Pitch Perfect 2 – The Pitch is Back But Does It Hit All the Right Notes? #PitchPerfect2

NOTE: This review is in partnership with The Disney Blog, where I also write.

When Pitch Perfect became a smash, of course a sequel was greenlit. But the problem with comedy sequels is that they tend to be rehashes of the same formula, and as a result not as funny.

Pitch Perfect 2 group sing

I’m happy to report that Pitch Perfect 2 does not suffer from sequel-itis, for the most part.

The story picks up three years after the first movie, and the Bellas are on top of the world. They are three-time defending champs, and are picked to entertain the President for his birthday. Unfortunately an accident occurs that causes Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) to flash the President, and results in the Barden Bellas being banned. They lose their shot at a future title, and they lose a national tour, which gets given to the German champions Das Sound Machine.

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The Ting Tings New Album Is Full of Vintage Sounding Club Grooves

The UK duo known as The Ting Tings have made a name with the indie post-punk pop of their last two albums, but their newest, Super Critical, ventures into vintage club tune territory.

The Ting TIngs live at The Social in Orlando

Prior to writing their third album, members Katie White and Jules De Martino decided to shake things up, and sequestered themselves on Ibiza. Influenced by the club sounds prevalent on the island, their songwriting ventured in that direction.

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Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash Review #DiscoverNewFavorites

Through Influenster, I received a bottle of Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash to review in their Walgreens #DiscoverNewFavorites VoxBox.

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash

It was a full-sized bottle in the Love Forever scent, and touted the new Fragrance Touch Technology, which releases scent for up to 12 hours just by touch.

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Celebrate National Park Trust’s #KidsToParks Day 2015 With a Giveaway

Parks are some of the best places to build fun family memories, and on May 16, you can make some more on National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day 2015.

National Park Trust's #KidsToParks Day 2015

The National Parks Trust is dedicated to perserving local, state, and national parks, and it wants 500,000 people to sign the pledge to take their kids out to a park on Saturday, May 16. To sign up, visit kidstoparks.org.
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Searching For My Focus

This blog has been in a disarray for the last few months. I’ve been so busy dealing with the cancer, then trying to get back into the writing groove for my job, that this blog has been sorely neglected.

Me in a silly Jurassic Park photo at Madame Tussauds Orlando

Me in a silly Jurassic Park photo at Madame Tussauds Orlando

I’ve also been trying to figure out the focus of what I want this blog to be. For most of the last few years, I’ve been really sick. As a result, this blog started looking like a medical blog at times.

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Marvel Releases Second TV Spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron and It’s About the Characters

Yesterday Marvel released a second TV spot for the upcoming movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it features plenty of new clips.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Avengers Tower

I’m calling this one the “Get everybody excited by showing them individual character intros” trailer.

It starts out with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) explaining his “little” contributions to the Avengers team. And by little, I mean he’s snidely bragging. Seems there’s a little tension already brewing between Stark and Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

Wonder how that’ll play out? LOL

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Review: Putting Emergen-C Products to the Test

A few weeks ago I got a sample pack of Emergen-C products to review, so every few days, I’ve put one to the test.

Emergen-C sample packets

I received several flavors and varieties of Emergen-C. I received three packets of the 1,000mg Vitamin C dietary supplement, in Super Orange, Coconut-Pineapple, and Strawberry-Kiwi. I also received two packets of the Immune Plus dietary supplement in Citrus and Warmers Berry Medley.

Let’s start with the 1,000mg Vitamin C packets. In addition to Vitamin C, the packet label says they offer 7 B vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.

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Robert Downey Jr Gifts Boy a Prosthetic Iron Man Arm

One more reason Robert Downey Jr is one of the most awesome people on the planet: he recently gifted a little boy a prosthetic Iron Man arm.

Robert Downey Jr gifts Alex Pring an Iron Man prosthetic arm

He posted a video on his twitter page of him meeting 7-year old Alex Pring, in full Tony Stark mode, and giving him the 3D printed arm, which is embedded with motor and batteries to improve functionality.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Gets Release Date; Spinoff Film Gets Name

Today in at its annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced details for two upcoming Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It was revealed that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, with an expected release date of May 26, 2017.

This is different from the Christmas time release date that Star Wars: Episode VII has. That one will be out December 18 of this year. It’s also a return to the May release dates of the first two trilogy of films. In fact, Star Wars: A New Hope, the one that started it all, was released May 25, in 1977. Return of the Jedi also had a May 25 release date (in 1983).

It was then revealed that the first of the two previously announced standalone films now has a name.

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It’s Been 10 Years Mom, And I Still Miss You

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the day my mom passed away: March 4, 2005.

She was taken at age 52 by pancreatic cancer. The disease literally ate her away. The day she passed she was maybe 80 pounds – a shell of her former self.

Her former self was vibrant and passionate. She was an artist and saw the world in bright colors. She was an amazing artist, too, but one who sadly didn’t believe in her own talent.

Mom and me - circa late 1980s

Mom and me – circa early 1990s

She loved science fiction and fantasy, something she passed on to me. One of the first movies I ever remember seeing was “Logan’s Run” in the 70s. She used to tease me during tag, yelling “run Sandman, run!”

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Marvel Releases Third In-Depth Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Marvel has released the third trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s so in-depth with the characters, I got giddy watching it.

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

Seriously.

The clip clocks in at 2 minutes and 18 seconds, and starts out with Ultron speaking from a throne to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

“There is only one path to peace…their extinction,” he intones as all hell breaks loose.

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I Am Officially Cancer Free!!

This week I saw several of my doctors, finishing up with a visit with my cancer doc. After a quick exam to check out something my radiologist had found a month ago (which turned out to be scar tissue), the doc said she was giving me the all-clear.

I AM OFFICIALLY CANCER FREE!!!

Calvin and Hobbes dancing

It’s been almost a year that I’ve been fighting the Big C, but I’m happy to say that as of now, I have kicked it’s ass. I still have to stay vigilant, because this cancer has a higher risk of return, but for now, I’m claiming this as a victory.

While I think a positive attitude, and the love and support of friends had a lot to do with this, I was also fortunate to have some real cancer-fighting badasses in my corner.

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Marvel Studios Announces New Release Dates for Four Upcoming Films

Marvel logo

Due to the news that broke late yesterday about Spider-Man being allowed to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Marvel Studios has also announced new release dates for four previously announced films.

Here are the new dates to pencil into your calendar:

  • November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
  • July 6, 2018 – Black Panther
  • November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
  • July 12, 2019 – Inhumans

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Sony to Finally Allow Spider-Man to Play in Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel and Sony have finally come to an agreement that allows Spider-Man to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Nope this isn’t rumor or an April Fool’s Joke. Marvel and Sony have finally come to an agreement that allows Spider-Man to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Sony retains control over the character.

So here is what I know about this deal:

  • Spider-Man will next appear in a Marvel Studios-produced MCU film first, with a a clause stipulating it will happen prior to 2017. Could that mean Spidey will be participating in Captain America: Civil War?? If so, this will be huge!
  • Sony will then release a new Spider-Man movie on July 28, 2017. This movie will be co-produced by ex-Sony honco Amy Pascal, who handled the franchise at Sony, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who has guided the MCU into what it is today. He also was an executive producer on the first Spider-Man trilogy, starring Toby Maguire. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.
  • Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
  • Marvel and Sony are also using this deal as a possible stepping stone to introduce MCU characters into future Spider-Man films.

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Seeds of Change Makes Quick Work of Cooking Chicken Curry at Home #SeedsofChangeFood

Seeds of Change Korma organic simmer sauce

I grew up on curry, but I’ve never actually made it at home. I always left the cooking of it to others – family, restaurants, etc. So when Seeds of Change asked me to try their organic simmer sauces, I chose their Korma simmer sauce.

Korma is a coconut based creamy curry sauce, so it’s more sweet and savory than spicy hot. Perfect for my roommate, who is not as much a fan of spicy foods, as I am. Trying new food is better when we both can eat it.

This sauce made cooking chicken curry so easy. We sauteed about a pound of chicken breast, cubed up, in a frying pan with some olive oil. Once that was done, we added the jar of Korma simmer sauce, and let it simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, we whipped up some jasmine rice to use as a base for the curry.

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