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Elijah wakes up in a cage, and can barely remember anything about himself or his situation. He fights his way alone to escape a building full of bizarre and deadly monsters, while learning disturbing truths about himself. Once he finds the way out, he has to pass it up and keep fighting to rescue hiw wife and child from his nemesis.

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Melissa6 portrait Growing up in Ontario, Canada, M.J. was the only child of a single mom.  Her passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends.  The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing.  Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County. M.J. currently lives with her husband and young son in Caledon, Ontario.  She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio.  In addition she writes articles and edits freelance as she continues her own creative writing working toward completing the next book in the Chronicles Series. Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is M.J.’s debut science fiction novel.  She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she wouldn’t be half as organized as she needs to be to get everything done from one day to the next.

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‘Lego Movie’ Blows Away Kevin Costner, ‘Pompeii’ at Box Office With $31 Million

‘Lego Movie’ Blows Away Kevin Costner, ‘Pompeii’ at Box Office With $31 Million


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‘Lego Movie’ Blows Away Kevin Costner, ‘Pompeii’ at Box Office With $31 Million

Everything’s still awesome at the box office. “The Lego Movie” was No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $31.4 million.

The animated hit comedy based on the plastic toy building blocks is still in a market-high 3,890 theaters and it dominated, more than doubling the totals of two movies that opened this weekend. The Kevin Costner spy thriller “3 Days to Kill” was second with $12.3 million and the pricey volcano epic “Pompeii” fizzled with $10.1 million for third.

“The Lego Movie” posted the second-best third weekend an animated movie has ever had, behind only “Shrek 2,” which made $37 million back in 2004. That’s on the heels of its $69 million first week, and the $49 million it took over the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

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It’s a great way to celebrate for Warner Bros. and producing partner Village Roadshow. On Friday they set May 26, 2017, for a follow-up to their Hasbro toy-based blockbuster, which has rolled up $183 million domestically since opening on Feb. 7 and more than $225 million worldwide.

So why has plastic been so fantastic?

“Every once in awhile a movie takes on a life of its own, and this one has,” Warner Bros. executive vice-president for distribution Jeff Goldstein told TheWrap. ‘It’s playing way beyond just families, and that’s because the pop culture references work so well with parents and adults. The writing (by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller) really is fantastic.

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“That been great because what’s surprised us is the number of people — not so much families — going to high-end theaters to see it,” he said, noting that the premium theaters and the 3D upcharges have provided an extra boost to its bottom line at box office.

The debuts of the two openers were in line with modest projections. But “Three Days to Kill,” from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, cost just $28 million to make, while Constantine Film’s “Pompeii,” which Sony is distributing, cost at least $80 million to produce.

The opening “was right in line with our expectations” said a spokesman for distributor Relativity, which co-produced and co-financed “3 Days to Kill”  with EuropaCorp. The two companies also teamed on “The Family,” which debuted last year, and “Brick Mansions,” which Relativity is distributing later this spring.

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The McG-directed “3 Days to Kill” drew a crowd that was evenly divided between men and women but 80 percent over the age of 25, and they gave it a so-so “B” CinemaScore. Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen co-star in “3 Days,” which opened in 2,872 theaters.

“Pompeii,” from “Resident Evil” director Paul W. S. Anderson, featured “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington. It was marketed as a disaster epic with a love story — a la “Titanic” — but it failed to connect; its audience, which was 52 percent male and 38 percent under the age of 30, gave it a lukewarm B CinemaScore. Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland co-star in the PG-13 action saga, which opened in 2,658 theaters.

“Pompeii” isn’t the first sword-and-sandals saga to go belly-up this year. Last month, Lionsgate’s $70 million “The Legend of Hercules” opened to less than $9 million and has topped out at $18 million domestically. Paramount is scheduled to join the toga party in July, when it releases the Brent Ratner-directed “Hercules,” with Dwayne Johnson as the Greek hero.


With “Robocop” fourth, “Monuments Men” fifth and “About Last Night” sixth, Sony-distributed movies took the next three spots.

The “Robocop” remake starring Joel Kinnaman posted a $9.3 million second week and is up to $43 million domestically and more than $105 million worldwide. George Clooney’s World War II art heist film is over $58 million domestically after an $8.1 million third weekend.

Kevin Hart’s “About Last Night” was one of two romance remakes that did well on Valentine’s Day but took their lumps this weekend.

“About Last Night” dropped a whopping 71 percent from its opening with $7.4 million and is at $38 million domestically after two weeks. Universal’s low-budget “Endless Love” update was off 68 percent from its debut and took in $4.3 million to raises its two-week domestic total to $20 million.

Disney’s animated blockbuster “Frozen” upped its domestic total to $384 million after adding another $4.3 million in its 14th weekend. Its global total is over $980 million.


The studio also gave a limited rollout to “The Wind Rises,” the controversial Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee from director Hayao Mayazaki.

The lyrical tale of a young man who loves airplanes and goes on to develop the Japan’s World War II fighter plane the Zero brought in $306,000 from 21 theaters. That’s a solid $14,359 per-screen average for the film, which Disney will open nationwide next weekend.

Couples made up 76 percent of its audience, and it received an “A-” CinemaScore.


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Three waitresses spending their downtime on a slow, snowy Saturday folding silverware and talking about “life stuff” like bills, college and student loans got the answer to their prayers when a diner handed them each a check for $5,000.

Amber Kariolich, Amy Sabani and Sarah Seckinger were working their shift at the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Ill., Saturday when a middle-aged woman eating an omelet alone at the counter asked them their names.

$1,000 Gifted to Honest Waitress in Restaurant Mix-Up

A few moments later, the woman handed them each a check written out to them individually and indicated she had overheard their conversation.

“She presented it to us and said to put it in our pockets and use it for school or whatever we needed,” Seckinger, 21, told “All three of us just started crying.”

Seckinger says she and her coworkers had been discussing Kariolich’s school loans and Seckinger’s dream to go back to school to finish her final semester of a criminal justice degree.

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“I stopped school to go to work,” said Secking, who has worked at the restaurant for six years.

Kariolich, who was the waitress serving the woman that day, has worked at the restaurant for 10 years and Sabana for nearly two years.

The woman quickly left the family-run restaurant after handing over the checks, but not before arguing with their insistence that she not pay the bill on her $9 omelet.

The restaurant’s owner, Matt Nebiu, called the bank after the woman, whom Nebiu says has dined there before but is not a regular, to confirm that the checks are real.

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“They said there was no hold on the checks,” Nebiu said. “We are in a small population of a town and we’ve been here for 30-some years and for people to do that you know that there’s nice people out there.”

“It was very generous,” he said.

Seckinger said she plans to use the money to finish her degree and says she and her coworkers still cannot believe their luck.

“It’s still surreal,” she said.

Some bosses are shit heads

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I have had my time and have dealt with many mangers before I became my own boss and have noticed that they all fall into categories first one is the structured boss the one that expects the best and used to be in that same spot as you more than likely has a military backround and dont take shit off anybody but will reward you for your hard work

The Scheming Boss: He is the most dangerous of them all, always plotting to fire one person or the other. They are highly manipulative while being extremely intelligent, highly motivated and focused. His way to the top is through firing workers which he says is benefiting the company; in reality he is worried about protecting himself and his position. Being honest and acting with extreme care is the best policy when dealing with this type of boss.

The Fear Monger: The attrition rate of this boss is high because of the fear and psychosis he creates. No one wants to continue working with him; often he fires them himself before they can quit, because he thinks fear is the only way to motivate employees to work. Changing your job, and fast, is the way to deal with him.

The Just-A-Minute Boss: He is an impatient man but not rude. He wants everything to be done on the fly. He has many things in his head while talking to you and so may be unable to grasp anything you said. The next day he may surprise you with a ‘you-didn’t-tell-me-this’. These types hardly complete any tasks, so be prepared for big workloads at anytime. Keeping evidence of your communications (possibly through emails), or completing the communication/task on the spot is better.

The Shouting Boss: The psychology of shouting bosses is that they can get the things done only by shouting. They don’t mind shouting at anyone, anywhere. Although shouting is a sign of impatience, it is also because they want to be recognized on the spot. Satisfying their ego by listening to them calms them down. Further, executing their instructions will get them your respect. yeah right tell this ass hole to kill his self 

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According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the ten top paying jobs for non-degreed individuals require certain levels of experience and on-the-job (OJT) training. In addition, there are many jobs that require postsecondary non-degree awards. The certification and licensing programs vary in length of time and requirements.

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The following positions come with an impressive annual income and require a high school diploma or equivalent in order to qualify for consideration.

1. Managers

This listing includes all manager positions that don’t appear in separate listings for non-degree managerial jobs. These managers come from a wide variety of industries and each has its own set of requirements just as each company sets job-specific skill sets and experience levels. The titles include Security Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Wind Energy Project Manager.

56% are self-employed, while the others work for all levels of governments.

  • Annual Income: $96,450
  • Experience: One to five years
  • OJT: Long-term

2. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

These managers are responsible for the operations of railroads, specialized freight trucks, warehouses, storage facilities and other shipping facilities. They oversee budgets and implement policies and standards and oversee direct procurement. Many of these jobs are with various levels of government. One thing to consider is that 20% of these managers put in over 50-hour work weeks.

  • Annual Income: $80,210
  • Experience: More than 5 years, most have been supervisors within their industry
  • OJT: Long-term

3. First-line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

These first-line supervisors are responsible for training staff and overseeing various police operation tasks. They also guide and coordinate with their officers and detectives the process of criminal investigations. They have attended police academy, trained in use-of-force policies and crowd-control techniques. Employment opportunities are with state and local government.

  • Annual Income: $78,260
  • Experience: One to five years
  • OJT: Moderate-term

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4. Administrative Services Managers

Administrative Services Manager job duties to any organization or department is to serve as coordinator to support services. The specific job can be for facility maintenance or records and information management. Other responsibilities include the oversight of budgets, staff hires, supply procurement and maintenance of equipment.

These positions are found in many industries, especially in construction and healthcare. Expect long hours, ranging 50-hours or more work weeks.

  • Annual Income: $77,890
  • Experience: One to five years
  • OJT: Moderate

5. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

The operators of nuclear power reactors are responsible for monitoring the plant systems. They must adhere to operating safety guidelines. This requires checking for problems and various issues and then making any needed adjustments when necessary. The operator must also handle hazardous materials such as nuclear fuel elements.

All operators are licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The license requires three years of experience in a power plant, one year of training and an operating test and written exam.

  • Annual Income: $75,650
  • Experience: Four years
  • OJT: One year

6. Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers are responsible for the maintenance of elevators, moving walkways, escalators, and various types of lifts. The majority of these jobs are begun as an apprentice. Many states require licensing. You must be able to lift and carry heavy equipment and parts. You can expect overtime as well as rotations of being on call.

  • Annual Income: $70,910
  • Experience: Apprenticeship
  • OJT: Moderate

7. Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers have responsibility over the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

  • Annual Income: $68,900
  • Experience: Varies
  • OJT: Long-term

8. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

First-line supervisors of a non-retail sales force have hands-on responsibility for the daily activities of their staff. In addition to supervising, their other duties often include budgeting, accounting, and personnel work.

  • Annual Income: $68,880
  • Experience: More than five years
  • OJT: Long-term

9. Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Detectives and criminal investigators often bear the titles of agents or special agents. Their duties include collecting evidence and gathering facts surrounding crimes or suspected crimes. They have many tools and work with various departments and agencies, including forensics and IT. These positions can be employed by federal, state and local governments. Depending on the department and specialty, there is ongoing training offered.

  • Annual Income: $68,820
  • Experience: One to five years
  • OJT: Moderate-term

10. Fashion Designers

Fashion designers create original designs for clothing, accessories, and footwear. They do this by sketching their designs and then selecting fabrics. Usually, they have a shop of employees who then follow the designer’s instructions on how to make the products.

Jobs are in manufacturing and apparel companies, retail stores, theater and dance companies and various design firms. Formal training isn’t required, but many prefer to have skills in various CAD programs and design principles.

  • Annual Income: $64,530
  • Experience: Apprenticeship
  • OJT: Long-term

1. Lose weight
Year in and year out there’s no resolution more popular than losing weight. It makes a lot of sense, given that we’re coming out of our four-week food-induced coma known as Thanksgiving and Christmas and now need to return to our normal lives for the other 11 months of the year.

A company I would really suggest keeping your eyes on in this case is Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OREX  ) , whose experimental drug, Contrave, for chronic weight management, was resubmitted to the Food and Drug Administration three weeks ago. Although Contrave was rejected in 2011, it comes back to the table now with a bevy of long-term safety data (the Light Study) demonstrating the effectiveness of its weight-loss drugwithout any adverse events outside of the norm.

2. Improve financial budgeting
Not far behind losing unwanted pounds is the desire by Americans to make better use of their money. Practically every year over the past seven decades, we’ve witnessed consumer credit debt head higher, meaning more consumers are relying on money they don’t have to make their purchases.

Rather than focusing on any particular stock, I believe the best thing you can do here is tomaximize your retirement income. If you’re considering a budget overhaul in 2014, make sure it includes an individual retirement account, if applicable. A Traditional IRA allows you (based on income limits) to contribute and deduct up to $5,500 annually while deferring your taxes for when you begin making withdrawals at age 59 1/2. A Roth IRA, on the other hand, might be perfect for young adults. Even though it allows for no upfront tax deduction, all capital gains grow completely free of taxation over time.

3. Exercise more
Since weight loss and exercise sort of go hand-in-hand, seeing exercise pop up as the third-most common New Year’s resolution isn’t surprising.

Rather than focusing on gyms, which often have high turnover rates and little consumer loyalty, I suggest an area where customers do exhibit loyalty, such as with their shoes. Consumer actions sports and footwear juggernaut Nike (NYSE: NKE) is reliant on Americans remaining active and wanting to improve their physical health. This swoosh has amazing brand power and should have no trouble helping those who wants to improve their exercise routine in 2014.

4. Get a new/better job
In addition to managing their money more effectively, a good number of Americans would like to get a new job in 2014 that would make them happier as well as financially better off.

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There are two potential ways of going about this. One is obviously to go after a job you’d enjoy with a reputable company – such as The Motley Fool, which was recently named the No. 1 mid-size company to work for in the U.S., according to

Happy, but shameless, plug aside, another consideration here is professional networking site LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD  ) , which reported more than 259 million members on its website as of the third-quarter, a 9% improvement over the sequential quarter. With premium subscription and talent solutions revenue demonstrating rapid growth, LinkedIn is poised to take advantage of consumers’ desires for a better job. 

5. Eat healthfully
In addition to exercising and losing weight, Americans also need to eat more nutritious foods. Traditionally, January is the month most restaurants loathe because it means reduced business as people choose to cook their food at home.

A grocery chain like Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM  ) , which focuses on delivering organic and locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other products to consumers, might be your answer. Consumers have little to no qualms about paying extra for organic foods as long as there’s a perception that they’re healthier and/or more nutritious. That ultimately means more money in Whole Foods’ pockets.

6. Manage stress more effectively
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, which is why it’s not entirely surprising to see stress management as the sixth most-common New Year’s resolution.

There are a lot of ways to relieve stress, including taking a walk, playing a sport, or going for a drive, but I doubt many will surpass the gaming sector, which introduced two new gaming systems, the Xbox One from Microsoft and the PlayStation 4 from Sony, in the second-half of 2013. It’s been six years since we’ve seen a major redesign of these gaming consoles and gaming represents the perfect alternate getaway for some consumers. I’d look for sales of these consoles to remain strong throughout 2014.

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7. Quit smoking
Few habits are harder to break than cigarette smoking, but quitting will have a more lasting and immediate positive effect on your health than just about anything. And that’s why it’s the seventh most common New Year’s resolution.

Rather than betting on nicotine patch manufacturers, which offer only a short-lived revenue stream and constant turnover, I believe the smart investment here could beelectronic cigarette manufacturers. Specifically, Lorillard (NYSE: LO  ) , which makes the Blu brand vapor cigarette, could see sales soar in 2014 and beyond. Through the first nine months of 2013, Blu had garnered 44% of the electronic cigarette market share with that number pushing to 49% in the third-quarter.

8. Improve a relationship
Keeping in touch with friends and family is a common New Year’s resolution as we often lose touch with some of the people we care about. Thankfully, smartphones, tablets, and the Internet make it easier than ever to reconnect with those you’ve lost through the years.

I would consider betting on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  )  to help refuel those lost connections. It’s certainly not the most innovative or mind-blowing selection, but Facebook still has an incredible opportunity to add members in developing countries, as well as focus on mobile personalization within North America and Western Europe. As of the latest quarter Facebook had 1.19 billion monthly active users and this figure could top 2 billion, by my estimates, before 2017 is up. 

9. Stop procrastinating
I’m not personally one to make New Year’s resolutions, but if there was one that is most applicable to me, it’d be to stop procrastinating.

Not to beat a dead horse, but to emphasize the importance of allowing compounding dividends and share price appreciation to work in your favor, I’d suggest the best way to counteract procrastination is by taking the time to invest in your retirement now. In addition to the Traditional and Roth IRAs, you should also ensure that you are taking advantage of any 401(k) matches your employer offers. An example from Bankrate notes that an individual making $40,000 a year that contributes up to 10% of his or her salary and receives a dollar-for-dollar match up to 6% with an annual investment return of 7% would be leaving $344,000 on the table if they didn’t utilize that matching employer contribution! 

10. Set aside time for yourself
Last, but certainly not least, is the 10th most common New Year’s resolution that states American’s desire to get more “me time.” Like No. 9 above, I can whole-heartedly agree with this one as “me time” is an important key to relaxation.

Perhaps nothing says relaxation like online travel service provider (Nasdaq: PCLN), which allows consumers to combine their flight, hotels, and car reservations into a discounted package. With most Americans unwilling to give up their vacation regardless of their economic situation, and Priceline pushing dominantly into Europe, it’s a smart “me time” play.

people speak every year what they are going to do to bring the new year in right and they do none of it .you might get the one girl who always say she will find a good man that will love her for her but she don’t love her self  or you get the guy that say fuck bitches get money but still have not had sex in the last two years and the check he gets is snatched by child support .People make these promises to themselves to keep from feeling like failures no one looks at you more than you look at yourself and the worst failure one can have is when one fails his or her self so before you promise yourself what your gonna change for the new year just believe in your heart you can do it . and here a little history for you

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to 153 B.C. January is named after Janus, a mythical god of early Rome.Janus had two faces — one looking forward, one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future.On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backward into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past.The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead.

And thus the New Year’s resolution was born!


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Forbes’ just released this list of the world’s highest-paid authors. The top 10 are as follows. ClickHERE to see more.

 1. E.L. James: $95 million

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In addition to record sales from her sultry Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (bolstered by strong e-book sales), James earned an extra $5 million for the movie rights to the book, Forbes says. The film is slated to release in 2014.

2. James Patterson: $91 million

The world's best-selling author James Patterson

The prolific thriller author can boast that one out of every 17 hardcover books sold in the U.S. bears his name. Part of his secret to success? Releasing around 10 new books a year—often with the help of cowriters. When collaborating on a book, Patterson creates an outline, a cowriter does the first draft, and he finishes up with whatever other drafts are necessary. “Some people can’t get past the word cowriter,’’  Patterson told Parade last year. “Lots of shows and movies are written by teams, so it’s not such a strange thing.” But the Maximum Ride and Alex Cross author is no laggard: “I write seven days a week,” he said.

3. Suzanne Collins: $55 million

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Her Hunger Games series was already popular before the film starring Jennifer Lawrence became a sensation. But now, the former children’s television writer has reached the “Olympian heights of J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer,” Forbes writes.

4. Bill O’Reilly: $28 million

Political Commentator BILL O'REILLY

Who knew the Fox News pundit had become such a successful writer? His nonfiction books Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy soared to the top of best seller lists, and Forbes predicts his next, Killing Jesus, could be even bigger.

5. Danielle Steel: $26 million

Danielle Steel

The romance novelist publishes an average of more than three books per year, totaling more than 600 million copies.

6. Jeff Kinney: $24 million

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Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is one of the most popular kids’ titles in recent memory. Plus, there have been three movie versions adapted from the books.

7. Janet Evanovich: $24 million

Janet Evanovich

The writer made her millions thanks to the New York Times bestselling Stephanie Plum detective series, as well as twelve romance novels and the Alexandra Barnaby books and graphic novels.

8. Nora Roberts: $23 million

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The longtime romance novelist has become “the queen of the e-book,” Forbes writes, with the 3.2 million digital copies sold in 2012 (she’s second only to E.L. James).

9. Dan Brown: $22 million

Dan Brown 'Inferno' Book Launch Event

Though Inferno, Brown’s latest Robert Langdon novel, didn’t reach the kind of success The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol achieved, it was still the best-selling book of the first half of 2013.

10. Stephen King: $20 million

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The master storyteller has written best sellers and literary fiction that have made the leap to film, TV, and the stage. Still, he says it’s not the monetary rewards that keep him writing. “The major job is still to entertain people,” he told Parade in May. “That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us.”