– Steven Soderbergh’s new movie ‘Contagion’, which depicts a world in which a deadly virus spreads through the populace with a 30% death rate, has doctors touting its realism. The situation is vaguely reminiscent of the SARS and H1N1 scare that occurred a few years ago and is modelled after a disease in South Asia which has so far infected 475 people, killing 251 of them. The film’s writer, Scott Burns, says he hopes “the movie makes the public more aware” of the public health ramifications of the “paranoia” of people who don’t get their children vaccinated. His message seems more poignant now after the recent comments of Republican Michelle Bachmann, who is currently vying for her party’s presidential nomination, and the emergence of the old argument of the link between vaccinations and autism. The movie has already raked in $44 million at the US box office in its two week run.
Coming up: Boardwalk Empire returns this Sunday (25th) for its second season after its win at the Emmys over the weekend in directing (Martin Scorsese) and lead actress in a dramatic role (Kelly Macdonald). In celebration of this joyous occasion the people at Templtonrye.com have created a viewing party guide for the night filled with cocktails and food suggestions.
– Netflix rival Blockbuster, with parent company Dish Network, have anounced new streaming service to be launched October 1st as a $10 supplement to current Dish Network subscribers.