Family Friendly Movie About A Pampered Celeb and Her Pooch

The cushy Hollywood life of Latte the dog is turned upside down when her owner, superstar actress London Bridges, heads to the boonies to make a new film. The pampered pooch tries to stop thieves from stealing London’s diamond necklace from a farmhouse, but they escape with the jewels. With the help of hunky farmer Tom, can London track down the priceless stones before a scandal breaks out? This wild family adventure also stars Jay Mohr.

The 411:

Goddess and I watched this movie over the weekend and while it isn't the best quality or going to win an Emmy it definitely was family friendly. There were no uncomfortable scenes that made it hard to watch with a 13 year old who is embarrassed at everything.  

We loved the spoiled, selfish celebrity turned into humble girl as London learns more about herself and allows herself to fall for a farmer.  The star of the movie is definitely Latte the adorable, diamond wearing Pomeranian. She reminded me of my Pom Zoe who I had before Goddess came along.  

Worth a watch. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. 

Psychiatrist Offers Social Media/Momo Challenge Advice to Parents

If you’re a parent, hopefully you have heard of the Momo Challenge by now. It’s a dangerous “suicide game” that targets children on social media. Some say it’s just the latest internet hoax while others argue it is in fact very real. Either way: it’s an important reminder that parents need to stay on top of their children’s online and social media activity. As a mom of teens I am constantly taking my kids phones to see what they are up to. I check their social media, email, texts and photos to make sure they are navigating the world properly. It is hard even as adults yet we expect our kids to do it. I tell them until they pay for the phone, it is my phone so don't be surprised when I pick it up.

Vinay Saranga M.D., a child psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, offers this advice for parents:   

  • Keep an eye on what your kids see online: When today’s parents were growing up, the only strangers and dangers they had to watch out for were those in front of them. Social media and the internet are a whole other world and parents needs to be vigilant about what their children are looking at, who they are talking to and what they are doing online. Limit what your kids do on their mobile devices and insist that they only engage on larger screens that you can easily see.  

  • You have to enquire: Even if your children are well-behaved or you think of them as the perfect kids who would never get into trouble, you still have to talk to them. Don’t just assume everything is okay or that they aren’t engaging in anything dangerous. You need to be the one to bring it up at the dinner table and educate them about staying safe in today’s online world. Ask them who their online friends are, what games they are playing, what they are viewing, etc.

  • Teaching common sense: It is the job of every parent to instill basic common sense into their children. Let them know that if they encounter something like the Momo Challenge, it is fake, they should tell you about it, close the page or take a screenshot and report it to the police or proper authorities. Teaching kids how to spot danger, scams and other bad things is a lesson they can carry with them for life.

  • Do a mental health check: Just as you would keep an eye on your kid’s physical health, all parents need to stay on top of their children’s mental health. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from the Momo Challenge, the online world is not all fun and games. Childhood anxiety, depression and online bullying are very real issues these days and must be addressed promptly and properly. Teach your teenagers that if they encounter a friend or classmate who is suicidal, to report it immediately or to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

  • Check privacy settings: As parents, you can control the privacy settings on your children’s devices. Make sure they are set to the strictest levels. Don’t forget to check the settings on all phones, computers and tablets. In addition to the actual devices, remember that many social media platforms also have their own set of privacy settings that you can control as well. There are also standalone software products that can help keep your kids stay safe online.

  • Age appropriate guidelines vary: There are all different guidelines for when kids should be allowed to dive into social media and the online world. The best advice is to take it on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, the longer parents can delay, the better, as this gives your kids more time to mature. Keep in mind that your 10-year-old might just be more mentally mature than the 12-year-old down the street.

  • Watch the time: Just as you would limit how much TV time your kids get, parents must limit the amount of computer or online time their kids get, too. Encourage your kids to engage more in physical activity, more in-person playtime with friends, sports, books and educational activities. Online and social media time should be limited and reserved for when everything else is done or as an extra special treat.

Red Room On DVD

An extreme horror film that brings the terror of what lies in the deepest, darkest corners of the internet into the light…with blood-soaked results. Kyra, a young woman kidnapped off the street after a night out, wakes up in an isolated house with two other captives. They are informed by their sadistic captors that they must wait their turn to enter the Red Room before they will be released. Once they discover they will never leave alive, they plot to escape before it's too late

Available on DVD/VOD: March 19, 2019

Cast: Brian Fortune, Cristina Ryan, Eddie Jackson, Rodrigo Ternevoy, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley, Martin O'Sullivan, Aisling O'Neill, Michelle Audrey, John Dalessandro, Eoin Quinn, Saoirse Doyle, Sohaila Lindheim, Roisin Whelan Directed by: Stephen Gaffney

The 411: 

This is a perverse, gritty, bloody movie about 3 woman being held captive in a "waiting room" while people make online bids as to how they should die. The winner gets to decide their fate while the others can watch. All at a very high cost to the bidders and the victims.

While it isn't the best movie I have seen, it was a little too realistic to me. Human trafficking is real and the uncomfortably factor is high.  It felt like this was a sick voyager look into devious people who sit silently behind computer screens, in a virtual reality world without a consideration to the reality of "real" people. We see it daily in our real lives and it gets scarier and scarier how sick some people are.

I felt the movie was more shock and awe with the girls being hurt in horrific ways. Nails being ripped out of the knees, hammers repeatedly slammed into kneecaps, fingers snipped off, etc.

This is a watch it once and shake your head movie. If you are into it good for you but I thought the  couple who were obviously in charge the most disturbing.

Stan & Ollie Hits On Demand, Blu-Ray and DVD March 26th - Fan Auction On Original Stan & Ollie Memorabilia

On Tuesday, March 26th, Stan & Ollie, starring John C Reilly and Steve Coogan will be premiering  on iTunes, Amazon Video, DVD and Blue Ray and now fans across the globe will be able to own original pieces from Laurel and Hardy’s glory days. Stan and Ollie enthusiasts can enjoy the amazing new film in the pleasure of their own home while keeping the spirit of the world-renowned tag team alive by collecting their very own original Stan and Ollie memorabilia. 

RIGHT NOW, Laurel & Hardy fans across the globe now have the chance to own one-of-a-kind, extremely rare, memorabilia collected throughout the years of the dynamic-duo’s comedic work together. Screenbid, Hollywood’s leading auction site, is pleased to present a recently unearthed collection of Laurel & Hardy ephemera that spans the globe and goes as far back as the 1920's when Stan and Ollie were just beginning to work together. Hundreds of items will be available to introduce newbies into the world of Laurel and Hardy, as well as long time collectors as they will be able to own a rich part of the Stan and Ollie heritage. This is one collection that simply put, shows the worldwide appeal of these two legendary comedians.

 Among the items in this auction include: personalized and autographed letters Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and film producer Hal Roach sent to fans spanning five decades, original press books including "Babes In Toyland", "Swiss Miss", and "Atoll K", Walt Disney Studios sketches of Laurel & Hardy, Domestic and Foreign Posters for their feature films and some of the two reel short subjects including, "Twice Two", "The Midnight Patrol", and Going Bye, Bye", STAX publicity photos, and life size Statues of Stan and Ollie.

In addition, Screenbid will have original Stan and Ollie lobby cards, posters, press clippings, inserts, standees, comic books and so much more from their silent and sound films. All merchandise will be sold with an official Studio Certificate of Authenticity.

If you were a Stan and Ollie fan, this is a pretty cool! I wish I could get the life size statues. 

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