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Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I – III) [Blu-ray]

Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I - III) [Blu-ray]

Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy on Blu-ray will feature Star Wars Episodes I-III utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin Skywalker as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padmé whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the Republic crumbles and from its ashes rises the evil Galactic Empire. Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side of the Force to become the Emperor's new apprentice - Darth Vader. The Jedi are decimated, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. The only hope for the galaxy are Anakin's own offspring - the twin children born in secrecy who will grow up to become Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. Episode I, The Phantom Menace
"I have a bad feeling about this," says the young Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) in Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace as he steps off a spaceship and into the most anticipated cinematic event... well, ever. He might as well be speaking for the legions of fans of the original episodes in the Star Wars saga who can't help but secretly ask themselves: Sure, this is Star Wars, but is it my Star Wars? The original elevated moviegoers' expectations so high that it would have been impossible for any subsequent film to meet them. And as with all the Star Wars movies, The Phantom Menace features inexplicable plot twists, a fistful of loose threads, and some cheek-chewing dialogue. Han Solo's swagger is sorely missed, as is the pervading menace of heavy-breather Darth Vader. There is still way too much quasi-mystical mumbo jumbo, and some of what was fresh about Star Wars 22 years earlier feels formulaic. Yet there's much to admire. The special effects are stupendous; three worlds are populated with a mélange of creatures, flora, and horizons rendered in absolute detail. The action and battle scenes are breathtaking in their complexity. And one particular sequence of the film--the adrenaline-infused pod race through the Tatooine desert--makes the chariot race in Ben-Hur look like a Sunday stroll through the park.

Among the host of new characters, there are a few familiar walk-ons. We witness the first meeting between R2-D2 and C-3PO, Jabba the Hutt looks younger and slimmer (but not young and slim), and Yoda is as crabby as ever. Natalie Portman's stately Queen Amidala sports hairdos that make Princess Leia look dowdy and wields a mean laser. We never bond with Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Obi-Wan's day is yet to come. Jar Jar Binks, a cross between a Muppet, a frog, and a hippie, provides many of the movie's lighter moments, while Sith Lord Darth Maul is a formidable force. Baby-faced Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) looks too young and innocent to command the powers of the Force or wield a lightsaber (much less transmute into the future Darth Vader), but his boyish exuberance wins over skeptics.

Near the end of the movie, Palpatine, the new leader of the Republic, may be speaking for fans eagerly awaiting Episode II when he pats young Anakin on the head and says, "We will watch your career with great interest." Indeed! --Tod Nelson

Episode II, Attack of the Clones
If The Phantom Menace was the setup, then Attack of the Clones is the plot-progressing payoff, and devoted Star Wars fans are sure to be enthralled. Ten years after Episode I, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), now a senator, resists the creation of a Republic Army to combat an evil separatist movement. The brooding Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is resentful of his stern Jedi mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), tormented by personal loss, and showing his emerging "dark side" while protecting his new love, Amidala, from would-be assassins. Youthful romance and solemn portent foreshadow the events of the original Star Wars as Count Dooku (a.k.a. Darth Tyranus, played by Christopher Lee) forges an alliance with the Dark Lord of the Sith, while lavish set pieces showcase George Lucas's supreme command of all-digital filmmaking. All of this makes Episode II a technological milestone, savaged by some critics as a bloated, storyless spectacle, but still qualifying as a fan-approved precursor to the pivotal events of Episode III. --Jeff Shannon

Episode III, Revenge of the Sith
Ending the most popular film epic in history, Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith is an exciting, uneven, but ultimately satisfying journey. Picking up the action from Episode II, Attack of the Clones as well as the animated Clone Wars series, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), pursue General Grievous into space after the droid kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).

It's just the latest maneuver in the ongoing Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatist forces led by former Jedi turned Sith Lord Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). On another front, Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) leads the Republic's clone troops against a droid attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. All this is in the first half of Episode III, which feels a lot like Episodes I and II. That means spectacular scenery, dazzling dogfights in space, a new fearsome villain (the CGI-created Grievous can't match up to either Darth Maul or the original Darth Vader, though), lightsaber duels, groan-worthy romantic dialogue, goofy humor (but at least it's left to the droids instead of Jar-Jar Binks), and hordes of faceless clone troopers fighting hordes of faceless battle droids.

But then it all changes.

After setting up characters and situations for the first two and a half movies, Episode III finally comes to life. The Sith Lord in hiding unleashes his long-simmering plot to take over the Republic, and an integral part of that plan is to turn Anakin away from the Jedi and toward the Dark Side of the Force. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you know that Anakin will transform into the dreaded Darth Vader and face an ultimate showdown with his mentor, but that doesn't matter. In fact, a great part of the fun is knowing where things will wind up but finding out how they'll get there. The end of this prequel trilogy also should inspire fans to want to see the original movies again, but this time not out of frustration at the new ones. Rather, because Episode III is a beginning as well as an end, it will trigger fond memories as it ties up threads to the originals in tidy little ways. But best of all, it seems like for the first time we actually care about what happens and who it happens to.

Episode III is easily the best of the new trilogy--OK, so that's not saying much, but it might even jockey for third place among the six Star Wars films. It's also the first one to be rated PG-13 for the intense battles and darker plot. It was probably impossible to live up to the decades' worth of pent-up hype George Lucas faced for the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and he tried to lower it with the first two movies), but Episode III makes us once again glad to be "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." --David Horiuchi

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Full Movie Online

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David Yates; Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and others. Time: 2 Hrs 25 mins.

Today, November 19th, we saw the release of the movie on seventh and final novel in the Harry Potter series.

The film is all that the Harry Potter series is set to be a magical world with everything happening for the sake of magic. However it is set away from the school of magic and is all about the adventures of the three protagonists Harry, Ron and Hermione as they set out in search of the Horcruxes, the keys that are responsible for Voldermort

Annie Series – Complete Set of 8 Knowles Collector Plates

Annie Series - Complete Set of 8 Knowles Collector Plates

  • The Edwin C Knowles China Company Annie Collector's Plate Series Includes 8 different fine China limited edition plates each 8-1/2" diameter.
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Annie collector's plate series; Set of 8 limited edition plates; each plate is 8.5" diameter and numbered; Plate 1 Annie and Sandy Plate 2 Daddy Warbucks Plate 3 Annie & Grace Plate 4 Annie and the Orphans Plate 5 Tomorrow Plate 6 Annie and Miss Hannigan Plate 7 Annie, Lilly and Rooster Plate 8 Annie and Daddy Warbucks Finale. All Plates are signed by Creator William Chambers

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The portal to Pottermore
For now, the free website centers on the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with additional book experiences to be released later. Just as Harry did before enrolling at Hogwarts, Pottermore users can visit Diagon Alley to
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Quidditch 'takes to the sky' over WSU
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?Oscars of Twitter? Announce 3rd Annual Shorty Awards Winners


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 29, 2011

The Daily Show?s Aasif Mandvi (@Aasif_Mandvi) hosted the 2011 Shorty Awards at the TimesCenter in New York City last night, honoring the top short form real-time content creators on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr.

Award presenters included, Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer), Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara (@StillerandMeara), comedian Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan), CNN Anchor Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), Stephen Wallem (@StephenWallem) from Showtime?s Nurse Jackie, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih (@TheRealMissUSA) and Miss Teen USA 2010 Kamie Crawford (@TheRealTeenUSA).

During the ceremony, guests received a video greeting directly from space from astronaut Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo). Musician Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) performed a song on her ukulele that she wrote for the Shorty Awards, using the ?best worst? tweets of the year as lyrics.

The Shorty Awards introduced new categories including Foursquare Mayor of the Year and Location of the Year presented by Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley (@dens), Tumblr Microblog of the Year and Best Brand Presence on Facebook.

The Shorty Awards partnered with sponsors Nokia (@Nokia) for the Connecting People Award, Showtime?s Nurse Jackie (@SHO_Jackie) for the Nurse of the Year Award, PepsiCo (@PepsiCo) for the Green and Innovation Awards, The Macallan (@The_Macallan) for the Real-Time Photo of the Year Award and The Knight Foundation (@KnightFDN) for the Journalist Award.

The winners of the 3rd Annual Shorty Awards (listed alphabetically by category):

Actor: Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH

Actress: Stana Katic @Stana_Katic

Apps: COLOURlovers @colourlovers

Art: One Stop Poetry @Onestoppoetry

Author: Shawn S. @TreatWomenRight

Author: John Green @realjohngreen

Celebrity: Kim jae joong @mjjeje

Charity: The Trevor Project @TrevorProject

Connecting People: Shannon Miller @shannonmmiller

Cultural Institution: Tyneside Cinema @tynesidecinema

Cultural Institution: Science Gallery @ScienceGallery

Customer Service: Research In Motion @BlackBerryHelp

Design: Codeorama @Codeorama

Entertainment: Barney Stinson @Broslife

Fashion: Ann Li @thisisAnnLi

Finance: Slow Money @SlowMoney

Food: Epic Meal Time @EpicMealTime

Foursquare Location of the Year: South By Southwest

Foursquare Mayor of the Year: Baratunde Thurston @baratunde

Gaming: Adam Montoya @SeaNanners

Government: Cory Booker @CoryBooker

Green: Mud Baron @Cocoxochitl

Humor: The Dark Lord @Lord_Voldemort7

Innovation: Rene Silva Santos @Rene_Silva_RJ

Journalist: West Wing Report @WestWingReport

Microblog of the Year on Tumblr: The Daily What

Music: Jonas Brothers @JonasBrothers

News: Lei Seca RJ @LeiSecaRJ

News: The Young Turks @TheYoungTurks

Nurse: Ronivin Pagtakhan @ronnievinn & Matthew Browning @MatthewBrowning

Politics: Marina Silva @silva_marina

Politics: The Bloggess @TheBloggess

Real-Time Photo of the Year: Moon from Space by Douglas H. Wheelock

Science: MythBusters @MythBusters

Social Media: Facts About Boys @FactsAboutBoys

Sports: New Orleans Saints @Official_Saints

Tech: SoldierKnowsBest @SoldierKnowBest

Television: Attack of the Show @aots

Television: Sesame Street @sesamestreet

Travel: JD Andrews @earthXplorer

Weird: Alli Speed @allispeed

Weird: I do this too! @omgidothistoo

Special and Industry Awards:

Lifetime Achievement: Conan O?Brien @conanobrien

Best Brand Presence on Facebook: Threadless

Best Brand Presence on Facebook: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best Brand Presence on Twitter: Threadless @threadless

Best Integration of Social Media with Traditional Media: MTV?s 2010 VMAs Twitter Tracker

Best Location-Based Marketing: Bravo?s Top Chef Just Desserts

Best Social Game: Gillette?s Blade Change Challenge

Best Use of a Video as Part of a Social Media Campaign: Daniel Radcliffe Video for The Trevor Project

Best Use of a Video as Part of a Social Media Campaign: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Three, Part 2

Best Use of Facebook in a Marketing Campaign: Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Best Use of Twitter in a Marketing Campaign: @TrueBloodHBO Season 3 Premiere

Best Use of Twitter or Facebook for E-Commerce: Benefit Cosmetics? Bazaarvoice Ratings & Reviews

Best Viral Campaign: The Last Exorcism?s Chatroulette Reactions

About the Shorty Awards

Hailed as the “Oscars of Twitter” by The New York Times, the Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content. Winners are determined by a combination of popular vote and members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences. http://www.shortyawards.com

About the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences

The Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, comprised of leaders in technology, journalism, business and culture, plays a role in choosing the winners from Shorty Awards finalists. The group includes actress and philanthropist Alyssa Milano, Foursquare co-founder and CEO, Dennis Crowley, Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, actress and designer, Whitney Port, entertainer and entrepreneur, MC Hammer and Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales. http://www.rtacademy.org

About Sawhorse Media

Sawhorse Media filters, curates, and makes sense of the real-time web by creating fun, engaging, and useful products. Sawhorse sites include the directory of Twitter people and lists Listorious, the leading destination for journalists on Twitter Muck Rack, and a network of more than a dozen vertical Twitter sites. http://www.sawhorsemedia.com

Press Contact:

Leslie Richin

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Toy Story

Toy Story

  • Recommended Age: 4 years and up
In this 3D computer animated feature, a pull-string cowboy doll is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from thei rowner, they ultimately learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.

Bonus Features include: Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs Blast off, Paths to Pixar Artists, Studio Stories: John's Car, Baby AJ, Scooter Races, Buzz Takes Manhattan, Black Friday The Toy Story You Never SawThere is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--we smile at the spell it puts us into and are refreshed, and nary a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment is what they used to call "movie magic," and there is loads of it in this irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright toys reawaken the kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter thinks of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like another film innovator, Walt Disney.

Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favorite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas

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Old Testament God = Voldemort?

Question by Nathan173AB: Old Testament God = Voldemort?
This just occurred to me. The Old Testament God says to not take his name in vain and many Christians emphasize this. In Harry Potter, the Dark Lord Voldemort and his followers also emphasize to not use the name “Voldemort” either.

Come to think of it, the Old Testament God and Voldemort have a similar track record when it comes to murdering people. They also threaten anyone who resists them, and when they do spare people of misery they say they are merciful and just. The resemblance between the two is uncanny.

Beautiful, just beautiful. So Christians, how does it feel to know that you worship an evil, megalomaniacal tyrant?
*ADDENDUM*
SupaStar made a good point. Another resemblance is that they are both fictional characters. Although, I’m still open to the notion that Jehovah was a malevolent extraterrestrial.

Best answer:

Answer by Jesus loves atheists too
I feel great. Although I do wish school were back in session.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Rhys Ifans Says Roland Emmerich Was Brave To Cast Him As The Real Shakespeare
He's the gangly, goofy guy who played Spike in Notting Hill and Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter; why would anyone bring him in as the noblemen who, at least in the theoretical world Anonymous presents, secretly wrote all of Shakespeare's plays?
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A Halloween Treat: 'The Woman In Black' Animated Poster and Trailer
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Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Full Movie Free Online

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David Yates; Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and others. Time: 2 Hrs 25 mins.

Today, November 19th, we saw the release of the movie on seventh and final novel in the Harry Potter series.

The film is all that the Harry Potter series is set to be a magical world with everything happening for the sake of magic. However it is set away from the school of magic and is all about the adventures of the three protagonists Harry, Ron and Hermione as they set out in search of the Horcruxes, the keys that are responsible for Voldermort

Daniel Radcliffe Says No to Harry Potter

As of now, Daniel Radcliffe is resisting anymore Harry Potter movies even if writer J.K. Rowling had been to create them.

Daniel Radcliffe desires to Move On

Daniel Radcliffe says he is an actor and not just 1 character, and because Harry Potter has been such a big aspect of his life, he will have to work harder in the future to establish himself as an actor, apart from the collection. Daniel Radcliffe says keeping all these aspects in mind; it would be self-defeating for him to get back to Harry Potter if it ended up at any time written again. He might be already sort casted. But does anyone feel sorry for a young man who is worth millions of dollars or pounds for that matter when so numerous men and women are destitute the globe above?

English Loyalty

While on the other side of the story, the writer of Harry Potter supposedly mentioned in the interview with Oprah that she will by no means actually publish another book in the Harry Potter series at any time yet again.

But, following the interview these reports have been denied, and so no 1 truly knows what J.Ok.Rowling specifically meant. J.Ok. Rowling had rather some inventive control over the creating of two of the seven Harry Potter films, and she was the one particular to have particularly requested that the complete cast need to be only that of British actors, but later settled onto including a few Irish actors as nicely.

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