Free Muppets Most Wanted Activity Sheets

The Muppets are back in the globe-trotting, star-studded musical comedy adventure Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand August 12th, 2014!

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From Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, this must-own family film makes its in-home debut with THREE versions of the film: The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut, and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut, featuring hilarious bonus content, plus more music, more mayhem, and more Muppets!

In-celebration of this fun release, I have free activity sheets to share with my readers!

Help Kermit escape from the Siberian gulag maze, test your Muppets Most Wanted knowledge, help the gang spot the difference then brighten up the weekend with some coloring!

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“Into the Woods” teaser trailer & first film images #IntoTheWoods

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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Into The Woods will be theaters December 25, 2014!

Oh, can it be Christmas now? Please. This looks so good.

Free Rio 2 Activity Sheets #Rio2Insiders

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15!

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In celebration of this fun release I have free activity sheets to share!

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Watch for several exciting Rio 2 blog posts coming soon, including a giveaway!

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New Trailer – Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted #MuppetsMostWanted

The new trailer for Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is out, and I couldn’t be more excited! I grew up with The Muppets, and I still love them to this day.

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Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper.

In theatres everywhere on March 14th!

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DreamWorks DVD & Blu-ray Bundle Giveaway

Looking to add some fun to your family movie library? If so, I have the perfect trio for you – filled with thrills, laughs and some really fun music. Monsters Vs. Aliens Cloning Around, and Kung Fu Panda:The Scorpion Sting,and Shrek The Musical are now avaible for purchase. Even better you can enter to win all three by using the widget below!

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Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around
If your little one loved the original Monsters vs. Aliens movie then they will want to join Susan (a.k.a. Ginormica), fish-ape hybrid Link, brilliant but mad scientist Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., and indestructible gelatinous mass B.O.B., as they embark on fun-filled adventures under the not-too-watchful eye of General Monger! Meet some of the new alien characters like the adorable Sweep and bully Coverton.

DVD includes episodes from the all-new animated Nickelodeon TV series:

  • Welcome to Area Fifty-Something
  • Danger Wears a Diaper / The Toy From Another World
  • The Bath Effect / The Fruit of All Evil
  • Fremeny Mine / Maximum B.O.B.
  • It Came…On a Field Trip / Educational Television
  • Flipped Out / The Wormhole Has Turned
  • The Two Faces of Dr. Cockroach / The Thing With One Brain
  • Night of the Living Dog / Attack of the Movie Night
  • Digital Ultraviolet download so that you can watch on your computer, tablet or smartphone

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Kung Fu Panda: The Scorpion Sting
As the chosen Dragon Warrior and sworn protector of the Valley of Peace, Po the panda is highly skilled, ever vigilant and hungry for justice…and dumplings. Together with the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—Po must fend off fierce villains, including an evil version of himself (courtesy of the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang) and the toothy Croc Bandits!

DVD includes episodes from the all-new animated Nickelodeon TV series:

  • Good Croc Bad Croc
  • The Princess and the Po
  • Chain Reaction
  • Bad Po
  • Jailhouse Panda
  • Father Crime
  • Po Fans Out

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Shrek The Musical
Shrek the Musical brings Broadway musical magic into your own home. It is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film. It was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren. The cast includes Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The musical features 17 all-new songs by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori.
Blu-ray includes:

  • From Swamp To Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical
  • Shrek The Musical Songbook with Sing-Along
  • Digital Ultraviolet download so that you can watch on your computer, tablet or smartphone

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Disney’s Annouces “Into The Woods” Cast & Production Team!

Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics—including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.

Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Check out this all-star cast:

· Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.

· Emily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.

· James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.

· Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.

· Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.

· Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.

· Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.

· Daniel Huttlestone (“Les Misérables”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.

· Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.

· Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince.

· MacKenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.

· Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The East”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.

Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Good Shepherd”) and Lucy Punch (“Bad Teacher,” “Dinner for Schmucks”) as Cinderella’s spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda. Richard Glover (“Sightseers,” “St. Trinian’s”) is the Princes’ royal steward, Frances de la Tour (“Hugo,” “Alice In Wonderland”) portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale (“The Deep Blue Sea”) is the Baker’s father. Actress Joanna Riding (“My Fair Lady,” “Carousel”) portrays Cinderella’s late mother, and Little Red Riding Hood’s beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie (“Calendar Girls,” “The Slipper and the Rose”).

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The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others. Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the story’s theatrical debut.

The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (“Collateral,” “Chicago,” “Nine”), Oscar® winner for the Marshall-helmed “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as director of photography. Dennis Gassner (“Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”), who won his own Oscar for “Bugsy,” serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is costume designer.

“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

Disney’s Teen Beach Movie Review

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the following DVD for the purpose of this review. I was not asked or encouraged to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

This summer hit the beach like it’s 1969!

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Teen Beach Movie” follows teen surfing sweethearts Brady and McKenzie who together ride the last wave of summer, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, “Wet Side Story.” There, it’s surfers versus bikers for control of the beach hangout…and everyone spontaneously breaks into song and dance. Now, Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently alter the movie’s romantic storyline when handsome surfer Tanner falls for McKenzie and biker girl Lela starts swooning for Brady.

Our thoughts:

I recently watched this movie with my teenage daughter. At first I was worried that she might be too old to really be entertained by a Disney musical. Thankfully, we both enjoyed the movie, and made a fun evening our of it. I found the storyline a lot of fun and pretty imaginative. Though, we both agreed it could have stood on it’s own without the subplot of mad scientists scheming to alter weather patterns and take over the local hangout — and then the world.

We also agreed that even though Garrett Clayton (local Detroit area boy) does a great job playing the main character of Tanner, it would have been nice to see someone else in the role. Maybe it’s just us, but we both found him a little too similar to a young Zac Efron. Would be nice to Disney change things up a bit.

With that said Disney’s Teen Beach Movie is a really fun family film. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, and of-course some really fun music. The song and dance scenes are great. The cast is very pretty, and the songs are very catchy. I can easily see this movie and the soundtrack becoming Disney’s next hit. Especially with tween-age girls.

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Disney’s Teen Beach movie premiered to a record-breaking 8.4 million viewers on the Disney Channel!

Produced by Rainforest Productions, LLC. Directed by Jeffrey Hornaday; written by Vince Marcello, Mark Landry and Robert Horn; David Buelow, executive producer; Robert F. Phillips, producer; choreographed by Mr. Hornaday and Chris Scott.

WITH: Ross Lynch (Brady), Maia Mitchell (McKenzie), Grace Phipps (Lela), Garrett Clayton (Tanner), John Deluca (Butchy), Chrissie Fit (Cheechee), Jordan Fisher (Seacat), Mollee Gray (Giggles), Kent Boyd (Rascal), William T. Loftis (Lugnut), Jessica Lee Keller (Struts), Kevin Chamberlin (Dr. Fusion), Steve Valentine (Les Camembert), Suzanne Cryer (Aunt Antoinette) and Barry Bostwick (Big Poppa).

Disney’s Teen Beach Movie is avaible now on DVD where Disney movies are sold.

Les Misérables Movie Prize Pack #Giveaway

The holiday season is finally here, and with it comes exciting, big-budget Hollywood movie releases. This year, Les Misérables is one I’m more than excited to see.

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation and stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Les Misérables is filled with timeless, passionate music. I have the pleasure of sharing some of that music as part of a Les Misérables Movie Prize Pack with one very lucky Five Dollar Shake reader.

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The Les Misérables Movie Prize Pack includes:

  • T-shirt
  • Journal
  • Ornament

Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Should you have any issues with your entry, feel free to email me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on January 7, 2013.

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An Extended First Look & Imagines of Universal Pictures’ Les Misérables

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner
Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

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Sparkle Movie Review

Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, and this Detroit-filmed version is especially notable for its cast. Sparkle is the last film starring Whitney Houston, as the singer passed away after in February 2012. It’s also the first film starring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, so there’s a lot of pressure for this film to succeed at the box office. Luckily, the singing in it is fantastic, and although the film is a little lengthy (about 2 hours long), it tells an interesting story.

Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) has two sisters, Sister (Carmen Ejogo, Away We Go) and Dolores (Tika Sumpter, Think Like a Man), and they are all great singers. Sister (whose real name is Tammy) is the “showman” of the three, and with the help of Stix (Derek Luke, TV’s Hawthorne), their manager, they form a girl band, with Sister as the lead singer and Sparkle and Dolores on back-up. Their mother, Emma (Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard), disapproves of their singing, as she tried to have a singing career when she was younger but failed. Sister has a boyfriend but quickly attracts the attention of a TV celebrity, Satin (Mike Epps, Jumping the Broom), and falls into a tumultuous and violent relationship with him. Sparkle and Stix have an off-and-on relationship, but when the group falls apart due to Sister’s drug addiction (which is the fault of Satin, for the most part), Stix wants to move to California, since he’s “done with Detroit.” Sparkle, who also writes original songs, must decide if she has the courage to become her own act, and sing her own songs on stage.

If I was reviewing this movie on the singing itself, it would get 5 out of 5 stars. Curiously, Sparks’ singing isn’t utilized much, until the very end, when she takes the stage on her own, and we see the depth of her abilities. Houston sings solo in a few scenes, and they are bittersweet moments when you remember she’s no longer with us, as she’s a fantastic singer. Carmen Ejogo, as the main showrunner at first, is great, and so is Tika Sumpter as Dolores, who is in the group to earn money so she can attend medical school.

Yes, see this film. In the scenes where there wasn’t any singing, the film did drag a little bit, but that might have been because it could have had a shorter runtime. I was surprised that Whitney Houston hasn’t really done any movies since the late ’90s, because she was great as the girls’ overprotective mother, who didn’t want them to fall into the same scenario that she had lived through, where she didn’t make it and also turned to drugs and alcohol; in one scene, she snaps something like “Wasn’t my life enough of a cautionary tale for you?” I was also surprised that this was Jordin Sparks’ first film, as she is a natural actress; I hope to see her more on the silver screen in the future.

Sparkle is in theaters today, August 17th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 116 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

Liz is a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature, and she loves going to the movies. She is the owner and writer of a film website, Yes/No Films, which was started in January 2010, and she also is a guest movie reviewer for several other web sites. Liz writes book reviews for blogher.com and on her own book blog. You can contact her at liz@yesnofilms.com, and follow her @yesnofilms.