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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Unbox Star Wars: The Force Awakens on #ForceFriday!

Are you ready for #ForceFriday? The product collection from the anxiously-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga will be unveiled in the first ever global live toy unboxing event!

Spanning 18 hours, 15 cities and 12 countries, #ForceFriday will showcase highlights from the vast range of epic merchandise created to accompany the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Products will be revealed in an online block party style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network. All Star Wars, all the time.

Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the saga,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

“We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind initiative,” said Chris M. Williams, Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios. “The unboxing world continues to expand rapidly as audiences around the world connect with digital creators who share their passions. This shared fandom helps attract billions of monthly views and consistently puts the genre at the top of the YouTube charts.”

Disney Consumer ProductsThe global event will incorporate traditional toy unboxers such as the popular EvanTubeHD, channels featuring families such as Bratayley, lifehack specialists such as ExpCaseros, gamers such as AlexBy11, and Star Wars fans from around the world like Chris Pirillo who bring with them a broad audience and appeal.

Several countries will join the live stream from YouTube Spaces in Berlin, Tokyo, and London, with Star Wars commentators Anthony Carboni and Andi Gutierrez (shown at left) hosting the event from the YouTube Space, Los Angeles.

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The full unboxing schedule is also available at

Share your STAR WARS memories on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #ForceFriday.

For more information, visit the official STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Household Pests 101 | Giveaway

It’s back-to-school time and class is in session … Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

Test your knowledge by taking the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz!

Comment below with the most surprising fact you learned for a chance to win an Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack that includes:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!

One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.

One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

Enter by September 10th. US entries only – no P.O. Boxes. Each household is only eligible to win Back to School Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a prize pack to facilitate this giveaway.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Starts July 31st on Netflix

I never went to sleep away camp. This was a source for much consternation since I was a fan of the summer camp oeuvre such as Meatballs, Dirty Dancing, and, uh, every horror movie ever made. Adding to my chagrin was the fact that I spent my summers split between grandparents in southern California and New Jersey, the latter being a place where all children apparently are sent away to frolic in the bucolic countryside.

Suffice it to say, I loved Wet Hot American Summer and am anxiously awaiting its Netflix exclusive prequel series, which will start streaming on July 31st. Who doesn't want to see Paul Rudd in copious denim and Christopher Meloni with feathered hair? They're making the memories I never had. Which, in retrospect, was probably a pretty good thing.

From co-creators Michael Showalter and David Wain, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp is the prequel series to their 2001 film that became a cult phenomenon. While the film took place on the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, the series takes place on the first day of camp, back in 1981. The series consists of eight half-hour episodes.

All of your favorite counselors and camp staff are back including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, AD Miles, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter, along with some new famous faces.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The best summer of your life starts July 31 at 12:01am PT only on Netflix.
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