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Watch the New Trailer for Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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I always get excited when the holiday season rolls around but this year I’m extra excited!  Illumination and Universal Pictures will present “The Grinch” this November, their eighth fully animated feature, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Watch the trailer:

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.

Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

So how great is Christmas season 2018 going to be now? The Grinch hits theaters November 9 and you can bet I’ll be there to watch it that day! For more information and to view the latest updates on this film please visit http://www.grinchmovie.com.

Great Wolf Lodge Announces Star-Studded Junior Chef Council

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One of our favorite resorts to stay at, Great Wolf Lodge, just announced some exciting news!  They’ve formed of a Junior Chef Council, a panel comprised of the country’s top kid chefs and culinary tastemakers, who will come together to advise on and help develop a new kids’ menu for Great Wolf Lodge’s 17 indoor waterpark resorts!

“The idea of a Junior Chef Council is something we have been discussing internally for the past year. We’ve really enriched the culinary offerings for parents, and thought it would be fun to create a menu for kids, by kids. These are no ordinary kids, these are true junior chefs who have been around the culinary arts for years and will help create a kids menu unlike any other in the country.” – John Suley, Great Wolf’s Vice President of Food & Beverage

After an extensive search to identify youthful and passionate culinary talent who will bring a unique perspective to Great Wolf Lodge’s ever-evolving and innovative food and beverage program, the Junior Chef Council was formed. The six-person Junior Chef Council brings a diverse culinary background to Great Wolf, and will work together on developing a completely new kids menu.
Great Wolf Lodge’s Junior Chef Council members include:

  • MasterChef Junior Season 2 winner, Logan Guleff (15)
  • MasterChef Junior Season 5 winner, Jasmine Stewart (13)
  • Jonas Cora Ehrlich (12) and Gavin Cora Ehrlich (10), sons of Iron Chef Cat Cora and wife, Nicole Cora Ehrlich
  • Madeline Zakarian (11) and Anna Zakarian (9), daughters of Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian;
  • Conrad Elliot (8) and Jed Elliot (6), sons of Chef Graham Elliot.

The talent level of the council is impressive. Logan and Jasmine each won a rigorous TV cooking competition, while the other members of the Junior Chef Council bring a different degree of culinary experience to the group, being children of some of the world’s most talented chefs. While Conrad is an official member of the Council, Jed will serve as the Council’s official taster, ensuring his brother and other members are delivering on the culinary goods.Great Wolf Lodge has placed a tremendous emphasis on expanding and enhancing the culinary offerings found at its family-friendly resorts over the past two years. With the launch of its Colorado Springs resort 18-months ago, the company introduced an elevated farm-to-fork dining experience called Barnwood that has now expanded to three additional resorts; and it recently established a food hall style Tex-Mex restaurant called Timbers Tacos which debuted at new resorts in Georgia and Illinois. The new kids’ menu will initially be featured exclusively at full-service restaurants at Great Wolf Lodges across North America.The Junior Chef Council will get together as a group later this summer at one of Great Wolf’s world-class resorts in order to collaborate on their menu with the resort’s executive culinary team, with plans to roll-out the menu nationwide later this fall. For more information about the Junior Chef Council and Great Wolf Lodge partnership, please go here.

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Pacific Sales Presents the Pacific Wine and Food Classic August 18 & 19

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It’s almost time for this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Classic, presented by Pacific Sales. Come celebrate Summer and the bounty of Southern California at this amazing annual event which will take place on August 18 & 19, 2018. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. This irresistible event offers guests more than 100 experiences including: the best local chefs serving vibrant summer inspired cuisine, wineries, cold beer and delicious crafty cocktails.The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is an all-inclusive event that is designed for guests to enjoy food and wine in a beautiful setting. Soak up the beautiful soft sand, blue waters and sweet summer air. Tickets are limited to ensure an absolute quality experience for you! ​​​

Here’s a video showing some of the fun from last year’s event:

For more information about this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Festival and to purchase tickets, please go here.

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Have a Movie Night To Celebrate Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

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Summer is well underway and we have been anticipating the upcoming arrival of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, as it’s going to be in theaters July 13! In this new film, the entire “Drac Pac” goes on a summer vacation together! It looks like another hilarious movie to go see together as a family.Here’s a synopsis: Join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monster kind.
Now watch the Hotel Transylvania 3 extended trailer:

Have you seen the first 2 movies yet? I immediately fell in love with “The Drac Pac” after watching “Hotel Transylvania”. I love that these movies have such a fun storyline and include so many funny parts that are aimed at entertaining the adults in the theater too. I also love the all-star voice cast in each of the 3 films.To celebrate the upcoming arrival of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation in theaters on Friday, July 13, we threw a summer vacation-themed movie party at home and re-watched Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2. It’s fun to set up this kind of party for all of the neighborhood kids to watch with us.
Here’s what we used to throw Summer Vacation-themed Movie Party:

  • The Hotel Translyvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 DVDs
  • Hotel Translyvania themed toys
  • popcorn
  • fun, fruity candies
  • pineapple drinking cups
  • leis
  • sunglasses

What are you doing to celebrate your summer vacation? Have you already purchased your tickets? Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation will be in theaters everyone July 13, which will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss the boat! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, you can do so here. After you go and watch it, be sure to come back here and tell me what you thought. I can’t wait to hear all about it! Happy Summer!For the latest movie updates, please visit here. Join in on the conversation on social using #HotelT3!

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Butterbeer Ice Cream now available at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood

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More fun and tasty news from Universal Studios Hollywood! Butterbeer™ ice cream is now being served at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™”, arriving just in time for summer.wizarding-world-of-harry-potter-logo

The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge.

butterbeer-ice-creamReminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat and will be served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™.

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whisky. Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

For more information please visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood.

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The Ultimate Hotel Transylvania Giveaway + Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation in Theaters 7/15

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School’s out and this summer’s highly anticipated release of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is just around the corner! In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all. Have you watched the official trailer yet?

Before going to see this all-new movie in theaters July 13, you can catch up on all the fun and laughs in Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 with a family movie night. Why not grab your monster-sized popcorn and get ready for the ultimate family night in because I’ve got a a double feature giveaway of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment at the bottom of this post. (So keep reading!) We loved both of these movies and can’t seem to re-watch them enough times. Hotel-TAll About Hotel Translyvania: Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • “Goodnight Mr. Foot” Mini-Movie: Directed and Animated by Genndy Tartakovsky
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • “Problem (Monster Remix)” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am
  • Behind the Scenes of “Problem (Monster Remix)”
  • Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer

Hotel Transylvania has a running time of 91 minutes and is rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.HotelTransylvania2All About Hotel Transylvania 2: In this monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!

DVD Special Features:

  • Fifth Harmony Music Video: “I’m In Love With A Monster”
  • Character Sketch Gallery
  • Feature Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert
  • Feature Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvania 2 has a running time of 89 minutes and is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.giveawayWhether you are going to plan a movie night or just want to refresh your memory by watching Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 before Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation comes out, be sure to enter my giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter below! Good luck, everyone! Thanks for reading!
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Watch the New Trailer for The Grinch in Theaters November 9

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.
the-grinch-poster

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.the-grinch-1Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.the-grinch-2Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.

Here’s the trailer that was just released:

What did you think? Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all? Find out when it appears in theaters November 9, 2018. For more information and the latest updates, please visit http://www.grinchmovie.com

Images and trailer are property of Illumination and Universal Pictures and used with permission. 

Watch the All-New Trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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It’s here! The all-new trailer for “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD” just debuted and we couldn’t be more excited!how-to-train-your-dragon-logo
From DreamWorks Animation comes the highly anticipated culmination of one of the most popular animated franchises in film history, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.how-to-train-your-dragon-posterWhat began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.

Series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and How to Train Your Dragon series producer Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan).

Now let’s all watch the brand-new trailer together:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is due in theaters March 1, 2019. For the latest updates, please visit http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com.

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Enjoy a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story at Regal on 6/9

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Come join Regal THIS Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. for the latest My Way Matinee movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story.sensory-free Bring the kids, a friend or your favorite Wookie sidekick to Regal for a sensory-friendly screening of Solo: A Star Wars story, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover.
Here’s the trailer:

My Way Matinee is a different way to experience the movies, allowing the audience to sing, dance and shout during the show. The program allows everyone to see the latest films with lowered volume and the house lights on. My Way Matinee provides this very special opportunity to experience a movie once a month. All screenings for the sensory-friendly movies will begin at 10:30 a.m. for the special ticket price of $6.50. For more information and to find a location nearest you, please visit http://www.regmovies.com/mywaymatinee.

 

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