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2012 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

HollywoodWith only one significant awards show left before the Academy Awards (the BAFTA Awards, which take place Sunday, February 12th), awards season is coming to a head. In my continuing coverage of the Academy Awards, this week’s post focuses on the actors nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. So far this awards season,  Supporting Actor has been dominated by the seemingly unbeatable Christopher Plummer, and Best Actor is shaping up to be a showdown between crowd favorite George Clooney and newcomer Jean Dujardin. It will be interesting to see who ends up taking home the Oscar!

Best Actor:

New Year, New You

exerciseIt’s a new year: A time for new beginnings, big changes and the traditional New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions often involve creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether your goal is to get moving, lose weight, improve your health or enhance your quality of life, staying active is the key to success. But if you’re like me and find visiting the gym a time-consuming and slightly onerous experience, sticking to a work-out routine seems intimidating. Fortunately, there are DVD’s available for at-home use that cover nearly every form of exercise out there. From walking and dancing, to pilates and yoga, and everything in between, there is a DVD workout to suit almost anyone.

If you’re looking for a new workout, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today!

Biggest Loser

Biggest Loser: The Workout – 30-Day Jump Start
Biggest Loser: The Workout – At-Home Challenge
Biggest Loser: The Workout – Cardio Max

SAT Practice Test

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Getting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? Kaplan is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, January 21 from 10:15 am to 2:15 pm in the first floor Meeting Room. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, January 28 from 10:15 am to 11:15 am. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Pencil Photo by: mammal

Christmas from Page to Screen

book treeMore and more, it seems new movies in theaters and on television are adapted from novels and short stories. Christmas movies are no exception to this rule. In fact, some of the most beloved Christmas movies are based on the written word. Whether it’s a picture book, a short story or a novel, these books are just as magical as the movies they inspire, and both transport participants to Christmases full of family, love, redemption, traditions, flying reindeer and Whos down in Whoville.

This isn’t a complete list, but it does include some of my favorites (Rudolph!), as well as some more recent additions. If you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer, browse the HCPL catalog and request a book or movie (or both!) today!

 Kimberly’s Movie Picks:

Harry Potter Yule Ball

Harry Potter

Hey teens! Celebrate the winter holidays with a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball! Grab your friends and stop by the library for dancing, food & fun. Costumes or formal attire encouraged, but not required. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

For more information, please call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: We are only as strong as we are united Photo by: Juliana Coutinho

Bradley Cooper = Sexiest Man Alive

bradley cooperIt’s official! Bradley Cooper is People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011. Each year’s announcement always tends to be a bit divisive among readers, but there is no denying the talent and box office power of the actors chosen. Bradley Cooper is no exception. I first remember seeing him in 2001 when, relatively early in his acting career, he appeared as Will Tippin on the TV show Alias. Since then he’s had a successful career playing a variety of different roles. Whether he’s the romantic lead, the action hero or the comic relief, Bradley Cooper always manages to charm viewers. 

If you have never seen a Bradley Cooper film or you just want to re-watch an old favorite, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Bradley Cooper Movie (& TV) Picks:

To Write or Not to Write...

journal & penNovember is National Novel Writing Month! Some of you might already be hard at work, racing to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. Most of you are probably like me, putting your novel off for another year because November is too much to handle on its own. The writing process is fairly solitary and, for those of us who aren’t deeply engrained in the art, shrouded in mystery. What drives a person to give shape to their imagination and pour out their soul on paper? This question has been studied in film for many years and, whether the movie revolves around real authors or fictitious characters, the answers are as creative, varied and inexplicable as the writers.

Whether you are working on your novel and need inspiration, or you need a break from November stress, browse the HCPL catalog and request an authorial movie today!

Kimberly’s Authorial Movie Picks:

Teens: Just Dance

danceHey teens! Need a break from studying? Come show off your best dance moves with Just Dance for the Nintendo Wii! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, November 8th from 5:00-6:00pm.

For more information, please call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: 195/365 shall wii dance? Photo by: Josh Fassbind

The Penalty Box

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It’s hockey season! I unabashedly adore hockey. I love the excitement of a perfectly executed goal and the adrenaline of a power play, the broken sticks and dirty fights, shouting at the opposing team’s goalie and ringing a cowbell. Most of all, I love cheering on the home team as they battle their way to victory. Here in Houston, we are fortunate enough to have our own American Hockey League team– the Aeros. Last year the Aeros made it all the way to game 6 of the Calder Cup playoffs; I was in the crowd at the Toyota Center that night, cheering them on. The Aeros ultimately lost, but I have high hopes for the new season!

Farewell Steve Jobs

apple iPodOn Wednesday, October 5, Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, passed away after a lengthy illness. I was late to join the club of enthusiasts devoted to Apple products, but since saving my pennies and buying my first iPod in 2004, I have been a loyal fan. Like many people around the world, I am saddened by the loss of such a charismatic, forward-thinking individual.

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