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Thought of the week:
"Choices are the hinges of destiny.”

Hey People!
Last week I mentioned that I had found the Prisoner of Azkaban disappointing. Maybe my leaky memory had forgotten just how controversial Mr. Potter is, because I was pretty surprised when I got letters from people who had two bits to add about what they thought of the movie. The first letter was from Mist Walker, who writes:

"I recently watched The Prisoner Of Azkaban and I am utterly disgusted by the direction and storyline of the movie. Alfonso Cauron, the director of the movie, seems to have written his own version of The Prisoner of Azkaban. I mean if you look at the casting, the new Dumbledore looks more like Leonardo Da Vinci than Albus Dumbledore. I missed the twinkling eyes and the calm voice of the previous Dumbledore. This Dumbledore talks really fast and well to tell you the truth he doesn't at all personify the character of Dumbledore. Then Sirius Black, when you read the book you imagine an extremely handsome and good-looking guy with attitude, not something that you actually get to see in the movie. Remus Lupin looked more like a, well a Mexican old hero. You know I think the director didn't read the book carefully or he is not a Harry Potter fan. Remus and Sirius both were a complete disaster. They got nowhere near the imagination. Thank God he didn't change the other casts. Secondly, let us consider the acting. When Chris Colombus directed the movie, the casts got so well with the characters that, we, the Harry Potter fans couldn't have imagined it better. In this movie if you observe the acting of Emma Watson, who is playing Hermione Granger and Daniel Radcliffe who is playing Harry Potter, seems to have lost their charm. Only Rupert Grint who is playing Ronald Weasely happens to keep up with the character. Then comes the storyline. When I watched the movie I didn't find any similarity with the book. I mean he destroyed the whole story. I felt like crying when I saw the movie, it was so disappointing. Think about the Ron and Hermione scenes, those were the most irritating scenes of the movie. Just where in the book do you find those scenes? The book is so interesting and the movie is as boring. I was very disappointed and I think Chris Columbus was actually the best. I hope the next director actually goes with the main storyline and good casts."

The other letter was from "R:N" who wrote:

"The third Harry Potter movie totally s**ked! This book was my favourite and what they did to it was totally gruesome!! (I totally blame the new director Alfonso Cauron... I want Chris Columbus back!!)

The guys who played Sirius and Lupin were just not perfect for the part… no offence meant to Gary Oldman (the guy who played Sirius Black). I've seen him in Dracula and he was, as Ron would have put it "bloody brilliant" there! They were just way too old to play the part they were given. I just CANNOT imagine Gary Oldman to be hot when he was young, like Sirius was supposed to be. Lupin was just… So bland! (Sorry I couldn't think of a better word for him!) I think its about time that the producers think about lifting the restriction of allowing only the British actors to act ion the movie. For example, I can think of at least two American actors who fit the bill of Sirius Black just right- Jonny Depp and Viggo Mortensen. They're both very hot, they both look amazing in long shaggy hair (for reference, please check out Depp in Pirates of the Carribean and Viggo in any of the Lord of the Rings movies) and most importantly- I CAN ACTUALLY IMAGINE THEM TO BE GOOD LOOKING WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG!!

On other aspects of the film, I am disappointed, once again, as Peeves has not made his debut yet. I mean, how long are they going to ignore him! The Quidditch match was a serious letdown. There has not even been a mention of Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory yet which totally surprises me since they both play important roles in the movies to come. Another thing in which i find wanting is Daniel Radcliffe's acting abilities. In the books he is the one doing all the planning. in the movie he for most of the part is a bystander! Emma Watson and Rupert Grint totally cream him when it comes to acting. Although Dan looks exactly like I imagine Harry to be, his acting abilities just aren't up to the mark. However, all's not that bad. The Dementors are exactly what i imagined them to be and so was Wormtail. How they managed to find a guy so ratty looking, is totally beyond me! The person who replaced Richard Harris as Dumbledore is also very good.

On the whole, the movie has been a disappointment. NO wonder it never attained the no. 1 spot in the UK top ten.. the only Harry Potter movie not to have done so. All I can do is hope that they won't butcher the fourth book as they have done with the third."

Well, I was actually thinking of Hugh Jackman as Sirius…but interesting. I hadn't missed Peeves until you mentioned him…I was missing Professor Binns.

Anyway, I could go on and on, but I think I'll shut up now. Till our next tete-a-tete, take care!

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By The Girl Next Door

Horrible Horror-scope

(March21 April 19): You would be in a state of extreme ambivalence regarding your gender. If you are male, you will find to your utmost horror that you are attracted to Brad Pitt movies. You will also start to idolize the Backstreet Boys and will hang a life-size Nick Carter poster on your bedroom wall. If you are female, then you are going to turn into a die-hard Britney Spears fan.

TAURUS (April 20 May 20): Do not travel by foot this week because there is a high probability that you are going to fall into an open manhole. Be extra careful to avoid areas such as Dhanmondi 9/A where private tutors like Galam Sirs and Jalam Sirs teach. If you do fall into an open manhole, don't worry. Chances are that you are going to come out alive, but you are going to stink for the rest of your life.

GEMINI (May 21 June20): Are you straining to read what's written here? Does the letters seem too small to you? I think so. That's because you are becoming blind. This is your punishment for watching too much Baywatch on Star World. You are going to be completely blind within the end of this week.

CANCER (June 22 July 22): You are going to be affected by a new form brain cancer. Your brain will start to rot and every time you sneeze, some part of your brain is going to come out through your nose. Your IQ is going to plummet and slowly but surely you will turn dumber than you already are. Within a few days your intelligence would fall below that of an orangutan and by the end of this week you are going to go past Arnold Spell itYourself in dumbness and start to compete with George W Bush.

LEO (July 22 Aug 22): If you have important exams this week you are in big trouble because every time you sit for an exam, you will have an urgent call from mother nature and therefore rush to the toilet. You must make a decision: don't go to the toilet and attend your call of nature in your pants just like you used to do when you were a toddler or stay inside the toilet and fail the exam. If you are unable to decide, write to Pintu for suggestions on this matter.

VIRGO (Aug 22 Sept 22): Whatever you do; however hard you try, you will find it impossible to remember to keep your pants zipper closed. You are going to face embarrassment every time you go out of your house so if you are clever you would refrain yourself from going out and spend the whole week inside your house.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 Nov 20): Be sure to carry your umbrella when you go outdoors as chances are that crows would target you and would bomb you indiscriminately, just like the Nazi bombers during WW2 (or worse). You are going to be covered head to toe in crow poop, which will put irremovable and permanent stains on your clothes and maybe on your body even.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 Dec 20): You are going to have the worst hair week ever. If you are male then your hair will start to fall off. In no time you are going to resemble a bald headed African baboon. Even your eyebrows and eyelashes will fall off. If you are female, then you will encounter abnormal hair growth. Within the end of this week you are going to be as hairy as a wild Peruvian gorilla.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 Jan 20): This is going to be a bad week for lovers. If you are a guy, then you should definitely keep your girlfriend away from your driver because chances are that your 'Josna' dearest may elope with your driver. If you are a girl, then you should definitely keep your boyfriend away from your dad, not because your 'Kuddus' dearest may elope with your dad (I don't see how that can happen, unless….) but your dad may hire henchmen (just like the ones on Bangla movies) and beat the hell out of your boyfriend.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 Feb 19): Stay away from Chemistry classes, as there is a high probability that your chemistry teacher may bore you to death. Or if you are somewhat lucky, then the boredom wont kill you but will force you into hibernation just like Rip Van Winkle and you will wake up twenty years later to find out that the Chemistry teachers are twice as boring in the future.

PISCES (Feb 20 March 20): Do not go near a football field or a basketball court as you may be hit on the head by a football or a basketball and have incurable permanent amnesia. You will not remember who you are but unlike John Doe you wont be able to recall million other facts as being hit by the ball is going to make you dumber not smarter. You are going to spend the rest of your life trying to find out whom you really are.

Note: This is a very accurate horoscope. This is not a collection of the author's wild arbitrary imaginations. The author, possessing a soul of an angel, mind of a sage and body of a Herculean Greek God did lots of meditation, yoga and crystal ball readings to make these predictions. This horoscope is not meant to drive you into paranoid recluse but its here for your own betterment, so that you can escape from the evil clutches of fate.


Shout Out!

Hey people!
Received a lot of mails this week, but unfortunately, due to the lack of space, we have to cut short our column, and limit it to four/five messages per week. However, if you do not see your message this week, do not feel disheartened, because it will definitely come out next week. So have faith in us, and keep sending in your messages to shoutout13@hotmail.com. Enjoy the column!

Hey Lamisa!
Happy Birthday! You are the best niece anyone could possibly hope for and I hope you have a great 10th birthday!
Love you loads.

Dear Ankon,
Happy Birthday (11th JULY). Well, as you have been too busy these days, I wish you a very enjoyable and relaxed birthday. Enjoy yourself. And once again, a very Happy Birthday!

Dearest Mum and Baba,
I wish you both a very happy wedding anniversary (11th July). Only three years to go to celebrate the silver jubilee. Let's start the countdown.
Love you both.
Your sweetest daughter

By Crucified and Slayer







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