Saturday, January 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Teddy bear & chocolates Valentine's Day gift basket {ends 2/4}

Disclosure: Yes/No Films did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Teddy Bear & Chocolates Valentine's Day Gift Basket Giveaway


I've partnered with a few other bloggers for this giveaway - everyone loves chocolate! 
Good luck!

Prize: Teddy Bear & Chocolates Valentine's Day Gift Basket RV $59.99
With a cuddly teddy bear and an abundance of delicious chocolate treats, this Valentine's Day gift basket is the perfect way to let someone know you care. Enjoy slow-melting truffles, sweet chocolate covered cherries, crisp cookies and more in a gorgeously packed basket.
Dates: 1/21-2/4
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Movie Review: The Founder

Movie Review: The Founder, Michael Keaton

Before seeing this film, the only thing I knew about McDonald's is that two brothers started the company, and also, that their fries are pretty tasty. What I didn't know is that the company was essentially stolen from them, which is the story of The Founder.

Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) is a salesman for milkshake mixer machines for fast-food restaurants, specifically drive-ins, in the 1950s. When he stumbles across a restaurant called McDonald's, in San Bernardino, CA, which has ordered eight of his machines, he wants to help its owners franchise, as he thinks it would make a great national restaurant chain. The owners, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald, say they've tried franchising before and it failed, but Kroc is determined to make it work this time. What ends up happening is something that spirals out of the McDonald brothers' control, and ends up making Ray Kroc a very rich man.

Movie Review: 20th Century Women

Movie Review: 20th Century Women

20th Century Women is a unique movie. That being said, it was a bit too slow for my liking, and also a little too "indie," so I never could fully enjoy it, even though it had its moments.

"It takes a village" is the motto that 20th Century Women's Dorothea (Annette Bening) abides by, and she's worried that her 15-year-old son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), won't have enough positive role models in his life. The year is 1979, and they live in a constantly-being-remodeled, ramshackle old house in California, with her tenants Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and William (Billy Crudup). Dorothea doesn't know that Jamie's best friend, Julie (Elle Fanning), is sleeping over each night too, though that's all Julie and Jamie are doing (nothing of the R-rated variety). Dorothea gave birth to Jamie when she was 40, which was considered "old," and she and her husband are divorced, so she wants Jamie to have more influences in his life; she asks Abbie, William, and Julie to help her "raise" Jamie.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus, March 14-19 at the Fisher Theatre {Detroit}

Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

CIRCUS 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus will make its Detroit premiere at the Fisher this March, and looks to be a very interesting show. The show looks to be new this year, too, and from its pictures, looks like a great time.

Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus

About the show:
In a world premiere event, the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus will make its Detroit premiere engagement at The Fisher Theatre, March 14–19, 2017, with all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist.

Tickets for CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus start at $35 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Behind the mask: The Phantom of the Opera cast and crew

Behind the mask: The Phantom of the Opera cast and crew

By: Abby Smith

THE ARTFORM OF BROADWAY

Musicals are one of the most beautiful forms of art because they have the power to transform you from one place to another. They bring out real and rare emotions, and tell their story by making you feel like you’re a part of it. For a few hours, you’re able to step out of your own shoes and into someone else's. However, this can only happen when everything feels real: the costumes, the set, and the acting.

Phantom of the Opera at the Detroit Opera House
A behind the scenes look at the Detroit Opera House

The Phantom of the Opera is a perfect example of the above. It brings the novel, Le Fantome de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, to life and portrays the story of a masked figure who lives in a Paris opera house. The man despises the people who occupy his house until he hears the voice of a young lady named Christine. He ends up falling in love with her and uses his schemes to help her be heard.

GIVEAWAY: Terry Fator at the Fox Theatre (Detroit), March 4

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Olympia Entertainment. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I've never seen Terry Fator perform, but he's a huge headliner in Vegas - I remember seeing his name flashing in lights, on the Strip - and his shows seem interesting. When I heard he was coming to Detroit, then, I was definitely interested in attending.

About the show:
Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist, Terry Fator will return to the Fox Theatre for a side-splitting performance on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.; presented locally by MGM Grand.

GIVEAWAY: Terry Fator at the Fox Theatre, 3/4/17
Tickets ($39, $59, $79 and $99.50) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available on select seats for groups of 8 or more by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of
America's Got Talent with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer's big "AGT" win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers and led to a multi-million-dollar deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, "Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment," has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since. In 2014, Fator released a DVD Terry Fator: Live in Concert, a country music CD It Starts Tonight, as well as a series of children's books including Lamu, The Christmas Kitten.

Monday, January 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY: One Woman Sex and the City at City Theatre, Detroit, March 1

Giveaway: One Woman Sex and the City parody show, 3/1/17 in Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Olympia Entertainment. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Calling all SATC fans! A one-woman Sex and the City parody show will be performed at the City Theatre, Detroit (inside Hockeytown Cafe) on Wednesday, March 1st, at 7:30pm.

I'm a HUGE fan of the TV show, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing this.

About the show:
This loving tribute takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved Sex and the City TV show for a night to remember on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets ($28.50 and $38.50) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more by calling (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

The show will bring all our favorite characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue, support each other and swoon over men and Manolos. There will be puns, cosmopolitans and audience participation. For anyone who remembers the naked dress, the tantric sex demonstration, the post-it note, and “he’s just not that into you,”
One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship, and Shoes will provide a great reminder of why the Sex and the City series and its characters have stayed so firmly in women’s hearts and minds.

For anyone who plans on buying tickets, I recommend Hockeytown Authentics (Troy) to avoid the Ticketmaster service charges, as well.