Buy The Magic Beyond Words DVD

It did not take long for the J.K. Rowling biographical made-for-television movie from Lifetime to arrive on DVD.  You can already pre-order Magic Beyond Words from Amazon. It is being released on DVD (but not on blu-ray) October 18, 2011.

Judging by the Amazon customer reviews, this movie was fairly well done and well received and is ideal for anyone who is a big Harry Potter fan or just plain curious about the life of J.K. Rowling.

Magic Beyond Words provides an opportunity for all of us to peek into and learn a bit more about the interesting world of J.K. Rowling.

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Watch the Magic Beyond Words trailer here.

Kate Hudson's Isadora Diamond

If you did not see the movie How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and you love jewellery, you need to see it.  The part of the movie near the end in which women attending the Warner Advertising Gala are offered the opportunity to FROST themselves with diamonds provided by Harry Winston is truly amazing.

Andie Anderson (played by Kate Hudson) enters in a beautiful yellow cocktail dress designed by the film’s costume designer Karen Patch to work perfectly on Kate and with the Isadora Diamond.  She looks lovely but when she puts on the Isadora Diamond, she is simply stunning.  Really, I don’t think I will ever forget that moment. The necklace suited the dress and Andie perfectly. 

The 87-carat diamond pendent Andie wore was designed for Kate Hudson to wear in this movie and is worth 5 million dollars although, it is said that she used a 'stunt double' in the movie that was worth $10,000.  As an interesting aside, IMDB reports that the movie used $14,200,000 worth of jewels in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days.

If you love the Isadora Diamond Necklace, you might be interested in knowing that there is a replica available at a much more reasonable price on Amazon.  The faux necklace was designed by Emitations and features a huge canary Cubic Zirconia and a curved chain of faux diamond Cubic Zirconia stones.  


Whether you chose to wear a perfectly coordinating yellow dress to look exactly like Andi or pair it with a black dress, is up to you…and of course, if you love a good romantic comedy, that is reason enough to see check out Mattheew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Movie Review

After having recently watched and reviewed Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in the 2008 movie Fool's Gold,  I happened across How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days when I was changing the channel. Knowing that some critics claimed Fool's Gold an effort on behalf of the studio to capitalize on  the popularity of the actors in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, I was more than a little curious about this movie and settled in to enjoy the show.

And I did.

How to Lose A Guy is based on a short cartoon book by Michele Alexander. It shares the story of a female magazine writer assigned to date a young man and to make all of the mistakes that women supposedly make that drive guys away and, of course, to write a story about her experience.  However, the guy she chooses is an ad executive who is in the middle of a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him within 10 days. Hence the tagline, "One of them is lying. So is the other."

I laughed out loud.

Definitely a lightweight, enjoyable movie, a romantic comedy. High-Def Digest was quick to point out that this is one chick flick that attempted to please the GUYS who would have to watch it. And, despite it's lack of critical success, when I laugh out loud that generally means that I enjoyed a movie. Note that How to Lose A Guy is rated PG-13 but has some pretty strong sexual references and language for that rating.

Here's the trailer:


And yes, Kate Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn and it seems they are just a little bit alike...

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Fool's Gold Movie Review (2008)

Fool's Gold is a romantic comedy and part thriller movie, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner and Alexis Dziena.

I stumbled across Fool's Gold quite accidentally last night when I could not sleep. I've learned my lesson not to start watching a movie in the middle of the night because it is quite possible that rather than putting you to sleep, the movie will make you stay awake for a full two hours...but I digress.

A bit of online research shows that Fool's Gold was not very successful, particularly with the critics who say that it was an attempt to ride on the success that Hudson and McConaughey had in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Fool's Gold. It was a fun piece with plenty of humorous moments and I think it is quite possible you too will like it if you like romantic comedies and if you approach it simply as light entertainment, rather than looking for a top-rated movie.

The critics? Well, here is a sample of what they had to say:

High-Def Digest said it is but another unsuccessful example of Hollywood using popular lead actors rather than a great script.

Blu-ray.com says that despite an attractive and charismatic pair, the movie is somewhat trite. They do say that the tropical scenery makes it worth viewing, if not owning.

At Rotten Tomatoes just 11 percent of the critics liked it. However, 53 percent of the audience who participated in the poll liked it so perhaps it is worth watching...

Have you seen Fool's Gold? What do you think?

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Brenda

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Mad Men Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Mad Men Season 3 was one of the best blu-ray movie choices of 2010. It was an Emmy award winning television drama and saw the continuation of the story from parts 1 and 2 that included marriage, childhood and the advertising agency falling apart. Amazon called it "a shocking portrait of a time that was anything but innocent. Nothing is as sexy. Nothing is as provocative. Nothing is as it seems."

Amazon customer Highland Rob summed up Mad Men Season 3 very nicely when he talked about it having the "best writing and acting produced in Hollywood in a long time." He felt that Season 3 was the best season although he stressed that you should watch the two previous seasons first.

DVD Talk talked about how this series built as it went along with each subsequent season being even better than the previous one and stated that they considered this season to be the best, so far.

Here's a peek at season 3:



In terms of the blu-ray release, the experts had a lot to say:

High-Def Digest also thought it was the best show produced on television. They summed up by saying that "with superb audio and video and a nice collection of extras, this is a set for any Mad Men fan." They closed with HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Blu-ray.com
called this Mad Men season riveting and hopes that this blu-ray release brings new fans, as they know it will please existing fans.

Personally, I still have to make it through Seasons 1 and 2 before I check out Mad Men Season 3. Doing so on blu-ray will definitely be a top priority.

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Brenda

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The Best Blu-ray Movies Ever (2011).

The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

Finally, The Hunger Games movie trailer is available and it looks amazing and exactly like I am picturing the story in my head. Granted, the trailer is pretty simple and only shows one character in action but nevertheless, I like what I see:



What do you think? Are you as excited for The Hunger Games as I am? The trailer really is quite exciting, don't you think?

The Hunger Games movie opens on March 23, 2012, which really is not too far away, is it?

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Brenda

Rumours of Oscars For The Help

Rumours about this year's Oscar nominations are already swirling about and I am thrilled to see that The Help is on the list of Oscar possibilities.

The Help opened on August 10, 2011. The movie recounts the story from the very popular book of the same name (written by Kathryn Stockett) of the black maids working for white people in the southern regions of the United States in the 1960s.  

The Oscar talk includes possible nods for the actors including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney and Jessica Chastain.  It is possible, therefore, that if more than one of them receives a nomination that they could be competing against each other.

I feel, and obviously others agree, that the acting was superb and that each of the actors was perfectly cast so I would count on seeing a couple of these names at the Oscars...

Good luck ladies!

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The Help Movie Review

FINALLY, my husband and I went to see The Help and we loved it.  Don't tell anyone but he said that The Help was a far better movie than Conan...but it's true (and hardly surprising.)  Here's a bit more:

I have read the book, The Help and I loved it so I was unsure about what the movie would bring.  The movie, however, remained mostly true to the book and was perfect. At more than 2 hours, it is long but at no point will you find yourself waiting  for the time to pass.

The characters were perfectly cast -- I think all of them.  Loved Skeeter, although it took me a minute or two to reconcile her with the picture I was carrying in my head from the book. Aibileen was amazing, loving and brave. Minnie, strong and feisty. Celia, absolutely hysterical. Hilly definitely not nice. The mother, spot on.

I really like what Jeremy Jahns had to say about The Help so I thought I would share his words here with you.  I appreciated the fact that he toned down the foul language for this movie review.  (Too bad he wouldn't do that for all of them.) About The Help he says that it is a well-written, well-acted movie and the characters are really likeable, too.  I agree.



I like his review. I loved the movie.  I feel comfortable HIGHLY RECOMMENDING it to you. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry and it does NOT matter if you have read the book. My husband enjoyed this movie as much as I did and he had not read it.

Read more about what the experts are saying about The Help by visiting my page about what the experts are saying by clicking right here and be sure to let us know what you thought of it, if you have seen it.

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Brenda

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