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American Hustle

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Make Valentine’s Day a Feat of Love

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Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana

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5 Ways to Start the New Year Right!

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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Identity Thief

Identity-Thief-1Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”….and it belongs to an accounts rep  who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.
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Something for the weekend

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Movie of the week: Anna Karenina

kinopoisk.ruAnna Karenina is a theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

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Album of the week: The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

justin-timberlake-suit-and-tieThis is the first album for Justin Timberlake after his music hiatus in 2006 and with his new music label. The album features his new singles ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’. Justin was heavily praised for the style and quality of his new album by critics, which led to performances around the world, notably in the United Kingdom during the BRIT Awards. You can watch the video of his performance below.

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Amazing facts of the week: Movie facts!

Stages-of-Movie-ProductionThe Avengers movie was not filmed in 3-D, instead it was converted to 3-D in post-production for release in cinemas.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar received a total of $15 million for his role in The Terminator. In the whole movie he spoke around 700 words meaning he was paid $21,429 per word!

The distant shots of the submarines in The Abyss were all models filmed in smoky air instead of water.


Nuevo vocabulario

theatrical = dramatic performances given the actors and actresses

timeless = unaffected by time

to surge = to suddenly increase or a sudden onrush

post-production = the final stage of a movie’s production where sountracks and effects are added

abyss = a large, deep and unmeasureable space or cavity

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Movie of the week: I’m So Excited!

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A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution.

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Album of the week: Every Kingdom by Ben Howard

mercury-prize-ben-howard-every-kingdom‘Every Kingdom’ is the debut album of British singer-songwriter Ben Howard. Ben began writing songs when he was around ten or eleven. In an interview he stated that when he was a kid he started playing guitar because he liked to put words together and make stuff up. In 2013, he won both of the categories he was nominated for at the BRIT awards: British breakthrough act and British solo male artist.

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Amazing facts of the week: English language

21st-century-flux-wordleOf all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

More English speakers reside in the United States, with India coming in second place.


Nuevo vocabulario

failure = an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success

striving = to make a strong effort towards achieving a certain goal

atypical = not conforming to the typical steroptype

baroque = extravagant in character

devote = to give up or concentrate on a particular purpose or cause

nominated = proposed as an option for an award, honour etc.

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Movie of the week: Oz the Great and Powerful

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descargamovieWhen Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.

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Album of the week: The Truth About Love by Pink

The-Truth-About-Love-CD-Booklet-pink-32032800-600-338The Truth About Love samples rock music influences and is generally themed about relationships, breakups and the different stages and cases of love. It features guest stars Eminem, Lily Rose Cooper and Nate Ruess. To support the album, Pink began her Truth About Love Tour in February, 2013. The tour is expected to continue through 2013 and will include America, Australia and Europe. ‘Blow Me One Last Kiss’ was the name of the main single released from this album.

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Amazing facts of the week

snailsThe only two animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are rabbits and parrots.

The price of the Titanic cost about $7 million to build and the price of the Titanic movie was about $200 million to make.

Snails can sleep for up to 3 years.


Nuevo vocabulario

dubious = doubtful, raising doubts and uncertainty

hurled away = thrown away with great force

jackpot = a top prize or reward

reluctantly = unwilling to do or resisting against doing something

inhabitants = a person or animal that is a permanent resident of a particular place or region

influence = something that has the power to sway or affect someone’s decisions

breakups = when a relationship between two people ends

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Movie of the week: Flight

flight-movieIn this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

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Album of the week: The Awakening by James Morrison

UK-Charts-James-Morrisons-The-Awakening-schlaegt-Nirvana-mit-VideoJames Morrison is an English singer-songwriter who first gained fame with his debut single ‘You Give Me Something’ which was a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, entering the top 5 in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has collaborated with other singers such as Jessie J and Nelly Furtado on some songs in his albums. The songs in ‘The Awakening‘ have deep meaning for James since he became a father as he was in the recording studio.

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Amazing facts of the week

MON_12_01285_Screenshot_01_800x600People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t as it lowers stress and strengthens the immune system.

The longest Monopoly game in history lasted 70 days straight.

Think of a number. Multiply it by 2. Add any even number. Divide your answer by 2. Subtract your original number.  Your answer will always be half of the EVEN number you added.


Nuevo vocabulario

miraculously (adj.) = something so astounding as to suggest it is miracle

catastrophe (n.) = a complete failure

to hail (v.) = to be acknowledged as

to collaborate (v.) = to work together in a joint effort

awakening (n.) = the start of anawareness or feeling about something

healthier (adj.) = being in good health

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Movie of the week: Zero Dark Thirty

zero-dark-thirty1Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden.

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Album of the week: Babel by Mumford & Sons

mumford-album_320Babel is the second studio album by British indie folk band Mumford & Sons. In late 2010, Mumford & Sons had already begun road-testing new material that they had been working on. Most of these songs, including “Broken Crown” and “Below My Feet”, had already been played live on numerous occasions before the album’s release. Mumford & Sons decided not to change their sound on Babel, which is the follow-up to 2009′s highly successful Sigh No More, which elevated them to international fame.

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Amazing facts of the week

080313-snakes-ireland_bigThe area that has the longest life expectancy in the world is Japan. It is believed the longevity of its locals has something to do with their daily menu, which is full of vegetables, fish, grains and dairy products.

Ireland is the only European country where there are no snakes. New Zealand and Hawaii are other places in the world where there are no native snakes.

Nuevo vocabulario

Reluctant (adj.) = not eager; unwilling

Detainees (n.) = a person held in confinement

To uncover (v.) = to reveal or disclose

Road-testing (n.) = to test something in a real environment or context

To elevate (v.) = to raise to a higher position

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Movie of the week: Les Miserables

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‘Les Miserables’ follows Jean Valjeun, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child. Valjean promise to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets.

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Album of the week: All That Echoes by Josh Grobanall_that_echoes_2

‘All That Echoes’ is the new album by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban, produced by Rob Cavallo. It is his sixth studio album which features tracks such as ‘False Alarms’, ‘Below the Line’ and ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. The main single is called ‘Brave‘ which you can listen to below. Josh Groban has to date, sold over 25 million records worldwide and is the top selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US.

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Amazing facts of the week

  • ken marshall4The 2nd president of the United States (John Adams) and 3rd president of the United States (Thomas Jefferson) both died within just a few hours apart of each other on the same exact day. They are the only two presidents to die on the same day of the same year.
  • When the Titanic departed from the port it was documented to have carried around  1000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.
Nuevo vocabulario

Ruthless (adj.) = Having no compassion or pity; merciless

Barricade (n.) = Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier

Innkeeper (n.) = One that owns or manages an inn or hotel

Brave (adj.) = Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.

To depart (v.) = To go away; leave

Voyage (n.) = A long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea

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This week’s Something for the Weekend features the movie ‘The Hobbit’ which has finally been released after a long and exciting wait, the new album ‘Unorthadox Jukebox’ by Bruno Mars and some interesting laws from around the world! Check it out!

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Movie of the Week: The Hobbit

The Hobbit” follows the main character ‘Bilbo Baggins’, who is swept into an quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by a dragon. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining the company of thirteen dwarves led by a legendary warrior.

Album: Unorthadox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. By the late 2000s, he started finding success by writing songs for other popular artists such K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After several years as one of the pop music’s premier songwriters, he broke out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You.” His new album is called Unorthadox Jukebox and features the single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’.

Interesting laws!

Denmark: Attempting to escape from prison is not illegal, however, if one he is caught he is required to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Israel: Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Isle of Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season because they needed every man to help with the fishing during the busy seasons.

 

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