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Volume 16, No. 11 - January 25, 2010

-- MOVIES --

Nine is impossible to forget

By Jenna Potter in MANOTICK, Ontario, Canada -- Despite less-than-perfect reviews of the romantic musical Nine, I thought it was worthy of several Academy Awards.

I had been anticipating the Christmas Day release of this movie ever since I stumbled upon the trailer a few months ago.

It showed singing, dancing, and outstanding sets, not to mention a very impressive cast! Read more

 

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Scene from Invictus

 

Movie explores how rugby helped forge a new South Africa

Mariechen Puchert in EAST LONDON, Eastern Cape, South Africa -- Set shortly after the abolition of apartheid and election of Nelson Mandela, Invictus follows the remarkable journey of South Africans as the new president uses the national rugby team to help reconcile his people.

With a screenplay by Anthony Peckham and Clint Eastwood directing, Invictus features Morgan Freeman in the role of Mandela and Matt Damon in the role of then-Springbok Rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

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-- MOVIES --

 

A scene from Avatar

Avatar offers hope, entertainment

By Pooja Shah in FREMONT, California, U.S.A. – Instant blockbuster status, burgeoning sales, and widespread praise – James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, was making so much news that I didn’t know if I should trust it.

After watching the movie, I knew the buzz was well deserved. The film combines extraordinary graphics, take-home messages, a gripping plot, and just the right amount of action.   Read whole story

 

Amazing Avatar takes viewers to another world

By Shweta Ganesh in MUMBAI, India - I personally am not a sci-fi lover, but Avatar has changed that. It’s a science-fiction movie like nothing seen before.

I went into the theater slipping on my 3D glasses, but I refused to take them off even after the movie ended. I was totally transported into another world.  Read whole story

 

-- NEWS --

Horror and hope in Haiti

A heavy heart for Haiti

By Gokce Yurekli in EDISON, New Jersey, U.S.A. When Rayna Allonce, a high school junior in Pennsylvania, saw on television the way a powerful earthquake had crumbled buildings in her native Haiti, she “didn’t think there would be much hope” for family members living in the Caribbean nation.

 

“I was filled with disbelief that something like this could happen to my country, my family. I just couldn't believe it," she said.

Wana St. Fleur in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, one of Rayna Allonce's aunts, at Allonce's grandparents house.three years ago.

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At least two cousins died beneath the rumble, Allonce said, but at least some other members of her family are alive.

Allonce, who attends Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Penn., said she was home on January 12 “trying to come up with an idea as to what I should paint for an English project” when her mother phoned her.

"Turn on the TV. Now!" her mother said.

When Rayna turned to CNN, she learned the devastation her country suffered. Most of her family members live in Port-au-Prince, the capital.

This was a few hours after the earthquake and there weren't really any pictures and such yet, but they talked of the probable devastation and all I could think about was how I had a lot of family members living in Port-au-Prince,” Allonce said.

“One of my aunts has two small children of two and four and lives in a two-story house made of stone,” she said.

“At the time that the earthquake had occurred, she wouldn't have even been home yet. The children would have been with a servant, whose first instincts would have been to save herself, not the kids,” Allonce said.

She said she had a great aunt who “lives in a three-story house built into the mountain side.”

“I was filled with disbelief that something like this could happen to my country, my family. I just couldn't believe it. The fear and other various emotions set in after it sunk in that this really was happening,” Allonce said.

Her parents spent the next two days trying to reach their relatives.

"Right now we have confirmation that two of my aunts are ok. My aunt's children are okay," Allonce said.

“My great-aunt's house had completely collapsed with her and her son inside but they managed to get out through a window on the third floor, although she is heavily wounded,” Allonce said.

Other family members are unaccounted for.   Read whole story

 

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