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Friday, September 19, 2014




Data Hard:Wow, you look like Sigourney Weaver.

Sigourney Weaver: (she smiles knowingly)

Data: It's probably because of your hair (Weaver's quintessential red-haired, sophisticated, exec look.) 

Weaver: It's probably because...I'm so tall (she's 6 foot even.)

Hard nods head in agreement

Weaver: Or the fact that I usually have Aliens around me. Or monsters (an illusion to her recent hit Cabin in the Woods.She played a Catherine Parker (Working Girl) type gal-trying to save the world,through murder.)

We both laugh at her gracious sense or humor.

Weaver: What's favorite movie of mine?

Data: I loved her Galaxy Quest. (Note: I'm so nervous, I start referring to her in the third person.)

Weaver: (confused, but intrigued) Why?

Hard: It's the only time in career, she went blond.

Weaver: (The queen of Sci-Fi blushed a bit.) The Star Trek fans are the best and most loyal in the world!
Are you a Trekker?

Data: Yes

Weaver: Oh,who was my co-star in that one? 

Hard: Tim Allen.

Weaver: That's right. Hey I know what you'd like to do? Hi-Ya!

Weaver (in jest) strike a karate ready pose.We both both laugh charmingly.

Weaver: We had a great time making fun of it.

Hard: For Trekkers: You guys did with love.You didn't go in with a ,here's why Trek sucks attitude.You respected us and that made it possible- to laugh at the show's silliness and structure (60's era mainly.) 

Weaver: (impressed) My favorite of hers (mockingly) is Gorillas in the Mist.

Data: She almost won an Oscar for that,didn't she?

Weaver: (She shoots back sullen and angry eyes at me) Yes, She almost did. (Flares nostrils)

Weaver did win two Golden Globes (no pun intended) for both ...Mist and Working Girl,back in 1988.
The first actress to win twice in one year.

Weaver: I really admire her strength and determination... to do the right the things for those Gorillas.

Data: That was Dian Fossey wasn't it?

Weaver nods approvingly.

Weaver: Well, times flies when- you're being talked about, like you're not even there. (smiles) I hope to see this at your website. You did a good job.

Data is shocked that she's even heard of me.

Weaver: I'm paying you compliment.

Hard smiles and nods thankfully.

Weaver: (magnanimously) I've got to go, (wide smile) Good Bye.

Factoids: WikiPedia.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


 As part of its continuing effort to promote literacy, Walden Media is proud to announce that students nationwide will have the opportunity to take a friend to the movies for free!  They have partnered with a coalition of organizations dedicated to the education of our youth to offer a "2-for-1" movie ticket promotion to The Giver beginning Friday, September 19th.
The coalition partners are Get Schooled, American Library Association, Young Adult Library Services Association and the Home School Legal Defense Association.  Participating theatres include AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Carmike, Dickinson Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Great Lakes Theatre Service, Loeks theatres, MJR Theatre Service, Neighborhood Cinema Group, Premiere Entertainment, Starplex Cinemas, Wehrenberg Theatres, Paragon Theaters, Brenden Theatres, Megaplex, Harkins Theatres, Ultrastar Theatres, Milgram Films Services.
To take advantage of this opportunity, students need present a valid school ID at participating theatres during their The Giver ticket purchase and they will be immediately eligible to receive a second movie ticket for free!  HSLDA's teacher and student ID's are also accepted. The promotion is valid from Friday, September 19th through Thursday, September 25th.
The Giver, which opened August 15th, remains in the Box Office Top 10 and continues to have great success grossing over $40 million to date.


 THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW returns to the CBS Television Network on Tuesday, Dec. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) when it crosses the Pond to film in London for the first time. World famous Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and Lindsay Ellingson will be a part of the show, which merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle.  The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.
THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by done and dusted, inc.  Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are the executive producers.  Hamish Hamilton is the director.


 Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love, a new Netflix original series, licensed globally and debuting in 2016 in all Netflix territories. Netflix has made a two-season commitment to Love, which debuts with 10 episodes in 2016 and 12 the following year.
Love follows Gus (Paul Rust from I Love You, Beth Cooper and Inglorious Basterds) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Jacobs is best known for her role as Britta in the critically-acclaimed series Community and can next be seen in Community's 6th season, Life Partners, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Girls.
The half-hour comedy series is produced by Apatow Productions and Legendary Television, and created and written by Apatow, Rust and Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls). Brent Forrester (The Office, The Simpsons) will executive produce.
"Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank -- often at the same time," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Together with Paul and Lesley, he's bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners."
"I am so excited to get to work with Paul and Lesley on this project," said Apatow. "Netflix has been supportive in ways I couldn't create in my wildest fever dreams."
"We at Legendary are thrilled to be working with the wonderfully talented Judd and excited to partner with the Netflix team," said Bruce Rosenblum, Legendary Television's President of Television and Digital Media "We look forward to validating their support for this innovative and genuinely funn

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


FOX has announced Monday, September 22,as the premiere date for Gotham, this year's most anticipated new TV drama. This prequel series explores the extraordinary good-versus-evil struggles in broken Gotham City; a city that's the birthplace of the world's most infamous criminals and legendary superheroes. The origin story featuring DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, reveals an entirely new chapter that's never been told before - before Batman, there was Gotham.
Gotham will premiere on FOX on September 22 @ 8pm. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), this one-hour drama follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the genesis of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.
With a reputation synonymous with law and order, Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is one of the crime world's greatest foes. Everyone knows the name. But what is known of Gordon's rise from rookie detective to police commissioner? And what did it take to navigate the layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains – the larger-than-life personas who would become Cat-woman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
Brave, earnest and eager to prove himself, the newly-minted detective Gordon is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon encounters imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), and many of the characters who will become some of DC Comics' most renowned and enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Cat-woman (Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor).
Although the crime drama follows Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, it also focuses on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee) – a friendship that will last them all of their lives and will play a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be


Friday, September 05, 2014


As bullying continues to affect millions of kids nationwide, Cartoon Network is kicking off its annual Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign with a video call-to-action encouraging people to speak up on behalf of kids who need help. With a goal of attaining the combined voice of one million user-generated videos, the network is giving people the opportunity to say to the world, "I Speak Up." By proclaiming those three words into a mobile device and sharing the video at as well as their own social media platforms using the hashtag #ISpeakUp, participants are vowing to say something if they witness bullying.
The initiative, which first launched in 2010, will culminate during CARTOON NETWORK'S SPEAK UP WEEK September 29 through October 3, as a kick-off to National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The goal for this year is simple: To collect one million user-generated videos that unite the voices of kids, parents, educators, celebrities and government officials, each committing to speak up—either themselves or to a trusted adult—when someone is bullied.
Select videos from participants will become part of new campaign spots to appear on Cartoon Network, its digital platforms and Boomerang throughout October. Cartoon Network's partnering organizations—including Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), 4-H Clubs, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention—also will be reaching out to their targeted audiences and communities to help reach the one million videos goal. Through these combined efforts toward a united cause, Stop Bullying: Speak Up underscores that speaking up is one of the most effective ways to help bring a bullying situation to an end.
"We're so proud of the youth who inspired this campaign by their courage and kindness. Our goal is to give young people, and the adults who care for them, the confidence and competence to speak up safely and effectively when bullying happens," said Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network vice president of social responsibility. "Working with expert partners nationwide, Cartoon Network provides practical bullying prevention advice kids can put into action. This new phase of our campaign is meant to empower anyone who wants to take an active role in seeing bullying come to an end. We embrace and thank the one million people out there willing to publicly take a stand; coming together, we can all make a difference for our nation's children."
During CARTOON NETWORK'S SPEAK UP WEEK, in addition to the videos, Cartoon Network will air shorts, bumps and PSAs with anti-bullying themes featuring the overlying message that "speaking up" should become the action when bullying occurs. Each message will remind viewers to visit to learn how they can participate in the one million video challenge. Additional spots will feature animated characters from Cartoon Network's original series interacting with kids and families who have shared their "I Speak Up" message at Furthermore, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Turner Broadcasting sister networks TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, NBA TV and TruTV will air special bumps showcasing recorded messages from Turner celebrities encouraging even more viewer participation. Finally, an official "I Speak Up" tally will appear onscreen each day noting how many people have officially "spoken up" by submitting videos and/or pledges during within the campaign.
For anyone interested in sharing their own "I Speak Up" video, easy instructions are readily available at, along with recommendations for optimum video results. All participants will be asked to sign a digital release form to clear use of the video for all on-air, online and/or social media opportunities. Users under the age of 18 will be encouraged to ask a parent for permission and for help in submitting a video. Those that participate are also encouraged to use the hashtag #ISpeakUp to share videos via their own social media platforms to help spread the word and enlist friends to take part in the challenge.
About Stop Bullying: Speak Up
Cartoon Network's Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an award-winning, multi-platform pro-social campaign, created with experts in the field to raise awareness, build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying safely and effectively. Campaign resources include video, print and online content—including an award-winning documentary introduced by President Barack Obama—available at, available at no charge to schools, community groups and parents to motivate bullying prevention activities or discussions.


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