Ed Sheeran & Macklemore on Sesame Street

I have always been impressed by the quality of guests that Sesame Street persuades to be on their television programs. Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Feist are but a tiny sampling of the names that have appeared on the program.

Very recently Billboard released a video featuring bits of the upcoming Sesame Street spots with Ed Sheeran and Macklemore.  Seeing today's pop culture shared in the Sesame Street format is a lot of fun and I love the talent that Sesame Street uses to parody many popular songs in a child-friendly manner.

However, did you know that Sesame Street does not actually have to persuade celebrities to appear on their programming? That in fact, many celebrities often come knocking at Sesame Street's door ASKING to appear on the program? That really says something about Sesame Street, don't you think? I'm so glad Sesame Street embraces those requests!

Here's the sneak preview of the Ed Sheeran and Macklemore spots. However, if you are interested in watching the actual segments, you will have to tune into Sesame Street for the September 2014 season when they are scheduled to appear.

See you
on the Street!

Catching Fire Soundtrack

Catching Fire Soundtrac
Here's the perfect gift for a Hunger Games fan for 2013.  It's the brand new Catching Fire soundtrack

You won't hear all these songs in the movie but the album was clearly put together to evoke the feeling of The Hunger Games. 

Not only has it been made to relate to the movie but it also includes many of today's popular singers. 

Here's a track list, which includes a variety of artists that you will recognize:

Atlas - Coldplay
Silhouettes - Of Monsters and Men
Elastic Heart - Sia ft. The Weeknd & Diplo
Lean - The National
We Remain - Christina Aguilera
Devil May Cry - The Weeknd
Who We Are - Imagine Dragons
Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Lorde
Gale Song - The Lumineers
Mirror - Ellie Goulding
Capital Letter - Patti Smith
Shooting Arrows At The Sky - Santigold

The Deluxe Edition also includes these tracks:

Place For Us - Mikky Ekko
Lights - Phantogram
Angel On Fire - Antony and the Johnsons

You can watch this television spot to hear Coldplay's Atlas, the lead single from the album:

Youtube reviewers the Consequence of Sound called the album "a nice curation." My local paper, the Ottawa Citizen, gave it a very strong four stars and said that the clear victors on this record are the fans.  The Celebrity Cafe seemed to say what many others have said, when they confirmed that "the feeling of this soundtrack compliments the passionate storytelling" and scored it a resounding 5 out of 5. 

What do you think? Will you be adding the Catching Fire soundtrack to your collection?

See you
at the arena!

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Read more about the Catching Fire soundtrack on Amazon.
Find more The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gift ideas.

What is the Disney Planes Release Date For Blu-ray Disc & DVD?

Did you miss it? I almost did! I just discovered that Disney Planes was released TODAY, November 19, 2013, which means it is timed perfectly for Christmas gift giving this year.

Take a look at the blu-ray release through this sneak peek:

Of course, Amazon has the movie available in various packages including a two disc blu-ray, DVD and digital copy like the one shown here on this page, a one-disc DVD and even an option to watch it instantly on Amazon Instant Video, all of which you can see by clicking right here.

If you are considering giving Planes as a gift this holiday season to a little boy in your life, why not create a Disney Planes gift set? We like the idea of adding an inexpensive Disney Planes book, Fisher-Price's Shake and Go Dusty Crophopper plane or even an Own The Sky t-shirt.  We are sure that the recipient of this movie would love receiving one of these other great Disney Planes gifts, too.

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at the movies!

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Order your copy of Disney Planes from Amazon.

Learn more about Disney's Planes.

The Sesame Street Catching Fire Parody

The Hungry Games: Catching Fur is Sesame Street's parody of the new Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire.

In this five-minute long parody, Cookieness Evereat leads her team, which of course includes Pita, through the arena.

Watch it here for yourself:

I think the video is cute but not the best parody I've ever seen, especially since you have to learn lessons to proceed through the games because in these Hungry Games you can't eat the cookie...you have to think!

What did you think?

See you
in the arena!

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Remember The Muppets Hunger Game trailer?
Discover the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire calendar.

Catching Fire Victory Tour Poster

If you are no stranger to the Hunger Games trilogy and the Catching Fire story, you will truly be able to appreciate this beautiful image of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), winners of the 74th Hunger Games, on the Victory Tour.

You will also remember what happens when Katniss forgets her flowers...

May the Odds
Be Ever In Your Favour!

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New Hunger Games Catching Fire Videos

Fans eagerly await November 22, 2013, when the second movie in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, will be released.

Meanwhile, there is a lot for us to feast our eyes on in the media and I thought I would gather a few of the great new videos that are available here on this page for you.

There are television commercials for the movie, shorter than the trailers that we have seen previously as well as television advertisements for the restaurant Subway. There is even a video about how they used Imax for the movie Catching Fire. None of the videos are long and fans will enjoy every single one of them and likely even forgive the tiny bit of overlap between them.

First, then are the two television advertisements that are being shown in advance of the release of the movie:

Next, there is the very exciting Subway advertising campaign. I think they nailed it with this Catching Fire promotion, which has me wanting to go to Subway to eat the Subway Sriracha Chicken sub as advertised in these commercials, even though I had to look up Sriracha  sauce to find out what it was. (Wikipedia tells me that Sriracha sauce is a paste of chili peppersdistilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.) I wouldn't mind winning the trip to Hawaii contest that is part of Subway's advertising campaign, either...

Finally, there is the IMAX trailer, which includes footage from the movie and live snippets with the cast, about how they incorporated used Imax.
How excited are you about the opening of Catching Fire? Are you counting the days? Have you or are you re-reading the books?

May the Odds
Be Ever In Your Favour!

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If you cannot find it at home, you can order Sriracha sauce on Amazon.
Find some great Hunger Games & Catching Fire gift ideas.

Hallmark Hall of Fame's Christmas in Conway

Christmas in Conway is the 250th Hallmark Hall of Fame movie presentation as well as this year's Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movie. As you might or might not know, Hallmark reserves the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies for a channel other than the Hallmark Channel, which is reason for celebration amongst those of us who do not receive the Hallmark Channel.

This year's movie is the story of a husband who is determined to provide his seriously ill wife with a special Christmas treat in the form of a Ferris wheel in the backyard. That news is greeted with mixed feelings by the neighbours and negatively by one in particular who wants to win the Christmas house decorating contest.

You can check out the movie for yourself in this short Youtube video:


What would you think if your neighbour wanted to erect a Ferris wheel in his or her back yard? Would you be happy or dismayed? And, more importantly, will you be tuning in on December 1st to watch Hallmark Hall of Fame's Christmas movie presentation, Christmas in Conway?

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at the movies!

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Uncover a list of this year's Hallmark Christmas movies.
Discover the best Hallmark movies ever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2014 Calendar

A post about The Hunger Games Catching Fire calendar for 2014 almost requires no words. What is not to love about this attractive 12-month wall calendar? Every fan should own one in order to enjoy the images and the characters from this popular book and movie series all year long. I love it because it is an affordable AND a practical gift idea. What do you think?

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at the movies!

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Harry Potter Spells Gone Wrong

Ever wonder what would happen if the spells used in the Harry Potter books and movies did not work?

Well wonder no more for the animators at Stoedoe Studios have prepared this short animated film called Harrey Podder: Say the Magic Word, which illustrates, with a bit of blood and gore but no swearing or sex, what they think it might have been like when the Harry Potter or Harrey Podder spells did not do exactly what was expected:


 Cute, don't you think? Or maybe you took offence?

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at the movies!

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Discover some of the best Harry Potter gift ideas.
Find more Stoedoe Studios videos.

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray & DVD Release

Mary Poppins is being released on blu-ray disc for the first time and re-released on DVD just in time for Christmas and for the exciting new Disney movie titled Saving Mr. Banks. Those of us who watched the movie Mary Poppins over the past 50 years and have fond memories of doing so will be anxiously awaiting this release.

The movie Mary Poppins won five Academy Awards when it was released in 1964, including the Oscar for Best Actress for Julie Andrews and as we all know, the movie has had tremendous staying power.

As this video trailer for the December 10, 2013, blu-ray release says, Mary Poppins is the ultimate Disney classic.

The trailer looks brilliant, don't you think? If you are a Mary Poppins' fan, this trip down memory lane will give you goosebumps. It did me!  Not only is this release ideal for existing fans but it is the perfect opportunity to introduce a classic Disney movie to the youngsters in your life.

See you
at the movies!

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Pre-order your copy of Mary Poppins on blu-ray or DVD from Amazon. As always, Amazon will protect you from price increases between now and the release date with their price guarantee and don't forget that Amazon ships orders worth $35 for free.

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