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The Secret World of Arrietty

Movie Release Date: July 18, 2010 (Japan); February 17, 2012 (North America)
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Original Title: Kari-gurashi no Arietti / The Borrower Arrietty / 借りぐらしのアリエッティ
Movie plot:

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1952
Originally Published as: The Borrowers
Written By: Mary Norton
Book Description:

The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. – From ‘Odessey’ book jacket

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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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Love & Other Drugs

Movie Release Date: November 24th, 2010
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Judy Greer
Movie plot:

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: March 2005
Originally Published as: Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman
Written By: Jamie Reidy
Book Description:

Jamie Reidy is the guy who”s been there, done that, and walked away with the insider stories. Inside Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS, you”ll find yourself rooting for Reidy and shocked by the realities of the world that paid his salary.

This comedic expose traces Reidy”s experiences from Pfizer training to life as the “V-Man,” when Reidy became Pfizer”s number-one drug rep during the Viagra craze. With equal parts self-confidence and self-mockery, Reidy takes the reader on a hilarious romp through pharma-culture while revealing the controversial side of the drug industry. From viewing a circumcision to gaining a doctor”s rapport to providing insight on why doctors choose to prescribe Drug X over Drug Y, and from how to bargain “sigs” and “scripts” to why the Viagra pill is shaped as a diamond, Reidy discloses everything.

A witty, behind-the-scenes look at an industry that touches everyone in America with a prescription, Hard Sell uncovers truths about the pharmaceutical industry you”d rather not know and practices you”d like to believe weren”t employed. – From ‘Andrews McMeel Publishing’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2010

 

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Charlie St.Cloud

Movie Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Directed By: Burr Steers
Starring:
Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger
Movie plot:

Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie’s life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2004
Originally Published as: The Life and Death of Charlie St.Cloud
Written By: Ben Sherwood
Book Description:

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.

Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Movie Release Date: February 12th 2010
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan, Dylan Neal, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan
Movie plot:

A teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: June 28th, 2005
Written By: Rick Riordan
Book Description:

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he’s not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he’s coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he’s angered a few of them: Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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The Accidental Billionaires


Movie Title: The Social Network
Movie Release Date:
October 1st, 2010
Directed By: David Fincher
Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter
Movie plot:

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2009
Originally Published as: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal
Written By: Ben Mezrich
Book Description:

The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.
Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends-outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women.
Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance-and sexual success-was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order.
Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university”s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus-and subsequently crashing the university”s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.
What followed-a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers-makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.
The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost-and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.
– From ‘Knopf Doubleday’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Books - 2009, Movies - 2010

 

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