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WE DAY,” AN ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL CELEBRATING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF INDIVIDUALS ACTING TOGETHER TO CREATE CHANGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND AROUND THE WORLD, WILL BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 ON CBS

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Hosts the Special

Special Appearances by Alessia Cara, James Franco, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson,

Evan Goldberg, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Miss Piggy and Other Muppets,

Seth Rogen, Hannah Simone, Lilly Singh, Stomp and Oprah Winfrey

WE DAY, an entertainment special celebrating the transformative power of individuals acting together to create change in their communities and around the world, will be broadcast Friday, August 4 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez, alongside international activists and WE Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, the broadcast will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers and performers, including Alessia Cara, James Franco, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Miss Piggy and other Muppets, Seth Rogen, Hannah Simone, Lilly Singh, Stomp and Oprah Winfrey.

The all-star cast unites to celebrate the WE movement – a generation of people empowered to act and lead with compassion and the conviction that, when working together, simple actions can transform communities, the country and the world. The special features energetic, moving performances, combined with motivating speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting remarkable young Americans who are making a difference.

Parts of WE DAY were filmed at WE Day California, which took place April 27, 2017 at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. WE Day California is just one of more than 20 WE Day youth empowerment events that take place across North America and the U.K. every year. WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s most significant issues. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from “me” thinking to “we” acting, building a better world where everyone has the power to speak out and make choices that have a positive impact.

WE DAY is produced by Door Knocker Media and sponsored by Title Partner Allstate Foundation, alongside Presenting Partners Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft and Supporting Partner KPMG.

To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.WE.org and WE on Facebook.

About the WE Day Movement

WE Day is part of WE – an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. WE Day is a celebration of change, inspiring stadium-sized, life-changing events that take place around the world. You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day – young people earn their entry by taking action on one local and one global cause. WE Day unites world-renowned speakers, presenters and award-winning performers with thousands of young people and families to celebrate and inspire another year of incredible change. This year alone, over 200,000 young people will come together in more than 20 gatherings across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative. A movement of 3.4 million young people supporting 2,500+ local and global causes, WE has provided more than one million people with clean water and built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, giving more than 200,000 children access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by humanitarians, activists and social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger.

Thunder and the House of Magic (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Thunder and the House of Magic” shows great promise of 3D animated films coming out of Europe but also a film that will most definitely entertain the young and the young at heart.   An enjoyable family film, “Thunder and the House of Magic” is a film worth watching!

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TITLE: Thunder and the House of Magic

TELEFILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 111 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, French and English DTS HD-MA 5.1 and 2.0, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Shout! Factory/Student Canal

RATED: For all ages, contains some mild cartoon violence

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Directed by Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen

Screenplay by James Flynn, Dominic Paris, Ben Stassen

Story by Ben Stassen

Produced by Adrian Politowski, Ben Stassen, Caroline Van Iseghem, Gilles Waterkeyn

Executive Producer: Olivier courson, Eric Dillens

Line Producer: Vincent Philbert

Music by Ramin Djawadi

Casting by Gina Gallo, Mimi Maynard, Domonic Paris

Art Direction by Jeremy Degruson

Featuring the voices of:

Cinda Adams as Nurse Baxter

Murray Blue as Thunder/Dylan

George Babbit as Jack/Carlo/Zoltar

Grant George as Daniel

Joey Camen as Chihiuahua

Shanelle Gray as Maggie

Nina Grillo as Audrey

Danny Mann as Dimitri

Sage Sommer as Izzy

THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a whimsical animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular animation and endearing characters, this internationally acclaimed motion picture delivers a fun and captivating movie experience for the entire family.

The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home.

Filled with laughter and adventure, THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a wonderful tale that you and your little ones will love.

From directors Ben Stassen and Jeremy Degruson (both directed “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure” and “Fly Me to the Moon 3D”) comes the Belgian-French-American, 3D Animated film titled “Thunder and the House of Magic”.

Released around Christmas time in 2013, the film had a limited release in the United States in Sept. 2014.

And now, “Thunder and the House of Magic” was released in the United States on 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD and Digital Copy courtesy of Shout! Factory.

The film revolves around an abandoned kitten (voiced by Murray Blue) .  Scared, alone and nearly ran over by cars, Thunder finds a home in an old scary mansion, home of the former magician Lawrence the Magician (portrayed by Doug Stone).

While the kitten tries to look for help because he is lost, he is kicked out by Jack Rabbit (voice by George Babbit) and Maggie Mouse (voiced by Shanelle Gray).

But the resilient kitten goes back into Lawrence’s home and watches the magician talking to his toys that have come alive.

Meanwhile, Lawrence’s nephew Daniel (portrayed by Grant George) warns his uncle that his bills are late and he wants nothing more than his uncle to sell the house.  As Daniel is thinking about himself and wanting to sell his uncle’s house and make a profit.

As the kitten makes the noise and is discovered by Lawrence, he is welcomed into the home and named Thunder.  But Jack and Maggie are not thrilled about Thunder joining the family.

But one day as Lawrence is going to a job, he gets into a biking accident and is taken to the hospital.  With Lawrence injured, Daniel looks to take advantage of Lawrence and sell the house.

Knowing that Lawrence is in deep trouble,  Thunder, Jack, Maggie and friends try to help Lawrence by doing whatever is possible to make sure Daniel doesn’t sell the house.

VIDEO:

“Thunder and the House of Magic” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).  It’s important to note that if you have a 3D enabled Blu-ray player and television, you will be able to take advantage of the 3D of this film or watch the film in 2D.

In 3D, the 3D is more about depth and there are times where you see Thunder coming straight at you.  But if anything, the 3D is primarily depth-driven and while for adults, the 3D is pretty much standard, for children, I do know that my 11-year-old though the 3D was very cool!

Now for it’s 2D, the animation is well-rendered as there is great detail on the animal fur, the closeups on the threading of clothing, the surfaces of rock or vases are well-featured.  If anything, the film looks great in HD and colors are vibrant and beautiful.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Thunder and the House of Magic” is presented in French and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 or DTS-HD Master Audio.  The 5.1 soundtrack is fantastic as action scenes show really good immersion and because the amount of action, there is good use of the surround channels.  Dialogue, sound effects and Ramin Djawdi’s musical score are crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Thunder and the House of Magic” comes with the following special features:

  • Origins – (4:07) The crew discusses how “Thunder and the House of Magic” became an animated film.
  • Character Animation – (4:40) A featurette about the approach to design for “Thunder and the House of Magic”.
  • Soundtrack – (3:43) A featurette about how Ramin Djawadi would come to create the music for “Thunder and the House of Magic”.
  • Teaser – (1:26) The teaser trailer for “Thunder and the House of Magic”
  • Trailer – (5:59) The theatrical trailer for “Thunder and the House of Magic”.

EXTRAS:

“Thunder and the House of Magic” comes with both the Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy version of the film.  Also, a slipcover is included.

I always feel that any animated film on 3D is great for the family.  The more the better, especially if you invested in the technology.

“Thunder and the House of Magic” is an entertaining and safe family film about an abandoned kitten that wants to find a home.  Of course, when he finds a home, the other animals that live in the house are not too welcoming of another animal of joining the family.

The film manages to capture the “Toy Story” feel with its toys coming alive inside the magical house that the magician Lawrence lives in.  And then you have the antagonist, Daniel, the nephew of Lawrence who wants nothing more but to sell the house and make a quick profit.  Of course, the animals and the toys do whatever is necessary to prevent the house from being sold.

“Thunder and the House of Magic” is not a deep animated film for children but a fun, straightforward film that children can laugh and be entertained by its storyline.

The film is easy for children to follow and whether they watch the film in 2D or 3D, they should have a lot of fun watching it.

While the film doesn’t have the magic of the “Toy Story” films, the Belgian-French-American production features well-rendered character designs and animals and surrounds which are well-detailed.  While the 2D features a colorful palette, the 3D does work quite nicely.  While not the best 3D animated film, the 3D of the film features very good depth and use of 3D works well to entertain the young children.

The lossless soundtrack is crisp and clear and there are moments with good immersion, while there are a few special features included.Thunder and the House of Magic (

Overall, “Thunder and the House of Magic” shows great promise of 3D animated films coming out of Europe but also a film that will most definitely entertain the young and the young at heart.   An enjoyable family film, “Thunder and the House of Magic” is a film worth watching!

Hotel Transylvania (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A fun family film for the entire family, “Hotel Transylvania” is a beautifully animated film from Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, that will make children laugh from beginning to end!  An entertaining animated film worth checking out!

Images courtesy of © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Hotel Transylvania

AIR DATE: 2012

DURATION: 91 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (Some Rude Humor, Action and Scary Images)

RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2013

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel

Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman

Produced by Michelle Murdocca

Co-Producer: Lydia Bottegoni

Executive Producer: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel

Music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Edited by Catherine Apple

Casting by Mary Hidalgo

Production Design by Marcelo Vignali

Art Direction by Ron Lukas, Noelle Triaureau

Featuring the voices of:

Adam Sandler as Dracula

Andy Samberg as Jonathan

Selena Gomez as Mavis

Kevin James as Frankenstein

Fran Drescher as Eunice

Steve Buscemi as Wayne

Molly Shannon as Wanda

David Spade as Griffin

CeeLo Green as Murray

Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo

Brian George as Suit of Armer

Luenell as Shrunken Heads

Chris Parnell as Fly

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

From Genndy Tartakovsky, director of “Samurai Jack” and “Dexter’s Laboratory” comes the Sony Pictures Animation/Sony Pictures Imageworks animated film “Hotel Transylvania”.

Featuring a screenplay by Peter Baynham (“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, “Bruno”, “Arthur Christmas”) and Robert Smigel (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “You Don’t Mess with Zohan”, “Saturday Night Live”), the film was released in theaters in Sept. 2012 and with a budget set at $85 million, “Hotel Transylvania” would go on to make over $321 million in the box office.

The animated film would feature an all-star cast providing their voices.  Featured in the film are Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz and  Chris Parnell.  The film was produced by Michelle Murdocca and executive produced by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

“Hotel Transylvania” is an animated comedy about Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who is the owner and creator of Hotel Transylvania, a five-star resort for fellow monsters, to keep them safe from human civilization.

On a special day to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ (voiced by Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, Dracula invites his friends Frankenstein (voiced by Kevin James) and his wife Eunice (voiced by Fran Drescher), Murray the Mummy (voiced by Cee Lo Green), Wayne and Wanda Werewolf (voiced by Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon), Griffin the Invisble Man (voiced by David Spade), Bigfoot, Steve the Blob and other monsters.

But for Mavis, what she wants for her birthday, now that she is grown up, is to explore the outside world and see the human world.

But being a single father and also a strict father to Mavis, Dracula doesn’t want her to because he believes the humans want the monsters dead.

But Dracula comes up with a plan, to let her wander out for her first time to a nearby village, but what Mavis doesn’t know is that the inhabitants are also monsters and part of Dracula’s plan to have his daughters stay home.  And he succeeds.

But when a human named Jonathan (voiced by Andy Samberg), who is exploring the nearby forest, follows staff to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula tries to hide him from other monsters, worrying that a human might set off chaos as the monsters may think the humans are there to kill them.  So, Dracula disguises Jonathan as a Flesh Golem named Johnny-stein and has Frankenstein thinking that Johnny-stein is a relative.

And with Jonathan’s presence in Hotel Transylvania, Jonathan is able to liven up the festivity by introducing them to modern rock and dance music and how to have fun and eventually charming everyone including Dracula’s daughter, Mavis.

Seeing that both Mavis and Jonathan are getting close, Dracula tells Jonathan to please stay away from his daughter.  And when Jonathan wants to know why, Dracula reveals a tragic past of why Mavis’ mother is no longer living and how that tragedy ties to humans.

Not wanting to hurt Dracula, Jonathan is willing to do what Dracula says and distance himself from Mavis, despite her falling in love with him.  But when Chef Quasimodo (voiced by Jon Lovitz) finds out that there is a human in Hotel Transylvania, he wants to cook him up.  And with Jonathan captured, can Dracula save him from harm, but also keep his human existence hidden from the monsters at the hotel?

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Hotel Transylvania” is presented in 1:85:1 anamorphic widescreen and English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  It’s important to note that if you want the best picture quality available for this film, you may want to check out the Blu-ray version.  Also, “Hotel Transylvania” will be released on Blu-ray 3D for those who do have an 3D enabled Blu-ray player and television.

As for the DVD, let me just say that Sony Pictures Animation/Sony Pictures imageworks did a fantastic job with this film.  From the character design to the amount of detail seen n the film, while those watching it in HD, will see much more detail, the DVD still looks good.  Really good use of warm and cool colors throughout the film.  As for audio, the soundtrack may not be in lossless, but still, there is a good amount of action in the film that you can hear through the surround channels.    Dialogue and music is clear and sounds very good on DVD.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Hotel Transylvania” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer and the three really give good insight to the making of the film.  Especially its more technical moments and what scenes were most challenging.  Especially how certain plots evolved during the planning and making of this film.
  • Goodnight Mr. Foot – (4:07) A short story directed by Genndy Tartakovsky in animated cartoon format featuring a Big Foot who traveled from North America and traveled far to Hotel Transylvania and wants rest and no noise and is constantly awaken by a witch.
  • Deleted Scenes – (6:21) Featuring three deleted scenes: Prologue, Shadows, Caught in the Act
  • Music Video – (3:27) “Problem (Monster Remix)” Music Video by Becky G featuring will.i.am.
  • Behind the Scenes of “Problem (Monster Remix)” – (2:21) will.i.am discussing working with Becky G and Becky G discussing the making of the song and music video.
  • DVD-Rom Games – If you insert the DVD in a DVD-Rom, you can access games for “Hotel Transylvania”.

EXTRAS:

“Hotel Transylvania” Ultraviolet code which allows one to download the film to their computer and select Apple and Android devices and the ability to stream to computers, tablets or smartphones.

“Hotel Transylvania” is a fun animated film that is a fun treat for an animated film.  For children, the usually creepy characters such as Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Werewolf, etc. are presented in a non-threatening manner.  If anything, the film tries to show Dracula and the monsters as fearful of humans and are trying to protect their kind from being killed by humans.  In fact, Dracula doesn’t even suck human blood and if anything, the monsters are portrayed more as a non-threatening endangered species who just want to be left alone.

And part of the storyline revolves around a controlling and fearful father, Dracula, who cares deeply for his daughter Mavis.  But as Mavis is old enough to explore the world on her own and wants to get out and see it, it’s about one father trying his best not to lose his daughter but also a fear that by exploring the world outside Hotel Transylvania, she may meet the same fate as Dracula’s wife, who was killed by humans.

But life changes for Mavis when she comes across a guy named Jonathan, who happens to be a human.

“Hotel Transylvania” doesn’t try to become an animated film that tries to tug on emotional sympathy.  The characters are eccentric, while rated-PG, the characters were made to be more upbeat and naive.  And parents, while rated PG, most of the film is not threatening.  Possible scenes that children may get scared at is Dracula turning into a vampire bat, pretend zombies being  accidentally burned by flames but there is no death but the story of Dracula discussing his wife’s tragedy.

Character animation is pleasing and for the most part, this film is upbeat, fun and just an entertaining film that is meant to entertain children.  No deep or complex story, no emotional storyline, just a straight-up story about a human who accidentally wanders into Hotel Transylvania and Dracula trying to find a way to keep him concealed from his guests and also prevent him getting close to his only daughter.

Voice acting for the most part is done well by its cast of big names such as Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Fran Derescher, CeeLo Green, Chris Parnell to name a few.

As for the DVD, the Blu-ray release actually is better in terms of picture quality, lossless audio soundtrack and more special features.  The DVD does look good but doesn’t come with all the special features as its Blu-ray counterpart.

Overall, “Hotel Transylvania” is a good film that features a lot of entertaining and fun moments.  It’s a bit silly but children will love the fart jokes, the humor and the pleasing animation.  Parents shouldn’t worry too much and there is no major violence or anything too scary but for those the scenes I mentioned earlier, parental guidance is suggested.

A fun family film for the entire family, “Hotel Transylvania” is a beautifully animated film from Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, that will make children laugh from beginning to end!

An entertaining animated film worth checking out!

Selena Gomez feeling better after hospitalization

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of us were wondering how Selena Gomez is doing after being hospitalized last week after her appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.

Gomez looks to be fine as the singer/actress tweeted on Monday, “Feeling much better, thank you all for being so understanding. Can’t wait to see you all today at Santa Monica…”.

Gomez told reporters on what was the cause of her sickness, Gomez said, “I was just very malnourished, so I was low on iron and exhausted.”

Selena Gomez hospitalized after interview on the Tonight Show

June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Selena Gomez was on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” but something happened afterward as the actress/singer was taken to the hospital after complaining of headaches and nausea.

Gomez’ rep tells People Magazine, “Last night after Selena’s appearance on The Tonight Show, she wasn’t feeling well and was taken to the hospital. She is currently undergoing routine tests.”

Selena has canceled her performance at Santa Monica Place.

SELENA GOMEZ TALKS ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER ON CBS’s “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

March 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Actress and singer Selena Gomez talks about her rumored relationship with pop sensation Justin Bieber on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Wednesday, March 16.

 

During the interview, Letterman holds a photo in his hand and asks, “Can I show this picture?  Will this bother you if I show this photo?”  Letterman shows it to her and Gomez says, “Oh, that’s cute,” and lets him show the photo, a picture of her and Bieber together, to the audience.  “This is you and Justin Bieber,” Letterman says, and when the audience gives an audible, “Awww!” at seeing the photo, the host laughs, “Oh, now, come on!”  “You know where this was taken?” Letterman asks.  “The Vanity Fair Oscar party,” Gomez replies.  “That’s right, February 27th,” Letterman adds.  “And then, he was your date?  You’re dating – are you dating?  You’re not dating?”  Gomez coyly says, “It was like a little prom night, wasn’t it?  Looked like it.”

 

“You guys look very happy there,” Letterman says.  “How long have you known him?”  “Uh, almost, like, two years now,” Gomez replies.  “Two years?  Where did you meet?” Letterman asks.  “People gotta meet somewhere, right?”  “Actually, his manager called my mom, who’s my manager,” Gomez reveals.  “I heard he was your paperboy,” Letterman jokes, and Gomez replies, “I’m blushing!”  “Yeah, but is there – I mean, I don’t know,” Letterman continues, “are you dating?  You’re not dating?”  “He’s been in my life for so long,” Gomez says, “and it’s just nice to have someone that understands what you’re going through.”  “Now, listen, this is not my first rodeo,” Letterman jokes.  “You can talk to me talk to me about these things.  I understand, because of your circumstance and his circumstance, the reluctance necessary in discussing a relationship like this, so I’m not gonna press anything.”  “Aww, well, that’s very sweet,” an appreciative Gomez says.  “Yeah, so, but good luck,” Letterman adds, to which Gomez says, “Thank you.”  Gomez’s entire interview can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

Also on the LATE SHOW tonight, Steve Martin talks about embracing Twitter, and also performs banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers later in the broadcast.  Martin is promoting his latest album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Rare Bird, which was released Tuesday.

 

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated.  Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

 

Official CBS website:  http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/

Photo Gallery: 2010 Teen Choice Awards

August 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California has come and gone but here are photos from the blue carpet!

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Jayma Mays arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Jenna Ushkowitz arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actor Mark Salling arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actor Chace Crawford arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Recording artist/performer Jason Derulo poses in press room during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Cassie Scerbo arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Daniela Ruah arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Singer Cody Simpson arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Maria Canals-Barrera arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Keke Palmer arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Anna Torv arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actors David DeLuise and David Henrie arrive at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actors/singers Logan Henderson, Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, and Carlos Pena arrive at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Chef Gordon Ramsay (R) and family arrive at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Recording artist Ryan Lutz arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Performers/actors Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Troian Avery Bellisario, and Ian Harding pose in press room during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08:  Troian Avery Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Shay Mitchell arrive at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actor Alex Meraz poses in press room with the Twilight Awards during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Sharni Vinson arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actor Joshua Jackson (R) and guest arrive at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Leighton Meester poses in press room with the Choice TV Drama Actor/Actress award during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Recording artist/performer Jason Derulo poses in press room during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Honoree Ian Somerhalder poses in press room during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Selena Gomez at the “Wizards of Waverly Place” fashion show in London

April 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Wizards Of Waverly Place - Fashion Show Arrivals

Selena Gomez attends her ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ fashion show at One Marlylebone Road on April 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images). Content © 2010 Getty Images All rights reserved.

Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

December 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The top-rated TV film of 2009 is now available on DVD.  Fun, entertaining and a wonderful film for the whole family.  Fans of the show will definitely want to pick this one up!

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DVD TITLE: The Wizards of Waverly Place

DURATION: 98 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), Enhanced for 16×9 Television, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, French and Spanish Language Tracks,Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles.

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: TV G

RELEASE DATE:  December 15, 2009

Originally created by Todd J. Greenwald

Directed by Lev L. Spiro

Written by Daniel Berendsen

Executive Producer: Todd J. Greenwald, Peter Murrieta

Producer: Kevin Lafferty

Co-Producer: Daniel Berendsen

Music by Kenneth Burgomaster

Cinematography by David A. Makin

Edited by Matthew Colonna

Casting by Ruth Lambert, Robert McGee

Production Design by Mark Hofeling

Art Direction by Wing Lee

Costume Design by Mona May

Starring:

Selena Gomez as Alex Russo

David Henrie as Justin Russo

Jake T. Austin as Max Russo

Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle

Maria Canals-Barrera as Theresa Russo

David DeLuise as Jerry Russo

Steve Valentine as Archie

Xavier Torres as Javier

Jennifer Alden as Giselle

Jazmin Caratini as the Bartender

The most magical event of the year is now even bigger, with more thrilling adventure! Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie Extended Edition features exclusive footage, behind-the-scenes bonus and awesome extras that take you deeper into the mysterious world of wizardry! Embark on a supernaturally exciting adventure as the Russos, your favorite family of wizards-in-training, join together on a quest full of heart-stopping action and hilarious magical mishaps! While on vacation, Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally casts a spell that threatens her family’s existence! Max (Jake T. Austin) tries to keep his parents together while Alex and Justin (David Henrie) use every trick they know as they search for the “Stone of Dreams” to reverse the spell and save their family. You won’t want to miss one extraordinary moment of this extended, magic-filled and action-packed movie!

Since the debut of “Wizards of Waverly Place” in 2007, as part of the Disney Channel Original Series on the Disney Channel, the show has become a popular series launching the career of Selena Gomez.

The show focuses on the Russo family, a family of wizards which include the former wizard Jerry (played by David DeLuise) and his wife Theresa (played by Maria Canals-Barrera).  The couple have three children who are literally different from each other.  The children are oldest son Justin Russo (played by David Henrie), the geek who is always at odds with his sister Alex (played by Selena Gomez).  Alex is a typical high school teenager, who likes having fun but often gets in trouble with misusing magic and then there is youngest brother, Max (played by Jake T. Austin) who is the not-s0-smart, crazy sibling.

Each of the three are wizards in training but are under constant supervision by their parents and only one of the three will be able to keep their magic when they compete in a competition when they get older.

In “Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie”, the Russo family have a family vacation in the Caribbean that both Jerry and Theresa are excited about.  But Alex who dislikes going on family trips, has a problem with her parents because she wants to party with her friend Harper Finkle (played by Jennifer Stone) and have fun.  But when she steals her brother Justin’s spellbook (which was given to him by her father), she misuses it and nearly gets herself and Harper killed.  Her mother has had enough with her antics and she is told that she will be going on the family vacation and a rule to all kids, no magic will be used.  Unknown to Justin, Alex has hidden the spellbook with her and plans to bring it on the trip.

While arriving at the Caribbean,the Russo’s meet up with a street magician named Archie who claims he is a wizard like them (after Max uses his magic in public and levitating him).  Archie tells them the story about how his parrot Giselle was actually human but needs their help in trying to revert her back and need to obtain a special stone.  Of course, for Justin, he enjoys the adventure and to visit wizard sites but their parents who are protective of their children, tells Justin no.

As the family is having fun on their vacation, Alex is not.  In fact, she wants to start having fun with the first guy she meets in the Caribbean and is invited to go out.  But her mother forbids her to and Alex becomes inconsiderate to her mother.  Because of that, her mother scolds her and tells her that when they arrive back home, she is grounded.  Upset with her mother, she tells her that she wishes that she and her father never had met.

Not knowing that she has activated a powerful spell from Justin’s spellbook, now she has accidentally changed reality for her parents and her siblings.  To make things worse, because Alex’s parents now have never met, that means that they would never have children and will not exist.

So, immediately the children must fight against time and reverse the spellbook or else they will be gone from existence and lose their memories of family.  This sets Justin and Alex on a trip to find the stone to reverse the spell but also trying to help out the unusual street magician at the same time.  Meanwhile, Max tries his best to play matchmaker between Jerry and Theresa and making sure Jerry is not messing around with other women.  But this proves a bit difficult as Jerry and Theresa’s first encounter with each other was unpleasant.

Will the Russo children be able to fix the problem before they forget their memories?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” is presented in widescreen (1:78:1).  The shots from Puerto Rico look absolutely beautiful.  A good number of outdoor scenes, so there is a lot of sunlight to make the scenes look quite vibrant.  I’ve read that this is the first Disney Channel Original Movie to receive a widescreen transfer and that there were 350 special effects used in the film.  Some of those special effects were well-done and some CG effects looked quite campy but then again, this is a TV movie and doesn’t have a tremendous high budget, but for the most part, picture quality was solid and compared to the television show, the film looked great.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.  For the most part, the film is front and center channel driven but there are a few action scenes (such as the train sequence and the wizard challenge) that utilize the surround channels.  Dialogue and music are clear and understandable.  Also, included is the French and Spanish language tracks.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” features the following special features:

  • Wiz Pix – (10:25) Featuring the cast and crew of “Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” on location in Puerto Rico and behind-the-scenes of the making of the film.  Also, the cast showcase their personal photos from the set.

“Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie: Extended Edition” comes with a special color changing wishing stone.  Instructions explaining the different colors are included.

“Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” is an enjoyable family film.  Before the film aired on television, my son was highly anticipating this film and wanted us to watch it with him.  And obviously the series is enjoyed by many as it received over 11.4 million viewers for its premiere and becoming the Disney Channel’s second most-watched movie after “High School Musical 2”. Also, becoming the most watched TV movie on cable this year.

Similar to “Hannah Montana: The Movie”, it’s not required that you watched previous episodes to understand what is happening in the film but it does help.  Personally, I have logged many hours in the past year watching this show along with my son and for the most part, it’s an enjoyable Disney Channel teen sitcom.

As a parent, the film is safe. There are no scary scenes or anything that parents have to worry about aside from Alex’s behavior towards her mother and of course, she is punished for that.  The film does get emotional near the end when Alex discovers the repercussions of making the wish but  for the most part, the film is safe for children and most importantly, the film has an important message of the importance of family.  I also enjoyed how the film integrated the parents along with the children, so the parents do play a major part in this film.

As for the DVD, personally I can not tell you what is the difference between what aired and what is featured on this extended version, so I’m not entirely clear of where the extra footage is in the film.  I do think the addition of the mood stone was pretty cool and my son has literally had fun playing with it.  But I will say that I wished that there were more special features included on the DVD.  There is just the one 10-minute special feature included and of course, the usual promotion for Disney Blu-ray and Disney’s Digital Copy.  So, I was hoping for the usual Disney fare of music video or behind-the-scenes or even a gag reel, especially since this is a film, you would expect something more in terms of special features.

But overall, “Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” is fun, heartwarming and most of all an entertaining film for the whole family.  Fans of the show will definitely want to pick this one up!

Selena Gomez & The Scene – Kiss & Tell (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

October 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“A solid debut for Selena Gomez & The Scene.  There are tracks that showcase the Disney star’s vocals and songwriting abilities but also the fact that she takes on a variety of musical styles on this album and for the most part, does a very good job at it.”

BAND: Selena Gomez & The Scene

ALBUM: Kiss & Tell (Digital Version)

LABEL: Hollywood Records

DURATION: 42:25

RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2009

  1. Kiss & Tell
  2. I Won’t Apologize
  3. Falling Down
  4. I Promise You
  5. Crush
  6. Naturally
  7. The Way I Loved You
  8. More
  9. As a Blonde
  10. I Don’t Miss You At All
  11. Stop & Erase
  12. I Got U
  13. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

Selena Gomez is known for her acting on the Disney Channel sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place” and the film “Princess Protection Program” but this year alone, we have seen her evolve into a music artist.  And similar to her Disney counterparts such as Ashley Tisdale and Demi Lovato, the first taste of her music via Selena Gomez & The Scene came with her single “Falling Down”.

At the time, I felt the single was a bit average but I wanted to hear more of what she is capable of through her debut album “Kiss & Tell” and see if she has what it takes to be a music star or if she should stick to her day job.

For the most part, the album is quite a mixed bag because there are songs that really showcase her vocals and are very well done but then you have other songs that the music and vocals were average.  Also, Selena Gomez & The Scene experiment with different styles of music throughout the album.

Songs that did capture my attention were tracks such as “I Won’t Apologize” really featured her vocals very well and a song that Gomez co-wrote.  Had almost a retro 80’s style of rock feel but overall, a splendid track.

“Crush” is an upbeat, happy rock track.  Really dig the electric guitars and the vocals and a rock song that does well in showcasing her vocals more than her single “Falling Down”.  Another happy rock track in similar style on the album is “As a Blonde” (a cover of the Fefe Dobson song) and the title track “Kiss & Tell”.  But the rock track that caught my attention on this album is the track “Stop & Erase” which is a fun, upbeat rock track.

The track “Naturally” is a dance club track featuring a more electronic style than other tracks on the album.  Overall, a pretty cool track.  Gomez also experiments with more synth-driven music with the track “I Don’t Miss You At All”.

Selena’s ballad “The Way I Loved You” is a song that I wanted to hear.  This song absolutely showcases Selena’s vocals and is fantastic!

The single bubblegum pop track (ala Britney Spears style) that I actually was pretty cool was the final track “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”.  A fun pop track and in a way, makes me wish there more songs on the album with this similar style.  The song was Gomez’s first charting single and was re-recorded because the original was created back when she was 15 years old.

Overall, Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Kiss & Tell” is a pretty solid debut.  Gomez told MTV, “I’m still new and still figuring out where I want to be musically. But I think this is a good start … hopefully.” and we have seen other Disney artists echo the same sentiments of their first album and do something different for their second album.

But for the most part, this album definitely showcased Selena’s vocals.  I felt that “Falling Down” was not exactly the single that demonstrated her musical talent but after hearing the various styles of music and how she truly delivered vocally on “I Won’t Apologize” definitely was quite impressive and that this is not an artist that is releasing an album just because of her Disney popularity.  She definitely has vocal talent and I would love to see her continue that mixed genre style in her next album because she is able to crossover vocally in a variety of genres.

All in all, if you are a Selena Gomez fan or love her songs, Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Kiss & Tell” is an album worth checking out!

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