Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Films to be released in September (III)

The American. Anton Corbijn. Shining Desk
Title: The American
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
Cast: George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Irina Björklund, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli.
Synopsis: Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Release Date: September 1st, 2010
Source: movieweb

The Romantics. Galt Niederhoffer. Shining Desk
Title: The Romantics.
Directed by Galt Niederhoffer.
Cast: Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong.
Synopsis: Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend.

The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore... without the groom.

Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, The Romantics is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth.

Release Date: September 10th, 2010
Source: movieweb

Monday, 30 August 2010

Friday, 27 August 2010

Films to be released in September (II)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Oliver Stone. Shining Desk
Title: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Directed by Oliver Stone.
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Shia LaBeouf, Charlie Sheen, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas.
Synopsis: Shia LaBeouf stars with Michael Douglas, who'll reprise his Gordon Gekko role. Langella will play Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors LaBeouf's character, a young Wall Street broker.

When Gekko comes out of prison, he essentially has to redefine himself, redefine his character, he's looking for that second chance.

LaBeouf portrays Jake Moore, who is the fiancé of Gekko's daughter, played by Carey Mulligan; Josh Brolin as the head of an investment bank; and Susan Sarandon as Jake's mother. Charlie Sheen, who played the central role of Bud Fox, a young trader, in the original, will make a cameo in the sequel.

Release Date: September 24th, 2010
Source: movieweb

Going the Distance. Nanette Burstein. Shining Desk
Title: Going the Distance.
Directed by Nanette Burstein.
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston, Kelli Garner.
Synopsis: Erin's (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett's friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day), joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don't like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin's high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

Release Date: September 3rd, 2010
Source: movieweb

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Films to be released in September

Resident Evil: Afterlife. Shining Desk
Title: Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller, Ali Larter, Kim Coates and Shawn Roberts.
Synopsis: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Milla Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.
Release Date: September 10th, 2010
Source: movieweb

Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Shining Desk
Title: Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
Directed by Zack Snyder.
Cast: Emilie de Ravin, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush and Abbie Cornish.
Synopsis: Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure Guardians of Ga'Hoole, based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.
Release date: September 24th, 2010
Source: movieweb

Monday, 23 August 2010

"Most Wanted" by Hilary Duff

Most Wanted. Hilary Duff. Shining Desk
Hilary Duff is a very known Disney actress and also a singer. I reccommend you to listen her album Most Wanted so that music is suitable when you are working and it has interesting lyrics.

It caught my attention the first lines of her song Wake Up because it seems she is talking about herself and her success.

There's people talking
They talk about me
They know my name
They think they know everything
But they don't know anything
About me

Love is part of this album. In The Getaway the boy she likes tells her he loves her but then he plays like he doesn't care about her. When she tries to forget him, he comes to her. Then she starts thinking and doesn't know what to do. I know some girls who have been in this situation.

Mr. James Dean is about a couple who break up. She breaks up with her boyfriend because she is fed up with his lies, she has already cried a lot and she has chosen to live her life again.

So don't call me friend
Cause you're nothing like me
Even when the world stop turning, the world stops turning
Now you move to the next town
Next set, next girl, have fun baby
I'm taking back my world

Breaking up also apppears in her song So Yesterday but this time it is kinder.

If it's over, let it go and
Come tomorrow it will seem
So yesterday, so yesterday
I'm just a bird that's already flown away

But, what would happen if she is interested in a boy and she knows that he likes her? In Why Not she invites him to go one step forward.

(So) Why not (why not)
Take a crazy chance
Why not (why not)
Do a crazy dance
If you lose the moment
You might lose a lot
So... why not
Why not

I think you will like this album, especially those who are teenagers. These are the song titles:

1. "Wake Up"
2. "The Getaway"
3. "Beat of My Heart"
4. "Come Clean" (Remix 2005)
5. "Mr. James Dean"
6. "So Yesterday"
7. "Metamorphosis"
8. "Rock This World" (Remix 2005)
9. "Break My Heart"
10. "Fly"
11. "Girl Can Rock" (Remix 2005)
12. "Our Lips Are Sealed"
13. "Why Not" (Remix 2005)

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Some music

Monday, 16 August 2010

On Writing

Writing. Shining Desk

Soon I'll write a post about writing. You have already read Tips to promote your book, but are you writing a book and you need some help? Well, I hope I can help you a little bit.

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Friday, 13 August 2010

Book releases

Magic Bunny: Classroom Capers. Sue Bentley. Shining Desk
Title: Magic Bunny: Classroom Capers
Author: Sue Bentley
Synopsis: Adorable silver-blue bunny Arrow is the keeper of the magic key that keeps Moonglow Meadow lush and beautiful so that many bunnies can live there happily. But the key is under threat and so Arrow must flee the meadow to keep it safe and hide in our world.
Can Arrow find a little girl to look after him and be a special friend?

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TimeRiders: Day of the Predator. Alex Scarrow. Shining Desk
Title: TimeRiders: Day of the Predator
Author: Alex Scarrow
Synopsis: Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029.
But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no-one knows exists. Its purpose - to prevent time travel destroying history . . .
When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn't have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly - and until now - undiscovered species of predator.
Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he's torn to pieces by dinosaurs - and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality?

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis. Lydia Davis. Shining Desk
Title: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Author: Lydia Davis
Synpsis: In a place of a blurb, here is but one (very short) story from the wonderful Lydia Davis, a story-teller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the human mind in overdrive:

'It is extraordinary,' says one woman.
'It is extraordinary,' says the other.
Find out why fellow authors like Ali Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen love her writing so much in this landmark collection of all of her stories to date from across three decades. And why James Wood described this book in the New Yorker as 'a body of work probably unique in American writing' and 'one of the great, strange American literary contributions'.

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Stolen. Lesley Pearse. Shining Desk
Title: Stolen
Author: Lesley Pearse
Synopsis: Sussex, 2003
When a beautiful blonde girl is found half-drowned on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or what horrors have left her there. But an article about her in a Brighton newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician, Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright. The girls met working on a cruise ship and their friendship blossomed as they sailed the seas of South America, until Lotte fell under the sinister influence of an older American couple. To her regret, Dale hasn't seen Lotte since leaving the ship months earlier ... but the girl on the beach - although badly bruised - is indeed her much missed friend.
Their reunion only marks the beginning of a dangerous tidal wave of secrets, lies and nightmares. Where has Lotte been? Who is the man who seems to want to kill her? And what has become of the baby she's recently given birth to?
Dale and Lotte must dig deep and find the strength to hold on against the odds if they are to rebuild their friendship and survive Lotte's stolen - and deadly - past.

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Hello, Heartbreak. Amy Huberman. Shining Desk
Title: Hello, Heartbreak
Author: Amy Huberman
Synopsis: You'd think twenty-seven years would be enough time to wise up to the rules of love and loss, especially Rule Number 1: Do not, at any time, let him see how much he has hurt you.
But no, Izzy Keegan was probably off doing sambuca shots when that lesson was taught. So, starting with public humiliation (that infamous blow-up with her Ex and his new woman ... huge mistake), and taking in temporary insanity, rebound sex, and a night in a police cell along the way, Izzy has to make up her own rules for coping with heartbreak.
You'd think twenty-seven years would be enough time to wise up to the rules of love and loss. Make that twenty-seven and a bit ...

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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Book releases

Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë. Shining Desk
Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Synopsis: Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr Rochester's house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them - until she learns the terrible secret of the attic.
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Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Shining Desk
Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Synopsis: Mr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters. Jane, the eldest daughter, falls in love with Charles Bingley, a rich batchelor who takes a house nearby with his two sisters and friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is attracted to the second daugher, Elizabeth, but a bad account of him is given to Elizabeth. He and Bingley's effect the separation of Bingley and Jane. William Collins, cousin to the sisters and as only male, heir to the Bennet estate, proposes to Elizabeth but is rejected. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth but she refuses. When Elizabeth travels north she is invited with friends to Darcy's place in Berbyshire, and thinking Darcy is absent she goes. However, he is there and she is surprised by his much-improved manners. She hears news that her sister Lydia has eloped with Wickham, an unprincipled adventurer. With Darcy's help the fugitives are found. The attachment between Bingley and Jane is renewed and leads to an engagement. In spite of the insolent intervention of Lady Catherine, Darcy and Elizabeth become engaged.
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The Golden Goose. Dick King-Smith. Shining Desk
Title: The Golden Goose
Author: Dick King-Smith
Synopsis: Farmer Skint has no luck on his farm until one day his goose lays a golden egg, which hatches out into a golden gosling. From that moment on, Farmer Skint is a lucky man. As the bird gets older, her golden feathers turn to ordinary white, but the first egg she lays is a golden one.
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The Sheep-pig. Dick King-Smith. Shining Desk
Title:The Sheep-pig
Author: Dick King-Smith
Synopsis: When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.
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The Invisible Dog. Dick King-Smith. Shining Desk
Title: The Invisible Dog
Author: Dick King-Smith
Synopsis: The story of a girl who tries to satisfy her yearning for a dog by introducing an imaginary Great Dane called Henry to the house. Her wish comes true and she is allowed a real Henry - but there's more than a hint that old Mrs Garrow, with her cackling laugh and black cat, may have been involved.
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Stephenie Meyer. Shining Desk
Two months ago I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner written by Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of, obviously, Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire who also appears, shortly, in the novel Eclipse, the third book of the Twilight Saga.


Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood... life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as "her". As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

The author said she wrote this book just for herself, not because she thought of publishing it. She also said it would explain things about newborn vampires. I agree with her in these two points. I think she enjoyed writing this story because she likes her characters though this book may not create you an addiction as it may Twilight. You will know how the newborns lived in a basement all together, what rules they had and what dangers they faced. The end, if you have read Eclipse, you already know, but you don't know what Bree was thinking in that moment and you will want her outcome to be different.

I didn't like much this novel. I guess I expected more action and more love story, just like the previous Stephenie Meyer's books. On the other hand, it is well written and you will like the Bree Tanner character.

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