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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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Mandela: The Life of a Great Leader

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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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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: 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: 2 Days in New York

2-days-in-new-york-film-welivefilm-bannerHip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion, live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father, her sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem. The visitors push every button in the couple’s relationship, truly putting it to the test. How will the couple fare?

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Album of the week: Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay

coldplay_mylo_xyloto_by_slidergirl-d46dsx3Coldplay are an alternative British rock band who have had international success with songs such as ‘Fix You’, ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’. This album is their fifth and was the focus of their tour around Europe, North America and Australasia. The album was written by a filmmaker and thus the songs on the album each tell a different story through each of the different styles and genres. The album received generally positive reviews from most expert music magazines and critics. You can listen to the song ‘Charlie Brown’ below.

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Amazing facts of the week

Coffee-BeanHippos are the cause of most human deaths than any other animal in Africa.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second only to oil.

The creator of The Simpsons named the characters after his own family: his mother Marge, his Father Homer and his two sisters Lisa and Maggie. He even grew up in Springfield!

Nuevo vocabulario

cozily  (adv.) = snug, comfortably, warm

jolly (adj.) = full of good humor and happiness

outrageous (adj.) = extravagant or grossly offensive

unceremoniously (adj.) = informally, abruptly

mayhem (n.) = violent destruction, disorder or confusion

fare (v.) = to get along, to manage

commodity (n.) = an item of use, advantage or profit

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Movie of the week: Mama

Mama-Movie-WallpaperGuillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their uncle and his girlfriend, have been madly searching for them.

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Album of the week: Unapologetic by Rihanna

imagesThis is Rihanna’s 8th album which critics were both positive and negative about. The negativity comes from the lyrics of her songs and the fact that the album seemed to be rushed so that it could be released quickly, whereas some critics praised the styles of the music, calling it  ‘interesting’. The most known song from the album is called ‘Diamonds’ and has become a number 1 single all over the world. The album was released to coincide with a new tour around North America and Europe.

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Amazing facts of the week

shutterstock_48823021Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

An elephant can use its tusks to dig for ground water. An adult elephant needs to drink around 210 litres of water a day.

Nuevo vocabulario

haunting (adj.) = impossible to forget; causing deep emotion

woods (n.) = the forest

to tuck in (v.) = to make (a child for example) secure in bed to sleep

to vanish (v.) = to disappear suddenly in a way that cannot be explained

rushed (v.) = something done very quickly or too quickly due to a lack of time

praised (v.) = something that has been approved or admired

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Something for the Weekend: Valentine’s Day

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Movie of the week: Warm Bodies

WARM-BODIES-Image-022A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R  encounters Julie, and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

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Album of the week: Love Songs by Destiny’s Child


Love Songs is the third compilation album by American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. The album differs from their first two compilations in that it features mostly album-only selections as well as the newly recorded song “Nuclear”, the first original song from Destiny’s Child since the group disbanded in 2005 which you can hear below. Destiny’s Child recently performed together at the Superbowl halftime show which sparked rumours that they were recording new songs together for future albums.

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Amazing facts of the week: Valentine’s Day

valentines-day-2013-hd-wallpapers1More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets given on Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

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poignant (adj.) = strongly affecting or moving emotions

epidemic (n.) = a rapid spread or increase of a disease

comical (adj.) = producing laughter; amusing; funny

to disband (v.) = to break up

to spark (v.) = to stimulate interest or activity around something

Valentine’s Day (n.) = February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of love.

bouquet (n.) = a bunch of flowers

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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.

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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: Silver Linings Playbook

Silver-Linings-Playbook-posterLife doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

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Album of the week: Right Place, Right Time by Olly Murs

Olly-Murs-Right-Place-Right-TimeOlly Murs is an English song-writer who came into the public eye when he auditioned for the talent show, The X Factor UK where he instantly became a favourite among the show’s fans. He progressed through all stages of the show and reached the final where he finished an impressive second place. He has gone on to release a number of albums in Europe but is now hoping his new album can help him break into the American market. His hit song from his new album is called ‘Troublemaker‘ and features American rapper Flo Rida.

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Amazing facts of the week

detail_venusIf you are struck by lightning, your skin will be heated to 28,000 degrees Centigrade, hotter than the surface of the Sun.

“Bookkeeper” is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.

All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

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to reconnect (v.) = to link or be linked together again

unexpected (adj.) = something that comes without a warning or is unforeseen

silver lining (n.) = a comforting prospect in an unhappy situation

instantly (adv.) = immediately

impressive (adj.) = making a strong impression

troublemaker (n.) = someone who stirs up trouble

anticlockwise (adv.) = counterclockwise, opposite direction of the clock

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Movie of the week: Django Unchained

django-unchained-movie-image-christoph-waltz-jamie-foxxIn 1858, several male slaves are chained and being transported after being purchased by the Speck Brothers. Among the slaves is Django, who has been sold away from his wife, Broomhilda. The Speck brothers encounter Dr. King Schultz, a German immigrant dentist from Düsseldorf and, unbeknownst to them, bounty hunter. Schultz takes Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the fate of the other Speck brother to the remaining slaves.

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Album of the week: Plus by Ed Sheeran

ed-sheeran-concertsAfter dropping out of school at the age of 16, Ed Sheeran spent his student grant on rail tickets moving place to place performing at open-mic nights across the United Kingdom where he would sleep on fans’ sofas. This album was his first commercial breakthrough which saw him rise to fame with his singles such as ‘The A Team’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. Regardless of how successful the album was, some critics still gave negative reviews.

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Amazing facts of the week

taco-bellAlaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

Until coffee gained popularity, beer was the breakfast beverage of choice in some parts of the United States.

Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.

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unbeknownst (adj.) = without someone’s knowledge

bounty hunter (noun) = someone who hunts criminals in return for money

grant (noun) = an amount of money given to support something

open-mic night (noun) = where anyone can perform or sing in a pub or club

breakthrough (noun) = the act of overcoming an obstacle to achieve a goal

beverage (noun) = a drink, usually excluding water

founder (noun) = the person who started the company

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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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