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Sunday, August 05 2018 10:35

Giveaway: Celebrate DOG DAYS and Pamper Your Pup!

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August is the month that famously ushers in "the dog days of summer," so what better time to release the new ensemble comedy, DOG DAYS? From Actor/Director Ken Marino (How to Be a Latin Lover, MTV's The State) comes a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. In theaters on Wednesday, August 8 (look for my formal review soon), it's a surprisingly cute movie with a fantastic cast and a ton of heart! Now, to celebrate DOG DAYS release (get tickets via my affiliate, Fandango), The Rock Father™ and LD Entertainment have teamed-up to help you pamper your pup (or pups!) with a $50 Petco Gift Card!

Going into the World Premiere of Disney's Christopher Robin on The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank Monday night, I was in the unique position that I'd actually already done something that much of the cast and crew had not - I'd seen the film in a private screening with my group the night before. Now, writing this review a day prior to its theatrical release, I'm eager to see it again with my family - a prospect that I was already looking forward to before seeing it, and am even more excited about having seen it twice already. Christopher Robin isn't necessarily the film that you might think that it is. Indeed, young Christopher isn't really that young anymore, and yes - the residents of The Hundred Acre Wood do set out to help him (as seen in the trailers), but that's not the point. Christopher Robin is a film about family - specifically about being present and aware of all that is good around us. As I tweeted upon exiting the theater, Christopher Robin is a film that will make you rethink your life, and it's also about something that's very dear to me... the importance of play.

When I began writing about the collapse of Toys "R" Us last summer, I had no idea just how deep the rabbit hole would go. In fact, I had no intention of writing much beyond my initial concern, and even a few months in, I was still sharing some of the public-facing statements issued by the company - that it was "business as usual" during the "restructuring." But it wasn't business as usual, and we all know what ended up happening. It's the summer of 2018, and in the United States, Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" us no longer exist. One of my most widely-shared articles was published back on March 27, and in addition to news that a group of vendors led by Crayola was gearing-up for a fight and alleging "irresponsible and potentially illegal behavior" by certain executives at Toys "R" Us, I raised another concern: that numerous charities would be taking a potentially devastating hit. This week, I received word that ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and Good360 have stepped-up to face the challenge with the launch of TOYS FOR JOY. Even more surprising was that I was told that it was my writing that inspired the movement.

This interview may contain minor spoilers for Disney's Christopher Robin...

It's a sunny afternoon in Beverly Hills as I enter the Montage, immediately complimented by a member of the house staff for the Marvel t-shirt peeking out from beneath my Red Kap button-down. I take off my sunglasses and head for the staircase, en route to a meeting on the second floor with a man whom I've never met, but one whose work I've been enjoying ever since I rented a copy of Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave on VHS from a Hogan's Video store in Davenport, Iowa back in 1995 or so. Taking a seat at the table for a roundtable interview (I feel compelled to point out that in reality, the table was rectangular), I placed my Funko Pop! Vinyl Winnie the Pooh near the head seat just in time for Ewan McGregor to pull up a chair to discuss his title role in Disney's Christopher Robin

Wednesday, August 01 2018 19:00

Production on Star Wars: Episode IX has Begun...

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It's August 1, and as promised, director J.J. Abrams is back at the helm as production has begun on the final chapter of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IX started lensing today at Pinewood Studios in London, and the set was a familiar one. In the first behind-the-scenes photo shared on Twitter, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Finn (John Boyega) and possibly Rey (Daisy Ridley) were seen seated in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

This Christopher Robin Special Feature is presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company...

The Walt Disney Studios lot in sunny Burbank, California is a magical place as-is... a place where the power of imagination has been harnessed to shape and realize timeless stories that will continue to inspire audiences until the end of time. But on Monday night, something truly unique happened as that magic manifested itself in new ways. To celebrate the release of Disney's Christopher Robin, the lot was transformed into a wondrous place that had not only been ripped from the pages, but had leaped from the screen. For the World Premiere and red carpet, cast, crew and invited guests were welcomed not just onto the Studio lot, but into The Hundred Acre Wood.

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