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Define your films: Are you sure what “inception” and “despicable” mean?

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” “Despicable Me.” “Inception.” Before you shell out the dough for a ticket, inform your decision with the meaning behind the titles.

“Inception” is director Christopher Nolan’s first film since the box office behemoth “The Dark Knight.” Nolan has a habit of using sophisticated, one-word titles for his films (besides the Batman series): “Memento,” “Insomnia,” “The Prestige. ”The general definition of inception is “a beginning.” The more interesting, specific sense of the word  is the opposite of beginning: “commencement, [graduation] as at a university or other school.”  This academic meaning suggests a metaphor of caution: will audiences feel like they are sitting through a boring lecture or having their minds expanded as in a provocative seminar? (And what do you call someone who wakes up in their dreams? In the real world, that is. Here’s the answer.)

Disney’s marketing of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” downplays its inspiration, the company’s classic Fantasia “a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.” A teen idol replaces Mickey Mouse, but the anthropomorphized brooms remain. How is a sorcerer different from a wizard, a magician, a warlock, or a thaumaturgist, for that matter? Sorcery derives from the Latin sors, “fate,” and to sorcel,“use magic,” also means “to cast lots.” This etymology helps pinpoint the precise type of magic: Lots are  ”one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.” A sorcerer, then, is closer to divination (telling the future) than say, prestidigitation “sleight of hand” or necromancy “raising or contacting the dead.”

“Despicable Me” is already a blockbuster. The cartoon comedy boasts the classic adjective despicable, “deserving to be despised.” Despise comes from two Latin roots, de as in “down,” and specere, “”to look.” Of course, the word is most famous for its mangled pronunciation by Daffy Duck. We can’t help but wonder if Daffy were to watch “Despicable Me,” would his response be “That’s despicable?”

AT&T U-verse TV Football Fans Score With Unique College Football Content, Fantasy Football App.

Telecommunications Weekly September 9, 2009 AT&T U-verse(SM) TV customers can kickoff the football season with new content and features that make watching their favorite teams even better. AT&T* announced the availability of “College Football Extras,” a new On Demand category featuring content from several top college football programs, and the return of the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football application — both available at no extra cost.

“AT&T U-verse customers know that there’s really only one way to watch TV, especially the big game,” said Jeff Weber, vice president of video services for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Our new football content and fantasy application improve how you can stay on top of your college teams and fantasy football leagues. These latest upgrades are yet another example of how we continue to bring our customers more and more.” Alumni and college football fans from across the country can now follow their teams with a new “College Football Extras” On Demand category that features free, unique content from top college programs, including Georgia Tech, The University of Connecticut, The University of Kansas, The University of Southern California, The University of Texas and all of the Big Ten Conference teams. “College Football Extras” will offer 2008 season highlights, a 2009 season preview, and more content throughout the season from each university. site att yahoo login

Fantasy football die-hards are able to manage their fantasy teams right from their U-verse TV with the return of last year’s popular Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football application. The app allows you to simply and conveniently track your fantasy football team and receive customized information on your favorite professional football teams through the AT&T U-bar.

Additionally, to coincide with the start of football season, AT&T U-verse has launched a new “Classic Sports Movies” On Demand category which features some of the most popular sports movies of all time. The titles will range from $2 to $6 per rental, and are available in Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) or both. website att yahoo login

These features are the latest examples of standard AT&T U-verse services and applications that improve the viewing experience for football fans and all customers. With fast channel change, U-verse TV football fans can channel surf without the delay experienced on other digital TV services, and all U-verse TV customers enjoy picture-in-picture browse capability that lets you preview games on other channels. Sports junkies can also follow their favorite sports teams through the AT&T U-bar by setting up their personalized team, weather, traffic and stock preferences through the AT&T portal with their U-verse High Speed Internet account.

U-verse TV customers can also enjoy the exclusive ability to watch and manage recordings from a single DVR on any connected TV in the house with U-verse Total Home DVR, the ability to record up to four programs (or can’t-miss games) at once, an extensive High Definition (HD) channel lineup with access to 110 HD channels, and more.

AT&T U-verse TV is the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider, making AT&T U-verse one of the most dynamic and feature-rich services available today. AT&T U-verse TV ranked “Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the North Central, South, and West Regions,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study(SM).

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

*Games telecast locally may also be included in the ESPN GamePlan. Game schedule, number of games and actual match-ups are subject to change. Games subject to local blackout. Subscriptions subject to applicable sales tax.

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