Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' Digital and Blu-Ray Now Available




Disney's Mary Poppins Returns in now available on Digital 4k Ultra HD,  4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray and Movies Anywhere. 

Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns," the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of "Chicago," "Nine" and "Into the Woods," and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19  - with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features. 


Bonus material explores the making of "Mary Poppins Returns," going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated "The Place Where Lost Things Go," bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as "Trip a Little Light Fantastic," a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; "The Royal Doulton Music Hall" and "A Cover Is Not the Book," showcasing the tremendous talents of  Blunt and Miranda; "Turning Turtle," an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric Cousin Topsy; and "Can You Imagine That?" an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children. 


In "Mary Poppins Returns," Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) - just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane - is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary's eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack's lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) - bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.


"Mary Poppins Returns" will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector's Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both "Mary Poppins Returns" and the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins."

{Once Upon a Twilight} Celebrates 9 Years!!! - #Giveaway



NINE YEARS!!! 

Once Upon a Twilight celebrating 9 years! When I started OUaT in 2010, I don't think I ever imagined it would still be around 9 years later. Their has been so much change since then, but OUaT is still here. So I THANK YOU if you have stuck around these 9 years. Now I have a year to plan, what will OUaT's 10 year blogoversary celebration be like. Epic, is a word that comes to mind. 

I'm going to keep it short and sweet, so once again THANK YOU to everyone that has been a part of OUaT, the past 9 years. You know who you are! 

To celebrate 9 years of OUaT's evolution. This giveaway is going to feature of bit of everything that OUaT represents.

And still to this day, to think "It All Started Because of a Book!"

Giveaway details:
This giveaway will be a box of Arcs, Paperback & Hardcover Books, DVDs, Gift Cards to places like Ulta, Amazon, and Movie theater plus all kinds of swag. 

To Enter:
International (Yes, you read that right). 
Must fill out rafflecopter (you will have to do all the entries, to be eligible)



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Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame New Trailer Will Blow Our Minds!




Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME is in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

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Check Out The Spotify Playlist for #GloriaBell Film



GLORIA BELL

Directed By: Sebastián Lelio
Written By: Sebastián Lelio
Produced By: Juan De Deios Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Pablo Larraín
Starring: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistoruys, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, with Sean Astin and Holland Taylor
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Rating: R
Website: https://a24films.com/films/gloria-bell
Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited, middle-aged divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at high-end dance clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she suddenly finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of mature dating. From Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) comes a sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing.

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In Theaters, march 22, 2019

Book Review: What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon



WHAT THE WIND KNOWS
Author: Amy Harmon
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance
Released: March 1, 2019


In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I was so excited.  I will read anything she ever writes.  What the Wind Knows is a historical romance, and while I don't necessarily love historical romances, I LOVE THIS BOOK.  This is the second historical romance I have devoured from Amy Harmon.

I am completely blown away.  It is a struggle to write this review because I am at a loss for words.  The story begins with Anne Gallagher dealing with the devastating loss of her grandfather.  He is such an important person in her life that this loss leaves her completely heart broken.  Her grandfather, Eoin wants her to travel to his hometown of Ireland to spread his ashes.  So that's exactly what she does, but it is not quite the trip she had expected.

This book was such an amazing, heart wrenching book that it has absolutely left a mark on my heart, forever.  This story has made it to my list of all time favorites.  I am giving this book five stars! I AM SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS to go get this book, you will NOT be disappointed.



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About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels - the USA Today Bestsellers The Smallest Part, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.
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Miami Film Festival Interview with Lauren Cohen



I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story” a documentary directed by Jessica Leski is making its Florida premiere at the Miami Film Festival in Florida. A film dedicated to showcasing the impact of boybands on the lives of teenage girls has taken the film festival world by storm, ultimately catching the eye of Lauren Cohen, Festival Programmer at the Miami Film Festival. I chatted with Lauren on the topics touched upon in this film such as our own experiences being fangirls, Dara’s boyband theory discussed in the film and the overall influence boybands have on their generation of fans.


Hey Lauren! I understand you are the festival programmer at the Miami Film Festival. Can you walk me through the process of how you select the films that will be making their premieres?

We watch a lot of films throughout the year and from those films we find really special, we do everything we can to bring them to the Miami Film Festival. These films have to be a minimum of a Florida premiere to be shown at the festival, so everything you see at the Miami Film Festival will be at the very least the first time it will be shown anywhere in Florida and we also have a lot of world premieres or North American premieres.

I was watching this documentary and it’s right up my alley. I definitely consider myself to be a fangirl. Growing up I was definitely obsessed with my boybands and bands overall so within the first 30 seconds I was already in awe of the footage as It’s something I definitely resonate with. What made you think this would be a great film to be shown at the festival?

I had read about it and it had shown at a couple of international [film] festivals and it had such rave reviews. A lot of these festivals are very international and art house and to see a boyband documentary being shown is not the kind of thing you typically see at a lot of these film festivals. The reviews I was seeing was everyone was loving this. 

I knew this would be my kind of thing but to see these 60-year-old men reviewing it so positively, I knew this would be something special and not just something that someone like me who grew up loving The Backstreet Boys and obsessed with Twilight would be able to connect to. I requested a screener for it and like you said, within the first 30 seconds I was so charmed by it and it made me so happy - I was smiling so hard the whole time. I think this film is definitely about boybands but it’s more of what it’s like to have a fandom and what it’s like to love something when you’re growing up that in a sense it kind of defines so much of your life, even as an adult. Even when that thing is no longer popular or that present, it’s always with you. 

Yes, I completely agree! Essentially this documentary is the fascination of teens with these boybands and the strong connection they have with them during their adolescent years. Did you have a similar experience with a particular boyband?

I was definitely into The Backstreet Boys, it wasn’t to the degree of the girls in the movie, but I was really into them. I was obsessed with Nick and Brian. I went to see them last year at a concert and the crowd was really calm and the second they stepped on that stage, everyone just lost their minds. You are normal 2 seconds before and then those guys walk on stage and you’re back to your 10-year-old self. It’s literally a switch in everyone’s brain.

I really loved how the director, Jessica Leski, visually showed these cartoon fantasy scenes of the kind of dreams these fans would have featuring their favorite boyband member. I loved the scene of Nick teaching Sadia how to swim. Did you ever have these daydream fantasies?

Leonardo DiCaprio is still my celebrity crush and I’m never going to get over that! If Leo was in the same room as me, I think I would faint. I have a fantasy of meeting him, but I genuinely think I will pass out and not say anything if I ever saw him.

Was there a specific scene in the film that really resonated with you or when you realized that this film needs to be showed at this year’s festival?

I think my favorite scene in the film is when Dara, the Take That fan, would share her experiences because when she would explain things, that’s exactly how I would feel about my fandom. I knew this film was something special when she was talking about the Boyband Theory. It was funny because I’ve never seen anyone break it down that way and it was so true. I’m not an expert but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any documentary or extended media piece that tried to break down why people love boybands and what it is about their appeal. When she is standing in front of the white-board showing the number of guys, the kind of songs they sing about, the personalities found within bands – it really is a well thought out formula. That was the scene I was so charmed by that I was like, “yeah, I can’t live without this documentary not being shown at the festival.”

There is a scene in the beginning of the film where a One Direction fan says, “They aren’t even human beings- human beings cannot be that perfect,” and this overall feeling they have of having a possession over them. What are your thoughts on that, when fans get so overly protected over their idols?

You know people are hard-core fans, but you never really heard people describe things that way. I do think she was verbalizing how most of those girls feel even if they can’t figure out the words themselves. I think there is a certain kind of possessiveness where they have a hard time realizing that they are real people.

That’s one thing I really like about this documentary, I would say about 90% is very happy, positive and energetic but I do think they sprinkled a good amount of stuff that shows how it can be a little troubling. There is a moment were super-fan, Sadia, is on the BSB cruise and she takes a step back and says something along the lines of, “I’m not sure I like this version of myself on here” and how she can’t function without knowing what the boys were doing every second of the day. On paper those cruises sound like such a blast to me and I’m sure it would be so much fun, but there is also a level of where you are so hyper-focused on them to the point where I don’t know if I could enjoy myself as much as I would like.

For those people who are not in the fandom, who see these girls as irritating or completely out of touch with reality and who truly do not understand how these bands have affected teenage girls lives for the better- what do you want them to take away from this film? 

I know for fangirls this will be appealing to them, but I would love for people who don’t necessarily have a fandom or never experienced anything like this to see this documentary. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a documentary that respected and validated the feelings of young girls instead of them being considered crazy, hyper or hysterical. I feel like it’s a part of growing up, and specifically to young girls who having something like a boyband, Titanic [my obsession], or Twilight is a crucial part of growing up for so many girls. It’s your first kind of chance to find your own crush or your own taste in what you like. I want people to see it and realize that all those girls they see screaming on TV or in the streets when a celebrity is nearby, is that there is so much more behind them and the love they have for these bands than just being seen as overly emotional. 





The greatest thing about watching this documentary was the similarities I found amongst myself and the four women featured in this film. Just like Dara (Take That fan), I remembered when my parents did not let me attend a concert by one of my favorite bands and I had to see them during a reunion tour 10 years later - it was the Spice Girls. Like Elif (One Direction fan) I would get teary-eyed seeing concert footage of my favorite childhood band, S Club 7.  Susan has a massive collection of clippings featuring The Beatles, something I also have of. Sadia (The Backstreet Boys fan) had an e-mail newsletter dedicated to the boys, whereas I had a website dedicated to S Club 7.  

There is something pure and nostalgic about seeing a film cover a subject like this. It magically transported me back to when I was 7 years old at the height of boybands such as NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, LFO, 5ive, O-Town, Take That, Westlife, Youngstown, etc. For many fangirls like myself, these boybands offer an escape from reality when you’re younger, but oftentimes it can come full circle as it can influence your career path. Dara is a brand strategist, Susan is a movie producer, Elif wants to become a singer and I have worked in the entertainment field. Loving a band can be a phase to some, but it can directly influence your life. 

Do not walk but run to see I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story playing at the Miami Film Festival. Click here to buy tickets!

I’d also like to point out Lauren and I had a major discussion about Twilight and how much we both loved it and how there should be a documentary made on just the Twilight fandom as we were both hard-core fans. If you’re wondering, she is Team Jacob ;) 

DARK PHOENIX | First Trailer + Poster Released - #DarkPhoenix



This summer, the world will go dark.

20th Century Fox has released the new trailer and poster for DARK PHOENIX. The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. DARK PHOENIX is scored by composer Hans Zimmer. 

DARK PHOENIX arrives in theaters everywhere on June 7, 2019!



DARK PHOENIX
Release Date: June 7, 2019Written and Directed by: Simon KinbergProduced by: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Todd Hallowell
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain

SYNOPSIS
In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

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