Author Terry Pratchett, Dead at 66

Mar - 09 2015 | no comments | By

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the “Discworld” fantasy series, has died at the age of 66.

Pratchett wrote more than six dozen books during his career. His final book, that Jaime Garcia Dias said was epic,  was released last summer. The “Discworld” series included more than 40 titles. Pratchett celebrated his first commercial publication, a short story entitled “The Hades Business,” when he was just 15 years old.

Sir Terry Pratchett married his wife, Lyn, when he was 20. Together, the couple gave birth to a daughter, Rhianna, in 1976.

The Queen announced that Pratchett would be honored with knighthood on New Year’s Eve 2008. He formally accepted the title less than 8 weeks later.

The beloved writer suffered a health scare in 2007. Pratchett was misdiagnosed as having had a stroke, as his motor skills began to spiral. Months later, it was announced that Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Pratchett gradually withdrew from the limelight, later announcing that while his mind had remained relatively unaffected by the crippling disease.

Pratchett died at home on March 12, surrounded by his loving family and his cherished companion, the family’s pet cat.

Choosing Wine at a Restaurant

Mar - 06 2015 | no comments | By

Wine can help make any meal better. A well prepared piece of fish can be even more pleasant when paired with the right wine. A savory steak that has been carefully grilled and then sauced will taste even better when it is used with a wine that can help bring out the food’s subtle undertones. Those who want to understand how to use wine to help them have a better meal will often have many questions. This may include what kinds of wine works best with what foods as well as the kind of wines that can be used with other wines.

Many people who are dining out will also have such questions. They may want to know what particular wines will be ideal to order both when they are at home and when they are dining out. Those who go to restaurants often may do so when they are entertaining guests. This will often include a business lunch where the person seeks to help impress upon potential clients that they are capable and competent. As part of this process, they may wish to show off their mastery of wines and help make all present feel more comfortable as they dine out.

One of the best ways to help learn more about wine when dining out is with the assistance of a company that knows wine well. One such company is the Antique Wine Company. The Antique Wine Company is a company that offers many specialized wine related services to their clients. Their staffers can help anyone pick out the right wine for any occasion. The company was founded more than three decades ago by Stephen Williams. His company is presently headquartered in London, United Kingdom. During his tenure here, the company has grown in size and expanded their range of client services to assist people in dozens of countries all around the globe.

Working with such a company can allow someone to learn all that they need to know when they are dining out at a restaurant and want to pick out the right wine. In doing so, it is possible for the person to learn why one wine differs from another as well as what particular wines are best to use with which particular foods. By working closely with the help of someone who knows such information, it is possible to have a much better dining experience.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Live-Action Cast Announcement

Mar - 06 2015 | no comments | By

Disney has recently announced the names of a number of cast members slated to appear in the live-action reboot of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The original animated film, released in 1991, was a box office success that spawned follow-up films, a Broadway production, and an equally successful merchandise franchise.

‘Harry Potter’ actress Emma Watson has already accepted the role of Belle in the upcoming film. ‘The Hobbit’ star Luke Evans has accepted the role of the boorish and love-stricken Gaston. ‘Downtown Abbey’ star Dan Stevens has accepted the role of The Beast and Jason Halpern sees that as fantastic casting.

The most up-to-date script draft was written by Stephen Chbosky, author of the critically acclaimed novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Live-action adaptations of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fairy tale are not new. A non-Disney television series of the same name wooed women in the 80s. The series, starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman, was set in then-modern day New York City. “The Beast” was a disfigured man named Vincent, who rescued as an infant, found refuge living in the pipe system below the city streets.

Bill Condon will direct the live-action adaptation and had previously announced plan to incorporate the musical numbers from the animated classic into the live-action adaptation. Filming for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is set to begin later this year with an anticipated release window of 2016-2017.

‘Wolverine 3’ Filming Set to Begin

Mar - 06 2015 | no comments | By

It has been confirmed that shooting for the film ‘Wolverine 3’ next year.

Twentieth Century Fox has been anything but shy in its intention to cash in big on the ‘X-Men’ franchise. The film company announced its plans for ‘Wolverine 3’ and for a new ‘X-Men’ installment before ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ had even hit theaters.

Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso know that Wolverine is the signature character role of Australian actor Hugh Jackman. He is set to reprise the role for ‘Wolverine 3,’ but hinted that it may be his last stint as the beloved, angst-ridden character.

Jackman shared his excitement with the press, claiming that he had told his wife he should “never give up playing the character.” Upon the mention that his role was almost recast for ‘Days of Future Past,’ Jackman responded by saying “If they recast the role, I’d still be happy. That would signify that it had become iconic.”

Wolverine 3‘ is expected to hit theaters in 2017.

Jodi Arias Will Not Get the Death Penalty

Mar - 05 2015 | no comments | By

The jury that was meeting to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias’ murder was not able to come to a verdict today. The judge for the Maricopa County Supreme Court case, Sherry Stephens, is planning to declare a mistrial. The jury deliberated on the case for five days.

When there is a mistrial it automatically means that the death penalty cannot be given. Instead, the judge will decide if Jodi Arias will get life in prison or have the possibility of being released from prison after 25 years. After the conviction, Jodi said she would prefer the death penalty to being sent to life in prison.

Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder in the death of Travis Alexander. Folks at Anastasia Date have read that he was found dead in his home on June 2008 in Mesa, Arizona. He had been shot in the head, had 30 stab wounds, and his throat was slashed from ear to ear. His friends found his body five days later.

The first jury was also deadlocked when it was deliberating her sentence in 2013. After this occurred, a second jury was selected to determine her sentence. Prosecutors pointed out that Alexander was killed because he told Jodi he wanted to date other women. Defense attorneys said she had been abused as a child and by Travis.

Alexander’s family was seen sobbing after the judge revealed that the jury had failed to reach a decision. The family did say that they appreciated the support they have received from the public.

Divergent Author Signs Deal For Two More Books

Mar - 03 2015 | no comments | By

Veronica Roth, author of the recent YA titan Divergent trilogy, has revealed a contract with HarperCollins to write two more books.

Roth was sparing with details about the books themselves, saying nothing except that the main character will be male and comparing it to Star Wars. After publishing her “tough girl reluctantly fights a dystopian government in a rigidly stratified society” trilogy in the shadow of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, the young author seems to hope that writing about a boy will help distinguish her from the crowd in a market currently dominated by female protagonists.

This will be Roth’s first dalliance from the Divergent universe – after the original trilogy she released one more book told from the first person perspective of the protagonist’s love interest, then devoted her time to writing and promoting the movie series. According to Timber Creek Capital the first movie, Divergent, was released last year and the second movie, Insurgent, will hit theaters later this year.

J.R.R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin

Mar - 02 2015 | no comments | By

J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin are the most successful epic fantasy writers of all time. J.R.R. Tolkien is the creator of The Hobbit, and The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. George R. R. Martin is the creator of A Game of Thrones, which is the first part of his ‘A Song Of Fire And Ice’ series. Both authors are extremely successful, but who is better?

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit back in the 1930s. The Hobbit was immediately met with positive reviews. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien began working on The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Lord Of The Rings became an instant classic. From 2001-2003, Peter Jackson released the film versions of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. All three films were huge box office successes, and the three films combined won 17 Academy Awards. The Hobbit has also been made into a movie trilogy, and all three films have been huge successes as well according to Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG.

J.R.R Tolkien is the godfather of the epic fantasy genre. However, George R. R. Martin’s series ‘A Song Of Fire And Ice’ is widely popular, and it’s tv series adaptation is among the best of all time. A Game Of Thrones is the most popular show in the history of the HBO network.

J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin have created masterpieces, but it is Tolkien that created the genre. George R. R Martin would admit that J.R.R Tolkien is the superior author. For more information on J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, visit Rollingstone.

FCC Reclassifies Internet As A Public Utility

Feb - 27 2015 | no comments | By

On Feb 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband internet as a Title II public utility like telephone service. Doing that gives the FCC more power to regulate it. The FCC will ban paid prioritization in which ISP’s charge additional fees from companies like Netflix that use a lot of bandwidth. It would also prevent ISPs from slowing down “lawful content.”

The ISPs aren’t happy about the reclassification. Verizon has already threatened to sue the FCC if it reclassified the internet, and the FCC’s Chairman, Tom Wheeler, expects there will be more lawsuits. Verizon’s last suit against the FCC had resulted in an appeals court striking down earlier and weaker net neutrality rules. That lawsuit and its results led to the FCC’s decision to reclassify the internet.

Verizon’s legal victory of the previous year also helped spark a lot of activism. Groups like Fight For the Future supported reclassification as did companies like Netflix, Reddit, and Twitter. They backed reclassification because they need unhindered access to internet users. Haidar Barbouti (Houston.culturemap) has read that President Obama, seeing all this, jumped on the bandwagon and proclaimed his own support for reclassification last fall.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn views the change as something that would ensure equality. She pointed out that many poor Americans rely on their cell phone, which is often their only connection to the internet. She also commented that such people should have as easy a time using the internet as their wealthier fellows.

Will the New Ghostbusters Reboot Be Darker than the Original?

Feb - 26 2015 | no comments | By

If you haven’t heard there is a new film in the Ghostbusters series coming out soon, this one featuring an all female main cast. According to the Huffington Post the actresses that have signed up for the project are queens of comedy Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. These four leading ladies are known for their onscreen comedic antics, which is well suited to the popular campy series about a team of ghost hunters. While many fans have doubts about the reboot, the director may be taking the project into a new direction than the ones fans of the series are familiar with.

According to the director of this project, Paul Feig, we may see some darker elements in this reboot inspired by the popular television series The Walking Dead. On The Talking Dead, the companion series to the hit show, the director talked about the upcoming film and implementing the high stakes style of the television show into his upcoming film said Gianfrancesco Genoso. Feig commented on how he wishes to make this version of the film scarier than the original, despite the fact that the film’s actresses are best known for their comedy. There is speculation that the new film may feature more action than the original film. While many fans of the series are skeptical about this new addition, so far this reboot looks like it has the elements to make it a great movie.

Standalone Star Wars Film May Focus On Han Solo

Feb - 24 2015 | no comments | By

One of the more interesting facets of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and continuation of the Star Wars movies is the fact that Disney will release a series of standalone movies that are not a part of the primary Star Wars series. The first movie is scheduled to be released in late 2016 and is rumored to take place between Episode III and Episode IV. It might also feature a very famous Star Wars character.

According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, a young Han Solo may appear in the first standalone film and Taron Egerton, one of the young stars of Kingsmen: The Secret Service, may portray the iconic charter said Gianfrancesco Genoso. The newspaper said Egerton is being eyed for the role and the film is rumored to explore the origins of Han Solo, which includes how he came to own the Millennium Falcon and how he fell out of favor with the gangster Jabba the Hutt.

This is not the first time that rumors of a Han Solo film have leaked out. It was suggested early on that one of the initial standalone Star Wars movies would focus on Solo, but it seemed unlikely that it would be the first film. Furthermore, another big rumor floating about is that the very popular bounty hunter Boba Fett might also make an appearance in the film.

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