First look @ Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron #Avengers #AgeofUltron

Whoo-hoo! Marvel has released the first official movie poster, and teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And I’m super excited to share them with you! This movie is going to be amazing..

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

 

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Is it time for a shake up in casino movies?

The forthcoming release of The Gambler, starring Jessica Lange and Mark Wahlberg, has got tongues wagging as to whether or not the remake will do the original justice this November.

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Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is in a downward spiral until Amy (Brie Larson) offers hope in ‘The Gambler.’(Photo: Claire Folger, Paramount Pictures)

Directed by Karel Reisz in 1976, the original film starred James Caan as a literary professor who made one too many bad choices when it came to indulging his gambling vice. The film was a hit in the 70s – but will the remake show James Caan justice? More importantly however, is it time we stopped making movies based on outdated gambling methods and started moving forward into the 21st century?

When people think of casino movies, there’s one outstanding flick that pops into everybody’s mind: Casino. Released in 1995, the film glamorized the darker side of the gambling scene, from lies and deception to owning your own empire, and it also propelled Sharon Stone onto everybody’s radar.

Later, in 2009, four hapless buddies got together to satirize the ‘boys will be boys’ culture of Las Vegas in award-winning comedy The Hangover. Just like Casino, the film won a Golden Globe, but it had a completely different outlook on Vegas.

What the two films did have in common however was that they both dealt with the traditional elements of Vegas – card playing, table games and slot machines. The casino genre is definitely a popular one amongst Hollywood, so perhaps it’s time to ask: is it time for a shake up in casino movies?

As trends move forward, so too should the subject matter in today’s blockbusters. For example, today, more and more of us are turning to sites like online.bingo.com/en to play online rather than leaving the house to have a cheeky gamble. If we are all turning to the internet to indulge our gambling habits, should script writers not move in the same direction?

Indeed, the idea was dabbled with in the 2013 flick Runner Runner, which saw main protagonist Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) winning an online poker game and consequently landing himself into a spot of bother with some very unwelcome enemies.

The film had a lukewarm reception, achieving just 5.6 on IMDB, which is all the more reason why Hollywood should play with this idea a little more. Films about the impact of the internet have been on the rise in recent years – The Social Network, for example, won three Academy Awards.

In an age where we’re struggling to think of something new, movies about online casinos could be the next big thing in film franchises. The possibilities for plot ideas are endless, whether it’s hacking into a multi-million dollar online casino corporation or a gangster battle between the online empire owners. If it worked so well for Scorsese in the 90s, it might be an idea for movie makers to try it again with a 21st century twist – take note, Hollywood.

Kia Knows Power, my 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 review

I recently spent a week with this beauty! The 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6. If you follow me on social media, you already know I have mad crazy love for Kia, but this one, wow, she stands out! Not only is this SUV a beauty to look at, offers a ton of convenient options, and amazing comfort inside – but she has the goods under the hood!

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Of course the 2015 Kia Sorento offers all of the conveniences that Kia is known for; Power-Folding Outside Mirrors, Remote Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start with Smart Key and Immobilizer, FlexSteer™ Driver-Selectable Steering Assist, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Dual Front Cup Holders, 2nd-Row Center Armrest with Cup Holders, Rear Air Conditioning, Trip Computer, Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades, just to name a few.

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Whether your packing for a weekend or just returning home from the grocery store, the 2015 Kia Sorento offers a huge amount of hatch space. Huge! And if more space is needed, there is an Under-Rear-Cargo-Floor Storage Compartment! The review vehicle I drove also had Power Liftgate with Programmable Height Adjustment. Open and close the Power Liftgate with a press of a button on the key fob or the liftgate it’s self. For added convenience, you can also set the opening height! Kia has no idea just how much this five foot one (on a good hair day) mom appreciated that button!

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Let’s talk safety! It amazes me that Kia somehow keeps finding ways to improve. Of-course the biggest safety option while on the road is always an attentive driver, but knowing that Kia works hard to keep improving on their safety features sure gives me peace of mind while my family is on the road.

Some of my favorites are; Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags on the 1st & 2nd Rows, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Rollover Sensor, and the Front Active Headrests design to reduce the likelihood of neck, head, and spinal injuries during an accent. I love knowing that Kia has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Like a said, “peace of mind”.

Kia also sure knows how to bring the gadgets! Having modern options in a vehicle not only makes me happy, it makes me a better driver. In my opinion several of these options are as just as much a safety option as they are gadgets. Voice-Command Navigation with 8″ Display, UVO eServices & SiriusXM Traffic, Infinity® Surround Sound Audio System with Ten Speakers, External Amplifier & Subwoofer, HD Radio™, Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, Rear-Camera Display, Trip Computer, EcoMinder® Fuel-Efficiency Indicator, 115-Volt Power Inverter and the all important for any road trip USB/Auxiliary Input Jack. I don’t know how we traveled anywhere with our teenager without it.

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The 2015 Kia Sorento sure is pretty look at, with her shiny, sparkly paint, and fancy grill and wheels, but don’t let her beauty fool you, she’s packed with power! We packed up and drove this SUV five hours through northern Michigan. It handled great on the freeway! Picked up speed in seconds. Not kidding, seconds! Drove up and down hill with ease. Not that I would ever drive over the speed limit, on an open and empty road, in the country, but if I did – I’d be able to tell you that this beauty flies smooth, and with impressive ease.

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Also impressive is Kia’s fuel economy. 18/25/- City/Highway is not bad at all for full size SUV! In-fact the only issue I had during my entire week of driving the 2015 Kia Soento is, at my height I have to readjust the mirrors often, to avoid blind spots. Also, I don’t know what it is but I found the driver seat belt slightly uncomfortable. Again, this could be height related. Both are issues that I’m sure I’d be able to work out over time of driving the car. Definitely wouldn’t be a deal breaker. The 2015 Kia Sorento is an amazing vehicle. If in your budget, I highly recommend a test drive.

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Photos used and the opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review by Kia . I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.

Learn more about Kia by visiting them online at http://www.kia.com

The Book of Life Prize Pack Giveaway #BookOfLife

The Book Of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

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In celebration of The Book of Life, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive Book of Life Toys inspired by the film. Be sure to check out the colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.

Also be sure to check out the new behind the scenes clip “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes” .

You can see the official trailer in my previous Trailer Park Tuesday post.

Every time I see a clip or trailer for this movie, I spot something new and fun. My family is super excited to being seeing it together over opening weekend.

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The Book Of Life stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and opens in theaters everywhere on October 17, 2014!

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Visit the Official Website

Like ‘The Book of Life’ on Facebook

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Enter to win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a The Book of Life Prize Pack! Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Cost Plus World Market.

Prize Pack includes:

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Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 6TH. Winner must be 18+. Open to US Mailing addresses only. No PO Boxes.

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Celebrate Mummy’s Little Pumpkin this Halloween with MAM!

Most babies are too young for Halloween tricks or treats, but these new festive pacifiers from MAM sure make for a fun gift.

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These limited edition fun Halloween motif pacifiers feature a curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face.

MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple allows for the pacifiers to stay comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture.

Other features include symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development, textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe. The pacifiers come in a convenient storage case that is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers.

MAM Limited edition Halloween Pacifiers retail: $7.49 (two pack of pacifiers)

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Facebook: facebook.com/MAMbabyUSA

Twitter: @MAMBABY

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/MAMUSA

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Watch for more great baby items to be shared soon, as we kick off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide here on Five Dollar Shake.

Earth To Echo landing on Blu-ray & DVD October 21st! #EchoInsiders Blu-ray #Giveaway

Earth to Echo is coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 21st!

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I really enjoyed all of the family activities surrounding this movie, but I missed seeing Earth To Echo while it was in theaters. So, I’m pretty excited to watch it at home with my family.

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

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1. Pick Up Games There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

2. Bike Rides With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

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3. Hide N’ Seek
A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

4. Backyard Campout
Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

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5. Chalk The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

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Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Creating the Truck Scene
  • Casting the Characters
  • “We Made That!” The Making of Earth to Echo
  • Friends No Matter How Far
  • Six Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Enter to win !

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a copy Earth To Echo on Blu-ray. Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 5th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO Boxes please.

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Trailer Park Tuesday, A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

Director, writer: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo.

In theaters: December 31, 2014.

I’m betting that this movie is going to be huge. It looks amazing. If marketed correctly, I see it doing very well. I for one am really looking forward to see it on the big screen.

How about you? Judging from the trailer above, will you be seeing A Most Violent Year?

Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants #InvisibleBoat Rescue, Review & Giveaway @SpongeBob @MegaBloks

Plankton is at it again and it’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick to stop him with the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants. Build the Invisible Boatmobile with cool translucent blocks and take off for a high-speed chase! Help, Plankton is launching jellyfish everywhere! It’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick – dressed as Mermaidman and Barnacleboy – to save them with the Invisible Boatmobile’s not-so-invisible net!

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During our granddaughter’s most recent sleepover, our teenager and her friend decided to open the box of Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants Invisible Boatmobile Rescue. Though the kit turned out to be a little harder than expected, the three of them enjoyed hours of fun. Seeing the tiny pieces take shape was quit an accomplishment. There was a lot of construing, and undoing, and pride before the evening was over. Most of all there was a lot of reminiscing of past SpongeBob episodes, and laughing!

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Never lacking in quality this Mega Bloks set is a great find or gift for any SpongeBob fan!

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Ideal for ages 5 and up. (With a lot of help)

Features:

  •  Cool Invisible Boatmobile to build with translucent blocks
  •  Buildable bobCAT vehicle and a Jellyfish catapult
  •  SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton micro action figures
  •  Four jellyfish
  •  Combine with other Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants playsets to build your own wacky world of fun in Bikini Bottom.

Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue is just part of the exciting new partnership between Mega Bloks & Spongebob!

MEGA Brands Announces Expansion of Nickelodeon Licenced Products

Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants Invisible Boatmobile retails for $19.99. Visit the Mega Bloks website to find it in stores.

You can also enter win one here on Five Dollar Shake!

Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 3rd. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No Po Boxes please.

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