33rd American Film Festival in Deauville
Friday August 31st 2007, 9:02 am
Filed under: events,people,tv and movies

american film festival deauville france

The 33rd Annual American Film Festival starts today (through September 9) in Deauville, a seaside resort in Calvados (in the Normandy region). This year will pay special hommage to Michael Douglas, who will be promoting his film, “The King of California.”

Here’s what’s playing: Cocaine Cowboys, Surf’s Up, Sicko, The Bourne Ultimatum (La vengeance dan la peau), Shoot’em Up, Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?, King of California, Crazy Love, Brando, Planet B-Boy, Wonder Boys, Knocked Up, Outrage, The China Syndrome, The Bigamist, La Vie D’Artiste, Imaginary Heroes, Michael Clayton, The War: A Necessary War, When the Levees Broke, The War: When Things Get Tough, Alien Resurrection, The Hitch-Hiker, Wall Street, Ghostbusters, For Your Consideration, Redacted, Waitress, La Misma Luna, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The War: A Deadly Calling, The Verdict, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, Gorillas in the Mist, Rocket Science, Teeth, In the Valley of Elah, Network, The War: Pride of Our Nation, Sybilla, A Crime for Mothers, Copycat, Factory Girl, Grace is Gone, Stardust, Gone, Baby, Gone, Prince of the City, The War: Fubar, Falling Down, Ice Storm, The Game, Ira and Abby, Never Forever, Fay Grim, The War: The Great Front, 1408, Broken English, Live!, The Offense, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Smiley Face, The War: A World Without War, The Heartbreak Kid, 12 Angry Men, The Dead Girl, Meet the Robinsons, Death at a Funeral, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Nanking, and Bonneville.

Some celebs in attendance: Matt Damon, Monica Bellucci, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Brian de Palma, Ben Affleck.

American Film Fest Deauville

Download the program

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Tainted Products from China
Friday August 31st 2007, 2:09 am
Filed under: daily life,health,news,products

poisons in food from china

Yuck. Well, eating a worm from China in these fake chocolate “Rochers”, PROBABLY won’t kill you, and they’d be a good form of protein, but I’d most likely scream so loudly after seeing it, that I’d be heard in Switzerland.

Following the U.S., France is finding dangerous, contaminated food products coming from China. I can’t seem to find a complete list of items but here is one list that was cited on this newscast. It lists products for France, as well as for other European countries. Most recently, they’ve found toothpaste containing antifreeze (because antifreeze is cheaper than gliserine!) for the following brands (that I never heard of): Terpan, Fresdent, and Gilchrist & Soamez.

[via France2]



Speaking of Heroes in France…
Thursday August 30th 2007, 1:48 pm
Filed under: news,paris,tv and movies

heroes cast eiffel tower

Our heroes were just in Paris during their world tour promoting Season 2. But where was Masi!?



WWF Conference: l’écologie à la ville / Urban Ecology
Thursday August 30th 2007, 11:27 am
Filed under: daily life,environment,events,paris

wwf conference urban ecology

Perhaps not the most exciting conferences for some, but definitely an important one regarding environmental city living, “l’écologie à la ville” is the first Université d’été du WWF (French division of the World Wildlife Federation). It’s a 2-day conference held at the Paris HQ of WWF in France. On the program: keynote by Jean-Louis Borloo, Environment Minister; workshops topics include: problems with health in the city, sustainable energy, biodiversity in public and private places, the paradox of organic between growth in demand and imports, innovations in eco-friendly buildings and homes, how to reduce your carbon footprint, consumers and their impact on the environment and more; speakers: Dany Dietman, author of Déchet ménagers : le jardin des impostures, Jean L’heritier, President of Slow Food France, and many more. Also, there will be organic breakfasts and lunches!

Click here to download the full program and a registration application (in French).

Regular Fees: 100 euros for 1 day or 150 euros for 2 days
Reduced Fees for NGOs and students: 50 euros for one day, 75 euros for 2 days

L’Université d’Eté du WWF
l’écologie à la ville – September 13 & 14, 2007
Espace Planète Attitude au siège du WWF-France
1 Carrefour de Longchamp, 75116 Paris (16ème)
Contact et registration:
Email: universite@wwf.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 25 84 25
Website: WWF

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Vitamins in France
Thursday August 30th 2007, 3:01 am
Filed under: daily life,health

b vitamins france

France has been the only place I’ve noticed where doctors will prescribe vitamins to sick patients, instead of medication. Wait. I think I was prescribed vitamins in Germany once. So maybe it’s a European thing. It’s sort of the opposite of les etats-unis! Anyway, this is what some vitamins look like here: liquid in small glass vials, about 4 inches long. You break off the ends of the vials to pour it into a cup with juice or water, then drink it. These B complex vitamins were prescribed by a doctor to my sweetie for a number of ailments including fatigue, but I don’t think they changed his fatigue level at all. The doctor also prescribed magnesium, which seems to be a cure-all in France, I swear. It’s everywhere. (Have you seen how magnesium is all over water products and cereals and gobs of other products?) Anyway, the magnesium gave him leg cramps. So for a while we had a bunch of vitamins sitting around.

If you have vitamins that you no longer use, and they haven’t expired, you can give them back to the pharmacy, so they can dispose of them properly (they most likely reuse the unexpired returns, though I’m not sure).

A note: I recently found out that some B vitamins are crap vitamins. They actually call them JUNK vitamins and apparently, these will drain your body of energy. To tell the junk vitamins from the quality (premethylated) vitamins, look at the label.

“Cheap vitamins (non-methylated) will use standardized “USP” vitamins such as “Thiamin USP (thiamin HCL) vitamin B1.” That’s the chemical form of vitamin B1, and it actually requires a donation of cellular energy from your body before you can use it. The form of B12 in cheap vitamins is cyanocobalamin.

Quality vitamins, on the other hand, will use the “coenzyme” forms of the B vitamins. These will often be listed with the word “coenzyme,” and the form of vitamin B12 will appear as either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. That’s a sure sign of a high-end, quality multivitamin…” [from Newstarget]