Earth To Echo Brings Me Back To My Childhood

By Role Mommy contributor, Kristin Torgen Flannery


Rolemommy sat down with some of the key players of Earth to Echo to find out some of the secrets of the set. We sat down with Dave Green (Director), Andrew Panay (Producer/Co-Story Writer), and Henry Gayden (Screenwriter and Co-Story Writer) to discuss a return to the movies we watched as children, newer shooting styles and a great young cast. 

The cast was made up of some newer actors (Brian “Astro” Bradley, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig and Ella Whalestedt) and they were really adorable and had such good chemistry.  So, how was the casting process?  

Andrew Panay explained that the casting process was tough and the turn around was even harder  “We weren’t panicked at all.  We’re like, “We’re shooting in five days and have no cast.” I remember we were looking for authenticity. We also believe that we casted these kids because they felt real.  You know, the whole point of the movie is to speak to the next generation of kids, right, and for parents like you guys and for our age, to hearken back to some of the movies (E.T. and Goonies) that we used to see when we were growing up kind of thing.”

Dave Green took us through the process  “When we got them all together in the room for the first time, I just told each of them–’cause there’s a lot of pressure when you’re auditioning, and there’s a camera and there’s strangers and it’s just a little weird. So, when I first got the group of the four of them, I said, “You’ve each been chosen because you’re all awesome, and you’re all very special and you’re all wildly talented.  And I want you all to feel super comfortable on the set and you should have the freedom to just tell me, I’m the storyteller and I’m not telling the story that way.”

The film is shot in such a way that you believe the kids in the movie are filming themselves but when we asked where the camera was, we were impressed to find out it was the same type of camera used to shoot big budget movie.

Dave Green revealed “It was a big camera. It’s a Red camera.  It’s what they shoot all the 3D movies on.  So, it was actually an old person behind the camera for the whole time. There is no difference.  It’s all manipulation. Except the first scene with Tuck where he’s doing the confessional at home, and then the scene Munch [Reese Hartwig] is in the truck.  Those are both on the iPhone.


When we sat in the theater with our children watching Earth to Echo, we couldn’t help but think back to the first time we sat in the theater as a child ourselves as E.T. played on the big screen. That is exactly what the Earth To Echo team was hoping for.

Andrew Panay elaborated “I wouldn’t call this movie a kids’ movie.  I think it’s unfair.  I think the movie’s a family movie, and I think every family has moments where the door gets shut and your daughter or son is crying, and that’s just the bottom line.  I mean, if that’s not going on in your family, I want to live with you, you know? 

Everybody has experienced the pain of when a childhood friend moves away and it’s heartbreaking.  We were wondering when they wrote the original screenplay, did they decide that they still would move apart?

Andrew Panay concluded  “Is like, you know, we say that–when we mean not be superheroes, we mean, like, flying in the air, but as far as human superheroes, emotional superheroes, a hundred percent.  That’s what the movie is about.  The movie’s about it does take superhuman strength to say goodbye or overcome, like, a night like that or know that, if you’re small, you can overcome something so big.”

Earth to Echo is in theaters beginning July 2nd and it is a movie you don’t want to miss.



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Tweet and Heard: The 10 Funniest Tweets About the Government Shutdown

I know the government shutdown is no joking matter but I can’t help but find some of these tweets hilarious! Leave it to Twitter to bring Republicans, Democrats,Tea Partiers, Independents, and Anarchists together to laugh at the incompetence of the U.S. government at this time.

10) If we survived the apocalypse I guess everything else seems small in comparison

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9) I bet there are members of Congress that don’t understand Internet lingo
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8) For the Breaking Bad obsessed
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7) The Grammar Police are in full force
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6) Watching grown men fight on ice skates is definitely more entertaining than a Congress debate 
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5) If the government shutdown inspires another movie with Justin Timberlake starring as Sean Parker, I’ll take it.
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4) Was National Treasure based on a true story? Is there really a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
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3) There’s nothing better than using Nicki Minaj lyrics to explain the government shutdown 
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2) Nope, they’re still spying on you
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1) All I can say is poor Leslie Knope
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Our “Despicable” Weekend Continued!

By Role Mommy Writer, Danielle Feigenbaum
MinionMayhem.jpg My family and I were lucky enough to spend a SUPER fun weekend at Universal Orlando with our new best friends, the minions. Universal Pictures gave us the royal treatment for our amazing VIP “Despicable Me 2 Adventure”. As I wrote in my last post, we saw a screening of Despicable Me 2 which was absolutely hysterical. (Go see it next week!) We went to a dinner party and danced with the characters from the film. Click HERE to see the minions dancing to Gangnam Style, with my little minion in the blue. We were treated to breakfast with the characters and then we were ready to start our day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure!
p1641898049-o524649985-3.jpg A ridiculously funny “director” came to give us our instructions for the day. We were going to participate in a scavenger hunt around the park! Our mission was to follow the clues, take creative pictures to share via social media, and have a blast while doing so. Mission accomplished!
Thumbnail image for Universal 0653.JPG We began the hunt by riding Minion Mayhem, SUCH a fun ride! My kids loved it so much we went back to ride it again that night! When you get in the ride you are greeted by Gru and his girls and they tell you they are going to make you all minions. They blast a “fart gun” that smelled like bananas! On our VIP tour, the guide gave us the inside scoop and told us they actually pump the banana smell through the hand rails so if you hold your hand underneath and then smell it – you will have banana smelling hands! Next you walk through a room and sit down with your 3-D goggles. Then the ride starts! You soar through the air (or feel like you are), following Agnes, Edith and Margo on an incredible adventure. Everyone was laughing the whole time, it was amazing. Once we are turned back into humans, we got the chance for a little “boogie fever” time with the minions.
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Once we finished the clues at Minion Mayhem, they sent us to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My kids freaked out! The place was amazing. We completed the task at hand and were sent all around following clues and taking creative pictures. Once a clue was completed we were given a pin to put on our VIP pass…
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After the scavenger hunt we went with another family on a VIP tour, and I have to tell you, it was the best thing! If you can do it, I highly recommend having a VIP guide take you around the park. First of all, you don’t have to wait on any lines (huge +) and they give you all the little secrets and tid bits you want to know! After we rode the Spider Man 3-D ride, our guide took us to the back room to show us how the ride actually works! It was awesome! Since my daughter has read every Harry Potter book (twice), she loved exploring the castle at Hogwarts and walking around Hogsmeade. You need to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to see all the magic in the store windows and the incredible rides!
After a quick rest and shower we were back at the hospitality suite for a carnival themed dinner! The room was adorable and the food (corn dogs, soft pretzels, curly fries) was yummy. Our favorite part was the dessert- cotton candy and minion cupcakes, how cute are these?
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My son was over the moon when one of the creators of the new game Minion Rush came in to tell us all about the game and actually let the kids try it out before it was available! You can download the app now! My kids LOVE playing it! Universal 1177.JPG
TransformersRideA.jpgAnd THEN the most exciting thing happened for my son! One of the creators of The Transformers 3-D ride came to tell us all about the new ride that was opening at Universal Orlando on June 20th. My son absolutely loves Transformers – he can name all of them. Much to our delight, he took us himself to the ride, and it did not disappoint! My six year old son could not believe how fantastic the ride was, his favorite part was “getting wet and helping defeat the bad guys.”
“Prepare for the greatest battle you’ll ever ride! The new TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D is an ultra-immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality!”
From seeing Despicable Me 2, to partying with the minions and Gru, to great company, great meals, VIP Tour of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and so much more… this was a weekend my family and I will never forget! Here’s my son and his love, Fluffy, he sleeps with it every night because it’s just SOOOO FLUFFY!!!
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If you haven’t done so already, check out Despicable Me 2, it’s guaranteed to put a big smile on your face! Coming to a theatre near you next week, July 3rd!!
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About the film
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.
Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Genre: 3D-CG comedy adventure
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias
Directed by: Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
Written by: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Based on Characters Created by: Sergio Pablos, Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

The Croods Croodaceous Creatures and Worlds

croodspic.jpg How do you create a prehistoric world even though you are not a palentologist? We found out when Rolemommy visited the DreamWorks Animation Campus for a sneak peek at the creation of The Croods which is in theaters March 22nd. Croodaceous Creatures and Worlds await…..
We sat down with Markus Manninen, the Visual Effects Supervisor to find out what his job entails and how they come up with some crazy world The Croods live in. Markus filled us in on the biggest part of his job, “I’m the guy who makes sure that Chris and Kirk get the visuals in the movie that they want to tell their story.”
Markus admits that they “geek out” a little to come up with some of the ideas, “The interesting thing with the New World for us, is it’s not just the New World that the family discovers — when they come out of their old habitat and this new world in front of them reels itself and they’re forced into it. But, for us, it was also a paradigm. We had to
figure out how to create this time between time that the story took place in. It was important for the story that this felt like earth because we wanted this to be a family, a regular family that were trying to survive and go through regular life in their context of actually survival and eating.”
There is so much that goes in to the visuals and it starts with one illustrator to set the tone, “We start with a beautiful illustrator who makes really interesting shapes. We’re really interested in finding ways to emulate this kind of fun and whimsical aspect of the world and translate that into something that The Croods could stand in front of. The art department then takes this to the next level, actually refining and in a way, making these rules in some ways, exploring what the world can see and we start painting them up and trying to make this into something tangible that we could imagine seeing on screen.” then they go to the producers to present, “Chris and Kirk throughout this whole process are giving us feedback about where are we going, what that they like, what can we do slightly differently. This type of prep is all the stuff we do before we’ve even decided on what kind of story we’re telling, we’re actually just exploring what the world will be like for the story that is going take place.”
The beautiful wonder of The Croods is that the movie starts in a drab, muted world and when they discover the new world it is bright and lush, “The first sequence where we go into the new world–we call it the Cazam! The Croods come down, they drop into this new world, and we started exploring what that would look like. Now, the original images that we had for this world were slightly more muted. But, by the time we had gotten to this point in our story process, we decided we really want to feel color come into this world so that, when the movie starts, we get to know the world that the family is in and the limitations in some ways visually of that and then this beautiful blossoming color world comes to life in front of them and shocks us as an audience because we’re going through the journey with them.”
Since The Croods is in 3D, Rolemommy was very curious to find out how the decisions are made to add the very small details? For example, the ashes were amazing during the fire scene and the flowers had such detail.
Markus explained, “Well, one of the things that Chris and Kirk had talked about from the beginning was that they really wanted the sense of us being there with the family. It was very important to them. So we started exploring the things that are going to make you feel like you’re there. For example, the atmosphere, we actually developed something called BIA, which is bugs in the air, as well. It makes you feel like you’re there, having things around you come from over your shoulder and so on.
Kirk DeMicco elaborated, “It kind of comes throughout. Everybody is keeping their eyes open for an opportunity for a little bit more of a 3D shot. Markus will come in and go, you know what, this is one of our 3D moments, let’s have those little puffballs, little white puffballs, let’s bring those way out. So, everybody’s kind of on the lookout for a way to make it more 3D.”
Since The Croods began production 5 years ago the use of 3D with the animation was so much better than I’ve seen recently. We were wondering if they develop some kind of technology, what is making this one so different? Just then we were surprise by the special guest who had snuck in to the room!
Jeffrey Katzenberg explained, “Maybe I can give you a better bigger sort of context to it, there is more 3D knowledge, experience and movie making here within the studio than any other place on the planet today. We’ve now made a dozen movies in 3D. If you look at it on the technology standpoint, those engineers who are perfecting the tools, the toolbox, it incrementally gets better each time. If you look at it on a creative basis, the experiences, the filmmakers, Yong Duk, who was the cinematographer on this movie, did Kung Fu Panda 2, which also had some pretty amazing breakthroughs in terms of the use of 3D.The fact that we’re able to just keep building on top of it, I think we could certainly argue that there’s no place in the world today where there’s as much expertise and creative and experience knowing how to apply 3D in a way that really makes it an immersive experience. The goal always has been, if we can transport you into that world and really make you feel as though you’re in the center of it, that’s the best use of it. So, it’s less about gimmicks and things that kind of poke out at the screen as opposed to immerse the audience in it.
You can see for yourself on March 22nd when The Croods comes to a theater near you. In the meantime, here is a look at their amazing new world and as Eep says “You really need to see this…”

Emily Owens M.D. Premieres Tonight!

emilyowens.jpg The new show Emily Owens M.D. premiers tonight at 9/8 central on the CW Network. Starring Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Michael Rady, Aja Naomi King and more, this show is perfect for the whole family. Parents will love it right along with their teenagers and tweens. The story begins as Emily Owens starts her first day as a medical intern at a new hospital in Denver, hoping for a fresh start. However; her geeky high school days come back to haunt her when she discovers her very popular nemesis is also an intern at the hospital!
This show has tons of drama and lots of laughs. When asked what drew her most to the role of Emily, Mamie Gummer (who appeared in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “John Adams,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C” and “Off the Map”) replied, “Emily is so relatable.” It’s true, we all know someone just like Emily or we are just like Emily. You will no doubt be rooting for Emily, booing the mean girls and staring at all the good looking guys! So tune in TONIGHT, it’s the new drama not to be missed. You will want to know what everyone is talking about tomorrow!
Check out the official Emily Owens MD site and facebook page!

“The Help” Movie Review

TheHelp One Sheet.jpegYou’ve heard it hear first at Role Mommy…we just saw “The Help” and it is amazing!
My mom and I just got the opportunity to see an advanced screening of “The Help” – incidentally, mom even hopped on the Hampton Jitney to join me for a night on the town, and I’m happy to report that the film was absolutely amazing! If you’ve read the book (and if you’re a fan of Role Mommy, we’ve recommended reading it many times over), you will be thrilled to find out that the movie version of the film stays completely true to the novel. Make sure you bring tissues because you will find yourself crying, laughing and cheering for Minny, Aibileen and Skeeter.
If you haven’t read The Help (Movie Tie-In)
(shame on you if you haven’t), by Kathryn Stockett, it is one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon. The film stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®-nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny–three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed–even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.
I can’t say enough great things about this movie. In fact, I haven’t fell in love with a film about southern women since “Steel Magnolias,” and let me tell you, “The Help” has definitely earned the coveted spot as my new favorite feature film of the year. In addition to Emma Stone, I also loved the Academy Award worthy performances by Sissy Spacek and Allison Janney, who play the larger than life mothers of the two central characters Hilly and Skeeter. Trust me when I tell you, their performances will have you crying and laughing – all in one breath. And as for the person who deserves an Oscar for her role? Well, Octavia Spencer should have that one all sewn up for her sassy, no holds barred portrayal of Minny.
What intrigued me most about the story behind “The Help” was that author Kathryn Stockett was rejected 60 times before a publisher decided to move forward with her book. Her determination has literally created a movement among women nationwide who have urged one another to read the book and share it with friends. Below is a trailer for the film and when it opens on August 10, make sure you grab your best girlfriends and book a ticket to see “The Help.”

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change. Visit The Help on Facebook and if you’re on Twitter, make sure you share your experience by using the hashtag #TheHelpMovie. More to come this week when we share recipes from The Help and a great giveaway for fans!!!

Join Us for a #SharkWeek Twitter Party!

shark-week-restless-fury-blu-ray.jpgReady for some biting humor, scary trivia and the chance to win prizes in celebration of Discovery Channel’s upcoming Shark Week? Then you’ve come to the right place! @RoleMommy and @SelfishMom will host an online party to celebrate the DVD release of Shark Week 2011: Restless Fury. The party will take place on Twitter using the #SharkWeek hashtag Monday, July 18 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Make sure you follow @Discovery @SharkWeek @RoleMommy and @SelfishMom, visit, enter #SharkWeek and you will be good to go!
Not to frighten you, but did you know that shark attacks are on the rise? Hence the reason I never go to the beach in the summer – okay maybe the reason is that I hate wearing bathing suits, but I digress. This July, Shark Week: Restless Fury fearlessly emerges on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Watch footage of actual shark attacks and the epic rescues that were caught on tape. Both include bonus features such as Sharks: Are They Hunting Us? Man Vs. Fish: Tiger Shark; and special to Blu-ray Disc, Man Vs. Fish: Mako Shark.
In honor of the DVD release, we’ll be hosting a fun trivia filled Twitter event for shark fans everywhere. Every 15 minutes, @RoleMommy will prompt participants to answer shark related questions from SharkWeek 2011: Restless Fury. Each respondent will put into a drawing to win a copy of SharkWeek 2011: Restless Fury and a $20 Visa gift card; winners will be randomly announced at the end of the event so make sure you follow @RoleMommy so that we can DM you if you’ve won!
About Shark Week: Restless Fury
Shark Week: Restless Fury is a two-disc set with a total run time of 344 minutes and an SRP of $19.98. The Blu-Ray edition has a total run time of 387 minutes with an SRP $24.98. Street date: July 19, 2011.
Please comment below with your Twitter handle if you plan to join the fun! And since the party takes place just when your kids get home from day camp, feel free to have them join the party. They’ll probably know all the answers!

An Interview with Carla Gugino

Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Carla Gugino talks about Jim Carrey, freezing her behind off on set and how to break it to your parents that you want to be an actress.
Role Mommy west coast contributor Kristin Flannery got a chance to sit down with Carla Gugino, who plays divorced mom Amanda, opposite Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins opening on June 17th.
Everyone wants to know what it was like to work with Jim Carrey. Was he crazy? Carla let us in on his technique, “Well, Jim is amazing because every take he tries something new, and that’s always really fun to work with, or at least for me. It’s great because he’s just experimenting all the time. ”
Carla grew up in Florida, so most of the shooting was not as warm as she would have hoped, “It was hysterical because the penguins don’t function very well over 40 degrees. So, literally our set was 40 degrees and we shot in the winter in New York. We started sort of when it was still warm out, and then we were freezing on set. And then, finally the outside caught up to the inside. But, I’m not good in the cold at all.”
Carla talked about what it was like to work with penguins, ” And they are so sweet. I mean, they’re not hugely trainable, so it’s not like they can do extraordinary tricks or something. But, you cannot not smile when you are in a room with penguins. They’re just the cutest things ever.”
Carla had a chance to see the penguins unique style of swimming , “It was funny because I have a goddaughter who came to visit, and I brought her into the penguins. And it was true that they do this crazy thing where they’re swimming around in their little pool, and then kind of in a crazy Spiderman kind of way they jump up in one and it’s really shocking and really exciting. And it feels like it’s something like film in reverse or something. It’s so crazy how it happens, but they all did it. So, they’re just in the water and then all of a sudden it’s like, boom, boom, boom, you know, and they’re jumping up.”
Playing a divorced mom was a role that Carla feels a lot of kids and moms can relate to, “I mean, it’s interesting because I think that there used to be such a thing about you need to be married to have children. There have been so many sort of unspoken rules. I have two stepchildren and they’re big now. It really does kind of come down to each family making their own decisions and about the child being loved and having some sense of security being the most important thing. I know so many divorced parents and couples and kids who have been raised with that. So, I do think that it’s become something that’s sort of the fabric of our society.”
You may not know this but Carla was valedictorian of her high school class. When she broke the news to them that she wanted to be an actor, they were behind her 100 percent, “They said, “Really? You want to act?” I just love it, too, because you could say you want to be a rocket scientist or anything, and they say, “Great! Yes!” And then, you tell them you want to be an actress, and they think, “Really?” But, no, they were very supportive is the truth, probably because I was such a serious student, that for me to then say that I wanted to do this, they knew it wasn’t kind of a whim.”
Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens in theaters this Friday, June 17th.

Jim Carrey Chats with Role Mommy

Role Mommy contributor Kristin Flannery met the star of “Mr. Poppers Penguins” and she found out that in real life, Jim Carrey is not zany as he seems…
MPP_poster.jpgI expected to meet a crazy, off the wall Jim Carrey, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a deep, thoughtful man when we met for the press junket of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” out this Friday, June 17th in theaters nationwide. From “Ace Ventura” to “Truman,” we all know Jim Carrey’s acting range is vast, but seeing him in TV interviews when he hams it up for the camera is the way I thought he would arrive at the roundtable. I had a prime seat next to him and when he entered the room, I have to admit that I was a little nervous but he was so nice and made eye contact with everyone in such a way that you thought you were the only person in the room.
While the interviewers complimented Jim on his performance in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” he was very humble, “I’m not the guy who really wants to go out of his way to do something soft, like without kind of a rock and roll edge to it. But, I really kind of felt touched by it. It was really nice.”
He plays a highly successful real estate developer in Manhattan, too busy to spend quality time with his family and Jim admits that his character is not that far from his own past, “That’s what really drew me to the movie other than the fact that I love penguins, and I’ve said it, so many times before I ever did this project. But, the theme of somebody who is an adventurer but doesn’t explore his relationship with his own son, is an amazing theme for me. Certainly there have been times in my life when I was so crazed with Hollywood and everything that was going on that I missed time with my daughter. So, I understand that and how important that is. And so, that’s a theme that I’m ready to play. We’ve certainly mended anything that was going on between us. We’re closer than ever.”
Like many busy parents dealing with the pressures of having it all, Jim can relate, “I mean, it’s definitely a recognizable theme and certainly something that’s really prevalent for everybody nowadays. Everybody has to work and everybody’s got that kind of guilt feeling, “Am I spending enough time,” and, “Do they have my full focus?”
The most important thing in the world is to make your kids feel like they’re the most important thing to you.”
Now that he has a close relationship with his daughter, he makes sure that his grandson is also a top priority in his life, “I just hung out with him yesterday. He is starting to mimic and stuff like that. It’s so funny. But, he’s about a year and two months. So, he’s just kind of “gah blah,” or whatever. But, he does definitely mimic. And the great thing about him, you can see with kids, before they get squashed by anybody in school or anything like that, is there is this confidence of knowing that they are it.”
Jim is amazed by the self confidence that kids have, “He walks into the room and he says, “Hi!” He’s got this mischief on his face and stuff that you can just tell that he knows he’s going to be completely accepted in every way, you know? There’s no rejection in there at all. It’s just full on, I am it. I know you want to see me. I know whenever I say hi, everybody’s going to laugh, everybody’s going to do their thing.”
When discussing child actors, Jim has an enlightening look on the topic and on parenting in general, “I know a few, and Ron Howard is this wonderful guy. He made it through because he had parents who made him the most important thing. They will, if you love them. But, it’s not their obligation. It’s up to us to love them and let them go and do their thing and not go, “You’re not making me feel good.”
A movie with penguins is sure to have ice skating and Jim took full advantage of the rink. “Behind the scenes, in the apartment when they put that floor down that you could skate on, they lose me when that happens because I’m Canadian. And the rink in Central Park, “Hello.” I was drenched with sweat. Before every take, they’d have to completely re-do my makeup and blow-dry my hair. They’d say, “Come on inside,” and then they’d blow-dry my hair and give me new clothes and everything, because I took my hockey stick and my puck out there and fantasized that I was a Stanley Cup champion.”
Jim holds teachers in high respect, especially one who saw through his antics and helped him focus his talents, “I did until I had one teacher that was so smart in the sixth grade, Lucy Dervadis. She knew because I would always finish my work first. I was really smart in school. And I would finish and then I would disturb everybody by being funny and doing disruptive things in class. And so, she had the brilliant idea of saying, “Jim, if you just sit there and be peaceful, be calm, don’t bother anybody after you finish your work, I’ll give you 15 minutes at the end of class to do whatever you want in front of the class.” But, she came up with an idea. It’s like such a clue into kids. Instead of giving them drugs for ADD, find an outlet. Find something to do with that, because it’s just that they’re special.”
Don’t miss Jim Carrey in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” this Friday, June 17th. Follow the film on Facebook and Twitter and make sure you use the hashtag #popperspenguins. More fun interviews to come, including a chat with Carla Gugino and legendary actress Angela Lansbury! In the meantime, check out this fun trailer!

The Help is on the Way!

Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 8.12.23 AM.pngLast summer, I read one of the best books ever written, “The Help,” a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon that has now been turned into a movie. “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®-nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny–three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.
“The Help” offers a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. From their improbable alliance, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed–even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.
Take a look at this featurette from the film which opens August 12 in theaters nationwide and if you haven’t read The Help yet, then what are you waiting for?