Tuesday, September 10, 2019

YESTERDAY On Digital TODAY & Giveaway

If you saw any of the commercials for the movie YESTERDAY, you had to have wanted to see it! I mean, how could you not? I grew up listening to the Beatles, and while I enjoyed them, I wasn't a crazed fan. THAT being said, this trailer for this movie sparked something in me that compelled me to have to see it! When I found out I was going to receive a copy for myself and one for a giveaway there was no way I could refuse!


Includes original musical performances not seen in theaters, an alternate opening and ending, gag reel, loads of deleted scenes and more. Bring family and friends together with The Beatles’ music inspired film Yesterday, on Digital September 10, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 24, 2019.

COME TOGETHER WITH THE UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES AND BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES BY HIMESH PATEL, LILY JAMES, KATE MCKINNON AND ED SHEERAN IN THE FEEL-GOOD COMEDY

YESTERDAY
 
INCLUDES ORIGINAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCES NOT SEEN IN THEATERS, AN ALTERNATE OPENING AND ENDING, GAG REEL, LOADS OF DELETED SCENES AND MORE

ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

"I BELIEVE IN YESTERDAY AND YOU WILL TOO'"
— MIKE REYES, CINEMABLEND
 
ONE OF THE BEST-LOVED FILMS OF THE YEAR WITH AN 89% AUDIENCE SCORE ON ROTTEN TOMATOES


Universal City, California, August 13, 2019 – Bring family and friends together with The Beatles’ music inspired film Yesterday, on Digital September 10, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 24, 2019. Jack’s life is changed forever when he discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers the music of The Beatles and must decide if he truly wants the spotlight, or if all he needs is love, after all. Filled with heart and humor from beginning to end, Yesterday on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital comes packed with exciting bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, live performances at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, an alternate opening and ending and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the charming story. Hailed as “Funny, original, and touching” (Patrick Stoner, “Flicks” WHYY-TV (PBS)), Yesterday is a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Stay in, “re-experience the Beatles' songs as if they're brand-new” (Mara Reinstein, Billboard) and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road this year with the perfect at-home movie night when you own Yesterday on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.
 
Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel; BBC’s “EastEnders”) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this romantic rock ‘n’ roll comedy from Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).
 
The soundtrack to YESTERDAY is available on digital/streaming services as well as CD from Capitol Records/Polydor Records. The album will be available on vinyl this Friday, August 16.
 
*DVD format includes over 35 minutes of bonus content

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTrA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL
  • Alternate Opening*
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Corden & Roxanne – Includes deleted performance by Himesh Patel of “Something”
    • Late for School
    • Nutters Italian Ice Cream
    • Sortisimus
    • Moscow Audience
    • Alexa
    • A Gonk
    • W Hotel
    • Jack Calls Ellie
    • Hilary in the Mirror
    • Nick and Carol
    • Hazel's Selfie
  • Gag Reel*
  • Live at Abbey Road Studios - Watch Himesh Patel perform "Yesterday", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and "Let it Be" at Abbey Road Studios.
    • "Yesterday"
    • "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
    • "Let it Be"
  • Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen* - Acting in his first major role, Ed Sheeran reflects on his experiences making the movie.
  • Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon* - Kate McKinnon shares how eager she was to play the role of "Debra Hammer" while the cast and crew reflect on the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set.
  • A Talented Duo* - Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, two of the most successful British filmmakers, team up for the first time.
  • Playing for Real* - The re-interpreting of the Beatles songs was a huge undertaking for newcomer Himesh Patel. Learn how he spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set.
  • Soul Mates* - Beyond the music and the laughs, the film is, of course, a love story. This piece looks at the relationship between Jack & Ellie and the actors playing them.
  • A Conversation with Richard & Ed* - Long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of YESTERDAY.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis
Yesterday will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack (4K Ultra HD+ Blu-ray™ + Digital). Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD will all be delivered in stunning 4K resolution.
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for 4X sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio.
    • Yesterday 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
  • Blu-ray™ delivers a pristine HD picture and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray™ and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.
* Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & Digital 

Website: http://uni.pictures/Yesterday
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/YesterdayTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yesterday
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yesterdaymovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yesterdaymovie/ #YesterdayMovie
 

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James with Ed Sheeran and Kate Mckinnon
Score By: Daniel Pemberton
Costume Designer: Liza Bracey
Editor: Jon Harris
Production Designer: Patrick Rolfe
Director of Photography: Christopher Ross ASC
Associate Producer:­ Emma Freud
Story By: Jack Barth And Richard Curtis
Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier, Liza Chasin
Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson, Bernard Bellew, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle
Screenplay By: Richard Curtis
Directed By: Danny Boyle

 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD™:Street Date: September 24, 2019
Selection Number: 61203051 (US) / 61207088 (CDN)
Layers: BD-100
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Video: 2160p UHD HDR10+/HDR10
Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:Street Date: September 24, 2019
Selection Number: 61203050 (US) / 61207083 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 1 hour 56 minutes

 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 24, 2019
Selection Number: 61203049 (US) / 61207082 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour 56 minutes

 
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
 Now you have the opportunity to win a Blu-ray/DVD of YESTERDAY!



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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Something Needs To Change By David Platt

Something Needs To Change
by David Platt
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 9780735291416

I requested to review this book because my husband is a big fan of David Platt. I haven't read any books of his, so I figured I'd give this a go. Thanks to Multnomah for sending me a review copy.

Summary:

While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it "changed the trajectory of my life." Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, "Where is God in the middle of suffering?" "What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?" and "What do I believe about eternal suffering?" Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel--to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.

My Review:

So it's funny how God works sometimes. I asked to review Something Needs to Change because of my husband. Turns out, this hit me where it counts. Can I be honest with you? I'm not a big fan of non-fiction. Heck, I'm not even a little fan of non-fiction.

This book though, I read it and soaked it all in!

I wasn't sure I was going to care for it at the start, but I was so thankful David Platt had the forethought to journal his journey. I'm also not one to highlight or dog-ear pages of a book. Probably a good thing this was an ARC (advanced readers copy).

"The question is no longer 'Whom do I need to love?' Instead, the question is now 'Who is the one who is loving?'"

Something Needs to Change has made me think of our mission trips to Peru. How I've gone down there and done good things, but did I see the needs? The spiritual needs. I think to a degree I did. Like Platt, I wondered why God allowed me to be born here in USA where there is an abundance of everything and not in a jungle sleeping on a dirt ground. Those trips have been "easy". I've liked them because they haven't taken me out of my comfort zone. And that's where this book hits me.

"There is a kind of love for God and for others that simply can't be manufactured by religious learning."

Are we , as Christians, willing to be uncomfortable for Christ? For the lost? When we go back down hopefully next year, will I be willing to say, "ok, let's do a jungle trip!"? Am I willing to see the need that those who are unreached and go? My fervent hope is that I would say, "Yes!"

"We want to make the most of this life now (we even market Christianity as the key to our best life now). But it sure seems as though Jesus's message sounds more like our best lives later. And forever."

The end of Something Needs to Change reminds me of what it's like as we prepare to come home from Lima, Peru. Fred and I joke about moving down there and Stalin and Paige encourage us to do it! I worry that when I get back I'll be lulled into a sense of complacency. Comfortable in my house with our 2 cars, enough food to feed one of the villages David's been to, and with enough clothing to give multiple pieces to each person - that's my fear.

If God calls, will I be willing to live in a remote jungle in Peru? Will I be willing to live even in Lima? What about my desire to be a hands-on grandma? My hope to move back to Minnesota where friends and family are? I'm not saying God isn't calling me to those things, I just wonder if I'll be able to hear him above the noise in my own head.

Ok, so this was more than a review. Clearly you can see that this book has caused me to be very reflective of my own life. I hope I don't stop just because I've finished the book. Go. Get. This. Book! If anything, it'll give you a new perspective. I know it's done that for me.



About the Author:

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., and he is the founder and president of Radical Inc., a global ministry that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. David previously served as the president of the International Mission Board, and he has authored several books, including RadicalRadical TogetherFollow Me, and Counter Culture. Along with his wife and kids, he lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Dear Grandchild, This Is Me

Dear Grandchild, This Is Me
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 9780525652830

I was so excited to see Dear Grandchild, This Is Me available for review thanks to WaterBrook. My step-daughter made me a grandma for the first time 15 yrs ago and again 9 yrs ago. So I'm a grandma twice over and I'm waiting somewhat impatiently for my oldest daughter to tell me one day that she and her husband are going to have a baby!

Summary:

Preserving a family legacy can feel like a daunting task, but this new keepsake journal makes it easy for grandparents to capture memories, wisdom, and stories in one beautiful package.

Being a grandparent is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dear Grandchild, This Is Me--designed for any grandmother or grandfather to complete--will allow grandparents to collect these priceless memories in one heartfelt keepsake. 

Special Features:
  *  Built-in envelopes to stash special, private letters for specific occasions in your grandchild's future.
  *  A sheet of adhesive photo corners to adhere photographs and special memories throughout. 
  *  Off-the-record questions to prompt fun stories.
  *  A family tree to track your ancestry.
  *  Space to share your favorite recipes, or those passed through the generations. 
  *  A world map to showcase your travels.

Within these pages you'll find a place to answer questions that speak to a grandchild of any age from the simple questions about favorite things to deeper questions about childhood memories, identity, and faith. This book will be a tangible way to keep a loved one close at all times.




My Review:

What an absolutely delightful book! I've always had a fascination with family history and passing on what we can to our children and grandchildren. We won't be here forever so leaving them a piece of ourselves (other than what we pour into them through relationships) through a book like this is a wonderful gift!

Since I'm early on with grand parenting, I don't know how many grandkids I'll have so having enough to give to each grandchild will be an important aspect of having Dear Grandchild, This Is Me. We don't want any grandchild to be left out. hahahaha

I really love the prompts throughout the book. There are questions that I never would've thought of so clearly someone took the time to put thought into what to ask for us to share. I mean, I never would've thought about sharing how I felt about major events in history - some I experienced and some I didn't. Actually, this would be a great book for my parents to fill out for their great-grandchildren they'll one day have.

There's also a page in each section where you can write a letter to your grandchild. Times where they're entering a new stage of life or buying their first home. What a sweet legacy to leave each of them!

I also like how the colors throughout the book follow the colors of the leaves changing on a tree. The sections go from green to brown like the path of our lives. I'll have to put some thought into the pictures I want to share with each of my grandkids. I think they'll be different in each book so that there is a menagerie for them to see in each one.

Dear Grandchild, This Is Me would make a perfect gift either for someone who is becoming a new grandparent or for Grandparents Day in September.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

September Bookstagram

I thought I'd go out on a limb and try and daily book challenge on Instagram using my bookstagram account. If you want to participate, we would love to have you. Do you have suggestions as to what we should do on a particular day? Be sure to comment on the imagine on my Instagram account. I'm open to ideas.



Be sure to save the image and share it on your account using the #InspiredBookChallenge hashtag. We look forward to seeing you participate!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

King's Shadow By Angela Hunt

King's Shadow
by Angela Hunt
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764233364

As a long time fan of Angela Hunt's, I was excited to find out the final book in her The Silent Years series was coming out. I jumped at the chance to review King's Shadow thanks to Bethany House.

Summary:

Their Lives Couldn't Be More Different,
but Their Goal Is the Same:
Survive King Herod's Rule.
Two women occupy a place in Herod's court. The first, Salome, is the king's only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she's from an inferior race, a people whom God will never accept or approve of.

The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion.

Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless--both women struggle to reach their goals and survive each day within Herod the Great's tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.

My Review:

I don't know if there's an author who can write in any genre like Angela Hunt can. The Silent Years series has been an awesome one and I'm sad to see it finish with this last book.

Can I be completely honest about something? I saw this book come up for review and just requested it without even reading what it was about. Do you have an author who you don't care what they write, you're going to read it no matter what? Yea, that's me with Angela Hunt. So when the book came. I glanced at the back of the book to get a glimpse of the story, and then dove in. I didn't realize this story was about THE Herod. Know when I realized? When I got to the end of the book. Can we all just take a moment to facepalm? Honestly!

I have to say, I appreciate the research that goes into creating stories like these. Biblical fiction is becoming one of my favorite genres! After reading this fictionalized story of Herod's reign, I have to tell you, I would never have any desire to be in a position of authority. What he went through, what his wives and children went through, as well as his extended family was just awful! I can't even imagine anyone in that time desiring power to sit on a throne.

Anyhow, we meet Salome and in turn meet her new handmaiden, Zara. Believe it or not, I started out on Salome's side. I could understand how she wanted to protect her family, especially her brother, the king. Unfortunately, that desire to protect put many in danger. Then there's also, Zara, who I had hoped we would've seen her transformation a bit more detailed, but we got to see her heart for serving her mistress.

It was very interesting watching Salome transform as a character. Starting from when she is the king's young sister up to when she's an elderly grandmother, we watch her develop and mature. Not always in a positive way, but who of us has a straight and narrow path?

Zara spends her life serving Salome. It's clear she loves Salome and Salome learns to trust her. Because Zara isn't a slave, but a servant, she's allowed more freedom than most. This allows her leave the palace and spend time with those who live and share her faith. I would've liked to have watched Zara's faith develop more. We have glimpses of it, but I wish as a reader we would've see her have that "light bulb" moment. That's just my perspective from my view of the story. Others might be completely satisfied by how her faith life unfolded.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and am sad to see the series come to an end. I felt like I was on a constant roller coaster of emotions because of all the intensity the Herodians carried. Let's just say I'm glad I wasn't part of his court or family! lol The way it ushers in the beginning of Jesus' time is fluid and gripping! Imagine being a king and knowing there are people who believe there's a king coming who will be greater than the one ruling!

I'm looking forward to reading her next set of stories about women in the New Testament.

About the Author:

The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty.Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

 
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