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With Orange is the New Black, Weeds creator Jenji Kohan has a stunning, hilarious new hit that offers life lessons straight from a minimum-security prison. The series is only available on Netflix, available with Hughesnet.com satellite Internet or other high-speed connection. Orange — or OITNB as fans call it — follows the prison life of Piper Chapman, a Seven-Sisters educated white girl who carried drug money and got caught before the statute of limitations ran out. Prison puts Piper in contact with her ex Alex, who got her into the drug trade, and a range of characters, from a transgendered hairdresser to a born-again faith healer. Among the top truths of OITNB are these nine life lessons.

1. Make peace with your past.
When Piper learns Alex is in the same prison, she is enraged. However, Piper must learn to make peace with her past, forgive Alex and accept her crime and subsequent punishment. No matter what your past, you must come to peace with it before you can move forward.

2. Think before you speak.
When Piper voices her views on prison food, she offends the head chef, gets herself dissed in the food line by the chef’s friends and must go to great lengths to make it up to the chef. Piper learns fast to think before she speaks to avoid making enemies.

3. Lean on your friends to get through hard times.
Friends are a must for prison life, just as in real life. All the women of “Orange” lean on friends to get through hard times portrayed on the show.

4. Be resourceful.
Afraid of getting disease from prison showers, Piper rigs her own flip flops. Sophia teaches her to make duct tape shower shoes until her commissary money comes in. Throughout the show, the prisoners show resourcefulness that will translate directly to out-of-prison success.

5. Practice tolerance.
Born again Tiffany Doggett’s anti-gay stance pits Piper and her ex Alex against the prison’s Christian coalition. Pranks escalate as Tiffany locks Alex in a washing machine, and Alex and Piper conspire to send Tiffany to the prison’s psych ward. Instead of seeking revenge on your enemies, Orange suggests that you practice tolerance.

6. Be who you are.
By showcasing transgender, bisexual and lesbian characters — not whitewashing or feminizing these female characters a la Pretty Little Liars and referencing the Kinsey scale — the series tells its viewers that they can and should be who they are. Sophia’s past shows that she was willing to commit a crime to become female but must learn to let others be who they want to be.

7. Hope will get you through.
Even in prison, there are little things to look forward to. Taystee knows all of them. Remember to have gratitude and hope when you can, even if all you can look forward to is taco night.

8. Every action has consequences.
In “Orange,” every action, even one as minor as two prisoners dancing together, has big repercussions. Think before you act.

9. Life presents unexpected learning opportunities.
Piper’s prison assignment in an electrical shop seems like a mistake, until she turns it around and accepts the challenge of learning a new skill. Through life, you will always learn new skills.

The first season of Orange is the New Black is currently airing on Netflix, with the second season currently filming with an anticipated release next year.

This guest post was written by Eric Stinson. Eric is a writer and artist who covers entertainment, movies and books.
Posted on September 9th, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment
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Coming out in theaters on September 6th is The Ultimate Life, the sequel to the inspiring movie The Ultimate Gift. In the movie, Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew) is stuck with the pressures of running his late Grandfather’s foundation, being sued by his greedy extended family, and having his beloved Alexia (Ali Hillis) leave for a long mission in Haiti. As his world unravels, Jason discovers his Grandfather’s journal which was written during the depression. The writings inspire Jason, and put him on an incredible rags-to-riches ride with everything that he hold dear in the balance. The movie also stars Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs, Drew Waters, Austin James, David Mann, Lee Meriwether, and Elizabeth Bennet.

The movie comes out in theaters on Friday, and we’re giving you a chance at getting ready for it! We are giving one reader a The Ultimate Life Prize Pack! Included in the pack is a DVD of The Ultimate Gift, The Ultimate Gift book by Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift charm bracelet, and The Ultimate Life leather-bound journal. Check out the banner below for an image of the swag!

How do you enter the contest? There are 3 different ways (each gives you another entry for as many as three entries into the contest)!

  1. Check out The Ultimate Life Blog App below and take the quiz to find out if YOU are Living Life to the Fullest. Then leave us a comment on this contest with your results!
  2. Leave a comment and let us know how excited you are for the sequel to The Ultimate Gift!
  3. Tweet about the contest and use the hashtags #TheUltimateLife #Contest #MHD along with this link.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random!

Disclaimer (and other Details)
This contest is only open to everyone with a valid address. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a (working) email address, so we are able to contact you if you win. Once contacted, you have 24 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. Prizes have been provided in promotion of The Ultimate Life. A winner will be chosen on September 8th, 2013.

Online GamesOnline gaming can be a great way to relax and interact with other players. Playing online has much more of a social element and knowing that you’re playing against real people can increase the excitement and competitiveness of the game. You can even play on your phone or tablet when you’re on the go or feeling bored.  I have been computing and luckily have access to wifi on my whole commute. This lets me sit back and enjoy some online gaming before the very busy workday begins.

One type of online game which has been growing in popularity at the moment is bingo. Yeah, it is a world away from the action or strategy games you might be used to but there’s the added bonus that you can actually win real prizes. Bingo has been around in many different forms for a very long time, but the growing appeal of online bingo can be attributed to the fact that it’s so easy to play. There’s no complicated strategy and you don’t have to think too much- you can just relax and enjoy the game. How many other games can say that?

Of course, the buzz that many people get from playing online games such as bingo is the thrill of a potential win. My sister plays bingo here but there are many sites to choose from. It’s best to do research and find the best one that suits your particular needs. Have a look and see what bonuses the various sites are offering for joining and the level of prizes you can win.  Many sites have a chat room so you can talk to other players and join a community of other players. What is the most important thing you look for when choosing an online game? Speed? Variety? Or do you like to keep it fresh and always choose a new type of game?

Just like other styles of online games and gaming, bingo has a ton of different (and some really different) varieties of games to suit your particular gaming style. There are bright and bubbly fun games with pure entertainment value, and there are more serious games for that no nonsense type of player. And of course there is everything inbetween. What is your particular gaming style? Leave a comment and let us know!

There’s nothing better than scooping a great cash prize for simply taking a few minutes to play bingo and have some fun. Many sites don’t cost much to play so even if you don’t manage to achieve a win, then it is not the end of the world, although if you do, you’ll probably be hooked! If it’s a game you’ve never tried before, give it a go. Never know, you might have fun.

Have you ever played bingo online or live and in person at a hall or event? What were your experiences like? Leave a comment and lets chat about it! Even better, have you played online and in person? How did the two styles compare? What did you prefer? Would you play again?


Big thanks to Carey for the guest post! If you have an article you’d like to send us for inclusion on My Hollywood Dream, click the above link for “Contact” and send it over! We love reading articles from our readers!

 

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment (1)
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Go On... on NBC

Many people view bingo as a very traditional game which is generally played by the older generation (or Matthew Perry on Go On – above). However, bingo has being growing in popularity particularly among people playing bingo online.

The game of bingo has actually been going for around 500 years, with bingo halls springing up during the 1960s. Nowadays bingo has taken on a new form online which allows people to socialise and play at any time. Some people just play for fun whereas others play to win cash jackpots. It really depends on the sort of gamer you are.

Online bingo may not be a game you have ever considered playing before, but if you’re looking for a game which requires little effort and simply allows you to relax while potentially winning cash prizes, then it could be for you. The basics of bingo stay the same but you don’t have to focus on listening out for the number calls as the software will mark your numbers off for you, meaning you don’t miss out on a win. The whole process of playing bingo has been modernised for the online gamer making it much more accessible.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just women who play online bingo but also a growing number of men who are giving it a go (also like Matthew Perry on Go On – above). Trends show that there is an increasingly number of men playing bingo particularly within European countries, such as Spain, where it is considered a more masculine pursuit.

Strategy and combat games can be a great form of stress release for the average gamer, but when you want something which requires a little less concentration, bingo can be a good option. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to give it a try yourself. You never know, you might end up hitting the jackpot.


A big thanks to Emma for this guest post. If you have a guest post you’d like us to consider posting, please send it to us via the contact link above.

Posted on August 16th, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment
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Would YOU Get Out Alive? That is the question posed by survivalist Bear Grylls in his new NBC series and survival competition Get Out Alive! The series airs Mondays at 9/8c with its season finale hitting the small screen on August 26th!

In #GetOutAlive, “10 teams of 2 compete to survive in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness with Bear Grylls as their guide. The teams are faced with various survival tasks as they battle the terrain, mountains, gorges, glaciers, rainforests, rivers and rapids. Each week, one team is eliminated, and the last remaining duo will win $500,000!” That is a lot of green for winning and “getting out alive.” NBC was kind enough to offer our audience a giveaway that ties into the show, but first check out this awesome app…

Try it out? Enjoy the “action-packed” GIFs taken directly from the show. Did you take the WOULD YOU GET OUT ALIVE? quiz? Watch some of the videos and learn more about the show’s contestants? Lets get to that giveaway!

We have a Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet from Gerber to give to one lucky commenter! The Survial Bracelets impressive design provides 12 feet of high-strength paracord to help you out of a variety of difficult situations. It has an integrated whistle, you can adjust it with one hand, and it weights- get this- less than an ounce!

How do you enter the contest? There are 3 ways!

  1. Take the quiz in the app above and leave a comment with your results!
  2. Leave a comment and tell us who your favorite contestant is!
  3. Tweet about the contest and use the hashtags #GetOutAlive #Contest #MHD along with this link.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random!

Disclaimer (and other Details)
This contest is only open to everyone with a valid address. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a (working) email address, so we are able to contact you if you win. Once contacted, you have 48 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. Prizes have been provided in promotion of NBCUniversal’s Get Out Alive. A winner will be chosen on August 26th, 2013.

Posted on August 8th, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment (5)
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30 Rock

While perhaps not every guest star who appeared on “30 Rock” made comedy gold, I find myself having to dig deep through all the treats to find a dud. Some guest stars made a one-off appearance on the NBC sitcom, and some did multiple episode arcs while others would appear at least once or twice a season.

It seemed like the writers found the perfect characters and wrote to each guest star’s particular strengths. They (mostly) managed to fit seamlessly into Liz Lemon’s personal universe populated by her rag-tag group of co-workers…whom she often had to treat as children.

So, while you may never see another new episode of “30 Rock” you can always look back and remember the good times. Or watch reruns. Heck, according to direct.tv you could even stream them from your DVR to your smartphone or tablet if you’re a DirecTV subscriber. Or log on to NBC.com or even Hulu.com.

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Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird

Who wouldn’t want to try to join Jon Hamm in the Bubble? Between Hamm’s stints on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” he proved his versatility as an actor. Add “comedic” as a prefix to “actor,” forevermore. Don Draper, took temporary steps to the side, because Dr. Drew Baird brought the laughs. Thankfully, just because Liz Lemon couldn’t handle the pediatrician’s overwhelming handsomeness–and its subtly manipulative effects on everyone around him–didn’t mean we wouldn’t be treated to repeat appearances from Hamm; handless as he eventually became.

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Will Arnett as Devon Banks

Arnett served as the perfect nemesis for Jack Donaghy. Arnett’s portrayal of Jack Donaghy’s formidable foe, whose equally deep voice really should have resulted in a low talker contest between the two moguls, was always fun with his plays for power, as well as his weakness for the ever-naive Kenneth Parcell. With plenty of smarmy charm, it was always a whiplash-inducing tennis match watching him and Donaghy make their respective plays for dominance.

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Elaine Strich as Colleen Donaghy

Elaine Strich was perfectly cast as Jack Donaghy’s tough mom who carried general disdain for Jackie boy’s love interests, but she did have as soft a spot in her hard-coated heart as possible for Liz Lemon. Her relative affection didn’t prevent her from giving Liz as tough a time as she gave her son. From Jack backing up and hitting her, seeing only her tights-clad legs fly in the air, to her fantastic funeral, Strich was a classy and indispensable, albeit entirely shrewish, addition to the list of recurring guest stars.

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Alan Alda as Milton Greene

Cast as Jack Donaghy’s deeply ironic biological father, Alan Alda is always a good idea. More a self-parody role for Alda since Milton Greene is a fairly accurate portrayal of the “MASH” actor himself. The added bonus of Alan Alda’s appearance was the cavalcade of guest stars his character’s need for a kidney inspired. “Kidney Now” brought together an impressive list that included Sheryl Crowe, the Beastie Boys (Ad Rock and Mike D), Mary J. Blige, Steve Earle, Wyclef Jean and so many other musical artists and actors.

The Honorable Mentions

Maybe this is a cheat, but here are a few more guest stars who deserve a mention. Chris Parnell‘s Dr. Leo Spacemen was always a creepy treat.

Brian Williams, the (real life) NBC Evening News anchor, was another surprise with his dry humor and good sportsmanship.

Guest post written by Scott. Cover photo from Flickr user Daniel P. Fleming.

Did you know that today was Social Media Giving Day? Well, it is, so what are you waiting for? Open a new window, sing up for Giver,head over to Twitter and Tweet a donation to your favorite charity! Check out this awesome app from our friends at Givver then keep reading below to find out how you can take home a #Give T-Shirt and stickers as a thank you for helping to promote donating through social media!

So, HOW DO YOU TWEET? Fill out the survey and let us know the results in the comments and you have a chance at winning this combo package for a T-Shirt and stickers…

Both are limited edition and are being giving out as a big thank you! If you want an extra entry into the contest, make a Tweet mentioning “Social Media Giving Day” with the hashtags #Give and #MHD. Winners will randomly be chosen next Monday the 22nd. Now that we have the contest details out of the way, how can you make a donation on Social Media Giving Day? Check out this handy step by step graphic…

And the Fine Print
The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes will be permitted. This contest is open to residents of the United States. Comments equal one entry into the contest, a comment and a tweet on Twitter is equal to two entries into the contest. Winners chosen by random drawing. You will have 24 hours to respond to the email connected to you comment otherwise another entry will be chosen as winner.

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment (7)
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