ILLUMINATION BY ANNA POORE-CORDOVA
Deep… within the passages of my soul I wander
Fear seeps in as I search to make sense of all the
Help…I need the Light to scintillate away the fear
The Light will reveal the truths of each memory,
whether it brought tears or laughter
Release… all that weighs the soul
Create the gallows of my soul into a library of my
Transformed from a soul with no hope… to a soul with
a silver lining
copyrighted by Anna M. Poore (aka Anna M. Cordova)
Today, December 21st, marks the U.S. premiere of the animated film, “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. Film was released by Columbia and Paramount. Check out the awesome trailer below:
Created in 1929 by Belgian artist Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin was a comic starring a clever boy named Tintin who travels around the world with his dog Snowy as they pursue villains, criminals and treasure. Tintin’s stories reflect on real-world events to inspire and excite readers, and now movie audiences, alike.
Cost Plus World Market is holding a Tintin-inspired sweepstakes with a hefty grand prize. One winner will receive an eight-day trip for two to Europe, a $1,000 World Market gift card and merchandise from the Tintin film. One first prize winner will receive a $500 World Market Gift Card and one second prize winner will receive a $250 World Market Gift Card. The sweepstakes ends on Christmas Eve, so make sure you enter now.
Head over to the Facebook page of “The Adventures of Tintin” to see previews and stills from the film. If you’re interested in the comic, check out its own Facebook page as well. You can also follow both the film and the comic on Twitter.
We’ve listed below some of the nostalgic merchandise available at the Cost Plus World Market Tintin Shop.
TheRealReal.com is a destination for women who love designer brands, but don’t want to fight the crowds or their budgets. The RealReal.com‘s team of stylists works hard to provide insider access to the world’s finest previously-owned jewelry, accessories and clothing at up to 90% the retail price.
Members have 72 hours to take advantage of great deals, occurring five times per week. The RealReal.com also offers opportunities to members who want to get rid of items in their closets Consignors can call TheRealReal or visit the website to schedule a pick-up of unwanted clothing and accessories.
Did you know that most women only use 3% of the items in their closet? So, what can you do with all of the additional clothes and accessories? You could keep hoarding your unwanted clothing/accessories for a few more years for the ‘just in case’ syndrome, or you can visit stylerecovery.com. Then after making more room in your closet go to The RealReal.com become a member and add a bit more flair into your wardrobe.
Stylerecovery.com is the first website and community of its kind where the true focus is on reselling high fashion products and making sure they go to good homes. Members can run their own personal online boutique for their items, assuring that the purchase of their items is at a fair price. Members also can find designer products up to 80% off of the original retail price. A win, win scenario.
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Make sure you’re following TheRealReal.com on Facebook and Twitter, Stylerecovery.com on Facebook and Twitter and OneStopPlus.com on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great deals and receive the inside scoop on new discounts. Check out the pictures below and see what kind of pieces you can pick up from these sites.
Author Bill Douglas has been called a visionary by many because his electrifying novels have a way of coming true. Bill is aware of his gift, and in his soon-to-be-released autobiography, “A Call to Duty – Miracles DO Happen!”, he opens up and shares the details of this ability which is common in his family. The Douglas family are descendants of a clan from the highest of the Scottish Highlands. This clan is known throughout the country for having “the second sight”, or involuntarily predicting events of the future.
His first novel, “2012: The Awakening” was a work in progress for five years. Check out this summary of the book and see why it has since been rated Best Fiction of the Year by Spiritual Enlightenment Magazine.
“When a global human awakening shakes the very foundations of powers that have ruled the worlds for eons, unlikely heroes struggle to find a new way to survive. The lives of a bookish heroine, a burned-out Naval Intelligence Officer, and a deadly covert operations’ professional become entwined in a riveting thriller that unravels threads of the ancient beginnings of human consciousness. Their struggle parallels that of everyone on the planet today. Douglas expertly weaves current global issues in an ageless story that blends history, science, socio-politics and spirituality; thrusting the reader into pulse-pounding excitement on a roller-coaster ride of twists, turns and intrigue that leaves readers breathless, riveted and reeling!”
Only a year after the release of “2012”, Douglas released his second novel entitled “A Conspiracy of Spirits – Wall Street vs. The 99%“, another novel that was also a work in progress for many years before the current events of today’s world. Below is a summary of this thriller.
“This fascinating story is about two people living in different parts of the country who are besieged by visions of the Arctic; one a corporate ladder-climber in southern California who wakes up in the middle of the night to find himself naked in his backyard, compelled to write down the feelings that are tearing his heart and mind apart. The other is fifteen hundred miles away – the nine year-old daughter of illegal Mexican immigrants who is plagued by cataclysmic visions of polar bears.
Simultaneously, an elderly Chinese woman living in Kansas is shocked by violent visions of a young girl and a man connected in the vast web of life and this web has been disturbed by a crime of such proportion that its perpetrators have the blood of nations on their hands. She is powerless to do anything but watch as the chaos from the crime tears at life’s fabric, leaving the two strangers’ lives shattered in its wake. Their survival is entwined with the fate of us all. The question is – will they make it? Will we? The breakneck pacing of this latest thriller proves to be yet another white-knuckle ride, taking readers deep into our political system and environmental and economic justice issues, with characters who struggle to do what is right rather than what is habit.
So begins . . . a conspiracy of spirits.”
You can learn more about Bill Douglas by subscribing to his Facebook.
Bill Douglas is also known as the founder of World Healing Day and if you go to this Facebook page of his and do a LIKE, if you like what you see and read.
Here is an intro video to Douglas’ “World Healing Day Documentary.” Within this video clip Douglas mentions 2012 so spend the eight minutes to view the sublimities within this intro clip.
If you have read any of these books, please share your comments with us.
Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list this year? We know Santa only delivers to the Nice but this Christmas both the Nice and Naughty will have a chance to get some goodies, but not from Santa.
Hydroxatone and Miracle Skin Transformer have teamed up to host a fun holiday giveaway on Twitter. The Naughty or Nice Giveaway will be running now through December 31st with a chance to win either a Naughty gift set or a Nice gift set worth up to $211.
The Naughty Girl Gift Set features all of those products a girl needs to keep up with her bad girl lifestyle: Hydroxatone Instant Lift Pads (nobody needs to know you were out all night anyway), Miracle Skin Transformer Treat and Conceal (to cover up those dirty little secrets), Hydroaxtone Revitalizing Microdermabrasion (to scrub away those impurities) and Lashatone (so you can bat those lashes and pretend you’re a good girl.)
But if you’re on the more angelic side, check out the Nice set.
The Nice Girl Gift Set features another line-up of great products: Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti Wrinkle Complex (to keep that sweet face smooth), Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 in Translucent (because really, we know you’re nothing less than angelic), Miracle Skin Transformer SPF Body in Glow (go on, let your radiance shine through) and Luminique Facial Brightener (to show the world how bright-eyed and innocent you really are.)
Four winners will be selected via Twitter to receive a gift set from Miracle Skin and Hydroxatone (with each company giving away one nice and one naughty set.) The winners will be notified after 11:59PM on December 31st.
Check out the flyer below to view these products, and click “enter now” to learn how you can win these great prizes.
But wait, there’s more. Right now if you go become a fan of Hydroxatone on Facebook, you can get the inside scoop on a bunch of other great deals, including 25% off of your first order (valid through December 31st.) If you become a fan of Miracle Skin Transformer on Facebook, you’ll also gain access to a code that discounts 20% off of any order.
So what are you waiting for? Go enter the Naughtyv or Nice Giveaway and tell the world what kind of a girl you are.
Christmas is the time to be giving, but one man wants to make sure it’s possible to give all year long. Matt McKee is the founder and owner of ROAR, a digital development group that creates mobile apps for non-profit organizations. These apps can be designed for the iPad, the iPhone and Android devices.
During the month of December, ROAR is giving away free apps for one thousand churches and non-profit organizations. Each app will be developed individually, offering features such as the ability to download sermons from their favorite church, donate money, make prayer requests and more. ROAR develops programs that allow access to audio and/or video podcasts of services, workshops or classes. Live video feeds are also available, as well as photo sharing.
McKee believes that some church administrators may feel intimidated by the prospect of working with a mobile app to help keep members connected. “You don’t need any development experience to run the app. ROAR takes care of all the heavy lifting for you,” McKee says. “All you have to do is input the content into our content management system and sit back. We take care of the rest.”
Churches or other organizations can use ROAR to provide relationship-building tools like event calendars, links, location listings and mailing lists for their parishioners. With ROAR, church members are more easily able to connect with one another and feel like part of a close community. For those who would like to purchase a ROAR app, the design of the application can cost up to $2000.
McKee has served as a pastor for students and children, and he is passionate about serving through the church. “I love making a difference,” McKee says. “I am an entrepreneur and I believe creativity is a gift God means us to share with others.”
Rebecca Bloom, author of “Girl Anatomy” and “Tangled up in Daydreams” has done it again with the release of her third book, “Eat, Drink and Be Married”, the embodiment of ‘chick lit’ at its absolute finest and funniest.
Bloom brings together three former college roommates on an adventure to Lake Tahoe to join a fourth former roommate for her wedding. Bloom reminds us just how important our friendships are with moments that make you cry and laugh.
Kate, Nina and Zoë are on their way to Hannah’s wedding when they find themselves in the company of people determined to wreak havoc on their lives, dragging skeletons out of the closet. Each woman has to free themselves from the ghosts of their past then must come to terms with their emotional baggage before they walk down the aisle. It only takes laughter, tears, drinks and seventy-two hours of bonding with the ones they love the most for these women to attain their goal.
“Eat, Drink and Be Married” has received many positive reviews from its readers. One reader cites, “the book is a fun read for anyone who has attended a wedding! Rebecca Bloom captures the spirit of a destination wedding in this book. It is full of funny dialog and conversations you have definitely had with your girlfriends.”
Bloom’s novels have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, In Style, Los Angeles Times and others. She has served as the executive editor and then editor-at-large for Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. Bloom also is on the board of LAXART, a contemporary art based nonprofit organization that supports a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces.
Flor Siqueiros and I went to the CAP Theater for the Los Angeles premiere of the “Mad Max Renegade” short written, directed and edited by Paul C. Miller who is a friend of ours as well as a FILMLOOK client. In fact, Paul has been a FILMLOOK client for many years and had us do the color correction on this short and we love his work.
The lead actor on “Mad Max Renegade” brought the idea to Paul since the lead actor wanted to be the actor on the next “Road Warrior.” “Mad Max Renegade” is a wonderful blend of keeping with the original characters and story and also elaborating on future adventures.
Another key factor to Paul creating “Mad Max Renegade” is one special car. Paul bought a 1973 Australian Ford Falcon, from Australia, and spent 3 years building it up into a replica of the Mad Max Interceptor. It features an on/off blower, just like in the original film, an authentic Australian Police Siren, side pipes, custom front, roof and trunk spoilers and fender flairs.
Paul wrote “Mad Max Renegade” in hopes of showcasing the car and also as an homage to George Miller, the director of “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior.” Miller’s films inspired Paul to become a director himself. The script sat on the shelf for a year until actor Liam Fountain contacted Paul with the desire to play Mad Max in a short film. The film was shot in the Mojave Desert over a span of a year and a half. Countless hours of time were dedicated by the crew in the creation of this fan film.
In addition to a screening of Paul’s film, there were a few other surprises at the CAP for us. Vernon George Wells, who played Wez in “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”, and his manager were in the audience.
Wells originally started his career in entertainment in Australia (his home country) as a singer in a rock band before moving on to theatre and small parts in television shows. Originally discovered by director George Miller’s girlfriend, Miller pulled Wells in for an interview after hearing the critically acclaimed reviews from Wells’ theater acting. Shortly after, he cast him in “The Road Warrior.”
Wells is a character actor, and producers and directors love his laugh. Let me just say…his evil laugh was chilling. Wells admitted to us though that when he was first starting out in the beginning of his career, he couldn’t figure out how to play himself. Director George Miller placed all of the actors in a room and had them all write up their bios which covered their life from youth up to their casting in “The Road Warrior.” Wells believes that this, along with many other qualities, makes Miller an amazing director. Wells states that his personal favorite characters he’s ever played are his roles of Plughead in “Circuitry Man”, a film directed by Steven Lovy about an Earth that’s become a wasteland, a bodyguard smuggling a caseful of narcotic brain chips, and a psychotic chip dealer called Plughead who wants all the chips for himself. His other favorite role was that of Beckett in “King of the Ants”, a thriller film directed by Stuart Gordon about a handyman and an electrician who meet up with a corrupt constructor to take on the job of stalking and killing one of the most esteemed men in the city.
The last segment in this two-hour program Jared, the event coordinator, premiered a riveting traiiler of Wasteland Weekend. So what is wasteland weekend? Wasteland Weekend is an event that launched in 2010 and is a time where mad max fans replicate the mad max lifestyle since the first Mad Max film was released in 1979. Fan events have been popping up in all sorts of countries except for America, but one man decided to change that all in 2004. Over the last seven years, event director Karol Bartoszynski has organized events such as Roadwar USA and other Roadwar events across the country. Then, in 2010, after the success of an event called Road Warrior Weekend in 2009, Bartosynski and a man named Jim Howard assembled a team of Mad Max fans to create Wasteland Weekend.
Wasteland Weekend 2011 attracted nearly 700 to the event site. The high-energy, heart-throbbing sinister musical event features entertainment, costumes, events, and live music all provided by fans of the Mad Max series. We got to see a short documentary covering Wasteland Weekend 2011, but it’s not posted to the website just yet. You can take a look at the website here, and you can watch media coverage of last year’s event below.
The hope of the “Mad Max Renegade” team is that the film will be accepted into the 2012 ComicCon Fan Film Festival. To learn more about “Mad Max Renegade”, check out the website here. If you want to become a “Mad Max Renegade” fan go to Facebook and do a LIKE.
Rachel Bilson is well known for playing characters that have a keen sense of fashion, from her breakthrough role as Summer Roberts on the Fox hit, “The O.C.” to her most recent character, Dr. Zoe Hart, on the CW series “Hart of Dixie.” But even outside of her acting career, Rachel’s known for pulling together stunning outfits that land her on countless best-dressed lists.
Ever the trend-setter, Rachel’s newest obsession is 1979 Couture, a line of clothing designed by Erica Wallengren, Kari Feinstein and Veronique Vicari. All children of the ’70s themselves, these three women created a line that can be mixed and matched to create a myriad of different looks. Whether the look you’re going for is casual or sexy, beachy or sultry, 1979 can help you pull it off. This line features a collection inspired by things the designers love themselves, guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball.
“I love the fun prints and effortless style 1979 represents,” Rachel said. “Easy pieces that can be worn as separates or together for fun statement outfit.”