Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why won't Prince William wear a wedding ring?

Prince William has chosen not to wear a wedding ring, because he 'is not one for jewellery' according to Palace sources.Traditionally, men have not always worn wedding bands and in fact the custom only became widespread during the Second World War. While Prince Charles and many other members of the royal family do wear wedding bands, these are often worn beneath a signet ring. Prince William does not wear such a ring and so his decision not to wear a wedding band is understandable. Kate's ring will be created from Welsh gold from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu, given to William by the Queen following his engagement.




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Kate Middleton






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Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

La campagne de la primaire PS lancée, sans Strauss-Kahn Par Patrick Vignal

PARIS (Reuters) - François Hollande a dégainé le premier : en meeting mercredi soir près de Paris, le député corrézien a donné le coup d'envoi informel de la campagne pour la primaire socialiste en vue de l'élection présidentielle de 2012 en France.

Une réunion organisée au coeur d'une semaine également marquée par le retour en force d'autres candidats déclarés comme Ségolène Royal et Manuel Valls, dans l'ombre du grand favori des sondages, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Contraint au silence par ses fonctions, le directeur général du Fonds monétaire international est en visite privée cette semaine à Paris, où il devait rencontrer le premier secrétaire Martine Aubry, autre candidate potentielle à la primaire.

A plus d'un an du scrutin présidentiel, les dirigeants socialistes ont encore deux mois pour se lancer dans la course à l'investiture.

Les candidatures seront déposées entre le 28 juin et la mi-juillet, en vue d'une primaire ouverte à tous les sympathisants de gauche prévue début octobre.

Devant près d'un millier de sympathisants réunis mercredi soir à Clichy-la-Garenne, ville des Hauts-de-Seine où était passé l'ancien président François Mitterrand avant sa victoire en 1981, le député de Corrèze a présenté les grandes lignes de son programme bâti autour de l'idée d'un "rêve français".

Très critique envers Nicolas Sarkozy, "président de la division", l'ancien premier secrétaire du PS a proposé une réforme fiscale, un nouveau mode de calcul du smic et des mesures pour les jeunes, à qui il veut donner priorité.

Le chef de l'Etat et le député doivent se rencontreront ce jeudi en Corrèze, où le président est en déplacement. Ironique sur Canal+, le député PS Manuel Valls a dit dans un sourire qu'il ne voyait "surtout pas" de coïncidence dans cette visite.

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Candidat déclaré à la primaire depuis plusieurs mois, le député-maire d'Evry a dit ne rien voir de vraiment nouveau dans le discours de François Hollande.

"Difficile pour François Hollande d'apporter le renouvellement : il a été premier secrétaire du PS pendant dix ans", a-t-il rappelé.

Manuel Valls a dit souhaiter une candidature de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, "incontestablement le mieux placé, pas seulement pour gagner l'élection présidentielle mais pour éviter un 21 avril", qui verrait un duel entre Nicolas Sarkozy et la candidate du Front national, Marine le Pen, au second tour.

"Dans les enquêtes d'opinion, ni François Hollande, ni Martine Aubry ni les autres, à part Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ne semblent certains de se qualifier pour le deuxième tour", a-t-il fait valoir.

Selon un sondage CSA pour BFM-TV, RMC et 20 Minutes, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, seul représentant socialiste mesuré, serait en tête des intentions de vote au premier tour dans tous les cas de figure.

Invité jeudi matin sur Europe 1, François Hollande a déclaré qu'il n'avait "aucun rendez-vous prévu" avec Dominique Strauss-Kahn cette semaine en France.

"La seule place que je revendique, c'est d'être le candidat socialiste au premier tour de l'élection présidentielle", a-t-il dit, ajoutant qu'au terme de la primaire, tous les socialistes se rassembleraient derrière celui ou celle qui sera désigné.

Distancée dans les sondages d'opinion, Ségolène Royal a réaffirmé qu'elle se plaçait toujours dans la course à l'Elysée, comme en 2007.

"Je n'ai pas disparu de la vie politique", a dit sur RMC la présidente de la région Poitou-Charentes.

"J'ai peut-être à un moment pris du recul, c'était volontaire parce que je considère que la préparation à l'élection présidentielle, c'est un long chemin, qu'il y a des moments pour écouter, pour être au contact des Français".

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Beba Loncar

Beba Loncar

Beba Loncar

Beba Loncar

Jacques Dutronc , Beba Loncar, Too $hort, Bob Rumnock, Anna Anka, Alitzah, Miriam Giovanelli, Addie Land and Gabrielle Lazure

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Christopher Young, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Jamieson Price, Vijessna Ferkic and Kim Gordon

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Tribeca Film Fest 2011 by E. Nina Rothe

The task of deciding what films to watch at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival can be downright overwhelming. I find myself putting off going through the screening list until a time when I think my mind will be free of anxiety and focused, which turns out to be never, be it that I live in chaotic NYC. Scrambling last minute to fill my iCal, I can't admit to even being close to somewhat organized. But what I am instead is thematically focused, my interests always pointing to the Arab world and to their love for the good life, great food and yes, Shakespeare. I can't be the only one who's noticed that several leaders in the Region today bear more than a slight resemblance to the Bard's villainous Richard III?

This year's TFF line-up offers some incredible treats for those interested in traveling the world through the cinematic lens. A great mixture of documentaries, narrative features and shorts offer glimpses into such diverse topics as an American mother's search for her adult gay son disappeared in Austria in Gone, post-Apartheid elections in South Africa as witnessed by a group of young photojournalists in the Tribeca Films release The Bang Bang Club, the plight of three Roma (Gypsy) children who become the pioneer participants in a government effort to integrate the segregated Romanian school system in Our School and the politics of greed that accompany child marathon prodigy Budhia, plucked from the slums of India and catapulted into his countrymen's hearts and instant fame in Marathon Boy.

Yet with all the recent uprisings in the Region and the Palestinian struggle seeing a renaissance in importance due to some less than subtle pressure from Iran, this edition of TFF seems to belong to the many Arab documentaries and Middle Eastern films featured in the festival. Always at the forefront of the movement that looks towards the Orient (eastward) for meaning and guidance in dealing with our ever-expanding world, the folks at Tribeca Film Fest have again outdone themselves through their challenging selections and provocative subjects. It is an undeniable fact that if we wish to prosper in the future we will need to interact more with our counterparts in the Middle East, and great artists like TFF founder Robert De Niro and now Kevin Spacey -- with his upcoming Middle East Theater Academy -- understand that and are leading the way.

Speaking of Spacey, as executive producer he brings to the festival a documentary directed by Alex Rotaru titled Shakespeare High. Following the principle taught to him by mentor Jack Lemmon, Spacey never misses a chance to "send the elevator back down", helping those who are still at the start of their career. While the Southern California teens portrayed in the film face poverty, the threat of neighborhood gangs and a lack of appropriate role models, they do find a way to spread their wings through the annual So Cal Shakespeare Festival, reminding the audience of the importance of the arts in a successful society. For those who may be wondering how a film about Shakespeare fits in a list about the Arab world, Spacey's first play scheduled for the Region is rumored to be Richard III, while acclaimed Kuwaiti playwright Sulayman Al-Bassam will bring to BAM in October his modern reinterpretation of Twelfth Night, titled The Speaker's Progress which eerily mirrors the current struggles in Syria and Libya. Shakespeare will always be alive and well in the Arab world, as long as dictators and miscellaneous tyrants abound.

Koran By Heart is another must-see. In the spirit of Spellbound and Liz Mermin's Team Qatar -- the latter shown at TFF in 2009 -- the documentary follows kids from Muslim countries as far and wide as Tajikistan and the Maldives who descend on Cairo for the annual preeminent Koran-recitation competition. As much a study in each child's life as an inspirational competition film, the documentary directed by Greg Barker is an enlightening must-see but also promises to melt hearts in the process.

Cairo Exit (El Korough) is an Egyptian co-production with the UAE. Directed by Hesham Issawi, the film deals with an impossible romance in Cairo, between a Muslim man and a Coptic Orthodox Christian woman. Issawi's film is important in drawing awareness to the complicated class and religious structures which exist within the Arab world and are perhaps even more incomprehensible than we think.

A "Tribeca Talks: After the Movie" presentation of Grandma, A Thousand Times by Mahmoud Kaabour is another event not to be missed. A chance to hear the director speak about his charming 2010 DTFF Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary and making movies in the Middle East, the film and following talk are hosted by the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Finally, there are two films in this edition of TFF which redefine love in the modern, Arab world. If the revolution in Egypt was started on Facebook, then it's not unlikely that a woman, exiled in Paris by her political beliefs, would live life and romance through Twitter and YouTube. That is the basic premise in David Dusa's Flowers of Evil (Fleurs du Mal) about the Iranian student Anahita and her love story with Gecko, an Algerian bellman and parkourer. Talk about modern, I had to look the word "parkourer" up, which made me feel ancient, of course!

And last, but not least, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as seen through the eyes and hearts of Jasmin and Assi, newlyweds living in exile because of their modern Romeo and Juliet love story. In the documentary Love During Wartime Jasmin is Israeli and Assi a Palestinian while Gabriella Bier directs this true-to-life story promising to put new meaning to the biggest political struggle in the world today.

It's impossible to end this piece any other way but to honor slain 2004 TFF Best Documentary director Juliano Mer-Khamis. He was shot dead on April 4th by a masked gunman in front of his beloved achievement, The Freedom Theater in Jenin. Within the speculations and accusations from both the Israeli and Palestinian sides of this conflict that made Mer-Khamis yet another irreplaceable martyr, we find unmistakable proof that art is too often made the scapegoat of politics.

As Palestinian journalist and Miral writer Rula Jebreal said in a statement mourning the loss of her friend "To me, Juliano was a true humanitarian and artist, who used theater as a tool to help children in a war zone salve their wounds. He embodied the possibility of coexistence and forgiveness. Juliano's vision for peace and justice will live on in his work, and he will continue to be an inspiration for us all." And with the films at this year's TFF, that vision and inspiration will hopefully live on.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 20th through May 1st in NYC. Single tickets begin to go on sale Tuesday, April 12th.




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Jorge Garcia and Elisabeth Röhm

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Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan by Kate Stanhope

A former executive producer of Desperate Housewives has entered testimony that supports Nicollette Sheridan's timeline of events in her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and creator Marc Cherry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lori Kirkland Baker, who worked on the ABC dramedy from May 2007 through May 2009, submitted a sworn declaration on April 9 that backs up Sheridan's claims about the order of events that lead up to her exit.



Sheridan, 47, filed a $20 million lawsuit in April 2010 claiming that Cherry hit her in the face and that she was fired from Desperate Housewives after she tried to complain to ABC, and because she is a woman.

"In fall of 2008, Mr. Cherry began talking with the writing staff, myself included, about killing off the Edie Britt character," Kirkland Baker said in her declaration, obtained by THR. "I have no recollection of any decision to kill off the Edie Britt character prior to fall of 2008."



Around the time of the alleged slap, said Kirkland Baker, "Mr. Cherry had expressed to the writers, in my presence, increasing frustration with Ms. Sheridan." Cherry later told the writing staff he had decided to kill off Sheridan's character at the end of Season 5, according to the declaration.

Sheridan's lawyers argue in court papers that the testimony of Kirkland Baker and another writer-producer, Jeffrey Greenstein, "show that Cherry decided to kill off Edie after the September 24, 2008 assault and after she complained to Touchstone."

According to THR, ABC has countered that Kirkland Baker was not privy to Cherry's series plans. "Sheridan was obviously unhappy to lose her job as a highly-compensated star of Desperate Housewives," ABC lawyers argued. "However, she cannot state a legal claim based on the creative decisions and actions challenged in her lawsuit."

A key summary judgment hearing in the case is set for May 3.




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Ms. Ann-Margret

Ms. Ann-Margret

Ms. Ann-Margret

Ms. Ann-Margret

Ms. Ann-Margret

Ms. Ann-Margret

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Jessica Alba

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Catherine Reitman, Gabriel Casseus, Rebekah Kochan, Paul Guilfoyle, Samantha Lockwood and John Pankow

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Donna Feldman

Jay Leno, Bridget Moynahan, Mary McDonnell, Marcia Strassman, Kari Wuhrer and Donna Feldman

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Bette and Joan








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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN










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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN tells the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother where they befriend the local railway porter and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s book THE RAILWAY CHILDREN was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009. After an opening at Waterloo Station last year where the run of the production was extended due to public demand, the Great Northern Railway No 1, Stirling Single from the National Railway Museum, York, and the Old Gentleman’s Saloon that was used in the original 1970 feature film, will return to Waterloo. A North American production will open at the Roundhouse Theatre in Toronto from 3 May 2011 and further productions are being planned for New York, San Francisco, Melbourne and Sydney.





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Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

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Penélope Cruz

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Jackie Brown (1997)

Storyline
Jackie Brown is the name of a flight attendant who gets caught smuggling her boss' gun money on the airline she works for. Luckily for her, the Fed Ray Nicolet and the LA Cop Mark Dargus decide to team up in order to arrest the arms dealer she works for, whose name they don't even know. Here's when she has to choose one way: tell Nicolet and Dargus about Ordell Robbie (the arms dealer) and get her freedom -except that if Ordell suspects you're talking about him, you're dead- or keep her mouth shut and do some time. That's when she meets Max Cherry -her bail bondsman-, a late fifties, recently separated, burnt-out man, who falls in love with her. Then Jackie comes up with a plan to play the Feds off against Ordell and the guys he works with -Louis Gara and Melanie Ralston, among others- and walk off with their money. But she needs Max's help. No one is going to stand in the way of his million dollar payoff...


Cast
Pam Grier ... Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson ... Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster ... Max Cherry
Bridget Fonda ... Melanie Ralston
Michael Keaton ... Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro ... Louis Gara
Michael Bowen ... Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker ... Beaumont Livingston
Lisa Gay Hamilton ... Sheronda
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hattie Winston ... Simone
Sid Haig ... Judge
Aimee Graham ... Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams ... Cockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)
Tangie Ambrose ... Billingsley Sales Girl #2







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Across 110th Street (1972) by Jonathon Dabell, posted31 August 2005

The significance of 110th Street in New York is that it is the line where Central Park ends and Harlem begins. This ultra-violent '70s cop thriller wastes no time in painting the streets of Harlem as a hard, gritty, unforgiving pit where the law has little meaning and the only way to earn respect is by fear or money. While the years have slightly diminished the film's power to startle, there's still no denying that for its time this is indeed a strong, raw, bleak piece of cinema.

Three down-at-heel blacks - Jim Harris (Paul Benjamin), Joe Logart (Ed Bernard) and Henry J. Jackson (Antonio Fargas) - disguise themselves as cops and storm into a Mafia-controlled numbers bank where they proceed to steal $300,000. However, the heist turns violent and the three robbers end up killing everyone in the room, including a few Mob guys, several blacks, and even a couple of real cops who happen by. The Mob send in a small-time hood with big-time ambitions, the violent and trigger-happy Nick D'Salvio (Antony Franciosa), to find the three crooks. Meanwhile, Harlem gang lord Doc Johnson (Richard Ward) puts his own guys on the trail of the trio of robbers. Caught up in the hunt too are cops Frank Mattelli (Anthony Quinn) and Det-Lt. Pope (Yaphet Kotto), the former an aging hard-nut who uses violence and intimidation to get results, the latter a young and honest black officer who prefers diplomacy wherever possible.

Rarely has New York been portrayed as such a living hell, certainly for those living in poverty and squalor. Initially, the viewer is repulsed by the three robbers for what they've done, but quickly they are made to look positively sympathetic as the truly repulsive supporting characters are introduced - Franciosa, chillingly psychopathic; Ward, ruthless and manipulative; and Quinn, totally lost in corruption and aggression. Only Kotto's character shows any grain of decency and optimism in this ugly society. Viewed nowadays, the film has a slightly dated feel to it which lessens the relevance of some of the social comment being explored. Quinn and Kotto don't get enough time on-screen either, which is a shame as their volatile working-relationship isn't explored as much as it could be and the twist ending lacks impact because their characters haven't been sufficiently developed. However, Across 110th Street still deserves to be seen for its ground-breaking violence, its hard-boiled action, and its relentlessly damning views of New York's ethnic wasteland in the early '70s.


Cast
Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa

Frank Adu ... Black Assistant
Frank Arno ... Detective Rizzo
Joseph Attles ... Mr. Jessup (as Joe Attles)
Paul Benjamin ... Jim Harris
Ed Bernard ... Joe Logart
Tina Beyer ... Black Whore
Gerry Black ... Patrolman
Samuel Blue Jr. ... Dr. Christmas
Norman Bush ... Bartender
Anthony C. Cannon ... Sal (as Anthony Cannon)
Maria Carey ... Maria
Anthony Charnota ... Frank
Dick Crockett ... Patrolman
Keith Davis ... Cab Driver
George DiCenzo ... Patrolman (as George Di Cenzo)



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Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Songwriters: Womack, Bobby/Johnson, J J

I was the third brother of five
Doing whatever I had to do to survive
I'm not saying what I did was alright
Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight

Been down so long, getting up didn't cross my mind
I knew there was a better way of life and I was just trying to find
You don't know what you'll do until you're put under pressure
Across 110th Street is a hell of a tester

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that's weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won't let the junkie go free

Across 110th Street
Woman trying to catch a trick on the street, ooh baby
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street

I got one more thing I'd like to talk you about right now
Hey brother, there's a better way out
Snorting that coke, shooting that dope man, you're copping out
Take my advice, it's either live or die
You've got to be strong, if you want to survive



The family on the other side of town
Would catch hell without a ghetto around
In every city you find the same thing going down
Harlem is the capital of every ghetto town
Help me sing it

Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that's weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won't let the junkie go free

Oh, across 110th Street
A woman trying to catch a trick on the street, ooh baby
Across 110th Street
You can find it all all all all in the street
Yes, he can

Oh, look around you, look around you
Look around you, look around you, yeah




Across 110th Street (1972)
Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa
Frank Adu ... Black Assistant
Frank Arno ... Detective Rizzo
Joseph Attles ... Mr. Jessup (as Joe Attles)
Paul Benjamin ... Jim Harris
Ed Bernard ... Joe Logart
Tina Beyer ... Black Whore
Gerry Black ... Patrolman
Samuel Blue Jr. ... Dr. Christmas
Norman Bush ... Bartender
Anthony C. Cannon ... Sal (as Anthony Cannon)
Maria Carey ... Maria
Anthony Charnota ... Frank
Dick Crockett ... Patrolman
Keith Davis ... Cab Driver
George DiCenzo ... Patrolman (as George Di Cenzo)


Jackie Brown (1997)
Pam Grier ... Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson ... Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster ... Max Cherry
Bridget Fonda ... Melanie Ralston
Michael Keaton ... Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro ... Louis Gara
Michael Bowen ... Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker ... Beaumont Livingston
Lisa Gay Hamilton ... Sheronda
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hattie Winston ... Simone
Sid Haig ... Judge
Aimee Graham ... Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams ... Cockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)
Tangie Ambrose ... Billingsley Sales Girl #2


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Aki Avni and Anna Carolina Alvim

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Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Ingrid Rogers, Cuba Gooding, Ace Frehley and Kate Pierson

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Ms. Judy Carne, Arielle Dombasle, Sheena Easton, Xavier Gens and Frank Abagnale Jr.

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James LeGros, Ari Graynor, Matt Reeves, Anna Chancellor, Lisa Wilcox and John Shrapnel

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Ms. Anouk Aimée, Mr. Jack Klugman, Mr. Casey Kasem, Jon Cassar and Sally Hawkins

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France Box Office April 20–24, 2011

1.Rio--------------------------------------------------$4,122,050----------$10,538,075
2.La fille du puisatier (The Well Digger's Daughter)---$3,192,232
3.Source Code------------------------------------------$2,098,078
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5.La croisière-----------------------------------------$1,762,859
6.Titeuf, le film--------------------------------------$1,725,258----------$8,717,092








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USA Weekend Box-Office

1.Rio (2011)-------------------------$26.3M-----------$80.8M
2.Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)----$25.1M
3.Water for Elephants (2011)---------$16.8M
4.Hop (2011)-------------------------$12.2M------------$100M
5.Scream 4 (2011)--------------------$7.03M------------$31M








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Marie-France Pisier















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Marie-France Pisier We Salute You

French actress Marie-France Pisier has been found dead in the swimming pool at her home in the south of France.

The 66-year-old's body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday by her husband, Thierry Funk Brentano.

Officials in Toulon, near the couple's villa in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, have launched an investigation to determine the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.


Pisier began a career as an actress in 1961 when she was cast by director François Truffaut in short film "Antoine and Colette."

She shot to fame and became recognized as a star of the New Wave era, going on to work with filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and André Téchiné.

The star scooped two best supporting actress honors at the prestigious Cesar awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- for her work with Techine in "Cousin, Cousine" (1976) and "Barocco" (1977).

Her other notable films included 1982 comedy "L'as des as" and 1978 romantic thriller, "The Other Side of Midnight."

Pisier was due to appear at the Cannes Film Festival in May to honor top French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, her co-star in "L'as des as."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid tribute to Pisier, hailing her as "a supreme elegance born from the most perfect simplicity".





RIP




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Marie-France Pisier (1944 - 2011) We Salute You

Le Point and L'Express are among the French news outlets reporting that Marie-France Pisier has died at her home in Saint Cyr sur Mer at the age of 66. First mention is generally going to her work with François Truffaut; her debut, after all, was in his Antoine and Colette, a short film that was part of the 1962 anthology Love at Twenty and she would reprise the role in Stolen Kisses (1968) and Love on the Run (1979). The film many will be thinking of today, though, is Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974). In 1981, Julia Lesage described her role in the film's development: "Script credit is given to Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, and Jacques Rivette…. According to Berto, she and Labourier imagined creating a combination of Persona and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? in a film with two female protagonists. Berto said, 'Each of them could have been the other. To be an actress, that's to be someone ambiguous. They would pursue each other; they would meet. That could be magic or not. At that moment, there'd be a mystery with a phantom house and phantom people.' Berto and Labourier wanted the phantom characters to be invisible; Rivette wanted them visible. With Ogier, Pisier, and friend Eduardo de Gregorio, they spent the summer working out the decor, costumes, and dialogue of that interior story."

Pisier won a Best Actress Cesar and, in general, wider international recognition for her starring rolle in Jean-Charles Tacchella's 1975 comedy Cousin, cousine and she's appeared in three of André Téchiné's films: French Provincial (1975), Barocco (1976) and The Brontë Sisters (1978).

From TCM: "Pisier attempted to crack the American film industry with The Other Side of Midnight (1977), a dull misfire adapted from a Sidney Sheldon novel. She did not fare well with either her TV credits (the 1979 ABC miniseries The French Atlantic Affair and 1980's Scruples) or her second Hollywood film French Postcards (1979). Returning to France, she continued to work; in 1990, Pisier made her directorial debut with Le Bal du gouverneur/The Governor's Party, which she adapted from her own novel. Still gorgeous, she also offered a marvelous turn as the vulgar Madame Verdurin in Time Regained/Le Temps retrouve (1999) Raúl Ruiz's adaptation of Proust."

Her last onscreen appearance will be in a documentary on Jean-Paul Belmondo which will see its premiere in Cannes in a couple of weeks. The French papers report that she'd planned to attend.





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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kate Middleton









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Kate Middleton








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Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Roger Taylor and Mr. Duane Eddy

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Thurop Van Orman, Annie Starke, Imanol Arias, Klára Issová, Olivia Birkelund, Howard Davies and Andrew Secombe

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Bobby Rydell, McKenzie Westmore, Eva Löbau, Erica McDermott, Jessica Rose, Koo Stark and Nancy Lenehan

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Anna Mouglalis










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Mr. Gordon Hunt, Ron McLarty, Erik Van Looy and Melania Trump

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Stana Katic










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Ms. Claudine Auger

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Ron Donachie, Kevin James, Ivana Milicevic , Giancarlo Esposito, Joan Chen, Marnette Patterson, Pablo Schreiber and Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Happy Birthday guys. God bless. PS:Also, Happy Easter to all of you, your family and your fans.

Ms. Carol Burnett, Tom Welling, Channing Tatum, Jet Li, Stana Katic and Jordana Brewster

Happy Birthday guys. God bless. PS:Also, Happy Easter to all of you, your family and your fans.

12 Little Instant Health Boosts by Alyssa Shaffer, Prevention (posted Oct 12, 2010)

1. Giggle
Health boost: Improve blood flow by 21%
A good laugh can be good for your heart. One recent study from the University of Texas at Austin found that those who chuckled while watching a comedy increased the dilation of blood vessels by one-fifth for up to 24 hours; when they watched a serious documentary, the arteries actually constricted by 18%. (Constricted blood vessels can lead to high blood pressure.)

"When you're happy, your body releases feel-good neurochemicals, which can have numerous favorable effects on the body," says David Katz, MD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.


2. Brush and floss
Health boost: Cut risk of head and neck cancer by 400%
Take good care of your smile and you'll have more than just white teeth to show for it. New research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, shows that people with the chronic gum disease periodontitis have a fourfold risk of developing a type of head or neck cancer (which makes up about 5% of all malignancies in the United States), especially in the mouth and throat. The risk was increased even among patients who never used tobacco. Gum disease occurs when the bacteria that live in plaque infect the gums, so brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque buildup.

3. Brew a pot of tea
Health boost: Cut stroke risk by 21%
Sipping tea may help protect you from a life-threatening stroke, according to a study from UCLA School of Medicine. Researchers there examined data from nine studies detailing almost 4,400 strokes among 195,000 people and found that those who drank at least three cups a day had one-fifth the risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less than one cup. It doesn't matter if you prefer green or black tea—both are made from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, whose powerful antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and amino acid theanine may protect vessels and arteries.

4. Pen a thank-you note
Health boost: Feel 20% happier
Students who wrote letters expressing gratitude to someone special were happier and more satisfied with their lives, researchers at Kent State University found. Other research has shown that expressive writing may improve immune, lung, and liver function; reduce blood pressure; and provide a greater sense of well-being.

But be sincere: "It has to be a heartfelt sentiment showing significant appreciation," says researcher Steven Toepfer, PhD, an assistant professor of family and consumer studies. Dashing off a quick e-mail or texting a pal might not have the same effect, adds Toepfer, who says taking the time to put pen to paper allowed students to reflect: "Through the process of writing, they had time to think about the links they established between themselves and others and to count their blessings a bit, which made them feel more grateful."

5. Hide your TV remote
Health boost: Whittle 2 inches from your belly
When switching TV stations, put down the remote, get up, and do it manually. An Australian study found that people who did the greatest amount of light activity during otherwise sedentary behavior, such as watching TV, had 16% smaller waist circumferences than those who were inclined to stay put. Even the simple act of getting up and walking around for a minute or so was enough to make a difference, regardless of whether they had a regular workout schedule.


They also had lower body mass indexes and triglyceride and glucose levels, all of which are associated with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome. More ways to break up an otherwise inactive day: Stand up every time the phone rings at your desk; take the long way back to your desk after a bathroom break; do some stretches before reading a new e-mail.

6. Doodle during work meetings
Health boost: Improve memory by 29%
People who doodled while listening to a recorded message had nearly one-third better recall of the details than those who didn't draw, according to a study published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. "Doodling acts as a buffer against daydreaming," explains researcher Jackie Andrade, PhD, a professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth in England. "It provides just enough distraction to stop you from drifting off, but you can still focus on what is being said."



7. Keep your doctor on speed dial
Health boost: Slash medical mistakes up to 25%
Don't assume that no news is good news when you've had a checkup: Physicians fail to inform 1 out of every 14 patients whose abnormal test results are clinically significant, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine; among some doctors, the number of no-calls was as high as 1 in 4. Delayed diagnoses can be linked to thousands of serious injuries and health crises—and even deaths—each year.

"If you are subjecting your vein to a needle, you have a right to know what the test is for and why it matters," says Katz. Talk with your doctor about when you'll hear about results, and if she finds something that requires treatment, when you might expect to hear from her again. You can always follow up with her after that date.

8. Squeeze your husband's hand
Health boost: Slash stress by 200%
A brief hug and a few minutes of holding your hubby's hand can fend off stress, according to a study reported at the American Psychosomatic Society. Researchers asked two groups of participants to speak about a stressful event, an exercise that typically causes a spike in blood pressure. BP readings of those who did so without holding their spouse's hand before speaking were more than double those of people who held hands; their heart rates also rose twice as much.

9. Strike a warrior pose
Health boost: Ease back pain by 56%
Spending time on a yoga mat can significantly reduce chronic lower-back pain, according to a study from West Virginia University. Researchers asked 45 people whose back pain caused mild to moderate disability to do a 90-minute yoga workout twice a week for 6 months. Compared with patients who only continued whatever therapy they'd already been doing, the new yogis reported significantly less pain and better function and fewer symptoms of depression (down almost 60%). They also continued to see these benefits even 6 months later.

10. Grill some fish for dinner
Health boost: Lower risk of dementia by 19%
More evidence that fish is brain food: A study of nearly 15,000 adults worldwide found that regular fish eaters (those who have it more than once a week) were just one-fifth as likely to have dementia as those who never ate the food. It also found that those whose diets contained the most meat were slightly more likely to have dementia than non-meat eaters. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna) may help protect nerve cells in the human brain and are known to limit inflammation, which is associated with dementia.


11. Drink milk at breakfast
Health boost: Shed 5 pounds
Women who consumed a large (20-ounce) glass of fat-free milk in the morning ate, on average, 50 fewer calories at lunch, compared with days when they drank fruit juice with the same number of calories, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers say the milk drinkers felt more satisfied and were less likely to overeat at their next meal. Over a year, that translates to a 5-pound loss.

12. Pour a glass of Pinot
Health boost: Live 5 years longer
A Dutch study following 1,300 men for 40 years found that those who regularly drank up to a half glass of wine each day boosted their life expectancy by half a decade, compared with teetotalers. Study authors say the polyphenolic compounds in wine (especially red) may have heart-healthy effects that are probably seen in women as well. "Alcohol raises levels of 'good' cholesterol and can increase levels of tPA [tissue plasminogen activator], a protein that helps break down blood clots; both benefits can help minimize potentially life-threatening ailments such as stroke and heart disease," says Katz. But remember, because even modest alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, if you are a social drinker, keep your daily intake low—no more than one glass per day (men can have up to two).







source:yahoo.com

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kate Middleton

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Thor by (zefman2) (Midwest USA), posted 20 April 2011

The first blockbuster of 2011 may be the best. They certainly set the bar very high. It's an exciting and certainly an all-around entertaining comic book adaptation. Nothing in this genre since LOTR has been any better. Everyone involved in the production should be proud to know that their movie can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of anything else that summer can throw at them.

They found the perfect combination of spectacle and guts and passion balanced with the human dynamic of the character. It delivers mind-bending visuals but it still very intelligent and thrilling. How many summer films can you say about that you've seen over the past ten years or so???? The actors REALLY brought the characters to life. It was really amazing to see it develop on the big screen. There's no doubt that Hemsworth is a star in the making and a rather astounding leading man. Thor is a dazzling example of the superhero movie done right. There were some parts in the movie where I was just blown away. This film has a depth that no one could have expected and is very impressive in scale and design.

I love how the movie played out and it exceeded all my expectations. This was by far the adventure movie I've seen in years. Not too many movies continue to have character growth from start to finish but still pack in the action and heart.







source:imdb.com

Laura Bach

Dominique Blanc, Clarissa Burt, Rik Young and Daniel Kash

Happy Birthday guys. God bless. PS:Also, Happy Easter to all of you, your family and your fans.

Talia Shire, Marguerite Moreau, Emily Bergl, Peter Jurasik, Jeffrey DeMunn, Heidi Hawkins, Laura Bach, Björn Ulvaeus and Sofia Helin

Happy Birthday guys. God bless. PS:Also, Happy Easter to all of you, your family and your fans.

Mr. Al Pacino, Renée Zellweger, Hank Azaria, Jason Lee and Mr. Paul Mazursky

Happy Birthday guys. God bless. PS:Also, Happy Easter to all of you, your family and your fans.

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