A couple of years back a group of us got together for a booth at Philly Comic Con. Stephanie Julian, Judi Fennell, Laura Kaye and myself had a blast there meeting people, selling books, and chasing after our own fav movie and television stars. Here’s a photo of Laura and me at our booth.
It’s been a crazy couple of months with the holidays and work and writing obligations. Since Saturday was a rainy and dreary day, my hubby and I decided we were going to go to the movies, especially since there was one movie we both really wanted to see: American Sniper. We had actually wanted to go on Friday night, but it was sold out. We weren’t the only ones interested in going. The movie added another 64.4 million in box office sales to last week’s 107 million dollar take. Since release, it’s made nearly 200 million dollars.
Why the interest? Well, for me it was to maybe learn more about Chris Kyle, America’s deadliest sniper and a man who by all accounts was multi-faceted and a hero. He died trying to help a fellow veteran and earned both Silver Stars and Bronze Stars during his military service. If you want to find out more about Chris Kyle, click here for a well-rounded article. Why do I say “wel-rounded”?
There are those who will decry both Kyle and the movie. All I can say is that I thought the movie was thought-provoking and sad. You all know I support our military and that I’m as patriotic as can be. I went into the movie with those sentiments and I left the movie with those sentiments. War is hell and the movie shows that. God bless those who brave that hell for us.
I have to say that Bradley Cooper has surprised me yet again. He’s far beefier in the movie than in Silver Linings Playbook or his other movies. He looks a lot like Chris Kyle with the addition of a neatly trimmed beard. The transformation is amazing as was Bradley’s acting. For that, I’ve chosen him as today’s Man Candy!
By Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
With the bitter cold this weekend, I found myself scurrying back into my nest after a brisk walk. When I hunkered down to write (but found that I instead had to do some website fixing!), TANGLED was on. Loved it! Fun story and the characters were interesting. Loved Flynn (voiced by Chuck’s Zachary Levi) and thought he was kind of sexy!
LOL, yes, sexy. My daughter and I have both discussed for a while how these animated characters can be sexy. Shang from MULAN and TARZAN were always some of our favorites.
Don’t think animated characters can be sexy? Well check out David Kawena’s take on the Disney heroes for an eye-opener!
Take a moment to tell me who was your favorite!
OMG! Hands down today’s Guilty Pleasure is Chris Hemsworth. You may remember him as the doomed Captain George Kirk (aka Kirk’s Dad) in the new STAR TREK movie. He caught my eye then, but this time in THOR – Whoa. Check out this second trailer, especially at minute 1:00. Whew. Hot. Totally hot.
I cannot wait to go see this movie!!!
Counting down the minutes. Cannot wait to see this movie and the very sexy Chris Evans, this morning’s Guilty Pleasure! How about you? Is this on your must list of movies to see?
Wanted to announce the winners of last week’s giveaways!
Tammy Rammy is the winner from Rachel Firasek’s Guest Blog.
Margay is the winner of Kelly Moran’s Guest Blog.
Noreen Lace is the winner of Chritine Ashworth’s Guest Blog.
Please e-mail me so that I can forward your contact information to our fabulous guest bloggers.
Hope you all have a blessed Monday.
Okay, my daughter thinks I’m crazy, but I think Ashton Kutcher is really cute. With the release of his new movie KILLERS this weekend, I figured he would be an appropriate Guilty Pleasures Monday.
In KILLERS, Ashton plays an assassin who just wants to have a normal life. Enter Katherine Heigl, a sweet and unsuspecting woman that Ashton meets and marries. The two of them then lead an ordinary life until three years later it appears that someone has placed a hit on Ashton, forcing them to go on the run for their lives!
Sounds like a fun romantic comedy and Ashton is a hottie. If you haven’t caught the trailer for KILLERS, here it is (and we get the added eye candy of Tom Selleck is in the movie!).
If you can’t see the video below, you can click here to see the KILLERS trailer or cut and paste this link into your browser:
Hope you all had a great weekend!
When I saw the movie trailer for 2012, the motion picture seemed to me to be more about a lot of action/blow-them-up scenes than any real plot. Because of that, I decided to hold off on seeing the movie until it came out on DVD.
Then I read certain comments by Roland Emmerich, the director of the movie, which gave me other reasons not to see 2012. When discussing why he had not blown up the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Emmerich advised scifiwire.com that:
- “Well, I wanted to do that (blow up the Kaaba), I have to admit,” Emmerich says. “But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.”
Much as he indicated, Emmerich spared the Kaaba in the movie, but had no qualms about destroying a number of Christian religious symbols in 2012. In Hollywood-blow-them-up fashion he trashed the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Italy and Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro.
So I guess I’m boycotting Emmerich’s 2012 movie for a couple of reasons.
The first reason: If it’s disrespectful to destroy religious symbols for the purpose of fictional stories, then maybe Emmerich should respect all religions and not just those that might threaten harm to him.
The second reason: As long as we kowtow to extremists because they might do us harm, we’re actually encouraging them to continue with those practices. It’s the typical bully in the schoolyard scenario, although unfortunately these bullies have big bombs. As long as you let the bully continue to beat you down or threaten to beat you down, he’s in control. When you stand up to bullies, you end the power of their threats and intimidation.
Mr. Emmerich, I won’t put a fatwa on your head and hurt you physically because I’m a good Christian and don’t believe in that kind of thing. But I will put one less penny in your pocket.
What are your feelings on this? Do you think what Emmerich did was right?