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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Batteries Not Included

Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn star in the Steven Spielberg executively produced family film. They are a doting old couple who live in a to be condemned building in the city of New York. It seems their way of life is doomed until they get a few robotic visitors from another planet, whom help prove that home really is where the heart is. That is a brief summary of this wonderful and whimsical family film. It is one hour and forty-six minutes of cuteness and fun. It is nearly Disney like in its format but the tag team of Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Franklin Marshall instead executively produces it. They were famous for such film at the times and this is one of the better ones. Jessica Tandy is excellent as the senile old bag. The spotlight award however goes to Frank Mc Rae for the near silent former boxer turned building supervisor. He speaks only in TV catch phrases but steals your heart nonetheless. The rest of the no name cast works as well. This is definitely a film the whole family can enjoy, as well as one I would recommend to my friends and co-workers. (at both jobs) It is perfect in length and has a great storyline too boost. The music woks too and all come together to make this a highly entertaining film. Grade B

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm