The new CG-animated feature Kikoriki: Legend Of The Golden Dragon is coming to DVD in North America on March 7, 2017 from Shout! Factory in partnership with Odin’s Eye Entertainment and Riki Group. Beloved around the world, and known to U.S. audiences from the “GoGoRiki” TV series that aired on The CW, the cute, colorful Kikoriki crew are now starring in their own movie. My girls were super excited to hear this because this is one of their favorite shows! We were lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this DVD and it did not disappoint!
If you know anything about me, you know I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I am also a huge Han Solo fan (I mean, how can you not be). When the Han Solos solo film (see what I did there) was announced, I was thrilled. I can not wait to delve deeper into one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe! I just found out that principal photography has begun on this film and it is becoming more real to me now! The actors involved are amazing – Donald Glover anyone? I LOVE him! He is going to be the perfect Lando! I am thrilled that I only have to wait until May 2018 to see this movie – I am so used to Star Wars movies coming out in December. Buckle up guys – this is going to be an amazing ride!
Join a big-city mouse on a big mission to save his friends from evil weasels when Air Bound arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand February 21 from Lionsgate! A producer of Spider-Man and Iron Man shares this charming tale that celebrates friendship, perseverance, and teamwork. Awarded the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval, the film stars YouTube sensations Nash Grier (4.8MM subscribers), Jimmy Tatro (2.6MM subscribers), and Justine “iJustine” Ezarik (3.2MM subscribers), along with comedian Jon Lovitz.
Rock Dog hits theaters a little later this month, February 24th. My husband and I take our daughters to the movies at least once a month, so we love when family friendly movies are out. This one stood out to us because it centers around a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff dog named Bodi – and we have two dogs of our own. We have a pug named Khaleesi and a puggle named Sansa and they are part of our family. I cannot imagine a house without a dog or two. I always had a dog growing up and I am excited that my girls will know that companionship as the grow older as well.
My husband and I went to see Doctor Strange in theaters and were blown away. We loved everything about it. I am a huge Marvel fan, so I was really excited for this movie. To be honest, Doctor Strange is not one of my favorite characters from the comic books, so I was a little nervous going in. But after watching the movie, I have even started enjoying his character in the comics more. Benedict Cumberbatch was incredible – as were all the actors.
No set visit is complete without a chat with the director – and James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, completely agrees with this statement. Even though we were pressed for time and all had flights to catch, he told us not to leave without a chance to talk to him. James even had assistants bring our luggage to our car so that we could have a conversation with him. We were all thrilled to work an interview with James in to our busy schedule. It had been a long day for all of us – James included. He mentioned that there were two sets running at the same time that day, one with Kurt Russell, and one with everybody else – so he had been running back and forth all day. We actually got to see both sets – we interviewed Kurt on his and watched the rest of the cast film on the other. What an experience – I still cannot believe it happened!
Karen Gillan is one bad b*tch in the movies – but she is the sweetest thing in real life! I had the chance to sit down and chat with her on the set of her new film Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and she couldn’t be more different than her character, Nebula. She is bubbly and enthusiastic – two things you would never say about Nebula, Gamora’s evil adopted sister. She told us that it was so nice to be back on set with everyone. “It’s such a line to say like we’re like one big happy family, but we genuinely are.” We got the same vibe from the other actors we interviewed – that they were all genuinely happy to be back on set with each other. Karen told us that the atmosphere backstage is very much like what you see on the screen. “It’s that sort of banter – that sort of nature to it. That’s what it’s like off screen – and they play music, which really lifts people’s spirits. The music is an integral part of these films. Also everyone is really nice – there’s not one person that’s standoffish or surrounded by people. It’s not like that at all. It all filters down from the top – that’s from James [Gunn]. He sets a really good tone for everyone and casts nice people.”
While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, one of the actors I was able to interview was Michael Rooker, who reprises his role of Yondu in the sequel. Michael is one of my favorite actors – I absolutely loved him in The Walking Dead as Merle – and as Yondu in the first Guardians movie. To me, he always seemed like he is an off the wall and fun type of guy. And boy was I right! The first thing he did when he walked in the interview room was look all of us ladies right in the face. He said “let me look at you – y’all are purty”. Not many actors take the time to look at you – really look at you – when you are interviewing them. He even asked us several questions throughout the interview, like where we were from and how many kids we each have. It was like he truly wanted to know about us as individuals. I think we all appreciated this, I know I did.
I think we can all agree that Dave Bautista seems like an intimidating man. I will tell you that he is bigger in person – but much less intimidating. As he walked in to the interview room on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last May – in full Drax costume and makeup – I was a little bit speechless. What a force walking through that door – what an incredible sight! I am a giant Guardians of the Galaxy fan and to see Drax sitting in front of me was pretty amazing. But Dave is probably one of the sweetest, soft-spoken, and down-to-Earth guys I have ever met. We had a great conversation about how he felt about coming back to the set, how long it takes for him to become Drax, and he what he loves about his character.
While on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last May, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Zoe Saldana. This was a live set and because she was so busy filming, we only had a few moments with her (she was in full Gamora garb and looked AMAZING, by the way). Even though our time with her was short, my interview with her was one of the most inspirational few moments of my life. She stressed how important women’s health is and how we have to take care of ourselves, which is easy to forget when you are a busy mom. Ladies, we should come first!