Friday, August 31, 2012

Retail and Easy Listening

So I finished my first week of school. 7 classes, but one of them is on-line. I have each class once a week, so my classes are usually 2-3 hours long. So I went to the book store to buy my books.  This motley crew cost me over $470.00! Can you believe it! It's robbery.

This stack is all for one class! 

To make myself feel better I’ve been purse shopping this week because mine is falling apart I found this cute turquoise flowery purse at Sophie’s Chic Boutique but when I went today to buy it, somebody had already snatched it up. I did find a pretty cute black one though

 I also just wanted to let you all know about another podcast that I’ve enjoyed. It’s called “Stuff You Should Know” and it is produced by This podcast is great for 2 reasons. The episodes are shorter than a normal podcast. I’d say on average they last about 30 minutes. Second, they talk about everything you could ever think of or wonder about. The episodes I’ve been listening to are:

 “Did a Cow start the Great Chicago Fire?”
“How White Collar Crime Works.”
“How Ramadan Works”
“How Shark Attacks Work”

Next Up I am going to listen to
“Did Reagan’s Star Wars Program End the Cold War?”
“Why You Probably Have a Criminal Record”
“How the Electoral College Works”

If you drive around a lot or commute to work you might as well learn something interesting while you’re at it.
Check it out!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pet Peeve about Cell Phones.

I’ve rediscovered a big pet pet peeve of mine today.  One of the things that irritates me are people who are rude with their cell phone. I have had the pleasure of shopping for groceries while another customer was talking on her cell phone the entire time. As she talked very loudly, I was forced to hear all about how her husband is a jerk and I also know all about her financial problems as well as what she is planning on doing over the weekend. I felt so annoyed the entire time I was shopping. I wanted to ask her to please, just shut up. Then to top it off, when I went up to check out who do you think was in line in front of me? Yes, it was her again. She was on the phone the entire time the cashier checked her out. I was hoping the cashier would skip her completely.
I have customers at work that will be at my window while I’m running their transactions, and they will be talking on their phone. Never mind the fact that it can be rude, especially if I have to ask questions and get more information.  People don’t realize how much information they share when they talk on their phones in closed quarters.  Am I being completely crazy in thinking this way? How do you feel about using cell phones in public? Have you had any funny experiences? 

Here are some funny stories about overhearing  people talking on their phone. 

After a very busy day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes as the train departed Montreal for Hudson.

As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his cell phone and started talking in a loud voice.

“Hi’s Eric. I’m on the train – yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty but I had a long meeting – no, honey, not with that floozie from the accounts office, with the boss. No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life – yes, I’m sure, cross my heart.” etc, etc.

Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly, when the young woman sitting next to him, who was obviously angered by his continuous diatribe, yelled at the top of her voice, ”Hey Eric, turn that stupid phone off and come back to bed!”

Eric doesn’t use his cell phone in public any longer.

“Jeff” retells an experience his wife had while they were out to dinner. 
While my wife overheard a woman answering her cell phone while in the other stall (one of only two) in the women's restroom at a restaurant. This woman had been in there a while, as my wife had waited in line for some time and had observed the 2 people ahead of her going in and then coming out of the other stall before going to use that one herself, yet had not seen this person go into the first stall.

"Hi, . [...] Yes, that's the right restaurant. I'm here, too. [...] I've been here for a while! [...} Well, I don't know why you can't find me!"

My wife took this cue to flush and exit the stall while banging the inward-opening door open on the way to the sink. I always wonder how that one-sided conversation continued after that.

I would have yelled "SHES HIDING IN THE WOMENS ROOM" loud enough for the guy to hear it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amazing Animals -Oi

A BRAVE dog has been awarded the animal equivalent of the George Cross after protecting its owner from a gang wielding machetes.
Staffordshire bull terrier Oi was posthumously honoured with the highest award for civilian animal bravery, the PDSA Gold Medal.

The 15-year-old pet leapt into action when a gang armed with machetes forced their way into her family’s home in July 2008.
Owner Patricia Adshead, of Maxey Road, Plumstead, was making a cup of tea when three men wearing balaclavas broke into her home.
Her ex-husband came running downstairs to help.
Ms Adshead said: “He kicked one of them down the stairs but another severed his hand. It was hanging by a thread.”
The 62-year-old added: “I was trapped in the kitchen with Oi and one of the men. He raised the machete over my head.
“Oi jumped up and bit his hand. He brought the machete down on her head but she still chased him out of the house.
“If she hadn’t gone for him I would have been dead. She saved my life.”
Oi was rushed to the Thamesmead PDSA PetAid hospital, The Freda Powell Centre, in Eynsham Drive.
The mother of four said: “The PDSA saved her life. They did a fantastic job and gave her another two years.
 “I only wish Oi could have lived long enough to accept her medal.”
Oi died from cancer in March. The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals charity gives free health care to animals owned by people on low incomes.

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Monday, August 27, 2012


Its Monday Again.  In Honor of Tony Scott's Passing here is a Video of the Opening Sequence of Top Gun.

Opening This Week 

The Possession- Watch New Trailer
The Good Doctor
The Tall Man-Watch Watch New Trailer

New Trailers

Paranormal Activity 4-Watch Trailer

Unfortunately its coming upon Halloween Season so there a ton of scary and freaky movies being released. 

10 Other Fairy Tale Movies Coming to the Big Screen

The beautiful princess looking for love, the evil stepmother thwarting her every move, the handsome prince who comes to her rescue -- all are classic fairy tale characters that have come to life on the big screen, ever since the invention of movies.

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is just the latest cinematic re-telling of a classic fairy tale, following closely on the heels of the similarly Snow White-centric "Mirror Mirror." These types of films may be experiencing a renaissance, as there are many more movies based on fairy tales in the pipeline, with top talent attached. Here's a look at what's coming to a movie theater near you.

'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Mash up action, comedy, and horror in a movie produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, and you get Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel. This memorable title is slated for release early next year in 3-D, after Paramount pushed back its March 2012 release date. It is set 15 years after the siblings' traumatic gingerbread-house incident, when they are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.


In what's being billed as a Disney deconstruction of the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," Angelina Jolie stars as the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, opposite Elle Fanning as the princess. Set for release in March 2014, the project starts shooting in England next month with Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson costarring.


We pretty much guarantee Sean Bean won't be beheaded in this dark re-imagining of author J.M. Barrie's tale of Peter Pan. Bean plays Smee, a cop who aids former detective Hook (Aaron Eckhart) in his pursuit of a childlike kidnapper. AnnaSophia Robb ("Soul Surfer") joins them as Wendy, the only kid who's ever escaped the villain's clutches.

'The Little Mermaid'

Director Joe Wright ("Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice") helms this new version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. It's the tale of a young mermaid who gives up her life aquatic to love a human prince on land, penned by Abi Morgan ("Shame," "The Iron Lady"). No cast members have been officially announced.

'Sleeping Beauty'

Hailee Steinfeld of "True Grit" fame will star in this contemporary interpretation of the fairy tale, taking the iconic princess on a journey to explore her dream world while she simultaneously tries to escape it. It's still in development, with no other cast members officially announced.

'Hansel and Gretel 3-D'

This upcoming production already has a tagline: "If you end up lost in the woods, you may just find yourself." But no cast has yet been announced for this new adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale about a young brother and sister surviving a wicked witch in her gingerbread house. It's set to be shot in Germany, the origin country of the classic tale.

'Jack the Giant Killer'

Fee-fi-fo fum. We smell the blood of actor Nicholas Hoult as Jack -- you know, the one who climbs the beanstalk magically growing outside his window and battles a fearsome race of giants. Naturally, there's also a princess involved, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. Noted director Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects," "X-Men") brings it to the screen in March 2013.

'Enchanted 2'

Amy Adams will reportedly reprise her role as Giselle in this Disney sequel to the blockbuster 2007 film, which brought the fairy tale princess to real-life New York City in her quest for love. James Marsden, Julie Andrews and Patrick Dempsey are also rumored to be part of the cast again for this 2014 release.

'Arabian Nights'

Liam Hemsworth stars as Ali Baba in this new adaptation of the tale in which he rescues Persian Queen Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers. A 1942 version scored four Oscar nominations; an Italian version was distributed in 1974 by United Artists and won a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year.


With Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") at the helm, this is certain to be a darker version of the classic children's fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy. Daniel Radcliffe is rumored to star, with a shoot planned to start next summer.

Jump over to IMDB to view another list of Fairy Tales that are being adapted. 
Sam Claflin is Finnick Odair in 'The Hunger Games: 
Catching Fire'

It's official. After being mentioned as the top choice for the fan favorite role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate has officially announced that Snow White and the Huntsmanstar Sam Claflin has landed the role in the anticipated sequel. Finnick is a District 4 Hunger Games victor called back into the arena for the Third Quarter Quell, or 75th Annual Hunger Games. The strong and striking trident-wielding tribute is a key player in the games with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) alongside Lynn Cohen as his fellow tribute, the elderly Maggie, from the same district. Click here to read more.

Washington and Pitt Might Hit the 'Candy Store' for Stephen Gaghan

Though he doesn't have a plethora of screenplays to his name, Stephen Gaghan is quite the acclaimed and coveted screenwriter, especially after winning an Oscar for his work on Traffic back in 2000. Of course, Gaghan also has experience behind the camera directing Syriana with George Clooney from a script he also wrote himself. Now THR has word that he's heading behind the camera again for a crime thriller called Candy Store with a script from his own mind as well. In addition, it sounds like Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt are already in early talks to star in the film that is currently set up at Lionsgate. Read More

Neil Burger to Adapt 'Divergent' for a New Hopeful Sci-Fi Franchise

Summit Entertainment will soon find itself without a franchise as The Twilight Saga comes to an end this fall (though their new sister company Lionsgate still has The Hunger Games franchise continuing with three more movies). Variety reports the company is in early talks with Limitless director Neil Burger to direct Divergent, the first in the New York Times bestselling young adult novel series by Veronica Roth. Summit bought the rights to the first book two months before the book was on sale in 2011, and also picked up the second book Insurgent, which was just released in May. So what is this book series all about? Find out here. 

UK TV Star Charlotte Riley Joins Tom Cruise In 'All You Need Is Kill'

It's always cool to see an up-and-coming actor or actress get his or her first big shot in a mega-budget Hollywood studio film, and that's exactly what's happening to British actress Charlotte Riley right now. Variety reports that the "World Without End" star, who is engaged to The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy, has locked down a high-profile role alongside Tom Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt in the action film directed by Doug Liman. In the sci-fi twist on Groundhog Day, Cruise plays a soldier who dies on the battlefield but is reincarnated after every death, leading him to become an even better soldier each time. Click here to read the whole story.

WB Buys a 'Pontius Pilate' Script About the Man Who Killed Christ

So Warner Bros. may have recently passed on The Dark Tower, but now it seems that the studio has something a bit more controversial up its sleeve. Deadline reports that WB has purchased a script called Pontias Pilate from Woman on Top writer Vera Blasi, a new take on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told through the eyes of the man who ordered it to happen. The film will follow Pilate's journey as a soldier who gains power under the Roman Emperor Tiberius, but screws up along the way and finds himself desperate for public approval when the time comes to make the choice as to the fate of Jesus of Nazareth. More of the story here.

David Fincher Departs 'Cleopatra,' But Ang Lee Could Maybe Direct

Though we're still waiting to hear whether or not David Fincher will return to direct The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to last year's thriller adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's one project at Sony that the director will not be helming after all. Though Fincher was said to be circling aCleopatra biopic late last year, Vulture has word that negotiations to lock down a deal have broken down, and he will not be directing the film with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. However, the studio is now setting its sights on Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi director Ang Lee to take over the gestating film instead. Read More.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Social (12) Favorite Sites

This weeks  questions are all about the internet

1. What is the first website you log into each day?
Honestly, I usually check Yahoo News and my G-Mail first thing each morning. Then in the Fall when new TV episodes start I am usually on first. 
I also visit Facebook, IMDB, Netscape, and pretty much daily.

2. Give us some funny websites that you visit that we need to know about.

3. Pinterest or Facebook? Why?
I would have to say Facebook, mainly because I haven’t used Pinterest at all. Gasp! I know! Facebook seems to allow more interaction. You can still Post or Like pretty much anything you find interesting and it doesn’t just have to be a picture. You can share pictures on Facebook, sure, but you can also post videos, stories, links, status updates, or news from Fan Pages.  You can also share anything anybody else has up, and you can comment and chat at the same time. 

4. Twitter or Instagram? Why?
I would have go with Twitter, even though I just started using it and I don’t have an Instagram account. On twitter you can still share photos, as well as share what is on your mind. Twitter also has more social and networking capabilities. Not only can you keep up with news about your favorite celebrity or sports team, you can send direct messages to followers. I also like using Hashtags to help organize your tweets and to find out who else is talking about Taylor Swifts new album, or who is reading the same book I am.

5. Favorite YouTube video. Post it!
Okay I have a few favorite Youtube videos. My current Favorite is called Fish in a Barrel.

This is an old classic that gets me every time.  Makes me cry with tears of laughter!! Literally the Worst Music Video Ever Made.

This is a Group competing on America’s Got Talent Last Year. I love It!

 6. Biggest online pet peeve?
I don’t like what my brother and I call “vague” booking. This is when somebody posts some seriously vague and empty status update like “So Glad Today is over”. This is just them seeking attention and wanting people to ask what happened and show their sympathy. I even knew a girl who changed her birthday on Facebook just so she would get people to write on her wall. If you’ve had a rough day, call your friend, or parents and talk about it. Don’t use twitter or Facebook for a pity party. 

Hope you all had a great weekend. HappySunday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Discovery of Witches

Witches, vampires and daemons...oh MY!  Historian Dr. Diana Bishop is determined to live her life as an ordinary human and not as one of the famous Bishop witches, descended fromBridget Bishop, the first witch burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.  Unfortunately, magic seems to find her anyway while at Oxford's Bodleian Library.  

Diana opens a manuscript which was believed to be lost, since its last sighting was over one hundred years ago.  She feels magic in the manuscript, but ignores it and sends it back, thinking that she is sending away the magic that lurks within the pages.  

"Even at a safe distance, this manuscript was challenging me - threatening the walls I'd erected to separate my career as a scholar from my birthright as the last of the Bishop witches."

Only, it's too late.  She has attracted the attention of all the creatures in Oxford, and beyond, including the attention of Matthew Clairmont, who happens to be a geneticist and a vampire.  Matthew is a very old vampire with a long history and a small, interesting family. Enter the vampire, his family, their history, and a love of wines.

Let me talk about Diana a bit.  She is a historian, which is highly convenient considering how old Matthew Clairmont is.  Even though she has her weaknesses, and has blocked out her powers her whole life, she's tough, and I like that.  One of the wonderful things about Diana's profession is her love of libraries and books, which Harkness puts into words for her readers:

"The smell of the library always lifted my spirits - that peculiar combination of old stone, dust, woodworm, and paper made properly from rags."

This was only one sentence among a hundred describing the sights, sounds, and smells of the various libraries that Diana visits throughout the book.  I don't want to ruin any of the plot by telling you any more.

Now you still may be asking, Vampire love story?  Really?  Yes, really.  Deborah Harkness creeps very close to the line where style and substance meets cheesy cliche, but she does not cross it.  The author saves us from the nausea and keeps A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES from turning into a gooey mess.

This book has been described as the "grown up's" Twilight.  Let me be clear about one thing - there is nothing profane about it..  Instead, there are complex discussions of historical people and places, strategy and logic, as well as genetics and biochemistry.  And yet, somehow, it is not at all boring, I promise. 
Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she's describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana's benignly haunted house, it's a treat to suspend disbelief. Alas, there's a bit of bloat to the book. In a particularly saggy patch, Diana and Matthew loll around a French castle, checking e-mail and tracing each other's collarbones. 

But just when I began to wonder whether A Discovery of Witches was nerdy-cute rather than truly magical, the plot accelerated. As the mysteries started to unravel, the pages turned faster. If you're a fan of the paranormal love story, but could do without the teenage angst, you will not be disappointed by A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Think You Can Dance!

So my roommates dragged me to see the new movie Step Up Revolution.  While it was too mushy and dramatic for my taste, the dance numbers were actually really impressive. I liked that it wasn’t all hip hop, but they threw in some lyrical, contemporary pieces as well.  I’m embarrassed to say that movies like this make me wish I was a better dancer. Or that I could dance at all. Ha ha

Anyway I think that it was fun watching really good dancers. One of my favorite shows is So You Think I Can Dance.  I love the show because there is so much diversity as far as the style of dances that you get to watch every week. So I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite dances throughout the past seasons.

Addiction (Contemporary by Mia Michaels-love her)

Turn to Stone Contemporary (Travis Wall)

Sweet Dreams (Jazz)

Keep Holding On (lovely waltz)

Total Eclipse of the Heart-

Time (another Mia Michaels) Its a story of a reunion in Heaven

Do you watch So You Think You can Dance? Have you seen any dances that you were really impressed with?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Amazing Animals-Oscar

Oscar, the handsome tortoiseshell cat, has a penchant for predicting death. Some call him a cuter, cuddlier version of the Grim Reaper while others prefer to think of him as an Angel of Mercy. Oscar resides at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island, a facility that cares for people with severe dementia. He was adopted by the staff in 2005 to make the Steere House a homier place and to provide a happy distraction for patients and visiting families. However, to everyone’s consternation, Oscar spent more time hiding or sunning himself than socializing with visitors or patients. In fact, he was quite aloof. After a year however, it became apparent that Oscar was destined for a more specialized role: comforting patients in their dying hours.
The staff began to notice that, in between catnaps, Oscar would make his rounds going from one room to another. He would poke his head in the doorway, peek at the patients and sniff the air. He rarely spent much time with anyone — except when they had just hours to live.

First, Oscar’s regular purring presence at a patient’s bedside just hours before dying seemed a fluke.  But over time his record became so spot-on that the staff learned they better quickly pick up the phone and call family members when Oscar cozies-up along side their patients.  If prevented from entering the room of a dying patient, Oscar will doggedly claw at doors and walls, trying to get in. Twenty-five times in a row, Oscar predicted which patient would go next and when.
When Oscar sensed a patient was a death’s doorstep, he would quietly pad into the room and remain until the patient passed away. Dr. David Dosa, an attending physician at the Steere House who was first quite dubious about Oscar’s talent, described the cat’s unusual behavior in a 2007 article in the New England Journal of Medicine:
Mrs. K. is resting peacefully in her bed, her breathing steady but shallow. … Oscar jumps onto her bed and sniffs the air. He … turns around twice before curling up beside Mrs. K.
A nurse walks into the room to check on her patient. She pauses to note Oscar’s presence. Concerned, she … grabs Mrs. K.’s chart off the medical-records rack and begins to make phone calls.
Within a half hour the family starts to arrive. … Oscar has not budged, instead purring and gently nuzzling Mrs. K.
A young grandson asks his mother, “What is the cat doing here?” The mother, fighting back tears, tells him, “He is here to help Grandma get to heaven.”
Thirty minutes later, Mrs. K. takes her last earthly breath. With this, Oscar sits up, looks around, then departs the room so quietly that the grieving family barely notices.
Dr. Dosa at first worried that people would be frightened by this furry grim reaper, especially after he published the first account of Oscar in 2007. Yet, quite the contrary, caretakers and family members found this unique cat a comforting presence at one of life’s most difficult moments — death.  ”People actually were taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass,” Dosa said. “He was there when they couldn’t be.”
To illustrate his point, Dr. Dosa notes that Oscar has been thanked in more than one newspaper eulogy.  ”Maybe they’re seeing what they want to see,” he said, “but what they’re seeing is a comfort to them in a real difficult time in their lives.”
One time, the nurses preempted Oscar and placed him in the bed of a man they were sure would die that day. Oscar was indignant and would not stay with the man. The nursing staff thought Oscar had lost his touch. However, it turns out, Oscar was more perceptive than the medical professionals and the patient lived a few more days.  But true to form, in the man’s final hours, Oscar jumped up on his bed without prompting and held his bedside vigil.
Now, of course, one must challenge cause and effect and wonder if somehow Oscar the cat was snuffing out his patients! Imagine if you were “coincidentally” present at 50 death scenes….would law enforcement not raise an eyebrow? Fortunately, there is no evidence that Oscar is doing anything but bringing comfort to people in their last dying hours.
Over the years, Dr. Dosa grew extremely fond of Oscar and became truly convinced that this tortoiseshell cat has a unique intuitive knowledge about death that was escaping even the best doctors and nurses. In 2010, Dosa published a book entitled Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat. At that time Oscar had correctly predicted 50 deaths. In the book, Dosa recounts stories of families who embraced Oscar and his unique ability.

Click here to read more Amazing Animals Stories

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fall Movie Preview

Featured Video: The Wonderful World of Pop (from Music and Lyrics-This video is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Opening This Week
The Apparition
Premium Rush
Little White Lies
Hit and Run

New Trailers

Its Time for a Fall Movie Preview
This Autumn we say goodbye to necking vampire, hello again to hobbits and a certain British Superspy, and "Thank Goodness!" to a slew of original films that are both exciting and new: The mind bending Looper, Ben Affleck's unbelievable but true Argo, high-pedigree adaptations of Life of Pi and Les Miserables, and a whole lot more! (There are way more movies coming out but these are the biggies!)
The Words-September 7th
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-September 14th
The Master-September 14th
Trouble with the Curve-September 21st
End of Watch-September 21st
Hotel Transylvania-September 28th
Looper-September 28th
Won't Back Down-September 28th

Taken 2-October 5th
The Paperboy-October 5th
Pitch Perfect-October 5th
Frankenweenie-October 5th
Argo-October 12th
Here Comes the Boom-October 12th
Not Fade Away-October 19th
Alex Cross-October 19th
Killing Them Softly-October 19th
Cloud Atlas-October 26th
The Big Wedding-October 26th
Chasing Mavericks-October 26th

Wreck-it Ralph-November 2nd
Flight-November 2nd
The Man With the Iron Fists-November 2nd
Lincoln-November 9th
SkyFall-November 9th
Breaking Dawn-November 16th
Anna Karenina-November 16th
Life of Pi-November 21st
Rise of the Guardians-November 21st
Red Dawn-November 21st
Silver Linings Playbook-November 21st

Hyde Park on Hudson-December 7th
Les Miserables-December 14th
The Hobbit-December 14th
Zero Dark Thirty-December 19th
Jack Reacher-December 21 st
On the Road-December 21st
This is 40-December 21st
Django Unchained-December 25th


Bradley Cooper Finds 'Bad Blood and Trouble' and 'A Star is Born'?

Variety has word that Cooper is entering talks to lead Bad Blood and Trouble, a new crime thriller from The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J. Blakeson. The official logline of the film is under wraps, but the film is set in the 1950's and would see Cooper playing a Miami detective in love with a married woman whose husband has been targeted by a group of criminals. But that's now all. More here. 

Marvel's 'The Avengers 2' Set to Arrive May 1st, 2015 - With Thanos?

Briefly: It has been announced and/or confirmed by Deadline that the official release date for Marvel'sThe Avengers 2 is now set for May 1st, 2015. Only three years to go! Joss Whedon will be writing and directing the sequel to this year's ensemble superhero team-up box office smash. Pretty much exactly what we expected to see, following Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy in the next few years leading up to this (plus maybe Ant-Man?). Can we expect Thanos to be the (really) big, bad villain this time around? Possibly, but like with Loki they're never going to confirm until we're sitting in theaters at midnight. Plus other rumors have speculated who might be playing Vision in the new film. Vin Diesel, or Clark Gregg. Click here to read more. 

Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon to Journey on 'The Long Red Road'

Over the past few years both Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon have enjoyed varied levels of success, but both of them have had their careers rise very quickly in a short time. Shannon has been more low key with indie films like Take Shelter (though he has a villainous role in Man of Steel next year) while Hardy has been more prominent in films like The Dark Knight Rises (with lower profile turns in films like Warrior). Now the two powerful actors are teaming up for The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard's stage play of the same name which Hardy actually starred in at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Read on!

Ed Zwick to Direct 'Pawn Sacrifice with Maguire as Bobby Fischer

Since the release of Love and Other Drugs, director Edward Zwick has been linked to a couple projects like The Great Wall with Henry Cavill and an adaptation of Vince Flynn's American Assassin. However, we've yet to hear anything on those projects and now Zwick has a new project looking to shoot next year. Deadline has word that Zwick is in talks to direct Pawn Sacrifice, the life story of American chess icon Bobby Fischer leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky in 1972. Click here if interested in reading more

Tim Roth to Play Nicole Kidman's Prince in 'Grace of Monaco' Drama

Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly entered the business at age 20, headlined half a dozen major films, earned an Academy Award, and then retired from acting at age 26 to become a princess of Monaco. That's pretty impressive, but as we've written about before, the new film Grace of Monaco will seeNicole Kidman playing Kelly and will pick up the story after all of that, when she helped guide the city-state through a difficult conflict with the French. Variety reports that Pulp Fiction star Tim Roth has joined the esteemed cast as her husband, the Prince of Monaco. And there's a role for Frank Langella as well. Jump here to read more

Other News

Tom Hanks Producing JFK Assassination Drama. Click to Read

Robert Downey delays production of IronMan 3 due to Injury. Click to Read

Jake Gyllenhaal Hits 'Mississippi Grind' for 'Half Nelson' Directors. Click to Read

Open Casting Call for Jon Favreau’s Jersey Boys Musical. Click to read more.