183. Suicide Squad, Bad Moms, Back To School, And One Billion!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!

The Best Billion News Of The Week!

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Billions is a Showtime Original production. It is a look at big money. It is about to begin its second season. The show stars Paul Giamatti, Damien Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, and Condola Rashad. Damien Lewis is the Wall Street money man that profited from 911 (his whole office died in one of the towers) and every trade known to man. Giamatti is the Attorney General that has vowed to take him down. The show is a business, stock, and money wake up call for understanding your money and finances. Season 1 awaits you on your On Demand channels or on Showtime. Your finances will profit after following this show! The acting is money intense!

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Three other billions have made this week’s news. Apple’s iPhone just completed its one billionth sale. It took Apple nine years to reach this milestone. Apple 7’s release next month will kill it for ever larger sales for the Christmas and holiday season. Matt Damon’s $60,000,000 weekend box office numbers with the movie Jason Bourne has just propelled the Bourne/Ludlum franchise passed the billion dollar mark. WordPress, the site that hosts Let’s Talk Philadelphia, is now host to 1 billion website designs and designers. The site is a great host to businesses, creative explorations, and unique ideas from throughout the world. Try it with your original work or latest project. You will reach the masses with WordPress’s easy set-up!

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The Best Birthday Of The Week!
Tony Bennett Rockets To Ninety!
Lady Gaga Will Join Him Again On The Trip!

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Tony Bennett just turned ninety on Wednesday. At age ninety, he has more on his plate than Henry VIII at a Renaissance Buffet. His recent albums Duets (with everyone in the music industry from Bocelli to Winehouse) and Cheek To Cheek (with Lady Gaga) were critically acclaimed best sellers. While receiving birthday honors in San Francisco and New York with plaques, statues, and star studded performances, he is working on a new album idea to collaborate with Lady Gaga again.

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Siriusly Sinatra (SiriusXM 71) radio is hosting a monthly tribute to Bennett and his enduring music. There is a great interview with Bennett on the Siriusly Sinatra website. He talks about his music and how Frank Sinatra gave him the mental power to overcome critics of his voice and work. Don’t forget to add Tony Bennett’s albums Cheek To Cheek and  Duets to your music library. If you can’t make any of the New York celebrations or the upcoming celebration at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel where in 1961 he first sang I Left My Heart in San Francisco, the Tony Bennett Turns 90 music special will enlighten your television room on December 20th.

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The Best 20th Anniversaries Of The Week!
Coldplay And Greenday Celebrate!

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The 2016 Super Bowl was a great kick-off to Coldplay’s 20th Anniversary season. With the help of Beyonce and Bruno Mars, Coldplay rocked a billion households. Coldplay tours the world, but they are to England as Heinz is to ketchup and the letter A is to alphabet soup (analogy winners from the office this week).

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Chris Martin (non-drinker), Jonny Brichland, Guy Merryman, and Will Champion are not the typical crazy rockers. The don’t smash guitars, make negative headlines, or undress in public. They met at the University of London and first appeared as Starfish. 19 albums, 37 videos, and 80 million purchases later, their music of love and relationships tops the charts in England and throughout Europe, as well as, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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After Coldplay’s appearance at the Super Bowl, 13 of their songs made it into the Billboard Top One Hundred Plays list. Their 37 videos are a good place to start if the group is unfamiliar. Viva la Vida, Uptown Funk, and Paradise from the Super Bowl fete are a good start for your playlist, also.

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The American punk rockers Green Day are, likewise, celebrating their 20th year in music. Their American Idiot album was number 1 in 19 countries. It is a punk rock opera that is a good start for embracing music very different from Coldplay’s style.

Best Educational Videos Of The Week!
Twenty Unique Back To School Ideas In Two Video Formats!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia contacted The Uncommon Individual Foundation and asked them if they would host a back to school video series for parents, teachers, administrators, and knowledge seekers. The two 15 minute talks below introduce ten books and ten websites that everyone should add to their knowledge lexicon. Copy the addresses in your URL bar, hit return, wait for them to load, and off you go.


Book Talk…http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/a479d4f65e8749cdb573d8fa0f3cd4051d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec


Website Talk…http://uif.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/0708e0808cd84dbe8a6366f2ca630b981d?catalog=3abc4bd7-183b-472a-9e3b-b884d4cf6eec

Don’t forget to download and use the great ideas in the index bar at the top of this column, especially those in creative writing and poetry. The index bar presents great lessons and back to school enrichment for August/September!

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2. Movies…Suicide Squad…The Baddest Of The Bad Take On The Very Bad!
From Will Smith To Margot Robbie To Jared Leto, All Criminals Supreme!
The Movie Is A Lesson In Ethnicity And Equity!
Superman Is Dead. Batman Is Next! Gotham Needs Help!

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Harley Quinn Loves the Joker! You, the comic reader, will love Suicide Squad if you can follow the eleven main characters and all the spells, possessed spirits, double dealings, and enchantments that plague this newly formed government group. Each member of the group, by the way, is just as funny as they are evil. We have never heard of funny monsters and criminals before except for the Munsters!

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Viola Davis recruits a squad of DC Comics’ most outrageous misfits…from croc man to deadshot to fire shooting man to the mindlessly, unstable, and rambunctious Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie, by far our favorite). You will follow your favorite criminal in battle against The Enchantress, her evil brother, and her monsters and inhuman humans galore. Meanwhile, your favorite in this movie may not be with you for long as you think. Your favorite’s mind will unfortunately be imploded by an implanted brain bomb designed to guarantee their allegiance to all of Viola’s dastardly projects.

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Stay until after the final credits as Viola and Batman plot an alliance as a preview to what will happen in Suicide Squad II.

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3. Movies…Bad Moms…Who Are They! Are They Anything Like You?
Why Do They Need To Defy Convention?
Mila Kunis Leads The Pack! Christina Applegate Will Robotize Her!

To start this article, we were going to show how Bad Moms related to the Katherine Ross and Patrick O’Neal movie and Ira Levin book classic Stepford Wives (1975). After asking 20 multi-aged graduate class students: how many saw the movie Stepford Wives, the answer was none. Rule one in creative writing is to never make an analogy to something no one else but you understands, has seen or has read. Cancel the article’s, what we thought would be, creative start!


Stepford Wives was unexpected, groundbreaking, filled with twists and turns, and original. The men of Stepford, Connecticut wanted subservient robots for wives who dressed elegantly and demurely, took care of them and their children, and performed wifely duties on demand. Katherine Ross’s discoveries in the movie of this town-wide plot and her husband’s plot to change her into a robot women were filled with intrigue.


Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell do not want to be the Stepford Parents. After being misunderstood, overworked, and underappreciated, Amy, Carla, and Kiki prefer to be Bad Moms. Kristina Applegate, Jada Pinkett, and Annie Mum) stress the Stepford version of parenthood. Applegate has hypnotized the school’s parents into following her example in their homes, local stores, and in school.


Missions will clash in this comedic gem. Bad Moms is filled with mom confrontations, crazy bar room antics, wild parent parties, and even crazier car rides! The movie is easy to find at your local theater and already has passed the 20 million dollar mark in revenue that was its budget. On the other hand, the original 1975 version of the Stepford Wives is nowhere to be found. None of the seven subscription or On Demand services have it. Finding this movie is well worth the search. Go for the original and pass on the 2004 version with Matthew Broddrick and Nicole Kidman.

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Where Bad Moms talks about a woman’s struggle in the home, Equity a new movie with Anna Gunn, highlights the struggle of woman in leadership in the world of high finance and Wall Street. Time reports that of the 25 leading financial firms none has ever had a woman CEO. Women only represent 15% of all financial firmsinstitutions. That glass ceiling, representing the height of success, seems to be getting more untouchable for women and minorities, especially in the area of finance!

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If you are a woman in finance, Equity shows how you are just as likely to be undercut by your friends as your enemies. Equity has a large female cast. Since, it is written, directed, and produced by women, you will not have any of the women trying to get along in business sugar coating you often see on television or in your local cinemaplex. Anna Gunn’s relentless, never give up fight and successes in this movie are great role model bag of ammunition for young and older women, alike.

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4. Business…What Product Will Begin Or Enhance Your Sales’ Career?
Coleen O’Brien Has The Products And Marketing Skills To Get You Started!
A Call Or An Email…And?

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Let’s Talk Philadelphia enjoys discovering new businesses and creative ideas in all areas. We met Coleen O’Brien at a business show and invited her to share her ideas with our readers. Here is Coleen’s share and contact information.

Hi Tom,
Hope all is well and I hope this is what you are looking! If you need anything else, please, let me know.

I come from a 20 plus year retail background working with soft and hard products lines. I decided to leave the retail industry and the store environment to deliver product and services through direct sales to homes and businesses! Through direct sales, you have the ability to sell to the consumer at wholesale prices and creative specials the year round!

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Direct selling is a complete advantage to the buyer. They are getting original product designs in house and direct from a wholesaler. My offerings, among others, include lifestyle brands, which include jewelry, personalization thru stationary and products, and home décor. Products and services include and not limited to business products/gifting, personal/social occasions, fundraisers, or networking. Let me put you in contact with with the best in the industry for starting a home sales business…

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Jewelry/lifestyle brand: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/coleeobrien
Home Decor: http://www.mymaryandmartha.com/coleen
Personalized products/stationary: http://www.mypaperly.com/coleen
Email: coleenteresa@yahoo.com

Coleen O’Brien

Email: coleenteresa@yahoo.com


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30,000 Reads Is A Nice Round Number To Introduce Your Next Project!


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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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