The 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released

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Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up with a family that encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta Community College right after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. After high school, he decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.

On December 27, 2016, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released. In this edition, the book’s original ending is included. The anniversary edition also includes a new introduction from Asher, an essay from Asher, pages from the notebook that Asher used while writing Thirteen Reasons Why, reader reactions and a reading guide

Thirteen Reasons Why is a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in July 2011. The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.

Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven double-sided cassette tapes used by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself. The tapes were sent to various other people before arriving at Clay’s door.The first person to receive the tapes was Justin. They kissed once after she developed a crush on him. However, Justin told his friends that they did more than just kiss, which earned Hannah the reputation of a slut at school. The second person to receive them was Alex. Alex violated their friendship when he published a “hot or not” list comparing the girls in their class. He awarded Hannah the title of Best Ass, which only escalated her reputation as a slut. He also awarded his ex-girlfriend Jessica the title of Worst Ass, in revenge for her not having sex with him. The third person was Jessica. After being compared to Hannah on the “hot or not” list, Jessica slapped Hannah and ended their friendship. The slap left a scar on Hannah’s cheek…..

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  • Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen
  • Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
  • Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla
  • Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis
  • Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley
  • Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker
  • Miles Heizer as Alex Standall
  • Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey
  • Devin Druid as Tyler Down
  • Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen
  • Derek Luke as Kevin Porter
  • Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker

Hannah BakerHannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and Netflix’ adaptation of the book, 13 Reasons Why. Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, characterized by her struggle adjusting to life in an unsympathetic school environment. She is played by Katherine Langford on the television series.On the final tape Hannah recalls the day of her suicide. She decides to give life “one more try”, and visits Mr. Porter, the school counsellor, and asks for his help. She tells him about the rape, but when she refuses to disclose her rapist’s identity, he tells her that the only option is to “move on” with life. This conversation is related on Hannah’s final recorded tape. She then gives her uniform to Clay at the theatre before going to give the tapes to Tony. Hannah return home, fills her bathtub and uses the razors she stole from her father’s shop to slit her wrists. Hannah dies of blood loss and is found by her mother and father who attempt to save her by calling 911; but they are too late, Hannah is already dead.

 

Rape & Assault or Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) Crisis Hotline: 800-656-4673

In addition to its hotline, RAINN works with local rape crisis centers nationwide, providing resources, articles, programs, and events.

National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org For teens who have been abused.

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org For anyone who has been raped or experienced sexual violence.

 

 

 

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline that is free and available to anyone who is in emotional distress or crisis.

Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Hotlines: 800-SUICIDE (784 2433)

Teen Hotline Covenant House NineLine: 800-999-9999

SOS Teen Hotline: 800-949-0057

Grief Recovery Helpline: 800-445-4808

Cats

Did Charles Dickens have a dog?
In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Dickens had a small, shaggy Havana spaniel named Timber Doodle. Dickens had acquired Timber during a visit to America and the little dog soon became his constant companion, even accompanying him on his travels
Did Charles Dickens have a cat?
Charles Dickens was fascinated by taxidermy. … But when Dickens’s favourite cat died in 1862, the son of Williamina (named after Shakespeare until she had kittens), Dickens preserved only his paw and had it turned into a letter opener
Did Mark Twain loved cats?
Mark Twain loved cats. He once said, “I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.” … Twain wrote: “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
 
Why cats make better pets?
Cats keep themselves clean.

Cats don’t require regular grooming sessions like dogs do. The tongue of a cat is barbed in a way that removes dirt and grime from fur with startling efficiency. Cats literally lick themselves clean, another practical reason why cats are better than dogs

Is it good to have a cat as a pet?
YOU’LL HAVE A HEALTHIER HEART.

Owning any pet is good for your heart. Cats in particular lower your stress level—possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs—and lower the amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect.

 

Best Cat Breeds for Families

Abyssinian

This breed is thought to have originated near to the Egyptian coast.

The modern Abyssinian has its roots in Great Britain.

They are prized for their unique fur coats, which have single hairs displaying alternating bands of light and dark pigmentation.

Their popularity comes from their extroverted, intelligent, willful and playful personalities.

They are very dependent on the human relationships they share.

They tend to play with their owners, and show a unique combination of curiosity and intelligence.

They do best in families which have plenty of time to share with them.

 

American Shorthair

American Shorthair Cat is happy.

They are known to have quiet voices and sociable temperaments.

They can adapt to new circumstances easily.

They are easily trained and get along well with children and other pets.

For this reason, they make nice family pets.

They will need toys to play with that help them to explore their natural instincts for hunting prey.

They are not fond of being picked up, but they will choose a time to cuddle in a lap/ They are active, healthy and strong. Since they were originally bred to be working cats, they are not weak.

They will be calm and play the best when given plenty of play toys.

 

Bengal

This domestic breed cat was specifically developed to look like big jungle cats. It has a coat which is vividly marked with high contrast patterns similar to leopards, margays and ocelots.

It is the product of selective breeding with Asian leopard cat hybrids. These cats look wild due to their larger rosette spots and stripes.

They enjoy water, need lots of attention, like to play, and can jump more than four feet off the ground.

Breeders recommend that Bengals be four generations removed from the original leopard cat before being owned by the typical pet lover.

Bengal’s love walking on a leash, and is constantly moving toward higher ground.

Bengals love jumping, playing fetch, and do best with access to an outdoor enclosure. Bengals are happiest when playing in the water, and needs one family member who will spend the most time interacting and playing with them.

Birman

The Birman breed takes its name from the French word for Burma. The name is a derived from Birmanie.

The breed was thought to be the companions of northern Burma temple priests from the Mount of Lugh.

There are many stories about how the very first cats arrived in France, but there is no certain historical record to trace their journey.

The breed was almost lost during World War II, when only two cats were left alive. These two cats produced the offspring which would revive the breed.

Birmans of today are considered to be gentle, magical and enchanting.

Bombay

They prefer to be with people, and really are not fond of being along for long periods.

They seek attention because they are intelligent and enjoy playing.

They require little grooming, do well with other cats, and tend to cry and meow more than other cat breeds.

Their loud purr is distinctive, and they may very well use it immediately as they sit down next to their family members.

They are not aloof, and will need families who understand that they will bond to everyone; not just one favorite family member. 

Cornish Rex

This breed is one of the more active ones.

They are inquisitive, playful, outgoing and extremely determined. They are highly sociable and think its fun to play games.

They are impossible to ignore because they want to be a part of everything. Owners report that a Rex will steal food from their favorite human’s dinner plate.

They climb very well, sprint and leap and adore using their dexterity to paw their way to the tops of shelves and furniture.

They make fairly good choices for allergic humans because their fur is short, they shed less than other cats, and they are easy to bathe, which reduces the allergens which are typically spread with cats who shed more or don’t bathe.

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is one of the only cat breeds with naturally occurring spots. There are actually two Egyptian Maus, the “show” breed that was bred by cat fanciers in Europe, and the “original” Mau, which are much more varied in appearance than the show type.

  • The fancy version of the breed comes in either silver, bronze, or smoke with dark-colored spots all over the body and tabby stripes on the face, tail and feet.
  • Unlike the show version, the native Egyptian Mau comes in more colors including blue, cream, and red in both solid and tabby patterns. However, they do not come in the mackerel or ticked tabby patterns.
  • Both types have striking green eyes and are short hair cats.
  • This is a medium-size breed that run about eight to 12 pounds when full grown.
  • They are known for being affectionate and people-focused, although they can be shy.
  • Egyptian Maus are also very athletic and are possibly the fastest domestic cat, reaching recorded speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. They also have a reputation for being extreme jumpers.
Shirazi

A Shirazi is a crossbreed of an Egyptian Mau and a Persian, producing a semi-longhair spotted cat. The breed is not recognized yet by any cat registries. In their native Egypt, they are considered a “street cat.”

  • The Shirazi is a medium-sized longhair cat that has a thick, bushy tail.
  • They have muscular bodies with their back legs a bit longer than the front legs.
  • Their coat comes in bronze, red, black, blue, and cream. Silver and smoke are possible but very rare. Like Egyptian Maus, they come in the spotted tabby pattern as well as the classic tabby style or in solid colors.
  • They tend to have the same facial markings as tabbies with the dark “M” lines on the forehead and “eyeliner.”
  • Their eyes are either green or amber.
  • Shirazis are very smart and affectionate cats with a reputation for being a bit more relaxed than the Egyptian Mau, which no doubt comes from their Persian cat heritage
 Cat Breeds That Love To Snuggle

Tonkinese

Considered one of the most loving and social cats, the Tonkinese wants “her people” to play and love on her almost all day. They are said to be “generous” with their own affection in return and get along with other pets.

 Ragdoll

This breed has a sweet demure. They will follow you around, sleep with you and purr the moment you touch them. They get along with other pets and like to play, though being a lap cat is their happiest job.

Persian

As soon as he has the opportunity, he /she will be on your lap. Trying to work instead of pay attention to him? Not likely with this breed. He/she  will MAKE you snuggle him.

Birman

The gentle and quiet Birman will be your shadow. They love to snuggle with you and when you can’t snuggle, to be near you.

Himalayan

Although not demanding of attention, the gentle Himalayan wants nothing more than to cuddle with her owner. And, if you are not cuddling, she will let you know, quietly, that she wants attention.

Selkirk Rex

With a “must touch” coat, the Rex had to tolerate, even like attention because he was going to get it from everyone. This breed was bred for a nice temperament and he got it in spades. They will cuddle anyone, owner or stranger, and love to be picked up.

RagaMuffin

Considered the “cuddly teddy bears” of the cat world, it seems they were bred for snuggling. As soon as you touch one, he will expect you to continue with your attention, offering pets, a lap to cuddle on, or arms to hold him.

Maine Coon

These gentle giants are really just huge babies. Even though they probably can’t fit fully on your lap due to their size that does not stop them from trying.

Sphynx

Although this breed may not be your first choice due to his lack of soft coat, they are one of the most affectionate cat breeds around. They are frequently found under the covers (they don’t get as warm without all that fur!) and have been called the “velcro lap cat” due to their desire to be on your lap as much as possible.

Image result for catsFamous Quotes About Cats

“I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.”—Ursula Andress (actress, Dr. No)

“A lie is like a cat: You need to stop it before it gets out the door or it’s really hard to catch.”—Charles M. Blow (columnist)

“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”―Ray Bradbury (author, Fahrenheit 451)

“Cats and dogs believe politicians are like cemetery caregivers — they are on top of everyone, but nobody listens.”—Rita Mae Brown (author, Rubyfruit Jungle)

“My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.”—William S. Burroughs (author, The Naked Lunch)

“Meow” means “woof” in cat.”—George Carlin (comedian)

“It is very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them they always purr.”—Lewis Carroll (author, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.”—Kristin Cast (author, House of Night series)

“Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.”—Miguel de Cervantes (author, Don Quixote)

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”—Jean Cocteau (director, Orpheus)

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”—Colette (author, Gigi)

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”—Jim Davis (cartoonist, Garfield)

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”—Charles Dickens (author, Great Expectations)

“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”—Albert Einstein (theoretical physicist)

“Making movies is like herding cats.”—Eric Fellner (movie producer, Fargo)

“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.”—Benjamin Franklin (Founding Father of the United States)

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”—Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst)

“Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.”—Walter Lionel George (author, A Bed of Roses)

“Cats will outsmart dogs every time.”—John Grogan (author, Marley & Me)

“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.”—Robert A. Heinlein (author, Red Planet)

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”—Ernest Hemingway (author, For Whom the Bell Tolls)

“She sights a Bird—she chuckles—/She flattens—then she crawls—/She runs without the look of feet—/Her eyes increase to Balls—”—Emily Dickinson (poet, Because I could not stop for Death)

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”—James Herriot (author, All Creatures Great and Small)

“If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.”—Patricia Hitchcock (actress; daughter of movie director Alfred Hitchcock)

“If you want to write, keep cats.”—Aldous Huxley (author, Brave New World)

“A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.”—William Ralph Inge (author, Outspoken Essays)

“Curiosity killed the cat.”—Ben Johnson (playwright, Every Man in His Humour)

“I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.”—Nafisa Joseph (model)

“Cats, like men, are flatterers.”—Walter Savage Landor (author, Imaginary Conversations)

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”—Leonardo da Vinci (artist, Mona Lisa)

“In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered, and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown.”—H.P. Lovecraft (author, At the Mountains of Madness)

“Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.”—Desmond Morris (author, The Naked Ape)

“Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.”—James Mason (actor, North by Northwest)

“I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of highest order.”—Trisha McCagh (animal communicator)

“Cats have it all — admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”—Rod McKuen (poet, Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows)

“A dog will flatter you but you have to flatter the cat.”—George Mikes (author, How to be an Alien)

“People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.”—Henry Morgan (privateer)

“Cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people that it is often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.”—P.J. O’Rourke (author, Parliament of Whores)

“You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.”—Jane Pauley (journalist, The Today Show)

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”—Edgar Allan Poe (author, “The Raven”)

“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.”—Paula Poundstone (comedian)

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”—Albert Schweitzer (theologian and physician)

“I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.”—William Shakespeare (playwright, Henry IV)

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”―Hippolyte Taine (critic)

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”—Eckhart Tolle (author, The Power of Now)

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”—Mark Twain (author, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”—Jeff Valdez (producer, Urban Jungle)

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”—Jules Verne (author, Journey to the Center of the Earth)

“If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer.”—A.N. Whitehead (mathematician and philosopher)

“The phrase ‘domestic cat’ is an oxymoron.”—George Will (columnist)

  1. “If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.” — Barbara L. Diamond
  2. “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” — Mark Twain
  3. “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” — Charles Dickens
  4. “I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats in infinitely superior.” — Hippolyte Taine
  5. “In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.” — Michel de Montaigne
  6. “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” — Jim Davis
  7. “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” — Neil Gaiman
  8. “After dark, all cats are leopards.” — Zuni Proverb
  9. “I have felt cats rubbing their face against mine and touching my cheek with claws gently sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” — James Herriot
  10. “A cat does not want all the world to love her. Only those she has chosen to love.” — Helen Thomson
  11. “A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are feeling are of pure love and contentment.” — St Francis of Assisi
  12. “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” — Albert Schweitzer
  13. “No amount of time will ever erase the memory of a good cat.” — Leo Dworkin
  14. “No man or woman can be called friendless who has the companionship of a cat.” — James Lautner
  15. “Cats know how to obtain food without labour, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.” — W.L. George

 Cat Movies

Best Movie Cats and Kittens

The Godfather and The Long Goodbye, to horror films like Pet Sematary and Re-Animator, to action movies and comedies alike, cats have often played a pivotal role in some of history’s greatest films. Mankind’s cat obsession may have even reached peak cinematic cuteness with the arrival of Peter Atencio’s title tabby, Keanu, in which Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele go to great lengths to retrieve their kidnapped kitten.

Simba, The Lion King (1994)

Well, he is the King of Pride Rock, a legacy passed down from the moment Rafiki proudly presented him to all the animals when he was just a little cub. And he grew up to be a lion his father Mufasa would be proud of, finally facing his fears and his guilt to confront his evil uncle Scar. And there are an awful lot of cats (and dogs) out there named Simba.

‘Alien’ & ’Aliens’ – Jones

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Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is rightly extolled as a resourceful survivor of the Alien franchise, but another survivor is often overlooked: Jones the cat. On board the USCSS Nostromo to control the rodent population and accompany Ellen Ripley, Jonesy managed to avoid the Xenomorph’s rampage throughout the ship. While his human cohorts, save Ripley, ultimately met their demise, the alien had little interest in Jonesy. The tomcat then joined Ripley in her hyper-sleep chamber for both the journey aboard the Narcissus, and again on Ripley’s return to Earth. Jonesy even survived those 57 years asleep
 Floyd, Ghost (1990)
After Sam (Patrick Swayze) is killed, he tries to warn wife Molly (Demi Moore) that she’s in danger. He realizes that their tabby, Floyd, can still sense him, so when his killer (Rick Aviles) breaks into their apartment, Sam screams at Floyd. The cat jumps at the killer, scaring him off, and saving the day.

 Black Cat, Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

In “The Cat From Hell” segment (based on a story by Stephen King and written for the screen by George Romero), a black cat gets revenge on an elderly man (William Hickey) whose pharmaceutical company has killed thousands of cats in lab experiments. After his sister, her friend, and the butler are killed by the cat, the old man brings in a hit man (David Johansen) to take it out. But the cat has the last laugh in a gruesome ode to Alien.

 Bob, A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

The real Bob plays himself in this uplifting biopic about a drug addict and busker whose encounter with a stray ginger cat helps turn his life around. Bob, clad in his usual red scarf, also attended the film’s London premiere. He couldn’t be bothered to act impressed when he meet Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, however.

 Scar, The Lion King (1994)

The supremely hiss-worthy Scar (a perfectly cast Jeremy Irons) is Mufasa’s scheming brother, who plots his death and takes over his kingdom. His villainy doesn’t end there: Having failed to also kill Mufasa’s son, Simba, he cruelly convinces the cub that Mufasa’s death was his fault. Scar’s epic defeat is poetic justice (and quite dark for a Disney film): The hyenas who helped his rise to power now devour him!

Cat’s Eye (1985)General, Cat’s Eye (1982)

A stray tabby links these three Stephen King stories. In the first, James Woods goes to the wrong clinic to try to quit smoking. To show him they mean business, they start shocking the cat … and that’s just their first threat! In the second tale, the rich man regards the cat (who survives crossing busy traffic) as his good luck charm as he challenges his wife’s lover to a deadly wager. But the tabby bestows its luck on the lover, not the murderous tycoon. In the last, and most cat-centric story, he makes it his mission to save young Amanda (Drew Barrymore) from a troll that tries to steal her breath every night. Amanda insists the cat stay and calls him “General.” Mom keeps trying to get rid of the cat—until he finally defeats the troll and the parents realize that General is a furry little hero.

 Koumal and Sangha, Two Brothers (2004)

this story about two orphaned tigers who are separated as cubs. The good news is that neither dies, although one ends up in a circus with a cruel trainer. When they’re finally reunited a year later, they’re sicced on each other as entertainment for the crowds—until they recognize each other and begin playing like cubs again. They are finally returned to the jungle in a long overdue happy ending.

Cat, Coraline (2009)

supernatural in Neil Gaiman’s book, but he still possesses some unusual abilities in the animated film, including being able to speak in The Other World. However, he is not, as he tells Coraline, a different version of himself there, “No. I’m not the Other anything. I’m me,” he tells her. (He’s voiced by Keith David.) He helps Coraline escape from the evil Other Mother, who, incidentally, hates cats.

 Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, The Cat Returns (2002)

After a girl saves a cat from being run over, she’s inundated with gifts from the cat’s family.It seems he’s a prince and now his father, the Cat King wants her to marry his son!

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ – Tjorven

In the Stiegg Larsson novel, a dismembered stray cat named Tjorven is left on Mikael Blomkvist’s porch as a warning to discontinue his investigation.

  Shere Khan, The Jungle Book (1967)

This silky smooth tiger is voiced by Oscar-winning Brit George Sanders, and remains one of the most elegant and menacing of all Disney villains. Once he learns there’s a man cub in his jungle, he vows to kill him—after lazily interrogating python Kaa for more information. Idris Elba lent his voice to the 2016 live-action remake, making for an even more sinister king of the jungle.

 ‘Sleepwalkers’ – Cats

Image of 'Sleepwalkers' - CatsIt’s a rare thing for a movie to include a chowder of feral cats as heroes, and rarer still to pit them against their shape-shifting energy vampire nemeses known as Sleepwalkers, but fret not; Stephen King provides. A lesser Stephen King tale written directly for the screen features a mother and son who are actually cat-like, shape-shifting creatures called Sleepwalkers. Poor Tanya (Mädchen Amick) accepts a date with the son, not realizing she’s going to be dinner for his mother. There are plenty of ordinary cats in the film as well, including the deputy sheriff’s cat Clovis, who rides shotgun in the squad car and helps take down the villains. Good work, Clovis!

‘Men in Black’ – Orion

a simple feline as the guardian of an entire galaxy. In this movie, however, Orion the cat does a fine job of evading humans and Bugs alike, protecting his Arquillian master’s prized possession and incredible source of energy.

True Grit’ – General Sterling Price

General Price don’t belong to me. He just rooms with me. Cats don’t belong to nobody. ‘Course, I depend on him.” That’s how John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn explains his relationship with his beloved cat, who drinks beer out of a saucer, and it says as much about how Price fits into the 1969 Western.

The cat in “Rhubarb” (1951) brings luck to a baseball team of underdogs.

Rhubarb,” the titular cat Rhubarb inherits a baseball team from the estate of his wealthy owner. The baseball team, called the Brooklyn Loons, initially protest being owned by a cat.

 The kittens in “The AristoCats” (1970) have a variety of skills.

“The AristoCats” can sing and play musical instruments. In the Disney animated classic, a mother cat (voiced by Eva Gabor) and her three jazz-loving kittens become victims to a nefarious scheme that separates them from their owner.

Oliver in “Oliver and Company” (1988) is based on a classic Charles-Dickens character.

“Oliver and Company” follows stray kitten Oliver (voiced by Joey Lawrence) as he navigates the streets of New York City and finds solace in a family of stray dogs who take him under his wing.

‘Batman Returns’ – Selina’s Cats

Image result for ‘Batman Returns’ – Selina's CatsImage result for ‘Batman Returns’ – Selina's CatsLong thought to have supernatural powers or walk the line between the magical and the mundane, cats have had a variety of mystical appearances on the big screen. One of the most memorable has to be the resurrection of Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) by a glaring of alley cats. After being unceremoniously defenestrated to her presumed death by her boss, Selina is swarmed by strays until she snaps back to wakefulness. The only catch to being reanimated by feral cats is that Selina develops a dissociative identity disorder and takes on the mantle of Cat woman.

‘The Godfather’ – Vito’s Cat

This cat wants to play. You can tell that the cat trusts Vito (Marlon Brando), as he stretches out on his back exposing his vital organs to the Don. Yes, he bats at Vito, but the claws aren’t out. Vito plays with this rascal of a cat while listening to a man ask for a murder at Vito’s daughter’s wedding. Vito doesn’t want to do business on such a day. He just wants to take some time to play with his cat. And even though he routinely orders the murders of men, introducing him with a playful cat on his lap, and showing how carefully Vito can allow a cat to play while also listening with intent, makes us like him from the start.

‘The Hunger Games’ – Buttercup

Image result for ‘The Hunger Games’ – ButtercupImage result for ‘The Hunger Games’ – ButtercupButtercup is basically Katniss in cat form – a good hunter, the ultimate survivor, and deeply devoted to Prim – so it’s no wonder they’re enemies. After all, no one hates Katniss Everdeen like Katniss Everdeen. Katniss tried to drown him. Didn’t take. The Capital bombed District 12. Didn’t take. Buttercup just keeps trucking on, hissing his head off and offering solace when it’s most needed

‘Homeward Bound’ – Sassy

Image result for ‘Homeward Bound’ – SassySassy became an animal icon thanks to the voice work of Sally Field and the on-screen performance of Tiki the cat. The subtitle to this film was “The Incredible Journey,” a description that’s earned, not just by the plot’s improbable adventure, but also by the amazing animal work among the two dogs and their sassy feline friend.

‘Pet Sematary’ – Church

Pet Sematary centers on The Creeds, a family of nice folk who move into a home on an all too busy road that also happens to have a mystical cemetery capable of reviving the dead. Church, The Creed family’s loving, playful house cat falls prey to the high-speed traffic – foreshadowing both the dangers of the speedway and the powers of the burial ground – and returns from the dead a changed furball. Aggressive, clumsy and putrid smelling, Church goes from beloved pet to fearful antagonist, ever-hissing, eyes glowing, in the background as the Creed family is torn apart by grief (and the undead)

Harry Potter’ Movies – Crookshanks

harry-potter-crookshanksHermione’s giant ginger cat initially seems to cause trouble for the magical trio, finding particular exception with Ron (we’re introduced to her when she jumps on his head). However, not only does Crookshanks make friends with Sirius Black in his dog form and even works as a kind of assistant, she also continually attacks Ron’s rat Scabbers, who of course is the evil Peter Pettigrew in disguise. So really, she’s the hero

‘Hocus Pocus’ – Thackery Binx 

Thackery Binx is one of the all-time cinematic furbabies; a hero in a snuggly little black cat’s body. After failing to rescue his little sister from the life-force consuming trio of witches, The Sanderson Sisters, Thackery is cursed with immortal life as a talking black cat. When the Sanderson Sisters rise once more, Binx proves himself a devoted, heroic fellow once again, throwing himself in the magical crossfires to help Danny Dennison save his little sister the way Thackery could not.

‘Captain Marvel’ – Goose

captain-marvel-goose-image Nick Fury’s right-hand feline, sending him floating through Zero-G, slurping up a tesseract — and of course, they helped save the world and took Nick Fury’s eye.

Charles Dickens

What did Charles Dickens write about?
Charles Dickens was a British novelist, journalist, editor, illustrator and social commentator who wrote such beloved classic novels as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations
Where is Charles Dickens from?
Charles Dickens/Place of birth Landport, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
What influenced Charles Dickens?
The writings of Charles Dickens were exceedingly influenced by his own experiences and the social and political conditions of England in the 1800’s. … Born in Portsmouth, England on February 7, 1812, Charles John Huffman Dickens would become one of England’s greatest writers and critics.
Was Charles Dickens knighted?
Peter Ackroyd’s Dickens (1990) states that it was rumored at the time that Queen Victoria offered Dickens knighthood, which he rejected… and died after three months
Why was Charles Dickens so important during the Victorian age?
An immensely popular author during the Victorian eraan era that wrought the Industrial Revolution, Charles Dickens also was a social reformer as well as a critic and satirist in his literary works. … Further, in his novel Bleak House, Dickens satirizes the injustice of delay in court proceedings.
What influenced Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol?
Issues related to the education of the poor also inspired A Christmas CarolDickens visited a ragged school, which provided free education for urban children, in 1843. … Charles Dickens saw conditions in his everyday life that he wanted to change. By writing about them, he hoped to contribute towards reforming them.
Why did Dickens write Oliver Twist?
Coursework-Oliver Twist Charles Dickens wrote the novel “Oliver Twist” as a way of expressing his views on how the rich treated the poor, and how he felt about the laws regarding the poor. At the time there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor due to industrialisation.
Charles Dickens

NAME
Charles Dickens
BIRTH DATE
February 7, 1812
DEATH DATE
June 9, 1870
PLACE OF BIRTH
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
PLACE OF DEATH
Higham, Kent, United Kingdom

Charles Dickens was a British novelist, journalist, editor, illustrator and social commentator who wrote such beloved classic novels as Oliver TwistA Christmas CarolNicholas NicklebyDavid CopperfieldA Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations

Dickens was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, on the southern coast of England.

The famed British author was the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a naval clerk who dreamed of striking it rich. Charles’ mother, Elizabeth Barrow, aspired to be a teacher and school director.

Despite his parents’ best efforts, the family remained poor. Nevertheless, they were happy in the early days. In 1816, they moved to Chatham, Kent, where young Dickens and his siblings were free to roam the countryside and explore the old castle at Rochester.

Charles Dickens’ Books

Throughout his career, Dickens published a total of 15 novels. His most well-known works include:

‘Oliver Twist’ (1837-1838)

Oliver Twist, Dickens first novel, follows the life of an orphan living in the streets. The book was inspired by how Dickens felt as an impoverished child forced to get by on his wits and earn his own keep.

As publisher of a magazine called Bentley’s Miscellany, Dickens began publishing Oliver Twist in installments between February 1837 and April 1838, with the full book edition published in November 1838.

Dickens continued showcasing Oliver Twist in the magazines he later edited, including Household Words and All the Year Round. The novel was extremely well-received in both England and America. Dedicated readers of Oliver Twist eagerly anticipated the next monthly installment.

‘A Christmas Carol’ (1843)

On December 19, 1843, Dickens published A Christmas Carol. The book features the timeless protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly old miser, who, with the help of ghosts, finds the Christmas spirit.

Dickens penned the book in just six weeks, beginning in October and finishing just in time for the holiday celebrations. The novel was intended as a social criticism, to bring attention to the hardships faced by England’s poorer classes.

The book was a roaring success, selling more than 6,000 copies upon publication. Readers in England and America were touched by the book’s empathetic emotional depth; one American entrepreneur reportedly gave his employees an extra day’s holiday after reading it. Despite literary criticism, the book remains one of Dickens’ most well-known and beloved works.

‘Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son’ (1846 to 1848)

From October 1846 to April 1848, Dickens published, in monthly installments, Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son. The novel, which was published in book form in 1848, centers on the theme of how business tactics affect a family’s personal finances.

Taking a dark view of England, it is considered pivotal to Dickens’ body of work in that it set the tone for his other novels.

‘David Copperfield’ (1849 to 1850)

David Copperfield was the first work of its kind: No one had ever written a novel that simply followed a character through his everyday life. From May 1849 to November 1850, Dickens published the book in monthly installations, with the full novel form published in November 1850.

In writing it, Dickens tapped into his own personal experiences, from his difficult childhood to his work as a journalist. Although David Copperfield is not considered Dickens’ best work, it was his personal favorite. It also helped define the public’s expectations of a Dickensian novel.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

What do you do with Thanksgiving leftovers on Food Network?
Put all those turkey day leftovers to optimal use with one of these creative ways to reinvent them throughout the holiday weekend.
  1. Leftover Thanksgiving Nachos …
  2. Thanksgiving Leftovers Hand Pies. …
  3. Turkey Frittata. …
  4. Turkey Tetrazzini. …
  5. Turkey Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings. …
  6. Leftover Turkey Chili
Leftover Turkey Sliders
Leftover Turkey Recipes – Turkey Sliders
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These leftover turkey sliders with turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy, and delicious sweet buttered rolls are the BEST!

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey recipes
Servings12 sliders
Calories162 kcal
AuthorChelsea
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 count) package Sweet Hawaiian rolls, sliced in half
  • 1 pound Leftover turkey breast OR Deli Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup cranberry sauce*
  • 10 ounces Muenster cheese, thinly sliced to get 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 package (.87 ounces) McCormick Turkey Gravy, separated
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Poppyseeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick Dried Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Onion Powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Using a large serrated knife, slice the entire package of rolls in half. You don’t want to cut or separate individual rolls, but rather make it so you have a bottom half of all the rolls and a top half of all the rolls (see photos in this post). Place the bottom half of the rolls in the prepared pan.

  3. Evenly layer half of the turkey over the rolls. Spread an even layer of cranberry sauce on top. (Make sure you have a good thick cranberry sauce so the bottom of the rolls don’t get soggy!)

  4. Evenly layer the cheese. (I do 2 layers of muenster cheese). Evenly layer the remaining turkey. Add the top half of the rolls and set aside.

  5. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and melt. Stir in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of the turkey gravy packet, dijon mustard, poppyseeds, dried minced garlic, and onion powder. Whisk to combine.

  6. Evenly and slowly pour the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a spatula or pastry brush to spread the mixture over the tops. Some of the mixture will pool at the base of the rolls — that’s okay.

  7. Cover the sliders with foil and allow rolls to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Then bake in preheated oven (covered) for 18-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and turkey is heated throughout. Uncover and bake the sliders for another 3-5 minutes or until the sliders are done to your desired preference.

  8. Make sure to watch your sliders carefully to avoid burning. The bake time will vary based on the pan you used, the current climate/humidity, and differences in ovens.

  9. Meanwhile, add the remaining gravy mix to a small pot. Add in 3/4ths cup of cold water and prepare the gravy according to package instructions. Serve alongside finished sliders!

  10. Slice into individual sliders and serve immediately with a side of gravy! Sliders are best served right after being removed from the oven. These don’t store or re-heat very well.

Turkey and Brie Monte Cristo Sandwiches
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Eight 1/2 inch thick slices challah bread or brioche

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

12 ounces thinly sliced cooked turkey breast

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce or relish

3 large eggs

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions
  1. To make the sandwiches: Lay the bread out on the work surface. Spread one side of each slice with the mustard. Spread half of the cheese on 4 slices of the bread. Cover with half of the turkey and season with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly spread the cranberry on the turkey on the sandwich. Top with the remaining turkey; season with salt and pepper to taste, and cover with the remaining cheese and bread. Press down slightly on each sandwich. In a lipped plate or dish, whisk together the eggs and milk, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 2 large skillets over medium-low heat, add a tablespoon of both butter and oil to each pan. Dip and coat each of the sandwiches in the egg mixture and lay in the pans. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Sweet-Potato Poundcake

CAL/SERV:385
YIELDS:8
PREP TIME:hours 20 mins
TOTAL TIME:hour 40 mins
INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
tsp. salt
stick unsalted butter
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. light-brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. leftover mashed sweet potatoes
large eggs
Nonstick baking spray with flour
1/2 c. chopped pecans
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer on medium, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Blend in sweet potatoes; then eggs, one at time. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in thirds; blend just enough to combine.
  3. Spoon batter into a greased 9-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle pecans atop batter. Bake until cake tests clean when a skewer is inserted into center, 65 to 75 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes. Release cake from pan to cool completely.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Nachos
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo, plus more sauce for serving

10 cups tortilla chips

2 cups shredded leftover turkey meat

3 cups shredded Cheddar

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 cups thinly sliced leftover cooked Brussels sprouts

1 1/2 cups leftover cubed roasted butternut squash

1 cup packaged french-fried onions

1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves or parsley leaves

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Stir the sour cream and chipotle chile together in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wraps and refrigerate.
  2. Scatter half the chips on a rimmed baking sheet. Top with one-third of the turkey, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and fried onions. Scatter the remaining chips on top followed by the remaining two-thirds of turkey, cheeses, Brussels sprouts and fried onions. Bake until the cheeses are melted and bubbly, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Drizzle the nachos with chipotle sour cream and extra adobo sauce. Garnish with cilantro, black olives, and jalapenos.
Turkey Sloppy Joes
PREP TIME10 MINUTES
COOK TIME20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME30 MINUTES
SERVES4
Healthy turkey sloppy joes with an easy homemade sauce made with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. Everyone loves this recipe because it can also be made in the slow cooker!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey 
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup ketchup 
  • ¼ cup spicy low sugar BBQ sauce 
  • ½ tablespoon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Optional: ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For serving:
  • 4 sprouted/whole grain or gluten free hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Optional: Jalapeno slices

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a medium skillet and place over medium high heat. Add in the garlic, white onion and bell pepper; saute for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Transfer ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Next add ground turkey to the skillet and season with salt and pepper; break up the meat as it cooks.
  3. Once turkey is cooked, add the onion/bell pepper mixture back in. Then add in ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and mustard. If you like a little heat, add in cayenne pepper.
  4. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes longer. If sauce looks too thick, add in a tablespoon of water.
  5. Next add cheese on top of meat mixture, cover with a lid and let the cheese melt for 2 minutes (or until melted). Transfer meat onto hamburger buns and top with jalapeno slices.
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with pepper jack cheese.
Grilled Turkey, Brie, and Apple Butter Sandwich with Arugula
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 13 min
  • Prep: 8 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 sandwich
Ingredients

8 slices stone-milled rye artisan bread, about 1/2-inch thick

5 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup store-bought apple butter

1 pound sliced fresh roasted deli turkey

1/2 pound brie cheese, thickly sliced

1 bunch arugula, stems trimmed

  1. Spread each of 4 slices of bread with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Now spread each with 1 tablespoon of the apple butter. Top each slice of bread with a couple of slices of turkey, cover that with 2 to 3 slices of brie (enough to cover the turkey), and finally, arrange 2 to 3 arugula leaves on top. Spread the remaining 4 bread slices with 1/2 tablespoon of butter and lay them, buttered sides down, over the cheese; press gently.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Add as many sandwiches as will comfortably fit (either 2 or 4) and cook 2 to 3 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese begins to melt. Flip and cook 2 to 3 more minutes to brown the bread. (Add another tablespoon of butter and cook the remaining sandwiches, if you need to.) Cut the sandwiches in half and serve hot.
Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings 
Ingredients

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes, at room temperature

1 large egg, plus 4 for frying

1/4 cup milk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped sage

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped

8 ounces diced leftover turkey meat, about 2 cups

1/2 cup leftover turkey gravy

1/4 cup leftover cooked corn kernels

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

The Stand TV 2020 CBS All Access

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen.

Based on the novel, the drama series is Stephen King’s “apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.”

James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga have joined the cast of its original limited event series THE STAND

James Marsden will portray Stu Redman, an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.

Amber Heard will play Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

Odessa Young will play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.

Henry Zaga will portray Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.

On the Border

Intertwining cross-country odysseys are undertaken by a small number of survivors, including:

  • Stu’s party:
Stuart Redman, a factory worker from the fictional tiny town of Arnette, Texas
Frances Goldsmith, a pregnant college student from Ogunquit, Maine
Harold Lauder, an overweight high school outcast, also from Ogunquit
Glen Bateman, a quick-witted, pessimistic sociology professor from Woodsville, New Hampshire
Kojak (formerly “Big Steve”) an Irish Setter adopted by Glen, and one of very few dogs immune to the plague
Perion McCarthy and Mark Braddock, two lovers who are already a couple when they meet Stu’s group
Dayna Jurgens, a hard-headed and determined woman from Xenia, Ohio
Susan Stern, a former student from Kent State University
Patty Kroger, a beautiful young girl in her teen years
  • Nick’s party:
Nick Andros, an insightful deaf-mute drifter originally from (fictional) Caslin, Nebraska
Tom Cullen, a kind-hearted mentally challenged man from May, Oklahoma
Ralph Brentner, a jolly, easy-going farmer, also from Oklahoma
Dick Ellis, a former veterinarian in his early 50s
Gina McCone, a little girl
Olivia Walker, a sympathetic older woman
June Brinkmeyer, a redhead woman in her mid-20s
  • Larry’s party:
Larry Underwood, a disillusioned pop musician from New York City
Rita Blakemoor, a rich middle-aged woman also from New York City
Nadine Cross, a grade-school teacher with a dark secret from South Barnstead, New Hampshire
Leo Rockway, a traumatized, temporarily feral boy from Epsom, New Hampshire
Lucy Swann, a twenty-five year old former housewife and mother from Enfield, New Hampshire
Judge Farris, a seventy-year-old retired judge from Peoria, Illinois
Meanwhile, another group of survivors includes:

Lloyd Henreid, a not-too-bright common thief and accused murderer
Donald Merwin Elbert, known as “the Trashcan Man”, a schizophrenic pyromaniac
Whitney Horgan, an ex-Army cook and butcher
Julie Lawry, an unstable, oversexed teenager
“The Rat Man”, a pirate-like hood
Barry Dorgan, a former detective of the Santa Monica Police Department
Jenny Engstrom, a nightclub dancer and later construction worker
Hector “Heck” Drogan, a civilian who is executed for drug abuse by Flagg’s punishment system

They are drawn to Las Vegas, Nevada by Randall Flagg (also known as “the Dark Man”, “the Hardcase”, “the Tall Man”, and “the Walkin’ Dude”.) Although technically an agent of chaos, Flagg attracts people who like order and stability, even if it comes at the cost of fascism. But it is “not just the evil ones like him” who are receptive to Flagg’s summons, according to Mother Abagail, “but the weak ones…the lonely ones…and those who have left God out of their hearts.”

The Stand is described as “King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.”It was previously adapted as a miniseries on ABC in 1994.

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CBS All Access Casts of the The Stand

 

 

 

James Marsden (Westworld) will play Stu Redman, one of the main protagonists, described by CBS All Access as “an ordinary working-class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior.” Marsden had earlier been reportedly in talks to take on this role, and that has now been confirmed.

  • Amber Heard (Aquaman) will portray Nadine Cross, “a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg.”
  • Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) has been cast as Frannie Goldsmith, “a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man.”
  • Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will portray Nick Andros, “a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.”
  • Whoopi Goldberg (The View) will portray Mother Abigail who is a prophet that has visions from God and guides the survivors of the superflu.
  • Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies) has been cast as Randall Flagg, according to Collider. The menacing character has appeared in many of King’s books, with the first being The Stand.
  • Jovan Adepo (When They See Us) will play Larry Underwood, a musician drawn to fame and illegal substances. When plague hits he’ll have to face his demons in order to move through the changed world.
  • Owen Teague (IT) is set to appear as Harold Lauder, who goes in search of survivors with Frannie Goldsmith after the superflu hits his town.
  • Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black) plays Tom Cullen, Nick Andros’ traveling companion. Developmentally disabled after a bad fall as a child, his sweet nature will play a key role in survival.
  • Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) will portray Cobb, a member of the military who is assigned to supervise Stu Redman as the government searches for a cure to the superflu breakout

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Book to read in next month

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Dec. 3)

The second novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orïsha Trilogy, Children of Virtue and Vengeance picks up where Children of Blood and Bone left off. Zélie and Amari have restored the magic that left the world when the maji were massacred, but now they have a new and different problem — the ruling powers, who happen to be their greatest enemies, have had their magic restored, as well. Can Zélie and Amari find a way to unite the people against the state?

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The Clergyman’s Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Molly Greeley (Dec. 3)

Charlotte Lucas leapt at the chance to marry Mr. Collins, the clergyman who was to inherit the Bennet family’s estate. Years later, Charlotte Collins is the wife of an awkward minister, mother to a delightful child, and a woman who feels utterly unfulfilled. When she makes the acquaintance of an attractive local farmer, however, Charlotte must reassess her old decisions — a reconsideration that will determine the success, or failure, of her future.

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The once tight-knit community of Golden Cove, New Zealand is torn apart by the disappearance of a young runner. Investigating the case are a transplanted detective and one of Golden Cove’s prodigal daughters — each of whom has a past and an insider’s knowledge of the town’s dark underbelly. This isn’t the first disappearance in Golden Cove, but hopefully, it will be the last.

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The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison (Dec. 3)

The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom

“We die,” said Toni Morrison during her 1993 Nobel lecture. “That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Taking its name from this quote, The Measure of Our Lives collects the best quotes from across Morrison’s body of work. If you’re looking to end the year on an uplifting, energizing note, this is it.

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Reputation by Sara Shepard (Dec. 3)

r Sara Shepard comes this new thriller about a college campus divided by an email leak affecting tens of thousands of people. With faculty, alumni, and current students and staff now able to sift through their friends’ and colleagues’ secrets and lies, Aldrich University is set abuzz with rumors. Then, one of the men most impacted by the leak is murdered, and his sister-in-law — an investigative journalist and native of the town — begins to investigate, hoping to catch the killer before they strike again.

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The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts (Dec. 4)

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The Rise of Magicks follows Of Blood and Bone heroine Fallon Swift as she works to save government prisoners in the wake of a epidemic that wiped out life as we once knew it and restored magick to the world. As The One, Fallon was born to save the world — but can she do it alone?

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The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel Beatriz Williams– December 10, 2019

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The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother.

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The Wonderful by Saskia Sarginson (Dec. 10)

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It’s hard to be an American girl in 1957. Especially when your dad’s job means you have to move four thousand miles from home. Especially if you’d rather play baseball than wear a dress. Especially if you see your mom fraying a little more from anxiety each day. And especially if being five minutes older means you have to protect your fragile twin brother.

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The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters (Dec. 10)

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Thirty years ago, Heather was part of the Dead Girls Club — a group of girls who reveled in stories about serial killers, final girls, and murderous ghosts. Thirty years ago, Heather’s friend Becca died because of the Club — because she believed so strongly in an urban legend called the Red Lady that she died to prove she was real. When a mysterious package draws Heather back to the events of that night, she knows two things: the Red Lady is real, and she — Heather — was the one who killed Becca.

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Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (Dec. 31)

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Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte) 
42769202All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. What she learned turned her world upside down. Everything Spensa’s been taught is a lie.

But Spensa also learned a few things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

The Moonshiner’s Daughter by  Donna Everhart. .

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth–one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) Hardcover – January 14, 2020

An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.

Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 7 (7) December 3, 2019

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

Attack on Titan 29 Paperback – December 3, 2019

The blockbuster manga that inspired the epic anime, airing now on Adult Swim’s Toonami!

WITHIN THE HOLLOW CROWN

As a Marleyan invasion dangles like a guillotine blade over the island of Paradis, allies have become enemies, and former friends are at each other’s throats. The Yeagerists are in all-out revolt, fighting to dismantle military rule before the potential for world war explodes into certain doom. Meanwhile, deep in the forest, the sides’ most ruthless, fanatical killers are locked in single combat, but triumph is elusive where Titans are involved…

Berserk Deluxe Volume 5 Hardcover – July 7, 2020
Kentaro Miura’s epic adult fantasy/horror series is an international sensation and is now featured in 7×10 deluxe hardcover editions!

Griffith, the mutilated leader of the Band of the Hawk mercenaries, offers up his command to the demon lords of the Godhand in exchange for a rebirth into beauty–and terrible power. But the Hawks’ berserker champion, Guts, will take on perdition itself to save his lover, Casca, from the profane violations that only Hell can offer! Collects Berserk volumes 13-15, and includes Berserk Prototype, the original Berserk submission story.

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens: Prompts and Practices to Help You Stay Cool, Calm, and Present Paperback – December 10, 2019

Stay calm and cool no matter what―a mindfulness journal

Being a teenager can be tough―schoolwork, social media, life in general. Mindfulness can help. The Mindfulness Journal for Teens gives you a toolbox of helpful techniques―simple breathing exercises, easy meditations, and lots and lots of journal prompts to help you de-stress and live in the moment.

This journal is a safe space where you can write your thoughts and bring mindfulness into your daily routine. By spending just a few minutes with it every day, you can make your life calmer, more focused, and overall easier.

This journal includes:

  • Teen survival skills―The prompts help you deal with common issues like relationships with family and friends, school, and self-esteem.
  • Short and sweet―Apply simple mindfulness exercises like power posing, mindful eating, and mindful walking to help you stay present.
  • Keep your head up―Use inspirational quotes to deepen your understanding and face your fears

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 8 (8)

by Hiromu Arakawa | Feb 11, 2020
Alchemy tore the Elric brothers’ bodies apart. Can their bond make them whole again?

A hardcover, deluxe collector’s edition of one of the most beloved manga and anime of all time! Fully remastered with an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, and presented with color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper, this gorgeous hardcover edition presents the timeless dark adventures of the Elric brothers as they were truly meant to be seen. Includes brand-new cover art, with color insert and behind-the-scenes character sketches from author Hiromu Arakawa!

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. The scarred man who stalks the Elric brothers’ path reemerges, this time not as the bearer of vengeance, but as the one in karma’s crosshairs.

The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance Paperback – January 7, 2020
The sizzling sequel to the Kissing Booth. Soon to be a Netflix film!

Elle Evans seems to have finally tamed hotter-than-hot bad boy Noah Flynn, but now they’re facing a new challenge. Noah’s 3,000 miles away at Harvard, which means they’re officially a long-distance couple – and it’s tough. After all, there’s only so much texts and calls can do- and when Elle sees a post which suggests Noah’s getting friendly with someone else, she’s devastated.

On top of that, it’s hard to ignore new boy Levi. He’s gentle, sweet, cute – and definitely interested in Elle.

With her heart on the line, what’s a girl to do?

Join Elle, Noah, Lee and all your favorite Kissing Booth characters for another amazing romantic story that’s sure to have you swooning.

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight

by Peter J. Tomasi and Brad Walker | Dec 17, 2019
GOTHAM DESERVES A BETTER DARK KNIGHT.

The Batman is a cancer. A cancer that has darkened Gotham City. His reckless vigilantism endangers innocents, creates villains, and only ever begets more violence. The people deserve justice.

The Arkham Knight has come to deliver it. The Arkham Knight has an army of supporters waging war against the Dark Knight. They’ve bombed the city and beat back Batman and his allies, but their greatest coup is still to come. Can the Arkham Knight turn Batman’s family against him?

WHO IS THE ARKHAM KNIGHT?!

The people of Gotham believe their city’s hero protects them from the dangers on their streets, but is their violent, lawless vigilante really much better than the monsters he fights? This is the Arkham Knight’s Crusade: To defeat the Batman and free Gotham from the tyranny of his darkness.

The Knight has brought an entire round table of deadly allies from the asylum but is hoping to recruit one more: Damian Wayne. Can this masked renegade sway Robin to join their cause?

Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

The Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight. The World’s Greatest Detective. Bats.

This lavish 400-page book tells the complete history of Batman from his 1939 debut in Detective Comics to the current day. Learn secrets and see exclusive new content taken from some of Batman’s most iconic stories and moments, from the beloved Adam West TV incarnation, legendary comics such as The Killing Joke, Christian Bale’s iconic interpretation within Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and Kevin Conroy’s signature performance within the animated series and Arkham Asylum videogame.

—Superstar Contributors. Read interviews and insights from those who have shaped The Dark Knight’s legend, including Christopher Nolan, Mark Hamill, Tim Burton, Grant Morrison, Julie Newmar, Joel Schumacher, Scott Snyder, Frank Miller and more.

—Exclusive Introductions and Foreword. Read an exclusive introduction and foreword from two of Batman’s most beloved actors, Kevin Conroy and Michael Keaton.

Daughter of Chaos (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Novel #2) Paperback – December 26, 2019

Half-witch, half-mortal sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman has made her choice: She’s embraced her dark side and her witchy roots. Now her power is growing daily… but will it come at too high a price?

Sabrina Spellman has just made the hardest decision of her life: She’s leaving behind her beloved friends at Baxter High. Now it’s time to follow the path of night and find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Shadow of the Batgirl Paperback – February 4, 2020

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn’t exactly Batgirl material…not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay that way, right? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you’re supposed to be when you’ve been trained to become a villain your entire life?

After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she’ll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero–Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle–that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes)

The first cookbook and recipe book from Tha Dogg, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. You’ve seen Snoop Dogg work his culinary magic on VH1’s Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and now Tha Dogg’s up in your kitchen…with his first cookbook.Recipe book that delivers 50 recipes straight from Snoop’s own collection: Snoop’s cookbook features OG soul food cookbook staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. And it don’t stop…Snoop’s giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon.

Movies and TV Shows

Coming to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in December

Must Watch
Malcolm X

Good Watch
Searching for Sugar Man
Sweet Virginia
Marriage Story (Dec. 6)
It Comes at Night (Dec. 9)
The Sky Is Pink (Dec. 11)
Dil Dhadakne Do (Dec. 15)
Sweetheart (Dec. 25)
Lawless (Dec. 29)

In 1931, the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County, Va., run a multipurpose backwoods establishment that hides their true business, bootlegging. Middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) is the brain of the operation; older Howard (Jason Clarke) is the brawn, and younger Jack (Shia LaBeouf), the lookout. Though the local police have taken bribes and left the brothers alone, a violent war erupts when a sadistic lawman (Guy Pearce) from Chicago arrives and tries to shut down the Bondurants operation.

Binge Watch
Outlander Season 3 (Dec. 10)
The Magicians Season 4 (Dec. 16)

Christmas Watch
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

Nostalgia Watch
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Red Dawn (Dec. 31)

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Red Dawn. 2012. 12·93 min·Action & Adventure. When North Korean military forces invade American soil, Marine Jed Eckert and a group of his teenage pals elude capture and organize a resistance. Director:Dan Bradley.

007 Watch
Die Another Day (Dec. 31)
GoldenEye (Dec. 31)
Tomorrow Never Dies (Dec. 31)
The World Is Not Enough (Dec. 31)

 Family to watch 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Dec. 27)

Netflix Programming
Dead Kids
Team Kaylie: Part 2 (Dec. 2)
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo (Dec. 3)
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (Dec. 3)
Let’s Dance (Dec. 4)
Los Briceño (Dec. 4)
Magic for Humans Season 2 (Dec. 4)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Dec. 5)
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez (Dec. 5)
Home for Christmas (Dec. 5)
V Wars (Dec. 5)
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show (Dec. 6)
The Chosen One Season 2 (Dec. 6)
The Confession Killer (Dec. 6)
Fuller House Season 5 (Dec. 6)
Glow Up (Dec. 6)
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 6)
Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 (Dec. 6)
Three Days of Christmas (Dec. 6)
Triad Princess (Dec. 6)
Virgin River (Dec. 6)
A Family Reunion Christmas (Dec. 9)
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (Dec. 10)
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos (Dec. 12)
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father (Dec. 12)
6 Underground (Dec. 13)
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (Dec. 17)
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Dec. 18)
Soundtrack (Dec. 18)
After The Raid (Dec. 19)
Ultraviolet Season 2 (Dec. 19)
Twice Upon a Time (Dec. 19)
The Two Popes (Dec. 20)
The Witcher (Dec. 20)
Carole & Tuesday: Part 2 (Dec. 24)
Como caído del cielo (Dec. 24)
Crash Landing on You (Dec. 24)
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Dec. 24)
Lost in Space Season 2 (Dec. 24)
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 2 (Dec. 24)
The App (Dec. 26)
Le Bazar de la Charité (Dec. 26)
Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Dec. 26)
You Season 2 (Dec. 26)
The Gift (Dec. 27)
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up (Dec. 27)
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy (Dec. 28)
Alexa & Katie Season 3 (Dec. 30)
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (Dec. 30)
The Degenerates Season 2 (Dec. 31)
The Neighbor (Dec. 31)
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures (Dec. 31)

HBO

Must Watch
Hoop Dreams

Good Watch
The Abyss
Being Julia
Bridesmaids Extended Version
Buena Vista Social Club
Cedar Rapids
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Empire of the Sun
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
American Woman (Dec. 4)
Long Shot (Dec. 7)
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (Dec. 11)
Her Smell (Dec. 30)

Family Watch
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Dec. 28)

Nostalgia Watch
The Beverly Hillbillies
What About Bob?

 miss it

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Extended Version
Can You Keep A Secret?Grandma’s Boy
Heaven & Earth
Jersey Girl
Justin Bieber’s Believe
Primeval
Sucker Punch
The Ringer
Unfriended
Unfriended: Dark Web (Alternate Version)
Unknown
Van Helsing
The Woman in Red

 coming

Hellboy (2019) (Dec. 14)
The Sun Is Also a Star (Dec. 21)

HBO Original Programming
24/7 Kelly Slater (Dec. 3)
HBO Latino Presents: A Tiny Audience, Part 1 (Dec. 6)
Dan Soder: Son of A Gary (Dec. 7)
Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (Dec. 10)
Mel Brooks Unwrapped (Dec. 13)
HBO First Look: 1917 (Dec. 13)
Well Groomed (Dec. 17)
Finding The Way Home (Dec. 18)

Amazon

Good Watch
A Better Life
Almost Famous
The Aviator
Havana Motor Club
Out of Time
The Pawnbroker (1964)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Dec. 5)
Light of My Life (Dec. 9)
Fast Color (Dec. 11)
Man on the Moon (Dec. 31)

miss it

Bug
Hancock
In Secret
The Spirit
The Winning Season
My Boss’ Daughter (Dec. 3)
The Kid (2019) (Dec. 18)
The Wedding Year (Dec. 20)
The Kill Team (Dec. 21)
Night Hunter (Dec. 25)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Dec. 30)
What Men Want (Dec. 30)
Wonder Park (Dec. 30)

Amazon Originals
LOL: Last One Laughing Season 2
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 (Dec. 6)
Clifford Season 1A (Dec. 6)
Inside Edge Season 2 (Dec. 6)
The Expanse Season 4 (Dec. 13)
The Aeronauts (Dec. 20)

Hulu

Must Watch
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2

Good Watch
28 Weeks Later
Almost Famous
The Aviator
A Better Life
Downhill Racer
Havana Motor Club
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Legend of the Drunken Master
Nobody’s Fool
Out of Time
The Pawnbroker
Secretary
Some Kind of Wonderful
Wall Street
This One’s For the Ladies (Dec. 2)
Fast Color (Dec. 11)
Blackfish (Dec. 12)
Depraved (Dec. 13)
American Gangster (Dec. 16)
Wild Rose (Dec. 16)
Cold Case Hammarskjold (Dec. 19)
Loro (Dec. 20)
The Day Shall Come (Dec. 27)

Good Enough Watch
Bumblebee (Dec. 13)

Binge Watch
Gintama Complete Season 1 (SUB & DUB)
Younger Season 6 (Dec. 3)
Fruits Basket Season 1 (Dec. 4)
Burden of Truth Complete Season 2 (Dec. 6)
Sherman’s Showcase Complete Season 1 (Dec. 11)
Killing Eve Season 2 (Dec. 18)
Mix Season 1 (Dec. 19)
Black Jesus Season 3 (Dec. 24)
Better Things Season 3 (Dec. 28)
Preacher Season 4 (Dec. 29)
The Orville Season 2 (Dec. 30)

Reality TV Binge Watch
Making It Season 2 Premiere (Dec. 3)
Vanderpump Rules Complete Season 7 (Dec. 3)
Top Chef Complete Season 16 (Dec. 6)

Family Watch
Unikitty Season 2A
Mighty Magisworlds Season 2B (Dec. 17)
OK K.O., Let’s Be Heroes! Season 2B (Dec. 30)

Christmas Watch
Prancer
The Great Christmas Light Fight Season 7 Premiere (Dec. 3)
CMA Country Christmas Special (Dec. 4)
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (Dec. 5)
How to Train Your Dragon: Snoggletog Log (Dec. 5)

Fast and/or Furious Watch
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious (Dec. 16)

Hulu Original Programming
Into The Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work Episode Premiere (Dec. 6)
Reprisal Complete Season 1 Premiere (Dec. 6)
Marvel’s Runaways Complete Season 3 Premiere (Dec. 13)
Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss Episode Premiere (Dec. 27)

Season Premieres
The Moody’s Series Premiere (Dec. 5)
Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways Series Premiere (Dec. 11)
The Great American Baking Show Season 5 Premiere (Dec. 13)
Flirty Dancing Series Premiere (Dec. 30)

Special Programming
Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special Special (Dec. 4)
Miss Universe 2019 Special (Dec. 9)
Holidays with the Houghs Special (Dec. 17)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times Special (Dec. 18)
Miss America Pageant Special (Dec. 20)

TV Show you much see in Next Month

The Two Popes

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Behind the Vatican walls, Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

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The Two Popes is a 2019 biographical drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, based on McCarten’s 2017 play The Pope.It stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31 2019. It began a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 27, 2019 and in the United Kingdom in November 29, 2019, to be followed by digital streaming on December 20, 2019, by Netflix.

  • Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI
  • Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis
    • Juan Minujín as Young Jorge Mario Bergoglio
  • Sidney Cole as Cardinal Peter Turkson
  • Lisandro Fiks as Father Franz Jalics
  • Thomas D. Williams as American journalist.
  • Maria Ucedo as Esther Ballestrine
  • Emma Bonino as Herself

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The Witcher

The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts.

The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

  • Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
  • Freya Allan as Princess Ciri
  • Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
  • Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as King Eist Tuirseach
  • Adam Levy as Mousesack
  • MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries
  • Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo
  • Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina Glevissig
  • Emma Appleton as Princess Renfri

Recurring

  • Eamon Farren as Cahir
  • Joey Batey as Jaskier
  • Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor
  • Royce Pierreson as Istredd
  • Maciej Musiał as Sir Lazlo
  • Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara
  • Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold
  • Mia McKenna-Bruce as Marilka
  • Packy Lee as Nohorn
  • Luke Neal as Vyr
  • Matthew Neal as Nimir
  • Tobi Bamtefa as Danek
  • Sonny Serkis as Martin
  • Roderick Hill as Fletcher
  • Inge Beckmann as Aridea
  • Charlotte O’Leary as Tiffania
  • Natasha Culzac as Toruviel
  • Amit Shah as Torque
  • Tom Canton as Filavandrel

Here are the episode titles for the first season of The Witcher

Here’s the list of episode titles, followed by the poem formed by their descriptions.

  • The End’s Beginning
  • Four Marks
  • Betrayer Moon
  • Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials
  • Bottled Appetites
  • Rare Species
  • Before a Fall

A monster slain, a butcher named
We look at a sorceress’s earlier days
A picky eater, a family shamed
The Law of Surprise is how one repays
A fateful meeting, a bard is maimed
The hunt for a dragon is underway
A return to before a kingdom is flamed
The Witcher Family as you all like to say

Henry Cavill is a big fan of The Witcher

In Hissrich’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, we find out that regardless of what you think of Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, he’s a huge fan who expressed interest in the role before casting had even begun. “Henry is a huge fan of this property. He’s read all of the books. He’s played all the games. I met him at the very beginning of the process. He said, ‘I would love to play this character,'” Hissrich says.

  • Geralt is described as stoic, circumspect, balanced and fierce, and, in Hissrich’s words: “soft and squishy in a tiny place in his heart that he’ll never reveal until maybe the end and even then it will just be a hint.”
  • Yennefer, meanwhile, is fiery, proud, shrewd and contradictory, plus: “seeking to fill a family-sized hole in her heart even though she resents it and swears she’s just fine on her own but she is not and we love her for being both independent and vulnerable.”
  • Ciri is described as resilient, relentless, brazen and growing, and, according to Hissrich: “she’s going to change the world and what the hell is she supposed to do except be scared and be bold and learn and adapt and find a family who can walk by her side no matter what and maybe just maybe teach her the meaning of love.”
  • Roach is apparently “ladylike; faithful; extrasensory; steady”. Roach is a horse.
  • Jakier is extravagant, caddish, loose-lipped. Plus: “Hides behind the exterior of an idiot when in actuality he is the keeper of Geralt’s realities (even if he exaggerates his own heroics) AND the truths of the world which means he’s far more important than we realize…”
  • Triss Merigold is “Spunky; Idealistic; Insecure; Conflicted; Young and naive and lacking the confidence of sorceresses which means she is ripe for manipulation but when she finally transcends the crap she has a chance to be loved as herself and not as ‘the third-wheel with Yen'”.
  • Cahir is “Conflicted; Charismatic; Haunted; Pure of heart”.

Young Geralt has been cast

As a child, Geralt was trained by Vesemir at Kaer Morhen.

CAROLE & TUESDAY: Part 2 — NETFLIX ANIME

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“Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It’s an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers. There’s a girl. Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she’s working part time while trying to become a musician. She’s always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.

There’s a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

A chance meeting brings them together.
They want to sing.
They want to make music.
Together, they feel like they just might have a chance.

The two of them may only create a tiny wave.
But that wave will eventually grow into something larger…”

Carole & Tuesday is a Netflix Original anime created by animation studio, Studio Bones and was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. The series stars Miyuri Shimabukuro (Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs) and Kana Ichinose (Darling in the Franxx).

Triad Princess  is a 2019 Taiwanese television series created and produced by Netflix, which is also the second original mandarin series produced by Netflix after Nowhere Man. Directed by Neal Wu, a bestselling author, and the director of film At Cafe 6 and Liu Yan Fu as assistant director, it stars Jasper Liu and Eugenie Liu as the main cast.

Growing up in the shadow of her Triad father, Angie craves an independent life of her own. Defying her father’s wishes, she takes on a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress at an agency, where she must navigate the unfamiliar world of glitz, glamour and even love.

  • Jasper Liu as Xu Yi Hang
  • Eugenie Liu as Ni An Qi (Angie)
  • Amanda Liu
  • Tien Hsin
  • Tsao Yu-Ning

Supporting cast

  • Chang Shu-Wei as Wang Jin Guo
  • Michael Huang as Angie’s dad

‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Season 3 To Premiere on December 13

Runaways frantically search for their captured friends Chase Stein, Gert Yorkes, and Karolina Dean. The kids go head to head with an unstoppable enemy who has targeted Leslie — or more accurately, the child she’s carrying. Nico Minoru draws them all into a dark realm where its ruler Morgan le Fay, played by Elizabeth Hurley, is much more nefarious than anyone the kids have yet to face.

The series stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi, and Elizabeth Hurley.

Fruits Basket It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006. The series’ title comes from the name of a popular game played in Japanese elementary schools, which is alluded to in the series.

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Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma, learns that twelve members of the Soma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac (十二支 Jūnishi) and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit. As the series progresses, Tohru learns of the hardships and pain faced by the afflicted Somas, and through her own generous and loving nature, helps heal their emotional wounds. As she learns more about Yuki, Kyo, and the rest of the mysterious Soma family, Tohru also learns more about herself and how much others care for her.