Monthly Archives: March 2011

Movies | Avatar – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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How does a gargantuan zillion dollar global blockbusting visually groundbreaking 3D tour de force get born? Little words on plain paper.

Avatar screenplay James Cameron, movie still

“Avatar,” a live action film with a new generation of special effects, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of “Titanic,” first conceived the film years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist.

Now, after four years of actual production work, “Avatar” delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

Avatar movie trailer

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION – by Visual Hollywood

BEGINNINGS

“AVATAR is the most challenging film I’ve ever made,” says writer-director James Cameron. And that is a declaration with resonance, given Cameron’s global renown as a master storyteller: his “Titanic,” “The Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Aliens,” “True Lies,” and “The Abyss” were groundbreaking films featuring a mix of spectacle, compelling narratives and characters, and technical wizardry resolutely in service of story and emotion.

AVATAR’s central figure, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a relatable everyman who unexpectedly rises to become a hero, as events draw him deeper into a clash of civilizations, between the Earth corporations bent on “developing” Pandora and the indigenous Na’vi. Jake is a former Marine who places honor and duty above all, but he must eventually choose between his personal honor, in defense of what is right, and his supposed duty to those who have tasked him with his mission. Continue reading »

Funny Dog Video | dog as housekeeper & personal valet

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 Dog As Housekeeper & Personal Valet

Amusing video of an amazing dog performing his housekeeper & personal valet talents. This terrific Terrier, Jesse, is one impressive pooch. He makes my canine, Enzo, look like a slouch. Enzo never even loads the dishwasher for me or makes the beds or puts his bowl in the dishwasher–sheesh. This video has excellent production values and a fine tune, COFFEE, by Josh Woodward. Watch and be bow wowed.

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funny animal video-dog doing housekeeping & personal valet tasks

Recipes | Oreo Cookies – easy & quick with funny how-to video

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In these times which ain’t too comfortable, comfort foods like Oreos come in handy. Here’s a great recipe for the classic Oreo cookie.

Oreo cookie recipe

Oreo cookies, the favorite little cream-filled cookie. Delicious and wonderful with milk.  For years to actually taste these morsels you would have to find them at your supermarket. And you were limited by only 2 sizes, medium and small. Until now.

Here is an easy and quick recipe for making your own oreo cookies, and as a plus they are vegan!    Continue reading »

Dog Training | How to Prevent and Stop Destructive Chewing

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You can reduce the risk of damage to occasional ill-gotten items by teaching your pup to exchange toys for treats, using something he loves that he’s allowed to have, such as a favorite chew toy or a food-stuffed Kong.

The key to this game is he learns that if he gives something up, he gets something better in return and he gets the original thing back as well. Two rewards for the price of one! Then, when he has a forbidden object, he’s more likely to bring it to you to trade than to drag his prize to his cave under the dining room table for a leisurely chew. The rare occasion that he doesn’t get “the thing” back won’t be enough to overcome the programming you’ve done by playing the “trade” game with him frequently.

In order for this to work, you have to stop playing “chase the puppy” when he grabs the sofa cushion or some other forbidden object. This is often an attention-getting behavior; he’s learned that grabbing “your” toys and dashing off with them initiates a rousing play session.

Here’s what you do:

1. Offer him his well-stuffed Kong and say, “Take it!” Have him on a leash if you think he’ll run off with it.

2. Give him a little while to get fully engaged in chewing, and then say “Give!” or “Trade!” in a cheerful tone of voice and offer him a handful of irresistible treats, such as small bits of chicken or cheese.

3. Hold the treats under his nose and let him sniff. It may take him several seconds to think about it, but eventually he should drop his Kong and start eating the treats. Don’t let him gulp them! Hold the tidbits so he can only take them one by one.

4. When he drops the Kong, say, “Yes!”

5. While he is still nibbling, reach down with your other hand and pick up the toy.

6. Let him nibble a bit longer, then offer him the Kong again.

7. Repeat the exercise several times. Then end the game by giving him back his Kong and letting him chew to his heart’s content.

8. Play this game at every opportunity, whenever he’s engaged in chewing on his toys on his own, or whenever you feel like initiating the game, until he’ll give up his chew object easily on your “give” cue.

Video | Heartwarming clip of dog with his injured friend amid Japan’s devastation

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Japan earthquake dog helping friend,GregoryMancuso.comHeartwarming display of empathy & loyalty shown by dog for his injured friend amid Japan’s devastation. The dog’s a Brittany Spaniel who happens to look just like my dog, Enzo, with identical mannerisms & expressions that made me do a double-take. I thought maybe Enzo hopped a flight to Japan to help, and since he’s a hard working hospital Therapy dog, it wouldn’t have surprised me in the least.

This is the full version–in Japanese