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

05Oct

Binging Gilmore Girls All These Years Later

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I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gilmore Girls on Netflix for a few reasons. For one thing, I selfishly wanted to revisit Stars Hollow, the fictional town in Connecticut in which the show was based. I missed its eccentric residents and I certainly missed Loralai and Rory. From Miss Patty's Dance School to Luke's Diner to Kim's Antiques to Weston's Bakery, I was eager to revisit parts of the show that remain etched in my memory. I have often wondered how I would perceive these characters and places today, as a mother and resident of a place not Read More

17Sep

From Book to Screen: A Chat with “This is Where I Leave You” Author Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper is on a roll. Not only did he watch his novel, This is Where I Leave You, shoot to the top of the best-selling charts, but he optioned it to a film studio. Then they asked him to write the screenplay and he got to keep the story and characters as faithful to its original concept as possible, a rarity these days in Hollywood. After seeing the film, which stars an ensemble that includes Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, I felt even closer to the characters he brought to life on celluloid so vividly, and I was eager to talk to him (along with a Read More