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Know of an audiophile who is looking to add or upgrade their collection of premium audio gear? Then don’t miss Magnolia’s March AudioFest at Best Buy.
During the month of March, there are remarkable deals on premium audio gear that include savings on speakers, receivers, wireless audio gear, headphones, hi-res audio products and so much more.
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With special weekly savings, great deals online and other amazing offers Best Buy can only offer in their stores, you’ll want to check back often.
Disclosure. 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.
An immersive Star Wars-inspired resort will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. This thrilling new resort will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Stars Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.
And I for one can not wait. While I might not be there on day one, as a long time Star Wars fan this so on my bucket list of travel experiences.
Star Wars-Inspired Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort - YouTube
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Ava DuVernay’s newest movie, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic.
A Wrinkle in Time stars Storm Reid as Meg Murry, a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself.
Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Her father’s disappearance makes the target of school bullies and causes her to an angry tween who lashes out.
But one day out of nowhere, her brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest.
Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
Directed by Oscar® nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy® nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.
I will say that I really liked this movie a lot and find that your kids 8+ will love it as well. And Why!!
Newcomer Storm Reid Introduction to the World and the Importance of her Message for Girls
While this is not Storm Reid’s first movie, this her first movie as the lead in a huge Disney movie. I think many girls will identify with young Meg Murray and it’s because of Reid’s performance. She really puts forth the movie’s main message of the movie that girls everywhere are worthy and they are important.
Costumes Will Astound You
Mindy Kaling is Mrs. Who
Spanish costume designer Paco Delgado (Les Miserables and The Danish Girl) designed outfits to be worn on each planet visited by the three Mrs.’s, and each was stunningly original, creatively outrageous and visually eye-catching. Talk about wow, if Delgado doesn’t get the Oscar nod for best costumes, something is wrong in the world.
Oprah Winfrey is Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon is Mrs. Whatsit and Mindy Kaling is Mrs. Who
The cast is filled with not just actresses but 3 very well-known actresses (Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kalig and Oprah) playing the Mrs. in the film. I only mention this because each is pitch perfect in what they bring to their character. My favorite Mrs. is Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) who is funny and bit a sarcastic towards Meg. Love every time she is on screen. That all said, let’s be frank, this is stunt casting at its best and I am sure that Disney and Director Ms. DuVernay made a conscious decision to bring star power to the Mrs. roles and why not, they are famous and have been promoting the movie everywhere. But make no mistake, your kids will not know who they are, they will just remember as memorable Mrs. and that is all the matters. My teen daughter knows who Oprah maybe but she has no idea who Reese Witherspoon or Mindy Kallig is.
Breakout Star – Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace
Deric McCabe is very much not a one-note child actor. It can very adorable but he can also be creepy/scary when he is taken over by the “It.” You will love him and be happy when he is on the screen.
Deric McCage is Charles Wallace Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
I really loved this movie and recommend it. Few people have told me that it’s not getting great reviews but I would disagree. I always think that movie critics view a movie like Wrinkle in Time as adults and not as tweens or teens.
This movie will delight your kids and provide them with a thoughtful, fun, lively, and a stunning visual movie with an underlying message that Meg says very defiantly says:
“I deserve to be loved”- Meg Murray
In a time of social media for our kids and insecurities, kids may feel, I love that the movie another positive quote, hopefully, will stick.
“Find your place in the universe”
I do believe that Wrinkle in Time will be remembered by kids years later and will become a Disney classic.
And for the record, my teen daughter requested to see the movie because she had read the graphic novel of the original book (recommend it highly for kids who are non-readers) and really liked the movie. And she is the target audience.
It’s more daddies and more problems in the uproarious family comedy DADDY’S HOME 2 now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the successful and funny Daddy’s Home famous for the 103. 6Panda Jingle Song.
When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty’s macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s sweet-natured father (John Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complete chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad’s partnership is put to the ultimate test in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy that gives new meaning to the term ‘blended family.’
Both Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are hilarious and good sports as you can see from Daddy’s Home press event.
The original Daddy’s Home (Learn more about the making of Daddy’s Home) is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital. Both films will be available in a two-movie Blu-ray Double Feature pack.
Daddy's Home 2 (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures - YouTube
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11 Comic Book Easter Eggs from the Thor: Ragnarok Commentary Track with Taika Waititi
One of my favorite Marvel movies, Thor: Ragnarok starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor will be available Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand Digital March 6.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
As a fan of the movie, I love all the Comic Book Easter Eggs from the Thor: Ragnarok commentary Track with Taika Waititi.
Skurge (Karl Urban) and Hela (Cate Blanchett). Ph: Film Frame
1. The initial Hela costume is loosely based on the comic design and transitions into the iconic version when she returns to Asgard. Her weapons were based on Gorr the God Butcher’s weapons from the “God of Thunder” comic storyline.
Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Surtur
2. Sakaar’s design was taken from Jack Kirby’s artwork. Taika was a fan as a kid and incorporated many shapes and colors from classic comics.
3. The obedience discs are power inhibitors lifted from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline.
4. The designs of many background characters in Sakaar were also lifted directly from Jack Kirby comics.
Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) Photo: Jasin Boland
5. The characters of Korg and Miek are from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline. Taika based Korg’s voice on the Polynesian bouncers in New Zealand, many of whom are extremely polite and don’t want to hurt anyone.
6. Traditionally, the Grandmaster in the comics is blue-skinned, but they thought people might tie it back to Jeff Goldblum’s character from “Earth Girls Are Easy.”
7. The large wolf, Fenris, is a great ally of Hela’s in the comics.
8. The mural on the back wall of The Grandmaster’s suite is actual Jack Kirby artwork.
9. After years of fans asking for it, Thor finally got his helmet in the Sakaarian battle arena.
10. Odin’s spear, Gungnir, appears in the background of the throne room on Asgard.
11.Hulk’s Sakaarian wardrobe casual wear is lifted from various Hulk comics.
Thor: Ragnarok Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand
Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” the God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 6.
About Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Fans learn more about Thor: Ragnarok with 11 Fun Comic Book Easter Eggs.
Marvel Studios’ "Thor: Ragnarok": Home Release - YouTube
Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio.
Thor: Ragnarok is by far the best of the Thor series. Not only is Thor Ragnarok loaded with tons of action, the movie offers viewers a colorful cosmic adventure and is loaded with action. The humor really makes the movie and outstanding change from the previous editions of Thor. Plus the introduction of fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) breathes life into the movie. And we can not forget Cate Blanchett as the ruthless villainess Hela. And fan favorite Loki (Tom Hiddleston) adds to drama and spectacle.
As a big fan of Thor: Ragnarok, I love all the exclusive bonus features.Considering the addition of humor and fun new characters into the franchise which brings the movie to life, I really enjoyed the hilarious outtakes and segment on charismatic Korg and the unstoppable women of the movie.And given that this was director Taika Waititi first big budget movie and a Marvel movie at that, I found the feature on his vision of the movie very enlightening.
Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes, and pratfalls starring the cast
Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
Additional Deleted Scenes –Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole
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Both my daughter and I are big fans of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time and can not wait to see the movie which opens in theaters on March 9th, 2018. In celebration of the movie, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to bring our readers A Wrinkle In Time prize pack worth over $200 that everyone will want to win!
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About A Wrinkle In Time
Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
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A Wrinkle in Time Official US Trailer - YouTube
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Disney Pixar’s Coco is the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. The movie has already won 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.
No matter your age, the storyline, music and stunning visuals will appeal to you. To me the most compelling reason why I love this movie is that it truly celebrates the importance of family, honoring your ancestors and following your dreams.
With the release of the movie on blu-ray, you will be in awe of the fresh and fascinating bonus material including being able to tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message.
I personally love all the behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. As an avid movie goer, I think it’s always interesting to listen to the filmmaker’s commentary on the making of the movie and if you are like me, love, love the music get to hear about the making the music of Coco.
In Disney Coco, Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt)—despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Disney Pixar Coco Blu-ray & Digital Features:
Deleted Scenes with Introductions – Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”
Día de los Muertos – In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
The Way of the Riveras – A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
Celebrity Tour – Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
The Bus Escape – The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
Alebrije Attack – Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
The Family Fix – After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
To the Bridge – As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
The Music of “Coco” – Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
Paths to Pixar: “Coco” – Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
Welcome to the Fiesta – A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
How to Draw a Skeleton – Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
A Thousand Pictures a Day – Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
Mi Familia – Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
Dante – How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
How to Make Papel Picado – Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
Un Poco “Coco” – A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
“Coco Trailers” – Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”
Disclosure: NYC Single Mom received a copy of Disney Pixar’s Coco to faciliate this review.
The beloved garden gnomes from GNOMEO AND JULIET are back for a whole new adventure in London starring in SHERLOCK GNOMES opening March 23.
When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.
This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.