The Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Premiere #QueenOfKatwe

The Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Premiere

By Erin

*I attended as a guest of Disney for purposes of this post.*

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It is always a real treat to be able to attend a red carpet premiere and Queen of Katwe was no exception. Disney¬†has another heartwarming and inspirational film with their newest movie, that’ sure to be a hit. It is now playing in theaters everywhere, but I had the pleasure of walking down the red carpet for the Queen of Katwe premiere at the El Capitan the other week! So what was it like on the carpet for Queen of Katwe? Take a look! ūüôā

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Waiting to check in and camera crews from different TV stations that were setting up and getting ready.
queen-of-katwe-red-carpetME! On the red carpet. So exciting… even with a sprained ankle (even though it’s kind of cut off you can still tell my right ankle is way bigger than my left! And still a bit bruised up… ¬†but a huge improvement from what it was 3 weeks before this when I first sprained it. Watch out for curbs, they’re evil… :/
queen-of-katwe-disneyWaiting for the cast to arrive for red carpet photos.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney¬ís ¬ďQueen of Katwe¬Ē at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong¬ío and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Robert Katende; Phiona Mutesi; Mira Nair; Madina Nalwanga; Lupita Nyong'o; David Oyelowo; Martin Kabanza

Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney¬ís ¬ďQueen of Katwe¬Ē at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. *Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney *

David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney√ēs √íQueen of Katwe√ď at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong√ēo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016...(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA.*Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages*

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors Madina Nalwanga (L) and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney¬ís ¬ďQueen of Katwe¬Ē at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong¬ío and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Madina Nalwanga; Martin Kabanza

Actors Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’¬ís ¬ďQueen of Katwe¬Ē at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. *Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney*

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Then everyone entered the theater to watch the show! A little bit of background info about the film so you have some idea what it’s about if you didn’t already know. Life in Uganda for 9-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) is a constant struggle. Her days are spent selling vegetables on the streets of Katwe, one of the most poverty-stricken slums in Kampala, so school is not an option. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong‚Äôo), a proud and strong-willed woman, works tirelessly to support her family, whom she loves and protects with a fierce compassion. Consumed by the daily grind, Harriet worries that she can never offer her children the promise of a better life.¬†The cast of Queen of Katwe is amazing. Phiona is the real-life inspiration for the movie about a rising chess star from an impoverished city in Uganda. Her mentor, Robert Katende, played by David Oyelowo, teaches her about life, hope and chess, so she‚Äôs able to travel the world and better her life and the lives of others.

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Tim Burton Hand and Foot Print Ceremony & Preview of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #StayPeculiar

Tim Burton Hand & Foot Print Ceremony

By Erin

 *A Special Thank you goes to 20th Century Fox for hosting us at this event. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.*

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The other week we were in for a very special treat to get to see one of our favorite directors, Tim Burton, be honored at a special hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatres. followed by a screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in Los Angeles.

Over the years we have fallen in love with Burton’s many gothic and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice,¬†Edward Scissorhands,¬†The Nightmare Before Christmas,¬†Sleepy Hollow,¬†Corpse Bride,¬†Frankenweenie,¬†Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Batman¬† and its first sequel Batman Returns,¬†the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland. To see him being honored and celebrated for all of his achievements was such a special memory to cherish forever.

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It all started with a very emotional speech given by Winona Ryder who was going to introduce her dear friend and filmmaker Tim Burton. In the past they have worked together on films such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Little did she know, Burton quietly made his entrance behind her and snuck up behind her to give her a big hug.

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Then Tim Burton took the stage and shared his story and his journey of how he got to where he is today. His love for his work  shined through. Next he had some help getting his hand and footprints set and posed for photos for the media.

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Smiling for us all while his handprints set in the cement. ūüôā

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Zootopia’s Wild Red Carpet Premiere!| #Zootopia

Zootopia’s Wild Premiere!

By Erin

*I attended the Red Carpet Premiere as a guest of Disney, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!*

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Judy Hopps (L) and Nick Wilde characters pose during the Los Angeles premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia" on February 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde pose during the Los Angeles premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” on February 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. *Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney.*

Zootopia is out in theaters everywhere today! In the land of Zootopia, anyone can be anything and¬†Walt Disney Animation Studios made sure that was true for the Hollywood premiere of Zootopia the other week too. Held at the historic El Capitan Theatre, the red carpet was transformed into a giant public transportation metro station (The Zootopia Transit Authority) and the destination was the city of Zootopia that we were now residents of. You truly could be anything you wanted, even a bunny or a fox! ūüėČ Which stop do you want to get off at?

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As we made our way to board the Zootopia Transit Authority and across the red carpet, this is what we were greeted with. Although there was a tent to protect us from the rain, boy that red carpet was a soggy wet mess, but that just made for an even more wild adventure. Haha.

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Here I am on my way to the Zootopia Premiere! Next Stop? The ELK Capitan Theater!

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We made it to the Elk Capitan Theater and got to enter as a VIM!! Very Important Mammal. ¬†ūüėČ

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The Famous El Capitan theater, even the rain couldn’t stop us from entering this magical world!

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