AVENGERS UNITE AGAIN…

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 Avengers: Age of Ultron is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comicso team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.

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The sequel was announced in May 2012, after the successful release of The Avengers. Whedon, the director of the first film, was brought back on board in August and a release date was set. By April 2013, Whedon had completed a draft of the script, and casting began in June with the re-signing of Downey. Second unit filming began in February 2014 in South Africa with principal photography beginning in March. The film was primarily shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, with additional footage filmed in Italy, South Korea, and various locations around England.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015 in North America, in 2D and IMAX 3D.

Premise

With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a break from stopping threats, Tony Stark creates Ultron, a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark’s Iron Legion. However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth.

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Cast

The co-leader and benefactor of the Avengers, who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own invention.
The crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated. Ruffalo worked with motion capture performer Andy SerkisThe Imaginarium Studios in preparation for the role. Ruffalo added, “[My role’s] even bigger than last time, and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc. Not only that, but it seems that the motion capture process is becoming a whole lot more agreeable second time around. I’m really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff… now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers.” Describing the relationship between Banner and Hulk in the film, Ruffalo said, “I think there’s a whole relationship with Banner and Hulk that needs to be discovered. There’s a very cool thing happening: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk.” Ruffalo added, “Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And I think that this confrontation is building along the lines of this film.”
The co-leader of the Avengers, who is a World War II veteran enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world. Evans said that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Captain America: The Winter Soldier by working out up to an hour a day. Evans said, “…you pull the plug about two to three weeks before you wrap. When you see the finish line coming, you are so glad to not have to think about the gym. But we are starting Avengers 2, so over the past month, I have been hitting it pretty hard.”
A highly trained spy, formerly of S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer Kevin Feige stated that more of the character’s backstory is explored in the film. Johansson elaborated, “In Avengers 2 we go back… we definitely learn more about Widow’s backstory, and we get to find out how she became the person you see. All of these characters have deep, dark pasts, and I think that the past catches up to some of us a little bit.” On where the film picks up Widow’s story, Johansson said, “At this stage, when you see the Widow, she’s — especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers [sic] is a very complex one, where she’s realizing — and it’s kind of a continuation of Cap 2 — ‘I’ve never made an active choice. I’m a product of other people’s imposition.’ That’s going to catch up with her. That’s bound to have a huge effect. There’s got to be a result of that realization… You’ll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse.” A mixture of close-ups, concealing costumes, stunt doubles and visual effects were used to help hide Johansson’s pregnancy during filming.
A master archer who worked as an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. in previous films. Whedon said that Hawkeye would interact more with the other characters in the film, as opposed to the first film where the character had been “possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly.”
The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who originally recruited the Avengers. Jackson described the role as a cameo, saying, “I’m just kind of passing by… Because, it’s another one of those ‘people who have powers fighting people who have powers’. That’s why I didn’t get to New York in The Avengers. There’s not a lot I could do except shoot a gun.”
The twin brother of the Scarlet Witch, who can move at superhuman speed. About the character Taylor-Johnson said, “Him [sic] and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other… His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her.” Taylor-Johnson also said that Quicksilver has “real anger frustration” and is easily bored due to a short attention span. Feige stated exploring Quicksilver’s relationship with his sister and his backstory growing up in Eastern Europe would help differentiate the character from Evan Peters‘ version in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
The twin sister of Quicksilver, who can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis. Olsen said, “The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.” Olsen drew on her relationship with her older brother and her twin sisters to prepare for the role.
An artificial intelligence programmed with elements of Tony Stark’s personality, who is overwhelmed with a god complex and longs to bring peace to Earth by eradicating humanity. Director Joss Whedon stated that Spader was his “first and only choice” for the role, because of his “hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling” while also being very human and humorous. Feige clarified, “We’ll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance… We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.” Extensive scans were taken of Spader’s head and body in preparation for the role. About the character Whedon said, “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff.” Whedon added that Ultron is “not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.” Whedon also indicated that some of Ultron’s abilities from the comics would be stripped.

Additionally, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Kretschmann, and Josh Brolin reprise their roles from previous MCU films as Maria Hill, Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Peggy Carter, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, and Thanos, respectively. Paul Bettany, who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in previous films, plays the Vision, and Claudia Kim was cast as a doctor/scientist and friend of Tony Stark. Andy Serkis is playing an undisclosed role in the film. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.

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Piercing through snow…

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It was already shown in Korea… so when will be the international release…

Watch the CGI prequel first down below…

Snowpiercer (Korean: 설국열차; RR: Seolgukyeolcha) is a South Korean sci-fi action thriller film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho,and co-written by Bong and Kelly Masterson. The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. The film marks Bong’s English-language debut; he has mentioned that approximately 80% of the film was shot in English.On November 9, 2012, The Weinstein Company secured distribution rights in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Plot

The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on the planet. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the ‘Snowpiercer’, a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.

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TVLand’s another witch series in Lifetime…

 

HOORAH another season !!!…

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Witches of East End is an upcoming American fantasy drama television series loosely based on a novel of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz. Lifetime announced its intention to film a television pilot of the series in autumn of 2012, with filming taking place in Macon, Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina.On January 31, 2013, Lifetime confirmed that they were ordering ten episodes with the intention of airing Witches of East End later that same year. The series will star Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick. On July 26, 2013, Lifetime announced that the series will premiere on October 6, 2013.

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The series stars Julia Ormond as lead character Joanna Beauchamp, a witch and mother of Freya Beauchamp and Ingrid Beauchamp, who are part of the next generation of witches. Mädchen Amick co-stars as Joanna’s mischievous witch sister Wendy. The series is loosely based on the book’s plot, with one change being that Freya and Ingrid are unaware of their magical powers or heritage. At the onset they are unaware of their witchy powers until their aunt Wendy(Amick) shows up with a warning forcing Joanna to share with her daughters who they are and what great powers they hold, turning the sleepy little town on its head.

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The show will feature a 10 episode first season and also features Virginia Madsen as well as Jason George and will premiere  on Sunday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

Book Synopsis:

Joanna Beauchamp has lived off the coast of Long Island for a very long time. She and her daughters Freya and Ingrid are immortal witches, cursed to spend the rest of their days without the use of their substantial powers due to the family’s involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. Johanna has the power to heal and bring the dead back to life. Ingrid can tell the future and weave magical knotwork, while Freya can craft potions and charms. They’ve spent years hiding their true nature from others, something that provides no small amount of frustration due to how much they want to help others. It’s only after Freya becomes engaged to the mysterious Bran Gardiner, and somehow becomes unwillingly infatuated with his brother Killian, that the Beauchamps seem to start breaking their curse, and slowly begin to cast magic once again. However one small spell turns into several as the Beauchamps begin to fall into the routine of using magic. It’s through this everyday usage that they discover that a mysterious presence is at work within the town, making the women barren and unleashing a strange silvery substance into the waters and ruining the local wildlife.

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As Bran is continually away on trips to promote a charitable organization that his family runs, Freya is often left alone with Killian. This closeness eventually culminates in her once again sleeping with Killian after he assists her with a busy weekend at the pub she works at. While Freya deals with the guilt from her affair and the feelings that her affair with Killian brings up, Ingrid is conflicted by her own romantic feelings towards local police officer Matt Noble. Despite exhibiting an interest in her, Matt has begun dating a coworker, which irritates Ingrid greatly. The townspeople’s ailments and the mysterious silver substance in the water eventually prompts Johanna to seek her estranged husband in New York, leaving her daughters alone to deal with a growing unrest in the town as a whole. The family is eventually charged with various crimes involving an attack on a local couple as well as the disappearance of a young woman that was interning at the mayor’s office.

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The Beauchamps eventually discover that the chaos stems from an old rivalry between Loki and Balder over Freya, who was then known by the name Freyja. It’s also revealed that the entire family are gods from Norse mythology and that the silvery substance comes from the breaking down of the rifts between worlds. Freya initially believes that Killian is Loki, here to disrupt her relationship with Bran, only to discover that Bran is Loki and that his trips were not for charitable purposes but to encourage the destruction of the gates between the worlds. Freya and Ingrid travel into the rift to stop Loki, managing to barely succeed and return home. Once home, they are told that the Council has noticed their magic and that if they can avoid getting convicted of the crimes against them, they will be free to practice magic once more. The Beauchamps are cleared of all charges, the intern’s disappearance and death being a result of the mayor’s obsession with her and the attack on a local couple being the actions of Bran. Freya and Ingrid have both begun relationships with their partners, with the book ending as Freya’s brother approaching her for assistance in capturing Balder/Killian, who he claims tricked him into being imprisoned for the destruction of the Bifröst, which was done by Balder.

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TVLand’s Arrow & Revolution Season 2 this October…

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Arrow is an American action-adventure television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the fictional superhero Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012,with international broadcasting to take place in late 2012.The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows. Arrow will also feature appearances by other DC Comics characters. To assist in promotion, a preview comic book was released to tie into the television series.

On October 22, 2012, Arrow was picked up by The CW for a full season.On February 11, 2013, Arrow was renewed for a second season by The CW.The second season of Arrow will premiere on October 9, 2013.

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SYNOPSIS: ARROW YEAR ONE

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The series follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), billionaire playboy of Starling City, who spends five years stranded on an island following a shipwreck that claims the life of everyone else on board, including his father, Robert Queen, and Sara Lance (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), the sister of Oliver’s girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy), and with whom he was having an affair. Upon his return to Starling City, he is reunited with his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson), her new husband, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon), the former CFO of his father’s company who is now the CEO; and his younger sister, Thea (Willa Holland). He is also greeted by his best friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), the son of successful businessman Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Oliver also tries to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Laurel, but she blames him for the death of her sister, Sara.

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During the day Oliver plays the billionaire playboy trying to catch up with society after 5 years, who also owns and runs a nightclub; at night he becomes a green-hooded vigilante, following through with his father’s dying wishes to right the wrongs of the Queen family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. Oliver’s vigilante persona becomes the focus of police detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), father to Laurel and Sara, who is determined to arrest the vigilante and who also blames Oliver for his daughter’s death and his wife leaving him, though he remains unaware of Oliver’s dual identity. Oliver is constantly flanked by a bodyguard, John Diggle (David Ramsey), who later joins him in his fight for justice. Moira Queen, Oliver’s mother is also hiding secrets: she knows that the family yacht that caused Oliver to be stranded on the island in the first place, was actually sabotaged.

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Oliver begins preparing to take on another individual from his father’s list, but Diggle argues that he should expand his work and help the police take down a group of bank robbers. Oliver initially refuses, believing that it detracts from his mission to right his father’s wrongs; Diggle is able to persuade Oliver in the end. Oliver uses police files and IT specialist Felicity Smoak to deduce that the robbers are actually a family unit, and that the leader Derek Reston worked for Queen Industries before Robert Queen outsourced 1500 jobs to China and the Reston family lost their home as a result. Feeling guilty, Oliver tries to persuade Derek to right his own wrongs, but when he learns that the family are going to rob another bank he chooses to stop them. During Oliver’s confrontation, Derek is shot and dies. Meanwhile, Tommy throws Laurel a fundraiser to help her pro-bono law firm, CNRI, stay in business; Tommy hopes that this will show Laurel that he is serious about wanting a relationship with her. Flashbacks also reveal how Oliver first discovered the target names in his father’s notebook.

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Oliver tracks down an accountant, Backman, for the secret organization and steals his laptop in order to redistribute all of his money back to the people he stole from. While decrypting the laptop, Felicity uncovers a link to Walter—a $2 million transfer was made to Dominic Alonzo, an underground casino owner who was hired to kidnap Walter. With Felicity posing as a card sharp, the pair infiltrate the casino; after being beaten and threatened, Alonzo reveals that Walter was killed. Oliver informs his family; Moira immediately confronts Malcolm, who reveals that Walter is alive. Oliver, who was listening in, discovers that Tommy’s father is heading the secret organization, and uses Felicity to hack into his phone records to ascertain Walter’s location. As the vigilante, Oliver frees Walter and reunites him with the family. Meanwhile, Laurel goes to Tommy to get the truth about why he left, and Tommy reveals that he believes she is meant to be with Oliver, who still loves her. In a flashback, Robert Queen is shown disagreeing with Malcolm’s proposed “Undertaking”, which would involve leveling the Glades and kill thousands of people in an effort to rebuild the area and remove the crime. As a result, Malcolm has a bomb planted on the Queens’ yacht just before Robert and Oliver set off.

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Malcolm Merlyn, in his archer costume, goes to Unidac Industries to tie up loose ends by murdering scientists that worked on the seismic device that will be used to level the Glades. Oliver and Diggle devise a plan where Diggle dresses as the vigilante and kidnaps Oliver and Moira in an attempt to uncover the truth about the Undertaking. The plan works and Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle break into Merlyn Global to hack the mainframe and find the device. Oliver convinces Tommy to get back together with Laurel, but when he learns that he could give up being the vigilante if he stops the Undertaking, Oliver decides to reconcile with Laurel himself; later, Tommy witnesses Oliver and Laurel becoming physically intimate. That night, Diggle goes after the device, but Malcolm learns of the system hack and has the device moved. The vigilante attempts to kill Malcolm, who reveals to the vigilante that he is the other archer; the two fight and Malcolm gets the upper hand, discovering Oliver’s secret. Meanwhile, Walter reveals that he knew that Moira was part of his kidnapping and gives her divorce papers as a result. In a flashback, Fyers reveals that he plans to cripple the Chinese economy by blowing up aircraft going into China. Fyers then murders Yao Fei after forcing him to take credit for the attacks via video recording.

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  • Stephen Amell portrays Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy turned hooded vigilante, who is based on the DC Comics Green Arrow. After surviving a ship wreck on an isolated island for five years, Oliver returns to his home city with a mission to right the wrongs of his father and save the city from the crime that has grown in his absence.

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  • Katie Cassidy portrays Laurel Lance, a character based on the DC Comics character Black Canary. Laurel is a non-profit attorney who fights for the rights of the less fortunate; she is also Oliver’s former girlfriend.

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    portrays John Diggle, Oliver’s partner and bodyguard. Diggle is ex-military, and works to have Oliver channel his abilities into helping others in the city, and not just taking down the wealthy, corrupt businessmen that worked with Oliver’s father.

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  • Willa Holland portrays Thea Queen, Oliver’s younger sister. Thea develops a drug habit early in season one, but gets clean after criminal charges are brought against her for driving while under the influence.

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  • Susanna Thompson portrays Moira Queen, Oliver’s mother. Moira is revealed to also be part of the secret organization her late-husband was involved with, which is making plans to bring down the city as a means of rebuilding it in the image of the organization’s leader.

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  • Paul Blackthorne portrays Detective Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father and Starling City police detective. In the DC Comics, Laurel’s father was named Larry Lance, but his name and character attributes have been changed for the series. Detective Lance blames Oliver for the death of his daughter, Sara, as she was with him on his family yacht when it sank. Lance is also out to capture the vigilante, who he sees as a menace to the city for the vigilante’s willingness to break the law and kill in the pursuit of stopping crime.

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  • Emily Bett Rickards portrays Felicity Smoak, the IT technician at Queen Industries who has become part of Oliver’s vigilante team. The DC Comics character of the same name was the step-mother of Ronnie Raymond and manager of a computer software company.

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  • Manu Bennett portrays Slade Wilson, a character based on the DC Comics character Deathstroke. Slade is an ASIS agent who teamed up with Oliver during his time on the island.

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  • Colton Haynes portrays Roy Harper, a character based on the DC Comics character of the same name.A petty crook, Roy was befriended by Thea and is fascinated by the hooded vigilante.

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  • Colin Donnell portrays Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, who eventually learns of Oliver’s secret life as a vigilante. Like Oliver, Tommy has romantic feelings for Laurel. His father is Malcolm Merlyn, a main antagonist in season one. The surname “Merlyn” is the name of one of Green Arrow’s nemeses in the comics.

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PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS: (SEASON 3)

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We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.

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Revolution is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series that takes place 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout. It was created by Eric Kripke and produced by J. J. AbramsBad Robot Productions for the NBC network. It debuted on September 17, 2012, and airs on Mondays at 10:00pm (ET).The network placed a series order in May 2012.Film director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode. In October 2012, NBC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes, which was later reduced to 20 episodes.

The show is filmed in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the scenes were shot in historic downtown Wilmington and on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In April 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of 22 episodes.

Main characters

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  • Billy Burke as Miles Matheson, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant-turned-tavern owner, pursued by the Monroe Republic Militia. As Ben Matheson’s brother, he is later revealed to be one of the founding fathers of the Monroe Republic, having established it with Sebastian Monroe after the collapse of the United States. He is also the former Commanding General of its militia and is responsible for making them as brutally efficient as they are now. However, he later became disillusioned with the Republic, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Monroe, and deserted, having depended on alcohol over guilt of the Republic’s atrocities against civilians. The militia now considers Miles a traitor and seeks to capture him as well as the rest of the Matheson family. Miles is shown expressing regret for his role with the militia although not without conflicted feelings about his former best friend Sebastian Monroe, who offered him his old job back after liberating Rachel. After rescuing Danny, Miles resolves to defeat Monroe once and for all when he realizes that the various pendants Rachel and Ben invented can grant Monroe massive firepower (including nuclear capability) against countless people who are reduced to fighting with swords and arrows after the blackout.

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  • Tracy Spiridakos as Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson, Ben Matheson’s daughter and Miles’s niece. Miles described her initially as unusual, insisting that it’s not meant as an insult. Charlie has strong remorse for the things around her in the new world and is very caring but is increasingly at odds with trying to find a balance between concern and self-preservation in the post-blackout society, often choosing to emulate her Uncle Miles more than her own family. After Rachel left, she took responsibility for looking after her brother Danny, whom she actively pursued in the first half of the season. After her brother’s death, she is determined to assist Miles in stopping Bass Monroe, while reconciling with her estranged mother.

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  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel Matheson, Ben’s wife and Charlie and Danny’s mother, who is initially believed to have died following the blackout but later revealed to be alive and working under duress for Monroe. She has told Monroe about the existence of the pendants and provided other information to the militia concerning them and a need for amplification in order to enable vehicular use. Later, it is revealed that Rachel had been equally involved in the blackout as she and her husband know the exact science behind why it has happened. After learning that activated pendants can be tracked by Flynn, she seeks instead to destroy them as they are found instead of using them to counter Monroe.

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  • Zak Orth as Aaron Pittman, an MIT graduate, former Google executive and friend of Ben Matheson. Aaron was a teacher in the community, educating children about life before the blackout. He abandoned his wife after feeling unable to protect her from looters and thieves, leaving her with a group they were traveling with. Aaron has a great deal of suppressed guilt and remorse over abandoning his wife. Just before Ben’s death, Aaron was secretly entrusted with a pendant flash drive onto which Ben downloaded files from his computer just before the blackout. Aaron and Maggie decided to keep the pendant’s existence a secret from the rest of the group, fearing Miles’ reaction and complicating the pursuit of Danny’s captors; the others later discover the pendant’s existence, and it is eventually stolen by Nora’s sister (a double agent) and handed over to Sebastian Monroe. Once reunited with Rachel, Aaron is concentrating on the study of her notes and any information concerning the blackout. Rachel suspects that Ben deliberately cultivated a relationship with Aaron because unknown to Aaron, some of his early work in programming at MIT may have been used in the development of the nanites.

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  • Giancarlo Esposito as Major Tom Neville, a former insurance adjuster who joined the Monroe Republic militia after the blackout. As a Captain, Neville is the first antagonist in the story – his troops are responsible for both Ben Matheson’s death and Danny’s capture. He is very calculated and committed to the militia, seeking primarily to survive and to keep his own family safe. Originally a mild-mannered and compassionate family man, the blackout forced him to become more ruthless; he is frequently encouraged to be even more ruthless by his politically-ambitious wife who wishes for him to replace Sebastian Monroe as General. After promoted to Major upon the capture of Danny Matheson, Neville has lost favor with Monroe after his son defected and his subsequent capture by the Rebels (he later escapes) prevented him from completing a critical mission for Monroe. Realizing that Monroe will kill him for his failure, Neville and his wife defect to Georgia where he is rewarded for the intel he provides with a commission as a major in the Georgian militia. He now works with Miles Matheson who is leading the rebel forces and has joined with Georgia to fight Monroe. In the season finale he led a coup against Monroe.

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  • J.D. Pardo as Jason Neville (originally known under the alias “Nate Walker”), the son of Tom Neville and a former Lieutenant of the Monroe Militia tasked with tracking down Miles. While initially loyal to the Militia, he develops feelings for Charlie, which results in him choosing to protect her on several occasions. When the militia start hunting down the rebels with their helicopters, he defects from the militia as he views the massacres as inhumane. He joins the Rebellion to fight alongside Charlie, with a reluctant Miles refusing to trust his motivations until he agreed to help interrogate his own father. He has an extremely difficult relationship with Tom.

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  • David Lyons as President/General Sebastian “Bass” Monroe, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who co-founded the Monroe Republic. He was the President (de facto dictator) of the Republic as well as the Commanding General of the militia. Monroe and Miles were best friends prior to the blackout, as they grew up and served together in the military, seeking at first to defend innocent people and restore order to society after the collapse using their combined military experience to organize a standing militia. Monroe knew the Matheson family well before the blackout and after Miles defected, he kept Rachel in seclusion letting the world believe she was dead for many years since she was key in turning electrical power back on. After Rachel’s escape, Bass is now cooperating with Randall Flynn, who has a limited but ample supply of the pendants and amplifiers to allow vehicles and weaponry to work under Monroe Republic control. He loses power in a coup and some of his men try to kill him.

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  • Daniella Alonso as Nora Clayton, a woman who has a history with Miles from a past relationship. She has connections to the rebels, who fight against the Monroe Republic to restore the United States of America as part of an organized Rebellion. Her primary expertise is in explosives, and Nora’s connections to the Rebellion help at various points throughout the Monroe Republic. Upon learning that her sister is alive and wants to return to Texas to seek out their family, Nora was going to leave Miles, Charlie, and Aaron to assault Bass, but after her sister betrays the Matheson family to the Militia in order to assure her and Nora free passage to Texas, Nora returns, rescuing them and leaving her sister to travel alone. While trying to help the group at a critical moment, she was killed in the season 1 finale, from massive blood loss after being shot.

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  • Graham Rogers as Danny Matheson, Charlie’s brother who gets captured by the militia. Danny is asthmatic and before being kidnapped, was constantly watched over by his sister. Similar to Charlie, Danny feels sympathetic for various people, and in a moment when Capt. Neville was vulnerable, chose to help free him and get recaptured rather than escape and let the Captain die from collapsing rubble. Danny is killed from random fire after shooting down a helicopter. Post-mortem, Rachel pulled a device out of Danny, which has a faint blinking light that is still working, years after the blackout. It is later learned that the nanites helped power the device to keep Danny alive.
  • Tim Guinee as Ben Matheson, Charlie and Danny’s father. Along with Rachel he initially developed the nano-robot technology that caused the blackout, which was researched and developed by the other scientists including Grace, John and others. Initially meant as a method of cheap green energy, the project’s failure had the unintended outcome of suppressing all electronic activity within a given radius. After the DOD deployed the nano-robots at an area of conflict, Ben was able to warn his family in Chicago and his brother Miles moments before the blackout occurred as the nano-bots spread out of control. Fifteen years later, he was murdered in the first episode by the Monroe Militia, and shortly before his death he sent his daughter to find his brother Miles in Chicago in order to help her find and rescue Danny. Ben’s past involvement in the story is revealed throughout the first season.
  • Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie Foster, a British medical doctor who became stranded and separated from her children following the blackout. She became Ben Matheson’s girlfriend following his wife’s supposed death. Maggie’s relationship with Charlie is often strained, since she is her de facto stepmother, but Maggie cares for Ben’s children as her own. She came to the Midwest and met Ben after failing to find a boat to cross the Atlantic to return to her own family in the United Kingdom. She is killed by a bandit during the pursuit for Danny.

Recurring characters

  • Colm Feore as Randall Flynn, the Assistant Secretary of Defense who was working with Ben Matheson and his team to fund and support their project to weaponize Ben’s research for military purposes in response to the death of his own son in Afghanistan. After the blackout, he seeks to “collect” the remaining scientists on the project (by force or by will) who worked with him in the Department of Defense in the continued production of pendants and amplifiers to further his own plans. Flynn has chosen to cooperate with the Monroe Republic after he became convinced that Monroe didn’t have “his own head up his ass” and provides enough information to re-enable the vehicles and weaponry that Monroe collected over the years. He committed suicide in the season 1 finale.
  • Maria Howell as Grace Beaumont, a woman who hides Danny from the Monroe Militia and also has a pendant matching the one Ben Matheson gave Aaron. It is revealed that as one of the scientists who worked at the Department of Defense, she is in contact via a computer with an unknown party until Randall Flynn abducted her. When Aaron and Maggie discover the house she lived in, the pendant she possessed was missing and her computer destroyed. Randall keeps her in captivity with other scientists fixing equipment in a secret location to further his pursuits.
  • Malik Yoba as Jim Hudson, an ex-Monroe Militia captain who helped Miles with his initial assassination attempt on Bass and defected after their failure. He went into hiding as a town librarian after marrying a local woman. Miles and Nora seek his help after Miles agrees to aid the Rebellion, but Jim refuses because Miles had abandoned him. After fending off a kill squad sent by Monroe to capture him, Jim ends up joining Miles after his wife witnesses him kill an attacker and learns about his past as a soldier. However in the 18th episode he is revealed to be a traitor. He is killed by Jason.
  • Leland Orser as John Sanborn, a scientist who worked with Ben and Rachel in developing the blackout technology. After Rachel and Miles sought him out for assistance, John captured them and turned them over to Randall for interrogation. Miles and Rachel escaped from capture, with John following Randall to Philadelphia to aid the Republic. He is killed by Jim in the 18th episode.
  • Kim Raver as Julia Neville, Captain Tom Neville’s wife and Jason’s mother. While supportive of her husband’s military efforts seeking to encourage his rise to power, she is also protective of Jason, and after learning of his defection from the militia, confronts Neville and agrees to leave her life of luxury and social elevation to be free of the Republic.
  • Mark Pellegrino as Jeremy Baker, a militia captain and former friend of Miles Matheson due to Miles rescuing him from murderous looters six months into the blackout. He is later executed when Monroe believes him to be behind an assassination attempt.
  • David Meunier as Will Strausser, a Sergeant in the Monroe Militia who admits his sociopathy adding that his militia work is a good fit. He was the only Sergeant who scared Miles when he was in the Militia. He offers Nora’s sister safe passage to Texas if she gives away the positions of her sister’s accomplices. After returning to Rachel, Strausser is killed by her after he threatens to kill her children in order to motivate her to complete an amplifier.
  • Maureen Sebastian as Priscilla Pittman, Aaron’s ex-wife. Aaron left her in a group after the blackout because he didn’t believe he had the capability to protect her. While traveling to the tower, Aaron finds her being held hostage and finally saves her by using brute force. She holds to much resentment towards him, though, and ultimately leaves him again.
  • Leslie Hope as President Kelly Foster, the president of the Georgia Federation.

Season 1

The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. All electricity on Earth has been disabled within a single night, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines. Trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water and fly-by-wire aircraft fell from the sky and crashed.

People were forced to adapt to a world without electricity over the next fifteen years. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are now ruled by warlords and militias.

It starts with the surviving Matheson family: Ben, Charlie, and Danny, now living near what used to be Chicago, who possessed a pendant-shaped device (a USB flash drive contained in a pendant) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and self-appointed President of the Monroe Republic, an area of the former United States east of the Mississippi River northward of Kentucky and the Carolinas, now possesses that power for himself seeking conquest of the entire former United States of America. The remaining Matheson family, joined initially by Miles Matheson, Aaron Pittman, and Nora Clayton now strive to counter the Monroe Militia. Monroe’s new benefactor, Randall Flynn, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense who 15 years earlier ordered the deployment of the weaponized technology that caused the blackout, now seeks to fortify Monroe in his efforts after Rachel escaped from his custody.

In Season 1 Episode 5, “Soul Train”, a map of North America is shown.The map showed the former continental United States, Canada, and Mexico divided into six parts: the Monroe Republic in the northeast, Maritime Provinces and Great Lakes region; the Georgia Federation in the southeast; the Plains Nation in the northern Midwest and Rocky Mountain states; Texas which controls portions of Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana; the California Commonwealth which has the Pacific Coast from Baja California to British Columbia; and the Wasteland in the vicinity of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Mexico.

The same episode also indicates that the Georgia Federation and Plains Nation have allied against the Monroe Republic. Border skirmishing in southwest Illinois, near St. Louis, is mentioned.

According to the wife of Captain Thomas Neville (Julia) in a letter to her husband, the Monroe Republic capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is relatively safe; however, life outside west of Pittsburgh is subject to rebel attacks and other dangers such as bandits.

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NATIONS & FACTIONS

At the start of the series, North America has been split into at least six nations.

The Monroe Republic

Led by President and Commanding General Sebastian Monroe, the Monroe Republic appears to be a military dictatorship covering what used to be the North Eastern section of the United States, parts of Quebec and all of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The capital of the Monroe Republic is Philadelphia with Independence Hall serving as the Capitol Building. The western border is the Mississippi River from Lake Superior to the Ohio River. The Southern Border appears to be the Ohio river, continuing to the western border of West Virginia, running south to the southern border of Virginia, then diagonally (possibly following the Roanoke River) to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The Eastern Border is the Atlantic Ocean from Albemarle Sound to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Gulf of St Lawrence. The Northern Border appears to coincide with the northern border of the former United States from Duluth through the Great Lakes to the St Lawrence River, then follows the river to the Atlantic.

The Rebels

The Rebels are a faction fighting against the Monroe Militia. They profess to be fighting to restore the United States of America. They are now working with the Georgia Federation, which supplies the Rebels with more weapons and troops.

The Georgia Federation

The Georgia Federation is a prosperous nation led by President Kelly Foster, covering the former South Eastern United States. The capital of the Georgia Federation is Atlanta. Georgia has a tense relationship with the Monroe Republic, devolving into all-out war. The Northern Border appears to be the Ohio river, continuing to the western border of West Virginia, running south to the southern border of Virginia, then diagonally (possibly following the Roanoke River) to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The Eastern Border is the Atlantic Ocean from Albemarle Sound south to Florida. The Southern Border is the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to part way through Louisiana. The Western Border is the Mississippi River from the Ohio River south to approximately Baton Rouge, then due south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas

Little has been shown about the nation of Texas. They have had tension with the Monroe Republic for at least part of the time after the blackout, but the Monroe Republic did not want to go to war, assuming they would lose. The Eastern Border of Texas is the Mississippi River from the Arkansas River south to approximately the Atchafalaya River, then due south to the Gulf of Mexico. The extent south is unclear from the maps shown in the show (it extends further south than the map does), but it extends well into the former Mexico. The Western Border coincides with the western border of the US State of Texas north of the Rio Grande, but extends diagonally west from about midway between El Paso/Juárez and Big Bend to the Gulf of California.

Plains Nation

Not much is mentioned about the Plains Nation in the show. It is mentioned that in the Plains Nation, the only punishment for any crime is death. All of the main characters travel into the Plains Nation to get to a DOD facility in Colorado Springs known as “The Tower”.

California Commonwealth

Little is known about the California Commonwealth, other than the head-of-state is known as Governor Affleck. Monroe was set to send Jason Neville with an Emissary to California before Major Neville talked him out of sending his son. It is unknown if the emissary was sent or what relationship the Monroe Republic has with California. California takes up all of the land of the states of Baja California Sur, Baja California, California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as parts of Nevada and Idaho. The northern border is unclear as it extends past the edge of the map, but it appears to extend into British Columbia.

Wasteland

The Wasteland is not mentioned in the show, only shown on the map. It appears to take up parts of Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, as well as all of New Mexico and Arizona.

United States of America

During the course of Season 1, the series plot line alludes to the Rebels’ intent to reestablish the United States of America. In the Season 1 finale, it is revealed that the last President of the United States and the remnants of the United States Government have been maintaining a government at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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DIVERGENT…say what now!!!

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Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth and is the first installment in a trilogy. It is set within a dystopian version of Chicago. The novel has been compared to similar young adult books such as The Hunger Games because of its theme and target audience. Roth has said that the idea for the series was born while she was studying in college.

Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book, and as of May 2013 is in the process of filming the movie, also titled Divergent.The second novel in the trilogy, Insurgent, was released on May 1, 2012. The third and final book, Allegiant, is expected to be released on October 22, 2013 in the US.

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THE PLOT:

In the future, the citizens of Chicago live in a society that is divided into five factions, each one meant to uphold a particular virtue of humanity: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). On a given day each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are best suited for, after which they must decide whether to remain with their family or transfer to a new faction.

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Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior was born into an Abnegation family, but selflessness has never come naturally to her like it does her brother, Caleb. She feels lonely and constricted by her environment and feels like she doesn’t belong. When the time comes for Beatrice to take her aptitude test, the results are inconclusive: she doesn’t fit neatly into any one faction; rather, she shows equal aptitude for three—Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless. This makes her “divergent” and she is warned never to share this information with anyone for fear of her life. The person who ran her aptitude test logs Beatrice in the system as having aptitude for Abnegation.

THE MOVIE:

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Divergent is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney and Kate Winslet.The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Divergent is scheduled to be released on March 21, 2014 in the United States.

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The Book Thief… an inspiring tale…

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The Book Thief is a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak.Narrated by Death, the book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. Published in 2006, it has won numerous awards and was listed on the The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks.

Main characters

  • Liesel Meminger: (born February 1928) The protagonist of the story, she is an adopted girl on the verge of adolescence with blond hair that “was a close enough brand of German blonde” and dark brown eyes. She is fostered by the Hubermanns when her father “abandons” their family and her mother is forced to give her up for adoption. Her younger brother, Werner, dies on the way to the Hubermann household. She is very close to her foster father, Hans Hubermann, and has a rough but loving relationship with her foster mother, Rosa. She befriends Max, the Jew whom the Hubermanns are hiding, as well as the mayor’s wife, who allows Liesel to read, borrow, and “steal” books from her home library. She also befriends the other children of Himmel Street, among them Rudy Steiner, who becomes her best friend. Despite her many refusals to Rudy’s requests for a kiss, her love for him is clear, as seen by the lustful nature of some of her fantasies of him. Liesel finally grants Rudy’s much-awaited kiss as he lies dead among the ruins of Himmel Street. In the last few chapters, it is mentioned that Liesel eventually married and had several children and grandchildren.
  • Hans Hubermann: Liesel’s foster father. He works as a painter and enjoys smoking cigarettes. Originally, he served in the German army during World War I. During the war, Hans is the only survivor of his company because he is chosen to stay behind while the other soldiers are sent off on a mission where all of them die. In the Holocaust era, he does not agree with the Nazi party, but is forced to join, and is, upon being accepted into the Nazi party, drafted into the German army in order to protect his livelihood and his family. He is described as having silvery-grey eyes and being very tall, although despite this he is described as being very capable of blending in with the crowd. He was taught the piano accordion by Max’s father Erik Vandenburg, a friend from the army (who saved Hans’ life), and he occasionally performs in pubs to make extra money. He becomes very close to Liesel, as he calms her after her nightmares of her brother dying, and teaches her to read. However, he has a falling-out with his actual son, Hans Jr., because of his son’s support of the Nazis. Hans Hubermann is killed in the Himmel Street bombing.
  • Rosa Hubermann: She is Liesel’s foul-mouthed, often aggravating, foster mother. She is very short, with an extremely wrinkled face, and has browny-grey ‘elastic’ hair often tied up in a bun, and ‘chlorinated’ eyes. To supplement the household income, she does washing and ironing for five of the wealthier households in Molching. However, as the war causes economic problems, she loses her jobs one by one, the last being at the Hermann household. She has a quick temper, rules the household with an iron fist, and is known for straightening out previous foster children; however, though she often swears at Liesel, she cares very much for her. She has two children of her own, Trudy and Hans Jr. Rosa Hubermann is killed in the Himmel Street bombing.
  • Rudy Steiner: (born June 1927) He is Liesel’s neighbor. He is eight months older than Liesel and is described as having bony legs, sharp teeth, blue eyes, and lemon-colored hair. Despite being the German ideal (blond hair and blue eyes), he does not support the Nazis. As part of a household with six children, Rudy is permanently hungry. He is known throughout the neighborhood due to the “Jesse Owens incident” in which he painted himself with charcoal one night and ran one hundred meters at the local sporting field. He is academically and athletically gifted, which attracts the attention of the Nazi Party, who come to recruit him, and when he doesn’t come, they take his father, Alex Steiner. He also gets into trouble at the Hitler Youth due to his smart mouth, rebellious nature, and their vindictive group leader. Rudy becomes Liesel’s best friend, often accompanying her on her adventures and talking her through her problems. He also teases her, regularly (though always unsuccessfully) asking her for a kiss mostly after he has helped her to accomplish something – for instance when one of Liesel’s books (and most prized possession) is thrown into a river, he rescues it. Rudy is killed in the Himmel Street bombing; Liesel finally grants him a kiss as he lies dead in the street.
  • Max Vandenburg: He is a Jewish fist-fighter whom the Hubermanns stow away in their home and the son of a WWI German fighter who fought with Hans Hubermann. He is described as having feather-like hair and swampy brown eyes. Max’s father saved Hans’ life in WWI and when visiting his widow, Hans gave her his address and told her if she needed anything to be in contact. Many years later when the Nazi’s began their reign of terror, Max’s mother calls upon Hans for help. Max’s friend travels to Himmel Street to ask Hans to shelter Max, which, remembering the friendship he shared with Max’s father and the promise he made all those years ago, he does. Max befriends Liesel due to their shared affinity for nightmares and words, and he writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story. He is taken away by the German Gestapo to a concentration camp, but manages to return to Molching after the war and is united with Liesel at the end of the novel.
  • Tommy Müller: He is a friend of Rudy Steiner and Liesel. A hearing problem, due to being stranded in the snow, caused him to have multiple ear surgeries. One failed, causing nerve damage that makes him twitch. As a result, he is frequently made fun of by his classmates and later punished by the head of the Hitler Youth when he is unable to obey commands promptly. Tommy is killed in the Himmel Street bombing.
  • Ilsa Hermann: She is the wife of the mayor of Molching. They had a son, Johannes Hermann, who was killed in Russia. Rosa and Liesel do their washing and ironing for a time; eventually the bad economy forces the Hermanns to fire them, which causes an argument with Liesel. However, despite this, Ilsa allows Liesel to continue visiting and read books in the large library in her home. Ilsa fosters Liesel after she survives the Himmel Street bombing.
  • Frau Holtzapfel: A neighbor of the Hubermanns, she originally is an object of Rosa’s hatred because she always spits on the Hubermann’s door due to an old feud between the families that both sides have forgotten the reason for. However, she eventually asks Liesel to read to her after she heard her read one of her books, stopping her spitting and giving the Hubermanns her coffee rations in return. Of her two sons, Robert died on the battlefield while his elder brother Michael committed suicide a few months later because of his guilt at “wanting to live.” Frau Holtzapfel is killed in the Himmel Street bombing.
  • Death: The narrator of the book throughout the story, Death is sympathetic to humankind and dislikes all of the despair and destruction brought upon humans by war, which is different from a belief that Death is friends with War. He comments on the thoughts, morals, and actions of humanity throughout the story while keeping a close eye on Liesel, even though at the beginning of the story he states that it was stupid for him to follow her. At the end of the book, he takes Liesel’s story and carries it with him everywhere. He frequently likes to describe the colours of things, and has sympathy with the humans whose souls he carries, as revealed in the book’s final line, “I am haunted by humans”. He does not seem to have any control over life and death, frequently calling upon God with ‘I don’t understand’ and answering himself with ‘but it’s not your job to’. Death says that he has a ‘circular’ heartbeat, making him immortal, though he says that he looks like a human, and acts like a human most of the time. He is tired of his job and wants a vacation, but cannot take one because there would be nobody to replace him. While many people find Death devastating, Death is, in many ways, humorous and sarcastic.
  • Hubermann Family:
  • Hans (father)
  • Rosa (mother)
  • Liesel (foster daughter)
  • Hans Jr. (son)
  • Trudy (daughter)
  • Steiner Family
  • Alex (father)
  • Barbra (mother)
  • Kurt (son)
  • Rudy (son)
  • Annemarie (daughter)
  • Karin (daughter)
  • Emma (daughter)
  • Bettina (daughter)

THE MOVIE:

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The Book Thief is an upcoming American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, directed by Brian Percival and screenplay by Michael Petroni. The film stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Joachim Paul Assböck.

It’s difficult to say whether telling the story of the Holocaust from a child’s perspective dampens the horror of it, or makes it all the more worse, but character studies of children who lived at the time have been done many times both in film and the page. Such examples include Life is Beautiful, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and the multiple adaptations of The Diary of Anne Frank, and now an adaptation of Marcus Zusak’s award-winning novel The Book Thief is coming to the big screen, from Downton Abbey director Brian Percival.

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The Book Thief centers around a young girl called Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) who is sent to live with new adoptive parents (played by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Germany, just before the start of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Liesel steals her first book before she even knows how to read, but is taught by her adoptive father and eventually goes on to rescue another volume from a book burning. Her parents also take in a Jewish man called Max (Ben Schnetzer) who is forced to hide in their basement lest he be caught and sent to a concentration camp.

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Cast

  • Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger
  • Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann
  • Emily Watson as Rosa Hubermann
  • Ben Schnetzer as Max Vandenburg
  • Nico Liersch as Rudy Steiner
  • Joachim Paul Assböck as SS Officer
  • Sandra Nedeleff as Sarah
  • Hildegard Schroedter as Frau Becker
  • Rafael Gareisen as Walter Kugler
  • Gotthard Lange as Grave digger
  • Godehard Giese as Policeman on train

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. The film is the sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was loosely based on Judi and Ron Barrett‘s book of the same name. It is being directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, produced by Kirk Bodyfelt, and executive produced by the directors of the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.Distributed by Columbia Pictures, the film is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2013.

The screenplay was written by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja,and it is based on an original idea, and not on Pickles to Pittsburgh, Barrett’s follow-up book.Cloudy 2 will continue right after the first film, where a food making satellite gets out of control, but its creator, young inventor Flint, and his friends, eventually manage to stop it. In the sequel, Flint and his friends are forced to leave their home town, but when the food machine awakens, this time producing living food beasts, they must return to save the world.

Most of the main cast will reprise their roles: Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, and Benjamin Bratt as Manny. New cast includes Terry Crews, who replaced Mr. T as Officer Earl; Will Forte, who voiced Joseph Towne in the first film, is set to voice Chester V; and Kristen Schaal as orangutan Barb.

The film will feature 39 food-animal hybrids known as “foodimals.” Some of them will be voiced by artists working on the film, including the directors of the film, who will lend their voices to Barry the Strawberry (Cody Cameron), shrimpanzees (Kris Pearn), and pickles (Cameron).Other foodimals include cheespiders, tacodile supremes, mosquitoasts, flamangos, hippotatomuses, leeks, watermelophants, fruit cockatiels, meatbalruses, apple-piethons,bananostriches, buffaloaves, eggplanatees, PB & jellyfish, sasquash, and wildebeets.

PLOT

After the disastrous food storm in the first film caused by his machine, Flint Lockwood and his friends are forced to leave the town of Swallow Falls. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind and planet Earth. Upon arriving back at Swallow Falls, Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodile supremes, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. It is up to Flint and his friends to put a stop to the machine once and for all before this new form of foody life breaks from the island and invades the planet.

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CAST

  • Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, an inventor.
  • Anna Faris as Samantha “Sam” Sparks, a weather intern from New York City and Flint’s love interest.
  • James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Flint’s widowed father.
  • Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, an infamous/former celebrity mascot of Baby Brent’s Sardines, now known as Chicken Brent.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the Monkey, Flint’s pet Vervet monkey who communicates using a Speak and Spell monkey thought translator Flint invented but, has a limited vocabulary and mostly says his name, a few random things, and saying he’s hungry.
  • Benjamin Bratt as Manny, Sam’s Guatemalan cameraman and a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.
  • Terry Crews as Officer Earl Devereaux, the town’s athletic cop.
  • Will Forte as Chester V, a world-famous super-inventor and the head of the Live Corp.
  • Kristen Schaal as Barb, Chester V’s talking and lipstick wearing orangutan with a human brain.