Showing posts with label peliculas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label peliculas. Show all posts

Monday, July 29, 2013

When an @Audi A8 picks you up to take you to the #movies it's going to be EPIC! @WolverineMovie #HughMamarazzi

The Wolverine

As some of you may remember, many moons ago I worked as a film critic for a well known print publication (which shall remain nameless, to protect the innocent, namely ME). And I've done a lot of Press Screenings. In the beginning the Private Screening Rooms and Snacks were impressive (I started pretty young so often times I was the youngest journalist in the room), the Press Junkets and meeting the celebs were fun (I actually have a scrapbook with my clippings), but I think The Moms have finally finished creating a Movie Monster in me with their most recent Screening Experience!

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Check out Team Butterfly peeking out from behind the passenger side of the 2014 Audi A8!

When an Audi A8 and a driver show up at your door to take you into the city for a film screening you know it's going to be EPIC!  First of all I have to tell you that it was the smoothest ride I've ever experienced,  I love New York City, but anyone who has visited as well as locals know, there are A LOT of potholes, I mean A LOT, and while riding in the Audi A8 the very first thing I noticed was just how smooth the ride is. I know where most of the potholes are by heart and know when to brace myself (especially when I'm in a yellow cab) but this car ride was absolutely the smoothest I've ever experienced, and my driver was awesome too! I'm not sure I want to go any screening that doesn't come with Audi ride to and from my door after this!

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Team Butterfly outside AMC 25 Movie Theatre in New York City, check out the super hot 2014 Audi A8 Automobile and there is my super cool driver!

Seriously folks if you are considering a new vehicle, look no further, the 2014 Audi A8 is pure perfection! The Audi quattro all-wheel drive system is super smooth, it's LED lighting, Audi MMI touch technology, Audi MMI Navigation plus with voice control system, and absolutely gorgeous interior, make this vehicle pure perfection as far as I'm concerned! I will be dreaming of this car for quite awhile! I looked great as a passenger, but I'm thinking I'd look even better behind the wheel!

Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine, Audi A8 Automobile
Wouldn't it have been amazing if we were picked up by Hugh Jackman? (A girl can dream can't she?)

But I digress! Despite how amazing the ride is, the true star of the show was the movie of course, The Wolverine!

Hugh Jackman, Logan, The Wolverine

Plot Summary/About:

Lured to a Japan he hasn't seen since World War II, century-old mutant Wolverine (Played by Hugh Jackman) finds himself in a shadowy realm of Yakuza and Samurai. Wolverine is pushed to his physical and emotional brink when he is forced to go on the run with a powerful industrialist's daughter (Played by Tao Okamoto) and is confronted - for the first time - with the prospect of his own death. As he struggles to re-discover the hero within himself, he must grapple with powerful foes and the ghosts of his own haunted past.

Rila Fukushima, Yukio, The Wolverine

In every movie there is a scene stealer, and for me, The Wolverine's scene stealer, is Rila Fukushima who plays Yukio who becomes a 'body guard' for Wolverine/Logan, it's an understated yet very well delivered performance!

I don't want include any spoilers, but I will tell you don't pop up when the credits start to roll, stay put and pay attention, something cool happens, but I won't tell you what, you'll just have to go check that out for yourself to find out what it is! All I can say is....the plot thickens my friends!

Hugh Jackman:

The best part of attending Screenings with The Moms is the opportunity to have a questions and answers session with stars of the movie, Hugh was very open and very down-to-earth, here is the video of his Q&A:

Here are some of my shots: (apologies butterflies they are a bit grainy, I think my camera has really had it, it died after me trying to take 4 hi-res shots which is NOT a good sign as the batteries were fully charged!)

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow all things Wolverine on Twitter @WolverineMovie
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My Take:

This is definitely a summer must see! It's action-packed and has great visuals, there is something that has always fascinated me about Japanese culture and the scenes there are visually beautiful to watch and certainly make me want to go visit. Hugh couldn't have been nicer and the Audi A8 ride to and from the theatre was smooth and fantastic! As we were leaving we were treated to cupcakes by Baked By Melissa, they used 1,700 cupcakes and they spelled out the word 'The Wolverine' with the chocolate ones which I thought was pretty cool!

Even 'The Wolverine' can't resist cupcakes, NOM! NOM! NOM!

Butterflies, The Wolverine is a definite 'TICKET', once you've seen it, come back here and let us know what you thought!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a Sponsored Post, no monetary compensation has been received in exchange for our event recap coverage. We were provided with Roundtrip Transportation to and from the Theatre compliments of Audi. We were provided with a private screening experience courtesy of The Moms. All opinions are 100% my own. See our full disclosure policy for any questions.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Q&A with Gerard Butler and {#Movie Review} of #playingforkeeps


On Friday, December 7th, Film District will present PLAYING FOR KEEPS, a romantic comedy that tells the story of a former sports star who's fallen on hard times and starts coaching his son's soccer team in an attempt to get his life together. The film stars Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Judy Greer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and introduces Noah Lomax.

Englisha romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn. "Playing For Keeps" is directed by Gabriele Muccino, the director of "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Gerard Butler in Playing for Keeps, the movie will hit theatres December 7, 2012.

Spanish/EspanolEn la tierna comedia romántica “Playing For Keeps”, George Dryer (Gerard Butler) es un hombre que alguna vez fue una superestrella del fútbol europeo, y que ahora viaja a la apacible Virginia para tratar de empezar de cero… Pero lo único que encontrará es una serie de nuevas complicaciones. Con el objetivo de establecer un vínculo con su hijo, a quien apenas conoce, y cambiar su comportamiento inconstante de estrella caprichosa, George acepta, a regañadientes, entrenar a un equipo de fútbol infantil. Sin embargo, vuelve a ser el centro de atención cuando se encuentra frente a una versión suburbana de las admiradoras que siempre enloquecieron por él: ¡las mamás de los niños del equipo de fútbol! Pero por más confundido que lo deje toda esa renovada atención –incluida la del padre de uno de los niños del equipo, que lo presiona para que sea su nuevo mejor amigo– George está decidido a hacer las cosas bien esta vez.

Our Founder and Editor, Tracy from Ascending Butterfly and Rosy from Accidental Sexiness had the opportunity to interview Gerard Butler while he was wrapping up his Press Junket for his new movie, Playing for Keeps while in Miami, Florida! He tells us all about the movie and his character George Dryer. We asked our readers to give us one question they would like for us to ask Gerard Butler about his new movie and we took one reader question that replied to our post (congrats to ‘Big Happy Buddha’ we used your question too!) and we also took one question from a Twitter follower (congrats to @ChristyLundber1 we used your question), here is the interview transcript: (I was going to post the audio file but it’s a compressed version and the conference call had to be re-initiated more than once so I thought a transcript might be easier for everyone):

Couldn't resist using this picture since I got to interview Gerard via Conference Call!

Transcript of Questions and Answers with Gerard Butler:

Question from Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: Welcome to Miami! What have you been doing while in Miami?

Gerard Butler:  I haven’t really had the opportunity to do an awful lot because I came in last night and we had a meal at the hotel which was actually fun because by the time we left every table met every table which had become five big tables which was nice, and this morning I woke up early and went for a walk along the beach and it was perfect, the weather is so incredible right now! I’m actually thinking that I really like Miami, usually I visit Miami and it’s always for some Festival or it’s New Years  or it’s Art | Basel, or the music festival or something you know and I’ve got to say I much prefer it like this, when there’s nothing going on, the vibe is just great.

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: I Agree!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -Tracy, Ascending Butterfly:  If you could reboot any one area of your life and start over, which would it be?

Gerard Butler:  My Gosh! If I could reboot any area of my life that would maybe be my love life. I kind of wonder maybe if I should have settled down a little bit earlier but that’s a tough one because I enjoy the path that I’ve taken, but sometimes I wonder what would have been different if I settled down earlier you know maybe had a family earlier, that might have been an interesting path to take. That’s a good question, but I try not to think like that too much. I like to try and live without regret. Whatever happens, happens for a reason, even if I do take the wrong path often it turns out that it happened for a reason and it will be shown to me in the future.

Tracy, Ascending Butterfly:  Thanks, that’s true!

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: So in the film your character George is an ex-footballer, and a playboy, so I imagine that he is pretty ‘rough around the edges’, so how does he take to being tested by these ‘soccer moms’ and these ‘desperate housewives’ types?

Gerard Butler:  (Laughs) I think this is what is charming and hilarious about this movie! George has lived a life being very much in the spotlight, the center of attention and he’s excited by that and is still tempted by that, for a moment in the movie he feels the respect and the excitement around him and that’s kind of tantalizing to him. But overall this time he’s really trying his best to grow up and move away from that and to move more towards the responsible elements of life, being committed, being a father, you know actually turning up on time and becoming reliable. And yet, this is the time where that attention that he gets is NOT what he wants, it just gets in the way, it’s temping at times but in the end, he’s just trying to be a good guy, but there are so many obstacles there’s horny women, there’s frustrated women, there’s clawing women and they all want a piece of him, even the men want a piece of him! The men want to be him, the women just want him! I think that it’s hard for him to deal with, he’s not just holding his center, one of his main problems is, it’s not just he himself is any way dark, it’s just more that he’s a bit of a kid, he doesn’t know how to say no or set his boundaries. That’s what he learns as the movie goes on, what’s important.

Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax and Gerard Butler in the movie Playing for Keeps

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: Yeah, because at first I wondered whether the central relationship was going to be between George and his son or whether it was George, Stacy and the son but it seems like it’s a little bit of each and then maybe his relationship with himself?

Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler in the movie Playing for Keeps

Gerard Butler:  Yeah, that’s a good point. That’s actually why I love this movie  because there are many different things, there is a man struggling with himself and his own vision of what a man should be and his understanding of what it takes to be a man and a father. And the one hand learning what that is and to actually be that. And there is him re-kindling his love with his wife, or his ex-wife and being given that second chance by  her. And having to look back in the past and seeing all these years that were wasted because of his own selfishness and childishness. And then there’s the relationship with his son as well, there is this kid that looks up to this man who is his father and his hero, who he missed out having all these years as he makes an attempt to re-establish this relationship where he goes wrong, what he gets right, and finally the son starts to look up to him. All these really interesting scenes and parts of the story that are on the one hand touching and moving and on top of that there’s the hilarious consequences that goes on of the man who is really trying to do the right thing and who is being pulled in so many different directions by what everybody else wants for themselves.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -Tracy, Ascending Butterfly:  One of my readers asked How far would you go to win a lady’s heart? (Congrats Big Happy Buddha, this is YOUR question to Gerard!)

Gerard Butler:  Um (laughter), I mean what do you say to that? (All of us laugh), In the one hand you don’t really want to make fool of yourself, you don’t want this lady kind of looking at you like ‘all right you’re an idiot’ but at the same time of being amazed of what when you put in that bit of effort and you do something which takes a lot of effort, you know requires big sacrifice in your life, requires a certain amount if risk or imagination even, how much that can win somebody over. When it comes to relationships in my life and a funny thing I did in my last relationship, what I did, which I will not go into but I did something that was simply drastic and weird. I’ve got to say that as I was doing it and I was in the middle of it, I was like “OK this is drastic and weird! What am I doing?” but in the end it seemed to work it’s magic. (all laugh)

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: I don’t think you need to go very far  cause there’s plenty of Latinas here in Miami that would love to have you Gerard! (All Laugh)

Gerard Butler:  I guess I’m in the right place then! (Rosy Laughs)

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness:  So there’s a lot of other really talented people in this film you’re working with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quad, how do they all play into George’s life?

Gerard Butler:  You know here’s a bunch of people who all have their own wants and wishes, there are people that are frustrated there are people that are bored, there are people who are lonely and George comes into this town like a hurricane like a tornado and just plays havoc with their lives! George is an opportunity for so many people, he’s an opportunity for sex, he’s an opportunity for company, he’s an opportunity for inspiration, and they all look to him for that. And it’s just very funny to see what each of them are willing to do to get what they want in their own life. Yet at the same time you can identify with all of them because they’ve all been there in their own different ways. You understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and you understand why George is doing what he’s doing but at the same time when you throw that all in a pot it all just makes a pretty hilarious plot, because everywhere he turns there is someone practically bribing him with job opportunities or turning up at his work or you know running on the soccer field and hugging him and you know or on his way home they will break into his house and jump onto his bed (laughs). George is just thinking ‘Why Can’t I just eat my burger and go to bed I mean Jesus!’ (All Laugh) That is what I love about the story, it’s very relatable, it’s very universal. You can identify with each of these characters in many different ways and yet can conceive and identify with them in an emotional way and you can identify with them in a very funny way as well.

Gerard Butler and Noah Lomax in the movie Playing for Keeps

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Tracy, Ascending Butterfly:  What about the dynamic with Noah Lomax, how was it playing a Dad? (Congratulations @ChristyLundber1, we asked Gerard your question!)

Gerard Butler:  I really enjoyed playing a dad I feel like I am still such a kid myself, I’m very young at heart suddenly when you have a kid that is more than like three or four years old you are like ‘holy shit what I am doing here’, but at the same time I spent a lot of time with Noah and I hit it off with him like straight away, he is the cutest kid, the smartest kid, he’s very talented. I knew he was going to break hearts in this movie and he’s really going to help the film, and we had a blast from day one. I would have him by my side when we did scenes together and he melted my heart and became my little buddy. When I look at this kid it makes me think I know I would be a good dad and wow I would love to be his dad!

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: I don’t get a last question? (she laughs) Thank You Sorry, I just wanted to know about what you plan to do with the remainder of your time in Miami because you were a staple at Art | Basel recently and about the whole Latina thing, would you be open to having a relationship with a Latina?

Gerard Butler:  Yes I would. I love Latinas! Whenever someone would describe my kind of woman they often describe Latinas, like taller, dark hair, dark skin, and not that I do have one specific type but a lot of my girlfriends have been more like that so when you come to Miami there’s plenty of Latina woman around and I love their energy, their spice and they’re fire! And when I’ve done the interviews here today almost everyone that has come in they’re all beautiful and they’re all so nice and fun, great sense of humor and a great ability to laugh at themselves and they all just made this job really easy for me. I would not be adverse, but I have to be careful what I say, I don’t want to get in trouble. (all laugh)

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness: Are you sticking around for Art | Basel?

Gerard Butler:  No. I’m not. I’ve got to tell you I got so hounded by the Paparazzi last year that it kind of threw me off for a bit and I thought I’d take a years break. They did a good job of messing that one up. But I’ve got to say that being here when there is NOT an event going on is really nice I really like the energy of this place! It’s just chill.

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness:  I’m really glad that you were able to come back and have more of a positive experience!

Gerard Butler:  Thank You.

Rosy, Accidental Sexiness:  And thank you for your time and good luck with the film.

Gerard Butler:  Thank you I appreciate it, and have a great day!

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My Take:

I greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to interview Gerard Butler for Ascending Butterfly! He is as charming and personable in person as he is on screen!

While Romantic Comedies can often be easily dismissed for the predictability of their plot lines, the theme 'What do really want'? and 'What are you playing for'? are hugely relatable, at some point we all hit a crossroads in our life. Whether it's a personal, professional or spiritual crossroads we all question where we are in our lives. We all thrive to grow and change, it's the journey while we are on the way to that destination that makes up our life, the sum total of all of our experiences, including the obstacles in our path comprise both who AND what we are.

Is Gerard Butler playing himself in Playing for Keeps? Go see it and sound off on what you think here!

So Butterfly, What are YOU Playing for? What do you REALLY want?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received, I attended a Press Screening of the film and interviewed Gerard Butler during his Press Junket. All opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER 3D Now on DVD {@AbeTheHunter #Movie #Review}


Needless to say that Ascending Butterfly is counting down to Halloween already as Horror is my favorite movie genre of all time! (Any fellow Horror and Vampire Movie Genre Lovers out there that would get into trouble for slipping their copy of Fangoria Magazine in their school books?) Yesterday's Movie Review was for an all ages Family Friendly title, (Disney Secret of the Wings Movie Review, if you missed it, you could check out HERE) but today's title is most definitely NOT for the kiddos!

I didn't get the chance to see this one in the theatres because of my insane travel schedule and now that I got to see it on video I truly regret not catching this one on the 'big screen'.

While I'm a huge fan of the genre, I'm the first to admit that most horror movies are a bit plot 'light' and usually disappointing in the end, but I can honestly tell you this one is NONE of those! I greatly enjoyed this movie! For the life of me I could not conceive how Vampires and Abraham Lincoln would come together, but they really did do it somehow!

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter 3D Box Cover Art

Plot Summary

English: The election season is about to get a whole lot bloodier as historical legend throws his hat into the ring in ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, arriving on Blu-ray™3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD October 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A citizen by day and a hunter by night, this action-packed film with cutting-edge visual effects shows the Lincoln you know – with one additional quality of which you were unaware... until now.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER explores the secret life of Abraham Lincoln before he became President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (Dark Shadows) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.

Based on the New York Times Best Seller novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER stars Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers), Dominic Cooper (Captain American: The Frist Avenger), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Rufus Sewell (The Tourist). The Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ are loaded with killer content and hard action, including an exclusive never-before-scene animated graphic novel prequel about the origins of vampires in the U.S.A.

Spanish/Espanol: La temporada de elecciones está a punto de obtener un montón radicalizarse como leyenda histórica lanza su sombrero en el anillo de ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, llegando el Blu-ray ™ 3D, Blu-ray ™ y DVD el 23 de octubre de Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Un ciudadano por día y un cazador de noche, esta película llena de acción muestra efectos visuales de vanguardia el Lincoln sabes – con una calidad adicional que desconocían... hasta ahora.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER explora la vida secreta de Abraham Lincoln antes de convertirse en Presidente y la historia no contada que formaron nuestra nación. Traen cineastas visionarios (Dark Shadows) de Tim Burton y Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) trae una voz fresca y visceral a la tradición sanguinaria del vampiro, imaginando a Lincoln como el cazador mayor de history de los muertos vivientes.

Basada en la novela superventas del New York Times por Seth Grahame-Smith, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER estrellas Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers), Dominic Cooper (Capitán América: El Vengador de Frist), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs el mundo) y Rufus Sewell (el turista). El Blu-ray ™ 3D y Blu-ray ™ se cargan con la acción de contenido y dura asesina, incluyendo un exclusivo nunca-antes-escena animada gráfico novela precuela sobre los orígenes de los vampiros en los EE. 

My Take:

I had the same reaction most people had when they heard about this title, 'yeah right'. But I can tell you that as Far Fetched as it may seem, it really does come together, you get invested in the characters, it's well-paced, isn't just solely relying on special effects, and does not let you down! This one is definitely a winner for your Halloween Weekend viewing and for your Horror/Vamp Movie Collection!

If you already saw this one, what did YOU think YAY or NAY? Did you catch them at Comic Con This Year?

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

People Like Us {Movie Review}

No butterflies I was not on vacation yesterday, this post was actually supposed to go live Friday, but lately technology has not been my friend! (If anyone hears of a casting call for 'Pimp my Electronics' please let me know!)

On Tuesday, June 26th, The Moms, TV Personalities and media duo, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein hosted a private Mamarazzi event, sponsored by MARTINI, to celebrate the release of People Like Us. The event kicked off with a lovely breakfast sponsored by Panera, and included MOMosas and MARTINI Sparkling Prosecco, followed by a screening and then a Questions and Answers session with the movie's star, Elizabeth Banks!

I will tell you The Moms 'Mamarazzi' events are always fantastic and never disappoint, I only wish that every single movie being released would hold screenings with them!

MARTINI and The Moms celebrate release of People Like Us with Elizabeth Banks - (Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MARTINI)

What's in a MOMosa? Glad you asked, here's the recipe:


2 parts chilled MARTINI Asti
1 part Orange Juice


Pour Orange Juice into a flute glass, top with Martini Asti and garnish with a strawberry (or the seasonal fruit of your choice)

(Please MOMosa responsibly, don't drive under the MOMosa influence, LOL, no seriously, call a cab)

Sam (Chris Pine) gets to know Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) the sister he has just discovered and her son Josh (Michael D’Addario) while trying to figure out how to tell her they are siblings in the DreamWorks drama/comedy People Like Us opening June 29, 2012.


English: "People Like Us"  tells the story of a struggling man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew existed, and her troubled 12-year-old son.

Spanish: "Gente como nosotros" narra la historia de un hombre de lucha que, después de volar a casa a los Ángeles para el funeral de su padre productor de registro, descubre que la voluntad estipula que debe entregar $150.000 en efectivo a una hermana alcohólica de 30 años de edad nunca supo que existía y su hijo de 12 años de edad conflictivo. 

Sam (Chris Pine) gets to know Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) the sister he has just discovered and her son Josh (Michael D’Addario) while trying to figure out how to tell her they are siblings in the DreamWorks drama/comedy People Like Us opening June 29, 2012

The movie opens with Sam (played by Chris Pine), a salesman who suddenly finds his job in jeopardy (and in need of monies to help save his job), having to find a way to save his job and then finding out his estranged Father died and he needs to fly back  home for his funeral. He gets back home with both his personal and professional life both very much in the up in the air. He is soon confronted with the challenging task of carrying out his father’s final wish – to deliver $150,000 to a single mom named Frankie (played by Elizabeth Banks) and her 11-year-old son, Josh (played by Michael Hall D’addario).

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Lillian, recently widowed she is reconnecting with her son in the DreamWorks drama People Like Us opening June 29, 2012.

Michelle Pfeiffer plays Sam’s mother Lilllian, she struggles to cope with the loss of her (cheating) husband and the son who has been absent for so long returning home.

Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) has a heart-to-heart conversation with her son Josh (Michael D’Addario) in the DreamWorks drama/comedy People Like Us opening June 29, 2012.

Elizabeth Banks plays Frankie, struggling Single Mom, recovering addict, and Sam's long lost sister. Her pre-teen son Josh, played by Michael D'Addario is rebellious, getting in trouble in school and testing his boundaries.

What would you do if you needed the money, and $150,000 falls into your hands and your task is to give it someone else?

Not such an easy task!

After the screening which was sponsored by MARTINI and hosted by The Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, Elizabeth Banks joined us for a question and answer session.

Here are a mix of photos from the Q&A:

When asked about single moms, Banks replied: “I know so many of these women who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.” Center: Actress Elizabeth Banks (photo credit:

When asked about Work/Life Balance, Banks replied: “You have 500 million things on your plate – never enough money, or enough time, or enough people to rely on, and you are always wondering how you are going to get it done.”

"They have a lot of friends but there will only be one of you"

MARTINI and The Moms celebrate release of People Like Us with Elizabeth Banks - (Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MARTINI)

MARTINI and The Moms celebrate release of People Like Us with Elizabeth Banks - (Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MARTINI)

My Take:

I hope "People Like Us" doesn't get lost in the summer 3D/Action and Blockbuster movies that we tend to associate with summer releases. It's as real as family life gets, and you are drawn into the character's struggles because it is so well acted.

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored/compensated post. No monetary compensation has been received in exchange for this movie review. All opinions are 100% my own. I attended an Advanced Screening of People Like Us via The Moms.