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On Saturday, October 19, ABC Family will kick off their annual 13 Nights Of Halloween program, with this year's lead feature to be Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Of TERROR! at 8/7c, followed by Monsters Inc.. The 13-night event will last th...
On Saturday, October 19, ABC Family will kick off their annual 13 Nights Of Halloween program, with this year's lead feature to be Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Of TERROR! at 8/7c, followed by Monsters Inc.. The 13-night event will last through Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, and will mark the network's debut of Men in Black, as well as include a brand new episode of Pretty Little Liars and the premiere of its spinoff series Ravenswood. Programming will also include several Tim Burton movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Batman Returns, as well as Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Teen Wolf, Twilight, The Goonies, and SO much more -- including encore presentations of many of the aforementioned movies. See the full schedule for ABC Family’s 13 Nights Of Halloween 2013 here below [...]
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about 4 hours ago
The new musical has also extended its run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane through November 1, 2014.
The new musical has also extended its run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane through November 1, 2014.
about 4 hours ago
Wow. 5 years. Half of a decade. I cannot believe that I have been blogging that long. It just doesn’t seem real. So much has happened in my life in the last 5 years. We bought a home. I got pregnant. We had a baby. I decided to bec...
Wow. 5 years. Half of a decade. I cannot believe that I have been blogging that long. It just doesn’t seem real. So much has happened in my life in the last 5 years. We bought a home. I got pregnant. We had a baby. I decided to become a stay at home mom and focus on little dude and the blog.  And Wednesday marks yet another milestone: 30. Yep. I’ll be 30. GULP. And the blog has been there through all of it and has become my place to share it all with you through food. Some of you have been here since the very beginning when I posted my first post Spaghetti and Meatballs. While some of you have just now found this little blog o’ mine. But whether or not you’ve been here from the beginning, I want to say thank you. Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for trying the recipes. Thank you for letting me know how they work for you. Just, thank you. As a way to say thank you for being totally awesome, I’ve decided to host a giveaway! Last year I gave away a box full of my favorite things to celebrate my blogiversary and I decided to do the same this year. Think of it as a little care package from me! A couple of the things were included in last year’s box but I decided to include them this year too because I love them so much. The other things are things that I fell in love with this year and wanted to share with you. This year I’m giving away: Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet: This skillet never leaves my stove. It hasn’t since I got it as a gift last Christmas. I use it every day. I use it to cook bacon. Fry chicken. Sear steak. Make pizza. Everything. Le Creuset Silicon Handle Sleeve: I couldn’t give away a cast iron skillet and not include this. I adore mine. You can choose red or black. I’ve got the red one :) The CraftBeer Cookbook by Jacquelyn Dodd: I just got this cookbook a couple of weeks ago and I love it. It has already become a favorite. I’m sure you will love it too.  The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg: I gave this away last year and if I could I would give this to every person I know. It is such an important book in my kitchen and I think everyone should have it. Theo Chocolate Orange Bar and Theo Chocolate Mint Bar: I nibble on these things Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style. Peel back the wrapper and savor it, bite by bite. Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract: A perfect addition to your pantry to help with all the holiday baking in the coming months. And lastly, Sriracha Sauce: Because it wouldn’t be a care package from me without it! So how can you win this box full of my favorite things? Leave a comment below telling me something you’d like to see a recipe for here on Life’s Ambrosia. You can also get a bonus entry by: Following Life’s Ambrosia on Pinterest Liking Life’s Ambrosia on Facebook Following Life’s Ambrosia on Twitter Just come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you became a fan. Each comment gets you another entry for a total of 4 possible entries. The Deets: 4 entries max per person (One via a comment on the blog post, one for facebook like, one for pinterest follow and one for twitter follow) Due to shipping costs I can only ship to US mailing addresses.  Also due to shipping costs, the cast iron skillet will be shipped separately directly from the retailer. Contest ends 10/11/13 at 5:00PM PST. Winner will be picked at random. I have personally purchased the products. I have not been compensated in anyway for this post or product recommendation.
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Books, both old and new, are great things, but our culture emphasizes that “newer” things are often better. It’s hard to say no to your favorite contemporary writer or an amazing up-and-coming author’s latest publ...
Books, both old and new, are great things, but our culture emphasizes that “newer” things are often better. It’s hard to say no to your favorite contemporary writer or an amazing up-and-coming author’s latest publication, but I’m inclined to read the classics first. It can be a little daunting when there’s so much out there and you have a million things on your to-do list, but it’s always worth it to pick up an old book between reading newer ones. Here’s why old classic books stand out from new books. 1. They are free The old classics are usually free or deeply discounted at used book stores, book fairs or thrift stores. There are many ways to go about finding these free books: The first obvious place would be your local library, which I think is the most underrated institution of our time. There are some lovely “free bookstores” online such as Project Gutenberg and Bartleby, which provide free e-books, and Librivox, a website providing free audio books. 2. They show a different way of life from another time Older books are valuable because they show life from another time. Many books are stories or myths from the past, stemming from titles like Beowulf and To Kill a Mockingbird. Everyone knows about these stories. Each book has a tale to tell from that point in history, animated in the color of your imagination. In this sense, reading an old book is almost like visiting a highly interpretative museum. 3. They are for everybody Old books do not discriminate against age. Some of the best stories of all time were stories for children, such as anything written by the Brother’s Grimm or Beatrix Potter. Pretty much any movie produced by Disney (The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan) has probably come from a really awesome kid’s book. Even The Hobbit was initially written for children. What’s great is that you don’t have to be a child to enjoy these books as an adult. Pick up The Princess and the Pea or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and tell me that there isn’t a moral you can’t learn from those story. 4. They provide context Classics can give you a new perspective on an old idea. Reading an old book helps you understand references and conversations, no matter how high-brow or low-brow they are. In fact, old books can provide a huge sense of inspiration, and you don’t necessarily have to be a writer to be inspired. Filmmakers, costume designers and academics rely on classic novels to learn, understand, re-create a story, or prove a point. 5. They will be relevant for future generations Invest in reading a quality old book for literature class or leisure and you’ll remember it forever. Chances are it will even be referred to in pop culture either implicitly or explicitly. How many Simpsons episodes have you watched that had literary references in them? I bet there are more references in that show than you can shake a stick at. Just because a book is old, it doesn’t mean it has lost its relevance. 6. They don’t need to prove themselves The best old classical books have stood the test of time, but new books are still in a probationary period with readers. “The ages bear testimony to the validity of their ideas,” Michael Hyatt writes about old books. Ideas and thoughts constantly float through our heads daily, but the best ideas are solidified and executed. There is no test for old novels to pass because the best ones have been passed on by many generations. Can't decide which book is for you? Find out the 17 Ways To Find Good Books To Read The post Why Old Books Are Better Than New Books appeared first on Lifehack.
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When Contagion opened in IMAX theaters on September 9, 2011, only a handful of films had previously been offered in that large-scale presentation that weren't either part of a franchise, an original film with hopes of becoming a fran...
When Contagion opened in IMAX theaters on September 9, 2011, only a handful of films had previously been offered in that large-scale presentation that weren't either part of a franchise, an original film with hopes of becoming a franchise, a work based on another text, or a prominent remake a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From 2002 to September 2011, a total of 77 wide release films made their way to… By: Clayton Dillard
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TV You've probably forgotten this. I'd forgotten this. In 1996, ITV attempted a remake of Married With Children which they'd already been showing late night (before they began filling the post prime time period with QVC and tv quizzes...
TV You've probably forgotten this. I'd forgotten this. In 1996, ITV attempted a remake of Married With Children which they'd already been showing late night (before they began filling the post prime time period with QVC and tv quizzes). Married for Life starring Russ Abbot ran for seven episodes and is predictably awful and just to show how messy careers can be, oh look it's Hugh Bonneville playing his neighbour (with Julie Dawn Cole whose first screen role was Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as his wife): The opening credits attempted to recreate the US original. Russ Abbot is no Ed O'Neill.
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The squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are real. 23 Movies That Put Insane Detail Into Stuff You Missed -
The squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are real. 23 Movies That Put Insane Detail Into Stuff You Missed -
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Review by ProgShine — Moon Safari is a unique band that comes from Skellefte', Sweden and was formed in 2003.Consisting of Simon 'kesson (vocals and keyboards), Petter Sandstr'm (vocals and acoustic guitars), Pontus 'kesson (acoust...
Review by ProgShine — Moon Safari is a unique band that comes from Skellefte', Sweden and was formed in 2003.Consisting of Simon 'kesson (vocals and keyboards), Petter Sandstr'm (vocals and acoustic guitars), Pontus 'kesson (acoustic & electric guitars and vocals), Johan Westerlund (bass and vocals), Tobias Lundgren (drums, percussion and vocals) and Sebastian 'kesson (keryboards, percussion and vocals) the band has always had a very straight relationship with another Swedish band, The Flower Kings.Their first album A Doorway To Summer (2005) was produced by the Flower Kings keyboard player Tomas Bodin and this new album Himlabacken Vol 1 (2013) was mixed and mastered by The Flower Kings bass player Jonas Reingold.What is more, Himlabacken Vol 1 (2013) is a concept album that for sure will have a second part soon. The albums talks about Heavenly Hill (a rough translation of the album title), a place where the band grew up.The album starts with 'Kids' and it couldn't be more pastoral and divine. A kids song for sure, makes you remember even of your own old days. If there's one thing that makes Moon Safari unique, it is the vocals.Moon Safari sound mixes catchy melodies with the Prog sophistication like no one else does, as if The Beach Boys grew up to be a Prog band in the 70's.'Too Young To Say Goodbye' is another great example of how to write a perfect melody and yet have the complexity of Prog Rock going.Himlabacken Vol 1 (2013) starts to show what game the band is playing, and this is a game you definitely should sit back and watch till the end.If the next track, 'Mega Moon' reminded you a bit of 'Ave Maria'' well, so did for me! The first vocal bit of the track proves me right! The instrumental part in the middle is full of great breaks.This is a Moon Safari classic!'Barfly' has an intense and heavy initial riff, Spock's Beard like. When the vocals start it gets a bit softer. They paid a good homage with some steel guitars by Pontus 'kesson, it's exactly the same style used for George Harrison!'Red White Blues' is their acoustic side speaking louder. Moon Safari has two main vocalists, Simon 'kesson and Petter Sandstr'm. This is one thing that always made me smile when I listen to a band. The sound usually gets so much better with all these different colors added.'My Little Man' once again shows the band's acoustic side and it must be Pontus 'kesson homage to his baby son. It's almost a solo piece and it has a big pop feeling.Songs pass by and it's 'Diamonds' time. A song that brings all Moon Safari trade marks on it. 'Diamonds' has also a great lyric, the story telling kind which the bass player Johan Westerlund is so good at.The best track on the album, for sure!To finish Himlabacken Vol 1 (2013) we have the piano intro of 'Sugar Band'. The track is like an unnamed homage to the fantastic work of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, at least it seems so to me.Another great track.Although Moon Safari hasn't shown anything new on Himlabacken Vol 1 (2013), it's definitely one of their best albums. Moreover, they mastered their sound on a perfection level.The band has made this album one of the strongest and prettiest albums of 2013.Highly recommended!(Originally posted on progshine.net)
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The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also wrote a Bond movie! Roald Dahl is the author of such famous children's books as "The BFG," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach," and "Matilda." ...
The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also wrote a Bond movie! Roald Dahl is the author of such famous children's books as "The BFG," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach," and "Matilda." He didn't just write children's books though. Dahl actually wrote the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" starring Sean Connery as Bond. Dahl actually served in the Royal Air Force so perhaps he drew on this experience when writing the action-packed film. He also wrote other grown up films, such as the 1968 hit "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." He also wrote a number of short story collections, including "Kiss Kiss." After a prolific career, Dahl died of Leukemia in 1990. (Source)
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