Meet The Muppet Walter & Check Out His Kermit the Frog Watch

We were thrilled with the 2011 reboot of Disney's Muppet franchise and with Walter, the newest Muppet Character.

Walter is a quiet guy, sweet but lacking in confidence, perhaps because he has never quite fit into the human world.

Walter has a wonderful and very supportive older brother named Gary. (Played by Jason Segal.)  Gary has always been there for Walter, as big brothers often are.

Walter is, as might not be surprising given the fact that we are talking about a Muppet movie, a HUGE fan of Kermit The Frog because he somehow manages to relate to him. When offered the chance to visit Los Angeles, he is delighted because he will finally be able to visit the Muppet Studios.

While in LA. it becomes clear that Walter, his brother Gary and his partner, Mary (played by Amy Adams) are going to have to help save the studios from imminent desctruction and to do so, they must enlist Walter's hero, Kermit the Frog.

Walter is such a huge fan of Kermit that he wears Kermit on his clothing and even on his wrist.  He even takes a moment in the movie to point out that he wears Kermit's image on his watch.

You can wear a Kermit The Frog Watch, too. I had a lot of fun putting together an entire page of Kermit the Frog and The Muppets themed wrist watches, which you can visit by clicking here.  With the exception of the vintage Kermit watches, all of the watches on that page are very affordable and any of them would make a great gift for Christmas or any other occasion for a Muppet fan.

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Brenda

The Best Muppet Wrist Watches

An Elf's Story Review: The Elf on the Shelf DVD & Gift Set

Usually I manage to miss new shows on television. However, thanks to a review in the New York Times about the new Christmas television shows for 2012, I actually knew about and remembered to watch An Elf's Story, the new Elf on the Shelf television program.

Long ago, a friend named Joan introduced me to the Elf on the Shelf via her page The Elf on the Shelf, A Family Tradition and what a beautiful tradition it is.

And the new television show, entitled An Elf's Story was sweet, telling as it did of one little boy's loss of faith in Christmas and how one little Elf on the Shelf named Chippey was able to help the boy renew his faith.

Here is a peek at the show through the official An Elf's Story trailer:



There were a few problems with watching An Elf's Story on television and the first you all know and, if you are like me, dread. That is the commercials. Aghh, just get on with the story, I thought.

The second was ABC's insistence at having their television logo in the bottom righthand corner of the screen throughout the ENTIRE show.  It managed to detract from the lovely winter scenes.

Finally, ABC insisted on reminding us a couple of times during the show that Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer would be airing on Tuesday night.  Granted, I could use the reminder but what they really reminded me was that it is better to have the DVD than to endure watching Rudolph (or An Elf's Story) on network television...

And yes, you can buy your copy of An Elf's Story on DVD from Amazon. If you are considering giving An Elf's Story as a gift, you might rather choose the Elf's Story gift set, which includes an Elf for your shelf but not a copy of the book, as displayed here:



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Brenda

Quick Links:

Learn more about The Elf on the Shelf family tradition.
Buy An Elf's Story from Amazon.
Buy the gift set from Amazon.

J.K. Rowling Speaks Out Against The Tabloid Frenzy At The Public Inquiry

North Americans are familiar with the hounding of the famous by the press but nothing was more extreme than the hounding Princess Diana received in the United Kingdom. I have no idea if that situation has anything to do with the current inquiry into the standards of the British media or not but we all are aware that the media continues to harass celebrities in the U.K. and elsewhere.

J.K. Rowling spoke out about the tabloids during her appearance at the public inquiry yesterday. She says that she worked hard to shield her family from the press but that her best efforts were not enough to protect them and, at one point, the media's attention was so intense that she was forced to move to a new home.

With regard to the intrusion upon the privacy of her family, Rowling said, "A child, no matter who their parents are, deserves privacy." I am inclined to agree. What do you think? Does the fact that J.K. Rowling is recognized around the world mean that the press should have access to her doings? To the activities of her family? To the lives of her children?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Learn more about J.K. Rowling when Oprah Winfrey Interviews Her.
Read the story about J.K. Rowling's testimony before the British Media Standards investigation.

Johnny Depp 2012 Calendar

I said it last year and I'll say it again this year...WOW -- Have you seen the new Johnny Depp 2012 calendar? If you love Johnny Depp and you need a calendar (and who doesn't) consider giving Johnny a glance. This calendar is definitely my favorite.

If I were creating a calendar with Johnny Depp, I would definitely include Chocolat, for that is one of my favorite Depp movies. How about you? Which movies do you want to be in your dream Johnny Depp calendar?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Click here to order your 2012 Johnny Depp Calendar from Amazon.
The Five Best Johnny Depp Movies on Blu-ray.
Johnny Depp in The Rum Diaries (2011).

New Family Movies November (2011)

What an exciting moment in the movie world. Not one but rather three family friendly movies have opened recently at the movie theatre.

The first one is one that I have been looking forward to for months -- The Muppet's new movie, Green With Envy. The others, Hugo and Arthur Christmas, I had not been paying much attention, too. Hugo I had seen what seemed like a long time ago in a trailer and mostly forgot about and Arthur Christmas I had dismissed because, well, it just seemed like yet another animated Christmas movie.  Then at breakfast time on November 23, I pulled open the newspaper and was surprised when I finished reading the entertainment section that I was sold by good reviews of all three.

My local newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen, calls Arthur Christmas a "brilliant animated film that brings a wildly original spin to a Christmas tale." The story is that of a present that is not delivered and Santa's inept son Arthur who refuses to accept that it will not be delivered. Critic Jay Stone gave the movie the best rating of the day at four stars. Take a look via the official movie trailer:



Green With Envy also received a very solid review, a very respectable 3.5 stars and reviewer Katherine Monk says that Jason Segel has "successfully resurrected the Muppets" who have been tucked away at Disney for the last ten years. Monk says that the story "affirms the importance of a good attitude and a loving heart." I am pleased that The Muppets are back in such a successful fashion.



Note that Disney released MANY movie trailers for Green With Envy and you can see them all together on one page, by clicking right here.

Finally, there's Hugo, a Martin Scorsese 3D film called "a delightful celebration of the movies." Critic Roger Moore says that this movie is particularly of interest to grown up movie fans because of its references to movie making. The boy in this story lives in a Paris train station during a period of time between the two world wars. He's an orphan who looks after the clocks. Moore gave Hugo a good review and a score of 3.5 stars.



Hugo, by the way, is based on Brian Seznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Now I have a dilemma. Which movie to see? I expect it will be the Muppets who have had a place in my heart since I was a girl. How about you, which of these movies stands out for you?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

The New Muppets Movie Green With Envy (2011).
Order the Hugo Soundtrack from Amazon.

The Red Shoes Blu-ray Movie Review


The Red Shoes is a 1948 technicolor musical set in the south of France, which features Oscar-winning sets and music, amazing performances and cinematography. The story is a dramatic love story in which Moira Shearer makes her debut as a ballerina on a rising star who has to decide between a composer and an impresario...

The Red Shoes was one of the best blu-ray movies of 2010.  Blu-ray.com said that The Red Shoes should be an addition to all film libraries and VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED it.  

Amazon customer Mavyn said:

"The Red Shoes is a classic motion picture which has received superlative reviews. Even though it is a bit dated, it stands as a monumental cinematic experience for most viewers unless they cannot abide ballet. This restored version of the classic movie has been lovingly restored to effectively eliminate what time has done to deteriorate the original film material. The result is this BluRay masterpiece. This BluRay version, then, would be one of my choices if I was stranded on a desert island. It stands as one of the best movies ever made."

To see all of the Amazon customer reviews for The Red shoes, click here.

Watch the movie trailer and see what you think:



I haven't checked out The Red Shoes yet but it is on my list. How about you? Have you seen The Red Shoes? Are you curious?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy your copy of The Red Shoes on blu-ray from Amazon.
Visit The Top 10 Blu-ray Movies of 2011.

Amazon Black Friday Deals on Movies

For those of you who live in the United States and who love movies (or Canadians who have a U.S. mailing address), I hope that you are aware that Amazon is running Black Friday blu-ray movie specials almost every hour of every day this week.

We've already missed an incredible deal -- The Muppets five pack movie set with collectors tin, which ws marked down from $160 to an unbelievable $50 -- but there is much more to come.  Amazon has posted an hour-by-hour list of the movie specials so that you can plan when you need to be available to buy the movies that you are interested in.  I see prices as low as $1.99 with the bulk of the single blu-ray discs selling for $3.99 to $7.99.

If you are giving the gift of movies this Christmas, make sure you hop on over to Amazon right away and don't miss out on these fanastic Black Friday specials.

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Brenda

Quick Link:

Check out Amazon's Black Friday Movie Specials by clicking right here.

Hallmark's Trading Christmas (2011) Movie

In Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas book four strangers discover the magic of Christmas. I read and enjoyed the book recently, it is a light, funny Christmas story in which four strangers trade houses, towns and christmas, and and I am thrilled to say that the trailer for Hallmark's new 2011 movie Trading Christmas looks like it could live up to the novel.

Here's a peek at the video:



What do you think? Looks like fun, I would say. Trading Christmas airs on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, November 26, 2011, so, if you receive the Hallmark Channel, you will want to mark your calendar with that date. If, like me, you do not receive the Hallmark Channel, you will have to wait and see if this is one of the few new Hallmark movies that will be released on DVD this year. If I figure it out, I will be sure to come back and tell you here.

Meanwhile, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND the book, to anyone who enjoys Hallmark movies. I think it would make a great Christmas gift item, too bad we cannot at this point pair it with a copy of the movie.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Read more about the other new Hallmark Christmas Movies 2011.
Buy Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas Book from Amazon.

Hallmark's A Christmas Wedding Tail (2011) Movie DVD

I know, I know it isn't even Thanksgiving Day yet in the United States but I just had to share the news about this new Hallmark Christmas movie, A Christmas Wedding Tail, with you right away because it airs this weekend, on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Of course, it airs on the Hallmark Channel so I won't be able to watch it right away but I was excited to discover that Hallmark is going to be releasing the DVD on December 6, 2011.

Here's a peek at this new movie, via the official movie trailer, which stars Jennie Garth, Brad Rowe, Tom Arnold, Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox. I will look forward to seeing Jennie Garth again because I was a loyal Beverly Hills 90201 watcher a few years ago...



What did you think? Looks pretty good to me but then again I do love a good Hallmark movie.

If you are interested in buying the DVD, you can pre-order yours from Amazon right now by clicking here. If you are curious about the other movies in Hallmark's 2011 Christmas movie line up, visit my page about all of the new Christmas movies by clicking here.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy your copy of A Christmas Wedding Tail.
Check out Hallmark's complete Christmas movie 2011 lineup.

Kermit The Frog Meets Ellen DeGeneres


Kermit The Frog is on the road promoting The Muppets new movie, Green With Envy.

Watch as Kermit is interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres in this Youtube video. You will laugh outloud and learn some of Kermit's secrets about his relationship with Miss Piggy, his feelings about flies (he's NOT vegan) and even his income.



Are you ready for MUPPET domination?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Learn more about The Muppets new movie Green With Envy.

Make Them Green With Envy For Your Kermit The Frog Watch

If you are anxiously awaiting total Muppet domination on November 23, 2011, with the arrival of the new Muppets movie, Green With Envy, why not watch the minutes go by on this handsome Kermit The Frog watch? I love it, I think it is perfectly Kermit-like, don't you?

This watch is an official Disney product produced by Ewatchfactory. They have been producing watches using up-to-the-minute (pun intended) technology with popular themes like The Muppets for more than 10 years.

If you would love to watch the time go by with a Muppet watch but maybe not a Kermit watch, you will enjoy my page dedicated to the best Muppets watches.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order this Kermit the Frog wrist watch from Amazon.
The Best Muppet Wrist Watches.

Hallmark's Lucky Christmas 2011 Movie


Lucky Christmas is one of Hallmark's new movies for 2011. I was thrilled (as I always am) when I found the trailer for this new Hallmark Christmas film and I am pleased to be able to share it with you. I also uncovered a behind-the-scenes, on location look into this film.

Lucky Christmas features a struggling single mom whose car was stolen...with her lottery ticket inside:





Lucky Christmas airs tomorrow, November 12, 2011 and stars Elizabeth Berkley and Jason Gray-Stanford.

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Brenda

Quick Links:

New Hallmark Christmas Movies 2011.

Michael Jackson's Cirque du Soleil Immortal World Tour (2011)


Foolish me, I did not buy tickets to see Michael Jackson's Cirque du Soleil Immortal World Tour when it was in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. If I had been able to see this video then, I would probably have chosen to go and of course, since I love Michael Jackson, I cannot help asking myself why I did not buy tickets because it turns out I missed a spectacular event.

Anyway, in case you are unsure of what to expect from this collaboration, I would like to share a video look into what the Cirque du Soleil put together in the form of Michael Jackson's Immortal World Tour.



A friend who attended the Ottawa Cirque du Soleil event said that it was just like being at a Michael Jackson concert, with perhaps only Michael missing.

The local newspaper, the Ottawa Citizen, said, "My guess is that Michael Jackson would approve."

Nice to know that, as is typical with Cirque, there is an album available called simply, Michael Jackson's Immortal.  It contains 40 of Michael Jackson's songs, reworked for the performance, and it will be released on November 21, 2011. You can pre-order it from Amazon by clicking right here.

What do you think? Did you go? Will you go? Do you like Michael Jackson?

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at the movies!
Brenda

More Michael Jackson:

Michael Jackson's This Is It Blu-ray Review.
Rare Michael Jackson Videos.
Michael Jackson The Experience.
Pre-order the Immortal CD from Amazon.

You Can Buy Hallmark's The Night Before The Night Before Christmas DVD

If you were unable to watch Hallmark's The Night Before The Night Before Christmas or if you loved it, you will be glad to know that it is available on DVD now.

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas first aired on November 20, 2010, and was released on October 11, 2011. Starring Jennifer Beals and Rick Roberts, it is a family friendly Christmas movie.

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Brenda




Quick Links:

Read more about The Night Before The Night Before Christmas and watch the movie trailer here.
Order your copy of The Night Before The Night Before Christmas from Amazon.

The Thin Red Line Blu-ray Movie Review


The Thin Red Line is a Terrence Malick movie that was produced in 1998. It is an adaptation of the 1962 book by James Jones about the WWII battle for Guadalcanal. It was a big-budget movie but also a philosophical one starring Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Woody Harrelson, Adrian Brody, George Clooney and John Cusack. Some consider it to be one of the best war movies.


Amazon customer D. Litton said, "Even those not partial to war films may favor the grandeur and spectacle of The Thin Red Line. A stirring war epic and an intense journey into the mind are swirled into an engrossing movie that tugs at the heartstrings with such a grip you have no choice but to go along with it."

The blu-ray release? Well, it was one of the best blu-ray movie releases of 2010.

DVD Talk praised the blu-ray disc saying that it was jaw-dropping and had great technical qualities.

Blu-ray.com said that the film has been reproduced extremely well on blu-ray disc and that it has great new special features. They declared it VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Finally, DVD Verdict says that Criterion did a very good blu-ray release and that it is "almost certainly their pick for Blu-ray of the year."

What do you think? Have you seen The Thin Red Line?

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Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of The Thin Red Line from Amazon.
Discover The Best Blu-ray Discs Ever.
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