Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA Now Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and On-Demand!

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Last winter I was on a Disney press trip to LA when a last-minute item was added to the agenda: an early screening of Disney’s McFarland, USA.

In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles.

This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school.

Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change.

Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream. 

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I thought McFarland, USA was wonderful when I watched it back then. You can read my McFarland, USA review to get my take on it.

I’m self-aware enough to know that I tend to get extra enthusiastic when I’m one of the first to know or see something. I love being “in the know”! While I knew that I did love and appreciate the movie, I definitely wanted others to see it and tell me their thoughts.

Soon after McFarland, USA was in theaters, my husband saw the movie with my brother-in-law, four nephews and one niece (ages between 9 and 15).

They all came home raving about how great the movie was. My brother-in-law, a former cross-country runner, absolutely loved it. He actually just mentioned the movie again last weekend!

My feelings? Validated :)

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Here’s an excerpt from my original review of McFarland, USA:

Is “McFarland, USA” ok for kids? 

The short answer is, ABSOLUTELY! There is so much good in this movie that kids should see, and the story is something the whole family will love. 

Like most “sports” movies that I like (see my Million Dollar Arm review for all my feelings on that!) “McFarland, USA” really isn’t a movie about running. It’s the story of how a group of boys became a team, how a man became a coach and how a family found its home.

Simply put, McFarland, USA is packed with heart, tenacity and inspiration from start to finish. 

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The Blu-Ray, Digital HD & SD and Disney Movies Anywhere versions of McFarland, USA come with the following bonus features:

  • McFarland Reflections
  • Juntos music video by Juanes
  • Inspiring McFarland
  • Deleted and extended scenes

Disney’s McFarland, USA was just released in several different formats:

Disclosure: I received my own copy of “Disney’s McFarland, USA” to facilitate this review.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON: Printable Coloring Sheets and a DVD Giveaway!

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MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON is now on DVD and I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!

Please check out my Minnie’s Pet Salon review to find out why I love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and see how cute the DVD is!

Minnie’s sparkling new pet salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star pet show.

With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show.

With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Everyone should enter the DVD giveaway below, but even if you don’t win the DVD you can still get this great Disney freebie!

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Click on the image above to get your free Mickey Mouse Clubhouse printable coloring and activity sheets!

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One lucky reader will win Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD. You can visit the Minnie’s Pet Salon product page to learn more about the DVD.

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This Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon giveaway ends on June 14, 2015.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON Now on DVD!

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As a mom, I’ve always appreciated the social and educational messages from all the series that are shown on the Disney Junior network, but Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has a special place in my heart.

It’s no secret that I love Disney, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been such a wonderful show to introduce my own kids to the magic of Mickey, Minnie and the gang over the past few years.

In addition to the introduction to the key Disney players, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a lively and engaging show that doesn’t have the borderline wild and frantic feel that some other cartoons seem to have. This was very important to me when my kids were younger. Now that they’re older, I appreciate it for my own viewing pleasure!

Further, I think the three main themes in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are friendship, problem-solving and mathematics. Is there any parent who doesn’t love all three of those?

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Minnie’s Pet Salon is the newest Disney DVD from the series, and it’s even cuter than I imagined it would be!

Minnie’s sparkling new pet salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star pet show.

With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show.

With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

I was extra-happy to review Minnie’s Pet Salon because Disney offered us a fun gift to make our first viewing of the DVD even more exciting: a Pampered Pet viewing kit for my kids to enjoy!

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The Pampered Pet viewing kit included the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD and Disney Store’s Minnie Mouse Popstar Pet Carrier. It arrived on the same day Piper contracted a case of pinkeye so it was an excellent way to boost her out of her sad state!

The Minnie Mouse Popstar Pet Carrier is adorable:

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I think the mouse ears on the handle really put the cuteness factor over the top!

Check out this clip from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon. My son absolutely loves this part!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD has a suggested list price of $20, but right now it’s on sale for $12.97 That’s 35% off!

Buy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD today

Exclusive: Raffey Cassidy on the Secret of Athena’s Blue Dress in Tomorrowland! #TomorrowlandEvent

raffey cassidy interviewPhoto credit: Louise Bishop, Momstart.com

There are times in my life when I realize how shallow I am.

Example: when Raffey Cassidy (who plays Athena in Disney’s Tomorrowland) walked into our Tomorrowland interview with a huge smile on her face, I should have been thinking, Wow! This girl is so young and so talented! I can’t wait to hear what she has to say. 

Instead, Shallow Marybeth was thinking, Heavens this girl is adorable! How is her hair done? I want to do my hair like that! and I love her jacket. I’d kill for that jacket! 

Thankfully, Raffey Cassidy is the whole package: intelligent, witty, talented, cute and personable. I actually couldn’t dwell on her hair or her clothes because I was fully immersed in what she was saying.

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Exclusive: Tomorrowland Spoilers, Set Details Straight from George Clooney! #TomorrowlandEvent

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Surprise! Since I didn’t want to include any Tomorrowland spoilers in my George Clooney interview that was published before the movie was released, I couldn’t share everything I wanted to in my first post.  Now that Tomorrowland is in theaters, all bets are off :)

To be fair, the only real Tomorrowland spoiler is in the last part of this article, and I’ve provided a very obvious warning before it. That way, you can still get lots of George Clooney goodness before you stop reading.

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Be sure to check out my parent’s review of Tomorrowland and the rest of my interviews and articles to get all the details on my Tomorrowland press trip:

George Clooney Interview Part 2

 

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I really loved how your character interacted with  Raffey Cassidy and Britt Robertson. I just thought everything was so sweet between all three of you. What was it like working with such young and talented actors? 

I didn’t like them. I’ll say that much. [Laughing] We can say nice things now, but the truth is I don’t care for them. [More laughing]

First of all, Britt is fantastic. Her career is at the very beginning and it’s going t obe really fun.

Raffey is spectacular and she was just 12 at the time. She’s way too talented for her age, and sweet and funny.

[Frank Walker, Clooney’s character in “Tomorrowland”] is a fun part for me because, if you’d seen me speaking to a 12 year old the way I speak to [Raffey Cassidy’s character]  at the grocery store, you’d call child services.

I’m like, “Who gets to yell at a 12 year old?” In the movies it’s so fun because they’re set up in a way that we’re a little family of three. [Athena] is the adult and Britt and I are the two kids, arguing and bickering all the time.

They were fantastic and I think they’re having a really fun time with this. That’s how it’s supposed to be. 

When I work with younger actors, I always have to try to remind them that this is the fun kind of job that most people don’t get to do.

If you get to be an actor and work, and somebody pays you for it, you’ve caught the brass ring, and it’s just fun. 

The thing is [Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy] really do dig acting and they’re having fun, which is really a good time. 

What was your favorite fun memory when filming Tomorrowland?

I don’t remember much of it. I was drunk most of the time!  [Laughing]

There were a lot of moments because it wasn’t all done to green screen. They were nice enough to build a lot of these sets where I actually got to play in them. 

The most fun we had were the driving sequences. We were being towed but Raffey is driving and I keep having to teach her to keep looking at the road. [laughs]

It was fun because there was no technology. There was nothing. It was just old fashioned. Three people sitting in a truck for five days. Arguing and doing fun stuff. That’s really fun for actors because you don’t have to do any make believe. It’s all right there. 

It was also fun doing the stuff like shoving all those packs of powder down [Britt’s] throat. We must have done 30 takes. Every time, she’d be like, “Not the whole pack!” and I was like, “Yeah! So much sugar in it!”

george clooney tomorrowland interviewImage credit: Louise Bishop, momstart.com

Did Britt really drink all those bottles of Coke?

Yeah. In fairness, Brad [Bird] was kind enough to only do it three times. 

But Britt downs two Cokes in the Take. I was just sitting there going, “She’s going to explode.” But she did it. 

I remember when I was doing The Descendants and we had this little girl, she played my youngest daughter in the film. We did a scene where she gets to eat ice cream. She had never acted in a movie before and she just starts pounding the ice cream. 

They’re just sitting there watching her. By Take 9, she literally was like, “uuugh…”

TOMORROWLAND SPOILER BELOW!!

Were there any scenes that were emotionally hard for you to film? 

Emotionally hard, no. Because I find movies in general…it’s not really something honestly terrible has happened. It’s still make believe. 

There’s a moment where I have to let Raffey’s character go. I did find that it was a tricky scene. 

We’d shot it once and she kind of clicks out, but her eyes are still open and I drop her. It literally feels like I’m murdering her. It really does. It was odd. Watching it, it was so disturbing. It was really awful. 

We went back and re-did it where she completely goes out, because otherwise it really felt horrible. 

There’s all kinds of weird balances in Tomorrowland. My relationship with Athena…we’re walking a very thin line there. It’s a constant thing, like, let’s walk very carefully through these things. 

Thankfully, Brad [Bird] is Brad and he’s really good at what he does. He made it much simpler. 

Disney’s Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy is in theaters everywhere! 

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Check out the Tomorrowland trailer here:

Visit the official Tomorrowland site, get your tickets to see Tomorrowland in theaters and follow the movie news on these social media channels: 

Disclosure: Disney flew me to Los Angeles to participate in this press junket and other events related to the promotion of Tomorrowland. 

STRANGE MAGIC by LucasFilms on DVD: Printable Coloring Sheets and a Giveaway!

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STRANGE MAGIC by LucasFilms is now on DVD and I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!

Be sure to check out my Strange Magic review to get my take on the movie, along with the reactions of my husband and my kids!

In celebration of the recent DVD release, I also have some fun Strange Magic printable activity sheets. There’s a fun maze, games and more!

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One lucky reader will win Strange Magic on DVD! You can visit the Strange Magic product page to learn more about the movie.

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Strange Magic DVD Giveaway

This Strange Magic DVD giveaway ends on June 7, 2015.