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Happy Earth Day!

I’m no scientist, but this I know: if we continue treating our planet without care or compassion, the repercussions will be insurmountable. This Earth Day, lets not only celebrate our beautiful world, but also acknowledge the threats we pose to our environment and the need to take action! Here are a few web-based resources where you can learn more about what’s threatening our environment today: Non-profit environmental institutions: World Resources Institute, Greenpeace, Air & water pollution: National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Oceana Climate change: Climate Action Network, The Climate Institute, Endangered animal life: World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Animal agriculture: United Nations Environment Programme, PETA Global warming is real. It is happening today. It is being charted by our satellites. It is being charted by our scientists. It is being charted by those of us in this body, and I think the real key is if we are ready to admit that fact and take the action to make the necessary conversion. – Dianne Feinstein War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn’t surprise us. All those bombs going off, all …

10 Facts About Francis Ford Coppola on His Birthday

1. Francis Ford Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7th, 1939, but grew up in a New York suburb. 2. When he was young he caught polio, so during his quarantine he practiced puppetry and spent time watching movies. 3. He graduated with a drama degree from Hofstra University and went on to receive an MFA in Film Production from UCLA in 1967. 4. He is considered a part of the New Hollywood wave (or American New Wave) of filmmaking, which includes other masterful directors such as Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, among others. 5. His family is full of accomplished filmmakers and actors including, but not limited to, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Gia Coppola. 6. He owns a successful winery – the Francis Ford Coppola – of which I can personally vouch for. 7. Supposedly George Lucas based the Star Wars trilogy character Hans Solo on Coppola. 8. He is credited for directing 12 different actors in Oscar nominated performances, …

‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Facts on the Film’s 20th Anniversary

This is the week of anniversaries! Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic and well-known film was released in theaters. To this day, Pulp Fiction continues to captivate audience members, both young and old. To celebrate, here are twenty facts on the film’s twentieth anniversary: 1. The shot of Vincent shoving the syringe into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then reversing the footage. 2. Whenever Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens. 3. Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson. 4. The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mainly made up by Tarantino and Jackson. 5. The film cost $8.5 million to make – $5 million of which went to the actors’ salaries. 6. Originally, Uma Thurman turned down the role of Mia Wallace, but Tarantino desperately wanted to cast her so he ended up reading her the script over the phone, eventually convincing her to accept the role. 7. “Fuck” is said 265 times. 8. Jules’ car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, is never fully seen, only the interior or parts of …

Happy Labor Day (But What’s it Really All About?)

Happy Labor Day! But what’s it really all about? Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September. It’s a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American labor movement. The first Labor Day was held in New York City in 1882 by the Central Labor Union. Over 10,000 people marched in solidarity as “a day of the people.” Oregon became the first state to officially declare Labor Day a holiday in 1887. Following the deaths of 30 workers and injuries of 57 at the hands of the U.S. military during the Pullman Strike of 1894, Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday. In Canada Labour Day also takes place on September 1st, and in many other countries a similar holiday takes place on May 1st.

10 Facts About Stanley Kubrick

In honor of Stanley Kubrick’s birthday on July 26th, here are 10 facts about one of the greatest directors of all time. 1. Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. 2. After his second failed marriage he permanently moved to England. 3. Kubrick supposedly refused to talk about his movies on set and never watched them once they were completed. 4. Although he had a pilot’s license, he was known to be extremely afraid of flying. 5. Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) was the only author that Kubrick had a personal relationship with, despite the fact that most of his films were adaptations. 6. He loved cats – at one point owning 16. 7. He believed that The Godfather was the greatest film ever made. 8. In his 48 year career he made 16 films. 9. He loved Woody Woodpecker so much that he wanted to feature the cartoon in every film he ever made, but Woody Woodpecker’s creator, Walter Lantz, refused. 10. Kubrick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best …

10 Facts About Tom Hanks On His Birthday

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Who doesn’t think he’s an amazing actor? Who doesn’t believe he seems like a kind, fun, and humble guy? I hope not, because that’s a world I don’t want to live in. In honor of his birthday, here are ten facts about the cool guy we all wish we knew personally, Mr. Tom Hanks: 1. Tom Hanks is known for often playing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. 2. His favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fargo, Elephant, and Boogie Nights. 3. He is the most represented actor on the AFI 100 Most Inspiring Movies Of All Time list with four films including Forrest Gump (#37), Philadelphia (#20), Apollo 13 (#12), and Saving Private Ryan (#10). 4. He is the second actor to win back to back Oscars for Best Actor for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994. 5. He once worked as a hotel bellman at a spot frequented by celebrities. A few of the celebrities whose bags he carried included Sidney Poitier, Bill Withers, and Cher. 6. He has played the love interest of Meg Ryan’s character in three films: Sleepless …

20 Fun Facts on Seinfeld’s 25th Anniversary

Seinfeld, which debuted on July 5, 1989, turns 25 years old today. In honor of the series’ anniversary, here are 20 fun facts about the show about nothing: 1. The majority of the series was shot at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. 2. Jerry’s address is mentioned in the show as 129 W. 81st St., though in an error, his apartment building exterior says 757. 3. The character of George Costanza was based off of co-creator/producer, Larry David. 4. There was only one episode without George (season 3, episode 3, “The Pen”). 5. Larry David’s former neighbor Kenny Kramer was initially paid $1,000 to allow the use of his name. After the series ended, he began touring as the host of Kramer’s Reality Tour and Kramer’s Reality Road Show. 6. The name Costanza comes from Jerry’s former friend Mike Costanza, who sued Jerry, Larry David, and NBC for $100 million, citing defamation and invasion of privacy. Costanza lost the case, but has since written a book entitled “The Real Constanza” in which he claims that the character is based …

10 Facts About Larry David

In honor of Larry David’s 67th birthday, here are 10 facts about the hilarious comedian/writer/producer: 1. Larry David was born Lawrence Gene David on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. 2. He graduated from The University of Maryland with a degree in history. 3. He was the inspiration for the character George Costanza from Seinfeld, which he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld. 4. Before his career took off he worked as a limousine driver, store clerk, TV repairmen, and bra salesman. 5. He always carries a pad of paper and a pencil with him so he can record his ideas. 6. The term “Larry David moment” refers to an extremely awkward social situation, which is a constant theme in David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. 7. He often uses articles of clothing as plot devices. 8. Many of the stories in Seinfeld are based on things that actually happened in his life. 9. He did not start performing stand up until he was in his thirties. 10. In 1975 he was a writer on Saturday Night Live for just one season, and only one of the sketches he …