Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures present a PG, 90 minute, Animation, Comedy, Family, Holiday film, directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier, screenplay by Michael LeSieur and based on the book by Dr. Seuss with a theatre release date of November 9, 2018.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Bleecker Street Media, Mazur / Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films and Rhombus Media present a PG, 104 minute, Biography, Comedy, Drama, directed by Bharat Nalluri, written by Susan Coyne and book by Les Standiford with a theatre release date of November 22, 2017.
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) December 13, 2016—Following a thorough veterinary exam at the North Pole, Rudolph and all of the other reindeer have been given the green light to guide Santa’s sleigh once again this year.
Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North Pole, examined the reindeer earlier this month to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations, free of disease and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe.
“After thorough examination, I can tell you that Santa’s reindeer are perfectly healthy, in great shape and ready for their upcoming flight,” Meyer said.
(To see video of Meyer’s reindeer inspection, visit https://youtu.be/u-ECVemg5NQ.)
The reindeer’s annual exam includes a health check about a month prior to their Christmas Eve flight to make sure they’re healthy and not showing any signs of disease—such as brucellosis, tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease—that can be transmitted to other animals around the world.
“Santa’s reindeer need to be in tip-top shape to complete their Christmas Eve flight on time, so it’s vital that they receive a pre-trip veterinary exam to make sure they are free of any injuries that might slow them down,” Meyer said. “Because the reindeer will be visiting all corners of the globe, we need to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and free of disease so they don’t pick up or spread any infections to other animals around the world.”
In addition to presents for children around the world, Santa is required to bring with him an official “North Pole Certificate of Animal Export” that allows him to freely cross borders and ensure health officials that his reindeer are no threat to animal or public health.
Meyer will make a follow-up trip to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to provide a pre-flight checkup and to inspect the reindeer upon their return on Christmas morning.
For kids who want to help the reindeer on their journey, Meyer recommended leaving a plate of graham cracker reindeer cookies, their favorite snack, for Santa to feed them between stops.
Meyer’s work is consistent with the role veterinarians play every day to ensure the health of animals, people and the environment around the globe. Far from just being “dog and cat doctors,” veterinarians work with all kinds of species, in all types of environments, to make the world a healthier place for all forms of life.
While only one veterinarian can be official veterinarian of the North Pole, every veterinarian can help the cause by volunteering to be part of Santa’s emergency veterinary staff on Christmas Eve. AVMA members can download a badge to let their clients know they are part of Santa’s Emergency Landing and Veterinary Expert System (E.L.V.E.S.) support team. Veterinarians are invited to help spread holiday cheer by displaying their official E.L.V.E.S. badge on their clinics’ social media channels and educating clients on the various ways that veterinarians help keep all animals healthy—even reindeer.
AVMA members can visit the AVMA website to download the official E.L.V.E.S. badge.
While unavailable for comment due to his busy work schedule, Santa issued a statement, saying, “Without my reindeer, there simply would be no Christmas. Proper veterinary care ensures that, year in and year out, my team and I are able to deliver presents to boys and girls around the world. It’s safe to say that Dr. Meyer is on the “Nice List” this year.”
For more information on Meyer’s role as official veterinarian of the North Pole, including answers to kids’ questions about reindeer, visit avma.org/Santa.
Fans of Hoge will get to see the singer guest host two week-long episodes of the popular television program “Country Fix” starting December 19. The program features music videos and never before seen artist interviews. To check local listings click here.
Shot at the Hilson Studio in Nashville, the acoustic videos for “The Christmas Song” and “Christmas Medley”showcase two of the tracks off Hoge’s Christmas album Christmas Is Here — available for purchase exclusively at LucasHoge.com. Hoge’s “Christmas Medley” combines holiday favorites “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “We Three Kings,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “My Favorite Things.” The country artist showcases his soulful vocals on his take of “The Christmas Song” that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit just in time for Christmas.
For more information on Lucas Hoge visit lucashoge.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Lucas Hoge on Tour
Jan. 14 -19 - Country Cruise - San Miguel de Cozumel, MX
Jan. 31 - Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, Nev.
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About Lucas Hoge
Hoge currently on Rebel Engine rose to national fame as a star of Animal Planet's “Last Chance Highway,” which led to appearances on “The Today Show,” “Inside Edition,” “The Daily Buzz,” “Daytime TV” and many more. Hoge is the Music Ambassador for Cabela’s and is also a passionate supporter of the U.S. military having traveled to various countries throughout the Middle East and beyond to perform for troops, for the past 8 years on the Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is also the Celebrity spokesperson for Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet. Hoge has been visiting radio stations all over the U.S. promoting his latest single, “Boom Boom.”
Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws
Bad Santa 2
Broad Green Pictures, Ingenious Media and Miramax present a 92 minute, R rated, Comedy, Crime, Drama, directed by Mark Waters, written by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross with a theater release date of November 23, 2016.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
The Night Before
Columbia Pictures, Good Universe, LStar Capital and Point Grey Pictures present an R rated, 101 minute, Comedy, directed by Jonathan Levine, written by Levine and Kyle Hunter with a theater release date of November 20, 2015.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Lionsgate, CBS Films, Groundswell Productions and Imagine Entertainment present a PG-13, 105 minute, Comedy, directed by Jessie Nelson and written by Steven Rogers with a theater release date of November 13, 2015.
Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions present an R rated, 88 minute, Horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin, written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman with a theater release date of October 23, 2015.
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SMITHTOWN, NY – (December 17, 2014) - Guardians of Rescue, a national organization dedicated to the welfare of animals rescued Jada, a 3 year old pit bull living in a dirt crawl space under the foundation of a home on a frigid winter day in 2013. That was her life, or more appropriately, her existence. Now, on December 23, 2014, Jada, has become a fully trained service dog through their Paws of War Program, and will be placed with local veteran. “When we found Jada a year ago, she’d been used for breeding and lived outside. She had a broken jaw that healed crooked and she was found huddled in a dirt crawl space. We took her in and as we got to know her, we saw what an amazing personality she has,” affirms Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue. “We decided to put her into our Paws of War Program and train her to become a service dog for a veteran suffering from PTSD. She has proven to be amazingly smart, and also an inspiration for forgiveness and survival!" With a large number of military men and women returning home and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Guardians of Rescue wanted to do something to help. Guardians of Rescue started the “Paws of War” program, which takes the time to rescue dogs and train them to suit the needs of those with PTSD and TBI and match them to a veteran. Jada will go to, Air Force Sergeant Duane R. Franzone for Christmas. Duane will now join the ranks of dozens of service dogs and veterans who have been united through Guardians of Rescue and are now on the road to recovery. On December 23, 2014, Jada will finally meet her new owner and pal, Duane R. Franzone, a former sergeant in the Air Force, at the Save-a-Pet facility in Long Island, New York. Franzone spent 12 1/2 years in the Air Force, including deployment in Afghanistan, before being medically retired and now suffers from PTSD that has effects on his daily life. “I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Jada into my home. I hope that she can help me with my PTSD and I can help her by providing her a home and love,” affirms Sgt. Franzone. “It’s the best Christmas present I could ask for.” “The holidays can be particularly rough for PTSD veterans because of the increase in crowds, noise and activities,” affirms Scofield. “We want Jada and Duane to be able to be together for the holidays to help each other, especially after all that Duane has sacrificed for our country, he deserves to feel safe and loved.” To learn more or to make a donation, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org. About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an international organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups and providing support to families, both military or not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.