Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ms. Patty Andrews We Salute You

by Todd Cunningham


Ms. Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters, died Wednesday at 94.

She was the lead singer for the trio, whose hits -- including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” -- helped cheer American Gis abroad and those on the home front during World War II.

Andrews died of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, family spokesman Alan Eichler told the Associated Press.

The Andrews Sisters -- which she formed with her sisters LaVerne and Maxene -- recorded more than 400 songs and sold more than 80 million records. Their most well-know songs included “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” and ”Rum and Coca-Cola.”

Patty Andrews was the group's most high-profile member, always centerstage and often jitterbugging to the tunes.

The sisters recorded with popular swing bands of the ‘40s, including those fronted by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Woody Herman, Guy Lombardo, Desi Arnaz and Russ Morgan. They had a hit -- "Don't Fence Me In" -- with Bing Crosby, and they also recorded with Dick Haymes, Carmen Miranda, Danny Kaye, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante and Red Foley.

The Andrews Sisters’ popularity led to a contract with Universal Pictures, where they made a dozen low-budget musical comedies between 1940 and 1944. But their most well-known movie was at Paramount, 1947's "Road to Rio" with Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

They continued to tour until the death of LaVerne Andrews in 1967, but interest in the band took off in 1973, when Bette Midler had a hit with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” That led to the sisters appearing in a Broadway show “Over Here!” which ran for more than a year.

Both Patty and her sister Maxene continued to perform, occasionally in Las Vegas and as guests on TV shows. Maxene died in 1995.



RIP




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Mina Olivera





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Patricia Velasquez



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Justin Timberlake

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Portia de Rossi, Cindy Ambuehl, Joe Costner, Audra Lynn, Belçim Bilgin, Glynn Turman, Jonathan Banks, Ms. Carol Channing and Anna Silk

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Ms. Daniela Bianchi

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Kelly Lynch




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Anthony LaPaglia

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Minnie Driver

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Ms. Jessica Walter

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Shadow Dancer








Réalisé par James Marsh


Avec Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson, Stuart Graham


Synopsis et détails

Collette, jeune veuve, est une républicaine, vivant à Belfast, avec sa mère et ses frères, de fervents activistes de l’IRA. Suite à son arrestation après un attentat avorté au cœur de Londres, Mac, un agent secret du MI5, lui offre le choix : passer 25 années en prison et ainsi perdre ce qu’elle a de plus cher, son fils, ou espionner sa propre famille. Elle décide de faire confiance à Mac, et retourne parmi les siens…



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Germania: Schweriner e Potsdam vincenti, Dresda ko

GERMANIA (g.t.) - Nel turno infrasettimanale di Bundesliga femminile vincono sia lo Schweriner del 2° allenatore Davide Carli che il Potsdam di Salomoni, Ebana e Muri (Fanzini è invece rientrata in Italia per infortunio). Fra gli altri risultati spicca la sconfitta del Dresda col Wiesbaden.

Risultati 30 gennaio
VCO Berlin - Schweriner SC 1:3 (25:20 / 13:25 / 14:25 / 17:25)
Top Scorer: Aulenbrock 18, Geerties 12, Barber 12; Hatinova 20, Brandt 14, Souza Ziegler 13.

Alemannia Aachen - SC Potsdam 0:3 (19:25 / 19:25 / 14:25)
Top Scorer e italiane: a seguire

Köpenicker SC Berlin - VfB Suhl 1:3 (23:25 / 22:25 / 25:21 / 15:25)
Top Scorer: Droger 15, Grohmann 12, R.Pavan 7; Isailovic 17, Sperl 13, Steger 10, Dozier 10.

USC Münster - Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 1:3 (23:25 / 25:13 / 23:25 / 18:25)
Top Scorer: Schwertmann 1, Sloetjes 14, Hildebrand 8, Bathen 7; Mesa 14, Cristina Alves 12, Newccombe 10, Renata Benedito 8.

VT Aurubis Hamburg - Allianz MTV Stuttgart 3:1 (18:25 / 25:21 / 25:21 / 25:19)
Top Scorer: Merkova 17, Michel 15, Ammerman 13, Wedekind 13; Van Daelen 20, Engelhardt 12, Bremer 8, Olivera 8.

VC Wiesbaden - Dresdner SC 3:1 (23:25 / 25:19 / 25:22 / 25:23)
Top Scorer: Ivanovic 21, Tomazela Pissinato 14, Burchardt 12; de Kruijf 19, Izquierdo 14, Heyrman 13.

Classifica
Schweriner SC 32 (16-1)
Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 28 (14-3)
Dresdner 26 (13-4)
VC Wiesbaden 22 (11-6)
Allianz MTV Stuttgart 18 (9-8)
VT Aurubis Hamburg 16 (8-9)
SC Potsdam 14 (7-9)
USC Münster 14 (7-10)
Köpenicker SC Berlin 14 (7-10)
VfB Suhl 12 (6-11)
Alemannia Aachen 4 (2-15)
VCO Berlin 2 (1-15)

2 punti per la vittoria, 0 per la sconfitta. Tra parentesi le partite vinte-perse.

Formula
Le prime 6 si qualificano per i quarti di finale; dal 7° al 10° posto giocano gli ottavi per gli ultimi 2 posti.


source:volleyball.it

Deutsche Bank macht zum Jahresende Milliardenverlust

AFP


Rechtsstreitigkeiten und der laufende Konzernumbau haben der Deutschen Bank zum Jahresende einen Milliardenverlust eingebracht. Wie Deutschlands größtes Bankhaus in Frankfurt am Main mitteilte, machte es im vierten Quartal von Oktober bis Dezember ein Minus von rund 2,2 Milliarden Euro. Im Gesamtjahr 2012 sei der Gewinn des Konzerns drastisch geschrumpft um 85 Prozent auf 611 Millionen Euro.

2011 hatte die Deutsche Bank noch 4,1 Milliarden Euro Gewinn gemacht. Im vierten Quartal 2011 hatte der Gewinn des Konzerns bei 147 Millionen Euro gelegen.

Auf die Geschäftszahlen des vierten Quartals 2012 habe die neue Konzernstrategie der Deutschen Bank bis 2015 einen "beträchtlichen Einfluss" gehabt, erklärte das Führungsduo Jürgen Fitschen und Anshu Jain. Der Konzern habe 1,9 Milliarden Euro abgeschrieben.

Zudem habe die Deutsche Bank im vierten Quartal "Aufwendungen für signifikante Rechtsstreitigkeiten" von einer Milliarden Euro verbucht, sagte Co-Chef Jain. Hintergrund seien "nachteilige Gerichtsurteile" und Untersuchungen von Finanzaufsichtsbehörden.


Dem Konzern drohen hohe Schadenersatzzahlungen im Zusammenhang mit der Pleite des Medienkonzerns Kirch. Auch laufen gegen die Deutsche Bank Untersuchungen wegen der Manipulation wichtiger internationaler Zinssätze. Risikobehaftete, strategisch nicht mehr wichtige Geschäftsaktivitäten hatte die Deutschen Bank in eine Art interner "Bad Bank" ausgelagert und baut diese ab.

Die Deutsche Bank hatte im September eine neue Geschäftsstrategie angekündigt und will bis 2015 jährlich rund 4,5 Milliarden Euro sparen. Der Konzern will unter anderem 1900 Stellen abbauen, vorwiegend im Investmentbanking. Änderungen sind auch bei der Vergütungspolitik geplant, daneben Einsparungen bei der Informationstechnik und den Immobilien des Konzerns. Auch hatte die Deutsche Bank angekündigt einen "Kulturwandel" in der Branche mit vorantreiben zu wollen.

Diesen Kulturwandel wolle die Deutsche Bank künftig schon bei der Personalauswahl durchsetzen. Wer nicht zu der Idee von mehr Verantwortung im Bankwesen stehe, sei "bei der Deutschen Bank am falschen Ort und sollte sich nicht bei uns bewerben", sagte Co-Vorstandschef Fitschen. "Wer bei uns arbeitet und diese Werte nicht respektiert, der sollte besser gehen."

Wie stark der angekündigte Stellenabbau über das bisher angekündigte Maß hinausgeht, ließ die Deutsche Bank offen. Die geplanten jährlichen Einsparungen von 4,5 Milliarden Euro ließen sich nicht 1:1 in etwaige Stellenstreichungen umrechnen. Das Unternehmen stehe in Verhandlungen mit dem Betriebsrat. Danach werde sich die Deutsche Bank "auch nicht scheuen, die daraus resultierenden Personalmaßnahmen zu quantifizieren", sagte Co-Vorstandschef Fitschen.

Fitschen verteidigte erneut die Entscheidung des Instituts, wieder im Handel mit Agrarrohstoffen aktiv zu werden. Es sei "nicht nachgewiesen", dass derlei Geschäfte zu "Verwerfungen" wie etwa starken Preisschwankungen an den Märkten sorgten. Vielmehr sei es wichtig, das Kapital in den Wirtschaftsbereich gelenkt werde. Laut Weltbank seien hier jährlich 80 Milliarden Euro erforderlich. Die Verbraucherschutzorganisation Foodwatch, die globalisierungskritische Netzwerk Attac und die Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft kritisierten die Deutsche Bank für die Entscheidung.




source:de.nachrichten.yahoo.com

Polonia: Il Muszyna vince il recupero

POLONIA (g.t.) - Il Muszyna, pur in campo con tutte le seconde linee, si aggiudica agevolmente il recupero contro il fanalino di coda Bialystok ed ipoteca il 1° posto in regular season avendo ora 6 punti di vantaggio sul Dabrowa Gornicza a 2 giornate dalla fine.

Recupero 10° giornata (30 gennaio)
AZS Bialystok - Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna 0-3 (14-25, 23-25, 21-25)
Top Scorer e italiane: Kurnikowska 14, Chmiel 10, Tomsia 8; Kasprzak 14, Dziekiewicz 11, Gajgal-Aniol 10, Sieradzan 8, V.Serena n.e. MVP: Dziekiewicz.

Classifica
Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna 41 (14-2)
Tauron MKS Dabrowa Górnicza 35 (13-3)
BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala 34 (11-5)
Atom Trefl Sopot 33 (11-5)
PTPS Pila 26 (9-7)
Budowlani Lódz 23 (8-8)
KS Palac Bydgoszcz 17 (5-11)
Impel Gwardia Wroclaw 15 (5-11)
Siódemka Legionovia Legionowo 10 (3-13)
AZS Bialystok 6 (1-15)

Assegnazione dei punti come in Italia. Tra parentesi le partite vinte-perse.

Formula
Le prime 8 ai play off.



source:volleyball.it

JENNY

*Thank you Lord! Thank you Jesus!
*JENNY's new team is Inoco Volley Conegliano. She will be wearing jersey no. 18.
*Well, if it's ok with JENNY to use jersey no. 18, we're sure that the fans and supporters will accept it.
*JENNY accept the offer because the team is serious enough in their goal and objective.
*Although the team is not in the top four, hopefully, it will be a contender with JENNY's help.



CONEGLIANO - Giornata importante oggi al Palaverde, con la presentazione di JENNY BARAZZA, centrale 31enne pluridecorata, proveniente dalla scomparsa formazione di Modena, che torna a casa visto che è nativa di Codognè, paese molto vicino a Conegliano, e porta il suo bagaglio di esperienza e classe al servizio dell’Imoco Volley, che quindi si rinforza in maniera importante in vista del rush finale della stagione.

IN ANTICIPO - A partire da sabato infatti (anticipo con Bologna al Palaverde ore 20.30) la BARAZZA vestirà la maglia (numero 18) dell’Imoco, l’ultima squadra che curiosamente ha affrontato in campionato con la maglia di Modena prima della dolorosa chiusura del club emiliano.

CHE OCCASIONE - "Abbiamo letteralmente preso la palla al balzo - ha detto in sede di presentazione il presidente del club, Piero Garbellotto -, nei giorni in cui la crisi di Modena si è purtroppo fatta irreversibile, abbiamo avuto i primi contatti che si sono sviluppati velocemente vista l’intesa che è stata facile da trovare tra noi e JENNY. Abbiamo voluto fare un regalo ai nostri affezionati tifosi che quest’anno ci seguono in tantissimi e alle 80 aziende sponsor che ci sostengono. Il contratto fino alla stagione 2014/15 compresa dimostra come l’aver puntato su un’atleta importante come BARAZZA, una delle giocatrici venete più vincenti della storia del volley, non è solo un colpo ad effetto per questa stagione, ma un ulteriore tassello nella progettualità futura del nostro club".


MAMMA JENNY - Poi tocca a JENNY BARAZZA presentarsi a tifosi e stampa, che adirittura paragona il suo acquisto a quello del Milan per Balotelli. "Si, sono tornata a casa dopo tanto tempo e questo mi fa contenta. Ma la vicinanza a casa è stato solo uno degli aspetti che mi hanno convinta a scegliere Conegliano, l’altro e non meno importante è stata la serietà della società e del progetto. Quest’anno sto bene fisicamente e sono convinta di poter fare il mio meglio per entrare in questo gruppo giovane e dare qualcosa in termini di esperienza già da subito. In futuro far parte di questo progetto serio che la società sta portando avanti è stimolante, sono certa che l’Imoco porterà tante soddisfazioni ai nostri tifosi e, perchè no, magari diventerà realtà anche vincere qualche trofeo importante. Punto a vincere qualcosa qui, a casa mia, dopo averlo fatto già in giro per l’Italia nella mia carriera".

RICORDO PALAVERDE - I tuoi ricordi del Palaverde, visto che sei trevigiana? "A parte la gara di andata che vincemmo qui, ricordo che da piccola venivo a vedere la Sisley e che una volta dopo un europeo vinto con la Nazionale, qualche anno dopo, mi premiarono in campo come atleta trevigiana che aveva vinto con la maglia azzurra, ero emozionatissima. Ora ci giochero’ e spero che in casa potremmo iniziare a dare soddisfazioni ai tifosi come è successo di recente in coppa con Busto, per invertire il ruolino di marcia casalingo".

PAROLA DI COACH - Alla fine coach Marco Gaspari saluta così il rinforzo per il reparto centrali: "Certamente l’arrivo di JENNY porterà entusiasmo tra il pubblico, è una top player e certamente porterà positività per chi ci segue, fin dalla gara di sabato con Bologna".



source:volleyball.it

The Beatles - Oh! Darling (Anthology version)

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The Beatles - Oh! Darling (Anthology version)

Please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

When you told me you didn't need me anymore
you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn't need me anymore
you know I nearly broke down and died


Darling, Oh darling please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

When you told me you, Oh darling
When you told me you, you didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me you didn't need me anymore
you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! darling, please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm


No darling well well
Darling, darling
Please believe me
Please believe me
I'll never do you no harm darling
Believe me when i tell you
Oh i do
I'll never do you no harm
No no no no yeah

Just heard that Yoko divorce
has just gone thru
i'n free at last
I'm free this morning
Papers told the lawyer it's ok
Yeah yeah
Believe me when i tell you
I'll never do you no harm



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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oprah Winfrey

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ms. Katharine Ross



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Heidi Mueller



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Bobbie Phillips



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Ms. Claudine Longet



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Tom Selleck, Sara Gilbert, Nicholas Turturro, Edward Burns, Justin Hartley, Sharif Atkins, Marc Singer, Kelly Packard, Ann Jillian, Greg Louganis, Irlene Mandrell, Jenny McShane and Katie Lohmann

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Isabel Lucas




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Heather Graham



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Daphne Ashbrook

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Ms. Elsa Martinelli

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Charles S. Dutton

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Ms. Dorothy Malone



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Ms. Vanessa Redgrave



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Mr. Gene Hackman, Boris Spassky, Ms. Dorothy Malone and Julie McCullough

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Femke Bakker

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Coppa di Francia: Il Narbonne di Medei va in semifinale

FRANCIA (g.t.) - Giocati questa i quarti di finale della Coppa di Francia maschile. Il Narbonne di Medei vince a Parigi 3-0 e va in semifinale assieme ai campioni di Francia del Tours (3-1 al Rennes che deteneva il trofeo), al Montpellier e al Tolosa.
Gli abbinamenti delle semifinali saranno sorteggiati il 1 febbraio.

Quarti di finale (29 gennaio)
Cannes - Tolosa 1:3 (25:20, 25:27, 24:26, 26:28)
Parigi - Narbonne 0:3 (16:25, 22:25, 20:25)
Rennes - Tours 1:3 (17:25, 26:24, 21:25, 17:25)
Chaumont - Montpellier 0:3 (21:25, 20:25, 22:25)


source:volleyball.it

By SCOTT MACNAB





NICOLA Sturgeon has admitted the SNP government would need a “very good reason” to ignore official advice from the country’s elections watchdog for a change to the proposed referendum question.

The Electoral Commission looks set to recommend today that the question proposed by the SNP government – “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” – is not fair, because it “leads” voters in the direction of a positive response, and should be changed.

Instead, it is expected to recommend that voters are asked “Should Scotland be an independent country?” in the historic ballot next year. The Deputy First Minister indicated yesterday that ministers could be ready to accept this.

“I have made very clear the considerable weight that will be attached to Electoral Commission recommendations by the Scottish Government, not just on the referendum but on any relevant issue,” Ms Sturgeon said.

“I’ve also made very clear, and will do so again, that there would have to be a very good reason to depart from Electoral Commission recommendations.

“Any government so doing would have to explain its position to this parliament.”

It is understood the Electoral Commission tested four questions through pollsters and found a problem with the SNP’s preferred option.

The SNP administration is already on a collision course with the Electoral Commission over plans to impose strict campaign spending limits amid concerns the SNP could be outspent by its pro-Union opponents.

Ms Sturgeon said the government would respond to the recommendations in a “meaningful way” when they were published later today. But she said: “The referendum will be conducted completely impartially and to the highest, not just domestic standards, but international standards, and that is absolutely beyond doubt.”

She added: “As with referendums held under UK legislation, it is for the government to propose the referendum question, the Electoral Commission to test the question and the parliament to make a final decision.

“The Scottish Government will consider the wording of the question and indeed other matters relating to the conduct of the referendum in light of the commission’s advice and, of course, the Scottish Parliament will have the final say during its scrutiny of the referendum legislation.”

Blair Jenkins, head of the official pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign, said at the weekend that ministers would have to accept the findings of the commission.

Labour’s constitution spokeswoman Patricia Ferguson said yesterday there was a “growing clamour of voices” calling on the Scottish Government to obey the recommendations of the commission.

“For this referendum to be carried out in a fair and proper manner and, as importantly, to be seen to be carried out in a fair and proper manner, the recommendations of the Electoral Commission must be the guiding principles for the conduct of the referendum,” the Labour MSP said.

Another Labour MSP, James Kelly, said it was in the “interests of all parties” that the referendum was seen to be conducted fairly.

“I do believe that fairness could be compromised by Scottish Government proposals on spending limits, which would see lead organisations with less than half to spend in real terms than in 1997 and political parties with less to spend than in council elections,” he said.

He added: “The impartiality of the referendum process could be undermined if the Scottish Government imposes such unrealistic spending limits.”

But a climbdown on campaign spending appears less likely, with the SNP concerned about a proposed £1.5 million limit, along with additional spending for the pro-Union parties, in the crucial “restricted period” of the last 16 weeks before the vote.

A £1.5m limit has been backed by the commission, but the SNP is set to slash that figure amid concerns that its opponents will be able to outspend it.

Ms Sturgeon revealed last year that this was the key stumbling block in negotiations with the coalition government before the “Edinburgh Agreement”, paving the way for the referendum, was sealed.

The SNP government will unveil its referendum bill at Holyrood in March, which will include the question that Mr Salmond intends to ask voters and the rules on spending limits.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson yesterday backed calls for the SNP to implement the findings of the Electoral Commission.

She said: “It is only right that voters are presented with a fair and concise question in the referendum on whether they want to separate from the UK.

“There is no question the independent Electoral Commission is the most appropriate body to carry out this exercise and their conclusions should be fully respected.”

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie sadi: “Rejecting the considered word of the expert Electoral Commission would shatter confidence amongst those who seek a fair process in the independence referendum.”





source:scotsman.com

Virginie Ledoyen

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Wilmer Valderrama

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Marion Cotillard



SAG 2013


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Morena Baccarin





SAG 2013

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Mr. Marty Balin

Happy Birthday Mr. Balin. God bless.

Jennifer Lawrence and Naomi Watts





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Kerry Washington





2013 SAG


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Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway



SAG 2013

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Jennifer Lawrence




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5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers by Natalie Finn

Actors are always wanting to be different.
But guess what? An upset or five makes for a pretty good time. And with the way the balls bounced Sunday at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, we're starting to get our hopes up that the most predictable show of 'em all, the Academy Awards, is going to be Downton, er, downright exciting!
Speaking of which, it appears that the actors were just raring to show those Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy folks what was what in the TV department, too. Here are five shockers from the 2013 SAG Awards:

1. So Much for Homeland Security: Shut the French doors, indeed. After thoroughly man-handling Mad Men at the Golden Globes and Emmys, Homeland was swept away like yesterday's tea service by none other than Downton Abbey—which doesn't even air in this country until weeks after it premieres in Britain! My word! We suspect the upset comes down to one thing: For the actors watching, it looks as if it would be way more fun to go to England, dress up and guest star on Downton Abbey than it would be to go to North Carolina, look tired and get blown up on Homeland.

2. Jennifer Lawrence Spins Silver Into Gold: Now that we think about it, Zero Dark Thirty does sound like something a football coach might scribble in his Silver Linings Playbook. Kathryn Bigelow's critically acclaimed yet controversial hunt-for-Osama bin Laden film is poised not to pick up any major Oscar wins, now that Lawrence has hacked into Jessica Chastain's best actress chances with her win for best performance by a female actor tonight.

3. Nicholas Brody's Worst Nightmare: Walter White may be a full-fledged enemy of the people now, but Bryan Cranston is beloved by his fellow actors. The Breaking Bad boy further dampened Homeland's high with his win for male actor in a drama series, making us remember the days when we could see an Emmy win for Cranston coming from a lonesome desert mile away.

4. Ben Affleck, Big Actor: Considering the onslaught of award shows and best-of lists, it's actually rather easy to forget that the Screen Actors Guild Awards are all about acting, and that the night's top prize doesn't really go to a film, per se, but to a cast. And, a night after Argo further padded its Oscar application with a best picture win from the Producers Guild, Affleck—snubbed in the directing and actor departments by the Academy—accepted best performance by a cast in a motion picture on behalf of Argo's winning ensemble. The Directors Guild of America Awards is next week, and two weeks after that is the Oscars...We're getting used to Affleck's being the last face we see at the end of our award shows this year. May as well make it a clean sweep!

5. Jack Donaghy Would Be So Proud: Alec Baldwin won his seventh straight SAG Award for 30 Rock, meaning one male actor in a comedy series win for every season the show was on. That's what they call a master class, Lemon.




source:eonline.com

Phil Collins

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Christian Bale

Happy Birthday. God bless.

The Beatles-- Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k97vyTrT_aI

The Beatles-- Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues


She wrote me only one sad night,
Told me she's no longer mine.
Sue sue mailman, that will do for sometime.

Mailman, bring me no more blues.
Mailman, bring me no more blues.
One more heartache is all I can use.

Mailman, bring me no more blues.
Mailman, bring me no more blues


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Janna Fassaert



Happy Birthday. God bless.

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Berlin International Film Festival



Martina Gedeck and Jeremy Irons in Night Train to Lisbon by Bille August



The Competition of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 19 of the 24 films in the official programme will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears. The following countries are participating in the Competition programme: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Germany, France, Greece, Hong Kong/China, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

The Award Ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on Saturday, February 16, 2013. The event will close with a screening of the winner of the Golden Bear.

“Young talents and established film artists will present films in which reality and fiction are bafflingly similar. Worldwide independent cinema is undergoing a resurgence. Fast and turbulent: life is hard and unfair – yet still a lot of fun,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

The following films will complete the Competition programme:

Before Midnight
USA / Greece
By Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Me & Orson Welles)
With Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
International Premiere / out of competition

Dark Blood
The Netherlands
By George Sluizer (Utz, The Vanishing, The Commissioner)
With River Phoenix († 1993), Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black
International Premiere / out of competition

Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life)
Russian Federation
By Boris Khlebnikov (Koktebel, Svobodnoe plavanie, Sumasshedsay a pomoshch)
With Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy, Anna Kotova
World Premiere

Night Train to Lisbon
Germany/Switzerland/Portugal
By Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The House of the Spirits, Goodbye Bafana)
With Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling
World Premiere / out of competition

Prince Avalanche
USA
By David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express)
With Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
International Premiere

Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons)
Kazakhstan/Germany
By Emir Baigazin - Feature debut
With Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov
World Premiere

Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear)
Kanada
By Denis Côté (Les états nordiques, Curling, Bestiaire)
With Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin
World Premiere

W imię... (In the Name of)
Poland
By Małgośka Szumowska (Stranger, 33 Scenes from Life, Elles)
With Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kościukieiwcz
World Premiere


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Vanessa Villela



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Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy

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Rosamund Pike

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Sarah McLachlan, Kathryn Morris, Barbi Benton, Magdalena Warzecha, Mr. Alan Alda, Frank Darabont, Marthe Keller, Mr. John Beck, Nick Carter and Ariel Winter

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Berlinale 2013: International Jury



With WONG Kar Wai serving as Jury President, the International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2013 Berlinale Competition.

The other members of the International Jury will be Susanne Bier, Andreas Dresen, Ellen Kuras, Shirin Neshat, Tim Robbins and Athina Rachel Tsangari.

WONG Kar Wai (Jury President)
Chinese director WONG Kar Wai has won many international awards and is one of the most important representatives of world cinema. His unique and extraordinary style has inspired countless filmmakers and made him a cult figure of contemporary auteur cinema. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By. In 1994, he achieved his international breakthrough with Chungking Express, followed by Fallen Angels (1996, Berlinale Forum) and Happy Together (1997), for which he won the Award for Best Director in Cannes. He captivated still another generation of European moviegoers with the nostalgic love story In the Mood for Love (2000, César 2001), as well as with his next film, 2046 (European Film Award 2004). My Blueberry Nights (2007) was the first film that WONG Kar Wai shot in the USA and cast with Hollywood stars. His latest film, the epic martial arts drama , will be the opening film of the 63rd Berlinale.

Danish director Susanne Bier studied art and architecture before surrendering completely to her love of film and attending the National Film School of Denmark. Her directorial debut De saliges ø (1987) won first prize at the Munich Festival of International Film Schools. In 1999 she celebrated her international breakthrough with The One and Only. She then ventured a radical change and turned to the Dogme 95 film movement, applying its principles for Open Hearts (2002) and the Sundance Film Festival award-winning Brothers (2004). Following a stint in Hollywood cinema with Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), she returned to her roots in 2010 with great success: In a Better World won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Love Is All You Need (2012), a romance starring Pierce Brosnan, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Susanne Bier is currently finishing the drama Serena featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Andreas Dresen is one of Germany's most outstanding directors. His films frequently move between improvisation and semi-documentary, but always get up close and personal with the landscape of the German soul. With equal parts comedy and tragedy, Andreas Dresen often stages mundane reality in its vulgar beauty and bitter truth. His international breakthrough came in 2002 with Grill Point, which won the Berlinale Silver Bear. In his career spanning over 20 years, he has won numerous awards, many of them for his most successful film to date, Stopped on Track (2011), including the Prize Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival. Andreas Dresen has been a regular guest of the Berlinale since 1999. Following Night Shape, his films Grill Point, Herr Wichmann von der CDU, Willenbrock and Herr Wichmann aus der dritten Reihe were programme features.

With her remarkable style and daring choices in image format and composition, U.S. director and cinematographer Ellen Kuras has influenced contemporary cinema aesthetics like no other woman in her field. She is one of the few female cinematographers to regularly film large-scale Hollywood productions, having collaborated with Martin Scorsese, Michel Gondry, Spike Lee and Jonathan Demme. In addition to feature films, her work includes documentary and advertising work as well as music films. Ellen Kuras gained early recognition for Swoon (1992), for which she received the first of three best dramatic cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Her visual style has defined Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Blow (2001) and Summer of Sam (1999), and her directorial debut The Betrayal (2008) was nominated for an Oscar and won a primetime Emmy. Ellen Kuras is currently in development on a script to direct about the silent film star Wally Reid.

The works of artist and director Shirin Neshat swing back and forth between tradition and modernity. A theme central to her work is the complexity of the female experience within Islamic society. Shirin Neshat was born in Iran. She left the country at the start of the 1979 Revolution and studied in the US, where she began her artistic output in photography and later moved on to film and video art. Her short film installation Turbulent won the International Award of the Venice Biennale in 1999. Ten years later, her first dramatic feature film Women without Men was awarded the Silver Lion for best director at the Venice Film Festival. Shirin Neshat is currently working on her second feature-length film, a portrait of the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

Tim Robbins (USA) has acted in films including The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, The Player, Short Cuts, Bull Durham, Jacob’s Ladder, The Hudsucker Proxy and The Secret Life of Words. He has received the Academy Award, the Prix D'Interpretation Masculine at the Cannes Film Festival, the Humanitas Prize, the Bronze Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his debut film Bob Roberts, Best Director and Best Film at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain for Cradle Will Rock, and four awards at the Berlinale for Dead Man Walking. Most recently Mr. Robbins was honored to be named Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. For the past 32 years, Mr. Robbins has been the Artistic Director of the Actors' Gang, which has traveled the world to five continents with its productions, and whose arts programs serve at-risk children and the incarcerated.

New Greek cinema would not exist without Greek director and producer Athina Rachel Tsangari. She migrated to the US to study performance studies at NYU, and film direction at the University of Texas, in Austin. Her directorial debut Fit (1994) was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Following her critically successful first feature The Slow Business of Going (2000) she returned to Greece, founded Haos Film with fellow filmmakers Matt Johnson and Maria Hatzakou, and began collaborating with director Yorgos Lanthimos. She produced Lanthimos's Kinetta (2005), Academy Award nominated Dogtooth (as an associate producer, 2009) and Alps (2011). Her own second feature Attenberg (2010) received two awards at the Venice International Film Festival, and her art film The Capsule (2012) premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. Athina Rachel Tsangari is currently working on the sci-fi comedy Duncharon.


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January 28, 2013



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Forum Expanded



The title of this year’s group exhibition “Waves vs. Particles” is taken from a theoretical approach employed in quantum mechanics which claims that all forms of radiation exhibit both wave and particle properties, with only one or the other actually being detectable depending on the particular experiment being carried out. The experiments here form an eclectic mix, taking in ocean waves and sound waves, radioactivity and psychology and national guilt and responsibility. The basis for Joshua Bonnetta’s installation Strange Lines and Distances is Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio transmission, that can be heard here from both sides of the Atlantic. His idea was that sounds never actually vanish but merely become progressively quieter. Two installations are dedicated to the current physical and mental state of Japan following the reactor disaster in Fukushima: “Spirits Closing their Eyes” by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani and “The Life of Particles” by Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato. In “La Javanaise”, artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh examines the relationship between a Dutch textile company doing business in Africa, former colonies in South East Asia and the exhibition of colonial history. James T. Hong’s “Apologies” demonstrates how decisions at a national level can become ossified in individual gestures.

An additional part of the exhibition is formed by two installations by Lucien Castaing-Taylor und Véréna Paravel, who spent a year at sea with a crew of deep-sea fishermen from New England. They discovered a series of spectral apparitions between the images of their documentary Leviathan, which they extracted and converted into the installations “Spirits Still” and “The Last Judgement”. The film’s surprising recesses and layers are thus revealed, which renegotiate man’s relationship to water. The film can be seen spread over several days as a series of individual stills at Arsenal 2 (He Maketh a Path to Shine After Him; One Would Think the Deep to be Hoary) before being finally shown in its entirety at CineStar8.

With the exhibition “Perdre et retrouver le Nord” (“Losing Touch and Coming Home”) by Marie-Hélène Cousineau in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada, Forum Expanded is collaborating with the Ryerson Image Centre Toronto to provide a further addition to the Berlinale’s NATIVe programme. The installation draws on photos from the Inuit community of Baker Lake, a film, sound recordings, three dollhouses and oral traditions to evoke the history and landscape of the north.

In the Arsenal Black Box, Basma Alsharif portrays the Gaza Strip as a microcosm that stands for the failure of civilisation. Yet this sort of approach is not restricted to the installations, with many of the film and video works also feeling out the complexity of individual places by endowing them with a psyche and expressing their performativity. As such, J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang and Xu Ruotao’s film Yumen tells of ghosts and “ruin tourism” in an abandoned oil town in China’s northwest.

Alongside films and exhibitions, there is also the opportunity to get talking about new forms of cinematic knowledge production and means of perception on a daily basis at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the Kunstgewerbemuseum and Arsenal. At a time characterised by instability, the area between art and cinema has come into its own whilst still remaining nameless. In recognition of this fact, the 8th Forum Expanded is also presenting works whose compelling nature is all the more surprising due to the fact that they deny simple categorisations. The final panel discussion in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is dedicated to the question of how such open forms can be supported and funded.


List of Artists / Film Programme

Basma Alsharif Farther than the Eye Can See (United Arab Emirates / Lebanon)
Pilar Alvarez Arturo (Cuba)
Sandy Amerio Dragooned (France)
Joshua Bonnetta Remanence I – (Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost) (Canada)
Lonnie van Brummelen / Siebren de Haan View from the Acropolis (The Netherlands)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor / Véréna Paravel Leviathan (USA/France/United Kingdom)
Filipa César Cuba (France)
Ali Cherri Pipe Dreams (Lebanon/France)
Octavio Cortázar Por primera vez (Cuba)
Paul Geday / Attiyat El Abnoudi El Cafeteria (Egypt)
Richard Foreman Once Every Day (USA)
Malak Helmy Records from the Excited State – Chapter 3 (Egypt)
Philip Hoffman Lessons in Process (Cuba/Canada)
James T. Hong Cutaways of Jiang Chun Gen – Forward and Back Again (Taiwan/USA)
Daniel Kötter Bühne (Germany)
Armando Lulaj Never (Albania)
Babette Mangolte Edward Krasiński’s Studio (USA)
Isabelle Prim Lunch with Gertrude Stein (France)
Lucy Raven RP31 (USA)
James Richards Not Blacking Out, Just Turning The Lights Off (United Kingdom)
Till Roeskens / Marie Bouts Un Archipel (France)
Isabella Rossellini Mammas (USA/Germany/France)
Constanze Ruhm / Christine Lang Kalte Probe (Austria/Germany)
Lior Shamriz The Runaway Troupe of the Cartesian Theater (Germany/China)
Shelly Silver Frog Spider Hand Horse House (USA)
J.P. Sniadecki / Huang Xiang / Xu Ruotao Yumen (USA/China)
Björn Speidel Blinder Fleck (Germany)
Marta Popivoda Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved our Collective Body (Germany France/Serbia)
Clara Wieck / Ginan Seidl Rotation (Germany)
Florian Zeyfang / Alex Schmoeger / Lisa Schmidt-Colinet Microbrigades – Variations of a Story (Germany)


Exhibitions

“Waves vs. Particles” (silent green kulturquartier)

Joshua Bonnetta Strange Lines and Distances (Canada)

Lucien Castaing-Taylor / Véréna Paravel
Canst Thou Draw Out Leviathan with a Hook? (USA)
Spirits Still & The Last Judgement (USA)

Wendelien van Oldenborgh La Javanaise (The Netherlands)

Nina Fischer / Maroan El Sani Spirits Closing their Eyes (Germany)

James T. Hong Apologies (USA/Taiwan)

Angela Melitopoulos / Maurizio Lazzarato The Life of Particles (Germany)


Embassy of Canada – Marshall Mcluhan Salon

Marie-Hélène Cousineau Perdre et retrouver le Nord (Losing Touch and Coming Home) (Canada)


Liquidrom

Hélio Oiticica / Neville D'Almeida Block-Experiments in Cosmococa – Program In Progress: CC4 Nocagions (Brazil/USA)


Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Hélio Oiticica / Thomas Valentin Block-Experiments In Cosmococa - Program In Progress: CC6 Coke Head's Soup (Brazil/USA)


Filmhaus, Potsdamer Platz

Basma Alsharif Home Movies Gaza (Palestine)

Lucien Castaing-Taylor / Véréna Paravel Canst Thou Draw out Leviathan With a Hook? He Maketh a Path to Shine after him; One Would Think The Deep to be Hoary (USA)


Press Office
January 22, 2013




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Elijah Jordan Wood

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Italdonne: Mencarelli ufficializza lo staff dell'Italia

MODENA - Intervistato da Raisport il tecnico azzurro Marco Mencarelli ieri ha formalizzato la composizione dello staff dell'Italia femminile.

Vice allenatore sarà Paolo Tofoli, attualmente allenatore a Brolo (A2 maschile), ex palleggiatore della Generazione di Fenomeni, prime esperienze in panchina alla guida della allora Scavolini Pesaro.

Assistenti/3° allenatore il romano Luca Cristofani (panchine laziali all'attivo tra B2 e A2 a Casal de Pazzi, Aprilia, Pomezia e Club Italia oltre ad una esperienza con la nazionale femminile del Perù) e Matteo Bertini, marchigiano di Marotta, attuale allenatore della Snoopy Pesaro in serie B1, due stagioni come assistent coach a Santeramo, in serie A, tre nella Foppapedretti Bergamo, prima come videoman poi come assistent coach di Lorenzo Micelli. Nel 2010/2011 l’esperienza all’estero, nella Eczacibasi Istanbul e poi primo allenatore in B1, nell’Azzurra Volley San Casciano. Nel mezzo i continui impegni con la nazionale.


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Jennifer Lawrence



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SAG Awards 2013

by THR Staff

The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place Sunday at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

Dick Van Dyke received the guild's Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony, which aired live on TNT and TBS.

The complete list of winners:

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Silver Linings Playbook
Lincoln
Les Miserables
*Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
*Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Denzel Washington, Flight
John Hawkes, The Sessions

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
*Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
*Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
*Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
*Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Ed Harris, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
*Julianne Moore, Game Change

Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
*Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
*Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
*Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
*Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
*Downton Abbey
Homeland
Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Glee
The Big Bang Theory
*Modern Family
The Office
Nurse Jackie

STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Miserables
*Skyfall

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
*Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dick Van Dyke



*winners


Congrats to all of you. God bless.


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Coppa Italia A2: Zero sorprese. Sala Consilina: 7 atlete!

MODENA - Le quattro semifinaliste della 16. Coppa Italia di A2 Femminile sono Igor Gorgonzola Novara, Pomì Casalmaggiore, Siamo Energia Ornavasso e IHF Volley Frosinone. Nessuna sorpresa, dunque, nelle gare di ritorno dei quarti di finale: le favorite bissano i successi dell'andata e superano il turno accedendo alle semifinali del 13 e il 20 febbraio 2013.

I TEMI - Lievi tremori per Novara e Frosinone, che partivano entrambe dal 3-1 esterno e cedono il primo parziale prima di imporre la propria legge. Più tranquilla la serata a Verbania e Viadana. L'attacco di Serena Moneta sigla il 29-27 dell'Ornavasso di Massimo Bellano sulla Sanitars Metalleghe Mazzano e manda i titoli di coda in virtù del 3-0 di mercoledì scorso. Dopo la fine del primo set, la gara perde di vivacità ma le giallonere non rallentano. Ornavasso coglie un risultato storico, al primo anno in Serie A.

In semifinale Minati e compagne affronteranno la Pomì Casalmaggiore, che contro Il Bisonte San Casciano intasca i primi due set per avere la certezza della qualificazione, quindi deve ricorrere al tie-break per spuntarla. Heike Beier migliore realizzatrice delle casalasche di Gianfranco Milano (17), sul lato delle orgogliose toscane 20 punti a testa per Marika Bianchini e Colleen Ward.


L'IHF Volley Frosinone, subisce l'avvio di Leticia Boscacci e cede il primo set al Volley Soverato. Poi prende confidenza con il Palasport di Anagni e, sospinta dal duo croato formato da Sonja Percan e Matea Ikic, s'impone in fretta nei parziali successivi.

SALA CONSILINA CON 7 ATLETE - Il tabellone della manifestazione accoppia le ciociare con Novara, che infligge un altro 3-1 alla Puntotel Sala Consilina, presentatasi allo Sporting con sole 7 atlete a referto. Le cicognine si concedono il lusso di prendere il set di apertura, prima della veemente reazione di Valeria Rosso (25 punti), che si giova finalmente dell'apporto di Tereza Vanzurova, appena rientrata da un lungo infortunio alla spalla.

RISULTATI - I risultati del ritorno dei quarti di finale.

Igor Gorgonzola Novara - Puntotel Sala Consilina 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18)
IHF Volley Frosinone - Volley Soverato 3-1 (18-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-20)
Pomì Casalmaggiore - Il Bisonte San Casciano 3-2 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10)
Siamo Energia Ornavasso - Sanitars Metalleghe Mazzano 3-0 (29-27, 25-15, 25-20).




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2013 Berlin Film Festival (The Associated Press)

A list of the movies being shown in the official program at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 7-17.

In competition:

"Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn" ("A Long and Happy Life"), director Boris Khlebnikov.

"Prince Avalanche," David Gordon Green.

"Uroki Garmonii" ("Harmony Lessons"), Emir Baigazin.

"Vic+Flo ont vu un ours" ("Vic+Flo Saw a Bear"), Denis Cote.

"W imie ..." ("In the Name of"), Malgoska Szumowska.

"Camille Claudel 1915," Bruno Dumont.

"Elle s'en va" ("On my Way"), Emmanuelle Bercot.

"Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza" ("An Episode in the Life of an Iron

Picker"), Danis Tanovic.

"Gloria," Sebastian Lelio.

"Gold," Thomas Arslan.

"La Religieuse" ("The Nun"), Guillaume Nicloux.

"Layla Fourie," Pia Marais.

"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," Fredrik Bond.

"Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon" ("Nobody's Daughter Haewon"), Hong Sangsoo.

"Paradies: Hoffnung" ("Paradise: Hope"), Ulrich Seidl.

"Parde" ("Closed Curtain"), Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi.

"Pozitia Copilului" ("Child's Pose"), Calin Peter Netzer.

"Promised Land," Gus Van Sant.

"Side Effects," Steven Soderbergh.

Out of competition:

"Before Midnight," Richard Linklater.

"Dark Blood," George Sluizer.

"Night Train to Lisbon," Bille August.

"The Croods," Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders.

"Yi dai zong shi" ("The Grandmaster"), Wong Kar Wai.



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The Lone Ranger : Rustler's' Hideout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sap0bD5zNo

Sundance Film Festival 2013

by Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune


PARK CITY-- A young black man whose life ended too soon and Indian children whose lives are being cut short by AIDS were prominent in the big award winners Saturday night at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Writer-director Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale" won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition. The film is a gritty portrayal of the last day in the life of Oscar Julius Grant III, a 22-year-old Oakland resident shot to death by a BART policeman on New Year's Day 2009 -- an incident that brought national focus to racial tensions in the Bay Area.

In his acceptance speech, Coogler gave thanks to the Bay Area, "where Oscar Grant lived, breathed, slept, loved, and survived for 22 years."

Coogler also praised the Sundance Institute, which nurtured the film through its Filmmakers Lab programs and at the festival. He singled out the other directors he met at the labs and this week in Park City.

"We formed crazy relationships through those labs, crazy relationships at this festival," Coogler said. "I hope to keep in touch with those directors for the rest of my life."

"Blood Brother," director Steve Hoover's intimate look at his friend Rocky Braat's volunteer work in an Indian orphanage for HIV-infected children, also made the rare double-shot -- taking both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary competition.

"It is so encouraging for the kids," Braat said from the podium. "Their lives are so challenging. They die and no one remembers their names."

Hoover also said proceeds from the film will go to help the kids Braat works with in India. "I can't wait to see the difference we can make in the world doing this," Hoover said.

Grand Jury Prize winners in the World Cinema categories were: The South Korean drama "Jiseul," about island residents forced to relocate; and the Cambodian-made documentary "A River Changes Course," which shows the lives of peasants dealing with overfishing, deforestation and the global economy.

The World Cinema Audience Awards went to the Filipino urban drama "Metro Manila" and the documentary "The Square," which followed the lives of protesters in Egypt's "Arab Spring" protests.

The Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category went to Zachary Heinzerling for "Cutie and the Boxer," a fond portrait of "action painter" Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, an artist coming into her own.

Comedies directed by women won big at Saturday's awards ceremony. Jill Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic directing prize for her sexually charged suburban comedy "Afternoon Delight." And director-writer-star Lake Bell won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for "In a World...," a sharp comedy about a woman voice-over artist trying to break through in a male-dominated business.


Soloway praised the woman directors in the U.S. Dramatic competition, who represented eight of the 16 films in the category.

"I feel like we all walked across the street here holding hands," Soloway said.

Bell joked that her "voice is cracking. I guess I'm going through puberty as well." Bell thanked Sundance "for giving me the continued encouragement to have the balls to do this."

Comedies scored at Sundance in another way. They landed deals with distributors.

Movies such as competition entry "Austenland" and Premieres films "The Way, Way Back" and "Don Jon's Addiction" (directed by Joseph-Gordon Levitt, who was the awards-night emcee) all left Sundance with seven-figure deals.

All the award winners will get to take one more bow at screenings in Park City on Sunday, the festival's final day.

Here are the winners for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, announced Saturday in Park City:

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic: "Fruitvale," directed by Ryan Coogler.

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Documentary: "Blood Brother," directed by Steve Hoover.

Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Dramatic: "Jiseul" (South Korea), directed by Muel O.

Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary: "A River Changes Course" (Cambodia/U.S.), directed by Kalyanee Mam.

Audience Award, U.S. Dramatic: "Fruitvale," directed by Ryan Coogler.

Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: "Blood Brother," directed by Steve Hoover.

Audience Award, World Cinema Dramatic: "Metro Manila" (UK/Philippines), directed by Sean Ellis.

Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary: "The Square" (Egypt/USA), directed by Jehane Noujaim.



*Congrats to all of you. God bless.


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ALL STAR TEAM ITALIA - ALL STAR TEAM RESTO DEL MONDO 1-2 (24-26, 25-20, 12-15)

ALL STAR TEAM ITALIA: De Gennaro (L), Stufi 5, Togut 3, Signorile 2, Paggi, Diouf 4, Bechis, Partenio, Piccinini 9, Arrighetti 5, Bosetti C. 6, Calloni 4, Bosetti L. 6. All.: Parisi.
ALL STAR TEAM RESTO DEL MONDO: Moreno Pino 4, Faucette 6, Mojica, Leonardi (L), Petrauskaite 4, Bauer 5, Meijners 8, Nikolova 2, Milos 3, Barun 2, Radenkovic 1, Kauffeldt 3, Van Hecke 3, Blagojevic 6. All.: Napolitano.
ARBITRI: Padoan - Satanassi.
NOTE: Spettatori 3.027. Durata set: 27', 21', 14'. MVP: Faucette.

VERONA - Di fronte a più di 3mila spettatori, l'All Star Team Resto del Mondo vince la partita tra le stelle del Campionato di Serie A1 Femminile, superando 2-1 l'All Star Team Italia.

Il PalaOlimpia di Verona, appassionato e rumoroso, ammira 28 splendide atlete, che giocano, si divertono e divertono tutti i presenti. MVP del match Juliann Faucette, fantastica protagonista dell'evento. Sugli spalti anche il Professor Umberto Veronesi, che nonostante gli impegni professionali ha fortemente voluto partecipare alla giornata di festa, intitolata proprio alla sua Fondazione.


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Bergamo: Domani amichevole con il Galatasaray di Lo Bianco

BERGAMO - Passata anche la sosta per dare spazio all’All Star Game, la ripresa degli allenamenti è arrivata già questa mattina in sala pesi.

Domani è previsto un nuovo tuffo nel passato: al PalaNorda torna Leo Lo Bianco. L’ex alzatrice rossoblù sarà a Bergamo con il suo Galatasaray Istanbul (già qualificato alla Final Four di Champions League in qualità di società ospitante e organizzatrice) per la prima tappa di una tournée italiana.

Il fischio d’inizio è fissato per le 16.15 di martedì e il PalaNorda sarà ancora una volta aperto al pubblico con ingresso gratuito.


source:volleyball.it

2013 Producers Guild Award

by Adam Chitwood

We’re nearly a month away from the 85th Academy Awards, and Oscar prognosticators now turn their attention to the various guild awards ceremonies that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. The guilds are a major bellwether for Oscar since the crossover between guild voters and Oscar voters is significant, and the Producers Guild Awards were handed out last night, making this already wide open race even more interesting. Argo won the top prize at the ceremony, positioning the film as a serious Best Picture contender despite Ben Affleck’s lack of a Best Director nomination. Hit the jump for the full list of winners and what this means for Argo’s Oscar chances.

Statistically speaking, an Oscar Best Director nomination is crucial to a film’s Best Picture chances. The last film to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination was 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy. As we move closer to Oscar, experts seem to be taking two stances regarding Argo: they either think the film could pull out a Best Picture win because Affleck was left off the Best Director list, as a sort of compensation by the Academy to make up for the directors branch’s misatke, or they think Argo will follow in Apollo 13’s footsteps. Apollo 13 won the PGA, DGA, and SAG awards in 1996, only to see Ron Howard left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations and to lose Best Picture to Braveheart.

Personally, I think Argo just might pull off the big win to close out this screwy and exciting Oscar race. We’ll know more in the next few weeks as the Directors Guild Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out, but this is a big get for Argo. Read the full list of PGA winners below.

Best Picture – ARGO

Best Drama Series – HOMELAND

Best Documentary Feature – SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Best Reality Series – AMERICAN MASTERS

Best Animated Feature – WRECK-IT RALPH

Best Long-Form Television – GAME CHANGE

Best Comedy Series – MODERN FAMILY

Best Live Entertainment & Talk Show Television – THE COLBERT REPORT

Best Reality Competition Series – THE AMAZING RACE

Best Sports Program – REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

Best Children’s Program – SESAME STREET

Best Digital Series – 30 ROCK: THE WEBISODES


*Congrats to all of you. God bless.


source:collider.com

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cathy Podewell

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Wayne Gretzky

Happy Birthday. God bless.

David Strathhairn

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Blood Sweat & Tears - Look up to the sky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjXCCAK7wlM

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Blood Sweat & Tears - Look up to the sky

There are days in my life
what i do won't mind
Thinking about the good time
i got to live my life

Next i'm aware
The music and the wrong
That night would be soon be over
I won't live long

Look up to the sky
look up to the sky
look up to the sky
Don't let your life go by

There is a brighter up day
brighter up day yeah
brighter up day aahhh
Pull to the other side

Yesterday is gone now
left all behind
so all slip gone
put my trouble behind
i'm taking to my freedom
right what's wrong
ain't no one to tell me
what's right and what's wrong

Look up to the sky
look up to the sky
look up to the sky
Don't let your life go by

There is a brighter up day
brighter up day yeah
brighter up day aahhh
Pull to the other side


Look down to the earth
buckle up your brain
Look up to the sky

Look up to the sky
look up to the sky
look up to the sky
Don't let your life go by
look up to the sky
look up to the sky yeah yeah

instrumental

There is a brighter up day
brighter up day yeah
brighter up day aahhh
Pull to the other side

Yesterday is gone now
left all behind
so all slip gone
put my trouble behind
i'm taking to my freedom
right what's wrong
ain't no one to tell me
what's right and what's wrong

Look up to the sky
look up to the sky
look up to the sky
Don't let your life go by

There is a brighter up day
brighter up day yeah
brighter up day aahhh



Lucinda Williams

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Edward Van Halen

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Marat Safin

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Philip Rosenthal, Tamlyn Tomita, Karen Velez, Lupe Fuentes, Renée Humphrey and Susanna Thompson

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mimi Rogers




Happy Birthday. God bless.

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German Film Awards by Martin Blaney

Cloud Atlas, Lore, More Than Honey and Die Abenteuer Des Huck Finn are among 46 titles selected by members from the German Film Academy for the longlist of the 2013 German Film Awards (aka Lolas).


Apart from the Wachoski’s epic Cloud Atlas and Cate Shortland’s drama Lore, the 26 feature films selected include 2012’s most successful German release, Bora Dagtekin’s Türkisch Für Anfänger, as well as the surprise hits Oh Boy by Jan Ole Gerster and Die Kirche Bleibt Im Dorf by Ulrike Grote.

In addition, the 18-person pre-selection committee picked current releases including Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt and Matthias Schweighöfer’s new comedy Schlussmacher as well as Oskar Roehler’s Quellen Des Lebens, Franziska Schlotterer’s Ende Der Schonzeit and Dito Tsintsadze’s Invasion which open in German cinemas next month.

Meanwhile, the documentary committee chose 14 films after extensive discussion, including Locarno 2012’s closing film, Markus Imhoof’s More Than Honey, David Sieveking’s award-winning Forget Me Not (Vergiss Mein Nicht), Bulgarian Ilian Metev’s Sofia’s Last Ambulance, and Markus Vetter’s Cinema Jenin – The Story Of A Dream.

The eight-person pre-selection committee for the children’s film category were joined in their deliberations by four (non-voting) children to pick six titles ranging from Hermine Huntgeburth’s Mark Twain adaptation Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn and Mike Marzuk’s second outing inspired by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, Fünf Freunde 2.

Moreover, six individual achievements from feature films not appearing in the “longlist” were selected for consideration:

make-up by Waldemar Pokromski and Sabine Schumann for Der Deutsche Freund;
sound design by Benjamin Krbetschek and Holger Lehmann for Du Hast Es Versprochen;
Lead Actress - Christina Große for Für Elise;
film score by Marcel Barsotti for Jesus Liebt Mich;
Lead Actor - Alexander Fehling for Wir Wollten Aufs Meer;
Direction - Toke Constantin Hebbeln for Wir Wollten Aufs Meer.
The members of the German Film Academy will now be invited to visit screenings of the pre-selected films in February and March and vote for their nominations in the various categories. These nominations will be announced on March 22 and, in a third and final phase, the Academy’s membership will cast their votes for the winners of the Lolas to be presented on the evening of April 26 in Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast.

For the third year running, the Berlinale’s European Film Market will be hosting screenings of the pre-selected titles in the section entitled German Cinema – Lola@Berlinale.

These screenings are open to those Film Academy members entitled to vote on the nominations as well as accredited national and international professionals attending the Berlinale.

German Cinema – LOLA@Berlinale is a joint project of the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Film Academy, and the national film promotion agency German Films which finances English subtitling for the films.




Fiction feature films

Am Himmel Der Tag - dir: Pola Beck

Cloud Atlas - dirs: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

Ende der Schonzeit - dir: Franziska Schlotterer

Fraktus - dir: Lars Jessen

Gnade - dir: Matthias Glasner

Hannah Arendt - dir: Margarethe von Trotta

Heute Bin Ich Blond - dir: Marc Rothemund

Invasion - dir: Dito Tsintsadze

Die Kirche Bleibt Im Dorf - dir: Ulrike Grote

Das Leben Ist Nichts Für Feiglinge - dir: André Erkau

Little Thirteen - dir: Christian Klandt

Lore - dir: Cate Shortland

Ludwig II. - dir: Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle

Oh Boy - dir: Jan Ole Gerster

Puppe, Icke & Der Dicke - dir: Felix Stienz

Quellen Des Lebens - dir: Oskar Roehler

Revision - dir: Philip Scheffner

Schlussmacher - dir: Matthias Schweighöfer

Schuld Sind Immer Die Anderen - dir: Lars-Gunnar Lotz

Schutzengel - dir: Til Schweiger

Türkisch Für Anfänger – Der Kinofilm - dir: Bora Dagtekin

Die Vermessung Der Welt - dir: Detlev Buck

Die Vermissten - dir: Jan Speckenbach

Die Wand - dir: Julian Roman Pölsler

Was Bleibt - dir: Hans-Christian Schmid

Das Wochenende - dir: Nina Grosse

Documentaries

Alles wird gut - dir: Niko von Glasow

Berg Fidel – Eine Schule für alle - dir: Hella Wenders

Cinema Jenin – The Story Of A Dream - dir: Marcus Vetter

Heino Jaeger – Look Before You Kuck - dir: Gerd Kroske

Herr Wichmann Aus Der Dritten Reihe - dir: Andreas Dresen

Das Lied Des Lebens - dir: Irene Langemann

Meine Freiheit, Deine Freiheit - dir: Diana Näcke

More Than Honey - dir: Markus Imhoof

Sofias Letzte Ambulanz - dir: Ilian Metev

Sound Of Heimat – Deutschland Singt - dirs: Arne Birkenstock, Jan Tengeler

This Ain’t California - dir: Marten Persiel

Das Venedig Prinzip - dir: Andreas Pichler

Vergiss Mein Nicht - dir: David Sieveking

Die Wohnung - dir: Arnon Goldfinger

Children’s films

Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn - dir: Hermine Huntgeburth

Fünf Freunde 2 - dir: Mike Marzuk

Das Haus Der Krokodile - dirs: Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert

Kaddisch Für Einen Freund - dir: Leo Khasin

Ritter Rost - dir: Thomas Bodenstein

Die Vampirschwestern - dir: Wolfgang Groos




*Congrats to all of you. God bless.

source:screendaily.com

SAG Awards 2013 by Joal Ryan



source:Dreamworks/eonline.com


Previously on the long-running drama we call Awards Season:
Ben Affleck's Argo is an early Oscar Best Picture favorite until Steven Spielberg's Lincoln arrives. Then Affleck gets clotheslined by the directing branch of the Academy leaving Lincoln sitting pretty. Until Argo surges at the Golden Globes…
All this brings us to our new episode, also known as the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Here's a look at the storylines that could emerge from Sunday's show:
Lincoln Reemerges as, Well, Lincoln: It wins the ensemble award, reminds that the Globes are just the Globes (a contest reflecting the views of exactly zero Oscar voters), and continues on its presidential way toward the Best Picture prize on Feb. 24. If you take stock in such things, this is is how oddsmakers and pundits think Sunday will go.
Argo Gives Lincoln a Lot to Think About: On the heels of its Globes success, it wins the ensemble award, and demonstrates how deep the affection for the 1970s-vibing thriller runs among Affleck's fellow actors, or as they are more properly referred to this time of year: the largest voting branch of the Academy.

Silver Linings Playbook Gives Lincoln and Argo a Lot to Think About: It wins the ensemble award (an ensemble, mind you, that the aforementioned acting branch of the Academy showered with four nominations), emerges as the new Best Picture candidate to beat, and reaffirms just how good Harvey Weinstein is at this sort of thing—i.e., blindsiding Spielberg. (See: Saving Private Ryan's stunning 1998 Best Picture loss to Shakespeare in Love.)
Les Misérables Gives Oddsmakers a Lot to Think About: It wins the ensemble award, reclaims its Christmastime mojo and likely perks up on the Best Picture leader board after falling out of a dead heat with Lincoln.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Give Everyone a Lot of to Think About: If this no-shot Best Picture contender, which was not nominated for the Academy's top prize, wins the ensemble award, it will make an unpredictable awards season a real, live mystery.



source:eonline.com

Patton Oswalt

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Stan Musial We Salute You

by B.J. Rains

ST. LOUIS - A stranger approached Stan Musial's grandson Andrew Edmonds during the Hall of Famer's public viewing Thursday, with tears running down his face.

"Your grandpa's best attribute," the man said, "was that he made nobodies feel like somebodies."

The thought was shared by many Saturday as friends, family, former teammates and many who never even met him gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a funeral Mass to remember the life of the one known simply as, 'The Man'.

Musial, who died Jan. 19 at the age of 92, spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and maintained his residence in St. Louis following his playing days.

Among those in attendance Saturday were the Cardinals six living Hall of Famers – Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Bruce Sutter and Musial's former roommate Red Schoendienst – and five former and current Cardinals managers.

Many others spoke before, during and after the service of what Musial meant to them, the game of baseball and to the city of St. Louis.

Broadcaster Bob Costas provided a heartwarming and emotional eulogy, recalling how Paul Simon wrote a song in the 1960s asking, 'Where did you go Joe DiMaggio?'

"No one in St. Louis ever had to wonder where Stan Musial had gone," Costas told the crowd. "He was right here, right here at home. Our greatest ballplayer sure, but also our friend, our neighbor and that is why the bond and attachment between this player and this city is unique and lasting."

Musial is the Cardinals' franchise all-time leader in games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks and extra-base hits. At the time of his retirement in 1963, he held or shared 17 major league records.

He hit .331 and had 475 home runs and 1,951 RBI during his career and led the league in doubles eight times. He finished his career with 3,630 hits - exactly 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.

For many in attendance Saturday, his statistics were meaningless.

"To me it wasn't the numbers, it was the man he was," former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols said. "That to me was the most important thing, what he did off the field and always with a big smile. You never saw him not smiling. Every memory to me was great. I was blessed to have him and blessed to know him over the last 11 years. Obviously he blessed my life many, many times.

"To live for 92 years, what a great life. I think Cardinal nation and St. Louis, we should be proud and blessed to have had him for that long."

Musial is also celebrated for skipping the 1945 season to serve in the Navy in World War II. When he returned a year later, Musial won his second MVP award and led the Cardinals to the 1946 World Series title.

Bishop Richard Stika told a story of how Musial used to push his wife Lil's wheelchair out to their car each Sunday following Mass and how children would follow along and offer their assistance. When Musial would open the trunk to put away the wheelchair, he'd pull out autographed items to give to the kids.

Musial was a father to four, a grandfather to 11 and a great grandfather to 12. He was a friend to several hundred and a hero and icon to thousands of others. Fittingly a crowd of Cardinals fans that were gathered outside the Cathedral were let into the service when a patch of empty seats were discovered off to the side.

His son-in-law Martin Schwarze recalled a time when Musial accompanied him on a trip to Australia. While shopping in a mall, a man turned to Schwarze and said, "Don't look now, but I think that's Stan the Man." Schwarze smiled and brought Musial over to meet him.

Schwarze also told the story of a time in recent years when Musial was asked how he would do if he played baseball today with the evolution of closers and tough relief pitchers. When Musial responded that he would hit .275, the interviewer reminded him that he had a lifetime .331 batting average.

"Yea, but I'm 75 years old," Musial said.

Said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., "He was a friend to Presidents and Popes but never missed an opportunity to make a young child or fan happy with an autograph or picture. He made it a point to reach out to rookies and role players to let them know they mattered and were important to the team."

Among the other notables to attend the funeral were baseball commissioner Bud Selig, former Cardinals and current Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and current Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Former Cardinals player and manager Joe Torre was in attendance, as was former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and current manager Mike Matheny. Closer Jason Motte was among a group of current players to attend while Jack Clark, Jim Edmonds and several former Cardinals players took part as well.

"There's no question he's a landmark here and from the first time you met him you knew he was something special," Torre said. "He's everything you hoped he would be and more, to have a superstar not act like one and to be a friend to everyone who shook his hand.

"The one that always puts a smile on my face was his jokes. They were the worst but the way he told them, he would start laughing before he told the punch line and everybody would laugh with him. He was just so comfortable in his skin and he made everybody feel comfortable around him. He was a great humanitarian, he really cared for people and they obviously embraced him here."

Said Selig, "It really was a celebration of a great life. He really was a great player and everybody knows that, all the statistics, but a remarkable human being in every way. It was an honor to be here today.

"It was remarkable. He was a great man and we're lucky in baseball to have a man as great as this off the field, be one of our great super stars of all-time. You could see and hear that today."

The funeral procession traveled to Busch Stadium following the Mass, where they stopped in front of Musial's statue for a prayer ceremony. As a single Clydesdale stood guard, the Musial family took turns laying single roses at the base of the statue.

Hundreds of Cardinals fans began singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" as the family waved and joined in. The crowd then erupted into loud cheers and applause, a touching moment for anyone in attendance.

A fan held up a sign that read, "A love story. Stan, Lil and Cardinal Nation." Musial and his wife Lil were married nearly 72 years before she died last May.

Bishop Stika told the story of the time Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis and Musial and his wife came to see him after previously meeting him in Poland. When Musial got out of his car, the crowd waiting to see the Pope cheered and went crazy for him.

"It was obvious of that special connection that existed between Stan the Man and the people of St. Louis," Bishop Stika said.

It even more obvious Saturday afternoon.




RIP



source:foxsportsmidwest.com

Mr. James Cromwell

Happy Birthday Mr. Cromwell. God bless.

Kate Upton (Not suitable for kids)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6tNrRF98oM

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Petra Nemcova and Noémie Lenoir (Not suitable for kids)

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

BRIDGET HALL plus Others (Not suitable for kids)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae9xDr3NJKw

Australian Open 2013

Reuters


Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title with a tense 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over China's Li Na in a match that left one player in tears and saw the other writhing in pain.



Azarenka's joy saw her burst into floods of tears after securing a second Grand Slam title, while Li added the pain of failure to the physical pain she endured during the match.

The Chinese star's efforts were undermined by two dramatic incidents: a sickening ankle injury in the second set, and a fall in the final stages which sparked concussion fears as she hit her head on the court as well as twisting her ankle a second time.

Li dominated the first set but Azarenka raced out to a 3-1 lead in the second before Li slipped and twisted her left ankle.

She had it strapped but had problems pivoting and Azarenka won the set 6-4.

The Chinese sixth seed, who won the French Open title in 2011, took a 2-1 lead in the decider before an Australia Day fireworks display delayed play for some 10 minutes. She immediately went over on her ankle again when they returned and hit her head.

A smiling Li returned to court but Azarenka managed to break in the fifth game, then hold serve to jump to a 4-2 lead and she sealed the title, which ensured she retained the world number one ranking, when she broke Li in the ninth game.



Azarenka dropped her racket to the ground and, after shaking hands with Li and the umpire Alison Lang, went tearfully to her players' box where she was embraced by her support staff and friends who included American musician Redfoo.

Perhaps weighed down by expectation from the most populous nation in the world and with an estimated 100 million people watching on television in China, Li had a shaky start, serving a double fault on the first point and having her serve broken.

The world number six, however, bounced straight back to the delight of the overwhelmingly pro-Li crowd in Rod Laver Arena and used her powerful forehand to break Azarenka twice to hold a 3-1 lead.

Azarenka battled back to break to reduce the deficit to 3-2, but was broken again by Li, who was relentlessly attacking the Belarussian's serve.

Azarenka was able to hold for the first time in the eighth game and break in the ninth, but Li broke again on her fourth set point when the Belarussian double faulted to take the first set 6-4.



Azarenka finally found her range with her groundstrokes in the second set and moved a lot better to race out to a 3-0 lead.

Li broke back, but then badly hurt her ankle after she was forced to change direction to try to reach an Azarenka backhand volley.

The Chinese took a medical timeout to have the ankle heavily strapped but held serve on her return and got three break points in the next game as both players tightened up and were seemingly unable to hold serve.

Li was broken again in the ninth game to give Azarenka a 5-4 lead and she served out to love in the next game to send it into a decider when a Li forehand sailed wide.

Both had problems settling again after the interruptions to the third set but Azarenka achieved the crucial break and was able to hold things together long enough to earn her second grand-slam title when a Li forehand sailed long over the baseline.



*Conrats! God bless!

source:uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Alan Cumming

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Bridget Fonda

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Princess Charlene of Monaco



Happy Birthday Your Highness. God bless.

source:imdb.com

Danica Maksimovic

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Olivier Assayas

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Alicia Keys, Claudelle Deckert, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dinah Manoff, Jill Townsend and John Terry

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ms. Anita Pallenberg

Happy Birthday Ms. Pallenberg. God bless.

Hafsia Herzi



Happy Birthday. God bless.

source:imdb.com

Allison Mackie

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Stephen Chbosky

Happy Birthday. God bless.

By ALASTAIR DALTON




Anna Johnson




THE rector of Morrison’s Academy announced today it would launch its own investigation following the death of Anna Johnson.


Anna, who was a pupil at Morrison’s Academy, a private school in Crieff, is thought to have fallen from the bridge, which links Stirling with Cambusbarron.


Her body was spotted by a driver at around 7am on the northbound carriageway of the motorway west of the city, between junctions nine (Bannockburn) and ten (Craigforth).


Simon Pengelley, the school’s rector and principal, paid tribute to her in a statement, and confirmed the school would be undertaking its own investigation.

He said: “Morrison’s Academy confirms that it has been informed of the death of one of its pupils by Central Scotland Police.

“This tragic news has come as a shock to all members of the school and our hearts go out to the pupil’s family at this dreadful time.”


Mr Pengelley added: “All the staff and pupils at Morrison’s Academy are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Anna.


“She was a well-respected and popular pupil and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this sad time.


“Central Scotland Police are investigating Anna’s death and we would encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information they may feel be of use to call them on 01786 456000.


“The school is committed to supporting the police during their investigation and we will be conducting our own internal investigations, therefore it would be inappropriate of us to provide any further comment at this time.


“Our immediate focus is to provide all the necessary support to Anna’s family, our pupils and their parents as well as our staff.”


Tributes


Fellow pupils posted tributes on the Twitter social media website to the schoolgirl who is believed to be from Stirlingshire.

One said: “School is haunting today. Didn’t even know Anna but always remember seeing her up in art. Send shivers down my spine.”

Another said: “Such a sad assembly!”

One girl wrote: “Part of me doesn’t want to believe you’re gone, love you Anna:(“

A school friend posted: “Was just starting to get to know you as a lovely, beautiful girl. You will be hugely missed at Morrison’s.”

Another girl tweeted: “I hope you’re in a happier place now. My thoughts are with your family and friends. Such a beautiful girl.”

A male classmate added: “Can’t say I knew her very well but she sat right beside me in Spanish for the past 4 months..disbelief. In gods hands now.”

The northbound carriageway of the M9 was closed for some 17 hours after the discovery of the teenager’s body, re-opening shortly before midnight, with an incident tent erected by police at the scene.

Northbound traffic was diverted through Stirling, causing significant delays.

A contraflow was set up on the two-lane southbound carriageway on Tuesday afternoon in an effort to ease congestion during the rush hour.


Appeal


Police tonight issued a further appeal for information from drivers about the incident.

Chief Inspector Gordon Dawson said: “We have had an excellent response from motorists and people who were in the area. As a result we are able to narrow the timescales and are keen to hear from anybody who was on the M9 or Birkhill Road bridge in Cambusbarron between 6.40am and 7am on Tuesday.

“In particular we want to speak to those who were driving on the M9 northbound between Junction 9 Bannockburn Interchange, which are the services at Stirling, and Birkhill Road bridge, which is the fourth in a series of bridges before Craigforth at Junction 10.

“The investigation into Anna’s death continues and we are undertaking a number of inquiries into the circumstances

Anna’s death comes two years after another Morrison’s pupil was killed on the A9, 20 miles to the north.

Elli Williams, 16, from Auchterarder, was hit by a car on the southbound carriageway of the road near the town in January 2011 after becoming separated from a group of friends late at night.

Morrison’s Academy, which was established in 1860, charges fees of up to £10,332 a year.

It has some 500 pupils, with past pupils including actors Ewan McGregor and Denis Lawson. McGregor’s father Jim was a teacher there.


• A man died on the A9 on Tuesday night after a crash between the car he was driving and a tanker lorry.

The collision happened north of Jubilee Bridge near Dunkeld at about 8.30pm.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was the only occupant of the blue Renault Clio which was travelling north when it collided with the southbound tanker.

The 44-year-old man driving the lorry was not injured.




RIP



source:scotsman.com