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The Bachelorette Heads to Hawaii!

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As one of the most romantic destinations on Earth, it’s only fitting that Hawaii be the special place where ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Jillian Harris makes one of the most important decisions of her life. The big question remaining is who will win her heart? Season five of the hit romance reality show from Warner Horizon Television arrives on Maui for a two-hour episode on July 13 (8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST).

The show follows Harris and the remaining three bachelors – Ed, Kiptyn, and Reid – in their quest for love, exploring the Magic Isle on romantic and luxurious dates leading up to the Rose Ceremony at Maui’s Olowalu Plantation House.

“Couples dream of coming to Hawaii for a romantic getaway because of our breathtaking scenery, warm year-round tropical weather, our music, dance, and Aloha spirit of our people,” said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. “Maui is an ideal location for The Bachelorette with its exceptional beachfront resorts, stunning landscapes, and friendly people.”

Hawaii has been named the top destination for weddings, honeymoons, and romance many times over the years by the readers of the nation’s top bridal publications, news and travel websites, and travel suppliers. Viewers will get a glimpse of the Aloha State’s natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere via two hours of prime time national television.

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Movie Review: Year One

Favorite Quote:

[Zed has eaten an apple from the ‘Tree of Knowledge’]
Zed: I might know everything. Ask me something?
Oh: Where does the sun go at night?
Zed: Pass. Next question.
Oh: Where do babies come from?
Zed: Pass. Next question.
Oh: [noticing a snake] There’s a snake on my foot.
Zed: In the form of a question.
Oh: [scared] There’s a snake on my foot?
Zed: Correct!

When my friend told me he was having a bad week and wanted to go see “Year One” in an effort to cheer up, I was – to be honest – less than thrilled. I’d only seen Michael Sera in “Juno”, and while I liked Jack Black, I wasn’t a huge fan of his. Imagine my surprise to discover that I actually liked this movie.

The story follows a hunter, Zed (Black) and a gatherer, Oh (Sera) who are forced from their village after Zed eats fruit from the forbidden tree of Knowledge. Through a well-written comedy of errors, the two are thrust head long into the pages of the Old Testament itself. Together, they witness Caine killing Abel, Abraham nearly sacrificing Isaac, and other biblical events. Zed and Oh even travel to ancient Sodom in an effort to save the women they love from slavery and ritual sacrifice.

While this is not a movie for children, full of suggestive scenes and moments that are somewhat disgusting, adults who are not easily offended will enjoy both the comedy and the metaphysical questions. I think what I enjoy most about this movie is that it will leave you thinking, “Do we make our own destiny, or are we pawns of a higher building?” Watch this film, and decide for yourself.

Alternative to Expensive Battle Maps to Debut at Gen Con

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Gaming Paper sheets, the latest innovation in role playing and miniatures accessories will make its hobby debut at Gen Con Indy 2009. Its creator, Erik Bauer, is excited to offer this new product to the gaming masses at the year’s biggest hobby event.

“Gaming Paper sheets finally offer a low-cost alternative to expensive battle maps and tile sets,” Bauer explained. “We’re looking forward to offering this inexpensive, reusable, and yet disposable product to gamers.”

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So You Think You Can Dance – Top 14

This weeks fluff was a recap of the Highs and Lows of the last month. Janette told us about how much she loved her rocker girl costume, Kayla and Kupono talked about the challenge of getting a new partner, Evan mentioned how much he liked working with all the different choreographers, Caitlin shared how much pressure there is being in the bottom three two weeks in a row, Philip explained that he knew the moment his paint ripped, Melissa talked about how much she loved the first live show and Karla teared up over losing her partner last week.

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So You Think You Can Dance Partners with the Dizzy Feet Foundation

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Nigel Lythgoe announced today that he is teaming up with director Adam Shankman, “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes to launch the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a foundation for the dance community that will provide scholarships and assistance to talented underserved youth to help them realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers and will also help elevate and standardize dance instruction nationwide.

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Universal CityWalk to Become Universal MoonWalk for a Day

So I’ve refrained from most of the Michael Jackson talk simply because, well, I don’t believe in hyping out someone’s death like it’s the most tragic event to happen in the history of humankind. But I thought this news from Universal Studios was pretty cool and free! If you can’t make it for the MJ celebration, be sure to check out the rest of the summer on the CityWalk for really cool performances, bands, and other summer goodness.

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Universal CityWalk will become “Universal MoonWalk” for one night with Southern California’s largest outdoor public celebration of Michael Jackson’s life and music on Thursday, July 9, as part of CityWalk’s ongoing Summer Block Party free summer marathon of movies and music.

CityWalk’s tribute to the King of Pop will begin at 7:00 pm and will include screenings of “The Wiz” and “Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” plus a “live” dance retrospective of Michael Jackson’s phenomenal musical history, from his days as the youngest sibling in The Jackson Five to his history-making solo career as the world’s most renowned pop music star. Admission is free.

CityWalk’s Summer Block Party provides seven-nights-a-week of non-stop entertainment, featuring top tribute band concert performances, the ever-popular outdoor movie night, swing dance lessons, star-making talent competitions and Latin entertainment nights. Summer Block Party continues through August 30.

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Feed Your Addiction

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So I have an addiction…. Well a few of them!
But today I’m bringing up my terrible addiction to soaps and lotions and things. To be honest, I’m not a big lotion person, but I ADORE soaps and bath bombs and salts. Really anything that will make me smell pretty and will go in the tub or shower. I also love what great gifts these things make!

So with that in mind I wanted to talk a little bit about a few of the places that feed my addiction.

To begin with I heard about this give away today. It looks pretty great and right up my alley. I checked out the store and am really excited about the Sage and Lavender stuff (what a great idea to mix those two smells!). I’ve not tried anything from there yet, but I’m excited to! The prices also look really reasonable, so I’m looking forward to adding this stuff to my usual rotation. I also like that there are sales! Yay for sales. Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Now I also recently found this place. I just love this stuff. Its local for me but they will deliver anywhere. Again the lavender stuff is amazing (all of it). I also really enjoy the moose (its a thick lotion), and the Red Rocks soap is earthy and wonderful (and totally looks like Red Rocks)! The kitchen soap is fun too, citrus and coffee, awesome idea. There are some great products for moms-to-be and babies. There are also a lot of smaller size (and less expensive) items that make fantastic gifts. I personally enjoy the small soap packs, you get a variety of scents for a pretty good deal! They also have a lot of eco-friendly products worth checking out. Mountain Girl Botanics.

I’ve also been spending some time with Lush. The hair products are really different and fun. I’ve been using the hair mask and WOW! I’m impressed. I also love it for the bath bombs and other fun bath stuff. They have a great online ordering service, and have locations all over. One of the things to note though is that I will often find something I love online only to find they don’t carry it in the store.

And finally for bath enthusiasts check out Melt. They are similar to Lush, but the scents you get are very different. I personally am a big fan of the Maharini Mist. I like that they sell things by scent rather than product, so if you find something you like you can get everything from scrubs to lotions to bath bombs with that scent. Oddly enough, this was a little confusing for me when I went to the store. If you don’t remember the name of the scent you liked it can be a bit daunting to locate it again.

There are a LOT of places out there, and I usually find something special and fun about most of them. I suggest you check out any of these places and find the thing you love about them

Coming Soon – A New Web Series to Cover Web Celebs!

New web series, “The Web.Files,” will launch its inaugural episode on July 8, 2009, from multiple platforms across the web. Planned as a weekly talk/inteview show featuring 5- to 7-minute episodes, it was first conceived by entertainment correspondent and hosting veteran, Kristyn Burtt.

During her coverage of the March 28, 2009, Streamy Awards from the red carpet, Burtt realized that the people she was talking with that night had a lot of untold stories. Stories that she would like to tell.

She devised a plan to create a web series she would host centered around the principals involved in creating the best, most-watched, highest-rated, and most talked about series on the web.

Burtt contacted award-winning filmmaker, Sandra J. Payne, whose SPwrite Productions, LLC, was about to launch its first web series, “Life with Kat & McKay” on its new web portal, PurseDog.tv.

Both passionate about New Media, Burtt and Payne decided to combine forces to create “The Web.Files.” Burtt’s first interview is with YouTube sensation Tay Zonday, who became one of the early break-out stars from that site with his song, “Chocolate Rain,” which currently has more than 38 million hits.

“The Web.Files” opening sequence is now available for viewing. Follow “The Web.Files” on twitter at https://twitter.com/TheWebFiles, or find us on Facebook.

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