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Chang and Eng:The Siamese Twins

6 Apr

A continuation of articles in our series highlighting Water for Elephants.

By:  Parisienne

The Benzini Brothers in Water for Elephants had the lovely Lucinda but in 1860 P. T. Barnum had Chang and Eng Bunker.  Chang and Eng (their names are Siamese for left and right) were born on May 11, 1811.  They were born in Thailand, which was then called Siam and are considered to be the most famous conjoined twins to date.  It is because of them that conjoined twins are called “Siamese Twins”.  A four-inch ligament at the chest that stretched conjoined them.[1] Continue reading

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Circus Music and the Greatest Show on Earth

30 Mar

Another article in our series highlighting Water for Elephants

By 4string

Music can add so much to an experience. Many of us have heard a song on the radio that may remind us of the past. Maybe a specific experience that leads into vivid memories of important moments of our lives. It can bring back emotions, how food tasted, what you wore, and remind you of the people who were in your life at the time. Ok, so where is this going? Music can make you feel what the instrumentalist or songwriter wants you to feel. It sets the mood and since we’re counting down to the premiere of Water for Elephants, let’s focus on the exciting music of the circus. Just thinking about it can make spirits lift. It’s all about thrill, joy and action! Continue reading

The Price of Entertainment: Part-1

23 Mar

By: Parisienne

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Is it the happiest show on Earth?  Maybe it is for consumers who pay to be entertained.  However, it is not a happy place for the elephants.  An investigation completed in 2009, found that the eleven elephants were abused with bull hooks, according to PETA.  The information obtained in this investigation has a video along with an article.  Please watch video.

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MTV Live Interview: Water for Elephants

18 Mar

Robert Pattinson will be promoting Water for Elephants today with a live interview on MTV.  He answered questions that fans tweeted to MTV. We would like to hear your thoughts about his interview. What did you like or dislike about the interview? What questions did you want to hear that were not asked?

Follow the link to the exclusive new clip and the video interview.
http://www.mtv.com/videos/?id=1660116

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Water for Elephants:The Ultimate Escape!

16 Mar

Second in our series on Water for Elephants

By: Open Book

Have you seen many films about the circus in the last decade? Do you know how and why circus films came about in America? The film Water for Elephants, which is based on author Sara Gruen’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, opens in theaters April 22nd. So as a tribute to Water for Elephants and old Hollywood, we’d like to revisit the genesis of the nostalgic film genre of the 1930’s and 40’s. As some of you know, Water for Elephants is a depression-era love story and the circus provides the framework.  However, what you may not know, a lot of films produced during the period were about the circus!  So we will examine why circus films were popular and why Water for Elephants is a celebration to the “Golden Age” of cinema. Continue reading