Friday, February 28, 2014

GIVEAWAY - Snickers Ultimate Movie Prize Pack: $15 Fandango card + 5 Snickers bars, ends 3/8

Snickers contest, win Snickers bar and Fandango gift card

*Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Snickers. All opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Snickers will be airing a new "You're Not You When You're Hungry" commercial during the 86th Annual Academy Awards (this Sunday at 7pm on ABC - so excited!), and to celebrate, they want to give one of my readers #MonsterSatisfaction.

Snickers wants to know: what was your most satisfying movie experience? You can tweet with the #MonsterSatisfaction hashtag about a first date or even the first time you saw your favorite movie of all time on the silver screen.



GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Contest will end on Saturday, March 8th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be emailed on March 9th and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen. U.S. & Canada residents only. Prize will be shipped via FedEx or USPS - no P.O. boxes, please.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Snickers Movie Prize Pack containing 5 Snickers Bars and 1 $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Movie Review: Non-Stop

Non-stop movie review Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson seems to have made himself a stereotype, but it's a stereotype that works: he's just plain good at being in action movies. Non-Stop is no exception, and it's a fun ride (no pun intended) until the very end of the film.

Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who has stumbled upon rough times lately. He's an alcoholic who had a sick child, and he's on a six-hour flight to London. As soon as the flight takes off, he gets a text message over the plane's secure network saying that every twenty minutes, someone on the airplane will be killed, unless he wires $15 million to an offshore account. Marks immediately tells the pilots and crew, but it turns out the bank account is in HIS name; which, of course, ruins his credibility. The only people Bill trusts on the plane are the crew and Jen (Julianne Moore), who was sitting in the seat next to him when he got the first text. Bill must now figure out who is sending the messages before more people die, and the answer might be surprising.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TICKET GIVEAWAY: On My Way, 3/4 at the Maple Theater (Detroit area) - 2 winners

On my Way movie
The Gathr film series giveaways continue this week with On My Way, playing Tuesday, March 4th, at 7:30pm at the Maple Theater (Bloomfield Hills, MI).

The best way to experience the Gathr film series (and also the most cost-effective) is to buy a one-month subscription - it's $14.99 for 4 films a month, which works out to a little less than $3 a movie. That's much less than you'd pay regularly, and for a first-run movie, too.

Film synopsis:
Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family's restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson, and possibly, at the end of the road, love...




GIVEAWAY:

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

CONTEST: Disney's Austin & Ally + Play It Loud CDs + Mom's Night Out grab bag

I spent two weeks ago at the ENMN Conference, and ended up with some swag that I don't have a particular use for, but that I think you, my readers, might like.

First off, these:


I had no idea who these people were (I'm 27 and no longer watch the Disney Channel officially old, I suppose) but apparently they are quite popular. Neither CD has been opened so they would make great gifts for the kids/grandkids or nieces/nephews in your life.

We were also able to screen Moms' Night Out, which will be out over Mother's Day weekend, so I have a bit of swag from there that I can also share:


The "Dad's Big Book of Tips" is quite funny, and the Resource DVD has some behind-the-scenes clips from the movie that are fun to watch - I popped it into my computer's CD-ROM to check it out first.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Contest will end on Monday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email on March 4th. I will be shipping these out myself so allow a week or two for delivery. U.S. residents only, please.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Moments from the inaugural Entertainment New Media Network conference, Anaheim, CA

The group with Genevieve from Disney Channel - thanks to
@SoCAcouponmommy for the pic!

I joined the ENMN (Entertainment New Media Network) group on Facebook a few months ago, and the network has really started to blossom since then. It was started by Erica Pena-Vest last year, and already has an Alexa rating of about 60,000 and 10,000 in the U.S. (which is very impressive: my site is about 40,000 in the U.S. right now, and lower is better on Alexa).

When I heard they were doing their inaugural conference in Anaheim, I really wanted to go, but between the ticket and airfare I wasn't sure if I could swing it. I received a partial scholarship making the ticket only $99, though, so I decided to attend. The sunny, 80-degree weather had a lot to do with it had absolutely nothing to do with it.

I have been to two previous blogging conference before, BlogHer '12 and '13 (in NYC and Chicago), and that one was huge. I knew this one would be a lot smaller, but I didn't know how small until I got to Anaheim. The cap was at 150 bloggers, but because of East Coast weather issues (read: blizzards), only about 100 were able to escape the tundra make it out to the conference.

Moo.com gave us a conference discount and I got
some new business cards for my book blog! I was able to
pick them up at the conference.

ENMNCon was a whole other world compared to BlogHer. The sessions were more intimate, and because of that, you really got to network with everyone - I'd say I probably talked to at least 75% of the bloggers there, at least once. The sessions were geared towards entertainment blogging, with about a half-day devoted to travel blogging, which is definitely more my niche.

Hyatt Regency Orange County, the host hotel


I roomed with Alisha (CoilyLocks.com), Sondra (HealthyHappyHip.com), Jeanette (MyCouportiera.com), and Patricia (PatriciaAPatton.com) and although it was a bit crazy at times to have five women in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway, overall it was an awesome time. What's funny is that originally the room was supposed to include just Alisha, Sondra, and Jeanette, but my original roommate was unsure of her travel plans last-minute due to a family emergency, so I had to find new roommates; Alisha was supposed to be rooming with East Coast women and neither of them were able to make it to CA due to the weather. It was great to have "instant friends" once we all arrived at the room, too, and I'm so glad I got to meet all of them.

Hyatt Regency OC, lunch at Lemonade (LAX), Sean Astin
Sarah Drew + Andrea Nasfell, lunch, "Ruling Twitter"
Facebook napkin, lunch, new biz cards from Moo

Some highlights from the conference:

  • The celebrity guests: we got to meet and take pictures with Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Andrea Nasfell, and Kevin Downes - the actor, writer, and producer/actor, respectively, of Moms' Night Out, which we also screened. The next day we met with Sean Astin, also in the movie, as well.
  • The screenings: we screened the first two episodes of Dallas's new season, the first two of the new series Private Lives of Nashville Wives, and Moms' Night Out. I've never watched Dallas so that wasn't a huge draw for me, but Nashville Wives was great and so was the movie. 
  • The sessions@stop (the Creative Director at Twitter) talked to us and even pulled some of our tweets from the #enmncon14 tag, which was pretty funny. I learned a lot about celebrity interviews - the do's and don'ts - how to pitch brands, and how to get more involved in blogging.
  • The people: finally got to meet some of the bloggers I had been talking with online, such as Erica Pena-Vest (CEO of ENMN), @socacouponmommy (Cassandra), my roommates, and others. 
  • The venue: the conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, which is a beautiful hotel. 
Sean Astin (LOTR, Goonies, etc.) and I

Next year's conference will be held in Nashville, and I've already bought my ticket! I'm excited to learn more about the industry and also explore a new city, as I've never been to Nashville before.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill movie review

3 Days to Kill is a fast-paced thriller that should keep audiences captivated this weekend. Kevin Costner (who seems to be in every movie this year) does a fine job as Ethan Renner, a Secret Service agent dying of cancer who wants to reconnect with his daughter and estranged wife. Before seeing the film, all I knew about it was the cast and a vague definition of the plot, but it ended up surprising me with how interesting it was.

Ethan Renner (Costner) is headed back to Paris, where he will see his long-estranged wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and his daughter, Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld). When his wife asks him if he's out of "the business," he says yes, but soon an intriguing offer from Vivi (Amber Heard), who claims to work for the CIA, gets him back in the biz - that is, the biz of killing for hire, to wipe out bad guys. The bad guy in question is The Wolf (Richard Sammel) and his associate, The Albino (Tómas Lemarquis), terrorists who like blowing up buildings. The payment that Vivi will give Ethan is a nice chunk of cash, for Zoey's college fund, as well as something a bit more timely: an experimental drug that could save his life.

The cast was great in this movie, especially Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, and the terrorists. My one complaint about the film is that we never really learn what the terrorists did, exactly, to put them on the CIA's hit list: we know they're "the bad guy" but that's about it. I was surprised by how well Costner did in an action movie, considering he's 59 years old; this film reminded me a bit of the Die Hard series with Bruce Willis, actually, except the daughter played a bigger role.

Yes, see this film. It kept my attention throughout its runtime and was a pretty good action movie compared to others I have seen recently. The cinematography for this film happened to be gorgeous, as well, since it takes place in Paris (one of my favorite cities, which I traveled to in April '12), and a lot of the night scenes are especially pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing Costner in more movies soon, too - he's in Draft Day this April, which I've actually already seen, and is filming a few more that might be out this year or early 2015.

3 Days to Kill is in theaters today, February 21st, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 113 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Disneyland: where movies come to life

Disney's California Adventure park
*Disclosure: I received Disneyland media passes to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Today it is a snowy, rainy day in Michigan, but exactly one week ago, I was in sunny Anaheim visiting Disneyland. I was fortunate to be able to go with fellow blogger Mandy, from The Romance Bookie, whom I had been talking with online for a long time but had never met in person, and her boyfriend, Vincent. I say this not only because they are awesome, but because they are Disneyland PROS - they have season passes and know the park inside and out.

This was my first trip to California and to Disneyland. I had been to Walt Disney World in Orlando multiple times with my parents when I was younger, and the last time was in 2006, so I wasn't sure what to expect with DL. It's a much smaller area of land but that turns out to be a good thing, because you're able to do both parks (California Adventure and Disneyland) in one day.

My mom and I at Disney World (Orlando), circa 1990s - check out Epcot at right

We started off at California Adventure and ran to get our FastPasses for World of Color first, the light and water show that DCA (Disney's California Adventure) does at the end of each night. It's advisable to get one of these otherwise you might be stuck on the sidelines with no place to view the show.

Disneyland FastPass
My FastPasses before I had to turn them in for rides/shows!

The first ride we went on was Soarin', which was pretty cool - it's a huge screen that makes you feel like you are flying (or soaring, in this case) through California. After that, we headed to the Tower of Terror (one of my favorite rides at WDW as well) and Screamin', which turned out to be another of my favorite rides - it's a great coaster that ended up surprising me, as it was comparable to Cedar Point's awesome coasters.

Mandy and I waiting in line for the Toy Story ride (DCA)

After about two to three hours at DCA, we headed over to Disneyland, which was the first part of the park built, back in the 1950s and '60s. We stopped at Town Hall first, to get me a "1st time visitor" pin and also make dinner reservations.

Clockwise: 1. Waiting for Pirates of the Caribbean ride, 2. Walking to
Disneyland, 3. Mr. Potato Head at the Toy Story ride, 4. Screamin' roller
coaster,5. On the jungle boat ride, 6. A Bug's Life area of DCA

Most of my favorite rides actually ended up being in DCA, except for Space Mountain, but Disneyland is much bigger than DCA, so if you can only go to one park, I would recommend Disneyland.

Disneyland tips from Yes/No Films

  • Make sure to get FastPasses for the rides you want - we did that for the Indiana Jones ride, the Racing ride at Cars Land (and otherwise it was a very long wait), Screamin', the World of Colors, and others, and as long as you plan ahead it works out nicely. The longest we waited for a ride was Space Mountain - it was a little over an hour.
  • I had been told to try the Dole Whip (see below) but it was a bit too pineapple-y for me - definitely interesting-tasting, though.
  • If you want to eat at one of the more popular sit down restaurants, such as the Blue Bayou (located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride!), make reservations a few days ahead of time. The Bayou was completely booked so we had dinner at Cafe Orleans instead.
  • Do the more popular rides earlier in the day - later in the day, the park was more crowded than it had been when we first arrived.
  • If it's your first time there, make sure you get a map when you arrive (you should receive one when you enter the park) so you can see where everything is.
Clockwise: Toy Story ride (Disneyland, not DCA), Tower of
Terror, Haunted Mansion exterior, Dole Whip float
(pineapple juice + pineapple froyo)

I was so glad I got to experience Disneyland this trip, especially since I was inside for most of the rest of the week at my conference. The next time I am in Anaheim I also want to check out Downtown Disney, located between DCA and Disneyland - it has restaurants and shops, and doesn't charge admission. Parking is hourly but if you eat a meal there, most of the restaurants will pro-rate your parking for you.

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                                                             Brave portion of World of Colors - fantastic show

Have you been to Disneyland before, and if you have not, do you want to go? If you have, what's your favorite ride or attraction there?

*People pictures courtesy of Mandy Reupsch (The Romance Bookie) since I tend to be camera-shy and/or not take many of them.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Valentine's Day DVD, ends 2/25 #WBValentine

Did you all have a good Valentine's Day? I was in Anaheim at the ENMN Conference (check back later for recap posts!) so I didn't do much for it. But I know that some people celebrate with their family and/or significant other, so hopefully you all had a fun day.

To continue the celebrating, I have a belated Valentine's Day giveaway for my readers! One winner will win one of the following DVDs, to be chosen at random:
  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
  • A Charlie Brown Valentine
  • Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers
  • Happiness is... Peanuts: Friends Forever
  • Elmo Loves You
  • Looney Tunes Pepe Le Pew Collection
  • Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For The Love Of Snack

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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Valentines Day DVD Chosen at Random via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Movie Quick Pick: Love Potion No. 9 (1992)

    Sandra Bullock
  • Reason I watched it: I downloaded a few movies off the Xfinity app before my Anaheim trip, and this was one of them. Everyone knows Sandra Bullock, of course, since she's still famous, but since this was an older movie I hadn't seen it yet.
  • Recommended for: fans of romcoms and "transformation" movies (dorks gone glam)
  • Keep an eye out for: Although some of the music and lines were cheesy, Bullock and Tate Donovan have great chemistry in the film. The '90s things throughout were funny, like Donovan's character's stereo, and check out Bullock's teeth near the beginning of the movie - I couldn't figure out if they were really like that or she had them fixed later on in her career (later in the movie you see the answer to this).
  • Why I liked it: The story was cute and funny, and kept me entertained. You can probably guess the ending but I wasn't entirely sure how it was going to get to that point.
  • Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. {click here to purchase}

Friday, February 14, 2014

Movie Review: About Last Night

About Last Night 2014 movie review

About Last Night is a remake of the 1986 film starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. I haven't seen that version, but I have heard that this incarnation, starring Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, among others, has been made more comedic compared to its predecessor.

The film follows two couples: Bernie and Joan (Hart and Hall) and Danny and Debbie (Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant). Bernie and Danny are best friends, and he introduces Danny to Debbie, who is Joan's best friend, after Bernie had started "hanging out" with Joan. Danny and Debbie fall fast and hard for each other, whereas Bernie and Joan start having problems in their relationship - and of course, each of the friends wants to vent to their best friend about their significant other's behavior.

I ended up liking this movie a lot more than I thought I would. The chemistry between the two couples is spot-on, and the two men and women friend pairings were great too. Kevin Hart's character is crazy in this film (much like most of his movies) and Regina Hall's character is also a bit crazy/dramatic, so the two of them getting together is easy to believe. Danny and Debbie's characters are more laid-back, yet they start to have problems as well with their relationship soon enough.

Yes, see this movie. We were fortunate enough to have Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, and Will Packer (producer) at our screening for a Q&A afterwards, and the three of them talked a bit about the film and certain aspects of it. Kevin said that some parts of the film were actually improvised, and that he and Regina are good friends in real life. I'd recommend this movie to anyone looking to see a funny rom-com, or anyone who wants a date night movie, although the film is definitely geared towards the 18+ crowd - it was a lot raunchier than I thought it would be.

About Last Night is in theaters today, February 14th, and is rated R with a runtime of 111 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guest post: Top 5 U.S. TV Destinations for 2014

Guest post by: Marta López

Have you ever wondered what it would be like walking down the streets of Manhattan? Seeing our favourite TV shows on screen clearly impacts us, the audience, encouraging us to travel to the places where they have been shot. If you are planning your vacation calendar for 2014, this is your chance to get off the sofa and experience it for yourself. If you need some inspiration, here you have 5 cool TV destinations across the USA!

1. New Mexico: Breaking Bad

Albuquerque NMTerrible decisions are made by a very ordinary chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung Breaking Bad is one of those TV series that makes you think of what would it happen if one day you decide not to follow the rules? The producer and director of the TV show, Vince Gilligan, definitely achieved the objective. The TV series, which has been nominated for a variety of different awards, was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city full of personality, good weather and a great cuisine. Because it’s not as famous as New York, Los Angeles or Chicago (5his city is still free of tourists) maybe it’s time to give it a go … last but not least, apparently Walter White exists!
cancer.
  • Where to eat New Mexican cuisine? Visit El Pinto (2111 Church St. N.W, Albuquerque) and be careful, as the dishes are spicy!

2. Boston: Funny stories on the East Coast

Cheers bar Boston
It’s one of the most cultural places in the USA and it has housed TV shows such as Ally McBeal: The story of a crazy lawyer surrounded by crazy colleagues (Who doesn't remember the “Dancing baby”?). Apart from its wide variety of museums and art galleries, Boston offers a huge list of bars and there is one you can’t miss: “Cheers Beacon Hill” is based at 84 Beacon Street and it's the one that inspired producers of the TV show “Cheers”. For a replica of the bar from the TV, pop in at Faneuil Hall (South Canopy, Quincy Market. Prince Range: $13 - $18).
  • Where to stay: If you travel to Boston and you need to compare prices for hotels check out Expedia deals.

3. New York: The Big Apple

Central Perk NYC FriendsIt is true that we all love New York, even if we haven’t visited it yet. However, thanks to the endless list of Sex and the City or How I Met Your Mother still makes us laugh, whilst we wish that one day, we´ll move to Manhattan. But if there is a TV series that has had a real impact in our lives, it´s Friends: The story of six young professionals trying to live on their own in the city. If you want to see where Phoebe played the guitar and where the love story between Chandler and Monica began, don’t miss your chance to walk to the Corner of Bedford and Grove in Manhattan. This building also has a small cafe on the ground floor, however it isn't Central Perk as that was a set in Los Angeles.
TV series set in the Big Apple, then yes! We definitely love it.
  • Where to spend the afternoon? If there is a place for creativity in NY City, it is MoMA (11 W. 53rd St, New York); You won´t want to leave the building!


4. Los Angeles: Dating in the sun

Los Angeles
How many times have you said to yourself? "This summer I´m going to L.A.!" Los Angeles County is one of Beverly Hills 90210, focused on the pleasures and problems of a group of rich students, to Private Practice, also about comedy and drama (this time from the point of view of young professionals) L.A. never disappoints the audience!
the most exciting parts of the States. And let´s be honest; we all know that thanks to the hundreds of TV shows that have been set there. Whatever the reason is, the spots filmed here always show us relationship issues between the main characters. From the classic
  • Where to go for shopping? If you love true vintage, don’t hesitate to have a look at Painted Bird (4208 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles)

5. Seattle: Comedy on the Northwest coast

Seattle
Who hasn't wished anytime for his psychiatrist to be like Dr. Frasier? We had fun for over ten years with the great stories of a psychiatrist that comes back to his hometown after the end of his marriage. Even though the show wasn't filmed in the city (it was actually filmed at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood), at that time the show encouraged us to feel the city as a smart destination (who doesn't remember the amazing views from Frasier's apartment?). A bit later, in 2005, we met the Seattle Grace Hospital team and even though the whole show is more about internal emotions, we have to admit that strong feelings have a lot to do with Seattle´s weather. If you ever visit the city, don´t miss Pike Place Market, a good place to confirm that Seattle can also be a super bohemian destination (students, artists and urban buskers often visit the area).
  • Where to have the best coffee in the city: Espresso Vivace (Check out its several locations at espressovivace.com)


About the Author:

Marta López is a writer based in London. She loves cinema, literature and photography. Follow her at @Martazepol.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Monster Energy Supercross, March 15 at Ford Field - ends 2/19


I've never been to a Supercross race before, but I'm looking forward to attending this year's at Ford Field. Just by watching the video (see below) it looks like an awesome time!

About the show:
Monster Energy Supercross is the world’s premier indoor motocross series, comprised of seventeen rounds of heart-stopping action in some of the largest venues in North America. Every week, the best riders from across the globe, like two-time champion James Stewart, three-time champion Chad Reed, and defending champion Ryan Dungey, seek to outrace each other on motocross’ most challenging courses. Featuring tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, and vertigo-inducing jumps, these tracks pack excitement into every inch of dirt.



I have your hookup for $5 off tickets: use the code SXMOM when you purchase them (click here for Ticketmaster link).
  • Valid on the $20 and $25 price levels only
  • Not valid with any other offer or discount
  • Must purchase via Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: (800) 745-3000
  • Limit 8 tickets per order

And I also have a ... 

GIVEAWAY:

I have a chance for one lucky Yes/No Films reader to win a four-pack of tickets to see Supercross. Winner must live within driving distance to Ford Field or be willing to drive in for the show.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Contest ends Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be emailed on February 20th and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen. Tickets will be available at the Ford Field box office the day of the show.

Good luck!

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*Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and receive complimentary tickets to Feld shows. All opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Friday, February 7, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice, March 19-23 at the Palace - ends 2/21

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate, ticket contest detroit

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate is returning to the Palace of Auburn Hills this March! I've spoken before how my mom and I love going to see Disney On Ice, and this year will be no exception.

Here's a bit about the show:
It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!

I have a great deal for you for this performance: you can buy tickets for only $18 with the code 18MOM on Ticketmaster. Click here for the link.

[valid on the $20 and $26 price levels only, and limit of 8 tickets per order. Not valid with any other discount, as well.]


However, I also have a ...

GIVEAWAY!

I have the chance for one lucky Yes/No Films reader to win a four-pack of tickets to see the show. Choose from the Wednesday, March 19 or Thursday, March 20 shows at 7:30pm or the Friday, March 21 show at 11:00am. Winner must live within driving distance to the Palace of Auburn Hills or be willing to drive in for the show.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Contest ends Friday, February 21st at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be emailed on February 22nd and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen. Tickets will be available at the Palace box office day of the show for the winner.

Good luck!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Adult World, 2/11 at the Maple Theater (Detroit area) - 5 winners

Adult World movie contest Detroit yesnofilms
The Gathr film series giveaways continue this week with Adult World, playing Tuesday, February 11th, at 7:30pm at the Maple Theater (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Gathr is in the process of limiting their Detroit-area films to one or two per month instead of four, so make sure you get in on this contest to have a chance at winning tickets.

This film looks interesting - I'm a big John Cusack fan, and I like Emma Roberts as well.

Film synopsis:
Amy is naive, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off of the ground in a postgrad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a seemingly bland upstate New York town and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local, wood-paneled sex shop. Owned by a frisky elderly couple and staffed by diva transvestite Rubio and sweet local boy Alex, Amy balances her work amongst the pornography and sex toys by fiercely pursuing a surefire kick start for her success, a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings, played by a hilarious John Cusack. Slowly, Amy's world begins to meld with that of her coworkers, most affectingly as she and Alex strike up a flirty relationship.




GIVEAWAY:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The ticket giveaway will end this Sunday, February 9th at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified the morning of February 10th. Winners must respond within 24 hours or other winner(s) will be chosen. Tickets are in PDF form and will be emailed to winners, who may print two tickets each (one for you + one for a guest).

Good luck!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

TV on DVD review: Charlie's Angels Season 1 (1976) and Bewitched Seasons 1 & 2

Charlie's Angels and Bewitched boxed sets review

*Disclosure: I received both of these TV on DVD sets to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Mill Creek Entertainment has recently released a slew of "vintage" shows to DVD, including Charlie's Angels season 1 (the very original, from 1976) and Bewitched seasons 1 and 2 (1964). I have seen the Charlie's Angels movies featuring Drew Barrymore, from 2000 and 2003, and the failed, more-current series, but never the old one, so I was interested in trying it out.

I watched the pilot, which was about two hours long when it aired, and was an hour and fifteen minutes on the DVD. It was fun to see a "new" Bosley and the Angels, though the voice of Charlie was the same: John Forsythe has played the voice in both the 2000s movies and this version. And of course, it also has the iconic theme song that has stayed with the series since the beginning.

Charlie's Angels and Bewitched boxed sets review

Some fun trivia about Charlie's Angels that you might not know, from IMDb:
Charlie's Angels and Bewitched boxed sets review
The original Angels, season 1
  • John Forsythe was never on the set: his voice was recorded, and dubbed in later. He told Aaron Spelling that for him to make an on-screen appearance he would have to be paid a lot of money. 
  • Forsythe also never visited the set during the entire series. He was called in last minute to voice Charlie when the original actor who had been cast turned out to have a drinking problem - Aaron Spelling called him late at night on a Friday and pleaded with him to come to the studio immediately, since the pilot was going to be shown after the weekend. Forsythe recorded his first voice-over in his PJs.
  • Drew Barrymore owns the screen rights to the series. 
  • The series had two alternate titles: "The Alley Cats" and "Harry's Angels". 
  • Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) was the only Angel to last the entire series. (the others were replaced midway through)
  • Among the actresses who auditioned over the years for the various roles as Angels were Kathie Lee Gifford and Kim Basinger
  • Charlie's Angels was in the top ten for its first two seasons: 1976 - 1977 #5, 1977 - 1978 #4 competing in a three way tie with 60 Minutes (1968) and All in the Family (1971). 
I'd recommend Charlie's Angels for anyone who was a fan of the original series or who has watched the later movies/series and is curious to see the original. Season 1 is available for $9.99 here.



As for Bewitched, I have been a fan of the series since my childhood; I must have watched old episodes on TVLand or other channels. When I popped the season 1 DVD into my DVD player, however, I was shocked to see that the series was in black and white! Apparently the 1964-66 episodes were in black and white, and the later episodes (1966-72) were in color.

I like Bewitched a lot because even now, 40 years later, the episodes are still funny and the acting is great.

Some fun Bewitched trivia, via IMDb:

    Bewitched season 1 review on dvd
  • Elizabeth Montgomery didn't actually twitch her nose for Samantha's magic; she twitched her upper lip, and her nose followed.
  • The series was almost canceled when Dick York couldn't continue with it, but instead Dick Sargent was brought in as his replacement. The show was going to come up with an explanation why Darrin looked and sounded different, but decided that "the best explanation was no explanation."
  • In the original pilot episode draft, "Samantha" was going to be named "Cassandra."
  • After her original 5-year contract was up, Elizabeth Montgomery wanted to leave the show; however, the network gave her part ownership as part of her new contract.



I'd recommend Bewitched for any fans of the series or anyone who is looking to find a new comedy show to watch. Seasons 1 and 2 are available for $9.99 each, or you can buy the combo set for $14.99; both are available here.

Did you grow up watching Charlie's Angels and/or Bewitched? If not, which of these would you like to try?