“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?

BUY THE RUMOR.. SELL THE NEWS…

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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.

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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”

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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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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

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.


The Ice Bucket challenge has been a big social media hit recently, with celebrities from across the globe pouring buckets of ice water over themselves to help raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The viral campaign raised more than $15.6 million from July 29 through August 18, compared to $1.8 million during the same period in 2013, according to NBC News.

This celebrity charity challenge highlights the ability of big stars to bring attention to a good cause. If it’s inspired you, you may be wondering how you can get involved with your favorite celebrity cause. But with dozens of famous people regularly contributing time and money to all sorts of charitable organizations, it’s important to do a little research first.

Pinpointing the charity

hollywood charititesIf you already have a celebrity in mind, it’s easy to find out which charities he or she supports, just by doing a little Internet research. Sites like LookToTheStars.org have a long list of celebrities along with the causes they support. For example, you’ll see that Brad Pitt has supported nearly 40 charities and foundations, which means you’ll have plenty to choose from if he’s your favorite celeb. It also includes a list of particular causes that are close to his heart, like homelessness and human rights, the environment, missing children, and peace.

While you want to do something that’s in line with what your favorite star supports, it’s also important to pick a cause that you care about as well. If something on the list hits home with you, make a note of that and go from there. Ideally, choose at least a few, just in case further research determines that the organization isn’t one that you wish to support.

Research the charities

Next, you’ll want to research the charities on your list. Just because your favorite celebrity is involved with it, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good one. Celebrities can be taken advantage of just like the average person. The Internet has made it easier than ever to obtain information about a non-profit’s finances, so you’ll want to be sure that the organization is using its donations in the best way possible.

You can check the legitimacy of a charity by looking it up on GuideStar.org, in order to make sure that it’s a tax-exempt organization in good standing with the IRS. You can also perform research on sites like the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator and GiveWell in addition to obtaining information from the charity’s website, looking for positive, widespread results.

Avoiding charity scams and protecting your personal information

Unfortunately, there are some less than scrupulous people out there looking to take advantage of your generous nature, which makes it essential to be aware of red flags that could indicate a scam. Avoid any organization that refuses to provide information about its identity, mission, how funds are used, or won’t provide proof that your contribution is tax deductible. If it uses a name that is similar to a well-known reputable organization or tries to pressure you into donating immediately so that you don’t have time to research its legitimacy, beware.

Other red flags include asking for cash donations, guaranteeing sweepstakes winnings in exchange for your donation, or offering to send an overnight delivery service to immediately collect the donation.

To further protect your financial health, as well as your overall well-being, using a service like LifeLock is one of the best ways to ensure the security of your personal identity while still allowing you to contribute to a great cause.