Daily Archives: November 6, 2011

My Immortal Re-released!

My Immortal Re-released!
Tara Gilesbie's 2006 "hit" novel My Immortal is once again in print thanks to self-publishing company Lulu, Inc. Gilesbie's infamous work of Harry Potter fanfiction has been toted as both the best and the worst piece of prose ever written. Seriously.
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Darth Vader, Pee Wee Herman And Harry Potter Win Scream Awards
part awards ceremony, Spike TV's Scream Awards are presented in an amphitheater build on Universal Studios backlot just for that, and features heroes and villains from horror, fantasy and science-fiction. So, the top honorees were Harry Potter,
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Cooke Optics Captures the Eye of the Motion Picture Academy

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 3, 2006

The much-anticipated nominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards have just been released, and three out of the five films nominated for Best Picture were shot through renowned Cooke S4 Prime lenses. Cooke Optics, an innovative manufacturer of fine, precision lenses for cinematography and ultra-high-end professional photography, was thrilled to have been specified as the lens of choice for the production of Best Picture nominees “Brokeback Mountain”, “Munich”, and “Capote”. As in years past, Cooke?s S4 Prime lenses continue to capture the shots that launch great films to a higher level of cinemagraphic excellence.

“Brokeback Mountain”, nominated for both Best Picture and Outstanding Cinematography, captures the essence and beauty of Wyoming?s rolling panoramic landscape with the aid of the Cooke S4 Prime lens. This stunning and bold film is a modern American love story, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx. The movie follows the lives of two men, Ennis Del Mar, played by Heath Ledger, and Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, hired to work as a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy. Director Ang Lee and Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto used Cooke S4 Primes to capture the enormity of Wyoming?s expansive vista while maintaining the intimacy of this bittersweet love story. The film has already been honored with a Golden Globe award for Best Picture by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Nominated for Best Picture, Steven Spielberg?s “Munich” employed Cooke S4 Primes in its bold portrayal of the terrorist attacks on 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, and the events that marked the aftermath. Using Cooke S4 Prime Lenses, Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski chronicles the intensely secret and widely unknown consequences of this tragic event are in a visually captivating and riveting film that has struck a cord with audiences everywhere.

“Capote”, also nominated for Best Picture, is a portrayal of a popular writer Truman Capote?s, search for a story. In 1959, Capote learns of a horrific murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas and is compelled to visit the town to further research an article. The conflict between Capote?s involvement with his research and his need for a conclusion for his story leads to the publication of In Cold Blood, a literary work that would redefine modern non-fiction. Director Bennett Miller and Cinematographer Adam Kimmel use the Cooke S4 Primes to convey events in this beautifully told, masterfully performed, and deeply moving film.

The Cooke 35mm Zoom lenses show their versatility and flexibility through their use in the Best Animated Motion Picture nominee, “Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were Rabbit”. This family film revolves around the adventures of the timeless characters Wallace and Gromit as their town?s prized produce begins disappearing. The imaginative and inventive duo creates new ways to catch the culprit and save their beloved produce. This film combines the age-old art of stop-action claymation animation and Cooke Zoom lenses to help orchestrate a family classic that has been called ?the best reviewed family film of the year!?

?Our team here at Cooke Optics is delighted that our lenses played a part in the making of these fine films. Cooke S4 Primes are preferred and chosen by many of the top directors of photography in Hollywood and around the world to bring their cinemagraphic vision to life,? stated Les Zellan, President of Cooke Optics. ?When Hollywood comes calling, Cooke answers the call with superb, precision lenses that provide a visually stunning result in any genre of cinematography.?

Cooke Optics has been the chosen lens of many acclaimed Hollywood cinematographers for good reason. Cooke S4 Primes, renowned for their quality and precision, include focal lengths of 14, 16, 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135mm and the recently introduced 180mm with a close focus of only 4?3. All focal lengths are color balanced in order to create superior contrast and resolution above the full Super 35 format. Cooke S4 Primes give exceptional definition and quality in low light or shadow. They also warm image tone under all external, arc, or fluorescent lighting and Cooke?s acclaimed multi-coating provides what?s known in the cine realm as the ?Cooke Look? ? a lush, velvety appearance with rich warm colors.

Cooke is a legendary name in both the cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are requested by many of the world?s most respected cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most legendary and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally. Recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include “Brokeback Mountain”, “Capote”, “Munich”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Casanova”, “Jarhead”, “The Wedding Crashers”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, “Ray”, and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.

For more information about Cooke lenses, visit their website at http://www.cookeoptics.com

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I don’t even have the words to convey how excited, sad, thrilled, depressed, and anxious I am about the final Harry Potter movie coming out. Basically, if you threw almost every emotion into a blender and then pureed it, the resulting goop of emotion would be close to what I am feeling. I do have one very definite emotion though when it comes to seeing this movie in 3D, and that emotion is “Hell no!”

I’m not a fan of 3D. At all. I’ve given it a chance but every time I try seeing a movie in 3D, I have three thoughts.

1. These glasses are stupid.

2. My head is starting to hurt.

3. I don’t see anything particularly special happening. Is everyone else seeing something I’m not? Are my glasses broken?

Also, my everyday life is in 3D. Isn’t it more special to go see something not in 3D? I much prefer 2D. 2D is special. 2D is something you don’t see everyday. Unless you count watching TV or surfing the internet. OK. 3D and 2D are both equally un-special. But at least with 2D I don’t have to wear special glasses that make my head hurt. Oh yeah, and 3D movies are more expensive. You’re basically paying for a headache.

As if these reasons weren’t enough, I have an even better reason not to see Harry Potter in 3D. I’ve read all the books (like 50 times) so I know what happens, and I know I’m going to cry. A lot. There will be a LOT of tears from me. In the last movie, I started crying right at the beginning (When Hermione had to erase her parents memory of her), and continued to cry off and on until the final credits. I even had to choke back audible ugly crying when Dobby died. So, I know that I am going to be doing lots of sobbing in this film. And who wants to keep lifting up stupid 3D glasses every 5 minutes to wipe the tears out of their eyes? Not me. I don’t want to be fussing with glasses I don’t even need to be wearing when I’m trying to address my very complicated Harry Potter finale emotions. If I saw Harry Potter in 3D, my glasses would be all fogged up from my pathetic crying and I would probably miss exciting parts of the movie. Basically, seeing Harry Potter in 3D would ruin my final Harry Potter movie experience. And I won’t stand for it! I will not stand for it, I say!

What are your Harry Potter finale plans?? If they involve 3D, please disregard this post but don’t come crying to me when your head hurts and you missed large bits of the movie because you took your glasses off to wipe tears from your eyes. I warned you.

Posted in Books, Humor, Life | Tagged 3D, books, Entertainment, harry potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, Humor, Life, movies | 44 Comments »We Don’t Need Medicine For That.July 14, 2011 by girlonthecontraryI worry that you guys might be having a bad day. I worry because I care. So, in order to cheer you up, because I’ve now convinced myself you’re utterly miserable and in definite need of cheer, I thought I would share something my Grammy said a couple weeks ago. Prepare to laugh. Or cringe.

Grammy: Last night, my arm was all broken out in little reddish brown spots, so Popsie (my grandfather aka her husband of almost 58 years) rubbed some medicinal cream on it. He was so gentle, just rubbing my arm back and forth.

My Aunt: Uh, Mom, I think they call that foreplay.

Grammy: Oh honey! We don’t need medicine for that!

***Pause for the entire family bursting into hysterical fits of laughter. ***

Grammy: Y’all think I don’t know about all that. But I know a lot more than you think.

***More family laughter.***

Grammy: Anyway, it turned out the “spots” on my arm were just chocolate.

*** Laughter, laughter, laughter.***

Grammy: Let me finish! The really funny part isn’t that it was chocolate, the funny part is I didn’t even realize it until the next day!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my Grandmother. See the family resemblance?

Posted in Blogging, Family, Humor, Love | Tagged blogging, family, Humor, Love | 14 Comments »R.E.M. Is Screwing With Me.July 13, 2011 by girlonthecontrarySo, the other day I was leaving my place to meet a friend at the movies. I was playing it pretty low key. I wasn’t wearing any make-up other than mascara, was wearing shorts and a comfy top, gladiator sandals (my go-to shoe), and my hair was in a ponytail. Without sounding too disparaging, I wasn’t looking my foxiest, but was not especially concerned about it either. So, I’m walking to my car and I see a cute guy. Like, a really cute guy. He was walking back from the pool and had no shirt on. Bascially, it’s everything a flirtation failure like me fears in life. Hot guy+no shirt= me hiding in the bushes. Except, this time, I didn’t hide. I didn’t want to run late for the movie ( as a side note, I saw Horrible Bosses and it was hysterical). So, I just kept walking to my car.

Then, something miraculous happened. He smiled at me. And not like a polite smile, it was a full on, checking me out smile. Needless to say, I was stunned. So stunned that I was able to smile back. Miraculous indeed. I got into my car and as I was pulling out of my parking space noticed he turned around to check me out again. I’m not even going to lie, I felt a little giddy. My self-esteem bucket was overflowing. If you don’t know what a self-esteem bucket is, you obviously weren’t in my high school speech class, where I learned that everyone has a bucket of self-esteem and when you compliment someone, you help fill their bucket and when you insult someone, you take self-esteem out of their bucket. It’s very scientific, although my sociology professor in college wasn’t super impressed.

So, with a full bucket of sunshiney self-esteem, I turned on my car radio feeling like good music would complete this perfect moment. What I got was R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End Of The World As We Know It’. So, if I’m to understand the universe and R.E.M. correctly, when a superfox checks me out it is the sign of an imminent apocalypse. Huh. I guess you should all prepare yourselves for the apocalypse because that for sure happened.

Thanks a lot R.E.M., just when things are looking up, your song predicts the end of the world. Good grief.

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