Monday, February 1, 2016

Disney Unveils First Poster for The BFG, Directed by Steven Spielberg


The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. 

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. 

Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers. 

Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote ‘The BFG.’”  

“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Disney's THE FINEST HOURS Now In Theaters


This past Tuesday, I had the honor of going to see a pre-screening of Disney's newest film, The Finest Hours. In a theater filled with members of the U.S. Coast Guard, current and retired, and other media outlets, I sat on the edge of my seat for a full two hours. Cast members Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana BRING IT in this film!

Based on the true story of the most heroic small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history, the producers waste no time in getting right into the details. We immediately meet Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his best friend as they go meet the leading lady in the film, Miriam (Holliday Grainger) and her friend for a blind date. Bernie and Miriam's onstage romance was sweet...very reminiscent of a 1950's love story. However, don't be fooled by her angelic face. Girlfriend is feisty, and NOT afraid of the Coast Guard Commanding Officer. You'll see.

Bernie and Miriam meet, fall in love, and then he sets out on the rescue mission that will take more than luck to achieve  On a boat regulated for 12, but 32 men to bring to shore, do Bernie and his men save them all? Does Miriam wait for him to come home? As I said above, I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the film. A few notes that I jotted down were, "Inspirational, captivating, and suspenseful." The Finest Hours is an incredible true story of faith and heroism.

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours


Buy your tickets now. Schedule a babysitter. Go on a date night.  Tonight. This film is a must-see!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

When They Were Little

I love it when I go looking for one thing and I come across something special. This happened to me the other day when I went looking for a picture from years ago, and I stumbled upon these gems of my kids when they were little bitty. I look at them now and can't believe how big they've gotten or how much they've changed.

[Jonah and Jett on Easter Sunday, 2012, maybe.]

[Jonah at Disney's EPCOT, 2008]

[Jonah on his 7th or 8th birthday, 2011 or 2012]

Candid. #marchphoto366
[McKinley Rose with her "na-na", or bottle, and her puppy, 2010]

Five. FIVE! {I'm "blue" he's growing up so fast.} #aprilphoto366
[Jett, 2010]

"we going to 'wolmot', mom!"
[McKinley sitting on Daddy's lap pretending to drive. I think she told me that her and Daddy were going to "Wolmot", and they'd be right back. 2011 or 2012]

[McKinley, 2012]

There was a time that I would scrapbook and make sure that my pictures were printed and dated and put into a book for preservation. Now, I'm lucky if can remember to print photos and when and wear the photo was taken. In 2016, I'm going to work harder to make sure that I print more photos and put them in scrapbooks. They don't have to be elaborate works of art. Just photos and words is all I need to remember my kids when they were little. 

How do you preserve family memories? Do you scrapbook? Do you create photo books through sites like, Shutterfly? I'd love to hear your ideas!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Long Weekends are Great


We had a long weekend this past weekend, and it was great! I always go into these things kind of dreading the lack of alone time. [Don't judge know you love it when your kids are at school gettin' their education on while you get your "you time" on.] But, this weekend was different. The girls quietly played with their Shopkins. We even added to their collection with a few from the McDonald's Happy Meals.

Speaking of Shopkins, do your little girls just love these little things?? McKinley and Mabry will play for HOURS with them. They play store, ice cream truck, organize them, study their little faces; they LOVE them!


Mary wanted rainbow sherbet for breakfast on Friday. You know what? Most cereals have more sugar than sherbet. And, there's fruit juice in sherbet, so there's that. Also, we shared that bowl. YUM!


In a generation of all-things-electronic, we've gotten away from sending a good, old-fashioned, handwritten letter. I worked on a campaign last month and this week I received a lovely letter and notebook from the PR company. Small gestures = big impact. Remember that. 


On Saturday, it was a beautiful day so we decided it was a great day to go to the Jacksonville Zoo. We LOVE our zoo. If you are ever in the Jacksonville area, you must visit our zoo. I'm trying to think of just one or two exhibits to tell you to make sure to see, but seriously, there's SO MUCH GOODNESS at the Jacksonville Zoo! [I also have a very cool story to tell you about this day at the zoo, but it'll have to wait for another post. It was so very serendipitous...just you wait!]


Oh, Jacksonville, you are beautiful. Sure, it isn't the NYC skyline, or the Windy City skyline, but it's our little skyline. 

On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I took Jonah, McKinley and Mabry into Downtown Jax. We stopped by Friendship Fountain before walking to the Museum of Science and History. 


I'm pretty intrigued by this building. I think after I finish this post I'm going to do a little research to see the back story on it. 


I love that my girls are growing up in the city that I grew up in. I love even more that they are getting to experience Downtown Jacksonville and that they love it!


Am I the only one who thinks it's kind of funny that there's a phone booth in the museum? Like, on display, not for use. My kids asked me if they had these things back in the olden days when I was a kid. When I was a kid. #BecauseImAncient Really? Okay, yes we did. And, you had to know the phone number you needed to call. And, you had to have a quarter to make a call. AND, you only had like 5 minutes to talk before you had to add more money. It wasn't like a cell phone where the phone number is stored and you can talk endlessly. Not to mention, who carries change in their pockets? We all use our debit cards for everything these days. Boy, times have changed! 


Martin Luther King Jr., you made this world a better place. Because of you my kids can be dreamers. Jonah dreams to make the world a safer place. Dream big, baby boy. 


After the museum we drove over to Sweet Pete's to get a sweet treat. Mabry was passed out before we even got to the interstate. [notice the sucker in her hand]


At the end of a great weekend came a beautiful sunset. This coming weekend is another long weekend. Let's see if we can have a repeat.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Disney's 2016 NEW Movie Line-Up


Whew! Have you seen the line-up for 2016 Disney movies? We are in for a HUGE treat this year in cinematic greatness!! I'm not going to say another word, just take a look at ALL of these great movies we can look forward to in 2016!

January 29, 2016 – The Finest Hours (Walt Disney Studios)


March 4, 2016 - Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios)


April 15, 2016 – The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios)


May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel)


May 27, 2016 – Alice Through the Looking Glass (Walt Disney Studios)


June 17, 2016 – Finding Dory (Disney / Pixar)



July 1, 2016 – The BFG (Walt Disney Studios)


August 12, 2016 -  Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney Studios)


Queen of Katwe
Fall 2016 – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)


November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Marvel)

November 23, 2016 - Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios)


December 16, 2016 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm)


TBD 2016 – The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks Pictures)

Which one [or two] of these movies are you most excited about? I have to say, The Jungle Book is a movie I grew up watching, I'm super excited for this live-action version! Pete's Dragon is another childhood favorite. Finding Dory is, hopefully, going to be as great as Finding Nemo. Moana has a new Disney Princess, so, of course, I'm excited for this one. Oh goodness, I think I'm excited for just about ALL of these movies. 

See you at the movies!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is Coming to Jacksonville, FL [WIN Tickets, Too!]


As a kid, my mom took me to the circus almost every year. I loved seeing the clowns {I know that seems weird...most kids are afraid of clowns.} and the tight rope act. I was always fascinated with the elephants. I loved to see them sit on their hiney and balance the colorful ball on their head. Remember the guys who rode the motorbikes in the big cage ball? How in the world did they never crash? The bright lights. The contagious excitement. The talented performers. My little eyes were trying to keep up with everything that was happening in each of the three rings under the Big Top. The circus is definitely a favorite pastime of mine. 



Once I had kids of my own, my mom continued the tradition of taking all of us to the circus. My kids all love the circus, from the 13 year old to the 2 year old, they LOVE it.  If I asked them their favorite act, they'd all have a different one. {Okay, maybe not the 2-year-old, but her eyes light up when she steps foot in the arena!}


Now, I take my kids to the circus each year, and I still love it as much as I did as a kid.

Want to know what my most favorite part of the circus is? The All Access Pre-Show! The Greatest Show on Earth is building up the excitement one hour before the show begins, at the All Access Pre-Show where children of all ages are invited to join our performers on the show floor! It's your chance to be right in the middle of the circus action. Clown around with the world-renowned Ringling Bros. Clown Alley, learn circus skills and get autographs from extraordinary circus stars, try on an iconic Ringmaster jacket and be part of our sensational Ringling Bros. dance party! Be mesmerized by one of our talented Asian elephants as they step into the center ring to show off their artistic aptitude and then enter for a chance to take home an exclusive piece of pachyderm art!

Great news, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming back to Jacksonville, FL!

Jacksonville, FL (January 2016) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®Presents LEGENDSSM unveils the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages. Legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from January 21-24, 2016.
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world. Audiences will experience Alexander Lacey and his enduring bond with his lions, majestic leopard and tigers during one of the most captivating acts. The Solar Hawks, a dream team of acrobats, come together to amaze by attempting four consecutive triple somersaults on a one-of-a-kind double-wide trapeze specifically designed for The Greatest Show On Earth®. The Riders of the Wind, Cossack trick-riders will thrill as they thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses stealing your breath with their daring stunts. Experience and learn about the special relationship between trainers and treasured Ringling Bros.® Asian Elephants as each trainer shows off individual elephant’s natural skills and abilities.



Last year, I had the honor to go to a Pachyderm Picnic with the Ringling Elephants. Should something like this be available to the public again this year, I will be the first to tell you about it.



Show times in Jacksonville, Florida for January 21-24 are as follows:
  • Thursday, January 21 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 22 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 23 - 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 24 -  1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presemts LEGENDS start at $15. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by visiting or calling 800-745-3000.  For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Want to WIN tickets? I have TWO Family 4-Packs of Tickets to giveaway to two of YOU! Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. [Tickets are ONLY valid on Opening Night, January 21st, for the 7:30 performance.]

If you have any questions about this giveaway please email me at jonahbonahinjax at gmail dot com. 

I was given tickets for my family to attend the circus in exchange for this post. No monies were exchanged. All opinions are my own. Tickets provided by Liz Morgan PR and Feld Entertainment. Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE!  More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK -- Coming Soon to Theaters


Who here remembers Mowgli? You know, the lanky little boy that grew up in the jungle, that was raised by a family of wolves, and had a bear named Baloo for a best friend. It's a classic animated Disney film that most of us grew up watching. If we're being honest, it's STILL a favorite film of mine.

Disney is at it again, and has created live-action version of our favorite animated classic, to be released into theaters on April 15, 2016.


Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self- discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. 


Watch the trailer here now!

A few FUN FACTS about The Jungle Book:
  • Neel Sethi, now 11, was selected from thousands of candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect
  • The all-star voice cast includes Oscar®-winners Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”), Lupita Nyong’o
    (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter"), as well as Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation"), Idris Elba (“Star Trek Beyond”), Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad').
  • Rudyard Kipling penned the collection of short stories, “The Jungle Book,” in the early 1890s from his home in Vermont.
  • State-of-the-art technology is behind larger-than-life jungle creatures that join Neel Sethi’s Mowgli on screen in an all-new, immersive, jaw-dropping viewing experience. The film will be spectacular in 3D and IMAX 3D. 

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THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!