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Essential Seven Days of Christmas, Day 1

The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome.
by Barney Stinson

Since the dawn of history man has searched for the answer to the most fundamental of questions: “Why am I here . . . not banging chicks?” The search is over. Now, with the help of The Playbook, you’ll be able to approach any beautiful woman, discover her innermost passion, and use that to trick her into sleeping with you. You’ll master more than 75 seduction techniques, developed by pickup guru and all-around good guy Barney Stinson, guaranteed to turn you into a bona fide ladies’ man.

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The Art of Tim Burton

The Art of Tim Burton

For the first time ever a comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton.

Hardcover with over 1000 illustrations and 430 pages plus foldouts.

The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insights and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life.

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Essential Seven Movies Better Than The Books That They Are Based On

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On July 15th, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens nationwide. When it comes to the Harry Potter film adaptations, most hardcore Potter fans and casual readers alike agree on one simple fact: the books are better. Sure, the movies are fun and extremely well-cast, but many fans prefer to dive into the more detailed and epic books. Though we could probably make a strong case for the adaptation of Prisoner of Azkaban, we’ll agree with this assessment. However, it got us thinking: Are there movies out there that surpass the original source material? The short answer is “yes,” there are, and here are the essential seven:

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The Tijuana Bibles

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Back in the early 1900’s a series of underground comic-book pamphlets called the Tijuana Bibles (or Eight Pagers) were distributed outside the law. These comic strips were pornographic and illegal before the advent of magazines such as Playboy. In this century pornography is very accessible but back in the 30’s and 40’s the Tijuana Bibles were a young men’s first glance at pornography. The name Tijuana Bibles comes from the word “Tijuana” which has long been associated with iniquity. Pairing it with the word “bible” produces a fittingly blasphemous label. A typical bible consisted of eight-stapled comic-strip frames drawn in black and white sometimes very well but most of time drawn very poorly.

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