Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Fair at the PNE (Aug 16 - Sept 1)

The Fair at the PNE is back in Vancouver this Saturday! With tons of new performances and exhibits, the PNE is definitely the best part of the summer! Playland will also be open, with over 50 rides to choose from, and don't forget about the food! Some of the new exhibits this year include the Game of Thrones Exhibition, Internet Cat Video Festival, Jigu! Thunder Drums of China and more.As always, the Summer Night Concerts will be happening every evening with musical stars like LeAnn Rimes, Phillip Phillips, Plain White T's and Boyz II Men.

There will be a special opening day Game of Thrones Q&A with actress Sibel Kekilli who plays Shae on the hit HBO show. She will be interviewed by Todd Talbot from Love It or List It Vancouver on August 16 at 3pm on the Chevrolet Performance Stage.

Tickets start at $16 ($13 if you purchase online) but there are several special days to save even more:

Saturday, August 16 – Sunday, August 17 - Heroes’ Opening Weekend
Tuesday, August 19 – FREE Gate admission from 11am-1pm
Wednesday, August 20 - 2 for 1 Rides More Info
Thursday, August 21 - Seniors’ Day More Info
Wednesday, August 27 - Vancity Member Day

Find out show schedules, exhibit information and purchase your tickets here.

The Hundred-Foot Journey - Out In Theatres Now!

Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey follows a Mumbai family that moves to France, where they open up an Indian restaurant headed by Papa (Puri), right across the street from a Michelin star restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Mirren). She is proud of her classic French cuisine and despises the intrusion of the Indian family. After an act of violence on the Indian family that leaves Papa's son and aspiring cook, Hassan (Manish Dayal), injured, Madame Mallory opens the doors to her restaurant to him and hires him to work at her restaurant and learn everything about French cuisine.

The Hundred-Foot Journey was a very enjoyable film, with hilarious quips and complaints between the rival restauranteurs. This movie will have your mouth watering at the Indian and French delicacies that the chefs cook up. "Food is memories" is a central theme of the movie, and you'll soon be thinking of your own food-related memories. Don't go watch this on an empty stomach! 

LEGO Ideas Releases Research Institute Set

The newest LEGO Ideas set, Research Institute, was recently released to much fanfare. Created and designed by Ellen Kooijman who had to receive 10,000 votes from LEGO fans, features three female scientists in different fields - paleontology, astronomy and chemistry. This set comes at a perfect time where fans are looking for a more female minifigures with stronger roles instead of the very different Friends line that is heavy on the pink and purple. As a biologist myself, I am definitely looking to add this set to my own collection! The set has been sold out everywhere but check back at LEGO Shop at Home to order your own when it comes back in stock!

Up to 57% Off Tickets to Katy Perry Concert at Rogers Arena

Dealfind is currently offering discounted tickets to Katy Perry's concert on September 9th, with Teagan and Sara opening. The concert is sold out so snag your tickets soon! Check out the offer here.

Hello Kitty Con 2014

Paging all Hello Kitty fans! Celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary at the first official Hello Kitty Convention, happening October 30 to November 2 in Los Angeles, Ca. Hello Kitty Con 2014 invites all fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty, with interactive experiences, art, workshops, exhibits, panels, food, and more! Find out more information about Hello Kitty Con and get your tickets here!

Disney Blu-Ray Released - 100 Bonus DMR Points with Purchase of 2

Disney re-released a slew of movies this week onto blu-ray and there are definitely some winners that are must-haves in any Disney fan's collection!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Mickey, Donald and Goofy - The Three Musketeers
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free 2-Movie combo

Purchase any two of the above movies and get 100 bonus Disney Movie Reward points! The bonus points offer is valid until August 18, 2014. 

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Disney's "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” Kicks Off Production With Award-Winning Cast and Production Team

Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The all-star ensemble cast includes:

Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice In Wonderland,” “Mortdecai,” “Black Mass”) returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.

Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Rachel’s Getting Married”) portrays the White Queen—Mirana.

Mia Wasikowska (“Tracks,” “Jane Eyre” and “Alice In Wonderland”) once again appears as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.

Helena Bonham Carter (“Cinderella,” “Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.

Rhys Ifans (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,” “Nanny McPhee Returns,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.

Matt Lucas (“The Labrynth,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns to the revelry in a dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Ed Speleers (TV’s “Downton Abbey,” “Eragon”) portrays James Harcourt in the film.

And Sacha Baron Cohen (“Hugo,” “Les Misérables”) was called on to bring Time to the big screen.

“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” also boasts an extraordinary voice cast.

Stephen Fry (“24: Live Another Day,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is back as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.

Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Infamous,” “The Girl”) provides the voice of Wilkins.

Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter” film series, “Alice In Wonderland,” director/actor/co-writer “A Little Chaos”) returns as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

Michael Sheen (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” Parts 1 & 2, “Alice In Wonderland,” “The Queen,” “Frost Nixon”) once again serves as the voice of the White Rabbit.

Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner,” “The Kings Speech,” “Harry Potter,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns to voice Bayard.

BAFTA-winning actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse (BBC’s “Harry and Paul’s Story of the 2s” and “The Fast Show”; “Alice In Wonderland,” “Corpse Bride”) is back as the March Hare.

Barbara Windsor (“Carry On,” “EastEnders,” “Alice In Wonderland”) provides the voice of Dormouse again.

The film welcomes back several key members of the “Alice In Wonderland” team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” Silver Linings Playbook”), three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago”), who won Oscar, BAFTA and Satellite awards, among others, for her work on “Alice In Wonderland,” and five-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston (“Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”), who won a Satellite Award for best visual effects for “Alice In Wonderland.” 

Bobin’s award-winning production team also includes Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (“King Kong,” “The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and Stuart Dryburgh (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” Oscar nomination for “The Piano”) as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” Oscar nominee for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), and Oscar winner Neil Corbould (“Gravity,” “Gladiator”) is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum (“Noah,” Oscar nominee “Black Swan”) is editor.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy In Theatres Today!

Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, comes out in theatres today. A rag-tag group of unconventional heroes, and not quite mainstream in the Marvel world, Guardians is definitely a fun movie to watch.

Taking place in a faraway galaxy, a human, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a junkman who is after an orb for his boss, only to find out a ton of other folks are after it too. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a trained weapon, is sent by villain Ronan (Lee Pace) to retrive the orb. Rocket, a genetically altered racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his friend Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a walking tree, are bounty hunters who come along for a cut in the price that the orb would fetch. Rounding out the crew is Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) who the other meet in a Kyln prison. These five misfits form an unlikely team that must defeat Ronan and save the galaxy.

Guardians paint a pretty impressive CGI world and the action sequences are fast-paced. There are plenty of witty one-liners and off beat jokes that will have you laughing throughout the movie. Sprinkled with great tracks from the 70's (I Want You Back - Jackson 5, Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede), Guardians of the Galaxy definitely promises a fun ride for everyone. Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theatres today.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Disneys' Planes: Fire and Rescue Advanced Screening Passes Giveaway!

Your favourite characters from Disney's Planes is back in an exciting new animated adventure! Dusty joins the world of aerial firefighting after his engine is damanged, and learns what it takes to become a true hero. This looks like a very fun movie and will certainly delight Planes fans! Check out the trailer below.

GIVEAWAY: I'm giving away a family pack of passes (4 tickets) to the advanced screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue. Happening on July 16th at Silvercity Riverport, one lucky reader will get the chance to watch the movie before it is released to the public on July 18th! Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Chapters Indigo Summer Sale - Up to 50% Off

Chapters is having a great summer sale, with 50% off books, toys, home, and electronic items, online and in-store. This is the perfect time to stock up on your summer reading and maybe get a few toys and trinkets.

IMAX 3D Sneak Peak of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios announces Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”: An IMAX 3D First Look—featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage of Marvel’s highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The sneak peek will be showcased in select IMAX locations across Canada on July 7, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens across Canada on August 1, 2014.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says,  “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

Tickets to the July 7th Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:  An IMAX 3D First Look are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today at 12:00 p.m EST through

Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited edition collectible Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” IMAX poster.

Canada Day at Canada Place 2014

There are plenty of celebrations going on in Vancouver for Canada Day on July 1st. Canada Place is hosting a festival from 10 am to 6 pm with a variety of live performances, displays and exhibits at the Waterfront Party. There will also be a parade at 7pm on Georgia St. To end off the evening, enjoy fireworks at Canada Place at 10:30pm.

Find out more information about the Canada Day celebrations here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

3D Printers at Tinkerine Studios - Grand Opening

Tinkerine Studios Canada's leading 3D printing company that develops and manufactures 3D printer to consumers. They had a grand opening of their offices on the weekend so I decided to check it out to see what the hype of 3D printing was about. 3D printing had advanced quite quickly over the years and Tinkerine is the first company to provide affordable printers for the average consumer. Tinkerine CEO, Eugene Suyu was first introduced to 3D printers while at SFU and it inspired him to design his own. The newest model, the DittoPro prints at a resolution of 50 to 300 microns and uses biodegradable plastic.

A smaller version of Ditto, the Litto.
The DittoPro prints quietly and you can change the colour of what you are printing by swapping out the spool of plastic that is mounted behind the printer. It was impressive to see what you can create using the 3D printers, from household items and trinkets to toys and complex models.

The DittoPro retails at $1,999 CAD and comes fully assembled. Find out more about Tinkerine Studios here.

The Simpsons LEGO Minifigure Craze!

LEGO has released a set of 16 collectable minifigures based on characters from the Simpsons at the beginning of the month and everyone has been madly buying them for their collection. With a higher price tag than compared to previous CMF series ($3.99 vs $3.49), it definitely puts a damper in collecting, though there are decades of Simpsons fans that are all vying to get their own set. Many stores have sold out, but here's a handy list of where they are available:

- The LEGO Store
- Toys R Us
- Chapters
- Target

And if you end up getting duplicates, there is always a lot of people on Craigslist looking to buy, sell or trade! If you have any you're looking to trade, I also have a few extras ;) Happy hunting!

Metropolis x Klout Spring Social

Metropolis at Metrotown partnered up with Klout to throw a spring social last week and I was invited to attend. It was a way for stores to showcase what they had to offer this spring season while having some fun! There were plenty of vendors there including Purdy's Chocolate, Skoah, L'Occitane, Orange Julius and Cupcakes. We had food samples to snack on and some lucky attendees went home with some great door prizes! Make sure to check out Metropolis at Metrotown next time you have an itch to go shopping!

Setting up.
A garden of chocolate flowers from Purdy's Chocolate.
Salted caramels from Purdy's Chocolate - definitely one of my favourites!
Mocktails - Pineapple Sunrise and Blue Lagoon
Salad rolls with julienne vegetables, Tartlets with wild mushrooms and herbs, Vegetable samosas and Mexican tortilla pinwheel.
A prize wheel.
Some of the prizes you can win from the wheel - I got a tote bag.
Door prize table.
A presentation on spring fashion.
Prize draws!
Cute mini cupcakes from Cupcakes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Read the Book, See the Movie. Free Scene Points with Book Purchase @ Chapters

With so many movies made into film adaptations, Chapters has partnered with Scene to offer free scene points with the purchase of a book that has been turned into a movie! I personally like to read the book before I see the film so I think this is a great promotion! With every book you purchase, you receive 250 scene points. Check out the full list of eligible titles here.

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Now Available on DVD

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace is now out on DVD. Based on the popular animated series on Disney Junior, Sofia  embarks on an adventure under the sea! 

Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will – when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend’s secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona’s enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun – plus three more exciting episodes – Sofia the First: The Floating Palace proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!

Everyone's favourite mermaid, Ariel, makes a special cameo apperance to help Sofia on her quest and remind her the importance of helping others. There are plenty of new songs in this fun movie and characters that this little red-head meets. In addition to The Floating Palace, there are three more episodes for you to enjoy! 

- Tri-Kingdowm Picnic
- Finding Clover
- Make Way for Miss Nettle

The DVD also comes with two friendship bracelets in pink and purple for your child to share! Sofia the First: The Floating Palace is out in stores now and you can save $6 when you buy this DVD and any other eligible Disney Junior DVD by printing out this coupon. This is the perfect movie to add to your DVD collection for fans of the little princess!

Disclaimer: The product mentioned above was provided by the company for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Savvy Shopping, Deals and Reviews and have not been influenced in any other way.

Top 50 Books 50% Off at Chapters

Chapters is having a great sale online only by offering 50% off the top 50 hottest selling books! This is the perfect time to stock up for your summer reading to so take advantage of this promotion here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Disney's The Pirate Fairy Out on Blu-ray & DVD April 1st

The Pirate Fairy is the newest flick in Tinkerbell's world and is full of swashbuckling adventure, friendship and pixie dust that  needs saving!

Synopsis: From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. 

Coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD,  the movie comes packed with bonus features!

- Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Never Land
- Croc-u-mentary
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of "The Frigate That Flies"
- Sing-Along Songs

It was cool to see the movie tie in characters that we know and love from Peter Pan. The Pirate Fairy is out in stores on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1, 2014.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned above was provided by the company for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Savvy Shopping, Deals and Reviews and have not been influenced in any other way.