August 24, 2016

Verizon Fios Joins Disney Movies Anywhere & Free Movie Offer


Disney Movies Anywhere has announced the addition of Fios by Verizon, the first multi-channel video programming distributor to join its cloud-based digital movie service platform, which provide more ways for you to buy and watch your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies at home or on the go.

Fios by Verizon Joins Disney Movies Anywhere

Fios by Verizon customers in the U.S. can seamlessly connect their digital movie collections and now watch from the living room or on mobile devices, as well as purchase directly from Fios by Verizon on supported Disney Movies Anywhere platforms.

In celebration of this partner launch, for a limited time Disney Movies Anywhere is offering a free digital copy of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. to new and existing members who connect an iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and now Fios by Verizon account to Disney Movies Anywhere. Offer is valid through September 7, 2016.

The Disney Movies Anywhere App is available in the U.S. for free from the Google Play store at http://di.sn/fxx and from the iTunes App Store at http://di.sn/srf

Sign up is also available through the Disney Movies Anywhere website- www.disneymoviesanywhere.com


Pup Star Celebrates National Dog Day #PupStarMovie #NationalDogDay


Did you know that Friday, August 26 is National Dog Day?! If you love all things doggy then you'll want to celebrate with Air Bud Entertainment and their newest family-friendly film 'PUP STAR.'

Pup Star Movie Celebrates National Dog Day


You can join Tiny, the adorable Yorkie pup who's the star of the film, for some tea to celebrate this wonderful day with #NationalDogDAy and #PupStarMovie. Then get ready to enjoy "PUP STAR" on digital HD from FandangoNOW on August 30th.

Air Bud Pup Star Film Screening

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Air Bud Entertainment, the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies’ franchises, present a dog-filled spin on America’s hit TV singing competitions, with the release of PUP STAR.

Loaded with music, including 13 original songs, and the biggest cast of talking (and singing) canines ever assembled, the all-new family film is the inspirational adventure of an adorable Yorkie pup, Tiny (voice talent, Kaitlyn Maher, America’s Got Talent) who finds herself on an action-packed cross-country journey to compete in the ultimate singing competition for dogs -- Pup Star.

Featuring an all-star celebrity judging panel including ‘Dog Gnarley’ (voice by Ziggy Marley), ‘Blake Sheltie,’ ‘Lady Paw Paw’ and a loveable but always disagreeable ‘Simon Growl,’ PUP STAR showcases canine contestants including P-Diggy (voice talent, Juicy J), ‘Bark’ and the tall-hat wearing ‘Furrell.’

An exciting film the whole family can enjoy, PUP STAR will release in select US theaters and Digital HD exclusively on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service, FandangoNOW  - August 30, 2016.

In Canada, the film will release September 17th exclusively in Cineplex Cinemas as part of the complimentary “Family Favourites Premiere” programming with an additional special movie offer at the Cineplex Stores.

PUP STAR can be pre-ordered on FandangoNOW for $9.99 at www.fandangonow.com/pupstar



August 23, 2016

Giveaway: Create a Twigtale Book for Kids New School Year


Twigtale specializes in the art of storytelling, and makes beautifully illustrated books that are perfect for the transition from summer to school. Families can use Twigtale books to talk to children about their new teacher and classroom as well as encouragement that they can do anything they set their mind to.

Twigtale Book for Kids New School Year

Here are two of Twigtale’s books that are back-to-school focused and great for families.


Starting School:

A new classroom, a new teacher, perhaps even a new school!? The start of school is just around the corner. Your child can experience many different feelings before the start of a new school year, ranging from excitement and joy to anxiety and fear. Get your preschooler or pre-kindergartner ready to transition. Twigtale’s Starting School focuses on the fun aspects of school, mixed with experiences and materials your child is already familiar with. We give you professionally written text that is fully editable and make it very easy to add photos from your phone or desktop. Starting School makes this significant transition more concrete, predictable, reassuring and fun for your child!


I Can Learn Anything:

An engineer. An astronaut. A biologist. An animator. Your child can be anything through the power of learning! Using personal photos that you can upload easily from your phone or desktop, professionally written text that you can edit, and beautiful illustrations, I Can Learn Anything inspires children to explore, learn and become everything that they can be. It's a great way for you to celebrate and welcome the start of school with your children.

Twigtale's books are professionally designed by Babble editor-in-chief Catherine Connors, and allow families to create a storybook using their own photos with easy-to-follow frameworks, fully editable text, and turn-key photo integration.

Twigtale's books are available in hardcovers ($29.99) and softcovers ($19.99) and can be customized. To learn more, visit www.twigtale.com


Would you like to make a Twigtale book for your child? Then enter this giveaway!


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • (1) Code to create a Twigtale book
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Best Buy Tech Home: Minneapolis #BestBuyTechHome


Are you in the Minneapolis area or plan to visit soon? Then be sure to stop by the Mall of America in Minneapolis to learn more about the Best Buy Tech Home: Modern Living Made Easy.

Best Buy Tech Home: Modern Living Made Easy

Note: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. While this is a sponsored post, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Best Buy has brought to life the latest in home technology at their Tech Home in the Mall of America where customers can touch and try the latest technology products in a homelike environment. Discover all the ways new technology can make the modern home more convenient. With live demos and Best Buy experts on hand, learn how to bring your own connected home to life.

While at Best Buy Tech Home, you'll be able to:

  • Experience products from Samsung, Canon, NETGEAR, Philips Hue, Sony, Sonos, and Savant.
  • With Samsung SmartThings, you can make life easier and control and monitor from anywhere – with your smartphone.
  • Customers have the opportunity to learn about the latest in CE and Connected Home by touring the Tech Home with an expert Blue Shirt or Geek Squad Agent.
  • Best Buy carries the latest and greatest in connected home technology products and their knowledgeable Blue Shirts can help customers you find the solution to fit your needs.
  • Additionally, Best Buy’s Geek Squad Agents can bring the experience to life by getting your tech connected and up and running.

But that's not all. You can also enter to win 2 sweepstakes at Tech Home
  • Visit Tech Home at the Mall of America to learn how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more.
  • Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more.
For full sweepstakes rules and to learn more about Tech Home at the Mall of America, visit www.BestBuy.com/TechHome



August 22, 2016

National Parks Adventure Film at AMNH #NationalParksAdventure


To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, the American Museum of Natural History is showing the film "National Parks Adventure", which takes audiences off-trail on an adventure into the awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness of America’s national parks

National Parks Adventure Film

The "National Parks Adventure" film, Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford, lets audiences soar over red-rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks, and explore otherworldly realms found in our country’s most legendary spaces.

Filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country, this immersive cinematic experience follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and explore their way across America’s spectacular wilderness vistas.


Captured on IMAX 3D cameras and shown in its full glory in giant-screen theaters, National Parks Adventure celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes and highlights the importance of protecting them.

On view till September 1, 2016, the film will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D and in 3D

To purchase tickets in advance, call 212-769- 5200 or visit www.amnh.org


August 20, 2016

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney #Summerslam


WWE's Tapout workout apparel line has expanded with a women's line of training and compression tees, sports bras, tank tops, pants and shorts now available at JCPenney department stores.

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

Note: I'm working with JCPenney to promote the WWE Tapout women's line. While this is a sponsored post, as always any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

To launch the new WWE Tapout women's line, JCPenney held a special public event with WWE Superstars Dolph Ziggler and Charlotte, who surprised shoppers at the JCPenney Manhattan Mall store. This was exciting because both have matches at WWE #SummerSlam this weekend!

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney
WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

Dolph Ziggler and Charlotte (both wearing Tapout apparel) made time for a meet and greet where they signed autographs and posed for photos, which delighted the long line of fans waiting for them.


WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

During the meet and greet, I had a chance to meet both Dolph and Charlotte to get a photo with them and hear their thoughts about WWE Tapout women's line.
"So excited to be at JCPenney Manhattan Mall today to meet all the fans and feature some of my favorite pieces from the Tapout women's line. I love Tapout because its functional for my day-to-day routine yet has flair with bold colors and fun prints." said Charlotte

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

And Charlotte is so right. After meeting with the WWE Superstars, I had a chance to check out the WWE Tapout women's line (retail between $12.99 and $29.99). I'm a fan of color so I liked that the collection was a mix of both solid and printed styles.

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney
WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

Besides being stylish and affordable, the WWE Tapout women's line featured materials were super soft and made it easy to workout in. I also noticed certain styles had open areas for more breath-ability during working out.

WWE Tapout Women's Workout Apparel at JCPenney

I think the WWE Tapout women's line is a great addition to the existing men's line which also features training and compression tees, tank tops, pants and shorts that retail between $12.99 and $32.99.

Women like working out also. Now they can do it in style and comfort!

The Tapout brand stands for motivation, discipline and determination, three core values that are key to an active lifestyle.

To learn more about WWE Tapout and other fashionable collections, visit www.JCPenney.com



August 18, 2016

Giveaway: Travis Knight Interview for Kubo and the Two Strings #KuboMovie


From the first time I saw the trailer for KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, I knew it would be a different type of movie. In part because of the stop motion animation but also because of the storyline and characters.

Travis Knight Interview for Kubo and the Two Strings Movie

Note: I was invited as media to the movie screening and press junket interviews. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To learn more about the film, I had the chance to interview Travis Knight, Director for KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.

When talking about characters in "Kubo and the Two Strings", I had to ask Travis, which one was his favorite?


I love them all. Even the baddies. When you’re developing these stories, one thing you learn as an artist and as a director, is that you have to approach these characters without judgment.

Even though some of them make horrible decisions and really, objectively, are horrible creatures, you’re got to try to find out what’s driving them. Usually, the way you figure that out is to say, “OK, where does their pain come from? What is driving them to make these decisions?” So you really start to try to understand them; even our villains.

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Every single main character in this movie has suffered some kind of a loss and they respond to it in different ways. I think that is one of the things we explore, what loss and grief can do to us as people, how they can affect and change us, what’s the best way to try to handle these things; what should we aspire to do? Ultimately, that’s the path that Kubo takes. But his grandfather takes a different path, his aunts take a different path.

I really do love every character in this movie for a lot of different reasons. Kubo is kind of a feudal Japanese version of me.

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But on another level, one of my favorite characters we’ve ever done at the studio is Monkey. She is fantastic. It’s interesting because in folklore tradition, typically a character’s guide or mentor is a man, and we purposely made Monkey a woman. I love her quality. She’s a maternal figure, there’s a lot of my mom in that character, there’s a lot of my wife in that character, I see a lot of my daughter in that character. I think that she’s just a interesting, layered, rich and powerful creature.

I think she’s animated beautifully. I love the design, and I think she’s brought to life extraordinarily by Charlize Theron, just a beautiful performance. I would have to say she’s my favorite character in the film, and definitely one of my favorite characters of anyone we’ve ever developed because of all those things.

When talking about how "Kubo and the Two Strings" develop, Travis shared


Around 5 years ago, I met with Shannon Tindle, who I had worked with on on Coraline. He mentioned he had a bunch of ideas he wanted to pitch to us. Over dinner he pitched me the bones of some of these ideas. But one idea in particular really got me excited. That idea ultimately became Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Even in it's early raw state, there was something exciting about it. This sweeping stop motion Samurai epic. Something that we've never seen before. But as we started developing it, we had to figure out what was the heart of the story.

When I was a kid, I was an enormous, obsessive fan of epic fantasy. I devoured everything from C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, and I read tons of Norse mythology. But above all else, I loved J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Then when I was about eight years old, my dad allowed me to tag along on his business trip to Japan. Absolutely everything about it was a revelation and I was completely enthralled by it. I came back home and I was changed by the experience. It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair I’ve had with this great, beautiful culture.

This film is really the convergence of those two things. It’s the love of epic fantasy, that was a gift from my mother, and a love for the transcendent art of Japan, that I got from my father, all bound together with a movie about sustaining love of family, about what family means. So it’s a film about family, inspired by family, and that really resonated with me. That’s why I dove in and decided to make this movie.

When talking about the message he hopes viewers get from "Kubo and the Two Strings", Travis shared


The film is about the time in our lives when we begin that transition, and ultimately cross the road from childhood to adulthood. And the things that we gain and the things that we leave behind along the way.

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Kubo is something of a proxy for the director. While developing the story, I started seeing the qualities of how Kubo was evolving as a character. He's an artist, he's a storytller, he's a musician, he's an animator really when you think about how he brings these inert inanimate objects to life through his imagination and skill.

Kubo also has this incredible beautiful relationship with his mother, and she's the center of his world. And it was very much the same thing for me. My mom was my closet friend in the whole world. And this film explores that time in our lives when those things begin to shift for a variety of reasons. And then ultimately change as we move towards adulthood.

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Fundamentally, it's a film that explores big ideas. It's a film that explores loss and grief. But it also explores healing, compassion, forgiveness and empathy. And I think above all else it's a joyous celebration of what it means to be human. In all it's beauty and all it's flaws. And I think with that kind prism, it reminds us that we're all connected. That we're all in this together.

I think that emphatic message, that thing that great stories can do, is what we tried to do with this movie.


After screening the film, which I will share more about in another post, I think that Travis and his team made a great story that will be enjoyed by. Make sure to go see KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS!


Kubo and the Two Strings poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA.

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro).

But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Director: Travis Knight
Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

To learn more about KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, visit: www.kubothemovie.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/KuboTheMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/kubothemovie
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/kubothemovie


To celebrate KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS opening in theaters, here's a great giveaway.


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ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

Kubo Movie Prize Pack
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  • 1 set of folders
  • 1 frisbee
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Giveaway: Back-to-School with Crayola Products


With a new school year starting, Crayola wants to help kids (and their families) have the best best-in-class products and coolest new supplies that will last them through the year.

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From tried-and-true classroom staples like Markers, Crayons and Colored Pencils to make –your-own Emoji Markers and customizable Crayon boxes – Crayola offers a wide selection of products that will inspire creativity and get kids excited for the school year.

Classroom Basics

  • Crayola 24-count Crayons: Crayola Crayons are a classic kids' art tool that generations have used to learn to color, spell and draw. Crayola Crayons are designed with a focus on true color, smoothness, and durability.
  • Crayola 10-count Classic Markers: Crayola Classic Broad Line Markers are the classic, long-lasting, durable markers that many generations remember from childhood. They lay down brilliant color, yet won’t bleed through most paper. Crayola Markers are also preferred by teachers for all of their projects.
  • Crayola 10-count Ultra-Clean Washable Markers: Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are formulated to provide brilliant color where you want it while washing easily where you don’t. Crayola’s classic markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and come with two new bold colors.
  • Crayola 24-count Colored Pencils: Crayola Colored Pencils are an essential creative tool for kids to use at home or school. Each pack contains pre-sharpened Colored Pencils and a range of vivid colors to inspire children’s self-expression and imagination. Made with thick soft leads that won’t break easily, the pencils create brightly colored lines that are perfect for school projects and creating detailed artwork.

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New Products

  • Crayola Emoji Maker: Drawing inspiration from the growing popularity of emojis, kids can experiment with Crayola colors to make 16 custom color emoji stampers and share their unique emoji messages with friends. Using the included design labels, kids can also create custom color names and decorate their barrels. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $19.99.
  • Crayola My Way: Crayola My Way allows fans to customize their own box of Crayola Crayons – from a personalized message on the front of the box to the colors of the Crayons inside the box – in an easy, highly interactive an fun process. After choosing the First Day of School theme, kids can make the Crayola Crayon box their own by uploading a personal photo or piece of artwork to the front of the box, adding their favorite nickname, and selecting their favorite Crayola colors. The personalized 64-count box starts at about $5.99 and can go up to $24.99 depending on the level of customization.

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
Crayola Back to School Prize
  • (1) Crayola 24-count Crayons
  • (1) Crayola 10-count Classic Markers
  • (1) Crayola 10-count Ultra-Clean Washable Markers
  • (1) Crayola 24-count Colored Pencils
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August 17, 2016

True Life Photos of Disney's Queen of Katwe #QueenOfKatwe


The real life story behind Disney's upcoming movie QUEEN OF KATWE is an amazing one. Now you can get to know more about the real life inspiration with photos of Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende along side actors Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo, who play them on screen.

True Life Photos of Disney's Queen of Katwe

Disney has released photos of Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende with the mirror images of scenes from QUEEN OF KATWE.

True Life Photos of Disney's Queen of Katwe
True Life Photos of Disney's Queen of Katwe
True Life Photos of Disney's Queen of Katwe

They also released a new TV Spot highlighting the improbable journey to become a champion. Watch it below.


Then get ready for QUEEN OF KATWE to open in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!


Disney’s Queen of Katwe Movie Poster

Movie Synopsis:

“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, Phiona is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers.

To learn more about QUEEN OF KATWE, visit

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenOfKatwe
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/queenofkatwe



Travis Knight Talks Kubo & the Two Strings first stop-motion film with Dolby Technology #DolbyCinema #KuboMovie


When Focus Features's movie KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS releases nationwide on August 19, 2016, it will be the first stop-motion animated feature to be created with Dolby Vision™ imaging and Dolby Atmos® sound. Talk about ground breaking!

Travis Knight Talks Kubo and the Two Strings first stop-motion film with Dolby Technology

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

Director Travis Knight recalls that seeing Dolby Vision for the first time made him feel "like I was a kid again going to the movie theatre....The detail, the clarity, the range of dynamism that you can see onscreen using Dolby Vision, it's really unlike anything we've seen before. And as a filmmaker, that's incredibly exciting.

In the below video, you can hear more from Travis about building Kubo's world with Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos®.

Watch video!

Animation supervisor Brad Schiff agrees: "The better the animation is, the better the color looks, the better the sound is, the more a viewer will get immersed in the story and forget about the medium they're watching. It's that suspension of disbelief and being able to just totally immerse in the story."


Get ready to experience KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS in Dolby Cinema this weekend!

With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema enables richer and more detailed storytelling. The Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today.

The result is a viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie’s world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth.

To learn more about Dolby, visit www.dolby.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/dolby
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/Dolby


Kubo and the Two Strings poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA.

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro).

But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Watch KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS trailer


Director: Travis Knight
Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

To learn more about KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, visit: www.kubothemovie.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/KuboTheMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/kubothemovie
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/kubothemovie


August 16, 2016

The PAW Patrol Road Tour at The Great NY State Fair (4-pack Tickets) #RollPatrolTour


Nickelodeon’s “PAW Patrol,” is coming to the 2016 Great New York State Fair to allow the show’s young fans to experience the thrill of a rescue mission!.

The PAW Patrol Road Tour at The Great NY State Fair

The PAW Patrol "Roll Patrol" Road Tour will visit the Fair from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, 2016. There is no charge to take part in the tour.

“We’re very happy to be one of the limited number of stops on PAW Patrol’s national tour. I know youngsters will enjoy getting up close to some of their favorite TV characters, and parents will enjoy the message of cooperation and service to others,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director.

The PAW Patrol Road Tour at The Great NY State Fair

The fully interactive tour, inspired by PAW Patrol, features an 18-wheel semi-truck PAW Patroller that opens to reveal a life-sized PAW Patrol Headquarters, which kids can walk through.

Within the PAW Patroller experience, there are interactive games, a life-sized Lookout Tower (with working periscopes) and a slide to take kids on to the next mission.

“The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour is the ultimate immersive experience for PAW Patrol fans of all ages,” said Tara Tucker, VP Global Marketing Communications, Spin Master Ltd. “We invite everyone to experience it at the Great New York State Fair and to follow the tour through PAW Patrol’s social media channels.”

The tour includes featuring two new segments launching this fall – Jungle Rescue and Roll Patrol. PAW Patrol fans can take photos in the Jungle area featuring the new pup tracker, then ride on life-size Roll Patrol racers around a track, and finish their day by taking a photo with PAW Patrol pups – Chase, Marshall, Skye and Rubble.

The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour will support Canine Companions. The non-profit organization enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships

The Great NY State Fair

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "Find Your GREAT!," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.

on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nysfair
on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nysfair


Would you like to see The PAW Patrol Road Tour at Great New York State Fair? Then enter this giveaway!


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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.


Air Bud "Pup Star" Film Free Screening


Looking for a fun family friendly movie to enjoy this month? Then attend the FREE screening of Air Bud Entertainment’s newest film “PUP STAR” which welcomes you to a world where dogs can not only talk - they can SING!

Read on to learn more about the movie and how you can attend a free screening

Air Bud Pup Star Film Screening

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Tiny, a cute little Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, “Pup Star.” After she earns a place in the finale, she’s suddenly dog-napped!

But with the help of her new friend, Charlie, a retired rock-and-roller, she escapes. Together they leave on an incredible journey through some of music’s most iconic cities.

Watch Pup Star Official Trailer


On the way to the competition they meet Big Ears — a soulful Bassett Hound who teaches Tiny to belt out the ?blues; Murray — a spiritual shaggy dog who helps her find her inner rhythm; and Emily Rose — a country-singing shepherd who helps her learn to sing from her heart.

Most important of all, they all encourage Tiny to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams!

Starring: Jonathan Mangum, Danny Woodburn and Kaitlyn Mahe

Get free tickets to "PUP STAR" movie screening


Ready to see "PUP STAR" with friends and family? First, see if there's a screening in your area.

Screenings will be held on August 20 for the following cities:
New York City, NY
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO

Screenings will be held on August 27 for the following cities:
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Morristown, NJ
Nashville, TN
Phoenix, AZ


Second, reserve tickets in ANY of the locations by visiting: www.picatic.com/u/396411/events

Have fun at the movies!




August 15, 2016

Vest Tech Products that Protects Families from Wireless Radiation


I'm a big fan of using technology. While I use it in most areas of my life, I'm still aware that too much of anything isn't good.

Vest Tech Products that Protects Families from Wireless Radiation

For example, take Wi-Fi. Most of us find Wi-Fi convenient and use it throughout our day. But many have raised concerns about the safety of unseen forces that permeate everything around us. Some people feel Wi-fi can negatively affect overall health and brain health, especially in children.

Is this a concern of yours?

Then you'll be interested to learn about Vest Tech and their products that aims too significantly reduce your exposure to the radiation from the devices, by either blocking the radiation between the user and the device or redirecting it.

Here are a few Vest’s products to protect your family from wireless radiation:


  • Vest Anti-Radiation Belly Band ($59.00) - creates a safe environment for the embryo to develop during pregnancy. By minimizing their exposure to everyday radiation, the embryo is protected from all potentially harmful effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation at this vulnerable stage of life.

Vest Tech Products that Protects Families from Wireless Radiation

  • Vest Anti-Radiation Baby Blanket ($79.00) - creates a safe environment for the infant to grow and develop. By minimizing their exposure to everyday radiation, Vest Anti-Radiation Baby Blanket protects the infant from all potentially harmful effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation at this vulnerable stage of life.
  • Vest Laptop Radiation Shield ($59.00) - a highly comfortable laptop pad minimizing exposure to radiation emitted from the laptop battery, Wi-Fi antenna, and cellular antenna in some models, in addition to minimizing heat reduction.
  • Vest Anti-Radiation Armband ($29.00) a high-quality lightweight armband allowing using and carrying the phone hands-free when working-out while minimizing your exposure to radiation emitted from the phone.
  • Vest Microwave Radiation Shield ($39.00) - A microwave oven emits potentially dangerous radiation, particularly in close proximity to an operating device. Vest Microwave Shield minimizes radiation exposure using a shield that well blends with the kitchen d├ęcor.

To see more Vest Tech products, visit www.vesttech.com



5 LeapFrog Products to Prepare Kids for School


It’s almost time for kids to get back into the learning groove after the summer break. Here are a few LeapFrog products to offer kids a head start on school-readiness by incorporating play with learning skills including reading, math, and social skills.

LeapFrog Products to Prepare Kids for School

  • Tune memory and preschool skills with Melody the Musical Turtle. (MSRP $19.99)

    10 snappy musical activities prompt toddlers ages 2 years and up to find numbers and colors, repeat patterns from memory and create turtle-rific tunes by pressing light-up buttons on Melody’s shell. Little ones can follow Melody’s lights to play 8 familiar tunes, and then improvise in Free Play.
  • Ring up counting skills and pretend play fun with the LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register. (MSRP $19.99)

    Little shoppers ages 2 years and up have big fun in store with a 20-piece set that talks, sings and counts. Add counting to the cart along with aisles of imaginative role play with a spunky singing register pal that comes to life with cool songs and fun phrases.
  • Make learning a blast with LeapFrog® Leaping Letters. (MSRP $14.99)

    Designed with kids ages 3-6 in mind, there are plenty of ways to play for fast-action alphabet learning fun. Kids race against the clock to put all the letter pieces in their spots before time runs out and they go POP!

    Change up the level of difficulty easily with color-coded letter pieces that let kids progress to using all 26 letters of the alphabet when they’re ready. Advance to word building and start forming words with add-on activity cards that make beating the clock an exciting challenge.
  • Launch imaginations and starry night dreams with Scout’s Goodnight Light, the 2-in-1 nightlight and flashlight from LeapFrog. (MSRP $14.99)

    In flashlight mode, Scout’s Goodnight Light projects all eight planets onto the wall, and astro-pups Scout and Violet invite children to explore the solar system, count stars, find colors and more.

    In nighttime mode, little ones can drift off to sleep with glowing stars and numbers that shift from red to blue to green. Easy controls let parents choose 10 or 20 minutes of solar wind, environmental sounds or special lullabies sung by Scout.


LeapFrog Products to Prepare Kids for School

LeapFrog LeapStart™, an Interactive Activity Book System for Preschoolers through First Grade

The LeapStart interactive learning system has two platforms, one for Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten and one for Kindergarten & 1st Grade.

Jam-packed with school and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds, the LeapStart activity books are designed to help build key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning.

Using the stylus that comes in both systems, kids can tap any page to activate audio responses and play activities designed to keep them engaged. The system works with a library of re-playable activity books that get kids excited about concepts such as STEM and social skills, reading comprehension and communication, phonics and problem solving, and more

LeapStart Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten system (MSRP $39.99, ages 2-4) and LeapStart Kindergarten & 1st Grade system (MSRP $39.99, ages 5-7) as well as the 16 LeapStart Activity books (MSRP $12.99 each, ages 2-7) will be available at major retail locations and online in the U.S. in early August.

Learn more about LeapFrog, visit www.leapfrog.com



Giveaway: Ubisoft & Hasbro Battleship Console Game for Xbox One / PS4 #Ubistar


Gaming families, I have news to share! Ubisoft and Hasbro have released the new console game "Battleship" (MSRP $14.99) available on Xbox Store for Xbox One® and will be available on PlayStation® Store for PlayStation®4 system a bit later.

Ubisoft and Hasbro Battleship Console Game for Xbox One and PS4

Note: I'm part of Ubistar blogger program and will share information about their games. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

BATTLESHIP® CONSOLE GAME

Battleship® console game players will deploy their fleet and strategic skills on a modern, dynamic and interactive 3D board to destroy the enemy before their own ships are sunk.

Ubisoft and Hasbro Battleship Console Game for Xbox One and PS4

The new Clash at Sea! mode will bring new exciting features to the classic gameplay players know and love. In this mode, players strategize to win by managing their resources and using their fleet’s special abilities to win the game.

Check out the game play trailer


For players who crave competition and challenges, they will have the ability to play with their friends locally or online in a unique player-versus-player experience as well as track their progress on the global leaderboard.

For more information about the Battleship® console game, visit www.ubisoft.com/battleship

For more information on all of Ubisoft’s titles, visit www.blog.ubi.com


Would you like to play the new Battleship® console game with your family? Then enter this giveaway!


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • (1) Battleship® console game code for Xbox One OR PS4

WAYS TO ENTER:

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. August 26, 2016.

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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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