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This will drive ya crazy!

Posted April 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Anne Marie Hayes, president of a non-profit organization called Teens Learn to Drive, says that as a parent, she would not want her daughter in a vehicle with an instructor who had had his teaching licence revoked in the past three years. Folks, do ya remember “Drivers-Ed” back in high school? Well, it’s still around…………….., […]

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Street Artists Bring Out Their Inner Ninja Turtles

Posted April 15, 2014 by Sonya

Street art has gained it’s own rightful place in the world of contemporary art. We’re familiar with artists like Banksy who showcases his work around the world in public places. It’s urban art that is often fun, sometimes thought-provoking and […]

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What to See & Do: Celebrating Earth Day

Posted April 15, 2014 by Sonya

We’re counting down to Earth Day on April 22nd!  There are numerous things that kids and families can do to celebrate and appreciate our planet. Schools have designated “clean up the community” days and the roof top garden at my son’s […]

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Wicked Is Coming!

Posted April 14, 2014 by Sonya

I know a few people who are anxious to see WICKED return to the stage here in Toronto. Well, not to worry… Broadway’s biggest blockbuster hit returns to this city September 3 to November 2 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. […]

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Breaking Bad Obsession

Posted April 12, 2014 by Loukia

Anyone who knows me knows I get easily obsessed with things. I often say things like “Oh my God, you guys? I just saw the BEST movie EVER. Like, seriously. You have to go see American Hustle, because it was THE BEST.” I say things like this all the tim…

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My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection

Posted April 3, 2014 by Elizabeth

Four beloved My Little Pony films have returned to DVD in the U.S. and Canada with the My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection! The 2-disc set contains the films Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing In The Clouds, and Friends Are Never Far Away. In the highly popular Princess Promenade,Wysteria is beaming with pride! Her gardens […]
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Saving Mr. Banks Blu-Ray Review

Posted April 2, 2014 by Elizabeth

The Extraordinary, Untold True Story of the Origins of a Disney Classic Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the […]
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An Evening With Lainey Gossip

Posted April 1, 2014 by Loukia

I’ve always loved the entertainment industry and after university, I interned at Entertainment Tonight in Los Angeles. That was quite an experience—especially sitting in Mary Hart’s chair.  I’m completely fascinated with all things entertainment—movies, television shows, music, and celebrities. One of my guilty pleasures is reading magazines like In Style and US Weekly. I can’t get enough!

A couple of years ago, celebrity blogger Lainey (from www.laineygossip.com) came to Ottawa and I was invited to a special evening of gossip and fun where she schooled us all with her knowledge of the entertainment industry. She’s met everyone there is to meet, and she knows all the latest celebrity gossip. She’s always in the know, you know?

Lainey is back next week, and it’s time for me to dust off my notebook, sharpen my pencil, and put on my cutest school outfit, because I’m attending Lainey’s latest gossip’s faculty of celebrity studies—sophomore session! Lainey will also be sharing an inside look at her debut book, “Listen to the Squawking Chicken.” How fun!

This live lecture (brought to you by glaceau vitaminwater) includes cocktails and snacks, of course, so we’ll be very well-fueled while we learn about the latest celebrity gossip. Gossip, friends, and cocktails? Sign me up!

Best news? I’ve got an invite for TWO to give away to one of my fabulous celebrity obsessed readers!

The faculty of celebrity studies takes place on Monday April 7th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Once a winner is randomly selected, I’ll notify them about where the location is. (It is somewhere fabulous, I promise you that!)

If you want to make sure you’re on top of all things entertainment, catch up on your reading at www.laineygossip.com. You can also follow Lainey on Twitter at @laineygossip.

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DK March Break: Books to Keep Your Kids Happily Busy

Posted March 24, 2014 by Marilyn

We are partway through our school’s March Break and things in our house are starting to get a little loud. While my kids are not usually that quiet to begin with, the sibling squabbling is…

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Muppets Most Wanted: Movie Review

Posted March 23, 2014 by Marilyn

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted opens the very moment The Muppets ends. As the crowd disperses from their big dance number at the end of the previous film, the tumbleweeds set in and the Muppets…

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Face-Off: Book Review

Posted March 18, 2014 by Marilyn

Face-Off is the latest from Michael Betcherman, the author of the 2012 young adult novel Breakaway. Similar to Breakaway, Face-Off takes place in Vancouver with the world of hockey as its back-drop….

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The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition

Posted March 17, 2014 by Marilyn

The Jungle Book, one of the grooviest Disney movies is now available on the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition. The Jungle Book Diamond Edition Disney’s The Jungle…

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The Blacklist

Posted March 14, 2014 by Loukia

I love great television. My favourite shows include House of Cards, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Blacklist. I love shows that keep you watching and wanting more, shows that keep you on the edge of your seat, and deliver non-stop suspense and action—shows like The Blacklist. 

If you’re not already watching The Blacklist, on Global, you should start—as soon as possible! Seriously, take my word for it—you will love it. (And guys… I’m never wrong!)

The Blacklist is about Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. He mysteriously turns himself in and offers information on everyone he has ever worked with before, under one condition—that he only works with a new FBI agent, Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, played by Megan Boone.

Raymond Reddington is played by James Spader, who has been in Sex, Lies, and Videotapes, Crash, Secretary, and other great movies. Of course, I know him best as Steff from Pretty In Pink, a movie I’ve see over a hundred times.

Are you looking forward to watching The Blacklist? I’m excited for a brand-new episode on March 17th!

I’ve also got a great giveaway for fans of The Blacklist—if you’d like to win a t-shirt and mug, just leave me a comment below. (One person will win the mug and t-shirt, and I have three additional t-shirts to give away, too—good luck!)

Happy TV watching!

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All views and opinions about The Blacklist are my own. 

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The Muppets Most Wanted: Giveaway!

Posted March 12, 2014 by Loukia

Going to the movies is one of my favourite activities to do with the family, especially now that my children are older—six and eight years old—and are able to sit through an entire movie without so much as a complaint. We loved Frozen and The Lego Movie, and now we are pumped to see Muppets Most Wanted.

Muppets Most Wanted is going to be two hours of non-stop laughter, I’m sure. Tina Fey, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Stanley Tucci, Zack Galifianakis and Ricky Gervais all in one movie, along with Kermit and Miss Piggy? I’m loving it already!

Muppets Most Wanted hits theatres on March 21st, and I’ll be attending the advanced screening   next week, on March 19th. I’m also giving away THREE family four passes so you can come see the movie before everyone else, too! 

To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me who your favourite Muppets character is and you’ll be entered to win.

This giveaway is for Ottawa (and area) residents, and I’ll randomly selected winners on March 16th.

Good Luck!

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SEX-ED?

Posted March 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this will show you what a seriously CRAZY world we live in! ———– A WARNING TO YOUNG GUYS: IF YOU PICK UP A GIRL AT A BAR, OR PARTY, AND THEN HAVE SEX WITH HER, THE POLITICALLY CORRECT CROWD IS STARTING TO HINT THAT SHE MIGHT NOT BE CONSIDERED “CAPABLE” OF CONSENT ………….., YOU […]

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Quebecers bitchin’ again!

Posted March 1, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: The old saying goes that history is written by the victors. In Quebec, an addendum may be necessary that notes it is re-written by the victors of the most recent election. That’s right kids, if you thought the bitchin’ French had run out of ways to cause trouble, you’re mistaken ……………………., they have […]

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Baggage Claim Blu-Ray {Giveaway}

Posted February 24, 2014 by Marilyn

*Thanks to Think Jam and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for this giveaway and thanks to LaDawn Black for the article, “Surprising Compliments that Grab His/Her Attention”. Synopsis:…

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Canadian going to Mars?

Posted January 7, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

TORONTO — Stephen Fenech is no reluctant astronaut, even though the trip he hopes to make will take him from Earth forever. Toronto’s Fenech is now a one-percenter with the Mars One gang, a project with the goal of colonizing the fourth planet from the sun. Mars One, a not-for-profit Netherlands-based organization behind the colonization […]

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