When I was invited to attend a special screening of the film “Titans of the Ice Age,” and interview La Brea Tar Pits’ chief paleontologist, Dr. Luis Chiappe and get a selfie with a giant prehistoric sloth – how could I resist! I love L.A.! Read my review of the new film from the Ice Age franchise opening in the U.S. in 3D on July 22nd, 2016. See the film, I liked it!
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
I had fun on my summertime “play day” in the city. My first stop was the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles, CA. The museum is currently running a film about the Ice Age in 3 D – which ties in perfectly with the Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course coming out this summer!
After seeing the film at the museum, paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe spoke to the audience concerning the historical truths about the Ice Age compared to what is portrayed in the animated movies. The kids in attendance asked great questions and I thought that the producers were being socially responsible to give us the opportunity to learn the realistic value of what is in the movie.
The tour of the museum included a presentation about the tar pits that existed there in Los Angeles millions of years ago. Now surrounded by an “asphalt jungle” that left behind millions of fossilized bones and artifacts, the area continues to be excavated by archaeologists.
These paleontologists work in a glass windowed area inside the museum, sorting and documenting tiny bones and fossils. They are so gracious to work in front of a stream of onlookers.
Before leaving the La Brea Tar Pits museum, I spied Josh Peck, who plays Eddie in Ice Age, filming a promo for the movie. He is so cute! I talked to him and told him to add me on Snapchat. (Josh – if you see this – I am still waiting! snapchat.com/add/mizbizevents )
Josh Peck was the first one in the room at the press junket that I attended the following day. I could tell he loves playing voice parts, that bright smile and lighthearted energy said it all. I just read that Josh landed a role as the lead character in the upcoming animated film, “Gnome Alone” with singer-songwriter, Becky G.
Max Greenfield is new to the Ice Age franchise portraying a new character in the series. Roger plays an integral part in the film and was probably my favorite. Max is a nice guy and he said he really loved the experience of being the voice of Roger.
I have met Queen Latifah a few times before this press junket and I always enjoy seeing her! She is talented, beautiful and a total sweetheart! I was in the audience for her talk show and had a blast! She really seems to love the character she plays in Ice Age and identifies with being a mom like Ellie.
Meeting Ray Romano was awesome! Ray is great as the voice of Manny, the dad in Ice Age. He is funny and quite personable. He spoke to everyone in the room at the press junket as though he knew us and was very genuine. I enjoyed ribbing him a bit about what is yet to come in future Ice Age films and if he would enjoy being “Grandpa Manny!”
Meeting John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes was a hoot! They are both funny separately – and together they were hilarious! As Granny and Sid in Ice Age Collision Course – they steal the show with their dynamic wit!
I just had to get a selfie with John Leguizamo since my friend, Suzette Valle sent me her selfie with him when she found out I would be going to the press junket. I actually showed him the picture of her above and he remembered her. He said, “Oh yes – I have her book!”
Ice Age is one of the 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up, the book by Suzette Valle. An expert in film and entertainment, Suzette is a big proponent of family films. If Ice Age made the cut in her book – you know it’s a good one!
See Ice Age: Collision Course when if first comes out – the 3D animation is fantastic – and I don’t usually care for 3D. Sometimes the 3rd or 4th film in a franchise doesn’t have the best quality animation – but this is an exception. This film is top quality with a wonderful story and message.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Release in US: July 22, 2016, in 3D
Director: Michael Thurmeier
Co-Director: Galen Tan Chu
Producer: Lori Forte
US/English-speaking Voice Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
HASHTAG: #IceAge #CollisionCourse
Tinsel Town is my show. It’s awesome. Really! Come and see what it is all about every Tuesday at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern.
For two years I have streamed my show, Tinsel Town, on Tuesday nights. The show streams live. In order to do this, I have shared, invited, promoted, and I will admit, occasionally, begged you to watch. When I was on Blab.im last summer, I had the most engagement. 100’s of people would tune in and enjoy the interviews and camaraderie. The show is about the super stars who inspire me. I interview people who are rockin’ it! But, you know that. Because you watch.
Lately, live streaming viewership has dropped off a bit. There are so many options and it is hard to find live shows. But I persist. I believe in what I am doing and I do it because I love it so much. Meeting people, getting to know them, introducing them to my friends…it’s a blast!
When Facebook Live enabled people to live stream directly on our profile pages, I jumped at the chance to promote my show and let my friends and followers have a glimpse of my world. I was hoping they would follow me to Blab, or Huzza, or Zoom. I tell them about Snapchat, Meerkat, Periscope, MeVee, Busker, Firetalk, Bebo, and more…and some do. But, suddenly it occurred to me that I could do the show on Facebook. Why ask people to follow me when we are all already there?
The reason I loved Blab so much is the fact that I could invite other people to be onscreen with me. This made it perfect for interviewing people from around the world remotely. It was like Skype that everyone could see! It is only a matter of time before we will be able to do that on Facebook without third party software and programs. I will be there, ready and super excited to share it with you!
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When Alexia asked me to be a guest on her show, #CreativeLife, my initial reaction was, Yes, of course! Anything to help a friend. I had no idea that I was the friend being helped!
Being interviewed by Alexia was a much needed boost. A boost in the pants to get going and further pursue my own creative life. An ego boost that helped motivate me to keep doing what I have been doing. It is such an honor to be interviewed!
Thanks to Alexia I learned more about a program that she has been using for live stream – Sqeeqee.com
We also talked about the benefits of crowdfunding and using Patreon.
Alexia asked me about my journey and my background as well as what I do and want to do in the future. She is a great interviewer!
I learned more about Alexia and her background, too! I am impressed at how many stokes she has in the fire. She is an accomplished actress, director, and entrepreneur. She will surely be a featured guest on Tinsel Town in the Fall.
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SOCIAL MEDIA: www.legendoftarzan.comOPENING DATE: Fri., 7/1/16 – in theaters nationwide (and also in 3D and IMAX)RUN TIME: 109 mins. (tent.)MPAA RATING: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue.SYNOPSIS: From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie(“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Brewer and Cozad based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs. Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) produced the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, “Cinderella”), Alan Riche (“Southpaw”) and Tony Ludwig (“Starsky & Hutch”). Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, Keith Goldberg, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Henry Braham (“The Golden Compass”), Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “The English Patient,” the “Harry Potter” films), editor Mark Day (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (“Emma,” “Unknown”). The music is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Grown Ups”).“The Legend of Tarzan” was shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK.