How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Free Coloring Pages and Printables) #HTTYD2

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a must see for anyone who loved the first installment. We were lucky enough to score some seats to the AMC Loews Plainville screening and the whole Fam went to check it out.

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-matchingmummiesI’ll be honest… Bringing my 3 boys.. Age 5 and 4 year old twins.. to the movies can be a daunting task if the movie falls flat. Plus we’ve never done the whole 3D thing either. Minus the setback of an entire HUGE bucket of popcorn getting knocked over (full disclosure- it was my Hubby’s fault!) the boys were sold. The 3D was so well done and visually stunning they sat the entire time! Score! Finally… A sequel that lived up to (and possibly surpassed) the first!

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The story follows Hiccup 5 years after the first movie. Something you don’t see very often- characters that have actually aged! Hiccup has turned into a young man and partnered with his trusty dragon Toothless, has been exploring and mapping the world around him.

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Without giving the movie’s plot away there are old enemies, lost loves and lots of great action sequences. It is definitely a movie for all ages.. The humor was spot on too. We definitely caught ourselves laughing along with the kids a bunch.

While we thoroughly enjoyed the 3D aspect I can’t help but to think it would be as equally entertaining without. But who doesn’t want to wear somewhat fashionable 3D glasses?! How To Train Your Dragon 3 will be in movie theaters on June 13th.

Check out these FREE HTTYD2 printable connect-the-dot and coloring pages!  Click them to download each set!

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I have always loved connect the dots pages!! Toothless is so fun  and now  we can color and connect the dots to make him with and without Hiccup!

 

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Who are you going to bring to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 with?

 

This is a guest post by Sarah, who is one half of the fabulous MatchingMummies.com.  She’s a rockstar lady and mom to 3 little men.

LINCOLN is out on BluRay now (BluRay/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway 2 winners)

Every so often, a film comes along that just gets everything right.  The story, the casting, the set, the music- and 2012’s Lincoln is one of those films.  It’s got all of the components of most great movies, the ones we seek to watch over and over, and it’s got a little something extra- the historical piece.  While this is not the exact story of what happened during Abe Lincoln’s life, this film does a really great job of telling the story for film, based on true events.  We did not end up being able to see this movie in the theaters, which I’d have loved to do, but I’m glad we have it for home viewing. I know we’ll watch it again and again, but I also know as the kids get older and start learning more about our nation’s history that we’ll be sharing with them as well.

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I was a little (pleasantly) surprised at how well the film kept my interest. I mean (this is NOT a spoiler alert), Lincoln dies, so there’s that anticipation.  But  I was still really involved with the film and enjoying the entire movie.  Even with the knowledge that the main character expires before the end.

Inspired by the true-life events confronting Abraham Lincoln and his monumental moral and political challenge to amend the United States Constitution to permanently abolish slavery, “LINCOLN” is a rich and compelling historical and human drama that has been hailed as one of the best film of the year. In-depth bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack takes viewers behind-the-scenes of director Spielberg’s life-long fascination with Lincoln and the 12 years it took to bring the story of one of history’s and mankind’s greatest triumphs to the screen.

 
THREE readers will win a BluRay DVD combo pack of LINCOLN!

I received a sample of this movie for my review. Opinions are my own.

Real Steel Prize Pack Giveaway

If you haven’t heard of Real Steel yet, well, maybe you’ve been under a rock.  I got to sneak a peek when I was in LA back in June, and while I haven’t gotten to see all of it, what I did see was full of heart, family friendly (although I think for older kids than mine) and tons of action.  A great movie for the whole family to enjoy.  Plus, Hugh Jackman.  Yum.  The little boy who plays Max, Dakota Goyo, is someone you will likely fall in love with! This film opens October 7 in theaters.

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

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Real Steel coming to theaters October 7

I saw some footage of this film when I was in LA for my big trip. Tons of action, LOTS of Hugh Jackman and a sweet story will make just about everyone in your house enjoy this movie- it kind of has something for everyone.

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Talking about The Help with Stacey Snider

When I met Stacey Snider, CEO of Dreamworks, I was literally still drying the tears that had come so hard and so fast that my neck was wet.  The movie credits for The Help had just finished rolling and we knew we were going to be interviewing Stacey Snider, but not exactly the specific time- and into the screening room she came.  This was part of my trip to LA in June courtesy of Disney & Dreamworks, and I was in the company of the 21 other bloggers who were invited on this trip, along with a few Dreamworks employees. 

The first thing Ms. Snider asked us was if we’d read the book.  Many had- some of us hadn’t.  I myself read it on the plane en route to LA.  It had been on my “must-read” list but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Ms. Snider shared that she’d read the book in manuscript form, before it was sent to over 60 publishers who rejected it.  Yes, 60 publishers rejected The Help in book form.  She loved the story, and she loves the story behind the book- that was very clear to us as she shared with us some of the backstory of this book’s creation, and also the movie.  (I’m going to share parts of what Ms. Snider told us, not as quotes necessarily, but things she told us during our time with her).  [click to continue…]

The Help opens today, 8/10- my thoughts, my reactions, my tissues..

The Help is an amazing novel written by Kathryn Stockett and turned into what I think will be THE movie of the summer by her childhood friend Tate Taylor. I’d heard of The Help for a long, long time before reading it- always good things, and I knew I had to read the book before I saw the movie back in June. The minute you open the book and set your eyes on the first page of the first chapter, you’re drawn in. Its like you are IN Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960’s, as if Abileen, Minnie, Hilly or Skeeter might pass you when you walk slowly down the dusty roads in the midst of a hot summer day.

Thankfully, the movie does the same. I was drawn in from the opening scene and quite honestly, continued to be even after the credits had finished. 

I had no idea how powerful my reaction was going to be to this film – none at all. It has been many, many years since a movie has affected me so greatly. I have not ever, not once, been laughing aloud during a movie and had that laughter turn into sobs before my laugh was finished. This movie is deep, its dramatic, its heartbreaking- its powerful, strong, emotional, but its also lighthearted in spots and there is some hilarity that just fits in perfectly along the way.   The characters were so perfectly cast, and the talent in this movie is phenomenal.  Really phenomenal.  I cannot even fathom what it must have been like to experience being on the set of this movie working with these amazing women who really threw themselves into these roles.  [click to continue…]

Win one of 2 4-packs to see The Help (8/8)#TheHelpMovie

Who wants to see a movie with This Mama?  Or rather, near me?  I get to give away 2 4-packs of screening passes to see The Help in Manchester, CT.  The show starts at 7 and seating is first come first serve so plan to arrive early- I’m guessing this will be a full house!! Also, BRING TISSUES, and either find that mascara that doesn’t run no matter what or don’t wear it.  Trust me. 

So.  In celebration of this awesome movie screening, TWO!! of you will win passes to screen The Help with me.  Or at least, in the same room as me.   I can’t even wait to see this again.  I mean it. 

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

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The Help Featurette (and my thoughts on the film)

Before I share the featurette with you, my friends, I want to tell you right now that I have an assignment for you: READ THE BOOK The Help.   I read this book on my flights en route to LA last Wednesday and oh gosh, its awesome.  It really, truly is.  I laughed aloud and I wept, right there on the planes.  (Apologies, fellow passengers, who clearly thought I was off my rocker). 

But I want you all to read it so we can dish on it.  And, it will help you to get even more excited for the movie’s release date on August 12th. 

I can’t spill any details, and won’t give spoilers or anything, but I will tell you this:  during the screening we had at Dreamworks last Friday morning, I was absolutely enthralled with this movie.  It has been at least 10 years since I felt so much during a movie.  The casting for this movie is amazing.  The story itself is awesome, the screenplay is great, and the actors simply amazing.  I laughed and I cried, and then I cried some more.  Its awesome.  I can’t wait to go again when this comes out in theaters.  

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The Help: First the book, next the movie: what would you ask? #DisneyDreamWorksEvent

I think I’ve told you that part of this trip includes a screening of The Help.  Now, I haven’t read the book

(yet), but it is packed in my carry on and I will be reading it on the flights on my way to LA on Wednesday.  I’m really excited about this book- I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it and it has been a long time- too long- since I heard things like that about a book.  The fact that I get to see it in movie form just 2 days later makes me all kinds of happy.  I do like to read the books FIRST, and I may cheat a bit and start it tonight, I’m that excited.  (Or laundry.   I should start that too…)

I have more need of assistance.  Or rather, I need to know what you guys want to know about The Help- the book or the movie.  The process of making it into a movie.  We’ll be having Q&A after our screening so I will have the chance to ask your questions!![ad#glam between posts]