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JOY

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See Jennifer Lawrence in her 2016 Best Actress Oscar® Winning role!

This is a great film for girls night in, mother/daughter movie night (just in time for Mother’s Day), or a date night away from the kids! I can’t wait to watch this inspirational film and am honored to share the empowering message of JOY with you! For an added dose of JOY, take a peek at the exclusive clip below featuring director, David O. Russell.

Not only did Jennifer Lawrence win the 2016 Best Actress Oscar® for her role in this film, but the cast includes heavy hitters Robert De Niro (fellow Oscar® Winner), Bradley Cooper, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen just to name a few of the actors adding their star power to this story of triumph. Here’s what director, David O. Russell has to say:

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. Oscar® Winner Jennifer Lawrence * stars with fellow Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro, **, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

*Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, JOY, 2016, 2012; Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

**1980, Actor, Raging Bull; 1974, Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Joy, Strength and Perseverance
  • Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd
  • Photo Gallery

JOY DVD, Blu-ray & Ultra HD

U.S. Rating PG-13 · Total Run Time: 124 minutes

Arriving on Digital HD April 8 and Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, DVD May 3, 2016

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Alvin And The Chipmunks

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RIDE ALONG WITH ALVIN, SIMON AND THEODORE

WHEN ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY ™ & DVD MARCH 15th

Everyone’s favorite singing pop stars, the Chipmunks, are back as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP arrives on Blu-ray™ & DVD March 15, 2016. As expected, this road trip adventure is full of hilarious antics that are “fun for the entire family!” (FOX TV).

Hit the road with your favorite fur balls in the funniest Alvin and the Chipmunks ever! Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a wild road trip, but their jaunt soon takes a nutty detour, leading to hilarious hijinks and music-packed adventures across the country. The Ultimate Playlist is featured on both Blu-ray™ and DVD so you can MUNK OUT to all the top hits from all the Alvin & The Chipmunks movies!

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP Blu-ray™

MPAA Rating: PG · Genre: Comedy, Family · Total Run Time: 92 minutes

Blu-ray™ Special Features Include:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far
  • Cue the Chipmunks: The Great Big Chipmunks Music Finale
  • Our Furry Planet
  • Alvinisms
  • WETA and the Chipmunks: Animators’ Reference Reel
  • Ultimate Playlist:
    • Music Machine
      • “Juicy Wiggle”
      • “South Side”
      • “Iko Iko”
      • “When the Saints Go Marching In/Uptown Funk”
      • “Home”
      • “Funkytown”
      • “I Love Rock N Roll”
      • “Get You Goin’”
      • “Hot N Cold”
      • “Real Wild Child”
      • “Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now/Firework”
    • Music Videos (with optional Sing-Along):
      • “Shake Your Groove Thing”
      • “Vacation”
      • “Bad Romance”
    • Lyric Videos:
      • “Juicy Wiggle”
      • “Uptown Munk”
      • “Wreck the Halls”
      • “Pizza Toots”
      • “I Want Chipmunks for Christmas (a.k.a. Pester Song)
  • Munk Rock
  • RedFoo “Squeaky Wiggle” Dance Instructional
  • After the Party: A Munkumentary

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Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway

May the best elf win as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios announces an outrageous holiday adventure when Santa’s Little Helper arrives on DVD and Digital HD tomorrow – Tuesday, November 17th!

We’ve got a copy for one lucky giveaway winner, too! Click the Rafflecopter giveaway link below:

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Priced at $22.98, you can purchase the DVD right now using our Amazon.com Affiliate link from $12.99. Rated PG, this holiday romp runs 91 minutes.

 

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Paper Towns Giveaway

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After the phenomenal success of The Fault in Our Stars, author John Green returns with another heart-warming tale in PAPER TOWNS, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD The story focuses on Quentin (Nat Wolff), a high school senior who has been in love with his enigmatic neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne) since childhood. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Q must find a deeper understanding of friendship–and true love.

Rated: PG-13

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Pet Parents Are Happier And Healthier

Toby the Traveling Terrier received this cool shipment of treats from the folks at Milk-Bone!

Milk-Bone sends Toby a gift basket.

Toby treats!

Not only did he get MilkBone Brushing Chews, which he needed, loved and promptly buried in the yard, but he also got MilkBone Good Morning Treats and some pup toys and accessories. Toby loves the treats and looks forward to them after our daily walks. They are actually vitamins, so he only gets one each day.

According to “MilkBone Human-Canine Health Study” — a survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents conducted by MilkBone brand dog treats (in partnership with Learndipity Data Insights) — humans and dogs positively impact the health of one another, from morning routines to physical fitness. I’ve heard other studies report that people with pets live longer, too. Personal experience with Toby has already got me walking more regularly with fewer missed days than before he joined the family last year.

Some reported benefits to human health from the study showed:

45% of dog parents report being “active, fit, and healthy” versus 29% of non-dog parents.

44% of dog parents have a “healthy structure and daily routine” – like for morning vitamins – compared to 33% of non-dog parents.

51% of dog parents say they get more exercise because of their dog — but 1 out of 3 pet parents wish their dog would get more physical activity.

55% of dog parents say their lives are “full of happiness and joy” compared to 39% of non-dog lovers.

54% of dog parents report “feeling loved” while only 35% of non-dog parents do.

57% of dog parents who also have children involve the kids in their doggy caring care routines, with most reporting that it teaches them good life habits and responsibility.

Pretty cool, huh? If you are concerned about your dog’s health and wellness, you can learn more about the benefits of Milk-Bone Good Morning Treats here. You can also visit Milk-Bone’s Amazon Store using our affiliate link. They have some fun branded doggy swag for sale online, too.

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Ventura County Farm Day

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3rd Annual Ventura County Farm Day

This Saturday!

Get a rare inside look at the inner workings of farming and agriculture by
visiting and touring over 20 working farms in Ventura County at the 2015
Ventura County Farm Day. This free, multi-location event will feature
unique farm tours, hands-on activities, educational demonstrations and a
farm day mercantile hub followed by a ticketed outdoor BBQ at Limoneira
Ranch.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
BBQ at Limoneira starts at 4 p.m.

Over 20 different Ventura County farms in Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Camarillo,
Saticoy, Somis and Oxnard

BBQ location: Limoneira Farm, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
1141 Cummings Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Self-guided farm tours are free from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets to the Limoneira BBQ are available for purchase online. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. BBQ tickets are $35 for adults and include all activities, dinner and one alcoholic beverage. Children’s tickets $15, for attendees ages 12 and under.

Here’s a video from our tour of Limoneira that you may enjoy.

Far From The Madding Crowd GIVEAWAY

Far From the Madding Crowd – GIVEAWAY

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Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy.

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The lovely Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in Far From The Madding Crowd.

 Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a hunky, big hearted sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts);

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Miss Everdene and Mr. Oak. (Fun fact: Encino means oak in Spanish.)

a dashing soldier with charismatic power (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.

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The charismatic and mysteriously powerful Sergeant Troy meets Bathsheba in the woods.

Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray + Digital HD

Screen Format: Widescreen 2.40:1

Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

U.S. Rating PG-13

Total Run Time: 197 minutes

Closed Captioned: Yes

Far From the Madding Crowd DVD

Screen Format: Widescreen 2.40:1

Audio: English DD 5.1

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

U.S. Rating PG-13

Total Run Time: 136 minutes

Closed Captioned: Yes

“‘Madding Crowd’ soars to romantic heights”

– Claudia Puig, USA TODAY, 5/1/2015

Blu-ray Special Features Spoiler Alert – don’t read the special features – stop reading NOW!


Deleted Scenes + Extended Ending

Smokey Caravan

Fanny and Troy at Barracks

Valentine Inquiry

Boldwood Learns of Elopement

Troy and Bathsheba in the Morning

Tears of Regret

Boldwood’s Ring

Troy’s Funeral

The Wedding (Alternate Ending)

Bathsheba Everdene

The Suitors

Adapting Far From the Madding Crowd

The Look of Far From the Madding Crowd

Gabriel Oak

William Boldwood

Sergeant Troy

The Locations of Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Vinterberg

Theatrical Trailer

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2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour – Ticket Giveaway

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Imagine spending this Saturday strolling through 6 private residences from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach! The 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour promises to ignite your imagination and excite your eyes with innovative architecture and fine, modern interiors. The tour is self paced, so you can linger, loll and dream or zoom through and spend the rest of the day at the beach. We are thrilled to have two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner!

Tickets are $30 each in advance, $40 on the day of the event. Hurry, giveaway ends Thursday at midnight! You can enter here or click on a picture to go to our page on Giveaway Tools.

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Get a breath of fresh air this Saturday on the 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour. Stunning architecture and interior design in 6 private homes. You’ll receive the specific addresses and maps after purchasing (or winning) tickets!la20153

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$500 Cash (via Paypal) Giveaway.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have an extra $500 bucks to spend on vacation? Maybe it’s been 10 years since you bought yourself a nice pair of Summer sandals, or maybe you need a new set of pots and pans. Me? I’d buy one of those industrial blenders that is so powerful it turns raw veggies into hot soup! Kinda hard to believe I don’t have one already!

I’m excited to share this giveaway with you, because I know you’d love to have $500 to spend anyway you want. Just curious. How would you spend it?

Here are some of my Summer Picks to get your imagination going!

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

EncinoMom Unboxes Del Real Foods for Cinco de Mayo.

Del Real Foods Unboxed on EncinoMom.

We’ve got an awesome prize package to offer you from Del Real Foods! It’s a Party In A Box! We received one of these at EncinoMom headquarters and immediately ordered up an impromptu fiesta for a few friends. The Tacos Al Pastor kit contains seasoned meat, tortillas and enough salsa for 20 street tacos. Sold in the refrigerator section, these dishes are easy to heat and eat. You can sample some of these tasty offerings yourself as Del Real Foods gives tastings this month, making the rounds of Costco stores in the West (including California, Oregon and Utah). Check their website for dates and details. The cheese Pupusas and Tamales were also a hit with our Vegetarian guests.

Del Real Foods have been serving up fresh, flavorful and authentic Mexican meals since 2003. Their gluten, trans fat and MSG free, products are fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. We heated tortillas in the oven (in a clay tortilla warmer), pupusas on the stove top, tamales steamed in the top of the rice cooker and we used a cast iron skillet for the seasoned taco meat. Everything was ready to go in a matter of minutes.

We mixed up a batch of Margaritas for our adult guests and served limeade and horchata to the kids. I tossed some greens with Persian cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes, a sprinkling of Taco Seasoning from Ground 2 Table and a light citrus dressing (homemade) for a refreshing side salad. Friends brought tortilla chips and a ripe avocado and we had more food than we could eat!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tell us which differences you found in our Feliz Cinco de Mayo pics! This prize box comes with a colorful blanket with moisture resistant backing to spread out on the grass, sand or picnic table. When you’re finished, it folds back up into a neat bundle with a carrying handle and zippered pouch. The pouch is large enough to hold your phone, keys and sunglasses, or maybe some napkins and utensils.

There is also a folding fabric cooler to carry your food and beverages. For this giveaway we’ve created the two pictures above for you to compare. Can you spot the differences? Here’s a hint: No tequila is included in the giveaway!

Speaking of tequila, you might like to know that the Angels pictured below are searching Los Angeles’ neighborhoods for Latino Angels in Training who are contributing to their communities with selflessness and virtuous service. Gran Centanario Tequila will be honoring these Angels In Training at a special VIP event on May 19th. That’s also the day that we will announce the winner of this Party In A Box!

Angels land at Blue Plate Taco to fuel up before their search for Angels in Training in LA neighborhoods.

At Blue Plate Taco in Santa Monica for the launch of Angels in search of LA’s Angels In Training!