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TauBu Girls’ October Movie Picks

As temperatures begin to drop nationwide, things are heating up at the box office. The TauBu Girls share their top three new movie picks for October.

  • Argo, Oct. 12: Turns out TauBu Girl Kali is a bit of a news junkie. So the new Ben Affleck-directed film, Argo, the story of a CIA exfiltration specialist’s risky plan to free six Americans trapped in Iran when Islamist militants took control of the U.S. Embassy in 1979. The film sticks closely to true events surrounding the crisis that involved 52 Americans being held hostage for 444 days. The six had slipped out of the Embassy and found refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. Meanwhile, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) hatched a plan to rescue them by making his way into Iraq and convincing the six Americans to pose as screenwriters, directors and co-producers of a sci-fi flick, pretend to scout film locations over the next 48 hours, then fly out of out of the country together. Mendez even recruited Hollywood producer Lester Siegel and special effects pro John Chambers to green-light the script, lending the faux film project credibility. Amazingly, it’s a true but little-known piece of history, and Argo is already being touted as one of the best films to hit theatres in years.
  • Sinister, Oct. 12: TauBu Girl Nicole loves a great horror flick. So Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, is right up her blood-splashed, scream-filled alley. The story centers on a young crime novelist who moves his wife and kids into a home where a family had been murdered. After putting the kids to bed, he decides to explore the attic – and as we all know, nothing good ever comes of that! There, he finds a box filled with reels of home movies that show the horrific killings and unleash a supernatural entity that soon has both cast and audience screaming at the top of their lungs. One reviewer called SinisterInsidious‘ spooky, disturbing cousin.” Judging from the trailer, we agree.
  • Frankenweenie, Oct. 5: If the cinematic scare fests have you spent, opt for something a little more on the spooky-sweet side. Our newest TauBu Girl Georgianna, who has professional aspirations of being a cartoon voice-over artist, is all about Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Okay, get your mind out of the stop-motion animation gutter. Frankenweenie is the sci-fi resurrection of Sparky, main character Victor’s beloved dog who gets hit by a car. After a scintillating science lesson on electricity, young Victor decides to harness it to bring Sparky back to life. Spooky canine hilarity ensues and soon, Victor finds himself and his four-legged undead friend at odds with the local town folk and fighting to prove that Sparky is not a monster, but the same good and loyal pal he always was.

Sit back, sip a TauBu and enjoy the trailers. Then, head over to the TauBu Facebook fan page and tell us what your top October flick picks are.

TauBu Girls’ July Movie Picks

The summer blockbuster season is fully ablaze. Here are the TauBu Girls‘ picks for the best movies to see in July.

Savages, July 6: TauBu Girl CeCe was first in line to see Savages, the Oliver Stone-directed crime thriller starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as Chon and Ben, two high-end pot growers who must face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend played by Blake Lively. The merciless head of the Baja Cartel, played by Salma Hayek, and her enforcer, played by Benicio Del Toro, think that forcing Chon and Ben to join them will be easy. Oh, but they sorely underestimate the two friends’ unbreakable bond and their love for the beautiful Ophelia. Add a dirty DEA agent played by John Travolta, and you’ve got a vicious, high stakes battle of wills. Just a warning – a few taboo torture scenes caused several women in the audience to walk out of the screening, CeCe says. But if you can stomach the violence, the story line and the strong cast make this a great cinematic experience.

Dark Knight Rises, July 20: You might not know it, but TauBu Girl Megan is a bit of a superhero geek. So you know she’ll be at the front of the line on opening night of Dark Knight Rises, the latest in the Batman series. The story picks up eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes and features Bane, a new terrorist played by Tom Hardy. Gotham’s finest is struggling to hold Bane and his plans to destroy the city at bay. So, despite his tarnished reputation, the caped crusader, again played by Christian Bale, resurfaces to help protect the city that has branded him an enemy. Also starring are Hollywood heavy-hitters Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Ann Hathaway and Michael Caine.

The Watch, July 27: TauBu Girl Nicole is a bit of a brainiac, but still loves a great, goofy spoof flick. She’s looking forward to the sci-fi comedy The Watch, starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as four suburban dads-turned-neighborhood watch guys. They really just want an honorable excuse to ditch their boring day-to-day family routines one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they man up to save their neighborhood and the world from total annihilation.

What are your July movie picks? Post them on the TauBu Facebook fan page.


TauBu Girls See Prometheus, Share their All Time Fave Alien Flicks

The TauBu Girls aren’t much for chick flicks. So they were stoked for a GNO to see Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s newest film about a team of scientists who head out into the far reaches of space to investigate alien life forms.

The crew boards the U.S.S. Prometheus in the year 2089 and hibernates with an android at the flight controls, arriving landing on a distant planet with a large, temple-like pyramid structure in 2093. A giant humanoid head statue, dead aliens, a crazy storm and ampoules of a weird black liquid all play a part in the near total destruction of the crew, the ship and, potentially, the human race.

We won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that the TauBu Girls loved it. And apparently, so did the rest of the world. Prometheus grossed $141.5 million worldwide over the weekend, coming in second (behind Madagascar 3) in U.S. box office figures.

Since they’ve promised not to spill any spoilers on Prometheus, the TauBu Girls decided they’d share their other all-time favorite alien flicks…

  • TauBu Girl CeCe: “I’m a big fan of all three Alien movies, but Alien 3 is my personal favorite for one reason – any woman who can rock a fully shaven head like Sigourney Weaver has my respect. Bald, badass and beautiful!”
  • TauBu Girl Megan: “I’m a sucker for classic films, so the original The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951 is one I can watch over and over again. It has a great, before-its-time twist in that the aliens are the good guys and the humans are the bad guys. The aliens basically tell us to grow up and get along or die.”
  • TauBu Girl Nicole:Who says alien movies have to be all seriousness and special effects? Mars Attacks! has the funniest story lines, obnoxious characters and hilarious sight gags. I love crazy Grandma – ”They blew up Congress! Hahaha!’ And I want that Martian girl outfit, hair and all.”

Grab an ice cold TauBu of your favorite flavor and watch the trailers for the TauBu Girls top alien flick picks. And let us know which alien movie you like best on the TauBu Facebook fan page.


TauBu Girls Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The TauBu Girls share their plans.

Never mind the fact that you’re not actually in Mexico. Or that you have no Mexican heritage. Or even a Mexican friend that you know of. American partiers all across the U.S. are going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo anyway. Why? Because we Americans know a little something about the fight for freedom, too. And because any reason to eat, drink and be crazy is a good one.

In case you’re not up on your history, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 battle in which the Mexican Army delivered a legendary ass-whoopin’ on the French Army, despite being ridiculously outnumbered. Add the fact that the French had not lost a battle in over 50 years at the time, and you can see why this is a moment in time the Mexicans will never stop celebrating. For them, it’s a matter of intense national pride. And for the rest of us across the globe, it’s a reminder of the game-changing potential of the underdog with the right determination and the cojones to act upon it. That’s the TauBu way!

We’re not the only ones honing in on the celebration. Each May 5th, Canada celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a skydiving demonstration, the Cayman Islands holds an air guitar competition, and the Mediterranean island of Malta hosts a Mexican beer drinking competition. And here in the good ol’ USA, the TauBu Girls are partying down, too.

TauBu Girl Aubrey is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party for about 100 of her nearest and dearest. She’ll serve up lots of Mexican fare, including a few specialties. She rocks the margarita cupcake and mojito ice pop recipes with a few dashes of TauBu’s newest Golden Margarita and Mojito bottled cocktails.

TauBu Girl Nicole is hitting up a Cinco de Mayo festival with her girlfriends. They’ll wear blazing hot little sundresses emblazoned with the colors of the Mexican flag – red, green and white. And TauBu Girl Edita is taking her celebration South of the Border. She plans to spend the weekend on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas.

Whatever your Cinco de Mayo plans, make sure your ice tubs are stocked with TauBu malt liquor products. Party hard, but party safe.

How’s This for Extreme? TauBu Introduces You to Yves “Jetman” Rossy

Yves "Jetman" Rossy has developed a jet-powered wing that allowed him to fly neck-and-neck with two Breitling jets.

Once the stuff of Saturday morning cartoons, super hero movies and dreams only, flying through the air at breakneck speeds with only the fabric of a flightsuit between you and the Great Blue Yonder has become reality. TauBu lovers, meet Switzerland’s Yves Rossy, a.k.a. “Jetman.”

Like millions of little boys worldwide, Rossy dreamed of becoming a pilot during his childhood. He eventually achieved that goal, starting his career in the air as a fighter pilot flying the Mirage III supersonic plane and continuing for 17 years in the Swiss Air Force. Meanwhile, he jumped at multiple opportunities to fly historic planes and, after retiring from the Air Force, became a commercial pilot flying 747s for Swiss Air.

But in true TauBu-style, Rossy soon was itching to take his aerial dream up a notch. So, starting in the early 1990s, he put his engineering skills to use and created a prototype for a propelled wing that would allow him to fly using little more than his natural instinct – no seat, no hull, no massive electronic dashboard. The first incarnation of the Jetman wing was an inflatable wing that could collapse and be moved easily. A solid but foldable wing followed, allowing Rossy to jump out of a plane and glide while wearing the wings on his back.

The experience proved a definite thrill, but it wasn’t enough. After all, Rossy was looking to cut the plane out of his personal flight picture altogether. So, he decided his wings needed something that planes already had – jet power. In 2003, he began working with JetCat, a German company that manufactures jet turbines and accessories. Several new models followed and by 2006, Rossy had created a rigid deployable wing with four jet engines that could be guided solely via movements of the body. In November of that year, Rossy spent five minutes and 40 seconds of aerial glory in the air wearing just a flight suit and his jet-powered wings.

Of course, he still ain’t done. By 2008, improvements to his jet wings increased the potential range, allowing him to fly across the English Channel from France to the U.K. He’s since flown over the Grand Canyon and, after dropping from a helicopter, flew neck-and-neck with two actual jets over the mountains of France. The latest wing design has a 6.5-foot span, weighs 120 pounds and is capable of speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. It can stay in the air from six to 13 minutes, allowing Rossy to travel about 15 miles. Today, he’s working on a prototype for a smaller, more powerful jet-boosted wing that will allow him to take off from the ground, finally cutting the plane out of the picture for good.

If given the chance, would you have the balls to strap on 120 pounds of jet power and head for the horizon? TauBu Girl Nicole is itching to try – never mind the fact that those wings outweigh her!

Meet Nicole: April 2012 TauBu Girl

April 2012 TauBu Girl Nicole Aquino is brutally beautiful and handy with a whip, chain and dagger.

The women of the Philippines have an exotic, mysterious kind of beauty. And Nicole Aquino embodies all of that, plus a fierce talent that demands attention. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but put a whip in her hand and … well, we won’t have to tell you to pay attention. That’s why she’s our April 2012 TauBu Girl.

At just 23, Nicole is already an advanced Latigo y Daga fighter. Latigo y Data, Spanish for “whip and dagger,” is a Filipino martial art developed in 1987 by Tom Meadows, a world renowned martial arts expert. It combines elements of multiple martial arts practiced in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Practitioners use a four-foot whips, daggers and bare hands to bring down opponents.

“It’s brutal and beautiful at the same time,” says Nicole of the Latigo y Dago fighting style.

“A lot like me,” the 5′ 2″ stunner adds with a coy smile. We don’t doubt it.

Nicole also is adept at another martial arts defense move loosely translated as “Harness the Rat.” Also called Latigo y Daga, it’s unrelated to Meadows’ fighting style, but it’s just as extreme. In this case, the latigo is a piece of tack or leather belting and daga is Tagalog (the principal language of the Philippines) for “rat.” With a whip of wrist, Nicole can wrap the end of a long whip around her opponent, stopping him in his tracks just like you’ve seen in the movies.

She’s also handy with a rope, chain and Tabak-Toyok (two sticks attached with a rope or chain, similar to nunchucks, but with shorter sticks and a longer chain) and has been known to improvise with a belt, bandana or even a sarong when the guys got a little too flirty.

Nicole’s favorite TauBu flavor is the new Strawberry Daiquiri, a mix sweet strawberry and bold rum – again, much like Nicole.

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