Monday, April 14, 2014

Maleficent opening coming soon!

This weekend, Elle Fanning stopped by Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference to share some footage from MALEFICENT. Since she plays the iconic character of Aurora, Elle took photos in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. 


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releases in theaters everywhere 
on May 30th!

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Genre:                          Action-Adventure
Rating:                          PG
U.S. Release date:        May 30, 2014
Running time:               

Cast:                            Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville
Director:                       Robert Stromberg
Producer:                      Joe Roth
Executive Producers:    Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith, Sarah Bradshaw                    
Screenplay by:              Linda Woolverton


"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.    

$1 Million to the Million Dollar Arm!!! Movie release soon!

Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest!!!

The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM, an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.


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MILLION DOLLAR ARM opens in theaters everywhere on May 16th! 


Contestants Can Test Their Fastball Skills at
Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida or
the Tribeca Family Festival in New York

Nine Finalists Will Advance to the Final Contest Held at
Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” World Premiere in Hollywood, California

Burbank, Calif.  (April 11, 2014) –Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.

Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules are available on’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at

Presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres location later that evening.

Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.” The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6.  Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.

The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.

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Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Disney’s drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.


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Roundup On The Trail at Shepherd of the Hills

Yeller Dog Productions is proud to announce that after 10 years of entertaining sell-out crowds with one of Branson's most popular and most unique Christmas shows, Christmas On The Trail, the outstanding musicians of New Trails have heard their fan’s requests, and invite you to join them in the all new Roundup On The Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show. The first thing patrons will notice as they arrive are the aromas of their meal being prepared on an authentic Chuckwagon, just like those that went up the great cattle trails of the 1800's. Then the trail hands will get them seated, and serve up a hot, hearty meal sure to stick to any cowboy or cowgirl's ribs!

The meal will consist of a big, Texas-sized plate of Slow-Smoked Texas Brisket, Maple-Smoked, Basted Turkey Breast, a big ladle of Campfire Beans, Dutch Oven Trail Taters, a Fire Roasted Ear of Corn, Cookie's Hot Rolls, Hot Dutch Oven Cobbler, and your choice of Real Cowboy Coffee, Tea, Soft Drink, or Water. Once the meal is finished, audiences will be amazed as the ranch hands of New Trails take them on a music and comedy roundup like never before!

As the name Roundup On The Trail indicates, New Trails will roundup a variety of musical styles, from their origins across the ocean, to the trails that headed west, and all stops in between.  They'll also celebrate not only the authentic roots of the great American Cowboy in song and verse, but also make toes tap with plenty of high-energy music, performed by world-class instrumentalists, and trace the influences of our roots in some of the most popular music of today!  New Trails can play it all, with a wide variety of musical styles, harmonies, instrumentations, and range, from the Old West to Western Swing, and from the Old Country to New Country.  Audiences are encouraged to do a little “boot scootin’,” if they are moved by the music, and there’s sure to be some musical surprises along the way, and shows will always take a trip down the gospel trails.

Audiences will laugh like never before, as they are invited to come right inside the bunkhouse, and join the playful banter of a bunch of cowboys as they amuse the audience and each other with hilarious stories and cowboy poetry, as well as zany antics that could only happen on the trail!  It’ll be a time of great food, great fun, great talent, and great music, and patrons won’t just spectate, they’ll participate!

The dinner bell will ring at 4:45 PM, and the show starts at 5:30 PM, year ‘round, and the shows will be at the home of the wildly popular Christmas On The Trail Show, the Pavilion Theatre, at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead.  This will allow the ten year relationship between the Snadon Family, The Shepherd of the Hills, and Christmas on the Trail to go forward and expand into a season long entertainment/dinner experience.



The Power of a Half Hour, book review

 The Power of a Half Hour
Take Back your Live, Thirty Minutes at a Time
By:  Tommy Barnett

When I was given the opportunity to review The Power of a Half Hour, by Tommy Barnett, I jumped at the chance!  You see, I grew up in Phoenix First Assembly of God with Pastor Barnett as my pastor.  In fact, I was friends with his sons Matthew and Luke and I was baptized by Pastor Barnett when I was 18 years old.  The  youth pastor at that time was Pastor Brad.....and I felt that Phoenix First was my home away from home.  For those of you who know me, and know how active I am in our church Brookside Church here in Omaha, Phoenix First is where I got my start.  Phoenix First is where I first started working in the nursery, where I first started singing in choir, where I first started my involvement in Gods church.  It all started there.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to read a book written by my childhood pastor!  First, lets see what Waterbrook Multnomah has to say about it:

About This Book

Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments. 
What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?

Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.

Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.  In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

·         Purpose and values
·         Personal goals
·         Faith
·         Character and attitude
·         Dreams
·         Career
·         Relationships
·         Marriage and family
·         Church involvement and ministry

Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour.  Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.

Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose!
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I LOVED this book.  And not ONLY because of who wrote it, but because of the content.  First of all....I am a mother of 4 very busy children, I am a substitute teacher, I work part time at my church, and I am getting my Master's Degree in Education at Liberty University.  Having ANY spare time to read a leisure book is like trying to find water in a barren desert.  It just doesn't happen.  One of the things I loved most about this book was that each chapter is relatively short.  So, I could take a few minutes here and there to read a chapter and not feel like I left in the middle of something.  It was AWESOME!  For my life right now, I wish all books were written like that.  I literally can take 5 minutes and read a chapter easily!  It gave me a feeling of accomplishment.  I know that may sound weird to some of you...but if you only saw my calendar....ANYWAY, the points that Pastor Barnett made were so logical, and honestly probably stuff that if we sat down and thought about it, we already know.  However, it is so good to be reminded of these things.  Thirty minutes really isn't that long.  Can we give thirty minutes to God in one way or another every day, multiple times a day even?  Its not about having the time, it is about being INTENTIONAL about your time.  This Power of a Half Hour has been helping me tremendously with my Master's program.  I struggle between work, house work, school work, children's homework, and still having time for my friends and making each thirty minutes more mapped out and intentional, it actually seems like I have more time.

If you feel strapped for time to spend time with God each day or for God each day, then this is the book that you need to be reading.  This is the book that everyone needs to be reading.  I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't busy.  That intentional thirty minutes could mean a lot.  Go out and buy this book today!

*I was given a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Saturday, April 12, 2014


The Hurricane Tour!
Read on!

The Hurricane Tour is comprised of four components:
the Junior Tour, the Collegiate Tour, the Amateur Tour, and the Tour Shop (online). 
Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the Hurricane Tour administers over 150 events all 
across the country. With three different tours, golfers of any age and skill level are 
provided an opportunity to play the game.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (#HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of 
providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional 
courses in a competitive environment. The tour's vision is to provide superb hospitality 
and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, 
nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. 
Membership for the HJGT is $89.00 and players receive discounted member pricing 
at each event. Every Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event is ranked by the National 
Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) and features a chance for players to earn AJGA stars. 
The top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of Junior Tour 
tournaments, visit:

The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour (#HCGT) was founded in 2011 and is perfect for 
college-aged golfers looking to perfect their game this summer in competitive 
tournaments at great venues. Whether you are a collegiate golfer looking to practice 
during the off-season, a future college golfer looking to prepare for the upcoming 
season, or a non-college golfer that wants to compete in first-class events, the 
HCGT is the tour for you! Membership to the tour is absolutely FREE and 
provides access to all 28 tournaments this summer in 11 different states. 
Top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of 
Collegiate Tour tournaments, 

The Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour (#HAGT) was founded in 2014 with the
 intention of providing golfers of any age and skill level an opportunity to 
play exceptional courses in a competitive environment, while raising money 
to benefit the Hurricane Foundation and other charitable organizations alike. 
In order to play on the Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour, players must become 
a member for the low rate of $25. Amateurs (men, women and seniors) will 
compete in one of 10 flights based on their handicap, gender, and age. 
Senior Flights are for players that have turned 50 years old by May 17, 2014. 
Every tournament on the 2014 schedule will have a unique "Major Championship" 
feel to it. A special feature of the Amateur Tour is the "19th Hole Dinner," 
where players will have the opportunity to win raffles, giveaways, and silent 
auctions. The top 3 finishers in every flight will compete for the $2,000 total 
prize purse regardless of field size at the tournament. The payouts will be in 
form of gift cards to the Hurricane Tour Shop. For a complete list of Amateur 

Lastly, the online Hurricane Tour Shop was created in 2013 for the purpose of 
offering golfers of all ages the newest trends in golf apparel, equipment and 
accessories at PREFERRED PRICING.

Disneynature’s BEARS 
opens in theaters everywhere 
on April 18th! 

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Genre:                                                  True Life Adventure
Rating:                                                  G                                 
U.S. Release Date:                                April 18, 2014

Directors:                                              Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Co-Director:                                          Adam Chapman
Producers:                                            Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman
Narrator:                                               John C. Reilly
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  

Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

·       “Bears” is the fifth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
·       The first four releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top five highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time. 
·       Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958).  The films earned eight Academy Awards®. 


“I hadn’t been to the Alaska Peninsula before, so flying to
the site in the Cessna—which of course reminded me of all the travel I did
in Africa in those little planes—was just incredible. Flying over the volcanoes, looking down at the ocean, seeing the islands and the spread of the land that was so wild and so uninhabited for many miles was really exciting. It gave me a feeling that I don’t often have these days.”

~ Dr. Jane Goodall, Disneynature Ambassador

“Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska. “Bears are a symbol of North America,” says director Alastair Fothergill. “We want to take audiences to one of the most beautiful places in the world—an area people hope to visit, but never do. Now they can see Alaska through the eyes of a mother bear and her cubs.”

“The brown bear is strong and intelligent, gentle and incredibly social,” adds director Keith Scholey. “And unlike any other animal, they hold a special place in our hearts—we all had a teddy bear growing up. Bears are perfect for storytelling.”

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s upcoming True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food— ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf.

Filmmakers hope to show moviegoers the true dynamic of the brown bear. Says Scholey, “A lot of people think that we’re crazy to film bears on location in such a remote area. But these animals don’t deserve the reputation they have. They are not out to hurt people. They are big, powerful animals with a remarkably gentle nature. We never felt threatened by the bears.”

“We were able to capture incredible footage of this mother’s plight to feed her cubs,” says Fothergill. “It’s a terrible dilemma she faces—wherever there’s food, there’s danger. And when she’s able to find refuge, there’s not much food. Every parent can relate to her struggle in a way. We all face tough choices every day and sometimes just have to hope we’re doing what’s best.”

Narrator John C. Reilly agrees. “I remember going to New York City for the first time with little kids. It might as well have been bears on the street. I can absolutely relate to the protective feelings a mother bear gets when looking after little ones.”

Reilly, who lent his voice to Ralph in Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” returned to the recording studio for “Bears.” “With these bears,” he says, “it almost looks like there's a person inside—the way that they move, relax, play and eat. They enjoy themselves. They take big naps after Thanksgiving dinner like my whole family does.”

“Disneynature’s film ‘African Cats’ was a big drama with a lot of action and big characters,” says Scholey. “And ‘Chimpanzee’ was a far gentler film that was often very funny. What we love about ‘Bears’ is that it’s really the best of both worlds.”

“Bears” is directed by Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Scholey (“African Cats”), co-directed by Chapman (“North America,” “Big Cat Diary”) and produced by Scholey and Chapman. With music by George Fenton (“Gandhi”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

SEE “BEARS,” PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system. “We can’t wait to share these bears’ fascinating behaviors and innate curiosity as they navigate a beautiful but challenging world,” says Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios. “We are committed to protecting the environment and inspiring Disneynature fans to take part in conservation by joining forces with organizations like the National Park Foundation to preserve the natural world.”