When I accepted the invitation to attend the #DisneyDreamworksEvent in LA last week, I knew we’d dive into a few other movies besides CARS 2. Yesterday, I let you guys in on a classic movie hitting theaters in July, the NEW Winnie the Pooh movie, but today I want to talk about another movie, a movie that spoke to me, moved me, and inspired me to love a little more and move forward through adversity. The Help, a movie based on the popular book by Katheryn Stockett, is the story of an unlikely sisterhood between the maids of Jackson, Mississippi and an up and coming writer. The courage it took for them to stand up and be heard had me sad that this country lived in such a way, but inspired that acceptance has bloomed through the process.
While I can’t, exactly, give you guys a full on review, I will say, Day 2 of our Disney Dreamworks Event was my favorite day. I feel so honored to have viewed The Help in advance and you’ll find me, through my Social Media Channels, encouraging others to see it when it hits theaters in August.
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “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. 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. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
Day 2 of the event was filled with two screenings. The Help was first on the docket and after we emerged from our tears (the movie is a tear jerker like no other) we met with DreamWorks Co-Chairman & CEO Stacey Snider, who talked with us about the making of the movie and passion behind it.
What struck me was the fact that she mentioned The Help book blossomed from 9/11. Kitty (Kathryn Stockett) was in a time of fear so she was moved to write about what made her feel safe, which was in the lap of her maid growing up.
I could relate.
September 11th frightened the entire nation. That night, as newlyweds, my husband and I talked about what would make us feel safe. We talked about the importance of family and how short life is. That’s the night we decided to start a family, all to feel something sacred and safe. So, yes, my oldest child is a 9/11 baby. I, solely, believe good will always shine through, especially in difficult times, such as the ’60s in Jackson as Kitty so eloquently wrote about in The Help.
|#DisneyDreamworksEvent bloggers with Co-Chairman & CEO Stacey Snider|
The Help Movie debuts in theaters in August 2011, however, I HIGHLY suggest you pick up the book to read it before then. You can find The Help by Kathryn Stockett on Amazon.com for the suggested retail price of $16.99. DEAL ALERT: Amazon has it for $9.30 for the paperback version.
More Disney Fun:
Another highlight of the trip was visiting the Walt Disney Studio Archives where we learned a LOT about Walt and viewed some very memorable items featured in the Disney Movies such as the the license in Princess Diaries, the apple from Enchanted, and the VERY first ticket sold and punched at Disneyland for the stellar price of just $1.00. Can you imagine?
Visiting the Disney Archives was so awesome, but my highlight? Holding a REAL LIVE Oscar. Does it look good on me?
While I have SO much to say about the trip, I narrowed Day 2 with all my favorites. Tell me ladies, do you guys plan on watching The Help?
Check out more of our Disney Dreamworks Event Coverage:
- Baytown Mom Heads to Hollywood!
- CARS 2 Prize Pack Giveaway!
- Wordless Wednesday: Latinas on the Red Carpet for CARS 2
- Hollywood Day 1: Meeting the Talent of Winnie the Pooh
- Toys News: CARS 2 Toys Hit Store Shelves
- Hollywood Day 2: Screening The Help Movie and Holding an Oscar
- Movie Talk: Who Do You Call in CARS 2?
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