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Getting Goosebumps with Jack Black and the awesome cast at Four Seasons in Miami

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Meeting Jack Black was something I never imagined would actually happen. Black came to Miami earlier this month with his Goosebumps co-stars Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee to promote the film at Four Seasons Miami. Black was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and as cool and laidback in person as I hoped he would be.

While I was a little too old for the Goosebumps series when it came out, I was an avid read of author R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. I remember trading these books back and forth with my elementary school friend Aimee McPherrin Quigley. These books are such an essential piece of my childhood. It set the foundation for a lifetime of loving suspense and horror plots.

When Black took on the role of Stine, he said he actually met with the author to “get his creative notes and his blessing” before they started filming. facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Mean Girls Candy?????? It’s so fetch!

1392710461313723 9470-PRODUCT_01-500_500-1439921089164 9469-PRODUCT_01-500_500-1439921081927It’s hard to believe “Mean Girls” made its way into movie theaters and into our hearts 11 years ago. The evil trio of high school’s most popular beyotches is now immortalized with a candy and accessory collection by Dylan’s Candy Bar. The clever line offers popcorn-flavored jelly beans, “Burn Book” cookies, “You Go Glen Coco” pink hot chocolate, chocolate bars, lollipops and an authentic “Kalteen weird nutrition bar” that made Regina George gordo in the movie! There are also hair ties, a T-shirt and a tote bag all featuring classic Mean Girls sayings.

But one of my most favorite pieces of in the line is the “I’m not a regular Mom, I’m a cool Mom” plastic wine tumbler. I definitely know I’ll be getting that.

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It was a dream meeting I’ll See You In My Dreams star Sam Elliott

IMG_8382 IMG_8379About a month ago, I got an email about the opportunity to interview legendary actor Sam Elliott and brilliant, young director Brett Haley regarding their new film, “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” They were coming to 1 Hotel Miami, which was formerly The Gansevoort. I always thought it would be cool to sit down and talk with Elliott. It was something I never thought I’d actually get the chance to do since Elliott splits his time between residences in California and Oregon and rarely comes to Miami.

Elliott and Haley were truly great men to sit down and have a club soda with. I have so much respect for Elliott and I will never forget him in “Mask” and “Roadhouse.” His latest film, “I’ll See You In My Dreams” offers a vibrant look at the often forgotten third act of life.

To read my interview with Elliott and Haley, click the Sun-Sentinel link here.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Feeling at “Home” with Jim Parsons

IMG_5805There are some days I want to rip my hair out working as a journalist. Jan. 30 was not one of them. Jim Parsons provides the voice for the lovable alien  “Oh” in the new Dreamworks Film, Home. I screened the film Jan. 29 and I was so  pleased to see a children’s film where the heroine is not only a girl, but a multicultural girl as well. The film, which hits theaters March 27, centers on The Boov, an alien race who invades planets running from their enemy, which is another alien race. Rihanna provides the voice for the film’s star Gratuity Tucci [I just love saying that name]. And like Rihanna in real life, Tucci is from Barbados. J. Lo provides the voice for her mother and the hilarious Steve Martin shines as the voice propelling Captain Smek, the inept leader of the Boov race.

There are so many wonderful metaphors in this film regarding cultural acceptance and the importance of not judging people purely on what you see or assume on the outside.

The scene at The Mandarin Oriental in Miami Jan. 30 was buzzing with a variety of Latin market journalists and the usual entertainment writing suspects. I was thrilled to have enough time to grab a pretzel and a seat on the balcony to collect my thoughts in the media suite before heading to the interview in the next room.

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When I had mentioned to my family earlier in the week I would be interviewing Jim Parsons, their faces lit up with wonderment. “I love him! You’re meeting Sheldon?” they all gushed. “Oh, you’re so lucky!”

After participating in a roundtable interview him, I did indeed feel very lucky. He’s a delightful human being with a true star presence and an intelligent, quirky and quick personality. He was kind enough to pose for photos with all the journalists there. My interview with Parsons will publish next month for South Florida Parenting magazine and I cannot wait to share his thoughts on this film that is going to have an impact on audiences of all ages.

 

 

 

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