In Theaters; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.

Official Trailer:

Starring:
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: Jane Goldman
In Theaters: Sep 29, 2016
Runtime: 127 minutes
Studio:20th Century Fox


Deepwater Horizon
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

Official Trailer:

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson.

Rated: PG-13 (for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language.)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama
Directed By: Peter Berg
Written By: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
In Theaters: Sep 29, 2016
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate

 

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Banned Books Week September 25 – October 1, 2016

bbw-logo122hBanned Books Week is a Celebration of the Freedom to Read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 . The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.

For more information, check out bannedbooksweek.org, and why not celebrate by stopping into your local library, and check out one of the books on the list.

 

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Box Office, Sully Still on Top

 

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Weekend Recap:

This past weekend saw three new releases, yet none of them were able to budge Sully from it’s #1 position. The Clint Eastwood directed movie, starring Tom Hanks, easily held onto the top spot for a second weekend with another $21. 65 million.

Of the three new movies, Blair Witch, the sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, came in 2nd with $9.57 million. That disappointing debut was about half of what the estimates predicted going into the weekend. Reviews have not been good, so the movie will probably quickly drop down the list.

Speaking of disappointing debuts, Bridget Jones’s Baby delivered the weekend’s second stinker sequel, with $8.57 million. Oliver Stone’s Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial NSA whistle-blower, took in $8 million in it’s opening weekend, and Don’t Breathe rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 10 for the weekend of September 16 – 18, 2016:

(Movie – Studio Weekend Gross)

  1. Sully – WB $21,653,017
  2. Blair Witch – LGF $9,576,057
  3. Bridget Jones’s Baby – Uni. $8,571,785
  4. Snowden – ORF $8,000,058
  5. Don’t Breathe – SGem $5,640,232
  6. When the Bough Breaks – SGem $5,483,126
  7. Suicide Squad – WB $4,701,834
  8. The Wild Life – LG/S $2,771,443
  9. Kubo and the Two Strings – Focus $2,540,031
  10. Pete’s Dragon (2016) BV $2,152,802

New Movies in bold.

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Super Mario Bros. Corn Maze at New York Farm

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Every year since 2005, Stoughton Farm, in Newark Valley, NY, has created a uniquely themed corn maze. This year, the theme is Super Mario Bros., the popular Nintendo video game.

The maze covers nearly eight acres, and took several weeks, plus a lot of math to build. The Stoughton family and their maze were recently featured in an ABC News article, where Tim Stoughton said, “We lay it out into grids and then go in and take the corn out where the pathways should be,” said Stoughton. “We do it when you can still see over the corn, before it gets too tall.”6a50ff_27d1f714ff1c419faeb2c713423b9543

Stoughton Farm is a greenhouse, roadside farm market, and “MAiZE” site located in Newark Valley, New York, which is near Ithaca. The Super Mario Bros., Maze opens on Saturday, September 17. Additional attractions include a 9ft tube slide, a spider web for the youngsters, pumpkin checkers, duck races, and dozens of photo ops. On the weekends, the farm also has a corn cannon, pumpkin blaster, cow train rides, and hayrides.

 

There’s also a food truck with Homemade French Fries!

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For more info, visit StoughtonFarm.com, here

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Jeff Jam: Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion

Lady GaGa is back with a new single, Perfect Illusion! GaGa posted the audio, and here it is,

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LEGO Ninjago Movie Clip w/ Master Wu / Jackie Chan

We got a small look at the LEGO Ninjago Movie, in a clip that was released yesterday. This clip focuses on the movie (and LEGO toy line’s) Ninja Sensei, Master Wu, who is voiced by Jackie Chan in the movie.

Here’s the clip:

About the Movie

The movie tells the story of six young ninja, defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and hi-tech vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be in theaters on September 22, 2017.

Additional cast members include Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn.

 

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Box Office, Don’t Breathe is #1 Again!

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Weekend Recap:

The horror movie, Don’t Breathe, easily held onto the #1 spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row. The movie has now earned more than $50 million, and considering it’s small production budget of less than $10 million, it’s a huge success. Speaking of successful runs, Suicide Squad held onto the #2 spot in it’s 5th weekend out, and as of yesterday, Labor Day, the movie crossed the $300 million mark in the states alone. The movie’s global total is approaching $700 million!

Two family-friendly films, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Pete’s Dragon, did roughly the same amount of business, and came in 3rd and 4th over the weekend. The non-family-friendly movie, Sausage Party, rounded out The Top 5.

 

Following is The Top 10 for the weekend of September 2 – 4, 2016:

Movie (Studio Weekend Gross)

  1. Don’t Breathe (SGem $15,800,000)
  2. Suicide Squad (WB $9,825,000)
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus $6,391,000)
  4. Pete’s Dragon (BV $6,227,000)
  5. Sausage Party (Sony $5,200,000)
  6. Bad Moms (STX $4,760,000)
  7. War Dogs (WB $4,745,000)
  8. The Light Between Oceans (BV $4,615,000)
  9. Hell or High Water (LGF $4,450,000)
  10. Mechanic: Resurrection (LG/S $4,374,000

New Movies in bold.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL Color – New Galaxy Blue Available Now

Nintendo just rolled out it’s latest New Nintendo 3DS XL, called New Galaxy Blue.

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This new look for the popular hand-held game system features a deep blue color that looks purplish, and has space-themed artwork on its cover. The artwork looks like a nebula or cluster of galaxies in space.

The new design will begin showing up at retailers nationwide on August 29, 2016. It will continue to appear on shelves over the next couple of weeks at a suggested retail price of $199.99. The New Galaxy Blue 3DS XL is also available for purchase now at Nintendo.com.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.55.43 AM 3DS is July’s Best Selling Game System

This past July (2016), the Nintendo 3DS family of systems was the best-selling video game system of any kind in the United States. The 3DS beat both Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Sony’s PS4. The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the latest edition to the suite of successful Nintendo handhelds.

 

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