A Fast and Quick Giveaway!

We have FIVE copies of Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary for five lucky winners. This is great for the child in you or the little one in the family. Would you like to win a copy of Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address (no P.O. Box). And that’s all!

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We’ll draw the winners at 6P (PT), Sunday, September 24! Get GOING!

In, the scariest story ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!, during Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb” and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight? Also, in Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald’s first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle!

Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary DVD comes out Tuesday, September 26.

*Blu-ray or DVD based on availability.

Odalys Nanin’s Passion for Frida

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry and Nancy de Los Santos.

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela OrtizThe artist Frida Kahlo lived an intense political and artistic life in her beloved Mexico. They have been many books written about her and her paintings, including movies and documentaries, all interesting to read and/or watch.

Locally we have a very fun play, Frida: Stroke Of Passion running at the very cozy and historical Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. The play is written and directed by award-winning playwright, Odalys Nanin.

The play focuses on the hidden bi-sexual affairs between Frida Kahlo and her long list of famous female lovers. They include Mariachi singer Chavela Vargas, Mexican film star Maria Felix, cabaret singers and dancer Josephine Baker and Tina Modotti who was a famous model and photographer. The play also addresses an in-depth look at her relationships with her husband Diego, the ghost of Leon Trotsky and seemingly the mysterious cover-up of her suspicious death.

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

Frida: Stroke of Passion at Macha Theatre.

Odalys Nanin believes Kahlo committed suicide, although her certificates states pulmonary embolism, Diego concealed her real cause of death. The play shows a vulnerable unique side of Frida who has since become the most famous female painter of all time, although she suffered from physical ailments, she was a master of disguise and presented herself as a strong healthy virile woman. The play portrays an intriguing in-depth look into the last week of her fearless and spirited life. A seducer to the end, she herself said, “the only reason I go on living is to paint and to love.”

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

A nice evening at the theatre and great to see old friends.

Nanin stars as Frida and looks like she’s having a ball doing it. She’s surrounded by a talented cast that includes: Campbell de Silva (Diego Rivera), Marisa Lopez (Chavela Vargas/Maria Felix), Tricia Cruz (Nurse Judith), Daniel Lavid (Judas), Paul Cascante (Leon Trotsky), Marilyn Sanabria (Tina Modotti/Teresa Proenza), Joseph Bixler (Little Diego), Ebony Perry (Josephine Baker), Francisco Medina (Musician/Manolo), and co-director Nancy de Los Santos.

I caught the play a week ago, I enjoyed it, it was wonderful to watch live theatre among friends and strangers—a nice evening out.

Frida: Stroke Of Passion runs till October 1.

•WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR SMALL THEATRES. YOU’LL FIND INTERESTING PLAYS/STORIES and ACTING. Photos: ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is Here!

Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan LinOne thing all the Lego movies have in common is that they always have a positive message by the end. This one has some funny moments, a bit slow in some parts but still a fun film.

Angela Ortíz, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan Lin

Jackie Chan and Angela Ortíz

Spoiler alert: The cat was unexpected and funny. All in all, it was a fun family film.

The latest in the Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, The LEGO NINJAGO® movie, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Angela Ortíz, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan LinWe got to hear the cast and crew talk about working on the latest Lego movie while we all hung-out at Legoland. Voice talent: Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, plus director Charlie Bean and producers Dan Lin and Chris McKay.

The LEGO Ninjago Cast

The LEGO Ninjago Movie in theaters September 22.

Photos: ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Photo credit: A few of my colleagues, @uralipp, @nukethefridge, @chueymartinez, me with funny man/musician Fred Armisen, and my grandnephew Nicolas with Jackie Chan.

The Ninjago Movie and Angela Ortíz

Fun with IT

Georgie and a little brew at the Neibolt House tour.

After checking out the Neibolt house tour.

Screening night

 

 

 

 

 

 

I see Georgie

We had some fun celebrating the release of the IT movie and thought we would share some of the photos and videos  with you here.

Warner Bros IT movie is still number one at the box office and as of today it has made $218,813,729.

You can check out our previous post with interviews with the producers, writer, actor and director here.

 

 

Enjoying the evening at the Neibolt House tour

I see Georgie again

Press day adventure, the Derry Sewer System

2017 NALIP Latino Media Fest

The 2017 NALIP Latino Media Fest will take place at the AMC Century City 15 on September 26-27. The first annual Latino Media Fest is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo and additionally sponsored by FOX Inclusion, MPAA, Labo Digital, El Rey Network and venue sponsor AMC Independent.

Throughout the two-day event, NALIP will present a diverse schedule of panels, workshops, screenings, showcases and more. Highlights include:

  • Shorts Screening Program A (Tuesday, September 26)–2017 Official Selection Program A for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Victor & Isolina, William D. Caballero
    • Desde el Principio, Miguel J. Soliman
    • The Spirit was Gone, Cristian Proa
    • The Melancholy Man, Samantha Smith
    • Hijo por Hijo, Juan Avella
    • Wonderland, Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo
    • Estrella, Brandon Arroyo
  • Special Screening (Tuesday, September 26)–An advance screening of NBC’s hit series, Superstore will be showcased at the Latino Media Fest and a panel with Superstore writers Sierra Ornelas​ and Vanessa Ramos.
  • Shorts Screening Program B (Wednesday, September 27)–2017 Official Selection Program B for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Jimbo, Rodrigo Zanforlin
    • Parallax Effect: Abduction, Davy Perez
    • Welcome Back, Matias Nilsson
    • Paloma, Maia Nikiphoroff and Jean Lee
  • Animation Master Class (Wednesday, September 27)–Jorge R. Gutiérrez will be taking part in NALIP’s Animation Master Class. He will discuss the specifics of making animated features and the process of telling unique stories that are relatable to global audiences. Gutiérrez has worked on Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and his upcoming short VR film, Son of Jaguar.
  • The 2017 Latino Media Fest Awards (Wednesday, September 27)–The awardees that were voted in the four award categories will be recognized for their work behind the camera.
    • Best LatinX Film awarded to Beatriz at Dinner, received by Miguel Arteta, director of the film
    • Best LatinX Filmmaker awarded to director, writer and editor José María Cabral, for his film Woodpeckers
    • Best Latin American Film awarded to Lemon, received by Janicza Bravo, director and writer of the film
    • Best Latin American Filmmaker awarded to director and writer Amat Escalante, for his film The Untamed

“NALIP has been more ambitious this year in actively changing the conversation in the industry and advocating for a truly diverse and inclusive media landscape,” says Executive Director, Ben Lopez.

The NALIP Latino Media Fest attracts Latino content creators, industry executives and media from around the globe for invaluable learning and networking opportunities. Passes to the Latino Media Fest can be purchased at www.latinomediafest.com.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. Latino content across all media platforms: narrative short films, TV/streaming pilots, digital content, virtual reality, augmented reality and documentary shorts.

Ferdinand is Coming!

FERDINAND, John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raul Esparza, Karla Martinez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos SaldanhaThe story: Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio, Ice Age), and the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raúl Esparza, Karla Martinez, and Miguel Ángel Silvestre.

FERDINAND in 3D and in theaters December 15.

A Special Remember911 Giveaway!

*Contest Closed. Thank you for participating, stay tuned for our next GIVEAWAY!

With the release of the inspiring film starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg titled 9/11, based on the original play, The Elevator that centers on the events of September 11, 2001. We have a special GIVEAWAY going on.

The 16th anniversary of 9/11 is here and no matter who you are or where you were, that moment and the aftermath is indelibly etched in everyone’s mind.

The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

I still remember that morning vividly, being on the west coast I was just waking up to the morning news when I realized the newscaster sounded panic and I remember saying, something is wrong…I jumped out of bed and ran to turn the television on (KTLA morning news) just when the second plane was going through the second tower. I froze.

Our son was 6 at the time and all we could do is hold each other and stay close together all day. We checked on family and friends in New York—It was a trying few days.

The Prize Pack Contains:
• 1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
• 1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
• 1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children 

Would you like to win a Remember911 Gift Pack? Then just click here to send us an email with your name, address (no P.O. Box). And that’s all! 

We’ll draw the winners at 6P (PT), Tuesday, September 12!

9/11 is in theaters now and features an all-star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries), and Bruce Davison (X-Men). Learn more about the film by visiting their website here.

Check out 9/11 Movie Blog App:
• Read and share the 9/11 fact cards, provided by Tuesday’s Children
• Watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman.

The Bad Moms are Back!

Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms ChristmasYES!The Bad Moms are back! This time around their moms pay them a visit…just in time for the holidays. Check out the new trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas that will hit theaters November 3. Check out the new posters too.

Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, and Oona Laurence. Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

 

Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, Oona Laurence, A Bad Moms Christmas

IT is the Perfect End of Summer Movie!

IT, It Movie, Andrés Muschietti, Andy Muschietti, Seth Grahame Smith, David Katzenberg, Gary Dauberman, Barbara Muschietti, Bill Skarsgård, Stephen KingIT has enough scary moments that didn’t take away from the relationships of the characters. Which were well played by all the young actors in the film, Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (TV’s Hawaii Five-0), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic). Even the actors who played the evil adults were fantastic and scary to watch.

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT is directed by Andrés (Andy) Muschietti (Mama), it is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

The plot: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT, It Movie, Andrés Muschietti, Andy Muschietti, Seth Grahame Smith, David Katzenberg, Gary Dauberman, Barbara Muschietti, Bill Skarsgård, Stephen King

Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård)

We got to ask a few questions of Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Gary Dauberman, Andrés (Andy) Muschietti, and Barbara Muschietti. When asked about the second film, they told us that the script for the second movie is being worked on now, Now listen in on the conversations by clicking on the audio boxes.

Muschietti, Skarsgard & Muschietti

Gary Dauberman

Smith & Katzenberg

One of the things I liked was my brief conversation with Barbara Muschietti, Andrés sister and business partner for two decades. Also producer on this film and she produced and co-wrote the feature film Mama along with Andres and Neil Gross. I asked her how has it been working with her brother on this project? She said, “It was a long time getting it done but it’s always great to have each others back.”

I enjoyed this film so much that now I want to revisit The Goonies and Stand by Me, because IT has the same sensibility that I like. IT is the perfect end of summer film and it is in theaters September 8.

You’ll Float Too.

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