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  • Into the Woods
    ‘Into the Woods’ is in Miami Beach
    In an effort to see the new Disney Musical, I went to the movies in Miami SoBe. What was once a beautiful and well-kept Regal Cinema and reflection of the Art Deco District is now simply a place to go inside, beat the heat and relax in front of...
  • plateau training
    5 uncommon ways to overcome your fitness plateau
    So your metabolism, your muscle fibers, your aerobic capacity, your neurological connections, your strength, your endurance, and your proprioception have all adapted to your program. You have tried everything to overcome the hump, but you can'...
  • What If Spielberg Adapted Ray Bradbury
    What If Spielberg Adapted Ray Bradbury?
    Imagine if Steven Spielberg adapted the work of the legendary author for the screen. As a producer, his interests are purely commercial. His best bets in this regard are either Farenheit 451 (which already had a French adaptation) or The Martian...
  • Depression
    There could be a bright side to being blue
    Although depression can be a dangerous state of mind it doesn't always have to be. McMaster University reported on Nov. 20, 2014 that there could be a bright side to being blue. Researchers who have been studying the root of depression have...
  • Her Scent
    'Blade Man': A split decision
    In this season when we think of ghosts, goblins, and things that go 'bump' in the night, KBS presents a 20-episode drama about a man who becomes a monster after his worst nightmare comes true, and the woman who restores him to humanity...
  • Lifetime taking dark turn with ‘Big Driver’
    Lifetime taking dark turn with ‘Big Driver’
    At first one might not conceive of Lifetime, Stephen King and “The Walking Dead” being connected, and they weren't, until now that is. Lifetime, the channel that features programming that is geared toward women or features women in...
  • 'The Equalizer'
    'The Equalizer' review: Fair-to-middling update of a TV show no one remembers
    Denzel Washington stars as a charming, if incredibly lethal, man who kills, executes and beats up anyone who stands in his way -- but this time the movie is called "The Equalizer."In short: Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) leads an...
  • David Fincher's "Gone Girl" Adaptation Will be Released This Fall
    David Fincher's "Gone Girl" Adaptation Will be Released This Fall
    On the day of her 5-year wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne disappears. Her husband Nick Dunne reports her missing. Blood on the floor, no ransom call… the scene looks grim and evidence is stacking up. Is it possible that Nick murdered his wife...
  • The distinctiveness of ‘Divergent’
    The distinctiveness of ‘Divergent’
    “Trust the test.”This is a world where the human being is charged with one task: living her life. That challenge consists of finding herself, coming upon her purpose and filling the fullness of her potential.Tris (Shailene Woodley), in...
  • "The Fault in our Stars" Movie Poster
    Book to Movie Adaptations
    Way back in the day, well before movies were very popular many people read books as a form of entertainment. In the 21st century though, people have gone from reading book to watching movies. There are many different types of movie genres out...
  • Black Bear near cave
    Winter Break Activities: enjoy Animals in Winter kids' program series at library
    During the upcoming holiday break, the Blacksburg Library will host the last two programs of the Claytor Lake State Park "Animals in Winter" program series. The details of these fun and free kids' nature programs are as follows...
  • Know your local wildlife:  teach kids how Virginia's animals survive winter
    Know your local wildlife: teach kids how Virginia's animals survive winter
    When it comes to surviving the dim and frigid months of winter, animals have basically three strategies, the three S's of winter survival:Suit Up and Stay (Adaptation)Skip Town (Migration)Sleep Through It (Hibernation)The following slides will...
  • The Desolation of Smaug
    "The Hobbit" the desolation of Tolkien
    I never read The Hobbit (1937). I read most of The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), but never got around to finishing The Return of the King. That could have something to do with my family being obsessed with J.R.R. Tolkien's writing and always...
  • J. K. Rowling
    'Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them' getting the big screen treatment
    A new "Harry Potter" film is on the horizon, but not in the way you're hoping.Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are re-teaming to bring to life the textbook from the "Harry Potter" series "Fantastic Beasts & Where to...
  • Dakota Johnson in "21 Jump Street"
    Anastasia Steele has been cast in the adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
    According to ComingSoon, citing a press release from Focus Features, Dakota Johnson ("21 Jump Street") has nailed the lead role of Anastasia Steele.Based off of a book series that has sold more than 70 million copies, the story...