- Created on Monday, 29 July 2013 08:49
("As the only film opening in wide release, James Mangold's dark take on the clawed mutant opened strong and walked away with about $21 million on Friday, which includes the $4 million it made in theaters that began showing the movie at 10 p.m. on Thursday night." EW.com via CNN)
Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), is a mutant with retractable claws and a self-healing, metal skeleton. As a member of Marvel Comics' X-Men, he has appeared in all five of the franchise's prior screen adaptations, most notably, the eponymous installment exploring his origin.
At this episode's point of departure, we find him in Alaska and awaking from the clever cinematic contrivance of a nightmare within a nightmare. In the haunting dream, he'd been confronted by Jean Grey, aka Phoenix (Famke Janssen), the lover/colleague gone bad he'd been forced to stab to death in "X-Men: The Last Stand."
- Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:07
MONEY MATTERS At the end of 2011, more than half of all recently hired 401(k) participants owned target-date mutual funds. When a worker is auto-enrolled, a target-date fund is often the default investment for retirement plan contributions.
Target-date funds are hybrid mutual funds that generally include a mix of assets (stocks, bonds, and cash alternatives) that automatically shifts as the account holder ages.
The target date is the approximate date when an investor plans to withdraw his or her money – typically the year when he or she expects to retire (such as 2030, 2040, or 2050). The further away the date is, the greater the risks that the target-date fund usually takes. The mix of investments generally becomes more conservative as the date grows closer. The "glide path" is a formula that determines how the asset mix will change over time.
- Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:40
For movies opening July 26, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"The Wolverine" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and intense violence) Sixth installment in Marvel Comics' X-Men franchise, set in Japan, finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stripped of his invincibility and locked in a life or death battle with a mysterious figure from his past (Hiroyuki Sanada) whose daughter (Tao Okamoto) is his current love interest. With Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee.
- Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:04
CHEF TIMOTHY It seems that we often are willing to endure pain, hurt and suffering – unnecessarily – when it comes to our health.
We allow our bodies to function in a negative state, tolerating and accepting these ailments as normal. And while it may be difficult to accept, it is our emotional issues that have caused our physical bodies this distress.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died not only to bring us salvation and eternal life but also to bring divine healing for our bodies. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to be healed and He wants you to stay healthy.
- Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 18:45
Layoffs, downsizing and restructuring have been felt by many nationwide. While the experience is rarely pleasant, the result can be life changing in a positive way if a successful, thriving business is the end product.
Across the country, entrepreneurs have taken lemons and made lemonade. From bed and breakfasts to cider companies, these former employees decided to become the employers in creative businesses that set them apart from others.
Our Town America
After working in corporate America for over 30 years, at 60 years old Su Hartung was laid off after a company buyout. Putting her experience in sales and marketing to great use, she purchased an Our Town America franchise in DeKalb, Ill. The franchise provides other businesses an avenue to market to new folks in the neighborhood.