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Published by Grand Central Publishing — April 9, 2019

MUTUAL RESCUE

How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too

by Carol Novello with Ginny Graves

 

An impressive and inspiring work guaranteed to spur a visit to a rescue web site or trip to the local Humane Society.”

-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

 

 

MUTUAL RESCUE is the first book to profile the transformational impact that pets have on humans by exploring the emotional, physical, and spiritual gifts rescued animals provide. Compelling research is woven throughout the four sections of the book, Heart, Body, Mind and Connection, and every chapter takes a deep dive into the animal adoption journey deepening the understanding for every human who has ever felt enriched, soothed or restored by an animal and wanted to know why.

Our nation is plagued by illnesses; sixteen million adults suffer from depression, twenty-nine million have diabetes, eight million in any given year have PTSD, and nearly forty percent are obese. It has been established that rescue pets can help. Sixty percent of doctors said they prescribe pet adoption and a staggering ninety-seven percent believe that pet ownership provides health benefits. For people in chronic emotional, physical, or spiritual pain, adopting an animal can transform, and even save, their lives.

MUTUAL RESCUE answers the question of “Who Saves Who” and highlights the research that confirms for our heads what our hearts already know.

Carol Novellobegan rescuing animals at five years of age and hasn't stopped. With a Harvard MBA, she was a senior executive working in high tech, most recently at Intuit, Inc. Today, she is the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, where she launched Mutual Rescue, a digital global campaign of short films designed to showcase the therapeutic benefits of animal companionship and encourage adoptions. Through her work at Humane Society Silicon Valley, she has been awarded the Maddie's Fund "Maddie Hero Award" for innovation and leadership in the sector and has been recognized as an honoree at the Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Business School celebration in Northern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoys spending time with her own rescue companions, Tess, a German shepherd, and her tuxedo cats, Bode and Herbie. 

Praise for Carol Novello and Mutual Rescue:

“Through authentic accounts, scientific evidence, and personal narrative, Carol Novello illustrates how when we rescue a homeless animal, we ourselves are so often rescued right back!

This book is destined to save lives."

─Marty Becker, DVM and Jack Canfield, 

#1 NY Times bestselling co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

“I love Mutual Rescue’s films, so when I heard about this new book, I raced to read it. The stories about rescued pets rescuing people were like rays of bright sunshine on a stormy afternoon.

Truly an awe-inspiring book!”

─Marci Shimoff,

#1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

"Mutual Rescue juxtaposes authentic stories and scientific thought about the animal-human bond.

It touches hearts, opens minds, and inspires compassion—a life-changing book."

─Brian Hare,

Founder of Duke Canine Cognition Center and New York Times Bestseller Author of The Genius of Dogs

"Packed with heartrending stories of struggling people who have adopted homeless animals, this fascinating book reveals the many unrecognized ways dogs and cats can ground us, provide a sense of purpose and give us the strength to move forward.

Part science, part story, Mutual Rescue is all heart.

It made me cry and filled me with hope for our planet and every person on it."

─Mallika Chopra,

author of Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy

“Adopting a pet can greatly benefit the lives of people who are emotionally hurting.  

Read these heartwarming stories inMutual Rescue.”

─TempleGrandin,

Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

Companion dogs. They are the best — nonjudgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, good motivators to get us humans off the couch and outdoors. There are so many benefits to having these canine companions in our lives.

But do we let them roll in stinky stuff? Nope. Do we get embarrassed when they sniff crotches or hump our human friends’ legs? Yep. Yet this is completely acceptable behavior in the dog world. In the human world, not so much.

Dogs are amazingly adaptive and resilient and find ways to survive even in environments that aren’t particularly dog friendly. Most people want their dogs to thrive (versus being labeled with behavioral problems) and the best way to do that is to learn as much as possible about who dogs really are and what they need from us, say Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in the enclosed advance copy of, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (March 5, 2019).

As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans.

Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great — for dog and human alike.

Continuing to build on ways to “let your dog be a dog,” with as much patience and good will as possible, Bekoff and Pierce demonstrate how to give companion dogs the best life possible and provide a win-win for all. They are prepared to discuss with your audience:

  • Their top three suggestions for easy ways for people to “unleash their dog”?
  • Explaining that in addition to exercising muscles, joints, tendons, and bones, dogs need to exercise their senses — and why this is so important
  • The importance of busting the myth that dogs are “just furry people.”
  • Why they think that “citizen science” is so important for learning about dog behavior.
  • The importance of dog training — it goes both ways to make it a true win-win. (continued)

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com

Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net

It’s important for people who live with dogs to become fluent in “Dog” so they’ll know how to let their canine companions express their doginess and be dogs. It is my sincere hope you will consider letting your readers know about Unleashing Your Dog via a review or mention in your publication. Both authors are also available for interview, and I would be happy to make those arrangements. You can reach me at 415-884-2100 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Unleashing Your Dog:

A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible

By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Category: Animals

Pub. Date: March 5, 2019

Price: $15.95 / Trade Paper

Pages: 216

ISBN: 978-1-60868-542-4

Published by New World Library

Distributed by Publishers Group West

 
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STEVEN JOHN SIMON RELEASES VISUAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “EYES CLOSED”

Watch the lyric video for "Eyes Closed" here,
NASHVILLE, TN. - (March 27, 2019) – Veteran Marine and Louisiana singer and songwriter, Steven John Simon, has released a visual and moving lyric video for his second single, “Eyes Closed.” The video is available on his Facebook page and can be watched on his artist YouTube page here.

“I really wanted the lyrics of this song to come to life and with this lyric video, I feel we really did that,” said Steven John Simon.  “Our media team used original clips from video captured by James Gilley of ProMotion LLC that we shot in Nashville for our official video.”

The evocative single is available on all digital music platforms
here.

“Eyes Closed” describes the attraction between a man and a woman whose paths cross at a bar. Not only is the attraction so strong that it pulls them towards each other, but there is also a deeper, immaterial connection that Simon could see with his eyes closed,” said Janeen Megloranzo, The Country Note. “The lyrics allow the listener to visualize the connection and desire between the two as Simon’s heartfelt and charming vocals bring those emotions to life.”

...’cause her lips landed there on mine and
I could see every move I made
When I ran my fingers up and down her skin
I knew this wasn’t our last first kiss
I saw it … yeah I saw it with my eyes closed
With my eyes closed…

Stay up to date with everything on Steven John Simon’s website stevenjohnsimon.com. Follow Steven on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and watch his videos on YouTube. Music is available on all digital music platforms for streaming and download on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Music and more.

About Steven John Simon:
Steven John Simon was discovered on social media platforms by an A&R Rep for
Heart Songs Records and was swiftly signed to a management production deal with the label. His social media growth is on fire.  Over the course of a few months he has developed a fan base of country music fans that are encouraging him to pursue his music. They want more! Steven was born and raised in Louisiana.  He is a family man and loves being a single father to his two children Navika & Cole. Steven works in the oil field as did his father and most of the men in his family. He ventured into the oil field after serving our country in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton  (California) for two years and then spent three years on security at the Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa & Singapore. Steven is currently a Subsea Engineer which includes the operation and maintenance of the Blowout Preventers (BOP's). Steven became interested in singing at the age of 20, but put his dream on the back burner to serve our country.  It was his daughters desire to start pursuing a career in music that led him to start pursuing his own dream. He wanted to lead by example and guide Navika in her own journey. "What a better way to help my daughter, than show her how it is done." They really are supportive of one another, they recently traveled together to audition for The Voice. Steven said recently in an interview,  "My main reason for pursuing it now is to show my kids that anything is possible if you WORK for it! No one will hand it to you, you have to make it happen." Steven released his first single, produced by Larry Beaird, "Tongue Tied" on 11.30.18 which made its debut on Itunes Hot Tracks. Steven’s second single, “Eyes Closed,” was released to all digital platforms on March 15.

 


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Fierce Grey Mouse

ABOUT THE BOOK

The enchanting story of a Little Grey Mouse who desperately wants to be fearsome and strong. He does his exercises, eats his porridge, drinks all of his milk – and, soon enough, Little Grey Mouse grows to be fierce.

But, roaring and pouncing from his perch high up in a tree, Fierce Grey Mouse accidentally scares away all of his friends .

Fierce Grey Mouse soon realises the importance of friendship and being true to yourself: the message of the story.

Beautifully written and illustrated by the highly-regarded children’s illustrator Chantal Bourgonje, this book is a delight that young children and their families can share and enjoy.

Fierce Grey Mouse by Chantal Bourgonje

ISBN: 9781787113121

UPC: 6-36847-01312-7

AVAILABLE NOW!

£6.99(UK), $9.99(US), 12.99(CAN)

In the US the book will be available in the beginning of May through Quarto Knows - https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781787113121/The-Fierce-Grey-Mouse.html

 

BULLET POINTS

  • A simple tale for young children about friendship and staying true to yourself
  • Previously awarded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit, and received 5 star reviews (Interactive app version)
  • The delightfully illustrated animal characters tell the story to boys and girls of all nationalities
  • The story will appeal to children everywhere
  • Friends love you as you are, you don't need to make yourself different
  • You don't need to be 'fierce' to be happy!

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–––– NOTES TO EDITORS ––––

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chantal is a Dutch illustrator and writer of picture books, working from the Wiltshire countryside, where she lives with her partner and two whippets. Chantal’s inspiration comes from nature, her pets, the countryside, and all creatures living in it.

In 2011 she graduated with a 1:1 Honours degree in Illustration. Her graduation project was highly commended in the MacMillan Prize. In 2013 she was highly commended in the AOI Awards.

Since graduating Chantal has written and illustrated children's picture book apps, one of which was awarded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit.

She has illustrated two Hubble & Hattie books about Worzel Wooface, and is also working on her own children’s books, including this one, and “The Lucky, Lucky Leaf” – a Horace and Nim story.

Place of birth: Emmeloord, the Netherlands • Hometown: Little Cheverell • Nearest city: Devizes

Visit Chantal’s author page at https://www.hubbleandhattie.com/authors/Chantal-Bourgonje/

SPECIFICATION

HK5312 • Hardback • 20.5x20.5cm • £6.99 • 32 pages • pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-12-1 • UPC: 6-36847-01312-7

MORE INFORMATION

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View the Fierce Grey Mouse webpage at https://www.hubbleandhattie.com/shop/HK5312/

IMAGES

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RETAIL SALES

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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MAMA’S LAST HUG

Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

by Frans de Waal

New York Times best-selling author Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefrontof animal research. Following up on his 2016 bestseller Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal behavior and intelligence, his new book,MAMA’S LAST HUG: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves [W. W.Norton and Company, March 12, 2019; $27.95 hardcover], delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals that is just as enlightening and provocative. Once again de Waal proves the perfect guide to the cutting-edge research that can help us understand the animal world. With dramatic stories of rats, horses, dogs, dolphins, elephants, and apes, among others, de Waal shows that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, joy, generosity, and empathy.

De Waal begins MAMA’S LAST HUG with the death of Mama, a fifty-nine-year-old chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with her caretaker, the biologist Jan van Hoof. When Mama was dying, van Hoof filmed their goodbyes and witnessed something remarkable: the emotions that Mama expressed were every bit as profound as those of van Hoof—she was sad to leave him but also recognized the sadness he felt and responded to it by comforting him.

This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument. He points to lab experiments in which rats, when given the choice between eating a cookie or helping a fellow rat in distress, will choose to help. Dogs have been known to “adopt” the injuries of their companions, pretending to limp in response to the pain experienced by their owners. Chimpanzees like Mama have such a sophisticated sense of empathy that they grasp concepts of fairness and justice and use them to great effect inside their communities. In one common experiment, chimpanzees rejected food-sharing offers that seemed unequal, even when that rejection meant the participating chimps received no food at all. This is, notably, exactly what humans do in the same experiment.

De Waal discusses a whole range of complex emotions and how they manifest themselves in physical behavior and facial expressions. Both dolphin and killer whale mothers have been known to carry along the bodies of their dead children, often for days. Bonobos have deep-belly laughs, dogs hang their heads in shame, horses roll their eyes out of fear. Elephants revisit the bones of their loved ones, sometimes years after their companion has passed away. All of these have human counterparts.


De Waal also looks at the darker side of emotional intelligence. He recounts the story of an alpha male chimpanzee who was killed by an experienced older rival and a young-up-and-coming male. The calculating manner in which the duo trapped and killed the former leader, and the brutality of the violence done to the deposed alpha male, left no doubt in de Waal’s mind that what he witnessed was a case of murder among the chimps.

Following the lead of Aristotle, who imagined animals as a sort of reacting machine, Western society has committed to the idea that there is a fundamental distinction between the emotional life of humans and all other species. This line of reasoning extends to modern thinkers like Richard Dawkins, who suggests that all signs of emotional life in animals are illusory byproducts of a deeper relentless and amoral dive to maximize genetic duplication. De Waal systematically challenges all of these outdated theories, opening our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected to each other and can form the sorts of complex bonds that last a lifetime. MAMA’S LAST HUG is one of those rare books that will transform how readers view the living world around them and will shift how they understand their own connection to a family of all living things.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Frans de Waal has been named one ofTIMEmagazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Theauthor of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

TITLE: MAMA’S LAST HUG

SUBTITLE: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

AUTHOR: Frans de Waal

ISBN: 978-0-393-63506-5

PUB DATE: March 12, 2019

PRICE: $27.95 hardcover

PAGE COUNT: 336


- Early Praise for Mama’s Last Hug -

“A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights about the

lives of animals, including human ones.”

Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens

“I doubt that I've ever read a book as good as Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions, because it presents in irrefutable scientific detail the very important fact that animals do have these emotions as well as the other mental features we once attributed only to people. Not only is the book exceedingly important, it's also fun to read, a real page-turner. I can't say enough good things about it except it's utterly splendid.”

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

“Before I realized Frans de Waal's connection to Mama's actual last hug, I sent the online video link to a large group of scientists saying, ‘I believe it is possible to view this interaction and be changed forever.’ Likewise, I believe that anyone reading this book will be changed forever. De Waal has spent so many decades watching intently and thinking deeply that he sees a planet that is deeper and more beautiful than almost anyone realizes. In these pages, you can acquire and share his beautiful, shockingly insightful view of life on Earth.”

Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

“After you've read Mama's Last Hug it becomes obvious that animals have emotions. Learn how

they resemble us in many ways.”

Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

“Frans de Waal is one of the most influential primatologists to ever walk the earth, changing the way we think of human nature by exploring its continuity with other species. He does this again in the wonderful Mama’s Last Hug, an examination of the continuum between emotion in humans and other animals. This subject is rife with groundless speculation, ideology, and badly misplaced folk intuition, and de Waal ably navigates it with deep insight, showing the ways in which our emotional lives are shared with other primates. This is an important book, wise and accessible.”

Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

“Another fascinating book from Frans de Waal. Once again, he makes us think long and hard

about the true nature of animal emotions.”

Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“a movie that is practically perfect in every way”

- Pete Hammond, Deadline

“A sequel worthy of the name”

- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

 

The One-and-Only Mary Poppins Is Back

and Nominated for Four Academy Awards®, Including Best Original Song

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”

On Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere March 12

and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ March 19

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) — Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:

  • Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” - In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
  • The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
    • Introduction - Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
    • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” - Discover how the team mined PL Travers' books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
    • “Can You Imagine That?” - Be on location for Mary's iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie's original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
    • “Nowhere to Go but Up” - Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
  • Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Go behind the scenes and experience the film's production numbers from a new angle.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” - Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film's biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
    • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” - Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
    • “Turning Turtle” - Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
    • “Can You Imagine That?” - Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
  • Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
  • Practically Perfect Bloopers – There's nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie's biggest musical production.
  • Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs:                       Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                             Approximately 130 minutes

Rating:                                                                       PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), G in CE and CF

Aspect Ratio:                                                         1.85:1

Audio:                                        Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)

Languages/Subtitles:                       Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish

Closed Captions:                                 English (DVD and Digital)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook:                                                                                Facebook.com/marypoppinsreturns

Website:                                                                    Movies.Disney.com/mary-poppins-returns

Twitter:                                                                     Twitter.com/MaryPoppins

Instagram:                                                               Instagram.com/marypoppinsreturns

 

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” CAST AND CREW:

Directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and a screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca, the film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson as the Banks children; with Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Cousin Topsy; and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is produced by John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a., and Marc Platt, p.g.a., with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The film features all-new original songs with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, as well as an original film score by Shaiman.

 

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Movies Anywheresimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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©2019 Disney

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by Leslie Martini & Illustrated by Massimo Mongiardo

August 3, 2018; Petaluma, California—A street cat is swept up into a glamorous life at the historic Algonquin Hotel in New York City, a well-known gathering place for writers, editors, and artists. With his predecessor Matilda as his guide, the scrappy Hamlet must learn the ropes of his luxurious new home. But will this stray cat take to life indoors? Hamlet seeks guidance from the writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table, where voices from the past help him find the courage to take his rightful place as king.

 

For those whose imaginations were captured by The Plaza's Eloise, they will find her feline counterpart in Hamlet: The Algonquin Cat.

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by: Leslie Martini

Illustrated by: Massimo Mongiardo

Publisher: Roundtree Press (an imprint of Cameron + Company)

ISBN: 978-1-944903-47-3

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages, 8 x 10

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Distributor: PGW

Retail: $16.95

Age Range: 4 to 8

Leslie Martini is a book author, copy editor, and freelance journalist. Her first book, Matilda: The Algonquin Cat, was published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in 2016 and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. Leslie works for Fraxa Research Foundation, and is an active member of 826 Boston, Writer’s Room Boston, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Massimo Mongiardo is a New York artist with a BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Massi's illustrations, drawings, and murals have appeared in children's books and a variety of locations throughout NYC including Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Battery Park, and on skateboards and hot-dog carts. Massi also illustrated Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, the Foreword INDIES Book-of-the-Year winner in “Biography.”

ROUNDTREE PRESS 149 Kentucky Street, Suite 7 • Petaluma, California 94952

707.769.1617 • Fax 415.223.8520 • www.roundtreepress.com

Talkin' Pets News

March 2, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Hot - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 Author Jim Colucci - "Golden Girls Forever" An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai Discussion on the girls with give away of his new book

“Jim Colucci’s book captures all the fun of one of the most enduring series on television – and then some! I am more obsessed with The Golden Girls than ever. If I ever buy a house with a lanai, this book will be the first item I move in!”

— Lisa Lampanelli

“This marvelous book pays tribute to the talents of four remarkable women who left an indelible impression on me. You can be fabulous at any age! Thanks, Jim, for reminding us.

Golden Girls forever!”

— Jane Leeves

“I love The Golden Girls because they were the original Sex and the City girls. This book explores their amazing chemistry, and so much more.”

   — Julie Chen

GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER

An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

By Jim Colucci

On sale: April 5, 2016

This spring Harper Design will publish GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (on sale: April 5, 2016; 368 pages; more than 230 color and black & white photos throughout; $35.00; ISBN: 9780062422903) by Jim Colucci, the first ever complete retrospective of the legendary TV sitcom featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

A treasure trove of must-see, behind-the-scenes material for the millions of fans worldwide, GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER is an all-inclusive look at the beloved series, allowing readers to peer behind the cameras to trace the show’s journey from its inception to its enduring legacy with new generations.

The book also features synopses of beloved episodes; exclusive interviews with the show’s creators, actors, guest stars, producers, writers, and crew members; and a section of “Why I Love the Girls” commentary from such celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Zachary Quinto, and Perez Hilton. Also included are stills from the show, set design and costume design snapshots, and many never-before-seen photos. The result is a comprehensive depiction of The Golden Girls both in front of the cameras and backstage.

No retrospective of The Golden Girls would be complete without interviews with the stars themselves. Among GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER’s gems are exclusive and revealing interviews with stars since departed, including one of the last interviews with the famously private Bea Arthur (1922-2009) and Rue McClanahan (1934-2010). Jim Colucci’s interview with the now 94-year-old Betty White rounds out this unprecedented look at the series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Colucci is a freelance entertainment writer whose work has appeared in such publications as TV Guide, Inside TV, Quick & Simple, InTouch, The Advocate, Next, and CBS’ Watch magazine, where he serves as a deputy editor. For over a decade, Jim delivered a weekly on-air report, “Must Hear TV”, as a correspondent for The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM satellite radio and wrote the authorized companion book for Will & Grace, titled Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored. Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Jim now lives in Los Angeles and New Jersey with his husband Frank and their mischievous Boston terrier, Gabby.

GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER

An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

By Jim Colucci

On Sale: April 5, 2016

Over 230 color and black & white photos throughout, 368 pages, $35.00

ISBN: 9780062422903

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“Misty Copeland's performance as the Princess Ballerina will give you chills.”

- Desiree Murphy, ET Online

“a visual spectacle”

- Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

 

From the Studio That Brought You “Beauty and the Beast”

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Stunning, Magical Adventure Arrives Home on Digital and on Blu-ray™ Jan. 29

Featuring a star-studded cast, including Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland,

with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2019) — Disney’s dazzling adventure “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” — inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” — carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.

Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess, her personal history with “The “Nutcracker” ballet, and her inspirational and historic rise within the world of dance. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect. Deleted scenes provide a look at magical moments that didn’t make the final version of the movie.

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

The stunning feature film will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) or a single DVD.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY:

  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland - Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
  • Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” - Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • The Stahlbaums Arrive- As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
    • Follow Your Ribbon-Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
    •    Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother- Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
    • Left, Left, Left, Left, Left- Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
    • Out with the Old- Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
  • Music Videos -
    •    “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli- Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
    •    “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang- Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
  • Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”- View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

ON DIGITAL:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs:                       Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                             Approximately 99 minutes

Rating:                                                                       PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PA in CE and PG in CF

Aspect Ratio:                                                         1.85:1

Audio:                                        Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)

Languages/Subtitles:                       Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish

Closed Captions:                                 English (DVD and Digital)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook:                                                                                Facebook.com/DisneysNutcracker

Website:                                                                    Movies.Disney.com/the-nutcracker-and-the-four-realms

Twitter:                                                                     Twitter.com/thenutcracker

Instagram:                                                               Instagram.com/disneysnutcracker

 

ABOUT “THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS” CAST AND CREW:

In the coming-of-age tale, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Keira Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy portrays Clara. Helen Mirren brings much-feared Mother Ginger to life, and Morgan Freeman stars as Clara’s eccentric godfather, Drosselmeyer. Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant play Hawthorne and Shiver, the regents of the Land of Flowers and Land of Snowflakes. Jayden Fowora-Knight was cast as Phillip Hoffman, the Nutcracker soldier come-to-life. Matthew Macfadyen, Ellie Bamber and Thomas Sweet were called on to play Clara’s father Mr. Stahlbaum, sister Louise, and brother Fritz, respectively. Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall portray palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin, and the film features a special performance by ballet greats Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

Filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and various locations in and around London, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston. Suggested by the short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and “The “Nutcracker” ballet written by Marius Petipa, the screen story and screenplay are by Ashleigh Powell. The film is produced by Mark Gordon and Larry Franco, and executive produced by Sara Smith and Lindy Goldstein. Linus Sandgren, F.S.F., is the director of photography, Guy Hendrix Dyas serves as production designer and Stuart Levy, ACE, is the film editor. Jenny Beavan and Jenny Shircore are the costume designer and makeup and hair designer, respectively. Max Wood and Marc Weigert are the visual effects supervisor and visual effects producer, respectively. Music is by James Howard with a score conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring piano soloist Lang Lang.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Movies Anywheresimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

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©2018 Disney

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

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