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Fair Game

Movie Release Date: October 15th, 2010
Directed By: Doug Liman
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Sonya Davison
Movie plot:

CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: October 22, 2007
Originally Published as: Fair Game: My Life as a Spy My Betrayal by the White House
Written By: Valerie Plame Wilson
Book Description:

On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson”s now historic op-ed, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” appeared in The New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his newspaper column that Ambassador Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a CIA operative. The public disclosure of that secret information spurred a federal investigation and led to the trial and conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney”s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and the Wilsons’ civil suit against top officials of the Bush administration. Much has been written about the “Valerie Plame” story, but Valerie herself has been silent, until now. Some of what has been reported about her has been frighteningly accurate, serving as a pungent reminder to the Wilsons that their lives are no longer private. And some has been completely false — distorted characterizations of Valerie and her husband and their shared integrity.

Valerie Wilson retired from the CIA in January 2006, and now, not only as a citizen but as a wife and mother, the daughter of an Air Force colonel, and the sister of a U.S. marine, she sets the record straight, providing an extraordinary account of her training and experiences, and answers many questions that have been asked about her covert status, her responsibilities, and her life. As readers will see, the CIA still deems much of the detail of Valerie’s story to be classified. As a service to readers, an afterword by national security reporter Laura Rozen provides a context for Valerie”s own story.

Fair Game is the historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power. – From ‘Simon & Schuster’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Books - 2007, Movies - 2010

 

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Hugo Cabret

Movie Release Date: November 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Lee
Movie plot:

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: January 30th, 2007
Originally Published as: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Written By: Brian Selznick
Book Description:

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks – like the gears of the clocks he keeps – with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the train station, Hugo”s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo”s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. – From ‘Scholastic Canada, Ltd’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Books - 2007, Movies - 2011

 

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Mars Needs Moms

Movie Release Date: March 11, 2011
Directed By: Simon Wells
Voiced By: Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler
Movie plot:

A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: April 10th, 2007
Originally Published as: Mars Needs Moms!
Written By: Berkeley Breathed
Book Description:

Milo doesn’t get it: What’s the big deal about moms? They’re just slave-driving broccoli bullies. Yet they are worshiped the world over Perhaps even the galaxy over-because here come Martians and they’re after one thing only: moms. Milo’s mom in particular That’s quite a long way to come for a mom-could it be that Milo has been overlooking something special? – From ‘Penguin Young Reader Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Books - 2007, Movies - 2011

 

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Beastly

 

Movie Release Date:
Directed By: Daniel Barnz
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris
Movie plot:

A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: October 7, 2007
Originally Published as: Beastly
Written By: Alex Finn
Book Description:

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright-a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever-ruined-unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly. – From ‘HarperCollins Publishers’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Books - 2007, Movies - 2011

 

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