Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and The Bounce Back film

Shemar Moore and the cast of Criminal Minds
Something you might not know about me is that I like to partake in some TV when I'm not watching movies. I watch everything from Pretty Little Liars to Hot in Cleveland to Rookie Blue, and one of the shows I regularly watch is Criminal Minds. It's one of the best procedural shows on TV, and some of the storylines they come up with are crazy and very interesting. So when the opportunity came up to promote Shemar Moore (aka Derek on Criminal Minds) and his new movie, I definitely didn't hesitate in saying yes!

Shemar is using Indiegogo (similar to Kickstarter) to raise funds for his new movie, The Bounce Back. I read the plot synopsis over on his Indiegogo and it sounds like a good romantic film. Here's what Shemar has to say about it:

Shemar Moore
Shemar Moore
"The Bounce Back" is a heartfelt romantic comedy about finding the courage to love after love has let you down.
When I read “The Bounce Back” - that very same issue was at the core of the script and the character, Matthew Taylor. I saw a lot of myself in Matthew, although I've never written a book (but I’m thinking about it now, hint, hint). I felt a kindred spirit to what Matthew was going through and my own life. Matthew loses his wife, his first love and after a short recovery creates a best selling book and a system of survival in order to shield himself from the pain. He throws himself into a year long speaking tour. 
That system of survival; his book and speaking tour, keeps him from falling in love again when he meets the perfect girl, the beautiful and zany Kristin Moreland. Matthew realizes that he has to renounce his book and the world he has created around it in order to take the big unknown plunge of letting himself fall in love again. 
I think there is a wonderful poetry to that, the idea of risking it all for love. And I feel, in my heart, that is why we’re here on this planet. To love. After I put down the screenplay, “The Bounce Back,” I knew I had to make this movie simply because I believe in love all the way down to the fabric of my being.
His Indiegogo goal is $500,000, and at the time of this post, $193,692 has been raised. Check out the page and maybe you'll consider supporting his movie - in the video below, he also explains why it is he's using Indiegogo instead of having the film paid for by "big studios."



And yes, there may be a scene in there where he takes his shirt off ... just sayin.' :)

Here's more info you may need to find out more about the movie, or follow them on their social networks:
And stay tuned - by being a Bounce Back blogger, I'm going to be able to have an exclusive video interview with Shemar as well as autographed photos to give away! So keep an eye out for those later this summer.

*Disclosure: I was asked to participate in this campaign by the Bounce Back Film Campaign as part of a first-of-its-kind blogger initiative. I will cover the making of the movie from fundraising to premiere throughout the next year. I am being provided promotional material, giveaways and exclusive interviews but this is not a paid post. As always, my opinions are my own.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Heat

Melissa McCarthy Sandra Bullock

The Heat was supposed to be one of the funniest movies of the summer, with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock headlining. Unfortunately, even though they are both talented actresses, the script was just so-so, and because of that, the film is one of the more uneven comedies coming to theaters this summer; some parts were hilarious, but others were just okay.

Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is known for being a smug perfectionist, and when she finds out that her boss (Demian Bichir) is being promoted, she wants his job. He has reservations about her, however, and sends her to Boston to try and arrest a drug kingpin. While there, she has to work with Detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), a brutish woman who thinks that anything can be accomplished by force rather than questioning. Ashburn and Mullins have exact opposite personalities, but they must work with each other to try and solve the case before the DEA solves it, since they are now claiming they have jurisdiction in Boston.

Friday, June 21, 2013

BlogHer '13 and Chicago festivities

Seadog fireworks

*Disclosure: I am receiving a free fireworks cruise in exchange for writing this post. All opinions expressed, however, are my own.

If you're a blogger, you've undoubtedly heard of BlogHer, one of the biggest blogger/writer conferences in the country. I had the fortune of attending BlogHer last year, for my first time, in NYC, and the even better fortune of learning that it will be in Chicago this year: a quick four or five hour drive from the Detroit area, where I live.

The conference kicks off in about five weeks, and invites for events happening in Chicago at the same time are starting to roll into my mailbox. I'm in a few Facebook groups where event invites pop up, as well, and I happened to see and then be invited to this one: a fireworks cruise hosted by Madame Deals with Sea Dogs Cruises ... and I have to say I'm VERY excited about it! I took a boat ride on the "Pay it forward express" last year in NYC, and that was also through Madame Deals' generosity.

Navy Pier does fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer, and if you attend a fireworks cruise with Sea Dogs Cruises, you get to experience them from the ultimate location: the middle of Lake Michigan! I was in the Chicago area for a wedding last summer and a friend and I ventured downtown to see the fireworks that weekend; they were definitely a sight to behold. Music plays during the fireworks show as well.

I will be taking my cruise the first day I arrive in Chicago, on July 24th, and I can't wait! Check out more information about the cruise below if you're interested in experiencing one for yourself.
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Are you ready for an entertaining cruise experience along Chicago’s scenic lakefront? Come out to Navy Pier and let Seadog show you the city April-October, weather permitting.

Seadog offers four exciting ways to see and experience Chicago from the water:
  • Lakefront Speedboat Tour
This 30-minute cruise along the shoreline offers a descriptive tour of Chicago’s famous skyline, while playing your favorite music.
  • Extreme Thrill Ride
This cruise is perfect for the dare-devil in you! This 30-minute ride features splash down stops, 180-degree turns, slalom runs and more.
  • River and Lake Architectural Tour
Enjoy historic views of Chicago’s famous landmarks and neighborhoods during this 75-minute cruise on both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
  • Lakefront Fireworks Cruise
Enjoy front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks display aboard our Lakefront Fireworks Cruise! Cruise along Lake Michigan with an exciting speedboat ride paired with an informative tour of the Chicago skyline, then end the evening with a dazzling fireworks show and top-40 hits playing in the background! The open aired vessel allows for panoramic views, providing a perfect view. The Seadog Fireworks Cruise is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, running from Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Seadog is great for both individuals and groups. We offer customizable group events for up to 450 people.

Seadog also features specific holiday cruises, such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Halloween.

Not only can you enjoy a Seadog Cruise, but your dog can as well! Dogs ride for free, space permitting.

For more information, please visit www.seadogcruises.com/chicago or call 888-636-7737.

Monsters University

Disney Pixar
Monsters Inc. is one of my all-time favorite Pixar movies, and so Monsters University, its prequel, had some pretty big shoes to fill if it wanted to please me. Although MInc. is still my favorite, MU was very funny, and it's a movie that anyone will be able to enjoy in the theater; it even has a few "hidden nuggets"  for people familiar with the first film.

Before Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) were working on the scare floor at Monsters Inc., they attended Monsters University, in the Scare School. Mike wore braces and was a bit of a geek - but a bookworm and very smart - and Sully was invited to pledge one of the most popular fraternities on campus. Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren), however, doesn't think either of them will be good scarers - Mike because he's, well, not scary, and Sully because he relies too much on "the Sullivan name" to get him through life - and she throws them out of the Scare School. Mike and Sully decide to pledge Oozma Kappa, the "geek" frat, so they can win the Scare Games. The dean says that if OK wins the games, then all of their members can enter the Scare School; but Mike and Sully have to stop arguing long enough to ensure that they will win the games.

The Bling Ring

Emma Watson, Sofia Coppola
I had been wanting to see The Bling Ring because Emma Watson (yes, Hermione of Harry Potter fame) was in it, and the trailer made it look like it could be a fun film. However, I should have reminded myself that it's a Sofia Coppola movie, and she likes to do everything in excess (see: Marie Antoinette, 2006). The plot of the film was interesting, and even more so in that it's based on real-life events, as well an an article - not a book, an article - but unfortunately, Coppola doesn't explore the lives of the main characters at all, except on a very superficial level.

Marc (Israel Broussard) recently moves back to the L.A. area with his mom, and on his first day of high school he meets the beautiful Rebecca (Katie Chang), as well as her friend Chloe (Claire Julien). Rebecca has a taste for designer jewelry and clothes, and also a penchant for stealing, and she realizes that when celebrities go out of town for highly-publicized parties, their houses are just sitting there, empty. She recruits Marc into finding the addresses of her favorite celebs, such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and it's surprisingly easy to break into their houses. Their friends Nikki (Emma Watson) and Sam (Taissa Farmiga, younger sister to Vera Farmiga) soon go with them as well, and their group is soon enjoying the spoils of these house raids without consequences.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

GIVEAWAY: iPad with Retina Display, ends 7/11


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Disclosure:  I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Yes/No Films is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This event was organized by MomPoweredMedia please contact tina@babycostcutters.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Metro Detroit Mommy Birthday Bash - many prizes! Ends 7/5



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Saturday, June 15, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Jack the Giant Slayer Blu-ray combo pack, ends 6/22

Jack the Giant Slayer blu-ray giveaway contest
Jack the Giant Slayer came out in theaters in March, and I gave it a "Yes" review - it was a fun movie, and Nicholas Hoult was great for the part of Jack.

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18, and I have one copy to give away to one of my lucky readers!

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them and rescue the princess!

The question is... are you courageous enough to rescue the princess? Are you brave like Jack? Take the quiz to find out!



GIVEAWAY:
One Yes/No Films fan will win a copy of Jack and the Giant Slayer, which includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet copy of the film.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Contest will end on Saturday, June 22nd, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be emailed on June 23rd and have 24 hours to respond to my email, or an alternate winner will be chosen. U.S./Canada only, please.

Good luck!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Man of Steel

Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane
I will admit off the bat that I've only seen one of the Superman movies - Superman Returns, in 2006, starring Brandon Routh. I've been meaning to watch the Christopher Reeve movies - I love him in Somewhere in Time, which was also filmed in Michigan, at the Grand Hotel - but never got around to it. That being said, I appreciate a good superhero/action movie, and Man of Steel is that, to the max. Rabid fans of the Superman movies may feel compelled to contrast and compare with the older versions, but Man of Steel stands out on its own as a fun movie, with great 3D.

The action starts on Superman's home planet, Krypton. His parents, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Faora-Ul (Antje Traue), know that Krypton is crumbling around them, and make the difficult decision to send their newborn son, Kal-El, into space, towards a planet to which they've never been. At the same time, Krypton's leaders are being overthrown by General Zod (Michael Shannon), a former friend of Jor-El's, who is angry that Jor-El sent Kal-El, the only "traditional" newborn to be born in Krypton in hundreds of years, into space; Zod - SPOILER - kills Jor-El for his actions. Zod is also punished, however, and he and his henchmen (and women) are sent to a black hole of sorts, banished from the planet - even though Krypton soon ceases to exist.

Back on Earth, the newborn is found and adopted by the Kents, Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan (Kevin Costner), and they soon figure out that he has special abilities. He's aboard a school bus with classmates one day when the bus plunges into an icy river, and he manages to drag it to safety, saving his classmates. Jonathan tells Clark that he needs to hide this part of himself because the world isn't ready to see it ... but when that day comes, he will be able to use his powers for good, and impact many people.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This is the End

Seth Rogen Jonah Hill Emma Watson Craig Robinson

This is the End is both the weirdest and maybe the funniest movie you will see all summer. However, it had a lot of raunchy/gross stuff in it, which is not really my thing, so I loved half of the movie and wasn't really impressed with the other half. I also didn't know that it was a horror comedy (though maybe if I had watched the second red band trailer for it, I would have figured that out ...), and a lot of the "horror" parts were gross, although I will admit some were very funny as well. The moral: proceed at your own risk.

This movie is packed with stars playing themselves. The core players, however, are Seth Rogen, who picks his friend Jay Baruchel up at the airport, where he's in visiting from Montreal; Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and James Franco. The film starts off where Seth brings Jay to a party at Franco's house, even though Jay isn't really keen on going; Seth wants to introduce Jay to everyone. Everyone except Jay is having a good time, and Jay runs off to the corner store to go buy cigarettes; Seth follows him. While there, the earth starts to shake, and bright lights beam people up to the sky, but Seth and Jay are not affected. They go back to Franco's house and then more signs of the "apocalypse" start to happen, with about 2/3 off the party falling into holes/cracks in the ground. The six main stars, however, manage to make it through, and they hole up in Franco's house and try to figure out both what is happening and how they will survive.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

GIVEAWAY: $50 Target eGift Cards - 2 winners

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Yes/No Films is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This event was organized by MomPoweredMedia please contact tina@babycostcutters.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Kings of Summer

coming-of-age movie

There were approximately 5,023 screenings of The Kings of Summer, formerly titled Toy's House, but I wasn't able to see it until this week, at the AMC John R (those seats are fabulous!). The movie is a coming-of-age film, and is done very well; it has a Michigan connection, too, as its director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, grew up in Royal Oak. Although it had more minor laughs than real "laugh out loud" moments, the film will make you reminisce about your own childhood, and it's a movie you won't want to miss at the theater this summer.

Joe (Nick Robinson) and his friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) are sick of living with their parents. They've just finished their freshman year of high school, and their living situations are "awful," according to them - Joe's dad (Nick Offerman) is still getting over his wife's death, and Patrick's parents (Megan Mullally and Mark Evan Jackson) are driving him crazy. One night, Joe finds a secluded spot in the woods nearby his house, and decides that he and Patrick should build a house there and live parent-free for the summer. The misfit Biaggio (Moises Arias) somehow ends up joining them, and the three of them live blissfully for a bit - until a girl (Erin Moriarty) starts to cause a riff in Joe and Patrick's friendship.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Purge

movie, Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey

I was intrigued by the premise of The Purge, which states that for one night - twelve hours - any and all crime is legal, and emergency services as well as police will not be active. It brings to mind many questions: would you participate in the purge? If you did, would it be something simple, like stealing, or something more serious, like murder? And would you be nicer to your friends and neighbors during the year, knowing that they could get revenge on you that one night if you were not? The movie attempts to answer some of these questions, but unfortunately doesn't give as much back story as I would have liked.

James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a security systems salesman, and sales leading up to March 2022, another yearly purge, have been great. He and his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), recently added an addition onto their home, and their two kids, Charlie and Zoey (Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane) are happy and healthy. They prepare to go into lockdown mode as they do every year for the purge, and they turn on the video cameras outside their home as well as their state-of-the-art security system. Everything is going fine until Charlie sees a man (Edwin Hodge) running down the street, yelling for help; Charlie decides to disable the security system and let him into their home. There's some Purgers that aren't too happy that they took away their "prey," though, and they're determined to get the man out of the Sandin house, at any cost.

The Internship

Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson

The Internship is basically a 2-hour long ad for Google, even though it was only partially shot at Google HQ in Mountain View, CA - an Atlanta soundstage was built for some of the other scenes. I'm sure Google has never had any trouble finding job applicants but after this movie, they might notice a surge of new applications: their HQ at Mountain View, at least in the film, has everything from dry cleaning to all free food to sleep pods. I was excited to see this movie because it's the first time that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have teamed up again together since Wedding Crashers, one of my top ten favorite funny movies, and they definitely still have chemistry together; however, the movie could have been funnier overall.

Watch salesmen Nick (Wilson) and Billy (Vaughn) find out from a customer that their company is closing, and they confront their boss (John Goodman), who tells them that they will have a hard time finding new jobs because they are "relics" without modern-day skill sets. Nick takes a job with his sister's boyfriend (Will Ferrell, in a cameo role) at a mattress store, but soon Billy comes to him with an irresistible opportunity: he scored them an interview to intern at Google, which might lead to a real job there at the end of the summer. Nick already hates working at the mattress store, so he quits his job and he and Billy have an interview over webcam with the Google interviewers the next day. Because you have to be a college student, Billy signs them both up at University of Phoenix online, and he and Nick somehow manage to convince Google to give them a chance.