Monday, October 31, 2011

Deidre Hall, Sally Kirkland, Ken Wahl, Mr. Ron Rifkin and Jordan-Claire Green

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Bud Spencer

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ms. Lee Grant, Piper Perabo, Stephen Rea, Peter Jackson, Dermot Mulroney, Vanessa Marano, Samaire Armstrong, David Ogden Stiers and Erica Cerra

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart said that she just had to blush while shooting the racy sex scenes with real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson in "Breaking Dawn." The actress reveals that the initial cut of the scene in "Part 1" was, in fact, too hot to receive the desired PG-13 rating and had to be re-edited.

In the new issue of Glamour UK, Stewart opens up about the highly-anticipated sex scenes.

"It was so weird, it didn't even feel like we were doing a 'Twilight' film. I was like, 'Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?!'" she said. "It was very surreal. We [originally] got rated R. They re-cut it."



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SOPHIE MARCEAU

La vie n°3132 du 8 septembre 2005

«Depuis toujours, la mort m’intrigue»
SOPHIE MARCEAU JOUE NELLY, UNE INFIRMIÈRE QUI PERD EN MÊME TEMPS SON MARI ET SES REPÈRES DANS À CE SOIR, UN FILM DE LAURE DUTHILLEUL, QUE PARRAINE LA VIE. L’ACTRICE S’EXPLIQUE SUR CE RÔLE PEU ORDINAIRE ET LA PLACE DE LA MORT DANS SA VIE.

À ce soir, réalisé par Laure Duthilleul et magistralement interprété par Sophie Marceau, s’attache à une réalité à la fois simple et extraordinaire: le décès d’un conjoint et ce qu’il advient lorsque celui qui reste refuse le secours des rites, qu’ils soient religieux ou laïcs. Une fable passionnante, traitée entre réalisme et poésie, qui nous renvoie à une profonde réflexion sur notre société.

La Vie. Qu’est-ce qui vous a intéressée dans ce film hors du commun?
Sophie Marceau. Qu’il sorte de l’ordinaire, justement ! Le scénario était peu bavard, écrit comme une nouvelle avec sa petite musique douce, sans trop de psychologie. Seulement un état des lieux à un moment choisi. Retrouver ainsi la simplicité, parvenir à cette vérité, c’est très difficile. Je n’ai pas perçu, au début, l’aspect dramatique de l’histoire. La mort m’apparaissait là comme une bonne compagnie. Pendant le tournage, je me suis rendu compte que j‘entrais dans quelque chose de tragique. Mais, finalement, le film n’est pas triste: j‘y retrouve l’impression ressentie en lisant le scénario.

Vous identifiez-vous à ce personnage de femme confrontée à la mort et qui ne sait pas comment réagir?
Dieu merci, je n’ai pas eu à affronter encore la mort d’une personne très proche. On doit être plongé dans un sentiment d’immense tristesse, de solitude, et aussi de colère. On culpabilise, sans doute aussi. Pour en revenir à À ce soir, il semble que le couple du film traversait des difficultés qu’ils n’avaient pas pris le temps de démêler. Pour Nelly, c’est une frustration dont elle se remet mal. Et, en même temps, la vie est plus forte que la mort. Il y a quelque chose en vous qui vous aide à survivre à l’épreuve. Quand des personnes de mon entourage sont décédées, j‘ai éprouvé une grande peine, mais, bizarrement, je ne me suis jamais sentie complètement triste. La mort, c’est une étape vers la renaissance. En hiver, comment imaginer qu’une branche nue va reverdir?

La mort ne vous effraie donc pas?
J’y pense tout le temps, depuis toujours, surtout depuis que j’ai des enfants. Même à leur naissance, on a des pensées morbides et on n’ose pas en parler.

Et votre propre mort?
Elle m’intrigue. Serai-je complètement tranquille à ce moment-là ? J’aimerais acquérir la sagesse qui me permettrait de l’envisager sereinement. Nous, les acteurs, explorons de nombreux sentiments. Mais la mort, c’est comment? Je ne sais pas. C’est comme si vous disiez à un peintre qu’il existe une couleur qu’il ne connaît pas. Mon moteur, mon instrument, c’est l’émotion. Et là, je sèche.

Nelly refuse les conventions sociales, ainsi que le secours de la religion. Ne se retrouve-t-elle pas très seule?
Certains se raccrochent aux démarches administratives. En réglant des formalités, ils espèrent échapper au vide. Je comprends Nelly. On a besoin de s’isoler dans ces moments-là. Comme elle, je revendiquerais 48 heures de réflexion.

Ce qui est frappant, dans À ce soir, c’est l’absence, et même le rejet, des rituels convenus. Qu’en pensez-vous?
J’ai assisté à très peu d’enterrements. Chaque fois, j’ai trouvé cela épouvantable, ce côté spectaculaire. Ce cercueil fermé, étouffant. Les mots de la liturgie funèbre ne me parlent pas. Les discours des proches sont plutôt chaleureux, mais l’Église vous ramène au macabre. J’ai besoin de spiritualité, mais ne suis pas attirée par les religions. Je me sens davantage en relation avec la nature. Un peu païenne, peut-être.

Peut-on parler d’un film panthéiste?
Shintoïste, plutôt: les petits dieux sont partout, dans la nature, autour de nous. Cette idée me rassure et me régénère davantage que les discours et les cérémonies. J’ai l’impression de faire partie d’un tout, et que la mort s’inscrit dans cette continuité. Malheureusement, aujourd’hui, nous perdons notre relation de confiance avec cette terre. J’aime l’idée de résurrection à travers ses cycles.

Le mort lui-même est un personnage du film. Cela vous a-t-il amenée à réfléchir sur le corps déserté par la vie?
J’ai vu un corps allongé sur son lit et j’ai ressenti comme un vide, une absolue froideur plus rien n’existait. En pareille circonstance, on se sent mort à son tour. Pourtant, cette présence du défunt dans une maison ne me dérange pas. Je la trouve même plutôt souhaitable. Il vous reste la possibilité de le voir, de le toucher.

Comment envisagez-vous ce qui se passe après la mort?
C’est difficile d’avoir une conviction! J’ai juste envie que la mort soit douce.

Espérez vous survivre à travers le cinéma?
Non, ces œuvres sont trop éphémères. J’ai le souci de transmettre, mais pas forcément à travers mes films.

Qu’avez-vous envie de donner à vos enfants?
De leur mettre une chape solide sous les pieds. J’essaie aussi de les aider dans leurs questionnements. Je voudrais qu’ils gagnent du temps. Parfois, on met vingt ans à résoudre certains problèmes, alors que la solution était là, toute simple. Je crois à l’expérience. Ma mère travaillait, et j’ai dû me prendre en charge très tôt, dès l’âge de six ans. Mais j’ai conscience que mes enfants vivent dans un monde différent. Ils en savent beaucoup plus que moi à leur âge. Ils lisent énormément, voient des films, voyagent... Il n’empêche: ils porteront leur sac à malheur comme j’ai porté le mien. Il est illusoire de croire qu’on peut tout leur épargner à l’avance.

Et si vos enfants souhaitent devenir acteurs?
Je connais les aléas, les dangers de ce métier. Mais mon fils, âgé de dix ans, est profondément comédien par nature. Je ne sais trop quoi lui dire: je ne suis pas un exemple pour lui. Ou alors le pire. Des carrières comme la mienne tiennent de l’exception ! Mais si son désir est le plus fort, je ne m’opposerai pas, je veux qu’il soit heureux, en accord avec lui-même.

Débuter tôt dans ce métier, ce n’est pas forcément un cadeau?
C’est une expérience qui peut se révéler très déroutante. Mais aussi enrichissante. Sur le plateau d’À ce soir, l’un des garçons traversait des difficultés familiales. Les premiers jours, il se montrait peu expressif, renfermé. Au bout de quelques semaines, il était transformé. Il avait compris qu’à travers le cinéma il pouvait exprimer ses peurs, ses problèmes. Mais le film achevé, il a retrouvé sa vie quotidienne, son environnement familial. Cette transition d’un univers à un autre n’est pas toujours aisée à vivre. À mes débuts, je ressentais ce décalage, non pas parce que j ‘avais changé, mais parce que le regard des autres n’était plus le même. C’est une sensation bizarre.

Laure Duthilleul s’étonnait de votre capacité à vous protéger, à ne pas vous laisser dévorer par l’univers du cinéma.
Je suis quelqu’un de très pudique, le monde extérieur m’a toujours angoissée. J’ai affronté cette peur soudainement à 13 ans. J’ai forcé ma nature en prétendant être à l’aise. En fait, je navigue entre deux caps: je ne veux pas me couper des gens, mais je me protège aussi de la réalité, je me réfugie dans une bulle.

Avez-vous eu le sentiment, en travaillant avec Laure Duthilleul, de tourner «un film de femmes»?
Réaliser un film exige des qualités à la fois féminines et masculines. Il faut faire preuve d’autorité, avoir le sens de l’organisation, l’esprit de synthèse — des vertus jugées plutôt masculines. Mais il faut aussi se laisser porter par l’émotion, cultiver le goût du détail, faire place aux petits imprévus —, et là, c’est la dimension féminine qui l’emporte.

Vous êtes une actrice physique...
L’émotion s’exprime toujours à travers le corps. J’étais une petite fille introvertie, timide. Étrangement, ma mère n’a pas conservé ce sentiment, elle se souvient que je me mettais en colère, que je claquais les portes... Aujourd’hui, ce bouffonnement m’épuise et je suis en quête de sérénité. L’écriture est une façon d’exprimer mon trop plein d’émotions.

Vous écrivez actuellement un deuxième scénario...
Cela fait deux ans que j’y travaille. Et je m’étonne d’avoir déjà passé tant de temps sur ce projet, que je garde secret... Je ne suis pas toujours de nature patiente. Souvent, si les choses n’aboutissent pas, j ‘abandonne.

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Quand l’absent est toujours là

LES JOURS QUI SUIVENT LE DÉCÈS SONT DÉTERMINANTS POUR TROUVER L’APAISEMENT. COMME LE MONTRE LE FILM DE LAURE DUTHILLEUL, SANS PAROLE NI RITUEL, LE CORPS ENCOMBRE LES VIVANTS JUSQU’À LA FOLIE.

«Vous pouvez aller le voir.» Marie-Claire Moissenet n’oubliera jamais ces mots prononcés par le médecin-anesthésiste, ce vendredi-là. Son époux, victime d’une crise cardiaque dans la classe où il enseignait, est mort une heure plus tard à l’hôpital de sa petite ville de Bourgogne. «Vous pouvez aller le voir»: le lent processus qui va permettre à Marie-Claire de survivre à cette séparation vient de commencer. Premier regard, premiers gestes vers l’homme qu’elle aime: «Pierre est “encore là”, je peux voir son corps, le toucher, lui parler, respirer son odeur.» Neuf ans après, Marie-Claire se souvient avec précision de chaque minute des trois jours qui ont précédé les funérailles: le choix des vêtements, les moments — trop courts, minutés, regrette-t-elle — passés à le veiller, la préparation de la cérémonie, la recherche de chants, de textes. Trois jours où le quotidien fut suspendu pour faire place à une agitation qu’elle ose qualifier de «festive».

«Juste avant la fermeture du cercueil, j’ai demandé à être seule avec lui. La main posée sur la sienne, j’ai pu lui dire que j’allais bien.»
Tout le contraire de ce que vit Nelly, dans le film de Laure Duthilleul. Pas l’ombre d’un clocher dans ce village de Gironde, pas trace d’un prêtre. Les habitants ressemblent davantage à des figurants ballots qu’à une communauté solidaire. Surtout, aucun support pour la parole, si ce n’est quelques mots confiés par Nelly à l’employée des pompes funèbres, propos qui se perdent d’ailleurs immédiatement dans le brouhaha d’une cavalcade d’enfants. «Ce film montre à quel point l’éviction totale du religieux et, dans ce cas, de tout rituel collectif empêche l’organisation du temps de la séparation, explique le philosophe Damien Le Guay auteur de Qu’avons-nous perdu en perdant la mort? En l’absence de rites, le quotidien n’est, en effet, jamais mis à distance. Il envahit tout, n’est jamais tenu.» Résultat: la sidération face à la mort ne trouve pas d’issue et conduit Nelly à des réactions impulsives qui l’isolent au moment où elle aurait justement besoin d’être entourée, prise en main, portée. «Dans toutes les cultures et depuis les débuts de l’humanité, le religieux est une dimension intimement liée à la mort. La mort nous anéantit. Il est impossible de surmonter ce néant en nous sans expérimenter les trois fonctions premières, étymologiques, du religieux: “relire” sa vie comme un récit porteur de sens, se “relier” à une communauté et, enfin, accompagner le mystère d’un possible au-delà.»
Au lieu de quoi, Nelly et son beau-frère, seuls, tentent d’inventer envain la conduite à tenir, comme si elle ne regardait qu’eux. Certaines de leurs initiatives seraient très fortes si elles s’inscrivaient dans une trame collective: le frère du mort fabrique lui-même le cercueil, qu’un ami couvre de magnifiques peintures, une procession à pied avec les gens du village est organisée de la maison au cimetière. Mais, dans ce contexte, ces «idées» tournent à vide. Nelly reste submergée, comme le montre sa tentative de noyade.
Laure Duthilleul a poussé à son paroxysme ce qu’elle pressent de la façon dont on se sépare des morts aujourd’hui. Sauf que, depuis une dizaine d’années, les Français ont pris conscience de l’importance des rituels dans le «travail de deuil». Les employés des pompes funèbres sont désormais formés pour entendre tout souhait de rites, même maladroitement exprimé. À la demande de l’évêque de Lyon, le père Christian Biot a, en 1990, fondé l’association l’Autre rive, un groupe de chrétiens assurant des célébrations dans les centres funéraires de la ville. Dans un tiers des cas, ils sont sollicités pour une cérémonie, sans référence à la foi chrétienne, totalement à l’écoute des proches, souvent athées ou agnostiques, qui disent ne pas pouvoir se passer d’une célébration. «On idéalise souvent le fait de garder le corps au domicile», regrette Christian Biot. Pour ce prêtre, le funérarium est un lieu adapté à la veille du corps. Les proches disposent d’une clef et y viennent aussi souvent qu’ils le souhaitent. Pas d’accord, répond Christian de Cacqueray, directeur du Service catholique des funérailles, pompes funèbres fonctionnant à Paris sous le régime associatif. Christian de Cacqueray est très attaché à la richesse du «parcours funéraire», du domicile à l’église, puis de l’église au cimetière. La pluralité des lieux de la mort est, selon lui, un bien pour notre société. On meurt d’ailleurs désormais plus souvent à domicile qu’il y a vingt ans, et il est ainsi plus facile de conserver le corps à la maison que de le faire revenir de l’hôpital. Par ailleurs, le développement des soins palliatifs a dédramatisé le rapport au corps du défunt.
Mais, comme pour le reste, la présence du corps à la maison ne fait pas tout. Sans accompagnement solidaire, sans rituels, le corps devient incongru, encombrant. Dans le film, Nelly, livrée à elle-même, oscille entre la banalisation et le rejet de la présence de la dépouille de son mari à la maison. La mort aura toujours besoin d’une parole humaine solennelle.
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Laure Duthilleul, cinéaste qui dérange

ACTRICE, ELLE PASSE DERRIÈRE LA CAMÉRA. SON CINÉMA EST PHYSIQUE, CHARNEL, ET ELLE RÊVE DU 7e ART COMME D’UN VASTE FORUM OÙ REDONNER DU SENS À L’EXISTENCE.

Elle aurait voulu être kirghize, en hommage à tous ces films du grand large, qu’en cinéphile avertie elle aime regarder. Actrice reconnue, elle est aussi une cinéaste atypique. Présenté au festival de Cannes 2004, dans la sélection Un certain regard, son premier long métrage, À ce soir, aura patienté une bonne année avant de trouver sa légitime place sur les écrans. L’histoire de cette femme qui refuse la mort de son mari et plus encore «l’enterrement tel qu’il se pratique aujourd’hui en Occident» a séduit les spectateurs des festivals de Göteberg et de Chicago, mais a été primée en... Sibérie. La France, elle, renâcle. Malgré la présence — et quelle présence ! — de Sophie Marceau dans le rôle-titre. Peut-être les distributeurs furent-ils embarrassés par cet Ovni qui n’entre dans aucune case. Laure Duthilleul s’en offusque à peine.
Il faut se souvenir que Laure Duthilleul, actrice, fut baptisée dans les eaux de la radicalité. 1983: Aline Isserman signe le Destin de Juliette, parcours d’une jeune femme arrachée à sa campagne miséreuse et qui dépérit dans une HLM auprès d’un mari cheminot. Un choc. Laure Duthilleul à l’évidence est Juliette. Pourtant, l’actrice ne ressemble guère à son personnage: «Avec un père architecte et, surtout, une mère enseignante, j’étais programmée pour être une bonne élève. En entrant à HEC, je n’ai fait que suivre les traces de ma sœur médecin, de mon frère Jean-Marie, polytechnicien.»
Mais bientôt l’impétrante n’a cure de la finance et du marketing, refuse de se glisser dans un moule, peine «à penser efficacité ou rentabilité», autant de notions à ses yeux «surréalistes». Elle n’attend donc pas son diplôme pour quitter l’école. Son destin est ailleurs. Passé trois années de petits boulots, un jour, dans un café, elle surprend une conversation entre deux hommes qui parlent casting. Tout à trac, elle qui n’a suivi aucun cours d’art dramatique se propose pour le rôle. «Vous êtes comédienne?», l’interroge son interlocuteur. Elle répond oui, sans hésiter. Là voilà «découverte» par Dominique Besnehard, l’agent de Sophie Marceau et d’autres futures stars. Faut-il évoquer la chance, le hasard ? «Je me sentais prête à jouer. Et, sans doute, ma personne devait appeler cette rencontre: l’acteur est comme un moteur, le moteur d’une histoire, le moteur d’une aventure artistique.» Des histoires, Laure Duthilleul, actrice, va en raconter sur les planches et les sur écrans, grands et petits. Elle inspire Luc Bondy, Alfredo Arias, mais aussi Medhi Charef comme Manuel Poirier ou Claude Berri. En échange, il lui faut livrer son être intime à l’œil implacable de la caméra. Un jeu, sans doute, mais aussi, insiste-t-elle, «un engagement de vie». Après vingt ans de ce parcours, le passage derrière la caméra s’opère presque naturellement. «Jouer ou tourner relève du même langage, celui du corps.» C’est le même travail concret, charnel. La même manière d’incarner des idées.
Ainsi, Laure Duthilleul ne filme pas la mort, entité abstraite, mais bien un mort. Une dépouille terriblement présente, qu’elle a voulu «semblable à un ange de Michel-Ange ». L’image, les images d’À ce soir troublent, interpellent, dérangent. Laure Duthilleul s’en réjouit. Évoque avec bonheur les langues qui se délient, les échanges avec son frère, «catholique très croyant», mais aussi avec son ancien compagnon, le jazzman Bernard Lubat, qui, lui, a été «biberonné à L’Humanité dès la naissance». L’art, c’est bien cela, «un moyen de survie, un médium pour exprimer des idées, des émotions, des sentiments qui sont tus ailleurs. Sans culture les individus ne peuvent se construire, ni grandir.» Laure Duthilleul est nostalgique de ce temps, déplore «le flou» de ces années 2000, l’absence de «lieux pour penser collectivement. Dans les campagnes, comme celle que je filme, on ne trouve plus de prêtre. Plus d’interlocuteurs pour échanger et réfléchir. J’ai assisté à des enterrements et j’ai été frappée par cette atonie intellectuelle, sidérée par ce silence qui entoure la mort. Le personnage de Nelly, interprété par Sophie Marceau, affronte une absolue solitude. Elle ne trouve personne avec qui parler.»
Son forum, son agora, se nomme précisément cinéma. Laure Duthilleul ne livre pas de réponses, mais ouvre le débat, dévoile des pistes qui s’aventurent vers les sphères spirituelles: «Quel sens donner à son existence en 2005 ? Chaque matin, je m’émerveille d’être en vie. En même temps, je m’interroge: la vie est un cadeau, mais comment ne pas le gâcher, ne pas le perdre ? Que faire de cette vie, seule, mais surtout avec les autres ?» C’est, rigole-t-elle, son côté «bonne sœur», son «goût du partage». À Uzeste, en Gironde, où elle a vécu et joué dans la compagnie Lubat, elle fut
aussi conseillère municipale. Rien d’anecdotique. «J’entretenais des rapports sincères avec les habitants et, quand je me suis séparée de mon compagnon, j’ai ressenti encore plus durement l’arrêt de ces relations.»
Pour son prochain film, la Grande Image, Laure Duthilleul projette de poser sa caméra en Chine. Terre où l’individu se noie dans le collectif. Mais terre aussi où elle espère «trouver une liberté de penser qui fait défaut en Europe. Pour le moins, me semble-t-il, on a le droit d’avoir des comportements différents.» L’affirmation peut surprendre. Mais à défaut d’être une Kirghize en France, Laure Duthilleul pourra s’affirmer dans l’empire du Milieu comme une exotique Française.
• Frédéric Théobald



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DEUIL À CORPS PERDU
Après l'accident de la West Caribbean au Venezuela, les familles se sont rendues sur place et ont été très choquées qu’on leur interdise d’approcher le corps de leurs proches. Faut-il absolument voir le défunt pour trouver l’apaisement? «Le fait de voir le mort, de le toucher, de l’embrasser, est en effet une étape qui facilite la séparation, explique Marle-Frédérique Bacqué, psychologue, auteur de plusieurs essais sur le deuil, dont Apprivoiser la mort (Odile Jacob). Mais si cela n’est pas possible, ne pas revoir le défunt ne sera pas un obstacle au travail de deuil. Ce qui compte, c’est la certitude que la personne est bien morte. Il est important d’être rassuré sur le fait que l’être aimé est bien celui qui désormais «repose». S’il ne reste rien du défunt, se rendre sur les tout derniers lieux où a vécu la personne peut aussi aider à reconnaître la réalité du décès. Les complications du deuil surviennent souvent en l’absence d’adieux concrets au mort.»

La vie
vous invite aux projections de «A ce soir»
Partenaire du film de Laure Duthilleul, avec Sophie Marceau, La Vie vous propose de découvrir le film en avant-première, en partenariat avec Mars distribution, le 12 septembre, à Pans (projection à 20 heures à I’UGC Ciné Cité des Halles), puis dans toute la France à partir du 14. Retenez vos places. Elles sont gratuites, mais en quantité limitée. Appelez le 0 825 801 046 (0,15 € TTC/min), à partir du 8 septembre. Amis de La Vie, faites-vous connaître!



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«A ce soir», notre critique

DE LAURE DUTHILLEUL, AVEC SOPHIE MARCEAU, ANTOINE CHAPPEY
*** C’est un matin ordinaire. Les enfants piaillent, piaffent d’impatience. La famille s’embarque, direction la mer. Et le père? Il dort, d’un sommeil profond. Bientôt, on le découvrira mort. Décès brutal, presque incongru. La réaction de Nelly, sa femme, ne l’est pas moins. On attend des larmes, du recueillement, des silences, voire des prières... On aura des cris, de la colère... NeIly envoie tout promener, à commencer par les pompes funèbres, conserve le corps dans sa chambre comme pour achever le dialogue rompu avec son mari. Surprenant, intrigant, mais pas morbide. Car il y a les enfants qui ramènent Nelly à la vie, poursuivent leurs jeux, inventent à leur manière un rituel d’adieu pour ce père déjà absent, mais encore physiquement présent. Nelly, c’est Sophie Marceau. Formidable, d’une rare authenticité. Elle aimante la caméra. Pour elle, la cinéaste invente un cinéma entre naturalisme et fantaisie, noirceur et burlesque. Un cinéma charnel, habité par la nature. D’ailleurs, on entre dans ce film qui ne ressemble à aucun autre par un chemin forestier. Comme dans un conte de fées. Et l’on suit une silhouette aux allures de petit chaperon. Bientôt surgira, tel le grand méchant loup, la mort. L’apprivoiser reste toujours une étrange aventure.
• F.T.






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Eva Green by Mark Wilson, About.com Guide posted feb. 6, 2011

Maybe Eva Green should start pondering the dangers of typecasting: after signing on to play ethereal, supernatural ladies in The Golden Compass and Camelot, she's now being brought over to the Burton/Depp Dark Shadows revamp (sorry, no pun intended).

Green will play Angelique in Tim Burton's adaptation of the cult series, opposite Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Deadline Hollywood's Mike Fleming (who calls Green the "ultimate Bond girl"--sorry, that's still Ursula Andress) revealed. Depp is rumored to be on a crash diet to get that elusive undead look. In the original series, Angelique, as played by Lara Parker, was a potent witch who couldn't decided whether to marry Barnabas or try to choke him to death (she did both, among many other things).

Jackie Earle Haley is also signed up, as Willie Loomis. The film is expected to start production in April with a release sometime in 2012 (no firm premiere date is set).





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Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Ms. Doris Day by Steve Pond

Doris Day has been named recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Career Achievement Award, the critics group announced on Saturday.

"Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris Day is still arguably the template to which Hollywood turns when trying to quantify and capture ‘girl-next-door’ appeal,” said LAFCA president Brent Simon in a release announcing the honor.

“Equally at home in snappish romantic comedies and more dramatic fare, Day was the biggest female star of the 1960s, giving a series of delightfully perceptive performances."

Day's has often been a subject of speculation when the Academy meets to choose its honorary Oscar winners, though she has a long-running and well-known reluctance to attend ceremonies.

The association also announced that it will vote for the winners of its 2011 awards on Sunday, Dec. 11. While the New York Film Critics Circle, which usually chooses its winners the day after the Los Angeles critics, decided to move its voting into November, LAFCA opted not to change its voting date.



From the LAFCA press release:

"Still one of the top box office performers of all time, Doris Day starred onscreen alongside some of the biggest male stars of her day, including Clark Gable, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, David Niven and of course Rock Hudson. Her screen credits include 'Calamity Jane,' 'The Man Who Knew Too Much,' 'The Tunnel of Love,' 'Pillow Talk,' 'Lover Come Back' and 'That Touch of Mink.' Her career as a singer was just as impressive; indeed, Day received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2008. She released more than two dozen albums, experiencing Billboard chart success and in 1957 winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Que Sera Sera,' which would become her signature tune. A passionate animal rights activist for several decades, Day just this year released an album of jazz standards and cover tunes produced by her late son, Terry Melcher, her first new material in more than four decades.

"Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Each December, LAFCA members vote on the year’s Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are then presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual awards ceremony, held in mid-January.

"Aside from honoring each year’s outstanding cinematic achievements, LAFCA has also makes a point to look back and pay tribute to distinguished industry veterans with its annual Career Achievement Award, which is announced in October, as well as to look forward by spotlighting fresh, promising talent with its annual New Generation Award. In addition, over the past three decades, LAFCA has sponsored and hosted numerous film panels and events and donated funds to various Los Angeles film organizations, especially where film preservation was concerned.


LAFCA members have also collectively been vocal about taking up causes they have felt passionate about, from drafting formal protests against censorship and colorization to lending their support to controversial films."






source:thewrap.com/imdb.com

USA Weekend Box-Office

1. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)------------------ $52.6M
2. Real Steel (2011)---------------------------- $10.8M------ $66.7M
3. Footloose (2011)------------------------------ $10.4M------ $30.4M
4.The Three Musketeers (2011)--------------------- $8.67M
5.The Ides of March (2011)------------------------ $4.85M------ $29.1M
6.Dolphin Tale (2011)----------------------------- $4.22M------ $64.4M
7.Moneyball (2011)--------------------------------- $3.98M------ $63.6M
8.Johnny English Reborn (2011)--------------------- $3.83M





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Sarah Carter









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Ivanka Trump, Charles Martin Smith, Nia Long, Kevin Pollak, Mr. Ed Lauter, Gavin Rossdale and Michael Beach

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Henry Winkler, Mr. Claude Lelouch, Harry Hamlin, Matthew Morrison, Juliet Stevenson, Maria Thayer and Sarah Carter

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Winona Ryder, Kate Jackson, Rufus Sewell, Finola Hughes, Joely Fisher, Mr. Franco Interlenghi, Lídia Brondi and Richard Dreyfuss

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Friday, October 28, 2011

'Expendables 2' stuntman

A stuntman has died and another is in critical condition following an accident on the set of The Expendables 2 yesterday.

The incident occurred at 7pm local time when the movie's 2nd Unit Stunt Team was filming an explosion scene at reservoir Ognyanovo, 15 miles from Bulgaria's capital of Sofia, Deadline reports.

Production company Nu Image/Millennium Films said: "It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident.

"Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident."

Local police have launched an investigation into the matter. Details of those involved in the incident are currently being withheld in consideration of their families.



RIP



source:digitalspy.co.uk

Bill Gates

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Lauren Woodland, Matilda Ledger and Simon Rhee

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Devon Murray, Michael Stahl-David, Ben Harper, Brad Paisley, Galina Jovovich, Michael Dougherty, Marta Etura, Sheryl Underwood and Paul Warren

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ms. Joan Plowright, Chris Bauer, Ms. Jane Alexander, Dennis Franz, Andy Richter, Lexi Ainsworth and Kevin Macdonald

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Rose McGowan

38 ans à peine, et, déjà, les ravages de la chirurgie esthétique sur son visage. Elle, c'est Rose McGowan, et hier encore, la star de cinéma et du petit écran n'a pas brillé par son naturel et sa mine fraîche.





Lors de la soirée de l'amfAR organisée à Los Angeles le 27 octobre, la star à la chevelure flamboyante a montré des signes alarmants d'abus de scalpel. Bien loin du visage rebondi et expressif de ses débuts, Rose affiche aujourd'hui un ovale presque figé et l'apparence d'une femme de 10 ans son aînée. Pas glam.

Lors de ses dernières apparitions cette année, l'ancienne compagne de Marilyn Manson a dérobé l'attention des photographes et journalistes en dévoilant un visage marqué à jamais.

Tout commence en 2007, avec sa première relation avec la chirurgie plastique, suite à un accident de voiture. Depuis, entre Mister billard et Rose, c'est une grande histoire d'amour.

Le visage comme repulpé, des traits tirés et des yeux de plus en plus petits, la pulpeuse Rose n'est plus la charmante rousse qui faisait chavirer les coeurs à l'ombre des palmiers d'Hollywood.

Selon plusieurs experts interrogés par les médias américains, la vedette de Charmed a souvent eu recours au Botox, aux interventions touchant ses paupières, aux injections de collagène dans les lèvres et les joues, aux liftings et se serait même fait refaire le menton et le nez. Oui, à 38 ans, elle affiche le CV beauté de la femme chat Jocelyn Wildenstein...

Celle qui a partagé la vie du réalisateur Robert Rodriguez aura de nouveau l'occasion de nous faire peur, au cinéma cette fois, dans le thriller Dead Awake.







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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is trying out a new job in the film industry: producing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway is set to both star in and produce the thriller "Puzzler" at Paramount. It is being described as similar to "Three Days of the Condor," the Robert Redford film that followed a CIA researcher who finds all his friends dead and needs to stay several steps ahead of his attackers. The movie will be written by "Tresspass" scribe Karl Gajdusek. No word yet on when it will go in front of the camera.





source:moviesblog.mtv.com

Daphne Zuniga





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Julia Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, Troian Bellisario, Lauren Holly, Jami Gertz and Annie Potts

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

La France reste floue sur la façon de réduire ses déficits

Par Jean-Baptiste Vey | Reuters


PARIS (Reuters) - Les autorités françaises peinent à définir une ligne claire sur les moyens d'assurer leurs engagements de réduction des déficits face au net ralentissement de la croissance économique.

Ce ralentissement a été reconnu par Nicolas Sarkozy, qui a abaissé jeudi de 1,75% à 1,0% la prévision de croissance pour 2012, ce qui l'obligera à trouver 6 à 8 milliards d'euros supplémentaires.

A six mois de l'élection présidentielle, l'objectif est de conforter la note "triple A" de la France, qui lui permet d'emprunter à des taux avantageux, et dont la solidité est actuellement évaluée par l'agence de notation Moody's.

Les pistes évoquées sont pour l'instant floues.

Le choix sera fait dans 10 à 12 jours, a précisé vendredi le ministre des Finances, François Baroin. Ce sera la deuxième série de mesures d'urgence après la dizaine de milliards d'euros de taxes et de prélèvements supplémentaires décidée fin août.

L'idée d'une augmentation de la TVA est à l'étude mais une hausse du taux principal de 19,6% a été exclue par Nicolas Sarkozy, qui s'interdit toute hausse générale des impôts depuis son élection.

François Baroin a précisé que le principe d'une hausse de la TVA n'était pas tranché. Deux pistes sont à l'étude, a-t-il dit, une hausse du taux réduit actuel de 5,5% ou la création d'un autre taux intermédiaire.

Mais cette possible hausse se heurte à la nécessité de protéger la consommation, moteur majeur de l'économie française, qui a baissé de 0,5% en septembre et dont les perspectives sont mauvaises.

"On a un modèle économique qui est appuyé sur la consommation, sur le pouvoir d'achat, donc on doit protéger ce pouvoir d'achat pour protéger cette croissance qui ralentit", a ainsi déclaré François Baroin sur RMC et BFM TV.

La baisse de la consommation s'accompagne d'une hausse du taux d'épargne par réflexe de précaution au moment où se dégrade le principal facteur influençant la confiance : le chômage, qui est à son plus haut niveau depuis début 2000.

BIENTÔT LA TVA SOCIALE ?

Un objectif prioritaire est le "soutien à la compétitivité économique", a déclaré François Baroin, sans dire comment, la piste de la "TVA sociale" qui consiste à déplacer une partie du financement de la protection sociale du travail vers la consommation étant renvoyée à l'élection présidentielle.

"On n'ouvre pas le débat sur la TVA sociale aujourd'hui parce que nous cherchons d'abord des économies en matière de dépenses et des recettes supplémentaires", a dit François Baroin. "Ca n'est pas la question du collectif budgétaire que nous proposerons en fin d'année", a-t-il ajouté, "ce sera dans le débat public" pendant la campagne présidentielle.

Côté économies, les responsables français n'ont donné aucune piste solide, répétant seulement leur volonté de réduire les dépenses de fonctionnement.

La partie dépenses du budget 2012 étant encore en discussion au Parlement, elles ont la possibilité d'intervenir rapidement, notamment en augmentant les crédits mis en réserve en 2012.

Pas d'indication non plus sur une possible nouvelle réduction des "niches" fiscales et sociales, ces centaines de disposition dérogatoires qui amputent les comptes publics de dizaines de milliards d'euros chaque année pour une efficacité souvent critiquée.

Une autre piste, une nouvelle augmentation des prélèvements, est évoquée vendredi par Les Echos : une surtaxe d'impôt sur les sociétés qui pourrait être prélevée dès le mois de décembre.

Un autre mot-clé utilisé par le gouvernement est "l'équité".

"Nous voulons quelque chose qui soit lisible par tous, d'abord par l'opinion publique, par les Français, sur ce qui est juste, en termes d'équité", a dit François Baroin.

Ceci pourrait passer par la protection des consommateurs les moins aisés, en cas de création d'un nouveau taux intermédiaire de TVA.

"Les produits de première nécessité doivent être protégés et préservés, les produits qui impactent les publics les plus fragiles doivent être préservés en termes de taxe sur la valeur ajoutée", a dit François Baroin. "Et puis des produits qui nécessitent - par l'activité générale et par les besoins de l'effort de solidarité collective - d'être remontés, peuvent éventuellement l'être."

La France s'est engagée à réduire son déficit public de 5,7% du produit intérieur brut fin 2011 à 4,5% fin 2012 et 3% fin 2013.






source:yahoo.fr/Edité par Patrick Vignal

By Allison Jackson (AFP)

BEIJING — China said on Friday it would seek more clarity before investing in an EU bailout fund, as the head of the scheme held talks in Beijing to try to win the help of the world's second-largest economy.

Expectations for a strong commitment from Beijing over Europe's debt crisis had been high ahead of Klaus Regling's visit, with the Financial Times quoting a source saying China could inject more than $100 billion (70.5 billion euros).

But publicly, Beijing has been noncommittal and Chinese state media said Europe must take responsibility for the crisis and not rely on "good Samaritans" to save the continent from its fiscal woes.

Regling said Europe was trying to come up with new mechanisms for investment in the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) in a bid to restore market confidence in the debt-laden region.

But China's vice finance minister said his country would wait for more details before committing to invest in the fund.

"We need to wait for the technicalities to be clear and also to carry out serious studies before we can decide on investment," Zhu Guangyao told reporters.

There have been calls from Europe for China and other developing economies to invest in the bailout fund, with intense speculation that Beijing will agree to deploy some of its huge foreign-exchange reserves.

But bailing out developed European countries would be a hard sell for the Communist leaders of a country where soaring housing and food costs are hurting millions of poor households and many exporters are struggling.

Hours after Thursday's deal was struck, French President Nicolas Sarkozy telephoned China's President Hu Jintao, later giving a television interview in which he defended the idea of asking China to bail out Europe.

"If the Chinese, who have 60 percent of global reserves, decide to invest in the euro instead of the dollar, why refuse?" said the French president.

Regling, in China a day after Europe reached a last-ditch agreement to tackle the region's worst crisis in decades, said there was no prospect of reaching a deal during his talks with the central bank and finance ministry.

But he said the EFSF was looking at new ways to secure additional investment, speaking after EU leaders announced measures including quadrupling the firepower of the fund to one trillion euros ($1.4 trillion) from 440 billion euros.

Regling said he would discuss with China and other investors how to structure a special purpose investment vehicle and explore the possibility of linking it to the International Monetary Fund.

China, which has $3.2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, was "interested in finding attractive, solid, safe investment opportunities," he told a media briefing.

But some analysts played down the prospect of China making a substantial investment.

"China's economy is slowing and they may well want a war chest to support their own economy," Julian Jessop, chief global economist at London research house Capital Economics, told AFP.

The fund was set up in May 2010 and is designed to provide financial assistance to European economies at risk of default, such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

Regling will travel at the weekend to Japan, which on Friday offered vague promises that it will help Europe, but left itself a week to decide what it might do to expand its already hefty contribution to the EU's bailout fund.

China has already invested significant sums in European bonds and has repeatedly called on Europe to address its debt crisis, saying a failure to act risks dragging the world back into recession.

On Thursday, Beijing cautiously welcomed the European deal and reiterated China's "faith in the EU and the eurozone economy".

But a commentary in an influential Chinese newspaper Friday said that although the deal eased market concerns -- setting off a rally on global bourses -- it did not address the root cause of the problem.

IHS Global Insight analyst Ren Xianfang said China was likely to attach a number of conditions to any investment, such as greater market access in Europe and silence on the strength of the yuan, which critics argue is undervalued.

But Capital Economics' Jessop said the European deal with private sector creditors to accept a 50 percent loss on their holdings of Greek debt would alarm Beijing and make investing in the bailout fund "an extremely hard sell".







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Bee Gees - I Started a Joke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRNTQvXSsfA

Robin Gibb

**We wish you well, Mr. Gibb. God bless you.



Bee Gees - I Started a Joke


I started a joke, which started the whole world crying,
but I didn't see, oh no, that the joke was on me
oh no

I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing,
oh, if I'd only seen, oh yeah, that the joke was on me



I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I'd said.

Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I'd only seen, oh yeah, that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I'd said.

'Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I'd only seen,oh yeah, that the joke was one me
oh no, that the joke was one me
oohhhhh






source:sing365.com

Adriana Lima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I3sG2Ck9uc&noredirect=1

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ted Wass and Carmen Argenziano

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Simon Le Bon, Susie Castillo, Deborah Moore, Angus MacInnes, Veronica Hart, Marla Maples, Jayne Kennedy and Kelly Osbourne

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Roberto Benigni, Mr. John Cleese, Ms. Ruby Dee, Andrea Riseborough, Ivan Reitman, Emilie Ullerup, Robert Picardo, Patrick Fugit and Peter Firth

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

France Box Office October 19–23, 2011

1.Polisse----------------------------$4,040,667
2.Real Steel-------------------------$2,738,339
3.Paranormal Activity 3--------------$2,533,178
4.The Artist-------------------------$2,481,064------------------$6,277,397
5.Un monstre à Paris-----------------$2,050,161------------------$5,098,447
6.Drive (2011)-----------------------$1,671,531------------------$8,322,551
7.Bienvenue à bord-------------------$1,411,457-------------------$8,503,482
8.Johnny English Reborn--------------$1,130,048
9.The Three Musketeers (2011)--------$929,994---------------------$2,962,815
10.Beur sur la ville-----------------$768,227----------------------$2,534,531
11.La Nouvelle Guerre des Boutons
(War of the Buttons)--------------- $678,550---------------------$11,389,008
12.Abduction------------------------$416,709-----------------------$5,379,686
13.La guerre des boutons
(War of the Buttons)---------------$276,502----------------------$11,690,535
14.The Thing (2011)------------------$186,199-----------------------$810,586
15.Dream House-----------------------$172,196-----------------------$2,149,819
16.Den kæmpestore bjørn
(The Great Bear)--------------------$89,627






source:boxofficemojo.com

France Box Office October 12–16, 2011

1. The Artist--------------------------$3,135,958
2.Un monstre à Paris-------------------$2,769,570
3.Drive (2011)-------------------------$2,179,965---------------$6,184,756
4.Bienvenue à bord----------------------$2,005,535--------------$6,715,500
5.The Three Musketeers (2011)---------- $1,779,939
6.Beur sur la ville--------------------$1,565,033
7.La Nouvelle Guerre des Boutons
(War of the Buttons)------------------$1,051,255--------------$10,522,838
8.Abduction----------------------------$753,385----------------$4,840,873
9.Dream House--------------------------$564,215 ---------------$1,873,712
10.The Thing (2011)---------------------$527,636
11.La guerre des boutons
(War of the Buttons)-------------------$514,404-----------------$11,337,339
12.Un heureux événement (A Happy Event)-$457,143----------------$3,374,571
13.Le Skylab----------------------------$430,738----------------$1,538,766




source:boxofficemojo.com

By Roddy Thomson | AFP

..Europe's leaders said they had managed to save the euro Thursday as a deal to shore up a trillion euro bailout fund and for banks to share the pain of the debt crisis prompted a surge on the markets.

After days of talks and two successive summits in Brussels that dragged on for almost 10 hours, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared: "We have done what needed doing."

European shares surged, with stocks in Paris and Frankfurt up nearly four percent by mid-morning. Asian markets also rallied with Hong Kong closing up 3.26 percent and Tokyo gaining more than two percent.

"Decisions have been made in Europe, and even if we are short on detail Europe's leaders are talking the right game and the markets seem to like it," said Kathleen Brooks, an analyst at traders Forex.com.

The euro, whose value often corresponds with the highs and lows of eurozone drama, also gained.

With the deal reached, IMF chief Christine Lagarde welcomed "substantial progress", but European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet warned that "all of this now requires a lot of work and a lot of quick work."

In Paris, French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said "last night's deal is an ambitious, comprehensive and credible response," but in other world capitals, the reaction was more muted.

Russia said the deal was grounds for "cautious optimism" and adequate to hold off dangers for several months while China said it had faith in the eurozone and confirmed that President Hu Jintao would speak to his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy later Thursday.

And Beijing, like Moscow, reiterated it would likely take an important role in boosting the European rescue fund through the IMF, in a sign that emerging economies plan on assuming a larger role in the world economy.

As talks dragged on in Brussels, the last and perhaps toughest chapter in the four-point plan was a deal between eurozone leaders and the Institute of International Finance banking lobby to force private investors to take a 50 percent loss on Greece's debt.

In a dramatic development, French President Sarkozy and Merkel broke off from the summit to save the day and cut a deal with the head of the banking lobby, Charles Dallara.

"We said it was our last word, our last offer," said Merkel of threats to allow Greece to default failing agreement.

The banks in past weeks had raised their offer to 40 percent but governments insisted on a 50-percent "haircut".

"All parties have recognised that not only the future of Greece but the future of Europe was at stake," said Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann after negotiating the write-down with Sarkozy and Merkel in his role as chairman of the Institute of International Finance.

The deal aims to slice a whopping 100 billion euros off the 350-billion-euro debt pile hampering Greece, which also won new pledges of a 100-billion-euro loan over the next three years.

Prime Minister George Papandreou, hailed "a new era, a new chapter" for Greece, whose debt woes kicked off a two-year crisis that successively hit Ireland and Portugal before threatening to spill over to the euro area's third and fourth economies, Italy and Spain.

To address that danger, eurozone leaders agreed to boost their debt rescue fund to one trillion euros.

The firepower of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) is to be leveraged up between four- and five-fold using clever financial footwork, including the help of China and Russia.

Proposals for international help came as global powers pressed European leaders to come up with a lasting solution to the debt crisis before a G20 summit in France on November 3 and 4.

Europe's leaders agreed two options to boost the EFSF without increasing commitments from member states as taxpayers in countries such as Germany complain about pouring money down what they see as a bottomless hole.

The first option allows the EFSF to provide risk insurance on new debt issued by fragile governments, in a bid to convince investors to continue buying their bonds and keep interest rates low.

A second fund, linked to the EFSF, will be created to attract private and public investors, including countries outside the eurozone. This investment vehicle could also be associated with the International Monetary Fund.

With fears growing that the debt drama will turn into a banking system meltdown, European leaders also struck a deal to force banks to recapitalise at a summit of the 27-nation EU that preceded the eurozone talks.

The European Banking Authority said banks would need 106 billion euros to fulfill the requirements.

Across Europe Thursday, major lenders, fearing government meddling and even nationalisations, said they could readily raise the capital without state help.

With fears of contagion hitting Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi came to the summit with a detailed list of pledges to cut his country's 1.9-trillion-euro debt.

EU president Herman Van Rompuy said leaders welcomed the vows but called on Rome to "abide" by its commitments.







source:yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Katy Perry, Kelly Aldridge, Sabrina Aldridge, Taylor Vixen, Mr. Biff McGuire and Lira Angel

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Sarah Thompson









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Ms. Helen Reddy, Adam Pascal, Keisha, Sarah Thompson, Ciara, Leslie Grossman, Darlene Vogel and Ms. Jeanne Cooper

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ms. Marion Ross, Mathieu Amalric , Craig Robinson, Adam Goldberg, Michael Boatman, Nancy Cartwright, Mehcad Brooks, Tracy Nelson and Brian Kerwin

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Kevin Kline, Catherine Sutherland, Dervla Kirwan, Evan Jacobs and Monica Arnold

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Turkey

At least 270 people have been killed in eastern Turkey and up to 1,300 more injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the region on Monday. There are fears the death toll could reach up to 1,000.






Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin released the grim casualty figures at a news conference on Monday.

Earlier on Monday Mr Sahin said 117 were killed in the district of Ercis, another 100 died in Van while some 740 people were injured. Hundreds of people are still missing.

Hundreds of rescue teams worked throughout the night searching for survivors among dozens of pancaked buildings, as aid groups scrambled to set up tents, field hospitals and kitchens to assist thousands left homeless.

The situation in Ercis is more grave, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan, adding that many apartment buildings collapsed, raising fears that the toll could increase.

Based on the magnitude of the quake and the state of infrastructure in the region, Turkey's seismology institute estimated the casualty count between 500 and 1,000.

"We estimate around 1,000 buildings are damaged and our estimate is for hundreds of lives lost. It could be 500 or 1,000," said Mustafa Erdik, the general manager of the Kandilli Observatory.

In Van city, which has a population of around 500,000, citizens fled to the streets in panic after the first shock, trying to pull trapped people from under collapsed buildings and debris.

Nefise Taylan, a management student, was in a student dormitory at Van's Yuzuncu Yil University when the quake hit.

"Everybody ran outside when the ceiling began to fall," she told The Daily Telegraph over the phone. The dormitory she was in collapsed during the quake.

"The situation is very bad. We have no electricity."

Teams from the state Search and Rescue Association's branches in surrounding provinces began to reach the area around 5pm. Search and rescue personnel have also been sent to Van from cities as far away as Istanbul and Kocaeli in the country's northwest. Last night they were scrambling to remove people from the body before nightfall, when temperatures drop close to freezing.

In anticipation of the pending numbers of homeless, more than 1,000 tents, and 500 food packages have been sent to Van by Turkish Red Crescent, the country's largest humanitarian organisation.

Offers of aid from countries including the United States, Britain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland and Greece began pouring in hours after the earthquake. Israel, whose relationship with Turkey has deteriorated in the last year, also said they were prepared to offer the Turkish government "any aid they might need".

Ercis's mayor, Zulfikar Arapoglu, also issued an urgent call for aid on NTV Television.

"There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed, there is too much destruction," he said. "We need urgent aid. We need medics."

In the district of Celebibag, near Ercis, Mayor Veysel Keser said that countless people were still trapped under rubble.

"We can hear the screams of people who are under the rubble, in agony," he said. "Student dormitories, hotels and gas stations have collapsed."

The airport at Van was also damaged, diverting planes to nearby cities and forcing relief teams to travel by road.

Ercis also experienced the worst infrastructure damage, with 25 to 30 buildings collapsing in the city alone, according to Besir Atalay, the deputy prime minister.

Sunday's earthquake had a relatively shallow depth of 12.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey, which is likely to increase the damage wrought.

Van province lies several hundred miles east of the East Anatolian fault, one of Turkey's most seismically active regions.

Although the earthquake reportedly affected the surrounding provinces of Diyarbakir and Erzurum, residents in the capital cities of those provinces told The Daily Telegraph they felt nothing when it occurred.

The earthquake was the largest to strike Turkey since 1999 when two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 hit northwest Turkey, killing 18,000.




**To the families and friends of the victims, we extend our sympathy and prayers.





source:telegraph.co.uk

Mr. Bill Wyman

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Image © Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com








Victoria's Secret Models Selita Ebanks, Izabel Goulart and Karolina Kurkova attend The Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day 2008 In-Store Esquire Magazine Signing at The Victoria's Secret, Herald Square Store on February 7,2008 in New York.






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Izabel Goulart









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Izabel Goulart








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Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, Izabel Goulart and Selita Ebanks pose for photographers after greeting the Victoria's Secret models on their arrival to Los Angeles from New York at Los Angeles International Airport on November 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, Izabel Goulart and Selita Ebanks pose for photographers after greeting the Victoria's Secret models on their arrival to Los Angeles from New York at Los Angeles International Airport on November 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, Izabel Goulart and Selita Ebanks pose for photographers after greeting the Victoria's Secret models on their arrival to Los Angeles from New York at Los Angeles International Airport on November 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

What is a thalweg?

A thalweg is a river's deepest continuous point, and is almost always the line of fastest flow in any river.
The thalweg is measured to join the lowest points along the entire length of a stream bed or valley in its downward slope, thus defining its deepest channel. The word derives from the German words 'thal', meaning 'valley' and 'weg' meaning 'way'.




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Philip Kaufman, Manuela Velasco, Serah D'Laine, Brooke Theiss and Olatunde Osunsanmi

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Pelé, Richard Wilson, Cat Deeley, Leticia Dolera, Mr. Stanley Anderson, Beatie Edney, Kate del Castillo, Jasmin St. Claire and Jackie Long

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Katrin Saß

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Izabel Goulart

Happy Birthday. God bless.

USA Weekend Box-Office

1.Real Steel (2011)--------------------------- $16.3M-------- $51.7M
2.Footloose (2011)----------------------------- $15.6M
3.The Thing (2011)----------------------------- $8.49M
4.The Ides of March (2011)-----------------------$7.11M-------- $21.8M
5.Dolphin Tale (2011)-------------------------- $6.23M---------$58.6M
6.Moneyball (2011)----------------------------- $5.46M-------- $57.7M
7.50/50 (2011)--------------------------------- $4.26M-------- $24.3M
8.Courageous (2011)---------------------------- $3.31M----------$21.3M
9. The Big Year (2011)---------------------------$3.25M
10.The Lion King (1994)------------------------- $2.79M-------- $90.5M

Jan de Bont, Annette Funicello, Layla Roberts, Mr. Tony Roberts, Amy Redford, Lee Meredith, Jeannie Russell, Mr. Alan Ladd Jr. and Lisa D'Amato

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Briana Evigan









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Ryan Reynolds, Alex Gibney, Briana Evigan, Sam Raimi, Jessica Stroup, Amandla Stenberg, Masiela Lusha, Dwight Yoakam and Ang Lee

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

The Avengers (2012)

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Europe by GABRIELE STEINHAUSER - AP Business Writer

BRUSSELS (AP) — Big banks found themselves under pressure in Europe's debt crisis Saturday, with finance chiefs pushing them to raise billions of euros in capital and accept huge losses on Greek bonds they hold.

The continent's biggest financial institutions were at the center of talks as leaders entered marathon negotiations in Brussels, at the end of which they have promised to present a comprehensive plan to take Europe out of its crippling debt crisis.

"Between now and Wednesday we have to find a solution, a structural solution, an ambitious solution and a definitive solution," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said as he arrived in Brussels. "There's no other choice."

In addition to new financing for Greece, leaders want to make the banking sector fit to sustain worsening market turmoil and turn their bailout fund into a strong safety net that will stop big economies like Italy and Spain from falling into the same debt trap that has already snapped Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

But before the final deadline on Wednesday, they have to overcome many obstacles.

On Saturday, the finance ministers of the 27-country European Union decided to force the bloc's biggest banks to substantially increase their capital buffers — an important move to ensure that they are strong enough to withstand the panic that a steep cut to Greece's debt could trigger on financial markets.

A European official said the new capital rules would force banks to raise just over euro100 billion ($140 billion), but finance ministers did not provide details on their decision. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because it had been agreed to let leaders unveil the deal at their first summit Sunday.

"We have made real progress and have come to important decisions on strengthening European banks," George Osborne, the U.K.'s chancellor of the exchequer, said as he left Saturday's meeting.

The deal on banks was likely to be the only major breakthrough ready to announce on Sunday, leaving many important decisions and negotiations to be completed by Wednesday night.

On Friday, the first day of the marathon talks, the finance ministers of the 17 countries that use the euro — and which have found themselves at the center of the crisis because of the currency they share — agreed to demand Greece's private creditors take big losses on their bondholdings.

But they still have get the banks to come along and convince them that the cuts are the best way to ensure that Athens can eventually repay its remaining debts.

The picture in Greece, whose troubles kicked off the crisis almost two years ago, is bleaker than ever. A new report from Athens' international debt inspectors — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — proved that a preliminary deal for a second package of rescue loans reached in July is already obsolete.

That plan would have seen banks and other private investors take losses of some 21 percent on their Greek bond holdings, while the eurozone and the IMF were to provide an extra euro109 billion ($150 billion) in bailout loans.

But the report showed that in the past three months Greece's economic situation has deteriorated so dramatically that for the bank deal to remain in place, the official sector would have to provide some euro252 billion ($347 billion) in loans. Alternatively, to keep official loans at euro109 billion ($150 billion), banks would have to accept cuts of about 60 percent to the value of their Greek bonds.

"I believe we are now arriving at a more realistic view of the situation in Greece," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the country that has long been advocating a more radical solution to Athens' problems.

But Merkel and her eurozone counterpart were on for tough negotiations with the banks.

Charles Dallara, who has been representing private investors in the talks with the eurozone, said Saturday that negotiations that carried on sporadically throughout Saturday were making only slow progress.

"We're nowhere near a deal," he told The Associated Press in an interview.

Dallara, the managing director of the Institute of International Finance — the world's biggest bank lobbying group — said current plans to cut Greece's debt would leave the country as "a ward of Europe" for years.

He declined to say how much in losses banks would be willing to accept, saying only "we would be open to an approach that involves additional efforts from everyone."

The eurozone has been working hard to reach a voluntary agreement with banks, rather than forcing losses onto the lenders, because that could avoid triggering billions of euros on payout for bond insurance and could destabilize markets even further.

However, in recent weeks some officials have no longer insisted that the deal remain voluntary.

Agreement on arguably the most important measure in the crisis plan remained even more elusive Saturday: boosting the firepower of the currency union's euro440 billion ($600 billion) bailout.

Increasing the effectiveness of the fund — called the European Financial Stability Facility — is meant to help prevent larger economies like Italy and Spain from being dragged into the crisis. At the same time, the EFSF may be asked to help governments shore up their banks if they can't raise the necessary funds on financial markets.

But Germany and France still disagree over how to give the EFSF more firepower. France wants the fund to be allowed to tap the ECB's massive cash reserves — an option that Germany rejects. Weaker economies, meanwhile, are wary of signing up to the other two parts of the grand plan — bigger bank capital and cuts to Greece's debt — without assurance that sufficient buffers are in place.






source:yahoo.com/Sarah DiLorenzo, Elena Becatoros, Raf Casert and Slobodan Lekic in Brussels contributed to this story.

By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Talking About People in Your Company

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of women hanging out with other chicks, being annoyed by a certain one, and then trying to send a text about how lame that person is to another friend at the table. However, that text ends up reaching the person you’re talking about. While that’s a funny story, it’s really bogus. You know it. I know it. You can take it back to the “treat people how you want to be treated” mantra for this one. Just as you wouldn’t want someone talking about how tacky your outfit is in your face on the low or texting someone about how they wish you would shut up, you shouldn’t do the same…or at least wait until you get home…Kidding!




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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Overprotective Girlfriends: Giving the Stank Face for No Reason


Have you ever been introduced to a woman AND her man while out with your own friends and found her demeanor to be…a little icy? Granted, you haven’t even had the chance to say boo to her other than hello. If this has happened to you, don’t trip, you’re not the only one. I don’t know if these kind of women think you’re going to try and jump their man’s bones underneath the table when they’re not looking, but giving people the cold shoulder just because you’re threatened for no reason is not cool. Something worse that proves a chick like this is “mucho” petty is if you pay her a compliment and THEN, only after that compliment is given, she warms up to you. Talking about, “It was nice to meet you girl!” Was it!? Seriously?




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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Wearing Shower Caps in Public

Did you run out of the shower into public with a shower cap on because a fire alarm went off? No? Then you have no excuse for walking down the street with a shower cap on your head. I understand you want to avoid the humidity as much as possible when it rains, but we all have to make sacrifices. Shower caps on women well-dressed on their way to work (or play) is extremely crazy looking. Invest in an umbrella please, and leave the shower caps for bath time. Oh yeah, this goes for men too. Okay Snoop!?





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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Ignoring a Child’s Bad Behavior to Shop

This sucks for both shoppers and people who work in customer service, mainly because a child allowed to run wild can tear up some stuff, and a child whose cries aren’t contained can give anybody a sick headache. I get it. It sucks that you can’t ever find someone to watch your child for a few hours while you spend some money in the mall, but don’t take it out on the rest of us by letting your son or daughter act a fool. Act a fool how you ask? By pulling down clothes, running into people, opening and eating food YOU won’t pay for, wasting lotion by pushing pumps repeatedly, and giving everyone a heart attack as they balance themselves on things NOT meant for balancing. Same goes for crying, especially in the case of a child old enough to know when to stop. You don’t have to give into what they want, but for the love of God, do something!




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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Letting Your Man Do Whatever to You in Public

So a friend and I went to the West-Indian and Caribbean parade yesterday in Brooklyn and it’s safe to say that there were some characters out there! But nothing shocked me more than to see a man and his girl, moving through the crowd of people, with his ENTIRE hand in the back of her shorts. I know about booed up folks back in the day putting their hands in each other’s back pockets, but I’ve never seen it go THAT far. Mind you, this young woman did NOT have underwear on, so her boo had his hand all up and down her butt crack. AND it was hot as that “thang” outside. It was the most gross, inappropriate thing I think I’ve seen in a VERY long time. The fact that she didn’t care about how his hand made her look in public to all the folks that were laughing or staring in shock at her was amazing to me. What’s worse though? The fact that her man shook hands with a friend with the same dirty hand he had in her pants. EWWWWWW!




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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Playing “Too Cute” to Dance

Are we in the fifth grade again? Really though, not that you should be in the middle of a dance floor face down, butt up talking about “This my jam!!!!”, but what’s going on with all the women who act like they’re too cute to dance at parties and at the club? I’ve noticed that a lot recently, and who knows, could be the too tall shoes or the fact that you need to keep your dress (or hair) in place, but it’s just weird to me. Why stand off to the side with the same chicks (and sans the company of a man) you see every other day, paying good gas money for drinks when you could have done the same, but sitting down at the house for a lot cheaper? If you’re not trying to converse with new people or at least bust out a two-step, why bother?





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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

Being Proud of Ratchet Behavior

As a woman, fighting another woman is not cute if you don’t have to. Hell, men fighting isn’t cute if it’s not for a good reason. So I’m trying to figure out what’s up with young and older women running through the streets talking talking loud on phones and in public about whose weave they will or have pulled out someone’s head, whose a** they are going to beat, and muffing grown men in the head talking about what the brotha won’t do back. First of all, why are you talking at that volume??? And why are you cursing so loud, embarrassing both you and I? Everyone gets pissed from time to time, but the women out here screeching for attention because of their short fuse have got to stop. That’s not hot. WOOOSA!




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By Victoria Uwumarogie posted September 6th, 2011

I know from time to time I can go in pretty hard on men in my posts, but don’t worry though, I’m an equal opportunity meanie. Observing folks, just like with men, I’ve encountered both really admirable, inspiring and uber-friendly women, as well as extremely “ratchet” and disrespectful ones too. The latter type of woman is what inspired my list for today. If you’ve done these things, I ask you to do just a tad bit better (or a lot) because the following public behavior is NOT cute. The title says “SOME” so if you’re not one of these ladies, please don’t act a fool in the comment’s section.





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Bad Company "Can't Get Enough" Live 1974

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Bad Company "Can't Get Enough" 1974

Well, I take whatever I want,
And baby, I want you,
You give me something I need,
Now tell me I got something for you,
Come on, come on, come on and do it,
Come on and do what you do,

I can't get enough of your love, oh yeah
I can't get enough of your love, oh yeah
I can't get enough of your love,


Well, it's late and I want love,
Love that's gonna break me in two,
Gonna hang me up in the doorway,
Gonna hang me up like you do,

Yeah,
Come on, come on, come on and do it,
Come on, do what you do, ooh,

I can't get enough of your love, oh yeah
I can't get enough of your love, oh baby
I can't get enough of your love,
Oh baby




I can't get enough of your love,
I can't get enough of your love,
I can't get enough of your love, baby


I can't get enough of your love,
I can't get enough of your love,
I can't get enough of your love,

I can't
i love you so much darling
I can't get i can't get i can't get enough of your love, baby





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By ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN

It’s the Upper Debts Side.

The taxman cometh for 500 income-tax deadbeats in two Upper West Side neighborhoods.

In the 10025 ZIP code alone, the feds issued 273 tax liens in the last year, a number second only to the number filed in Las Vegas.

Nine New York City ZIP codes, including a second Upper West Side enclave -- 10023 -- made the national Top 50 list in federal liens.

Other debtor-filled neighborhoods include Chelsea and Murray Hill in Manhattan and Mill Basin and Canarsie in Brooklyn, according to an analysis of liens issued between Sept. 15, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2011, by TaxLifeboat, a California-based company that works with delinquent taxpayers.



The 10025 ZIP code, which stretches from West 91st Street north to Morningside Heights, was in the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row. The total amount owed the IRS in the neighborhood since January is about $10 million.

Debtors in the delinquent district included legendary folk singer Judy Collins and opera singer Alexandra Deshorties.

The “Send in the Clowns” singer owed $51,366 for her 2009 personal taxes. She paid the amount back in March after a lien was filed in January, city records show.

Collins’ accountant claimed in a statement that she was paying her taxes under a monthly plan, and the government issued the lien “simply to protect their interest” in case she defaulted or sold property.

Deshorties, a French-Canadian singer who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, owes $51,203. Her agent had no comment.

Tom Hanks’ “Bosom Buddies” co-star Peter Scolari should have cozied up with the taxman. Instead, the Upper West Sider got socked with $19,039 in liens.

“I’m in the process of working through it,” the actor told The Post.

Jazz musician Patience Higgins, who also lives in the debtor district, sounded a sour note with the IRS, failing to pay a total of $98,710 in personal income tax from 2003 to 2007. He declined to comment.

Robert Eide, the CEO of investment firm Aegis Capital, didn’t invest enough time in his own books. He incurred a $176,971 lien in December 2010. He paid that in 2011, along with four other outstanding IRS liens totaling almost $800,000.

The top deadbeat in 10025 was lawyer George Dresser Jr., whose two liens totaled $1.2 million. He declined to comment.

The IRS files liens only after trying to get its money through gentler measures, such as letters.

“If you don’t pay up or respond, then eventually they will seek out your financial accounts and will take cash right out of it,” said Tom Evans, president of TaxLifeboat.

Although jailing debtors is a possibility, the IRS usually reserves that for high-profile cases.

“The ones that they typically will prosecute are celebrities, politicians, athletes and criminals,” Evans said.

Lien times

The 10025 ZIP code on the Upper West Side had the second largest number of federal-tax liens filed in the last year in the nation.

Deadbeats include:

Aegis Capital CEO Robert Eide: $176,971

Lawyer George Dresser Jr.: $1.2 million

Jazz musician Patience Higgins: $98,710

Actor Peter Scolari: $19,039

Folk Singer Judy Collins: $51,366

Opera singer Alexandra Deshorties: $51,203



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Demi Moore by Sheila Marikar | ABC News Blogs

Demi Moore plays a hot mom turned vengeful foe in "Another Happy Day."

If Demi Moore‘s performance in “Another Happy Day” is any indication, whatever women may or may not have slept with Ashton Kutcher ought to dye their hair, change their names, go into hiding and pray that G.I. Jane doesn’t come looking.

Moore, at least in character, is pretty mean.

On Thursday night, ABCNews.com got a sneak peak at “Another Happy Day,” the upcoming drama in which Moore co-stars. Moore plays Patty, a sex-bomb mom who marries the ex-husband of main character Lynn, a sobbing, cursing, screaming mess brilliantly brought to life by Ellen Barkin.

These two hate each other. Lynn has her mood stabilizers and LL Bean pajamas; Patty has her chestnut highlights and high rear end. They’re forced to interact at the wedding of Lynn’s eldest son Dylan, who grew up with Patty and Lynn’s ex-husband. A bathroom confrontation at the rehearsal dinner — Patty actually peers into Lynn’s stall and commands her to come out — escalates into Patty attempting to strangle Lynn because Lynn once called Patty “a stripper and a coke whore.”

Moore’s face contorts in rage. She leaves marks on Barkin’s neck. Alleged and potential infringes on her marriage to the Two and a Half Man, take note.





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Libya

..TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's chief forensic pathologist says an autopsy has confirmed that Moammar Gadhafi was killed by a shot to the head.

Dr. Othman al-Zintani says doctors completed the examination on Sunday but he won't disclose more details until he delivers a report to the attorney general.

Bloody images of Gadhafi being taunted and beaten by his captors in his hometown of Sirte have raised questions about whether he was killed in crossfire as suggested by the government or deliberately executed.

International concern about the issue has clouded plans by the transitional government to declare liberation later Sunday after months of bloodshed amid a rebellion to oust the hated leader of nearly 42 years.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — With dictator Moammar Gadhafi dead, Libya's new rulers were to declare liberation Sunday, formally ending an eight-month-old civil war and ushering in a two-year transition to democracy fraught with uncertainty.

Indecision over what to do with Gadhafi's remains overshadowed what was to be a joyful day. The 69-year-old was captured alive Thursday, then taunted, beaten and killed in unclear circumstances in his hometown of Sirte. His body has been on public display in a commercial freezer in a shopping center in the port city of Misrata.

Libyans seemed relieved the country's ruler of 42 years was killed, with many saying his death cleared the way for a new beginning. "If he (Gadhafi) was taken to court, this would create more chaos, and would encourage his supporters," said Salah Zlitni, 31, who owns a pizza parlor in downtown Tripoli. "Now it's over."

Libya's interim leaders are to formally declare later Sunday that the country has been liberated. The ceremony is to take place in the eastern city of Benghazi, the revolution's birthplace.

The long-awaited declaration starts the clock on Libya's transition to democracy. The transitional leadership has said it would declare a new interim government within a month of liberation and elections for a constitutional assembly within eight months, to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections within a year.







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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ms. Joan Fontaine

Happy Birthday Ms. Fontaine. God bless you.

Shelby Lynne

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Saffron Burrows, Zac Hanson, Mr. Derek Jacobi and Valeria Golino

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

France

A France team derided as the "worst" side ever to reach a Rugby World Cup final found itself under fresh attack on Friday, just two days out from the showpiece match against hosts New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald devoted the front page of its sports section to two articles, one entitled 'A History of Gallic Brutality' highlighting several examples of French foul play dating back to the 1960s, and the other 'Beware the filth of the French', a column by former All Blacks captain Wayne 'Buck' Shelford.

In 1986, Shelford played for New Zealand in the notorious 'Battle of Nantes', a brutal encounter where he suffered a torn scrotum in a match France won 16-3.

Even though rugby union is now a professional sport, with extensive television coverage, Shelford suggested France, who scraped through to Sunday's Eden Park final after a 9-8 semi-final win over Wales, might resort to desperation tactics.

"Beware French skulduggery - that's my warning to the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup final," said Shelford, who played for New Zealand in their win over France in the inaugural 1987 final.

"France are on a face-saving mission in this final and desperate times bring out desperate measures," added Shelford of a team that in 1999 and 2007 knocked New Zealand out of the World Cup.

"The fact is, they have resorted to some filth in past World Cups, including eye gouging, and there were cameras around then. They certainly did it in 1999, and there was probably a bit going on in 2007 as well.

"I'm not saying this will definitely happen, but if it does, the All Blacks will need to sort it out right away because the referee will not always be able to see what's going on," added Shelford.

Some might see Shelford's comments as an attempt to put pressure on South Africa's Craig Joubert, who will be in charge of Sunday's match.

"As to how to sort it out, well, how do you think? That's all I'll say there," added Shelford, who knocked out Wales's Huw Richards after a flare-up in the 1987 semi-final that ended with Richards being sent off.

But France hooker William Servat said in response: "I'm not sure we are such bad boys. I'm not sure that in this (French) team there are these big 'barbarians' like they (the media) say.

"You get the Englishmen who get the chambermaids in their room and the All Blacks who go out the night before a game, so I'm not sure we're the most badly behaved boys," he added in a reference to off-field incidents at this World Cup.

Shelford's remarks elicited a mixed response amongst those posting comments on the Herald's website, with Mike Holt writing: "What a pathetic attempt at journalism. This team and their supporters are guests in our country. Very Embarrassing. Go the All Blacks. Shame on the Herald."

But 'nzfan' of Auckland said: "Great Buck. I am so glad that you brought this subject up. It's happened in the past and it could happen again."









source:yahoo.com/AFP