Weekly Featured Actor - Keira Knightley


Happy Friday and welcome to another installment of our Weekly Featured Actor. Versatile leading lady Keira Knightley gets the award this week!

Keira Knightley has grown as an actress since her breakout role as Natalie Portman's doppleganger in Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. Now Ms. Knightley is a drama star who writes French novels, searches for love in Berlin, and blows the whistle on illegal spying .

Congratulations Keira on being another Weekly Featured Actor here on Ice or Fire!

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley
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Weekly Featured Actor - Melissa McCarthy


Happy Friday and welcome to the second installment of our Weekly Featured Actor. Funny lady Melissa McCarthy gets the honor this week!

Melissa McCarthy has grown as an actress since her breakout role as the goofy chef Sookie St. James in the TV show Gilmore Girls. Now Ms. McCarthy is a comedy star who busts criminals, steals indentities, and tells dirty jokes with unstable puppets.

Congratulations Melissa on being our second Weekly Featured Actor here on Ice or Fire!

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Melissa McCarthy
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Weekly Featured Actor - Chris Pratt


Happy Friday and welcome to our new weekly blog post: the Weekly Featured Actor. Chris Pratt is our very first WFA (Fluffy the corgi loves acronyms)!

Chris Pratt has changed a lot since his breakout role as the chubby Bright Abbott in the TV show Everwood. Now Mr. Pratt is a heartthrob and bonafide action star who guards the galaxy, fends off dinosaurs, and saves the day with Lego bricks.

Congratulations Chris on being our first Weekly Featured Actor here on Ice or Fire!

Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt
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Movies Now Feature Actors


We're in the dog days of summer (Fluffy's favorite time of year) and we've been busy bringing changes to Ice or Fire!

Movies now list their top-billed actors that link to actor pages. Actor pages? Yes, actor pages! You can see what movies your favorite actor starred in and if the movies are ice or fire.

Now that the actor pages are live, Fluffy will be tackling his next change to site. Keep checking back for our new surprises.

Please let us know what you think of the changes.

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How Weekly Top Picks Works


This is a completely different type of blog post from all of the others that we've had before. Instead of focusing on recent media releases, this post will be very nerdy and go into how part of the new Weekly Top Picks page works. Caution: Python/Django code ahead!

The Weekly Top Picks page lists the top 3 releases of the week in each category based on their ratings. Each media section (books, theater movies, blu rays, albums) features a dynamically generated description paragraph. I'll describe how that works below.

We're dealing with three types of Django models: Book, Movie, ...

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