Ready for it? “The Hunger Games” will go on stage…by 360°!

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On November 7th, 2014, Lionsgate Entertainment, Inc., Imagine Nation, and Triangular Entertainment announced that they will be taking Suzanne Collins‘ “The Hunger Games” to a whole new viewing experience: the stage.

A 360° rotating auditorium, that is!

AMSTERDAM and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Continuing the expansion of its global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise into new businesses, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques, the companies announced today. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

Click below for the full press release.

LIONSGATE AND IMAGINE NATION FORM PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH THE HUNGER GAMES ON STAGE

Another business venture for “The Hunger Games” is “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” which is set to launch in the Summer before the November 20, 2015 release of “Mockingjay – Part 2″.

The state-of-the-art exhibition, which will include interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games, will be designed in conjunction with Thinkwell Group, one of the world’s leading theme park and location-based entertainment companies.

Click below for more on that press release from May 30, 2014 here:

LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES “THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION”

Take a look at some of the incredible things Thinkwell has been involved with:

At any rate, I know where I want to travel the next time I decide to break my bank!  It’s time to start saving up every penny I have!

Now for the questions.  What do you think of Lionsgate’s ventures?  Do you think they are taking their Hunger Games franchise a little too over the top, or do you think this will work?  Would you go to the US exhibition tour or see the live show?  Weigh in below!

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Let’s just put EVERYTHING in our coffee now!

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So many creamers to try!

I see Dunkin Donuts, Heath Bar, Almond Joy, Cinnabon, Cold Stone Creamery, Abuelita, Nestlé (okay, so Nestlé already had Coffee Mate), Girl Scouts cookies, Hershey’s and BAILEYS for goodness sakes!

Let’s just put EVERYTHING in our coffee now!

I took one look at this part of the dairy section and exclaimed “What will they think of next?”

Hummus is an Arabic word, but it’s loved so much by Jews and Arabs alike.

“Hummus is an Arabic word (حمّص ḥummuṣ) meaning “chickpeas,” and the complete name of the prepared spread in Arabic is حمّص بطحينة ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna, which means “chickpeas with tahini”.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus

It is an Arabic dish that became so loved by both Jews and Arabs alike in the Middle Eastern area that it became an Israeli national food staple. According to the article, Jews would go into the Arab quarters for a bite of authentic hummus.

So if you’re boycotting your Tribe, Sabra or other favorite hummus brands, you might want to keep this in mind: most likely, the brand you’re buying is certified kosher, has Jews, Muslims, or people of Middle Eastern nationalities on it’s staff. Then consider this: I have read that the dietary laws of Halal ALLOW for the consumption of Kosher food.

Finally, think about whom all these anti-Israel boycotts are really affecting. I believe that this would have little to no affect on their army or reserves. Israel has one of the finest armies in the world and the kids over there look forward to the draft.

Then there are the employees of these companies that you’re boycotting. There are both Israelis and Arabs making the products side by side; hummus, Ahava beauty products, and more; and it is the food from their mouths that you are taking because you don’t like what you are seeing in the media.

If you don’t like what you’re seeing on the news or reading about in the papers and online and you REALLY want to make a change, then go go to Israel and petition the government yourself. Don’t plaster the streets with your stickers and propaganda, because impressing your beliefs on the rest of us is the last thing that people want to see.

Nestlé owns about 51% of Osem, an Israeli company that owns Sabra. Maybe you’ll want to boycott them too?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osem_(company)

I bought Sabra guacamole yesterday because I wanted guacamole, NOT because it is made by an Israeli company.

It’s That Time of Year Again!

There’s a bite in the air.

The nights are chilled,

but the days can’t decide whether to become cold or stay warm.

The leaves are turning colors.

Jackets and boots are making their annual return.

Grills and outdoor stove tops are canvassed.

The children are in school…again.

Daily outdoor adventures slowly return to indoor family fun nights.

It’s that time of year again, everybody.

Oh, yes…

It’s Fall.

Now go make some delicious hot cider.

 

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Get your recipe for Homemade Mulled Apple Cider here!

This idea has been submitted to LivingLocurto.com‘s Fall & Halloween Living Creative Thursday Link Party

Even More Food Art!

SugarNSpiceLily:

I LOVE HIS WORK!

I have his book, “A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!,” which is geared for preschool through third grade and even developed my own preschool lesson plan as an assignment. I had to present the lesson in front of my classmates. Maybe someday I will write about it. :)
A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!

Product details are available on Amazon.  Click above.

Originally posted on The Journal:

Folks meet Mr Carl Warner and prepare to be blown away by his work. He (and a team) create amazing landscapes and art pieces with food which he calls ‘foodscapes.’ Behold I bring you talent! Don’t even hesitate to wander over and see more of his amazing work at Source below.

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iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week. How to get it and remove it.

A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.

A disgruntled iPhone user takes her complaint to twitter.

“I don’t even have an iPhone!”

When I first saw this photo on my Facebook feed, this was my first thought.  Of course, curiosity gets the best of us and we are only human, so I had to see for myself.

You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your "Purchases" today.

You can find a copy of Songs of Innocence in your “Purchases” today.

I checked my iTunes Store from my computer and there it was in my purchases. I am not complaining; I downloaded it and I intend on listening to it. However, I noticed that other people are, so I posted the above statement and photo (to my own, personal feed, then thought it would make a better article) AFTER I Googled the band, U2 and found an article with information explaining Apple’s response to the complaints.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.

iTunes paid for some 500 million iTunes Store users to have a free gift in their cloud this week.

To get the album for free:

  1. Get the album at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-of-innocence/id915794155.
  2. If you already have iTunes, click the button that says “I Have iTunes.”
  3. An “External Protocol Request” will pop up. Click “Launch Application” to start your iTunes program.
  4. Select where it says to download the album for free.

To access it from your purchases:

  1. Go to your Store’s “Home” screen.
  2. Select “Purchases” from the list on the right.
  3. You will find “Songs of Innocence under the list of albums that are not already on your device.
  4. Click the little cloud and arrow button to download it to your device.

If you would like to remove it, you can go to itunes.com/soi-remove.

Once it is removed, it will no longer be available for you to re-download as a previous purchase.  You will have to buy it.  This was Apple’s quick response to the complaints.

Personally, I’m not a fan, but I was curious since people were saying that it was an iPhone thing. Since I don’t have an iPhone, I decided to check it out on my PC’s Store. I think it’s cool that Apple decided to buy over 500 million people in 119 countries a gift.  They are doing this to promote their newest models of phones; the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 4.7 and 5.5 inches, some new features and a new device called iWatch.  (Which, by the way, resembles Android Wear.  I’m sure there are many key differences, but don’t be surprised to see an updated model release from Android and Google Play soon.)

Have you listened to the album yet?  Do you like U2?  What are your thoughts and opinions on Apple sending us gifts like this?

Sources:
Apple releases U2 album removal tool

Apple launches website to help users delete U2 album from their iTunes

The iPhone(s) 6 and more: EW live-blogs Apple’s big event

Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food

I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

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Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2011/11/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-jello-shots.html
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-pudding-shots.html
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/12/apple-cider-and-buttered-rum-jello-shots.html
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-jello-shots-and.html
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle http://www.thatssomichelle.com/p/jello-shots.html