Thursday, February 10, 2011

Please Note - Update!

Hello,

How are you doing?
Hope everyone has been great!

I haven't been posting on here often because I am freelance writing for various websites.

I am still covering books, music, movies, toys, video games, New York events, New York concerts and more.

I am always updating my twitter (@temppatt) with the links and having my twitter giveaways! ;) Photos from my events can be found on Flickr.

Thank you,

Monday, October 18, 2010

Make way for the return of Madea in "Madea's Big Happy Family"

Madea is back and the Theater at Madison Square Garden was more than ready to see her!

Tyler Perry brought back the musical play "Madea's Big Happy Family." The play was showcased on a high-tech set that revolved around the stage to create the different scenes for the cast.

The play centers around a woman named Shirley, who's had a six-year battle with cancer finds out the disease is back. If being her final days isn't enough on her mind, her families life is in disarray. Shirley calls upon Madea to bring her family together to brace them with accepting her inevitable death.

The family needs help badly. There's manless mommy's girl Joyce; the wannabe street thug for his gold digger girlfriend Byron; angry booshie real estate agent Kimberly, husband abusing Tami; and the 17 year old 6th grader Donnie.

While Shirley is trying to get the family together so she can break her news, drama arises that threatens to shake up everything for the family.

The play is the perfect mix of acting, singing, and Madea (yes she's a category of her own). Madea is this larger than life character that says and does anything she wants. I mean really who could stop her? The funniest part is when Perry breaks character and starts speaking directly to the audience. He does this often. He calls out the latecomers, ad libs current events ("Pants on the ground" made it in) and don't even dare try and take picture/video with your phone, he will see you. At the show I attended someone tried and use their iphone and Perry said, "You better put away that iphone before it becomes my phone." So, make sure you get to the show on time and keep your phone in your pocket and you're in for a good time!

Everyone in the cast can sing (and I mean REALLY SING) and you really get to hear it because everyone gets a solo (even Perry). Besides Perry, other recognizable cast members includes Cassi Davis (from Perry's "House of Payne") and singer Cheryl 'Pepsii' Riley.

The play turns into a party at the end with a sing-a-long of R&B tunes which covered everyone from Earth, Wind and Fire to Luther Vandross. It's safe to say Madea is back and better than ever!


Please Note: This is a live review of Tyler Perry's 'Madea's Big Happy Family' play from October 16, 2010 at 8pm at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! tour & giveaway

DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are on the road and bringing YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to New York. This year's party will be at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3.

The show is an interactive experience for all ages. This is your opportunity to witness your favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie. He will teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day”. Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.

The Gabba Gang are partnering with Habitat for Humanity. $1 from every ticket sold for YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! in New York City will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is ready to rock Radio City! Are you ready to party?!?!



For complete tour, ticket information and VIP packages, visit http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/.

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BOOK: Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy" -

Based on the popular song from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy makes healthy eating fun for little ones! Lift the flaps, sing along, and find out what everyone in Gabba Land is bringing to the party!

DVD: “Yo Gabba Gabba! Clubhouse” -

The Nickelodeon DVD “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse” released on June 15 and features performances by musical guests Erykah Badu, The Killers, Jimmy Eat World and more.


CD: “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2.”

Fans can enjoy a new, super radical compilation of music featured from Seasons I, II & III, YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 hit shelves nationwide on August 31, 2010, timed with the launch of the live tour, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY. Jam-packed with Super Music Friends & all of the songs you’ve grown to love including those from Weezer, MGMT & Jimmy Eat World. A deluxe edition featuring bonus songs from the hit series will also be available on iTunes.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Build A Bear Has Smallfrys

Have you heard of the Smallfrys?

The Smallfrys are miniature replicas of past and present friends found at Build A Bear.

The limited edition collection includes eight pre-stuffed animals. Each come packaged in a cute fry container complete with their very own “nutritional friendship information” on back.

I received the Endless Hugs Teddy to review. They are so adorable! The fur is soft and is just the right size to fit in your hand or hold. The fry container just adds to the cuteness!

To see or purchase a Smallfry for yourself, make sure you drop by buildabear.com or your local Build-a-Bear location. Each Smallfry is available for $14 and is available through October 31, 2010 or while supplies last, so hurry.


Please Note: The Smallfry was provided by Build-A-Bear to be reviewed on temppatt too!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shop Til You Rock Tour and Giveaway


This summer Disney Channel star and number one selling Hollywood Records artist, Demi Lovato, and Hot Topic are partnering to host a music-inspired mall tour, Shop Til You Rock. This tour empowers teens to look and feel like rock stars through live local musical performances, exclusive teen activities and special mall offers and giveaways.

Demi is encouraging teens to free their inner rock stars by pairing the hottest fashion with musical guests in over 121 malls throughout the country. The events will take place from July 17 - August 28.

“Shop Til You Rock is all about making a summer trip to the mall an experience that’s completely devoted to teens,” Lovato said. “We’re bringing out some of my favorite bands, hosting tons of activities to let teens embrace their own rock star style and showcasing cool fall fashions from today’s hottest retailers.”

The live, local band performances will be complemented with an opportunity to meet the band and enjoy cool activities designed exclusively for teens, including:

· Rock On Salon – Teens can release their inner rocker with an outrageous rocker hairstyle, all captured celebrity-style by Kodak. All photos will be uploaded online, where teens have the opportunity to change their hair color or style, share with friends and more.

· Just Dance - Mall goers can show off their rock star moves and challenge friends to a dance off with America’s hottest dance game Just Dance, featuring music from chart-topping artists. Teens who fan Just Dance’s Facebook page at the event will receive an “I ♥ Just Dance” T-shirt, while supplies last.

· Rock The Runway – Do you stand out in a crowd? Teens have the chance to rock the runway with Fusion Model Management’s search to reward guys and girls ages 13-19 with modeling contracts totaling nearly $400,000.

· Pepsi Refresh Project Lounge – This year, the Pepsi Refresh Project is giving millions of dollars to fund ideas that will refresh the world. Rock your world and make a difference by voting for your favorite project at the Lounge (www.refresheverything.com).

· Rock Star HQ – Teens can enable their cell phone’s wireless technology capabilities to win prizes, get the latest retail offers, register for sweepstakes and join GGP’s free, exclusive membership, The ClubSM.

· Center Stage - Popular retailers will host on-stage fashion spotlights to give teens inspiration to create their best fall looks. There also will be games, contests and trivia to win great Shop Til You Rock and participating sponsor prizes.

For the complete list of bands, event dates, activities, and exclusive mall deals visit http://www.shoptilyourock.com/.



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Monday, June 21, 2010

Wii Review: Vacation Isle: Beach Party


Get ready to compete with up to four players in eight games that’ll make you feel like you’re on a beach vacation!

Vacation Isle: Beach Party features vacation-style party games for the whole family. This beach party has events on both land and sea. Events including Slalom Skiing, Wake Boarding, Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Ski Jump, Stunt Park, Hula and Fire Dancing. You can engage in the activities using either the Wii Remote and Nunchuk or optional Wii Balance Board.

Along the way, you will collect hundreds of Sand Dollars that can be used to purchase a variety of sports equipment and beach gear from the Surf Shack to personalize your avatar. While it's great to get new beach clothing and equipment, I would have liked for the new sporting equipment to affect the actual gameplay. Buying a new ski or wakeboard doesn't upgrade your gameplay, it just matches the new top or shorts you just bought.


Vacation Isle: Beach Party delivers three difficulty settings (easy, medium and hard) for each of it's eight course options. The eight courses are unlocked from the beginning of the game. It would have been nice if you could unlock courses or even unlock the harder difficulty settings. Like when you pass easy you could unlock medium and when you pass medium you unlock hard. Just wish the game had more to achieve than just useless boards and new outfits.

I do love the gameplay using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk but through the use of the Wii Balance Board your experience is enhanced. The Wii Balance Board allows you to jump, shake, balance and spin your way to a win. My favorites include Surfing, Wakeboarding, Stunt Park and Hula Dancing. Using the Wii Balance Board during the Surfing, Wakeboarding and Stunt Park events allow you to pull off really cool stunts and during the Hula Dancing you can shake your hips just like a real Hula Dancer.


Now all ages can surf, water ski and enjoy several activities of an exotic summer vacation in their own home. So get ready to take your family and friends to a virtual island paradise that is full of fun in the sun!

Vacation Isle: Beach Party receives a:

Vacation Isle: Beach Party is rated E for Everyone and is only available for Wii.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lego Construct-a-Buzz

To infinity and beyond!

Build your favorite space ranger hero and help him prepare for battle with his arch enemy, Zurg.

Lego Buzz Lightyear is buildable and poseable. Equipped with his winged jetpack, closable visor and arm-mounted, flick-launching laser cannon and not to mention his little green alien friend, evil doesn't stand a chance!

This Lego Buzz measures over 18cm tall and has a wingspan measuring 18cm wide. He features a flick fire laser cannon, retractable helmet and movable wings on his jetpack. Construct-a-Buzz comes with an alien minifigure. It has 211 Lego Pieces.

This is the perfect way to take the adventures of Toy Story 3 home with you!!

Toy Story 3 is in theaters everywhere NOW!!



Thursday, June 17, 2010

Xbox 360 Review: Shrek Forever After


This Far, Far Away game is sure to bring the family closer!

Shrek Forever After closely follows the plot of the film of the same title. You follow green antihero Shrek as he hits a point in his life where he wants to be an fearsome Orge again. When Shrek receives an offer he can’t refuse from Rumpelstiltskin he finds himself living in an alternate universe in which he losses his best friends, children and Fiona. Shrek is faced with reinstating his ‘True Love’s Kiss’ within 24 hours or everything in Far, Far Away will be ruined forever. Being that Fiona is now an independent freedom fighter and has given up on ever finding her prince, Shrek really has a task on his hands to try and win her over.

The game starts off with the tutorial level. The tutorial is hosted by one of the Three Little Pigs. He gets you up to speed with all the controls, characters and their various abilities, plus all the ways they can interact with each other. He will pop-up from time to time within the game to offer clues and hints. As the game goes on the pacing increases but throughout the game you are still given helpful character hints near items so you know which character to use. During harder puzzles the 3 Blind Mice show up to offer guidance to players (at a cost of course).


You can seamlessly switch between any of the four playable characters using different methods and each of the characters have their own unique abilities and powers.

Donkey has head butting attacks and the ability to sing off key. He also has powerful kicks to help in solving puzzles.

Puss In Boots uses his sword and his cuteness ability on opponents. He uses his claws to climb and his unique jumping ability to access out of the way areas.

Fiona has powerful sword attacks and she uses a bullhorn as a rallying cry. Also has the ability to light explosives with her lantern to open secret areas.

Shrek uses his fists and a roar to frighten any enemy he encounters. Shrek uses his power of strength to move objects.


The characters and cinematics look great. The characters are bright and well animated and the framerate is solid (perfect for supporting four player coop). Although the actual actors from the big screen are not used, the stand-ins are comparable in their voiceovers. Gameplay music consists of two different instrumental scores; one for shrek's world before (a pleasant tune) and one for his new alternate world (a drab and creepy tune). The music played during fight sequences are a number of licensed tracks from Shrek movie soundtracks.

You get to explore wonderful levels like Shrek’s Swamp, the Dragon Keep (from the first movie), the Peasant Village, the Catacombs, the Docks, and Rumpelstiltskin Palace. There are several mini puzzles as well as larger puzzles and plenty of combat in-between. Each level is full of awesome enemies like witches, bats, rats, trees and pitchfork wielding humans. There are also special guest appearances by Gingerbread Man (Gingy), Pinocchio, pirates and more.



The game does start off slow but picks up pretty quickly. The challenge level picks up as well. Some of the later puzzles get very challenging. Younger players may become easily frustrated by some of them, thankfully you can turn to the Three Blind Mice for help. I'll even admit I had to enlist their services late in the game. I feel that is a good thing though meaning that the gameplay can keep both kids and adults entertained. While I enjoyed playing solo, coop play is truly the best way to play. Though multiplayer is offline-only, the 4-player local co-op is a great deal of fun. Solving some of the puzzles and taking on witches, evil trees, and possessed pumpkins is a blast with other people. With a right mixture of puzzles and kid-friendly combat, Shrek Forever After is the perfect game for some family fun in Far, Far Away.

Shrek Forever After receives a:

Shrek Forever After is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief and Mild Lyrics. This game can also be found on: PS3, Wii, DS and PC.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

“Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein host WWE Monday Night Raw on June 14 plus live web chat

Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein will join WWE Superstar Big Show as host of WWE Monday Night RAW on June 14 live from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT on USA Network.

WWE Superstar Big Show makes his debut as guest star on Royal Pains Thursday June 17 at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

Immediately following RAW on June 14, Mark Feuerstein and Big Show will participate in an exclusive live web chat on royalpains.usanetwork.com. USA Network has partnered with Ustream, the leader in live video on the internet, to deliver the live interactive experience. Questions for Feuerstein and Big Show can be submitted through royalpains.usanetwork.com.

Here is information on the upcoming episode of Royal Pains on June 17 featuring Big Show:

ROYAL PAINS episode entitled “Keeping The Faith” centers around the star of a popular film franchise (Big Show) who suddenly collapses, when Hank (Mark Feuerstein) soon discovers that his patient’s illness is caused by the very thing that made him famous. Meanwhile, Eddie (Henry Winkler) surprises Hank and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) with the news he's staying in the Hamptons.

Be sure to watch WWE Monday Night RAW on June 14 and the upcoming episode of Royal Pains on June 17 featuring Big Show both on the USA Network. Also immediately following RAW on June 14, participate in Mark Feuerstein's and Big Show's exclusive live web chat. Submit your questions NOW - royalpains.usanetwork.com.