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Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns Now Available on Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD

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Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt, as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film and is now available on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD, with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features. In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw), just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane, is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke), bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.Oh how I wish I had my very own Mary Poppins to get my household into “tip top shape”! I feel like I can’t get my family on a regular cleaning schedule. Luckily, Disney sent me this cleaning bucket of goodies to help make cleaning extra fun. I’m implementing it right away! Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to get your family to pitch in with the cleaning? If you haven’t seen “Mary Poppins Returns” yet, here’s the official trailer:

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”
“Mary Poppins Returns” Bonus Features 
BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:

  • Deleted Song – “The Anthropomorphic Zoo” – In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
  • The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
  • Introduction – Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
  • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Discover how the team mined PL Travers’ books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
  • “Can You Imagine That?” – Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
  • “Nowhere to Go but Up” – Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
  • Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins
    Returns” – Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
  • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
  • “Turning Turtle” – Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
  • “Can You Imagine That?” – Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
  • Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
  • Practically Perfect Bloopers – There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!

Deleted Scenes

  • Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
  • Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

“Mary Poppins Returns” was directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and a screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca.  It was produced by John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a., and Marc Platt, p.g.a., with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The film features all-new original songs with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, as well as an original film score by Shaiman.

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Bring Home Kim Possible on Disney DVD March 26th

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Kim Possible, a Disney Channel Original Movie, debuted on Disney Channel on February 15, 2019. The live-action film, directed by Adam Stein & Zach Lipovsky, is based on the animated series which debuted in 2002 on Disney Channel. The film looks to be one of the most action packed Disney Channel Original Movie by far!

Watch the trailer here:

Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Everyday teen hero Kim Possible and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. By their side every step of the way is teen tech-genius Wade and new friend Athena, who also happens to be a Kim Possible super fan and is eager to join Team Possible. While Kim and Ron have always been one step ahead of their opponents, navigating the social hierarchy of high school is more challenging than the action-hero ever imagined. With Drakken and Shego lurking in the wings, Kim must rely on her family and friends more than ever. Now it’s up to Team Possible—Kim, Ron, tech-genius Wade, new friend Athena and Rufus, a naked mole-rat that Ron meets along the way—to stop these super villains.

Kim Possible features the following cast:

  • Sean Giambrone as Ron Stoppable,
  • Ciara Wilson as Athena
  • Todd Stashwick as Drakken
  • Taylor Ortega as Shego
  • Alyson Hannigan as Dr. Ann Possible
  • Connie Ray as Nana Possible
  • Issac Ryan Brown as Wade Load
  • Erika Tham as Bonnie Rockwaller
  • Nancy Cartwright as Rufus

The film also includes special appearances by Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt.

Kim Possible will be available to bring home on Disney DVD starting March 26 and will include these great Bonus Features:

  • Blooper Reel (DVD exclusive)
  • Q&A with Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone (DVD exclusive)
  • Cast Auditions of  Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone and Issac Ryan Brown.(DVD exclusive)
  • Music Video
  • Trailer

Our family loved Kim Possible and couldn’t wait to have a family movie night with our own copy at home. I think our ideal way to enjoy the movie together is with the proper snacks. I often whip up a batch of my favorite nachos for everyone to share. You can see my own personal recipe below. Do you like nachos? What are your favorite ingredients to make them with? Share with me in the comments below! Buenos nachos! 

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{Giveaway} PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” at Fox Performing Arts Center April 9 & 10

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PAW Patrol Live! is coming to Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California on April 9 and 10! The show will set sail with a pirate adventure that’s perfect for the entire family!

It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!

PAW Patrol Live! will only be at the Fox Performing Arts Center for just 2 days, on April 9 and April 10, with the following shows:

  • Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm

For an extra special experience, Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. *Please note: Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket. Tickets start at just $23 and can be purchased at either the Fox Performing Arts Center and at Ticketmaster HERE.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see PAW Patrol Live! on either April 9 or 10 at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. To enter, go to the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone!
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Fox Performing Arts Center is located at:
3801 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

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New Abominable Movie Poster in Theaters September 27

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On September 27, 2019, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable will take audiences on an epic 3,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

The Abominable Voice Cast features:

  • Chloe Bennet
  • Tenzing Norgay Trainor
  • Albert Tsai
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Sarah Paulson
  • Tsai Chin
  • Michelle Wong

This film is directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home), Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

For the latest updates on this film, follow along on social at #AbominableMovie.

Watch the All-New Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer

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This morning, I woke up to some exciting news! Walt Disney Animation Studios shared the all-new Teaser Trailer for Frozen 2! From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, I can’t wait to see what Queen Elsa and Anna have in store for us this time around! I got chills just watching it! Check it out here:

Are you as emotional after watching that as I was? I am so excited for this film!Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. For the latest updates on the film, follow along with #Frozen2 on social.

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Watch the All-New Trailer for A Dog’s Journey In Theaters May 17

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“A Dog’s Journey”, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, just released a must-watch trailer.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Watch the brand-new trailer for “A Dog’s Journey”

“A Dog’s Journey” is directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron. The film, from Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Walden Media and Alibaba Pictures, will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically, and by Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners internationally.  This film will appear in theaters on May 17. Will YOU be there to watch it?  I know we will!

For the latest updates on the film, please visit the official site HERE. You can also join in on the conversation on social using #ADogsJourney.

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House of Blues Announces BluesBusters Program Featuring Monthly Deals

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House of Blues, the world’s premier live music and restaurant brand, announced its new BluesBusters program, allowing fans to enjoy custom restaurant promotions and unique experiences at preferred pricing.Every month a new offer will be revealed and will only be available for purchase during that month’s promotional period, after which a new offer is revealed HERE

“Our customers are always looking for new ways to experience House of Blues and we’re really excited about launching BluesBusters with an amazing restaurant offer. As part of Live Nation we have the ability to interact with new and existing customers and have built a program that reaches the right customers through a variety of different channels, providing them a great product that rewards them for being loyal fans of House of Blues or encourages them to give us a try. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this, with great offers all year long” Felix Mussenden, EVP Operations House of Blues Entertainment.

Offers will vary throughout the year and will be inclusive of the restaurant, retail store and even live concerts and VIP experiences with more exciting features be added such as deals of the day and special opportunities for fans during guests’ birthday month. The first BluesBusters offer kicks off the program in a big way and gives fans an extra $20 in value if they purchase a $30 restaurant certificate, a savings of 40%. Having just celebrated their 25th Anniversary, House of Blues has welcomed tens of millions of fans through its doors for legendary live music and their renowned cuisine and hospitality. To learn more about BluesBusters, please visit http://www.houseofblues.com/bluesbusters.

About House Of Blues
Founded in 1992, The 13 House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing southern-inspired cuisine.

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A Dog’s Way Home Now in Theaters + Simple Pet Portraits for Kids

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As a pet lover and pet owner, I always get excited for anything and everything pet-related! Whether it’s a cute animal coffee mug, a contraption to help me better improve my selfie with my pet, or an animal film.  I literally melt for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, you name it! Animals are such kind and gentle creatures and if I could have an entire house and farm full of them, I know I’d be living my best life! Today I’m excited for the release of “A Dog’s Way Home” in theaters everywhere! Watch this cute clip from the movie:

I teared up in a big way just watching that clip of the film. It definitely pulls on your heartstrings. I’ve also already read the book with my daughter, which was a great read too. It’s written by W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film.
Here’s a synopsis of A Dog’s Way Home:
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic, 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.

One of the things my students get excited about in the classroom is art! Anytime they get to draw, color, paint, cut and/or glue, first graders are elated! I know this because it’s almost impossible for them to hide their excitement and keep calm about art, and this makes me happy! During our morning meeting time this week, many of my students have shared how much they were looking forward to seeing “A Dog’s Way Home”. So, I set up an independent work station during our small groups and set out the book that the film was adapted from and let them create their own tiny pet portraits! How cute did this one turn out? “A Dog’s Way Home” is now playing in theaters. Purchase your tickets ahead of time here. You can share your own story about your dog’s journey home by uploading photos, video and your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #ADogsWayHome and #ShareMyDogStory. for a chance to be featured on their site too.

 

Tips for Fostering the Love of Reading in Your Child

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Let’s talk about reading , as in reading for leisure. Do you have a book you’re reading right now? Up until recently, I’ll admit that I did not. With the start of a new year, one of the things I’m trying to do more of is leisure reading. I now make a conscious effort to carry a book in my purse so I can just pull it out to read whenever I have a little bit of down time.One of the main reasons I want to read more this year is because I’ve noticed a big decline in the amount of reading my own daughter has been choosing to do “for fun”. As a teacher and a mom, this was starting to concern me. After doing a little bit of research about teens and how much they actually read for pleasure, I  found one study that says:

Less than 20 percent of U.S. teens report reading a book, magazine or newspaper daily for pleasure.

That is an eye-opening statistic. Digital media and technology have a lot of influence on kids (and adults as well) and they almost seem to be reducing in the amount they’re reading for pleasure (or at all). So, I decided that I was going to try my hardest to continue fostering that love of reading in my own daughter.I put together a list of useful tips for helping to further a child’s love of reading and I want to share it with you.

  • Model what leisurely reading looks like – This is a big one. If you’re not reading for fun, your child won’t have that modeling and may not realize just how important it is to be doing so.
  • Have a “book chat” – I’ve always tried to stay current on the subjects my daughter is studying in school, including the assigned novels she reads for her classes. I also try to have knowledge of books she’s reading on her own. I feel like my showing interest in what she’s reading and even having little “book chats” keeps her more motivated to read independently. It also helps strengthen our mother-daughter bond.
  • Spend time together at your public library or local bookstore – My daughter and I love to visit our public library together but also find ourselves sitting for hours in a local bookstore. It’s so much fun to get lost in books while sitting side by side.
  • Set up a cozy reading corner or reading nook at home – When my daughter was really young, she used to have a “reading tent” set up in our family room that she would spend hours at a time inside of, just reading books. She outgrew the tent a few years ago but it’s fun to have an inviting area set up at home, such as a corner with big pillows or a sunny windowseat where you can sit and read comfortably.
  • Make it fun with some thematic snacks – I feel like having snacks on hand always makes reading better. Thematic ones are even better. We made some adorable dog bone-shaped
  • Make connections between literature and film – One of my most favorite things to do with my daughter is to find a book we both enjoy, that is being made into a film, and read it together because the film comes out in theaters. After we watched the trailer for “A Dog’s Way Home” a few months ago, I knew this book, written by W. Bruce Cameron, was next on our “to read” list. It’s such a heartwarming story and because we’re big animal lovers in our home, it was a story that made us very emotional. Now that we’ve both read it, we’ll be ready to see it when it hits theaters on January 11th!

“A Dog’s Way Home” chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human. Oh my heart!

You can watch the official trailer here: 

This film has an all-star voice cast featuring Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King,
Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi and Bryce Dallas Howard and will be in theaters in just a couple more days. Will you be heading out to see it? After reading the book, I know we will!

For the latest updates on the film, please visit HERE.

 

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