145. Alibaba, Meg Tilly, Amy Adams, And Keira Knightley

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1. Movies…Bomb Girls…Meg Tilly And The Lessons of the 1940’s !
How Women At Home And In The Factories Won World War II!

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There has been a weekly cry for stronger roles for older women in the movies. Meg Tilly, age 54, of The Big Chill and Agnes of God has answered the call. Her new movie Bomb Girls is a reprise of her Canadian television series of the same name. The television series’ two year run originated from Toronto and concluded this year. The movie, unlike the Sex In The City movie, is an attempt to revive this interesting 1940’s based television series.

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Bomb Girls are the women who work in a bomb making plant in London during World War II. These bomb girls are representative of girls throughout the world who took the place of men in a wide range of jobs during World War I and II. Fitting into these new roles comes with a wide range of consequences from men and women not willing to accept change and the new roles emerging for women.

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Meg Tilly is the captain of the factory floor and mother to twenty young women who work in the factory. Gladys (Meg) helps these girls to overcome prejudice and to try to lead lives that are changing and will be forever changed.

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Jodi Balfour plays the rich girl that leaves the factory office to work on the factory floor. She helps the class system that was an English staple to disintegrate. She, too, tutors her co-workers in how to speak out against those that only see women in the home. The jazz and dancing is almost as good as the stories as one of the factory girls joins a local band and additional ideas are added to the weekly themes. Catch the show on Netflix, PBS, Hulu Plus, and the Global network. The Bomb Girls’ movie opens next month.

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2. Business…Alibaba…Making Money On A Singles’ Project!
China Celebrates Singles Day With 12 Billion In Sales!
11/11 Etched In Merchandising History Forever!

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The newest creation in marketing is Singles Day. The ones in 11/11 when Singles Day is celebrated make it a perfect reminder when singles worldwide should assert their oneness. This creation from the thinking minds in China just generated a whopping single day take of 10 billion dollars in sales. What would we buy as participants?

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The Chinese and Alibaba convinced the single men and women of the world that the only way to celebrate who they are as singles is to drop a ton of money on a wide range of specifically advertised products. Amazon, one of the US’s top five money generators, takes four months to raise ten billion in sales. China did this in a day. We repeat: China did this in a day.

Alibaba is coming out with another stock offering this week. Sorry! The 10 billion dollars is already in their coffers! Maybe we can catch a piece of their next ten billion dollar day.

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An Important Side Note: You should know that having ten billion dollars in ones would allow us to walk to the moon on those bills. The power of money reigns, once again!

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3. Books…Powerful Plants…A Great Help In Greening America!
Another Great Way To Get And Be Connected!

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Powerful Plants is a new healthy lifestyle brand for children. The company’s mission is to get kids re-engaged with nature and the outdoors and encourage them to become involved with growing and preparing their own food. This is accomplished by “edutaining” children, and creating a bridge between technology, useful information, and the outdoors. Powerful Plants’ initial products are an interactive storybook, heirloom organic vegetable seeds, and free contests and prizes on their website.

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The characters in the book and on the organic vegetable seed packs come to life when viewed through a tablet or smartphone using a free app. This cutting edge technology is called augmented reality. The characters animate and come to life to complete each chapter in the book once a child has read each page and answered three questions. These answers are accumulated and score points toward a grand prize contest. The characters on the seed packs come to life to share growing and preparation tips and other fun facts.

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Powerful Plants is a way for parents and grandparents to connect with kids and get them interested in plants, food, and help foster a healthy lifestyle. The company is about to launch its’ products to the marketplace and has just recently posted a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the final educational phase of animating the remaining characters for the vegetable seed packs.

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To learn more and help support the project and receive some pretty amazing thank you gifts, click here (links to) – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1046600312/powerful-plants-healthy-fun-and-food-for-kids

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4. Movies…Big Eyes…Amy Adams Tells Margaret Keane’s Story!
Director, Tim Burton Sets The Record Straight!
Big Eyes Are Still In Vogue!

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In the 1950’s and 1960’s Margaret Keane was an imaginative artist who created characters with enchanting and provocative big eyes. Keane’s husband stole the credit for these big-eyed paintings. He claimed on television and in the media that he created the drawings.

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It wasn’t until Keane’s divorce and court mandated paint off that people finally realized who created this multimillion dollar industry of paintings, postcards, posters, and memorabilia. Her husband refused to participate in the paint off.

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Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, who is now 87, in the Christmas release of Big Eyes. Christopher Waltz is opposite Amy Adams in the movie. He plays Keane’s devious husband. Krysten Ritter and an eccentric Jason Schwartzman join the couple in the hotbed of artistic controversy and marriage woes that are portrayed in the movie.

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There are a large number of photos showing the connection of Keane and Adams at idea sharing movie sessions and movie openings throughout the world. San Francisco is the home of the Keane Big Eyes Gallery and museum of her work. The gallery houses a small look into Keane’s original and most recent work.

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5. Movies II…Laggies…Keira Knightley Looks For Love!

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Keira Knightley is looking for love in the new movie Laggies, but not marriage. Everyone in Keira’s social group is getting married. Her live-in boyfriend of seven years thinks they should join their friends in the march down the aisle. He doesn’t care about marriage, just about blending in and being like everyone else. He can’t even tell Keira why he wants to be married.

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Keira is searching for breathing and thinking room. She escapes to the other side of Seattle after asking 16 year-old Chloe Grace Moretz (Annika) if she can live in her house for a week. Previously Keira partied with and supplied beer and alcohol to Chloe (Annika) and her friends as part of a teenage rite of passage ritual.

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Sam Rockwell plays Annika’s dad and discovers a stranger in his daughter’s bedroom. He is hoping this female stranger will share some of the knowledge a missing mother might have shared with his daughter. Annika and Keira visit the missing mother and become buddies who share the mysteries of dating and life. The movie’s larger question is, however, whether dad will join this twosome or Keira will return home to her boyfriend with a better vision of who she is and who she wants to be.

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6. Horse Back Riding…Kate Upton Rides For Forty Million Dollars!
Does Anyone Know How Much Upton Was Paid For Her Work?

The big question that was unanswered at work this week is how much Kate Upton was paid as the lead in the 40 million dollar campaign for Game of War. Forbes Magazine didn’t even list her earnings for a massive game advertising breakout that appears everywhere in media, on television, and on the Internet.

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KU’s (as she is known in Sports Illustrated’s Frozen issue) ride to lead warriors into battle rivals anything that can be seen in new or older movies. The critical press has had a field day with her work because someone released she had never played Game of War. Does Michael Jordan wear tag-less Hanes underwear? In spite of the commotion, the game is doing unbelievable sales numbers thanks to Upton, her brave rides, leadership of the hordes, and a massive world-wide promotion effort.

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7. This Week’s Suggested Themes That Did Not Make The Cut!

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Topics that weren’t developed this week are, often, just as interesting as the topics that were covered. In many cases, we just didn’t have all the information or our research results were spotty. Case in point is the amazing Dr. Oz who has three major health circulars and tip sheets in your local newspaper for the holidays. The presentation of medical information is not our forte for comment and evaluation.

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We list these “not covered” topics each week to encourage readers to do their own research and get back to us with their points of view or with the creative input they can contribute for this column.

  1. The Movie Business Bowing To North Korea!
  2. Winter Starting Across The Americas!
  3. American Music Helps To Open Cuba!
  4. Top Ten Lists Of 2014 (Music, Movies, Books, and Television!
  5. The Ultimate Office Party!
  6. Money That Never Gets To The Charity’s Needy!
  7. Annie Doesn’t Deserve Its Detractors!
  8. How Peter Pan Was Our Prediction Six Months Ago!
  9. Why Chocolate Should Be Canonized!

 8. Your Creative Ideas Will Certainly Enhance This Column!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, education, travel, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion.

Our reading audience is insatiable for any new idea…even yours!

Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions, too. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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About tjpalumbo

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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One Response to 145. Alibaba, Meg Tilly, Amy Adams, And Keira Knightley

  1. Jennifer Witterick says:

    You sure pack a lot of interesting diverse topics into your comments!

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