Trailer Park Tuesday, Blackhat #blackhatmovie

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Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang, John Ortiz.
In theaters: January 16, 2015.

The more I see on this movie, the better it looks. I’m sure my husband and I will be watching it. How about you? Think you’ll see Blackhat?

On the set interviews with James Marsden & Michelle Monaghan #TheBestofMe

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I recently had the honor of being a part of a small select group of bloggers to visit the set of Nicholas Sparks’ latest movie; The Best Of Me. If you don’t already know, the story is about as romantic as they come. As was the filming location, located just outside New Orleans, in the hot and steamy state of Louisiana.

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The crew was very accommodating to our group, including us in their catered southern lunch, and carrying our chairs and shelter across the plantation, more than once. Also very accommodating were the actors. We had the pleasure of chatting with several cast members throughout the day. Below are some highlights from our time with James Marsden (27 Dresses, X-Men, 30 Rock) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible, Due Date, True Detective). Both of whom could not have been nicer.

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Blogger: What kind of research did you do for this role?
Mr. James Marsden:You know, I didn’t do much research. I’m kind of one of these actors that likes to take the script and maybe over-examine it. And so, that’s really my blueprint is the script, and I’m obviously familiar with Nicholas’s [Sparks] work and having worked with him before and everything. I did a little looking in to what it’s like to be an oil rigger, actually. That was a new thing for me to play. The character I play comes from not a great family. He maybe had an abusive father and so I looked into that a little bit without going too heavy-handed with it. It’s what’s so nice about his work is that he so effortlessly taps into very human needs to feel loved and desired and to desire somebody else…

Blogger: Did you have any particular challenges because your character is two different ages? Was that something new to you?
Mr. James Marsden: Well, it was harder to match his physique. That was probably one of the harder things. Then again, I had the 20 years later on my side. And you know what? I was really fortunate to be a part of The Notebook, which was, you know, obviously a really strong example of a well-done Nicholas Sparks film. And they were lucky enough to have a larger age gap between Ryan and James, and Rachel and Jenna. This is trickier because it’s only 20 years.
Blogger: Exactly.
Mr. James Marsden: I don’t know. I kind of maybe look a little younger than I am…I don’t know. So, it’s a tough first sell, but Luke [Bracey] and I got together early on and we realized, look, we’re not carbon copies of one another and I don’t think the audience needs to see that, you know? It’s more about being on the same page as far as who this guy is, and maybe having some mannerisms that are similar. Luke has this really great deep voice and so I tried to kind of put my voice in that same register. Like I said, little mannerisms here and there.

Blogger: Do you have a favorite scene?
Mr. James Marsden: Michelle [Monaghan] and I had about an 11 minute love scene take, which was very nice. And they wouldn’t cut. They said, “All right, this is going to get into R territory from PG-13 pretty quick if you don’t cut.” She is such a joy to work with. I don’t know if you’ve been able to witness us kind of hanging out and messing around.
I’m from the Midwest and she is too and it’s just good to work with somebody that you actually really do have intimate chemistry with. And she’s a sweetheart. She’s a sport because I mess with her all the time. So, that was a great scene. We had some fun driving the old Corvette, you know? Teaching her how to drive a stick.

Blogger: Was there a certain part of the script or part of the book? What made you decide to take the role?
Mr. James Marsden: I haven’t done this kind of movie since The Notebook, and I don’t know how familiar you are with the movie, but I played the sort of other guy in that film, and this was an opportunity to play “the guy”. It almost got pathological there for a while, taking these roles where I’m the other guy.
Blogger: You don’t really get your happy ending here either.
Mr. James Marsden: Right, yes, well, we have our own little plan for that, so we’ll see how that all works out. But, I don’t know. I mean–.
Blogger: Is the ending changing?
Mr. James Marsden: I can’t tell you that. But, you’ll be pleased. You’ll be pleased.

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Blogger: Well, what is it like knowing that another actor is playing a younger version of yourself? Have you seen any of your personal self in Liana [Liberato]?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Oh, yes, most definitely. It’s funny because she’s very outgoing. I’m pretty outgoing. She’s very vivacious. And she’s very open. And she’s just a real fun girl. She’s got a lot of energy. And I as an adult have a lot of energy. But, the younger version of me probably even had more energy, of course. But, I really like Liana a lot. And I’m very happy to have her playing the younger version of me. She looks great.

Blogger: What made you decide to take this role?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Well, I’m a girl. And I am a romantic, of course. And you know, this is a genre that I’ve never been a part of.
I did a lot of romantic comedies. I did kind of action films, drama, but never really sort of like an epic love story. And so, when I read the script–and I was a fan of Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, all of that–but when I read this, this really struck a chord with me because it was really powerful. And it’s about love and loss and second chances. I guess as an older woman now–hate to say that–but–or more mature woman I guess, I’ve lived life a little bit, I could relate to it in some respects. And I adore Michael Hoffmann, who is our director. And so, we started talking about it about a year ago really. And then it just kind of developed into this great movie with this great cast. And I’m really excited to be a part of it.

Blogger
: Are you seeing a different part of Louisiana from when you were filming True Detective?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Oh, most definitely. We didn’t have anything nearly as pretty and vibrant and alive as this, you know? That was a very sort of dark look at Louisiana and also very invaluable in terms of what we were trying to achieve there. But, this has been extraordinary, you know? It’s very, very, very pretty here. And we’ve fallen in love with New Orleans. I mean, I’m hard-pressed to leave it. I’ve actually just eaten my way through this city. And I’m still only like a quarter into my list.

Blogger
: What about favorite scenes, a favorite scene in the movie?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: You know what? James and I’ve had some really fun great scenes. Look at him. He’s standing under the ice cream truck right now. He’s so cute. I mean, look at him. Don’t you just want to scoop him back? Sorry.
Blogger: We’ve been thinking that, too.
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: We’ve had a lot of great scenes. We’ve had some in this Stingray that we’ve been driving around. And that’s just been really nice because we’ve just been driving outside with the top down. And it’s a great old car. But, truly, I’ve really enjoyed shooting every day with him because he’s just so easygoing. And he’s a great actor. And he’s just a total pleasure.
Blogger: How was the 11-minute-long sex scene?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Oh, my Gosh. You know what? I get paid to do a job. And I’m very, very professional. I’m very professional. So, yes, um-hmm.

Blogger: So, how did you relate to Amanda?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Well, just having a family and just the simple fact, that I’ve been happily married for 15 years. But, I’ve had prior relationships to that. And whether you’re happily married or not, I still think it’s human nature to say, “Oh, my gosh, what if I’d stayed in that relationship,” because there were so many close calls. Do you know what I mean? And I don’t regret any one of them because I’ve learned what I wanted from each of them, as we all have. You learn what you don’t want. You learn what you need, this and that. And thank goodness, I got them all in this little package at home. But, you still can’t help but think, “What if?” And so, in that respect, I could really certainly relate to that.

Blogger: Do the kids come with you?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Yes, the whole family came.
Blogger: So, they’re all here?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Yes, they’re all here. I have my daughter in Newman. She absolutely loves it.
Blogger: How old is your little girl?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: She’s 5.5.
Blogger: Okay.
Blogger: So, do they think it’s cool getting to go to different places?
Ms. Michelle Monaghan: Oh, they love it. They love being on an adventure. My son’s 6.5 months. My daughter really has no clue what I do. She saw me in a scene one time doing coffee with my costar. She doesn’t really come to set. Then somebody asked her one day at brunch, “Do you want to be an actress when you grow up?” And she’s like, “No, no, no, no, I can’t be an actress because I can’t drink coffee.” Oh, my Gosh, she has no clue.

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

In theaters October 17th!

Stay social with The Best of Me!

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Watch for more about my “The Best of Me” set visit to be posted soon, including interviews with Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey.

I am working with Relativity Media on promotion of this film. Travel, food and lodging were provided in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.

On the set interview with Nicholas Sparks #TheBestofMe

Back in May, I had the honor of joining a select group of bloggers in visiting the New Orleans set of Nicholas Sparks’ latest movie; The Best Of Me – based on his novel of the same name. The movie was on it’s last day of filming, taking place on one beautiful southern plantation.

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The home owner was also on set, sharing that the plantation had been in their family since 1876, and that it’s mostly been re-done over the years, but they kept as much as they could. Like the shutters and big high windows, and they have big crown moldings and beautiful floor..

Having read “The Best of Me” before my visit, I felt the locations were almost as important to the story as each character. Judging from what I saw of this plantation, the movie version is getting it right. Not surprising at all – seeing as Nicholas Sparks is very present on set, overseeing each detail.

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We as a group had the pleasure of sitting for an open Q&A with Nicholas Sparks, and conversing with him several times throughout our day on set. Below are a few of the highlights.

Blogger: Has the success of your movies changed the way you write your next book? Do you picture the movie?

Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Yes and no. There’s two parts to writing a novel, really, if you break it down. You have the thinking of the story–the period prior to writing. And then you have the moments when you write. So, when you’re thinking of a story, yes, I do take sometimes the film into account, not necessarily my own, but other films as well, for instance.
And that’s just so that I can be original. I don’t want to do something that feels unoriginal. So, it’s got be original for both a novel and original for film, and so you want to do that.

Blogger: Differences between the book and movie?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Differences–.
Blogger: –And are you okay with them?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Yes.
Blogger: Do you have a say?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Yes, the differences between the book and the movie–of course there are always differences. You know, film is a very different medium, in general.
So, because they’re different mediums, you have to kind of go into the whole project knowing that some things work better on film than they do in books. And some things conversely work better in books than they do on film…

Blogger: You said briefly that the inspiration for the story was something–an experience you had, like, when–.
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: –Personal.
Blogger: Yes, it’s a personal experience. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: I was in my 40s when I wrote The Best Me, and I think the 40s are a very interesting period of peoples’ lives. It’s like, if you’re in your 20s and your 30s, you kind of believe that your dreams can come true. You’ll meet the right guy, or you’ll be famous, or whatever your dreams are. I’ll have the house with the white picket–it doesn’t matter what they are. I’ll have kids, or whatever. Okay. So, you go through your 20s and 30s, and there’s a part of you that just knows it’s still–you still got a shot here. Well, in your 50s, 60s, and 70s, you kind of reach a point where you’re looking back and say, well, maybe they didn’t all come true, right.. I’m never going to be an astronaut.

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Blogger: I guess it’s the acknowledgments or right before the book, you said that this was a really hard book for you to write.
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Yes.
Blogger: So, was that because of the topic or because of the writing?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: No, no, no. It was a really challenging book because I worked exceedingly hard on it, and it was originally structured a little bit like Nights in Rodanthe. So, it was Amanda, and then she’s looking back on these events of maybe two or three years earlier. And you tell this story. And then the last part of the book, I unwound the story, right? I didn’t know how to do it the other way. And so, my editor read the novel and she said, that doesn’t work. You need to keep this story linear without a flashback. And the reason I didn’t do it linear in the first place was because I didn’t know how to do it in the first place. And the real challenge was, if you’re running parallel stories, you’ve got a Dawson story going on, and then you’ve got an Amanda story going on. In the Dawson story, it was tremendously fast-paced. He’s seeing something, he’s taken off running, there’s bad guys chasing, there’s fights, it’s a lot of just, wow, page-turning excitement. Amanda’s story, conversely, was sitting in a hospital. If anyone has ever sat in a hospital when you’re really, really worried about whoever you’re there for and really, really worried, what does time do?
Bloggers: Stops.
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Stops.

When asked about sad endings:

Mr. Nicholas Sparks: I tend to do that in a lot of my novels, right?
Blogger: Yes.

Mr. Nicholas Sparks: What is the purpose of literature? What is the purpose of any particular genre? What’s the purpose of a horror novel? To scare you. Okay. What’s the purpose of a thriller novel? To thrill you. What’s the purpose of a romance novel, which is not what I do? To allow you flights into romantic fantasy. What is the purpose of a mystery? To uncover who done it, right? They all have purposes. What’s the purpose of what I do? The purpose of what I do is to move the reader through the entire range of human emotion. So, that includes love, but you should also feel Amanda’s confusion. You should feel Dawson’s struggle. You should feel the frustration, the choice. You should feel what they’re going through, so that by the time you close the cover, you’re not thrilled or scared, and it wasn’t necessarily just a straight romantic fantasy.

You kind of feel as if you lived–.

Blogger: –Yes.
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: –A full life between the covers. And so, you have to cover all of the emotions of life, because if you leave one out, then it’s fantasy. It doesn’t really feel real. So, unfortunately, in case you’re not aware, sadness will be part of all of your lives. It’s just hard–.

Blogger: Where do you get your inspiration for the characters?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Inspiration can come from anywhere. They’ve been drawn from people that I know, from stories. But, generally, there are bits in people–every character–you search for their voice, and then their voice helps to define them. So, the inspiration is not in one fell swoop. It’s usually in more like bits and pieces, like maybe she’s quiet. And then you do the voice and say, well, maybe she’s even quieter than I thought, or maybe she talks more. And little by little, they come to life.

Blogger: At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer? Or when you knew you were a writer?
Mr. Nicholas Sparks: Totally different. If you ask my college roommates, they’ll say when I was 19 to 20, because I’d written a novel between my freshman and sophomore years of college. I lived with a group of guys, still good friends, and they say, oh, you talked about being a writer all the time. So, they would say, he knew when he was 20 that that’s what he was going to do. Part of me said, there’s no way I’ll ever make a living at doing that. So, it might have been more of a want than anything that was based in reality. I majored in business finance. I mean, you know? So, I guess then it was probably into halfway through Message in a Bottle that I knew I could be a writer, because you didn’t know if The Notebook was a fluke, and you had to know if you could do it a second time. So, it was somewhere around 1990. If The Notebook–I sold it in ’95. Probably somewhere in the spring of ’97. So, right around then.

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

In theaters October 17th!

Stay social with The Best of Me!

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Nicholas Sparks on the set of the Best Of Me

Watch for more about my “The Best of Me” set visit to be posted soon, including interviews with James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey.

I am working with Relativity Media on promotion of this film. Travel, food and lodging were provided in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.

Amy Dunne is missing. Her Pinterest page has been found. #GoneGirl #Giveaway

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Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore. In the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.). As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues?

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Explore for yourself at http://bit.ly/AmyDunne.

About the film

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Release: October 3, 2014
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn, based upon the novel written by Gillian Flynn
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Joshua Donen, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Official Website | Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | #GoneGirl

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I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. I’m about half way through the book, and LOVING it. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out on screen. Judging from the talented people behind and in-front of the camera, I’m betting it’s going to be really good.

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One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win the movie tie-in edition of the book and $25 Visa gift card to see the movie when it opens. 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 October 1st. Winner must be 18+ and living in the U.S. No PO Boxes.

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“This is Where I Leave You” New TV spot & Prize Pack giveaway #TIWILY

A couple of weeks ago I shared the movie poster, trailer and book club information for “This is Where I Leave You”. Now I have a fun new TV spot and prize package giveaway to share with my readers.

About the film:
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Check out this new TV spot!

This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda
Based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper.

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As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’m planning to read this book. It’s now next on my list! I’m also really looking forward to seeing the movie.

This is Where I Leave You in theaters September 19!

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One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a This is Where I Leave You Prize Package.

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Prize package Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Tote & Mug

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 October 1st. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO boxes please.

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The Maze Runner featurette & prize pack giveaway #MazeRunner

A couple of weeks ago I shared the trailer for The Maze Runner, in theaters September 19th. This week I have a fun featurette and giveaway to share with my readers.

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About the film:
When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

Get Social with The Maze Runner!

Visit the Official Website
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The Maze Runner will be in theaters September 19th.

Enter to win!

One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a The Maze Runner prize pack.

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Prize Pack courtesy of 20th Century Fox includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
  • Money Maze

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 October 1st. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO boxes please.

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Trailer Park Tuesday, The Best of Me – Special Trailer feat. Lady Antebellum #TheBestofme

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Director: Michael Hoffman

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Rob Mello, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney.

In theaters October 17th!

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I had the honor of visiting the set of “The Best of Me” during their last day of filming in New Orleans. It was a great experience! I can’t wait to share all the details of my visit as we get closer to the release date, such as interviews with James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, and Nicholas Sparks.

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You can see a few more of my set visit photos on Instagram.

Set visit aside, I absolutely loved this book, and am really looking forward to seeing it play out on screen.

How about you? Did you read “The Best Of Me” by Nicholas Sparks? Are you planning to see the movie?

Get Ready for that Final Ride with the “SONS OF ANARCHY” COLLECTOR’S SET #SOAFX

Relive every explosive moment with the distinctive “SONS OF ANARCHY” COLLECTOR’S SET!

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Arriving on Blu-ray™ & DVD November 11, The Collector’s Set Includes Seasons 1-6 – with a slot for the Final Season – and Comes in an Iconic Recreation of the SAMCRO Clubhouse Table.

Get ready for SAMCRO’s final ride when “Sons of Anarchy” The Collector’s Set arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on November 11, 2014. Relive every episode from the first six seasons of TV’s most intense, dramatic show. The special edition box set comes in an exquisite recreation of the iconic SAMCRO Reaper clubhouse table, perfect to serve as a centerpiece in any true fan’s home.

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The Sons of Anarchy final season will premiere on FX on September 9, 2014 and arrive on Blu-ray™ and DVD in early 2015. If ratings in the key demo of 18-49 year-olds eclipse last season’s numbers, Kurt Sutter promises to host a once-in-a-lifetime viewing party for the series finale. Scheduled for December 9, VIP fans at the exclusive event will have the opportunity to meet the cast and crew behind the epic series and participate in a taping of “Anarchy Afterword.”

“Sons of Anarchy” is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood.

In Season Six, Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam) has finally solidified his leadership of Sons of Anarchy by murdering Clay Morrow, his stepfather, for past sins. Season Six ends with his formidable mother, Gemma, committing an unpardonable sin. Unbeknownst to Jax, she brutally murders his wife, Dr. Tara Knowles, thinking she’s protecting the club. Juice Ortiz kills Sheriff Eli Roosevelt to protect Gemma. Season Seven begins ten days later with Jax in jail on a parole violation, grappling with the loss of the woman he loved. With the club’s full support, he sets in motion the brutal machinations that will lead to complete and merciless retribution.

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“Sons of Anarchy” The Collector’s Set Blu-ray™ and DVD is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to bring home the ultimate showpiece for the FX hit series! Available November 11, 2014.

Trailer Park Tuesday, This is Where I Leave You #TIWILY

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When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Screenplay By: Screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, Based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper.

Directed By: Shawn Levy

Produced By: Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda.

In theaters September 19, 2014

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I haven’t read the book – yet. I’m now thinking of bumping it up on my list. It sounds really good, and I know I’ll be seeing the movie while it’s in theaters.

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“Maleficent” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014

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Disney’s “Maleficent”, is a wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty”. Available November 4, 2014, on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms.

After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.” Discover how King Henry and Maleficent’s opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.” Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent’s elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.” Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”

“Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”), Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “Elysium”), Sam Riley (“Control,” “On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” series), Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Secrets & Lies”), Juno Temple (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Atonement”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Oculus”). It marks the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award® winner Robert Stromberg (Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Avatar,” 2010; Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Alice in Wonderland,” 2011). It was written by Linda Woolverton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King”) and produced by Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”).

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Bonus Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere

  • From Fairy Tale to Feature Film – Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
  • Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
  • Classic Couture – Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
  • Maleficent Revealed – Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
  • Aurora: Becoming A Beauty – Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.

Deleted Scenes:

  • “Stefan In King’s Chamber”
  • “Pixie Idiots”
  • “Diaval asks about the Curse”
  • “Pixies Seek Asylum”
  • “Suitor”

And More!

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