Monday, April 30, 2018

Lionsgate's Family Adventure TURTLE TALE Coming to Digital and DVD

Pre-order Your Copy Now!

The uproarious family adventure Turtle Tale arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand June 26th from Lionsgate. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval, this fast-moving tale of slow-moving friends, is “rich and full of heart” (The Dove Foundation), and follows two mismatched turtles who joke and bicker as they search for their friend, who vanished from a Florida animal park. The film features the voice talents of Mikey Bolts, Tom Arnold, Ambyr Childers, and Lydia Hull. The Turtle Tale DVD includes never-before-seen featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.


Ever met a talking turtle? Follow the adventures of sassy, outspoken box turtles Rafi and Hank and their friend, a gruff snapping turtle named Goliath. After vandals break into a nature park and kidnap Hank, it’s up to Rafi and Goliath to hit the trail in search of their missing friend. Meanwhile, the humans that care for the turtles are having their own wild and unpredictable summer. Come out of your shell and enjoy real-life laughter, romance, and fun in the Florida sunshine.


“Giving the Turtles a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Mikey Bolts, Tom Arnold, Ambyr Childers, and Lydia Hull” Featurette
“The Making of Turtle Tale” Featurette
Trailer Gallery


Noah Schnacky (Loverboy, TV’s “HitStreak” and “In Sanity, Florida”), Mary Rachel Dudley (TV’s “Manhunt: Unabomber” and “Bloodline”), Brandon Larracuente (TV’s “13 Reasons Why” and “Bloodline”), Mikey Bolts (Elephant Kingdom, Guardians of Oz), Tom Arnold (True Lies, TV’s “Sons of Anarchy” and “Sin City Saints”), Ambyr Childers (TV’s “Aquarius” and “Ray Donovan”) and Lydia Hull (Escape Plan, The Frozen Ground). 
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Disney's ZOMBIES Available on DVD Today! -- Includes Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, Music Videos and More! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

At Seabrook High It’s Zoms vs. Poms in 
Disney Channel’s Newest Original Movie!

At this School, it takes GUTS to be Yourself!
Featuring Exclusive Bonus Content Including Bloopers, 
Deleted Scenes, Zombie Survival Guide to High School and More!

"Disney Channel’s newest original movie is filled with music, dances, and high school woes - plus zombies! Set fifty years after a zombie apocalypse, zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School. The charming zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addison who dreams of being a cheerleader -- the ultimate form of status in the community. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community. It’s a no-brainer, grab ZOMBIES on Disney DVD TODAY!"

I was going to share one of my movie reviews with you, but thought it best that my daughter, Bella, do it as she is a huge ZOMBIES fan and can share why this is a must-see movie for kids of all ages, and one that would make for a great family-movie night.

Here are my daughters -- Bella (6) and Savannah (7.5) sharing their reviews of this movie, which they have seen over 20 times so far -- no lie!

She is proud to say she watched it while sick last week 3 times in a row.  And, Daddy surprised her with the CD Soundtrack, so we have been singing and dancing along to all the catchy songs from the movie non-stop...that is...when we aren't watching Disney ZOMBIES.

As you can see, Bella really loves this movie, and isn't going to get tired of it any time soon.  She is already planning a ZOMBIES birthday party in November and wants to be Eliza for Halloween, and has her sister Savannah signed on to dress up as Addison.  Now, if only the Zedd costume would fit Daddy, she would have her own little ZOMBIES squad. :-)

If your kids are into all the fun musical movies that Disney turns out --think Descendants and High School Musical, then they will love ZOMBIES.  It has already aired on television and is available for streaming on Disney app, but once your kids watch this movie they will be hooked like Bella and want the DVD to bring in the car and watch wherever and whenever they want.  

We are planning to watch the movie again later today and play the fun BINGO game - read on to learn how you download this and other fun ZOMBIES activities to make your family movie night that much better.

I could go on and on about about how great this movie is, or have Bella talk your ear off about it.  She would!  :-)  But, instead, I just wanted to remind you if you hadn't already pre-ordered ZOMBIES on DVD, that it is now available in stores and for purchase through popular online retailers.  My girls really enjoyed the cool glow-in-the-dark tattoos that come with the DVD.  

Make it a fun family movie night by whipping up a batch of spicy brain noodles for dinner, before you settle in to play a little ZOMBIES BINGO, followed up by a fun trivia challenge.  Click on the image below to get the easy to make noodles recipe, games and more. Enjoy!


More about this new DVD release:

Synopsis:                             "Disney's "ZOMBIES" is a music- and dance-filled story set in the fictitious world of Seabrook, a cookie-cutter community brimming with perky conformity 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. Today, the zombies pose no threat, but are required to live in Zombietown, an isolated, rundown community infused with their unique creative spirit. When zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School, the charming, charismatic zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addison who dreams of being a cheerleader -- the ultimate form of status in Seabrook. Addison takes a lot of flak for befriending Zed and his zombie friends, but comes to learn that zombies and cheerleaders aren't so different after all. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community."

Cast:                                      Milo Manheim as Zed; Meg Donnelly as Addison; Trevor Tordjman as Bucky; Kylee Russell as Eliza; Carla Jeffery as Bree; Kingston Foster as Zoey; 
and James Godfrey as Bonzo.

Director:                               Paul Hoen

Executive Producers:       Effie Brown and Paul Hoen 

Writers:                David Light and Joseph Raso 
Bonus Material:                 Zombie Blooper Reel (DVD Exclusive)  - Laugh out loud at the Cast of ZOMBIES in this compilation of the funniest bloopers and outtakes from the making of the film.  TRT:  3:53
The Zombie Survival Guide To High School (DVD Exclusive) - This piece uses a visual motif of a Zombie Survival Guide, with styled infographics and hosted by the talent.  We go down the list of some of the most important survival tips for Zombies and humans on how to get along and make the best of high school.  TRT:  2:24
Dance Tutorial – Join Meg Donnelly (Addison), Kylee Russell (Eliza) and ZOMBIES Choreographer, Christopher Scott, as they show you how to dance along to the ‘BAMM” Music Video. TRT:  3:38
Deleted Scene #1 (DVD Exclusive)  - It’s a Cheer-tastrope  TRT:  :57
Deleted Scene #2 (DVD Exclusive) – New Jacket, New Name TRT:  1:09
Audition Tapes (DVD Exclusive)
Milo Manheim Audition TRT: 1:16
Meg Donnelly Audition TRT :57
Music Video – “BAMM” TRT 3:39
Lyric Video – “BAMM”  TRT 3:23
Trailer #1  TRT:  2:20
Trailer #2   TRT 1:50

Release Date:                     April 24, 2018 
Packaging:                           DVD 
Rating:                                  TV-G
Feature Run Time:             Approx. 94 minutes (excluding bonus)

Aspect Ratio:                      1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                                   English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:                             English SDH, French & Spanish 
Closed Captions:               English


For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

'Boxcar Children - Surprise Island' Hits The Big Screen Nationwide via Fathom Events and Shout! Kids on May 8th -- Pre-Order Your Tickets Now! + Enter to #Win My Fun Boxcar Books #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product in exchange for promoting this upcoming movie event.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island


Starring Martin Sheen, J.K. Simmons, Dane DeHaan, and more

The Film’s Release Comes On the Heels of the 75th Anniversary Of the Beloved Book Series

Did you hear?   Fathom Events, Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics are partnering to release a fun new animated feature The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island, opening in theaters nationwide on May 8 as part of a special after-school event. The film is based on one of the books from the beloved series by Gertrude Chandler Warner and is family-friendly for all ages, with a recommendation for kids 3-13. With hundreds of theaters across the nation booked, there will likely be a theater near you offering up the film.  My girls and I can't wait for this movie release, as we live in Putnam, CT where Gertrude Chandler Warner was born and raised.

Gertrude Chandler Warner.jpg
Learn more about the author of the popular Boxcar Children books now!

If you are ever in the Quiet Corner of CT or are looking for a fun place to travel with your kids for the summer and are heading to the New England area, why not make a pit stop in Putnam and check out the Boxcar Museum.  

Putnam is Gertrude’s hometown, and the museum is located across the street from her childhood home.

As part of our homeschooling my girls have been reading the Boxcare Children books and have visited the museum to learn more about the author. And, they can't wait to see this fun new animated series, which is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults who love the Boxcare Children books.

Here is more about the upcoming THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND animated movie, arriving in theaters for a special one-day event on May 8th....

The beloved Boxcar Children are headed to the silver screen! The new animated feature film THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND hits theaters nationwide for a special one-day event on May 8th.

This exciting after-school event is a partnership between Fathom Events, Shout! Kids, and Legacy Classics, and it will also offer moviegoers an exclusive introduction with actor Griffin Gluck and Director Dan Chuba explaining the process of adapting the book to film, and the process of animating. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy the film in approximately 700 select U.S. movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available at Fathomevents.comTickets for THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND will go on sale Friday, April 6, and can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND, the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) as Violet. 

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is fun for the whole family, and is Dove approved for all ages. It is directed by Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, and is produced by Legacy Classics and co-produced by Shout! Factory, Albert Whitman & Company and Blueberry Pictures. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is the first of three new animated features to be adapted from the “The Boxcar Children” book series, as part of a partnership between Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics.

“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Having just marked its 75th anniversary, over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series, and over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year."


Pre-Order Your tickets to The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island, arriving in theaters on May 8th by visiting today.  This is definitely one movie you don't want to miss this year, especially if you homeschool your children like I do, and like to incorporate movies in your schooling.

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In anticipation for the upcoming The Boxcar Children movie on May 8th, Fathom Events and Shout! Kids are offering one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the opportunity to win a fun 
 three book set from the Boxcar Children world, to introduce that special child in your life to this wonderful children's book series. The winner will receive the following Boxcar Children titles - Guide to AdventureGertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children and the novel Surprise Islandon which the film is based.

To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with participating theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top stage productions including Newsies! The Broadway Musical and George Takei’s Allegiance, major sporting events such as Mayweather vs. McGregor, epic concerts with artists like Lady Antebellum and Sammy Hagar, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events such as Is Genesis History? and IN OUR HANDS: The Battle for Jerusalem, and beloved anime titles like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 912 locations and 1,427 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit

About Legacy Classics
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Legacy Classics has animation and visual effects studios in Seoul, Jakarta and Bali. Founded by Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, the company is dedicated to creating family entertainment and educational tools based on classic and award-winning children’s literature. Legacy Classics has teamed with publisher Albert Whitman & Company to develop films, series and educational apps based on their library of intellectual property including the best-selling “Boxcar Children” book series. 

Prior to founding Legacy Classics, Dan Chuba was the Executive Producer and a partner at Hammerhead Productions and the Executive Producer of PDI. He has produced 9 independently financed animated feature films and visual effects on over 100 major motion pictures. Mark Dippé has directed and/or produced several independent features, and has directed movies for New Line Cinema, Columbia TriStar, and Disney Channel, as well as numerous commercials. He previously served as a VFX supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and supervised work on some of the most groundbreaking films in history, creating the dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK, water pseudo-pod in THE ABYSS and the liquid metal man in TERMINATOR 2.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product in exchange for promoting this upcoming movie event.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018


Are you a fan of Westworld, but don't subscribe to HBO, and are a DISH subscriber?  Or, have you been looking for a new show to start watching?  If you answered, "Yes," to either question, then you will definitley want to take advantage of the FREE HBO (channels 300-309) Preview for DISH subscribers.  Starting tomorrrow, April 20th and going through Monday, April 23, you can spend the weekend binge-watching "Westworld" Season 1, as well as catch some great family-friendly programming, and movies with your family.  I am a DISH subscriber and HBO is a must in our house.  My husband and I watch Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday nights and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Sundays.  And, during the weekend and on weekends the girls and I will tune in watch a wonderful selection for family-friendly movies.  So, having HBO is a win-win for the whole family.  

And, if you tune in and fall in love with the HBO programming offered and don't want to stop watching, you are in luck as DISH is offering subscribers the opportunity to add the HBO channel lineup to their current channel package for only $15.00 a month. Subscribing will also give you access to HBO On Demand and HBO GO, so you can watch your favorite movies and shows anytime, anywhere. An amazing deal, if you ask me!

Here is more about the upcoming FREE HBO preview weekend, which begins tomorrow...

HBO logo
HBO gives you 9 channels of hit Hollywood movies, award-winning original series and more.

"Nearly two years ago, HBO introduced us to “Westworld,” the science fiction Western thriller that had the network’s most watched first season ever. Now, the wait for its return is over and “Westworld” is back for its highly-anticipated second season this Sunday, April 22.
If you don’t have a subscription to HBO, don’t worry – DISH has you covered! Starting tomorrow, April 20, all DISH customers can enjoy HBO (channels 300-309 and via On Demand) at no additional cost through April 23. So, mark your calendars and spend the weekend binge-watching “Westworld” season one in preparation, or explore the other endless movies and TV shows HBO has to offer.
If you get hooked and decide you can’t live without HBO, you can purchase it for $15 per month. Subscribing will also give you access to HBO On Demand and HBO GO, so you can watch your favorite movies and shows anytime, anywhere.
For more information, check out our website about DISH’s free previews."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Great Expressions Dental Centers are Speaking Out Against Oral Cancer by Offering FREE Oral ID Screenings to Patients

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product in exchange for sharing content.  All views shared, however, are mine and mine alone.

Yesterday was the Boston Marathon, but it was also the last day of my 40 rounds of radiation I had 10 years earlier, for my stage 2 nasopharyngeal carcinoma.  In addition to radiation, I also had 3 rounds of high dose chemotherapy to treat my head and neck cancer.  And, come May 1st, I will be celebrating 10 years in remission. Woohoo!  

If you follow my blog, then you have probably read a post or two about my cancer journey.  And, in years past, I have also shared the importance of cancer screenings, and observed different cancer awareness months, as my family (on both sides) has had to deal with multiple cancer diagnoses -- unfortunately, I was the only one of those diagnosed with cancer that is still living today.  So, I try and make a point to celebrate my new lease on life by not just giving back to cancer causes and non-profits to help find new cancer treatments and hopefully one day cures, but also want all my readers to know that simple screenings, like skin and oral screenings -- which are usually offered free during observed -- can save your life.

Did you know that April is Oral Caner Month?  Here is a startling statistic for you...

"In 2018, an estimated 51,540 people will contract oral cancer and an estimated 10,030 people will die as a result, says the American Cancer Society."

Astounding number of people right?  A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with tongue cancer and will be fighting for her life next week with a similar regimen of radiation and chemo.  Like me, she found a mass in her mouth and after multiple doctors and finally a biopsy and removal, a cancer diagnosis was made.  


"In celebration of Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April), Great Expressions Dental Centers is speaking out against oral cancer by sharing the below facts about the disease and the importance of monitoring your oral health.

In addition to sharing oral cancer facts (see below), GEDC will also be giving all patients in April complimentary oral ID screenings, a two-minute exam that aids in catching oral cancer at early stages.  

Great Expressions Dental Centers Speak Out Facts

1.       Oral cancer comprises 85 percent of all head and neck cancers
2.       At least 75 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer have been tobacco users
3.       Any sore in your mouth not healed within 14 days, should be looked at by a professional as it could be oral cancer
5.       Oral cancer will cause nearly 10,000 deaths this year
6.       Oral cancer kills roughly one person per hour, 24 hours a day
7.       86 percent of oral cancer cases are in those over 50 years old
8.       Examine your mouth monthly for sores and symptoms
9.       Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than women
10.   Drinking alcohol to excess is linked to a third of all oral cancer cases
11.   The human papillomavirus is a leading cause of oral cancer
12.   Oral cancer occurs twice as often in African American populations than Caucasians
13.   The five-year survival rate of oral cancer is 50 percent

14.   There is no way to prevent oral cancer, but you can take measures to lower your risk


If you are in need of a dental exam, why not check and see if there is a Great Expressions Dental Center near you.  If not, when you see your primary care doctor again, ask for an oral mouth screening.  The screening is quick and painful, and can save your life.  I would hate for you to have to go through the cancer treatments I had to because of a cancer caught too late.  To learn more about Great Expressions Dental Centers visit today.

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product in exchange for sharing content.  All views shared, however, are mine and mine alone.
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