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Diary of a Wimpy Kid in NYC

This weekend Shaun and I were in NYC to catch a special screening of Diary of a Wimoy Kid: Dog Days. This trip was more than just a chance to watch a movie before it was released in theaters we also were able to participate in a Q&A session with author Jeff Kinney and the main actors Zachary Gordon and Robert Cabron. Create your own Wimpy Kid character from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Wimp Yourself!

The movie itself was great. I’m sad to say that Ihadn’t watched the first film but I’m definitely going to now. This film of the Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley, is about how his WANTS to spend his summer. Ideally it would be video games but of course plans go awry. The family in the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid feels very familiar to me. There is a point in the story where the father takes drastic measures to ensure his children get OUTSIDE during the summer; it’s something that could have happened in our own home.

After the move we headed to the Q & A session . I personnaly didn’t ask any questions because I was impressed that mostly children were raising their hands to speak with the actors and author. They asked very good, well thought out questions about their personal lives and making of the film.

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After a very successful Q&A the children were able to get books signed . Here is Shaun along with his new friends showing off their newly signed books.
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Next was a Parent Round Table Discussion with author Jeff Kinney. This is where the parents got a chance to talk with Jeff Kinney and ask pretty much anything we wanted. The questions ranged from personal to the future of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to what projects are on the horizon.
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Here is my own question to Jeff Kinney and his response

Melinda I want to express the same thing others have said, I have a son who was a very reluctant reader and last summer he found one of your books and we since then have bought them all.
Mr. Jeff Kinney: Oh, really? Wow. Thank you.
Melinda: When did you realize “I made something good?”
Mr. Jeff Kinney: What’s funny was that I didn’t think that the books would get published. I eventually decided that I would put them online first. I wrote about 1,300 pages and I figured that it didn’t have a chance –because I had experienced three years of being rejected by cartoon syndicates.
I thought that the book was too strange.
As far as when I thought it might catch on was pretty early on. I think it was about two or three weeks after it came out it became a New York Times bestseller. It started at the number seven position. And then, it went eight, nine, and then I thought for sure that it would drop off. And then, it recovered and it’s stayed on continuously for five years. Amazing.
Mr. Jeff Kinney: The run has been shocking to me. Everything in my life is really strange. In a good way.
Mr. Jeff Kinney: By strange I mean because it’s been all in one chunk. From that moment that the book got published until now, it’s gets crazier and crazier.
One day I’ll be able to look back and say, “Wow, that was a neat time in my life.”
The round table brought out lots of laughs and personal stories from Jeff Kinney and his family. I look forward to what happens next with the Heffley family.

The general sentiment from many of the bloggers was this series has made a postive impact on their children. It has been able to give many children who haven’t yet developed a love of reading a glimmer of something good to come.




Diary of a Wimpy Kid Press Event

Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool, is back in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, an all-new family comedy in the hit movie franchise based on the publishing phenomenon by Jeff Kinney.


Reading is not Shaun’s favorite pastime but since last summer he’s been hooked on DIARY OF A WIMPY KID book series. He’s collected each book along with the Do It Yourself Book. He brings one of the book everywhere we go, just in case there is some down time while running errands or spending a lot of time in the car.
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Tomorrow Shaun and I will be hoping on a train to NYC to participate in the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS press day. We’re not only going to see a sneak peek of the movie we are going to be meeting with author Jeff Kinney and stars of the film.
Shaun is obviously very excited not just for the movie but for the entire experience. He’s trying to decide what book to bring with him.
I’ll let you know how the event goes.




Hop Movie Party

Just in time for Easter on April 8th, Hop has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. Last year’s Easter kid’s flick (from the makers of Despicable Me) about a bunny that poops candy and likes to rock out on the drums is out for your viewing pleasure.

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

I got the chance to host a Hop movie viewing party and decided to take it a step beyond with sweet treats and fun. After lunch the kids settled into their blankets and pillows to watch HOP. They love the over the top, sometimes slapstick humor and wacky adventures that E.B. and Fred got themselves into.

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After the movie was watched and the popcorn was eaten we decided it was time to indulge in some sweet treats. We purchased an Easter Cookie decorating kit and the kids enjoyed slathering on icing and adorning them with sprinkles. Eating them was even better.

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This Easter don’t forget to add Hop to your child’s basket along with some other fun goodies.

**LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFERS**

Best Buy – Get a free 7” Bunny Minion Plush when you buy HOP on Blu-ray Combo Pack
Target – Receive free wearable bunny ears & printable Easter party kit when you Buy HOP on Blu-ray Combo Pack

Find more deals and special promotions at IWantCandy.com

I was provided with EVERYTHING we needed to have “The best Hop party ever”. This is a direct quote from the kids as I got them sugared up on treats and cookies.




Mirror Mirror and $25 Fandango GC Giveaway

Mirror Mirror is coming to theaters this weekend. The movie starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane and Armie Hammer is fresh and funny twist on the beloved classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.
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Mirror Mirror is expected to be a hit for all ages and we want to help you get in the mood for the movie. Enter to win $25 Fandango Bucks and a Mirror Mirror Goodie Bag (Mirror Mirror Tote, Compact Mirror, Apple Snow Globe & Lip Balm) here at LookWhatMomFound..and Dad too! Let me know your favorite Princess Movie VILLIAN.

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I received products on behalf of Mirror Mirror to facilitate this post and giveaway.




The Lorax and Fandango GC Giveaway

From what I’ve heard and read, The Lorax is supposed to be a great movie with an inspiring message. You see the couple times we’ve attempted to go see it we’ve been plagued with sickness. Either I’ve had a horrible headcold or Shae has had a fever. We even had to skip the sneak screening a couple weeks back. But that doesn’t matter; I’m banking on the creative minds of those behind Despicable Me and Hop to bring The Lorax to life with its story twist and dazzling animation.


The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Only if someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better… it’s not.
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If you haven’t seen The Lorax yet, here’s your chance. Enter to win $25 Fandango Gift Card and other fun movie merchandise.

One (1) winner will receive:
• $25 Limited Edition THE LORAX Fandango Gift Card
• Seedling
• Re-usable Tote
• Water Bottle
• T-shirt
• Pencil
• Re-usable Lunch Bag
• Activity Card & Mustache

Let me know your favorite Dr. Seuss quote (other than the one posted above).

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Monte Carlo Movie Giveaway

Romantic comedies or chick flicks, whatever you call them, I like them. I’m also a HUGE fan of Selena Gomez. Her character on Wizards of Waverly Place is comical but still sweet and endearing.

On July 1, Selena Gomez is appearing on the big screen in Monte Carlo

Grace (Selena Gomez) is an ordinary girl who becomes an accidental princess when a family summer trip to Paris turns into the fantasy of a lifetime. Living like royalty, Grace, along with her two best friends, discovers who she really is – by assuming another person’s identity.

The star line-up includes Leighton Meester, Andy McDowell and Catherine Tate. This summer is sure to embrace the beautiful and talented cast of Monte Carlo.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox a LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! reader is going to win a $25 AMC GC and a Monte Carlo mini poster.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins takes you to the Movies with Fandango Giveaway

Just in time for Father’s Day is a fun, family-friendly live action film starring Jim Carrey. Mr Popper’s Penguins is loosely based on the original 1930’s book but of course modernized.
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Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life – until he inherits six penguins. Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – and the rest of his life upside-down.
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Popper’s Pengins have some of the funniest names too: Stinky, Captian, Bitey, Loudy, Lovey and of course Nimrod. Each penguin has their own personality that shines through in the absurd antics throughout the movie.

20th Century Fox is offering LookWhatMomFound..and Dad too! readers a special giveaway of $25 Fandango Bucks and Mr. Poppers Penguins books (movie version). 2 additional winners will receive the book. Visit the Mr. Poppers Penguins website or facebook page and tell me what you would name a pet penguin.
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What Would You Do?

What would you do if you inherited a penguin or 2 or 3 or more? Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey is an adaptation of a children’s book from the 1930’s of the same name. While the plot differs from the original it’s sure to add smiles and giggles to all. Here’s a sneak peak but be sure to check out the movie when its released June 17, 2011.


 

 

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Rapunzel, let down your hair Giveaways

disney-tangled-rapunzel-bluray-dvd-movieIf you haven’t heard of Walt Disney Animation Studios newest film, Tangled, you may be living under a rock. Ever since seeing a pre-screening Shae has been obsessed. To make the love affair worse Shae was sent a Tolly Tots Rapunzel doll for review.

She must’ve known something special was in the box because Shae wouldn’t leave my side when it arrived. She was suspicious like usual but it was like she could sense it was a treat just for her. Toddler Rapunzel is adorable. Long, long, long flowing hair, a crown, a brush, shoes and pretty dress. Upon taking it out of the box I instantly recruited Sabreena to brush out the hair; I didn’t want it to end up matted and ugly. Since then it’s been braided, twisted, brushed, dragged, chewed and rubber banded numerous times. We’ve had some hair loss but nothing tragic. Right now Rapunzel sits on Shae’s toybox where her little cousins hands can’t reach her. She gets caressed and her crown gets adjusted each day;  toddler Rapunzel gets the royal treatment.

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she's actually watching Tangled at this very moment

Have you seen Tangled? I have; about 200 times. I’m not kidding. There were a couple weeks when it first came out in March that it was on 2-3 times a day. Now it’s died down to 2-3 times a week. I don’t mind really because it’s a great movie. Shae loves the story and loves the characters even more; so much that she duped convinced Rob into buying her a Flynn Rider doll.

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baby-rapunzel-tangled-dollIn celebration of the release of the 4-Disc Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on March 29, 2011 TollyTots wants to give a LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! reader a Tolly Tots Toddler or Baby doll AND the Tangled Blu-ray™/DVD combo. Tell me which doll you would prefer and if you’ve seen Tangled yet.

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One of Sabreenas favorite movies

In 2004 Disney and Pixar released one of my favorite children’s movies of all time: The Incredibles. Now they are releasing it all over again, but this time in Blu-ray. The disk now comes with all new special features including, Paths To Pixar: Story Artists which showcases multiple Pixar story artists, giving viewers exciting insight into their work, their inspiration and the personal paths that eventually led them to a career at Pixar and also “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan, which is a guided tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, pitching the island as a vacation resort paradise. The DVD in the combo pack also includes all of the old features like the short film “Jack-Jack Attack” and the animated short “Boundin’.”

This movie follows Bob Parr and his family of superheroes who are forced into hiding after a little incident with a man who didn’t want to be saved. After a series of outrageous circumstances, including Mr. Parr throwing a man through a few walls, Bob has to find another line of work and is recruited by a mysterious platinum blonde woman named Mirage to stop a rouge robot on a private island. Even more hilarity ensues when Mrs. Parr finds out about Bob’s lies and goes to this island to find him.

That’s when the plot twists and everything changes for this family. At the end they learn to work together and to not be scared or ashamed of what makes them different. I think the reason I love this movie so much is because of its originality and unique story and characters. Each character in lovable, even the evil ones.

This story made me want superpowers and a giant robot that could attack me so I could show them off.
This post was written by Sabreena, the teen member of the LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! household.

 

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