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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dan In Real Life

Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is a widowed father of three young girls. He writes a column for a local paper. When he finally meets the girl of his dreams it turns out she’s already taken. By his brother. When they realize this on a family retreat all hell breaks lose and hell hath no fury like a brother scorn! The above synopsis makes it sound like a real drama, or at least a comedy or perhaps even a romance. This movie is none of the above. What this movie is is simply dull and boring. As I was watching this mundane sleeping pill. I was able to make breakfast, poor my orange juice and even check my calendar for future days off. I did all those thing with out missing a thing. The movie was so poorly paced I wanted to cry. The tears would of been for those people who paid full price to see this monstrosity in theaters. The cast was excellent though. Juliette Binoche is Marie. The above mentioned love interest for both brothers. Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney are perfectly cast as the mother and father. Dane Cook is Mitch (Dan’s Brother). What any of them were thinking when they signed on for this doldrums of a film other than “I need money” is far behind the capacity. Dan in Real Life is the perfect name for this movie. Real life is boring. That’s why we go to the movies to escape the boredom. This movie is boring. Anybody notice the hypocrisy here. To say that this movie was slow is an understatement. I’ve seen little old ladies on walkers move faster. Don’t see this movie! Avoid it at all cost! The only thing this movie will do is put Ambein (sleeping pills) out of business. Grade F

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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!

Talk to you soon!

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