Quirk Books Movie Tie-In Version Of Ransom Riggs: “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” Is Delightful

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”

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On September 30th, fans will be flocking to theaters to watch director Tim Burton‘s take on Ransom Riggs, New York Times best selling book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.”  Our plea to you is READ THE BOOK first!

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We just finished reading the book and we can tell you that it’s a page turner that takes you into the fantastical world of Jacob, the Peculiars and the dreaded Wights.  The book opens with an enticing epigraph by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Sleep is not, death is not;
Who seem to die live,
House you were born in,
Friends of your spring-time,
Old man and young maid,
Day’s toil and it’s guerdon,
They are all vanishing,
Fleeing to fables,
Cannot be moored.

From here it’s off to the races as Jacob discovers a world he never knew, or even believed, existed.

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A mysterious island.  An abandoned orphanage.  A strange collection of peculiar photographs.  It all waits to be discovered in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”  A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrin’s children were more than just peculiar.  They may have been dangerous.  they may have been quarantined on a desert island for good reason.  And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

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Riggs has crafted a wonderful story full of time travel, extraordinary abilities and wicked villains.  The book has 50 fantastic black and white photos throughout that really help capture the tone of the story in a special way.  The MINUTE we finished this book we were already excited to get on to the next book in the series, “Hollow City.”  Here is what Riggs had to say about the continuation of Jacob’s and the peculiar children’s drama.

ransom-riggs-profile“The first book was about opening a door and discovering a world.  In the second book we get to explore that world.  But it’s no tourist trip- it’s a world facing a mortal and existential threat, from both the Axis powers and from the Corrupted: the Wights and the Hollows.  Jacob and his new friends embark upon a death-defying, time-trotting adventure to save their ymbrynes, their way of life, and perhaps the very world, as they struggle to derail their enemies’ disastrous plans, they get themselves into all manner of peculiar and dangerous situations, meet all sorts of curious beings and unusual people, and explore places they never could’ve imagined.”

We have a strong feeling that Tim Burton is going to give us some incredible visuals but do yourself a favor and check out Quirk Books movie tie-in edition of Ransom Riggs, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.”  Click HERE to order your copy today!

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Disney’s “The BFG” Hits Homes December 6th

“It was the witching hour when the boogieman comes out when people go missing. The girls say the witching hour arrives at midnight, and I think it comes at three in the morning when I’m the only one left awake. Like always, like now. Never get out of bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain. And that is where our story begins.”

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This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

the-bfg As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.

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Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.

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Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.

Bonus features include**:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.     
  • The Big Friendly Giant and MeSophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie.  This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFGA whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.” 
  • Giants 101Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits. 
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”

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DIGITAL/VOD:

  • John Williams: Scoring A DreamA journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

DVD:

  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen. “The BFG” is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Frank Marshall, p.g.a., and Sam Mercer, p.g.a., with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers. 

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The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as The Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.

The creative team is comprised of some of Spielberg’s longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E.; and Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston, with legendary five-time Oscar winner John Williams composing his 24th score for a Spielberg-directed film.

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Joining them is two-time Oscar® winner Robert Stromberg as production designer and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, as senior visual effects supervisor.

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CLICK HERE to preorder The BFG and learn more about the film via the following links:

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Wanna Hang Out With Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Tom Brady? Omaze Can Make It Happen!

Having grown up in Maine, I am a die hard Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and of course Patriots omaze-logo-badgefan.  That being said, you can only imagine my reaction when I saw a new campaign from the good folks at Omaze.

Omaze is a passionate team of practical dreamers who work hard to make once-in-a-lifetime experiences possible, meaningful and unforgettable. Their interests include—but are not limited to—basketball, dogs, Game of Thrones trivia, office pranks, cornhole and hanging out with each other.  They partner with world changers which are the charities on the ground, working tirelessly to better people’s lives; the influencers, brands and personalities that use their reach for good; and extraordinary people like you who want to make a difference, and have fun doing it.

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The new campaign that has me reeling brings together two of my favorite actors, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck along one of my all-time, most favoritist athletes, Tom Brady together for one amazing day.  On top of that awesomeness, you also help 3 great charities/causes.  Here is the deal:

You’re invited to a Boston T party! But in this case, “T” stands for “Tom”—as in Tom Brady. Major fanboys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have a friend date planned with Tom in Boston, and they want you to join! (Someone’s got to help them keep it together.) You and a friend will meet up with the guys, grab some pizza, bond over beer, talk football, maybe even play catch. If you’ve ever wanted to get buddy-buddy with Matt, Ben or Tom, or all of them at once, this is your chance! It’s time to make history in one of the nation’s most historic cities. Flights and hotel included.

  • Get to know Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tom Brady over pizza and beer
  • Talk football, movies and life with some of New England’s finest exports
  • Get flown out to Boston and put up in a 4-star hotel

Having been to Boston many times in my youth, I can attest that they have great pizza, the town itself is absolutely incredible and well…. the company is as good as it gets.  As I said, you also get to help three amazing organizations including:

Eastern Congo Initiative 

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Mugunga III Refugee Camp outside Goma, DRC. Ben Affleck at the camp.

Founded by Ben Affleck, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is a grant-making and advocacy organization whose singular mission is to support Congolese-led solutions in a country recovering from the world’s deadliest conflict since WWII. ECI invests directly in community-based organizations in health, education, farming, and women’s issues that are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo.

Water.org

For more than twenty years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation; giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than four million people living around the world.

TB12 Foundation

The TB12 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the health, well-being, and athletic potential of elite young American amateur athletes by providing free access to the best available post-injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement services.

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As with all Omaze campaigns, you can get some really great stuff based off how much you donate.  It all starts at $10 which gives you 100 entries and goes up from there.

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CLICK HERE to learn more and enter to win a chance of a lifetime.

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Here Are Your First 5 Looks At “Ghost In The Shell”

Last night, during the season finale of Mr Robot, Paramount gave fans not one but FIVE quick looks at their upcoming sci-fi feature, “Ghost in the Shell.”  We get a look at few looks at Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko and each tease leaves us asking a ton of questions.  Here they are, in order:

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Cyborg policewoman The Major (Scarlett Johansson), and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s Artificial Intelligence technology.

Love it or hate it, Paramount’sGhost In The Shell” makes its way to theaters on March 31, 2017.  Let us know your thoughts down below in the comments section.  (Yes, we know that Scarlett’s role should have gone to another actress that was closer to the original Japanese manga story by Masamune Shirow.  Other than THAT point, what do you think?)

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Stay up to date with the film via these official links:

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Simon & Schuster & Bucketfeet Offer Stephen King Fans A Kick-Ass Sweepstakes

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First off….we wanted to wish Stephen King a very Happy Birthday.  The prolific writer turns 69 today and what better way to celebrate than a kick-ass sweepstakes!

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Simon and Schuster has partnered with Bucketfeet to offer two lucky winners an It-inspired commemorative pair of canvas slip-on shoes PLUS a signed copy of “It,” Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on a teenagers….an evil without a name.

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Enter the sweepstakes HERE and good luck with your creepy footwear.

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Watch 7 Of Today’s Top Gamers Battle On Twitch’s Magnificent 7 Showdown

With The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt out in theaters next Friday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, have teamed up to create an epic showdown featuring seven of the top Counter-Strike: Go online players. Fans can join in on the action as these seven gamers test their skills as Saviors vs. Bandits through a special Western-themed map.

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With this event, Twitch is broadcasting the first ever “Counter-Strike: Go” exhibition game with seven of the most-followed players in the company’s history.

TODAY,  September 19 from 4 PM – 6 PM (PST), Twitch will create the ultimate showdown for a true fan event that will allow viewers to interact with the seven gamers and suggest “handicaps” as they battle each other to become the last gamer standing. To the victor go the bragging rights on an epic gun battle.

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The event will air live on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/twitch) as well as on www.Mag7Showdown.com. Hosted by GoldenBoy along with commentator John “Blu” Mullenm, the live stream will feature Twitch’s “Magnificent Seven” broadcasters Summit 1G, TimTheTatman, iiJERiiCHOii, HayliNic, JoshOG, Reynad27, and 2MGOverCSquared. These influencers have a combined reach of over four million followers with more than 200 million views on their channels. The live event will also include special messages from film stars Chris Pratt and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and exclusive footage from the film.

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Commenting on the announcement, Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “Twitch has never before brought so many respected and skilled gamers with such a huge following together for a single game. As these seven face off, this is an unparalleled opportunity to bring the action, intensity and fun of The Magnificent Seven to millions of fans worldwide.”

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