Saturday, August 7, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … ANISTON TRIBUTES STREISAND

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

ANISTON

TRIBUTES

STREISAND

Yesterday we featured an article on Jennifer Aniston doing a photo shoot that took its inspiration from Barbra Streisand. Today more of the images have appeared on the web – of both Aniston’s photos and the originals featuring Streisand.

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JUST FOR FUN … TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS

JUST FOR FUN …

TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS

TRAVEL

"I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

"It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

"On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

"We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate" .

A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she'd been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the "do not disturb" sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

"The beach was too sandy."

"We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

"Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

MOVIE NEWS … LITTLE FOCKERS

MOVIE NEWS

LITTLE FOCKERS

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Universal has released a new teaser poster for Little Fockers, featuring Robert De Niro staring down Ben Stiller. The Meet the Parents sequel starts in cinemas on December 26th , 2010 in Australia.

It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Teri Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg (Stiller) to finally get in with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack (De Niro). After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack's suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam's entire clan -- including Pam's lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)-- descends for the twins' birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he's fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack's final test and become the family's next patriarch...or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … CHAPLIN THE MUSICAL

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS …

CHAPLIN THE MUSICAL

MCLURE

The life of one of Hollywood's most enduring icons will get the musical treatment when Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin premieres at California's La Jolla Playhouse in September. Cast in the title role is Robert McClure, most recently seen on Broadway in Avenue Q, while Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown will take on the role of Chaplin's young fourth wife, Oona.

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Limelight features a score by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, The Producers). Michael Unger will direct this premiere production, with choreography by Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow).

The musical will run at the La Jolla, California theater from September 7 through October 17, 2010, with an opening night set for September 19.

SUPERSTITIONS … LADDERS

SUPERSTITIONS …

LADDERS

LADDER

It makes sense that you shouldn’t walk under a ladder for safety’s sake, but superstition advises against it for other reasons. First, an open ladder forms a triangle, and triangles were once considered a symbol of life, so walking through that shape was considered tempting your fate. It is also thought that because it has three sides, the triangle symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and “breaking” it by entering the triangle is bad luck.

MOVIE NEWS … TRON LEGACY

MOVIE NEWS

TRON LEGACY

Disney has released a new international poster for Tron Legacy, featuring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, hero of the original Tron and source of much mystery in the forthcoming sequel.

In Tron Legacy, Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Tron Legacy in regular and IMAX 3D will be released in Australia on December 16th, 2010!

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QUOTABLES … JOHN LENNON

QUOTABLES …

JOHN LENNON

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Part of me says that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty

John Lennon

TRIVIA BITS … SNAILS

TRIVIA BITS …

SNAILS

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A snail can slide over a razor blade without being hurt by producing slime that helps it slide harmlessly.

Friday, August 6, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … ANISTON TRIBUTES STREISAND

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

ANISTON TRIBUTES

STREISAND

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Barbra Streisand has something to say about Jennifer Aniston's recent photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar that recreated famous scenes in Streisand's oeuvre.

On her website, Streisand wrote, "I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar. She's a delightful person, and I think she did a wonderful job. If only she had a bump on her nose."

MOVIE NEWS … BURLESQUE

MOVIE NEWS

BURLESQUE

Here’s a trailer for Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera, Kristin Bell, Stanley Tucci and Cher. The musical drama, from director Steve Antin, starts screening in Australia on December 26th , 2010.

Christina Aguilera gets to exercise her acting muscles as she plays an Iowan runaway who finds fame and fortune on the Sunset Strip. Ali (Aguilera) finds a job waitressing in The Burlesque Lounge, but rises to stardom when she must fill in for the headliner, Nikki (Bell) one night, and in doing so, revitalizes the club, run by Sean (Tucci) and Tess (Cher).

 

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … GLEE AND BURNETT

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

GLEE & BURNETT

CLAPPING GLEE

Carol Burnett will play Sue Sylvester's mother in an episode of "Glee" this fall, reports Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly. Imagine Burnett tugging on her ear and singing "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together" while wearing a track suit. The mind reels with the possibility.

THIS WORLD … WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 10

THIS WORLD  …

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 10

"What a Wonderful World" was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Enjoy some images of this wonderful world ….

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QUOTABLES … ROBERT DE NIRO

QUOTABLES …

ROBERT DE NIRO

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One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.

Robert de Niro

TRIVIA BITS … WEDDING BOUQUET

TRIVIA BITS …

WEDDING BOUQUET

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The tradition of brides carrying a bouquet of flowers started with the brides trying to hide their body odour.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

THIS WORLD … WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 9

THIS WORLD  …

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 9

"What a Wonderful World" was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Enjoy some images of this wonderful world ….

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QUOTABLES … POPE JOHN PAUL II

QUOTABLES …

POPE JOHN PAUL II

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Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

Pope John Paul II

SUPERSTITIONS … SALT

SUPERSTITIONS …

SALT

 

SALT

Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder into the face of the devil waiting there.

Put salt on the doorstep of a new house and no evil can enter.

Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.

TRIVIA BITS … CHARLIE CHAPLIN

TRIVIA BITS …

CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … MITCH MILLER PASSES

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MITCH MILLER PASSES

MITCH MILLER

Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99.

Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther.

A show business icon with his trademark goatee and baton, Miller is considered one of the most influential producers in the history of recording.

He made a career switch from playing to producing in the late 1940s by becoming A&R (artists and repertoire) director at Mercury Records, a small label that he turned into a major force in the industry.

At Mercury, Miller nurtured the careers of such singers as Vic Damone, Patti Page and Frankie Laine.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … TOM MANKIEWICZ PASSES

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS …

TOM MANKIEWICZ

PASSES

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Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who brought his dry wit to James Bond pics, thrillers and the Superman pics, died Saturday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 68.

Mankiewicz wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for "Diamonds Are Forever," "Live and Let Die," "The Man With the Golden Gun," as well as TV's "Hart to Hart."

He started in showbiz as a production assistant in 1961 on Michael Curtiz's "The Comancheros," starring John Wayne, and was credited as a production associate on the bigscreen adaptation of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," toplined by Henry Fonda in 1964.

Mankiewicz's breakout hit came with 1970's "Diamonds Are Forever." Producer Albert Broccoli had wanted a script that would lure Sean Connery back to playing James Bond. Connery returned and thus began Mankiewicz's long association with the iconic British spy, which also included uncredited work on "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker."

His reputation as a script doctor started when he was tapped to help rewrite "The Deep." He then helped director Richard Donner overhaul the scripts for "Superman" and "Superman II," leading to a Writers Guild credits dispute in which he prevailed.

Though he wasn't always credited, he contributed scenes to other films including "Gremlins," "Goonies," "WarGames," "Batman" and "Legal Eagles." He also wrote and co-produced Bill Cosby comedy "Mother, Jugs and Speed."

During the 1970s, Mankiewicz wrote or co-wrote screenplays for taut thrillers including "The Cassandra Crossing," starring Sophia Loren, and "The Eagle Has Landed," adapted from a Jack Higgins thriller and toplined by Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland.

QUOTABLES … MARILYN MONROE

QUOTABLES …

MARILYN MONROE

 

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I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.

- Marilyn Monroe

TRIVIA BITS … AFRICAN CICADAS

TRIVIA BITS …

AFRICAN CICADAS

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The African cicada fly spends 17 years sleeping, then wakes up for two weeks, mates and then die.

THIS WORLD … WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 8

THIS WORLD  …

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 8

"What a Wonderful World" was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Enjoy some images of this wonderful world ….

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS … SIR SEAN CONNERY TO TURN 80

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

SIR SEAN CONNERY

TO TURN  80

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A TOP ceilidh band will get the dancing started when Sir Sean Connery hits 80 next month.

Bowfire, one of the world's leading fiddling troupes, have been booked to perform at a special reception held in his honour in the Bahamas.

The actor only wanted 50 family and friends at the bash but no expense has been be spared. The lavish party will be held at a rented mansion near the former 007 star's home in Nassau.

Guests will be treated to champagne and canapes and a marquee will be erected in the garden of the opulent property.

And the highlight of the evening will be a show by the Canadian virtuoso violinists, who specialise in Celtic-themed music.

Arrangements are being made to fly the band to the Bahamas by Sir Sean's stepson Stephane.

Bowfire have played for the last two years at the Dressed to Kilt event which Sir Sean organises at Scotland Week in New York.

He has become a big fan of their music and his family decided to fly them over to play as a birthday treat.

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