Sunday, September 30, 2012

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman by Natalie Finn

Anne Hathaway is a married woman.

The Dark Knight Rises star swapped vows with longtime love Adam Shulman Saturday in Big Sur, Calif., E! News has confirmed.

Hathaway wore a gown designed by "very good friend" Valentino—and while the newlyweds aren't flashing pics for the world to see just yet, we're going to bet the words radiant and stunning applied.

The newlyweds celebrated with more than 150 family and friends at a secluded private estate in the picturesque coastal community. The guests began arriving for the ceremony around 4 p.m., but many were reportedly on hand for the whole wedding weekend, which started Friday with a rehearsal dinner at the Ventana Inn and Spa.

Though she encountered an odd, prison-bound bump on her road to happiness, Hathaway has appeared to enjoy a cuddly, drama-free courtship with Shulman.

They started dating in late 2008 after meeting through mutual friends and by November 2011 Shulman had popped the question, offering up a reportedly 6-carat diamond ring he helped design with Kwiat jewelers.

Befitting of their mutual smarts, Hathaway and Shulman held an engagement party in February at a New York City bookstore, where their friends and family noshed on vegan cuisine in honor of the pair's impending nuptials.

*Congrats! God bless!

Andrea Roth

Debrah Farentino, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Al Leong, Victoria Tennant and Gladys Portugues

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Actors you never knew were related

by Edward Bovingdon | Movie Editor's Blog

Much like the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, everyone is related in Hollywood. Well, not everyone, but some people. There are the obvious ones, of course, like Liza Minnelli being the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, and the acting dynasties like the Redgraves, the Sheens, the Baldwins, the Bridges and the Fondas. But who else is related to who?

Katherine Moennig & Gwyneth Paltrow

Fans of lesbian drama 'The L Word' will be fully up to speed with Katherine Moennig, who played Shane McCutcheon for 70 episodes, as well as turning up in 'CSI: Miami', 'Law & Order', 'Dexter' and 'Dawson's Creek' spin-off 'Young Americans'. But she is also the cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow and her director brother Jake. Paltrow, meanwhile, is daugher of director Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, of 'Meet The Parents' fame.

Brooke Shields & Glenn Close

'Fatal Attraction' bunny boiler Glenn Close comes from some illustrious lineage. Her father was William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who was the personal physician to the president of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, and who stemmed the outbreak of Ebola in the country in 1976. He was also one of the Virginia Taliaferros, a most prominent American dynasty dating back to 17th century settlers. But better than all that, Close is second cousin to, erm, Brooke Shields.

Nicolas Cage & Jason Schwartzman

Nicolas Cage's real name, as you may know, is Nicolas Kim Coppola, making him Hollywood royalty. But to shake off the nepotism, he changed his name to Cage. Nevertheless, he's still nephew to director Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to Roman and Sofia Coppola. But less well known, he is also cousin to hipster-actor-par-excellence Jason Schwartzman.

Tom Cruise & William Mapother

Remember that creepy guy Ethan from 'Lost'? He was one of 'The Others' and was a bit creepy? Well guess who his cousin is... that's right! Tom Cruise. Cruise's proper full name is in fact Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, which as well as sounding incredibly posh also links him to the Mapothers, descended from Welsh immigrants. William has appeared in five films with Cruise; 'Minority Report', 'Vanilla Sky', 'Mission Impossible II', 'Born on the Fourth of July' and 'Magnolia'.

Melissa McCarthy & Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy made her name in the nude, appearing in 'Playboy' back in 1993, and then going on to win the coveted title of Playmate of the Year. She went on to become an actress, just like her cousin Melissa McCarthy, who, since her turn in 'Bridesmaids', has emerged as one of the hottest comedy properties in Hollywood.

Macaulay Culkin & Bonnie Bedelia

As a child star, it was lucky for wee Macaulay Culkin that his aunty was also in the business. Step forward Bonnie Bedelia, or Bonnie Bedelia Culkin being her full name. You may know her better, however, as Holly McClane, long-suffering wife of maverick, shoeless, string-vest wearing, yippee-cay-yaying New York policeman John McClane in 'Die Hard' and 'Die Hard 2'.

Richard Belzer & Henry Winkler

Richard Belzer has many strings to his bow. As well as being a stand-up comedian, author and an actor, he's also the cousin of Henry 'Arthur Fonzarelli' Winkler. Belzer is probably best known for playing Sergeant John Munch in the superior cop procedural 'Homicide: Life on the Street', based on the memoir by David Simon, creator of the spectacular drama series 'The Wire'.

Jason Patric & Jason Miller & Jackie Gleason

We've loved Jason Patric since 'The Lost Boys', which was only his second film. His brooding dangerousness is most underused. But then acting does run in the family. His father was Jason Miller, who played Father Damien Karras in 'The Exorcist'. He scored an Oscar nomination for that role, and later won a Pulitzer for writing the play 'That Champion Season'. Better still, Patric's grandfather was the late, great Jackie Gleason, who, depending how old you are, you will recall from 'The Jackie Gleason Show' in the 50s or 'Smokey And The Bandit' in the 80s.

Martha Plimpton & The Carradines

Most will recall Martha Plimpton from 'The Goonies', in which she played spunky teenager Stef, the one who gives Corey Feldman a big cuddle at the end. What is less well known is that she's part of the Carradine acting dynasty. She's the daughter of 'Deadwood' and 'Dexter's Keith Carradine, her granddad was western legend John Carradine, and her uncle was the late David Carradine, star of 'Kung Fu' and 'Kill Bill'.

Sissy Spacek & Rip Torn

'Badlands' and 'Carrie' star Sissy Spacek graduated from high school with dreams of becoming a singer. So off she went from her home in Texas to New York to seek her fortune, where she stayed with her cousin, Elmore Rual Torn, better known as Rip Torn, the comedy genius who played Artie in 'The Larry Sanders Show' and, latterly, Patches O'Houlihan in 'Dodgeball'.

British Woman Rescued (Sky News )

Two women, a Briton and an Australian, have been rescued near Ecuador's border with Colombia a day after they were kidnapped.

Ecuadorian army officials have named the 23-year-old Briton as Katherine Sara Cox and the 32-year-old Australian as Fiona Louise Wilde. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was unable to confirm the names.

Police and armed forces rescued the pair who are "in good condition", according to Ecuador's interior minister Jose Serrano.

The women were abducted while visiting the Cuyabeno nature reserve in the Tarapoa region, in Sucumbios province, officials said.

They were travelling in a canoe as part of a group of seven tourists - five foreigners and two Ecuadorans - and two local Ecuadorans working as guides. The other foreigners were not kidnapped.

Kidnappings are common among Colombian gangs.

Australia's foreign ministry said its embassy in Chile was "working urgently with Canadian and British authorities in Ecuador to obtain more information", and officials were also in contact with the Australian's family.

Ecuador's environment ministry has quoted local people as saying that three members of a Colombian gang of ex-paramilitary fighters known as the Black Eagles were behind the abduction.

A spokeswoman for the FCO said: "We are pleased it has been confirmed that the two women missing in Ecuador have been found and that their families have been informed."

The FCO currently advises against all travel to the areas immediately bordering Colombia in Carchi province due to criminal activity and organised crime.

Eric Stoltz, Fran Drescher, Jenna Elfman, Andrea Roth, Kieran Culkin, Ursula Brooks, Candice Michelle, Teal Redmann, Ian Ogilvy and Pihla Viitala

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Melissa Sue Anderson

Last Sept. 26, is your birthday.

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Lysette Anthony

Last Sept. 26, is your birthday.

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Lacey Chabert

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ms. Angie Dickinson

Happy Birthday Ms. Dickinson. God bless you.

Marion Cotillard

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Monica Bellucci

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Alessia Merz

Ms. Jacqueline Bisset

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

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Emmy Winners by Rosemary Brennan

Drama Series: Homeland

Comedy Series: Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie: Game Change

Variety, Comedy or Musical Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race

Host, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars


Supporting Actor, Comedy: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Supporting Actress, Comedy: Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Guest Actor, Comedy: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actress, Comedy: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Lead Actor, Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Supporting Actor, Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress, Drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Guest Actress, Drama: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife

Guest Actor, Drama: Jeremy Davies, Justified

Lead Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland

Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change

Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys


Directing, Comedy: Steve Levitan, Modern Family

Directing, Drama: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards

Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Jay Roach, Game Change


Writing, Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie

Writing, Drama: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Homeland

Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Louis C.K., Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre

Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Danny Strong, Game Change

*Congrats to all of you. God bless.

*Sorry for the delay in posting this report.

Michael Morse (Larry Brown Sports)

The Nationals’ Michael Morse was asked to mime a grand slam in the first inning of the Nationals-Cardinals game on Saturday after a call was overturned, leading to an odd, albeit hilarious, situation at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Morse hit a fly ball to right field with the bases loaded in the first inning off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse. The ball bounced off the second wall in right field and back onto the field, so right fielder Carlos Beltran played it like a live ball. Beltran threw the ball into the infield, and second baseman Skip Schumaker chased down Morse and tagged him out. At that point, Morse would have been credited with an RBI single to put the Nats up 1-0.

The umpires decided to review the call and, after looking at replays, they determined that the ball bounced into play after hitting the second wall, which is considered a home run.

The umpires re-set the runners on the bases, and they asked Morse to return to home plate (after touching first base on his way back) to mime a grand slam.

Morse happily obliged, and he was credited with his fourth career grand slam to give the Nats a 4-0 lead. Washington won the game 6-4 in 10 innings to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL East to one.

Even though it was odd seeing the umpires recreate the situation, the important thing is that they got the call right. The Nationals have been jobbed several times this year on bad calls by the umpires, but thanks to replay, this call was corrected.

Sweden by Kristina Chew

Recycling in Sweden has been so successful that the Scandinavian country has to import garbage from its European neighbors.

Yes, we should all be in such a predicament!

As Public Radio International reports, only four percent of household waste in Sweden ends up in municipal landfills; the rest is recycled or is sent to waste-to-energy power plants, where it is burned as fuel. A report from Swedish Waste Management touts Sweden as offering the “best example” for a “greener future,” noting that the country is able to recover the most energy from each ton of waste via its waste-to-energy plants.

Indeed, the waste-to-energy plants do just what their name says. The “waste-powered” plants provide 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, in which heated water is pumped through pipes to residential and commercial buildings, as well as electricity for a quarter of a million homes and over 4.6 million households.

Other statistics confirm just how green Sweden is. According to the most recent figures from Eurostat, only 1 percent of waste from Swedish households ends up in landfill, in contrast to 38 percent for European countries on average. As the French newspaper Le Monde details, 36 percent of waste in Sweden is recycled, 14 percent composted and more than 49 percent incinerated, the highest rate in the EU after Denmark (54 percent) and well above the European average (22 percent).

Sweden Has to Import Garbage

Since Sweden does not produce enough burnable waste for its energy needs, it has been importing 800,000 tons of trash a year from other European countries including neighboring Norway. It’s cheaper for Norway to export its trash rather than to burn it itself.

Emissions from the burning waste are a concern, as well as dioxin and heavy metals in the ashes. Sweden’s regulations about limiting these are strict and with good result as, since the 1980s, they have led to a 90 percent reduction in the release of hydrogen chloride and sulfur oxides (responsible for acid rain).

Catarina Ostlund, Senior Advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, says that heavy metal emissions are landfilled and then the ashes are re-exported back to Norway. She hopes that countries including Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic countries might follow Sweden and build their own incineration or recycling plants, as they currently diposed of their waste in landfills. Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania do have new waste-to-energy initiatives that could lead to more sustainable management of waste and energy resources. Since some of these countries are currently mired in financial difficulties including massive debt, it’s to be hoped that environmentally-friendly policies do not get pushed aside.

As Ostlund notes, it could be possible that in the future, “waste will be valued even more so maybe you could sell your waste because there will be a shortage of resources within the world.” Now that — being able to re-use our waste to supply our needs for fuel — would be turning trash “into gold.”

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ms. Anita Ekberg

Happy Birthday Ms. Ekberg. God bless you.

Erika Eleniak

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman by Bruna Nessif

Anne Hathaway's big day is Saturday.

The Dark Knight Rises star is set to get hitched tomorrow to fiancé Adam Shulman in a private ceremony in the scenic redwood-studded coastal enclave of Big Sur, Calif., E! News has confirmed. As we previously reported, Hathaway will be swathed in a gown specially designed by her friend Valentino Garavani.

The 29-year-old Oscar-nominated star found her Mr. Right, fellow actor Shulman, not long after discovering out she had devoted years of her love life to Mr. Oh-So-Wrong. So in honor of their pending nuptials (check back here for all the details tomorrow), let's take a look back at how the couple's love affair began...

January 2009: The public first caught wind of this new couple when Hathaway was spotted with Shulman at the opening gala of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where Hathaway picked up the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Rachel Getting Married. PDA was kept to a minimum, but there was a quick lip-lock (many more to follow in the coming years).

May 2010: Anne and Adam stayed off the radar for a bit, that is, until Shulman was spotted jacking some mural art from a Manhattan construction site. Don't worry, he returned it (after paparazzi got pictures of him taking it).

August 2011: Seriously, though, where was Adam Shulman hiding? Apparently, he was a little camera shy. "He's in there hanging out with my friends," Hathaway told us during the One Day premiere in New York City. Hey, more spotlight for his leading lady.

Nov. 28, 2011: And all of a sudden—bam!—this duo is engaged! Well, maybe not exactly "all of a sudden," since it had been three years, but we were happily surprised, nonetheless. Hathaway's rep confirmed the engagement to E! News, but the actress kept proposal details underwraps. Shucks!

Nov. 30, 2011: The ring! Anne showed off the unique creation made especially for her by Shulman and Kwiat jewelers."We were honored to have the opportunity to work with Adam. He had a strong vision for what he wanted to present to Anne and we worked with him to make a custom design," a rep for the company told E! News.

December 2011: Speculation as to when the big ceremony would go down started swirling and leaned toward October 2012. Her rep denied such claims, but it clearly wasn't too far off.

July 2012-September 2012: Remember how we said that these lovebirds kept their public displays of affection to a minimum in the beginning? Well, it seemed like all that changed once that diamond was on Anne's finger, because it became PDA all day, everyday, anywhere, any time. But it was super sweet.

Sept. 20, 2012: Most of the wedding plans have been kept hush-hush, except for one (pretty important) detail: the designer of Anne's wedding dress. And that just so happens to be Valentino Garavani. During the New York City Ballet's fall gala, the fashion icon told E! News he "did the dress" for Anne's nuptials. "She's a very good friend of mine," Valentino gushed. Like family? "Oh, yes. She's like my daughter!"

Sept. 29, 2012: The couple are set to swap vows in Big Sur, Calif.

*Congrats! God bless!

Nicolas Winding Refn

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Poco - Rose Of Cimarron

Poco - Rose Of Cimarron

Roll along, roll on
Rose of Cimarron
Dusty days are gone
Rose of Cimarron

Trails that brought them home
Echo names they've known
Four days high and lonely
Comin' to you only

You're the one they'd turn to
The only one they knew who'd do
All her best to be around
When the chips were down

Roll along, roll on
Rose of Cimarron
Dusty days are gone
Rose of Cimarron

Shadows touch the sand
And look to see who's standin'
Waitin' at your window
Watchin' will they ever show?

Roll along, roll on
Rose of Cimarron
Dusty days are gone
Rose of Cimarron

Hearts like yours belong
Following the dawn
Wrapped up in a song
Rose of Cimarron

Zachary Levi

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Ian McShane

Happy Birthday Mr. McShane. God bless.

Ylfa Edelstein

Better late than never. Last Sept. 8, is your birthday.

Belated Happy Birthday. God bless you.

Ivana Bozilovic, Sabina Gadecki, Nastassia Markiewicz and Alessandro De Marco

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Bill Graham

Better late than never. Last Sept. 8, is your birthday.

Belated Happy Birthday. God bless you.

Kelly Lynn Gitter, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Anndi McAfee, Karen Fairchild, Marshall Bell, Vanessa Vadim, Michael Flynn, Fiona Lewis and Mr. Robert Hogan

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Elisabetta Canalis (Parental Guidance)

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Crazy Eyes - Poco

Crazy Eyes is about Richie Furay's friendship with Gram Parsons.

Gram Parsons--Novenmber 5, 1946-September 19, 1973--We Salute You, RIP

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Crazy Eyes - Poco

Songwriter: Richie Furay

I got a feeling about you love, who's been fooling who
Crazy eyes, I been a foolin' you
You sing songs about brass buttons and shiny silver shoes
Crazy eyes what had you to lose

Down among the South Carolina pines you spent
Most of your lifetime in deep thought
Then changes come about and you find the time you spent
Wasn't quite a reason for being bought

So now to be or not to be is the question now
Crazy eyes, don't you forget how
'Cause I'm used to seeing your face in the crowd
You thought you saw me
Crazy eyes blind as you can be

Down among the South Carolina pines you spent
Most of your lifetime in deep thought
Then changes come about and you find the time you spent
Wasn't quite a reason for being bought

Crazy eyes

So now to be or not to be is the question now
Hey, don't you forget how
'Cause I'm used to seeing your face in the crowd
And you thought you saw me
Crazy eyes, you're blind as you can be

Down among the South Carolina pines you spent
Most of your life

Alessia Merz

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hilary Duff, Janeane Garofalo, Jeffrey Jones, Kirsten Prout, Dita Von Teese, Maria Canals-Barrera, Susan Walters, Brooke Banner, Daniel Bonjour, Leilani Sarelle and Laura Cerón

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

By Matt Walker/ Editor, BBC Nature

*Bonobos have less far territory to roam

Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps and bonobos, are running out of places to live, say scientists.

They have recorded a dramatic decline in the amount of habitat suitable for great apes, according to the first such survey across the African continent.

Eastern gorillas, the largest living primate, have lost more than half their habitat since the early 1990s.

Cross River gorillas, chimps and bonobos have also suffered significant losses, according to the study.

Details are published in the journal Diversity and Distributions.

"Several studies either on a site or country level indicated already that African ape populations are under enormous pressure and in decline," said Hjalmar Kuehl, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who helped organise the research.

But a wider perspective was missing; so various organisations and scientists joined to conduct the first continent-wide survey of suitable great ape habitat.

"Many of the authors have spent years to collect the data used in this study under extremely difficult conditions with a lot of personal commitment," Dr Kuehl told BBC Nature.

"Nothing comparable exists."

The scientists conducted the survey in two stages.

First, they determined the exact location of more than 15,000 sites where the various species and subspecies of African great ape have been confirmed living during the past twenty years.

"We then evaluated the environmental conditions at these locations and at all other locations across tropical Africa where great ape presence was not confirmed. This assessment included for instance percentage forest cover, human population density or climatic conditions," said Dr Kuehl.

From that the researchers could calculate the environmental conditions required for great apes to live. Then, using a statistical model, they predicted the amount of such habitat surviving across Africa, first for the 1990s, then the 2000s.

The results are grim reading for conservationists.

Gorillas have been significantly affected. Cross River gorillas have seen 59% of their habitat disappear over the past two decades. Eastern gorillas, the largest gorilla and largest surviving primate, have lost 52% of their habitat, while western gorillas have lost 31%.

The various species and subspecies of chimp have also suffered.

Bonobos, once known as pygmy chimpanzees, have lost 29% of their habitat. Of the different subspecies of common chimpanzee, those living in central Africa have lost 17% and those in western Africa 11% of their habitat respectively.

"From several site and country level studies we knew that pressure on great apes is increasing enormously. But despite these expectations it is outrageous to see how our closest living relatives and their habitats are disappearing," said Dr Kuehl.

The pressures on the great apes vary significantly depending on region.

For example, in western Africa, the loss of suitable habitat is being driven by forest clearance and hunting.

In Central Africa, huge swathes of pristine forest remain, but it is no longer suitable for great apes due to the extensive hunting that occurs within to supply the trade in bushmeat.

The scientists would like to improve their study, which provides a large scale picture of the habitat loss suffered by great apes, by including more local data.

Including socioeconomic data may help explain why apes still live in close proximity to people in some areas, while in most others they have disappeared.

"The situation is very dramatic, many of the ape populations we still find today will disappear in the near future," Dr Kuehl told BBC Nature. "In an increasingly crowding world with demand for space, wood, mineral resources and meat, apes will continue to disappear.

"Without a fundamental change in perception of how precious apes and their habitats are the current situation will not improve."

Mira Sorvino

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Carré Otis

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Actor Johnny Lewis

Police are investigating the death of a Sons of Anarchy actor in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday after he apparently killed his landlady.

Johnny Lewis, 28, was found in the driveway of his house, after appearing to have jumped or fallen to his death from the roof.

He is the only suspect in the death of Catherine Davis, 81, who was apparently beaten to death at the property.

Court records show Lewis had been released from prison a week earlier.

Records show the actor had pleaded no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in two unrelated cases earlier this year.

Over the summer he was enrolled in a drug, alcohol and psychiatric treatment programme and was released from county jail on 21 September, records indicate.

His lawyer said on Thursday that he was "surprised" and "baffled" by the deaths.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said neighbours reported that they heard a woman screaming inside the house in the Los Feliz neighbourhood before the bodies were discovered on Wednesday morning.

They also told officials that a man had jumped over the fence, assaulted a painter and a neighbour and then jumped back over the fence.

Police say it is not clear if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Lewis had a role in Sons of Anarchy in 2008 and 2009, and played Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the FX Show.

Ms. Brigitte Bardot

Happy Birthday Ms. Bardot. God bless you.

Sylvia Kristel

Happy Birthday. God bless.

John Sayles

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Naomi Watts

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Herbert Lom We Salute You

Lom (left) starred opposite Peter Sellers in several Pink Panther movies

Actor Herbert Lom, best known for playing Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 95.

The Czech-born, London-based actor starred opposite Peter Sellers in several films as Inspector Clouseau's irritable boss.

Lom appeared in more than 100 films during his 60-year acting career, including such classics as The Ladykillers, Spartacus and El Cid.

His family said he died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday.

Lom also portrayed Napoleon Bonaparte on two occasions. One of them came in the 1956 screen adaptation of Tolstoy's War And Peace, also starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

He first appeared as police chief Dreyfus in 1964's A Shot In The Dark, a character who became increasingly mentally unstable as a result of Clouseau's incompetence as the films went on.

Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru in Prague in 1917, where he grew up and attended the city's university.

He began acting on stage and screen in Czechoslovakia, before leaving for England at the start of World War II.

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before making his English language acting debut in 1940 film Mein Kampf - My Crimes.

He was offered a seven-year contract with Twentieth Century Fox and secured several lead roles in the 1940s, including Napoleon in The Young Mr Pitt.

In the 1950s he played opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in Ealing comedy The Ladykillers and opposite Robert Mitchum and Rita Hayworth in Fire Down Below.

He made a speciality of playing the sinister character in a string of low-budget horror films including a number of Hammer studio productions, playing the Phantom in their production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Those parts persuaded director Blake Edwards to give him his most famous role as Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering boss in several of the Pink Panther movies.

"It was a godsend when I was offered the part," he said of the role. "But it did become a double-edged sword as people started to associate me with Dreyfus."

Lom married Dina Schea in 1948, whom he divorced in 1971, and had a daughter with potter Brigitte Appleby.

He also wrote two novels alongside his acting career: Enter A Spy published in 1971 and Dr Guillotine in 1993.

His later acting career saw him work with director David Cronenberg in a 1983 adaptation of Stephen King novel The Dead Zone, opposite Christopher Walken.


Isaac Hayes - Cafe Regio's (1971)

Charles "Skip" Pitts (April 7, 1947 – May 1, 2012)--We Salute You, RIP

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Nepal plane crash (AFP)

KATHMANDU: A passenger jet carrying 19 people, mainly foreigners, towards an airport in the shadow of Mount Everest crashed on Friday on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, police said, killing everyone on board.

The Sita Air craft had just taken off from Kathmandu airport and was headed to the small town of Lukla, a gateway to Everest, when it plunged towards a river on the outskirts of the city.

“All 19 passengers of the Sita Air plane have died. The accident site is less than one kilometre (half a mile) from the airport,” said Nepal Police spokesman Binod Singh.

“The pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river but unfortunately the plane caught fire.” Singh said the plane, carrying mainly foreigners and three local crew, plunged into the banks of the Manohara River early in the morning.

“There are four Nepalis among the dead, apart from the crew. The majority of the dead are foreigners from Western countries,” he said.

Dozens of army personnel had arrived at the crash site, said Nepalese army spokesman Ramindra Chhetri, and were battling to bring the blaze under control.

“I was just walking and saw a plane landing. It was caught in fire and I even heard people inside the plane screaming,” a witness told Kantipur Television.

Another witness said he saw half burned bodies near the crash site, a slum settlement.

Nepal has a poor road network and large numbers of tourists, pilgrims and professional climbers often rely on the country’s 16 domestic airlines and 49 airports to reach remote areas.

The latest fatal crash in Nepal — the sixth in less than two years — could potentially lead to new scrutiny of the country’s numerous small airlines, which provide vital links to remote parts of the country.

Aircraft and pilots often have to contend with bad weather and difficult landing strips in the Himalayan nation.

In another recent accident in Nepal, a small Agni Air plane taking tourists to a treacherous high-altitude airport near the Annapurna mountain region ploughed into the ground, killing 15 people on board.

In September last year a small plane taking tourists on a sightseeing trip around Everest crashed into a hillside near the Nepalese Kathmandu, also killing all 19 people on board.

The Buddha Air Beechcraft plane, carrying 10 Indians, two Americans, one Japanese citizen and three local passengers, came down in heavy rain and fog at Godavari, about 10 kilometres from the capital.

*We extend our sympathy to their family and friends.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sofia Milos

Avril Lavigne, Meat Loaf, Patrick Muldoon, Shaun Cassidy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Denis Lawson, Amanda Detmer and Sofia Milos

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Anna Camp

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Taken 2

Réalisateur--Olivier Megaton

Acteurs et actrices

Liam Neeson
Maggie Grace
Famke Janssen
Leland Orser
Jon Gries
D.B. Sweeney
Luke Grimes
Rade Serbedzija

Cheryl Tiegs (Parental Guidance)

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Mr. Wilford Brimley

Happy Birthday Mr. Brimley. God bless.

By Cordelia Hebblethwaite (BBC News, Washington DC)

There is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation. But bit by bit British English is invading America too.

"Spot on - it's just ludicrous!" snaps Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley.

"You are just impersonating an Englishman when you say spot on."

"Will do - I hear that from Americans. That should be put into quarantine," he adds.

And don't get him started on the chattering classes - its overtones of a distinctly British class system make him quiver.

But not everyone shares his revulsion at the drip, drip, drip of Britishisms - to use an American term - crossing the Atlantic.

"I enjoy seeing them," says Ben Yagoda, professor of English at the University of Delaware, and author of the forthcoming book, How to Not Write Bad.

"It's like a birdwatcher. If I find an American saying one, it makes my day!"

Last year Yagoda set up a blog dedicated to spotting the use of British terms in American English.

So far he has found more than 150 - from cheeky to chat-up via sell-by date, and the long game - an expression which appears to date back to 1856, and comes not from golf or chess, but the card game whist. President Barack Obama has used it in at least one speech.

Yagoda notices changes in pronunciation too - for example his students sometimes use "that sort of London glottal stop", dropping the T in words like "important" or "Manhattan".

The Britishisms are coming

Ginger (red hair)
The use of ginger in the US to describe red hair took off with publication of the first Harry Potter book in 1998, says Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster. Unlike in the UK, there is no anti-ginger prejudice in the US, she says - Americans think of warm, comforting things like gingerbread.

Sell-by date (expiration)
Americans use "expiration date" for the British sell-by date - the date by which supermarket food must be sold. But sell-by date is increasingly used in the US in a figurative sense. Eg "That idea is well past its sell-by date."

Go missing (disappear)
This came to the fore in the US when intern Chandra Levy "disappeared", says Ben Yagoda. Go missing was widely used, he says, because it felt more nuanced. In his view, British terms can "really serve a purpose" when there is no exact equivalent in American English.

Chat up (hit on)
The use of chat up to refer to flirtatious conversation really began to take off in the 1990s, says Kory Stamper. Often you can't pinpoint why a word or phrase gets picked up, she says. Chat up is a good example of a Britishism that has "snuck in on cat's feet".

Kory Stamper, Associate Editor for Merriam-Webster, whose dictionaries are used by many American publishers and news organisations, agrees that more and more British words are entering the American vocabulary.

Stamper is one of the powerful few who get to choose which words are included in the dictionary, as well as writing their definitions.

One new entrant into the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2012 was gastropub (a gentrified pub serving good food), which was first used, according to Kory Stamper, in London's Evening Standard newspaper in 1996, and was first registered on American shores in 2000.

"The British pub is a very different critter from an American bar," she says, but bars with good beer and food are springing up in many cities in the US, and the British term is sometimes used to describe them.

Twee (excessively dainty or cute) is another "word of the moment", says Stamper, as is metrosexual (a well-groomed and fashion-conscious heterosexual man) which "took off like wildfire", after it was used in the American TV series Queer Eye. There was even a backlash against it - a sure sign, she says, that the word had "absolutely made its way into the American vernacular".

There has also been "a huge up-tick", says Stamper, in the use of ginger as a way of describing someone with red hair.

She sees this as clearly tied to the publication in the US of the first Harry Potter book. Dozens of words and phrases were changed for the American market, but ginger slipped through, as did snog (meaning "to kiss amorously") - though that has not proved so popular.

We are not seeing a radical change to the American language, says Jesse Sheidlower, American editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary - rather a "very small, but noticeable" trend.

Bill Kretzschmar, professor of English at the University of Georgia, makes a similar point - that while the spike in use of some British terms may look dramatic, it is often because they are rising from a very low base. Most are used "very infrequently", he says.

And it is not so much the masses who use these terms, says Geoffrey Nunberg, as the educated elite. Journalists and other media types, like advertising agencies, are the worst offenders, in his view.

"The words trickle down rather than trickle up," he says.

"It sounds trendy - another borrowing we could use without - to use a British term. It just sounds kind of Transatlantic."

But the line between trendy and plain pretentious is a fine one, says Sheidlower.

Anyone who says bespoke - as Americans sometimes do when referring to a custom-made suit or a bicycle - is just "showing off".

But some British terms can be useful, says Sheidlower, and fill in a gap where there is no direct equivalent in American English - he cites one-off (something which is done, or made, or which happens only once) as an example.

To go missing is another useful term, says Ben Yagoda, as it is more nuanced, conveying a greater sense of uncertainty than the standard "to disappear". Its use climbed significantly in 2001, with the high-profile case of the missing intern Chandra Levy.

British TV shows like Top Gear, Dr Who, and Downton Abbey may be another reason more British words are slipping in, says Yagoda, as well as the popularity (and easy access via the internet) of British news sources, such as The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Mail - and the BBC.

Yagoda also points to a number of British journalists who have risen to influential positions in the US, including Tina Brown - who has worked as editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek - and Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue.

"English for everybody is becoming more international, every day that passes," says Bill Kretzschmar who is also editor in chief of the Linguistics Atlas Project, which tracks spoken English.

The use of university, rather than college or school, for example, may well be used by Americans to make sure they are understood outside the country.

The same thing might be influencing a trend that Yagoda has spotted for Americans to use the day, month, year format for dates - 26/9/12 rather than 9/26/12.

There is not so much an "on and off switch" between versions of English, says Kretzschmar, but more of a continuum - with the same words in existence in different places, but just used at different frequencies.

Some words, often the more formal ones, were once common on both sides of the Atlantic, but dropped out of American English usage while remaining popular in Britain, says Yagoda - amongst (instead of among), trousers (instead of pants), and fortnight (two weeks) are examples.

And some words which Brits regard as typically American - including "candy", "the fall", and "diaper" - were originally British, but dropped out of usage in Britain between about 1850 and the early 1900s, says Kory Stamper.

"America has always welcomed words from all over," she says.

"If it doesn't look conspicuously foreign, I don't think anyone questions - it's just English at that point."

The word gormless (the best American equivalent is probably "clueless") is on the rise in the US, for example, says Stamper, but no-one thinks of it as a British word. For some reason it sounds Southern to many American ears.

There would have been no difference between British and American English when the founding fathers first crossed the Atlantic. It took time for the two to go their separate ways - a process given a jolt by Noah Webster, who published the first dictionary of American English in 1806, 30 years after the Declaration of Independence.

Webster introduced the distinctive American spellings of words like "honour" (honor), "colour" (color), "defence" (defense), and "centre" (center), as well as including specifically American words like "skunk" and "chowder".

"He wanted very much for this budding new nation to have its own language," says Kory Stamper, whose Merriam-Webster dictionary is the modern-day version of Webster's work.

"If [we were] not British, but American, we needed to have an American language as well."

These days, the "balance of payments" language-wise is very much skewed the other way - with Americanisms used far more in Britain than the other way round, says Nunberg.

And though a few people do take umbrage at the use of British words in American English, they are in the minority, says Sheidlower.

"In the UK, the use of Americanisms is seen as a sign that culture is going to hell."

"But Americans think all British people are posh, so - aside from things that are fairly pretentious - no-one would mind."

Mr. Andy Williams We Salute You

British singer Tony Christie has paid tribute to the late crooner Andy Williams, saying he will be remembered as "one of the greats".

Williams, whose version of Moon River propelled his career to great heights in the 1960s, died at his home in Missouri on Tuesday, aged 84.

"He was up there with [Frank] Sinatra, [Tony] Bennett," Christie told the BBC.

"I enjoyed a chat with him backstage at the Royal Albert Hall some years ago and he was a lovely man, very gentle."

Christie said Williams' smooth singing style matched his relaxed persona and "he was a great pleasure to have met".

Williams began singing as a child and had more than 20 hit singles over 50 years, including Music To Watch Girls By and Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Lyricist Don Black, who wrote the song Born Free, which Williams recorded in the '60s, described him as the "ultimate professional".

"He was a great guy, he was very professional but didn't take himself too seriously. That type of performer doesn't exist anymore. It's gradually becoming the end of an era.

Black said he would miss Williams "for all that he stood for", adding: "His great songs and big band... Many people will be very sad today."

'Loved the audience'

Others in the music business also paid tribute, including those Williams helped to nurture.

Donny Osmond said Williams had shaped his love of music as he watched his brothers performing with the crooner on the weekly Andy Williams Show.

Williams also gave a seven-year-old Donny voice lessons, a memory he said he treasured.

"When I finally joined my brothers and toured with Andy as his opening act and back-up singers, I was always impressed with the way he handled an audience. He loved the audience," said Mr Osmond.

"That was one of the most important lessons he taught me."

He went on: "He truly was a great singer and I will ever be indebted to Andy for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams and the opportunity to be personally inspired by such a generous talent."

DJ Tony Blackburn said Williams had "so many great songs". Writing on Twitter, he said: "One of the best concerts I ever went to was Andy Williams at the Royal Albert Hall many years ago, he was tremendous."

Williams began performing on radio stations with his brothers at the age of eight, becoming a major star in 1956, the same year that Elvis Presley shot to fame.

His career reached its peak in the 1960s but he continued to perform at the Moon River Theatre he built in his home town until recent years.

Tim Burgess, frontman with UK rock band The Charlatans, described Williams' death as "another sad loss".

"Andy Williams was a real smooth guy, that's for sure. Rest in peace, Andy," he said.


Gwyneth Paltrow

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U.K. economy by MarketWatch

LONDON--The U.K. economy isn't as deeply in recession as thought, revised official figures showed.

In its second estimate of the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product shrank 0.5% between April and June, compared with its preliminary estimate on July 25 of a contraction of 0.7%. The data show plummeting household and business spending. The economy has effectively stagnated for two years.

A Treasury spokesman said reviving the economy was proving to be slow and difficult because the government was dealing with deep-rooted problems at home, while also contending with a serious debt crisis in the euro zone that has seen Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Cyprus seek bailouts for their economies or banking systems. Just under half of the U.K.'s total exports went to euro-zone nations in 2011.

"The U.K.'s economic performance still looks dismal," said Vicky Redwood, chief U.K. economist at Capital Economics. "Given the drags from the fiscal squeeze, euro-zone crisis and high domestic debt levels, we still doubt that a strong recovery lies ahead. Indeed, the economy could well return to contraction in the final quarter of the year."

Annual GDP data were also upwardly revised, to a fall of 0.5% from the previous reading of a 0.8% contraction.

The change in GDP was driven by upward revisions to the construction and production industries, with each contributing 0.1 percentage points to the overall revision, the ONS said. It said the extra day's holiday in June for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee would have had a significant negative impact on the GDP figures, but it isn't yet possible to quantify.

The Bank of England has estimated that the holiday may have knocked as much as 0.5 percentage points off growth.

Friday's data still highlighted the underlying weakness of the U.K. economy. The ONS said household consumption--which represents household spending on goods and services--fell 0.4% in the second quarter after decreasing 0.1% in the previous three months.

Household consumption makes up about 60% of the U.K.'s GDP, so a contraction in spending has a large impact on the overall U.K. economy.

The country's GDP shrank 0.3% in the first quarter and fell 0.4% in the final three months of 2011--with the ONS saying economic growth has now effectively been flat for the past two years. Most economists define a recession as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.

The shrinking economy has severely knocked Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's primary goal of reining in the budget deficit and official data this week showed government was forced to borrow more than expected in July.

Andrew Goodwin, senior economic adviser to the Ernst & Young Item Club, said he expects to see a substantial rebound in economic activity in the third quarter as the impact from the extra bank holiday in June unwinds.

"With a minor boost coming from the Olympics, we should see growth more than offset any losses in the second quarter," he said.

London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games in July and August. The Paralymic Games run in the city from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.

Gross fixed capital consumption--the amount firms and the government spends on fixed assets such as machinery--fell 3.2% in the second quarter, the largest decrease for three years.

Sterling fell against the dollar following the release of the figures, dropping to $1.5833 from $1.5848 prior to its publication at 0830 GMT.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren by Maggie Lange

On December 1st in Malta, the European Film Academy will honor Dame Helen Mirren with the "European Achievement in World Cinema 2012" Award for her skillful four decades as an actress. Mirren's role as Alfred Hitchcock's wife and collaborator Alma Reville in "Hitchcock" could be her latest foray into awards season.

Mirren's first breakout role was in 1980 in John Mackenzie's "The Long Good Friday." During the 80s, she starred in Neil Jordan's Irish thriller "Cal," for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George" earned Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and her first Oscar nomination. Her second Oscar nomination, as well a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination, came for her role in Robert Altman's 2001 film "Gosford Park." Mirren's turn as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" won a range of accolades in 2006 including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Volpi Cup in Venice. In 2009, she was again nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sofya Tolstoy in "The Last Station."

"It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form," said Mirren after receiving news of the award from the European Film Academy, continuing: "This award is therefore a very meaningful honour. I would be proud to be counted as an actor in the European tradition."

*Congrats to Dame Helen Mirren. God bless.

Anne Hathaway by Kyle Buchanan

Anne Hathaway will not rest until she gets her hands on all the superheroes. Fresh off manhandling Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, she'll be singing with Wolverine in this winter's Les Miserables, and now comes word that Steven Spielberg wants her for the female lead in his what-it-sounds-like action movie Robopocalypse, where she'd be paired with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Well, can you blame the girl for trying?

Mr. Philip Bosco

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MADRID — On a recent evening, a hip-looking young woman was sorting through a stack of crates outside a fruit and vegetable store here in the working-class neighborhood of Vallecas as it shut down for the night.

At first glance, she looked as if she might be a store employee. But no. The young woman was looking through the day’s trash for her next meal. Already, she had found a dozen aging potatoes she deemed edible and loaded them onto a luggage cart parked nearby.

“When you don’t have enough money,” she said, declining to give her name, “this is what there is.”

The woman, 33, said that she had once worked at the post office but that her unemployment benefits had run out and she was living now on 400 euros a month, about $520. She was squatting with some friends in a building that still had water and electricity, while collecting “a little of everything” from the garbage after stores closed and the streets were dark and quiet.

Such survival tactics are becoming increasingly commonplace here, with an unemployment rate over 50 percent among young people and more and more households having adults without jobs. So pervasive is the problem of scavenging that one Spanish city has resorted to installing locks on supermarket trash bins as a public health precaution.

A report this year by a Catholic charity, Caritas, said that it had fed nearly one million hungry Spaniards in 2010, more than twice as many as in 2007. That number rose again in 2011 by 65,000.

As Spain tries desperately to meet its budget targets, it has been forced to embark on the same path as Greece, introducing one austerity measure after another, cutting jobs, salaries, pensions and benefits, even as the economy continues to shrink.

Most recently, the government raised the value-added tax three percentage points, to 21 percent, on most goods, and two percentage points on many food items, making life just that much harder for those on the edge. Little relief is in sight as the country’s regional governments, facing their own budget crisis, are chipping away at a range of previously free services, including school lunches for low-income families.

For a growing number, the food in garbage bins helps make ends meet.

At the huge wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of this city recently, workers bustled, loading crates onto trucks. But in virtually every bay, there were men and women furtively collecting items that had rolled into the gutter.

“It’s against the dignity of these people to have to look for food in this manner,” said Eduardo Berloso, an official in Girona, the city that padlocked its supermarket trash bins.

Mr. Berloso proposed the measure last month after hearing from social workers and seeing for himself one evening “the humiliating gesture of a mother with children looking around before digging into the bins.”

The Caritas report also found that 22 percent of Spanish households were living in poverty and that about 600,000 had no income whatsoever. All these numbers are expected to continue to get worse in the coming months.

About a third of those seeking help, the Caritas report said, had never used a food pantry or a soup kitchen before the economic crisis hit. For many of them, the need to ask for help is deeply embarrassing. In some cases, families go to food pantries in neighboring towns so their friends and acquaintances will not see them.

In Madrid recently, as a supermarket prepared to close for the day in the Entrevias district of Vallecas, a small crowd gathered, ready to pounce on the garbage bins that would shortly be brought to the curb. Most reacted angrily to the presence of journalists. In the end, few managed to get anything as the trucks whisked the garbage away within minutes.

But in the morning at the bus stop in the wholesale market, men and women of all ages waited, loaded down with the morning’s collection. Some insisted that they had bought the groceries, though food is not generally for sale to individuals there.

Others admitted to foraging through the trash. Victor Victorio, 67, an immigrant from Peru, said he came here regularly to find fruits and vegetables tossed in the garbage. Mr. Victorio, who lost his job in construction in 2008, said he lived with his daughter and contributed whatever he found — on this day, peppers, tomatoes and carrots — to the household. “This is my pension,” he said.

For the wholesalers who have businesses here, the sight of people going through the scraps is hard.

“It is not nice to see what is happening to these people,” said Manu Gallego, the manager of Canniad Fruit. “It shouldn’t be like this.”

In Girona, Mr. Berloso said his aim in locking down the bins was to keep people healthy and push them to get food at licensed pantries and soup kitchens. As the locks are installed on the bins, the town is posting civilian agents nearby with vouchers instructing people to register for social services and food aid.

He said 80 to 100 people had been regularly sorting through the bins before he took action, with a strong likelihood that many more were relying on thrown-away food to get by.

But Mr. Berloso’s locks created something of an uproar across Spain, where the economic crisis is fueling more and more protests highlighting hunger. A group of mayors and unionists in southern Spain, where unemployment rates are far above the average, recently staged Robin Hood raids on two supermarkets, loading carts with basic foods and pressing them to donate more food to the needy.

More than a dozen people are facing prosecution for theft over the stunt. But they are unrepentant and appear to have huge local support. “Taking some food and giving it to families who are having a really hard time, if this is stealing, I am guilty,” one of the men, Francisco Molero of the farmworkers’ SAT union, told the local news media afterward.

Some politicians say Girona’s locks are really all about protecting Girona’s image. Dominated by medieval buildings and the picturesque cobblestone streets of a beautifully preserved former Jewish quarter, the city of about 100,000 derives most of its income from tourism.

“The social workers or civil agents could refer people to the food distribution center without having to lock bins,” said Pia Bosch, a Socialist councilor in Girona. “It’s like killing a fly with a cannonball.”

The unemployment rate is still relatively low in Girona — 14 percent over all, compared with 25 percent for the country as a whole. But more and more families have no income. Of the 7,700 unemployed in Girona, Mr. Berloso said, 40 percent have now run out of benefits.

Many, he said, were “people who never expected to find themselves in this position.”

Ramon Barnera, who runs the Caritas programs in Girona, said the organization realized early on that shame was a factor preventing people from coming forward to ask for food. So three years ago, it helped create food distribution sites that looked more like supermarkets, and removed the charity’s name from the outside of the building.

“We looked for a system that would give dignity,” Mr. Barnera said. “This is not easy for people.”

On a recent morning, Juan Javier, 29, who had come to collect milk, pasta, vegetables and eggs from one of the distribution centers, was one of the few clients who would discuss his circumstances. A former printer, he has been out of work for two years. “I would like to have a job,” he said, “and not be here.”

In a nearby soup kitchen, Toni López, 36, waited quietly for a free lunch with his girlfriend, Monica Vargas, 46, a beautician. The couple recently became homeless when they fell two months behind on their rent. “All our lives we have been working people,” Mr. Lopez said. “We are only here because we are decent people. The landlord was knocking on the door demanding the rent, so we said, ‘Here, here are the keys.’ ”

Mr. Lopez, who gets occasional work these days in restaurant kitchens, said he had a sister but had not gone to her for help. “I can’t bear to tell her,” he said. “I have always pulled through. I’ve always managed to get by. This is new.”

*Please continue praying for Spain and Europe. God bless them. Chaundler contributed reporting.

Italy's crisis-hit weavers

AFP - As a glitzy Milan fashion week wrapped up on Tuesday, Italy's hard-hit textile artisans said they were looking to foreign buyers to kickstart growth in a domestic sector gripped by the economic crisis.

Demand for high-end materials in recession-hit Italy has withered, but the country's family-run textile firms are banding together to attract clients from further afield -- helped by renewed popularity for "Made in Italy" products.

The figures are certainly bleak: one in four companies in the sector risks closure according to Valeria Fedeli from the textile, energy and manufacture federation Filctem Cgil, due in part to Italy's high energy prices.

The country's 90-percent reliance on imported natural gas means companies pay among the highest electricity bills in Europe -- up to 40 percent more than competitors -- and the sector has repeatedly called on the government for help.

"It's a massive problem, we're heavily penalised by unsustainable energy costs. We're all trying to beat the crisis but it's tough to compete," said Rodolfo Botto from the Biella textile processing centre in northern Italy.

Revenue for the fashion sector is forecast to drop 5.6 percent in 2012 as domestic demand drops away, and textile exports were down 5.0 percent in the first quarter, according to the national textile and clothing federation (SMI).

But Italy remains the world's biggest exporter of wool and the second-biggest exporter of linens and silks, and workshops across the country are hoping to attract buyers among the fashion-hungry consumers outside Europe.

From China to Russia, Brazil and South Africa, growing sophistication among fashion shoppers has led to a greater demand for Italy's artisan quality.

While China used to be seen as a huge threat to the industry -- producing garments quickly and cheaply -- it is now opting increasingly to import wool, loden, silks and linens produced by specialist Italian spinners and weavers.

Demand for Italy's teased cotton and wool fabric was up 3.7 percent in the first quarter -- with China and Hong Kong among the top four buyers -- and exports of combed cotton and wool yarn were only slightly down (-0.2 percent).

"Textiles are suffering, but wool in general has held up quite well. China used to spell disaster, now it may offer a way out of the crisis," Botto said.

Wool producers from the Biella region are set to take part in a fair in Shanghai in October, and there was a big increase in visitors to Italy's textiles salon from China and Hong Kong during the run up to fashion week.

The increase in demand for wools such as merino, cashmere and mohair is boosted by the staple fabric's comeback on the catwalk: among others, Prada, Gucci and Armani all featured wool in their autumn/winter 2012 collections.

While some companies hope to establish themselves as key suppliers abroad, however, many small or family businesses do not have the resources to do so.

The response for some has been to club together. The Wool Combing Centre in Verrone has upped its Made in Italy stakes by pulling in the Loro Piana, Marzotto and Zegna companies -- experts in cashmere and made-to-measure suits.

Michela Loberto, an up-and-coming designer presenting her work on the sidelines of fashion week, said she had used merino wool to line the coats in her collection, praising it as a more environmentally friendly fabric.

"The crisis is everywhere, but I think the industry is strong and will pull through. Who else can compete with the expertise of Made in Italy?"

Linda Hamilton

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November 12th will see the release of 'Live Kisses' - a stunning 13-song film, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, that captures the magic of an extraordinary evening in February of this year. In the intimate surroundings of Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where Paul recorded much of his 'Kisses On The Bottom' album, he was reunited with the all-star musicians who joined him on the record to bring the songs to life for a once in a lifetime performance.

This was a concert unlike any Paul had given before. Without his famous Höfner bass in hand or in fact any musical instruments, Paul took his place behind the same microphone that has captured some of the most iconic voices in history to focus on his vocal delivery as he led the assembled A-list group of musicians through a collection of the standards he grew up listening to in his childhood, as well as his own original composition 'My Valentine'.

Streamed live to the world online, 'Live Kisses' marked the launch of Paul's 'Kisses On The Bottom' album. The film tells the story of how, with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma, Diana Krall and her band, Paul created a critically acclaimed album, which featured guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. The record represents a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. Upon its release 'Kisses…' topped the US Billboard Jazz album chart at number 1, as well as charting top 5 all around the world.

On the night the all-star line up were reunited to include musical director Diana Krall (piano), John Clayton (bass), Karriem Riggins (drums), John Pizzarelli (guitar), Anthony Wilson (guitar), Mike Mainieri (vibraphone) and conductor Alan Broadbent. Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt resumed their roles in the studio and special guest musicians on the evening included Abe Laboriel Jr (from Paul's touring band) on backing vocals and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Walsh performed the 'My Valentine' guitar solo originally recorded by Eric Clapton on the studio album.

The concert was performed just hours after Paul brought Vine Street in LA to a standstill as he was presented with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building. The night of the concert (February 9th) was also the 48th anniversary of The Beatles' U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Bonus 'Live Kisses' material includes six versions of the 'My Valentine' music video, directed by Paul and starring Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman as well as a 'Making My Valentine' film. There are also two short films with behind the scenes footage filmed at the Mary McCartney album photoshoot for 'Kisses On The Bottom'. The final extra is an interview with Paul and producer Tommy LiPuma talking about the story of the album, its conception and creation.

'Live Kisses' is an intimate and charming concert film which offers an insight into the music and songwriters that inspired Paul to go on to become the most successful songwriter and performer in modern history. Beautifully presented, 'Live Kisses' comes with a 40-page hardback book containing photographs from the day itself, including the rehearsals.


1) I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
2) Home (When Shadows Fall)
3) It's Only A Paper Moon
4) The Glory Of Love
5) More I Cannot Wish You
6) We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)
7) Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
8) My Valentine
9) Always
10) My Very Good Friend The Milkman
11) Bye Bye Blackbird
12) Get Yourself Another Fool
13) My One And Only Love

Recorded and filmed at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, February 2012
Executive Producer: Paul McCartney
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund


1) 'My Valentine' Video:
i) 'My Valentine' (Music Video)
ii) 'My Valentine' (Music Video - Natalie Portman One Take)
iii) 'My Valentine' (Music Video - Johnny Depp One Take)
iv) 'My Valentine' (Music Video - Split Screen)
v) 'My Valentine' (Music Video - Natalie Portman Edit)
vi) 'My Valentine' (Music Video - Johnny Depp Edit)
vii) Making 'My Valentine'

Videos directed by Paul McCartney
Featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp

2) 'Kisses On The Bottom' Album Photo Shoot - Version One
3) 'Kisses On The Bottom' Album Photo Shoot - Version Two
4) 'Kisses On The Bottom' Album Interview - Paul McCartney and Tommy LiPuma interviewed by Robert Hilburn

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Ms. Barbara Walters

Happy Birthday Ms. Walters. God bless.

Heather Locklear, Beth Toussaint, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Tate Donovan, Mimi Kennedy, Bridget Marquardt, Aida Turturro, Charlotte Ayanna, Louisa Moritz and Melissa De Sousa

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mark Hamill

Happy Birthday. God bless.


Série en production - 2 saisons, 24 épisodes
Première diffusion en France le 13 septembre 2012
Première diffusion aux U.S.A. le 02 octobre 2011
Série disponible en DVD le 19 octobre 2012
Série disponible en Blu-ray le 19 octobre 2012

Synopsis : Huit ans après la disparition de deux soldats américains lors de l'invasion de Bagdad, l'un d'entre eux réapparaît, seul survivant alors que tout le monde le pensait mort depuis longtemps. Rapatrié aux États-Unis, il est accueilli chaleureusement par sa famille, ses amis et le gouvernement. Seule contre tous, l'agent de la CIA Carrie Mathison, qui a passé plusieurs années en Afghanistan, est persuadée que le héros est en réalité devenu un espion à la solde de l'ennemi, préparant la prochaine attaque terroriste sur le sol américain. Sans réelle preuve et montrée du doigt suite à un incident diplomatique qu'elle a déclenché quelques mois plus tôt, Carrie va devoir se battre pour prouver que ce qu'elle avance est la réalité...

Créée par Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon en 2011
Avec : Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Faith Hill - "Breathe" (Parental Guidance)

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Faith Hill - "Breathe"

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across your face
And I've never been this swept away

All my thoughts just seem to settle on the breeze
When I'm lying wrapped up in your arms
The whole world just fades away
The only thing I hear is the beating of your heart

And I can feel you breathe, it's washing over me
Suddenly I'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be

Caught up in the touch, slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way
That love's supposed to be
I can feel you breathe, just breathe

In a way I know my heart is waking up
As all the walls come tumbling down
Closer than I've ever felt before and I know
And you know there's no need for words right now

As I can feel you breathe, washing over me
Suddenly I'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be

Caught up in the touch, slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way
That love's supposed to be
I can feel you breathe, just breathe

Caught up in the touch, the slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way
That love's supposed to be
I can feel you breathe, just breathe

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way

By Mike Wall |

NASA's Curiosity rover performs "contact science" operations on a rock called "Jake Matijevic" in this photo, which was snapped Sept. 22, 2012.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reached out and touched a Martian rock with its huge robotic arm for the first time, then took off on its longest Red Planet drive to date.
Curiosity spent the past several days investigating a strange pyramid-shaped stone named

"Jake Matijevic," testing out some of the gear at the end of its 7-foot-long (2.1 meters) arm. These tools include the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), which measures elemental composition, and the Mars Hand Lens Imager close-up camera, or MAHLI.

The rover performed these initial "contact science" operations on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 22 and 23), researchers said. Photos snapped on those days show Curiosity's arm sidled up against "Jake Matijevic," with the arm's turret obscuring most of the 16-inch-tall (25 centimeters) rock.

"I did a science! 1st contact science on rock target Jake," the Curiosity team announced Saturday (Sept. 22) via the rover's Twitter feed @MarsCuriosity, which has more than 1.1 million followers.

Curiosity also zapped "Jake Matijevic" with the laser on its ChemCam instrument, which reads rock composition from the vaporized bits. Comparing the results should help cross-calibrate the two instruments, researchers said.

The ChemCam work wrapped up Monday (Sept. 24), at which point Curiosity embarked on a 138-foot (42 m) drive — the longest one-day jaunt for the rover since it landed inside Mars' Gale Crater on the night of Aug. 5.

Curiosity is making its way toward a site called Glenelg, which lies 1,300 feet (400 m) from the rover's touchdown site. Before Monday's drive, the mission team had said Curiosity was about halfway to Glenelg.

Scientists will likely soon begin looking for sandy areas to try out Curiosity's scooping system for the first time. The arm will deposit bits of Martian soil into the analytical instruments on the rover's body, which are known as SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) and CheMin (short for Chemistry & Mineralogy).

The first use of Curiosity's rock-boring drill, which also sits at the end of the rover's arm, will come sometime after that, researchers have said.
While team members are keen to see what Curiosity discovers at Glenelg, the $2.5 billion rover's main destination is the base of Mount Sharp. This odd mountain rises 3.4 miles (5.5 km) into the Red Planet sky from Gale Crater's center, and its foothills show signs of long-ago exposure to liquid water.

Those foothills lie about 6 miles (10 km) away from Curiosity's landing site. The rover — whose main task is to determine if the Gale area could ever have supported microbial life — may be ready to turn its wheels toward the interesting deposits near the end of the year, scientists have said.

The rock "Jake Matijevic" takes its name from Curiosity's surface operations systems chief engineer, who died Aug. 20 at the age of 64. Matijevic, who was based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., also worked on all three previous Mars rovers — Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity — NASA officials said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (AFP)

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday the eurozone should not rush headlong into a banking union, amid signs Germany is being sucked into the abyss and fresh worries over Greece and Spain.

Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Merkel rebuffed demands -- notably from the European Commission and France -- to create as soon as possible an EU bank supervisor which would eventually come to the aid of struggling banks.

"I support stronger bank supervision in the eurozone," she told the German Federation of Industry (BDI) in Berlin.

"But European surveillance must also be more binding -- I can't talk about the direct recapitalisation of banks in other countries if I have not yet created the right to intervene," she said to applause.

"That means (the approach must be) step-by-step and in the correct order and not hasty and not just so we can say 'we have something'," added the chancellor.

EU leaders agreed in June that the bloc's rescue funds could directly recapitalise struggling banks but only when a broad Europe-wide supervisor under the leadership of the European Central Bank had been established.

But a fresh crack in European unity has emerged, as Berlin sees a thorough approach as more important than haste whereas French President Francois Hollande said at the weekend it should happen "the earlier the better."

Merkel's comments came amid new evidence that her own economy, the most powerful in Europe, was increasingly being affected by the crisis and she cautioned that even Germany could not stay immune from the pain forever.

German consumer confidence is stagnating, market research company GfK said in a Tuesday poll, a day after the closely watched Ifo business survey declined for the fifth month in a row to the lowest level since February 2010.

"Germany is not an island but as a strong exporting nation ... (it) cannot decouple from the developments in the world and European economies," she warned as poor consumer and business confidence data have sparked recession fears.

"We have the duty to do as much as possible for domestic demand in Germany so that we can give ... a significant growth push to the eurozone," Merkel said.

Meanwhile, bond auctions in struggling Spain and Italy also gave little grounds for cheer, as borrowing costs in both countries rose as they issued new debt.

And French industrialists are also deeply gloomy about their business prospects, official data showed on Tuesday, putting their confidence at the lowest since 2010.

The downbeat data pushed most European markets into the red in morning trading, with France and Italy the worst hit, down close to half a percentage point.

By Gabrielle Coppola and Josue Leonel

Brazilian swap rates dropped for a third day as global growth concern overshadowed a central bank survey showing economists raised their end-of-year interest-rate forecast for the first time in 2012.

Yields on most contracts fell even as the median estimate in a central bank survey of about 100 economists published today indicated the Selic rate will remain at its current 7.5 percent for the rest of the year, compared with a projection of 7.25 percent in the prior week. German business confidence unexpectedly fell, and China’s manufacturers and retailers are less optimistic about sales, reports showed today.

“Markets have negative views principally in respect to China and Europe,” Ures Folchini, the head of fixed income at Banco West LB do Brasil SA, said by phone from Sao Paulo. “Longer-term contracts tend to fall” when global economic news is negative, he said.

Swap rates on the contract due in January 2014 fell two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to 7.76 percent at 6 p.m. in Sao Paulo. The real slid along with most of the 16 most- traded currencies tracked by Bloomberg, dropping 0.1 percent to 2.0256 per dollar.

Since August 2011, policy makers led by central bank President Alexandre Tombini have cut the target lending rate by 500 basis points to a record low 7.5 percent to spur Brazil’s economic growth, which trailed that of Japan and the U.S. in the second quarter.

Inflation View
Economists in the central bank survey also raised their forecast for 2012 inflation to 5.35 percent from 5.26 percent in the previous week.

Earlier this month, Tombini told a Senate hearing that annual inflation will slow to the central bank’s 4.5 percent target in a “non-linear” way by year-end.

“Faster-than forecast inflation and stronger activity -- all this signals that maybe another cut isn’t necessary,” Marco Antonio Caruso, an economist at Banco Pine SA, said by phone from Sao Paulo. “The most recent comments by the government are more about the need to not raise rates next year, rather than lower rates.”

Finance Minister Guido Mantega told reporters in Paris last week that “the policy of low interest rates will continue.”

The real weakened for a second day as stocks and commodities fell after European leaders clashed on ways to stem the debt crisis. Manufacturers and retailers in China, Brazil’s biggest trading partner, are less optimistic about sales than they were three months ago and more companies are cutting jobs, according to a survey modeled on the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book.

Michael Douglas

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Will Smith

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Band Of Horses - "No One's Gonna Love You"

Comments:Not suitable for kids

Band Of Horses - "No One's Gonna Love You"

It's looking like a limb torn off
Or altogether just taken apart
We're reeling through an endless fall
We are the ever-living ghost of what once was

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one's gonna love you more than I do

And anything to make you smile
It is my better side of you to admire
But they should never take so long
Just to be over then back to another one

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one's gonna love you more than I do

But someone,
They could warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing's tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It's tumbling down

Anything to make you smile
You are the ever-living ghost of what once was
I never want to hear you say
That you'd be better off
Or you liked it that way

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one's gonna love you more than I do

But someone
They should warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing's tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It's tumbling down

Ms. Ursula Andress

source:Rex Features/

Ms. Honor Blackman

source:Rex Features/

Xenia Onatopp(Famke Janssen)

source:Rex Features/

James Bond at 50 by Orlando Parfitt | Movie Editor's Blog

**Not suitable for kids

Evergreen Bond girls Britt Ekland, Eunice Gayson and Tania Mallet were out in force last week to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Dr. No' (and help plug a new Blu-ray box set).

The presence of press, paps and the 'This Morning' crew shows the enduring allure of the Bond girl… and why not? They were sexy, strong, independent women (for the most part) and best of all, had incredible names. Some were surprisingly clever, others were basically sex puns. A few of our favourites are below, but please feel free to let us know what we missed out in the comments...

Dr Holly Goodhead - 'Moonraker'

Played by: Lois Chiles

The world's most glamourous CIA agent/astronaut had a smutty name, possibly because she was the only woman to bed Bond in space. This intergalactic encounter prompted Q's immortal one-liner: "I think he's attempting re-entry!"

Plenty O'Toole - 'Diamonds are forever'

Played by: Lana Wood

A classic here for Lana Wood's casino hustler. Accidently killed when goons mistake her for another silly-named Bond Babe, the aptly named…

Tiffany Case - 'Diamonds are Forever'

Played by: Jill St. John

Yes, she's a diamond smuggler and got her name because she was born in Tiffany & Co. while her parents were looking for wedding rings. "Lucky for you it wasn't Van Cleef and Arpels…" quips Bond.

Kissy Suzuki - 'You only Live Twice'

Played by: Mie Hama

Her silly name belies a tragic back story in the book - she ends up abandoned by Bond after having his child, then eventually dies of cancer. She enjoys a more conventional happy ending in the Sean Connery film, which features a bonkers wedding sequence with Bond disguised as a Japanese fisherman.

Xenia Onatopp - 'Goldeneye'

Played by: Famke Janssen

The Brosnan era marked the high (low?) point for slightly-too-obvious pun names. Here's exhibit a): Janssen's ex-USSR pilot-turned-henchwoman whose time-consuming way of bumping off enemies is luring them into bed before crushing them to death with her thighs.

Miranda Frost - 'Die Another Day'

Played by: Rosamund Pike

Another example from the Brosnan years. She's got a cold personality and sleeps with Bond in an Ice Palace, hence… Frost. We get it.

Dr. Christmas Jones - 'The World Is Not Enough'

Played by: Denise Richards

Poor Denise was voted the 'Worst Bond Girl Ever' in a 2008 poll for her less-than-convincing turn as a nuclear physicist. The name was invented, seemingly, so Bond could quip: "I thought Christmas only comes once a year."

Octopussy - 'Octopussy'

Played by: Maud Adams

This Bond girl moniker was so good, they named the film after her! It actually comes from Fleming's last Bond book 'Octopussy and the Living Daylights', which has little to do with Maud Adams' character.

Honey Ryder - 'Dr. No'

Played by: Ursula Andress

In the books it was 'Honeychile Rider'. Apparently the name was changed because 'Rider' was a bit too suggestive.

Pam Bouvier - 'Licence to Kill'

Played by: Carey Lowell

Ass-kicking Pam got her surname from Jackie Kennedy/Onassis, whose maiden name was also Bouvier. At one point, Dalton's Bond introduces her as his 'executive secretary… Miss Kennedy'.

Strawberry Fields - 'Quantum of Solace'

Played by: Gemma Arterton

We're not sure what the Beatles reference is all about here, but 'strawberry' references the red hair. You only find out her first name in the end credits.

Pussy Galore - 'Goldfinger'

Played by: Honor Blackman

The most famous Bond Girl name, and also the rudest - apparently US censors almost cut it from 'Goldfinger'. Spawned dozens of imitators, including Austin Powers' 'Alotta Fagina'.

The Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection is out now.