Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – Mark Waters

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Mark Waters

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 1, 2009


Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) loves freedom, fun and women…in that order. Connor's brother Paul is more the romantic type. In fact, he's about to be married. Unfortunately, on the eve of the big event, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for Paul, the wedding party and a houseful of well wishers–including Connor's childhood friend Jenny (JENNIFER GARNER), the one woman in his life who has always seemed immune to his considerable charm. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he gets a wake-up call from the ghost of his late Uncle Wayne (MICHAEL DOUGLAS), the hard-partying, legendary ladies man upon whose exploits Connor has modeled his lifestyle. Uncle Wayne has an urgent message for his protege, which he delivers through the ghosts of Connor's jilted girlfriends–past, present and future–who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through a lifetime of failed relationships.

© © MMIX New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A Gift of Ghosts – Sarah Wynde

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A Gift of Ghosts

Tassamara, no. 1

Sarah Wynde

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: March 8, 2012

Publisher: Sarah Wynde

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts. All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. As far as she’s concerned, though, her ability is a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters are simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy. Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones. But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?

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Ismael’s Ghosts – Arnaud Desplechin

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Ismael’s Ghosts

Arnaud Desplechin

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: March 23, 2018


Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden Days." A film within a film – and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With Ismael's Ghosts, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places.

© © 2017 Why Not Productions – France 2 Cinéma

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City of Ghosts – J.H. Moncrieff

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City of Ghosts

J.H. Moncrieff

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: May 15, 2017

Publisher: DeathZone Books

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive. Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there. 
Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden. As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.

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Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts – Charity Tahmaseb

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Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts

Charity Tahmaseb

Genre: Ghost

Publish Date: September 5, 2016

Publisher: Collins Mark Books

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Come for the coffee, stay for the supernatural adventure. There's more than one way to catch a ghost, and it's never been this fun! Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. But after her grandmother dies and a rival ghost hunter moves to town, Katy fears things will never be the same. She’s right.  From a beguiling and charismatic ghost whisperer to her new partner’s ghost swallowing brother and even a (short) stint behind bars, Katy navigates her new reality, uncertain her skills are equal to the tasks at hand. But are these things mere distractions–or do they hide something darker, far more sinister, something that has a long-held vendetta against Katy? To survive, Katy must uncover an ancient secret. She must brew her very best Kona blend. She will need to rely on unexpected and unpredictable allies.  To survive, she will need to trust what’s in her heart.  Coffee & Ghosts is a cozy paranormal mystery/romance serial told over five episodes. This series bundle contains all five episodes.  Episode 1: Ghost in the Coffee Machine Episode 2: Giving Up the Ghosts Episode 3: The Ghost Whisperer Episode 4: Gone Ghost Episode 5: Must Love Ghosts

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Ghosts Upon the Earth – Gungor

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Ghosts Upon the Earth

Gungor

Genre: Music

Publish Date: October 2, 2011

Publisher: Storyline Group

Seller: Warner Music, Inc.


Once again, Gungor surprises friends and followers with an innovative twist on an old art form. This time they have resurrected the classic art of liner notes – but digitally as an enhanced e-book that expounds on their latest release, Ghosts Upon the Earth. This download from iBooks includes lyrics and background narrative written by Michael Gungor, who enhanced the e-book with video interviews and selected audio clips that help tell the back story of Ghosts Upon the Earth's genesis and journey to completion.

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John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars – John Carpenter

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John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars

John Carpenter

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: August 24, 2001


From John Carpenter, the master of horror behind 1998's hit John Carpenter's Vampires and classics like The Thing and Halloween, comes a sci-fi thriller full of explosive action and bone-chilling suspense. Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James "Desolation" Williams, played by Ice Cube (Three Kings), they discover that he's the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won't stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet. With a stellar cast including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Jason Statham (Snatch) and Clea Duvall (The Faculty), as well as explosive special effects, John Carpenter's Ghost of Mars is an intergalactic terror fest like you've never seen.

© © 2001 Ghost Planet Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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City of Ghosts – Matthew Heineman

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City of Ghosts

Matthew Heineman

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: July 7, 2017


Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

© © Copyright 2017 A&E Television Networks, LLC | Our Time Projects, LLC

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Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen

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Ghosts

Henrik Ibsen

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: December 31, 2014

Publisher: Project Gutenberg

Seller: Public Domain


The winter of 1879-80 Ibsen spent in Munich, and the greater part of the summer of 1880 at Berchtesgaden. November 1880 saw him back in Rome, and he passed the summer of 1881 at Sorrento. There, fourteen years earlier, he had written the last acts of Peer Gynt; there he now wrote, or at any rate completed, Gengangere. It was published in December 1881, after he had returned to Rome. On December 22 he wrote to Ludwig Passarge, one of his German translators, “My new play has now appeared, and has occasioned a terrible uproar in the Scandinavian press; every day I receive letters and newspaper articles decrying or praising it…. I consider it utterly impossible that any German theatre will accept the play at present. I hardly believe that they will dare to play it in the Scandinavian countries for some time to come.” How rightly he judged we shall see anon.

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Child of the Ghosts – Jonathan Moeller

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Child of the Ghosts

The Ghosts, no. 1

Jonathan Moeller

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: May 25, 2011

Publisher: Jonathan Moeller

Seller: Smashwords


When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration. But even that might not be enough to save her. For the evil that destroyed her family seeks to devour the entire world…

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Thirteen Ghosts – Steve Beck

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Thirteen Ghosts

Steve Beck

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: October 26, 2001


A family inherits an elegant steel-and-glass mansion from a deceased relative. The catch is that along with the house comes a slew of ghosts that can be seen only through special goggles.

© © 2001 Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures (All Rights Reserved 0 Used by Permission).

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Seeing Ghosts

You have probably seen smartphone apps that purport to find ghosts in your environment. Usually there is some sort of radar-looking interface and fake science to it. It’s all silly and harmless.

But let me tell you about the ghost-finding app that someone is certain to make in the next ten years.

Imagine an app that searches obituaries online and matches those names to last-known addresses from public data. Then the app finds facial images and some sort of biography online to match each of the names and addresses. Most of us have our images on the Internet now, and that will approach 100% over time.

The biographies might be pulled from the fragments of various online social media profiles and posts. The app might find obituaries, blog mentions, or even news items. Someday the Internet will “know” all of us well enough to auto-create a bio and obituary at the time of death. 

Now imagine you have this app. You could walk down a street and “see” through your phone’s screen the digitally-created floating ghosts near the last place each of them lived. The faces would be rendered from online photos and the bodies would be generic, whispy-floaty images. The semi-transparent animated ghosts would be transposed on the real-world scenery that a user sees when pointing a camera.

To add creepiness to creepiness, assume the ghost faces morph slowly from one age of the deceased as shown in photos to another. And because some available photos might show the person facing left, some right, and some straight ahead, you could animate the ghost faces to slowly look toward you as you look at them on your smartphone’s display.

A-a-a-a-a-and … the ghosts can talk. At least some of them can. Someday most folks will have a video and audio presence on the Internet. Your voice samples could be converted to whatever level of AI is available at the time. In the early generations if you tap a ghost image you see on your screen it can answer some simple, Siri-like questions about the local environment and the ghost’s own biography. Obviously you would add some ghost humor to the app so it could respond to users asking funny questions. 

And if the app has a lot of photos from which to animate the head, it can also animate the lips by finding photos that show teeth and those that do not. That is enough to animate the lips during speech as long as the image is rendered as a semi-transparent, liquid-like, ever-morphing face. With that model the lips don’t need to be closely matched to the words. You want more of a zombie-mouth look to fit the vibe anyway.

Version 1.0 of this app could be limited to dead celebrity ghosts because the images, voice clips, and bios would be readily available. Version 2.0 could include anyone who had an extensive Internet presence. Eventually we will all be characters in the app’s alternate universe. (Unless we already are, obviously.)

This app will make for a great walking tour.

In Top Tech Blog:

Scientists have built a cloaking device. But it only works on small objects. Even Daniel Radcliffe is too tall for it, in case you wondered. Industrial designers will probably show interest if only to make the buttons on all of my devices even harder to find.

And how about a case for your phone that harvests meaningful energy from your phone’s radio signals? Do you believe that works? I don’t. But only because it sounds like the sort of thing that never works. I hope it does.

And NASA successfully tested an electromagnetic propulsion unit in a vacuum. Ironically, it did not suck. (Vacuum humor!)

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Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond saga, is scheduled to hit theaters November 6th, and although the latest 007 flick is still in the midst of shooting, filmmakers unveiled a minute-long first look at what Daniel Craig’s secret agent faces in the aftermath of Skyfall.

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