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Month: June, 2012

TRIBUTE: NORA EPHRON

(May 19, 1941-June 26, 2012)

Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker, died Tuesday of leukemia. She was 71. Ephron’s son, Jacob Bernstein, confirmed her death. Her book publisher Alfred A. Knopf also confirmed it in a statement.

Nora Ephron, successful in movies and journalism, dies at 71; was known for devastating wit.

Courtesy of The Washington Post

By Associated Press, Published: June 26 | Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 12:58 PMAP

NEW YORK — Among the injustices about the death of Nora Ephron is that she isn’t around to tell us about it.

“She was so, so alive,” says her friend Carrie Fisher. “It makes no sense to me that she isn’t alive anymore.”

Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker, died Tuesday of leukemia. She was 71. Ephron’s son, Jacob Bernstein, confirmed her death. Her book publisher Alfred A. Knopf also confirmed it in a statement.

Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism and was loved, respected and feared for her devastating and diverting wit, died Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 71.

Ephron died at 7:40 p.m. at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, her family said in a statement Tuesday night. She died of leukemia.

Born into a family of screenwriters, a top journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful director, Ephron was among the most quotable and influential writers of her generation. She wrote and directed such favorites as “Julie & Julia” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and her books included the novel “Heartburn,” a knockout roman a clef about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein; and the popular essay collections “I Feel Bad About My Neck” and “I Remember Nothing.”

She was tough on others — Bernstein’s marital transgressions were immortalized by the horndog spouse in “Heartburn,” a man “capable of having sex with a Venetian blind” — and relentless about herself. She wrote openly about her difficult childhood, her failed relationships, her doubts about her physical appearance and the hated intrusion of age.

“We all look good for our age. Except for our necks,” she wrote in the title piece from “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” published in 2006. “Oh, the necks. There are chicken necks. There are turkey gobbler necks. There are elephant necks. There are necks with wattles and necks with creases that are on the verge of becoming wattles. … According to my dermatologist, the neck starts to go at 43 and that’s that.”

Even within the smart-talking axis of New York-Washington-Los Angeles, no one bettered Ephron, slender and dark-haired, her bright and pointed smile like a one-liner made flesh. Friends from Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep to Calvin Trillin and Pete Hamill adored her for her wisdom, her loyalty and turns of phrase.

As a screenwriter, Ephron was nominated three times for Academy Awards, for “Silkwood,” ‘’When Harry Met Sally …” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and was the rare woman to write, direct and produce Hollywood movies. Fisher and Meg Ryan were among the many actresses who said they loved working with Ephron because she understood them so much better than did her male peers.

“I suppose you could say Nora was my ideal,” Fisher said. “In a world where we’re told that you can’t have it all, Nora consistently proved that adage wrong. A writer, director, wife, mother, chef, wit — there didn’t seem to be anything she couldn’t do. And not just do it, but excel at it, revolutionize it, set the bar for every other screenwriter, novelist, director.”

“Nora Ephron was a journalist-artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why,” said “Sleepless in Seattle” star Tom Hanks. “At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life.

DEB’S FAVORITE NORA EPHRON MOVIES

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Rob & Kristen: Cannes Video/Breaking Dawn Part 2: Teaser Trailer/Ornaments

A ‘MUST SEE’ VIDEO FROM CANNES

(Deb, Anna, & Deanna’s Favorite Video of RPattz & KStew!)

BREAKING DAWN PART 2: TEASER TRAILER

BREAKING DAWN WEDDING ORNAMENT FROM HALLMARK

June 26, 2012 By Twilight_News 2 Comments

Hallmark’s list of 2012 Keepsake Ornaments is out and one of the movie scenes chosen to be immortalized on your Christmas tree is Bella and Edward’s wedding dance.  The ornament measures 2″ x 4″ x 1.5″ in size and will be sold for $17.95.  It will be available in stores in July where Keepsake Ornaments are sold.

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

SPOTLIGHT: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

MOVIE 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Movie Information

“Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthirsty. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation’s favorite president…as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.” —

Info Courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Deb’s Review:  Although you might be somewhat skeptical about the premise of this movie, do not let that stop you from giving Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a chance.  It has been a long time since Anna and I were both this excited about a movie after leaving the theater.

Great Story/Great Script/Great Cast/Great Acting/Great Special Effects/

Great Makeup/Great Cinematography/Great Costume Design/

Great ‘History & Hollywood’ Combination

Anna’s Review: One of the absolute best movies I have EVER seen! Thank you, Hollywood!

DEB’S BOOK CLUB

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Book Description

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”  “My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.  Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.  When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

Description Courtesy of Amazon

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Creator- Debbie Tyson
Creative Consultant-  Anna Lipsey

DEB’S BOOK CLUB: HEFT

Book Description:  Courtesy of Amazon

A heartwarming novel about larger-than-life characters and second chances.

Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives.  …Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.


DEB’S BOOK LIST

A FEW PAST FAVORITES

DEB’S FAVORITE AUTHORS

(BOOK SERIES/BOOKS)

Charlene Harris-Sookie Stackhouse Series (HBO Series-True Blood)

Janet Evanovich-Stephanie Plum Series

Laurell K. Hamilton-Anita Blake, Vampire Slayer Series (WARNING)

Patricia Cornwell-Kay Scarpetta Series

Sue Grafton-Kinsey Milhone Series

Stuart Woods-Stone Barrington Series

Stephenie Meyer-The Twilight Saga

Suzanne Collins-The Hunger Games Trilogy

Emily Giffen-Something Borrowed…

Jennifer Weiner-Good in Bed/In Her Shoes…

Chelsea Handler-Bang Bang/Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me…

Carl Hiaasen-Skinny Dip/Star Island…

Harlen Coben-The Woods/Stay Close…

Michael Connelly-The Lincoln Lawyer… (Mikey Haller Novels)

Nicholas Sparks…The Notebook…

Nelson DeMille-Plum Island…

Kristen Hannah-Firefly Lane…

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Inside Deb’s Studio: Emma Stone

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OTHER GREAT EMMA STONE MOVIES

Zombieland (2009)

Easy A (2010)

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

The Help (2011)

  

COMING SOON TO THEATERS

 The Amazing Spider-Man-July 3rd 

 

 

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

 

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

BREAKING DAWN-BREAKING NEWS!

New Official Breaking Dawn Part 2 Teaser to Debut Wednesday

June 18, 2012 By    

According to Summit/Lionsgate:

To help fans worldwide celebrate Edward Cullen’s 111th birthday on June 20, 2012, Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, will debut an exciting new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2.

 

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

ROCK OF AGES: A Must-See For ‘Musical’ Lovers!

RECOMMENDED

Deb:  “I don’t really consider myself a lover of musicals….more ‘like than love’…. but I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed this movie.  If you accept the ‘silliness’ of it all….it was a sweet/sometimes humorous story….the cast was likable….and cast member renditions of the music from the 80’s was entertaining!  However, I was not a fan of Tom Cruise in this movie!  Talk about being miscast in a role!  A fun ‘one-time’ viewing for me!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Anna: “I saw it Saturday with Debbie and went again Sunday! While Tom Cruise got on my ever lovin’ nerves the ENTIRE film, the rest of the cast did a great job! Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin (who I usually despise) didn’t annoy me so I greatly appreciated that. And hellooooooo Diego Boneta 😉 A must-have soundtrack as well!”

***DEB’S REVIEWS***

NEW ON DVD

NOT RECOMMENDED

TOP 100 RENTALS

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

NOT RECOMMENDED

***ANNA’S REVIEWS***

TOP 100 RENTALS

RECOMMENDED

 

MIXED REVIEWS

NOT RECOMMENDED

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Magazine Cover Mania!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

AVAILABLE IN STORES NOW!

Breaking Dawn Part 2

*****Meet Renesmee*****

True Blood

~~~Eleven Cover Extravaganza!~~~

   

   

  

 Hint:  Anna and I have birthdays in November. These would make a great collector’s item ‘gift set’!  Just sayin’… (:

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

DEB’S TOP TWENTY LIST

DEB’S THEATER RULES OF ETIQUETTE

 (AND MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHTS THROWN IN!)

TOP  20 LIST

1.  Do not kick the back of my chair.   I will ask you politely to stop (this usually constitutes a hate stare and/or said person talking about me with their friends)…which also can risk the guilty party kicking harder….which is then cause to move and find a different seat if necessary.  And “Yes” you are kicking my chair! Whateva!

2.  Do not use your cell phone constantly during the movie….(during previews is acceptable!!)  The light is very distracting to nearby moviegoers…in some instances causing me to hold up my purse or jacket or whatever to block said light.   I am the ‘queen of texting’….but once the movie starts….my phone is in my purse on silent!! C’mon…either watch the movie with the rest of us….or leave….RUDE! 

3. Do not talk during the movie (occasional comments are ok-sometimes you just can’t help it).  Moving to a different seat is appropriate if it is clear the guilty parties are not going to get quiet…(me and Jenna at War Horse).  An unhappy glance in their direction is appropriate if you feel comfortable doing so.  I am not at all opposed to summoning a manager as a last resort if necessary.  Gotta do what you gotta do!

4.  Quietly talking with your peeps during previews is ok!  But it is way uncool to SHHHHHHH-ish adjacent moviegoers (me and Jo at Bridesmaids) who are  chattin’ it up before the movie actually starts!  Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt until the movie starts….so calm down….’professional’ moviegoers such as ourselves do NOT talk ‘during’ the movie! Geez!

5.  Do not use a red light pen on the screen during the movie.  I will get the manager to find you and stop you.  Get over yourselves….NOT funny at all! L-O-S-E-R-S!

6.  For Hollywood to ‘never’ make a movie that is so bad that you are forced to say out loud, “This is a movie for “NOBODY”….(me, Jenna, Marsha & Jake at In Time).  For Hollywood to ‘never’ make a movie that is so bad that you just take a nap till it is over AND be happy about it even though you spent $10 to see it! (me and Deanna at The Artist)…..Misery does not always love company!

7.  Do not scream at someone across the theater to “shut up” and then that person screams back their choice words at them to shut up….(insert curse words at any point here)…then near pandemonium ensues…..all while the movie is going on…..and (me and the ‘not drunk or redneck’ other people in Mugs & Movies)…..want them ALL just to shut up so we can watch the movie! Why can’t we all just get along? 

8.  Do not ask a person (me at The Vow) who is in a full leg brace with crutches beside me and my leg propped on a seat in front of me on a pillow….to move over so they can sit down…. as ‘they’ come in looking for a seat after the previews have already started…and then have an ‘attitude’ when I can’t move!  Hint:  Come earlier!!!  Seriously?

9.  For Mangers:  Do not ask those (who have been to a ‘marathon movie event’  and watched ALL the Twilight movies back-to-back-to-back and are seated in a stadium seating theater in what we deem to be the best seats in the house….waiting for Breaking Dawn Part 1 to start)….to  “move over” to make room for people who got there AT midnight for the midnight showing…(me, Anna, and Charish at Breaking Dawn Part 1) Hint:  seats down in the front people.  That is just WRONG on so many levels!

10.  Do not interrupt a movie with 30 minutes to go and evacuate twelve theaters with a fire alarm blasting (me and Anna at Contraband)…scaring us to death…..and then discover burned popcorn in the popcorn machine.  Hint:  you might want to check that first before a twelve theater evacuation, numerous law enforcement officers and three fire trucks arrive on the scene!  H-E-L-L-O! 

11.  Do not let the air vents blow misty-like (creepy) smoke into the theater during a scary movie (me….by myself….at The Sixth Sense) and then you aren’t sure if it is part of the movie….and then you are told to go to the lobby…then you find out it was the air conditioning units condensing…blah blah blah….Really? Really?

12.  Do not start the movie Robin Hood at the midnight showing of  Twilight Saga: New Moon…(me and Anna) unless you want a riot….just sayin’! 

13.  Do not leave all the lights on for the entire movie….just don’t! ‘enough said!

14.  Do not ask me if I want to get a larger drink and larger popcorn at a bargain price!  Deal of the century!  NOT! Do you not know how many movies I come to?  Do you not know how many calories are in that bag of popcorn.  Back off! and just give me a small popcorn….no butter….a medium diet coke with a LOT of ice…Yes a LOT of ice….and we are good!  Straws in the dispenser occasionally would be awesome as well.  Many thanks!

15.  Do not have the temperature so cold in the theater (I never leave home without a blanket but my friends don’t always listen to me-hello Nancy and Anna)…that people are covering up their faces with their shirts, etc. and/or I go to my car to get extra jackets and blankets so my friends don’t freeze to death!  No wonder concessions cost so much…we are paying (what has to be a ridiculous) power bill!  Check the thermostats anyone?  

16.. Do not have the theater too hot…but that is rarely the case at the iceberg Carmike 12 in the ‘Boro…however….I did receive advance warning once that the air conditioner was not working in a particular theater I was entering….during the summer….in case  I wanted to choose another movie.  Duh?

17.  Carmike 12 staff:  Continue to give me my ticket ‘for free’ when the ticket machine messes up.  The cashier just looked up and saw it was me and said, “go ahead-you see a lot of movies here-the movie is on the house!”  Works for me!  Woo Hoo

18.  Do not expect to be comfortable in the chairs at The Backstage Cafe (formerly Mugs & Movies).  It is an awesome concept….waiters will take your order for your dining pleasure:   appetizers….entrees….sodas….alcoholic beverages….a beverage of this ‘nature’ adds to the fun….and can only help if the movie sucks!! (me  & Alan and Connie & Tom drowning our sorrows at The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-worst movie ever!).  So expensive and the chairs are so uncomfortable…you have to really want some alcohol!!!!  Has anyone that works there ever sat in one of those chairs I wonder? Hmmmm 

19.  Do not have a theater employee come tell me halfway through a movie that there is a torrential rain storm outside and the roof is going to leak on me where I am sitting (me at Prometheus)…are you kiddin’ me?  Wait….that was a good thing…cause when I got up to move all my stuff….I decided it was a good time to just keep on keepin’ on to my car…right as they were going to….**spoiler alert**….deliver an alien baby by C-Section!  See ya wouldn’t want to be ya!

20.  Do not talk the entire movie (and in addition) do not have a clue what is going on in the movie Breaking Dawn Part 1…and then say something stupid like …”DAT DAT WOOF”?” when  Taylor Lautner comes on the screen…. This is the fourth movie people!?!   Yes! ‘Twilight for Dummies’….Jacob is the werewolf!!   (Larsen and Larisa at Breaking Dawn Part 1 in Columbus, GA).  Story told by Larsen!  Hilarious! (-:

Note:  Anna and I love our Carmike Cinema 12….where we can experience the ‘Magic of Movies’….(technical difficulties and all the craziness sometimes)….of going to the movies in the ‘Boro!  We appreciate the extremely nice (and patient) managers and staff!  Just sayin’  (-:   

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

SERIOUSLY HOLLYWOOD?

NEW IN THEATERS

NOT RECOMMENDED 

So wishing I had gone to see Madagascar 3!

(Rent Alien (1979) w/ Sigourney Weaver instead would be my suggestion!)

(Watched on ON DEMAND prior to movie release-not a good sign!)

Note:  If you are a RPattz fan, (‘we know who we are’)….we will see this film regardless! (-:  

For other fellow moviegoers…this movie is just not that great…. for “theater $$ viewing”.  (Sorry Rob!)

COMING SOON TO THEATERS

 

 Your Sister’s Sister (opens June 15th)

DVD RENTAL PICKS

NEW ON DVD

RECOMMENDED

(Note:  Would not have recommended for “theater $$ viewing”!)

Anna’s Review: If you can pay $1.00 at a RedBox, just do that.

(NICE “FAMILY” MOVIE RENTAL) 

TOP 100 RENTALS

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

NOT RECOMMENDED

(Sorry Kellan & Ashley!)

***ANNA’S REVIEWS***

TOP 100 RENTALS

RECOMMENDED

MIXED REVIEWS

NOT RECOMMENDED

NEW DVD RELEASE

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

 SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey