July 27, 2015

Paul Rudd at ANT-MAN NYC Screening & Review #AntMan (Video)


Before opening in theaters on this month, I attended a special advance screening for Marvel’s ANT-MAN! Guess who was there to welcome us and give a mini intro. The ANT-MAN himself Paul Rudd!

Paul Rudd at ANT-MAN NYC Screening

Note: I was invited as media to the press screening. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Paul Rudd at ANT-MAN NYC Screening

Paul Rudd! Live just a few feet away from me. How cool is that. Part of what made it so cool is that he was very personable. And had a bit of a sense of humor while sharing about his role in the movie.

Watch my exclusive video of Paul Rudd



Like I said, he has a sense of humor. To be honest it was this sense of humor that made me unsure about him being ANT-MAN. I couldn't see him becoming the iconic figure that I grew up reading about in comic books.

Plus in this version of ANT-MAN, he had to go up against The Avengers? Paul Rudd?! No way!

But who knew that he would take that sense of humor (that worried me) and use it to make both the character ANT-MAN and the movie up to a different level. By the end of the screening, I was ready to accept Paul Rudd as ANT-MAN!


Marvels ANT-MAN movie stills

And when you see ANT-MAN in theaters, I think you'll agree. The sense of humor helps to bring ANT-MAN fans to a new place from the ANT-MAN in the comics. And for this storyline, it's a good fit.

Marvels ANT-MAN movie stills

Beyond well placed humor, ANT-MAN is filled with amazing action scenes and strong characters. Even the Ants have their own time on screen.

Marvels ANT-MAN movie stills

Which was something I enjoyed because I really wanted to know how ANT-MAN does what he does with those amazing ants. Trust me those scenes and other are well done.

Marvels ANT-MAN movie stills

So get ready take your action loving family to see ANT-MAN. Paul Rudd and his humor makes it worthwhile.

Of course so does the scene with The Avengers. Don't forget to stay through the opening credits. You wont want to miss 2 reveals for upcoming story lines!


Antman Movie Poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

To learn more about ANT-MAN move, visit www.marvel.com/antman

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July 26, 2015

Sharing Memories of Pac-Man & Arcade Games #PixelsMovie


This week my son joined me for an advanced screening for the Pixels Movie. While both he and I were excited to see the video games come to life and the action to save the world, we enjoyed the movie for very different reasons.

Mommy Factor Sharing Pac-Man and Arcade Games Memories

For my son, it was all about Pac-Man. He couldn't wait to see the big yellow guy on screen. I get it. Pac-Man is currently one of the video games my son is familiar with. But as I explained to my son about waiting for the Pac-Man scene, I thought to myself, kid you really don't know Pac-Man. Or at least not the way I know Pac-Man.

You see I grew up with the start of Pac-Man. There's a scene in Pixels when the kids visit an arcade to play the games and I can so relate to that experience. It's in that setting that I first learned to play Pac-Man and so many other arcade games in the 80's.

During this scene my son asked what kind of place the kids were playing games in. And I had a moment. it was bitter sweet. My son has grown up playing games at home, on mobile and on various hand held devices. There really isn't a reason for him to know what an arcade is.

Mommy Factor Sharing Pac-Man and Arcade Games Memories

Yet, I didn't want to dismiss the experience. So during another media event, I saw a wall of arcade games and reminded my son about the scene is Pixels. I encouraged him to try playing. He of course thought I was crazy. Can't we just play at home?

No kid, we can't. This style of Pac-Man is very special. When I was a little girl, I use to play games this way. We can share this experience. So try it.

And try it he did. And enjoyed it.

And I had another moment. This time one that was more sweet then bitter. Now my son knows what an arcade place is. But more important now we both have this shared experience. I can only hope Pac-Man will continue to be around for a few more years. Then my son can share it with his child when he's a gaming parent.



July 25, 2015

PBS KIDS & Whole Foods Back to School & Holiday Toys That Give Back


This week PBS KIDS hosted a preview of their new educational and responsibly-made toys launching this holiday season in Whole Foods Market locations.

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Back to School and Holiday Toys

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Back to School and Holiday Toys
PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Back to School and Holiday Toys

Holiday Toys: The PBS KIDS toys, including the sustainably-made wooden PlanToys and the plush life-like animals, will be available in Whole Foods Market stores beginning November 15, 2015


PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Back to School and Holiday Toys
PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Back to School and Holiday Toys


The preview also highlighed their new back to school supplies which support kids in need. The new line of back-to-school products feature notebooks made from recycled paper to organic cotton backpacks and reusable lunch totes.

Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores July and August.


All products give back to children:

One-hundred percent of PBS KIDS’ net proceeds from the line will support PBS KIDS educational programming, dedicated to helping all children succeed in school and in life, while Whole Foods Market will donate a percentage of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation™, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness.

In addition, for every back-to-school Esperos backpack, pencil case and lunch tote purchased, Esperos will donate 10 percent of proceeds to help fund education for children in need through the Esperos Carry Hope™ initiative.




Giveaway: Philips Avent New Toddler Cups & Scholastic Storybook


Summer is a great time to be active with your child. With so many activities for you and your tot to enjoy during these warm months - family vacations, road trips or even just errands, having a leak-proof, easy to use sippy cup – is essential.

Philips Avent Toddler Cups

That’s why Philips Avent has created a four-stage toddler range – featuring everything from bottle trainers to grown-up cups.


Stage 1 – Make the First Step in Learning to Drink

With the Philips Avent My Trainer Cups, toddlers can easily transition from bottles to sippy cups.
  • Ideal for babies 4 months and up
  • Comes with a Classic or Natural silicone nipple as well as a soft spout
  • Detachable trainer handles make it easy for little hands to hold the cup, whenever baby is ready

Stage 2 – Develop Drinking Skills with No Mess

Now featuring the NEW Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup range, innovative drinking cups that offer soft and hard spout solutions as well as 100% leak-free drinking. The range of NEW Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cups provide a soft spout solution in varying sizes for the developing toddler.
  • Trainer handles with soft touch grips are seamlessly integrated into the cup’s unique penguin shape, helping toddlers hold the cup independently
  • Angled silicone spout with built-in valve for spill-free drinking – designed to help take first sips while developing a natural drinking position

Stage 3 – Expand Into New Drinking Skills

The Philips Avent My Twist ‘n Sip Straw Cup is an ideal drinking solution for the growing toddler.
  • Soft silicone straw with an integrated leak-proof valve
  • Unique twist lid keeps the straw clean and hygienic on-the-go, while still being easy for a child to open and close
  • Measurement scale allows easy measurement of how much your child is drinking

Stage 3 – Expand Into New Drinking Skills

The Philips Avent My Twist ‘n Sip Straw Cup is an ideal drinking solution for the growing toddler.
  • Soft silicone straw with an integrated leak-proof valve
  • Unique twist lid keeps the straw clean and hygienic on-the-go, while still being easy for a child to open and close
  • Measurement scale allows easy measurement of how much your child is drinking

Philips Avent Toddler Cups are available at Babies R US, Walmart, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and other select retailers


Philips Avent Scholastic Sip, Sip, Hooray book

To help you learn which might be the best fit for your toddler, Philips Avent have teamed up with Scholastic to create “Sip, Sip, Hooray,” a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo.”


To learn more about Philips Avent Toddler Cups, visit: www.philips.us/avent
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/philipsavent
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/Avent_US


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Philips Avent & Scholastic Prize Pack
  • (1) Philips Avent toddler cup range
  • (1) Scholastic "Sip, Sip, Hooray" Book

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July 24, 2015

Pixels Movie Review: Discover Your Inner Video Game Hero #PixelsMovie


Today the Pixels Movie opens in theaters and I highly suggest that families go see it this weekend. In part because of the storyline. Who hasn't dreamed of saving the world by playing a video game?!

Pixels Movie Review

Note: I was invited as media to the press screening. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.


Movie Synopsis
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. 

Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. 

Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.


Pixels Movie

photo credit: © 2015 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All images are property of Sony Pictures Entertainment INC.

But more then the "save the world from alien invasion while gaming" storyline, it's the insane humor that will make Pixels a summer blockbusters. The laughs start with the childhood flash backs of awkward boys discovering their love of video games to the flash-forward of these same group of guys all grown and dealing with real life...but still awkward.

But the awkwardness is part of the charm of the movie. We've all gone through childhood with awkwardness until we discover a hobby, skill or talent that empowered us to face childhood and life.

Pixels Movie

photo credit: © 2015 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All images are property of Sony Pictures Entertainment INC.

In Pixels, it's Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) talent of playing video games that comes in very handy to save the day. I enjoyed seeing into the mind of a gamer and then seeing how you can bring a game to life.

Pixels Movie

photo credit: © 2015 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All images are property of Sony Pictures Entertainment INC.

The mix of CGI video game characters and real life action scene was awesome! It was great to see video games I grew up with come to life on screen. I love how each video game had it's own mini plot and we had to discover (along with Sam and his team) how to defeat the game in real life.

While the nostalgic video games will be the main reason to see Pixel, I think the creative story telling along with great humor will make it a stand out movie this summer. Go see it!


Movie Synopsis:

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

To learn more about Pixels movie, visit - www.pixels-movie.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/PixelsMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/pixelsmovie



The Honest Company Kid's Backpacks & Lunch Boxes


Getting ahead on back to school shopping this weekend? The Honest Company has you covered with their new kid’s backpacks and super cute lunchboxes made to withstand all the new school year’s adventures.

The Honest Company and State Kid's Backpacks

This year Honest has collaborated with Brooklyn born one-for-one company, STATE, so feel good in your purchase! For every kid’s backpack sold, Honest and STATE will hand deliver one backpack filled with school supplies and essential products to an American child in need.

The Honest Company and State Kid's Backpacks

"Our collaboration with Honest is a dream come true. As parents of two kids who religiously use Honest products, we are thrilled to now team up with a company that shares our DNA in their commitment to safe, healthy lifestyles and desire to give back to those in need. We can't wait for the donation part of this partnership. We’ll be leading our first California bag drop event, preparing thousands of local children for the upcoming school year.”


Kid’s Backpack (collaboration with STATE): Made with durable, water-resistant polyester canvas that can withstand all of your child’s daily adventures and (sometimes not so gentle!) love. The super functional design is available in two fun color combinations.


Honest Company and SoYoung Kid's Lunch Boxes

Lunch Box (collaboration with SoYoung): These adorable lunch boxes are fully insulated with leak-proof interior to keep food and drinks cold, with an interior lining that can be easily removed for hassle-free cleaning.

They can be worn as a backpack & messenger style, and include a long carrying strap for endless hands-free options. PVC-free coating, no un-safe insulations (ever!), and super-sturdy construction mean you won’t have to replace year after year.



Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray/DVD


Scooby-Doo and his friends are at it again solving mystery! This time with the rock band KISS in the full-length animated film, Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) on July 21, 2015.

Scooby-Doo and KISS Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray DVD

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

We received the Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray® combo for review and found it an interesting storyline. Kids will enjoy watching Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang do what they do best with humor and amazing detective skills to reveal the villains.

KISS fans will enjoy the KISS World storyline and of course seeing their favorite rock band save the day along with Scooby-Doo. They make an unusual but entertaining team.

Jam-packed with special guest stars, Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery features guest voice performances from Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jennifer Carpenter and Pauley Perrette. In addition, six KISS songs will be featured alongside an original new song performed by the band just for the film.

Read on to learn more about the film.




Synopsis:

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings.

With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and KISS’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN

Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery retails for $24.98 SRP (Blu-ray® combo) and for $19.98 SRP (standard DVD).


July 22, 2015

“What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge for $25,000 scholarship


Nickelodeon and Get Schooled are giving one skilled and innovative young animator the chance to win a $25,000 scholarship through the inaugural “What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge.

What’s Your Nickfluence Animation Challenge for $25,000 scholarship

“What’s Your Nickfluence?” Animation Challenge is a global short film competition which gives eligible participants the opportunity to create an original, Nick-inspired short film – no longer than three (3) minutes – that celebrates Nickelodeon’s past and present shows and brand, and how these influenced the applicant’s art, childhood and life.

The open call for original animated shorts is open now through Sept. 14, 2015, and marks the first-ever animation scholarship program between the two organizations, which will help elevate and support the brightest up and coming animators by giving them an opportunity to submit their story.

The scholarship opportunity is open to 17-24 year-old college students in which applicants will be required to submit an animated short in any format.

Since talent can be found across all age ranges, 13-17 year-old high school students are also invited to submit a short in any format for the chance to win a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display, along with a one year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud services.

All applicants must submit their entries in accordance with the submission process, comply with all official rules, and provide satisfactory verification of age and school status.

To learn more details on the submission process and official rules, visit www.getschooled.com/nickfluencechallenge




July 21, 2015

Giveaway: Chuck E. Cheese’s Menu Offers New Tastes for Parents & Guest Pass #CECNewYork


Over the years, we've spent a lot of time at our local Chuck E. Cheese's. It's a fun place where a kid can be a kid. But what about the parents? Usually parents who visit Chuck E. Cheese's just take a seat and wait for the kids to let them know when it's time to go home.

Chuck E. Cheese Mom Bloggers

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

For those parents waiting, Chuck E. Cheese's has something special just for you! I joined a group of other moms to learn more about Chuck E. Cheese's reinvented menu that provides more dining options for grown-up tastes.

"Kids are at the heart of everything we do at Chuck E. Cheese's, but kids don't come alone, and we want to make sure parents have just as enjoyable an experience as the kids do, especially when it comes to the food," said Tom Leverton, CEO of CEC Entertainment, Inc. "We've added new items that cater to the more sophisticated tastes of the parents who take time from busy family schedules to bring their kids into Chuck E. Cheese's. New sandwiches, wraps, and wings are available in addition to great new pizza offerings."

Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Chef

To learn more (and taste test) the new menu, we meet with one of the Chuck E. Cheese chefs, who explained the new menu options and how these items will appeal to adults.

"The new menu boasts a wide variety of options and flavor combinations, and I'm most excited about the new pizza crust and pizza options. The crust is crisp and delicious, and the dough we use is made fresh, never frozen and hand-stretched to order," said Chef Gregory Casale, corporate chef at CEC Entertainment, Inc. "The feedback so far has been extremely positive. I think parents will be surprised and impressed with the quality of the new menu."

Two flavorful pizzas are the signature items of Chuck E. Cheese's new menu design. In a blind taste test, 59% of respondents preferred thin and crispy Chuck E. Cheese's pizza to Pizza Hut® and Dominos® combined*. A "thin and crispy" option for any pizza currently on the menu will also be available.

The signature pizzas in the lineup are:

Chuck E. Cheese’s Cali Alfredo Pizza

Cali Alfredo, the newest specialty pizza made with Alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, freshly grated mozzarella, chicken breast, sliced mushrooms and sausage.

Chuck E. Cheese’s BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ chicken pizza will get a fresh update with crispy onions and a new BBQ drizzle.

    Also on the menu are alternatives to pizza, that parents can enjoy, including:

    Chuck E. Cheese’s BBQ and sweet chili boneless chicken wings

    BBQ and sweet chili boneless and bone-in chicken wings

    Chuck E. Cheese’s Caesar and club whole-wheat wraps and BBQ chicken ciabatta sandwich

    Caesar and club whole-wheat wraps
    BBQ chicken ciabatta sandwich

    Chuck E. Cheese’s Soft Parmesan breadsticks and Buffalo chicken cheesy bread

    Soft Parmesan breadsticks
    Buffalo chicken cheesy bread

    Chuck E. Cheese’s Dessert churros

    Dessert churros served with salted caramel and white chocolate icing

    After taste testing the menu items (some of them twice), I can say it's all delicious and parents will enjoy having a meal there. The new menu items are not only tasty but calories friendly (if your counting) and fresh since everything from the pizza dough and it's topping are made fresh daily n stores. No frozen items! it's just like a real pizza restaurant.

    So get excited to visit your Chuck E. Cheese's and enjoy a meal while your kids enjoy then games!

    To learn more about the new menu, visit - www.chuckecheese.com/newmenu

    *Taste test consisted of 308 respondents who tasted Chuck E. Cheese's, Pizza Hut® and Dominos® pizza. 59% ranked Chuck E. Cheese's thin and crispy pizza as the preferred pizza, 22% ranked Pizza Hut® as the preferred thin crust pizza and 19% ranked Dominoes® as the preferred thin crust pizza.


    ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
    • (1) Chuck E. Cheese’ guest pass redeemable for one large pizza, four drinks and 30 tokens.

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    Ubisoft's Video Games Preview: Gravity Falls & Just Dance 2016 #Ubistar


    This week we met with the Ubisoft team to check out a few of their latest family friendly games including Just Dance 2016, a new game for Hasbro Game Channel and Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets.

    Ubisoft Summer Video Games Gravity Falls

    Note: I'm part of Ubistar blogger program and was invited as media to this event to share information about their games. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

    Since I already blogged about Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, that was one of the first games we wanted to play live. I tried to get my hands on the game first but my son was quick to grab the headphones and handheld.

    So I just watched as he played....

    Ubisoft Summer Video Games Gravity Falls

    A few things Gravity Falls will enjoy is that game has the same look and characters of the show. Dipper and Mabel go long on an adventure to solve mysteries and save the day. The game play is pretty straight forward and easy for kids to pick up.

    Each of the twins have their own unique feature that help the game move long. Kids will enjoy switching back and forth to problem solve and move the game along.

    Ubisoft Summer Video Games Just Dance 2016

    The next game we checked out was Just Dance® 2016, the latest installment in the music game franchise.

    This time dancers can use a free Just Dance Controller App to connect to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U then use their Apple, Android, or Windows Phone smartphones to play the game without any console cameras or other handheld devices.

    Ubisoft Summer Video Games Just Dance 2016

    The app transforms the player’s phone into a motion sensor that tracks the accuracy of their moves and allows them to navigate through the game.

    Ubisoft Summer Video Games Just Dance 2016

    The game also introduced, Just Dance Unlimited, a new subscription streaming service available for new-gen owners that allows players to access exclusive songs and tracks from previous Just Dance games. By subscribing to Just Dance Unlimited, players will enjoy more than 150 songs at launch and more throughout the year.

    Just Dance 2016 will be released on October 20, 2015 in the US on all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo’s Wii™ and Wii U™ system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation® 4.

    We saw a few other games but those are still hush hush, so you'll have to wait for a bit for a recap about those games.

    To learn more about Ubisoft games, visit - www.ubisoft.com



    Giveaway: Ant-Man Movie Sounds in Dolby Atmos (2 winners) #DolbyAtmos #AntMan


    This past weekend one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters – Ant-Man, opened in theaters in Dolby Atmos. I attended an advance screening and can highly recommend you take your family to see it.

    Ant-Man Movie in Dolby Atmos

    Note: I'm part of Dolby influencer program and will share information and news about their products. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

    Ant-Man is the latest Marvel movie to be released in Dolby Atmos, so you’ll hear the wind brushing your cheek and other sounding impact while watching the movie. Trust me, you'll be amazed when Ant-Man shrinks down for a battle or when he enters the ant world. The sounds in each scene in Dolby Atmos brings you right into the moment.

    Check out this behind-the-scenes video, “The Sounds of Marvel’s Ant-Man" that features director Peyton Reed, composer Christophe Beck, and writer Adam McKay, along with several key characters from the film including Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly, as they discuss the overwhelming importance of sound within Ant-Man.


    The Sound of Marvel's Ant-Man from Dolby Laboratories on Vimeo.
    "A whole new chapter in sound technology in the theatre..." - Peyton Reed, director of Marvel's Ant-Man

    The sound allows the audience to immerse themselves in the idea that they too are shrinking down to the size of an ant. Michael Douglas proclaims Dolby as “being his hero”, in the realm of movie making, while Christophe Beck hopes that “all of his movies play in Dolby Atmos”, from here on out.

    This video really encapsulates the advantages of Dolby Atmos and its importance to film makers.

    Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience.

    Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, 11 Academy Award® winning directors, and 23 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. Now people can enjoy Dolby Atmos in the cinema, in their home theaters, and on mobile devices.

    To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit www.dolby.com/Atmos


    To celebrate Ant-Man being released in theaters, Dolby has partnered with The Mommy Factor to offer this amazing giveaway.

    Ant-Man Movie Dolby Atmos Prize

    ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

    (1) of (2) Dolby Ant-Man Prize Packs:
    • Fandango passes to see the Ant-Man movie
    • Ant-Man T-Shirt
    • Ant-Man Backpack
    • Ant-Man Mini Playing Cards
    • Ant-Man Mini Water Bottle
    • Ant-Man Mini Note Cube
    • Ant-Man Mini Pen
    • Ant-Man Mousepad

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    July 20, 2015

    The Perfect Guy New Steamy Movie Poster #ThePerfectGuy


    Check out the all new, hot and steamy posters from Sony/Screen Gem’s THE PERFECT GUY!

    The Perfect Guy New Steamy Movie Poster

    What a hard choice to make! Who will win Sanaa? Morris or Michael?

    Make sure to catch this thriller in theaters SEPTEMBER 11TH!




    Sony/Screen Gems has made it even harder to date in 2015 with the release of its latest suspense thriller, THE PERFECT GUY, starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Morris Chestnut.

    THE PERFECT GUY is an intense, heart pounding film surrounding a woman (Lathan) who quickly jumps into a relationship after leaving a man who she thought was “the one” (Chestnut). Upon meeting a “perfect” gentleman (Ealy) she soon learns that her new man is psychotically infatuated and will do just about anything to keep her.

    To learn more about The Perfect Guy, visit

    On Facebook - www.facebook.com/PerfectGuyMovie
    On Twitter - www.twitter.com/PerfectGuyMovie
    On Instagram - www.instagram.com/perfectguymovie


    July 14, 2015

    Cooper Hewitt Summer Design Camp for Kids


    Looking for something artistic and creative for your child to enjoy this summer? Then your family will be interested in Design Camp at Cooper Hewitt Museum.

    Cooper

    Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

    During a media preview at Cooper Hewitt, I learned more about the museum and what their Design Camp has to offer kids and their families.

    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids
    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids
    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

    The museum itself offers lots of interactive ways to learn about their art and design collection. The museum exhibits uses both visual and technology aids to draw viewers in.

    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

    I was really impressed by their interactive Pen, which lets you “collect” and “save” objects from around the galleries and the large touchscreen tables, that gives access to thousands of objects in the museum’s collection so visitors can view in the galleries, learn about its history, and related objects organized by design theme and motif.

    Besides access to the museum, the Design Camp at Cooper Hewitt offers 4 week-long sessions where kids explore concepts of designs and art through challenges and gallery explorations. Each week, guest designers will provide campers with real-world design challenges and share innovative solutions.


    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

    Graphic Design Now (Ages 7–12)
    Week 1: July 20-24

    From billboards to books, car ads to cereal boxes, graphic design is all around us. Campers will dive deep into the anatomy of graphic design with the exhibition How Posters Work, discovering how designers use text as image, manipulate scale, and tell a story that gets our attention.
    Guest Designer: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


    Architecture Unleashed (Ages 7–12)
    Week 2: July 27-31

    This crash course in architecture will take campers on a journey beyond the rectangular office building. Environment, engineering, and technology will collide as campers design the future of our built environment, drawing inspiration from the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.
    Guest Designer: Nick Richardson


    Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

    Wearable Design (Ages 7–12)
    Week 3: August 3-7

    This one-week fashion workshop will engage campers in hands-on activities involving texture, pattern, form, and structure. Campers will design their own line of clothing and accessories that will make a statement about their own personal style. From mood boards to textiles, footwear to new technologies, campers will experience the process of creating wearable design.
    Guest Designer: Mary Huang, Continuum Fashion


    Product Perfect (Ages 7-12)
    Week 4: August 10-15

    Campers will explore five centuries of product design in the museum’s Making Design collection. Then, guided by a client and design brief, they’ll sketch, tinker, sculpt, and design products that can revolutionize our daily lives.
    Guest Designer: Oscar Lopez

    To learn more about Design Camp at Cooper Hewitt, visit - www.cooperhewitt.org/designcamp




    Giveaway: Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro Book & $25 Visa GC #Trollhunters


    If your family enjoyed the films Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, then you'll be interested in TROLLHUNTERS, the first Young Adult novel from film legend Guillermo del Toro with Daniel Kraus, another award-winning author and filmmaker.

    Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro Book

    Note: Trollhunters prizing are provided by Disney-Hyperion. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    TROLLHUNTERS
    By Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
    Illustrated by Sean Murray
    In stores July 7th

    Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino— one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists.

    But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

    From the minds of geniuses Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus comes a new illustrated novel about the fears that move in unseen places.



    "You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."


    Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus and Sean Murray


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Guillermo del Toro is known for his critically acclaimed feature films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, as well as his best-selling Strain Trilogy.

    Daniel Kraus is the award-winning author of Scowler and Rotters, and is the director of six feature films. He lives with his wife in Chicago.

    ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

    Sean Murray is an illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher known for his work on video games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, as well as the creator of The World of Gateway, which includes his fantasy guidebook Gateway: The Book of Wizards and the upcoming card game Gateway Uprising.

    Learn more at www.Un-RequiredReading.com
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    Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro Book

    ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

    TROLLHUNTERS/BECOME THE HERO prize pack. One (1) winner will receive:
    • Copy of Trollhunters book and branded pins
    • A $25 Visa gift card to stock up on your monster-attack survival supplies.

    Giveaway open to US addresses only.
    Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.


    WAYS TO ENTER:

    Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. July 28, 2015.

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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Winner will be selected by random.org. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.



     
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