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Watch the first teaser for Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh movie

In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remembers the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie-the-Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” will be released nationwide August 3, 2018.

Subaru Of America Debuts Limited Edition Models To Commemorate 50Th Anniversary

Subaru 50th
Photo Credit: Tom Smith

Unlike other Japanese automakers, Subaru needed only a few years since it established itself as a company to start selling cars in the United States. Founded in 1953, Subaru crossed the pond to North America in 1968, when Subaru of America was born in Balboa Park, California. That’s an impressive feat and it’s not surprising that the carmaker is celebrating its 50th American anniversary with limited-edition versions for all its cars. Launched at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show the limited edition models are based on a high-level trim and come in an all-new exclusive color with unique badging and exterior and interior accents. 

Subaru 50th
Photo Credit: Tom Smith

The Anniversary editions celebrate the company’s 50 years in the United States and are immediately recognizable by the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior color; satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. They are further distinguished by unique alloy wheels (excludes BRZ). The exterior side mirrors are also finished in satin chrome (excludes BRZ, WRX, and STI). The cabin in each vehicle features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each of these commemorative models is based on a high-level trim with an extensive list of standard features. All models are on sale now at retailers across the country.

Production quantities will be limited to 1,050 for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, while WRX, STI and BRZ will have a combined total of 1,050.


Subaru 360
Photo Credit: Tom Smith

Take a walk through Subaru’s history at the Chicago Auto Show and see the Subaru 360 that debuted in 1968

Subaru introduced the 360 as an inexpensive yet distinctive economy car: “Cheap and Ugly.” Powered by a two-stroke engine, the Subaru 360 claims 66.3 mpg and sells for $1,297. It was $300 cheaper than the similar-looking Volkswagen Beetle and was 1,000 pounds lighter.

Learn More about Subaru’s history at https://www.subaru.com/company/50years

Stay Connected with the official app for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show mobile app is designed to be your digital show guide. With an easy-to-navigate interface and innovative functions, fans can now stay connected to the show while on the go. The Chicago Auto Show is committed to providing fans the best possible experience both in person and online, and the mobile app showcases the show’s ongoing goal to connect with its consumers.

This year, two significant changes to the app make it more appealing than ever to utilize. First, simply downloading the app allows users to register to win $20,000 toward the lease or purchase of a new Buick Envision or GMC Acadia.* Second, the app connects with low-energy scanning kiosks and Bluetooth beacons on the show floor that are designed to share content with attendees on demand, making their experience more interactive.

The all-new Chicago Auto Show mobile app provides everything fans need to know about the show – right at their fingertips – including:

  • On-demand, daily schedule of events
  • Detailed map of manufacturer exhibits on the show floor
  • Comprehensive lists of vehicles on display
  • Interactive videos
  • Chicago Auto Show Blog posts
  • Aggregated social media feeds with real-time news updates and sharing capabilities
  • Fans can download the Chicago Auto Show mobile app through the App Store or Google Play.*


Here are direct download links:

iOS:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2014-chicago-auto-show-official/id591509356?ls=1&mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cata.chicagoauto

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*App not available on all devices, click here for contest rules and other entry options.

 

Minnie Mouse will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of El Capitan Theatre.

“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”

In 2018, Minnie Mouse will mark her incredible 90th Anniversary in entertainment, a rare accomplishment in the industry. It is the perfect time for Minnie to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join other Disney characters: Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and, of course, Mickey Mouse, who received his star in 1978 in recognition of his 50th Anniversary at that time.

Minnie made her debut in the Disney classic, Steamboat Willie, and she instantly became America’s sweetheart. For decades, Minnie has delighted generations of fans with her fun-loving, independent personality and timeless style. Her ability to embody a sense of both old Hollywood elegance and grace, combined with girl-next-door charm established Minnie as one of the most beloved animated characters around the world.

A renowned veteran with more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood’s most prolific stars. Since the late 1920s, she’s had starring roles and has performed in a number of period pieces, costume dramas, and TV shows.

Minnie is also a long-standing fashion icon. She has served as a muse for designers, inspiring new fashion collections, and has appeared in magazines and runway shows in New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Her classic polka dot look has been reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive current trends. From her early pill-box flower hat, which has inspired ladies’ hat trends, to her famous bow and ears, Minnie has been looked to for style inspiration since her inception.

In addition to the glitz and glamour, Minnie is civic-minded and has used her talent and celebrity to support causes that affect countless communities in positive ways. In 2016 and 2017, Minnie was well represented by Disney fans and social media users who participated in #ShareYourEars campaigns that resulted in $4-million in donations benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Culinary Fight Club Closed 2017 With A Bang!

Culinary Fight Club put down another great fight with the Sips and Bits edition!

What can a professional Chef and mixologist whip up with Woodford Reserve Bourbon??

Talk about scrumptious foodie samplings with top notch cocktails. On December 21st I was invited to attend the conclusion of the Culinary Fight Club’s 2017 Competitions! 

Culinary Fight Club hosts live cooking competitions. No two events are the same. The teams of cooks race for 45 seconds to choose 15 ingredients from the pantry of food provided by Reinhart Foodservice.

Once the ingredients are collected, each team has 60 minutes to construct a dish that depicts their take on this month’s theme sip and bite. Once the timer hit 60 minutes, the audience members and judges sample and vote on a winning dish.

The most amazing part about Culinary Fight Club is they partnered with the non-profit Fight2Feed, which normally 20% of proceeds are donated but in December 100% of ticket sales are donated. This is an organization that partners with top restaurants and food trucks to provide service and support or hungry friends. 


AND THE WINNER IS …….

Congratulations to Chef Stefano Roman of PR Italian Bistro for winning both the tasters’s choice and judges vote with his pork loin and Cinnamon Apple Cocktail.

 

The Winning Moment!


 Scroll on through and see all the Bites the other chefs created.

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When and Where is the next one?

The location changes every month, Check here to find out and get your tickets! Don’t forget to like Culinary Fight Club on Facebook and follow on Twitter to be sure you’re getting all the latest information!

Here’s the first full trailer for coming out movie Love, Simon

“My name’s Simon, and I’m just like you – except I have one huge-ass secret… Nobody knows I’m gay.”

Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is getting a big screen adaptation from Greg Berlanti, the producer behind hit shows Arrow, Riverdale and Flash.

The movie will be retitled Love, Simon for its March 2018 release, and stars Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson in the title role.

 

In this first trailer we see Simon come to terms with his sexuality, while navigating teen life at high school.

Oh and his friends having to come out to their parents as straight at the end of the trailer hits the nail on the head.

“Everyone deserves a great love story. But for 17-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online,” a synopsis reads.

Greg Berlanti recently teased that the film will have some powerful scenes, with the two romantic leads being guys – something that is rarely seen in a mainstream Hollywood romcom.

“In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.”

 

Love, Simon will be in cinemas from 16 March.

 

NEW TRAILER – A WRINKLE IN TIME

Check out the all-new trailer for A WRINKLE IN TIME that opens in theaters everywhere March 9th, 2018!

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s
transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

 

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Family Fun ~ Pixar COCO

Disney Pixar Coco Activities and Coloring pages for kids of all ages. You can print or download them to color and offer them to your family and friends. The coloring pages will help your child to focus on details while being relaxed and comfortable. Click on the image to enlarge or Click here to download them as a PDF

Coco Activities

 

Coco Coloring Sheets 

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Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pan de Muerto

(Servings:6)

What You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet of yeast

Glaze

  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of beetroot sugar
  • Natural food coloring (varied)

How To Make It

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of flour, aniseed, applesauce, bananas, and maple syrup.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine water, eggs, and orange zest. Pour into dough mixture, adding an additional 1/3 cup of flour and whisking to combine.
  3. Add another 1/3 cup of flour, along with packet of yeast, and combine with a whisk.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour, and stir with a wooden spoon (dough will start to thicken).
  5. Cover bowl with a dampened towel and let sit to rise for one hour.
  6. Sprinkle flour on your hands, and form 6 balls of dough, setting them on a baking sheet.
  7. Save about 1/5 of the dough, using the remaining dough to form a criss-cross shape on top of each loaf.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for another 45 minutes. 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. While cooling, make a glaze by combining maple syrup and orange juice in a small saucepan. Heat the glaze in a saucepan until completely combined and simmering.Use a brusher to glaze the Pan de Muerto, and finish off with a sprinkle of beetroot sugar to serve.

Hot Chocolate

(Servings:2)

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Garnish Cinnamon stick, star anise, and sprinkle with cinnamon

How To Make It

  1. Place milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add in cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and whisk again.
  4. Continue to heat on medium until the hot chocolate becomes fragrant.
  5. Serve with garnishes and enjoy!

 
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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – Fun Facts

THEM BONES – Filmmakers included subtle nods to the skeleton residents in the Land of
the Dead. For example, the cobblestone streets feature some bone-shaped paving stones.

CHANGE OF PLANTS – Artists at Pixar Animation Studios like to add vegetation—grass,
trees, bushes—to exterior environments. But “Coco” filmmakers felt the Land of the Dead
should be different. The only living plants in the vibrant fantastical world are marigolds.

  • Filmmakers learned during their research trips to Mexico that the color and aroma of
    marigold petals are believed to help guide the spirit of a family’s loved one home
    during Día de Muertos.

RECYCLED – Miguel’s loyal canine companion Dante is a Xolo dog—short for
Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico whose origins are deeply rooted in
Mesoamerican civilization. The Xolo was regarded as the representative on Earth of the
Aztec god Xolotl, the god of fire and lightning. Nearly hairless, Xolo’s also often have
missing teeth and for that reason, their tongue naturally hangs out. Filmmakers wanted to
include this into Dante’s design and have his tongue behave like a character itself. To
achieve the look, they borrowed the rig used in “Finding Dory” for “septopus” Hank’s
dynamic tentacles.

  • Filmmakers invited local Xolo dogs to Pixar so artists could interact with the lovable
    dogs and study their anatomy.
  • Xoloitzcuintli comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.
  • Archaeological evidence found in the tombs of Aztec Indians, among others,
    indicates the breed may go as far back as 3,500 years.
  • Many consider Xolo dogs to have healing abilities.
    PULLING STRINGS – In “Coco,” Miguel recycles an old guitar, patching it up and painting
    it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar. But filmmakers knew that if they assigned
    an adult artist to do the design, it wouldn’t look right. Director Lee Unkrich called on his son
    to tackle the project and create the recycled guitar’s design.
  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped
    musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators
    reference footage.
  • Ernesto has an ofrenda room in his grand tower in the Land of the Dead where he
    keeps all of the offerings people have given him over the years. There are giant
    spirals of guitars and other instruments among the gifts.

HIT THE RIGHT NOTE – Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that
enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings.

A LEG UP – When Miguel and Héctor pay a visit to Chicharrón in hopes of borrowing his
guitar, it becomes clear that it’s not the first time Héctor has borrowed from his friend.
Chicharrón sports a pipe where his femur once was—a bone forever loaned to Héctor.

  • Chicharrón is the least remembered character in the Land of the Dead. Artists
    wanted to showcase the effects of being forgotten: his face has more chips and
    grooves and his bones are much looser and more weathered than his counterparts.

CLOTHES MAKE THE CROWD – More than 500 pieces of clothing were made to dress
the crowd characters—from the residents of Santa Cecilia to the skeleton-attendees of
Ernesto de la Cruz’s party in the Land of the Dead. Pixar artists spent time drawing in life
sessions with Mexican folkloric dancers. Artists shaded, shaped and combined the 500
individual pieces in a variety of ways to outfit thousands of crowd characters.

CHIN UP – Character artists spend months finding the right look for each character. And
because Ernesto de la Cruz is a larger-than-life character known around the world, they
wanted to give him identifiable attributes, including a cleft in his chin—visible in both the
living and dead versions of the character.

  • Artists gave the character a distinctive curl of hair that falls across his forehead.
  • He sports a pencil-thin mustache, which was common in the era Ernesto was
    popular.
  • Ernesto wears all white in the Land of the Dead. With so many vibrant colors
    surrounding him, it helped ensure that Ernesto would be the center of attention—
    just the way he likes it. Even his bones are pristine because he’s so well
    remembered.
  • Animators gave Ernesto a bit of a swagger to showcase his celebrity status.

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