first book of 2014!

Natalie Portman dives into the mouth of an alligator in Annihilation first look

In the science fiction film Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a scientist named Lena, who is part of an expedition tasked with exploring an area which has been taken over by a mysterious force. “[She] finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset,” says writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina).

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson costar as her fellow team members, while Oscar Isaac plays Portman’s husband.

One other character of note featured in the film? An alligator, as is revealed in EW’s exclusive first look photo, above. “It is their first tangible encounter with something strange,” says Garland. “The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on an alligator. They’re starting to get their heads around how weird the place is.”

Annihilation is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, which the author continued with Authority and then wrapped up with Acceptance. “I was in post-production on Ex Machina, and one of the producers of that film, Scott Rudin, called up and said, ‘I just acquired this book, I think it’s interesting and, would you take a look,‘” says Garland, whose screenwriting credits also include Dredd and 28 Days Later

“I don’t finish books, or films, or anything, really, if it isn’t grabbing me for one reason. Well, I read it in a sitting. I found the atmosphere incredibly strong and I liked the kind of dream state that it created and put me in. It had all sorts of qualities that I found really interesting. I thought immediately, Yes, I’d like to try this.”

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(Matthew Mancillas)

Как вы, возможно, знаете, недавно я имела непередаваемое удовольствие послушать музыку, написанную на мои стихи замечательным, чрезвычайно талантливым молодым композитором Мэтью Манчилласом. На концерте в Техасском университете Рио-Гранде-Вэлли музыканты впервые исполнили эту небольшую серию произведений, одноименную с моей первой книжкой английских стихов “Современный бестиарий”, опубликованной в Остине в 2014 году. Это поистине чудесное событие. Всё путешествие в город Эдинбург, пограничный с Мексикой, пейзажи с пальмами, концерт, вечер с музыкантами, море (и послушный Севочка), всё это надолго останется в моей памяти. Музыка прекрасная, я это знала ещё когда наигрывала ноты на пианино, но такую музыку, бесспорно, надо слушать в исполнении. А исполнение безупречное. Певица — дивное сопрано Бриана Оливарес. Хочу поделиться записью, и заодно перефотографировала странички книжки.

As you possibly know, recently I had a great pleasure to listen to the music written on my poems by a wonderful, very talented young composer–Matthew Mancillas. There was a concert at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Musicians for the first time played this lovely series, which have the same title as my first book of poetry in English, Contemporary Bestiary (Austin, 2014). It was a great event. The whole travel to the town of Edinburg, a town on the border with Mexico–balmy night, landscapes with palm trees, music–was unforgettable. I knew that the music was fantastic, for I played the scores at my piano, but of course it is a kind of music that should be heard played with the instruments for which it was created. The singer is Briana Olivares–a mellow, deep, mellifluous soprano. I want to share a recording, and I photographed the pages of the book.

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Since a lot of people don’t seem to know about this, I thought I’d introduce you to this masterpiece here.

Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger: The Screenplay

Released in 2014 this book contains the final shooting draft for the 1st Captain America movie. If you loved TFA, you absolutely need to get this because not only does it have the complete script so you can re-visit favourite scenes again, it also has alternative lines and omitted/altered scenes.

There are quite some goodies in there, some of which I wish they hadn’t changed for the movie. One of those would be the scene with Steve and Bucky on the train. In the original version you see, that scene went down a bit differently. Here, Steve actually manages to grab Bucky’s hand and starts pulling him back into the wagon. Since he had rushed for Bucky first though, the Hydra soldier was still on his feet, waiting to charge the gun and when it finally had, shot the beam at Bucky and vaporised his arm and he fell into the ravine. 

So yeah folks, get this thing, it’s absolutely worth it! :)

(Where to get it? Amazon should definitely still have it.)

AP Human Geography Exam

I just replied to a question I got in my inbox about the AP exam for Human Geography asking me about what topics were on the test. (The person was doing the make-up exam.) I decided to post it on here for those of you who are making it up or haven’t taken it yet.

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Okay first of all, I went through all of the 2014 Kaplan book for APHG and let me just tell you this: it was shit. While I was going through it, I really thought it would help me but honestly, it did nothing for me. I talked to my other friends who also went through it and they felt the same. the point of that was to tell you not to waste your time on that.

Second, I want to talk about the multiple choice. Originally, I was worried more about the free response than I was about the multiple choice, but it turned out to be the opposite. During the multiple choice, I found myself skipping a lot of the questions and planning to come back to them later. Well, what happened was that I had 10 minutes left and 30 questions that I needed to go back and answer. After the test, I was talking to my friends and they said the same happened to them so they just went back and guessed but no! DO NOT BLINDLY GUESS! Of course if you don’t know the answer to a question you can see which makes most sense but don’t ever just guess based on how many a’s, b’s, and c’s there have been. Also, the multiple choice questions on the AP Exam were nothing like I had imagined them to be. They were extremely specific like even the #1 student in our class admitted that he found that part to be difficult. What I would suggest for that part honestly is to just know every topic thoroughly and to pay attention to country examples while you’re reading because that will be very beneficial. I honestly felt like the multiple choice was a matter of either you know it, or you don’t.

The free-response, in my opinion, was fairly easy. The questions are posted on College Board so you should go check them out to get an idea of what yours will be like. Time wasn’t a problem for me here. I would suggest reading each question very thoroughly because you can learn a lot from the question itself. And remember that you don’t have to answer the questions in order. This is helpful because you should just do the ones that you know and get them out of the way and then spend time thinking on the ones that you’re unsure about. (There are three of these.)

Okay, now the test subjects.

  • Theories: You need to know all of the theories that people came up with and know who did what and what it actually means.
  • Models: I can’t emphasize enough how important these are to know. You need to understand each one and know what it was based off of.
  • Types of States: Understand what each type of state is like. i.e. perforated, compact, fragmented, etc. Make sure you know basic examples of each.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: This is a very large part. One of the free-response questions was about this. Know about the colonization and the problems that countries in this region face.
  • Core and Periphery: Know about developed and developing countries and the relationship between them.

The rest was honestly a combination of the information and applications to real-world topics. You need to be able to apply the information.

I hope this helped!

-Pratima xx

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THERE ARE DOZENS OF GREAT NEW COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS DEBUTING AT TCAF!

Whatever your interest in the medium, you’ll find a wonderful new work to enjoy at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014, May 10th and 11th, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

A full run-down of all of the debuting books, including these excellent new releases and many more, can be found on our Debut Books Page! http://torontocomics.com/books/

Our thanks to the authors and publishers who choose to debut their new graphic novels with us!

anonymous asked:

Aaaah tell me more about this role / novel? What is it :)

Anonymous said: But when would he even do the movie? He’s touring till next autumn? And he has been on the road now so I don’t see him preparing / auditioning for a new role? :)

Anonymous said: he’s going to be touring up until the middle of next year. Don’t know when the movie is being filmed but i doubt he would have time

Anonymous said: What if Harry will play Boris……………………….. im not ready to die (i am)

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Sorry this is so late. The Goldfinch is one of a few things that I’ve read which I thought was more and more perfect with each word… it’s amazing, luminous, engaging, almost (imho) a perfectly written novel. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014, and was Tartt’s first book in 11 years. Worth the wait!

The main characters are fully fleshed, astonishingly human, flawed and alive. In particular, the protagonist of the story is a young man with such poignant humanity (his intelligence, his misfortunes and stupidity/ bad decisions, his romanticism) that it’s a meaty role for an actor of a certain age. This character needs to act with dexterity and passion… the role demands subtlety and complexity, and an extreme kind of charisma. All the other characters are complex and mysterious, and it would be amazing to get any of these roles. There are romantic interests, but the main gist of the story is a romance about art, authenticity, and the fantasies of a violent, criminal world. And there’s a kiss between the lead actors!

Here’s a synopsis, but it is well worth reading the big book.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goldfinch_(novel)

Remember Harry has three months free after December. Plenty of time for a film. What a role to be considered for…. It’s not something light and fun. Even if he plays the main supporting character, it’s a big, career-changing thing.

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In the science fiction film Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a scientist named Lena, who is part of an expedition tasked with exploring an area which has been taken over by a mysterious force. “[She] finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset,” says writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina). Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson costar as her fellow team members, while Oscar Isaac plays Portman’s husband.

One other character of note featured in the film? An alligator, as is revealed in EW’s exclusive first look photo, above. “It is their first tangible encounter with something strange,” says Garland. “The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on an alligator. They’re starting to get their heads around how weird the place is.”

Annihilation is based on JeffVanderMeer’s 2014 novel, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, which the author continued with Authority and then wrapped up with Acceptance. “I was in post-production on Ex Machina, and one of the producers of that film, Scott Rudin, called up and said, ‘I just acquired this book, I think it’s interesting and, would you take a look,‘” says Garland, whose screenwriting credits also include Dredd and 28 Days Later. “I don’t finish books, or films, or anything, really, if it isn’t grabbing me for one reason. Well, I read it in a sitting. I found the atmosphere incredibly strong and I liked the kind of dream state that it created and put me in. It had all sorts of qualities that I found really interesting. I thought immediately, Yes, I’d like to try this.”

Isaac recently promised EW that Annihilation would be “very weird and very beautiful.” “That’s what we were shooting for,” says Garland. “The beauty part of it was quite important. Even when it’s grim, and something dark is happening, there’s quite an overt beauty, and we took pains to make sure that happened.”

Although the original book is part of a trilogy, Garland says he regards his film as a standalone movie. “I did once work on a film called Dredd, which I imagined to be the first part of a trilogy,” says Garland. “But it’s not something I like doing. I’d rather work on a story that I felt was self-contained rather than one that sort of had a ‘dot-dot-dot’ at the end. I think that provokes a sort of instant, understandable, cynicism. We sense the money grab and I feel that pollutes the story. So, right from the get-go, I did not think of this as being part of a trilogy; I thought of it as being just a single, self-contained movie. If other people wanted to do that, that would be fine. That’s none of my business. But from my point of view, it’s just one.”

Annihilation — a Paramount Pictures and Skydance presentation — is in theaters Feb. 23, 2018.

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Can’t wait to see this again when it’s finally finished. 🙌🏼

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Chinese sci-fi hit wins Hugo Awards for the first time

Chinese sci-fi fans were ecstatic when they learned that the Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious science-fiction awards in the world, went to a Chinese novel for the first time.

The Three-Body Problem, written by Chinese sci-fi novelist Liu Cixin, beat out four other finalists and was announced the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel in Seattle on Saturday night local time.

The book’s translator Ken Liu accepted the award on the author’s behalf.

As one of the key international awards for the sci-fi genre, the Hugo Awards have been recognizing the best science fiction or fantasy works published in English since 1953.

The Three-Body Problem is also the first Chinese sci-fi novel that has been translated to English. Ever since it was first serialized in a Chinese sci-fi magazine in 2006, The Three-Body Problem, now a complete trilogy, has captivated millions of people in China for its magnificent space philosophy, and was unanimously hailed by sci-fi fans as “China’s best sci-fi novel.” In 2014, the English version of the trilogy’s first book was published in the US.

The second book, The Dark Forest, is planned to hit stores this summer, and the finale, Death’s End, will be out in January 2016, according to the trilogy’s publisher Tor Books.

Earlier this year, The Three-Body Problem was also nominated for the Nebula Awards, but didn’t go further than that. The loss made winning the Hugo Award more precious in the eyes of many fans.

“Eliminate human tyranny! The world belongs to Trisolaris!” congratulated Weibo user @Haoyunjierenboqie by quoting a famous sentence from the book. (For those who may not know, Trisolaris is an alien planet in the book, which literally means “Three-Body” in Chinese.)

“Well, after all it’s the winner predicted by George R.R. Martin,” commented @Wuwuyayawenwen, referring to the 2015 Hugo Awards predictions that the Game of Thrones author made on his blog a week ago.

“There’s nothing happier than having your favorite novel being acknowledged by the world. Congratulations!” said @Jiacunzhang_lang.

National Poetry Month Day 8: “cum shot” by Danez Smith

      how long has it been since

his legs stretched towards heaven?

      lord, let him be, don’t strike him

for believing he’s you. he’s high

      this morning, he called his body

his body & believed it

      someone touched his body

did not pirate him away

      someone rocked him

so good he danced to the music

      of his own bones’ surrender

he was blessed enough to plead mercy

      lord. let him wade the dead sea

of another boy’s quick milk

      the church burned down

but people have gathered

      shouting glory amongst the dust

Mars is still a soft red candle

      on night’s thin sheet

it’s a good day to end a war

      since that man did what he did

the boy’s been quiet, scarred

      by a false god’s cross, but Lord

let ruin end here, let him find honey

      where there was once a slaughter

let him enter the lion’s cage

      & find a field of lilacs

let this be the healing

       & if not, let it be

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Danez Smith is the author of “[insert] boy” (YesYes Books, 2014), a finalist the Norma Farber First Book Award, and a second collection to be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. He is a 2014 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and will begin studies for an MFA at the University of MI-Ann Arbor this fall.

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The Legend of Korra Book 4: Balance Facts and Rumor Roundup

The Final Season begins October 3rd.

OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE TRAILER

This post only features information up until the trailer was released. There is too much new content to be summarized now, it can all be viewed in the link above.

Hopefully to curb any misinformation, here is everything we know about Book 4 beyond the trailer:

  • Book 4 is titled Balance. source
  • Book 4 premieres Friday, October 3rd, on nick.com and presumably other online distributors. source
  • Book 4 will be 13 episodes long -  Chapter 4 is titled The Callingsource
  • Studio Mir will animate ALL of Book 4.
  • Book 4 will constitute the end of The Legend of Korra.
  • Jason Isaacs (Zhao, Book 4 likely a new character), Jason Marsden (Aye-Aye, Huan), and Anne Heche (Suyin Beifong) recorded at least one scene with Kiernan Shipka (Jinora). source
  • Korra will still have fight scenes. sources 1 & 2, evident in trailer
  • Korra and Katara have a scene together. source, evident in trailer
  • Book 4’s villain will be a new threat, not a direct tie to the Red Lotus. source
  • The Airbenders will take on a peackeeping Jedi Knight-like role. source
  • Hiroshi Sato will return. source
  • Varrick will talk about his childhood. source

Book 4 is officially done and on its way! More and more information should be coming out soon, and this post will be kept up-to-date as it happens!

Below is an archive of outdated news and information:

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Meet Andre Hueston Mack, 1st black winemaker. Black consumers took the initiative to “buy Black” over the weekend, but it’s likely that many of us don’t know all of our options. Social media led the way for Black small businesses to advertise their products, but we’re certain a large group of wine connoisseurs aren’t aware of Andre Hueston Mack and his Mouton Noir Wines brand. To throw in another Black history fact: the first black winemaker in the country, Andre Hueston Mack owns Mouton Noir Wines, which is sold in over 40 states and 12 countries, selling over 30K cases of wine a year. Mack is looking to take his spirits to a higher level with a new brand in 2016. “The common myth is that African Americans aren’t well-educated about wine, but in truth, we’re like everyone else. We like what we like – high or low,” Mack says. “A $100 bottle of wine can taste as awful as a $2 bottle, and the opposite is true, as well. If you know what you like, buy it. But don’t just buy it because it’s expensive.”

Mack founded Mouton Noir in 2007 with no money and no investors, leveraging only his resources from his days as an award-winning sommelier for Michelin star chef/restauranteur Thomas Keller at both French Laundry and Per Se. Always one to think outside of the box, Mack created the first culinary coloring book in 2014. Determined to change the way Blacks viewed wine culture, he looks for opportunities to educate others about the history of wine culture so that it isn’t viewed as exclusive.

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