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Mildred Pierce

TV Release Date: March 27th, 2011
Directed By: Todd Haynes
Starring: Morgan Turner, Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood
Mini-series TV plot:

Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her her ambitious elder daughter, Veda. –

Book Release Date:1941
Originally Published as: Mildred Pierce
Written By: James M. Cain
Book Description:

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, James M. Cain created a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable. – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Books - 1941, TV Series - 2011


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Game of Thrones

TV Series Release Date: April 17th, 2011
Created By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Starring: Charles Dance, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and John Bradley
TV Series plot:

Kings, queens, knights and renegades use schemes and swords to battle for the throne. –

Book Release Date: August 1996
Originally Published as: A Game of Thrones : Book One of A Song of Ice & Fire
Written By: George R.R. Martin
Book Description:

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. – From ‘Random House Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Books - 1996, TV Series - 2011


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$#*! My Dad Says

TV Series Title: $#*! My Dad Says
TV Series Air Date: May 2010
Starring: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso
TV Series plot:

The show is based on Justin Halpern’s Twitter feed “Shit My Dad Says” which was also turned into a best-selling book. –

Book Release Date: May 4, 2010
Originally Published as: Sh*t My Dad Says
Written By: Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker
Book Description:

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him: “That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won’t screw you. Don’t do it for them.” “Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.” “The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.” More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny’s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns’ kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.
– From ‘HarperCollins Publishers’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Books - 2010, TV Series - 2010


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