Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Digital HD Giveaway: The Night Of (HBO limited series), ends 10/4

The Night Of, an HBO limited series, is now available for download on Digital HD, and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray as of October 18th. One of my lucky readers has the chance to win a digital code!

I haven't watched the series yet but I'm looking forward to seeing it at some point, as it sounds very good.

About the series:
“The best TV you’ll see this summer” (Vanity Fair) will be available to own this fall when The Night Of, the acclaimed HBO limited series that captivated TV audiences this summer, comes to Digital HD on September 26, 2016, and to DVD and Blu-ray on October 18, 2016. Starring John Turturro in “a mind-blowing performance” (Wall Street Journal) and the “extraordinary” (Boston Globe) Riz Ahmed, The Night Of is “an anthem to television’s unique power to turn a series of understated performances into sustained magnificence” (Los Angeles Times). The series, which delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones, was a critical and ratings sensation on HBO this summer, with critics heralding the show as “exquisite… richly detailed” (The New York Times), “mesmerizing” (Entertainment Weekly) and “as complicated and layered as life itself” (TV Guide).

In The Night Of, Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan, who lives with his parents in Queens, NY, takes his father’s taxi to go to a party in Manhattan. But what starts as a perfect night for Naz becomes a nightmare when he’s arrested for murder. The series examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.

The ensemble cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, Ben Shenkman, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler, and Chip Zien.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe is based on a true story, and the book The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion, which I now want to read. It follows Phiona (pronounced "Fiona") Matesi, a girl from the streets of Uganda who eventually learns the game of chess, and later goes to national tournaments to pursue her dream of becoming a grandmaster.

Phiona (newcomer Madina Nalwanga) lives with her mother, Nakku (Lupita Nyong'o), two brothers, and occasionally her sister, in a very poor rural area of Uganda. She helps her mother sell maiz (corn) and that is her life - until one day, she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), who hosts a chess club of sorts for the kids, and she starts to learn the game. It turns out that Phiona has a great aptitude for chess, and soon she starts going to regional and national tournaments. At the same time, however, she and her family become homeless, and life in Uganda gets harder and harder for them.

Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

An expert assembles a team to work together and defeat the bad guy. Ocean's 11? Nope, it's The Magnificent Seven, which reminded me a bit of that film except instead of robbing a casino, the team is running an evil robber baron (Peter Sarsgaard) out of the town that he stole from its inhabitants. This version is also based on the 1960s movie of the same name, with Steve McQueen, except that version took place in Mexico instead of the Wild West.

Chisolm (Denzel Washington) is recruited by a widow, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), whose husband (Matt Bomer) was murdered when the robber baron Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard) rolled into her town and took it for himself. Emma wants to take back the town, and also get revenge on Bogue. Chisolm knows he will have to hire a larger team for this, so he recruits Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and the Native American, Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), as part of a crack team of experts who all have special skills in fighting. They also prepare the townspeople for a fight, and when Bogue hears of this, he assembles his own team, for a final showdown at high noon.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Upcoming: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 30 at the Palace (Detroit area)

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

I attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) concert at the Palace in 2014 and 2015, and I can't wait to go this year too - their concerts are always lots of fun and very different from anything else I've attended.

The TSO will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 30 of this year, and will be performing two shows, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The TSO's tour starts November 17th and goes through the end of December, too - click here to see if they'll be playing in your city!

Friday, September 16, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Character onesie pajama wardrobe - 13 winners! {ends 10/7}

A few bloggers and I have combined forces to bring you this giveaway.

Good luck!

Welcome to the Character Onesie Wardrobe Giveaway Event!

Sponsored by: Richard Leeds International

Organized by: Southern Mom Loves

With Fall coming, we thought you could use some fun new PJs! These character onesies from Richard Leeds International are warm and soft and come in fun designs to help keep you looking cool all season long, and are available in Olaf, Eeyore, Ariel, MinnieSugar Skull, Shark, & Pollo.

So if you're looking for some adorable cool-weather PJs, look no further than your local Walmart store, where you can find these cute offerings in the Sleepwear section or online at Walmart.com, and then enter to win a full onesie wardrobe below!

  • 1-(One) 1st prize: 7 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 2-(Two) 2nd prizes: 4 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 3-(Three) 3rd prizes: 3 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 7-(Seven) 4th prizes: 1 pair of onesies pajamas

Movie Review: Bridget Jones's Baby

The first two Bridget Jones movies came out in 2000 and 2004 (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason). I was in high school at the time, and I remember seeing both and liking both. Twelve years later, we now have Bridget Jones's Baby; Hugh Grant is out of the picture, but now the suitors are Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) and a new one, an American named Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey).

Bridget Jones is celebrating her birthday, but "celebrating" is a term used loosely: she's 43, and single, having broken things off with Mr. Darcy. Her friend Miranda (Sarah Solemani) wants to take her on girls weekend, so they head to an outdoor music festival, where Miranda encourages Bridget to let loose. Bridget ends up having a one-night stand with Jack (Dempsey), and then she ducks out early the next morning. A few days later, Bridget runs into Darcy (Firth) at a christening, and learns he's about to be divorced; old habits die hard, and soon they're together as well. Back in the city, Bridget soon discovers that she's pregnant, and realizes she doesn't know which man (Jack or Darcy) is the father; as always, complications ensue.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Saving money with Groupon Coupons

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All of the opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Whether I'm seeing a movie, going out to eat, or traveling, I love saving money, and I've been using Groupon for what seems like forever - it always has great deals on the things I like doing. I bought a $20 Groupon to one of my favorite Thai places a week or so ago, and paid about $10 for it, which was a nice deal.

Did you know that Groupon also has Groupon Coupons, though?

I recently checked them out for the first time, and there are some good savings to be found - even in areas you wouldn't expect, like out-of-state travel (check out the Bally's Atlantic City coupon at right).

Groupon Coupons has everything from Bed Bath & Beyond (20% off one item, in-store), to Snapfish, to eHarmony (60% off a 1-year subscription!), if you use online dating sites like I do.

Some other coupons I found of interest were Barnes & Noble - mostly coupons for their website, like $10 off $100 and 15% off your purchase - and Hotels.com, where you can save up to 40% plus get another 10% off.

I'll admit that Groupon isn't usually a site I would think to go to for coupons - I go there when I'm looking for deals that you pre-purchase, like the Thai restaurant Groupon I bought - but now that I know they have such a variety of coupons, I will be checking them out more often.

Have you used Groupon before? If so, have you checked out its Groupon Coupons section?