There is so much going on, so lets just jump right in and focus on some television news today.

After clearing house with cast members via a plane crash the season before this past one, Grey’s Anatomy is upgrading four recurring cast members from this past season to regulars… “Grey’s 2.0”? “Grey’s: The New Class”? All four, Camilla Luddington, Gaius Charles, Jerrika Hinton and Tessa Ferrer (pictured to the left), took on the roles of the new class of interns along with Tina Majorino. Sadly, due to being attached to the new TNT drama Legends, Majorino has not joined the others as a regular next season. Personally, I preferred the Veronica Mars and  Napoleon Dynamite alum to the others. We’ll see if she’ll be back recurring and depending on how her new show does, if she’ll be upgraded at some point.

While on the subject of a Shonda Rhimes show, lets turn to another one. Scandal has been red hot for ABC and the drama just made another smart move. They have upped Scott Foley to a series regular for the shows upcoming third season. This past season he recurred as Jake Ballard, who ended the season with his fate being a cliffhanger. I guess we can say that he survives “the pit” (sorry, I can never resist a bad pun).

Foley has been busy on TV in recent years, with recurring gigs on Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood, along with a regular role on the dead-before-it-aired The Goodwin Games. It’ll be nice for him to stick around a series for more than a season and grow into a new role.

Moving away from ABC and Shonda Rhimes, how about we turn to some lighter fare? The well received Cartoon Network Teen Titans Go! has been renewed for a second season. The series features DC Comic’s younger generation of heroes, including Robin, Beast Boy and Raven, being teenagers and doing normal teenage things. Things like taking your driving test and messing with a pizza man. The cartoon is over the top and zany.

Season one is still ongoing with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 7:30pm, then reairing throughout the week. The series is surprisingly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for future episodes. Shut off your brain, sit back, and enjoy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced yesterday that he would be returning to The Terminator franchise.  Rumor is that he would play a human character.  Arnold also revealed his plans to also star in the new Conan the Barbarian movie as well as a new Twins movie. Terminator 5 will start shooting in January.

Today comes news that Arnold would return to The Expendables 3.  Other Casting rumors for the new Expendables movie have Mel Gibson as the villain and Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich joining the cast.  Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Mickey Rourke are rumored to be reprising their roles from earlier movies. The Expendables 3 begins shooting in August.

This Friday The Purge hits theaters. One family faces the ultimate test of survival as all crime is made legal for 12 hours, sundown to sunrise, and they must do what ever it takes to safeguard themselves from the outside world. You don’t have to wait that long! Keep reading to see if you would survive the night and you just might win some cool swag thanks to Universal Pictures.

Posted below is the “The Purge Blog App”, which has been designed with a series of questions to quiz your reactions and drive for survival. Would you make it to sunrise without becoming a monster?


THE PURGE CONTEST DETAILS

You can take home the T-Shirt and Mask pictured above! For an entry into the contest, all that you have to do is take the quiz and post your results in the comments! That is it, easy as pie.

For an additional entry into the contest, you can also comment with what you would do if for 12 hours, all crime was legal. Would you rob a bank? Become a monster? Try to protect other families in danger? Get your comment in by June 12th to enter!

The Purge was written and directed by James DeMonaco, and stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, and Tony Oller.

Disclaimer (and other Details)
This contest is only open to US residents with a valid address. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a valid 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 provided by Universal Pictures.

Sure, Zach Braff and Veronica Mars have an easy time raising the funds that they need through crowd-sourcing, but not everyone has it so easy. My Hollywood Dream’s very own columnist Lucian has put together a crowd-sourcing page to bring his eBooks to life via printed anthology. Help bring Supernatural Tales to life!

Lucian’s goal is a very modest $5,000 that he would use towards printing costs, hiring an artist to create an original cover , and publicity. He is offering five perks, including a copy of one of the stories as an eBook for 5 dollar contributions, the complete collection in eBook for 15 dollars, a signed paperback for 50 dollars, and a thank you in the actual paperback book for 100 dollars. Sure, the perks do not include hanging out with celebrities or getting a T-Shirt that you’d never wear, but I can say for sure that 5 dollars is a Bargain to read Lucian’s original stories- which ironically enough is the short story you’d get for donating 5 dollars. Lets take a closer look at all of the stories that make up Supernatural Tales

Bargain
On their tenth anniversary a husband explains the strange bargain he made to win his wife’s love.

I Dream Analyze Genie
The story of the genie in the magic lamp is an old one, told many times. And, more often than not, things do not end well for the poor unfortunate who stumbles across the lamp. Which of course raises one important question: After all these years hasn’t anyone figured out rubbing an old lamp is a BAD idea? On the other hand, though, we are a more educated, intelligent and introspective species than we ever have been before. Certainly modern man could find a way to benefit from the powers of the genie. Surely by now we can benefit from making wise choices in what we wish for. Well, that is the subject of this wry tale.

Zombie Zoo
A food critic and a young Goth discover a terrible secret behind The Zombie Zoo nightclub. Together they must do battle with a terrible monster. Inspired by the Tom Petty song “Zombie Zoo”(Note: no actual zombies).

Devil’s in the Details
An occult professor accidentally sells his soul to a demoness. Can he find a way to avoid an eternity in Hell?

Closing Argument
Lawyer Jim Prentice faces his greatest challenge, defending his right to live in a trial with Death himself as judge.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading earlier drafts of “Closing Argument” and “Devils in the Details” and I can not wait to eventually get Supernatural Tales as a paperback and see what changes Lucian has made to the stories! Please head on over to the book’s IndieGoGo page and donate anything you can (every dollar helps).

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Everything in the past 22 issues has been leading up to this. All of Angel’s planning and his journey with Faith is coming to a head. Did the spell work? Has Giles been resurrected? The issue’s description does not lead on, but thankfully for us, the issue came out last week. I’ve really enjoyed how this series has played out and I hope that it ends as well as it has been. Big props to writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs. I know were only on issue two of the last arc, but I hope that we have some resolution to the “season’s” journey.

Angel & Faith #22
Giles’s resurrection has been pushed to the back burner while Angel and Faith tackle Season 9’s Big Bads—Pearl, Nash, and Whistler—who threaten to release boundless magic over the planet. Only the strong will survive!

Why are you still here? Go find out if Giles is back!

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IT professionals who are looking to support their skills, knowledge and experience with an essential source of validation in the information management and storage sector of IT should look into earning an EMC certification. EMC is the number one certification program in the storage and management industry, and individuals who earn certification in one of several different tracks will have a major advantage in the workplace. Their proven professional education certification program will offer top of the line education and validation of skills that are found in job roles offered by numerous computing companies. By enrolling in an EMC training course and then taking the exam associated with the certification, you will have proven your abilities to employers who are searching for the next great thing in information storage.

Perhaps the greatest thing about EMC is the fact that you can truly branch out your skills to become a specialist in any one of the available career tracks. If your interests and/or experience lie in storage administration, EMC offers certifications for general information storage and technology specific careers. Individuals can also take on roles that include technology architect, data scientist, platform engineer, system administrator, application developer and more.

The way in which EMC separates its exams is easy to follow. There are three levels of certification: associate, specialist and expert. Many tracks offer certifications in all three, allowing the individual to diversify and specify his/her career attraction. Some offer participants the ability to specialize a broad set of skills, usually once earning a prerequisite associate certification that verifies knowledge of basic foundational skills. Become familiar with the EMC educational program and take a look at the certifications they have to offer to choose one that sounds right for you.


A big thanks to Nimi for this insightful guest post.

Posted on May 31st, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment
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Well, it is that time again… we have a new X-Men #1. This series relaunches more than most people change their underwear. This relaunch in particular is starting with a bit of a twist, and would be more properly titled X-Women as it features some of the X-Men’s most famous heroines teaming up minus the gentlemen of the atom. Lead by Storm, the team features Shadowcat, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Rogue, and Psyclocke.

(spoilers, maybe?) Can anyone explain just what is happening with Jubilee? She lost her powers, then was turned into a vampire, and now on these covers she looks back to her old self… um? I have only been following X-titles with “Factor”, “All New”, or “Wolverine and” in the titles… I guess I missed a few things.

X-Men #1
Official Description: Because you demanded it! The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth’s survival…or its destruction. Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life on earth!

The Marvel comic will hit stores and the digital market place on May 29th, 2013. Will you be picking it up and following the adventures of the first X-Women team?

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Posted on May 25th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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