Beauty and the Beast Swarovski Crystal Figurines

Either one of these magnificent Swarovski Crystal figurines will live on to become treasured Disney Beauty and the Beast memories whether your fan prefers the animated or the live action 2017 versions of the movie. Having seen and enjoyed the recent movie, I would guess that most fans love both versions.

The first piece showcases Belle dressed in her glorious yellow gown and measures 11 inches tall. This Youtube video does a great job of showcasing the piece:

The second piece represents the enchanted rose and comes showcased beneath a beautiful blown-glass dome.

Swarovski makes some truly beautiful crystal pieces. Here are two more for your collection! You can find them on Amazon by clicking here and compare on eBay by clicking here.

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Impromptu Movie Moments Not In The Script

Seven Unscripted Lines That Made The Cut

We all know movie lines that for whatever reason become stuck in our heads when we see a movie. Some stand the test of time and some are only there temporarily. The best lines, however, are the often the lines that were not even written in the script.

This does not apply just to movie lines though. Some of the best movie moments are unscripted, too. They are actions that the actor threw in at the last moment, impromptu movie moments that worked like the one shown in this movie poster from The Godfather.

If you love the movies, you are sure to enjoy the following movie lines and moments. They have definitely stood the test of time.

Marlon Brando and The Cat in the Godfather (1972)

Did you know that in The Godfather, the cat on Marlon Brando's lap wasn't in the script? The cat had been walking around the set and Brando picked it up and started petting it. The cat made the final cut and became an overnight icon.

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Roy Scheider in Jaws (1976)

"We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat"

In the classic 1975 film Jaws, Roy Scheider utters the famous words "WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT" to describe the moment he saw jaws and realised that they were in a small fishing boat. Because Jaws was the first movie to gross $1 million, everyone really enjoyed this line. Little did they know that this too wasn't written in the script and was simply an off-the-cuff remark by Scheider.

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Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber (1994)

"We landed on the moon!"

There is a scene in Dumb and Dumber where Harry and Lloyd are at a bar. As Lloyd (Jim Carrey) is leaving, he sees a newspaper clipping on the wall that reads, "Man Walks On The Moon". He says, "No way...that's great." Then he swings the door open and shouts, "WE LANDED ON THE MOON!" You would never know it but that was never written in the script. Jim Carrey is a true artist. It was so funny and it was in character...pure genius.

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Robert Deniro in Taxi Driver

"You talkin' to me?"

 The 1976 film Taxi Driver helped make Robert DeNiro a star when he spoke the words "YOU TALKIN' TO ME?" In the script, screenwriter Paul Schrader had written "Travis speaks to himself in mirror." DeNiro improvised the famous words himself and became a pop culture icon.

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Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

"I'm walkin' here!"

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. There is a scene that was filmed multiple times where they are walking down a busy street. They were trying to time it so that they would hit the light without having to pause while walking. During one take, they had it timed perfectly but a cab came out of nowhere and almost hit them. Instead of ruining the shot, Hoffman yelled out "I'M WALKIN' HERE!" This line has been epitomised by every city street pedestrian since and if you hadn't heard it before, maybe you will use it the next time that this happens to you. Watch this iconic movie moment below and order your copy of Midnight Cowboy from Amazon here.

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. 

In this romantic comedy from 1990, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are a stunning duo. Their chemistry in the film is undeniable. This comes into play sensationally in the scene where Gere gives Roberts a necklace to wear with her extraordinary new evening dress. When he opens the box, she reaches up to touch it and Gere playfully snaps it down on her fingers. She erupts into laughter and it seems like a well written scene to the audience. What you may or may not know is that this moment was not in the script at all. Gere was just playing with Roberts and she got a good chuckle out of it. It was so adorable that the director left it in the movie and it has been spoofed in other films ever since.

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Billy Crystal When Harry Met Sally

"I'll have what she's having."

When this 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally was released, there was one scene that people were talking about. Filmed in Katz's Deli in Manhattan, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) have a conversation about how men cannot recognise when a woman is truly having an orgasm. Sally decides to prove her point and fake an orgasm right there. When she is done she casually continues her meal. A woman sitting at a nearby table (Estelle Reiner) turns to her waitress and says, "I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING." This scene wasn't actually in the original script. Nora Ephron (writer) and Crystal were saying that Sally needed something to talk about in that scene and he suggested faking an orgasm. Crystal also thought of the famous line. Ryan agreed and a test scene was shot. The audience erupted in laughter and my final memorable quote was born.

Watch the original movie clip here or order your copy of When Harry Met Sally from Amazon here.

What's your favorite movie moment?

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Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2009.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition
Read all about it! Read all about it! There's a new version of the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban being published and it is to be an illustrated edition. It is the third in the Harry Potter series to be done as an illustrated book featuring the artwork of Jim Kay.

This book brings more new pictures. The front cover features the magical three-level Knight Bus. Inside the new book, you will find Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Professor Trelawney and more. It will be published in a multitude of languages and is a testament to the continued popularity of our favorite boy wizard.

Obviously, I haven't seen the new book yet but I know without seeing it that it will make a great gift for someone you want to introduce to the Harry Potter series or for a fan.

The first illustrated book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as seen here, is beautiful.

The second illustrated book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, can be seen here.

You can learn more about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Amazon by clicking here. You can also pre-order the book at that link. If you choose to do so, you will be protected by Amazon's pre-order price guarantee.

The book's release date is October 3, 2017 and once again, I am sure that it will be a very welcomed Harry Potter volume. What do you think?

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Don't Look Now (1973) Movie Review

Don’t Look Now is a 1973 psychological or psychic thriller, a horror movie that is full of suspense rather than a lot of gore. This film stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. The Guardian considers this to be amongst the top five performances given by Sutherland and Christie, like Sutherland, has a long list of credits to her name that include Doctor Zhivago, Finding Neverland and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Don’t Look Now is set in Venice, Italy an “elegantly decaying city," words that certainly depict the Venice you see in this movie. Shot in the wintertime, Venice is abandoned, gray and miserable. Watching this film gives you a good idea of what the layout of Venice is like in terms of canals, walkways and bridges but it will do little to make you want to visit the city.

Venice is the third star in this movie, lending exactly the right atmosphere with plenty of dead ends and wrong turns to create the perfect atmosphere and set. Roger Ebert  said that could not picture this film set anywhere else and I agree and The Guardian calls the Venice of this movie mysterious and exotic and untouristy. Once again, I agree.

Don't Look Now tells the story of a couple struggling to get past the death of a child who relocate to Venice and chance to meet two weird sisters, one of whom is psychic. These women appear throughout the movie in a haunting fashion but beware for as the movie tagline says, “Things are not what they seem.”

Here’s the original movie trailer, which has no spoilers in it.

What is there to object to?

This movie is rated R for Restricted so there is a lot to be aware of. There is an accidental death, an extended sex scene and a nasty murder with blood but the movie is really more suspenseful than gory. There is drinking and smoking.

As I expected when we were watching the movie, the sex scene was very controversial in its time. It might be important to note that, although lengthy, the scene is meant to be the beautiful coming together of two married adults who had drifted apart. The Guardian  considers the sex scene to be one of the ten best because of the “emotional freight” that comes with it.


The case for this movie says that Don’t Look Now is as renowned “for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as it is for its naturalistic eroticism and unforgettable climax and denouement” and that it is considered one of the great endings in horror movie history.

In 2002, Roger Ebert said this movie “remains one of the great horror masterpieces” elaborating by saying, that it “works not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension.” Exactly.

I chose this movie because it was set in Venice and it definitely turned out to be an interesting choice though not perhaps in the way I thought it might. With the warnings mentioned in the preceding paragraph, I would recommend this movie for those who want something different and who are interested in the history of cinema. It does give a peek into the workings of Venice but is definitely not a great travelogue for the city.  praises Criterion for the quality of the digital restoration so if you buy this movie, you probably should buy the Criterion Collection version, which will also allow you to watch the special features and learn more about how this movie was made and why it is important to the history of cinematography.

Here’s the trailer for the Criterion reissue in which you will definitely be able to see the improvement of quality from that of the original trailer, which was shown above.

Don’t Look Now is based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier. If you are a reader, it might be a movie to check out in print form prior to or even after watching the movie. Because it was a short story, the movie provides more story than the author's version. You can learn more about or buy your copy of the Criterion Collection's version on Amazon by clicking right here.

By the way, The Guardian and other sources online say that  Don’t Look Now is being remade. Given the nature of the story and it’s position as one of Britain’s finest horror stories, there is considerable scepticism about whether this is the appropriate type of movie for a remake. If you watch the film or have seen it, I am sure you will understand why it might be hard to successfully remake this movie.

Will you be watching or reading Don't Look Now? If you have seen it, what did you think? Finally, what do you think of the idea of a remake this movie?

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Read more about Don't Look Now from Amazon.
The Woman in Black (2012) movie review.
Not-too-scary Movies for Tweens.

Fantastic Beasts Release Date on DVD & Blu-ray Disc

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD

In my world Harry Potter fans were totally pleased with the movie  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it was finally released in the movie theatres on November 18, 2016 and now there is another date to be excited about. I know that fans have been waiting and asking when will the DVD and Blu-ray disc for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them be released?

According to HDRoom, you will be able to start watching some versions of Fantastic Beasts at home on March 7, 2017 though they do not say which formats will be available on that date.  However, they go on to say that the release date for Digital HD, DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions is March 28, 2017, timed to coincide with a new Harry Potter 4K release.

You can order your copy of Fantastic Beasts on Amazon by clicking here right now. I see that Amazon has the various format options available and I know that they will protect you with their pre-order price guarantee. If the price goes down between now and the release date, that is the price you will be charged when they ship the movie.

I love the artwork, particularly on the DVD case shown above because it shows more of the characters.  I've included the other images for interest sake. I know you won't be picking your copy of this movie based on the cover artwork but which cover is your favorite?

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Blu-ray & Digital Download

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4K Ultra HD

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD Release

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Nifty Niffler Gift Ideas.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Calendar.

All Roads Lead to Rome (2015)

Last night we watched another Italy-themed movie. All Roads Lead to Rome (2015) stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Day, Raoul Bova (The Tourist, Under the Tuscan Sun) and Claudia Cardinale (an Italian actress.) It is a romantic comedy that starts off in the beautiful Italian countryside and arrives, after an adventuresome journey, in Rome hence the title All Roads Lead to Rome.

The movie was a light and entertaining film, definitely not the best romantic com ever but an enjoyable film with not much to object to. No sex although there is reference to a teen’s unhealthy relationship, some social drinking, marijuana use once and infrequent swearing. The movie is rated PG 13 and that seems like a good guideline to me.

While we did finally arrive in Rome (in the movie), it showed some highlights of the city. However, this would not be my top pick as an Italian-themed movie to enhance your enjoyment of an upcoming or a reminder of a past trip to Italy and Rome. There were a few, “I’ve been there!” moments but overall I felt that the movie did not really do a fabulous job of displaying Rome.

Would I recommend it? Yes, as I said for a light movie. However, I’d pick Letters to Juliet or Under the Tuscan Sun first. You can read more about All Roads Lead to Rome on Amazon by clicking here.

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More Italy Movies:

My Letters to Juliet movie review.
Dangerous Beauty movie review.
The Tourist with Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie.

For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present (1986)


This animated Christmas special, For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present, was created based on Lynn Johnston's popular comic strip, For Better or For Worse. It was produced for Canadian television in December, 1986, and follows the Patterson family as they get ready for the holidays. Of course there are lots of funny moments and a touching finale, which combine to make a lovely film with some voices supplied by Johnston's own children.

This is a very popular Christmas television special that is not widely available on DVD. However, sometimes the videotape is available new and used through various sellers at Amazon and eBay although the rarity and popularity of this item dictates the price especially if someone finds a new copy.  You can find your copy of The Bestest Present on Amazon by clicking here and on eBay here.

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More Rare Films:

The Great American Cowboy (1973) Documentary Film
Doctor Who The End of the Universe Boxed Set
Snow White Live at Radio City Music Hall

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