Red Dawn

This is getting painful. While everyone was holding their breath for the release of Harry Potter, while millions await the release of the next Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader , while hundreds thousands of people look forward to Tron: Legacy, I may be the only person in the world sweating it out for the Red Dawn remake.
Originally scheduled for a September 2010 theatrical release, the film had been pushed back to November, and now until sometime in 2011. Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name, where a group of high school athletes take to defending their town from invading armies. The movie, filmed in Michigan, has been caught in the bankruptcy troubles of MGM.
The 1984 film plot played off Cold War fears as Soviet and Cuban troops invade U.S. soil, with the "Wolverines" attempting to fend off the invaders. The 2011 update takes the West's fear of China's rise as its driving force.
The original cast was a who's who of Hollywood, before they were stars. boasting the likes of Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey and Charlie Sheen. The sequel? A couple familiar faces, will this film launch their careers?
In the mean time, Tron's North American release is set for December 17th.
Red Dawn Cast


Letters to Santa - Speedy Delivery Service

Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming! It's time to write your letter to Santa. With just a short time until the winter wonderland is upon us I have contacted the North Pole and set up a direct link to Santa's elves. Simply fill out the comment section and your Christmas wish list will be forwarded to Santa Claus. I guarantee swift and speedy delivery of all your letters to Santa. Just start it off with a Dear Santa and leave the rest to me.
I have conducted some research and pooled my resources with good old Saint Nick, this is the fastest way of getting your letters to Santa Claus. No mail strike will stop this delivery. So with a Ho Ho Ho, with Sleigh Bells Ringing, I'll be home for Christmas. And don't tell anyone if you saw mommy kissing Santa Claus. Whether this is your first noel, or if you are taking a sleigh ride with jingle bells, this Christmas make sure you spend the Twelve Days of Christmas in Toyland.

Tell your kids, or send a letter yourself. You know Santa Claus is coming to town, he's making a list and (from what I hear) checking it twice, fill out the comment form below, and you should get something nice.
From left to right, Frosty, Santa


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I’ – What Did You Think?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the happy kids from the early days are gone and are now replaced with grim-faced young adults. And so too have the familiar surroundings of Hogwarts been replaced along with Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) mentor and protector Dumbledore. Following Dumbledore's death Valdemort gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, with the aid of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), attempts to locate and destroy the Horcruxes before Valdemort restores his full power.
The problem as always with the Harry Potter films is the immense amount of source material to convert from page to screen. A solution was to split the film in two, dollar signs were one of the driving forces. Still David Yates does a good job at the helm of the film capturing the excitement of the story. The movie remains accurate to the storyline and leaves out relatively little in the translation to the big screen. With a run time of over two hours the film is packed.
A darker film than the previous, with a more maturely themed story, the film at times has a slower pace. For fans of the series, it is likely just what you have been waiting for. If you have not seen the films or are not a fan, this is not the place to start. And because of the 146 minute run time, do not buy the extra large drink. I missed about 2 minutes.


A New Search Engine - Poodwaddle

Here's a cool new little search engine. Enter your search and press enter. Poodwaddle is an embeddable applet that employs Google, and Weather.com  public API features to search for pictures, sites, videos blogs and more. An alternate search engine to the usual stuff out there.



Princess Bride - Lightsaber Battle

Carey Elwes, Robin Wright
What do The Princess Bride, Star Wars and MGM have in common?Lightsabers! I found this video a couple weeks back on Youtube. Looks like it and all copies of it were yanked by MGM. MGM finally filed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 3rd, this may have something to do with it. But ask the internet as ye shall find.

Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. 
Count Rugen: Stop saying that! 

Fezzik, Inigo Montoya, Vizzini


The Walking Dead

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, you already know that the televised episodes started airing on AMC on October 31st. This first season is to run six episodes, it took AMC only two eps to announce it has renewed the show for a second season. Look for a thirteen show arc in year two of TWD.
There is plenty of violence and gore in this show. What's different about this series and the books from which it originates, is that the surviving humans aren't spending all their time hacking up zombies. The last forty or so years of zombie movies was all chase, run, hack, shoot. Yes, in TWD there is plenty of fighting off the undead but consider it a drama where the humans must also fight off the monsters that they themselves are becoming as society regresses.
The show is going strong pulling in 5.1 million viewers in its third week, up from 4.7 million the week prior. Another 5.3 viewed its Halloween night premiere.

Here's a short clip from the show

Just kidding that's Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in the 1940 movie The Ghost Breakers.
If you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer for the The Walking Dead. Consider this a warning, while the teaser below is cleaner than the actual show, don't click play if you are bothered by gore.

The Walking Dead


Land of Painted Caves

In July I wrote about the - at long last - release of Jean Auel's next Earth's Children novel entitled The Land Of Painted Caves. The nine year wait is finally coming to an end when Auel's sixth in the series and follow-up to The Shelters of Stone comes out in March 2011. There has been speculation whether this would be the last in the series or if in fact a concluding seventh novel was already in the plans. Last week Auel indicated that she may not be done after all.
In a interview with the Associate Press the 74 year old author said, "To be honest, I don't feel like I'm through. I still have some material and I'm going to keep on writing. It's what I do."
At her current pace, Auel would be in her eighties when a seventh novel would be released.

The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel (Earth's Children)


Muppet Movie !!!!!

Disney should strike gold, twice, what with the December release of Tron: Legacy and this Muppet movie sequel. The Muppets is scheduled for an Xmas day release and boasts an amazing who's who of who's hot in Hollywood. But best of all? The screenplay was written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall and How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segal.
The Muppet franchise has not been the same since Jim Henson's 1990 passing and it has been commonly felt that his spirit fled the scene when Kermit, Fozzie and Animal were bought up by Disney.

In addition to Segal, James Bobin, lately of The Flight of the Conchords and Da Ali G Show, is set to direct. The all star cast is rumored to include, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Chris Cooper, and the brilliant Charles Grodin. Oh, and Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy, Beaker, Waldorf, Statler, Gonzo, Animal and Sam Eagle. From what I've read, the plot involves getting the band back together to save the theater. As long as they don't wear shades and aren't on a mission from God, I'll take it.

Over at the Disney site, take the Which Muppet Character Are You test. Click the picture to find out your true inner character. Apparently, I'm most like Fozzie Bear.


Tron : Legacy The Movie


The new movie, Tron: Legacy will be in theaters December 17th, 2010. I've been waiting for the sequel to orginal Tron movie for what seems like forever. When Tron was released in 1982 it was a groundbreaking film. Can the sequel live up to the legacy? Here's a trailer for the film and a teaser to the upcoming Daft Punk album and the song Derezzed.


Jersey Shore North ? Please, No !

I hate reality TV so why do I watch it? Maybe it is similar to the rubber necking we do around a car crash, or watching the NASCAR circular waiting for a smashup. We want to see disaster. Or we want to see artistic disaster such as Dancing with the Stars, or Battle of the Blades. I can see a reason for the interest in the above mentioned shows, but Jersey Shore? Someone explain it please.
Word out of Toronto is that a cheap Canadian knock-off entitled Lake Shore is on the way. And the reaction has been mostly negative, including the Canadian Jewish Congress speaking out about the racial categorizing and anti-semitic tones. Let's hope the rumors of a major Canadian network picking up this show, is just the rumors spread by the producers to drum up interest.

Read more here.


Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

I had to fly out to the west coast for work last month. It was a short trip, I stayed two days. The flight was about five hours in each direction. It felt as if I was on the plane longer than actually at my destination.
It is the oddest thing, flying westerly through the time zones. What compounded the confusion was two nights in a row of not sleeping well and being tired from a very long day, and seeing daylight when, as far as my internal clock knew, it should be dark out.
I managed to keep myself busy on the plane by watching a few TV shows and a movie. I took off my shoes to relax, hoping the smell of fourteen hours in the same shoes would not be noticeable to everyone in the cabin, especially the lady sitting next to me.
I tried to make small talk with her. Twice. She giggled both times and mumbled something. That was before I took off my shoes, by the way.

My first morning in B.C. was a little confusing, due to the time change. I slept in until 6AM local time, but it was really 9AM back home. I usually wake up at 6AM, which is 3AM on the left coast. It was Thursday, but back home it was jeudi. Too confusing.

After working for a three or four hours and taking a late long lunch with my colleagues, I ended up back at the hotel at 6PM, or was it 9PM? Then I had to figure out what time I had to get up to catch the plane. 5AM or 8AM?

The room was okay. The motel was recommended so I asked the Office Assistant to book a room for me there. She arranged for the deluxe accommodations. Keep this in mind next time you need to book a room. A deluxe room in a motel, does not change the fact that you are staying at a motel. The room came with a king size bed. And a hair dryer. I do not need a hair dryer.
I still haven't pieced together how, or why, the sink smelled like pee.

I suppose the most memorable part of the trip was at the airport leaving Montreal. Not having to deal with international security and only airport security made the check in a breeze. Still, there are some security checks, but the rules are pretty simple. No liquids. Not everyone could grasp this.

After passing through the metal detectors, a twenty-something year old guy in front of me was pulled aside by security who proceeded to go through his carry on luggage. It seems his carry on luggage was over the limit. It looked to be over the limit for a family of four.
From what I could gather in those brief moments, his suitcase had been too heavy, and he was already charged $100 for the over limit. So, he crammed the rest of the stuff into his carry on.
The guard asked, "Do you have any liquids?"
He replied, "No."

The guard went on to empty the bag, item by item. After she pulled out each bottle she would show it to the guy, look him in the eye with raised eyebrows and say in that voice usually reserved for that idiot child, "This is liquid."
Then she would chuck the bottle in the garbage.
"This is liquid." Toss.
"This is liquid." Toss.

Out went the shampoo. Out went the Axe body spray. Out went the cologne. The guy looked like a douche so it was probably an expensive, smelly flavor of the month cologne, something like Bad Romance for Men.

I didn't stick around long enough to see what happened.

Coffee is still relatively inexpensive at the airport. Funny enough, a small bottle of water costs more than a large cup of coffee.

Oh, and if anyone from the Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport is reading this, there is no soap in the men's room.


Why Colleagues are Colleagues and Friends are Friends

Colleague / Friend: "Shawn, Let's grab a beer after work."

Shawn: "Okay."

Two hours later...

Colleague / Friend: "Shawn, I'm going next door for a beer or two. See you there?"
Shawn: "Sure. You'll be there for a couple hours?"
Colleague / Friend: "Definitely."
Shawn: "See you there."

Fifteen minutes later, Shawn meets colleague at bar and orders a pint.

Four minutes later...

Colleague / Former Friend: "Well, I've got to go, see you Monday."
Shawn: " ! "