Masterminds, Deepwater Horizon, Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children In Theaters Now

masterminds-posterMasterminds
Masterminds, is much funnier than I expected. I truly laugh so many times and I wasn’t the only one.

The actors are so over the top, they are superb. I would watch it again.

Synopsis: In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work-crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.

Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

deepwater-horizon-posterDeepwater Horizon
This year’s big disaster movie is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson, and directed by Peter Berg.

mrs-peregrine-posterMrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I think this is one of director Tim Burton’s best film in quite a while. It is based upon the best-selling novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Which is part of a series of books for young adults. In Burton’s film, we get an unforgettable motion picture experience.

Synopsis: When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Queen of Katwe is in theaters nationwide now. Check out our previous post here.

A Great Talk with Ray Santiago about Ash vs. Evil Dead, Season 2

Ash vs Evil Dead, Ray Santiago, Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless

Ray Santiago
Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs. Evil Dead is one crazy, fun ride, and it’s about to enter its second season of bloody good fun on STARZ. It turns out that Ray Santiago, who plays one of Ash’s dedicated (and slightly insane) sidekicks is kind of crazy-fun himself, and we had a chance to talk with him recently about working on with legends on this strange and sensational series.

AvED is a direct continuation (thirty years later) of the horror cult classics Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 (and to a lesser degree Army of Darkness, boomstick notwithstanding), and Ray’s character, Pablo Simon Bolivar, has been on board since Season 1, Episode 1, right alongside Ash himself (Bruce Campbell) and the equally amazing Dana DeLorenzo, not to mention the truly legendary action-actress Lucy Lawless. Yeah, Xena herself who joins the show full-time for Season 2.

Ash vs Evil Dead, Ray Santiago, Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless

Ray Santiago

You can tell in the first two minutes of talking with Ray that he is one smart dude who ‘gets’ the attraction to this more-than-a-little-insane series. He’s also a damn hard worker who clearly loves his partnership with a couple of living legends on one of the most physically demanding action shows being produced today, After all, AvED is almost entirely created with practical effects–masks and models and make-up appliances–not with CGI and green screens. This is hard work, people. It’s also one of the bloodiest and most violent shows you’ll see this season (but in a good way), so all that effort is well worth it.

We had a chance to talk about the filming of the second season in far-off New Zealand, his experiences with the dedicated and surprisingly sweet cast, and got a few hints about all the incredibly cool stuff that’s going to be happening in Season Two. We also got a chance to watch the first couple of episodes of the new season, and seriously: long-time fans and curious newcomers will not be disappointed. This show is hot–if anything, even hotter this season than last.

Ray Santiago

Ray Santiago

Here’s the conversation we had, between our horror-loving friend Brad Munson and Ray himself. Don’t miss the second season premiere Oct. 2. And you can watch all of the first season for free and without verification on starz.com right now, and even see the Season 2 opener for a limited time.

You can also watch the Season 2 trailer here:

Tortilla Warmer & Happy, Healthy Celebrations Cookbook Giveaway

One lucky winner will win these two items from IMUSA and GOYA in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.GOYA Logoimusa

tortilla-warmerA cloth tortilla warmer makes it easy to serve fresh, warm tortillas at any meal. The tortilla warmer is for microwave use and keeps tortillas or breads warm for up to 1 hour with a built-in insulated pouch.

The perforated food safe PVC barrier inside the pouch allows the moisture to escape slowly, preventing the issue of sweating inside. In addition, the polyester/cotton exterior features attractive and trendy designs, adding to its visual appeal on the table. Having cold tortillas minutes after heating won’t be a problem any longer!

cook-book“Goya’s Happy, Healthy Celebrations Cookbook” is a bilingual cookbook packed with 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration!

Would you like to win these? Then just click here to send us an e-mail with your name and address.

We’ll draw the winner at 12N (PT) on Wednesday, OCTOBER 12.

Cooking is a Form of Art and I Love to Cook! Part 2

©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

GOYA products approached us to do a fun cooking post for Latino Heritage Month. And I thought, why not, I love to cook!GOYA Logo

In this shorter post I’ll describe the new dish I cooked and the new IMUSA pots that were sent to me. (You can check out my first post on how I got into cooking here.)

IMUSA pots and utensils we received, and had fun using. ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

IMUSA pots and utensils we received, and had fun using.
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

I’m not a trained cook, but my love for cooking makes me want to experiment with flavors and techniques to create a tasty meal for my family and friends.granola-mamas-handmade

Here is a special shout out to my friend Wendy Osmundson, who is a fabulous cook, and has taught me a few things over the years. I learn the most from her just by watching her and talking with her about the foods we love to eat and prepare. Check out her granola business here.

imusaOur second dish was black beans and rice, made with Goya Foods and using one of the IMUSA cooking ceramic Caldero pots we got. Along with the pots we received from IMUSA, we got these other products to play with: a skimmer, Bamboo tostonera, Bamboo mortar and pestle, citrus squeezer, bean masher, and can opener. IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States. You can check out more of IMUSA products at their website, follow them on Twitter and Instagram too.

I enjoyed the glass cover of the red pot I used for the rice and beans. This dish also included yellow and red roasted peppers, garlic, and shallots cooked with the black beans, grilled chicken cooked in a cast iron fryer and a simple green salad. Enjoy the images. — A.O.

FOX’ The Exorcist Series Premiered

The Exorcist series, FOX, Angela Ortíz, Alfonso Herrera, Gina Davis, Alan Ruck

Angela Ortíz and Alfonso Herrera

The Exorcist series, FOX, Angela Ortíz, Alfonso Herrera, Gina Davis, Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck and Angela Ortíz

We caught up with Alfonso Herrera (Father Tomas Ortega) and Alan Ruck (Henry Rance) of the new FOX series, The Exorcist and we talked about working on the series and what they are looking forward to for the show.

Alfonso Herrera

Alfonso Herrera

Now check out the video below with Alan Ruck and listen in on the conversation with Alfonso Herrera. And you can check out my previous interview with Geena Davis and Alfonso Herrera here.

FOX’ The Exorcist series, Fridays at 9P.

Queen Of Katwe Fierce and Uplifting

Queen Of Katwe, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga, Mira Nair, The Dark Horse, Angela Ortiz, Se Fija Online, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

L-r: Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

This is my second film this year about chess champions; the first is The Dark Horse and now, Queen Of Katwe. And I enjoyed them both very much.

Queen Of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

There was a question and answer session after a screening of the film with director Mira Nair and stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Below is a taste of it and the film is in theaters now. — A.O.

Storks in Theaters Now

Storks, BradLewis, Doug Sweetland, Kate Crown, Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Nicholas Stoller

Storks press junket, l-r: producer BradLewis, co-director Doug Sweetland, voice actors Kate Crown, Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Kramer Glickman and Nicholas Stoller.

I enjoyed Storks, and I know it’s not a perfect film. But I found it to be smarter than I expected. The kids in the audience liked it and as someone who is around little ones often, sometimes, that’s the only thing that counts.Storks, BradLewis, Doug Sweetland, Kate Crown, Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Nicholas Stoller

The synopsis: Storks deliver babies—or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global Internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out. And Stephen Kramer Glickman as Pigeon Toady.

The film is co-directed by Nicholas Stoller (writer) and Doug Sweetland, and produced by Brad Lewis. — A.O.

Urbanworld Film Festival Highlighting Latino Filmmakers and Stars

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-39-22-pmurbanworldThe 20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by REVOLT with founding sponsor HBO, recently announced its 2016 film slate. One of the largest competitive film festivals designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators will screen over 68 films.

If you are in the New York area, the festival takes place September 21-25, at Manhattan’s AMC Empire 25 on 234 West 42nd Street.

Go to their website here for more information.

Beauty and the Beast Digital HD Giveaway!

beautyandthebeast25thanniversaryWe are giving away 3 copies of the Digital HD code for the Blu-ray, DVD combo of Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary release.

Would you like to win a copy? Then just click here to send us an e-mail with your name and address.

We’ll draw the winners at 12N (PT) on Thursday, SEPTEMBER 22.

 

Giveaway for Angelenos ONLY!

tmnt2-tap680Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo have emerged from beneath the streets of Los Angeles to offer FOUR new Se Fija! Twitter FOLLOWERS, a subway card loaded with one FREE base fare ride on the L.A. Metro.

We’ll pick four winners from new TWITTER followers on Thursday, September 22 at 10A. We’ll contact you, and all you need to do is send us your mailing address. JUST CLICK HERE!

Cowabunga!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is available now on Digital HD, and on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD.

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