thewaywayback

There are some movies which are famous and wide-spread only through the weekend of the premiere. They are pointless, useless and stupid. Most often, these movies are comedies. But there are some comedies which are not entirely comedies. There are stories about love and disgrace, hatred and forgiveness, and all these in disguise if a sift and light summer comedy. The Way Way Back is a story of reincarnation, even in such a short time and under such comical circumstances, always touch to depth of soul. It is unlikely that a summer at an Aqua park and several new acquaintances can abruptly change human’s life. However, this is precisely what happens in the The Way Way Back. And it is portrayed so normal and fine-looking, that not to believe it is simply impossible. The studio which brought us once such heartwarming stories as Juno and Little Miss Sunshine is about to restore our faith in humanity one more time. This summer comes yet another one life-affirming, gentle, a little clumsy, but nevertheless charming comedy Way Way Back. It might seem that nothing could be said more about the beauty of the human soul in the guise of an extremely awkward shell and the importance of genuine values than it already has been said, but there are many possible points of view. This time, the point of view belongs to a socially-awkward teenager boy (Liam James), who is constantly bullied by his mom’s douche boyfriend (Steve Carell) and has no basics of social knowledge whatsoever.

A pleasant boy, who had all the changes to grow up and to be a successful man, loses faith. He has nothing to live for, nothing to love, only suffer and disgrace. Nobody cares about him, even his mother has more interest in her new douche boyfriend, who, by the way, always seizes an opportunity to humiliate Duncan. Duncan is self-conscious, he has no self-respect whatsoever. In other words, Duncan is a classical loser. But something changes, when his mother’s boyfriend takes the whole family on a vacation to his beach house. Duncan changes, his life changes and it will never come back to be the same.

By the will of the fate Duncan meets an actual spiritual guide (Sam Rockwell), who explains to him how important is to believe in yourself and how unimportant is the opinions of others. Over time, Duncan becomes stronger and stronger, so he finds a lovely girl who, of course, is at first confused, but then falls for changing Duncan more and more. Throughout the movie, we trace the emergence of Duncan as a man and as a person. All this comes easily, effortlessly, in the relaxed atmosphere of a summer frivolity. It takes only one dig deeper, and immediately comes the realization that The Way Way Back is not a mindless comedy, It is a story of a boy, who became a man. It is a story of love so pure and unconditional, that there are no conventionalities to hold it back.

X-Factor Issue 262

It is with a heavy heart that I write that X-Factor, one of Marvel’s most consistent, entertaining and best written series, has come to an end. Yesterday, X-Factor #262 hit stores and with it part 6 of “The End of X-Factor”, a very literal end as the series has come to a natural conclusion by longtime writer Peter David. The series set itself part from the X-Universe and the larger Marvel universe by somehow making mutants, time travel, demons, and even Gods somehow more grounded.

The twists and turns kept coming as characters came and left throughout the years, but the core team- all of which were secondary characters, were brought front and center by David and through his writing any one of them would be capable of leading their own series. There is a bittersweet element to the 6 part “The End of X-Factor” arch that closed out the series. Each issue we’ve gotten a look (a coda of sorts) at where each character is following “Hell on Earth”. As much as a love seeing the characters where they are post X-Factor, I’d much rather have seen them all together, at least one last time. Maybe issue 262 will do just that, but I doubt it.

X-Factor #626
Official Description: The end of X-Factor!

Peter David has left X-Factor behind before and returned in the past, maybe he’ll do the same in the future. We can only hope… Maybe Layla Miller could let us know?

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by ThePit | 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!

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  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!
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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.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1

Here we go! X-Men: Battle of the Atom is here. After 15 issues of All-New X-Men with the original team in the present fighting to fix “their future” and the fall out from “X-Men vs Avengers” felt deeply in Uncanny X-Men, and Wolverine’s continued growth along with the future generation of mutants in Wolverine and the X-Men, we have a lot coming to head in the first crossover that will take us through these books to deal with the consequences of time travel. A future team of X-Men will be coming to the present in an effort to set things right” and get the original X-Men to return to their time, but there is much more going on with sentinels (as seen above) and a mystery villain from the future.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1
Official Description: The past, present and future of the X-Men collide in this 50th Anniversary event crossover! When investigating a new mutant, something truly horrible happens to the All-New X-Men that shakes time and space to its core. This is so dire that X-Men come from THE FUTURE with a message: THE ALL-NEW X-MEN MUST RETURN TO THE PAST! The ten-part crossover starts here with superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho!

The crossover begins on September 4th from Marvel Comics. Will you be following the X-Men from the past to the future and beyond? What do you think will be the outcome from the story?

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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SyFy Series: Rewind

This is exactly the type of show I want to see from SyFy, the network that was formerly the Sci-Fi Channel. I’ve been so tired of endless (and cheap) reality shows and wrestling (still, really?). Sharknado was a shot in the arm and I’m glad to see that SyFy is moving forward with new high-concept shows.

Tonight is the premiere of Rewind, a new series that mixes the end of the world, terrorism, and time travel. Add the fact that the pilot epsiode guest stars Lost alum Jeff Fahey and genre director David Cronenberg, and you have a show that is making the right early moves. The series stars Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes, along with Shane McRae, Robbie Jones, Jennifer Ferrin, and Keon Mohajeri.

Official Description, “Pilot”: A team of military operatives and civilian scientists travel through time using untested technology in order to alter events and hopefully prevent a devastating terrorist attack.

The first episode is two hours long, it premieres on the SyFy channel tonight at 9pm (and I’m sure will reair at least half a dozen times in the next week). It should be interesting to see where the series goes from here? Do they change the past and have to live with an unknown future? Do they keep going back in time trying to alter the future more? Are they stranded in the past with limited knowledge of how to stop what they know already happened? There are so many places that a series about time travel can go, I can’t wait to see the route Rewind chooses to take.

What else is on tonight?

8PM

WWE RawUSA: WWE Monday Night Raw (wrestling)
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (reality competition)
ANIMAL: Mud Lovin’ Rednecks (reality)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of OC (reality)
CNN: Anderson Cooper 360 (news showcase)
FUSE: Fuse News (entertainment news)
ID: I (Almost Got Away With It (docu)

9PM

Get Out AliveNBC: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (reality competition)
ABC: Mistresses (drama)
CW: Breaking Pointe (reality)
A&E: The Glades (cop drama)
ANIMAL: Mud Lovin’ Rednecks (reality)
BBC: Top Gear (docu)
ID: Blood, Lies & Alibis (docu)

10PM

Under the DomeCBS: Under the Dome (drama)
NBC: Siberia (drama/reality hybrid)
PBS: POV (docu)
A&E: Longmire (drama)
CARTOON: Bob’s Burgers (animated)
DISXD: Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (teen)
FOOD: The Shed/Bubba-Q (food shows)

One Life to Live

After 55 episodes (including the More OLTL recap/interview shows), Prospect Park and TOLN’s revival of One Life to Live comes to a close on its first season. There have been ups (the return of Victor, Todd and Blair) and downs (behind the scenes union troubles, schedule shifts), but the most important fact is that the classic show returned (and came back better than ever). This isn’t the end of the series, just a short hiatus, and I look forward to seeing where they go from here. 

Official Description, Episode 54: Clint decides to make his presence felt at the Man of the Year Gala. Tea becomes enraged when she finds out who Dani is accompanying to the gala.

Official Description, Episode 55: Paramedics are called as the Man of the Year Gala goes awry. Natalie is horrified by what she finds at the hospital.

No spoilers, just click here and watch the two part season finale of One Life to Live. The reboot of One Life to Live stars Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, Melissa Archer, Robert Gorrie, Jerry Ver Dorn, Josh Kelly, Kelley Missal, Hillary B Smith, Laura Harrier, Corbin Bleu, Tuc Watkins, Robin Strasser, Florencia Lozano, Roger Howarth, and Robery S Woods.

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