Saturday, August 31, 2013

ITALIA - ARGENTINA 3-2 (25-20 23-25 20-25 25-15 15-11)

ITALIA - ARGENTINA 3-2 (25-20 23-25 20-25 25-15 15-11)

ITALIA: Randazzo 13, Partenio 5, Picco 10, Della Volpe 2, Borgogno 9, Ricci 12, Tailli (L), Diamantini, Nelli 23, Tiozzo. Non entrati: Izzo e Milan. All. Bonitta.
ARGENTINA: Kukartsev 9, Arpajou 2, Lapera 4, Liand 12, Quiroga 14, Layus 7, Weber (L), Araya, Lazo 1, Lopez, Zometta 7. Non entrato: Giraudo. All. Muraco.
ARBITRI: Li Liu (Chn) e Cull (Usa).
Durata set: 24, 26, 27, 23, 13.
Italia: bs 23, a 5, mv 16, er 40.
Argentina: bs 16, a 3, mv 8, er 34.

ANKARA - L'Italia vince la gara dei Quarti di finale con l'Argentina e centra la qualificazione alle semifinali del campionato del Mondo.

Domani alle ore 16 nuova sfida al Brasile in semifinale. I verdeoro oggi hanno battuto l'Iran 3-0 mentre nella Pool di qualificazione i sudamericani avevano superato l'Italia 3-0 nella prima gara del torneo: 25-21 35-33 25-23 i parziali.

La squadra di Marco Bonitta (che lo scorso anno si è laureata campione d'Europa) ha meritato il successo sul piano del gioco, anche se ha sbagliato molto ed ha rischiato di non legittimare con il risultato la sua supremazia.
Abbiamo parlato di storica semifinale, perchè da alcune stagioni la pallavolo italiana maschile era assente a questi livelli mondiali (Casablanca 2007 in cui finì quarta) ed aveva preso parte soltanto ad una delle ultime cinque rassegne iridate.

I ragazzi azzurri hanno vinto bene il primo set, poi nel secondo hanno avuto un blackout iniziale, che ha permesso all'Argentina di accumulare un grosso vantaggio. L'Italia si è svegliata sul 20-14 compiendo una grande rimonta sino al 23-23, poi vanificata nel finale. La tensione ha creato qualche problema a Picco e compagni, che hanno lasciato ai sudamericani anche il terzo set (25-20). Nel momento più difficile il sestetto tricolore ha tirato fuori il suo carattere: ha dominato il quarto (25-15) ed è arrivata al tie-break. Nel parziale decisivo qualche errore di troppo al servizio (5 in totale), ma alla fine è emersa la maggiore qualità italiana.

Tra gli azzurri da segnalare l'importante rientro di Nelli sulla diagonale di Partenio. L'opposto ha sfogato tutta la sua voglia di giocare (si era fermato alla vigilia del Mondiale) siglando 23 punti in meno di quattro set; la buona prova del libero Tailli in fase difensiva, il grande lavoro a muro dei centrali Picco e Ricci.

Il bomber del torneo Randazzo ha iniziato da opposto, poi dal terzo ha ripreso la sua posizione in posto 4, dando il suo importante contributo anche in ricezione.

Olek Krupa

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Jonathan LaPaglia

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Van Morrison

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Deborah Gibson

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Chris Tucker

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Sara Ramirez

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Richard Gere

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Duchess of Cambridge

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Duchess of Cambridge by Rebecca Macatee

Duchess of Cambridge is one hot mama!
On Friday, Aug. 30, the svelte duchess made her first official public appearance since giving birth to Prince George at the Ring O'Fire ultra-marathon in Anglesey.
Wearing her Pied a Terre Imperia wedges, black skinny pants, a white Zara printed top with blue designs, and the green Ralph Lauren blazer she's had since her pre-princess days, the mom of one was positively glowing. ( was first to report the specific fashion credits.) Kate's first post-baby public appearance was expected to be at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards on Sept. 12., but the palace confirmed the day of the ultra marathon she would actually accompany husband Prince William to today's event.

The royal couple, who did not bring along Prince George, met with race participants and volunteers before its start. Per the BBC, it was William who officially kicked off the event by firing the start gun.
And while this was Kate's first official public appearance since becoming a mom, we also got a glimpse of her slim post-baby bod earlier this week as she did some grocery shopping in Anglesey. She even pulled off, impressively, horizontal stripes!
Don't feel bad. We can't all be Kate the great!

Natasha Yarovenko (Definitely Not suitable for kids)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Aug. 28, 2013

Sarah Roemer
Jennifer Coolidge
Armie Hammer
Kelly Overton
Daniel Stern
Florence Welch
Vera Jordanova
Emma Samms
Mr. Ken Jenkins
Kay Parker
Kimberly Kane
Rick Rossovich
LeAnn Rimes
Carly Pope
Jason Priestley

Belated Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Diana Scarwid

Last Aug.27, is your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday. God bless.

Taylor Wayne

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Marianne Sägebrecht

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Aaron Paul

Last Aug.27, is your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday. God bless.

Eurobeach U18 F: Nono posto per Lantignotti-Frasca

MOLODECHNO (g.t.) - Le azzurre Lantignotti-Frasca si fermano agli ottavi di finale e chiudono al nono posto.

Sedicesimi di finale
Lantignotti-Frasca ITA [16] - Latkowska-Kwiatkowska POL [2] 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 15-9) 0:46

Ottavi di finale
Schneider-Welsch GER [3] - Lantignotti-Frasca ITA [16] 2-0 (21-18, 21-8) 0:30

Eurobeach U18 M: 17mo posto per Cristofaletti-De Angelis

MOLODECHNO (g.t.) - Si ferma al primo turno ad eliminazione diretta e dunque con al 17mo posto il cammino della coppia azzurra Cristofaletti-De Angelis.

Sedicesimi di finale
Novoselov-Sivolap RUS [30] - Cristofaletti-De Angelis ITA [12] 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) 0:29

Chandra Wilson

Last Aug.27, is your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ms. Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld Picture

Last Aug.27, is your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday Ms. Weld. God bless.

By Anthony Breznican

Avengers: Age of Ultron has its psycho robot.
James Spader has signed on to play the villain in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero sequel, Marvel announced today.
The film is set to open May 1, 2015.

Marvel’s announcement didn’t specify whether the three-time Emmy winner Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) will perform motion-capture to play the mechanical being (as Mark Ruffalo does for his scenes as The Hulk), or simply provide the character’s voice.
Smart money says Spader’s commitment won’t be too intense. He’s starring in the NBC series The Blacklist this Fall, as an ex-government fugitive now helping the FBI track down the world’s most wanted criminals. That probably won’t give him a lot of time to go galavanting in a robot suit.
Whedon recently told EW’s James Hibberd about his plans for the character, an artificial intelligence with a heavy-duty god-complex, overwhelmed with rage toward his creators and longing to overtake the planet with his own spawn.
Think of him as a droid with one hell of a set of daddy issues. “As a character I love [Ultron],” Whedon says, “because he’s so pissed off.”
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon added. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
In Marvel comics lore, Ultron is the creation of scientist Hank Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man, a hero who has a suit that allows him to shrink to tiny proportions and a transmitter that can manipulate insects to do his bidding. Pym is a genius R&D guy, and Ultron is one of his greatest creations. But since the machine is designed to be self-aware and self-teaching, it quickly develops a narcissistic quirk in its programing that sends it off the rails into murder and mayhem.
Ultron begins rebuilding himself into more and more powerful iterations and seeks to create artificial life on his own in a twisted desire to become a parent — especially important since he feels betrayed by his own builder, Pym, when he doesn’t support his programming’s new murderous bent.
But Ant-Man, a film being co-written and directed by The World’s End filmmaker Edgar Wright, won’t be out until after the Avengers sequel. So there is a question about whether Ultron’s origin story will be changed, or if Pym will show up a little early. (Whedon has told Annalee Newitz of that he won’t.)
In footage shown at Comic-Con in July to announce the title and reveal Ultron as the new villain, it begins with a close-up of what appears to be Iron Man’s mask. We hear various lines from the assorted Avengers that were spoken in previous Marvel movies. As they bicker, the Iron Man helmet revolves and is pulverized by an unseen force.
At the end, we see the title reveal — and Iron Man’s mask has become Ultron’s grinning, fang-like metallic skull.
That has led to a lot of speculation that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, no slouch in the Research & Development field for new technology, may be rewritten as the creator of Ultron, whose mission is to eradicate organic life from Earth and replace it with his own mechanical offspring.
Right now, we can only guess. But one thing is for certain — this pairing of ’80s Brat Packers Downey Jr. and Spader is the most unlikely Less Than Zero reunion anyone could have imagined.
Maybe Ultron just wants Stark to give him his 50K?
UPDATE: Even Whedon has gotten in on the action, tweeting this out to his followers…
All these old Spader & Spader/Downey references and NO LOVE FOR “TUFF TURF”?!?!?! Step up your game, people! #madthrilledbtw

“Gravity,” by Justin Chang

About halfway through Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishing “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock, playing a lost astronaut stranded 375 miles above Earth, seeks refuge in an abandoned spacecraft and curls into a floating fetal position, savoring a brief respite from her harrowing journey. Of the many sights to behold in this white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity, it’s this image that speaks most eloquently to Cuaron’s gifts as a filmmaker: He’s the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling. Suspending viewers alongside Bullock for a taut, transporting 91 minutes (with George Clooney in a sly supporting turn), the director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen that should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide.

Opening Oct. 4 in the US, following its Venice and Toronto premieres, the Warner Bros. release offers in abundance the sort of eye-popping, screen-filling spectacle that demands to be viewed in a theater. Not unlike earlier triumphs of 3D and vfx innovation such as “Avatar” and “Life of Pi,” though conceived along less fantastical, more grimly realistic lines, “Gravity” is at once classical and cutting-edge in its showmanship, placing the most advanced digital filmmaking techniques in service of material that could hardly feel more accessible.

As scripted by Cuaron and his son Jonas, this tale of one woman’s expedition into the unknown is a nerve-shredding suspenser, a daring study in extreme isolation, and one of the most sophisticated and enveloping visions of space travel yet realized onscreen. It falls among that increasingly rare breed of popular entertainments capable of prompting genuine “How did they do that?” reactions from even the most jaded viewers, even as its central premise is so simple and immediately gripping that one might just as readily ask, “Why didn’t anyone do it sooner?”

The answer to both questions is that Cuaron, in another remarkable collaboration with longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“Children of Men”), has pushed the relevant technologies to their limits in order to tell this story with the sort of impeccable verisimilitude and spellbinding visual clarity it requires. The long, intricate tracking shots the three devised for the earlier film were a mere warm-up act for what they unleash here, as is clear from the stunningly choreographed opening sequence — an unbroken, roughly 13-minute long take that plunges us immediately into the deafening silence of space. Specifically, we are in the atmospheric layer known as the thermosphere, the Earth’s massive form looming large in the widescreen frame as an orbiting shuttle gradually cruises into focus.

Three members of the crew have left the shuttle to help repair the Hubble telescope, though dramatically, the picture is concerned with only two of them: Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), a seasoned astronaut leading his final mission, and Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer on her first. The mood is relaxed initially, even humorous; radio music plays in the background as the astronauts exchange banter with mission control. Kowalsky, drifting lazily about in his harness, brags that he’s about to break the official record for longest spacewalk. The far less experienced Stone nervously tries to stay focused on her task, not the easiest thing to do for someone still adjusting to the woozy effects of zero gravity.

“Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission,” Kowalsky quips early on. Yet all joking ceases when Houston (voiced by Ed Harris, in a nice nod to “Apollo 13″) suddenly reports that a cloud of debris, triggered by the self-destruction of a nearby Russian satellite, is headed their way. The camera, having gracefully bobbed and weaved around the astronauts without a single cut so far, continues to observe with unblinking concentration as the ship is pelted with shrapnel, killing the third astronaut, causing widespread damage and severing all communications with Houston. Amid the chaos, Stone comes untethered and finds herself spinning, alone and helpless, in the vast emptiness of space, an experience the audience will soon share to a deeply unnerving degree.

In one continuous shot, the film has not only introduced its central crisis — will Stone survive? — but also completely immersed us in the beauty and majesty of a dark, pitiless universe. While “Gravity” is hardly the first film to send characters into orbit, few have so powerfully and subjectively evoked the sensation of floating right there with them. As it glides nimbly around the action, the camera induces a deeply pleasurable feeling of weightlessness (the film might just as well have been titled “Dancing With the Stars”) that can suddenly turn from exhilarating to terrifying, leaving us gasping for oxygen alongside the characters.

The filmmakers’ technical command here is so precise that they’re able to shift perspectives at will; more than once the camera zooms in tighter and tighter on Stone until it seems to enter her helmet, sharing her frightening view of the great, black expanse before her. Exactly what she sees and endures over the course of her journey would be unfair to reveal. Suffice to say the script modulates the tension expertly, deftly preying on the claustrophobic and the agoraphobic alike, and maintaining an unflagging sense of peril as it carefully throws Stone one lifeline
after another.

The most crucial of these lifelines turns out to be Kowalsky, who initially comes off as the film’s most obtrusive element, a glib smart-ass who’s there to help Stone and the audience find their bearings, and to provide a measure of comic relief. Yet while Clooney’s flippant leading-man charm may seem incongruous in this context at first, his tough-and-tender rapport with Bullock pulses with understated feeling, never more so than when the two astronauts are tethered together, trying to make their way to safety. Clooney gets one particularly audacious scene that perhaps only a star of his stature could have managed, pulling the viewer through various states of shock, disbelief and finally bittersweet understanding; it’s a haunting moment that firmly ties “Gravity,” for all its uncompromising realism, to the soul of classic Hollywood.

There are glimmers of artifice, too, in the script’s conception of Stone, who turns out to have a tragedy in her past, an unhealed wound that feels rather needlessly engineered to provide the viewer with a psychological entry point, as well as a deeper stake in her survival. It’s the one on-the-nose element in a screenplay that, given its rigorous intelligence in all other departments, might have done well to trust the audience to stay invested in Stone’s journey without the benefit of an emotional hook. (Providing a fascinating contrast is J.C. Chandor’s upcoming stranded-at-sea thriller “All Is Lost,” in some ways a purer, more radical storytelling experiment in which words, motivations and explanations have been almost completely expunged.)

Nonetheless, Bullock inhabits the role with grave dignity and hints at Stone’s past scars with sensitivity and tact, and she holds the screen effortlessly once “Gravity” becomes a veritable one-woman show. In a performance that imposes extraordinary physical demands, the actress remains fully present emotionally, projecting a very appealing combo of vulnerability, intelligence and determination that not only wins us over immediately, but sustains attention all the way through the cathartic closing reels.

The outstanding post-production 3D conversion enhances our sense of immersion in this foreign environment at every turn. Images of outer space give new meaning to the term “deep focus,” while the scenes set in enclosed environs provide a pleasing visual balance and contrast, with floating objects supplying a natural depth of field. As visual an experience as the film is, it would be far less effective without the exceptional sound work by production mixer Chris Munro and sound designer Glenn Freemantle, which makes especially potent use of silence in accordance with the laws of outer-space physics. Helping to vary the soundscape is Steven Price’s richly ominous score, playing like an extension of the jolts and tremors that accompany the action onscreen.

All in all, it would be impossible to overestimate the difficulty of what Cuaron and his top-of-the-line crew have pulled off, or to guess at the staggering number of decisions that were made regarding specifics of camera placement and movement; the motion-control robots that were used on the actors to plausibly simulate zero-gravity conditions; the marvelous scope and detail of Andy Nicholson’s production design; and the meticulous integration of visual effects, all-digital backgrounds, traditional lighting schemes and other live-action lensing techniques. But perhaps the boldest risk of all was the decision to combine these elements in a manner that would hold up under the prolonged scrutiny of the camera, in single-shot sequences of such breathtaking duration and coherence. Somewhere, one imagines, the spirits of Stanley Kubrick and Max Ophuls are looking down in admiration.

David Letterman by Brian Lowry

David Letterman made his CBS debut on Aug. 30, 1993 — the consolation prize, at the time, for having lost the coveted “The Tonight Show” throne to Jay Leno. Yet if the host has never entirely gotten over that, he’s certainly made the best of a disappointing situation.

Letterman’s first “Late Show” guest, Bill Murray, made an encore appearance Thursday night in recognition of the 20th-anniversary, but like most of Letterman’s milestones, this one will come and go with relatively little fanfare. CBS no doubt would have liked to commemorate the moment more ostentatiously — a primetime special, perhaps? — but Dave settled for Murray’s hijinks and a sweet photo album in the closing moments. Even the customary celebrity tributes — which would have been easy enough to assemble — were tossed off as a silly gag.

Still, in his heart of hearts, Letterman should find a lot to savor as he heads into the coming year. With Jay Leno being elbowed out of “The Tonight Show” (again) in February, Letterman — who signed a deal that extends through 2014 — not only has a chance to go out as the daypart’s elder statesman, but the potential ratings champ as well. And while that might seem strange given the 66-year-old host will be facing a pair of much-younger rivals in the two Jimmys — Fallon and Kimmel — having weathered the Conan O’Brien experiment and with the No. 1 network backing him, it’s not a far-fetched possibility, particularly in terms of total viewers.

As it stands, Letterman has already achieved plenty — surpassing his idol Johnny Carson, who anointed him as his spiritual heir, as the longest-running latenight host in history (including his stint on NBC from 1982-93). Even so, he always comes across as someone who’s never entirely satisfied, as if no amount of success could have been enough.

As with Carson, Letterman remains extremely private, a slightly incongruous trait for such a public figure. That reticence has only intensified since the strange extortion plot he had to deal with a few years ago, which made public embarrassing revelations about affairs he had with members of his staff.

Letterman is a complicated guy, but he clearly knows what he’s comfortable doing — and CBS has been smart enough to leave him alone and let him do it. In that context, watching NBC repeat the tumultuous process of pushing Leno toward retirement for a newer model brings to mind a line from “Chinatown” — namely, “I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”

Not that comics, especially one as irascible as Letterman, really embrace the idea of respectability. During his monologue, Letterman said in response to the obvious question of how long he might continue hosting “Late Show,” “I want to be dragged out of here kicking and screaming, like they did with Regis.”

Regis is back, of course, at least sort of. And after watching his experience and NBC’s persistent lack of gratitude toward Leno, it would be nice to see Letterman hang on until he’s good and ready to call it quits — contentedly feeling like he’s had enough, before emulating Carson one last time and bidding us all a very heartfelt goodnight.

Mr. Murray Gershenz We Salute You

by Pat Saperstein

Mr. Murray Gershenz, who was most famous for his role as the elderly Felix in “The Hangover,” died of a heart attack August 28 in Hollywood. He was 91.

After starting his acting career at the age of 80, Gershenz appeared in TV shows including “Parks and Recreation,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family” and “Raising Hope.”

Before getting into acting, the former opera singer and synagogue cantor was a noted record collector, running the Los Angeles record store Music Man Murray for more than 50 years, originally at Santa Monica and Western and most recently in the West Adams neighborhood. He had been seeking a buyer for his collection of more than 300,000 albums, but it remains for sale. Gershenz was the subject of a documentary about his record collection, “Music Man Murray,” that aired on the Documentary Channel.

He also appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show.” His film appearances included “I Love You Man” and “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone.”

Gershenz remained in good health until his sudden death and was recently working on the series “Sullivan & Son.”

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Timothy Bottoms

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Angel Coulby

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David Paymer

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Andy Roddick

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Nebojsa Glogovac

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Frederique Van Der Wal

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Frosinone: Via al raduno. Niente trasloco

FROSINONE - Questo pomeriggio prenderà ufficialmente il via la stagione agonistica 2013/014 della IHF Volley.

Dirigenti, tecnici ed atlete si incontreranno quest’oggi alle ore 18.00 presso l'azienda main sponsor del club laziale.

Il Presidente Lucio Iacobucci accoglierà il nuovo organico e darà il benvenuto ai protagonisti della prossima stagione, che già da domani si metteranno al lavoro per l’inizio della preparazione atletica.

Con l’inizio della preparazione e d' obbligo comunicare anche il luogo dove si allenerà e giocherà la IHF Volley per la prossima regular season, la società bianconera ha infatti raggiunto un accordo con il Comune di Frosinone e continuerà a fare del Palasport la propria casa.

Michael Michele

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Michael Chiklis

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Shania Twain - You're Still The One ( Not suitable for kids)

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Shania Twain - You're Still The One

Looks like we made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We might've took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday

They said, "I'll bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong


(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

Ain't nothing better
We beat the odds together
I'm glad we didn't listen
Look at what we would be missing

They said, "I'll bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night
You're still the one

(oooooooo) yeah!

(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life ooooo yeah
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night

I'm so glad we made it
Look how far we've come my baby...

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz Picture

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Peggy Lipton

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Mark Strong

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mr. Elliott Gould

Happy Birthday Mr. Gould. God bless.

Mr. Joel Schumacher

Happy Birthday Mr. Schumacher. God bless.

Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Maite Schwartz

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Jovanna Huguet

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Frances Ruffelle

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Émilie Dequenne

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Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay Picture

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Carla Gugino

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Mr. Richard Attenborough

Happy Birthday Mr. Attenborough. God bless.

Mr. William Friedkin

Happy Birthday Mr. Friedkin. God bless.

Lea Michele

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Kate Upton and Mr. Arnold Palmer

Kate Upton, Arnold Palmer, Twitter


Kate Upton by Rebecca Macatee

Kate Upton obviously knows how to work a bikini, but she also looks great in golfing gear!

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 21-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model tweeted a picture of her "amazing golf lesson" with the legendary Arnold Palmer.

Wearing a conservative, polka-dotted sweater, dark, patterned shorts, sneakers and her hair neatly pulled back, Kate looked right at home on the green. Mr. Palmer, 83, was all smiles alongside the blond beauty, clearly happy to teach Ms. Upton a few tips and tricks of the game.

Kate, who's obviously a fit young woman, pursued her athletic interests long before she was taking the swimsuit and high-fashion worlds by storm. As an avid equestrian, she showed and competed horses on a national level. "I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion," she told GQ in 2012.

Her advice for anyone wanting to hop in the saddle? "Well, it's about having your horse trust you and trusting your horse," she said. "And then with that relationship, you guys can compete, and he'll want to please you. Then you'll win."

Sounds like Kate owes Arnold a horseback riding lesson!

Michael Jackson - Ben

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Michael Jackson - Ben

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You've got a friend

in me
(You've got a friend in me)

Ben, you're always running here and there
(Here and there)
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's something you should know
You've got a place to go
(You've got a place to go)

I used to say "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"
I used to say "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"

Ben, most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
They don't see you as I do
I wish they would try to
I'm sure they'd think again
If they had a friend like Ben

Like Ben
Like Ben
Like Ben
Like Ben

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

David Fincher

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Luis Guzmán

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Jack Black

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The Who - Pinball Wizard

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The Who - Pinball Wizard

Ever since I was a young boy,
I've played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball!

He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball!

He's a pin ball wizard
There has got to be a twist.
A pin ball wizard,
Got such a supple wrist.

How do you think he does it? I don't know!
What makes him so good?'

He ain't got no distractions
Can't hear those buzzers and bells,
Don't see lights a flashin'
Plays by sense of smell.
Always has a replay,
never tilts at all
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball.

I thought I was
The Bally table king.
But I just handed
My pin ball crown to him.

Even on my favorite table
He can beat my best.
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest.
He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall
That deaf dumb and blind kind
Sure plays a mean pin ball!!!

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Miley Cyrus (Definitely Not suitable for kids)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

G.W. Bailey

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Aug. 26, 2013

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Team Japan posted Aug. 22, 2013

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2013 – Japan made an excellent start to their 2013 World Grand Prix campaign. And as the city of Sapporo gets ready to host the Finals, the Olympic bronze medalists hope to make the home crowd proud by winning a place on the podium for the first time ever. Former star player Yoshie Takeshita looks back on Japan’s excellent performance so far and assesses the team’s chances of taking the title this year.

“I was very pleased with the level at which Japan performed in the preliminary round of this year’s World Grand Prix and the team has set the standard high for themselves. They won their first six matches in the tournament, eventually ending the preliminary round securing seven wins in nine matches. And it was not an easy task as Japan faced some strong competition over the three weeks.

"But Japan’s achievements this season come as no surprise.

"Japan has a good set of players this year, including three Olympians from last year’s bronze medal team in London in the form of Saori Kimura, Yukiko Ebata, Risa Shinnabe. The richness of their experience has been vital in helping the younger players get comfortable on the court and a get a handle on the pressures of high level competition.

"Although the new team started playing together only last spring, they have shown a remarkable willingness to communicate and work together. In my opinion this is the key quality of the team and one of the main reasons they have succeeded in spite of not having too much time to prepare for the World Grand Prix. I know that this will help each player to put forward their best performance for the greater good of the team.

"Importantly, the women have coach Masayoshi Manabe leading the way. And the assistant coaches, therapists, analysts and other expert staff have all the requisite know-how to help the team succeed. And they work well together to ensure that the team plays a powerful and intelligent game. The players also receive a great of support from their entourage and I am more convinced than ever that Japan have what it takes to be number one this year.

"But if the preliminary round has taught the Japanese team anything, it is that they cannot let down their guard. Now, more than ever, it is important that the team learn from the mistakes made over the three weeks of matches in order to improve their game. This will be the only way they can head off the challenge from the other five teams in the Finals.

"Is it difficult to watch the action from the sidelines this year?

"My decision to retire from the sport after the Olympic Games in London was the right one for me as it has allowed more time for my family. Also it was necessary to make place for the younger generation. I had my turn and as with all professional volleyball players, we know the time to leave will come eventually.

"This is not to say that I have stepped out of the sport completely. As a player one of my aims was to send a strong message to the young boys and girls of Japan that anything is possible with determination and perseverance – even if you are well below the height of the average volleyball player! I now try to instill this message in the children who I teach at the volleyball clinics. I am also a TV commentator, which ensures that I am still up to speed with all the happenings on the court.

"After winning the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I said that my generation of players did not really feel the honour of the bronze medal that Japan won at t"he 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. To be back on the podium in London after such a long time was an achievement for the Japanese volleyball family and I do hope that we can continue this trend by winning a medal on home ground in the 2013 World Grand Prix."

Yoshie Takeshita is a former volleyball player from Japan who played for the national women’s team and the JT Marvelous Club. She was on the national team that took part in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, helping Japan to a bronze medal in London last year. At 159 centimetres, Takeshita has earned the title of the ‘World's Smallest and Strongest Setter’ and was Japan’s number one setter during her career on the national team. She was the captain of the Japanese volleyball team during the 2006 World Championship where she took the Most Valuable Player award. She was also helped her team to a bronze medal in the 2010 World Championships. Takeshita announced her retirement from professional volleyball on July 26, 2013.

USA and Brazil

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The 2013 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam medallists

Latvia and Brazil claim gold

Moscow, Russia, August 25, 2013 – Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Brazil’s Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado claimed the gold medals at the sixth edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday.

Brazil won three medals in total in Vodny Stadium as Emanuel Rego and his temporary partner Evandro Goncalves finished second and Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho claimed the bronze medal. Emanuel wrote history as the only player to win a medal in Moscow with three different partners.

In the women’s competition Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst finished second. Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan won the bronze medal.

Smedins and Samoilovs claim second gold with a great show

With their last World Tour medal dating back to June, Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs came back strong with gold at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday. The Latvians defeated Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Evandro Goncalves 2-0 (21-17 21-16) in a spectacular final.

In a rainy Vodny Park both Latvia and Brazil warmed up the audience with a great show. Evandro and Smedins challenged each other in hitting the hardest attack, while great digs produced great rallies. More

First Grand Slam gold for Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado

Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado claimed their first Grand Slam gold on Sunday at the Vodny Stadium in Moscow. The Brazilian sisters defeated Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst 2-0 (21-15 21-18) in the final.

The bronze medal went to Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan after a 2-0 (22-20 21-19) win over Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth. More

Emanuel in Moscow final for the third year in a row

After winning the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam in 2011 and 2012, Brazil’s Emanuel Rego reached the final in the Russian capital for the third year in a row. But this time not with Alison Cerutti but with young Evandro Goncalves.

The Brazilians play Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs in the Vodny Stadium at 19.30 on Sunday evening. The Latvians prevented an all-Brazilian final by defeating Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho 2-0 (21-14 21-19) in the semifinal. More

From country quota to the final in just one year for Walkenhorst

Germany’s Kira Walkenhorst moved up from losing in country quota to the final of the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam in just one year.

Walkenhorst and her new partner since this season, Laura Ludwig, reached the final by defeating Italy’s new team Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth 2-0 (21-16 21-10) on Sunday morning. More

The Moscow Grand Slam was the 8th out of 10 Grand Slams this year. The FIVB World Tour now takes a break until October when the last two Grand Slams of the season are held in Beijing (1-6) and Sao Paolo (8-13).

The FIVB Open calendar features four more events, starting with the double gender Kampala Open in September in Uganda. At the end of October there are two women’s-only events in Xiamen (China) and Phuket (Thailand), followed by the double gender Durban Open (South-Africa) in December.

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Mike Tyson (SID – So)

Den früheren Skandalboxer Mike Tyson plagen nach eigenen Angaben schwerwiegende Suchtprobleme. "Ich stehe an der Schwelle des Todes, denn ich bin ein krankhafter Alkoholiker", sagte der ehemalige Schwergewichts-Weltmeister nach seinem Debüt als Promoter in New York.

Tyson kämpft mit aller Kraft gegen die Sucht an. "Ich möchte nüchtern sein, ich will nicht sterben", sagte der 47-Jährige. Doch das fällt ihm offenbar ziemlich schwer: "Ich habe jetzt seit sechs Tagen nichts getrunken und keine Drogen genommen. Das ist eigentlich schon ein Wunder. Ich will nie wieder etwas anrühren."

Mit seiner neu gegründeten Firma "Iron Mike Productions" kehrte Tyson acht Jahre nach seinem letzten Profikampf an den Ring zurück. Großer Traum des einst jüngsten Champions aller Klassen ist es, endlich wieder Weltmeister im Schwergewicht herauszubringen: "Das wäre eine Herzensangelegenheit."

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Un crocodile pris en photo le 2 septembre 2008 dans le Territoire du nord, près de Darwin (Australie), là où un jeune homme a été happé par un crocodile, le 24 août 2013. (

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La fête d'anniversaire a tourné au drame. Un homme de 24 ans a été happé et emporté samedi par un crocodile, sous les yeux d'une quinzaine de personnes en Australie, a annoncé dimanche 25 août la police. La victime fêtait un anniversaire avec des proches, lorsqu'il a décidé de plonger avec un ami dans une rivière. Située dans le Territoire du nord, elle est pourtant réputée pour abriter des crocodiles pouvant atteindre sept mètres de long et peser une tonne. En décembre 2012, un garçon de 12 ans avait été emporté par un crocodile au même endroit.

"Ils le regardaient traverser la rivière", a expliqué le sergent Geoff Bahnert, en parlant du groupe d'amis. "Puis ils ont vu le crocodile qui le prenait entre ses machoires". La police australienne a tenté, en vain, de retrouver le corps du jeune homme. Les recherches se poursuivent dimanche. Le plus grand crocodile des environs a été abattu par précaution, selon le porte-parole.

L'homme et son ami ont ignoré les mises en garde des autorités prévenant de la présence de crocodiles, dans cette rivière située à une centaine de kilomètres de Darwin. "C'est l'une des rivières de ce territoire les plus peuplées [de crocodiles], il y en a un gros tous les deux kilomètres", a commenté un employé de la ville, Erin Bayard. Les crocodiles sont protégés depuis les années 70 en Australie, et leur nombre n'a cessé de croître depuis lors.

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Mr. George Lucas by Erik Hayden

Mr. George Lucas has made a $10 million investment in Starbucks.

On Aug. 19, the filmmaker and philanthropist bought 141,573 shares of the coffee company through his GWL Living Trust at a price averaged at $70.60 a share, according to Bloomberg.

His wife, Mellody Hobson, is a member of the board of directors of the Seattle-based chain. She is also the president of Ariel Investments LLC and was named chairman of the board at DreamWorks Animation in October 2012.

After the sale of Lucasfilm assets to Disney for $4 billion last October, Lucas stated that he was dedicating the majority of his wealth toward improving education. The net worth of the Star Wars mogul, as of March 2013, was $3.9 billion, according to Forbes.

Lucas, 69, wedded Hobson, 44, at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County this past June. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Everest Hobson Lucas, earlier this month.

The director was honored in a White House ceremony in July by President Obama during a of presentation of the National Medals of Arts.

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Ben Affleck by Natalie Finn

Who knew that two little words (Ben Affleck) paired with one other B-word (Batman) would have such a polarizing effect?

Warner Bros. had already revealed that the Caped Crusader would be joining Superman in director Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, so all that was left was to find the actor who could pull off both a tux and a cowl.

The studio must have thought it was a no-brainer casting Affleck, who couldn't be hotter thanks to Argo and all the good will he drummed up by not being nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

But judging by how fast #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck started trending on Twitter after the big reveal last night, someone who makes a whole lot of money must be somewhat confused as to why some people are so incensed over the idea of Affleck playing Batman.

Will the backlash—including a petition with, ahem, nearly 25,000 signatures stating that he's "inappropriate" for the role—actually affect anything?

"Absolutely not," says Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter, which has been closely monitoring the craziness. "This is happening. He's signed on, they put out a press release, he's in this movie."

But while Belloni tells E! News that Warner Bros. will not recast another actor, the studio may be drawing up a contingency plan as far as publicity and marketing goes, to present Affleck "in the best way possible."

"This happens all the time," he says. "Fans go crazy when there's a casting that they don't agree with. Then as the movie comes out they kinda switch their feelings. I think this is a very, very early time to say this is a disaster."

It would perhaps be a record for premature disaster-labeling.

But, Belloni acknowledges, there is "something like 70 percent disapproval of this decision" on Twitter and "people are going crazy...Overall, the reaction has been negative."

"That said," he adds, "on a lot of these big movies the casting is initially negative and then people kinda change their minds as they see how things play out," Belloni says. "But initially they've got a little bit of a problem here."

"First and foremost," he explains, "there's people going on Twitter and talking about he's not right for the role. He already played Daredevil, which some people see as a crossover, and they can't really get it into their heads. To a lot of fans, once you've played a superhero you can't go and play another superhero."

Of course, social media isn't always an exact arbiter of public tastes. For instance, major buzz doesn't always equal major box office.

"I think this movie is going to be a hit," Belloni tells us. "I think ultimately, when people see the product, they will come around and Ben Affleck ultimately will be a good Batman."

Yet with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck continuing to trend, the man himself remains silent.

"I don't think it's that odd" that Affleck hasn't said anything, Belloni says.

"The studios like to manage these announcements and these press releases get written very carefully," he adds. "He'll do an interview with some favorable magazine where he'll talk about it. What's interesting is that he does have this movie [Runner Runner] coming out...and the first question out of everyone's mouth will be, 'What about Batman?'"

Runner Runner is due in theaters Oct. 4. Here's hoping the Bat Signal lures Ben out in the open long before then.

Lee Thompson Young We Salute You

by Natalie Finn and Claudia Rosenbaum

Lee Thompson Young will definitely be missed.

Family and friends, including the cast of Rizzoli & Isles, gathered on the Paramount lot this morning for a memorial service honoring the actor, who died Monday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Among the mourners was Angie Harmon, who broke down in tears while speaking about her late costar, an eyewitness exclusively tells E! News.

"It was really hard to hear her because she was in tears," says a friend of Young's who attended the private gathering. "It was very emotional."

Rizzoli & Isles star Jordan Bridges also spoke about Young, saying that he had been excited to start working with him especially because they shared a passion for martial arts. They shared a connection and became good pals, Bridges said. He concluded his remarks by holding what's known as a horse stance, similar to a warrior pose in yoga, in honor of his friend.

Tuesday's episode of the TNT crime drama was dedicated to Young's memory.

Shawn Levy, who directed Young in the Disney Channel series The Famous Jett Jackson, also attended the nearly three-hour service.

Young's practice of the West African religion Ifa was also highlighted throughout. Dancers dressed all in white performed to the beat of live drum music and the actor's former karate teacher entered the room ahead of Young's mother, writer Velma Love, blessing the ground in front of her as she walked in.

Some of the mourners were dressed all in white, too, as a nod to Young's Ifa practice.

Love told those assembled that Young was a great son who was always eager to help her, even when she hadn't asked for any.

His mom "would tell stories about how she would send him things that she had written asking him first not to make any changes and he would send her back a list of suggestions," the friend told us.

Young's friend said that a number of people got up to speak and they had similar things to say regarding what a great person he was.

"He never got mad at anyone," said the friend. "If you had something to talk about, even if it was not interesting, he would sit there and listen. He as a good spirit. He was down to earth" and never put on airs about being a Hollywood actor.

Young's apparent suicide "came as a shock to everyone," the friend said.

But on Friday, "everyone there was celebrating his life, which is what he would have wanted," the friend added. "He wanted everyone to come together and be a big family, so that is what we did. We came together to celebrate him and his life."


Linda Ronstadt by Natalie Finn

Linda Ronstadt is fighting for her life.

The 11-time Grammy winner revealed to, in an interview that will be published in full next week, that she has Parkinson's disease and is no longer able to sing due to the degenerative condition, which attacks the central nervous system.

Ronstadt, 67, said that she was diagnosed eight months ago but may have experienced symptoms as early as eight years ago.

"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," the artist said. "I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I've had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I've had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that's why my hands were trembling."

"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked. I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."

"No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," Ronstadt said. "No matter how hard you try."

Per AARP, the "You're No Good" singer's upcoming memoir, Simple Dreams, does not address her condition or symptoms.

Michael J. Fox, who will play a news anchor with Parkinson's in a self-titled NBC sitcom this fall, and boxing icon Muhammad Ali are the biggest celebrities known to also be battling the disease.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Pan American Cup M: La finale è Messico-Brasile

CITTA' DEL MESSICO (g.t.) - Sarà tra i padroni di casa del Messico ed il decisamente più quotato Brasile la finale della Pan American Cup.

Risultati 23 agosto
Match per il 5° posto
Rep.Dominicana-Usa 0-3 (20-25, 19-25, 14-25)
Top Scorer: Tapia Santana 10, Elvis Contreras 4, Hernandez Encarnacion 4, Garcia Toribio 4; Sander 17, Sangrey 9, McDonnell 8.

Brasile-Portorico 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 29-27)
Top Scorer: Lucarelli 13, Luan Weber 12, Mauricio Souza 10, Mauricio Borges 9; Maldonado 9, Roman 9, Cruz 7.

Messico-Argentina 3-1 (25-21, 27-25, 12-25, 25-21)
Top Scorer: Valdes 18, Aguilera 13, Vargas 11, Quinones 8, P.Rangel 8; Postemsky 13, Vaca 12, Mendez 12, Palacios 9.

Il programma delle finali (24 agosto)
ore 24.00 1°-2° posto: Messico-Brasile

ore 22.00 3°-4° posto: Argentina-Portorico

ore 20.00 6°-7° posto: Rep.Dominicana-Trinidad & Tobago

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US-Armee könnte in Syrien eingreifen (AFP)

Die USA erwägen nach den jüngsten Berichten über den Einsatz von Chemiewaffen in Syrien offenbar einen Militärschlag gegen die Führung in Damaskus. Mehrere Optionen seien für den Fall vorbereitet worden, dass sich US-Präsident Barack Obama zu diesem Schritt entscheiden sollte, sagte Verteidigungsminister Chuck Hagel. Die US-Marine verstärkte ihre Präsenz im Mittelmeer um ein weiteres Kriegsschiff.

Auf Anfrage des Präsidenten habe das Verteidigungsministerium Optionen für alle denkbaren Szenarien ausgearbeitet, sagte Hagel gegenüber Journalisten an Bord eines Militärflugzeugs auf dem Weg nach Malaysia. Details zur Mobilisierung der Truppen nannte er nicht. Der Pentagonchef machte jedoch deutlich, dass noch keine Entscheidung darüber gefallen sei, ob die USA tatsächlich militärisch gegen Syriens Machthaber Baschar al-Assad vorgehen werden.

Unterdessen verstärkte die US-Marine ihre Präsenz im Mittelmeer, wie aus Verteidigungskreisen in Washington verlautete. Der mit Raketen bestückte Zerstörer USS Mahan kehre nicht wie vorgesehen in seinen Heimathafen zurück. Damit verfügen die USA nun über vier mit Raketen bestückte Kriegsschiffe in der Region.

Das Weiße Haus ist nach Berichten über einen möglichen Einsatz von Chemiewaffen durch die syrische Armee in Zugzwang geraten. Die syrische Opposition beschuldigt die Regierungstruppen, am Mittwoch bei einem Großangriff in der Rebellenregion Ghuta nahe Damaskus ein Massaker mit 1300 Toten verübt zu haben. Die Armee bestreitet dies. Obama hatte den Einsatz von Chemiewaffen als "rote Linie" für ein Eingreifen der USA in den syrischen Bürgerkrieg bezeichnet.

Auf die jüngsten Vorwürfe gegen die syrische Regierung reagierte Washington bisher aber zurückhaltend. Der republikanische Senator John McCain warf dem US-Präsidenten daraufhin "Passivität" vor. Assad verstehe dies als "grünes Licht" der USA für Kriegsgräuel, sagte er dem Sender CNN.

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) forderte indessen einen schnellen Zugang für die UN-Inspekteure in Syrien zum Ort des mutmaßlichen Giftgasangriffs. "Jetzt geht es darum, den UNO-Inspekteuren, die bereits in Syrien sind, schnellstmöglich Zugang zum Ort des Geschehens zu verschaffen", sagte Merkel dem Nachrichtenmagazin "Focus" laut Vorabbericht. Sie kritisierte in diesem Zusammenhang die Regierungen in Moskau und Peking: "Leider hat der Widerstand Russlands und Chinas eine eindeutige Aufforderung des UNO-Sicherheitsrats an das syrische Regime verhindert, den freien Zugang zu gewährleisten."

Der iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani beklagte den möglichen "Einsatz von Chemiewaffen" in Syrien. "Die heute in Syrien herrschende Situation und der Tod unschuldiger Menschen durch chemische Waffen ist sehr erschütternd", sagte Rohani. Der Iran sei im Krieg mit dem Irak (1980-1988) selbst Opfer von Chemiewaffen gewesen und verurteile daher "absolut und vehement" deren Einsatz. Damals waren tausende Iraner getötet worden.

Barack Obama nannte die Berichte über den möglichen Giftgasangriff in einem am Freitag ausgestrahlten Interview mit dem Sender CNN "zutiefst beunruhigend". Er warnte jedoch vor militärischen Abenteuern. Die USA sollten sich nicht in "sehr teure und komplizierte" Einsätze ziehen lassen, die die Missgunst gegenüber Amerika in der Region nur noch verstärkten. Zudem würde ein Alleingang der USA ohne Mandat des UN-Sicherheitsrats womöglich gegen internationales Recht verstoßen.

Obama wies die US-Geheimdienste an, Informationen über den mutmaßlichen Angriff zusammenzutragen. Die Außenminister der USA und Russlands forderten am Freitag zudem eine unabhängige Prüfung der Vorwürfe. UN-Generalsekretär Ban entsandte seine Hohe Vertreterin für Abrüstung, Angela Kane, nach Damaskus.

The Rolling Stones - Hand of Fate (Definitely Not suitable for kids)

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The Rolling Stones - Hand of Fate (Definitely Not suitable for kids)

The hand of fate is on me now
It pick me up and knock me down
I'm on the run, I'm prison bound
The hand of fate is heavy now
I killed a man, I'm highway bound
The wheel of fortune keeps turning round
Turning round, turning round
I should have known it was a one horse town

My sweet girl was once his wife
He had papers the judge had signed
The wind blew hard, it was stormy night
He shot me once, but I shot him twice
The hand of fate is on me now
It pick me up and it kicked me right down
Kicked me right down
Kicked me right down

I had to save her life
Yeah, I gunned him twice
Yeah, and I watched him die, watch out boy
Yeah, I watched him die

He was a barroom man, the violent kind
He had no love for that gal of mine
Then one day in a drinking bout
He swore he'd throw me right of town
The hand of fate is on me now
I shot that man I put him underground
I put him underground underground
Yes I did

I'm on the run, I hear the hounds
My luck is up, my chips are down
So goodbye baby, so long now
Wish me luck, I'm going to need it child
The hand of fate is on me now
Yeah it's too late baby
Too late baby, too late now
The hand of fate is on me now
The hand of fate is heavy now
The hand of fate is heavy now
The hand of fate is heavy now

Too late baby, too late now
The hand of fate is on me now
It pick you up and knock you down

Friday, August 23, 2013

Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman

Marion Cotillard has officially replaced Natalie Portman in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the famous William Shakespeare play Macbeth, THR reports.

The 37-year-old actress is set to play scheming Lady Macbeth, the same role Natalie was rumored to be playing several months back.

Michael Fassbender is still currently attached to play the title role of Macbeth. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman are still attached to produce.

Shooting is set to begin in January of 2014 in the UK.

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Aug. 23, 2013

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Menegatti e Orsi Toth avanti ai Sedicesimi di Mosca - foto fivb
Menegatti e Orsi Toth avanti ai Sedicesimi di Mosca - foto fivb
MOSCA - Si qualificano alla fase ad eliminazione diretta le coppie azzurre rimaste in corsa nel Grand Slam di Mosca, dopo il forfeit di Cicolari-Costantini.

Oggi nella terza prova delle Pool si è infatti registrato un doppio successo di Menegatti-Orsi Toth e Gioria-Giombini che vale, per entrambe, il terzo posto nelle rispettive pool e l'accesso ai sedicesimi.

Pool E
Gioria-Giombini ITA [21] - Radarong-Udomchavee THA [28] 2-1 (21-16, 20-22, 15-8)

Pool G
Menegatti-Orsi Toth ITA [23] - Wesselink-Bloem NED [26] 2-0 (24-22, 21-17)

Classifiche - Pool

Pool E
1 Holtwick-Semmler [5] GER 6 punti
2 Dubovcova-Nestarcova [12] SVK 5 punti
3 Gioria-Giombini [21] ITA 4 punti
4 Radarong-Udomchavee [28] THA 3 punti

Pool G
1 Agatha-Antonelli [7] BRA 6 punti
2 Ludwig-Walkenhorst [10] GER 5 punti
3 Menegatti-Orsi Toth [23] ITA 4 punti
4 Wesselink-Bloem [26] NED 3 punti

Keep it up Menegatti-Orsi Toth.  Same with Gioria-Giombini. God bless. 

The Flinstones-- Little Big League

Ms. Vera Miles

Vera Miles Picture

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Scott Caan

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Ben Affleck Par Jean-Laurent Cassely

Il n’y a pas que les Marseillais qui attendent le retour de Batman. «On» apprenait ainsi avec émoi, ce 23 août, que Ben Affleck allait incarner Batman dans le nouveau Batman, ou plus exactement dans le nouveau Superman dans le scénario duquel on a placé Batman — la crise du modèle hollywoodien, tout ça…

Man Of Steel 2, c’est son nom, s’annonce dès à présent comme une catastrophe cinématographique si on en croit les fans des films de super-héros. Tout d’abord Henry Cavill qui a incarné Superman dans Man of Steel (le 1), n’a pas laissé un grand souvenir à ceux qui l’ont vu. Et Ben Affleck a, sans que l’on — que je — comprenne bien pourquoi, la réputation d’être un acteur à chier.

Mais les acteurs de Batman ont souvent été moqués ou dédaignés par les cinéphiles. On pense bien sûr à Michael Keaton, qui porte le personnage dans la série de Tim Burton entamée à la toute fin des années 80 — ce qui avec le recul, se voit beaucoup.

Il y a les pour et les contre Batman par Tim Burton. L’avoir vu à l’époque de sa sortie était une expérience marquante et angoissante, mais ni Jack Nicholson (le Joker), ni Danny DeVito (le Pingouin), ni Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman) ne parviennent tout à fait à en faire une série à 100% crédible. Il faut dire que l'époque était à la légèreté et que les super-héros kitsch n'étaient pas encore des bipolaires de type 2.

Après Keaton, viendra Val Kilmer, qui n’a pas laissé un souvenir impérissable (qui se souvient de Batman Forever de Joël Shumacher en 1995?) Le Batman et Robin du même Shumacher avec George Clooney, et une sorte de Mister Freeze humanoïde — Arnold Schwarzenegger— dans le rôle du méchant, fait aujourd’hui plus rire que peur: c’est sans doute le plus gros navet de la série, qui n'a pourtant jamais reculé devant les excès de mauvais goût.

Dix ans plus tard, c’est enfin, pense-t-on, l’âge de raison. Le très légitime Christopher Nolan est appelé pour ressusciter le mythe et donner à Bruce Wayne le côté sombre qui est alors à la mode (avez-vous remarqué que tous les films de super-héros sont plus «sombres» qu’avant?) La question du casting est enfin prise au sérieux: Christian Bale dispose d’une solide crédibilité cinématographique. Son interprétation du personnage principal insomniaque dans The Machinist (2003) est à ce jour le régime le plus efficace de l’histoire (28 kilos perdus en 3 mois).

Et c’est en 6 mois seulement que Bale reprend des calories, car il est attendu pour jouer Batman dans le premier volet d’une trilogie qui deviendra culte, celle de Nolan, donc, qui enchaîne avec lui Batman Begins, The Dark Knight et The Dark Knight Rises. Surtout, les seconds rôles ne sont pas négligés: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman.

Nous aurons même droit au Joker de la maturité avec la performance de Heath Ledger, juste avant la mort prématurée de l’acteur à l'âge de 28 ans. Et pourtant qui se rappelle qu'à l'époque, l'annonce de ce choix avait provoqué des réactions épidermiques d'indignation parmi les fans de Batman?

On retrouvera, enfin, dans la campagne haineuse contre Marion Cotillard après The Dark Knight Rises les prémisses de l’incendie numérique déclenché par l’annonce de Ben Affleck.

La prochaine fois dans la série hater: Superman, des origines à Man of Steel en passant par Superman contre l'Homme Nucléaire (Superman 4).

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Black Dog

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Black Dog

Hey hey mama said the way you move,

Gon' make you sweat, gon' make you groove.

Ah-ah child way the way you swing,

Gon' make you burn, gon' make you sting.

Hey hey baby when you walk that way,

Watch your heartache drip, can't keep away.

I gotta roll, can't stand still,

Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill.

Eyes that shine burning red,

Dreams of you all through my head.


Ah-ah ah-ah

Ah-ah ah-ah


Didn't take too long I found out,

What people mean by down and out.

Spent my money, took my car

Started telling her friends she gon' be a star.

I don't know, but I been told

A big-legged woman ain't got no soul.

All I ask for, all I pray

Steady rolling woman gonna come my way.

Need a woman gonna hold my hand

Won't tell me no lies

Make me a happy man.


Ah-ah ah-ah

Ah-ah ah-ah


Ms. Barbara Eden

Happy Birthday Ms. Eden. God bless you.

One from the Heart (1982)

One from the Heart (1982) Poster


Frederic Forrest ... Hank
Teri Garr ... Frannie
Raul Julia ... Ray
Nastassja Kinski ... Leila
Lainie Kazan ... Maggie
Harry Dean Stanton ... Moe
Allen Garfield ... Restaurant Owner
Jeff Hamlin ... Airline Ticket Agent
Italia Coppola ... Couple in Elevator
Carmine Coppola ... Couple in Elevator
Edward Blackoff ... Understudy
James Dean ... Understudy
Rebecca De Mornay ... Understudy
Javier Grajeda ... Understudy
Cynthia Kania ... Understudy


Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Fanny leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, they are but a stage of lights and colours. Will true love prevail over a seemingly glamorous passion? Welcome to Coppola's Broadway-like romantic musical.

Written by umyde

Review by Pedro Canhenha (Portugal) //posted 4 February 2004

I have to start by saying that I've had this film on videotape for so long and have seen it so many times that I believe the tape must be damaged by now. I'm a huge fan of Francis Ford Coppola's films, not only his "Godfather" films, but also what he has produced in the 80's and 90's. "One from the Heart" stands as one of most beautiful and poetic art pieces I've seen, ever. He created an entire world on set, something that resembles Vegas, but that I feel, extends a bit beyond that, someplace where love does exist (and Frederic Forrest and Terri Garr are great, because they do represent the average man and woman that want to surpass their mediocrity and have the dream, represented by the late Raul Julia and the gorgeous Nastassja Kinski). The beautiful score by Tom Waits, and the entire dance acts are so wonderfully entwined, that it's impossible not to feel the taste of real cinema there. The cinematography is stunning and I can only sum this up by saying that this film is an incredible experience to watch. Please do so.

Mr. Johnny Cash - You are my Sunshine(in the movie sung by Frederic Forrest)

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I bow my head and I cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.

I'll always love you and make you happy,
And nothing else could come between.
But now you've left me to love another
You have shattered all of my dreams.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.


Mr. Johnny Cash - You are my Sunshine(in the movie sung by Frederic Forrest)

Comments:Not suitable for kids

Mr. Johnny Cash and Mr. Raul Julia--We Salute You Guys, RIP of Ms.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sylvie van der Vaart: Rasend vor Wut auf ihren Ex Von Ariane Flemming | Star News

Eigentlich ist Sylvie van der Vaart ja dafür bekannt, in der Öffentlichkeit stets die Contenance zu wahren: Selbst die äußerst unschöne Trennung von Rafael van der Vaart und dessen Liaison mit ihrer ehemals besten Freundin Sabia Boulahrouz kommentierte die 35-Jährige nur zurückhaltend. Doch jetzt geht Sylvie auf die Barrikaden. Der Grund: Das Interview, in dem ihr Ex Guillaume Zarka kürzlich intime Beziehungsdetails ausplauderte!

Sylvie wäre sofort mit ihm ins Bett gestiegen, ohne seinen Namen zu kennen, sie sei leer und einsam und habe niemanden, lästerte Guillaume Zarka in der Zeitschrift "Closer" unter anderem. Mit so viel Indiskretion hat Zarka selbst bei Sylvie das Fass zum Überlaufen gebracht. Gegenüber "Bild" schoss sie jetzt zurück: "Das ist eine reine große Lüge. Unfassbar. Seit unserer Trennung haben wir keinen Kontakt mehr. Und jetzt weiß ich, wie richtig diese Entscheidung ist."

Seinem Verhalten steht sie mit purer Fassungslosigkeit gegenüber: "Dass jemand, den man viereinhalb Monate kennt, so niederträchtig sein kann, ist einfach unfassbar. Ich bin schockiert. Gut, dass er weg ist. Es war die richtige Entscheidung, wie sich ganz deutlich zeigt." Weiter will Sylvie van der Vaart aber nicht gehen, um Zarkas Aussagen zu widerlegen – Informationen aus dem Nähkästchen gab sie nicht preis, sondern erklärte stattdessen: "Ich werde mich nicht auf das gleiche Niveau begeben. Schrecklich, dass es solche Menschen gibt. Ich habe alles mit großem Entsetzen gelesen. Das hat nichts mit Würde und Respekt zu tun. Dieses Niveau hat nicht jeder. Dieses Verhalten ist einfach schäbig."

Ob bei Zarka und seiner Medien-Attacke auf Sylvie wohl gekränkter Stolz mit im Spiel war? Immerhin soll es – trotz all seiner Kritik an ihrer Person – sie gewesen sein, die sich von ihm trennte. Wie dem auch sei: Nach dieser herben Enttäuschung wird Sylvie wohl erst einmal eine Weile lang alleine bleiben wollen. Denn so sehr, wie sie sich in Guillaume Zarka getäuscht hat, hat sie im Augenblick sicher nicht mehr viel Vertrauen in ihre Menschenkenntnis!

Courtney Gains

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Cindy Williams

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Ms. Valerie Harper

Happy Birthday Ms. Harper. God bless you.

Laura Breckenridge

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Portugal posted Aug. 20, 2013

Lisbon, Portugal, August 20, 2013 – After some intensive beach volley action, Portugal has crowned its beach volleyball champions for 2013. Januário Alvar/Fabrício Barros took the title in the men’s championship while Juliana Rosas/Ana Freches took the women’s.

Having had to settle for second place in 2011 and 2012, Alvar and Barros finally clinched the gold medal after beating Pedro Rosas/João Simões 2-0 (21-17, 32-30). Flávio Cruz and José Pedrosa took third place over Joaquim Carvalho and Luís Freitas with a score of 2-1.

Unfortunately, defending champions Roberto Reis and Fabrício Silva could do no better than fifth place this year, even though they were the favorites to clinch another championship.

In the women’s event, Joana Vasconcelos and Raquel Lacerda worked hard to defend last year’s title but were unable to stop Juliana Rosas’ and Ana Freches’ run to the gold which they took 2-0 (21-19, 22-20). Freches won the championship in 2006, 2011, 2010 and 2009 while Juliana took the top prize in 2008.

Also on the podium were Joana Resende and Tânia Oliveira who beat Daniela Loureiro and Rita Fernandes by 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) for third place.

It has been a good season for Juliana Rosas and Tânia Oliveira who also recently won the Universities Beach Volleyball European Championship at Porto.

Bergamo: Sette già agli ordini di Lavarini

BERGAMO - Le prime sette atlete sono a Bergamo. Accolte da un numeroso gruppo di tifosi, hanno fatto il loro ingresso nel parco dell’Istituto Sacra Famiglia dove saranno ospiti per le sedute pesi dell’intera settimana.

Accompagnate dal Direttore Generale Giovanni Panzetti, dall’intero staff tecnico si sono fatte abbracciare dal calore che solo i tifosi rossoblù sanno regalare.

Per oltre mezz’ora si sono messe a disposizione di giornalisti, fotografi e tifosi, emozionate e orgogliose al tempo stesso di indossare la maglia della Foppapedretti Bergamo.

Prima di mettersi agli ordini del Preparatore Atletico Danilo Bramard in sala pesi, si sono fatte coccolare dai tanti ragazzi e dalle tante famiglie accorse all’appuntamento per ammirare il primo gruppo di lavoro, quello che sarà composto dalle centrali Federica Stufi e Laura Melandri, pronte a indossare rispettivamente la maglia numero 2 e la numero 9, dall’alzatrice Lucie Smutna, numero 16 che prima di entrare in palestra ha ricevuto la convocazione della Nazionale ceca e si vedrà costretta a lasciare Bergamo già a fine settimana per preparare i Campionati Europei di settembre, dal libero Eleonora Bruno, maglia numero 3, e dalle schiacciatrici Jelena Blagojevic, Sara Klisura (confermatissime con le loro maglie numero 7 e 1) e Miriam Sylla, la giovane campionessa d’Italia under 18 che vestirà la maglia numero 17.

Il tecnico Stefano Lavarini, circondato dal suo staff con il secondo allenatore Simone Angelini, lo scoutman Gianni Bonacina, il videoman Andrea Biasioli, il preparatore atletico Danilo Bramard e il fisioterapista Giuseppe Ferrenti, ha avuto modo di illustrare le prime settimane di lavoro, interamente dedicate alla riattivazione muscolare in attesa di poter affinare l’attività sul campo all’arrivo del resto del gruppo.

Stamattina, poi,il ritorno al PalaNorda, per la prima seduta di allenamento tecnico.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Tori Amos

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Giada De Laurentiis

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Colm Feore

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Richard Armitage

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Ty Burrell

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David Chase

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Rodrigo Santoro

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Kristen Wiig

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Bar Refaeli (Definitely Not suitable for kids)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Eva Longoria

Amy Adams

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Andrew Garfield

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Ben Barnes

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Demi Lovato

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Aug. 20, 2013

Ray Wise
Kimberly Stewart
Don Stark
Peter Horton
Kristen Miller
Al Roker
Jay Acovone
Mr. Andrey Konchalovskiy
Jennifer Pudavick
Amanda Alch
Mark Borchardt
Ali Liebert
David O. Russell
Meghan Ory
Liana Liberato
John Noble
Joan Allen
James Marsters

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ms. Cristina Cifuentes

El pronóstico de la delegada del Gobierno en Madrid continúa siendo grave. Cristina Cifuentes permanece ingresada en el servicio de Medicina Intensiva del hospital La Paz, tras sufrir este martes por la tarde un accidente de moto en el madrileño Paseo de la Castellana, entre el estadio Santiago Bernabéu y Cuzco.

Según el primer parte médico oficial de esta mañana, la delegada ingresó "con un traumatismo torácico grave, con hemoneumotorax (acumulación de aire y sangre en los pulmones) importante que requirió una operación por parte del Servicio de Radiología Vascular Intervencionista". En concreto, en la operación, los médicos le han cerrado una arteria que se encontraba dañada. El parte médico también indica que Cifuentes continúa con ventilación mecánica y sigue sufriendo los efectos de la contusión pulmonar y soporte vasoactivo, fruto de los golpes del accidente de moto sufrido ayer. Fuentes cercanas a la delegación del Gobierno han indicado además que ha pasado la noche "sedada".

Fuentes de la investigación aseguran que un vehículo de la marca BMW golpeó la motocicleta de la delegada del Gobierno en Madrid. Según algunos testigos, la delegada conducía por el carril bus, donde está autorizada la circulación de motocicletas, cuando cerca de la incorporación a un carril lateral de la Castellana, frente al Ministerio de Defensa, fue golpeada fuertemente en el costado derecho por un vehículo, cuyo conductor ha dado negativo en el control de alcoholemia.

El propio conductor acudió horas después hasta el centro médico junto con algunos familiares para interesarse personalmente por la salud de la delegada del Gobierno. Según testigos presenciales, es una persona de unos 60 años que resultó ileso en el accidente y que se mostró "muy afectado" por lo ocurrido. Antes de abandonar el hospital, se puso a disposición de la familia de Cifuentes para aclarar cuanto antes lo sucedido.

A última hora de la tarde acudía al hospital clínico el presidente de la Comunidad, Ignacio González, que explicó a los medios que Cifuentes tiene "muchas fracturas de costillas" a causa del fuerte golpe. También se vio a Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, que insistió en que el PP están todos "esperanzados, aunque se han llevado un susto importante". Durante la mañana de hoy también la ha vistado la alcaldesa de Madrid, Ana Botella.

Cifuentes, que suele desplazarse por Madrid en moto, ha permanecido todo el verano en la capital. De hecho, en los últimos días la delegada fue una de las primeras en dar la trágica noticia de que dos jóvenes de 13 y 14 años morían ahogadas en el embalse Valmayor. Esta misma mañana refrescaba por última vez su cuenta particular de Twitter, y hacía alusión a que "la Policía ha desarticulado un laboratorio dedicado a falsificar tarjetas bancarias".

Dos meses después de que Mariano Rajoy conquistara Moncloa, este nombró a Cifuentes delegada del Gobierno en Madrid. Antes, había sido vicepresidenta de la Asamblea.

Please pray for her. God help her.

25 Festnahmen nach Protesten vor Berliner Asylheim (AFP)

Bei mehreren Demonstrationen gegen ein neu eröffnetes Flüchtlingsheim im Berliner Stadtteil Hellersdorf sind am Dienstagabend vier Polizisten verletzt worden. Wie die Polizei mitteilte, wurden 25 Demonstranten festgenommen und 34 Ermittlungsverfahren eingeleitet, unter anderem "wegen Landfriedensbruchs und Widerstands gegen Vollstreckungsbeamte".

Die Demonstrationen richten sich gegen das neu eröffnete Flüchtlingsheim im Stadtteil Hellersdorf, in dem seit Montag unter anderem Menschen aus Syrien, Afghanistan und dem Balkan untergebracht sind. Die NPD hatte am Dienstag nach Medienberichten mit rund 40 Personen unmittelbar vor dem Heim demonstriert und gefordert, dass die Flüchtlinge den Ort verlassen sollten.

Ihnen standen nach Polizeiangaben rund 400 Gegendemonstranten gegenüber. "Trotz der konsequenten Trennung beider Lager" hätten die Gegendemonstranten "vereinzelt Eier, Holzlatten und Holzpflöcke in Richtung der anderen Kundgebung" geworfen, erklärte die Polizei.

Bei der Auflösung der Kundgebung kam es zu Zusammenstößen zwischen Demonstranten und der Polizei, bei denen laut Polizei vier Beamte unter anderem durch Flaschenwürfe verletzt wurden. Ein Polizist erlitt einen Jochbeinbruch und kam zur Behandlung ins Krankenhaus.

Für heute hatte unter anderem die rechte Bewegung "Pro Deutschland" eine Kundgebung in Hellersdorf gegen das Flüchtlingsheim angekündigt. Die Organisation will im Laufe des Tages auch an anderen Orten demonstrieren, unter anderem vor der Zentralen Aufnahmeeinrichtung für Asylbewerber in Berlin-Moabit.

Unterdessen forderte der CDU-Innenpolitiker Wolfgang Bosbach angesicht der zunehmenden Konflikte um Asylbewerberheime ein rasches Krisentreffen von Bund, Ländern und kommunalen Spitzenverbänden. Die steigenden Asylbewerberzahlen dürften als Thema nicht den Rechtspopulisten überlassen werden, sagte Bosbach der "Saarbrücker Zeitung". Die Asylverfahren müssten durch den Einsatz von mehr Personal beschleunigt werden. Zudem müssten die Kommunen Hilfe bei der Unterbringung erhalten.

Bosbach warnte die Städte davor, leer stehende Großobjekte wie Krankenhäuser oder Schulen als Unterkünfte zu nehmen, um möglichst viele Flüchtlinge auf einmal unterzubringen. "Man muss die Sorgen der Anwohner ernst nehmen", sagte der CDU-Politiker.

Grünen-Fraktionschefin Renate Künast sagte der "Saarbrücker Zeitung", nicht die steigenden Flüchtlingszahlen seien das Problem, sondern die gezielten Aktivitäten der Rechtsextremen. "Man muss die Rechten in ihre Schranken weisen." Auch müssten die Kommunen ihre Standortentscheidungen für die Unterkünfte vor dem Hintergrund möglicher rechtsextremer Aktivitäten sehr sorgsam treffen. "Dazu gehört jeweils auch ein umfassendes Sicherheitskonzept", forderte Künast.

Robert Plant

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Elmore Leonard We Salute You

by Carmel Dagan

Mr. Elmore Leonard, the bestselling novelist whose works were adapted into numerous films, including “Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown,” “Out of Sight” and “3:10 to Yuma,” and who also penned original screenplays or adapted his own novels, died Aug. 20 at age 87.
Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were Quentin Tarantino, Aerosmith, Saul Bellow and Stephen King. The author’s penchant for colorful characters and vivid dialogue were a natural for the movies.

He died at his home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Township, where he did much of his writing, from complications of a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago, according to his researcher, Gregg Sutter.
Leonard also wrote the story “Fire in the Hole,” on which the FX series “Justified,” starring Timothy Olyphant, was based, and served as an executive producer on the show.
Leonard’s novel “Raylan,” focusing on the character that became the focus of TV’s “Justified,” was published in January 2012; in a reappraisal of the author on the occasion of this publication, U.K. newspaper the Guardian declared, “Leonard is regarded as the greatest American crime writer, surpassing even Raymond Chandler. But it is time to drop the qualification of genre.”
Leonard penned original screenplays for the 1972 Clint Eastwood starrer “Joe Kidd” and 1974 Charles Bronson actioner “Mr. Majestyk”; for the bigscreen, he also adapted his own novels “The Moonshine War,” “Stick,” “52 Pick-Up” and “Cat Chaser.”
The writer experienced something of a bigscreen surge during the 1990s beginning with the popular and critically admired Hollywood satire “Get Shorty” (1995), starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo. Quentin Tarantino followed with an adaptation of Leonard’s “Rum Punch” as “Jackie Brown,” starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro, in 1997. The following year saw director Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight,” another popular and critical success that starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez; Scott Frank drew an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Leonard’s novel; Frank told one interviewer, “The great thing about Elmore Leonard’s stories is that they are already very cinematic in that they have great dialogue and situations.”

Other films based on his novels but adapted by others include revisionist Western “Hombre,” starring Paul Newman; “Valdez Is Coming,” with Burt Lancaster; and “The Big Bounce,” made in 1969 and again in 2004. “The Tonto Woman,” based on his story, was Oscar nominated in the live-action short category in 2008.
Leonard’s novel “Out of Sight” served as the basis for the ABC series “Karen Sisco,” starring Carla Gugino (Lopez had played the character in the film version of “Out of Sight”); the author penned two episodes of the skein, centered a female U.S. marshal, in 2003 and 2004. His novel “Maximum Bob” served as the basis for the brief ABC series of the same name starring Beau Bridges, and he also penned an episode of that show in 1998.
Earlier he scripted the 1980 TV movie “High Noon Part II: The Return of Will Kane.” Leonard also penned NBC’s 1987 Western telepic “Desperado” and served as creator on a series of follow-up efforts. In addition, a number of Leonard’s novels were adapted by others into TV movies.
Leonard’s long association with Hollywood began in 1956, when his story “Moment of Vengeance” was adapted for an episode of CBS anthology series “Schlitz Playhouse.” The next year two other Leonard stories were adapted into what became classic Westerns: Budd Boetticher’s “The Tall T,” starring Randolph Scott, and “3:10 to Yuma,” starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin (the latter film was successfully remade in 2007).
New Orleans-born Elmore John Leonard Jr. grew up in Detroit. He began by writing Westerns, then moved into crime fiction centered around the Motor City.

Leonard was also an exec producer on two recent feature adaptations of his novels still to be released: “Freaky Deaky,” adapted and directed by Charles Matthau, and “Life of Crime,” based on novel “The Switch,” set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Last fall, he became the first crime writer to receive an honorary National Book Award, a prize given in the past to Philip Roth, Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller.
Leonard was married three times. He is survived by five children.


source:The Associated Press contributed to this report/