Enter to win The Best of Me, Tears of Joy Edition Blu-ray #BestOfMeInsiders

If you missed this touching story of true love, and second chances while it was in theaters, get ready to grab your tissues, and your best girlfriends as The Best of Me makes it’s home release onto Blu-ray and DVD on February 3rd!

Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they’ve made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get…. ah, no spoilers here! You’ll have to wait and see for yourself. Trust me you wont be disappointed.

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Special Features:

  • Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray Only)
  • Along for the Ride
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Michelle and James (Blu-ray Only)
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Liana and Luke (Blu-ray Only)
  • Director’s Commentary by Michael Hoffman
  • Music Video: I Did – Lady Antebellum
  • Digital HD (Blu-ray Only)

I had the honor of visiting the set of The Best of Me during their last day of filming in New Orleans. You can read all of my “The Best Of Me” set visit by searching my archives, including set photos, and interview highlights with the cast and writer Nichols Sparks. It was a great experience! I can’t wait to own this movie to relive it all over again.

Enter to win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win The Best of Me, Tears of Joy Edition, featuring DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD and all of those awesome special features.
Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the continental U.S. No PO boxes. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on February 10th.

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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?

FTC Disclosure: I am an Xfinity Reviewer. I receive information and free service as part of this relationship. I’m not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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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Do you use Fandango?

If you love movies like I do – Fandango is more than just buying movie tickets, it’s a fun place to get excited about up-coming releases. You can also watch movie trailers, join in discussions, read reviews and much more.

Plan the perfect family movie night! Visit Fandango Family and get movie recommendations based on your kid’s age. Read great blog posts and movie reviews from real parents and learn more about up coming family film exclusives, like Russell Madness.

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

FTC Disclosure: I am part of the Fandango Family. Information was provided as part of an ongoing relationship in which free products and compensation are often received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

My favorite TV series of 2014

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As much as I love movies, most of you know that I have a serious TV addiction. Thank heavens my Xfinity X1 DVR has the ability to work over time! Below is a list of my favorite TV series of 2014.

10. Mike & Molly
09. Homeland
08. Two Broke Girls
07. The Good Wife
06. The Blacklist
05. The Bridge
04. Parenthood
03. Hell on Wheels
02. The Americans
01. True Detective

Honorable mentions. Some of these let me down, some I haven’t finished, but either way they were enjoyed at some level throughout 2014.

Gracepoint, Suits, Orange is The New Black, Rectify, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, The Leftovers, Trophy Wife, Chicago fire, Halt and Catch Fire, Grey’s Anatomy, and Tyrant.

R.I.P. True Blood

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I had a serious love/hate with this series. I feel in-love with the first season, and then didn’t care for the second. Picked it back up at the end of season three and fell pretty hard for it by the end of the fourth. I then watched it again from the beginning and enjoyed every single bloody episode until it ended.

Even though the last season was my least favorite, in my opinion it had one of the most beautiful and defining moments of the series. The whole Graveyard sequence with Sookie and Bill. It was everything the series was built on, love, sacrifice, passion, blood, with an underlining beauty.

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2014 really stepped up the game for television. The writing, the acting and the quality has never been better. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

What were you watching in 2014? Did I miss one of your favorites? Please, take a minute to leave any suggestion in the comments.

Trailer Park Tuesday, The Longest Ride #Longestride

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Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Writers: Craig Bolotin, Nicholas Sparks
Cast: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda.

I’m a major fan (sucker) for anything Nicholas Sparks, and just started reading this book, so I’m sure to be seeing The Longest Ride on the big screen.

How about you? Are you a Nicholas Sparks fan? Think you’ll see The Longest Ride?

The Best of Me coming to DVD, Blu-ray & Digital HD

The Best of me on Blu-ray

Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they’ve made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love.

Special Features

  • Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray Only)
  • Along for the Ride
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Michelle and James (Blu-ray Only)
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Liana and Luke (Blu-ray Only)
  • Director’s Commentary by Michael Hoffman
  • Music Video: I Did – Lady Antebellum
    Digital HD (Blu-ray Only)

I had the honor of visiting the set of The Best of Me during their last day of filming in New Orleans. You can read all of my “The Best Of Me” posts by searching my archives, including set photos, and interview highlights with the cast and writer Nichols Sparks. It was a great experience! I can’t wait to own this movie to relive it all over again.

The Best Of Me will be avaible to purchase on 2/3/15!

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I’ve done over the past seven days.

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1. Shopped for Christmas gifts online. Free shipping is the bomb!

2. Watched the season finale of Gracepoint, and found it very anticlimactic when the killer was my very first guess.

3. Enjoyed an evening of dinner, and board games with my parents.

4. Had to turn my head while my grandbaby had her ears pierced.

5. Spent an afternoon at the mall, shopping for myself.

6. Watched Wedding Crashers for what could be the millionth time, and still laughed out loud.

7. Woke up and felt wide awake at 5am on a Sunday. And was not happy about it.

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?