Everyday is Mothers Day Gift Ideas: TV Drama & Book Reviews

The Royal tour continues and now we are going from tea sets to books. On blog, I’ve talked about so many books and television shows, but out of all the entertainments posts that I’ve written, Victoria consistently makes me smile. If you’ve been following my blog, you would have heard me talk about the new season of Victoria and the novel, but sadly I didn’t have the book at the time. I did promise to read it and feature it on my blog and that day is here! Special thanks to St. Martins Press for sending me the book.

I got the book and let me tell you how descriptive and the elegance in the vocabulary within every dialogue was unbelievable. Daisy Goodwin accurately matched the characters in the mini-series based on the novel and I must admit just like the show, the book left me wanting more. Below is a video of me talking about the novel and other books that Daisy Goodwin wrote. Keep your fingers that I get a chance to read “The American Heiress & The Fortune Hunter also by Daisy Goodwin.

“Victoria” By. Daisy Goodwin:

 

Here is my video book review for “Daisy Goodwin’s Book Victoria” :

 

Here is an Exclusive Clip for season 2 of “Victoria” so excited!

 

The future is looking up for Victoria this award season!!

 

Please visit St. Martin’s Press to shower the special woman in your life with a Daisy Goodwin book:http://us.macmillan.com/ and stay tune for more book reviews!

 

XoXo,

Danna

TRUE VIVANT TV HIGHLIGHTS: Dancing with The Stars Cast Revealed

The cast of season 24 of the hit reality TV show “Dancing With the Stars” was announced live on “Good Morning America” March 1. Of course I missed it, but that didn’t stop me from instagraming about the cast reveal. Honestly my first reaction about some of the contestants lukewarm, but when I heard that 5th Harmony group  member Normani Kordei was joining the cast, made my mouth drop and I don’t mean that in a bad way. My inner thoughts was screaming to me these words, “It’s about time”. Plus, she has Val as her partner! Girl Yes!!!

Here the official video for Val and Normani’s Rehearsal:

the process w @normanikordei #dwts #iwantthatspinfastertho #iwantthosefeetcleanertho

A post shared by Valentin (@iamvalc) on

 

Moving on, here is the full line up and live interview with the cast of season 24 of Dancing With the Stars:

 

Here are photos of the stars and their partners:

Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

The four-time gold medalist will be dancing with Sasha Farber.

PHOTO: Simone Biles will compete with pro Sasha Farber on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Simone Biles will compete with pro Sasha Farber on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess

The professional bull rider and model will be dancing with Sharna Burgess.

PHOTO: Bonner Bolton will compete with pro Sharna Burgess, left, on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Bonner Bolton will compete with pro Sharna Burgess, left, on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Charo with Keo Motsepe

The “chuchi-chuchi” actress and guitarist will be partnered with Keo Motsepe.

PHOTO: Charo will compete with pro Keo Motsepe on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Charo will compete with pro Keo Motsepe on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Chris Kattan with Witney Carson

The “Saturday Night Live” veteran will be dancing with Witney Carson.

PHOTO: Chris Kattan, right, will compete with pro Witney Carson on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Chris Kattan, right, will compete with pro Witney Carson on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

David Ross with Lindsay Arnold

The two-time World Series champion — and the show’s first baseball star — will be partnered with Lindsay Arnold.

PHOTO: David Ross, right, will compete with pro Lindsay Arnold on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
David Ross, right, will compete with pro Lindsay Arnold on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko

The dance club musician and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star will be dancing with Gleb Savchenko.

PHOTO: Erika Jayne will compete with pro Gleb Savchenko on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Erika Jayne will compete with pro Gleb Savchenko on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

The “Glee” actress will be partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

PHOTO: Heather Morris will compete with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Heather Morris will compete with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Mr. T with Kym Herjavec

The actor and former professional wrestler will be dancing with Kym Herjavec.

PHOTO: Mr. T, right, will compete with pro Kym Herjavec on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Mr. T, right, will compete with pro Kym Herjavec on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev

The former Olympic figure skater will be partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.

PHOTO: Nancy Kerrigan will compete with pro Artem Chigvintsev on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Nancy Kerrigan will compete with pro Artem Chigvintsev on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

The Fifth Harmony singer will be partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

PHOTO: Normani Kordei will compete with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Normani Kordei will compete with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater

The NFL player will be dancing with Emma Slater.

PHOTO: Rashad Jennings will compete with pro Emma Slater on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Rashad Jennings will compete with pro Emma Slater on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd

The Bachelor will be dancing with Peta Murgatroyd.

PHOTO: Nick Viall will compete with pro Peta Murgatroyd on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.Craig Sjodin/ABC
Nick Viall will compete with pro Peta Murgatroyd on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres on Monday, March 20, at at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Tune in and vote for who you want to hoist up the Mirror Ball Trophy!

 

Images and video is courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

 

XoXo,

Danna

TRUE VIVANT TV: Season 2 of Victoria!!!

Tonight is the time to  clear your schedules, get the perfect snack and watch televisions new hit Drama Series Victoria. I have written about this show before, so this is just an update. So far, in Season 1 we have seen Victoria blossom into a beautiful young woman as the supreme ruler of Great Britain, becoming a wife and soon to be mother in this season. Now, as I thought my Sunday’s would become empty, I  found out that Victoria has been renewed for a second season!!!!! Honestly, I couldn’t be more happy, to actually have a show on television that’s educational and also entertaining.

 

Plus, the role of Victoria is played by Jenna Coleman who is phenomenal and Tom Hughes commands the stage in his royal positions as Victoria’s husband Prince Albert who is such a dream. Now let’s talk about season two shall we? Ok! 

“According to express.co.uk here is what we will expect from the new season. First off, The new season will air in the autumn and will be followed by a Christmas special.Season two is set in the 1840s, which screenwriter Daisy Goodwin has described as “a decade of revolution, famine and unrest – and for Victoria, much childbearing.” ITV has teased: “Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job.”

They went on to say, “As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!”

Victoria gave birth to her first child in 1940, as was shown in the season one finale. The Queen loathed being pregnant, but contraception was not freely available at the time.She went on to have another five children before the decade was over, and three more in the 1850s. Prince Albert was a strict father, but in Victoria’s eyes he could do no wrong.”

You can read more about the anticipation for  season 2 at http://www.express.co.uk

 

Here are some photos of the cast of Victoria Courtesy of their social media accounts and http://www.express.co.uk:

 

Victoria cast table read

TWITTER:The cast reunited for a table read

Victoria first look

TWITTER:This photo was posted to the official Victoria Twitter page

Jenna Coleman and a horse

INSTAGRAM / JENNA COLEMAN:Coleman has been reunited with Almonzo, the white horse she often rides in the series.

Here is my thoughts about Season 1 of Victoria:

 

SEASON FINALE of Victoria shows tonight at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS! Will you be watching?

 

 

XoXo,

Danna

The First Ever Black Bachelorette!

ABC Casts First Black ‘Bachelorette,’ Rachel Lindsay, a Texas Lawyer. She will be the first African-American lead on “The Bachelorette,” 14 years after the show, a spinoff of “The Bachelor,” debuted on television. This show has been the guilty pleasure of every woman in America and the last Bachelorette season won me over. Now this season a beautiful and successful black woman is giving out roses.

Jordan Peele is excited about this season:

The New Bachalorette and her own words about the upcoming season:

Here is my thoughts about this new Bachelorette season:

 

XoXo,

Danna

The Beauty and the Beast Movie

The new Beauty and the Beast movie that’s premiering next month is the most anticipated Disney movie yet. The movie is going to be in 3D and IMAX which will create a magical experience that will make this remake better than most remakes that I’ve seen. Although I’m looking forward to seeing this movie on my sister’s birthday, I am not  excited about the opening score by Ariana Grande & John Legend. The classic opening score was originally made by Celion Dion and Peabo Bryson. I am not expecting both songs to sound the same, but I can certainty tell the difference.

 

The opening score in the trailer of the movie sounds more romantic and the tempo flows well with Ariana and John Legends voices, but the studio version of the song is very much off  key. Below is a my review video taking about the theme song and who should have replaced John Legend in the song for the studio and trailer. I do not want  take away from his artistry, but this song did not fit his voice.

The movies premise is about Belle who is a young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and she learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the human Prince within. Meanwhile, a hunter named Gaston is on the loose to take Belle for himself and later intends to hunt down the Beast at any cost.

Cast of Beauty and the Beast

  • Emma Watson as Belle
  • Dan Stevens as The Beast/The Prince
  • Luke Evans as Gaston
  • Kevin Kline as Maurice
  • Josh Gad as Le Fou
  • Ewan McGregor as Lumière
  • Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
  • Ian McKellen as Cogsworth
  • Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
  • Audra McDonald as Garderobe
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumett
  • Nathan Mack as Chip
  • Adrian Schiller as Monsieur D’Arque
  • Hattie Morahan as Agathe

Here is the 2017 Beauty and the Beast Opening Score:

Here is my review video about the new song and why I think changes could have been made:

 

You be the judge and  Beauty and the Beast in Theaters March 17.

 

XoXo,

Danna