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Captain America: The First Avenger

Movie Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Richard Armitage
Movie plot:

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. – imdb.com

Comic Book Release Date: March 1941
Originally Published in: Captain America Comics #1
Created By: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Book Description:

Eager to serve his country during World War Two, Steve Rogers was transformed into a physically perfect man by the government”s Super Soldier Program. Armed with an indestructible shield and the physical prowess of an Olympic athlete, Rogers fought valiantly to uphold the ideals and principles of democracy until frozen in a block of ice where he was preserved for decades. Discovered by the Avengers and revived, Steve Rogers is a man out of time, who remains vigilant in his battle to protect the innocent and uphold the American ideals of truth, justice and honor. – From ‘Marvel’ book jacket

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Moneyball

Movie Release Date: September 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill
Movie plot:

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: May 27th, 2003
Originally Published as: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Written By: Michael Lewis
Book Description:

The Oakland Athletics have a secret: a winning baseball team is made, not bought. A story about money, science, entertainment, egos, Moneyball traces the remarkable success of the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league budget. – From ‘Norton’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Books - 2003, Movies - 2011

 

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Movie Release Date: December16th, 2011
Directed By:Guy Ritchie
Starring:Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris
Movie plot:

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1887
Written By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Book Description:

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero–a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime!Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time. – From ‘Random House Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Books - 1887, Movies - 2011

 

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The Help

Movie Release Date: August 12th, 2011
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
Movie plot:

A look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: February 10, 2009
Written By: Kathryn Stockett
Book Description:

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. – From ‘Berkley Trade’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Books - 2009, Movies - 2011

 

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Movie Release Date: July 15th, 2011
Directed By: Wayne Wang
Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun and Vivian Wu
Movie plot:

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: June 28th, 2005
Written By: Lisa See
Book Description:

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. – From ‘Random House Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2011

 

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