Archives for May 9, 2016

Denny’s Assembles Alien Task Force To Prepare For ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Fans are invited to gather their best alien-fighting crew for a chance to win a trip to a Hollywood premiere event

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Denny’s needs your help to save the country from an earth-shattering invasion! America’s Diner is inviting fearless guests and movie fans to rise-up and join the fight to protect the nation from an impending alien threat ahead of the long-awaited film ‘Independence Day: Resurgence.’ Fans are asked to rally their troops and enter in an exclusive sweepstakes  for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to the Hollywood premiere screening of the much anticipated motion picture event, coming to theaters nationwide on June 24.

 

Today, through May 27, fans can post a picture of the group of people they’d choose to help combat the impending alien resurgence on Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #IDRSweepstakes. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime, all-inclusive trip for two, including a three-day, two-night trip to Hollywood, tickets to the premiere event, a $1,000 gift card and limited edition ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ merchandise.

 

“At Denny’s, we love to feed our guests more of the things they crave,” said John Dillon, @DillonJohnW, chief marketing officer for Denny’s. “We’re thrilled to offer this epic experience that celebrates ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ and gives guests and fans an exclusive taste of the movie they can’t get anywhere else.”

 

Guests will have plenty of other opportunities to enjoy the resurgence at Denny’s with the ‘Red, White and Blue Slam,’ an all-American classic brought back in celebration of the movie and featured on Denny’s ‘Red, White & Bacon’ menu. Fans will also have access to a variety of movie content available via Denny’s ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ site, while the brand’s Instagram and Facebook channels will be posting a series of clips for followers. Plus, America’s favorite diner gang ‘The Grand Slams,’ will be getting an alien-inspired makeover in a ‘Slamsurgence’ episode featured on www.thegrandslams.com.

 

“We are delighted to be able to offer this unique experience to Denny’s customers,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice President, Partnerhships for 20th Century Fox. “This epic sweepstakes is just another great part of a fantastic integrated program Denny’s has launched in support of ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’.”

 

For more information about Denny’s ‘Independence Day: Resurgence Sweepstakes’ or the limited time ‘Red, White and Bacon’ menu, please visit www.dennys.com.

 Credit: Denny’s.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Chile, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest,Instagram  or YouTube.

 

About Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they were coming back.  After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale.  Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet.  But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force.  Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

 

About 20th Century Fox

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film:  Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

Splendor Santa Barbara Coconut Oil Soap Sampler

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Are you looking for soap that is made with Food-grade coconut oil and has no alcohol, parabens, solfates or artificial colors? Splendor Santa Barbara Coconut Oil Soap Sampler is a real must-buy! I received 6 samples  ( 10 OZ) OF PURE COCONUT OIL SOAP ( Vanilla Oatmeal, Tea Tree, Charcoal and Rose Clay, Lemongrass Poppy Seed, Lavender Rosemary Leaf, and Lavender).

First off, these soaps smell great! The Aromatherapy scents are simple amazing! I love that they are handcrafted with Pure Essential Oils, Plants, Clays and Herbs. But, besides smelling great, they lather up really well and do not dry out my skin! My son who has somewhat sensitive skin was also able to use these soaps. They also effectively clean and I love that they are also made with No Phthalates and are not tested on animals. I have to say that the Lavender Rosemary Leaf is my favorite!

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You can purchase on Amazon.com.

 

More info:
NATURAL HEALING- Our proprietary home recipe is handmade in small batches in Santa Barbara, CA USA , No Soy, No GMO’s, Gluten-Free,  no plastic.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item to facilitate this review post.

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Are you thinking about Summer Camp? Here are some great options!

Summer is almost here and it’s time to think about Summer Camp!

Pali Adventures (www.paliadventures.com)

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Nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains, Pali Adventures gets campers from all over the world (over 26 countries) that travel to California to learn how to be rock stars, perform Hollywood stunts, become culinary artists, and design and make their own fashions. The kids have a totally customizable camp experience, with 21 cutting-edge specialties and over 25,000 ways to personalize their activities schedule each week.

 

Catalina Island Summer Camps (www.catalinaislandcamps.com)

With a mission to help campers develop life-long skills through fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment, Catalina Island Summer Camps will teach your kids to appreciate the world on which they were born.  This two week program features a wide range of aquatic activities such as paddle boarding, sailing and snorkeling.

 

AstroCamp (www.astrocampsummer.org)

Located in the San Jacinto Mountains, AstroCamp’s 80-acre campus sites on the edge of a mountain surrounded by pine, oak and manzanita. If you have a science loving kid, this is the camp where you want to send your kid! With state of the equipment and labs for exploring science and the natural world, AstroCamp offers classes and activites designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits.

 

Canyon Creek Summer Camp (www.canyoncreeksummercamp.com)

Nestled in the Angeles National Forest, Canyon Creek Summer Camp is a completely self-contained sports complex located within an hour’s drive from West Los Angeles and only 20 minutes from beautiful Castaic Lake. This summer camp’s 81-acre complex features prime athletic facilities, state of the art equipment and the ideal setting for children to escape the distractions of city life.

Credit: No compensation was received. Credit goes to the camps mentioned above.

TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

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Check out Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael in the new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is in-theaters June 3, 2016!

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Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongsideApril O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Official Website

http://www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com/

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Credit:  Paramount.

 

If You Are a Marvel Fan, You Will Have the BEST TIME Watching Captain America: Civil War

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The time has come! Marvel’s latest super hero film lands in theaters just in time for summer viewing. Based on the Civil War comic series which pits two favorite characters against each other – Captain America and Iron Man – this film’s story unfolds in a two and a half hour epic that, according to our KIDS FIRST! reporters, is worth every minute. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brandon C., comments, “I have never had as much of a great time as I had watching Captain America: Civil War. Is that a great amount of hyperbole? Probably yes. But, hear me out.” Gerry O. adds, “The length of the film is very long (142 minutes) with many characters and with that Captain America: Civil War still ends up being so far, one of the best films of 2016.” Ryan R. concludes with, “The movie Captain America Civil War is finally here and let me tell you, “It is awesome!” I loved watching this movie for its amazing special effects, the high impact action scenes and the acting.” See their full reviews below.
Captain America: Civil War
By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

Captain America: Civil War can easily be considered an action film, but it doesn’t stick to just that. The dramatic plot excites with careful writing and spectacular twists and turns. Of course, there can never be a superhero film without jokes here and there, but they don’t push it over the limit and keep the audience entertained.
The length of the film is very long (142 minutes) with many characters and with that Captain America: Civil War still ends up being so far, one of the best films of 2016.
Captain America: Civil War starts off with several Avengers attempting to stop the robbing of a strong bio-weapon. The mission’s going well, however, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) accidentally kills dozens of civilians. The avengers must now sign a document saying that the UN (United Nations) can dictate where and what to do. The event becomes a disaster when a bomb goes off outside their headquarters. The Avengers are now split. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees to accept whatever the UN has to say and not interfere. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) wants to find the terrorist. Eventually, this split gets worse and worse. To find out who wins, what happens and who ignites the bomb, you need to watch the film.
The length of the film may be one big thing about it that some people will see as negative – two and a half hour run time can be trying. However, it perfectly fits this film. The plot unfolds as very thick, complex and long. To try to squeeze it in a shorter run time would make the story feel rushed and confusing. There are other negatives to this film. Much like Captain America: Winter Soldier, the fight scenes go way too fast. Camera shots are only a split second long in the most intense fight scenes, making it very hard to understand what’s going on. On top of that, there are a few plot holes in the film. And then, the viewer comes to the point that defeats all the other negatives: the final fight scenes. These fight scenes between characters combine exciting soundtrack, emotional acting, spectacular visual effects, smooth choreography and more. At times, up to 12 characters fight each other in the same scene and the end result is nothing less than epic!
My favorite scene features one of the fight sequences. It takes place in an airport with so many different superheroes including Black Panther, Spider man, Ant man, Iron Man, Captain America and many more. The feeling the viewer gets from it can only be called pure adrenaline. There many exciting moments in this film, but these perfectly put together fight scenes are easily the most exciting.
The film is not meant for young kids in the slightest. I recommend it to ages 13 through 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because, despite a few flaws – dramatic interactions between characters, emotional acting and nothing less than perfect fight scenes easily make up for those flaws.
Captain America: Civil War
Review by KIDS First! Film Critic, Ryan R. age 12

The movie Captain America Civil War is finally here and let me tell you, “It is awesome!” I loved watching this movie for its amazing special effects, the high impact action scenes and the acting. In this film, the government’s political interference regarding the Avengers’ activities and the repercussions that happen when they are trying to save lives causes Captain America and Iron Man to take opposing sides. The rift between them forces the other Avengers to choose sides, even though they don’t want to. Now are you behind Team Captain America or Team Iron Man?

Actors Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Paul Bettany (Vision) all give great performances that are dramatic, witty and comedic when necessary. Not to mention the stellar performances from the two newcomers Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spiderman. Chadwick Boseman’s performance as Black Panther is very regal, strong and makes him one character not to mess with. Tom Holland is an excellent choice for Spiderman. I love how he portrays the character. He is funny, clever and his interactions with Iron Man are great. I can’t wait to see the next Spiderman spinoff starring him. I also enjoyed the special effects, which are amazing and, in some instances, just jaw dropping! The character’s costumes look fantastic as well. The only characters I missed in this movie were The Hulk and Thor.

The moral of this film is “don’t jump to conclusions.” For example, when Bucky is accused of something, everyone in the government tries to kill him. Captain America tries to discover who did it, so he can prove the government wrong. Another moral theme is “vengeance won’t make you feel whole and satisfied.” One of the Avengers learns this lesson at one point in the movie.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like action, adventure, comic book-based and comedy movies. I recommend this film to kids ages 9 to18 and I think adults might like this as well. Some scenes may be a little intense for younger audiences. Make sure to see this film, which comes out May 6.
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By Brandon Cela, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
After about eleven years of watching and reading Marvel – from comics to video games to movies to TV shows – I have never had as much of a great time as I had watching Captain America: Civil War. Is that a great amount of hyperbole? Probably yes. But, hear me out.
Captain America: Civil War is based on the Civil War comic series which feature Marvel heroes Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) facing off in an incredible battle. The comic series had multiple issues and pulled several elite characters into it, creating an epic battle along with an epic concept. Captain America: Civil War does not disappoint.
The film’s plot revolves around the idea that there have been too many casualties surrounding The Avengers – including their battles in New York, Washington and Sokovia. The United Nations present the remaining superheroes (as Thor and Hulk have disappeared) with a document called the Sokovian Accords, which state that the heroes can do their jobs only when they are told to do so and if they act outside of their boundaries then they will be arrested. Tony Stark and several others agree to sign the document, while Steve Rogers declines to sign. The superheroes form their teams throughout the movie and they eventually clash in a captivating and entertaining battle.
Captain America: Civil War includes the debuts of great characters such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). I cannot say enough how incredible of a job Tom Holland does as Spider-Man, as he is just one of the many actors in this film that creates intrigue and entertainment with their characters. As far as the storyline goes, the audience is presented with an excellent conflict which only furthers the anticipation as to who is going to win the battle. With other Marvel films, the good guys face the bad guy(s) and the good guys usually win. While some may get hurt, they usually end up fine at the end. In Captain America: Civil War, the audience does not have that luxury of just siding with “the good guys”. Both teams present great points and deliver spectacular dialogue that keeps the audience involved in whatever is going on.
Technically, Marvel Studios proves once again that it knows how to make a film. Everything, from the lighting, to the camera shot variety is darn perfect. While the introduction is a bit messy and hard to follow, it is a minor setback in an otherwise great film. On a personal note, the fight choreography is what stood out for me. I like realistic approaches to stories and films. In Captain America: Civil War, some of the fights feel almost too real as every punch and kick means something. Every blow and action creates a devastating impact that is so compelling you needed to just sit back in awe of what is transpiring.
In conclusion, Captain America: Civil War will get you on the edge of your seats and leave you fully entertained and satisfied. I believe the movie is intended for the other side of 13-year-olds, as the action scenes are very intense and the occasional cursing is rough as well. I give this movie 5 out of 5 Captain America shields because of its brutal fight scenes, beautiful story, flawless visuals and incredible dialogue.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

The Queen Mary Welcomes back the 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic May 14 Grill masters from around the country will gather at the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park from 11AM - 6PM to compete for the title of West Coast’s BEST BBQ.

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The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual West Coast BBQ Classic on May 14. The WCBC will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. This finger lickin’ family fun festival features: delicious BBQ tastings, live music, backyard games, kids’ country, a merchant market and an awards ceremony for our victors.
  • The competition is an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship and will bring Southern California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,500 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.
  • Live entertainment will be provided by the country sensations Scotty Mac Band and Blontourage.
  • Children are invited to Kids Country offering games, a bounce house, face painters and potato sack races just for little BBQ fans.
  • Join in the fun and participate in the watermelon or cobbler eating contests, and other fun backyard games.
  • For more information and to purchase tickets to the 5th annual West Coast BBQ Classic visit http://queenmary.com/events/west-coast-bbq-classic/.
2016 BBQ TEAMS:
Big Papa Smokers, Blaze’s BBQ, Blue Eyed BBQ, BLUES ROCK BBQ, Brisket Brothers, Burnin and Lootin, COOL GRILLING, DG Firehouse BBQ, Fu Man Que Crew, Hickory and Spice BBQ, Lady of Q, OC Double Barrel Smokers, Pigpusher BBQ and catering, Porkchop and Bubba’s BBQ, Rad Fondo BBQ, Ridge Route Boys BBQ, ROYAL SMOKIN HOT BBQ, Slap Yo Daddy BBQ, Smoke Hound BBQ, Smokin’ Hart’s, Smoky Doky Barbecue, TEAM WOODSHED, The Pit Crew BBQ of SoCal, The Rib Doctor, LLC., Twisted Brisket BBQ, Yard Lobster BBQ, Qued Up, Mad Dawgz BBQ, NOTHING COMPARES TO Q, Smokin Mo’s, Jet Coatings “Monkey Style”,  Come and Take It BBQ, Outta Gas BBQ, RoofTop Barbecue, Wild Willy’s, Smokin Money with Big Red, Left Coast Q, Pinches Primal BBQ, BUBBAS SMOKE YARD BBQ, Rude 2 Not BBQ, HalfAss BBQWHEN:
11am – 6pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online at QueenMary.com/WCBC

  • General Admission Value Pack with (5) tasting tickets: $25 online
  • VIP Admission Value Pack with (5) tasting tickets: $40 online
  • BBQ Tasting Tickets – $10 for (5) BBQ Bucks (no refunds)
  • Free admission for ages 3 and under
 

PARKING:
$15 upon exit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

 

One Of The Greatest Minds Of All Time – Srinivasa Ramanujan

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Based on the true story about an mathematician, unknown outside the academic community, it’s a story waiting to be told – almost a century after his death in 1920. Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Lainey A. comments, “This live action feature film is incredible! I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the true story. This biographical movie is very dramatic.” See her full review below.

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By Lainey Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

This live action feature film is incredible! I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the true story. This biographical movie is very dramatic.
This movie is set during WWI and takes place in India and at Trinity College in Cambridge. Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is 25 years old, lives in India and is recently married. He is an exceptional mathematician that receives mathematical formulas by meditating and in his sleep. His mentor encourages him to send his work to the professors at Trinity College.
Dr. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) is very impressed with Ramanujan’s work and tells him to come to England so Hardy can help create publications of his mathematical formulas. Ramanujan leaves India and travels to Cambridge, England, sadly leaving his mom and loving wife at home. When he arrives at Trinity College, he misses his family and the foods he was accustomed to having at home.
Making things more difficult, some of the professors are jealous of how smart Ramanujan is and are prejudiced because he is Indian. He comes up with many formulas, but Dr. Hardy says that no one will publish his work without proof of how he came up with the mathematical formulas since he only says, “It comes to me.”
Throughout the film, the relationship between Dr. Hardy and Ramanujan develops into a very strong one. Dr. Hardy, in particular, is transformed because of knowing and eventually caring for Ramanujan. Dr. Hardy, a devout atheist, does not believe in God and doesn’t believe in anything that cannot be proven scientifically. He does not understand how his student comes up with all of these formulas and struggles with Ramanujan being as brilliant as he appears to be.
This movie is amazing in so many ways and also very inspirational and emotional. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Dev Patel’s version of Ramanujan’s character. He is so extraordinary and seems like such a nice person who I would want to know and be friends with. My favorite scene is when Ramanujan is meditating and is given another formula. His excitement in receiving this information is contagious.
The settings and scenery are very appropriate for the time this takes place and made me feel as if it could be during WWI. The costumes are well thought out for scenes in both India and Cambridge, and they definitely fit the time period.
I give this film five out of five stars because it is entertaining, informational and has a very interesting plot. I recommend this movie for ages 12 to 18. It may be difficult for younger audiences to follow, but I do believe that people should watch this movie to learn about other cultures and times and, of course, they should enjoy this very inspirational true story. This film is playing in theaters now so, go check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!