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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!


We look forward to seeing you at the Globe Theatre!



Carrie Jones and Diane Medina

Committee Co-Chairs



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

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.

Miz Meliz Newz Update and Style Showcase @FiftyShades

Posted on February 10th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update, Movie Reviews

I am just curious…

will you be going to see the hotly anticipated adaptation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY—based on the bestselling book this weekend? (Disclosure)


“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon.  Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.  Joining them in the cast are Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend, José; and Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla.  FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series.  The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, with revisions by Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback.”

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Just Tweet these Magic Words to @MizMeliz

Yes @MizMeliz I want to have it! @FiftyShades

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Let me know what you think. 

Will you see it?

In theaters?

At home?

Or not at all?

The items pictured above are being offered on behalf of the film and will be sent to the first person who tweets the message in the caption by the PR firm that represents Fifty Shades of Grey Movie. I am not affiliated with the production of the film and I was not paid by any company to promote this. Seriously, I am just curious! I received a gift from 42 West but writing this post was not a requirement or condition and all opinions are my own. Photo and copy in quotes were provided by 42 West. See my full disclosure for details on why I write blog posts like this.

Fifty Shades of Grey Style Showcase

It’s time to get your grey on!

Go on an Adventure with Paddington @PaddingtonMovie #PaddingtonMovie

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

“Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

 What would you do? (Disclosure)

I know I couldn’t resist this adorable bear! I can’t wait to see this film! And, what an exciting adventure it would be to have a bear like Paddington in my life.

PADDINGTON bear is on a nationwide adventure and, he visited the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles to meet with a group of After-School All-Star students!

Paddington Loves School!

Paddington Loves School!

The principal did a reading of the book for the children and Paddington Bear interacted with the students while giving out big high-fives and hugs.

Paddington Visits L.A. Area Schools

Paddington Visits L.A. Area Schools

He was presented with an Appreciation Certificate at the end of the ceremony.

Paddington Movie Opens January 16

Paddington Movie Opens January 16

PADDINGTON will be released in theaters on January 16, 2015. 


From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman.) 

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

 The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.


screenshot from ImdB

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Take a look at the Film Trailer: 

In Theaters January 16

Let me know if you see the movie and what you think.

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I posted this information about this movie because I love sharing these bits of entertainment news with you. I had the chance to meet some of the cast and producers of the film and I simply couldn’t make it this time. Since I missed out, I was so happy to have been provided with these photos and tidbits from TWC-Dimension and the Paddington Movie. Photos courtesy of the Paddington Movie unless indicated otherwise. All opinions are my own. I did not receive compensation for this blog post. See my Disclosure for more details on why I do articles like this on my blog.

At Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood Everyone is a Super Star! @USFG @TussaudsLA @MadameTussauds

Posted on January 8th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

You Can be a Superstar at Madame Tussauds!


Me and  the real, yes, in the flesh - he is holding the camera, Sean Astin. Copyright Melissa Reyes 2014

Me and the real, yes, in the flesh – he is holding the camera, Sean Astin.


I love living near Hollywood because of the many opportunities I have to meet celebrities, attend shows, and even to get in on the action now and then. Lots of people I know who live in Los Angeles have some tie to “the industry.” I go to movie screenings all the time. I have even had the chance to be on the red carpet. (See my post on the Mom’s Night Out premier and Earth to Echo media event.)

But, what if you don’t live here? What if you or your friends do not work in the entertainment field? Everyone should be a superstar! Well, I have good news for you!

Hob nob with the greats. Rub shoulders with the stars. Smile for the camera. Walk the red carpet. Take a selfie with Ellen and Bradley Cooper, and more!

Where? How? When? You ask.


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MT Summer 2014I know a place on Hollywood Boulevard where all the action is, it is right next door to the World Famous Chinese Theater, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and the home of the Oscar’s – the Kodak Theater…it’s Madame Tussaud’s.

When I am at Madame Tussaud’s I feel like a celebrity. Who wouldn’t? In fact it is better than the real deal because you get to walk right up to the celebrities, take as many pictures as you want, and there are no handlers, no press, no lines. If you don’t like how you look in your selfie, just take a do over. (The wax figures can’t sign autographs, but that is a minor setback. You can take a photo of yourself holding a pen and autograph book…the possibilities are endless!)


With a little imagination and an attitude set for fun – the Hollywood spirit comes alive at Madame Tussaud’s.

Madame Tussaud’s has everything you love about Hollywood – movies, television, music, sports, and legendary celebrities. It took me and my family a few hours to see everything we wanted to see. We took tons of photos and we enjoyed the 4-D Marvel Super Heroes Movie. The 4-D experience is worth it if you love surprises. The overall experience at Madame Tussaud’s is entertaining, and fun. They have a big gift shop at the end and tons of movie and entertainment licensed merchandise and souvenirs to buy. So, if you are just visiting, on vacation, or just feel like hanging out with some celebrities, Madame Tussaud’s is the place to go.

The admission price is a little steep at $29.95 for adults. If you plan ahead you can get 30% off by purchasing your tickets online. Admission includes the 4D Marvel Super Heroes Movie.

I want to thank Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood and the U.s. Family Guide @USFG for giving me this opportunity. I received my ticket for free for the purpose of writing a review, however I was not obligated to post this on my blog. All opinions are my own. All photos on this post are my own. Please give me a heads up if you use one of my photos, they are all under copyright. Melissa Reyes 2014. Read my Disclosure for further details about posts like this.

It’s Moms’ Night Out – What Could Go Wrong? @MNOMovie

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

Disclosure: I am happy to share this info about one of my favorite films on my blog today. I received two DVDs – one to keep and one to give away when I offered to write about the film.  Read my full disclosure about posts like this here. Moms' Night Out

I am a mom and I know what I am talking about!

The Moms’ Night Out movie is close to my heart for many reasons. I was at the Entertainment New Media Network conference when Sarah Drew, Kevin Downes, and Andrea Nasfell walked in the room. They were special guests there to talk to us about their film project.

Sarah Drew plays the main character, Ally – who is a blogger. She is also the mom of three young children. Sean Astin is her husband in the film who encourages her to “find her oxygen” and do something for herself. Kevin Downes, the producer, plays Sean’s best friend, Kevin, who is an “adult child” who loves to play video games. The film was written by Andrea Nasfell.

The panel discussion was about the movie, the film making process and the challenges that faith based filmmakers must face. We were shown a screening of the film. It was delightful! I loved it!

The next day, Sean Astin spent a few hours with us talking about the film, his career and life, his charity work, and his new endeavors. He was super sweet and I enjoyed meeting him and speaking with him.

When the film opened, I was one of the lucky bloggers who were selected to attend the red carpet event and film debut at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I also got to attend the after party with the cast, crew and guests at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley in Hollywood. I had a blast and took lots of pictures. You can read all about my experiences and see my photos here. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly reccomend it!

I have a Blu Ray/DVD to give away, so maybe you will be the lucky winner. But don’t wait – go buy one and support this great group of people who brought this wonderful film to life.

A Great Day For Moms!

If you’re a mom, today is your day. If you’re married to a mom, today is her day. If you have a mom, today is her day. And if you are friends with a mom, today is her day. What’s so special about today?

You can now pick up your copy of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT on Blu-ray or DVD!

Be sure to watch the video about the impact this heartfelt and wholesome family comedy will continue to have as it brings encouragement and laughter to moms (and families) everywhere! And starting today, you can buy MOMS’ NIGHT OUT for all of your favorite moms at your local Christian store or wherever you buy movies.

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Great Day For Moms!

More Than the Movie When you purchase MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, you get a great story as well as a number of outstanding extra features. Wherever you buy the movie, bonus features include:

  • Commentary with directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, along with producer Kevin Downes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • The Heart of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • Casting MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • The Art of Improv
  • The Art of Action

And if you buy the movie from a Christian retail store, you also have these bonus features:

  • Alex Kendrick’s On-Set Devotional
  • The Difference Between Moms and Dads
  • Inside Sarah Drew’s World
  • Andrea Logan White’s Testimony
  • Grief and Growing with Abbie Cobb

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Moms' Night Out Today!

Watch the Trailer

You can win a Moms’ Night Out Blue Ray/DVD from Miz Meliz!

Just enter a comment and tell me who is your favorite actor or character in the film and why.

I will choose a winner, randomly, and contact you by email.

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