Saturday, November 6, 2010

BUBBLE WRAP DRESS

 

A custom made Bubble Wrap dress created entirely out of Bubble Wrap cushioning and packing tape for Megan Cramer to wear at the annual benefit for The 52nd Street Project (a non-profit theatre company based in New York City). The benefit theme was "Packing Peanuts: A Moving Experience," to celebrate the move into a new building---complete with their own theatre! The Project pairs children from the "Hell's Kitchen" neighbourhood with professional (volunteer) theatre artists to create original theatre.

Materials: Bubble Wrap, clear packing tape

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DROSTE EFFECT

 

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BETTY WHITE NOT IN MIB3

 

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Beloved actress Betty White has laughed off reports she's landed a cameo role in the new "Men in Black" movie. Film websites claimed the former "Golden Girls" star had signed on for a part opposite Will Smith - but the 88 year old is adamant she won't be in the next instalment of the alien-fighting franchise.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, E! Online blogger Marc Malkin writes, "Just talked to Betty White. She said she is NOT going to be in Men in Black 3!!!"

WORKERS LIE ABOUT TAKING DAYS OFF FOR STRESS

 

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Millions of people lie by claiming they have an upset stomach or that a relative is ill, rather than admitting they are taking off from work because they are stressed out.

One in five workers has taken time off for stress but almost all were too afraid to admit why they needed sick leave.

Seven out of ten would like to discuss the issue with their employers although one third want their manager to make the first move when they were showing signs of strain.

PAPER SCULPTURE 1

 

For most of us books are for reading, but for very creative people they are for sculptures.

Enjoy!

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MOORE & KUTCHER JOIN CAMPAIGN TO STOP SLAVERY

 

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have launched a new campaign with the bosses of Twitter and Google in a bid to stop human trafficking online. The stars, who formed the Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation to stop the practice, met with staff at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on Thursday, November 4 to speak out about "modern day slavery" on the internet.

Kutcher says, "The truth is slavery globally is a dirty little secret. It is happening everywhere, right in front of our eyes and we ignore it. There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in world history. (It is happening) behind the closed doors of the Internet. Behind those closed doors you can make a purchase on the Internet and feel completely anonymous."

ANNE HATHWAY BACK TO COLLEGE

 

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Anne Hathaway dreams of taking an extended break from acting - so she can finish her college degree. The actress put her Hollywood career on hold to take English classes at New York University, but she then left her studies to shoot the 2006 movie "The Devil Wears Prada".

And now she wants to go back to school to learn more about her new interests: poetry and philosophy. She says, "I finished two (years) and I'm hoping that I get back. The last time I went to college was in between Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada and I've been really busy since then."

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS 1

 

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Cannas not only feature pretty blossoms, but also beautiful leaves (often likened to that of the banana plant) that come in a variety of stunning colours. Popularized in Victorian times, Cannas are popular garden plants.

TRIVIA BITS ... MORPHINE

 

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Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.

“FUNNY GIRL” RESTORED

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Monday Nights with Oscar®" series returns with a screening of "Funny Girl" (1968), starring Barbra Streisand, on Monday, November 15, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The series had been on hiatus for most of the year as the theater underwent major renovations.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, "Funny Girl" is based on the hit 1964 Broadway musical. The film was directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Isobel Lennart, who also wrote the Broadway book.

"Funny Girl" features an Oscar-nominated title song and score and such musical numbers as "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," and "My Man." Streisand, reprising her onstage role as legendary Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice, gave a star-making performance that garnered her a Best Actress Oscar. The film co-stars Kay Medford in an Academy Award®-nominated performance, as well as Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen, and Omar Sharif as Brice's husband, troubled gambler Nick Arnstein.

This recently restored print from the Sony Pictures vaults displays the vibrant Technicolor cinematography of Oscar nominee Harry Stradling, as well as costumes by Irene Sharaff.

QUOTABLES … MEL BROOKS

 

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Humour is just another defence against the universe.

Mel Brooks

Friday, November 5, 2010

MICHAEL JACKSON’S CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

 

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Michael Jackson’s estate has thrilled fans by unveiling the first images of acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil's highly-anticipated tour marking his music legacy. Jackson's estate executors signed a deal with Cirque producers to put on a stage spectacular featuring the "Thriller" hit maker's songs, after his tragic death in June, 2009.

On Wednesday, November 3, the new business partners unveiled the first images from the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, which is being billed as a combination of thrilling choreography and visual effects set to Jackson's music.

One set sketch features enlarged images of Jackson wearing his iconic Smooth Criminal white suit as acrobats and dancers explode from his body, mimicking his legendary moves. A new poster immortalises the star with the slogan 'The legend lives on'.

The tour, which has won Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson's personal approval, is set to kick off in Montreal, Canada in October 2011 and hit cities including New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas - where it will reportedly be turned into a long term residency featuring 3-D technology.

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KEVIN SPACEY CBE

 

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Kevin Spacey has been made an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. The "American Beauty" star was awarded the honour on Wednesday, November 3 for his services to drama to mark his continued work to revive London's iconic theatre, the Old Vic.

Oscar-winner Spacey, who has been at the helm of the venue since 2003, was handed the medal by Charles, Prince of Wales, at his royal residence, Clarence House. The actor said, "I was hugely, hugely delighted that Prince Charles has awarded me the CBE, which the Queen has so generously given to me for my services to theatre."

JUST HOW LONG IS THAT?

 

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THE LAST OF THE MISFITS

 

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Although no one knew it at the time, “The Misfits” would be the last film ever made by Gable and the last one finished by Monroe. Three days after the movie wrapped in 1960, Gable suffered his fourth heart attack; 11 days later he was dead at the age of 59.

Less than two years later, Monroe was found dead at the age of 36 in her Brentwood, Calif., home, the victim of either a suicide, accidental overdose or, some still insist, a conspiracy

The Misfits - Directed by John Huston. Starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Thelma Ritter, was released 1 February 1961 in the US.

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RADCLIFFE MEETS LISA SIMPSON

 

FOX has just released a photo for Daniel Radcliffe's upcoming guest appearance on 'The Simpsons'. The former wizard will put down his broom in favour of fangs for a spoof on the 'Twilight' craze.

Says FOX: "The supernatural spells continue in 'Tweenlight,' when Lisa becomes smitten with a mysterious new student, Edmund guest voice Daniel Radcliffe, who also happens to be a vampire. When a romance blossoms, the young lovers run away to Dracula-la Land, leaving Homer to come to Lisa's rescue."

The episode, titled 'Treehouse of Horror XXI,' will air in the US on Sunday, November 7 at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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GASOLINE AND PAINT – A TURN ON?

 

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A new survey suggests that women get turned on by the smell of gasoline, paint, printer ink and leather on a man, apparently because they call to mind romantic moments.

TV relationship expert Simone Bienne said, “Some weird and wonderful smells can transport us back to a happy memory. This in turn makes us feel more relaxed and drawn to someone.”

Meanwhile, men like their women smelling of lipstick, baby lotion and roasted meat.

BOYLE BY ROYAL COMMAND

 

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Susan Boyle's dreams of performing for a royal audience are set to come true - the Scottish star has been asked to sing for Charles, Prince of Wales at a charity event. The 49-year-old singer took to the stage for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to her native Scotland in September.

Boyle is now preparing to follow up her papal performance with a royal bow at the upcoming Pride of Britain show in London next week. In a statement, she says, "It's going to be a real privilege to be performing before His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. It's going to be a great night. I can't wait to be there."

TRIVIA BITS ... RAFFLESIA

 

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The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or "corpse flower". They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches.

SWANK THANKFUL FOR BEING FIRED

 

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Hilary Swank is glad she was fired from "Beverly Hills, 90210" - because she wouldn't have gone on to win an Oscar for "Boys Don't Cry" if she'd stayed on the show. The "Million Dollar Baby" actress was hired to play single mother Carly Reynolds in the U.S. programme and was told she would be signed up for at least two years.

Swank was devastated when TV bosses wrote her character out after just 16 episodes in 1998. Now she's opened up about the experience, insisting she is "thankful" she was dropped from the series, because she went on to land a role in "Boys Don't Cry", which won her a Best Actress Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

She tells Total Film magazine, "It is weird. There's a lot of luck involved in a career, so I'm thankful I got fired off of 90210 because three months later I got Boys Don't Cry. I wouldn't have gotten that movie had I stayed on the show, so it was always about trusting fate and learning about the business along the way."

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