Cafe Today | Once Upon a Fairy Tale – Three Snow White Movies

nce Upon a time……..

There were two brothers named   Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm    born on 4 January 1785 and 24 February 1786 respectively, in the Wolfgang section of Hanau, Germany.   Jump ahead a number of years and the brothers decide to write stories of local folklore.  They travel a great deal, listening to tall tales, interesting lore and maybe not so interesting stories that had been passed down through many generations.  Certainly most were embellished, changed, made up, amended to the point at which stories became an amalgam of many others as memories fail and time passes.

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Fast forward to 1934 California, USA.  The Walt Disney Studios on Hyperion Ave,  in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles is starting a new phase.  Walt Disney is planning to make a feature-length animated movie based on a little story from the Brothers Grimm.  The movie shall be titled,  ” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  A huge production, fully animated at tremendous cost.  Each and every frame being hand painted.  No digital anything.  Nada on the computer as well.   The animated movie went into production in 1934 and was completed in 1937. Whew!  It was a very bumpy road for the production.  Walt was urged to stop production as the cost was over $1 million dollars.  Walt persevered and the final cost was just under $1.5 million dollars.   Thank goodness Walt knew he had a good thing.   The movie was a huge success.  The animation was beautiful.  The characters lovable.   The music memorable.  A beloved Classic was born!

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Original Snow White Movie Poster 1937 via Walt Disney Studios

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What a difference 75 years makes.  This original Theatrical Poster is amazing.  The artwork just incredible.   The new Snow White and the Huntsman movie banner is really cool.  Sinister, but cool!  Kind of a… Alfred Hitchcock, Lord of the Rings feel to the poster, huh?   The Snow White movies in production as we speak,  are a version of the original Bothers Grimm Fairy Tales.  Part fantasy, darkly grim, battle rich versions of the tale.   Someone had said recently  ” A Lord of the Rings take on Snow White.”  With enormous production budgets, how could they not be spectacular.  Based on information and sound bites from interviews, Snow White and the Huntsman will remain as true as possible to the tale of old.  Hence the poster.   Oh, all right!  I will have to watch all of them.   Hmm, ah…ah… just so I can make an intelligent decision as to which movie is best.   Research.  That’s right!  Yeah!  Research.

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I appreciate how Walt Disney really toned down his version from the original Grimm’s tale.  Thank you Walt!   Walt and the animators, mainly if not exclusively male, did make the step mother quite evil.   I am sure it was a payback of a sort to certain women they knew.  Snow and Huntsman is definitely not that sweet little movie a 5 year old will love.

I make the comparisons…well…. you cannot really compare them!

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Fairytale Round-Up Snow White and the Huntsman Oz the Great and Powerful and Mirror Mirror

Movie Banner Snow White and The Huntsman ^ Universal Studios

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Snow White and the Huntsman Possible Official Poster ^ Universal Studios

This is the Poster I think will become the “OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER”.  Yup!  It does resemble Lord of the Rings!

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oving on…

 I do have news that The Walt Disney Studios are also in pre production for their live action movie of Snow White.  Really?  My word!  At this rate we could end up with 5,  no 6 Snow White movies.  Who Knew!   Details to come forthwith.  Oh, man!  I will have to spend the next year and half at the movies.  Yeah, like that would be different.

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Tracing Calligraphy Letters




ust  in case you missed it.  That OTHER Snow White movie from Relativity Studios, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts finally has a name.  It’s about time people!   It is to be titled   “MIRROR, MIRROR”.   Makes sense.  Yet why not Snow White something or other?   Can you believe this  movie production could not use the name Snow White .  What?   Really!!   The director wanted to simply call it   “SNOW” after the lead character.     Apparently there were some legal hassles,  involving the other Snow White/ Huntsman movie.  The studio and director caved.  I guess they should have worked that out earlier! At any rate, be it known that  MIRROR, MIRROR  will be a family friendly flick.  The director Singh claims he had no intentions to  make it anything else.  Many critics and bloggers are making jokes about the so called “Kiddie Flick”.  Yeah! So!   Oh, just stop it!    So there. Go pick on someone else.  Look for it in March 2012.

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No official Poster or Banner has been released yet for this movie.   I can only imagine it will be full of color and very appealing.  I like this concept art poster myself.  Now that a name has been bestowed upon the movie, the posters cannot be  far behind.  Well,  enough of fairy tales.  Time to return to the real world and real life.  I wonder what Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber are doing?

             Oooo!    The movie is  starting.   I’ll have a popcorn and a soda please!!

Cafe Today | Justin Bieber is a Baby Daddy! Wait a Minute, What?

Somebody to Love (Justin Bieber song)

Image via Wikipedia

Justin Bieber‘s is experiencing  many changes in his life.   Most notable being his voice is changing.  Recently, Justin’s voice is sounding a bit lower and more masculine.  Yeah, Baby!   That apparently means no more girlish shrills when belting out one of those Bieber classics.  That’s not all that is changing.  Our little Biebs is growing up.  Sniff! Sniff!  Tissue please.  It seems like only yesterday…. that he was banging on that little drum set in his parents living room.   Mom proudly recording every bang on the drums for the Bieber family album.  Now he is accused of banging some crazy woman in a nasty arena bathroom.  Full body shiver on that one.  Yuck!!   Just Nasty.  Now she had a baby and said our little Biebs is the baby daddy.

Wait a minute.  What?

A Baby Daddy?     What? Who? How?  No, No, No!  No!  Well!   This news could darn well send a groupie into a coma.  I broke a nail.

 Oh, the week I am having.   I am still grieving over Kim K’s Fake Breakup.  I mean Kim K’s pending divorce.  What is going on with the Republican Party?  I have no more mental health days left.  No vacation time….     I…, I just cannot deal.     

At first I laughed at the news.  People have waaay too much time on their hands.  Then it became a monster story.  Far too serious.  People are believing this stuff?   After all he is a celeb and you know how they are.  Jeez!  He is not Mick Jagger!!  C’mon people.

Oh and pity poor Selena.  She has her plate full.  I can only imagine the crappy questions she is being asked?   Not to mention, she has to listen to all this crapola dished by every stinking media outlet in the world.   No, wait.  WE ALL HAVE TO LISTEN TO ALL THAT STINKING GARBAGE, CRAPOLA OR JUST PLAIN MUD SLINGING.

Hard to believe this is  so-called “News Reporting?”   Aren’t you appalled?  The discussion for every on-air news outlet goes something like this.   “A woman  has alleged that her baby was fathered by Justin Bieber.  The woman who happens to be older than the Biebs, who is now 17, said they had a 30 second sexual encounter in a bathroom stall after a concert over a year ago.   Justin has denied these rumors.  I am sure taking a paternity test will resolve the issue.  We look forward to the results.   We will keep you posted.   Also, it could just go against that very same woman who had accused Justin, as she is older at 20 yrs  and could be arrested on rape charges.”   Blah, Blah!  On the TODAY Show Friday, Matt Lauer questioned Justin face to face.   Very seriously, Matt Lauer looks down at Justin –Something akin to a disappointed father ready to wield some kind of punishment–and asked….Are you the father?  Do you know this woman?  Have you met her before? ….  and so on.  Like I said.  Can you believe this crap?  

I am not really a fan of Justin’s.  I am not 14.   Michael Buble is more my style.  No snickering.  I like rock as well.  My cell ringtone is Van Halen.  So there!    I can have fun at his expense.  Never, ever would I say things that were that hurtful and/or damaging.  It appalls me when people do.  This is a young person who does not deserve this.  I cannot imagine what he and his family is going though.  Obviously this woman making the allegations is mentally unstable or selfishly stupid enough to want her 15  minutes of fame at a young man’s expense.   She opened that Pandora’s Box.  Unfortunately, everyone will suffer the consequences.


I have the news on as I get ready for my day.   This Bieber Story is all over the news…everywhere.  Just ruins my work week.  The news is basically playing into this crazy woman’s plot to destroy this young man’s career.  All the while gaining boat loads of attention for herself.  All of us know this is what happens when you say crazy things.  But, the  News Media Motto is:  Sling the accusations, Talk it to death whether it makes sense or not.  Talk it to death whether it is real or not.    Then they will say we are just reporters of the news.  SUCH   BS!  Even my local news channel did exactly the same thing.  Just recycled the same words..,,same crapola.  Even today the latest sound bite was…Selena breaks it off with Justin after reports of fathering a child.   You guys are just creeps!!  

This weekend, Justin went to Ireland for the MTV Awards.  Could not escape the Crapola there either.  Bieber’s Camp had to ban questions about these awful accusations as the media began  Demanding That Justin Take A Paternity Test.  Who the hell are they to say such things?  Are we forgetting how young this person is?   Listen, not every 17 yr old is like that.

This is just some crazy witch wanting her 15 minutes and some money because she is too darn lazy to get a job.  Crazy and Lazy.   Great!   Shame on every news media that reports this stuff. Then continues as if it is fact.  This has happened too many times to celebs or even just run of the mill rich people.  That is why lawyers intervene and pay off those crazy people.  Because the news keeps it going and going and going.

SHAME ON YOU!    SHAME ON YOU NEWS PEOPLE.  I understand when the celebrities get really angry at the media.  They are devils with microphones.  (insert the wickedly devilish laugh here)  Piranhas with cameras!  

Today Show anchor Matt Lauer.

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Cafe Today | Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Say It Isn’t So!

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I have been sobbing uncontrollably for days now.  The media keeps saying Kim and Kris are splitting up.  Today, Kim K. filed for divorce.   Oh, my !  I had thought this beautiful woman would have the love of her life forever.    Forever!   I cannot believe fate could be so cruel.  Kris Humphries is so perfect for her.  Don’t you think so?     I watched with such emotional anticipation the planning, the rehearsal, the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.  Her wedding dress was divine.  Now this.  Kris, you must be some kind of sick person or fool to not put her on that pedestal and worship her.   To not give her the love she deserves and devote yourself to her is abominable.  

NBA lockout outlasts Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian’s

wedded bliss”~ LA Times

       Is that supposed to be funny Mr. LA Times?   Well, you are just bastards one and all.  And, for the NBA.   Stop the lock-out and put the players back on the court if that is what it takes to salvage some part of this marriage.   Saving a marriage is worth far more than those stupid negotiations.  So stupid. So selfish, NBA!  

Kris Humphries playing for the Jazz against th...

Kris Humphries Image via Wikipedia

Today I put in my notice for 4 mental health days.  I cannot work under these conditions.  It is far too upsetting to be at work listening to my silly co-workers.   They do not care.   I am heart broken.  I just could not take any more insipid comments  from them any longer.  Normally I can listen to my work pals and be OK with whatever they had to say.  I cannot today or the rest of the week.  In addition to that, pile on the couples who come in for help in their attempts to save the family home. They go on and on about not being able to make their mortgage payments and are terrified they could become homeless.   Putting food on the table and clothes for the kids.  Oh, boo hoo!    Well, maybe if you worked as hard as Kim K. did, you wouldn’t be in that predicament.   Oh, yeah!   Kim put herself out there and made a very good living.   She did not ask for anything!  She became so famous, that people run to her to give her more  and more.  See!  That is how it is done.  Believe me, working 2 and 3 jobs is not the answer honey!   Could everyone please get with the program and see what is happening.    This woman’s marriage is in trouble.  Everyone needs to pay attention.    

Tonight on the news, they keep speaking of the wedding gifts.  Oh, more cruel words.  Stop.  Just Stop.  Enough already!  Kim has all those lovely gifts that were for her and her husband to have forever.  All given with love and much thoughtfulness.  Do you not see it? They must work it out.  They have to.

For the love of God, they have to.   

Cafe Today | Iraq Troops Home For The Holidays

“Today I can say that troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays.”

President Barack Obama TODAY declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year’s end.

“As promised the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.

Image: U.S. soldiers take a rest in the shade of armoured vehicles at Camp Liberty in Baghdad
courtesy Mohammed Ameen  /  Reuters
U.S. soldiers take a rest in the shade of armoured vehicles at a courtyard at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. U.S troops are scheduled to pull out of the country by the end of this year, according to President Barack Obama.

The president made the announcement at a White House briefing following a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Obama said the two were in full agreement about how to move forward.

The withdrawal of American troops marks a major milestone in the war that started in 2003 and resulted in the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. More than 4,400 American military members have been killed, and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invasion.

“Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home,” Obama said.     via  Associated Press


Cafe Today | It’s Time Again for Splat The Cat!

Scaredy-Cat Splat by Rob Scotton courtesy Harper Collins

Scaredy-Cat, Splat!     by Rob Scotton

It’s that time again.

 It’s Halloween, and….” Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary.  And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o’-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?”

There are more books featuring Splat and his latest adventure.  Check out the selection of books at your local library or shop at your favorite book seller.   

It’s obvious that Splat is a Lefty!  I think that is just so cool.    You see my cat, Milly is a South-Paw.  So I am a bit partial. Just so you know.

Splat is found in a total of 17 books.   You can check out all the titles at Harper Collins Publishers.  Here is the link. 

Or, visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble.  Or, Other fine book sellers.   Where ever you go to find Splat, he will be waiting just for you. 

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Cafe Today | Name The New Snow White Movie.

Snow White & her Dwarves via Entertainment Weekly

Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott via Relativity Studios/Just Jared

Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen via Relativity Studios/Just Jared

Would someone please give this movie a name!

It’s an orphan of sorts, right?  Poor Snow White!  The movie starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer continues to be referred to as  “The untitled Snow White Movie” or “The yet to be titled Snow White movie.”  C’mon studio people, give this project a name! 

Wait a minute.  You can do it!   Yes!  Let’s help out those busy studio moguls and you  can name this movie.  Go on, think of a name appropriate for this movie.   The photos from my blog may give you some inspiration.  Since the studio cannot do it, you do it for them!  Post your name in the comments section.   I know you will be Brilliant.

Use that Beautiful Mind. 

Have Fun!


Cafe Today | Pop Tarts, A Chance Meeting and The American Family

A well deserved day off after many  weeks.  Finally!   Just a carefree day.  Or, so I thought.

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I am up and ready to run errands before 7am. I always start my day early whether I wish to do so or not. You see, I have a cat!  My adopted furry house-buddy is Milly. Those of you who keep a Cat – after all, no owns a Cat – knows you never ever need an alarm clock.   Milly keeps to her own schedule.  Which of late includes sharing that crazy schedule with me.  She quickly and adeptly took to my personal House Rule #1. If I am up. Everyone else is up.   Before 5:00 am just isn’t good for anyone.  Good thing she’s cute!  Well, that was great for me when life moved at the speed of light.       Now,  Not so much!

Milly My House Buddy ©Cafe Today 2011

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 On this well deserved “Me, Me, Me,  all about me day” I stopped at the local market for the usual Milly Treats and a beverage of choice.  No, silly!  It’s 8 am   Gotta have  my Coffee.  Upon entering the door I spy the gourmet foods section. Trying not to drool, I peruse quickly  and move on. Standing in front of me is a lady staring intently at a box of  Pop Tarts.  She glanced my way  and said out loud with a longing and a bit of wonder in her voice, “You know….when I was a kid… Brown Sugar Cinnamon was good enough for me.  How does one even begin to choose these days?”    “Well, what looks good to you?”   I say “At the moment , everything! ”       We both chuckled.  Two adults talking Pop Tarts!

Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts courtesy Kellogg’s Corporation

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“Thoughts”  came to mind at that moment.  Thoughts over at  and her Pop Tart  obsession.  Whenever I spy those tasty little treats, she comes to mind.  Sorry!  I digress!

  Anyway….. One thing led to another.  The conversation evolved into quality of snack foods…. kids not being active…… what can we do to encourage adults and kids to consider healthy choices and more.  Well, after all we are busy people and have the need to talk so fast that  ‘short-hand speak’ falls easily into our chat.    We were talking as if we were long time neighbors and just happened upon each other at the grocer.  We were strangers. Yet,  after  only a short time, we were. no longer.  The conversation bounced around to every aspect of life.  Almost.  I discovered she had 3 children, from elementary to high school.  She worries about them and what each passing year brings to their lives.  We all have or have had those fears for our children.

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 Her mother is a recent addition to her household.  Her mother having  recently retired, was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and can no longer be left on her own.  This has been quite an adjustment as one would imagine.  Everyone is on board, yet it means many changes.  Huge changes.  The family is making sacrifices and it seems the daughter now becomes the “Mother” to her mom.  Not so uncommon these days.   The mother/grandma is very fortunate to be surrounded by a loving family.  I shared some of my experiences with my own mother and family as they were strikingly similar.  For my mother, as the dementia progressed rapidly,  she had to live in a facility that could care for her.  A few months later she passed away.

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Multi Generations Family – The New Normal
via Nebraska Dept of Human Services

We talked a bit longer.  Then she said that “thing” that had quite an impact on me.  I have heard this many times from so many  I knew.    The “thing”…..This lady has brothers and sisters who live close by.  Yet, she is the only one making sacrifices and caring for their mother.  Why?  Her siblings seem to think it is a waste of time to even visit their mother.    “She doesn’t remember if we have been there or not,  so why come around.” The siblings excuse.   “That was not true.  She remembers many things.” The daughter defends her mother, hoping for understanding.  Not  one of them can bring themselves to give their loving sister any type of emotional support, let alone financial support.  She is ignored.  Lonely. Hurt. So very sad.  She is loosing her mother a little each day, her family makes sacrifices each day and her siblings are deserting her.   A family in crisis. 

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This poor lady, struggling to do her best as a daughter and mother to her family, is attempting to give her mother a life with love and dignity.  As her mother had surely done for her and her siblings since the day they were born.   This attempt at “being all” to everyone is great feat.   One can only attempt this  through prayer and surrounded by loving individuals.  The ‘Pop Tart’ Lady feels alone and fearful of what each day could bring.  I understand completely.  The tears are now threatening to roll down her cheek.  She wasn’t crying.  Just brown eyes flooding with tears of frustration.  “We must share the same brothers and sisters”  I added quickly.   Mine were selfish, heartless and uncaring as well!”  OK!  That at least brought a big smile.  Whew!  A crisis averted in the Pop Tart aisle!  

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My heart went out to this lovely woman and I was a bit puzzled as to how to help her.  I could only offer words of encouragement and support.  This is the latest version of the new American family.  The norm for a family unit constantly evolves these days.   Yours, Mine and Ours!  The 2 dad family.  The 2 mom family!  Blended families in any shape or form.  These changes are even reflected in nightly television, movies and in print.  At the turn of the 20th century, it was the standard for a family to include Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, whoever.  It was just one big family under the same roof.  It did not matter the generations.  They were all family.  It was what one did.

We seem to be reverting to a similar version of that family here in the 21st century.  Actually, many versions of a family.  Far too many to list.  Still, I am irked at her siblings.  Nothing, Nada, Zip and big fat zero from them.  Shame on them!  You know that old saying, what goes around………?    

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Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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FAMILY.  In the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, Stitch fell, literally, into a new family and both human and alien  learned to adjust.  During that adjustment period Stitch reeked havoc on the house , the neighborhood, the family’s relationships and oh so much more.  As part of the dialogue…. there was a line  where the little girl, Lilo speaks to Stitch…

”  ‘Ohana means family – no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten. ”  ~Written by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, Lilo & Stitch.    Very powerful words!

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How does it happen, that writers for an animated children’s movie involving an alien, understand human behavior better than the rest of us?  Anyone can become part of a family.  Example:  My Milly…the “no alarm required”  cat.  Some have ‘aliens’, some have pet snakes.  Eeesh!   Yes, anyone can be part of a family.  I do not have any answers.  Many thoughts, but no answers.  Having asked one of my co-workers these questions, she believes a good slap to the head for the siblings is the best way to deal with them.  Ah, yes!  Ye olde…must get their attention first ploy.   Well, I for one, am all for this.  However, this action may not be completely practical in all instances.  The BIG question is   “Will our families be loving and supportive when we need them?”    It’s a roll of the dice!  Answers are not easy here.  The thoughts – difficult.    I have hope for our future.  Life today is like a  rocky road ice cream cone….. tasty – messy – without the crunchy cone for support.  

  To all of you  ‘Ohana !         May no one be forgotten or left behind.     ~  Barb@Cafe Today

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What would you do if you were in her shoes?     How would you handle this situation?

Could you make those sacrifices?  What could be done to encourage the family to participate?