“Bodeen could smell the fear coming out of the two dudes’ pores. He hated weakness. He no longer wanted them in his presence. There was only one thing that saved them from dying at that very moment: Bodeen didn’t want to get blood on the upholstery of his new ride.”

Cutty Mack PublishingThat was the cold-blooded phrase that first got my attention in Legendary Ali Shabazz extraordinary new novel, “MORAL DILEMMA,” which will be released by Cutty Mack Publishing on May 17, re-introducing readers to the main character Bodeen, the most feared Contract Killer in US History. Bodeen was addicted to that power trip. How many people could claim they are the most feared enforcers in US history? And how do you go about relinquishing that title?” 

“Explosive!” “Heart-Pounding”

Slip into the neurotic world of Bodeen, America’s most ruthless contract killer as he murders his way to the top, operating by his own unique twisted code.  One night that was already decided by fate, Bodeen uncharacteristically goes off the deep end, breaking his ethical code and commits the most heinous crime: one that he’s despised his entire life, and karma comes crashing back in ways he never expected.

“Legendary knocked this one out of the Park with the Bases Loaded”

A suspense thriller that is too intense oft-times but it is that fiery passion that makes this story so entertaining. It stimulates all senses—its raw, fresh, the hunger is there, the author understands original but great storytelling, there is love and pain that has purpose— MORAL DILEMMA has the classic elements of a friendship, love, betrayal and redemption story but to the next level.

moral dilemma by ali shabazzThis intense novel is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the transformation and wisdom that comes from characters experiences, sweet and bitter. I never use the B-Word but that Charlesetta is one Cold Bitch!–Carey Harris SNHPR

“Compelling, Shocking! The Suspense is so intense. I knew this was going to be the one”

“Advance praise has ignited waves of pre-publication buzz.  Legendary arrives on the literary scene with an arsenal of styles, original voice that’s witty, watchful and wise beyond its years. His rich sensory descriptions are acutely attuned to the pleasures of the senses and to the desperate stratagems of self-invention among young adult readers and the wiser readers alike.”- J. Akutunde Kings Chambers Magazine

“Legendary just secured his Legacy as one of the best Storytellers of All Time!” -SOtW

“Moral Dilemma, is a very intense and original novel, one that seems destined to help define a generation.” —K. Strides Young Adult Readers Inc.

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By the way, is there any Gold & Silver leftover in that pretty mine were talking about that the Yukon Gov. wants to give us fro FREE after we clean it up…

If you haven’t read PART 1 : Please Read It First : Click Box Below

Will Alexco Resources Corp (AXU) Win a Gold Mine From the Yukon Government in 2017?


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As I mentioned on AXU’s Ihub message board on Dec 30 2016, Alexco’s Environmental Group A.k.a Their mine reclamation division is a Top 3 Finalist to win the cleanup reclamation work on Mt Nansen Gold Mine in the Yukon. Seemed to me initially to be maybe a few million $$ project for us added on to AXU’s bottom line if we won the contract.. No big deal right.. But curious about the project because crap like this interests me, I dug a little deeper.

Disclosure : The HollywoodOracle is an entertainment Website that comments on things that it finds interesting across many fields. In this case we are commenting on a Junior Sliver Minor stock (Alexco Resource Corp – AXU). We are not being paid to write this article but we do own shares in the company. And from time to time like to offer our research and opinions on these things when we find something useful that might benefit ourselves as well as others.


As I mentioned on AXU’s Ihub message board on Dec 30, 2016, Alexco’s Environmental Reclamation Division is a Top 3 Finalist to win the cleanup reclamation work on Mt Nansen Gold Mine in the Yukon. Seemed to me initially to be maybe a few million $$ project for us to be added on to AXU’s bottom line if we won the contract.. No big deal right.. But more curious about the project and because crap like this interests me, I dug a little deeper.

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Bad screenplays have been made into good films and great screenplays have been turned in to utter garbage on the big screen. Just know that it’s out of your hands the minute you sell it. But until that moment it’s up to you to make it the best screenplay possible.

If we go back to these, will television get better?

If we go back to these, will television get better?

Here is a good rule to follow (like all rules it’s meant to be broken but like all rules, follow it before you decide that you have a good reason to stray): Go through your screenplay. Take every piece of static description, and reduce it to one sentence. Work on that sentence until it gives the facts and the images you want. Limit your description

If you have spent the last 6 months hidden away in your room creating your masterpiece screenplay, the last thing you are going to want to hear is that the reader feels like the screenplay is never ending, especially if the reader feels like this just 10 pages in. Sidenote: If …

Hope that helps you up and coming screenwriters. Good knows we need all the help we can get put here in LA

Hollywood and Broadway are often thought of as different worlds, but recently, the celebrities of the silver screen have been taking to the stage in performances in classic and new shows. Next time you’re in New York City, you may be surprised to see your favorite movie star headlining a show. Check out these Hollywood celebs who are starring in Broadway shows to get your film and stage fix.

Emma Stone in “Cabaret”


This classic yet risque show loved by many Broadway fans introduces its newest star, Emma Stone. Known for her roles in comedies like “Superbad” and “Easy A” and action films like the new “Spiderman” movies, Stone is proving her range with her stage debut. New York City Theatre calls her performance, “a perfectly balanced Sally who strikes the line between sensuality and tragic circumstance.” “Cabaret” first debuted in 1966 and is set in a 1930s Berlin burlesque. Stone is set to star in the show until mid-February, but we’re all looking forward to her future on Broadway.

Hugh Jackman in “The River”

You may remember Hugh Jackman’s performance in the film version of “Les Miserables,” but his Broadway stardom does not end there. Jackman, who has already won a Tony Award, headlines “The River,” a play by Jez Butterworth who also wrote the hit show “Jerusalem.” According to Telecharge, the “erotic, chilling and poetic” story portrays a man and woman in a remote fishing cabin who are trying to recapture someone they’ve lost through each other.

Jason Biggs and Elisabeth Moss in “The Heidi Chronicles”

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There are movies that are memorable, and then there are movies that are memorable because of their cars. From the Volkswagen Beetle in the “Love Bug” to the AMC Pacer in “Wayne’s World” to the Ferrari in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” there have been all kinds of cars in all kinds of movies that audiences will always remember.

Here are three of the most iconic movie cars of all time:

#1: The 1977 Pontiac Special Edition Trans Am

film carWhile the actors did a great job in “Smokey and the Bandit,” everyone remembers the car in the movie. The Limited Edition Trans Ams built in 1977 (known then as Bandit Trans Ams) were standard, but then were made available with an extra-cost package and labeled as Special Editions. The car could be ordered with a T-Top or Coupe. Pontiac ended up building around 15,000 Special Edition Trans Ams.

The car came with standard safety, anti-theft, convenience and emissions control features that most cars were equipped with at the time. There was one thing that Special Edition Trans Ams didn’t have, though: Gold. It was everywhere. The car was decked out in custom gold decals, gold body striping, and gold interior and exterior accents. Gold aluminum wheels were available for the public, however, and you can still get them online today.

#2: The 1982 De Lorean DMC-12

The movie “Back to the Future” gave the 1982 De Lorean DMC-12 a prominent place in iconic car history. Around 9,000 of them were manufactured from 1981 to 1983. Today, there are still 6,500 De Loreans in existence. The DMC- 12 had a fiberglass underbody and gull-wing doors, but most features were basic. They were never factory-painted; they came in bare stainless steel and had standard interior colors of either black or grey. The cars were made in North Ireland and production stopped in late 1982.

#3: The 1993 Ford Explorer XLT

“Jurassic Park” and its dinosaurs had an impact on audiences, not only for its special effects, but because of the 1993 Ford Explorer XLT. The Explorer was chosen for the movie because Steven Spielberg liked and was driving one at the time of production.

The green 1993 Ford XLT in the movie had custom yellow bumpers, a Plexiglass roof, and a touch-screen computer monitor inside to act as a guide on the tour of the park. The Eddie Bauer edition of the Explorer that came with painted grilles, but the XLTs did not; the bumpers were switched out for the movie so they could be painted with the movie’s “Jurassic Camo” pattern.

The Ford Explorer has come a long way since its Jurassic Park days. Instead of a Plexiglass roof, the 2015 Explorer has a power sunroof. Instead of a touch screen TV, it has rear DVD entertainment, and today the Explorer has a blind-spot monitor option, whereas in 1993 the only option to check your blind spot was looking over your shoulder.

Final note

It can be a Lamborghini, a Chevy Impala, a Pacer, or even a Cadillac hearse. It might be the inevitable chase scene or simply an object of admiration. Whatever the reason, some cars are just more iconic than others, especially in the movies.


Cinematography requires more than just pointing the camera at a subject or scene. It requires attention to subject, foreground, background and lighting. The light around the scene or subject affects how the movie is perceived and what feelings it evokes. A scene shot in bright sunlight differs vastly in mood and tone from a subject filmed at night or in low light. Getting the perfect lighting for a scene enables the filmmaker to control how the viewer sees the scene.

Natural Light

shutterstock_144019672Filmmaker Noam Kroll reminds fellow filmmakers and novices that it might seem easier to shoot with natural light because there’s no lighting equipment to deal with; however, he explains that the trade-off is that there is some control lost and more planning required to work with available light. He says using the right camera for either daylight or nighttime filming is important to the film quality. For example, the Balckmagic Cinema Camera is a reliable choice for filming outside during the day while the C300 or the 5D MKIII are reasonable choices for filming at night, states Kroll.

Likewise, the right lenses are required for natural light—daytime shots call for low contrast lenses and nighttime shots require fast lenses. Even with natural light, filmmakers may need to fill in or reflect light to get the right amount of visibility. Mirror boards, flags and other reflectors and blockers do the job. If you want to shoot with natural light inside, shades, blinds or blackout curtains might be necessary to adjust the amount of light and glare coming into the room. In addition, you can avoid dark, obscuring shadows by shooting with the sun behind the actors. And, if you want a night scene, film during dusk or twilight because you still will have enough natural light, the right amount of darkness and shadows to control visibility without electric lights.

Filming at Night

Filming at night poses unique lighting challenges. The filmmaker has to pay more attention to how the viewer sees the scene in a low light situation and has to use more reflected light to illuminate specific subjects. It requires small sources of light to spotlight different areas, not strong overhead lights. Natural sources of reflection such as snow or the wet ground are as important as using white cards and reflectors to manipulate light at night.

Lighting Techniques

You can create dramatic effect, tension, apprehension, impending doom or any other emotion with lighting techniques. Here are just a few examples:

  • Using a soft front light and stronger light from the back will create shadows and light that can convey fear, anticipation and dark moods like anger or depression.
  • Mixing color temperatures, cool blues and greens with hot reds, yellows and oranges will create a technical or edgy feel.
  • Lighting from below with strong lighting can create a threatening, menacing mood.
  • Using soft lighting from below will put the subject in a flattering light.


Backlighting is used extensively in film to get sharp definition. Without backlighting, scenes and subjects are smudged with uncontrolled shadow and light. Although this may be the effect the filmmaker is looking for, it is not ideal for an entire film. On the other hand, with backlighting, subjects are in focus and there is an increased contrast and sharpness even in low light.

Finally, Steven Spielberg reminds filmmakers that more isn’t always better. More lighting doesn’t always create the right effect, but it can provide more control.