Grab Your Popcorn!

In case you couldn’t tell, Bits and Bramblers? I’m pretty sick of the snow. And the cold. So you can imagine how happy I am with the weather forecast, right?!?! Our high is five degrees with negative windchills?! Maybe another storm next week?! Come on!!!!

…Okay. I’ll stop whining now. In fact, I think we’ll all feel better if we watch a couple trailers for some upcoming movies. That’s right, these movies are coming soon to a theater near you!

First, we have Coraline. Did you know that this movie is based on a book by Neil Gaiman? And not only is Neil Gaiman pretty much made of awesome, he just won the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book! Whoo Hoo! So, I think this movie looks pretty cool…but you can see for yourself on February 6th!

Next, we have Push, which stars Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. Apparently, they have special powers, just like on Heroes. And now the people with special powers are being tracked down by a bunch of scary people that want to turn them into an army, just like on Heroes. But to be honest? It looks a little cooler than Heroes. Compare for yourself on February 6th!

And last but not least, we have Monsters Vs. Aliens, which features the voices of some incredibly cool people like Will Arnett, Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Rogen. And the trailer made me spit Diet Mt. Dew on my computer monitor. That might be a little too much information, but…you know…it’s pretty funny. You can catch it on March 27th

READ THIS NOW: Paper Towns


So, this is the first in a series of posts on Bits and Brambles, called “READ THIS NOW.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, I think. We’re talking about books that are so awesome, you should drop everything and READ THEM NOW. Even before you know what they’re about. Yup, you should trust us that much.

I’m just kidding. Really. But seriously, the books in this series are made of awesome. Like Paper Towns by John Green.

When they were nine, Quentin Jacobson and Margo Roth-Spiegelman were neighbors and best friends. But now that they’re seventeen, they’ve sort of drifted apart. Margo is one of the popular kids—maybe because she’s funny, or maybe because she does crazy things like disappear for weeks at a time (and leave a bowl of alphabet soup for her family, with letters that will spell out where to find her.)

Quentin, or “Q,” spends most of his time with his best friends Ben (who’s earned the unfortunate nickname “Bloody Ben,”) and Radar (who’s obsessed with updating the online encyclopedia, the Omnictionary.) For the most part, his life is pretty boring. Until the night Margo Roth-Spiegelman crosses the street, knocks on his window, and asks him help her with a few things. Namely, she wants Q to help her get revenge (because it seems like a good idea, when you find out your boyfriend is cheating on you with your best friend.)

Suddenly, Q and Margo are running all over Orlando, doing things like stopping to buy things off Margo’s weird shopping list (which includes 3 whole catfish, Veet, and Mountain Dew.) As the night goes on, Q learns why they need each of the items on the list—and it’s not pretty. And that’s all before they break into Sea World.

The whole thing is so incredible—so Margo—that Q wonders what will happen the next day at school. Will this change anything, or will they still just be two neighbors that used to be friends? Q doesn’t get an answer right away, because Margo doesn’t show up for school the next day. Or the day after that.

At first, no one’s really worried—after all, she’s run off before, and she’s always come back. But when a few weeks pass with no sign of Margo, her family gets angry. In fact, her parents tell Q’s family that if she does come back, Margo is no longer welcome in their home. Q isn’t sure if something terrible has happened, or if Margo just doesn’t want to be found. That is, until he sneaks into her room with Ben and Radar. Once he’s there, he finds what he thinks are a string of clues—from notes written in the margins of a Walt Whitman poem, to songs circled on old album covers.

What if Margo does want to be found? And what if she’s waiting for Quentin to find her?

Now do you see what I mean?!?! What are you waiting for?!?! READ PAPER TOWNS NOW!


I’ll be honest with you, Bits and Bramblers. I’m one of those people who really likes snow. In December. After that? I could do without it. Especially when we have to use phrases like “Level Two Snow Emergency.” Ick. Tell me the truth…are you sick of the snow? ‘Cause I have a feeling it’s not just me…

Maybe we should look at the bright side. We didn’t get a ton of scary ice, like they did in Southern Ohio. And at least it’s not -11 degrees outside. (Man…you know it’s been a rough winter when the bright side is, “At least it’s not -11 degrees outside. It’s 23 degrees! It’s practically warm !”) And let’s not forget the brightest side of them all—snow days. Which are always awesome.

But if you’re sick of the snow, the last thing you want to do is bundle up and go outside and play in it (even if there is enough snow to have a pretty wicked snowball fight.) The question is…how do we make snow bearable? Well, never fear…it’s Bits and Brambles to the rescue!

Curl up in front of your computer with some cocoa, and check out these made-of-awesome websites, where the snow is all virtual! Like Make-a-Flake…these snowflakes I can handle. Not only are they totally dry, you don’t even need paper and scissors! You can even have a virtual Snowball Fight (without the danger of getting a faceful of snow!)

But then again, maybe you’re not completely sick of snow. And maybe you think the giant drifts would make prefect snowballs. Well, I don’t blame you. In fact, I’ll even help! Check out this video, which will give you tips on how to make the best snowballs ever

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Contest

The Last StrawOnline Casting Call for Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Source: 20th Century Fox January 16, 2009

 Twentieth Century Fox is holding an online casting call to find a bright, precocious and appealing young actor, age 10-13, for the lead role of Greg Heffley in the film version of the New York Times bestseller, Diary of a Wimpky Kid. Candidates are invited to visit to learn more about the project – and to upload their audition videos.

The filmmakers will be auditioning males, ages 10-13, only. The character of Greg Heffley is slight, physically unprepossessing, and not overly cute or precocious. He has a quirky, memorable face, is bright and articulate, and possesses a vivid fantasy life — but he is cursed by the fact that he’s in middle school. Auditioning actors must be able to handle dialog and have a flair for ironic comedy.

The best-selling illustrated novel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney, chronicles the adventures of wisecracking middle school student Greg Heffley over the course of an academic year, as told through the young man’s diary and hand-drawn cartoons.

If auditions aren’t for you, then check out the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Comics Contest.  Prizes include: a visit to your school from Jeff Kinney, a “wimpify your family” original comic, amd signed copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Books.  Better hurry though, as the contest deadline is January 31, 2009.