Saturday, November 20, 2010

VINTAGE … PUSS IN BOOTS

 

“Puss in Boots” – A Little Golden Book

Number 359

Published 1959

 

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“THOU SHALT NOT USE FACEBOOK”

 

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Thou shalt not commit adultery. And thou also shalt not use Facebook.

That's the edict from a New Jersey pastor who feels the two often go together.

The Rev. Cedric Miller said 20 couples among the 1,100 members of his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have run into marital trouble over the last six months after a spouse connected with an ex-flame over Facebook.

Because of the problems, he is ordering about 50 married church officials to delete their accounts with the social networking site or resign from their leadership positions.

"What happens is someone from yesterday surfaces, it leads to conversations and there have been physical meet-ups. The temptation is just too great."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a before-hours interview request left at its California offices.

COLOURFUL WORLD

 

Why do two colours, put one next to the other, sing?  Can one really explain this?  No. 

~ Pablo Picasso

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VINTAGE … PARIS

 

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GQ MEN OF THE YEAR

 

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Lots of heartthrobs, from "Twilight" hunks to "Glee" hotties, were dazzling at the 15th annual GQ Men of the Year party which was held at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 17. Taylor Lautner attended the event with co-star Kellan Lutz while Cory Monteith, Chord Overstreet, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale and Mark Salling made "Glee" attendances.

Lautner looked dapper in a heather gray, notch lapel suit, white checkered shirt and burgundy tie, all by Dolce & Gabbana. Lutz hit the gala in Simon Spurr and rocked darker locks than his Emmett Cullen character in "Twilight" saga. Beside the "Twilight" and "Glee" clans, Drake, Milo Ventimiglia, Mark Ruffalo, Kid Rock, Joe Manganiello, Johnny Knoxville, David Arquette, Douglas Booth and B.J. Novak also supported the event.

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS 15

 

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Ixora flowers, also commonly called West Indian Jasmine, are often used in Hindu worship, as well as in Indian folk medicine. This plant has traditionally been associated with enhanced sexuality and the re-kindling of passion. Who wouldn't want that as a gift!

GLEE LIVE … GOES TO EUROPE

 

After mounting a live stage concert event that played to sold out crowds and great acclaim in four American cities last year, Twentieth Century Fox Television and “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy are proud to announce the “Glee” cast will travel to Europe to perform on the arena stages of London, Manchester and Dublin this June.

Beginning Wednesday, June 22 at Manchester, England’s MEN area, “Glee” stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) will perform in an all-new singing and dancing celebration of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning show.

The European exclusive engagement of “Glee Live! In Concert!,” is a unique concert experience once again conceived by Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show’s most memorable musical numbers from seasons one and two including “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic, “ “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “It’s My Life,” and of course, the show’s anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Described by the Los Angeles Times as “triumphant,” USA Today called last year’s concerts "equal parts musical theatre, giddy pop culture phenomenon and Journey-loving rock show."

Said Murphy, “We had such a great time putting together last year’s shows and the response from the fans was incredible. People around the world want to see our cast live and in person, so this European tour is our way of thanking them for the unbelievable way they’ve embraced our little show. And for everyone in America who has asked if we’ll be back to a city near them this summer, stay tuned. We’ll have some exciting news very soon.”

“I loved performing for the fans in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and New York last year and didn’t think there was any way to top that experience, commented Riley. “But performing in the great arenas of London, Manchester and Dublin? How cool is that? We cannot wait.” Added Monteith, “We had so much fun on tour last year that we were all itching to do it again. The fact that we’re going to Europe to perform for thousands of people is mind blowing. This show has been quite a ride.”

Select tickets will be available to American Express cardholders in an exclusive pre-sale beginning November 22; tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, November 26 at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster Outlet.

“Glee Live! In Concert!” has also teamed with I Love All Access to provide a variety of fan ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, parties and more. For more information, please visit “Glee” at www.gleetour.com.

“JERRY MAGUIRE”’S JONATHON LIPNICKI

 

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The adorable now-20-year-old former “Jerry Maguire” child star (most known for his famous line, “Do you know that the human head weighs eight pounds?”), stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday to chat about his upcoming projects and his days working with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.

“[Tom and Renee] were both just awesome to work with,” Jonathan told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, of shooting “Jerry Maguire” with the film icons. “I’m just so thankful that was my first experience working was with such a great cast.

“Tom was always just having fun, every day was just so much fun,” he continued. “They were all just excited to be at work — it was such a fun atmosphere.”

Jonathan Lipnicki, who was a mere 5-years-old while filming the hit sports movie, said that despite his young age, he was able to recite his lines without help.

“I memorized everything actually,” Jonathan told Billy and Kit. “I went over all the scenes with my mom and memorized everything.”

Though “Jerry Maguire” made him an instant star, the role also threatened to pigeonhole the actor into limited acting opportunities.

“I think a lot of people don’t know that I grew up,” Jonathan laughed. “They think I’m five! I was fortunate enough to work a lot after [“Jerry Maguire”], and then I decided to take off time to really just go to school.”

Jonathan resumed a somewhat “normal” childhood — something he is “really grateful” for and credits to his parents.

“I went to public school — went to prom, did homecoming, everything,” Jonathan told Billy and Kit. “It’s great because now I can come back as a different person. I’ve learned a lot and I can come back and have kind of a new career.”

The young star is returning to the big screen alongside veteran actor James Caan in “For The Love Of Money.” The drama also stars another former child star, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s” Edward Furlong, and is slated for release sometime in 2011.

HEATH LEDGER APARTMENT FOR SALE

 

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The SoHo apartment where actor Heath Ledger lived — and tragically died of an overdose in 2008 — is unofficially back on the market for $5 million.

Sources who have toured the 4,400-square-foot, fourth-floor unit at 421 Broome St. say it has been gut-renovated but still needs a lot of work. It has been open to potential buyers for at least a week and could be officially listed within days. The condo is in a 1920 cast-iron industrial building sold for $15 million to Donald Burns of Palm Beach Mortgage managment in a foreclosure auction last year.

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FARRAH FAWCETT BARBIE RELEASED

 

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Barbie's Farrah Fawcett prototype doll went on sale this week. The cost of the prototype was $1,500. The Farrah doll went on sale Nov. 17, 2010 at 9am PST. Mattel will release the Farrah Fawcett doll in Fall 2011.

This prototype is approved by Farrah's estate and the money was used towards Farrah's foundation

(www.theFarrahFawcettFoundation.org).

CALVIN AND HOBBES 25 YEARS OLD

 

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November 18th, 1985 marked the debut of Calvin and Hobbes in a grand total of 35 newspapers.

The story centred around an imaginative and rambunctious boy named Calvin and his tiger Hobbes. While Hobbes is viewed as a stuffed tiger by the other people in Calvin's world, we mainly see him through Calvin's perspective, as Calvin's best buddy and partner in adventure.

The strip quickly gained popularity and was published in newspapers around the world when it ended on December 31st, 1995.

JOAN BAEZ FALLS FROM TREEHOUSE

 

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Joan Baez, the folk singing legend who once performed before half a million people at Woodstock, took a lonely tumble while climbing down from a tree house behind her Woodside home Wednesday. She was taken to the emergency room at Stanford Hospital, where it was determined she had suffered only minor injuries.

A spokeswoman said Baez was "resting comfortably" Thursday.

Baez, 69, was at the forefront of a musical movement that began in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, with hit songs such as "Joe Hill" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." She performed the first cover of a song written by a young unknown named Bob Dylan, with whom she was involved romantically from 1962 to 1965.

The Sixties songbird had the platform built in an oak tree so she could sleep next to actual birds, who nest in the branches around her. "I sleep in a tree all summer long," Baez told an English blogger in 2008. "I like to see the sky and the stars. I climb up on a ladder, with ropes and things. The birds are right there in the morning. Sometimes they're flying so close to my head I can feel the wind. Those things are heaven to me."

MARIE OSBORNE YEATS PASSES

 

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Silent movie era child star Marie Osborne Yeats has died just six days after celebrating her 99th birthday. The actress and Hollywood costume supervisor, nicknamed Baby Marie Osborne, became the youngest leading lady in Tinseltown when she starred in films like "Little Mary Sunshine".

Yeats died at her home in San Clemente, California on November 11. She played a boy in her first film when director Henry King needed a kid for his 1915 movie "The Maid of The Wind". He discovered her at the age of three.

Impressed with his find, King went on to shape her career, writing 'Little Mary Sunshine" just for her. Her success launched a range of Baby Marie dolls, but her career was short-lived - her final starring role came in 1919 in the comedy "Miss Gingersnap".

She returned to Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s and occasionally worked as a stand-in actress for Ginger Rogers, Deanna Durbin and Betty Hutton. But she found her true calling in the 1950s when she took a job as a costumer and worked on films like "Spartacus", "The Way We Were" and "Mame". She also supervised Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe in "Cleopatra".

QUOTABLES … ANONYMOUS

 

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TRIVIA BITS ... SAHARA DESERT

 

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The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.

DREAMING OF … CATS

 

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Dreaming of a cat is a generally unfortunate omen and it shows treachery as well as a run of bad luck.

Cats attacking you represent enemies; if you succeed banishing them you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame.

Friday, November 19, 2010

GLEE … SUPERBOWL SPECIAL

 

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According to EW, FOX's hit show GLEE will tackle Michael Jackson’s classic 'Thriller' for its much talked about Superbowl episode. Like so many others, the song will get the GLEE treatment and will be performed as a mash-up, however the second song has not yet been picked.  The episode is also set to feature music by the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry.

According to Oh No They Didin't, "The post-Superbowl episode will instead keep with the evening's sports theme and focus on the local football championship and Sue Sylvester's cheerleading regionals (the "Thriller" mash-up will be played during halftime of the onscreen pigskin game). Basically, it will be a classic episode of Glee, but just bigger and better."

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS 14

 

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The first Begonia was introduced into England in 1777. Now one of the most popular flowers grown in the United States, Begonias are prized for their flowers as well as their leaves. This versatile plant can be grown either inside or out.

COMIC COVERS … TARZAN

 

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HELENA BONHAM CARTER TO BE HONOURED

 

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Helena Bonham Carter will be honoured with the top prize at the 13th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) next month, December to mark her contribution to the movie industry.

The "Alice in Wonderland" star will receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at the annual ceremony on December 5.

Previous recipients of the honour, which was set up in memory of late actor Richard Harris, include David Thewlis and Jim Broadbent. Bonham Carter's upcoming film "The King’s Speech" has already received eight nominations at the BIFAs and the star has also garnered a nod in the Best Supporting Actress category.

MANILOW JOINS NOBEL CONCERT

 

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Barry Manilow has joined the line-up for the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway. The singer will take to the stage in Oslo next month, December 11, alongside Brits Jamiroquai, Florence and the Machine and Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock and Colbie Caillat.

Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman will also be a part of the prestigious event, which will be held to honor 2010 peace laureate, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Denzel Washington will host the concert.

THIS WORLD … DOORS

 

Helen Keller said “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.”

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SUPERSTITIONS … BITE YOUR TONGUE

 

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If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie.

QUOTABLES … ANONYMOUS

 

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VINTAGE … TOPS AND TAILS

 

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ODD BITS … REFLECTION

 

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THE BEATLES FINALLY AVAILABLE ON iTUNES

 

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The entire original catalogue of The Beatles 13 albums are available for digital download.

The full album downloads include iTunes LP’s “which create an immersive album experience with a beautiful design and expanded visual features including a unique mini-documentary about the creation of each album.”

Less than 24 hours after the premiere, five of the albums have already entered the iTunes Top 20. “Abbey Road” “The White Album,” and “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” were some of the top sellers with “Blackbird,” “Let It Be,” and “Here Comes The Sun” among the most popular singles.

70% OF WOMEN HATE THEIR MAN’S GAMING

 

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Almost 70 percent of women asked about their partner’s gaming habits felt annoyed and ignored. A new study found that a growing male obsession with computer games is taking a heavy toll on romance — in fact, more than 5 percent of enthusiasts admit the hobby has cost them their relationship. The study found the Call of Duty series were the games most likely to cause problems in a relationship, along with Football Manager, Grand Theft Auto, Fifa and Medal of Honor.

THE TOP 20 RELATIONSHIP WRECKING GAMES


1. Call of Duty
2. Football Manager
3. Grand Theft Auto
4. FIFA
5. Medal of Honor
6. Halo
7. Super Mario Brothers
8. Gran Turismo
9. Mario Kart
10. Guitar Hero
11. Assassins Creed
12. Pro Evo Soccer
13. Resident Evil
14. World of Warcraft
15. F1
16. Red Dead Redemption
17. Need for Speed
18. Fallout
19. Gears of War
20. Angry Birds

Thursday, November 18, 2010

TOM JONES OFFERS TO SING AT ROYAL WEDDING

 

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Sir Tom Jones has offered his singing services to Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton - insisting he'd be thrilled to perform a set of songs at their wedding. The second in line for the British throne announced on Tuesday, November 16 he had proposed to his long time girlfriend last month.

Welsh crooner Jones is thrilled by the happy news - and he'd love to provide the entertainment at the royal couple's reception party. He tells the Press Association, "People all over the world are excited about the royal wedding and I'm one of those people."

BOYLE DETHRONES SWIFT

 

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Susan Boyle’s second album "The Gift" sells 318,000 copies in its first week.

Although not even close to her last year's opening week of "I Dreamed a Dream” which bowed with 701,000, it's enough to allow the British singing sensation to dethrone last week's champ Taylor Swift from the first spot of Billboard Hot 200.

Knocked off the hot spot, Swift manages to fall only one spot. Her already-platinum-certified studio album "Speak Now” sits at the runner-up place with additional 212,000 units sold which gives her a total of nearing 1.6 million since the effort made its way out across United States on October 25.

TRAILER - “RED RIDING HOOD”

 

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After successfully directing the first "Twilight" film, Catherine Hardwicke is reviving a classic fairytale with her "Red Riding Hood". And now some scenes from the film, which is due 07 April , 2011 in Australia, have been made available for viewing pleasure in a form of teaser trailer which is released via Apple.

Amanda Seyfried takes the lead role of Valerie who is torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Valerie and Peter are planning to run away when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

As the wolf, which is offered a monthly animal sacrifice by villagers, has upped the stakes by taking a human life under a blood red moon, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves.

 

OLIVIA SINGS WITH CHILEAN MINER

 

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Olivia Newton-John performed a special duet with rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena during her concert in Santiago on Monday night, November 15. Music fan Pena hit the headlines when he asked for Elvis Presley music to be pumped through to the trapped miners underground to help calm their nerves, and he has since become a celebrity.

After running the New York Marathon and appearing on TV chat shows in America, he returned home and received a standing ovation when he hit the stage with Newton-John on Monday. The odd couple performed "Summer Nights" from the musical "Grease".

The story of Chilean miners has been all over the web. Just earlier this week, there was rumour mentioning that Brad Pitt wants to make a big-screen adaptation to the miner story.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RELEASES BOX SET

 

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Bruce Springsteen’s latest box set The Promise: The ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ Story has been released.

The collection features the first remastered version of the Darkness album, along with two CD’s of previously unreleased outtakes titled, The Promise.

It also includes an 80-page notebook, and three DVD’s — featuring The Promise: The Making Of ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ documentary; and a private 2009 E Street Band performance of the Darkness album in it’s entirety, plus much more.