25Jan

Up Close and Personal with Paddington’s Nicole Kidman

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When I had a last minute opportunity to interview Nicole Kidman a few days ago to promote her new film, Paddington, I was thrilled. A long time fan, I have been following her career of superb performances in some of my favorite films such as To Die For, The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Far and Away, The Portrait of a Lady, Moulin Rouge, The Birthday Girl, Dogville and so many others. She's been in the public spotlight for years, and we all feel like we know her. We've seen her go through a very public break-up, move on to marry a very famous country singer and Read More

22Jan

Something to Get Excited About: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #StreamTeam

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I've written about Netflix often here on ye olde blog. I've written about my binge watching habits, getting my Indie film fix, what I watch with my tween and my deep, fervent love for Orange is the New Black. In a piece on The Broad Side, I wrote that Netflix is championing women's voices: With a staff full of female executives starting from the top down, Netflix is producing original programs that truly are telling important stories about women and raising the bar like no other network to date. Now I'm excited about another one of their Read More

20Dec

Annie: A Very Modern Take on a Beloved Story – Does it Work?

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Last weekend my 11 year-old daughter and I headed to NYC to catch a preview of Annie the Movie. She had extremely high hopes about the movie and I was excited to see this seemingly very modern update of a story I have loved all of my life. From the original version starring Andrea McArdle to the 1982 film directed by John Huston to the Broadway show my daughter and I saw last year, the story and songs from Annie have been a staple in my life for just about ever. But after seeing this new film, it's hard to give you a fair opinion on whether it's a Read More

15Dec

Interview with the Cast of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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The other day I spent a half-hour with some of the greatest names in show business: Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and director Shawn Levy. I was invited as part of a group interview promoting their new film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which I had screened the day before. As expected, the group had a synergy and spirit for the film, including Wilson and Stevens, the newest cast members, proving how much they enjoyed making the film together. Upon meeting them, I immediately felt a tremendous need to vocalize how I Read More

13Dec

What My Tween Watched on Netflix in 2014

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My daughter turned 11 this year and her TV viewing habits and desires certainly changed. As a matter of fact, they started catching up to what I like to watch and her viewing patterns became my viewing patterns. What she watched, I watched. We must have binged several shows for hours and hours, not only on the TV but on the iPad and computer. Netflix changed the landscape of television for all of us and gave us the ability to watch whatever we want, whenever we want. My daughter and I curled up many the night in my bed with the iPad and binged several Read More

03Dec

My Wild (the movie) Giveaway

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I'm a big fan of the book WILD by Cheryl Strayed and I can assure you, I'll see the film. I wrote about the book a few months ago when I was talking about one of my solo trips. I found the book riveting, inspiring, important. Here's what I said: While I’m here, I’m taking inspiration from Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. It’s my main read on this trip and it’s one of strength, courage and reflection. She spent several months hiking on her own in the Pacific Northwest. On her travels, she looked back on her past to come to terms with what had happened to Read More

12Nov

Guest Post: Review of Penguins of Madagascar

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On a rainy November 1st, my family and I braved the elements, to attend an event at the Bronx Zoo, sponsored by Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox, and their new movie – the Penguins of Madagascar. The Event: The Bronx Zoo We went for the closing weekend of Boo at the Zoo, a great Halloween event that is held every year. After breakfast provided by Residence Inn, we were off to explore the zoo until lunch. We went to the bug carousel where my 3 month old got to ride the carousel for the first time, visited the butterfly garden and saw the Read More

10Nov

The Gritty and Mesmorizing Reality of Transparent

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I just got done binge watching Transparent, a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional, Jewish L.A. family, in less than 24 hours on Amazon Prime. I had been dying to finish this show since I watched the pilot a few short months ago, so when the time came to continue, I just let the video roll. And roll it did, I literally couldn't stop and now I'm devastated that it's over (thankfully, a second season has been announced). Why? Because Transparent is one of the most honest, real, gritty, organic pieces of story-telling I have encountered in some time. If Read More

08Nov

Helping Kids Explore Friendship with Netflix

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Growing up, I learned a lot about friendship from movies. From The Breakfast Club to Pretty in Pink and later to Thelma and Louise and Career Girls, I learned a lot about life and love. Watching movies that celebrate seemingly unlikely friends helped me understand and figure out relationships and connections. They provide insight to bullying, cliques, feeling judged, self esteem issues and patterns of behavior. Just think about Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Clueless. They give kids a chance to talk about what's going at school on the playground and on Read More

15Oct

Giveaway: Gone Girl Film Release {Soundtrack + Book}

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I have to admit that I saw GONE GIRL the first weekend of its release. I was dead curious to find out how the book translated to the screen (excuse the pun). It was precisely a year ago that I wrote about my book club's reaction to the book. The title of my post was A Book Club's Response to Gone Girl: Don't Marry a Psychopath.  It was a great discussion. As my book club discussed the book, we realized just how many layers the book had and how twisted the characters were. It was a roller coaster for each one of us. Most of us liked, loved it. We all Read More