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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See the “My Little Pony” Movie EARLY & FOR FREE

There was a time when My Little Pony reigned supreme in my home.
The show was watched over and over again, while little girls played with their plastic Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash toys. They’d brush the horses’ manes and sing the theme song, but then they got old and stopped believing that “Friendship is Magic.”

My Little Pony is no longer on repeat in our home and the fancy horse figurines live in the back of our closets, but my girls still got excited when I told them a My Little Pony movie was coming out. They were really jazzed when I told them it had an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and especially Zoe Saldana, whom they ADORE as Gamora. Then my girls and I agreed that we HAD to see the My Little Pony movie, and that we might even bring some of their cooler friends with us.

If you know some little (or not-so-little) kids who’d love to see the My Little Pony movie EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

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Why is the World STILL Fat-Shaming Amy Schumer? (& Free Passes to Her New Movie “Snatched”)

Seriously, WHY are people still fat-shaming Amy Schumer?
See, InStyle magazine apparently used a photo of her in a swimsuit on their cover (see above) and it was more than one Massachusetts woman can handle. Dana Duggan, who is a swimwear designer, posted this comment on the InStyle Instagram account:
“Come on now! You could not find anyone better for this cover? Not everyone should be in a swimsuit.”
As you can imagine, Duggan was immediately chastised for her comments, though some idiots jumped in and agreed with her. She is sticking by her original remarks though, claiming it was FREE SPEECH and therefore HER RIGHT. Sure, I guess everyone has a right to be an asshole. You can read the rest of the story by clicking HERE.
Dana Duggan might not realize it, but she just did Schumer a HUGE favor by putting her back in headlines right before her new movie comes out!
Snatched stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother and daughter who take an exotic vacation that goes horribly awry. Want to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” & The Curse of the TRILOGY


Being the third in a trilogy is kind of like being the youngest kid in an over-achieving family. You’ll always be compared to your siblings and no matter what you do or how well you do it, you’ll never quite live up to them. This effect is magnified if you happen to be a slacker who lives in the basement and smokes pot all day.

X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t exactly the basement dwelling pot-smoker, but it’s no Eagle Scout either. Continue reading →

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Say Goodbye to David Bowie With The Alamo Drafthouse

Some beautiful things have been said about David Bowie recently, but nothing says more than the way he chose to leave us. He knew the world would be sad to hear he was dying, so David Bowie chose not to tell us. Instead, he made some beautiful music to help with our mourning, and to say THANK YOU for the years of love and support. How incredible is that?

My daughter just discovered David Bowie, which has made his death even more surreal. She found him by way of her first true-love QUEEN and the song Under Pressure. Since then, she’s been picking out Bowie music from films like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Martian, and blasting them on repeat. I think I’ve heard Starman more in the past 2 months than I have in my entire life.

This brings me a bit of peace, knowing that his music will live on and that we, the people who were lucky enough to share the planet with him, will make sure of that. Let’s ensure that from this moment forward, on every day, in every year, in every century, someone will hear David Bowie’s music for the very first time and freak out.

But first, we need to say GOODBYE.

Our friends at the Alamo Drafthouse are planning a David Bowie Video Music Party this Saturday night in Richardson, TX. It’s a Sing-Along, featuring all of your favorite Bowie hits, so you can sing and dance and awkwardly hug the weeping stranger standing next to you. Proceeds will go to FAME, a music education program for kids in Bowie, Maryland. I think David Bowie would approve, so get your tickets by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!

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BLOG: I Think I Missed the “Mommy Memo” (Cotillion Blues)

I don’t think I got the Mommy Memo. You know, the email every other Mommy got that clued them into all the big Secrets of Having Kids. I think it must have skipped me because I’m continuously blind-sided by things that other Mommies have no trouble with. The memo must have included important sections, like When To Register For Summer Camp and SURPRISE!-Early Dismissal, because I screw those up all the time. It also must have included a section on Cotillion, because I’d never even heard of it before this year.

Cotillion is apparently a series of etiquette classes, where kids learn how to behave at a dance. They even learn how to dance with each other, which they all complain about but secretly relish. We didn’t have Cotillion when I was growing up. No, we just jumped straight to sweaty hand-holding at awkward school functions. No one bothered teaching us how to dance, because we all just stood in a circle and watched the one kid who could break dance. Etiquette was certainly never considered, and probably would’ve been snickered at while we smoked cigarettes behind the Youth Center. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Chatting About the BEST of 2015 Movies (including that little “Star Wars” pic) with Krys Boyd on “Think”

I joined Krys Boyd on NPR’s Think yesterday, to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens and some of the other best movies of 2015. We were also joined by Chris Vognar from the Dallas Morning News and KERA’s Stephen Becker. They are both film nerds of the highest order so the pressure to perform well was pretty high. I was up for the challenge though, because I relish any chance to talk about movies with those guys. Click HERE to hear the show, and listen carefully for the moment Chris Vognar calls the rest of us children and when I debuted the word “porn-y” on NPR.

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HEADS UP!- Sensory Friendly Screenings of “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Just got some fantastic news out of Wylie, Texas. B&B Theaters Wylie 12 are having sensory friendly screenings of Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip AND Star Wars: The Force Awakens THIS SATURDAY. This means that they will keep the lights up and turn the sound down a bit, which is great for kids and adults who have a hard time with traditional theaters. No one is going to complain if someone makes a little noise or needs to move around, either. Both screenings will start at 9am and I’d get tickets early because they’ll probably sell out. Click HERE to see Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip or HERE to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Have fun and remember to share the news with anyone who might be interested!

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BLOG: Chatting With Wes Chatham & Evan Ross from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”

Actors Wes Chatham and Evan Ross were in town recently to promote their new movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (as if that needs promoting) and I got to chat with them. Ross and Chatham play Messalla and Castor, members of Katniss’ crew and they’re truly lovely and interesting dudes. Chatham became a playwright when he was still in high school and later joined the military to become an aviation firefighter. He’s a family-man who just announced his wife’s second pregnancy, which you can read about in this People Magazine article.

Evan Ross is a talented actor and musician. He’s also married to Ashlee Simpson AND is the son of Diana Ross. You’d never guess it when talking to him though, because he’s SO down to Earth. Ross and Chatham became close friends with castmate Elden Henson (who plays Pollux) while filming and they call themselves The 3 Amigos. I poached this pic from Evan’s Instagram…hope he doesn’t mind.
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Listen below to hear Wes Chatham and Evan Ross talk about filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and what it’s like to travel with an icon’s son. (Thanks to the other members of the DFW Film Critics Association who were also present for the interview.)

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MOVIE REVIEW: My Review of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I didn’t go to the WFAA studios this week for my review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the way I usually do. No, this time we did something totally different and met at Group Dynamix in Carrolton. They usually offer Team Building Adventures but Paige McCoy Smith was there this week to talk about their new Bow Tag games. It’s kind of like dodgeball, but with bows and arrows instead of balls. Oh don’t worry, the arrows have little bean-bags on the tips so no one actually dies. Click HERE to watch Paige talk to the Group Dynamix folks about Bow Tag, THEN watch my review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Man, I can’t believe the whole series is over. (sniff)

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MOVIE REVIEW PODCAST: “Spectre,” “Trumbo” & “The Peanuts Movie”

I had so many great movies to review this week, that I decided to go ahead and record a podcast with all 3 of them. I’ve also got a rundown of what’s coming up next week AND all the free movie passes I’m giving away on my website. ENJOY!