Thursday, August 2, 2018

Janna King's hot ticket...plus a book giveaway

Since we had TV month in July, we decided to follow it up with movie month in August. We're still doing top five lists, but with a twist! Kicking off the new theme month is Janna King, debut author of The Seasonaires, which published earlier this year and has been praised by The New York Times, Bustle, HelloGiggles, Southern Living, PopSugar, and actress Tori Spelling (among others). Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have TWO copies to give away!

Armed with a BA in English from UCLA and an MA in Film/TV from LMU, Janna King began her career with a job as a movie studio receptionist. She went on to become an assistant for TV executives and producers, reading much material, which in turn, prompted much writing. Her spec scripts garnered work on various one-hour dramas.

When her two children were born, she turned her focus to kids’ animation, but kept one foot in the “grown-up” live action world. Her produced credits include TV movies for Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel, series for Sony, Spelling, and more, and in children’s entertainment, Disney Junior, Warner Bros. Animation, and Children’s Television Workshop.

Janna is a freelance journalist and blogger, co-founding the website, The Broad Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two rescue pooches. (Bio adapted from Janna's website.)

Visit Janna online:
Website * Twitter * Instagram


Synopsis:
For a twenty-something, there is no summer job better than being a seasonaire. No responsibilities, college is barely a thought, and you’re surrounded by glamorous, beautiful people. Intoxicating and seemingly carefree, what could possibly go wrong?

An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for scrappy Mia from South Boston; Presley, a gorgeous Southern beauty queen; Cole, a handsome introvert; Jade, the sultry daughter of a model and music mogul; J.P., an energetic young designer; and Grant, a playful party-boy.


These six are working as seasonaires—influential brand ambassadors—for the clothing line Lyndon Wyld. But like all things that look too good to be true, the darkness lurking underneath slowly rises to the surface.


Lyndon Wyld, the chic tigress who owns the eponymous business, rules their daily life by curating their every move, which the seasonaires are obligated to post on social media for their growing throngs of followers. Corporate greed, professional rivalries, and personal conflicts mix with sex, drugs, and the naiveté of youth, exploding in a murder that sullies their catalog-perfect lives.

The Seasonaires is a fresh and stylish debut that perfectly captures today’s zeitgeist, promising to thrill until the very last page. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

Here are my top 5 comedy movie picks:
  • Elf - I love Buddy’s (Will Farrell) pure joy and naiveté. He thinks everything about life outside the North Pole is amazing.
  • Little Miss Sunshine - I happy-cry every time I watch the scene when teary-eyed Olive (Abigail Breslin) tells Grandpa (Alan Arkin) that she "doesn't want to be a loser" and he reassures her: "A real loser is somebody that's so afraid of not winning, they don't even try.”
  • Eighth Grade - Writer/Director Bo Burnham manages to paint a perfect picture of the anxiety, excitement and heartbreak of a thirteen-year-old girl. See the movie - it’s out right now!
  • School of Rock - I’m all about Dewey (Jack Black) and the overwhelming enthusiasm for face-melting rock he passes down to his students.
  • The Big Lebowski - Because "The Dude abides.”

Top 5 movies based on TV series/characters:
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie - I must’ve watched this movie 300 times with my kids when they were little.
  • The Rugrats Movie - Tommy Pickles is a hero, but I totally relate to Chuckie.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Absurdly funny.
  • Wayne’s World - Two words: “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
  • 22 Jump Street - I’m choosing the sequel because Jillian Bell is hysterical in everything she does.
Thanks to Janna for visiting with us and to Kathleen Carter Communications for sharing her book with our readers.

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21 comments:

Carla S. said...

I know it's from a long time ago, but Mrs. Doubtfire was one of my favorite comedies.

Jennifer said...

I loved Never Been Kissed!

Lori Frazier said...

Cocktail. Love a funny Tom Cruise.

Kristy F said...

I do love Elf but that is a winter movie only. A comedy for other seasons? Legally Blonde

Stacey said...

My favorite comedy of all time has to be Office Space!

Unknown said...

Drop Dead Fred! So, so kitschy and funny!

RD said...

Coming to America

traveler said...

Uncle Buck and all John Candy movies.

rubynreba said...

Vacation with Chevy Chase.

Mary Preston said...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - an oldie but a goodie.

Mary C said...

Tootsie

randy oaklief said...

Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
I'm not sure what was funniest, the movie or watching my husband and brother having hysterics!

Elena L. said...

My favorite comedy movie is Rush Hour

Janine said...

I really don't have a favorite comedy movie, but anything with Adam Sandler really makes me laugh. Little Nicky was pretty darn funny.

StoreyBookLover said...

Funny Farm with Chevy Chase is one of my favorite comedy movies!

Summer said...

Bringing Up Baby.

Lesley McIntosh said...

I love any of the Mr Bean movies

bn100 said...

the proposal

Nancy said...

I like the movie Good Morning Vietnam.

Nancy
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Hailey Fish said...

Grownups, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Mrs. Doubtfire

Melanie Backus said...

Planes,Trains and Automobiles