Get your Halloween movie night fix by tweeting #FoxFreakouts

Just in time for Halloween – Fox Horror is providing personalized horror film recommendations to fans who are in the mood for blood, guts, chills and thrills!

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Tweet #FoxFreakouts and what kind film you’re looking for to @FoxHorror, and they’ll reply with personalized recommendations to fit your twisted needs.

We love horror movies this time of year, feel free to come back and share your recommendations in the comments, or tweet them to me @5_dollarshake !

The promotion runs from now through Halloween night.

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 More importantly however, is it time we stopped making movies based on outdated gambling methods and started moving forward into the 21st century?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.

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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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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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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7 Things on Sunday

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

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1. Bought our granddaughter a new to her/used bedroom set.
2. Started reading a new book. Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry.
3. Watched The Calling on DVD, and enjoyed it.
4. Cried like a baby while watching Parenthood. Again this week!
5. Pulled our Halloween decorations out of the attic.
6. Received a pay raise at work.
7. Slept in past 9:00 am.

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD 11/4 #FHEInsiders

Just in Time for the Holidays, Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!

Sing-along with your favorites including: Billboards Rising Star Award® Winner Janelle Monae, Tony Award® Winner Kristin Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Grammy Award® Winners Bruno Mars & Jamie Fox & More!

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Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

Blu-ray™ Special Features

  • Rio 1 Refresher
  • Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • I Will Survive multi-language music video

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD on November 14, 2014!

Watch for more Rio 2 Sing-a-long fun, including free activity sheets and a Blu-ray copy giveaway to be posted soon.

FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

5 New Must See Horror Movies for October

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‘Tis the season to be frightened! To help you get in the Halloween spirit the below movies will be in theaters and/or available on VOD during the month of October.

1. Annabelle – in theaters now!
A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

2. The Canal – in theaters October 10th.
Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy – or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can’t help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him. Through ghastly imagery and a chilling score, Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal is an Irish ghost story that will leave you with a fear of the dark and a dripping chill down your spine long after the film’s conclusion.

3. Dracula Untold – in theaters October 10th.
Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.

4. Stonehearst Asylum – in theaters October 24th.
A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

5. Ouija – in theaters October 24th.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Bonus movie currently available on VOD is Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead!
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

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From low budget frights to big-time chills, there are plenty of horror movies to watch this Halloween. Will you be watching? What are your must sees?

National Fire Prevention Week, Free Tips from Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

It’s National Fire Prevention Week and on behalf of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue (on Blu-ray and Digital HD Nov. 4th), I have some helpful Fire Safety Tips to share!

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Learn how to prevent and protect your home and family from fire with a safety checklist, quiz, puzzles and more! Remember what Smokey Bear says, only you can prevent forest fires!

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Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE is available on Blu-ray and Digital HD November 4th!

Visit their official website for more free fun, and be sure to follow along on Facebook, and Twitter.