Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

imageI would like to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

following The inadvertent release of the deadly Simian Flu ALZ 113 virus , the human race gets pushed to the brink of extinction  luckily The remaining human population develop a cure for the virus and are now living in a guarded tower within the ruins of San Francisco. Meanwhile the apes Caesar and Rocket have established a thriving colony of apes in Muir Woods just outside San Francisco. However, Caesar’s son Blue Eyes and Rocket’s son Ash encounter a human who panics and shoots Ash, wounding him. This leads to increased tensions between the Apes and the humans, who are subsequently banished from Muir Woods. Caesar later enters the city with a band of Apes including a mistreated Bonobo named Koba who holds a grudge against humans, and orders the humans not to enter ape territory again.

Later The humans attempt to reconcile with the apes in order to gain access to a hydroelectric dam in their territory, which could provide long-term power to the city. So Caesar allows work on the dam’s Generator and While fixing the generator they bond with the apes. Caesar’s ill wife Cornelia is also treated with antibiotics and the dam is eventually repaired, restoring power to the city. The humans then discover a hidden weapons cache and decide to arm themselves.

Unfortunately so does Koba,  who steals an assault rifle and starts killing people before seriously wounding Caesar and taking charge of the apes. Koba then orders the apes to clobber all humans, so his followers raid the hidden armoury, overrun San Francisco and imprison all humans. However some humans manage to escape the carnage by going underground, and Some apes remain Loyal to Caesar, who is later discovered by the humans and given first aid for his wound. Blue Eyes then frees the caged humans and the other apes loyal to Caesar before they go off to confront Koba and his followers. The humans then learn that there are more human survivors at a Military Base who are on their way to help fight the apes, leading to an exciting conclusion.

I am Groot

imageI would like to see Guardians of the Galaxy again, which was recently released onDVD. The film is directed by James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.

It starts In the far reaches of space, with an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) being pursued by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace) for stealing a Cosmic Orb. In order to evade Ronan, Quill takes on the identity Star Lord and forms an uneasy alliance with a group of misfit heroes including Gamora,(Zoe Saldana) Rocket, Drax the Destroyer,(Dave Bautista) and Groot (Vin Diesel), who soon find themselves hotly pursued by a number of Villains including Ronan, Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Yondu (Michael Rooker).

However Quill gradually discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, should it fall into the wrong hands, so he decides to rally his mismatched group of heroes for a last, desperate stand against the forces of evil, led by Ronan, knowing he holds the fate of the galaxy in the balance….

Monuments to an Elegy by Smashing Pumpkins

I would like to listen to Monuments to an Elegy, the upcoming tenth studio album by the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, which is due for release on December 9, 2014. Like the band’s previous release, Oceania—the album will be part of the ongoing project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope along with the next album “Day for Night”. The album is described as having an epic guitar sound.

Currently Jeff Schroeder and Billy Corgan are the only musicians officially in the Smashing Pumpkins, however The album features Tommy Lee, (Mötley Crüe,). playing drums on all nine of the album’s tracks and the upcoming tour will feature Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk on drums, The Killers’ Mark Stoermer on bass and Nicole Fiorentino playing on guitar. Singles on the album include “Being Beige,”,”One and All,””Tiberius”, and “Drum + Fife”,

  • Tiberius
  • Being Beige
  • Anaise!
  • One and All
  • Run2me
  • Drum + Fife
  • Monuments
  • Dorian
  • Anti-Hero

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

imageI would like to read Wonder by R.J.Palacio which features the trials and tribulations of a fifth–grade boy named August (Auggie) Pullman who has a rare craniofacial deformity. Due to surgical needs and emotional problems, August is home-tutored by his mother, (a children’s book illustrator) Until he goes to Beecher Prep School, where he meets the middle school director, Mr. Lawrence Tushman, along with Jack Will, Julian Albans, and Charlotte Cody, and quickly becomes friends with Jack and Summer Dawson and is invited to a Halloween Party.

However whilst disguised during the Party He overhears Jack say that he would ‘kill himself’ if he had August’s face. After this August decides to quit school, but his older sister, Olivia (Via), eventually convinces him not to. Understandably August becomes noticeably distant towards Jack while working with him on a later Egyptian science project. Despite this He and Jack are then chosen by the science teacher to work together on the science fair. However Julian tries to get the science teacher to switch partners so he can be partners with Jack, but Jack declines.Then Julian calls August a freak, so Jack defends him and is suspended for two days. Julian’s mother defends her son saying that August should not be in the school anyway because Beecher Prep is not an inclusion school. Later Because of his unusual condition August has to get hearing aids and during a visit to a local nature reserve He has a run-in with a group of seventh graders. Luckily his friends Amos, Miles and Henry come to the rescue but sadly he loses his Hearing Aids during the the altercation.

August’s challenging year is later acknowledged During the end of the year ceremony, by Principal Mr. Tushman Who discusses someone at the School who has accomplished something great during the year, and then reveals that he is really talking about August Pullman, Who then receives an award.

John McVie(Fleetwood Mac)

Best known as a member of rock groups John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac , the Brtish bass guitarist john McVie was born 26 November 1945. His surname, combined with that of Mick Fleetwood, was the inspiration for the band’s name. He joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after its formation by guitarist Peter Green in 1967, replacing temporary bassist Bob Brunning.In 1968, he married blues pianist and singer Christine Perfect, who became a member of Fleetwood Mac two years later.  John’s first experience making music with a group of like minds was in the back room of a house in Lammas Park Road, Ealing with his long term friends John & Peter Barnes who later went on to form a group called “The Strangers” with friends Tony Wells and Ken Pollendine performing Shadows covers. At this time, although only possessing a Framus acoustic with top 2 strings removed John showed a determination and ability that would take him to success as a professional musician.John McVie’s first job as a bass player was in a band called the “Krewsaders”, formed by boys living in the same street as McVie in Ealing, West London. The “Krewsaders” played mainly at weddings and parties, covering songs from the The ShadowS

When john Mayall formed a Chicago style Blues Band called , John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers he. Initially wanted to recruit bass player Cliff Barton of the Cyril Davies All Stars for the rhythm section of his new band. Barton declined, however, but gave him John McVie’s phone number, urging Mayall to give the talented young bass player a chance in the Bluesbreakers. Mayall contacted McVie, and asked him to audition for his band. Soon thereafter, McVie got offered to play bass in the Bluesbreakers. McVie accepted while still holding down his daytime job for a further nine months before becoming a musician full-time Under Mayall’s tutelage, McVie, not having had any formal training in music, learned to play the blues mainly by listening to B. B. King and Willie Dixon records given to him by Mayall. ln 1966, a young Peter Green was asked to join Mayall’s Bluesbreakers as the band’s new lead guitar player, after Eric Clapton had left. After recording A Hard Road, drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced by Mick Fleetwood. Green, McVie, and Fleetwood quickly forged a strong personal relationship, and when John Mayall gave Green some free studio time for his birthday, Green asked McVie and Fleetwood to join him for a recording session. Produced by Mike Vernon, they recorded three tracks together, “Curly”, “Rubber Duck”, and an instrumental called “Fleetwood Mac”.

After having been replaced by Mick Taylor in the Bluesbreakers in 1966, Peter Green opted to form his own band, which he called “Fleetwood Mac” after his preferred rhythm section (Fleetwood and McVie). Mick Fleetwood immediately joined Green’s new band, having been dismissed earlier from the Bluesbreakers for drunkenness. However, McVie initially was reluctant to join Fleetwood Mac, not wanting to leave the security and well-paid job in the Bluesbreakers, forcing Green to temporarily hire a bassist named Bob Brunning. A few weeks later McVie changed his mind and joined Fleetwood Mac on bass in 1967. The band recorded its first album, the eponymous Fleetwood Mac which was released in February 1968, and established Fleetwood Mac as a major part in the English Blues movement.Fleetwood Mac started playing live gigs in blues clubs and pubs throughout England, and became a household name in the national blues circuit. In the next three years, the band scored a string of hits in the UK and also enjoyed success in continental Europe. While on tour, Fleetwood Mac would often share venues with fellow blues band Chicken Shack. It was on one such occasion that McVie met his future wife, the lead singer and piano player of Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect. Following a brief romance of only two weeks, McVie and Perfect got married with Peter Green as best man.

Christine (now McVie) quit Chicken Shack however McVie persuaded Christine to join him in Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac went through several different line-ups, sadly frequent touring as well as John McVie’s heavy drinking began to put some strain on his marriage to Christine. In 1974, the McVies, along with the other members of Fleetwood Mac, moved to Los Angeles, where they lived briefly with John Mayall. ln 1975, Fleetwood Mac recruited American singer-songwriter duo Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac recorded the incredibly successful album Rumours. However the success brought serious marital problems for the McVies, and in 1976 John and Christine McVie divorced and As a way of dealing with the turmoil Christine wrote seven songs on Rumours s including“Don’t Stop”.

In 1978 John McVie married Julie Ann Reubens, but still continued to drink heavily. In 1981, McVie agreed to go on the road with the Bluesbreakers again for the so-called “Reunion Tour” with John Mayall, Mick Taylor and Colin Allen. During 1982 the band toured America, Asia and Australia. (John McVie did not take part in the European Tour in 1983 and was replaced by Steve Thompson. An alcohol-induced seizure in 1987 finally prompted him to kick the habit, and he has been sober ever since. In 1989, McVie’s wife Julie Ann gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Molly McVie. In his spare time, McVie is a sailing enthusiast, and he nearly got lost at least once on a Pacific voyage. A naturally reclusive man, his involvement with Fleetwood Mac has been constant but notably low-key, despite the fact that the band takes the “Mac” part of its name from him. He received co-writer credits for “Station Man” and “The Chain” and He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work in Fleetwood Mac. Sadly in 2013,  McVie was diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

Simply the Best

Singer, dancer, actress, and author Tina Turner a.k.a Anna Mae Bullock was born November 26, 1939. Her career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the American South, she is now a Swiss citizen.She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner’sKings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name “Little Ann”. Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including “River Deep – Mountain High” (1966), “Proud Mary” (1971) and “Nutbush City Limits” (1973), a song which she wrote. In her autobiography, I, Tina, she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Raised as a Baptist, she melded her faith with Buddhism in 1974, crediting the religion and its spiritual chant of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for helping her to endure during difficult times.

TINA TURNER LIVE 2009 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g2-YnN6-q2s

After her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career through performances, though she initially struggled to make an impact on the music charts as a solo artist. In the early 1980s, she launched a comeback with another string of hits, starting in 1983 with the single “Let’s Stay Together” followed by the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer which became a worldwide success. “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, the most successful single from the album, was later used as the title of a biographical film adapted from her autobiography. In addition to her musical career, Turner has also experienced success in films, including a role in the 1975 rock musical Tommy and a starring role in the 1985 Mel Gibson blockbuster film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as a cameo role in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.

One of the world’s most popular entertainers, she is sometimes called “the queen of rock” And has been dubbed the most successful female rock artist, winning eight Grammys and selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. She has also been named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 100 million copies worldwide. She is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, and career longevity. In 2008, Turner returned from semi-retirement to embark on herTina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.Turner’s tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–2009. Rolling Stone ranked her no. 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time. In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame