Archive for June, 2011
Mojito - A True Cuban
1 1/2oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 tsp. Sugar
3-4 Mint Leaves
Combine lime juice, mint and sugar in a Collins or highball glass. Stir gently to bruise the mint. Fill glass 3/4 with ice. Add the rum. Top with soda. Stir well.
J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 film recalls those old great summer movies. Particullary those of the films producer, Steven Spielberg. Abrams’ long-awaited science fiction drama is in one word awesome.
The trailers give very little to draw from, Super 8 from the start lays a foundation of mystery to the story and for once it didn’t give too much away. And while the mystery is intriguing in its own right, it says something about the strength and conviction of the storytelling when the movie works in spite of it. The tension surrounding whatever escaped from that train car will lure people into theaters, but it’s the human elements that will stay with them after they leave.
A period sci-fi thriller set in 1979, around a small Ohio town. The film follows a group of middle school students making a zombie movie on their summer vacation. One night, while shooting at an empty train station, a pickup truck drives onto the tracks and collides with an oncoming train. The kids survive and discover the truck’s driver is one of their own school teachers. He points a gun at them and tells them to run away just before the military arrives. It happens that their film camera was running the entire time and caught footage of some very confidential cargo. When the locals start to disappear and even the inquisitive deputy can’t come up with answers, suspicions emerge. As the truth finally comes out, no one is prepared to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet community.
A solid piece of family entertainment, the plot of Super 8 is but an engine for a greater emotional story.
Ryan Dunn, famous for his time with the Jackass and CKY Crew died in a car crash in Pennsylvania early Monday morning. Dunn was only 34 years old.
Rumors of his death started to spread early Monday morning until Bam Margera’s mother, April, called into a local radio show to confirm the tragic accident. The photo to the left was taken just hours before the accident. Dunn was reportedly at Barnaby’s of America in West Chester, PA hanging out with friends and drinking. There are currently conflicting reports regarding whether he was too drunk or not.
According to the police report Dunn and an unidentified passenger were killed in the crash on Route 322 around 2:30am Eastern Time. Dunn was at the wheel and identified by his tattoos. The police Press Release states that the accident occurred in Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, a high speed performance car. Dunn’s Porsche reportedly ran through a metal guard rail, where it went off road and became uncontrollable, it went past 40 yards of trees before finally hitting one tree where it exploded into flames upon collision.
Update: Ryan Dunn’s unidentified passenger has been identified as Zachary Hartwell, a former production assistant for the JackAss movies and friend of Dunn. After reconstructing the accident, Police Officials estimate Dunn was driving over 130mph at the time of the accident. According to the coroner, both victims died a violent death. West Goshen Police also tell the Daily Local News that Dunn’s blood alcohol level was .196, almost two and a half times the legal limit of .08 but no other substances were found in his blood. Toxicology reports are estimated to be completed in 4-6 weeks.
There has been alot of anticipation for the upcoming super-sedan. But this past weekend BMW’s M performance division held a special event in Munich, Germany where it showcased a number of special models, such as, a concept version of the upcoming 2012 BMW M5.
In the Super-Sedan spirt BMW’s go-fast division also rolled out a very special concept version of the M3. Built using parts from the track-focused M3 GTS, the new concept is essentially a stripped out and more hardcore version of the M3 Sedan and hints at a return of the CSL badge.
Intersting enough is the fact that, CSL stands for Coupe, Sport, Lightweight and marks the purest “street legal” but most track-focused cars offered by BMW in the recent past. The last BMW M3 CSL was built in a limited run of just 1,400 cars between 2002 and 2004 it is an very exclusive offering, and only the most dedicated opt for the extra expense and somewhat harsher and noisier ride characteristics of the car.
Now the CSL badge looks set to finally return on the M3 but it’s unclear exactly what it will be like. We should see more power from the familiar high-rev 4.0-liter V-8 but not quite as high as the 450 horsepower from the 4.4-liter V-8 found in the M3 GTS. Some parts on this concept that are borrowed from the M3 GTS, however, include the custom 19-inch alloy wheels, uprated brakes and a blacked-out grille. Other modifications include a tuned exhaust system, lightweight construction and a subtle bootlid lip spoiler.
No word on production but most BMW concepts based on the automaker’s production cars tend to receive the green light.
Interestingly, there have been reports that BMW M is set to unveil a new lightweight concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show this December, suggesting that we may see the return of the M3 CSL at the Japanese event
X-Men: First Class, the prequel to the X-Men movies, fills in the back story of charcters you have grown to love or lays the foundation to a start loving them. So weather your a mutant guru or you know little about the franchise, X-men First Class stands on its own. Powerful performances, good story, classy direction, and a top notch cast infuses a fresh breath of life to the old X-Men franchise! It has all the right ingredients for a super hit movie.
You might not have guessed Professor X would have been a lively, charming guy who flirted a lot, or that Mystique was actually like a sister to Professor X before joining hands with Magneto. Magneto and Professor X were as close as brothers when they were still known as Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier. The movie not only showcases the origins of the X-Men, but also the intricate and interwoven relationships shared by the central characters.
The movie begins with how Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr get to know of their powers, the way they grow up, understand their abilities, and learn to control them. Then the movie goes on to show how they join forces with the government to avert a nuclear holocaust during the cold war period, there is not a single dull moment. It is Interesting to see how they have woven the real world with the “X-Men Universe” and give good reason to set the movie in the 1960. Strong dialogues and repartees between the characters feel as if taken from real history, some gems like “Peace was never an option”, and “Mutant and Proud!” would be good examples of this.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender do complete justice to their roles as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr respectively. Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, the nefarious scientist who heads the hellfire club which seeks to end the human race, is menacing. Director Matthew Vaughn has ensured that the viewer gets to feel the anger in Erik’s eyes, and the compassion in Xavier’s voice, on a personal level. The racy narration and non-stop action keeps the viewers riveted to their seats. X-Men: First Class answers all questions that a person would have had after watching the earlier X-Men movies, and it ensures that it is a perfect prequel in the sense that it leaves no loose threads and establishes a solid platform for the unraveling of the X-Men universe.
The Miami Herald would like to congratulate the Miami Heat for winning the NBA Championship and they would like you to know you can buy their adidas championship gear at Macy’s. It’s a shame they actually lost the series 4-2 to the Dallas Mavericks. On the day after the Heat were put out of the finals, the Miami Herald ran this in their newspaper. I guess even the newspapers are bandwagoners?
Dirty / Filthy Martini
Chill Martini Glass with ice and water.
Put some ice in a shaker or mixing glass.
Add 2 1/2 oz of Gin or Vodka(my pref)
Add 2 Tbsp of Olive Juice(from the jar or tray)
Shake or stir mixture.
Empty the ice water from your martini glass.
Add 2-3 drops of Dry Vermouth to glass and swirl to coat, then dump the excess.
Strain your Martini into glass and garnish with 3 Olives.
Ever wonder what Katy Perry requires in her dressing room during concerts? Check out a few pages from her 2011 Tour Rider. These are requests and requirements that many artists give concert venues tour managers prior to their appearance. In total, Katy’s tour rider is 45 pages long, but we’ll just post a few here. Her requirements don’t seem to be as outlandish as other celebrity performers that require X amount of blue m&m’s in their dressing room. But she was recently criticized for minor rumors and things such as banning carnations and banning drivers looking at her or starting a conversation.
In response Katy adjusted her Tour Rider to make her less “Diva-ish.” Katy told USA Today, “The whole driver thing, I have no idea where that came from. My response was, ‘Just change it. Make it not so silly!’”
“My sister handles flowers and VIP stuff. Maybe she has a beef with carnations, but I don’t think so. Anyone who knows me knows I’m easygoing. I’m just an entertainer. I’m not asking for the sun to shine at night.”
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Source: The Smoking Gun & USA Today
3D is nothing new. 3D films were prominently featured in the 1950s in American cinema, and later experienced a worldwide resurgence in the 1980s and ’90s. The Technology was not the same as we have today. Most of us remember black and white movies with red and blue glasses, those that don’t remember make me feel old. 3D technology has grown in leaps and bounds since then. Not just in theathers but at home as well, LG is on point with there “Cinema 3D” TVs. It uses the same inexpensive polorized glasses used in the movie theathers, not those very expensive inefficent battery powered shutter glasses other TV makers use.
Check out The LG Infinia 65LW6500
•The Infinia LW6500 series has a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1. (This is the highest contrast ratio available today, and it’s absolutely a new world of picture quality – the colors are richer and the blacks are darker then ever.)
•Another improvement on the LW6500 is the 240Hz TruMotion instead of 120Hz. (That means your TV now can handle the fastest scenes without any problem. no more blurring pictures !)
•The LG 65LW6500 got all the latest technologies that were introduced on the CES 2011 event, including the Cinema 3D technology and the LED-plus technology.
Chris Hemsworth gives a breakout performance as fallen Norse god Thor in Marvel’s summer blockbuster, which co-stars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.
The Marvel universe moves into the cosmic realm with the 3D Thor, the mighty god of thunder. It’s a noisy, universe-rattling spectacle full of sound and fury with a suitably epic design, solid digital effects and a healthy respect for the comic-book lore that turned a mythological Norse god into a founding member of the superhero team known as The Avengers. A Shakespearean play of feuding fathers and sons. The movie’s dramatic arc falters amid the constant shifts between earthly and celestial realms.
The ultimate accessibility of Thor’s fantastical world is due in no small measure to the good-humored direction of Kenneth Branagh, a man knows his way around an epic tale, and a star-making performance from Chris Hemsworth. The ladies will love 6-foot-3 Hemsworth, he brings a lusty Viking charm to his rumbling Olde English line readings, a towering physicality and biceps that look forged in a furnace. The man is ripped, can’t say I wasn’t a little jealous.
Thor crashes into being in a desolate stretch of New Mexico desert, his face planted inelegantly against the windscreen of an RV driven by Natalie Portman’s storm-chasing scientist Jane Foster.
As Jane, her mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and sidekick Darcy (Kat Dennings) puzzle over his provenance, we whip back in time and space to the floating kingdom of Asgard, where Thor’s father Odin (Hopkins), the ruler of all nine realms, fills in decades of back story in voiceover.
Back in the desert, we get some solidly amusing fish-out-of-water antics as the mighty Thor struggles to adapt to his mortality and a world of Facebook and iPods, but scriptwriters Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne working from an effective origin story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich, have their eye on a bigger prize.
The action pinballs between Asgard, the desolate ice planet of Jotunheim, and Earth, where a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the Iron Man films (Clark Gregg) is making it difficult for Thor to retrieve his magic hammer and save the humans and the kingdom of Asgard from the forces that would destroy them.