Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Win a Gift Card to Half Price Books

Win a Gift Card to Half Price Books
September is National Literacy Month and Half Price Books is offering an incentive to read and become “lit-fit” during the month. For every person who pledges to read throughout the month of September (and there doesn’t appear to by a minimum amount), HPB will donate $1 to literacy organizations in various communities capping off at $30,000. In addition, HPB will be giving away $10 gift cards to their stores to random winners throughout the month of September. To see which organizations HPB will be donating to, follow the link below.

So, all you need to do is follow this link, pledge your lit fitness goal and enter to win. (Deadline to enter is Monday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM CDT.) 

The Story Behind the Story of 'Frozen'

TV special about the making of "Frozen" airs on ABC on September 2nd at 8:00 p.m.

Tonight, Tuesday September 2, ABC will broadcast the special, “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney a Disney Animated Classic” hosted by Olaf, the Snowman. Well, almost. It’s actually hosted by Josh Gad who is the voice of Olaf.

The ABC special will present behind-the-scenes on the making of the movie, interviews with Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff),  Josh Gad (Olaf) as well as John Lasseter and the Frozen filmmaking team, footage of the crew’s research trips to Norway and Quebec and a look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios on just how the film was made.

The award-winning Frozen has become a phenomenom and has become the biggest animated feature of all time. This special will focus on many aspects of the feature including the difficulties the picture went through before any animation had been done. As with other fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen’s original “The Snow Queen” story was a bit darker than Disney would have liked and for that, changes needed to be made.

This should all make for a great special, but this being Disney, the company is also using the special as a way to promote the next season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time TV show which features a Frozen storyline this year and a preview of the company’s next “action-packed comedy adventure” Big Hero 6. The special begins at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

For a preview of the special, click here.
Related: The Gospel According to "Frozen"

Video of the Day: How to Change a Toilet Roll

Frustrated with his kids lack of cleaning skills, Will Reid created this "first in a series" of instructional videos for them. "My kids said this wouldn't go World Wide as no one would be interested! I guess there are other parents out there that feel the same as I do."

This Day in Pop Culture: September 2, 2013

Oakland Bay Bridge Becomes World’s Widest Bridge
The original San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened on November 12, 1936 – six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge features two sections: the Western section, a double suspension bridge which connects to Yerba Buena Island and the newer eastern section which connects the island to Oakland. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake caused a section of the Eastern section’s upper deck to collapse onto the lower one and was closed for a month. Reconstruction of that section of the bridge began in 2002 and it was reopened on this day in 2013. It cost about $6.5 billion and was given the title of the world’s widest bridge according to Guinness World Records.

Monday, September 1, 2014

This Day in Pop Culture: September 1, 1972

First Spire Christian Comic Books
The very first Christian comic books were released in September of 1972. Spire produced a version of Brother Andrew’s “God Smuggler and David Wilkerson's “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Unlike traditional comic books which create new stories every month, the Christian versions came out about once a year. In 1973, Spire added an “Archie” series drawn by actual Archie Comics artist, Al Hartley and in 1974, the company added bible stories and a series dedicated to younger readers including the “Barney Bear” series. The last of the original comic books was a “Barney Bear” printed in 1988.