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Spider-Man 4… Without Tobey Maguire

Yup, you read it right… Spider-Man 4 without the trademark face.

Tobey Maguire is being replaced in Spider-Man 4  by Andrew Garfield (Air, I’m Here, Never Let Me Go).

Andrew Garfield

Before Andrew Garfield was named the new Spidey, he had some pretty tough competition going, with Josh Hutcherson, Logan Lerman, Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Aaron Johnson, Anton Yelchin, Zac Effron and the Hollywood hotshot of the moment, Robert Pattinson, all long and short listed for the role. Now that, must have been one tough decision to make!

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Spider-Man 4, currently untitled, but known as ‘Untitled Spider-Man Reboot’, is still in it’s early stages of production. In fact, it’s not scheduled for filming till December this year.

You thought that was a bit of a wait? Release date: July 3, 2012.

Yup. July 2012.  Spider-Man fans, we have a long wait ahead of us.

So, what’s the story that’s been stewing in the media for a while now?
To be honest, I was a bit confused myself, so I did my homework and look what I dug up…

When they say reboot, Sony really means reboot. We’re talking Peter Parker back at high school, a complete reboot of the franchise… new cast, meaning bye-bye Tobey Maguire (as mentioned before… 😦 ) and bye-bye Kirsten Dunst (I think she’s getting a little old to play the high school MJ but all the same, we’re sad to see her go).

Not only are the classic faces gone, but also the classic Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. The new film will be directed by Marc Webb and scripts written by James Vanderbilt, along with Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. There are assumptions that the reboot will be based on the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. Those are the rumours floating about, after creator of comics Brian Michael Bendis met with the movie crew.

Sam Raimi

And what brought this reboot on? Rumour has it that Raimi withdrew after claiming he wouldn’t be able to make the movie’s 2011 release date and maintain the high creative and quality standard expected of any Spider-Man film.

Fair enough, I reckon.

“Working on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

Sony has also confirmed that the Spidey reboot will be in 3D, so that’s something to look forward to as well.

I’ve summed up what I know and if you want to enlighten me with any more goss on this issue, please go ahead, I’d love to hear. 🙂 After all, we’re huge Spidey fans here at Ebony Ink!

Spider-Man Reboot...

Drop a comment and let us know what you think… Maguire/Garfield, Raimi/Webb… we wanna hear what you have to say!

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Doses Of Magic Page

Want to know the latest Green Day Songs? More information on Meg Cabot’s the Mediator? Need a quote that will inspire you?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve recently gave one of our pages a huge makeover. After so much work, we now have a brand new Doses of Magic. This time, not only does it have those awesome quotes Alisha found but information about movies, books and music. We’ll be updating it often. So, check out our collection of movies, music, books and quotes! 

Here’s a link to the main page where you’ll find how to get to the individual pages: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/doses-of-magic/ 

Or you could just look to the right and you’ll find the list of all the pages including the Doses of Magic page! >>>>


Harry Potter Craze

Suddenly, out of the blues, I had this huge inspiration while reading Harry Potter of doing a post on one of my favourite books of all time, Harry Potter. After the 7th book was released, this great phenomena’s success had sort of sunk, not because the book’s lost it’s amazing-ness but because there’s been other huge stuff happening. But we, great fans of HP, have kept track and know that the 7th movie is going to be released in the end of this year. The trailer’s already been released and although i actually prefer reading the books than watching the movies (i’m just not the type to ever enjoy movies as much as reading the books, i have to admit, no matter how geeky it sounds), i cannot wait for the seventh movie to be released. The only part of the 7th book i don’t look forward to is the death of Fred Weasley. Who wants to see that bit, anyway? I reckon it’s as sad as seeing Lupin and Tonks being killed just after having their son…

Anyway, sordid bits aside, i am as always so enthusiastic about HP and so i decided to post this up. After HP 7 you must have been left behind with a huge need to find out what happens to the characters after the book. The epilogue only helped a little. It’s understandable, JKR couldn’t put up everything that happens after the book in a two or three paged epilogue. Now, I have the solution. Maybe you already know, maybe you don’t…either way i’ve found the perfect website where almost everything about anything that involves HP can be found. The website’s awesome and when i feel down or just even bored, I always go to this website and read everything about the characters and all that is available. Yes, i sound like i have no life. Then again, who really has a glamarous life at the age of 15. Anyway, this website is called The Harry Potter Lexicon and it even holds several interviews done by JKR. They are really interesting, specially the ones that she did after the 7th book was released. Since the story is out and she doesn’t have to hold back majority of the information, the interviews are more exciting. This is the link to the website, one click and you’re off… http://www.hp-lexicon.org/index-2.html

The next website is a whole lot more popular i think. This website also gives you the latest events happening in the HP scene. I haven’t explored this site that much but i suggest hard core fans out there check this out as it gives valuable information. Here’s the link… http://www.mugglenet.com/

HPEF announces exclusive event inside Wizarding World theme park for Infinitus 2010 attendees Our friends at HPEF have just announced that their upcoming Infinitus 2010 Harry Potter conference, to be held July 15th – 18th at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort, will include a special event inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, exclusively for Infinitus attendees!

More details concerning events within the park will be coming soon. MuggleCast will also be hosting a podcast at Infinitus and will participate in various activities throughout the entire conference. To learn more information and to register for the event, click here! If you do register, be sure to put “MuggleCast” in the referral box so they know who sent you!

This is an example of what you would find in the website. Sounds interesting right? You should definitely visit this website.

Another website is the Leaky Cauldron. I’ve heard of it but never really got around to exploring it but here’s the link http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ They’ve actually put up photos of the sets they’ve used in the 7th movie. They’ve obviously been keeping to date…

Photos from Swinley Forest Filming of Deathly Hallows Online

Posted by: Edward

February 12, 2010, 08:54 PM

As readers will recall, filming for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is gearing up to take place in the Swinley Forest area of Berkshire, England. A few new photos from the site are now online care of Oclumencia, and can be viewed via this link. What appears to be a stonework structure leading into the forest alongside large plywood panel backdrops has been constructed in the…

That’s just a snippet from the latest article they have on. You should visit the Leaky Cauldron for more information, on that article and HP.

Something else I found is the HP 7’s trailer. Apparently it was in the 6th DVD but I never found it on my copy. Hmm…I shall try to find it when I have some time to spare. Anyway here’s the trailer…

Hope you enjoyed the tid bits on HP.

Remember to check out the rest of the blog including our stories on our Stories and Beyond Page (here’s the link: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/ ). I can’t say it’s as good as HP but I hope you guys like our stories as well. We haven’t updated much but we will get on to that ASAP!


Much loved Sponge turning to scum?

Theatrical poster of The SpongeBob SquarePants...

Image via Wikipedia

I love Spongebob. I really do. Who can’t love a neurotic, immature sponge who lives in a pineapple and is best friends with a brainless starfish? (Well…. my Mum HATES him…) I used to love watching the senseless episodes, lazing about after school, until recently, I have noticed a change…
Has the rating changed from G to PG? The witty humour from the old episodes has been replaced by matter that is a bit too mature for the majority of the audience that are fans of the show (and i’m talking Primary kids here- five to about ten years of age)…
I was flicking through the channels the other day, looking for something to watch so I didn’t have to do my homework (well, that always has been my favourite form of procrastinating) and I just caught the end of a SB episode, where Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs were going on a panty raid or something similarly sleazy. It wasn’t so much what was being said or done was but how it was being said and done. I found it kind of disturbing… especially when it turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother’s underwear drawer they were messing around with.  (I asked someone at school the next day [yes we still talk about cartoons, and no we are not too old to be discussing cartoons in math class] and the episode had been about Mr. Krabs feeling like he was old so he went for a day out with Spongebob and Pat. I later found out [thank you Google!] the episode’s called Mid-Life Crustacean, so check it out if you’re curious). This was only one of those examples.

I mean, after some more research into this (what would I do without Google?) I found that I am not the only person who has noticed this, change. Or have I  just started to notice it? Has it seriously always been like this? I read up a grandparent’s concern on the kind of behaviour that is being  conveyed through the show, and how their granddaughter said something that they didn’t like and they had heard it on a Spongebob episode.

This is a much debated opinion but I think it depends on the child, really, whether they can differentiate between real life and what they see behind the box or not. And here I’m referring to kids around the age of 5-6. This may sound ridiculous and just slightly off topic but seriously, kids know a lot more than what they show, so don’t be fooled by the innocence you see in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying kids aren’t innocent, (with a 3-year-old brother of my own, I know they are)but their ability to understand and know things should not be underestimated.

Although, as surprised as I was by this ‘change’ and wasn’t totally impressed by it, I have to make a point here; kids perceive cartoons differently from adults. You’d think they would catch on but they don’t or you’d think they noticed but they didn’t… And yes, watch carefully and you’ll notice that almost ALL cartoons have some sort of adult matter cleverly woven into them, just to amuse any parents that may be watching the show with their kids. It’s something I’ve noticed myself. So taking this point, maybe the hidden humour is getting where it should but getting the wrong reaction. Just something to ponder over; maybe what you’re seeing is not meant for the kids but you.

But there is one thing you can’t really deny here and that is that they will hear much worse out on the streets or on a trip to the mall than they will on Spongebob. The best you can do is teach them wrong from right. Talk to them about what’s acceptable and what is not.

I guess it’s also up to parents to censor the shows their kids watch. You’re the best judge here… Innocent fun or not quite so?


Ladles and Jellyspoons

This is a really quirky and nonsensical poem Hafsa told me about so I went and looked it up on Google…

I come before you
to stand behind you

And tell you something
I know nothing about

Next Thursday,
which is Good Friday,
there will be a Mothers meeting,
for Fathers only.
Wear your best clothes
if you haven’t any,
and if you can come,
please stay at home.
Admission’s free
pay at the door.
Take a seat
and sit on the floor.
It makes no difference
where you sit
The man in the gallery’s
sure to spit. 🙂



Nicole Richie’s Second Child

Harlow (so cute!) And Nicole

Nicole and Harlow (so cute!)

Hollywood socialite Nicole Richie has given birth to her second child in Los Angeles.

Richie, 27, and musician partner Joel Madden welcomed a baby boy to join big sister Harlow, 20 months – and their newborn son continues the long-running Hollywood tradition of celebrity offspring being bestowed with offbeat names.

“In the middle of night, the very early hours of September 9, 2009, Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. He weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well. Thank you for all of your good wishes,” a statement on Richie’s official website read.

She was jailed in Los Angeles while pregnant with her daughter Harlow after being charged with driving under the influence. Richie was sentenced to four days, but was released due to overcrowding after just 82 minutes.

Since the birth of her daughter in January 2008, Richie has stayed busy designing a jewellery line, House of Harlow 1960, and recently released a line of maternity fashion in conjunction with US clothing line A Pea in the Pod.

Richie and Madden, 30, have been a couple for two-and-a-half years.

Article from Yahoo! Entertainment

Okay- two things- what does her being jailed have to do with this article? Are they trying to prove something here, like perhaps, she is not a good mother? Or are they just putting in the piece of information for the sake of spicing up something that isn’t scandalous enough for the sake of gossip? I’m not a fan of Nicole Richie or anything, but I think that is slightly unfair that they had to state that and even more wrong because they stated it so vaguely. And again- she was released ‘after just 82 minutes’- for the love of God the woman is pregnant! They make it sound like it was absolutely incredulous to let her go. I mean, they just said that she was pregnant and then they say that she was released due to overcrowding making it sound like it was because she threw a tantrum or something. I’m not saying she was right to be driving intoxicated while she was pregnant- she’s at fault there, definitely.
Is it me or is this article a bit ambiguous?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this in general, even if it is just to say how cute Harlow is!

Freshly inked…

Glitter Generator - http://www.glittertextgraphics.com

For a while now we’ve (Hafsa and I) been trying to come up with something that will personalize the blog a bit more. Finally i came up with an idea that isn’t all that genius but it’ll do: sub-blogs. One for me and one for Hafsa! We just thought that this would help you to get to know us better and give us our own little space to go on and on and on about lots of things… 😉

So look out for those they’re coming VERY VERY soon, and you’ll be able to find them under the WHAT’S EBONY INK page

Added to what Alisha said, i would like to say that there is heaps of new stuff on Ebony Ink. For example, a week or so ago, i added heaps of Green Day songs on the SONGS page and not many people are viewing this. There are bits and pieces added here and there that you may like to check out like our new Star Guest Garfield! so, guys (and girls) please look around and LEAVE COMMENTS because we would love to here from you. And like Alisha said, don’t forget to check out What’s Ebony Ink About? page for our latest feature! Thanks, guys and hope you come back!


Surviving Exam Prep

Uh-Oh it’s that time of the year again!

And so I have put this post back up which by no means implies that we’re all hard core on studies on Ebony Ink. So if you’re not being tortured by exams, check out the other not-so-serious-and-depressing stuff we have to offer. 😉

Till then we shall be squirming over our books…


A lump rises in your throat and you get wild butterflies in your stomach at the very mention of revision, and soon there are piles and piles of books, papers, pens, notes scattered all over the place with you in the middle having a nervous breakdown. Sound like you? Then you’ve come to the right place… I’ve put together some do’s and don’ts’ that will keep you healthy and at your best so you can kick some butt in that examination room!

UNFORTUNATELY, there is no alternative to plain old classic revision, BUT it doesn’t have to be torture… seriously, I mean it. And it doesn’t have to be plain old classic revision either. 🙂


DON’T:

– Whatever you do DON’T stay up for all night study sessions, fueling yourself with caffeine. This is the worst thing you can possibly do, even though it may seem like you’re achieving a lot in a little amount of time. All this does is disrupt your sleeping and eating patterns and totally trashes your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching a cold or other illness.

– Don’t stress out. This is also going to weaken your immune system, you’ll end up feeling absolutely miserable and won’t be able to study. I know it’s easier said than done, but here are a few ways to relieve stress and get you back on track:
• Every time you start to feel a panic attack coming on, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
• If this doesn’t solve the problem, then tell yourself to “stop” and think calmly about the problem. Is it really that bad? Is it really impossible to get through all the notes? If the answers are yes and yes, then have a 10 second panic period, then go back over the problems and list down as many solutions to the problem as you can no matter how silly they may seem. Now, just go back and eliminate all the ones that won’t get you anywhere, and you’re left with the best solution(s).
• Get out of your work space for a bit and get someone to test you on what you’ve done so far. This will help get your head back to the notes.
•  If you feel a surge of negative energy as you rack your brains over algebra, just relax, take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself in the exam room, cruising through the papers, then getting your results back, acing the test. As cheesy as this sounds- just believe in yourself.
• Squeeze one of those super cool squishy foam smileys. Release your stress out of your fingers or do yoga, meditation, kickboxing- anything that will help you relax.

– Don’t revise in front of the TV or computer. You won’t get anything done, and you know it. Find a quiet place where you can concentrate on your work, with nothing to distract you. If some spaces don’t work for you, then find another space where you can keep your focus. Study outside under a tree, or go to the library, but be careful about the spaces you choose, you don’t want to be disturbed.

 

Hahaha

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DO:

– Plan out your study timetable. I know this sounds like a geeky thing to do, but plan out what subject you’re going to study on what day, working around your exam schedule. This will really help you to manage your time well and you won’t be doing last minute catch ups.

– If you’re a hardcore crammer, studying for hours on end, then you wont really get a whole lot through your overworked brain. Do yourself a favour, take breaks. Do the 45/15 routine, revise for 45 minutes then take break for 15. This way you’re not prone to distractions and you’re not going hungry. Have a snack or go for a quick walk, fresh air will help you to relax. But make sure you stick to the 45/15 rule- don’t sit down to watch an hour long soap, that’s just procrastination and we all know procrastination lands us in major  trouble…(yes i speak from experience)

– This brings us to our next point- start revision early. Don’t wait for two weeks before exams to start revising. I start revising almost a month beforehand. Yeah, I’m a nerd, but it really keeps the pressure and work load to a minimum. Don’t go into hard out revision just yet-start with revising at least three times a week, and when you have some spare time do some more, and gradually increase the time you spend revising. This stops you from diving straight into full on revision, because that’s really difficult.

– Music will help you relax and study with a little less stress. Grab a couple of highlighters, a bottle of water, some snacks and your iPod and get to work. Highlighting out the key ideas, facts and words will reduce the quantity of things you go over and make it easier to learn, and a couple of sentences are less intimidating than huge chunks of paragraphs. Drink plenty of water-it’s good for you. Don’t go for energy, fizzy or caffeinated drinks. Water is always a healthier option and it will stop you from loading your system with junk. Grab an apple or a muesli bar to keep you going, don’t starve yourself- it’s not a torment competition. When you feel a bit weary of your science notes, just sit back, close your eyes and listen to you iPod for a little while.

– Limit group study sessions. Even though they can be helpful, don’t rely on studying with your friends all the time. It’s absolutely crucial you have some serious, individual study time, it’s not solitary confinement, if you go with the 45/15 rule, you have 15 minutes to text or call a friend (try to stay away from the computer, it’s a HUGE diversion). You can always call up a friend and ask if you’re not sure about something, they’re still there for you, you’re just not being a disturbance to each other.

It’s okay to feel stressed out, just don’t let it get in the way for too long. Brush aside the stress, keep calm, think happy thoughts… and here I go being cheesy again, but don’t give up at the first sign of trouble or an obstacle. It’s okay if some things don’t work for you, like the 45/15 routine, just tailor your study habits to fit you. There is no right or wrong.

And remember- don’t beat yourself up too much if your results don’t come out the way you expected, it happens to everybody. Nobody’s perfect!

Failure is an event, never a person

Failure is an event, never a person

I really hope this helps, especially if it’s your first time sitting an exam, or you’re just a worrywort, a hardcore crammer, or simply just hate exams because they scare the life out of you, take consolation in  knowing you’re not alone.

Good luck!

Its amazing how obvious it is! Haha 

 

lol... What can I say?


Whittaker’s VS Cadbury

I have to admit, I am a Whittaker girl, so I thought I’d put up the ad that’s been centre of attention for the past few weeks. I think it’s really quirky and unless you’ve watched it before, it’s a slight shocker.

It compelled me to think that maybe this was a contributing factor in Cadbury’s decision to bring back cocoa butter to their chocolate. There is a slight possibility.

I’m not going to say much more… The brilliant ad speaks for itself.

That last part hits the NZ target audience right where it hurts the most… their patriotic ego. This is definitely my favourite ad of the year!

And just so I’m being fair please vote for your favourite chocolate so I have something to prove… WITH STATISTICAL EVIDENCE :


Brad Pitt: Green Day Concert With The Boys

okay, maybe some of your getting really tired of this huge Green Day phase i’m going through (if you have no idea what i’m blabbering about, go to the Music page and you’ll know what i’m talking about) but this is way too interesting to pass. I found this while i was on the Green Day website.

Sat, 08 August 2009 at 5:25 pm

Brad Pitt: Green Day Concert With The Boys!

 Brad Pitt gets in some father-son bonding time with his two oldest sons — Maddox, 8, and Pax, 5 — at the Green Day concert in the first row of section 114 at the New Orleans Arena on Friday (August 7).

Band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool rocked out for a straight 2.5 hours.

At one point during the concert, Bille Joe commanded. “Everybody off your asses!”

Even Brad obliged!

Bradd Pitt in Green day concert

Interesting aye? Um…is it just me or does it seem a bit awkward for Brad Pitt to be in a Green Day concert. Then again, who am i to judge? He’s got every right to be there!

In any case, leave us a comment and tell us what you think!


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