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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

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Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a special re-release in theaters starting tonight! But that's not all. Arriving in stores on September 16th is a limited edition collector's set featuring a digibook with both remastered films (part 1 & 2) on blu-ray and a collectible Slimer figure! Visit the official site at Ghostbusters.com and make sure to stop by their new online store for shirts, collectibles, and more! And just for fun, take a look at the awesome infographic below (designed by Mike Seiders, SDRSCreative.com)! Limited Edition Collector's Set Slimer POP collectible

Spirit 20% off Coupon

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Spirit Halloween stores are opening this week and next, and as they have done in the last few years, they are offering a 20% off coupon good all season long, in-stores and online. Download it now before they pull it off the site! Simply visit  www.SpiritHalloween.com , and enter your zip code on the upper right-hand field under "Find a Store". You'll see the locations near you and the coupon link in the right-hand column. Also, sign up for their email newsletter and check their Facebook page. Last year they had a 25% Off Friends & Family coupon in mid-September!

True Blood: Season 7 ~ Review

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True Blood 's seventh and final season came to a whimpering finish this week. It reminded me of visits with old high school friends you haven't seen in years: a little awkward, not much in common any more, and an eagerness to relieve the glory days as a way to connect. It wasn't so much a self-standing season but rather an extension of season 6, and it mostly focused on denouement. The big bad this season was the lingering HEP-V from last season and a wandering horde of ravenous, mad vampires which are quickly taken care of. Then came the tedious Mr. Gus and we are expected to believe that Eric Northman would put up with his Texas-twang silliness. One interesting turn was Jason's rejected Violet who captures several of our heroes and describes the painful torture she will inflict on them using arcane torture devices. But before one drop of blood is spilled, this too is quickly resolved. The rest of the season shifted to the many relationships of our main characters an

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

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Autumn is firmly in my sight line, and I've begun experimenting with canned pumpkin. So far I've made a pretty decent pumpkin syrup for my latte, and pumpkin pancakes, but have been craving something sweet – like a Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treat! I've been wondering how to make these for a while but thanks to the marvelous  Essentially Eclectic blog, which covers everything from food to crafts to DIY, I don't have to figure it out myself! The pumpkin itself doesn't have a super strong flavor but does give these treats a festive orange color. I found an Pumpkin Pie Extract , which is essentially a flavoring that might add a deeper note of flavor. I'm also mixing in roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for texture, and maybe a light drizzle of white chocolate mixed with the pumpkin extract. The spices however make all the difference. For the original recipe, please visit the  Essentially Eclectic  blog. I'll post the results from my experiments later in the

Growing Pumpkins

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Every year I dutifully plant pumpkins, and after many gallons of water and fertilizer end with a couple tiny shriveled pumpkins. The plants this year were out of control and looks like I have five healthy pumpkins on the vine that are just starting to turn orange (although one is a variegated green and spotted yellow variety). Mind you in California were in the worst drought in recorded history, and this was one of the hottest summers on record. These poor pumpkins got very little water but are surviving. I hope they thrive in the next two months. Aww, Little Squirt is the runt of the family.

Under the Skin: Review

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Under The Skin is a creepy art-house horror-sci-fi film that's mysteriously compelling and thoroughly indecipherable. Scarlet Johansson plays a nameless woman who lures men into a van, takes them back to her house, and feasts on them in the most unconventional, cinematic way. The imagery is black, dense and nightmare-inducing, and soon we realize this woman is no woman at all. The film starts in a very disorienting manner aided by loud, dissonant music full of shrieking violins and surreal images, then steadily moves towards more realism as it progresses. There's very little dialogue and it falls into a repetitive, numbing cycle that illustrates the woman's trek through the stars. Each new victim takes its toll as she begins to learn about what makes us human: compassion (or lack there of), loneliness, and physical differences. The swirls of vivid imagery replay over and over in your mind as you desperately sift through the details trying to force hidden meanings. There

Aliens On The Moon: Review

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As if Ancient Aliens were not enough, the SyFy documentary Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed has gone to great lengths to scare conspiracy theorists, and irritate non-believers. This 2-hour documentary aired last month to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic moon landing, and features an interview with everyone's favorite astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, who unfortunately comes across as slightly surly when asked his opinions on whether there's life "out there". The documentary focuses on many photographs from NASA's archives, as well as first person interviews with a wide spectrum of people from scientific community and the pseudo-scientific community (i.e. UFO experts). One interesting interview was with a former NASA employee who witnessed her coworker editing out questionable artifacts from official photographs. Original photographs are carefully recreated using modern digital software to clarify blurs which might reveal artificial stru

Haunted TV Shows

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The doldrums of late summer have brought a flurry of haunted TV shows. If you are a fan of the interview/re-enactment paranormal shows, you are in luck! Speaking of which, still no news on whether  Paranormal Witness  has been picked up for a fourth season. Season 3 premiered last June and we're now in August! A Haunting , Season 7 Sundays 10/9C on Destination America This longstanding show, which took a three year break, got a new production team, and a new network is back from the dead for Season 7. Let the paranormal shenanigans begin. My Haunted House , Season 2 Saturdays 9/8C on LMN (formerly Lifetime) It's a bit more melodramatic than A Haunting (if that possible) but not as tightly directed as P aranormal Witness . Still, as spooky shows go, it's a killer entertainment. The Unexplained Files , Season 2 Tuesdays at 10/9C on Science Channel The second season of this interesting series examines seemingly supernatural phenomena and attempts to explai