$1,000 St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin Giveaway

$1,000 St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin Giveaway

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My Interview With Baymax #BigHero6Bloggers

My Interview With Baymax

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Now, it’s time for the most fun interview I have ever had!  I was able to interview Baymax from Big Hero 6!  Be jealous, be very jealous *hehe*  I was able to ask him 3 questions and decided to defer to my children for these 3 questions since they are such HUGE fans!  Baymax was, afterall, voted the most huggable character this year.  He is such a loveable character.  I had an amazing time while I was in Los Angeles getting to know the creators and voices behind Big Hero 6 and Baymax.  It was truly a magical experience.  Getting to interview Baymax was just the icing on the cake for me!  Check out all 3 videos below to see what questions we asked Baymax and what his answers were!  You might even find out if there will be a Mrs. Baymax coming along soon.

From Disney: 

Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios:

The team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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Scott Adsit The Voice Of Baymax #BigHero6Bloggers

Scott Adsit The Voice Of Baymax

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Oh. my. goodness!  I was given the amazing opportunity to interview Scott Adsit, the voice of Baymax in Big Hero 6!  Oh yes, my children think I AM the coolest mom ever…okay, okay, maybe just the coolest mom in our house ;)  My 16 year old daughter loves drawing and is a huge fan of everything Disney AND she loves anime, so this was her dream interview.  It was very cool when he walked in the room because I didn’t immediately pick up on the “Baymax tones” in his voice.  As he continued talking; it became a little surreal as he sounded more and more like Baymax.  It was so funny to sit and listen to him tell of all of the times he’s been asked to do the “Baymax fist-bump” and how kids get disappointed when they see him LOL

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We were given the opportunity to ask him a few questions and gain some insight into how he played the role as Baymax in Big Hero 6!  Here are a few of the questions we asked:

Question: Was it a challenge for you to bring the character Baymax to life?

Scott Adsit: Yes,  I think the audience does a lot of the work for Baymax, because, he does skirt along in a kind of impartiality emotionally, but I get to lean on either side of him just a little bit to invite the emotions to flood in from the audience.  It’s a lot of inference on the audience’s part and projection.  Yeah, it was a bit of a challenge not to go too far off that line, but still communicate something emotionally.  We decided pretty early on that he does not have that kind of emotional life.  It is all programming,  but then  in spite of that decision on our part, the emotion, his emotional life, does kind of creep in here and there.

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Question: How did you find Baymax’s voice? I’m sure you tried everything.

Scott Adsit:  Yeah, I didn’t know if it would be like a robotic voice and they brought me in for the audition and the script was the first indication that it wouldn’t be a typical robotic voice. Then when I saw the picture, because they already had the character design, I just saw soft, huggable, so I found a very benign bedside manner voice.  I mixed that with kind of a state of the art of robotic interaction vocally, which is pretty much, automated phone system. So he will talk with the flow, but then there are elements within a sentence that are variables.   They’ll sound a little separate from the rest of it.

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Question: Did you find yourself going home and staying in character?

Scott Adsit:  Yes, which is not bad because,  I was just talking to Daniel before I came in here and he has such an altruistic character in Tadashi and we were saying wouldn’t it be great to be egoless and helpful your whole life and every day, but we can’t do it.   I would go home and I would catch myself talking with the voice, which is not much different from my voice, but I know when I got it on.  I would have to catch myself saying don’t start talking like him all the time because then that would really annoy people, especially casting directors.

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Question: Did it take a lot of takes to get the perfect emotional response so the audience could feel it?

Scott Adsit:  I got emotional in the room and then.  I had a great deal of investment in him and the fact that we were separating and that he was so upset.   I had to get through it and we had to do it twice, because the scene changed over the course of the few months.  I had to stop and say, I’m sorry, ’cause I was tearing up and it’s not so much about Bay. I see there’s more about, for me as an actor, it’s more about Ryan and Hiro’s experience going on.  It was very emotional and the bad thing was I wasn’t allowed, because you get to an emotional place, you want to share it, but I keep it reigned in.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios:   The team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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Creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast #NeverbeastBloggers

Creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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Oh yes!  Today we’re getting to go inside the minds of Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast story artist Ryan Green and animation supervisor Mike Greenholt.  I have been wanting to share this with all of you for two weeks!  I’ll post a bit of our interview with them also.  This was so super exciting for me!  I never knew, before my first trip to Disneytoon Studios last year, how much goes into “just a Tinkerbell movie”.  Well, I can tell you, after reading this, you will have a much better appreciation for the creativity behind the movie.  I wish I could take all of you with me into the room to hear Ryan and Mike talking about creating the characters for Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast, especially the Neverbeast!  It is simply amazing!

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Sitting and listening to these guys talk about how they created the Neverbeast was awe-inspiring.  You think there’s some great *mystical* thought process that goes into creating something as magical as a Neverbeast, but the creation of him is actually very scientific; yes, scientific!

Question: From the beginning to end of the NeverBeast, how many different I guess NeverBeasts were there?

Mike Greenholt: There was only one but there were maybe seventy variations of it. Where, you know, you build something, you screen test it and, well he looks weird, can we shorten this, bring the eyes farther apart, closer together, fine tuning. We try to make him move, but the range of motion is limited. We just keep tweaking it until he’s production ready and we must have had seventy some variations. Subtle changes, but different.

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Question:  Is there anymore research besides for Gruff? Anything else new introduced that you had to develop and research?

Mike Greenholt:  The scout fairies were new in this movie.  We didn’t have them before and they were cool, because they were like action heroes.  They’re tough, they’re brave, they’re more athletic.  The fairies that we’ve seen in other movies are more influenced by ballet or gymnastics and they’re graceful and like figure skaters, but the Scouts,  we were looking at Parkour, and just that sport. A lot of Olympic athletes, pole vaulters, long jumpers, that really are active. That was a big inspiration for how those characters moved.

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Be sure to get Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3!

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The Minds Behind Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast #NeverbeastBloggers

The Minds Behind Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast

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I absolutely LOVE learning about how animated movies are made.  Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast was such an exciting movie to learn about!  One of my favorite parts of getting to know how Disney animators work is learning how the movies were ever even thought of.  While I was in Lost Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I was able to sit down and talk to Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast director Steve Loter and producer Makul Wigert.  Our entire family are huge fans of the Tinkerbell movies.  I don’t know if you knew, but there was even a pirate Tinkerbell movie last year and it really hooked my son on the movies!  What was really cool about this movie was their ability to really bring in something fresh and new.  It seems that only Disney can do that with a series of movies like Tinkerbell.  The story of the Neverbeast really changes the way the movie is laid out and it certainly appeals to all audiences.  This is NOT your average “girlie” fairy movie.

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“Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.”

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It was such a cool experience to hear Steve talk about how his daughter, even her gymnastics class, inspired Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast.  They talked about creating the characters with such excitement and enthusiasm, it really makes you LOVE the process behind Tinkerbell.

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We were given the amazing opportunity to ask these super creative minds about their experience creating Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast and I have a couple of my favorites to share with you!

Question: What’s your favorite part of the animation process?

Makul: My favorite part of the animation process is the collaboration and seeing an idea come to life through the work of a fantastic team of Artists. It’s been an absolute joy seeing Steve’s idea, which started 4½ years ago, and through story boarding and design into animations, to see that coming to life through the artistry with some amazing people was absolutely a joy.

Steve: For me it was a story. You get to this really sweet spot when you’ve got a script and then you’ve got storyboard artists visualizing the script. And there’s that – something magical that happens there because the Storyboard Artist is a new voice and they look at the written word and they say, “Oh I can add a joke here. I can put the camera here that’s gonna’ emphasize this moment or emotion.” For me that’s when things really turn and things really elevate. So that’s a magic time for me.

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Question:  I know you mentioned that yesterday but can you please tell us a little bit about an idea about this movie?

Steve:  The movie was inspired by my daughter.  I grew up in a household with no pets of any kind, none.  No dogs, no cats, nothing.  And because of having no pets around I have a fear of very large dogs.  Like Irish Wolf Hound dogs, Horse Line dogs.  Many years have passed and I have a family of my own and my daughter loves one thing above all else, very large dogs, and our neighborhood just has a ton of dogs.  She’ll see a neighbor walking a dog down the street and she’ll run up to the dog and she’ll throw her arms the dog in a big loving hug.  And it was like, “UUUHHHH” so you get that kind of reaction and, “Okay the dog is okay to pet, whew.”

It showed me something once the fear subsided, something very important that my daughter has a huge open heart.   I had to sit her down and we had to talk about this encounter we just had with the dog and she would say, “Well all animals are my friends.  Why wouldn’t they be?  In fact, the bigger they are the bigger the love they have to give.”  I thought that’s the story.  That’s the story.  Fawn, the animal fairy loves animals unconditionally.  She takes care of animals and she encounters a creature that can be perceived of as a monster and her open heart’s gonna’ be put to the test.  I thought, “Okay this is a message, this is a good message for Fawn, the character to have and for my daughter to learn too.”  It’s beautiful to think with an open heart.  To see the world through that perspective is a wonderful thing, but you also have to think with your head.  You need the balance, you need the balance to have a happy life and I thought that’s exactly the story that I wanted to tell.

Be sure to get Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3!

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Getting To Know The Men Behind The Voice Of Hiro And Tadashi #BigHero6Bloggers

Getting To Know The Men Behind The Voice Of Hiro And Tadashi

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In case you haven’t heard, Big Hero 6 is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week!  Oh yeah, my entire household is ecstatic.  We got our hands on a copy of the DVD last week and, I’m pretty sure, all of my kids have the entire movie memorized now LOL  While I was in Los Angeles, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney;  the men behind the voices of Hiro and Tadashi in Big Hero 6.  WOAH, was my 16 year old jealous!  We were sitting waiting on Ryan and Daniel to come in the room and that is always such an exciting time.  When they walked in; the first thought that popped in my mind was; “Daniel looks JUST LIKE Tadashi” LOL  I text a photo to my daughter real quick and that was exactly what she said too!  Then, later in the interview, he said it himself.  It was very cool!

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We were given the opportunity to ask Ryan and Daniel a few questions and here is a peek at my favorites!

Question: Ryan, how excited were you to work on this film and did you geek out over all the science?

Ryan: Yeah, it wasn’t necessarily a love for robotics and science.  It was more for just a love of creating and, within robotics, there’s so much you can create.  I had, the Lego robot kit…

Daniel: I had that, too.

Ryan: Yeah, that thing is awesome and I had a lot of models and robot builds and all these different things that I just loved piecing it together.  It wasn’t necessarily a love for robotics and science but more just wanting to be able to kind of put the things that were almost trapped in my mind. Just bring them out and create; it’s very meditative for me to use my hands and to build things and it was awesome. Being able to voice Hiro because that’s literally who I was, four years ago, I was that kid. I think I still am.

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Question: Daniel, even though your character is a small part of the film, you made a huge impact. How is Tadashi different from your character- your real personality?

Daniel:   I dress just like Tadashi. I always have.  I don’t usually wear suits, so there’ll be days when I walk out of my house and I’ll take a look in the mirror, and I look just like Tadashi. I wear a cardigan and a baseball hat. But to answer your question, he’s made me a better person. He really has.  Living in this world, we get caught up in things and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate every moment like everyone preaches, and it’s hard. It was a beautiful opportunity for me to go and play this guy who is such a role model for a man should be at such a young age – so smart, beautiful, intelligent, caring, genuine, the ultimate big brother, and he’s very selfless. Every day using your voice – lending your voice to that, I would walk out of that room feeling like I just sat through a therapy session. Like I wanted to tackle the world. I’d be at the grocery store afterwards, just smiling and ran into people- probably creeping them out.

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Question: Since you were a Marvel comic fan before the movie, how does it feel to actually be one of those characters now? Has it hit you?

Ryan: I mean, no, to be quite honest, I’m just sitting here  –  none of it has hit me. The only thing that’s hit me is, oh, you’re this character and you did this role, and the movie’s out. After that, none of it is even registering. I think in ten years, I’ll go, oh wow, that’s right,that happened, and I’m just so blown away by everything that has come from the whole Disney experience, and especially with this film it’s wish fulfillment. It really is. I grew up on anime and manga and when I moved to the United States I started reading Marvel and DC comics and I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and now I don’t have to put on a cape and go fight crime at night.  I got to be a superhero.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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My Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Cast of McFarland USA #McFarlandUSAEvent

My Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Cast of McFarland USA

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McFarland USA came out this weekend and is doing amazing at the box office!  It has surpassed all expectations and is getting rave reviews from all directions.  While I was in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the 7 actors who played the cross-country runners in McFarland USA:  Carlos Pratts, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Michael Aguero & Ramiro Rodriguez.  I could not have imagined how changed I would be after this interview.  Listening to these amazing young men speak about their experiences acting was a lot of fun, but there was something much deeper here that I did not expect;  a brotherhood.  Not only did these young men form bonds with each other, but they bonded with McFarland as a story.  I listened to them talk about a brotherhood and a deep faith in Jesus Christ.  This is not, at all, what someone expects from a ‘press junket’ in Los Angeles, but this was so much more.

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As I sat and listened to these young men speak, I was entranced.  I heard the word “blessed” spoken over and over.  It wasn’t just from this amazing group of young men, but also from the men before them; the actual men whose real-life events inspired this amazing story.  These young mean spoke of strong family values and “strict” parenting.  These are things that I love to see coming out of Hollywood; real life inspirations.  People who stuck to what they believe and worked hard to get where they are.  Success that is earned, not given, is the most amazing feeling in the world and this movie embodies that.  From the real-life story that inspired the movie to the actors who were chosen to show their story to the world.  Go watch McFarland USA today, you will be happy you did!

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Question: How much time do you spend with the people you portray to get to know their character?

Hector Duran: I think the whole period of us filming in McFarland, I got the opportunity to spend time with the real Johnny Sameniego, who is the character I play. He’s really a great guy. He invited me to dinner, gave me a tour of the city and just, it reflects the people of the community.

Question: Carlos, how was this movie different, because in fact, you’ve done acting in the past. How was this different for you?

Carlos Pratts: Oh, how was the movie different? I mean, doing a movie’s so different than, and Johnny can attest that, than TV shows in the sense to where it’s so fast. TV’s very fast and you have 60 pages when you shoot a pilot, so you don’t know where your character’s going to go, but when you do a movie, you have a beginning, middle and end, you know. It’s like within these 120 pages, I create my arc. You have a lot of trust in the script, and then you get to explore.  I think you have a little more confidence in whatever you’re doing in the film, as opposed to TV, you just have no idea. You shoot the pilot. They tell you a little bit, and then, the scripts start going and then basically chemistry and what’s happening with the actors. Your character develops or, or dies.  I will say when, when Romero started talking and everyone said awww, I did the same thing.

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Question:  What’s the most influential real life lesson that you took from this movie?

Ramiro Rodriguez:  For me personally, throughout my high school and pretty much my whole life, I’ve been the chubby one, and in this movie, I see it a lot. They picked on me, but despite all this, it was a joke.  Me and him get along, all of us get along. Yeah, they could tell me that I’m fat, but to be honest, in real life, it really did hurt me, and to see him triumph the way he did, it’s really a triumph for me also, because it proved everybody wrong. A big man could do it, but it showed me also that I could do it too.

Hector Duran:  I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout this film, which I already knew, but it just reinforces it even more is the idea of equality and not judging a book by its cover. As you see in the film, Kevin Costner comes into this small town, small town, and he kind of judges the book by its cover. Once you get deeper into what’s really and all the values that are there, you see that everybody’s equal.  Everybody had their own opinions. The only thing that separates us is the color of our skin, so we should try to treat each other equally.

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Fun For The Entire Family At The Color Vibe #TumEYummies

Fun For The Entire Family At The Color Vibe

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We had SO much fun at the Color Vibe in Lafayette, Louisiana this weekend!  I’m going tell you that I was a bit apprehensive because I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a runner.  My husband, on the other hand, is an avid runner and our three children are a mix of the two of us.  I decided we would just ‘go with it’ and see how it turns out.  Boy, oh boy, am I happy we did!   I could have never have imagined how much fun all 5 of us would have at the Color Vibe together.  We arrived at the race about an hour and a half early because my husband convinced me that we should be there early.  I’m glad we got there early because it gave us time to look around and get all of our swag together!  I’m going to tell you all about the Color Vibe in Lafayette, Louisiana, the best way I know how; with pictures; lots and lots of pictures!

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We started with a stop at the Tum-E Yummies tent and FREE Tum-E Yummies :)

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Oh, and if you’re worried about getting all this color on your clothes and skin; DON’T BE :D The color powder is non-toxic, is 100% safe, and also biodegradable. Be sure to try your best to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers)

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As you can see, everyone in our family, from 8 years old all the way up to 42 years old had a BLAST at the Color Vibe, Lafayette!

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Look who was #2 to finish the 5K!  That’s my amazing hubby <3 Find out when the Color Vibe will be in your town and take the whole family :D

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Why You Should See McFarland USA Today #McFarlandUSAEvent

Why You Should See McFarland USA Today

*I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several press events for Disney and ABC. All opinions are 100% my own and we only recommend shows that are a great fit for our readers.

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I am going to take my family to see McFarland USA today and I want to share with you why I think it is important for them to see, now.  McFarland USA follows a teacher as he is sent to his “last resort” school and his family is none-too-happy with this placement.  McFarland USA follows their real-life journey to finding their place in a world where they cannot fit in, but somehow, find a way to shine!  Along the way the amazing story of the American dream develops for 7 young men in a town that could be any small, poor town in America.

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McFarland USA could not be more relevant to American culture than right now!  What we are witnessing in our country and the change in our culture makes this film speak to everyone who loves America and hungers to watch the American dream evolve.  This is definitely a movie that will make you feel great about this great country we live in and the opportunities that are available to everyone who works hard and applies themselves.  As Kevin Costner said about the film, himself, it’s about so much more than the finish line.

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While I was in Los Angeles last week, I was also able to sit down with Niki Caro, the director of McFarland USA.  It was so much fun listening to her talk about directing this film.  She talked about the town, the actors, and the people who make McFarland USA!

Question:  How was directing this movie different from movies you normally direct?

Niki Caro: It was the same because I like to work in a certain way and, I figured out, it’s taken me such a long time,  but I figured out the way I work best; which is real stories and real people. Go to the real community, ask for their collaboration, keep my eyes and my ears open and my mouth shut. Just see how life is lived.  Be really observant. It would be really arrogant and stupid wouldn’t it for me, a middle class urban mother of two from New Zealand to presume what life’s like,  to impose my will onto the lives of Mexican teenagers who work in the fields and run.  I know nothing about that, but I can learn.

I’ve become a lot more competent because I have a lot of skill now of going into communities and representing them faithfully and, hope respectfully, certainly lovingly, shine a light on what those lives are like.  Nothing gives me a bigger thrill than to show people from little places.People like these, how  beautiful they are, and show other people how beautiful they are.

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Question: What was it like working with Kevin Costner?

Niki Caro: It’s awesome. He’s so handsome, in every way and yet there’s nobody more humble. I couldn’t have wished for a better partner. His skill, his experience, his wisdom, and just his decency as a man; breathtaking.  It would have been enough if my expectations had been okay.

The movie star, Kevin Costner, is going to come onto my set and he’s going to do this thing. We should all be so lucky, right?  I hope, because of the sort of director that I am, that he will show up as an actor and not bring kinda the movie star stuff with him. Not only did he show up as an actor, but he showed up as himself and the man he is  He’s so decent. He’s so honorable, so humble and so generous to those boys. It was very, very moving for me to watch the way — how fatherly he was with them and equally what the boys did to him. They’re so irreverent and really brought out his tenderness and his humility.  I’m so happy.  I watched the movie and I know that the relationship you see on screen is totally genuine.

Now when I called cut, he didn’t go off and get in his trailer. He was still hanging out with the boys. He was subtly guiding them, not imposing his will ever on the production or on me, despite his experience, but just supporting those kids as young men. Even right back to when they first met, we had a table read. These kids come and there’s all of Disney and there’s Kevin. He just said to them, “You boys remember this. You will remember this — what you’re about to experience — you will remember for the rest of your lives. This is about to be one of the most important and defining things you will experience as a human being and enjoy it.”  What a guy. There’s a long answer, wasn’t it?  I could talk all day.

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Feast ~ The Little Film With Big Heart #BigHero6Bloggers

Feast ~ The Little Film With Big Heart

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I want to talk to you for a few minutes about a little film called Feast.  Have you heard that Big Hero 6 is coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD next week?  Well, it’s coming out on February 24 to be exact.  We saw it at the movie theater last year and have watched it on an early release of the DVD about 20 times over the last week LOL  There is one little part of Big Hero 6 that I really want to tell you about today if you weren’t already aware.  There’s a short, 6 minute film at the beginning of Big Hero 6 called Feast.  Feast is a super cute story about a puppy and his owner. In that 6 minutes you learn about love, loss, resilience and most of all, FOOD!

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Do you remember the feature film “Bolt,” from 2008?  Well, Patrick Osborne, the director of Feast was part of that film too!  My kids loved Bolt!  Osborne also worked on the “Prep & Landing” movies and Disney’s 2010 hit “Tangled.” Osborne was also head of animation for WDAS’ Oscar®-winning short “Paperman,” and acted as co-head of animation for the upcoming feature “Big Hero 6” prior to assuming full-time directing duties for “Feast.”  It was amazing to get to sit font-and-center and listen to his creativity and ideas behind Feast!  I may have mentioned this before, but my oldest daughter is very interested in animation and all things Disney :D

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It was amazing to listen to how the animation developed over the course of Feast.  There are little details that go into this short film, such as the dust particles in the air.  Yes, even the dust particles in the film were thought out.  It’s not something you really think of when you’re watching a film but something like dust particles add texture to the film and help give a frame of reference, thus a more realistic ‘feel’ to the film.  I was just entranced by every word that was being spoken by Patrick Osborne.

During Osborne’s presentation the question was asked:  How long, from beginning to end, did it take?

Patrick Osborne:  Green-light to finish, it was 51 weeks.

Question:  How many people were working on this?

Patrick Osborne:  There were five people on it for nine months of that.  I was just by myself for the first couple of weeks.  The actual shot production was fourteen weeks; from January 13th to April 28th last year.  On that part we had 20 animators for three weeks, and then we had ten lighters for a month and a half then about six effects artists and three sculptors.  It ends up being a team of about 60 total that touch it, plus there’s support from the studio too.

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Big Hero 6 comes to Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere on February 3 & Blu-ray February 24!

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