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  1. Side Effects - the latest film from Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Haywire, The Informant!, The Girlfriend Experience, Oceans 11, 12 and 13, Traffic, The Limey, etc.). with Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. A depressed woman goes through the usual pharma solutions and when they do not work she is put on an experimental drug called Ablixa by two psychiatrists. Her use of Ablixa has unanticipated side effects not only for her but for the doctors, and the story becomes a puzzle in which nothing is quite as it seems. Lots of twists and turns. The first half of the movie is superb and better than the last half - overall 7.5/10.
  2. Apparently the ratings for Game of Thrones continue to climb with each episode - the last episode ironically was titled "The Climb". For the fourth week in a row, HBO’s Game of Thrones hit a series high in the ratings. Sunday night’s 9 p.m. telecast delivered 5.5 million viewers. Across two plays, viewership also hit a new gross nightly high with 6.8 million viewers, surpassing the third season’s debut evening for the first time (premiere night had two replays instead of the usual one). http://insidetv.ew.c...limb-continues/ We are half-way through Season 3. The Climb was an exciting episode and despite the ascent up a cliff of ice, was one of the few episodes that did not end with a cliffhanger, although the brief glimpse of Danaerys and her army on the march looks to set up a major story line for next episode
  3. See: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/BlackBerry-Q10,BlackBerry-Z10/phones/7693,6599
  4. ??? Apps are being added daily - check Blackberry World http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/Line/?countrycode=CA Viber: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/85455/?countrycode=CA Skye http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/26382880/?countrycode=CA Line http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/129864/?countrycode=CA Kakaotalk http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/76029/?countrycode=CA Also Google any apps that you desire ("app name" Blackberry Z10/Q10) and you can usually see if the app is in development and potential release date.
  5. Rogers as of May 1: http://redboard.rogers.com/2013/blackberry-q10-smartphone-available-today-from-rogers/ http://www.rogers.com/web/link/wirelessBuyFlow?forwardTo=PhoneThenPlan&productId_Detailed=RIMNBLK Telus as of May 1: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1156187/telus-launches-the-new-blackberry-q10-smartphone-in-canada http://mobility.telus.com/en/BC/blackberry_q10/index.shtml?INTCMP=HomeBANq10LEARNmore
  6. CBC's HNIC easily.
  7. Here is the latest on the Q10: BlackBerry is heralding initial market reaction to the Q10, its latest smartphone offering that combines a consumer friendly touchscreen with the traditional keyboard popular with government and business users. “A lot of people are saying we have a real hit on our hands,” chief operating officer Kristian Tear said about the device that went on sale in the U.K. over the weekend and begins a general launch in Canada Wednesday. Tear said the release at retailers and on several mobile network carriers will start in the GTA and expand across Canada later in the week. He said the timing is to ensure supply amid “absolutely phenomenal” demand for the Q10 from users who prefer the ease of typing with a hard keyboard. The device is priced at carriers including Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility at $199.99 on a three-year contract and $700 outright, a premium over BlackBerry’s Z10 all-touch phone and the high end offerings of Apple and Samsung. The company says it expects the device to launch in the U.S. by the end of the month as part of a staged global rollout. After an exclusive launch British department store Selfridges called the BlackBerry Q10 its “fastest-ever selling consumer electronics product.” Chief executive Thorsten Heins at a conference in California Monday said “we have very, very good first signs already after the launch in the U.K. . . We expect several tens of million of units.” That would dwarf sales of the all touchscreen BB Z10 that began a staged global launch at the end of January and would make the Q10 Waterloo-based BlackBerry’s best-selling device. Tear said he sees pent-up demand among the company’s 76 million global customers, mostly QWERTY devotees, and expects a wave of consumer and enterprise upgrades. The Q10 is targeted in part at the professional market and U.S. carrier T-Mobile said Monday that businesses will be able to order the device a few weeks before non-business customers. “There is no other product like it,” Tear said of the Q10, which combines a re-engineered version of the classic BlackBerry with a modern touchscreen device powered by the new BB10 operating system. He called the updated keyboard “second to none.” In a note to investors the RBC’s Mark Sue raised his BlackBerry sales estimates to reflect Q10 demand, saying the device fills a niche among an older demographic while the Z10 aims to compete in a hyper crowded all-touchscreen segment dominated by Apple and Samsung BlackBerry has said it will introduce more handsets in the next fiscal year to complement the Z10 and Q10, with a mid-priced touchscreen and QWERTY phone expected first and lower-tier models to debut late in 2013. Heins at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles also raised questions about the company’s plans for its PlayBook tablet computer, a device that has failed to generate excitement after a flawed launch. “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins told Bloomberg TV. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.” Heins said he would provide an update on plans for the PlayBook at the company’s developer’s conference in Florida in mid May. The remark drew some derision on Twitter, with several posts noting that Apple sold nearly 20 million iPad tablets in its most recent quarter. In a statement, the company said the remarks are consistent with Hein’s previous comments about mobile computing, and while it continues to evaluate its tablet strategy, “we are not making any shifts in that strategy in the short term.” Tear would not say whether the Waterloo-based company has dropped plans to upgrade the PlayBook, indicating only that BlackBerry is looking at “different, varying form factors.” According to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, the company is planning two or three more models this year, including a large-screened “phablet” combining functions of a smartphone and tablet. BlackBerry shares closed up more than 4 per cent at $16.29 (U.S.) on the NASDAQ. http://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2013/04/30/blackberry_q10_off_to_absolutely_phenomenal_start_coo.html
  8. "Kissed by Fire" was another strong episode in what is shaping up as very strong season with one of the best one on one duels and with a flaming sword no less - said sword being kissed by fire. And maybe the best scene thus far in 3.5 seasons between Jaime and Brienne when we learn the back story of how he came to be called The Kingslayer and all was not as it seemed. The episode could easily have been musically themed by that classic 60's girl group The Dixie Cups - "Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married" with advertising spots by Hot Tubs 'R Us.
  9. I much preferred the 1951 original - The Thing from Another World. How can you go wrong with Marshall Matt Dillon as The Thing and Daniel Boone (Dewey Martin) as the crew chief??? And Howard Hawks carefully keeping the team film making going with many classic Hawks touches throughout. As this review points out pretty much every bloodthirsty alien picture that came afterwards in some way is indebted to the original http://www.bmonster.com/horror7.html
  10. Pickup on South Street (1953) - 9/10 Two thumbs up. Part of the Criterion Collection. http://www.criterion.com/films/446-pickup-on-south-street
  11. The episode was titled "And Now his Watch has Ended" - it should have been titled "Enter the Dragon(s)". It was easily the best episode thus far this season and IMHO ranks up there with some of the best in the series. Plus this was a very Varys centric episode with Varys the spy master and The Spider spinning his web - his back story and some insight into his motivations. I find Varys one of the more interesting characters and was happy to see him featured. The theme of the episode was revenge and betrayals - revenge is a dish best served cold (Varys) or served hot (with the Night's Watch and spectacularly with Danaerys) and planning for revenge is good (Tyrion) and may give you a reason to live (Jaime) or be considered just desserts (Arya Stark and The Hound). And as we saw revenge can be done quietly and with clever manipulation (Varys and Lady Olenna Redwyne, the Queen of Thorns and the matriarch of House Tyrell as played so well by Dame Diana Rigg). And sometimes revenge plans can go wrong as Cersei discovered when she tried to manipulate her father to act against the House Tyrell. And what revenge is being visited upon Theon and by whom and for what reason - the betrayal scene is great. All in all an excellent episode. If you just ignore Bran and the three-eyed crow as that story line would be glacial, if it sped up.
  12. The last episode "Walk of Punishment" was vast improvement over the prior episode. Mind you given the stultifying pace of the prior episode a video of paint drying may have been about as exciting. And the ending has a shocking twist that changes one character forever.
  13. The GOT episode last night "Dark Wings, Dark Words" has to rank as about a 9.0 on the DULL SCALE - one of the worst episodes thus far in the series IMHO. As one reviewer put it quite succinctly it was "a themeless pudding" of an episode that meanders all over the place. The sliver lining - it can only get better next week with "Walk of Punishment", eh?
  14. Actually 27 - dob 13 July 1985. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Kinney