Celebrate Award Season with Xfinity On Demand #XfinityReviewer

Do you have a favorite season? For most of us television and movie enthusiasts, that’s an easy question to answer – yes, Award Season, and it’s just getting started! I for one enjoy all that the season has to offer, and try to watch as many awards shows as possible. The Golden Globes, and Oscars being real favorites. Part of the fun for me is to watch and rut for my favorites among the nominees. Though being a busy working mom, I don’t always have time to fit in that many trips to the theater. Thankfully this year I have the Xfinity X1 Platform featuring Xfinity On Demand.

The “Oscar Films and More” collection on Xfinity On Demand is their largest Oscar collection yet, with more than 200 previous winners. The collection features this year’s nominees like Boyhood (six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor), Gone Girl (Best Supporting Actress) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director), as well as a collection of past winners such as 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Argo, The Kings Speech, The Hurt Locker and more.

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The “2015 Golden Globe Winners” collection features episodes from all the winning TV shows – including Showtime’s freshman hit The Affair (Best Actress in a TV Drama Series) and PBS fan favorite Downton Abbey (Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Series) – as well as nearly the entire list of Golden Globe nominated series from every category. In addition, Xfinity TV customers can also enjoy all of the already-released winning films such as Boyhood (Best Drama Motion Picture), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Best Animated Feature Film) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture). For movies that haven’t been released for home viewing yet, such as Birdman (Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture) and The Theory of Everything (Best Original Score), the Xfinity On Demand collection provides trailers and more information on each film.

Xfinity TV customers can find the Oscars collection under the Movies section of Xfinity On Demand; the Golden Globes collection is featured in both the TV and Movies sections. Learn more here.

Thanks to Xfinity On Demand, I’ve recently completed my award season must see list. How about you? Are there still some nominees you’d like to fit in?

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15 Movies I’m looking forward to seeing in 2015 #FandangoFamily

Welcome 2015! With every new year comes the anticipation and excitement of new and upcoming movies. And, this year is already shaping up to be a blockbuster for any movie fan! Below is a list of fifteen movies that I’m looking forward to seeing in 2015.

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01. Escobar: Paradise Lost (Jan 16)
02. Cake (Jan 23)
03. Black or White (Jan 30)
04. Insurgent (Mar 2015)
05. The Longest Ride (April 10)
06. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (April 17)
07. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
08. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
09. Tomorrowland (May 17)
10. Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5)
11. Jurassic World (June 12)
12. Ant-Man (July 17)
13. Straight Outta Compton (Aug 14)
14. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Nov 20)
15. Sicario (TBA 2015)

Bonus – Russell Madness! (Mar 10), because who doesn’t love a fun talking dog movie? Our family has a long history of enjoying Air Bud and those cute little Buddies.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Air Bud Entertainment, announced that the hilarious and heartwarming pet-filled, family adventure Russell Madness, will make its Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD debut, on March 10, 2015.

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The action-packed family feature’s home entertainment release follows a February debut in theaters as part of the Fandango Family Screening Series.

Russell Madness tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his current pet store residence, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family.

Enter the Fandango Russell Madness Sweepstakes for your chance to see Russell Madness on the big screen, PLUS win free snacks, goodies, a chance to win prizes and other surprises.

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How about you? What upcoming movies are on your must see list for 2015?

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Trailer Park Tuesday, Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron #AgeOfUltron

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.

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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, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, 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.

Check out the exciting NEW trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron!

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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Being a big BIG fan of Marvel’s The Avengers, I’m beyond excited for this sequel and am already counting down the days until I get to experience them back on the big screen. With great cast additions, such as James Spader (Ultron), well – that’s just more icing on the cake!

How about you? Are you you a fan? Think you’ll be seeing Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron while it’s in theaters?

Marvel’s ANT-MAN, New Movie Poster & Teaser Trailer #AntMan

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

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Trailer Park Tuesday, Taken 3 #Taken3

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Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he’s falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he’s pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

Director: Olivier Megaton
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Leland Orser
In theaters: January 9, 2015.

I didn’t care for the first Taken, but I thought Taken 2 was a little better. This one sounds to be the best storyline of the three! I’ll most likely see Taken 3 on Blu-ray or rent it on Digital HD.

How about you? Are you a fan of the previous Taken movies? Any plans to see Taken 3?

Biggest movie flops of 2014

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Sometimes the trailer is the best thing about a movie. What this means for the audience is, unfortunately, in some cases the trailer might be writing cheques the film can’t cash. Here is a list of the biggest, most anti-climactic build-ups and subsequent let-downs of 2014’s cinema releases:

1.Transformers: Age of Extinction
The loud, flashy robots were back, creaking and thrusting through a futuristic dystopia where new enemies emerged to eradicate the Autobots. The film staggered at a relentless pace, looking for every opportunity to fire up the screen with car chases, intricately detailed CGI or the requisite string of explosions. The flashy fare extended for 166 minutes of high-speed plot development and action, leaving movie-goers exhausted and desensitized.

2.Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
Following the success of Robert Rodriguez’s cult adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel in 2005, the sequel did not quite live up to the hype with 2014 audiences. The film brought back some characters from the original film and intertwined them with the stories of a handful of new ones, all the while drifting through its trademark gloomy, film-noir atmosphere. The new characters were one of the few redeeming factors in the movie, notably Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a wily gambler who would undoubtedly play online casino slots at Euro Palace with enthusiastic ardour. While in the first film it was a welcome, dark treat to peer into the black heart and characters of the thoroughly depraved city, the next installment feels too caught up in its own style and played it safe in terms of story development.

3.RoboCop
The robot-human peacekeeper franchise rose from the 1980s in this messily put-together reboot. The incorruptible Alex Murphy is the well-known hybrid enforcer, an experiment made possible by a collaboration between the police and a devious technologies corporation with barely-concealed ulterior motives. In a saturated market of sci-fi-action blockbusters the audience found the film wanting: humourless, cold and uninspiring. In this case, ironically, being robotic doesn’t help RoboCop in any sense.

4.Transcendence
In Johnny Depp’s next highly anticipated sci-fi vehicle, he played a character who uploaded himself into a computer just before his physical body died, from where his forlorn wife can chat with him and – to some extent – improve the world with his newly-gained omniscience. The tried-and-tested themes (respect nature, absolute power corrupts absolutely) are barely stretched, explored or refreshed as the audience would expect. Instead the film collapses into a shapeless shadow of a good movie, something that goes beyond disappointment into the territory of sad, missed potential. Also, for a Johnny Depp movie, there’s not a lot of Johnny Depp.

5.Need for Speed
Fresh from the success of AMC’s Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul returned to a slightly bigger screen to show a wider audience his ability to carry an action blockbuster. And what could be better than a film based on the high-octane thrills of a video game bearing the same name? The answer is pretty much anything else. How unbearably disappointing to see a truly talented and beloved actor thrown into the utter mundanity of Hollywood along with other similarly talented cast members. Especially in a film so ill-conceived and incomprehensibly threaded together.

We can only hope that 2015, with so many anticipated films including Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode VII, does not disappoint. Fingers and toes crossed.

Trailer Park Tuesday, Kingsman: The Secret Service #Kingsman

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Directer: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In theaters: February 13, 2015

I’m sure I will see this one at some point. I’m even more sure that my husband will see it. I’m not sure if it will be on the big screen or on on blu-ray. I like the trailer, and it looks well made, but there is nothing really pulling me to the theater. We’ll see…

How about you? What do you think of the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie trailer?

Making Mother/Daughter memories & The Hunger Games: Mockingjay necklaces #FandangoFamily @Fandango

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Following her rescue from the devastating Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes in the complex beneath the supposedly destroyed District 13. Her home, District 12, has been reduced to rubble, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is now the brainwashed captive of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). At the same time, Katniss also learns about a secret rebellion spreading throughout all of Panem — a rebellion that will place her at the center of a plot to turn the tables on Snow.

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It’s nice having older kids. But, let’s face it, parenting a teenager is not always easy. So I try to find those hidden moments and turn them into fun mother/daughter memories that I hope keep our relationship strong and successful. It really doesn’t take much, like reading the same book and discussing it, going to the gym together, and every once in a while experiencing a movie that we can both get excited about. Like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

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I wasn’t a big fan of The Hunger Games, until our teenage daughter begged me to watch the first movie. Which of-course led to watching the second. Then like her – I was hooked. The third, we had our-self’s a little countdown, and then experienced a fun mother/daughter day to celebrate the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Our mother/daughter day included making a couple of movie themed necklaces, dinner and a trip to theater just the two of us.

We bought our movie tickets using the Fandango app, and had them sent directly to my phone. Which was nice because we got to skip the line at the box office! Giving us plenty of time to buy our concessions, and even take a few silly selfies together while waiting for the movie to start…

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Our necklaces are nothing fancy, but to us they’re a symbol of strength, and standing up for what is right, even when the odds are not in your favor.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is playing now in theaters nation wide! You can purchase your tickets easily by vising Fandango.com or by downloading the free Fandango App directly to your smart phone or mobile device.

Disclosure: This sponsored post is part of a blogging campaign in collaboration with Fandango. As a Fandango Family Ambassador, I received a compensation and promotional items as a thank you for participating. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”