August 27, 2016

AT&T "It Can Wait" VR shows dangers of teen texting & driving #ItCanWaitVR


The end of summer is an exciting time for teen drivers. Not only are they making plans for back to school but also end of summer holidays like Labor Day. But this time of year can quickly turn from fun to dangerous when teens become distracted while texting and driving.

AT&T It Can Wait virtual reality simulator shows dangers of teen texting and driving

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

With more young and inexperienced drivers, motorcycles, and bicyclists on the road, its time to reminder teen drivers to put the phone down while driving.

To help reminder teen drivers “It Can (All) Wait,” AT&T teamed up with the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to bring AT&T’s nationally touring 3D virtual reality simulator to New York City.

AT&T It Can Wait virtual reality simulator shows dangers of teen texting and driving

To learn more about the AT&T “It Can (All) Wait,” VR Experince, I also spoke with AT&T New York President Marissa Shorenstein.

Onica {Mommy Factor}: The "It Can Wait" was already launched in 2010, why the need to expand it?

Marissa Shorenstein {AT&T} : We felt the original message needed to be broaden as more people started using more social media. AT&T has worked with various states departments of transportation on research that suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.

While I missed checking out AT&T “It Can (All) Wait,” VR Experience when it was in Madison Square Park, I was able to visit a AT&T store to try it out. It was really eye opening how quickly you can get into an accident while sending a "quick" text.

You can watch the 360 It Can Wait Driving Simulation in the video below.



The simulator provides a great, free opportunity for the public to experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone even for just two seconds.


AT&T It Can Wait for drivers

The nationwide virtual reality simulator tour focuses on the dangers of smartphone distractions while driving. The unique virtual reality simulator experience is part of the AT&T It Can Wait campaign, which urges drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones.

The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broaderdangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it’s no longer safe to assume they’re texting. New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

In addition, the It Can Wait 3D virtual reality simulator “pit stop” raises awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days for Drivers - the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb.

To learn more about AT&T “It Can Wait", visit - www.itcanwait.com/vr/



August 26, 2016

Mixed Feeling at WWE SummerSlam 2016 #WWEMoms #SummerSlam


This year WWE SummerSlam 2016 came back to Barclay Center and we were excited to once again be part of all the wrestling action.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Note: I received tickets to Summerslam 2016. I'm part of the WWE #WWEMoms Ambassador Program and will share information about their activities and products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Once we arrived at Barclay, we quickly headed into our section to be part of everything. We greeted other blog friends, who was there with their family, posed for photos to capture the moment and tried to settle into our seats.

As you can imagine SummerSlam is a long night filled with LOTS of wrestling action and matches. There's no way I can recap everything so I'll just highlight a few exciting moments.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

The night started with the return of Jon Stewart who had to deal with Stephanie McMahon for messing up stuff. LOL

WWE SummerSlam 2016

After watching a "girl" wrestling match, which he wasn't into *sigh*, my son nearly lost his little mind when John Cena came out for his match against AJ Styles.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

The match provided lots of action but sadly Cena lost. Which led to me having to take a moment to comfort my son. *sigh*

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Thankfully we had another Jon Stewart moment where announced his partnership with New Day. Unicorn headband and all.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

The next match we enjoyed was Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler. This was an intense and awesome match with lots of off the rope action.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

While Ziggler held his own for most of the match, in the end Ambrose won and seemed to enjoy it.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Then it was time for the match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor for the Universal Title.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Part of the fun of this match was the reaction of the audience. They were not fans of the belt and did LOTS of booing.

WWE SummerSlam 2016

But all the booing stopped when it came time for Randy Orton to go against Brock Lesnar. I have to be honest, I did scream just a little loudly when Orton walked out. And of course again when he did the pose. While I could look at him ALL day, he had a fight to settle.

WWE SummerSlam 2016
WWE SummerSlam 2016

And try to settle it Orton did. The match was serious with moments of Lesnar knocking Orton down. He even tried to slam him off the table. But Orton managed to sneak in a RKO! Woot!

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Sadly it wasn't enough to keep Lesnar down. He came back with some vicious blows that lead to Orton bleeding in the ring. Lesnar was then announced to be the winner. I was so upset. Like really dude?!

WWE SummerSlam 2016

Thankfully Orton was able to recover enough to get up and walk out. Hopefully to return the beat down to Lesnar another day.

Despite being upset over some matches, overall we enjoyed SummerSlam 2016 and look forward to next year!



Disney's The Jungle Book Activity Sheets & Jon & Neel Behind the Scene Clip #JungleBook


Get ready to venture behind the scenes of Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK with in-depth bonus features that reveal the innovative filmmaking technology used to create the jungle world and it's characters.


THE JUNGLE BOOK, Jon Favreau’s live-action reimagining of Walt Disney’s animated classic, was released early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 23, and will be avaible on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on August 30.

To celebrate THE JUNGLE BOOK release, I'm sharing these new activity sheets to enjoy with your family.


You can also check out this clip featuring the on set working relationship between Jon and Neel. It's really sweet.

Disney's The Jungle Book Blu-ray

BLU-RAY Synopsis:

“The Jungle Book” is based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, inspired by Disney’s classic 1967 animated film and centered on Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

The all-star cast includes Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken lends his iconic voice to King Louie.

To learn more about The Jungle Book, visit - www.movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016

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August 24, 2016

Giveaway: The Angry Birds Movie Blu-ray / DVD Combo #AngryBirdsMovie


When I saw that THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE was available on digital and Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, I might have done a little dance (bird dance!).

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Earlier this year we saw THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE and enjoyed it SO much. We watched as our favorite gaming birds came to life and went on adventures against the Pigs to save their eggs. While it seems like a simple story, the movie was filled with action and humor.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

I learned a bit about why Red is so angry, how he met Chuck, Bomb and Matlida. Not to mention the history of the mighty Eagle, how the Pigs first stole the eggs and where the birds slingshot came from!

Now I was able to watch it all again, plus enjoy some bonus features on THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE Blu-ray, DVD including the Blake Shelton Music Video “Friends;” a Character Sketch Gallery, where I saw drawings and renderings of the birds, pigs and environments from the film; and much more.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE is really a great film that families can enjoy, whether they're fans of the Angry Birds video-game or the Angry Birds Toons.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

In this paradise, hot-headed Red, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up in order to save their home.

Boasting an “A” CinemaScore (viewers under age 25) and featuring even more of the breakout, fan-favorite Hatchlings, don’t miss the film that quickly became one of the highest-grossing video game based films of all time.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) as Red, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Chuck, Danny McBride (This is the End) as Bomb, Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) as Matilda, Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters) as Stella, Sean Penn (Milk) as Terence, Tony Hale (“Veep”) as Ross, Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) as Judge Peckinpah, with Bill Hader (Inside Out) as Leonard and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) as Mighty Eagle.


Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Extras Include:

Bonus Scene: “Chuck’s Rescue”
Symphony Mode
Making Music! With Composer Heitor Pereira
Blake Shelton Music Video “Friends”
Photo Gallery

Blu-ray & Digital Exclusive Extras Include:

All-New Short “The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm”
3 More Hatchlings Shorts
Deleted Scenes
Crafty Birds – How to Build Your Own Piggy Tower
Dance Along Birds and Pigs
Creating the Real World of Angry Birds
Meet The Birds
Meet The Pigs
Meet The Hatchlings

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated PG for rude humor and action.

Additionally, fans can unlock more content by syncing the Angry Birds Action! app with the audio on the Blu-ray or Digital version of the movie. The Angry Birds Action! app movie integration will also extend to retail where fans can unlock an augmented reality Hatchlings selfie feature by scanning “bird codes” on in-store signage.

The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis from a screenplay by Jon Vitti. Produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE was executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.AngryBirds-Movie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/AngryBirdsMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/AngryBirds

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Kubo and the Two Strings: Covering a Classic Featurette #KuboMovie


In celebration of LAIKA and Focus Features film KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS opening nationwide, I'm sharing the "Covering a Classic" featurette video clip.

Kubo and the Two Strings Covering a Classic Featurette

"Covering a Classic" shares more about the music in the film, the shamisen, the magical musical instrument and include commentary from director Travis Knight, actors Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, and more!


Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the film by watching more clips and featurettes including:


Kubo and the Two Strings poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

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

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On Twitter - www.twitter.com/kubothemovie
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/kubothemovie


Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit Museum Tour #DocMcStuffins


This month Disney Junior "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" opened at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and will travel to other museums around the country in 2017. The exhibit is designed to model "care and compassion" for kids age 2-7 in immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being.

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit Museum Tour

"Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" is a bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive exhibit that will transport kids and families into Doc’s iconic backyard clinic and the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, young visitors go on a "feel better adventure" as they
  • Become "doctors in training," don a white coat and toy stethoscope,
  • "Scrub in" (learning the importance of washing hands to avoid germs),
  • Report to an "operating room" where they can fix seams on a toy bear,
  • Assist in an "operation" on a toy dragon robot,
  • Use Doc’s tools including a toy otoscope, stethoscope, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to give a Checkup to their own toys.

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit Museum Tour

Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior, said,

"Doc McStuffins has already made a tremendous impact on how children see themselves and their possibilities by way of our popular TV series. We are delighted to now bring the show’s messages of care and compassion directly into communities across the country and we know we are in excellent hands with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We look forward to having young visitors experience Doc’s playhouse clinic and toy hospital and learn firsthand about caring for themselves and for others."

Watch this video for a look at how Disney Junior collaborated with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


The exhibit is sponsored by Riley Children’s Health at Indiana University Health, home to one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. The exhibit provides an opportunity for children to become comfortable in a healthcare setting.

"It is a heavy order to convince children that going to see the doctor is not scary," said Dr. Paul Haut, chief medical officer of Riley Children’s Health. "But it can be done through educational and interactive experiences, which help them understand that what we do is help keep people healthy. By teaching visitors about healthy habits, such as practicing good hand hygiene, exercising regularly and eating well, we hope this exhibit will put children’s minds at ease, while supporting our mission to keep all Hoosier children healthy."

The exhibit is scheduled through 2019, with stops currently planned for the Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana, California; Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta in Georgia, to name just a few.



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


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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.

Best Buy Tech Home: Modern Living Made Easy

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



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


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


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 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

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