Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vienne est la ville la plus agréable du monde

C'est le résultat de l'étude annuel du cabinet Mercer. Paris se classe 30ème, Lyon 39ème. Bagdad ferme la marche.

La ville de Vienne arrive en tête d'un classement sur la qualité de vie pour la deuxième année consécutive, tandis que Luxembourg est la ville la plus sûre, selon l'enquête annuelle sur les endroits où il fait bon vivre du cabinet de conseil Mercer.

Bagdad reste la ville où les conditions sont les plus difficiles. Les villes européennes représentent la moitié des cités classées aux 25 premières places, en particulier les villes allemandes et suisses avec trois représentantes dans les 10 premières.

Zurich (Suisse) et Auckland (Nouvelle-Zélande) complètent le podium, suivies de Munich (Allemagne) en quatrième place tandis que Düsseldorf et Vancouver se partagent la cinquième position.

Paris en timide hausse

En queue de tableau se trouvent des villes marquées par "l'agitation civile, des niveaux forts de criminalité et une relative application de la loi", explique Slagin Parakatil, responsable de l'enquête cité dans un communiqué. On y retrouve Khartoum au Soudan, Port-au-Prince en Haïti, N'Djamena au Tchad, Bangui en République Centrafricaine qui précèdent Bagdad.

Pour la France, les deux villes classées sont Paris, qui arrive à la 30e place et gagne 4 places par rapport à l'an passé, et Lyon, à la 39e place.

Pour la première fois, l'enquête annuelle de Mercer a mis en place un classement spécifique sur la base du critère "sécurité individuelle", fondé sur la stabilité interne, les niveaux de criminalité, l'efficacité d'application de la loi et les relations internationales du pays.

A ce régime, le Luxembourg est ressorti comme le lieu le plus sûr, suivi de Berne (Suisse), Helsinki et Zurich. Vienne est classée 5e et Bagdad arrive là encore à la dernière place. Les cinq derniers sont d'ailleurs les mêmes pour les deux classements. Paris et Lyon sont 60e ex aequo.

Le Canada en pôle-position aux Amériques

Pour les Amériques, les villes canadiennes dominent le classement. Aux Etats-Unis, New York, la ville de référence pour l'étude de Mercer, arrive à la 47e place en terme de qualité de vie et à la 68e place en terme de sécurité individuelle, à égalité notamment avec Londres et Madrid.

La capitale britannique se place 38e pour la qualité de vie, Madrid 43e, Rome 52e. En bas de classement européen se trouve Tbilissi en Géorgie (215e).

L'étude s'est portée sur 221 villes en fonction de 39 éléments de qualité de vie recouvrant notamment l'environnement politique, social et économique, mais aussi les loisirs, le logement ou l'environnement (climat, catastrophe naturelle).


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Beatrice Rosen, Mario Salieri, Daniela Nane, Xenia Siamas, Gable Carr and Paola Turbay

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Rosanna Diane Davison

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Kim Delaney, Cathy Moriarty, Laura Marano, Howie Mandel, Brian Baumgartner, Cristina Bella, Samantha Ivers, Gena Lee Nolin and Garry Shandling

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Don Cheadle, Anna Faris, Lauren German,Tom Sizemore, Andrew McCarthy, Jeff Fahey, Ms. Diane Ladd, Janina Gavankar and Lucas Black

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Tallulah Willis by Matt Donnelly

Tallulah Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has officially entered high society with the help of her dad, her sisters and some haute couture.

Tallulah, at 17 the youngest in the Willis clan, showed to Paris' swanky Hotel de Crillon on Saturday for the annual Le Bal des Débutantes, the traditional unveiling of eligible young women into the social fold.

Sisters Rumer and Scout, the latter of whom debuted at the Crillon in 2009, showed to cheer on Tallulah, who donned a floor-length black Lanvin gown with a jeweled bust.

Matriarch Demi Moore was absent from the celebration, as she's presumably preoccupied with divorce proceedings in Los Angeles, but Bruce was on hand to toast his baby.

"He was a little different than three years ago [when Scout was a debutante], more reserved," an onlooker told People. "He was there for his daughter, but protective. It wasn't until around midnight when he danced with Tallulah that you saw him become more relaxed."

The Willis gang, including dad's second wife Emma Heming Willis, skipped Thanksgiving at home and arrived in Paris a few days before the big event, as seen in the video above.

Also, thanks to Emma and Bruce, Tallulah Belle Willis won't be the youngest in the family for much longer: Their first baby together is due early next year.



JERUSALEM (AP) — Rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel early Tuesday for the first time in more than two years, drawing a burst of Israeli artillery fire across the tense border, the Israeli military said.

No casualties or major damage were reported on either side, and no one claimed responsibility for the attack. The military said at least two of the rockets landed on Israeli soil, and that Israeli guns shelled the area where the fire had originated.

The U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, said it had deployed additional troops and stepped up patrols in the area to prevent any further violence.

UNIFIL's commander, Maj. Gen. Alberto Asarta Cuevas, said in a statement that he was in close contact with Israeli and Lebanese officials. "There is a need to act with restraint and the parties have reassured me of the continued commitment to maintain the cessation of hostilities," he said.

UNIFIL has policed southern Lebanon to enforce a cease-fire that ended a bloody, monthlong war between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah in the summer of 2006. Israeli officials said they did not believe Hezbollah was involved in Tuesday's attack.

The flare-up comes at a time when the entire region is engulfed in violence and upheaval, with thousands killed in the regime's crackdown on protesters in Syria and after popular uprisings ousted longtime rulers in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.

The Israeli military said it did not expect Tuesday's incident to touch off a wider conflict with Lebanon. In a statement, however, it said it regarded the attack as "severe" and held the Lebanese government and army responsible for preventing rocket fire at Israel.

A Lebanese security official told The Associated Press that one rocket was fired from Lebanon and that Israel hit back with six rockets, which landed in an empty area. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Israel's Army Radio station said it was the eighth rocket attack since the 2006 war. Hezbollah has not claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but smaller militant organizations, some Palestinian and some linked to al-Qaida, have launched rockets on several occasions.

None of the rocket attacks has caused serious casualties. But in August 2010, two Lebanese soldiers, a Lebanese journalist and an Israeli soldier were killed in a brief border clash touched off by Lebanese army fire toward an Israeli military base.

Overall, however, the border has been largely quiet but tense since the 2006 war, which was sparked by a deadly cross-border attack by Hezbollah on an Israeli military patrol.

During that fighting, Israel bombed Hezbollah's strongholds and Hezbollah barraged northern Israel with nearly 4,000 rockets.

About 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis were killed in the conflict, which ended with the U.N.-brokered truce that sent thousands of Lebanese troops and international peacekeepers to south Lebanon.

Although the cease-fire agreement forbade Hezbollah to rearm, Israel contends the group has since replenished its arsenal with even more powerful weapons.

source:Associated Press writer Elizabeth A. Kennedy contributed to this report from Beirut/yahoo.com

Ms. Hedy Lamarr

Photo: Hedy Lamarr with costar Aribert Mog in the 1933 Czech film "Ecstasy."

By Amy Hubbard

Hedy Lamarr, Old Hollywood sex symbol, had a brain. It's a fact that may be nearly as overlooked as the inventor's wartime creation: landmark technology that was a precursor to Bluetooth.

It's not surprising that she's known best for her sultry persona, given her film role that made everyone sit up and take notice. In 1933's "Ecstasy," a Czech film, she raised eyebrows and drew condemnation around the globe when she appeared nude in one part of the film and simulated an orgasm in another.

Lamarr is seen going skinny-dipping and, still without a stitch on, chasing a runaway horse. The orgasm scene comes later, and, yes, she does smoke a cigarette afterward. "Ecstasy" is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress simulating an orgasm on screen.

Take that, Meg Ryan.

Now, Richard Rhodes has revealed the nerdy side of this legendary beauty and superstar.

His new book, "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World," tells about the invention and how her role in its creation was long ignored.

In a recent interview on NPR's "All Things Considered," Rhodes said Lamarr was the type of person who "was constantly looking at the world and wondering how can that be fixed, how can that be improved."
During an early, unhappy marriage to an Austrian arms dealer (!), Rhodes said, Lamarr would sit at dinner parties given by her husband for Nazi generals, listening to them talk about weapons. With her interest in science, he said, she listened closely to the weapons talk.

Lamarr later escaped that marriage — although not by dressing up as one of her maids and jumping out a window. That story was a fabrication by Lamarr, the author said. She did, however, book passage on a ship with Louis Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and by the time the ship reached its destination, she had a seven-year, $3,000-a-week contract with the film studio.

"Algiers" (1938), with Charles Boyer, followed soon after, and Lamarr became a huge star.

Lamarr's invention came about, Rhodes said, because "she was keenly aware of the coming war. She was glued to the newspaper, reading the stories. ... When German submarines began torpedoing passenger liners, she felt at that point, 'I've got to invent something that will put a stop to that.' "

Her idea involved making a radio signal "hop around from radio frequency to radio frequency," Rhodes said, to interfere with signal jamming. Thus, a torpedo could be radio guided with less fear of having the signal jammed.

She and a partner obtained a patent, then gave it free of charge to the U.S. Navy. Brilliant, yes?

The Navy "basically threw it into the file," Rhodes said. Later, however, the idea of frequency-hopping was resuscitated by the Navy, and "then the whole system spread like wildfire. The most well-known application today is Bluetooth."

So why isn't Hedy Lamarr the Inventor a famous name?

The patent had expired, Rhodes said, plus, during most of the device's life it was a military secret. By the time it came out, it had gone through many permutations with input from various sources.

"She was simply lost in the noise."



PARIS (AP) — A French official says France may propose joint bonds among the eurozone's strongest economies as part of a package of measures to save the shared currency, despite German resistance.

The official said Tuesday that discussions over joint bonds by top-rated triple A eurozone economies is under discussion as the French government prepares for an EU summit next week.

Proponents say the proceeds of the so-called elite bonds could be used to help the eurozone's weaker countries deal with their debts, in return for strict conditions being imposed on their budgets.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the sensitive, closed-door talks are still under way.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble dismissed reports of joint bonds Monday, saying they were "completely made up."


Anne Hathaway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Hathaway has signed on for a new role: Fiance.

A spokesman for the 29-year-old actress says Hathaway is engaged to boyfriend and fellow actor Adam Shulman.

Publicist Stephen Huvane revealed no other details.

Hathaway is among the stars of the anticipated Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." She was nominated for an Academy Award for 2008's "Rachel Getting Married" and hosted the 2011 Oscars with James Franco.

Hathaway's other credits include "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Get Smart."


Alicia Silverstone


Alicia Silverstone

Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone buys secondhand clothes to save people's lives.

Alicia Silverstone shops secondhand to save people's lives.

The actress - who is a dedicated vegan - follows an eco-friendly lifestyle but says it doesn't mean her style is sacrificed.

She said: "My second stop would be organic cotton. Then you get it really locally, and it already exists. I know if you're not happy with what you have, you want to change it out more. Shoes are a little trickier, but they exist. I'm trying to save the planet. I'm trying to save our lives."

The mother-of-one also says it's important to use cosmetics that haven't been tested on animals even though they're not always easy to come by.

She said: "It took so much effort to find out what products aren't tested on animals - that was an ordeal. But then when I became into eco, it took out all of that: if you're using all-natural products that have no toxic chemicals, it narrows the playing field."


Monday, November 28, 2011

S. Epatha Merkerson, Mr. Berry Gordy, Paul Shaffer, Martin Clunes, Lucy Gutteridge, Agnieszka Holland, Jonathan Mostow and Cornelia Guest

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Ms. Laura Antonelli

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Sunny Mabrey, Louise Bourgoin, Daniel Henney, Jane Sibbett, Pamela Hayden, Kristian Schmid, David de Lautour and Mr. James Karen

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ed Harris, Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alfonso Cuarón, Judd Nelson, Karen Gillan and Johnny Simmons

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Christian Bale


By Scott Harris

For over 70 years, the criminals of Gotham City -- widely regarded as a superstitious and cowardly lot -- have been kept in check by the vigilante known as Batman. But that's about to come to a stop, as the Caped Crusader has officially announced his retirement.

At least, this version of Batman: Confirming long-standing rumors, Christian Bale revealed in an interview with The Philippine Daily Enquirer that "The Dark Knight Rises" will be the final Batman movie for both himself and director Christopher Nolan.

Even the Joker is shedding a tear.
Not that the announcement is unexpected; after all, with "the Dark Knight Rises," which just finished shooting for a July 20, 2012 release, Bale and Nolan will have made their third Batman film in the past seven years. Still, considering how successful the franchise has been -- 2008's "The Dark Knight" earned over a billion dollars worldwide by itself -- both fans and executives at Warner Bros. can be forgiven for hoping they would keep at it for a long time to come.

No such luck, according to Bale.

"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off," Bale said "I believe the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and Chris - that will be the end of that Batman era."

Of course, just because Bale and Nolan are done with Batman doesn't mean the two won't collaborate further in the future on a different project, as once Nolan gets in bed with a star (metaphorically) he likes to keep them around. Look no further than "The Dark Knight Rises" co-star Tom Hardy, who was previously featured in Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster "Inception," for proof. Not that Nolan went easy on Hardy just because they're old pals, as the role of Bane forced the up and coming star to face his greatest challenge yet: His childhood adoration of Batman.

"There's a three-year-old in me that's going, 'Oh my God that's Batman! That's Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!,'" Hardy told Empire. "Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard."'

Which means that Bale knows exactly how fans around the world feel right now: Punched in the gut. We'll miss you, Batman.


Pope's Latin Mass push may revive prayer for Jews

by Reuters, posted July 6, 2007

A prayer for the conversion of the Jews sidelined from Roman Catholic liturgy in the 1960s may stage a surprise comeback tomorrow, when Pope Benedict is expected to allow broader use of the old Latin Mass.

Church reforms in the 1960s replaced Latin with local languages in the liturgy, reached out to other religions and struck texts that Jews found particularly offensive, such as a Good Friday prayer referring to "perfidious Jews".

Pope Benedict's decree is due to revive a 1962 Latin prayer book that removed the word "perfidious" but left standing prayers for their conversion that ask God to "take the veil" off Jewish hearts and show mercy "even for the Jews," Church sources said.

The decree aims to woo back traditionalists devoted to the old Latin rite. The move is controversial among Catholics, since many traditionalists reject the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) including the opening to other faiths.

Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a US-based Jewish civil rights group, was cautious ahead of the publication of the document.

"From second-hand sources, my understanding is they understand our concern, our sensitivity, our distress," Mr Foxman said in Rome. "And I think they're not about to add to that distress after all the efforts we've made with reconciliation."

The Pontiff's motu proprio decree is expected to allow priests greater freedom to opt for the Latin mass. Currently, priests have to seek authorisation from bishops to use the so-called Tridentine mass and many refuse to give it.

Some Catholics are worried that this nod to traditionalists may undermine the liberal reforms of the Second Vatican Council, known as "Vatican II."

"Inevitably it will be read by some people as a victory for those who felt that Vatican II was a mistake," said Father Keith Pecklers, a Rome-based Jesuit liturgical expert, adding this "of course is not the intention".

When Pope Benedict met a group of cardinals last month to explain his decision, he told them he was trying to draw in many of an estimated 600,000 Catholics who left the Church after Vatican II to attend Latin masses said by traditionalist priests.

"By making the Latin Mass more available, the Holy Father is hoping to convince those disaffected Catholics that it is time for them to return to full union with the Catholic Church," Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley wrote in his blog after the meeting.

The traditionalists are strongest in France and bishops there have openly criticised the return to Latin, saying it could encourage traditionalists to continue challenging the Vatican II reforms and result in deeper splits in the Church.

The liberal French Catholic magazine Temoignage Chretien published an editorial in Latin this week criticising the Vatican for fostering two liturgies within one Church.

It said what concerned them was not aspects like the Latin of the Tridentine rite, but "the view of the outside world held by most supporters of the traditional rite ... of a Church that saw itself as the sole holder of the Truth."

"Forty years after the Second Vatican Council, this stand is untenable," it wrote.


Catholic liturgy changes after 40 years

After 40 years of praying in exactly the same way, English-speaking Catholics around the world had a challenge waiting for them yesterday when they turned up to Mass.

The Mass liturgy, or the text of the most sacred Roman Catholic rite, has been re-launched across the English-speaking world to comply with the Vatican’s wish for a more traditional and spiritual tone.

At St Monica’s, an impressive neo-Gothic church in New York City, parishioners clearly struggled to adapt to the discreet shifts in language laid out on a neatly printed pamphlet.

For decades, when the priest declared, “The Lord be with you,” the congregation would reply: “And also with you.”

This was so ingrained that although the pamphlet instructed in bold that the response was now, “And with your spirit,” few managed to make the switch. Priests, who have far more to say during Mass and know their parts by heart, were having to tiptoe through the texts.

“It will probably take four weeks for the priests to get used to the rhythm,” Mgr Thomas Modugno said afterwards. “It’s easier for the people. It’s hard for us priests: you get distracted for a moment and automatically you go back to the old version.”

The new wording reflects years of work and negotiation involving English-majority Catholic communities from the US to Europe and Africa to Asia. Changes are frequent, but small, rather than structural. There is nothing on the scale of the revolution brought by the Vatican’s abandonment in the 1960s of the centuries-old Latin Mass.

However, church officials say they want to restore some of the linguistic spirit of that old Mass by tweaking the English translation to reflect more accurately the meanings and cadences of the ancient Latin language.

The results have been criticized by some Catholics as unnecessarily archaic-sounding and confusing. The Cleveland.com news site quoted one outspoken bishop, Donald Trautman from Pennsylvania, complaining that the alternations introduce a “jumble of subordinate clauses” that threaten “pastoral disaster.”

In the previous version of the Nicene Creed, a key prayer for Catholics, Jesus was described as “begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.” Now he is “begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.” The word “consubstantial” has come in for particular ridicule from critics, but church leaders say it precisely describes the mystical link between Jesus and the Father within the Trinity.


Noises Off

Lindsay Posner directs a new production of Michael Frayn's irresistible, multi-award-winning backstage comedy Noises Off starring Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Jamie Glover, Celia Imrie, Karl Johnson, Aisling Loftus, Amy Nuttall and Paul Ready.

Enjoyed by millions of people worldwide since it premiered in 1982 and hailed as one of the greatest British comedies ever written.

Winner of Olivier and Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy, Michael Frayn's glorious play serves up a riotous double bill - a play within a play, following the backstage antics of a theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance.

Lindsay Posner was associate director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992 where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Laurence Olivier Awards. Theatre credits include: Butley (Duchess), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville), House of Games (Almeida), A View From The Bridge (Duke of York's, Nominated for four
Olivier Awards).

Michael Frayn's stage work includes The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys' Years, Clouds, Balmoral, Make or Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Look Look, Here, Copenhagen, Democracy and Afterlife.

**The Independent--'Probably the most side-splitting play ever written'


Mr. Ken Russell We Salute You

A sad start to the week, this. We've just heard that director Ken Russell has died, at the age of 84.

Russell, according to reports, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday. He will be fondly remembered, not least for films such as Tommy, The Devils and Women In Love.

Truly, one of British cinema's greats.

Rest in peace, sir.


George Harrison Presents Little Malcolm -- released on DVD & Blu-ray

George Harrison presents

Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs

A film by Stuart Cooper

A mesmerising and furious performance from John Hurt, as delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke, is at the heart of this chillingly dark comedy. Rarely seen in almost 40 years, it is released by BFI Flipside in a Dual Format Edition with thematically related archival short films and an extensive booklet with essays and contributions from Stuart Cooper and Mike Leigh.

Expelled art student Scrawdyke leads his Party of Dynamic Erection – with devoted followers Wick (John McEnery), Irwin (Raymond Platt) and Nipple (David Warner) – in an enraged battle against an unseen nemesis. Rosalind Ayres is both sensitive and ferocious as Malcolm’s would-be girlfriend Ann.

Based on the celebrated 1965 stage play by David Halliwell, Little Malcolm was filmed in 1974 on location in bleak, wintry Oldham by director Stuart Cooper (Overlord, The Disappearance) and cinematographer John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining).

Financed by George Harrison, who had admired John Hurt’s lead performance in the play at the Garrick Theatre in 1965 (and preceding the launch of Harrison’s HandMade Films by five years), Little Malcolm was winner of the Silver Bear at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival. Music is by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter) with incidental music by George Harrison, and the film also features performances by Harpoon and Splinter.

Special features

•Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
•Original Little Malcolm trailer
•Put Yourself In My Place (Francine Winham, 1974, 25 mins): fraught gender relations trigger a startling role reversal in this polemical comedy starring Judy Geeson (Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
•The Contraption (James Dearden, 1977, 7 mins): in a final act of defeat or defiance, a man (Richard O’Brien) builds a sinister contraption in a dark cellar
•Illustrated booklet featuring original artwork and contributions from Stuart Cooper, John Hurt, Mike Leigh (who directed the debut stage production of Halliwell’s play) and Yvonne Tasker from the University of East Anglia

Release date: 24 October 2011
UK / 1974 / colour / English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / 111 mins
Original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / Region 0 / BFI Flipside title no. 020
Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) (Extras Dolby Digital 320 kbps)


Touching tribute to George Harrison

New York, NY (November 4, 2011) – Keep a Child Alive’s (KCA) co-founder Alicia Keys announced today that the eighth annual Black Ball NY, held last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, raised over $3 million – funds that will go to providing lifesaving AIDS treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. The event honored late musical legend George Harrison and celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ‘Concert for Bangladesh.’ Alicia Keys, Usher, will.i.am, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr., Jay Sean and Midival Punditz with Karsh Kale were among the artists who performed the songs of George Harrison.


The Documentary Film - George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World had its world premiere on 2nd October 2011. The documentary has also been traversing the world in film festivals over the last month, and will continue doing so for the months ahead.

Having played at the Telluride Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, as well as at the London, Liverpool and Paris premiere events, the film is being heralded by the press…


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Caroline Kennedy

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Jimi Hendrix

By Tom Morello

Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage. On songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile," his instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties – you can hear the riots in the streets and napalm bombs dropping in his "Star-Spangled Banner."

His playing was effortless. There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it feels like it's all flowing through him. The most beautiful song of the Jimi Hendrix canon is "Little Wing." It's just this gorgeous song that, as a guitar player, you can study your whole life and not get down, never get inside it the way that he does. He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don't appear in any music book. His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil.

There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn't really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he took what was to become Seventies funk and put it through a Marshall stack, in a way that nobody's done since.

It's impossible to think of what Jimi would be doing now; he seemed like a pretty mercurial character. Would he be an elder statesman of rock? Would he be Sir Jimi Hendrix? Or would he be doing some residency off the Vegas Strip? The good news is his legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time.


Samantha Harris, Alexandra Astin, Gregory Hoblit, Unax Ugalde and Barbara Anderson

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Sharlto Copley, James Avery, Samantha Bond, Jennifer O'Dell, Vladimir Mashkov, Ronit Elkabetz, Rebecca Ferratti and Lauren C. Mayhew

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Michael Vartan, Kathryn Bigelow, Fisher Stevens, William Fichtner, Alison Pill, Kirk Acevedo, Brooke Langton, Curtis Armstrong and Michael Rispoli

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

Fans got two for the price of one during Taylor Swift's big concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night(Nov.22), when Selena Gomez showed up on the stage to perform a duet with her pal! "One of my best friends is such an amazing singer and after four years of being best friends we have never stepped on stage together and I think that's such a shame," Taylor teased from the stage. "So it just so happens that Selena is here tonight." The two sang ...

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USA Weekend Box-Office

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)-----$138M
2.Happy Feet Two (2011)------------------------------- $21.2M
3.Immortals (2011)------------------------------------- $12.4M-----$53.1M
4.Jack and Jill (2011)--------------------------------- $11.7M------$40.8M
5.Puss in Boots (2011)--------------------------------- $10.8M----- $122M
6.Tower Heist (2011)----------------------------------- $7.11M------$53.5M
7.J. Edgar (2011)-------------------------------------- $5.93M-------$20.7M
8.A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)--------------$2.9M-------- $28.3M
9. In Time (2011)-------------------------------------- $1.71M------- $33.5M
10.The Descendants (2011)------------------------------ $1.19M



Critics of President Obama felt little holiday cheer after the president did not thank God in his Thanksgiving-themed weekly Internet address. They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.

"Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?" columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.

"Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."

Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.

"His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God," Starnes wrote.

"The president said his family was 'reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,'" Starnes said. "For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are."

The popular website of London's Daily Mail has taken the issue global, with a story under the headline "What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address."

Obama mentioned God once in a closing "God bless you," to Americans watching the Internet address. However, the President explicitly thanked God earlier in the week in his written Thanksgiving proclamation, which called the holiday "one of our nation's oldest and most cherished traditions," and an occasion that "brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives."

"As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come," Obama wrote.

Ironically, the attacks on Obama came as the Republican White House hopefuls suspended their criticism of the president on Thursday in favor of a unified message of thanks to U.S. service members and their families.

Three of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements.

Obama, like his predecessors, records an address each week that focuses on an issue the White House wants to spotlight. The messages are typically posted on the Internet at the start of the weekend, but this week's address – with its Thanksgiving theme – was issued before the holiday.

In this week's address, delivered from the White House, Obama said, "We are especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas," and he said, "We're also grateful for the Americans taking time from their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters."

He acknowledged this Thanksgiving would be "more difficult than most" for many Americans because of the economy, but added, "No matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny."



BERLIN (AP) — Police used water cannons to disperse about 300 protesters hurling rocks and fireworks during an attempt to disrupt a shipment of nuclear waste in northern Germany on Saturday, officials said.

Another 50 activists tried to sabotage the rail tracks that will be used by a train this weekend to transport the nuclear waste to the storage facility near the northern town of Gorleben, police spokesman Stefan Kuehm-Stoltz said.

On Friday, police clashed with some 200 protesters near the northern town of Dannenberg. Some 20 officers were injured during the clash, police said.

Police said several thousand protesters were gathering in Dannenberg Saturday to hold a peaceful protest rally. Organizers said some 23,000 people already joined the protest.

The train carrying the shipment of 11 containers of nuclear waste reprocessed at France's La Hague facility entered western Germany on Friday after delays in France, where activists damaged railway tracks in an attempt to halt the cargo.

On the German side, protesters repeatedly staged sit-ins on the railway tracks, slowing down the shipment until police carried them away. The shipment is expected to reach its destination sometime over the weekend.

Some 20,000 German police officers are on hand to secure the shipment.

Nuclear energy has been unpopular in Germany since fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine drifted over the country. The annual shipment from France has been a traditional focal point for protesters.

This is the first shipment, however, since Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to speed up shutting down all of Germany's nuclear plants, with the last one scheduled to go offline by 2022, following safety questions raised after the disaster at Fukushima plant in Japan.

Activists in Germany say that the waste containers, and the temporary storage facility near Gorleben, are not safe.

Germany has not yet decided where such waste, which remains radioactive for thousands of years, should be stored permanently.


Lynda Carter

Actress Lynda Carter attends RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown?s Historical Central Plaza on September 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

**Photo by Jordan Strauss/Getty Images North America


Charlize Theron and Lynda Carter attend

Actresses Charlize Theron (L) and Lynda Carter attend RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown's Historical Central Plaza on September 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California

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Charlize Theron, Lynda Carter

Actresses Charlize Theron (L) and Lynda Carter attend RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown?s Historical Central Plaza on September 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lynda Carter, Robert Altman, James Altman

Launch party for the most anticipated video game of the Year "Rage". Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.September 30, 2011.

**Photo by Bauer Griffin


Lynda Carter

Launch party for the most anticipated video game of the Year "Rage". Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.September 30, 2011.

**Photo by Bauer Griffin


Lynda Carter

Launch party for the most anticipated video game of the Year "Rage". Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.September 30, 2011.

**Photo by Bauer Griffin


Lynda Carter

**Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images North America


Lynda Carter

Launch party for the most anticipated video game of the Year "Rage". Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.September 30, 2011.

**Photo by Jordan Strauss/Getty Images North America


Lynda Carter

Actors Rita Wilson (L) and Lynda Carter arrive at a screening of Fox Searchlights' "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" at Fox Studios' The Little Theater on July 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

**Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America


Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter pose at a screening of Fox Searchlights' "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" at Fox Studios' The Little Theater on July 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

** Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mr. Rich Little, Ilona Staller, Olivia Cole, Aurora Snow, Katie Sagona, Marianne Muellerleile, Karin Schubert, Janyse Jaud and Delilah Cotto

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Tamsin Egerton


Peter Facinelli, Garcelle Beauvais, Kristin Bauer, Honey Wilder, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie Rose, Deborah Secco and Tamsin Egerton

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Albert Maysles

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ms. Tina Turner

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Maggie Rizer by Brandi Fowler

Talk about a Thanksgiving treat!

Supermodel Maggie Rizer gave birth to a bouncing baby boy Wednesday, and quickly took to her blog to share the exciting news with fans.

"I am so proud to tell you that we welcomed our son, Alexander Rafahi Mehran III this afternoon!," Rizer wrote. "Zander was born at 5:30pm near San Francisco, weighing 7lbs 13 oz. He has 10 fingers, 10 toes, sandy hair, deep blue eyes and is practically perfect, in every possible way!"

And that wasn't the end of the gushing for the new mommy.

"Alex and I are very proud parents and incredibly excited to get to know our new little lad," Rizer, 33, continued. "We feel tremendously blessed this Thanksgiving!"

This is the first child for Rizer and businessman Alex Mehran, with whom she tied the knot back in September 2010.

**Congrats!!! God bless!!!


Maggie Rizer


Maggie Rizer


Maggie Rizer

Maggie Rizer


Maggie Rizer


Maggie Rizer


By Kristina Chew

A French reporter for public TV station France 3, Caroline Sinz, was brutally assaulted on a street leading from Tahrir Square in Cairo to the interior ministry on Wednesday night. Salah Agrabi, her cameraman, was also attacked. The assault of Sinz chillingly recalls what happened to CBS News reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square on February 11, the day Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.

“We were filming in Mohammed Mahmud Street when we were mobbed by young people who were about 14 or 15,” Sinz told [Agence France-Presse]. Then they were dragged by a group of men towards Tahrir Square where they became separated.

“We were then assaulted by a crowd of men. I was beaten by a group of youngsters and adults who tore my clothes.” Then they molested her in a way that “would be considered rape,” she said. “Some people tried to help me but failed. I was lynched. It lasted three quarters of an hour before I was taken out. I thought I was going to die.” Her cameraman was also beaten, she said.

According to AFP, Sinz was finally rescued by a group of Egyptians and taken back to her hotel, where she was assisted by the French embassy before being seen by a doctor.

Just hours before Sinz was attacked, US-based Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy was sexually and physically assaulted at the interior ministry after she was arrested. She was released Thursday morning with both arms broken.

The day after Eltahawy and Sinz were assaulted, the French branch of Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) said that international media should not send female journalists to Cairo after two sexual assaults in the past few days. Journalists immediately raised objections and RSF withdrew its statement, which was amended to say:

“We urge the media to take great care and to make the security of their reporters and local correspondents their priority. It is more dangerous for a woman than a man to cover the demonstrations in Tahrir Square. That is the reality and the media must face it. It is the first time that there have been repeated sexual assaults against women reporters in the same place. The media must keep this in mind when sending staff there and must take special safety measures.

“We are not saying the international media should pull out and stop covering events in Egypt. But they need to adapt to the threats that currently exist. And women journalists going to Tahrir Square should be aware of this situation.”

British television journalist and news international editor for Channel 4 Lindsey Hilsum wrote to RSF that

“We have fought for decades as female journalists to get our editors to treat us equally. I do not understand how an organisation devoted to press freedom can recommend discrimination like this.”

A Cairo-based woman reporter said that sexual harassment had been more “prevalent” in the past week than ever before in the Egyptian protests; she noted that “Today’s Tahrir Square has a menacing feel. It’s a grittier and dirtier Tahrir than before.” Rebecca Chiao runs the Cairo-based harassmap which maps reported incidents of sexual harassment and violence; Chiao says that such are “ubiquitous” in Egypt:

In a 2008 survey, 83% of women reported having been sexually harassed. Almost three-quarters of Egyptian women who said they had been harassed were veiled and 98% of foreigners said they had been intimidated or groped.

While underscoring that sexual violence against women “is undeniably a problem and absolutely horrific,” British journalist Hilsum also made it clear that “that does not mean women should be intimidated into not reporting in difficult situations.” She pointed out that male journalists had also been assaulted and killed in this year’s uprisings but she had not yet “heard calls for them to leave.”


Heavy D We Salute You

Rapper Heavy D died today after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. He was 44 years old. His cause of death was not immediately known.

Heavy D was returning from a mall at around 11:30 a.m. and was climbing a set of stairs at his condominium when he experienced trouble breathing, according to staff at his Beverly Hills building.

The staff tried to help him to his home but he collapsed. When police arrived, they found him conscious but still having difficulty breathing. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center around noon, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office, but police said there was no indication of foul play.

Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, told TMZ.com that he found him leaning against a rail in distress. Mills said the rapper told him, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

One of Heavy D’s associates told TMZ the rapper had pneumonia, but another said he fell down the stairs. Mills told TMZ he craddled Heavy in his lap while others called 911.

Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s. He was the leader of the hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz, which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show “In Living Color.” (The song was first “In Living Color,” Heavy D & the Boyz later recorded a new theme, “Cause That’s the Way You Livin’ When You’re in Living Color.”) Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” and Janet Jackson’s “Alright.”

In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. He made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller’s new film, “Tower Heist.” Heavy D performed at October’s BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.

In pop culture, Heavy D is also remembered for his mention in the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 hit single “Juicy” with the lyric “Salt’n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.”



Barry Llewellyn We Salute You

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — One of the founders of a leading Jamaican reggae and rocksteady trio from the 1960s has died.

A bandmate says Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones died Wednesday at age 64. Lead singer Leroy Sibbles said Friday that Llewellyn died of unknown causes at Kingston Public Hospital.

Llewellyn founded the Heptones with Earl Morgan in the late 1950s. The group was considered highly influential during the island's rocksteady era in the 1960s.

The Heptones reunited in the 1990s after a nearly 20-year absence during a worldwide ska and rocksteady revival.

Llewellyn is survived by his wife, Monica, and several children.



Friday, November 25, 2011

By Dario Thuburn | AFP News

EU economy commissioner Olli Rehn heads to Rome Friday for talks with Prime Minister Mario Monti as the Italian treasury launches a 10-billion-euro bond sale to try to stem the nation's debt crisis.

The bond auction has been pushed as a patriotic exercise, with some banks agreeing to waive their commission in a gesture of support for the beleaguered economy in the eurozone nation.

But with the yield on Italian 10-year bonds, the broad cost of government borrowing, soaring back above 7.0 percent Thursday -- new prime minister Monti knows he needs to act fast to stop the rot.

Asian markets mostly fell on Friday after a meeting Thursday between the eurozone's three biggest economies highlighted their differences on finding a solution to the debt turmoil gripping Europe.

Ahead of the talks in Strasbourg, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had called for the European Central Bank to act as a lender of last resort for the eurozone and issue bonds, a move strongly rejected by Berlin.

After the meeting, Monti, Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would move to reform EU governing treaties but insisted there would be no wider role for the ECB.

Monti, who took office earlier this month at the head of a technocrat government of national unity, tried to reassure the markets he meant business when it came to setting the eurozone's third largest economy back on track.

"The objective of balancing the budget in 2013 is not called into question," he said after the talks in Strasbourg, France.

"Italy must make a particular effort because it has a very high debt."

Monti's ability to rein in a debt burden of 1.9 trillion euros ($2.5 trillion) that has spooked the financial markets will be the ultimate test for Italy's international credibility.

But whatever hopes Italy's new government might have for the bond sale will have been tempered by the experience of Germany, Europe's strongest economy.

On Wednesday, Germany could not find buyers for more than two billion euros' worth of 10-year bonds.

German bonds are the gold standard of eurozone debt but Berlin managed to draw bids of only 3.9 billion euros for a six-billion-euro auction, indicating that investors are now sceptical about even the safest European assets.

Rehn's visit to Rome on Friday comes at a time which, by his own reckoning, is crucial for the entire 17-member eurozone.

"Ahead lies either the slow disintegration of the euro area or a significant strengthening of the monetary union," Rehn told journalists during a visit to Helsinki on Thursday.

Rehn did not want to comment on Germany's disappointing bond auction.

But he warned: "The contagion effect that started in Greece and spread to different EU countries has recently affected countries close to the heart of the EU area and has now touched even the hardest core of the EU."

Rehn said what was needed were "courageous and determined decisions without delay in next Tuesday's meetings of the eurozone group in Brussels.

The debt crisis ate further into the European Union on Thursday when Moody's ratings agency announced it had downgraded Hungary's government bonds by a notch to Ba1 with a negative outlook.

Moody's said this was mainly over Hungary's "ability to meet its targets on fiscal consolidation and public sector debt reduction over the medium term, in view of higher funding costs and the low-growth environment."


Ms. Noel Neill

Happy 91st Birthday Ms. Neill. God bless you.

Mr. Jack Hogan

Happy Birthday Mr. Hogan. God bless you.

Stefanie von Pfetten


Mr. Matt Clark, Bruce Hopkins, Kristina Uhrinová, Ben Stein and Haley Webb

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Amy Grant, Natalia Cordova, Jacqueline Hennessy, Stefanie von Pfetten, Tracey Walter, Darlanne Fluegel, Brooke Haven and Ms. Kathryn Grant

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Christina Applegate, Billy Burke, Katie Cassidy, Dougray Scott, Joel Kinnaman, Gaspard Ulliel, Jill Hennessy, Jerry Ferrara and John Larroquette

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mon pire cauchemar

Synopsis et détails

Elle habite avec son fils et son mari en face du Luxembourg... Il habite seul avec son fils à l’arrière d’une camionnette.
Elle dirige une prestigieuse fondation d’art contemporain... Il vit de petits boulots et d’allocations.
Elle a bac + 7... Il a failli faire 7 ans de prison.
Elle tutoie le ministre de la culture... Il tutoie toutes les bouteilles d’alcool qu’il rencontre.
Elle aime le débat d’idées... Il aime le sexe avec des inconnues à forte poitrine.
Ils ne se ressemblent pas du tout... et se supportent encore moins.
D’ailleurs, ils n’auraient jamais dû se rencontrer. Mais leurs enfants, eux, sont inséparables... Ils finiront par comprendre pourquoi...

Avec Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André Dussollier

Réalisé par Anne Fontaine



A la suite d’un accident de parapente, Philippe, riche aristocrate, engage comme aide à domicile Driss, un jeune de banlieue tout juste sorti de prison. Bref la personne la moins adaptée pour le job. Ensemble ils vont faire cohabiter Vivaldi et Earth Wind and Fire, le verbe et la vanne, les costumes et les bas de survêtement… Deux univers vont se télescoper, s’apprivoiser, pour donner naissance à une amitié aussi dingue, drôle et forte qu’inattendue, une relation unique qui fera des étincelles et qui les rendra… Intouchables.

Avec François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny

Réalisé par Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache


France Box Office November 16–20, 2011

1. Intouchables------------------$17,603,393-------------$64,769,302
2. The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn Part 1 ------------$16,114,597
3.The Adventures of Tintin-------$2,392,969--------------$50,351,971
4.Mon pire cauchemar
(My Worst Nightmare)------------$1,457,462--------------$4,823,711
6.Les neiges du Kilimandjaro
(The Snows of Kilimandjaro)----$1,282,138
8.L'ordre et la morale
(Rebellion)------------------ $735,251
9.On ne choisit pas sa famille
(You Don't Choose Your Family)-$623,291----------------$2,664,470
10.Toutes nos envies
(All Our Desires)-------------$583,940-----------------$2,122,571
12.Un monstre à Paris-----------$475,432----------------$16,166,105
13.La source des femmes---------$465,665-----------------$3,926,033
14. The Artist-----------------$313,819-----------------$12,896,329
15. Nuit blanche
(Sleepless Night)------------$298,383
16.L'exercice de l'État -------$250,740------------------$3,297,032


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb has plenty to be thankful for this holiday weekend, and he's taken to his blog to let it be known. In the wake of a recent hospital stay to deal with abdominal pain and an inflamed colon, the Bee Gees singer is acknowledging all those who've lent their support and assuring them that he is "on the road to recovery." "I wish to thank my family, friends and the many thousands of people who do not know me but have enjoyed Bee Gees music and have wished me well," he writes, adding: "It is humbling and I take your prayers and good wishes for my health very seriously." That's certainly understandable considering his twin brother Maurice Gibb died in 2003.

**Please continue praying for Robin. God bless.


Sarah Hyland, Alain Chabat, Mirjana Jokovic and Meredith Henderson

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Denise Crosby, Elena Satine, Dwight Schultz, Karine Vanasse, Amanda Wyss, Thierry Lhermitte, Celina Jaitly, Lisa Maxwell and Meredith Patterson

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Stephen Merchant, Emir Kusturica, Garret Dillahunt, Colin Hanks, Billy Connolly and Shirley Henderson

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Katherine Heigl

Happy Birthday. God bless.


Jennifer Hawkins


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Daniela Pestova

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2006 Press Event


Daniela Pestova

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2006 Press Event


France Box Office November 9–13, 2011

2.The Adventures of Tintin-------$6,098,671--------------$47,444,367
4.Mon pire cauchemar
(My Worst Nightmare)------------$2,905,287
6.On ne choisit pas sa famille
(You Don't Choose Your Family)-- $1,785,024
7.Toutes nos envies
(All Our Desires)----------------$1,273,027
8.La source des femmes------------$1,111,027-------------$3,188,395
9.Un monstre à Paris--------------$1,027,487-------------$14,620,179
10.The Artist---------------------$703,961----------------$12,406,803


Thanksgiving Day


Gary Oldman by George Wales

It seems as though anyone and everyone is weighing in with tidbits concerning The Dark Knight Rises, with Gary Oldman the latest cast-member to add his two penneth to the mix.

In a recent interview with Collider the man who plays Jim Gordon had a few interesting things to say about filming in IMAX, which was apparently used more liberally than it was on The Dark Knight.

“[We used it] a fair bit actually,” he says of the filming technique. “The IMAX camera, it’s a strange thing. There’s only so much film that you can put through the gate. You get two takes from a roll, I guess.”

“The thing is, it’s very loud. It’s a very noisy piece of equipment and it’s quite cumbersome, it’s quite a large - you don’t hold an IMAX camera, I mean you steadicam it. But of course you have to loop, you have to dub everything you do on the IMAX because you can’t hear the dialogue.”

And as for the finished article, Oldman sounds every bit as excited as your common or garden fanboy. “It’s the last one, the third one in the trilogy,” he says. “It’s a great story. It’s gonna be pretty epic.”

The Dark Knight Rises is released in the UK on 20 July 2012. But then you probably already know that by now…

Source: Collider/imdb.com/totalfilm.com

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Happy Birthday. God bless.