76. Tom Cruise And Olga Kurylenko

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Movies…Tom Cruise…Only The Lonely…

Tom Cruise makes good movies! Tom Cruise makes good movies! From Top Gun to Days of Thunder to Mission Impossible to Minority Report to Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise makes good movies! His new movie Oblivion with Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko is a great finish to science fiction week. There is kissing in space for the love triangle aspect of the movie and special effects galore. Morgan Freeman doesn’t do any of the kissing.

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Science Fiction Week started out with three million viewerss watching Defiance’s two-hour Monday premiere on the SyFy Channel. This three million viewer opening is the best for a premiere since Warehouse 13 in 2009. The series stars Julie Benz, Grant Bowler, and Stephanie Leonidas as they try to convince us that after aliens take over the earth, we can live with them in harmony. Our money is on the no side of this debate. The last battle in Monday’s show may have proved us wrong, though.

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Trance is the other science fiction movie opener this week as Rosario Dawson hypnotizes us and takes us on more twists and turns than the road leading to Pike’s Peak.


Back to Tom Cruise’s story…His last movie Jack Reacher made seventy-three million dollars in the United States and one hundred and thirty million and increasing worldwide. This two hundred million take says good movie.
In business, location is everything. In movies, image is everything. Somehow the American audience judges his religion and love life and uses them as an excuse to stay away from his movies. Enough! Go see a good movie this weekend. Hopefully, Oblivion and its theme of a destroyed and depleted Earth on the rebound, is the one for you.


Movies II…Olga Kurylenko…Bond Girl And Chameleon Supreme

If Oblivion is the first time you have seen Olga Kurylenko, there is a great deal of her creative work that you can find on television and in your movie package channels. She has played fragile, heroic, misunderstood, vulnerable, and ditzy in black, red, and brown hair. She is known as a Bond girl for her role with Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace. However, she is just as memorable in the Starz series Magic City, in the Transporter with Jason Statham, and The Hitman with Justified star Timothy Olyphant.


Olga Kurylenko joins Ben Affleck, Javier Barden, and Rachel McAdams to make a great quartet of stars for the Askin Izleri book and movie To The Wonder. The controversial themes of love and religion presented in the movie have been applauded and questioned. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were in a similarly themed movie questioning whether you can have two loves at the same time. The Thornbirds asked this question, too.


Movies III…Roger Ebert…Outthinking Death

Roger Ebert ten-year battle with cancer is over and the movie community is mourning a very different kind of free spirit. At the end he lost his voice and a large part of his face to cancer, but was still writing his critiques. Many movie-goers grew up with his Siskel and Ebert movie review shows and scathingly, polite movie critiques. One and two thumbs up pioneered by his At The Movies show is in everyone’s vernacular. We have all used it at one time or another.


Richard Corliss wrote a beautifully piece in the new time magazine that everyone should read about Ebert. His use of the term “outthinking death” was a creative writing flash most readers will miss. He stated that no critic should be like a Roman emperor in determining the fate of anything. The previous comment should be read by every person that avoids a restaurant or movie because someone gives it a negative review. Think for yourself! Corliss did his friend Roger Ebert “a solid” in this piece, nonetheless.

Visit Roger Ebert’s website at (www.rogerebert.com) for a punch bowl full of movie lore, cinema magic, and points of view. You can see Ebert in the design and in the sections of the site that you can explore.

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Poetry…It is “Take The Road Less Travelled” Month

To commemorate Robert Frost’s March 26th birthday, write down three roads in life you wished you had traveled. Pick one and take that trip.


Poetry II…Biographical Poetry

Can you talk as an inanimate object and animate person at the same time. Review this writing challenge and then speed out on this task on your own.

The Beach                                                                                           

I am the beach.
You recognize me by:
Crashing waves
Hot sand
Families playing
Collecting seashells
Avoiding jellyfish
Building sand castles
Standing in the water,
Reading my favorite book,
This is my type of heaven.


Creative Discovery…Hidden Math Words

Hidden Math Word Sentences

You will find a math word in exact order hidden in each of the twenty-one sentences below. The word may appear in one word or stretched over a number of words. Stretched over a number of words is harder to write and more challenging to find. Underline or highlight the math word contained in each sentence. Illustrate some of your favorite sentences.

1.  When you are mad don’t make snap decisions.            add

2.  The vermin used every trick to evade escape.

3.  Is the Johnny Appleseed story fact or fiction?

4.  On what day does summer begin?

5.  The Star War’s Jedi video was awesome

6.  How did Tim escape capture?

7.  When you get to the falls of Niagara, phone your mother

8.  Your Gamulti plywood costs twice as much as our brand.

9.  The bear cub entered the dark cave.

10. John and Eva needed financial help.

11. Brad, I used your sweater yesterday.

12. The pig, ram, and cow were sold at the market.

13. Was that gal lonely or frightened?

14. You really have to give Marsha credit, Bill.

15. The info Otto gave you was incorrect.

16. Everyone, please step into my office!

17. You can’t blame a sure thing’s failure on me.

18. Donna met Eric at the new movie.

19. Eve and Mary Arden are great actresses.

20. Without help, Joanne cooked the beef at home.

21. Dave raged on about his lost job.


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Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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