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Celeb ID #12: Guess Who?


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The first person to identify this warped celebrity at SPL!NG on Facebook wins a DVD!
Trivia: This celebrity practices yoga, quit school in the ninth grade and enjoys chess.

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Kalahari.net Gets a Whiff of the 2OceansVibe

When was the last time you spotted a gorgeous woman wearing nothing but cut-off jeans? I don't think I ever have... that's until today when I received this weekend marketing HTML email from Kalahari.net.

Okay, I know that sex sells - but this is ridiculous... this tanned beauty is not only topless, but looks as though her shorts have been painted on. Now I get the weekend vibe with palm trees in the background and maybe they only intended for males between 16-35 to receive this sassy little mailer, but come on... is this barely legal teen stuff really going to make me want to buy bestselling books, jewelery, watches, pens, electronics, DVDs, music and games up to 35% off?

Especially when what they're selling is predominantly intended for indoor entertainment... see the connection? I'm actually sensing a strong 2OceansVibe breeze in this email, Tuesday Tabs... the palm trees... the weekend vibe. The only thing that doesn't match up is the fact that this mailer was sent on a Saturday - which does not gel with the "work is a sideline" protocol. Don't get me wrong, I love Kalahari.net... but this just came across as distinctly different to their usual marketing slant and I just had to say something. We'll probably hear that a mailer advertising Kalahari.net's "Spice" Shop got mixed up with the generic mailer stock photos or maybe they were just feeling naughty? Either way... I'm looking forward to what they come up with for next weekend - a guy in a g-string or maybe a nip slip? Eye-catching... yes, cheeky... yes, hard-sell... I'll leave that for you to decide.

The Lovely Bones Movie Review: Murder Most Surreal

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The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson of King Kong and Lord of the Rings fame. However, this fantasy drama and thriller points to some of his earlier work. It doesn't have the epic magnitude of his latest ventures, yet nestles itself in the realm of fantasy. The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered, destined to watch over her family and her killer as she decides between the path of vengeance or healing from heaven above.

It's based on Alice Sebold's novel of the same title and is adapted by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson. The setting is '70s America... an age romantically thought to have been void of life's hidden evils. No one had to lock their doors at night and stranger danger was something that happened in the movies. This was a vibrant, warm time for families as they watched their children grow up in the comfort of their white picket fence neighbourhoods... as they rode bikes and made the most of the sunshine years. However, life for the Salmons happened in a "that could never happen to us" space, one that would catapult the underlying feelings into plain sight as their daughter was whisked away by the darkness.

The Lovely Bones is divided into two dimensions... the reality of Susie in the real world, where photographs capture a moment of life and the other side, where a young girl's imagination determines her heavenly environment. There's very little focus on the transition as Jackson chooses to allude to Susie's tragic murder and rape, instead of...continued.

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Crazy Heart Movie Review: Hard Candy

Bridges delivers a powerful performance in Crazy Heart as the story follows ‘Bad’ Blake, a whiskey-swigging legend of a musician, who would trade horses for a guitar. His music has inspired a generation of country and western performers, yet his high regard hasn’t translated into the high life the way he’d want it to be. His alcoholism and loneliness are crunch factors that keep Bad, well… bad. He’s bad to the bone and destined to be that way until he meets Jean Craddock, a young journalist and single mother played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Crazy Heart does the unthinkable… it actually makes you appreciate and respect country music. We’ve all heard a guy with a twelve-gallon hat crooning on about his jaded love life or missing teeth, but what really goes into a country and western song? Crazy Heart answers that foreboding question with much gusto and a terrific performance from Jeff Bridges, who talks, walks and sings like the real thing.

More surprising is the fact that Crazy Heart is Scott Cooper’s directorial debut. Cooper penned the script based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb, produced and directed Bridges, making this a passion project for him. His struggling actor days are a thing of the past now that Crazy Heart is out there and he’ll be sending plenty of thank yous to ‘The Dude Ranch’ for putting him on the map. The film’s soundtrack is heartfelt and full of tunes to rattle your bones. Bridges goes headlong, belting out his own numbers and doing such a fine job that he could always fall back on a career in country and western if he ever gets tired of winning ...continued.

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