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Boca Birthday Vendors: Top Picks for Your Next Party

#dailybocaavery turned 4 y’all. Cue the tears. I have resisted throwing her birthday parties up until this point because…a. they’re a lot of work, b. they typically suck for the adults, c. she hasn’t cared, etc. etc. A trip to Disney or a small family party has done the celebratory trick til now! But this year, Avery really wanted to have her own get together. I allowed her to invite five of her friends over (and their parents because, well…the kids are only 3-5 years old) for a pool party at our home. For food, we kept it simple and ordered Chick-fil-A platters and a cupcake cake from Publix. These Boca birthday vendors, however, went above and beyond to make our party great. Here’s why you need to hire them…

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MBMom’s Top Boca Birthday Vendors
  1. Sweet Memories Photography: Because I was so busy I forgot to take a single photo

I’m so relieved that I asked Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography to come take pictures at Avery’s My Little Pony/Trolls 4th Birthday Party. Avery couldn’t decide on one theme, so we went with a hybrid. Whatever. Naomi took care of capturing all of the great memories from the day…including a ton I missed. How beautiful are these photos?

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Cake by Publix

  • You can buy our giant birthday balloons through this affiliate link. They made such a statement and we were even able to re-use them!
  • The “My Little Pony Happy Birthday” sign can be purchased through this link.
  • All of the “My Little Pony” plates/cups/napkins/cutlery are available through this affiliate link.

2. Premier Bounce N Slide: Because you need the kids to work off all the sugar before you take them home

We rented a bounce house for Avery’s birthday party from Premier Bounce N Slide! Everyone loved it. Not only do they have traditional bounce houses for rent, but they also offer water slides, dry slides, obstacle courses, tents, tables, chairs and face painting! It’s a one-stop shop for parties.

3. Trusted Party Rentals: Because there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up when their favorite character shows up at home

We wrote all about the founder of Trusted Party Rentals HERE. I chose them as our costumed character vendor because they had PRINCESS POPPY! She’s from Trolls in case you didn’t know. Poppy had her own handler and arrived right on time.

MBMom Tip: Schedule your character to arrive 15 minutes before you cut the cake. You’ll have some super cute photo opps!

4. Event Yard Card: Because it’s the easiest (and cutest) way to dress up your front yard

Avery’s birthday certainly made a statement in our neighborhood with this display! You may remember me decking out my sister’s front yard when my nephew was born. 🙂 We love using Event Yard Card to celebrate special occasions.

MBMom Tip: The display is actually a rental that stays in your yard for 24 hours. You can choose any combination of colors, patterns and accessories right on their website! They currently service Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Happy 4th birthday #dailybocaavery!


Read more about Boca birthday parties:

Boca Raton Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide

Boca Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide Part II

Boca Raton Tennis Birthday Party Theme


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5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating in 2017

It’s a good thing Disney has an amazing coffee partner because this mama needs a constant dose of caffeine to keep up with everything the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

(HELLO- have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee yet?! It’s not all about Starbucks, people!)

As you may have read in our Disney Cruise post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn. We were also filled in on many of the exciting developments (some even secret at the time) happening at Disney in 2017.

We already covered a few of them HERE and HERE if you want to check them out. 🙂

For the rest, we’ve narrowed down the major excitement to 5 top items. Some of which are happening now or REALLY, REALLY soon! Check them out:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Post-film Q&A with Producer Roy Conli
1- Disneynature Born in China- Released on April 21, 2017

We had the opportunity to screen this stunning film in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Influencers were even part of a behind-the-scenes discussion post-film with producer, Roy Conli. This is definitely something the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

Narrated by John Krasinski, “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth. You will witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.


A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, on the wings of red-crowned cranes, this film seamlessly ties the extraordinary tales together. You have to see it!


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

2- MagicBand 2 + MagicKeepers Accessories

I personally think it’s been a long time coming, but Walt Disney World is finally allowing you to take your MagicBands…and conveniently wear them in style!

With the launch of the MagicBand 2, which we got to try for ourselves during the #DisneySMMC, we found out that you can now easily remove the center disc. That allows you to place it in a keychain, pendant– you name it– to wear it how you want! Disney has dubbed these accessories: MagicKeepers. These are only a few of the design options Disney showed us during the conference:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

How will you wear your Magic Band 2?


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

3- Disney Springs

Modern Boca Mom covered the NEW, improved Disney Springs at length in this blog post, but it’s important to note that us influencers did have a few hours of fun there during our trip!

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Lovingly gazing into Lilly Pulitzer…

Have you ever tried Disneybounding? I did for the first time during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and had a blast. It’s where you choose to dress in an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character.

Disney held a little social media contest for us and we were able to compete by either showing off our fashionable side, Disney fan side or our Disneybounding side! What do you think of my Maleficent?

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Dress x Lilly Pulitzer
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

4- Pizzerizzo at Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood studios needed a good pizza place after Pizza Planet shuttered last year. It now has that and more in quick service restaurant Pizzerizzo located in Muppet Square!

Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking rat. The ambience is fun and casual…and you may even meet a few colorful characters…

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#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly

It’s also quite delicious!


5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

5- 2017 Walt Disney Studios Films

You can check out this post to see the complete Walt Disney Studios 2017 movie slate, but let’s just say we got a BIG sneak peek into a few of the films to come. Since the conference, a few new trailers have even been sent our way and we’re excited to share!

Cars 3

The best part about Cars 3 was that we were able to see the Pixar short film, Lou, that will screen prior to the movie! The director of the film was even on hand to walk us through his creative process. It was fascinating!

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

This short is about a ‘creature’, named Lou, who resides in a school’s lost and found bin. After seeing the school bully, J.J., push the other kids around, Lou decides to take action.

It’ll make you laugh. It will make you cry. It’ll definitely be a nice visual appetizer prior to Cars 3.

COCO

COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco opens on November 22nd.

Thor Ragnarok

In this Marvel Studios’ film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. That is a major cast y’all! Can’t wait.

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m absolutely giddy to be able to share with you the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

This is where I would normally insert a film synopsis, but you don’t get that with Star Wars…please. Instead, try to insinuate what you can from this awesome trailer.

It’s going to be epic. Probably the top item the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year. December 15th can’t come soon enough!


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Ready for the Best Time Ever?! KIDZ BOP Coming to Miami Beach 8/17

Are you ready for the best time ever? Then get ready for the best news ever: KIDZ BOP COMING TO MIAMI BEACH

Yes, the “#1 Kids’ Artist” in the U.S.A. is coming to the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater for KIDZ BOP Live on August 6th (2017)!

This multi-talented group of kids sing and dance to today’s most popular music hits! They also take current pop songs and make them kid-friendly and parent-approved.

KIDZ BOP coming to Miami Beach

And our friend Kimberly at Growing Up Glad blog has the concert details!

For my family, it was the first pop music my girls listened to when we graduated from Nursery Rhymes and The Wiggles.

They slightly alter the music to eliminate any questionable words or innuendos. Kidz Bop also has their own SiriusXM station-KIDZ BOP Radio on channel 77 and it is always on in our car. Sometimes I realize the station is still playing even when I’m alone!

Along with their radio station, they have music videos, a YouTube channel and best-selling compilation CDs featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids, for kids.” Their videos are filmed at fun locations and the kids wear colorful, age-appropriate clothes as they sing and dance. My girls are mesmerized when they watch their videos.

BREAKING: KIDZ BOP Coming to Miami Beach

The Kidz Bop Kidz also tour live in concert and we’re so excited they’re coming to the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

It was also my older daughter’s first ever concert. This one coming up will be my younger daughter’s first concert experience. It was a great show that opened up with talented local children on stage. They were from different dance schools and performed/warmed up the crowd before the show. Then the Kidz Bop kidz came on and danced and sang to the most current pop hits!

I felt the concert was timed appropriately to keep the attention of the young audience.

So, if you’re ready to have the BEST TIME EVER, it’s time to get your tickets to the new Kidz Bop concert coming to Miami Beach! I know we’ll be there!

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

You can also enter our giveaway below for your chance to WIN 4 Tickets to the August 6th show at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater!

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Jennifer Hudson Performed in Boca at “A Concert for The Children”

Academy Award winning “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson will headline Boca West Foundation’s annual “Concert for the Children” on Tuesday, April 4th at Boca West Country Club.  Famed R&B artist Ellis Hall will open up the show. Jennifer Hudson to perform in Boca Raton? Wow!

The event will follow the Foundation’s annual $200,000 Charity Golf Challenge, happening on April 3rd and the event is open to the public.

Jennifer Hudson to perform in Boca
Jennifer Hudson to perform in Boca Raton

Funds raised will benefit at risk children and their families in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. Did you know that each year, Boca West Foundation serves more than 5,000 children and its volunteers give 45,000 hours of their time each year to the 24 charities with which the organization works?

Jennifer Hudson to Perform in Boca Raton

The Concert will be held at the Amphitheater on the Great Lawn of Boca West Country Club with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and Ellis Hall will open the show at 8:00 p.m.. Jennifer Hudson’s performance will start at 9:00 p.m. All tickets are $200 and seats will be assigned by a drawn lottery. Tickets can be purchased through the Boca West Foundation or through participating charities, with each ticket dollar directly supporting the individual nonprofits.

The Golf Challenge on April 3rd will include brunch and registration at 11:00 a.m., a 1:00 p.m. golf tee time, followed by a gala cocktail party and awards presentation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Player spots are $600 and include a ticket for the Concert for the Children. Additional cocktail party tickets are $150.

We hope to see you there!


Tickets and Sponsorship Information

Tickets, player spots, and sponsorship opportunities are available on the Boca West Foundation website, www.bocawestfoundation.org.  For more information about Jennifer Hudson to perform in Boca, please contact the Foundation directly by calling 561-488-6980 or by emailing foundation@bocawestcc.org.


About Boca West Foundation

The Boca West Foundation was launched in November of 2010. It came about as a desire by the thousands of members of the Boca West Country Club to give back to Boca Raton and the South Palm Beach County communities.  The Foundation’s mission is to identify and fund projects to assist children and their families in need in the area.   

Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $3.2 million for specific programs of 24 charities including American Association of Caregiving Youth, Boca Helping Hands, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, Boca Raton Police Athletic League, Boys & Girls Club, The Caridad Center, Florida Atlantic University’s TOPS Summer Band Camp, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, The Giving Tree, Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options, JAFCO Children’s Ability Center, Jewish Federation of South PBC Children’s Services, Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank, KidSafe, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Place of Hope-Rinker Campus, Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, SOS Children’s Village, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Viner Community Scholars, The Wayne Barton Study Center and the Youth Activity Center. 

Beauty and the Beast Coloring Sheets + HSN Collaboration Details

It’s Disney news day! We have NEW featurettes from the film to share along with some awesome Beauty and the Beast coloring sheets to download and print for your Boca Belle…or beast. 🙂 We also have some details on the movie’s upcoming collaboration with HSN. Let’s just say the collection is nothing short of magical!

Having seen the first 8 minutes of the film at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (!!!), you MUST check these new clips out:



Download these Beauty and the Beast coloring sheets:

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To recap, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic. It refashions the classic characters from the “tale as old as time” for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

How do I look with the Beast’s enchanted rose?

Did you know Disney and HSN recently collaborated on a special Beauty and the Beast collection?

Bloggers and influencers had the opportunity to preview HSN’s offerings at the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and the collection was pretty spectacular– not cheesy at all like I was expecting! (You never know!!!)

Beauty and the Beast Coloring Sheets
Handcrafted hook pillow [“Be Our Guest”] by Clever Carriage, ($69.95)

I’m obsessed with that pillow.

On Wednesday March 1st, HSN will launch a digital storefront on HSN.com, with all of this special “Beauty and the Beast” merchandise. Beginning at 11 p.m. on March 14th through midnight on March 15th, HSN will invite customers to “Be HSN’s Guest” as it launches the exclusive collection via an interactive on-air shopping experience inspired by the Disney movie.

Items in the Beauty and the Beast collection include clothing, shoes, jewelry, china, glassware, home decor items and more!

Beauty and the Beast for HSN
Bone china tea sets and accessories by Royal Albert

Are you counting down the days until the movie is released on March 17th? I know we are. Hopefully this HSN collection tides me over in the meantime…


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Snag these Beauty & the Beast Shoes for Your Boca Belle + Movie Trailer

Um, I totally wasn’t ugly crying as I watched this…I swear. The new trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST debuted Monday night on ABC’s “The Bachelor” featuring new footage and Ariana Grande and John Legend’s duet of the iconic song Beauty and the Beast.

OMG, it was actually good. Like really good! I’m so relieved because Celine and Peabo slayed that song back in the 90’s…I think it was one of the first music tapes I owned.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event. And, it looks so, so stunning.

On top of the new trailer release, our favorite store for girls right here in Boca Raton, JoBella Girls Boutique, just informed Modern Boca Mom that Mini Melissa has created special edition Beauty and the Beast SHOES inspired by the new movie! It’s coming out on March 17th by the way.

Beauty and the Beast SHOES!!!

How cute are these? I need them immediately.

These beyond adorable Beauty and the Beast shoes will be available at JoBella Girls Boutique in west Boca sometime in February (SRP $65). We can’t wait to see them in person and promise to keep you posted on their availability at the store.

Call JoBella Girls Boutique at (561) 617-5334 to reserve your pair!

9858 Clint Moore Rd C129

Boca Raton, FL

Beauty and the Beast shoes at JoBella Girls Boutique


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Beauty and the Beast Posters for Disney’s Live Action Flick

Here is your FIRST LOOK at the character posters for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic. We’re so excited for these NEW Beauty and the Beast posters!

The NEW Beauty and the Beast posters feature:

Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince. You’ll also see Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Josh Gad as LeFou. Look forward to Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette! And, who can forget about Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts?

Directed by Bill Condon, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life. The movie will be a stunning, cinematic event coming to theaters on March 17, 2017!

MOANA Sing-along was at Theaters Nationwide

The epic journey continues for MOANA fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new MOANA sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure, coming to theaters nationwide January 27th! 

MOANA Sing-along Coming to Theaters Nationwide

Disney's MOANA Sing-along

Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new MOANA sing-along version. It is launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on Jan. 27. Here’s a little preview:

MOANA audiences were swept away by the film’s original songs and score. The music comes from a dynamic team that includes:

  • Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”)
  • Mark Mancina (“Tarzan,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”)
  • Opetaia Foa‘i (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka)

The sing-along version of MOANA includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics. Audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs, such as the Golden Globe®-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.”

Moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The sing-along run will vary by location.

Disney's MOANA Sing-along

MOANA has received, so far, nominations for BAFTA, PGA, Golden Globe® and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best animated feature. The film’s uplifting soundtrack has dominated the music charts for more than six weeks. It peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Albums chart. The soundtrack is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The soundtrack is available wherever music is sold and at streaming services.

Audiences can also soon enjoy the original theatrical version of the film at home. It will be packed with a variety of bonus extras when MOANA arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Feb. 21. The movie will also be available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

We can’t wait to to sing!

My Favorite Family Moments from Holiday Break 2016

YAY, the kids are going back to school this week!!! BOO, the kids are going back to school this week. Sure, I am excited for my daughter to get back into her preschool routine. But, it’s also been so nice to spend quality time together over the past two weeks. We’ve truly had some amazing mother/daughter and family moments. From visiting local museums like MODS to a trip to the 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional, this holiday break was one for the books!

We visited the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale  #hosted

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We played dress-up at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum

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We traveled to Epcot for the 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional  #hosted

Modern Boca Mom was invited to let the memories begin during Epcot’s Holidays Around the World this season. Disney transformed their beautiful park into a holiday spectacular, featuring festive decor, diverse storytellers, spectacular shows and a Gospel choir.

We attended the Candlelight Processional (my first time!), a spectacular and wondrous show of pageantry that unites people from around the globe. Special guest stars like our narrator, Jodi Benson, recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song featuring a 50-piece orchestra and amazing choirs. It was spectacular.

Check out some of my photos and a short video from the show:

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

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 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

2016 Disney Candlelight Processional

 We threw a New Year’s Eve soiree for friends with kids

We survived winter in Florida!!!

All in all, it was a fantastic winter break. We hope you and your family enjoyed a great start to 2017 like we did!


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2017 Walt Disney Studios Movies to Look Forward to

We’re so excited for all of the 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies coming out this year! In fact, we’ve already written about a few of them as information became available. Thank you Disney PR!

2017 Walt Disney Studios movies

I’m sure Modern Boca Mom will get some additional sneak previews when we attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference February 7-12 (#disneySMMC). We can’t believe the event is less than a month away! This year is flying already…

Here’s the 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies lineup, so you can keep track of their release dates:

March 17, 2017 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Walt Disney Studios)

#BeautyAndTheBeast; #BeOurGuest

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

The film is directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated feature, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.


April 21, 2017 – BORN IN CHINA (Disneynature)

#BornInChina

Narrated by John Krasinski, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.

A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.


May 5, 2017 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (Marvel Studios)

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock and Kurt Russell.


May 26, 2017 – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Walt Disney Studios)

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.

Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa. 

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directingPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. One of the most anticipated 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies!


June 16, 2017 – CARS 3 (Disney / Pixar)

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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!


November 3, 2017 – THOR: RAGNAROK (Marvel Studios)

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In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.


November 22, 2017 – COCO (Disney / Pixar)

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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. We can’t wait to write more about these 2017 Walt Disney Studios movies.


December 15, 2017 – STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (Lucasfilm)

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Coming Soon…the world is holding its breath for this film!