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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Photography, Television & Movies, Travel & Adventure | 0 comments

When we were in London this summer we knew that the Harry Potter Studio tour was an absolute must-see. We’ve done the HP Universal Studios a couple of times, but this was exponentially more amazing. Zack and I both agree that this was our favourite part of our trip. I can go on and on about how awesome the tour is, but I’m going to let the pictures tell the story… lots and lots of pictures. Prepare to be pic spammed.

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Samantha Lately #7

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Books, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies | 11 comments

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Heyo! This Samantha Lately I’m linking up! I’ve been meaning to join in on this forever, but life happens.

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Baptism

A few weeks ago we celebrated my nephew Rylan’s baptism. Zack and I are his godparents!

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Citizenship

And then a couple of days later I officially became a US Citizen! Now I just need to get a US passport, change my name in Australia, then get my Australian passport updated with my married name. UGH.

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The Vampire Diaries

This is my current binge watch. I’m about half way through season 3 (Team Damon obvs. I’m so over Steffan).

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Is “The Originals” any good?

 

Bastille

Ahhh! Their new CD is out next week!

I quite like their most recent single “Good Grief” even though the music video is weird AF

 

Currently Reading

You're never weird150I just finished “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day on audiobook and adored it. I love Felicia Day, even more so after reading this! I’m not quite sure how audible works when there are pictures? Are they available somewhere to download?? Thankfully I have a copy of the book too cause there are some funny pictures that go with it.

But she talks a bunch about her crazy upbringing and finding her way to internet videos, as well as some more serious topics like depression. I highly recommend the audiobook, Felicia Day narrates it and makes it so much more Felicia.

Anywho, have I mentioned that I’ve also met Felicia? She’s so adorable!

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Disney

Woooo!!! We’re heading to Disney again in November!!!! I can’t wait!

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What have you been up to lately?

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Samantha Lately #6

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Books, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies, Travel & Adventure | 5 comments

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Oh hello. 2 months? What?? You’re crazy! Anywho…

I’m still around. I guess I’ve been up to a few things lately:

Europe

Hells yea! We went to Europe!! Lots of photos and details to come, but we had an amazing, crazy two weeks.

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TV – True Blood

This is my latest binge watch. I’m up to season 5. I watched through season 1 back in the day, but gave up early in season 2. I don’t think it’s as good as when it first started, and I must say I really don’t like Bill at all, someone put a stake in that guy (Team Eric!). Also, I have loved Ryan Kwanten since I was 12 and he was on Home and Away in Australia, and I think he’s fantastic on this show.

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Books – My Lady Jane

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OMFG “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows is an absolute riot. I can’t recommend this book enough. This is the not entirely true story of 16 year old Lady Jane Grey, cousin of King Edward, who is about to be married off to a stranger and becomes queen of England for 9 days. There’s a bit of a fantasy twist thrown in to make it even more fun and ridiculous. It’s so clever and hilarious, and you should be reading it already.

 

Book Con

I don’t think I ever mentioned it, but I went to Book Con back in May. It was pretty crazy, but I achieved my one goal: I got Marissa Meyer’s autograph and as a bonus I got an ARC of Heartless!! I haven’t read it yet, but soon! (Ignore this horribly unflattering photo of me).

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That’s all for now. Lots of vacay photos to come, and I will finally get to my awesome new library/craft room. I promise.

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Reviews, Television & Movies | 2 comments

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This movie is pure love. Based on the novel “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen, this is the story of Elizabeth Bennet, some rich guys, and a zombie plague.

The women kick serious ass in this movie and Lily James is absolutely adorable. I may almost like her as Elizabeth Bennet more than Kira Knightley. The Bennet sisters definitely don’t need men to keep them safe from the undead.

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Dougls Booth as Bingley was just perfect! I don’t think this character has ever been poorly cast in any adaptation, but Booth was absolutely adorable.

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Matt Smith stole every scene he was in. Possibly the best Collins ever.

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(I just have to say that Matt Smith and Lily James together is just the cutest thing ever!)

The biggest disappointment? Sam Riley as Darcy.

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So unbelievably disappointed. I just don’t find him attractive and I didn’t like his voice. Isn’t lusting after Darcy half the fun of Pride & Prejudice?

There are so many actors they could have cast as Darcy. Richard Madden would have been perfect! Oh wait, I’m thinking of another movie…

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Despite that, this movie is laugh out loud hilarious. I highly recommend it. I’m thinking of going to see it again next week.

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Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen in 2016

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Books, Lists, Television & Movies | 4 comments

Here are some of the books being adapted for the big screen this year. Of course, you should always read the books first, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to read these before they hit theaters. I’ve got a couple to read myself!

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The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey

 

Book Published:

May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Movie Release Date:

January 22nd, 2016

Starring:

Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

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The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

 

Book Published:

January 13th, 2015 by Riverhead Books

Movie Release Date:

December 10th, 2016

Starring:

Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

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Pride & Prejudice and Zombies

by Seth Grahame-Smith

 

Book Published:

May 1st, 2009 by Quirk Classics

Movie Release Date:

February 5th, 2016

Starring:

Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.


 

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Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

 

Book Published:

December 31st, 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Movie Release Date:

March 4th, 2016

Starring:

Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

by J.K. Rowling

 

Book Published:

June 1st, 2001 by Arthur A. Levine

Movie Release Date:

November 18th, 2016

Starring:

Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller

A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.

– Albus Dumbledore


 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

 

Book Published:

June 7th, 2011 by Quirk

Movie Release Date:

December 25th, 2016

Starring:

Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Asa Butterfield

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow, impossible though it seems, they may still be alive.

 

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The BFG

by Roald Dahl

 

Book Published:

1982

Movie Release Date:

July 1st, 2016

Starring:

Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

 

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A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness

 

Book Published:

September 27th, 2011 by Walker Books

Movie Release Date:

October 14th, 2016

Starring:

Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

 

I really can’t wait for Fantastic Beasts!

What do you think? Which are you most excited for?

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Top TV Weddings

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Lists, Television & Movies | 4 comments

Tomorrow I’m headed way up north to Mackinac Island for my best friend’s wedding. In celebration, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite top TV weddings. SPOILER ALERT some of these are pretty spoilerable, although most are really old, but a couple are fairly recent (so spoiler alert for The Mentalist… and Castle). And a couple of these are sort of fake… well you’ll just have to look to find out.

Stargate: SG-1 – Sam & Jack


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My OTP. Sadly this is a fake one. In the Season 10 200th episode aptly named “200” the team pitches script ideas for a movie based off of a show based off of the SG-1 team (it makes sense, really). One of these pitches involves Sam and Jack getting married. While it doesn’t really happen, we know that Sam and Jack are now totally married and living happily ever after.

Charmed – Piper/Leo


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It’s been forever since I’ve watched this show, but the Piper/Leo love is serious and at least their wedding was actually real.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy Angel

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