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Stagedoor Manor Celebrates Sondheim

sondheimThanks to my love of Joss Whedon, I realized my love for composer/writer/awesome person Stephen Sondheim. His musicals like “Into the Woods” and “Sweeny Todd” have crisp, hauntingly beautiful songs that will stick with you long after the performance is done. To celebrate his work Stagedoor Manor, a creative summer program for kids between the ages of 10 and 18 can hone their creative talents with professional-level training in the performing arts, announced today their summer is centered on honor Sondheim.

A celebration at Stagedoor, aptly titled “A Weekend in the Country with the Music of Stephen Sondheim,” will showcase and pay tribute to Mr. Sondheim’s amazing contributions to music and the theater.

During “A Weekend in the Country with the Music of Stephen Sondheim,” Stagedoor students will mount six full-scale productions of Sondheim plays: Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim, and current hit revival on Broadway, West Side Story.

Learn more about Stagedoor Manor by visiting their website.

Kodak wants to give Yellow Rose Boy Another Chance with Megan Fox

Perhaps in one of the greatest “missed connections” in social interaction, a courteous young boy with a delicate rose missed his moment with destiny on June 16, 2009, when his attempt to give a yellow rose to actress Megan Fox at a movie premiere in London, England missed its mark.

Although this thoughtful gesture fell victim to “the wrong place at the wrong time,” Eastman Kodak Company believes that fate has other plans for this idealistic young lad.

In an attempt to foster a new relationship with two amazing people, Kodak urges the “Rose Boy” to come forward and identify himself so that the company can help arrange a real rose exchange. To help accelerate his prompt identification, Kodak will offer $5,000 to the first person who can provide verifiable information that enables Kodak to make this connection happen. Kodak will also cover travel costs for the young man and his family to help allow destiny to take its course, and provide cameras for him to capture the moment.

“It’s amazing how just a photograph can connect and change the lives of two complete strangers,” said Leslie Dance, Vice President of Kodak’s Worldwide Brand Marketing & Communications. “If this photo is any indication, this boy was really hoping to meet Megan Fox and give her that rose, and we’d love to help make his fantastical wish come true.”

Please send us an email at yellowroseboy@gmail.com if you have any information or can help turn the rose boy’s dreams into reality.

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Pre-order the Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack from Amazon.com

new-moon-twilight-series-5141864-600-873Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack due to be released on on October 6, 2009. Why so early? I guess they’re trying to capture the Twilight hysteria.

If you have a burning desire to pre-order feel free, and remember the awesome thing about Amaon pre-ordering – if the price drops, you get the lower price.

Twilight: New Moon is due in theaters November 20, 2009.

For more information check out New Moon in IMDB or watch the awesome trailer.

Snow Patrol Announce U.S. Fall Headline Tour

snow_patrolMulti-platinum Fiction/Polydor/Geffen recording artist Snow Patrol have announced dates for their upcoming headline tour of the U.S. The tour starts September 10th in St. Paul, MN, and will criss-cross the U.S. and Canada before finishing up in Los Angeles on October 20th. The band, led by frontman Gary Lightbody, has been keeping some high-profile company: They are currently on the road with pop megastars Coldplay and will also support fellow Irishmen U2 on their 360 Degree Tour this fall.

Snow Patrol are on the road in support of their current album A Hundred Million Suns, which was produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M., Bloc Party). The follow-up to 2006’s worldwide smash Eyes Open, the album debuted at No. 2 in the UK, where it has been certified Platinum, and climbed to No. 9 on the Billboard album chart in the U.S. Praised by All Music Guide as “the group’s best work yet,” A Hundred Million Suns has also earned raves from The Daily Telegraph, which proclaimed it “an epic, widescreen, decidedly modern rock record.” In its grade-A review, The Onion declared “A Hundred Million Suns might just be Snow Patrol’s biggest, most genuine effort yet.”

A Hundred Millions Suns has spawned two No. 1 Triple A radio hit singles, “Take Back the City,” and “Crack The Shutters” and is on pace to become the band’s third multi-platinum-selling release in the UK, following 2003’s Final Straw and 2006’s Eyes Open, featuring the smash single “Chasing Cars,” which has sold 2.5 million downloads in the U.S. alone.

“There aren’t many songwriters who capture the vulnerability and humor of being stupid in love as masterfully as Snow Patrol singer and main songwriter Gary Lightbody.”

— The Los Angeles Times

DON’T MISS SNOW PATROL ON THE ROAD THIS FALL!

9/10 St. Paul, MN Myth (on-sale June 27)
9/12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (with U2)
9/13 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (with U2)
9/14 Detroit, MI Fillmore (on-sale June 27)
9/16 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (with U2)
9/17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (with U2)
9/18 Montreal, QC Metropolis (on-sale June 27)
9/20 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium (with U2)
9/21 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium (with U2)
9/22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (on-sale June 27)
9/25 Washington, DC Constitution Hall (on-sale July 10)
9/26 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre (on-sale June 27)
9/27 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion (on-sale June 27)
9/29 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater (July 11)
9/30 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian (on-sale June 26)
10/2 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (on-sale now)
10/3 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle (on-sale June 27)
10/5 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (on-sale June 27)
10/6 Austin, TX Stubb’s Bar-B-Que (on-sale June 27)
10/7 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (on-sale June 27)
10/9 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium (on-sale June 27)
10/10 Salt Lake City, UT McKay Events Center (on-sale June 27)
10/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory (on-sale June 26)
10/13 Portland, OR Schnitzer Concert Hall (on-sale June 27)
10/14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater (on-sale June 27)
10/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater (on-sale June 28)
10/17 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre (on-sale June 27)
10/20 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre (on-sale June 27)

Apple Sells 1 Million iPhone 3GS

new_iphoneApple today announced that it has sold over one million iPhone 3GS models through Sunday, June 21, the third day after its launch. In addition, six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.

“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”

The new iPhone 3GS is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance — up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G — with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. iPhone 3GS includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS*, Spotlight(TM) Search, landscape keyboard and more. iPhone 3GS customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, the largest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps. iPhone 3GS offers twice the capacity for the same price with a 16GB model for just $199 and a new 32GB model for just $299.** And iPhone 3G is available at the breakthrough price of just $99 for the 8GB model — a huge milestone for the high end smartphone market.

*MMS messaging is available only on iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS; fees may apply. MMS may not be available in all areas. MMS support from AT&T will be available in late summer.

**Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.

Book Review: Around the World in 80 Dates

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I’ll freely admit it. I was skeptical about this book. Recently I signed up for NavPress’ blogger review program and was checking out the books they had available for review and I thought, “a Christian chick-lit book? That must be awful.”

Now, you must understand something. I’ve been in the Christian culture since I was prenatal. I know how ridiculous items made in our culture can get (*coughLeftBehindFilmscough*). Though, do not go ragging on the Left Behind books since my uncle went to college with Jerry B. Jenkins at my alma mater.

But I digress.

Despite my reservations, I decided to give Around the World in 80 Dates a try. After all, the cover looked compelling and, as a Christian single girl, I felt I needed some feel-good chick-lit. If nothing else, I’d have something serious to say in my review about the lack of realism in Christian fiction.

Boy was I wrong. I picked the book up and two days later had the entire thing read (I would have had it done sooner, but I have a friend visiting). It’s been a long time since I consumed a book like I did Around the World in 80 Dates.

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Episode Review – Star Trek:TOS – The Cage (Unaired Pilot)

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The copy I found aired after the first movie came out. It had an introduction by The Great Bird of the Galaxy himself, in which Gene talked about the process that brought about the pilot, the reasons way it was rejected and how parts of it managed to make into the show.

The special effects really got my attention. While today we can have a computer make a life-like rendering of a ship moving through space, back then a lot of thought went into how to do things – the credit shot with the backdrop, moving stars, scale modal combo is effective in conveying motion.

Also, I need to mention the fact that Jeffery Hunter was hot!

Moments That Really Stood Out:
1. The character of Spock – in this episode he isn’t the Vulcan we know, but just some alien who is fine smiling when he comes upon a humming plant.
2. The line said by Vina – “They rebuilt me, everything works, but they had never seen a human. they had no guide for putting me back together.” This stood out because of it similarity too a line from the Doctor Who episode Empty Child/Doctor Dances.

Book Review: God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible

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What little girl doesn’t love being a princess? If your child enjoys the stories of Cinderella and Snow White, this is the devotional for her. Written with ages 4-7 in mind Shelia Walsh brings Bible stories to life — highlighting women of faith, virtue and character from the Bible and letting girls know that their worth is not in how they look on the outside, but who they are on the inside.

But there’s more than just Bible stories retold in ways that a child can understand. Shelia weaves in activities, songs, tiny skits and ethical lessons as the book progresses. Since kids learn best through using all of their senses, this is a huge plus for this book. I’ve read other devotionals aimed for kids and (to be honest) they were pretty bland. Especially for kids who grow up in a Christian home and know all of the stories by heart, but not so with Shelia’s delightful book.

My favorite part is the design. From the front cover (which features sparkly jewels for the tiara and glitter for the small heart and the word Bible) to the inside where each page is gorgeous decorated and colored with cute graphics and girl-friendly colors. This makes the book playful and fun to read.

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Movie/DVD Review: Splinter

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Over the years, the Horror genre has been dismissed by film snobs as nothing more than an indulgence in excessive, shallow pleasures by violence and gore obsessed individuals who feed on screams, despair and bloodshed. Admittedly, so much of it is often derivative, cheap and uninspired. However, innovation and care can still occasionally be found within the dark recesses of this mostly misunderstood form of storytelling. Case in point, Splinter.
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