New Releases June 23, 2009

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New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • The Code (First Look)
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (Walt Disney)
  • Dragon Hunters (Peace Arch)
  • Inkheart (Warner)
  • Last Year at Marienbad (Criterion Collection)
  • Mr. Troop Mom (Warner)
  • Origin: Spirits of the Past (FUNimation)
  • The Pink Panther 2 (MGM)
  • Sky Blue (Tartan)
  • Waltz with Bashir (Sony)

Playstation 3

  • Overlord II
  • Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires
  • Transfomers: RotF
  • Fight Night Round 4



Sexy Sunday 85

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan was born in Winthrop Iowa in 1976. After she graduated from high school she moved to Chicago to go to Columbia University to pursue a degree in Journalism. 3 years into her schooling she decided to quit when she discovered she would have to start off in a small market like Iowa. It was then that she decided to try modeling and before she knew it her career was taking her around the world. She also made her first TV debut on Young Americans. She has since made appearances on Law and Order SVU and Perfume. She has since had roles in movies like Unfaithful, The Bourne Supremacy, Constantine, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, North Country, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mission Impossible III. She even had a role on the TV show Boston Public.

New Releases June 16, 2009

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New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • Burn Notice: Season Two (Fox)
  • The Cell 2 (Warner)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) (Fox)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Sony)
  • Fracture (New Line)
  • Friday the 13th (2009) (Warner)
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (Paramount)
  • Friday the 13th Part 3 (in 3-D) (Paramount)
  • Garfield’s Pet Force (Fox)
  • Generation Kill (HBO)
  • Ghostbusters (Sony)
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played (Walt Disney)
  • John Adams (HBO)
  • Kickboxer (Lionsgate)
  • Lost: The Complete First Season (Walt Disney)
  • Lost: The Complete Second Season – The Extended Experience (Walt Disney)
  • Miracle (Walt Disney)
  • Morning Light (Walt Disney)
  • Nature’s Most Amazing Events (BBC)
  • No Way Back (Sony)
  • Rockers (Mvd Visual)
  • Rolling Stones: Biggest Bang (Universal Music)
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion Collection)
  • Spaceballs (MGM)
  • Striking Distance (Sony)
  • Sword of the Stranger (Bandai)

Playstation 3

  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Guitar Hero Smash Hits



Creating Effective and Efficient Relationships

Relationships of all kinds are often perceived as very delicate things, that require extra effort to maintain. However, a relationship can also be something that can provide security and can also be long lasting despite many trials.

Building an effective and lasting relationships is a necessity for several reasons. For example in a group or organization, the well being of the people depends on how efficient and effective that group or organization works.

The group or organization is also dependent on how the members work well with the management.

An ineffective group or organization can really be very frustrating.  An effective group or organization can also ask so much on their members, that sometimes the members would be having no life outside the walls of the area where they work or sacrifice the other aspects of their life just to meet deadlines. For an organization or group with this kind of scenario, relationships can be stressed or suffer from breakdown.
People or other entities who depend on these groups or organization also suffer.
Society is defined as a web of relationships, which requires all parties to work and contribute their share in order to achieve  a common goal. Having a relationship that is good, where cooperation and respect are manifested, can make society work better. In this way each member works for the good of the whole and towards achieving a common goal. This can only be attained with effective and efficient relationships.
Understanding the other parties’ feeling and position creates an effective and efficient relationship. The easiest method to understand what is important to another party is to ask them what they want and listen to what they have to say. When the other party realizes this, they would feel the importance given to them

Effective and efficient relationships require parties to openly express their feelings and positions on all matters pertinent on the relationship. Assuming that the other party understands our needs and give us when we need it without asking for it is not a good practice.

Respect is the key to relationship. In order to create a more effective relationship, parties should treat each other with respect.  We can show respect just by listening to the other party and by trying sincerely to understand how they function. You can also show respect to other parties by confirming that they are doing everything they can.

The opposite of respect is quick forming of judgements based on unfounded facts and prejudice.
Respect is the very foundation for a great relationship. This also means respecting yourself and respecting others.

Another key area in forming an effective relationship is to tackle differences of the other party directly. Differences between parties or people are quite interesting. For example in a conversation where each party listens to the other party, you may observe that each is having two different perspectives.

Work towards a win-win solution for both parties.

This can be done when at least one party acknowledges that the relationship is important. That party would then exert more time, effort and energy to understand the other party’s needs and deal with it to get it out of the way. Should they fail, it is comforting for that party to know that they tried.

Effectively listening and no pre-judging. This is important if parties are to understand each other.

Informal discussions are conducive for parties. They bring out issues and concerns comfortably. They also feel more relaxed making them think more clearly.

Developing an atmosphere where the other party can express their feelings when they need to.

When parties fail to express whatever is on their mind or their feelings, it can get in the way of building an effective relationship.

Parties should be aware that certain things exist naturally but should be controlled in any dealings in any relationship.  Human nature is one. Some of these things found in a relationship also include a history of stereotyping or mistrust, blaming the other person or party for a strained relationship, excluding the other party’s feelings when focusing on a task, no clear and defined objectives, roles and expectations of each party in a relationship is also unclear.

Relationships are important to anyone, addressing issues and problems right away is a must to further improve the relationship. As they say ‘No man is an Island’.

Sexy Sunday 84

Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher was born in Muscat Oman in 1976. When she was younger her parents moved her and her four brothers to Australia. By age 9 she appeared in TV commercials which helped her realized she wanted to get into acting. In 1993 she won roles on the shows Bay Cove and Paradise Beach though the two only lasted about one season. She got her first serious role on Home and Away where she played character Shannon Reed from 1994-1997. In 1996 she wrote two books targeted for teenagers and they were both Top sellers in Australia. Fisher began dating Sasha Baron Cohen and the two were engaged in 2004. When he signed a deal that would take him to American Isla came along and the two moved into Jennifer Aniston’s old house. She would later kick them out after her breakup with Brad Pitt. She had a role in Scooby Doo, The Wannabes, and Dallas 362. In 2005 Isla had a role in the comedy The Wedding Crashers. In 2007 she appeared in the thriller The Lookout and the movie Hot Rod. Later that year as her and Sasha got more comfortable in the U.S they found out they were expecting their first child and their daughter Olive was born in October. Since then she’s been in Horton Hears a Who, Definitely, Maybe and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

New Releases June 9, 2009

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New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • Baby on Board (E1)
  • Fatal Attraction (Paramount)
  • Fired Up! (Unrated) (Sony)
  • Gran Torino (Warner)
  • Indecent Proposal (Paramount)
  • The International (Sony)
  • Powder Blue (Image)
  • Predator 2 (Fox)
  • The Siege (Fox)
  • Time Warp (Discovery Channel)
  • Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (Warner)

Playstation 3

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
  • Prototype
  • Virtua Tennis 2009



Power through the people

Have you come across a person who is so naturally friendly that when you put him inside a room of strangers, he’ll be friends with almost everyone in no time? We call such a people-person, someone unbelievably nice and charismatic that he can charm anyone into doing anything.

A socially-empowered person achieves so much greatness, basically because of the people that catapult him to success. He earns the trust and all-out support of the people, whom he had helped before. He never runs out of help. He can do anything with the plethora of people behind him. All because he knows he maximizes his social potential!

See, if you know your social skills and you make use of them, you will reach self-empowerment. Self-empowerment is making a general overhaul in your life and turning yourself into a happier and more successful person.If you can be one of those people-persons, then I can’t see any reason why you will not succeed. You just have to know how to start.

1. Be genuine.

Hypocrisy will just bring you all the way down. Be genuinely nice and interested to people. Once they perceive that you are Mr. Hypocrite with selfish intentions, you might as well say goodbye to self-empowerment.

2. Be the greatest listener that you can be.

To earn the love and trust of the people, listen to their problems and sympathize with them. Do not just hear them out, listen to them with your heart. Make eye contact when the person talks to you. Listen as if every word matters, and it does. Brownie points when they find out that there is a confidante in you.

3. Laugh out loud.

I do not mean that you force yourself to laugh for every joke cracked by someone, albeit you do not find it funny at all.This means finding humor in things and not being too darn serious. A person oozing with an awesome sense of humor attracts crowds and eventually, attracts success.

4. Don’t forget yourself.

In the process of fluttering around like a social butterfly, you might forget yourself, allowing everyone to push you over. Remember, love and value yourself before anyone else. If you deem yourself respectable and worthy of affection, people will flock to you and not trample on you.

5. Do random acts of kindness.

You don’t have to do a John Rockefeller and blow your savings to charity. Little acts of kindness matters the most, and this can be as simple as giving someone a surprise you-take-care card or helping an elderly cross the street. When we were kindergarten students, kindness was taught to us and greatly practiced. Now is the time to revive the good deeds and this time, let them stay for good.

6. Contact your old friends.

Sad how some friendships are destined to goodbye, but thanks to technology, you can do something about it. Relive the good old days by flipping your yearbook and look for the great people whom you want to communicate with again. Adding these old friends to your roster of support peers will surely make you feel good all over.

7. Develop your personality.

Are you grouchy, grumpy and generally morose? Whoa, you can’t go through life with those. Get rid of the bad traits and habits that perpetually hamper your growth. And really, who wants a grouchy friend anyway?

8. Be confident.

Be able to stride to the other corner of the room and introduce yourself to people with that winning smile of yours. Just remember: be confident, not arrogant.

9. Practice control.

When angry, don’t snap at anyone. Never throw a tantrum. Stay calm and collected. Be adult enough to take control of situation and transform your anger into something more productive and passive. As soon as people think your anger goes to volcanic proportions easily, they will find it hard to come to you.

10. Keep nurturing your relationships.

Your relationship with your family, friends and significant others is too precious that you must not neglect it whatever happens. Go out and have fun with them. Do things together. Happiness will never fly from your side as long as the people who matter the most are close to you.

In the end, using people for self-empowerment means becoming a better and more lovable person. It’s a win-win situation: the people know they can turn to you anytime and vice versa.

Sexy Sunday 83

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried was born in Allentown Pennsylvania in 1985. Her parents were a pharmacist and a therapist and Amanda dreamed of eventually becoming a meteorologist but eventually set her sights on acting and modeling. In her mid-teens she was signed to a series of modeling gigs. She also performed on stage productions of Grease, and A Christmas Carol. She then went on to have minor roles on The Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and All My Children. In 2003 Amanda got a role on the movie Mean Girls and later that year she was on Veronica Mars. She then went on to other TV appearances on House, and CSI. She even has credited roles on Alpha Dog and American Gun. Amanda has since become a regular on the TV series Big Love, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking on other movies including Mamma Mia, Jennifer’s Body and Boogie Woogie.

English Muffin Pizzas

Ingredients

6 English muffins
1 Can pizza
1/2 lb lean ground beef
Garlic powder to taste
Onion powder to taste
Salt
Pepper
8 oz shredded cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Brown hamburger meat in pan and season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Split English muffins in half and place on baking sheet. Evenly distribute pizza sauce across muffins. Split the ground beef between the muffins and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy

Life is About Choices and the Decisions We Make

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Life is like a road. There are long and short roads; smooth and rocky roads; crooked and straight paths. In our life many roads would come our way as we journey through life. There are roads that lead to a life of single blessedness, marriage, and religious vocation. There are also roads that lead to fame and fortune on one hand, or isolation and poverty on the other. There are roads to happiness as there are roads to sadness, roads towards victory and jubilation, and roads leading to defeat and disappointment.

Just like any road, there are corners, detours, and crossroads in life. Perhaps the most perplexing road that you would encounter is a crossroad. With four roads to choose from and with limited knowledge on where they would go, which road will you take? What is the guarantee that we would choose the right one along the way? Would you take any road, or just stay where you are: in front of a crossroad?

There are no guarantees.

You do not really know where a road will lead you until you take it. There are no guarantees. This is one of the most important things you need to realize about life. Nobody said that choosing to do the right thing all the time would always lead you to happiness. Loving someone with all your heart does not guarantee that it would be returned. Gaining fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness. Accepting a good word from an influential superior to cut your trip short up the career ladder is not always bad, especially if you are highly qualified and competent.  There are too many possible outcomes, which your really cannot control. The only thing you have power over is the decisions that you will make, and how you would act and react to different situations.

Wrong decisions are always at hindsight.

Had you known that you were making a wrong decision, would you have gone along with it? Perhaps not, why would you choose a certain path when you know it would get you lost? Why make a certain decision if you knew from the very beginning that it is not the right one. It is only after you have made a decision and reflected on it that you realize its soundness. If the consequences or outcomes are good for you, then you have decided correctly. Otherwise, your decision was wrong.

Take the risk: decide.

Since life offers no guarantee and you would never know that your decision would be wrong until you have made it, then you might as well take the risk and decide. It is definitely better than keeping yourself in limbo. Although it is true that one wrong turn could get you lost, it could also be that such a turn could be an opportunity for an adventure, moreover open more roads. It is all a matter of perspective. You have the choice between being a lost traveller or an accidental tourist of life.  But take caution that you do not make decisions haphazardly. Taking risks is not about being careless and stupid. Here are some pointers that could help you choose the best option in the face of life’s crossroads:
·    Get as many information as you can about your situation.

You cannot find the confidence to decide when you know so little about what you are faced with. Just like any news reporter, ask the 5 W’s: what, who, when, where, and why. What is the situation? Who are the people involved? When did this happen? Where is this leading? Why are you in this situation? These are just some of the possible questions to ask to know more about your situation. This is important. Oftentimes, the reason for indecision is the lack of information about a situation.

·    Identify and create options.
What options do the situation give you? Sometimes the options are few, but sometimes they are numerous. But what do you do when you think that the situation offers no options? This is the time that you create your own. Make your creative mind work. From the most simplistic to the most complicated, entertain all ideas. Do not shoot anything down when an idea comes to your head. Sometimes the most outrageous idea could prove to be the right one in the end. You can ask a friend to help you identify options and even make more options if you encounter some difficulty, but make sure that you make the decision yourself in the end.

·    Weigh the pros and cons of every option.

Assess each option by looking at the advantages and disadvantages it offers you. In this way, you get more insights about the consequences of such an option.

·    Trust yourself and make that decision.

Now that you have assessed your options, it is now time to trust yourself. Remember that there are no guarantees and wrong decisions are always at hindsight.  So choose… decide… believe that you are choosing the best option at this point in time.

Now that you have made a decision, be ready to face its consequences: good and bad. It may take you to a place of promise or to a land of problems. But the important thing is that you have chosen to live your life instead of remaining a bystander or a passive audience to your own life. Whether it is the right decision or not, only time can tell. But do not regret it whatever the outcome. Instead, learn from it and remember that you always have the chance to make better decisions in the future.