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The next best thing to Robert Redford is… #AllisLost

AIL-poster425My family has a dessert recipe which they make for all of our holiday soirees and it is called “The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford” I kid you not. This is how revered Robert Redford is to my Aunts. So it’s exciting that I have an opportunity to host a giveaway for TWO FREE MOVIE TICKETS for his upcoming movie “All Is Lost.”

Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), All Is Lost is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.

It is sure to be a thrilling flick with white knuckle moments, it sounds like something between the Perfect Storm and Castaway. One thing I know for sure is that movies about real-life survival are always awesome to watch in the theater!

This is a very quick giveaway which will end this Friday at midnight EST. To enter please fill out the rafflecopter form below.

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The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Download a sweet design viewbook from the creators of ParaNorman

paranormanviewbookMy family and I went to see ParaNorman in 3D at the theater when it came out last August. My husband and I had been surprised at how scary the movie actually was as we watched.

Although news and blog reports said the movie was supposed to be more like Scooby-Doo than anything horror related. I think the only thing it has in common was the fact that the movie wasn’t real, it was animated. There were some very dark elements that I do not think the Scooby Gang would have investigated.

There is a witch in the movie who is really a young girl and she was burned at the stake as a child. That kind of storyline was something I didn’t expect from a movie I thought was geared for children. However, both boys liked the movie and I don’t think they really understood some of the deeper undertones so that is a blessing.

The movie is still the topic of talk even now that it has been out of theaters for five months. It has been the winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of Character Animation & Design by the Annie Awards and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon.

Over the two years of making the movie, a dedicated crew of over 320 talented animators, designers, artists, and technicians came together to hand-craft the year’s most original animated feature.

The creators of ParaNorman have released a really snazzy “viewbook” which shares their process and story of creation. You can download it in PDF format by clicking the image, it is a large file. If you want to view it online, click here.

Movie Synopsis:

“ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

ParaNorman can speak to the dead AND the grownups

I cannot wait to see this movie, I definitely want to take my oldest son, Brae, but I’m not sure it would behoove me to take Finn because he is only 3 years old. Although he is very brave, it might be too much in a big, dark, theater.

On behalf of Focus Features, we would like to share several new clips from their upcoming film ParaNorman, in theaters nationwide August 17th!

ParaNorman, LAIKA’s zom com follow-up to Coraline is coming August 2012—which is actually quick for animated stop motion zombies.

Story: The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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Academy Award Viewing Party to raise money for The Elton John AIDS Foundation

When celebrities have their own “cause” or foundation I always wonder if it really helps. I mean, are they truly passionate about the topic or are they looking for publicity and some right offs? But in the case of The Elton John AIDS Foundation which has been on the books since 1992, I can honestly say I believe it makes a difference. His organization/charity is international which means it reaches a broader audience and let’s face the it everyone knows Elton John.

This year there will be a special performance by Foster the People and a special menu created by Cat Cora during the Academy Awards and the party benefits The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 20 years, this annual event has raised millions of dollars thanks to the generosity of the Foundation’s supporters.  The money raised is used to increase EJAF’s investments in its grant-making initiatives, which support HIV prevention and treatment programs, stigma reduction efforts, and direct services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, especially marginalized populations with special needs.

This annual event has historically attracted the biggest names from the culinary community to prepare dinner for guests and this year is no exception.  Celebrity chef Cat Cora, supported by Los Angeles Crumble Catering, will prepare an exquisite 5-course meal for guests that will include sesame encrusted lamb meatballs with harissa yogurt, sauteed sea bass with lemon couscous and piquillo pepper saffron sauce, and chocolate budino with whipped cream and fresh berries.  Cat Cora made television history when she became the first and only female Iron Chef on The Food Network‘s “Iron Chef America,” has authored three top-selling cookbooks, and opened three restaurants including Cat Cora’s Kitchen, which opened in April 2012.

Following dinner Grammy nominated Foster the People will perform for guests.  Best known for their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” off their debut album Torches, this trio will have guests moving to their towering choruses, gut-leveling lyrics and rhythmic beats.

This year’s event co-chairs are Bill & Tani Austin, Johnny & Edwina Barbis, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi, John Demsey, Drs. Jeffrey & Nancy Gallups, Tim Hanlon & Anthony Klatt, David Geffen, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Hugh Jackman & Deborah-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Eric & Janet McCormack, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Tyler Perry, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, Edward Walson and John Waters.

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Oh boy this looks like another Royal Tenenbaum type flick; dysfunctional families unite

THE PERFECT FAMILY stars Kathleen Turner as suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary, who has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish, her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years…

Best quote from the trailer: “I don’t have to think, I’m Catholic.”

I was raised Catholic, my Mom goes to Church every Sunday. I feel like I can laugh at the above comment, but of course many Catholics might be offended. And to them I say, you’ll survive.

Synopsis

Suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish-an award she has coveted for years-her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela (Angelique Cabral). Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen’s own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams….

This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award® nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale. Writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect.

THE PERFECT FAMILY – In Theaters May 4th, 2012!

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The National’s Original Song From ‘Win Win Soundtrack’ Is Oscar-Eligible

What!? What! A track from The National is getting hyped! Yes! *cut to me high fiving the air around my desk* Love them, love them, I do!

Thirty-nine songs are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced over Christmas break. Among the group? “Think You Can Wait,” an original tune from New York’s The National, featured on Mom+Pop’s Win Win soundtrack released in March of 2011. Today, the Academy is screening clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. To commemorate the song’s short-listing, you can screen the song over on Mom+Pop’s SoundCloud page for the next two weeks.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT. Set your Tivo.

The National – Think You Can Wait (From Win Win OST) by Mom + Pop

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