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Jun 162015
 

Bravest Knight 1Hulu opens the closet door and there is no scary monster inside only a sweet story about a brave Knight and the Prince he falls in love with.

This short little animated story is heartwarming and entertaining, yet it is not for everyone. I know it will see some backlash just for being made. I applaud Hulu and writer Daniel Errico for seeing a need for these types gave stories and being a brave knight for making them.

via The Mary Sue and more at The Advocate

Apr 152015
 

Lords of the SithThe book Lords of the Sith is the BEST Star Wars book I have ever read. (Okay it is the first Star Wars book I have ever read, but it makes me wonder why haven’t I read more before.)

I can thank the folks over at TheMarySue.com for pointing it and a bunch of other cool stuff out to me. So, hey, Thanks!

Normally, I hate books that bounce between characters every other chapter, but in this one I didn’t mind it so much. Except for that one time when I had to actually back up and re-read some things because I got lost.

This has a compelling story, that I believe it is set between the Clone Wars and the new Rebels series (which I recently watched and got so hooked on — I didn’t want to get wrapped up in it). Even though from the beginning we know the rebels (or in this case the Ryloth freedom fighters as there is no rebellion as of yet) are going to fail. Their goal in the book is to hunt down and kill Darth Vader and the Emperor (yeah, we all know who actually does do that and it isn’t a bunch of Twi’leks. But boy was I really starting to root for them and hope they could actually pull it off.

Like I said you wind up having to keep several stories straight, Vader & the Emperor, Cham and his Twi’lek rebels, Moff Mors (the Imperial in charge of Ryloth and the first LGBQT character in the Star Wars cannon) and Belkor (The Imperial traitor). So you can see why I got lost for a bit.

Dec 192012
 

BULLY DVD[amazon_link id=”B00A4TMLKE” target=”_blank” ]BULLY[/amazon_link] is a must see film for everyone!

“The Most Important Film of the Year.” ~ Marlo Thomas, Huffington Post

“This movie really does have the power to save lives.” ~ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TAKE A STAND WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENTARY THAT FUELED A NATIONAL MOVEMENT BULLY ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD

Directed by Sundance and Emmy® Award-Winning Filmmaker Lee Hirsch, BULLY Heads To Retail On February 12, 2013!

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of BULLY, the critically-acclaimed documentary film that sparked a national movement that rallied people to stand up to bullying, hate, and intolerance. Directed by Lee Hirsch, BULLY follows the lives of five students whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis, and the families that fight for them. A call to action, the film not only captured the attention of the country, but fostered a national dialogue about bullying, uniting parents, teachers, and students in the fight against the violence that has gone unchecked for too long in our schools. Timely and significant, BULLY heads to retail on February 12, 2013.

TIME Magazine film critic, Richard Corliss, called [amazon_link id=”B0059XTUJU” target=”_blank” ]BULLY[/amazon_link] “A movie your kids must see.” Wrote film critic, Claudia Puig, in her review for USA Today, “Bully should be required viewing for everyone, including parents, teachers, and school officials.” Added Rolling Stone film critic, Peter Travers,”Lee Hirsch’s film is a potent and provocative look at a problem that’s out of control.” Said People Magazine’s, Alynda Wheat, BULLY is “Powerful.”

Here are the facts: Thirteen million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year, making bullying the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Three million students will be absent each month because they feel unsafe at school. Thirty percent of children who reported being bullied said they sometimes brought weapons to school. School personnel are reported to notice or intervene in only one out of every twenty-five incidents. Fifty percent of the time, when an upstander intervenes in bullying, the bullying stops within ten seconds. Bullying is a serious problem, and the solutions belong to us all.

The Bully Project, the social outreach campaign inspired by the film, has screened BULLY for more then 250,0000 educators and students nationwide, in a supported educational context, including curriculum and professional development tools to enrich the experience. From screenings at the White House to citywide summits in Cleveland, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, the filmmakers have built a tremendous network of partners and experts. BULLY director Lee Hirsch, in an article for Origin. Magazine, wrote, “Sometimes it is the emotional experience of film and television that bring a cause to our hearts and stir us to action – they inform and inspire.” After seeing this film, leaders from the worlds of Hollywood, fashion, politics, business and sports – including President Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Depp, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, Tommy Hilfiger, Justin Bieber, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper – publicly lent their support to amplify the message of BULLY.

From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, BULLY is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

The [amazon_link id=”B0059XTUJU” target=”_blank” ]BULLY Blu-ray™ Combo Pack[/amazon_link] and DVD special features include a Filmmaker Q&A, Featurettes, Celebrity PSAs, and Deleted Scenes. Note: Special features are subject to change.

Official Website: www.thebullyproject.com

Dec 132012
 

A Tale of Two MommiesA Tale of Two Mommies is written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Blanc. Published by Vanita Books.

This little book teaches kids it’s okay to have two mommies that love you. You get the same support and love from your parents no matter who they are.

All net profits for this book will be donated to charitable organisations.

Book Description: A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.

True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”
A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.

This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

Dec 082012
 

another 365 daysAnother 365 Days is a year in the life of Clemmie Atkins that takes you on a rollercoaster ride that is teenage love and angst (sometimes the same thing).

I have been devouring YA LGBTQ (boy that’s a lot of letters) books for the past year and this is one that rises to the top like cream. Yummy cream.

I wasn’t sure about the journal or diary style of writing but it worked well and I found myself rather enjoying it. In fact when I had finished reading it I wanted more! So left with wanting more and not having read the first book, 365 Days, I hoped on over to Amazon and bought it. Like I said I hadn’t read the first book but that did not seem to matter. I was quickly caught up on what events might have transpired in the past within the first chapter or two. Not knowing did not hurt this story at all (but I will be catching up and I don’t fear that reading the books out of order will be any problem).

I do believe KE Payne has made herself a new fan and I look forward to reading her other books as well. Once I consume the rest of her library I am going to want more so get to writing, please.

So I am over at GoodReads posting my review and decided to read other reviews (I don’t usually like to read others reviews because my thoughts often differ from theirs). So I am seein gall these reviews stating that the book was full of grammatical errors. It was? I hadn’t noticed (could be because my grammar is not the best but I honestly did not notice). It is written in a style of a diary being kept by a teen (and what teen worries about grammar when their life is full of drama). Maybe what they had a problem with was the language barrier. Yes, it was written in English, but in British English not American English and it takes some getting used to at times. I found myself actually reading it with a bit of an English accent in my head (guess I watch too much Brit TV).

Synopsis of the book:

Life’s sweet when you’re seventeen and in love, right? Clemmie Atkins certainly thinks so! She’s still madly in love with her girlfriend, the hot and super-confident EMO, Hannah Harrison, and her irritating sister, HRBH, will soon be leaving home to go to university.

But just when it seems that life is finally pretty darn cool, a new distraction at school threatens to upset everything, and the return of the enigmatic and sexy J with a startling confession confuses things further…

Clemmie has another 365 days to try to get her life back on track…but will it be enough?

 

Available from Bold Stroke Books, [amazon_link id=”1602827753″ target=”_blank” ]Amazon.com[/amazon_link] and other booksellers.

Author’s website: http://www.kepayne.co.uk/

KE Payne on Live Journal (blog): http://ke-payne.livejournal.com/

May 152011
 
Poor Rick Santorum

If you haven’t heard it before you will most likely hear about it shortly. Sen. Rick Santorum has a problem with Google (well not just Google but all the search engines really, but apparently he uses and blames Google the most). When you search for his name a nasty website tops the charts. This was […]

Apr 122009
 

I found out today that Amazon.com has started de-ranking what they deem to be adult content. Funny thing about that though is that the only thing that Amazon seem to be flagging as adult content is gay and lesbian themed books. They are stripping these books of their sales rankings within Amazon so as to […]