Movie Reviews

ICE AGE the Movie Collides with LA’s La Brea Tar Pits @IceAgeMovie #IceAge #CollisionCourse

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

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!

Thanks to 42 West and Fox Family Entertainment for this special opportunity. See my Disclosure for details on why I post this type of article on my blog. I was given the opportunity to see the film prior to it’s official release and meet with people associated with the making and distribution of the movie for free for the purpose of review. I am under no obligation to post this on my blog. All opinions are my own. 

 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.

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Day at the Museum

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!

Paleontologist

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.
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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.

Fossil Work at the Museum

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.

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Josh Peck in Ice Age Promo

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 )

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Max Greenfield and Josh Peck

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.

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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.

Queen Latifah and Ray Romano

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.

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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!”

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John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes

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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!

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John Leguizamo in Ice Age

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!”

Suzzettes BookIce 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

Animated Comedy

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.

URL: http://www.iceagemovies.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/IceAge

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/iceage

INSTAGRAM: @IceAgeMovie

HASHTAG: #IceAge #CollisionCourse

Legend of Tarzan is a Must See! #AlexanderSkarsgard @MargotRobbie @legendofTarzan #LegendOfTarzan

Posted on July 1st, 2016 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

I loved Legend of Tarzan! Directed by David Yates, the film was a wonderful interpretation of a classic story for modern viewers. It had heart, history, and hope. It was a fresh and exhilarating fantasy/action film with breathtaking cinematography and graphic effects.
The relationship between Tarzan and Jane depicting their origins as well as their legacy told a deep meaningful and heart wrenching story.
Everyone should see this film. It won’t disappoint the avid classic Tarzan movie buff or those who grew up with the beloved Disney animated version.
All the actors were outstanding in their roles, especially Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan. He played it like the superhero memory of Tarzan that I cherish. Margot Robbie played Jane as a fierce, strong, and sensible partner to John Clayton.
I was thrilled to attend the press conference for the film, Legend of Tarzan, last week in Beverly Hills. It was such a treat to see and hear the stars and director of the film in person. Here are my pictures from the event:

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I was lucky to have this opportunity! I wasn’t compensated to attend the event or post about it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure for info on why I write posts like this.

Here is the info about the movie that was sent to me:

SOCIAL MEDIA:                   www.legendoftarzan.com
 
OPENING 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.

Joy the Movie Makes My Heart Smile #LLBLOGJOY @JoytheMovie @LatinaLifestyle @Tenminitt

Posted on December 26th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

I love living in L.A. and having the opportunity to see movie screenings now and then. I was thrilled to attend a special event hosted by the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective courtesy of 20th Century Fox and 42West for the #LLBLOG Holiday Party and see a special preview of “Joy” the movie on December 12th. I am grateful for my blogging community and the wonderful friendships I have made with them. I was treated to a lovely brunch at Tanzy, received gifts from Myrka Dellanos, and saw the film at iPic Theater in Westwood. Writing a blog post wasn’t a requirement, and all opinions are my own.  See my Disclosure for more details on why I share stories like this one.

One of the highlights of the event was meeting Myrka Dellanos. She was such a doll. Myrka had previewed the movie, Joy, and spoke about how it affected her and inspired her. She gifted each guest with Rejuvenation Serum from her beauty product line, My Amor.

Myrka could relate to the story of Joy Mangano, the main character in the movie, JOY, that is loosely based on her life story. Dedication and determination are themes of the film, and were the source of inspiration for Myrka when developing her product line.

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JOY, the comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lawrence who plays Joy Mangano, a single mother who builds a business empire after creating the Miracle Mop is playing in theaters now.

What I enjoyed most about this film, like other David O. Russell films like Silver Linings Playbook, is that it tells the story of a real family with all of it’s quirks and flaws. I love stories about real families that have emotional and psychological issues that don’t always get along, but always love and support each other. That type of story makes my heart smile.

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See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR-2TiQVY-k  

Release: December 25, 2015

Director: David O. Russell

Screenplay by: David O. Russell

Story by: Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco, and Bradley Cooper

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd,  Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Rohm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

Film Website:           www.JoyMovie.com

Facebook:               www.facebook.com/JoyTheMovie

Twitter:                  https://twitter.com/JoyTheMovie

Official Hashtag:       #JoyMovie

Did you see the movie, Joy?

What movies make your heart smile?

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up Author @SuzetteValle

Posted on October 18th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews, TenMiniTT 2015

Suzette Valle of Mamarazzi Knows Best is a real doll! She is so friendly and very supportive. I love talking to her and hearing about her travels, her insights on parenting and of course, her passion for films. Suzette is in a number of blogging groups that I am in and I have seen her at many conferences. Her first book was just released and it is my pleasure to introduce you to this amazing Super Star!

Miz Meliz and Suzette Valle at Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

Miz Meliz and Suzette Valle at Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

Meet me for the LIVE interview on Blab.im/tenminitt and simultaneously on Meerkat right here on MizMeliz.com for the next episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. This episode features three of my favorite New Media Super Stars! You will love Ashlee Marie and Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski as well as Suzette Valle! This is going to be such a fun show!

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See it Here

Show Notes

I asked Suzette about what she likes to do when she isn’t blogging.

We love to watch movies. After my children left home, and now empty-nesters, my husband and I rounded up our other empty-nesting friends and formed a Friday Night Film Group. Practically every Friday night, eight of us, four couples, meet at our local theater and watch the latest releases. We then have dinner together to talk about our film selection. We are sort of Open Table Film Critics!”

When I inquired about her favorite project, she told me about her new book…

“I am about to publish my first book, “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up” I think it would be good to tell people about how this book came about, and most importantly how I came up with this list!

I gave 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up a Five Star Review!

It is a great list and I love the way the book is put together. It is colorful and the illustrations depicting the iconic characters of each movie are delightful. The information is displayed in an easy to read and understand format, being that the book is for young people. However, I found it informative and entertaining to read. Suzette gives a very consistent and thorough listing of what I would call my all time favorite films. They are certainly the ones that I grew up seeing and hope to see again and again. ~Melissa Reyes

When I asked Suzette what she is most passionate about, she said, “Entertainment, how media affects children and our family values, travel, college, and my book, of course!”

I wondered where she and her friends like to hang out. “We usually head to the Grove and to Santa Monica. We love to walk around the promenade in Santa Monica, and try to eat at a small Italian restaurant on Montana called Locanda Portofino. It’s a tiny place that my boss/friend Sharon Waxman introduced me to.”

We will talk about these things and more on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

Find Suzette Here

MamarazziKnowsBest.com, Twitter @SuzetteValle, @SuzetteValle on Instagram, and Facebook.com/MamarazziKnowsBest

Buy the Book Here

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Hollywood’s Biggest Night to Benefit MEND @MendPoverty #MENDOSCARS Oscar Viewing Sunday, Feb. 22nd

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

It’s Almost Here! My Favorite Day of the Year, the Oscars!

Hollywood’s Biggest Night to Benefit MEND

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A cool thing about this event is that it is in connection with the Academy Awards and every guest gets an *official* Oscars Program. Here is mine from 2013.

I love love love getting invitations like this! Especially when I get to attend. This will be my 3rd time attending the “official” Academy Awards viewing party. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to my friends (and family) at Kaiser Permanente and Hope of the Valley once again my husband and I will be a guest at Hollywood’s Biggest Night, the 5th annual gala of Glitz, Glamour, and Giving. I can’t wait!

The best part, I get to share my experience with you. Hopefully, you can purchase tickets (see link below) and attend yourself. If not, I will post my pictures so you can see what it is all about.

Join Us
for Hollywood’s Biggest Night!
Universal Studios HollywoodSM

The Globe Theatre
MEND’s fifth annual Hollywood’s Biggest Night is SUNDAY, February 22nd!  Experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and enjoy a special viewing of the Academy Awards broadcast. Proceeds from this event will benefit MEND programs. Don’t miss out on this memorable red carpet event!

Don’t Wait: Secure your tickets today!

Click Here to PURCHASE TICKETS

We look forward to seeing you at the Globe Theatre!

 

Sincerely,

Carrie Jones and Diane Medina

Committee Co-Chairs

LIVE AUCTION

 

Preview the final three of the five offerings below:

Mammoth Condo Vacation with Land Cruiser Car Rental

 

Pick up your stylish Land Cruiser rental at Hamer Toyota then pack your bags and head up to Mammoth Mountain to enjoy a 3 night, 4 day stay in a relaxing  3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condominium.

A short walk to Mammoth Creek to trout fish and close to the Snowcreek Golf Course and Mammoth Lakes shuttle stop; enjoy spectacular, scenic views. Condo includes wi-fi access, 3 flat screen TVs, DVD player and a common area jacuzzi.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Condo Rental, Los Cabos, Mexico

Discover an oasis of luxury, relaxation and carefree living in this executive suite rental Oct 10 – 17, 2015 only. Situated on the water tip of the gorgeous Baja Peninsula, Pueblo Bonito offers both seclusion and convenient access to nearby Cabo San Lucas attractions. Over 965 square feet, this is a 1- bedroom, 2 bath suite with either one king or two queen beds in the bedroom, and a queen sofa bed in the living room with an ocean view.

Two Round Trip Turkish Airlines Business Class Tickets

Departing from LAX to ANY Turkish Airline destination, you and a guest will enjoy a comfortable and impressive business class flight including in-flight entertainment screens and opulent Turkish hospitality dining service.With over 200 international destinations, selecting your travel date is simple, but a 4-week advance notice is required.

MEND– Meet Each Need with Dignity, serves an average of 37,000 and as many as 48,000 poverty-level clients each month, while remarkably keeping operating costs to less than 6%. MEND takes a holistic approach to relieve the effects of poverty by providing basic human needs while giving their clients the education and training, that fosters self-reliance. Named California Nonprofit of the Year in 2012 by the Governor’s Office, MEND is one of the largest, most efficient and most comprehensive poverty-relief organizations in the Los Angeles region.

Born as a volunteer-powered organization four decades ago in a garage, today MEND benefits from the assistance of approximately than 5000 volunteers (and only 32 paid staffers) to implement its vast array of programs that provide food; clothing; job training; medical, dental and vision care; classes for adults in English as a Second Language, literacy, and computer training; an after school program for kids; showers and other services for the homeless; and a Holiday Basket Program for 1200 pre-screened families in need. In 2014, 193,057 volunteer hours were provided, equating to 106 full-time employees.

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Look at these pictures from the previous Oscar Viewing Party I attended and read about My Oscar Experience.

What are you doing on Oscar Night?

Going to a party?

Hosting a party?

Attending the Oscars?

Share with me! I can’t get enough Oscar dish!!

 

photo credit Melissa Reyes copyright 2013 http://mizmeliz.com

On the Red Carpet 2013

This post is not an ad and is not sponsored. I really like MEND and Hope of the Valley as they are both valuable resources for so many people in need in the San Fernando Valley. See my disclosure for details on why I post links to organizations like MEND.

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