"Maleficent" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Angelina Jolie Get? 

It’s finally here – the long-awaited reimagining of “Sleeping Beauty” as told from the point of view of the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil.” Angelina Jolie rocks as Maleficent and Elle Fanning is enchanting as Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty but is the movie worth your time and money? Take a look at my movie review of “Maleficent.” Oh by the way, just call me MannyFicent :wink

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Jon Favreau Interview for “Chef” – Does He Eat Filipino Food? 

Jon Favreau returns to personal filmmaking with the new indie hit, “Chef!” Not only is he starring in the film, he also wrote and directed the movie that is after my heart as well as my stomach!

“Chef” tells the tale of Carl Casper (Favreau), a chef who starts up a food truck after losing his restaurant job. John Leguizamo, Bobby Canavale, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, Emjay Anthony, and Robert Downey Jr. complete the cast. “Chef” is now out in theaters. Go watch it!

In this interview, we talked about Favreau’s interest in making “Chef,” his cast, and if he eats Filipino food! This movie is, after all, about food! Have fun!

Official “Chef” Synopsis

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (c) Open Road


• Jon Favreau as Carl Casper
• Sofía Vergara as Inez, Carl's ex-wife, friend, and the mother of his son
• John Leguizamo as Martin, Carl's friend and line cook
• Scarlett Johansson as Molly, Carl's friend and the restaurant's hostess
• Oliver Platt as Ramsey Michel, a top online food critic
• Bobby Cannavale as Tony, Carl's friend and sous chef
• Dustin Hoffman as Riva, the owner of the restaurant for which Carl is chef
• Robert Downey, Jr. as Marvin, Inez's other ex-husband
• Amy Sedaris as Jen, Inez's publicist
EmJay Anthony as Percy

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What I Think of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Blended!"  

Two big movies just in time for Memorial Day Weekend – First, we have the sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The old and the new converge in this time travel epic tale featuring our favorite mutants. Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, and Peter Dinklage star in the film directed by Bryan Singer.

In “Blended,” Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler return to the big screen and we all know what that means – it’s time for Sandler to show his softer side. The two has palpable chemistry and it shows on-screen and off. “Blended” is about two single parents who meet unsuccessfully during a blind date only to see each other again in an African resort made for families, blended or otherwise.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:

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My Fun Interview with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore for “BLENDED” -- I Love Them! 

I love, love, love Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The two have excellent on-screen (witness “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”) and off-screen chemistry. And I’m glad to report that the two showcased their palpable chemistry in the super-funny “Blended.” Truth be told, I haven’t enjoyed an Adam Sandler movie in a long, long time until “Blended” came along!

In the movie, the two star as single parents who, after a disastrous blind date, find themselves together in an African resort. You probably can predict what happens next but the journey to the heartwarming ending is as beautiful as the African setting!

In this fun interview, we talked about:

*** How the two of them reunited
*** The movie is really a domestic drama masquerading as a funny comedy
*** Their interests in their characters
*** The cast including the young child actors who play their kids – one of them (Alyvia Alyn Lind) reminded me of Gertie aka Barrymore in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
*** The African setting of the movie
*** And more importantly, Aunt Bobby, Sandler’s aunt who lives in Palm Desert, loves me! And the actor made sure he told me that…awwwwwwww

Watch “Blended” on May 23rd, and you will have a great time!

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“BLENDED” Interview with Bella Thorne 

It’s fun to finally meet Bella Thorne, the Disney Channel star (“Shake It Up”) and the voice behind the pop hit “TTLXOX.” Since 2013, Thorne has been concentrating on making movies like the new family comedy “Blended” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. She stars as Sandler’s daughter, Hilary aka Larry, the tomboyish young lady who blossoms because of love.

In this interview, we talked about her interest in making “Blended,” working with Sandler and Barrymore, and her catchy dance single “Call It Whatever” (now out on iTunes) from the album of the same name set to drop on June 24. Have fun!

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