We will be in the theater on May 30 – how about you?

To keep your Maleficent appetite quenched until then, take a look at the new featurette from Disney, called Light and Dark:


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Free Maleficent Activity Sheets from #Disney

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We’re counting down the days to Maleficent’s release on May 30!  Only EIGHT MORE DAYS!!!  Today, you can grab some super awesome Maleficent Activity Sheets that you can give your kiddos to help pass the time until the movie comes out!

Click HERE to download the Maleficent Activity Sheets!

There are several different activities in the packet, including “spot the difference”, coloring pages, and a maze.  Here’s a few samples for you as well so you can see what’s in the packet, but you’ll want to click the link above, as that links to the full resolution sheets:



MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

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Maleficent Clip “Finger Prick” #Disney #Maleficent



In our countdown to the new live action Disney movie, Maleficent (only NINE more days), check out one of Disney’s latest clip releases, called “Finger Prick”.  This is an iconic Disney “moment” that has always been one of my favorites!


The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.  It releases in the United States on May 30, 2014, and I will DEFINITELY be in theaters to see it as soon as possible!

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New Maleficent Clip! #Disney #Maleficent



Are you counting the days until the new Maleficent movie is released?  We are!  Only 10 more days….we are soooooo looking forward to seeing this movie.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Disney has released a new Maleficent clip to whet your appetite even more (as if we aren’t already jumping up and down about this movie already!)…take a look.

Sqeeeeee! I get so excited after I see a new clip – Angelina Jolie is to die for. I love live-action Disney movies in general and Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite original Disney movies. The last time I was in Disney we stood in line foreverrrrr at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to meet Maleficent…so excited for this movie!  See you in the theater on May 30!

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