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The red-band trailer for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' was released today and it's generating a lot of buzz for David Fincher. And, rightfully so.

The film, based on the best selling novel by the late Stieg Larsson is about a girl (Harriet Vanger) who disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by a powerful family (The Vanger clan). Her body was never found, and her uncle was convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He thereby employed a disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. Rooney Mara (who was in "Social Network") plays the role of Salander.

David Fincher gets back to his roots of directing dark, hard-hitting thrillers by taking on 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' project. In recent years he has made great films in 'Benjamin Button' and 'Social Network', but they are departures from his earlier dark films like "Se7en", "Fight Club", "The Game", and "Zodiac."

And, if the trailer is any inclination, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will be one badass film. There is no dialogue in the teaser - just short quick clips throughout the film, as the the cover (by Trent Reznor) of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is played in the background.

 Check out the redband trailer below.

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Around 10 P.M. last night scores of Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County residents reported hearing a loud boom. The mystery boom was so loud that it shook the residents' homes.

Just what was the cause of this mystery boom in Philadelphia? An earthquake. Nope. Not according to the USGS.

How about an underground explosion? Negative. PECO officials checked and reported no damage.

How about a sonic boom? Possibly. Or, even a UFO? Well, let's not get crazy here.

It just may have been a meteor though, which caused the sonic boom.

There was a report earlier in May of a mysterious boom in Virginia, which was likely caused by a meteor. In the evening of Tuesday May 10th, residents across Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Suffolk, Va., dialed 911 to report what sounded what a large explosion. And, a NASA scientist explained that it might have been a meteor. And, the impact of the meteor possibly caused the sonic boom.

The same type of event may have happened in Philly last night.

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LeBron James sold out and went to Miami because he wanted to win a championship,LeBron James photo: buzzstation.net the Heat were spending, and James pretty much had the whole thing planned along with Chris Bosh.  Do you REALLY think both of them just happened to go to Miami by accident? I'm sure Dwyane Wade had his hands in it, too.

Much to the chagrin of Cleveland Cavaliers nation and non-Miami Heat fans, he is now one step closer to getting his wish.

First off, it’s not like Cleveland was a bottom feeder in the NBA and James just HAD to get out of his home state. The Cavaliers did finish 61-21 in 2009-2010, which was good enough for the best record in the NBA and a second round loss to the Celtics.

James is the epitome of every self-centered athlete. The crap he pulled on that ESPN special last summer set the standard for every free-agent athlete to stick it to cities who come to embrace them as one of their own. Come to think of it, he WAS one of their own. But not anymore. Not ever again.

His decision to go to Miami and build an obnoxious mansion in South Beach  was typical of this generation of athletes who demand instant gratification because they aren’t getting what the want when they want it. What if Dr. J told the Sixers to stick it in the summer of 1982? What if Michael Jordan did the same after Scottie Pippen missed Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons because of a migraine? They stuck it out and were rewarded.

I’m sure if James REALLY wanted to stay in Cleveland to bring the city its first pro championship since Moby Dick was a guppy, he could have sat with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and talked about what the team needed to do to put the Cavs over the top. Let’s get real here: James had no intention of ever staying in Cleveland. I never thought I’d say this, but I would have LOVED for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to smoke the Heat in the finals. But evidently, they were watching tapes of Cleveland’s semi finals series last year against Boston for a lesson on how to pull a choke job.

Instead, he and Bosh set a precedant for future NBA stars who will now arrange their contracts with fellow NBA players who can ditch the teams that drafted them to join another team who is looking to buy a championship. Do you think the Sixers have a hope in hell of winning anything now for the next 10 years?

So in closing LeBron, take pride in the fact that you barely beat the upstart Sixers, smoked a beat up and worn down Celtics team, and shut down Derrick Rose, who choked worse than you did last year and the year before to Orlando. Dirk Nowitzki is coming for you, and this time he won’t fold like he did back in 2006.

Worst of all, have some sympathy for Cavaliers fans, as their worst nightmares are unfolding before their very eyes.

But don’t feel too bad: Their baseball team is looking VERY good.

Go Mavs!

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Philadelphia's beloved Fourth Wall Arts Salon celebrates its first anniversary this month.Philadelphia's beloved Fourth Wall Arts Salon celebrates its first anniversary this month. The city's premiere monthly traveling arts event returns to its very first location in Northern Liberties.

Join us on Saturday, May 28th at Media Bureau, 725 North 4th Street in Philadelphia, for a stellar lineup that includes familiar as well as new faces. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Vegetarian food will be served along with an open bar.

Fourth Wall co-founder Brinae Ali sings and taps part of her award winning one-woman show Steps, about a mother's struggle with her daughter's life threatening accident; alt-rock duo Suspect 9 takes the Fourth Wall stage for the first time; salon veterans Nina 'Lyrispect' Ball and Carlo Campbell grace the stage with spoken word; you'll be left scratching your head (in a good way) after Ran'D Shine does his offbeat magic act; visual artists Ernel Martinez and Bernard Collins display their work.

The groove goes on with live house band The Jimmy Crack Corn Experiment, and DJ Supreme on the ones and twos. For full information on our line-up, including head shots and bios of artists, visit http://fourthwallarts.org/salon12.htm.

This event will sell out. Limited tickets are available. Advance purchase price is $15, and price at the door is $20. Advance tickets are available at http://fourthwallarts.ticketleap.com/may.
This has been a wildly successful year for Fourth Wall, an unstoppable force in the city's cultural landscape, growing exponentially and welcoming new guests to each Salon. The April 2011 Salon at the National Museum of American Jewish History drew a capacity crowd of 350 guests.

About Fourth Wall:
Each month the Fourth Wall Arts Salon brings together a diverse array of artists and intellectuals for an interactive evening of fine art, music, dance, theatre, and topical lectures that inspire and engage the mind. Salons showcase the full spectrum of Philadelphia cultural offerings, including spoken word, live jazz, song, opera, flamenco, hip hop and much more.

The work of local visual artists adorns Salon walls. Equally important is Fourth Wall's mission to join together communities across the region for an evening that's guaranteed to be inspiring, uplifting, exciting and filled with spirit.

For more information on Fourth Wall Arts Salon, go to www.fourthwallarts.org.
Contact: Bridget Duncan, bridget@fourthwallarts.org  239-784-3492

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Well, say it isn't so. Harold Camping is once again changing course. A day after Harold Camping came out of the woodwork to say he was "flabbergasted" that nothing happened on May 21st (the day he proclaimed Doomsday) he is covering his ass and saying the end of the world will happen in October. Added to that, this multi-millionaire carnival barker is claiming that May 21st was the "invisible judgment day."

You've gotta be (expletive deleted) kidding me.

On the surface, Camping comes off like a crazy S.O.B., but when you dig deeper, he's just a flat out liar and a fraud. Scumbag is a word that comes to my mind. He certainly makes a case for government intervention for religious phanatics who cross the line.

Sure, religion is one of those freedoms which makes America what it is, but enough already. Frauds like Camping hide behind the veil of religious freedom and take advantage of stupid people and ruin their lives. Think of all of the gullible fools who bought this nonsense about the May 21st Judgment Day and who quit their jobs. And, now Camping is trying to lure them in further by stringing them along until October. Not only should Harold Camping be sued, but he should be thrown in jail for his vulgar display of self-serving prognostication.

And, when nothing happens in October, what is this crooked bastard going to do then for an encore? Maybe he'll pull a Marshall Applewhite (the infamous leader of The Heavan's Gate Cult) and do the world a favor and off himself.

One can only hope.

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Pictures from this weekend's Sesame Place 5K, which runs through the Oxford Valley Mall property.

Runners gather at registration before the annual Courier-Kiwanis Sesame Place Classic 5K.

Runners gather at registration before the annual Courier-Kiwanis Sesame Place Classic 5K.


The wet roads didn't keep runners away as they participated in the Courier-Kiwanis Sesame Place Classic, which runs through the Oxford Valley Mall property.

The wet roads didn't keep runners away as they participated in the Courier-Kiwanis Sesame Place Classic, which runs through the Oxford Valley Mall property.


Advice to College Grads From The Region’s Top Recruiter
“Practical Advice in How to get a Job."

Blue Bell, PA, May 18, 2011 — Right Recruiting LLC, a Blue Bell based recruiting firm with 30 plus years of experience recruiting professionals and executives for small and mid-sized regionally based firms offers this advice for new college graduates entering into the career world.  Jeff Zinser, owner of Right Recruiting in Blue Bell, Pa.

1. Have the right education for the job. If you don't have the right education, go get it. It’s not the employer’s job to train you. It’s your job to have the skills an employer wants. By the time you’ve graduated high school, society has spent about $300,000 on your education. That’s your head start. It’s your job to build on it. If you’ve fallen behind, have heart.  For some employers, being in process for the education is as good as having the education. If you don’t have a college degree or the right trade school certificate, just  being  enrolled will show  an employer that you understand your obligation to get some training. It helps.

2. Have a clear and complete resume. Make sure that your spelling and grammar are accurate. Don't rely on spellcheck.  Proofread and have someone else proofread. Here’s a hint- when you proofread- change the fonts. It will help you look at it with fresh eyes. Describe your prior jobs completely. Describe your goals in the objective but limit them to your employment career. Don’t send out a resume saying that your goal is to move to California and start your own business. To the potential employer, that’s a goal and not a dream.

3. Deliver your resume in the appropriate manner. If the company wants resumes emailed, don't fax or snail mail the resume instead. Companies want electronic copies of the resume because they are easier to store and evaluate. No one wants paper. And, for gosh sakes, don’t hand deliver the resume expecting an interview and brownie points for initiative. The people you want to meet are busy and have jobs to do. Don’t expect them to rearrange their day because you are so special. Don’t confuse initiative with arrogance.

4. If the employer wants to conduct a phone interview, try to use a landline and take the call in a quiet place. No dropped calls. Background noise is not allowed. Turn off the TV. Last year a candidate tried to have a phone interview with one of my clients in his car driving on the expressway IN A CONVERTIBLE WITH THE TOP DOWN!! Bad idea. A phone interview is an interview. It’s not a speed bump on the way to a “real” interview. Treat the phone as a business tool, not as a way to find out what your buds are doing that evening.

5. Wear a suit and tie to the interview. I know that many companies allow casual dress for employees. You are not yet an employee. A suit is a sign that you take yourself and the potential employer seriously. It doesn’t have to be an expensive suit and it doesn’t have to be a nice tie. I never saw anyone rejected from a job because they wore a suit and tie to an interview. I have seen people rejected because they didn’t. Stack the odds in your favor by showing a potential employer that you know the difference between play and work. Lastly, do I also need to remind you to wear socks?

 +1)    Repeat until successful. Very few people get one interview and then get hired. Most people need a few interviews with a few different employers to get the offer that they want. A job search is a process. Don’t apply to one job and wait to get that job. Apply to as many jobs as you can find that fit your background and goals and go through the process listed above to maximize your chances of success.

Earlier this afternoon - news was abuzz with rumors that a tornado may have touched down in Philadelphia. Just an hour ago, officials have declared that a tornado did in fact hit a neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia this afternoon.

One man witnessed the event and told NBC 10 that he saw a roof fly off a building. And, other people witnessed a huge cloud descending upon the 9800 block of Northeast Avenue around 2:00 P.M. The path of the tornado was 300 feet long and 100 feet wide.

All told, the tornado tore a roof off a beer distributor and restaurant and it destroyed a body shop. No catastrophic injuries or deaths were reported thankfully.


Photo from CBS News

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Over this past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in Camp Erin-Philadelphia 2011.

Camp Erin is an initiative led by former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, Camp Erin photo: www.valleyoflife.comwho serves as Vice President and co-founder of The Moyer Foundation, which began in 2000 and is a non-profit organization aimed at helping children in distress.

Camp Erin, which specifically aims itself toward providing support for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them, is the largest network of such bereavement camps in the nation, with more than 40 camps in 25 states.

The camp was created by The Moyer Foundation as an honor to the wish of a young woman named Erin Metcalf, from Woodinville, Washington.

Erin had developed liver cancer at the age of 15 and unfortunately lost her battle at age 17 in 2000. The camp is named after this extraordinary young woman who showed the care and compassion that has become the driving force behind an initiative that continues to serve many in need of love and support in times of grief.

Camp Erin-Philadelphia functions in partnership with Penn Home Care and Hospice Services- Wissahickon Hospice. Under the direction of Elise Gaul, the camp provides a fun and caring environment through which the children can build new friendships and trust. The ultimate goal of the camp is to provide a safe setting where the children can be educated about grief and feel connected to other children with similar life experiences.

In addition, Camp Erin Philadelphia succeeds further through a strong partnership with Diamond Ridge Camps in Jamison, Pennsylvania. The camp site itself is a beautiful, well maintained landscape equipped with an arts center, basketball courts, tennis courts, a pool, and Ga Ga ball courts.

What is Ga Ga ball, you ask? Well, it is a loose variation on traditional dodge ball. I had never heard of it up until my Camp Erin experience, but I can now definitively tell you this: kids LOVE Ga Ga ball.

The weekend, which began on Friday evening and ended on Sunday morning, was filled with fun and activities. These activities ranged from adventure to arts and crafts, including various elements of sports, music, and performance routines. Additionally, there were activities that presented an opportunity to focus on the true meaning of the camp and provided an environment with which the children could express themselves and reveal a bit about their experiences.

My assignment for the weekend was to be a cabin buddy to a group of nine and ten year old boys. Essentially, my role was that of a camp counselor. I was there to greet the campers and their families, help facilitate activities, and guide these children through the Camp Erin experience. Oh, and also to make sure they are safe and accounted for at all times! Although mildly challenging and exhausting at times, the experience of spending an entire weekend with these eight children, building relationships and helping them connect with the other children was quite rewarding.

Having lost both my parents as a teenager, I came into this experience with a drive and a passion to help out children who may be feeling a similar loss that I did in my youth. I realized the value of the type of support this camp provides. Camp Erin did not exist in the mid-nineties when I felt my most significant loss, and I am thrilled to have become a part of the group that perpetuates its existence.

I firmly believe it is the collaboration between the camp volunteers and all the wonderful aforementioned organizations that catapult this experience to another level altogether. The team of volunteers was a virtual melting pot of people with one thing in common: a purpose. The camp volunteers may not have all shared the same age, gender, creed, or profession, but we all shared a belief in providing a safe environment for children to recover from personal loss and tragedy. The amount of time, patience, detail, and care that was put into this weekend, not only by the coordinators, but every single person involved was startling and amazing. It was an incredible display of teamwork and camaraderie.

Furthermore, in my own estimation, what really put this camp experience over the top was the presence of many special guests, including Erin’s grandmother, aunt, and cousin who very willingly gave their time and shared their own personal perspective about Erin, creating an even deeper sense of emotion throughout the experience.

In addition, Karen Moyer was present and graciously spoke to the children, providing a great deal of comfort and support. Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos  also appeared, along with his wife Julie, to perform some entertainment in the form of magic tricks, but more importantly to express an intense and influential message about his own similar life experiences. Based on my interaction with the young boys, I think I can safely say that Jon’s message reached deeply to the children and was certainly a highlight of the weekend in many ways.

The weekend a spectrum of emotion filled with dancing and consoling, mourning and befriending, tears of sadness and tears of joy. Most of all though, there was an overall sense of connection. Personally, the icing on the cake was seeing the children’s transformation from caution and nerves on Friday to enthusiasm and joy on Sunday. Mission accomplished.

Before this weekend, I knew I believed in the purpose and message of Camp Erin. I was touched by the cause and benefit of such a dynamic and constructive program. I recognized an opportunity to use my own experiences as a backdrop to help others, and I am thrilled that I could become a tiny, tiny cog in this magnificent machine.

I believe that Erin is truly an angel. She continues to smile upon the people she observed to be in need of support and care. It is the heart of such a special person that inspires great people like Jamie and Karen Moyer, and all those involved with this ongoing initiative, to carry on that kindhearted wish.

I am grateful and honored to have carried out a small part of her wish.

Thank you, Erin.

To learn more, you can also visit the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program website, part of Penn Wissahickon Hospice.

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