137 Responses to “CHAT”

  1. Open Book May 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM #


    Here’s our new chat area for this month enjoy!

    • Parisienne May 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM #

      Hi! Did the other area just stop working or did it reach the max comments?

      • Littlebells May 15, 2011 at 8:52 PM #

        Hola ladies!!!! 🙂

        How was everyone’s Sunday. Mine was cold and rainy, but I had a roast in the crock pot and when we got home from church, Oooooh myyyyyyyyy gooooooooooosh! It smelled so good! Yum. 🙂

        OB, I sent you two emails for CR. My brain took off so hopefully it all makes sense. haha!

        • Parisienne May 15, 2011 at 9:39 PM #


          I finally joined Nonsten and have been trying to PM you but I don’t think its working. You can look me up if you want. My name on there is PhantomFan

          • Littlebells May 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM #

            No I haven’t gotten a PM but I replied to your message! wElcome to Nonsten! My home away from home! hahahahahaha!!!! 🙂

      • Open Book May 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM #

        Hi Paris-

        I don’t know exactly what happened with the other commenting area. That’s a Q for Lurker. However, the comments are not lost I’m working on categorizing the Chat area by month. I’m the resident techie person until Lurker returns so please bare with me. LOL!!

  2. Littlebells May 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM #

    Hi Lurker,

    I know you are busy, but I wanted to say hi and let you know I have been thinking about you.

    Hopefully you will be able to surface soon. 🙂

    • Lurker May 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM #

      Thanks, just got thru the crisis stuff seems to have settled for a bit!

  3. Parisienne May 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM #


    I’ve just seen the trailer for the new Fright Night. I’m very iffy on it. What do you think? Frig

    • Parisienne May 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM #

      ok i don’t think it worked. Hold on i will try again. LOL

  4. Parisienne May 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM #

    Hopefully this one works. 🙂

  5. Littlebells May 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM #

    Hey Paris! I sent you a PM. Hopefully it worked!!!

  6. Littlebells May 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM #

    Hi everyone! Tonight on PBS (check your local times) a documentary on the Civil Rights Movment–Freedom Riders– airs. With The Help coming out this summer, I think it would be something great to watch to refresh our minds. I honestly don’t know as much as I should about that time, which I am embarrassed to admit. I only remember what was taught in class (which I’m sure was watered down) so I am very excited to watch this.

    I think it is set for 8pm Central, but check your local listings. 🙂

    • Parisienne May 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM #

      Thanks for the reminder! I want to watch it. 🙂

    • Parisienne May 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM #

      Thanks for the reminder! I’ve been wanting to watch it.

  7. Littlebells May 19, 2011 at 1:33 AM #

    Has anyone read The Help yet? I’m halfway through and absolutely loving it. I think Emma Stone is going to capture Skeeter perfectly! 🙂

  8. Littlebells May 19, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

    Ok, CR,

    I read that Canary was created in 1947. Was she popular? What happened to her? And who is Hawkgirl? Why aren’t they (as well as others on that list) as well known? I don’t think the average person would know who she is, but most people (above the age of 25) know WW.

  9. Open Book May 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM #


    Did u ever see the film Hanna? It’s really good I’m sure it will be out on DVD soon. Anyway, it’s a strong leading lady film. I think I have mention this one before. I’m sure there will be a sequel at least I hope.

    • Littlebells May 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM #

      Thanks OB! I will definitely check it out. Do you think it’s societies fault as well that we haven’t pushed for stronger female characters and films. And I’m sorry, but I don’t consider any of Angelina Jolie’s kick butt characters as great female roles and writing!

  10. Littlebells May 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM #

    So apparently an image of Tom Hardy as Bane (Dark Knight Rises) has come out. I remember Hardy from Inception. That’s the only time I’ve ever seen him or heard of him. I went to IMDB and checked out some of his other roles.

    Now I don’t know the villain, Bane, but I’m pretty sure he will pull it off terrifically just from watching this trailer with Hardy as British Charles Bronson. It looks completely NUTS, scary, and CRAZY, but that’s what pause and FWD are for! 🙂

    CR, what do you think about Hardy as Bane?

    • Parisienne May 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM #

      Wow. That’s disturbing. Kudos to Tom for excellent character development. Others should take notes. 🙂

      • ozzie20 May 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

        Oh my God! That is so scary yet funny at the same time!

    • comic relief May 23, 2011 at 9:11 PM #


      Hardy has a tough act to follow after Heath Ledger, so I wish him well.

      Still though he sometimes seems a little nuts, I’m sure Hardy will be great. I think I remember the Bane character originating from South America. I appreciate every directorial move Nolan makes so I’m sure he cast the best man for the job.

      • Littlebells May 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM #

        THanks CR! Yes, Heath will be very hard to compete with, but I just finished watching “Bronson” and Hardy was extremely impressive. Weird movie, but I think he will do very well.

  11. Parisienne May 25, 2011 at 3:38 AM #

    Hi Everyone!

    Just have a little fun with a Dialectizer. It can translate webpages and sentences into different dialects. There’s a list to choose from of course. I chose Redneck for our site and about peed myself laughing. The redneck version called Robert Pattinson…Billy Bob Pattinson. LOL Its all in fun and works on all sites.

    • Open Book May 25, 2011 at 5:33 PM #

      This is a fun site. LOL!!

      • Parisienne May 25, 2011 at 9:57 PM #

        I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      • Littlebells May 26, 2011 at 1:40 AM #

        Hahahahaha!!! THat is awesome! How did you find this?

        For you ladies, here is Swedish Chef telling you how stunning you are:

        Yuoo ere-a ebsulootely stoonneeng!

  12. Parisienne May 25, 2011 at 9:57 PM #

    I have seen BridesMaids! It was hysterically good fun. I enjoyed the storyline and characters. I thought they were well thoughtout. My favorite scenes were: The airplane. The bridal shop after the Brazillian food. Kristen trying to get the officer’s attention when she needed help. I liked the bridal shower with the puppies as take home gifts. For those that have seen it, what were some of your favorite scenes?

    • Littlebells May 26, 2011 at 1:38 AM #

      Pretty much everything you said. I also liked when Kristen goes off at the Bridal Sower because I felt her dialogue was very real. I can see myself and others breaking down and just letting it go like that. 🙂 That last clip with megan and the airplane marshall was hilarious and sooooooooooooo gross!!!!! 🙂

    • in2flix May 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM #

      I have not seen this film yet. But reading so many favorable reviews makes me want to run out and see it now. After I see it, I will come back and let you know my favorite scene.

      • Littlebells May 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM #

        Great, In2flix! Can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂

  13. Littlebells June 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    Anyone getting excited about Super 8??????

  14. Littlebells June 9, 2011 at 11:58 PM #

    Yay!!! Zooey Deschanel is going to have her own series this fall!!!! (twirling, twirling)

    I am sooooooooooooooooooo haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

    • Littlebells June 9, 2011 at 11:58 PM #

  15. Littlebells June 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

    OB, I see that the SM film festival is August 5-7. How do I get in to see the films? I’m trying to find the info online but apparently techtard here can’t find it.

  16. Open Book June 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM #

    I do apologize I realized I keep spelling your name wrong. I’ve been operating on limited sleep and caffeine as of late. But I have made a mental note.

    RE: You’re Book List
    U stated: “Carson McCullers and recently read the books Unbroken, Left to Tell, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” I have not read them. I have read “Member of the Wedding,” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and “Clock Without Hands” by McCullers I absolutely love how three dimensional her characters are. What is it about her writing u like the most?

    I have added “Thirteen Cats LaVelle” to my Amazon list as well.Thank U!

    U are not alone in having an aversion to reading translated books. Many of my friends who speak French and Spanish dislike them as well. Me: I guess it depends on who’s translating. But I can see how frustrating it could be if u speak the language and then read a poor translation. I plan on learning French as soon as I have some free time.

  17. Francesa June 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

    Open Book-

    I agree with you about the 3 dimensional characters. I also love how she set most is not all of her works in the South. Being born and raised there she had a real sense of the sub culture of what the South was or still is. I also think that she was very tortured as an individual and that reflects in her writings. When i read her books it feels like i am at the library as a young girl being transported to a particular place in time. The detail with regards to surroundings and points of interest are second to none. IMO there are so few authors that have that type of detail. I feel like i am the main character in the book. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is probably one of my favorites. A collection of very emotional and heartfelt stories.

    If you get a chance to read 13 cats Lavelle go into with an open mind. It is not necessarily about the demise of family pets, but more about a young boys journey into becoming a man. He has a very unique style of writing. I will be very interested in what you think of it. Did you read any of the comments on

    • Open Book June 15, 2011 at 1:42 PM #

      Hi Francesa,

      Yes, I did read the comments on Amazon. All of them were glowing reviews. I also, read the introduction to the book. It looks really good. I can’t wait to get it. I love this particular line “Good or Bad, magical things tend to happen to families who have interesting dynamics or who are basically screwed up.” What I like from reading the intro. He begins a sentence being formal then gets REAL. It’s like someone striving for political correctness failing at it, then saying the hell with it. I love it! Anyway, I will read it probably in the next two weeks and let u know what I think. Thank U!

    • Open Book June 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM #


      Oh! One more thing! RE: Carson McCullers, ITA her writing is not a bunch of unnecessary details that don’t go anywhere. Instead, she is really in tune with the guttural awareness of the characters she’s creating. This is so important when trying to understand a characters motivation. I have not read “The Ballad of the Sad Café” I only recently discovered it. In all honesty I read McCullers books a while ago and discussing them with u has made me pick up “Clock without Hands” again.

      I have a few Q for u? How do u feel about HW adapting great novels? Are u completely against it? I know we’ve discussed how horrible the extinction of original screenplays are in HW. But if HW is switching to adapting books more and more what books are off limits to u and why? Also, not every screenwriter is great at adapting books IMO! However, there are few who are great at enhancing the story. For example I really loved The Social Network and Bel Ami screenplay adaptations. What are your thoughts?

  18. Parisienne June 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM #

    I have seen Super 8! I have nothing to say about this film except I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Littlebells June 14, 2011 at 11:51 PM #

      I toooooooooooold you!!!! Going back tomorrow night and then will turn in my review. When do you want to discuss it here?

      • Parisienne June 15, 2011 at 1:07 AM #


        I won’t be on to much tomorrow but we can discuss it on Thursday if you like. It was just awesome. I think Elle Fanning is an excellent actress.

        • Littlebells June 15, 2011 at 2:42 AM #

          That’s fine! What time on Thursday? I can make myself available for whenever. So glad you liked it. 🙂

  19. Littlebells June 15, 2011 at 2:42 AM #

    Just watched “Children of the Corn” for the first time. Creeptastic!!!!!

  20. Open Book June 15, 2011 at 9:35 PM #


    The explosions in Super 8 were a bit fantastic and unrealistic. It was funny the entire time watching it I kept thinking what would LB’s husband say? LOL!

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 1:22 AM #

      Oh my gosh! That is hilarious and yes, he had a great many things to say! hahaha!!!! I’m putting it in my review tomorrow. I must say he did enjoy it, but when it came to the train derailing over a tiny truck and the Doctor surviving it was just hilarious! And what else is funny, is I kept thinking about our CGI discussion from yesterday. 🙂

  21. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM #


    FYI, I am going to be making separate posts with questions. That way those of you who have seen it can reply directly to THAT question and not some long, ending post. I don’t have time to do all of them this morning, but I will try.

    For those of you who have NOT seen Super 8, their will be spoilers. 🙂

  22. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM #

    1) Describe the audience at the theater where you saw the film. Was the theater full or half full? *please do not give out your location*

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

      THe first time I saw it was on opening day at the first showing. I was by myself (yipee!) and the theater was almost full. Most boys, teenagers, and men. A few ladies here and there, but mostly guys.

      The second time was last night (Wednesday) at the 7:20 showing. I was with my husband and our friends. There were probably 15 people.

  23. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM #

    2) Did you go alone or with someone?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

      Dang’t I answered that in number 1!

  24. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM #

    3) What time of day did you see the film?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM #

      You would think I could read my own stinkin’ questions, wouldn’t you? Geez. I guess I’m just too excited! 🙂

  25. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:15 AM #

    4) How did the audience respond to the film?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM #

      I’m pretty sure they liked it! I saw people “jump” (like my husband and I literally mean his whole body came out of his seat! It was awesome!!! I was LOL’ing like crazy). I just noticed everyone was sucked into the film. No whispering to each other, just full on engaged with the story.

      I did hear people laugh at the funny parts and one liners, so that was good.

  26. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM #

    5) Do you think the film lived up to the trailer?

  27. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM #

    IMO, yes, because I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The first trailer I saw was about 20 seconds and all it showed was a train derailing and something pushing on one of the cars.

    The second trailer was a bit longer, but still did not give out much info. I don’t know how many people will actually end up seeing Super 8. I saw that the info given in the trailer was mysterious and enough to capture my interest. I hate when all the best parts are shown in a trailer and there is no surprise left in the movie or the movie ends up sucking anyway. Super 8s trailer gave away 20% of the film. As I sat watching the film, I was completely in awe of how the story was unfolding. I realize my opinion on trailers may not be favored, but sometimes I think too much of a film can kill it.

  28. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM #

    What did you think of the chemistry between the boys? Alice and Joe? Joe and his father?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM #

      I loved the boys! I loved their distinct personalities and how well they blended. They reminded me of the boys in Stand By Me and Goonies. LOL!! I thought their banter was great and very realistic. My husband was laughing a lot!

      I think Alice and Joe (Elle and Joel) were great. You could definitely feel the prepubescent love/like feelings between the two. It was very sweet and realistic for their age. I liked that their moments together weren’t rushed.

      I do wish their had been more of a relationship development between Joe and his dad. I get that their was distance, but at the end I felt their tension was too quickly resolved. Also, you never had them really talking about Joe’s mother’s death and how they were feeling. Maybe the clips are on the editing room floor, but I just wish there had been a bit more between the two.

  29. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 11:56 AM #

    7. Whose performance was the most memorable and why?

    Elle Fanning’s performance in Joe’s room was the most memorable for me. For being so young, she really handled that scene in such a mature, authentic way. She and Joe are watching old footage of him as a baby with his mom and as she is watching the film, she tells him what happened with his mother’s accidental death. Her tears were real. Even how she BREATHED through the tears was real. I really felt she was telling a TRUE story and she was so incredibly sad about the outcome. She truly did an excellent job! 🙂

  30. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM #

    *Why I am not commenting and posting consistently I blame on the hot weather melting my brain cells*

    8) 8. How did you walk away feeling after seeing this film?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM #

      I felt like I was back in Jr. High on a Saturday afternoon watching a really great film and wanting to re-enact everything! It’s not the GREATEST film, but I felt it was very nostalgic and took “me back to the good old days”. I was happy and entertained. I told everyone I talked to that they need to see it because it was something I felt everyone should see who is of the generation of Goonies, Outerlimits, E.T., Jaws, Gremlins, etc…I liked the “matinee” feel. 🙂

  31. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

    9) What compelled you to see this film?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

      The small trailer and mystery surrounding it. Plus Spielberg.

  32. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM #

    10) How did the music affect the emotions of the film?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

      I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure I heard a little Indiana Jones and E.T. in the soundtrack. Not the actual music, but variations of the themes. I thought the music was standard of the earlier films. Music got a little more dramatic just before cutting away from a close up, adventure music when action was playing out, and sweet instrumental during the more tender moments. Overall, I thought the music played well with getting the emotions across. I teared up again the second time around when it was the end of the film. The music and scene playing out just really touched me. But I think it had more to do with the fact that Joel was separating from his mother’s necklace that had a picture of him and his mom. It made me think of my son and when he let it go, the tears started coming. I’m such an emotional sap!!!! haha!!

      Ok, I have to run for now, but I do have a few more questions. I SHALL RETURN!!!!!

  33. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM #

    11) What did you think of the screenplay?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM #

      I think he did a relatively good job. I got lost watching LOST, but I think he tried to keep the mystery of LOST in this film. I think he captured the dialogue well between the kids. I think he had a good idea with the film, but there were several “holes” and unanswered questions.

      These were the parts that I questioned:
      1. How does a small white pickup truck cause a HUGE train to derail on such a grand scale? You can watch footage of a train slicing through a big rig and nothing happens.

      2. How on EARTH did the Doctor survive that crash? His truck would have exploded into a huge fireball killing him instantly.

      3. How did the military know the kids were down at the school? No one called it in. No one gave them clues. All of a sudden they just show up. Did. not. compute.

      My husband asked some great questions too (apparently I’m quite the influence now. LOL!):

      4. Where is all the dirt from the huge underground caves? Good question indeed my dear husband.

      5. How were all the engines, microwaves, and other appliances creating a magnetic field to turn the entire water tower into one massive magnet? Yeah, that may not be so much of a missing piece as it is we are not scientifically inclined in this household. 🙂

      6. Why didn’t we get to know the creature better? I agree. The creature is apparently a very kind alien who just wants to go home but the military have held him hostage. If you are kind to him, he is kind to you. I felt compassion for him, but we never really got to “know” the creature. When it appeared we might get to know him more personally, he was already on his way “home” and the movie was over. That sort of bugged me.

  34. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM #

    How did you feel about the use of CGI? Would this film have been good in 3D?

  35. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM #

    I thought the CGI was very well done and the creature was extremely realistic! Especially his/her eyes. Despite the over-the-top train derailment, the special effects were pretty amazing.

    I must say the best part of watching this film with my husband was the following:
    Scene: Joe is walking around the disaster site and sees a train car with explosives. He starts to run and it explodes throwing him to the ground.

    Husband (whispering, of course): Duuuuude, the mile radius on that thing…..*shakes his head*
    Me: hahahahahaha!!!! I know!!!!

    Yeah, I have to admit, some of the explosions at the beginning and towards the end were a bit puny on the massive scale they truly perform in real life. When all the military vehicles and weapons start disarming on their own the explosions are so small. Oh well. At least the people that are somehow surviving these explosions have major cuts and injuries and are covered in dirt. THAT is realistic.

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM #

      Forgot to mention that no, I don’t think this movie would have been better in 3D. The only parts that may have benefited would have been the train wreck and the creature, but really, it didn’t need 3D. It may have actually ruined the film.

  36. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM #

    13) Would you see this film again and why?

  37. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM #

    Well considering I have seen it twice, yes. 🙂 I love Speilberg’s older work and this movie took me back to a time that has wonderful memories for me. If anything, it has reignited my love of those films and I want to watch them all over again! I wouldn’t mind having this in my collection with E.T., Goonies, and any John Hughes film.

  38. Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM #

    And last question,

    14) Would you recommend this film to our audiences?

    • Littlebells June 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM #

      ABsolutely 100% because the acting was great and it captured a lot of innocence of youth. I miss that.

      Ok, thanks for letting me do this review. OB, I pretended it was you asking me the questions so I didn’t feel like a total looney! haha!

      p.s. There was a line in the film that really got me. Joe says something about his mother really seeing him and it made him feel like he existed. I thought that was poignant because I have had moments in life when I didn’t feel like my soul was really being seen and it was incredibly lonely. When I have had people really truly look at ME and who I am on the inside, it is very validating that you are an important person and that your existence is of great priority. It’s horrible being surrounded by wonderful friends and family and still feeling so alone.

  39. Parisienne June 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM #

    Ok. Here is my review.

    The theater was 1/4 full. We went to a 4:20 show. I went with my dad and my brother. The audience loved the film. The film surpassed the trailer, tbh, i wasn’t going to go see this film and then heard rave reviews about it from LB and a bunch of other people so i decided to check it out. honestly, I don’t think the trailer did the movie justice. I loved all the characters and their interactions with each other especially joel and elle (joe and alice) The interaction between the boys reminded of the move The Sandlot. Also I think the interaction between joe and his dad and alice and her dad all had to do with the death

  40. Parisienne June 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM #

    of joe’s mom but both storylines needed to be more complete, IMO. Loved Elle Fanning can’t say that enough.

  41. Parisienne June 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM #

    I will post more later the website is giving me issues.

  42. Francesa June 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM #

    Just an FYI, I just received notification from that they are taking pre-orders for Water for Elephants. Does not give a date of release.

    • Littlebells June 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM #

      Thanks Francesa! I will definitely put that movie in my movie library. 🙂

    • Open Book June 24, 2011 at 1:57 PM #


  43. Littlebells June 22, 2011 at 1:15 AM #

    Oh my gosh! Sitting down to watch Black Swan with the hubs and saw this trailer! Holy fudge nuts!

    I HAVE to see this!! Ozzie, have you seen this? (I know you’re still gone, but am putting this out there)

  44. Open Book June 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM #

    Hi check out this trailer of “A Dangerous Method.” It looks really good!

    • Open Book June 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM #

      Here’s a better link.

      • Littlebells June 26, 2011 at 11:45 PM #

        Wow! That looks amazing. Now I am even more excited for Cosmopolis!!!!!! Aaaahhhh!!!!

        • comic relief June 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM #

          also posted here…

          Francesa & Open Book,

          The two of you have an interesting discussion. I hope one of you does an article about this soon. In your opinions how might producers, directors or actors respond to a situation like this one?

          Are you claiming that product placement is so commonplace or pervasive (today) that movie developers have to find auxiliary means outside of a script to sell a movie? For instance if you are doing “Aquaman the Movie” which would entail a ship load of product placement (list below) what do these producers need to do to make the project fly.

          ABOVE EXECUTING THE SCRIPT, would this endeavor entail the producers working with other significant parties like: Green Peace, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, or National Audubon Society to make the project was relevant to contemporary audiences.

          ABOVE EXECUTING THE SCRIPT, would this endeavor entail the producers working with other significant parties like: the Coast Guard, Navy or Marines?

          I’m really curious as to where the two of you are going with this topic?

          Male swim wear
          Female swim wear
          Tug boat
          Recreational schooners
          Single Eye goggles
          Nose plugs
          Snorkel masks
          Harpoon guns
          Feet paddles
          Scuba Air tanks
          Water ski boat
          Under water lamps
          Scuba goggles
          Beach dune buggies
          Jet skis
          Water ski passenger line
          Tanning collar
          Beach towels
          Personal submarines
          Hand held transport jets
          Surf boards
          Boogie boards
          Lip balm
          Row boat
          Under water flashlights
          Underwater falirs
          Frog suits
          Bat sails
          Deck chairs
          Deck umbrellas
          Motor boat engines
          Military uniforms
          Rayban sunglasses
          Water skis

          • comic relief June 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM #

            If you had asked me before I would have said the only thing movie producers and makers were into was visualizing the script. I noticed that recent production stills from Breaking Dawn made the main stars look like they were sitting in a department store show room yet I did not know what to think about it at the time.

            Without knowing anything of an actual script, listing all this swimming equipment certainly put me in more of a product marketers mind set. Am I wrong or right?

  45. Littlebells July 3, 2011 at 12:27 AM #

    I posted this in movie buzz as well….
    Um, not exactly where to put this since we don’t have an article on Product Placement. Yet! But today while at the grocery store 7-Up and A&W are advertising their products with a chance to win a Harley and a picture of Captain America. Let me see if I can find a picture…..


    So far nothing too over the top and I actually think it’s sort of subtle.

    • January July 20, 2011 at 7:07 AM #

      I’m out of laegue here. Too much brain power on display!

      • Littlebells July 20, 2011 at 1:13 PM #

        Hi January! Are you going to see Captain America?

  46. Littlebells July 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM #

    This is depressing. I want to go see a movie and there is nothing of any value worth seeing. And this is my free time!!!! 😦

    • Open Book July 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM #


      Have u seen “Midnight in Paris” yet? I saw this film yesterday and it was funny with a great message at the end like Paris said. Also, a great documentary out in theaters is “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Here is some info on it below.

      • Littlebells July 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM #

        Oh believe me, if MIP was playing at my local yocal theater I would be there. It’s the same old crap that’s been playing for weeks. Sometimes I miss living in LA because they always get the good stuff as well……And yes I want to see COFD! We saw a trailer for it somewhere and it looks wonderful!

        Thanks OB!:)

  47. Francesa July 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

    I know this is way off topic, but is anyone watching the HBO original program Games of Thrones or should I say “Game of Owns”?

    • Open Book July 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM #

      No….. What is it about? Do share?

      • Littlebells July 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM #

        Yeah, no, what??? I’ve seen previews but haven’t watched it yet. What’s the 411?

  48. Francesa July 18, 2011 at 1:24 AM #

    Well the show is based off of books by George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels. I have not read any of the books. It is a show that I normally not be on my radar, but I ran across it one night and really find it fascinating. It is set during medieval times, and revolves around the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the families that actually run them, plus the people that want to run them.

    It just finished it’s first season run on HBO and has been signed to a second season. I know there has been 5 books written.

    I am not sure how to even give a review. It is set in medieval times and there is a lot of violence, blood, and sex. But i guess during that era that is what actually happened according to history. As for my comment “Game of Owns” well everything and everyone is owned by someone. Maybe check out the imdb page for a better explanation.

    It seems to have been well received and was nominated for emmys.

    • Littlebells July 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM #

      Awesome! It looked really good but I always forget about things on TV and dates/times, etc…..I will see if I can add it to my netflix.

      “It is set in medieval times and there is a lot of violence, blood, and sex. But i guess during that era that is what actually happened according to history.” hahahaha!!!! I’m pretty sure that goes on now as well! 🙂

      You’re right about people being owned as property. That would be absolutely horrible. I’m glad my husband doesn’t “own” me. Talk about having your own personal freedoms pretty much taken away.

    • Open Book July 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM #


      This show looks interesting. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the info!!

  49. Littlebells August 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM #

    CR: what do you think?????

    I’m thinking, I’m ok with it. 🙂

    • comic relief August 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM #


      Sorry for the delay in responding. Somehow, I overlooked your post.

      If I don’t think about it too hard, I love the suit. As much of it as we can see:

      • I love the too long sleeves
      • The tent long cape seems impressive. I wonder whether its falls below his feet.
      • The chest shield is raised a little high, but now I don’t mind the Routh era
      embossed quality anymore.
      • The otherworldly (in a good way) texture of the body suit is good
      • Can’t really see the boots, briefs, or the belt
      • Oh and by the way, other than the hair, Cahill looks phenomenal in the thing.

      As for not being able to recognize the boots, briefs, or the belt I believe this was the corporate plan.

      • comic relief August 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM #


        (NERD ALERT, get ready for what I will probably regret as an embarrassing amount of geekness!!!!)

        Discussing the as yet unplanned Green Lantern sequel, Warner head of entertainment Jeff Robinov, claimed that if a sequel did occur it should be much more “dark and edgy.”

        I roughly remember the same desire for these same sorts of gimmicks expressed probably eight months ago. Don’t forget Batman is Warner’s crown jewel, but because the bean counters don’t understand the history of the character they think the atmospheric “dark” quality was a recent attribution to the character. Unfortunately this was not the case, the character Batman was always supposed to be a reference to a nocturnal character; hence the name: “bat.”

        Because most first became aware of the character because of a campy TV show, that wasn’t faithful to the origin of the character, they assume the darkness was unnatural.

        Oddly Warner Bros. non-artistic business department assumed this is what works when producing a super hero in feature films. Strangely there’s a whole number of Marvel films like (X-men, Ironman, Thor, Captain America) that the business department hasn’t seen that were not characteristically dark and were still very successful anyway.

        What I fear is Cahill may have received the newly patented “dark” treatment that is also being proposed for the Green Lantern sequel; this is why you can’t see the details of the costume. Of course this is all presumption, why would anyone create a film making formula for characters that those gimmicks don’t naturally refer to.

        Feature film business departments couldn’t actually be this stupid when trying to craft a film?

        • Open Book August 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM #

          Oh! yes they can……LOL!!

          Great post CR!

  50. Lurker August 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM #

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m back so to speak from the dark hole of despair. Luckily I am still employed!
    Looks like I have a ton of reading to catch up on. Wow we are wordy folks! 😉

    • Littlebells August 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM #

      Lurker, I am so happy for you! I really hope you will join our book club. 🙂

      • Lurker August 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM #

        I”ll do my best, I have a ton of work and I’m back to reading technical manuals. So I haven’t read much in the fiction category for a while. But I’d love to see if I can do it. I’ll give it my best shot.

        • Littlebells August 24, 2011 at 10:46 PM #

          Absolutely no worries!! WE aren’t going anywhere and once we do a review, comments will be ongoing so you can pop in anytime. 🙂 Best of luck with the manuals!

  51. Lurker August 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM #

    Just an FYI, Water For Elephants has been shown on Delta’s Westbound flights this month.

  52. RPG September 24, 2011 at 12:46 AM #

    Thanks. I hope you continue releasing more useful articles.

  53. Littlebells October 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM #

    FYI, I see “The Playboy Club” has been cancelled. Hmmm…I wonder why?….*insert my own brand of sarcasm*

    • Open Book October 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM #


      This is great news.

  54. Open Book October 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM #


    • ozzie20 October 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM #

      Awww, that is so cute! Thank you OB! 🙂

  55. comic relief October 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM #

    Happy Birthday Ozzie.

    • ozzie20 October 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM #

      Thank you CR too! 🙂

  56. comic relief October 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM #

    Seems like “Akira” got green lit. Oh joy, sounded like with Garret Hedlund and Channing Tatum to star.

    • Littlebells October 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM #

      Seriously????? What the…??? I don’t get Hollywood…

      ps. OB, awesome birthday song! 🙂

  57. Comic Relief December 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM #

    Cheetah, Tarzan’s Chimp Co-Star, Passes Away at Age 80

    Cheetah debuted in 1932′s Tarzan the Ape Man opposite Olympic gold medalist Weissmuller as the lord of the jungle and actress Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane, reuniting with the duo two years later in Tarzan and His Mate.

    O’Sullivan’s daughter, actress Mia Farrow, wrote this morning on Twitter: “Cheetah the chimp in Tarzan movies died this week at 80. My mom, who played Jane, invariably referred to Cheetah as ‘that bastard.’”

    However, Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary’s outreach director, had kinder words for Cheetah.

    “He was very compassionate,” she told the Tribune. “He could tell if I was having a good day or a bad day. He was always trying to get me to laugh if he thought I was having a bad day. He was very in tune to human feelings.”

    • Littlebells December 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

      Thanks for the info, CR. Wow 80 years old. That is a pretty full life. 🙂

      • Open Book December 29, 2011 at 5:34 PM #

        How sad…..

  58. Littlebells December 29, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

    Pardon the coming rant, but I have to:

    So in looking at the films that are coming out next year, I came across “This Means War” with Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine. As everyone knows, I love Tom. Very impressive. However, when I watched the trailer, I face palmed and asked myself, “Why? Why? Whyyyyyy???” I’m very curious as to why Tom took this role. It’s supposed to be a rom/com/action movie, but it seems so beneath his talent. I just don’t get it… I go back and forth with Witherspoon. She makes some good movies and then she makes ones where I think she’s taken two steps back. Anyway…I’m glad Hardy has Batman and some other films coming out as well.

    Take a peek:

    ok, I just watched it again. Maybe it’s not THAT bad…Tom does sound great and looks like action is his thing….I’m just confusing myself now….*backs away from the computer*

    • Open Book December 29, 2011 at 5:33 PM #

      Hmm! I agree with your first instinct regarding this film and Tom Hardy LB.

  59. arosenblum January 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

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  61. Comic Relief January 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM #


    Please return (with or without your friends) and comment again.

  62. Comic Relief January 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM #


    Hope you are willing to re-enter the dialogue you started some time ago regarding attractiveness in Hollywood. Since this is a combative season in politics many of the questions regarding these values are being discussed in Washington instead. I’m referring to an article on’s online magazine by writer Libby Copeland. Here are a few excerpts that I thought you would find interesting.

    1. “Scholars sometimes reasoned that the attractiveness effect took place because voters without a lot of information about a candidate used good looks to infer other good qualities—a kind of “halo effect.” The beauty advantage makes intuitive sense because we see it in other, non-political arenas. Attractive people appear to benefit in all sorts of situations, like in the workplace and in legal situations.”

    2. “Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov and colleagues published an astonishing study suggesting that beauty didn’t tell the whole story. Rather, voters appeared primarily drawn to faces that suggested competence—so much so that the effect could actually be seen in election results.”

    3. “Following up on Todorov’s studies, political scientists Chappell Lawson and Gabriel Lenz found that the subjects most likely to rely on assessments of competence from a face alone are voters who don’t know much about politics but watch a lot of television.”

    Hope you found this intriguing. Here’s the article if you want to check it out yourself.

    • littlebells January 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

      Thanks CR! I will definitely check this out and get back to you. Amazing how humans use looks to make decisions…

  63. Comic Relief February 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM #

    Don Cornelius R.I.P.

  64. Comic Relief March 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM #

    Ralph McQuarrie R.I.P.

  65. Comic Relief March 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM #

    ..saw “Miss Representation’ this week. It was really intense and of course sad.

  66. Comic Relief December 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM #

    Tribute to the families of the Newtown, Conn, Elementary School Massacre

    • littlebells December 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM #

      My prayers are with the survivors, parents of those who lost a child, and first responders. They are experiencing things I hope none of us ever have to experience or see. May they find peace and comfort and the will to press forward.

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