Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that’s, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets–replacing Nazis as Indy’s villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses–are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend–and Indy’s colleague–Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull’s whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There’s plenty of comedy, delightful stunts–ants play a deadly role here–and the return of Raiders love interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he’s a little creakier, a lot grayer, but still twice the action hero of anyone in film today. With all the anticipation and hype leading up to the film’s release, perhaps no reunion is sweeter than that of Ford with the role that fits him as snugly as that fedora hat.
The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing “Dancing Queen” is one of the high points of Mamma Mia! The Movie, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding–because after reading her mother’s diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she’d laid aside are coming back to life. But let’s face it, the plot is not the point–it’s a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna’s best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It’s a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that’s an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience.
Dr. Seuss’s classic 1954 book Horton Hears a Who has entertained generations of children and served as the inspiration for a 26-minute, 1970 television special Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who! and the 2000 Broadway musical Seussical: The Musical. This 2008, full-length animated movie features the voice talents of Jim Carrey as Horton, Steve Carrell as the Mayor of Whoville, Carol Burnett as the Kangaroo, and Jesse McCartney as JoJo and promises to delight a whole new generation of children and their parents and grandparents. The technological wonders of computer animation have allowed 20th Century Fox Animation to bring to life the wacky, colorful Whoville with its minute inhabitants and the lush Jungle of Nool with its host of distinctive animals and the result is a rich, fantastical world of wonder worthy of Dr. Seuss’ own imagination. All the major plot elements of Dr. Seuss’ book are present, with Horton hearing the faint cry for help from a tiny dust speck atop a small clover and doing his best to protect the inhabitants of that small civilization of Whoville despite the disbelief, disdain, and persecution of his fellow animals. The feel of Dr. Seuss’ original rhyming prose is partially preserved in the sparse narration by Charles Osgood that’s interspersed throughout the film’s dialogue and the overarching themes of staying true to one’s convictions and the celebration of the power of perseverance, imagination, and kindness come through loud and clear. Horton Hears a Who is a fun rendering of a classic Dr. Seuss story that’s sure to entertain viewers of all ages.
After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, it s survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island hold many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as The Others. The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.
This seasons twists and turns have renewed my interest and respect for Lost. There were no fillers due to the (mostly planned) reduced episode count and even with the writer’s strike it was a solid season. There were really only 2 hours lost to the writer’s strike anyway, which ABC has stated they will “give back” by giving 1 extra hour to the next 2 seasons. The quality of the show this season more than made up for the reduced episode count.
It was interesting in the final show of the 3rd season to see Jack’s focus change (seen in a flash forward) from getting off the island to getting back on it. This season was spent giving a set up to the reason why without really answering the question but creating enough suspense to make it worth finding out…next season I hope. This season is about who gets off the island (the Oceanic 6, as they’re called) and how, and a bit about what they’re going to do back in the real world. A few other people also get off the island but they aren’t included in “the Oceanic 6″ and you’ll also get a partial reason why by the last episode, as well as finding out who was in the coffin in the final episode of the 3rd season that had Jack so upset (but not why or how.) Jack finally finds out who Claire is to him, but we still don’t know what actually happened to her. Ben’s character becomes more complex, as we start to see how he manages to go from outcast to leader and gets people to do what he wants (such as Locke, Sayid, and even Jack,) even if they are uneasy in their association with him. Clearly some other Oceanic refugees have escaped the island but we don’t know how yet, and it doesn’t seem like the “Oceanic 6″ are necessarily even aware of them.
Another interesting addition this season is the newcomers, the “freighter folk,” who may as well be the new “others.” Some are decent people and some are evil, and one will be familiar face from previous seasons. Speaking of “the others,” who they are, where they came from, and what is their nature became a new set of unanswered questions this season. I wasn’t thrilled with Rosseau’s or her daughter’s storylines, but it seems what happened was done in order to develop Ben’s character.
What is planned for extra features is below, it is subject to change since it wasn’t released yet. If you want to see more info for yourself on planned extras, run a search for TV shows on DVD, you should be able to find the site I got my info from.
Oceanic Airlines Safety Guide
The Lost Flashbacks
Lost on Location – Go on location with the cast and crew of Lost for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of Season Four’s hottest episodes.
Freighter Folk (working title) – Where did the folks on the freighter come from? Get to know them and find out what the show runners looked for in new cast members.
Transforming Hawaii (working title) – From the deserted beach to urban Los Angeles, Hawaii serves as a global backdrop for the excitement and intrigue of Lost. Join the small army of technicians that transforms Hawaii to the Island as they go about their duties.
Gun Tracking (working title) – Lost features a formidable array of firearms Get real life gun profiles and find out what it’s like working with so much firepower.
The Music of Lost (working title) – The Honolulu Symphony performs Michael Giacchino’s award-winning score live for the first time ever. Witness the power of the show’s many musical themes as well as its innovative use of instruments-and learn how music affects the production, from writing to directing.
I recommend this season for anyone who ever enjoyed this show. You won’t feel the writer’s strike when watching the DVDs.
Jeff Dunham and his cast of characters join to make Christmas very special — and hilarious — like only they know how. All new show Very Special Christmas Special also includes bonus material with numerous DVD extras. Share this must-have event with the entire family for Christmas and all year long!
DVD is loaded with additional footage and extras not seen on television including Holiday Tips, Outtakes, Ask Santa-Walter, and Behind The Scenes.
I’ve seen Jeff-fuf 3 times now (his live show, that is) and I never cease to be AMAZED at his talent!! You REALLY believe there’s MORE THAN HIM onstage!! The last show I saw included previews of this upcoming special and we are all in for a TREAT!!! Achh-med singing “Jingle Bombs” is sure to make the Christmas charts this year!
I LOVE guitar guy! (Brian Haner). Not only is he an extremely talented guitar player – he is also extremely FUNNY. He and Jeff play off one another quite well, and obviously enjoy one another alot. They’d have to with the amount of time they spend together on the road.
Peanut, is my all-time FAVORITE character. As he says – “When you go PURPLE, you NEVER go back!”
Whatever DVD you decide to pick up, you will NOT be disappointed. Jeff Dunham is one of the most talented comedians of our time. You will laugh till you cry!
Based on David McCullough’s bestselling biography, the HBO miniseries John Adams is the furthest thing from a starry-eyed look at America’s founding fathers and the brutal path to independence. Adams (Paul Giamatti), second president of the United States, is portrayed as a skilled orator and principled attorney whose preference for justice over anti-English passions earns enemies. But he also gains the esteem of the first national government of the United States, i.e., the Continental Congress, which seeks non-firebrands capable of making a reasoned if powerful case for America’s break from England’s monarchy. The first thing one notices about John Adams’ dramatizations of congress’ proceedings, and the fervent pro-independence violence in the streets of Boston and elsewhere, is that America’s roots don’t look pretty or idealized here. Some horrendous things happen in the name of protest, driving Adams to push the cause of independence in a legitimate effort to get on with a revolutionary war under the command of George Washington. But the process isn’t easy: not every one of the 13 colonies-turned-states is ready to incur the wrath of England, and behind-the-scenes negotiations prove as much a part of 18th century congressional sessions as they do today.
Besides this peek into a less-romanticized version of the past, John Adams is also a story of the man himself. Adams’ frustration at being forgotten or overlooked at critical junctures of America’s early development–sent abroad for years instead of helping to draft the U.S. constitution–is detailed. So is his dismay that the truth of what actually transpired leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence has been slowly forgotten and replaced by a rosier myth. But above all, John Adams is the story of two key ties: Adams’ 54-year marriage to Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), every bit her husband’s intellectual equal and anchor, and his difficult, almost symbiotic relationship with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) over decades. Giamatti, of course, has to carry much of the drama, and if he doesn’t always seem quite believable in the series’ first half, he becomes increasingly excellent at the point where an aging Adams becomes bitter over his place in history. Linney is marvelous, as is Dillane, Sarah Polley as daughter Nabby, Danny Huston as cousin Samuel Adams, and above all Tom Wilkinson as a complex but indispensable Ben Franklin.
Is Kim Kardashian giving marriage another shot? November 16, 2012 No Comments
A wave of rumors is spreading throughout the media, as the talk about Kim and Kanye exchanging vows is in the air. They have been together for quite a while now and tension is definitely building up, among their loyal followers and critics, as to their next possible move. Nevertheless, for Kim, this issue of another marriage might just be too soon as well as the famous Kim Kardashian sex tape, knowing that she recently broke apart from her marriage with basketball star Kris Humphries. Their marriage lasted for a mere 72 days, after which she filed for a divorce. Sources claim that overall, the general opinion is that the marriage was an absolute waste of time and money. Moreover it is said that the marriage was somewhat arranged and not an original love bonding. Critics say that she would have had enough time to use the marriage to her benefit by gaining daily publicity. That is definitely the truth knowing that she managed to salvage daily five figure earnings from the wrecked marriage. The ratings of her reality show have also skyrocketed amidst all of the drama.
Now, with her new boyfriend in the picture, all eyes seem to be diverted towards them. Her mom Kris claims that she isn’t aware of such an allegation and that she has not even been told about an engagement or ring, much less a wedding. She is nevertheless willing to accept any decision that they make as adults. She claims that she agrees with whatever makes her daughter happy.
The wait is on as her followers look forward to another daring move; however, they may just be in for some disappointment, knowing that Kim and Kanye are seemingly too busy at this moment to entertain the thought. Perhaps, when the need arises to top up on publicity, they may just take a shot at it.
Meet Hot New Actor Marlon Clarke November 15, 2012 No Comments
Canada is not only a country of mountains, lakes and remote wilderness. It has a bustling arts scene and film and television industry. Many of the world’s most famous and popular actors, including Jim Carrey, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Ryan Gosling, Christopher Plummer, William Shatner and the Sutherlands, father Donald and son Kiefer, hail from the land of the maple leaf. The country has also produced some big-screen beefcakes like Keanu Reeves. An up-and-coming industry hottie hoping to follow in these famous footsteps is Masimba Marlon Clarke.
Even though he was born in the Manitoba city of Winnipeg, Marlon lived in Trinidad and Tobago until he was five. The Clarke family then returned to Canada, once again settling in Winnipeg. When the boy was ten years old, the Clarkes moved again, this time to the province of Ontario to live in bustling Toronto.
During his high-school years in Canada’s largest city, the young Marlon discovered the joys of acting. He became a Drama major and was on stage in various school productions. To help him hone his craft, he enrolled in extracurricular acting classes too.
Upon completing his high-school career, the aspiring actor went to college. Here he studied for a diploma in journalism, graduating in 1999. However, Toronto’s lively entertainment and arts scene is the perfect breeding ground for anybody wanting to make it big on screen and the aspiring star was no exception.
Within two years upon graduation, the break came in the form of a small role in an independent horror film by Paul Stoichevski. ‘Massacre Up North’ is the tale of a man who is terribly maimed in an accident and has to live with the mocking comments of others for years afterward. He then decides to take revenge on those who have mocked him. Marlon can be seen in the film in the guise of a police officer.
At the dawn of the millenium, The Tragically Hip, a very popular rock band from Canada, recorded their seventh studio album. In the video for the single ‘My Music at Work’, the sexy young man showed that he’s not only a talented actor, but has got the moves too. He is one of the bored-looking ‘office workers’ who gets up and starts dancing to the music.
The up-and-coming actor also had a small role guest-starring in one of the episodes of ‘This is Wonderland’, a popular television series filmed and set in Canada. The legal-themed comedy-drama is set in Old City Hall in Toronto and stars Cara Pifko as a criminal lawyer. The series won several awards in Canada. In the third season, there is an episode with a character called ‘Omar number 2′, played by Marlon.
At five feet and nine inches, Marlon Clarke not only acts, but models too. His acting skills have helped him portray different characters in print advertisements, including ones for sportswear giant Adidas, the airline caterers and restaurant chain Cara Foods, a digital media company called Captivate Network, Staples and Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. You can also admire the man’s looks in print ads for the Canadian Blood Services as well as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. For more about the actor, search online for e-cards and video clips showing off his talents.
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The History Of Taiyo Yuden CD-R And DVDRs September 12, 2012 No Comments
Long ago, in a very far land brimming with tortured, Taiyo Yuden-deprived souls, there dwell a King called Texas. King Texas was a compassionate king, whose only royal mission was to end the suffering of the poor, poor, pitiful subjects his father, King Archaic, had condemned to a life with no gadgets to help them in their daily lives. King Texas envisioned a day when all the citizens of the land would own many instruments to help them in their search for true happiness. Sadly, King Texas was gobbled up by evil, corporate dragons much more powerful than he, rendering the subjects’ huge, cumbersome devices literally worthless, and obsolete.
Afraid that their reign may eventually be threatened, the evil corporate dragons summoned a substandard wizard. To assure control of the poor subjects for all time, the wizard used inferior spells to freeze the subjects’ kids in grotesquely ironic, cute poses, vowing that he would imprison them permanently, should the subjects try to save them by any means. Decade after decade, the poor subjects were plagued, their children lost to oblivion one by one as they tried in vain to restore them.
All through this time, the subjects heard stories that the popular kings Sony, and Phillips had uncovered a new, masterful wizard that could break the spell of the less competent wizard. Under cover of darkness, they sent a liaison to the courts of the benevolent kings to plead for their help, and protection. Yet the kings refused, stating that they shared the magical secret with one more king; one far more powerful, yet far less greedy, and publicity hungry, who had made them swear that they will never tell. Propelled by his desire to save the subjects from the evil dragons, the liaison continued his journey, east, toward the land of the rising sun, looking for anyone who could help him find the third, all-knowing king, Taiyo Yuden.
The subject’s travels were made challenging because few knew of the mysterious king, much less of the legendary land wherein he lived. So, the traveler looked for any Taiyo Yuden Review he could find. As it took place, he came upon another who told him of a tale he had once heard about the elusive king, and his Taiyo Yuden CD-R, an excellent device that could change the universe, only when he would choose to share it freely. Although as benevolent as kings Phillips, and Sony, this king decided to humble himself, ordering his wholesalers never ever to expose that he, too, held the power.
The traveler told the subject of still more, miraculous spells wielded by the king’s wizards, capable of far more than saving the tots from frozen oblivion. It is said, exclaimed the traveler, that the Taiyo Yuden DVD-R could animate them, as well, changing them into spinning, leaping ballerinas, the accompanying orchestra booming in the environment with crystal clearness; choir boys, t-ball champs, and also gleeful party goers similarly; it mattered not, all are awakened to life. Skeptical, but encouraged, the subject pressed on, hoping against hope that, if he could not find the mysterious king, he may at least come across a Taiyo Yuden Distributor where he could buy a JVC Taiyo Yuden to save his beloved fellow villagers. Lamenting his pitiful state, he remembered that the dragons had stripped him of his cellular phone to stop him from enlisting the aid of the powerful, resourceful Amazonians, and Wal-Marters.
Using VHS To DVD Transfer Service September 8, 2012 No Comments
Technology tends to change often and though some people make take a while to get the hang of new gadgets, it is important that they do. The reason being is that they have precious memories stored away on one of those nice VHS tapes that cannot play on any machine in their home. This is one reason to try VHS to DVD transfer service now.
Playing catch up with technology can take a little time for some but when it comes to restoring precious memories, this cannot be underestimated. For one, tape of yesteryear does not always perform the same as it gets older. Elements such as heat or dust can affect hoe well something performs over time. Worse, a tape can self destruct while playing and finding a repair kit at most stores can be nearly impossible.
While some may see this as another unnecessary expense, they fail to realize that it is actually cost effective. Especially if a person has special televised moments such as the Olympics or once in a lifetime events, having a back up source is a great idea since tape repair kits are hard to find at most retail stores. And sometimes, even with a kit, the tape may not play as it did before.
It is known that going back in time literally is impossible as children get older, friends and others move away and the place where people used to hang out may not be the same as it once was. Sometimes, still images do not capture the memories the same way that film does. Having these and other moments as moving pictures can really help a person remember the good times.
Now what would be expensive would be to go out and buy DVD or downloaded copies of TV shows and movies from the past. For the person with many tapes, a service such as this one would definitely cost less money. Though there is some software that could help with the conversion process, this takes patience as well as time for the person that may not be used to doing such as thing. Some things are better left to the professionals.
Fining operations with a great reputation that believe in quality service should not be much of a challenge. By going online a person can find a few with great ratings and may accept orders from around the world. They also ensure that all items ship safely. Using a large company could actually be an excellent option for the person with many tapes. They also may cost less than neighborhood operations that may not be able to handle large orders.
While there is nothing wrong with shopping around for the best service, it is important to remember that time has a way of passing rapidly. Anything can happen to where precious memories can be a thing of the past.
By using a reputable company, they will also see that their videos can be saved in various digital formats. Instead of waiting or taking a chance on missing out, they should just try a VHS to DVD transfer service that will ensure quality.
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