Holiday Party Recipes from The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (Available now on Digital/Blue-Ray)

Nut Job 2 RecipesI’m always looking for some new recipes that are quick and easy for the holidays – and these two recipes fit the bill!

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature is now available on Digital & Blu-ray!

About The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

THE NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

Download Nut Job 2 Recipes

To get into the spirit, here are some nut-based recipes suited for the holidays (Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts & Cranberry Nut Bread)! The recipes are perfect for any holiday party!




Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory LIVE!!

Always one of my favorites! I definitely loved the original more than the 2005 remake, but I, along with millions of others, continue to watch the remake because – well – Johnny Depp. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It was an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

I wish I could head to LA for this event – I can just imagine how much fun it will be! And, you can also enter below to win a chance to meet the stars! 

 “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men” ~ Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory Live

John Stamos, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Finn Wolfhard

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WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY™

IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL: A LIVE-TO-FILM CELEBRATION

Featuring Smell-O-Rama!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 and SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic, “WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY™” starring Gene Wilder, will be brought to life this November for a special two-night cinematic event featuring John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovicalongside an all-star cast singing iconic songs throughout a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, and featuring spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression!

The singing cast includes John Stamos performing “Pure Imagination” as Willy Wonka, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things,” IT) as Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” “Once Upon a Time”) singing the role of The Candy Man, and Richard Kind(“Gotham,” Inside Out) as Grandpa Joe, with musicians Elle King (“Ex’s & Oh’s”) singing Veruca Salt’s “I Want It Now,” Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket, and “Weird Al” Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas. 

The experience will also be presented in SMELL-O-RAMA with guests receiving exclusive Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets and will kick off with a costume contest hosted by original cast member Julie Dawn Cole, who memorably played Veruca Salt.

The show will also showcase special guest artists such as violin soloist Sandy Cameron; 16-year old pianist Emily Bear performing the Oscar®-winning Tom and Jerry short THE CAT CONCERTO live-to-film; and Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow singing the perfect party song finale, “I WANT CANDY.”

Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. with costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8 P.M.

To Purchase Tickets, Visit: http://bit.ly/wonkabowl

 

As an added bonus, you can also join the Willy Wonka Challenges for a chance to meet the stars of the show by visiting indi.com/willywonkahollywoodbowl/challenges !

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY™ and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 




Coco Coloring and Activity Sheets – Opens November 22

pixar coco activity sheets

Pixar’s Coco is going to be full of warm, gentle humor and colorful themes – after a very special guitar transports a young boy and his dog to the Land of the Dead, he meets some long-departed relatives and that’s where it all begins!! Thanks to the trailers available for Coco, it’s already obvious that this film from Pixar will be a visually compelling masterpiece.

Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz . Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Pixar Coco Activity Sheets

Download and print these great coloring sheets for the kids (and you too!). Let’s see how colorful you can make these characters!

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Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco

COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!




Pixar’s Coco Newest Trailer – Welcome to the Land of the Dead!

Pixar Coco Trailer Welcome Land Dead

The more I see of Pixar’s Coco, the more I am looking forward to it opening in November. This newest trailer for Pixar’s Coco is full of drama, laughs and absolutely gorgeous and colorful visuals. I am a huge fan of Mexican art because of the colorful way it all tells a story. I recently toured a museum in Texas that was so full of Mexican art I could have stayed all day moving from exhibit to exhibit. Even without the story, Coco reminds me of the Mexican art I adore. Add in the story and I can’t wait for the release of this movie.

The trailer shows Miguel finding his way to the Land of the Dead. Coco follows Miguel, who loves music but lives in a town where there is a music ban, as he learns his long deceased great-great grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), was an iconic guitarist, and Miguel wants to follow in his footsteps. After playing his great-great-grandfather’s guitar, which was kept in his crypt with his remains, Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find Cruz. The inhabitants of that world are also looking for the living boy. If Miguel stays, he will become a skeleton. Although this all seems morbid and scary, the trailer really shows us how lighthearted and colorful the film will be.

Inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, a time when the living honor family members who have passed, I think the film will also explain to many this Mexican tradition – because each and every Pixar film not only tells a story – but also teaches some lessons!

The Trailer

The Official Synopsis

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Like COCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarCoco 

Follow COCO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixarcoco

Follow COCO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixarcoco/

Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco

COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!




Cirque du Soleil #Ovo at North Charleston Coliseum a Must See!

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

If you are looking for something fun to do this week that will entertain the entire family – look no further! Cirque du Soleil OVO opened last night at the North Charleston (SC) Coliseum and oh boy! What a show! From the minute we walked in, we felt like we were entering a totally different environment. Ovo helps you discover a colorful ecosystem full of amazing ants, flexible fleas, crazy crickets and more! The sounds of crickets and bugs are piped in through the sound system, and when the lights dim you will feel like you have been transformed into bugs living in their world!

Ovo will be playing at the North Charleston Coliseum through Sunday (8/13). Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on 8/10 and 8/11 and there will be two shows each day on the 12th and 13th at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I knew my granddaughter, who is a gymnastics student, would love this show and I was right! She sat wide-eyed throughout the entire show and chatted endlessly on the 2 hour ride home about various different parts and feats performed. She wants to know when we can see it again!

The show is done in two acts with a 30 minute intermission and runs a total of 2.5 hours. It combines music and amazing acrobatics in a seamless way that keeps you involved and on the edge of your seat throughout the entire show. The performers are powerful, graceful and AMAZING!

From the second you walk into the arena, the sounds of the bug world are being played – crickets and buzzes – in the background to take you into the world of the bugs. The emcees of the show, Ladybug, Foreigner and Master Flipo are a hoot! Although there is no spoken dialogue, their bug interactions – chirping, buzzing and gibberish – with an very occasional English word thrown in, have you understanding their intent within seconds through gestures and expressions. Tip: If you want to take the chance of being dragged on stage – get yourself floor seats – front row center. The young lady brought on stage during the show was a really good sport and did a great job of interacting with the emcees.

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

I have to admit that the first act moved somewhat slow mainly because of the graceful, slower (but amazing) stunts performed – but Act 2!!!! OH EM GEE! The second act moved so quickly with one phenomenal feat after another that it was disappointing to have it end. I really can’t say what my favorite was but if I had to choose, I would say the trapeze artists that seemed to throw each other back and forth like rag dolls while dressed in ornate bug costumes and trampoline, wall crickets.

Wall Crickets – Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

 

Oh but wait!!! The Chinese Yo-Yo Juggler too! The best you’ll ever see! I knew I couldn’t pick a favorite!

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

The finale brings the entire cast out for one last bow and a standing ovation! The show can’t be described in any other way than AMAZING and FABULOUS and is a perfect way to spend some family time.

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The Show

OVO, which means “egg” in Portuguese, is a production of a colorful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

When a mysterious egg appears in the midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community, and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. 

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torris, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew. The name OVO means “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerious insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, OVO hides an insect in its name: The two “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.

I was provided 4 free tickets for my family to attend Cirque du Soleil-Ovo for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.