Saturday, June 11, 2011
Place your hand on the back of your head, just above the neck. You may feel a sort of bump just where your skull disappears into the flesh of the neck. This is the inion, and it marks a place where the skull is a little thicker than it is in most other areas. Inion is the Greek word for "nape of the neck."
Paizo Publishing, LLC. announced IN 2006 it formally ceased publication of AMAZING STORIES Magazine. AMAZING was first published in April of 1926, created by Hugo Gernsback, who the HUGO awards were named for, considered by many the ‘father’ of Science Fiction. He coined the term word “scientifiction”, which was eventually smoothed into science fiction.
After Gernsback, editor Raymond A. Palmer, (who the DC Comics character the Atom was named after as an affectionate tribute) took over. Palmer was a writer himself, and something of a playful trickster, alienating many serious SF fans and authors by pushing hackneyed space opera, and publishing hoaxes such as the Shaver Mystery and ‘real-life’ Flying Saucer tales. He later launched the infamous FATE magazine.
- Every time some guy walks into a bar, usually the hero, he gets into a fight. Usually right under a BUDWEISER sign strategically placed. Likelihood of fight increases if country music is playing in the background.
- Movie heroes in a bar will either order strong alcoholic drinks and swallow them down like iced tea or will ask for milk. The latter will always provoke sarcastic remarks and a fight will ensue.
- When men drink whiskey, it is always in a shot glass, and they always drink it in one gulp. If they are wimps, they will gasp for air, then have a coughing fit. If they are macho, they will wince briefly, flashing clenched teeth.
- A cup of black coffee/splash of cold water in face is enough to render the most inebriated person stone cold sober in a split second.
The rivalry between leading ladies Joan Crawford and Bette David was legendary .
Matters came to a head when they starred together in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).
Crawford later said of her arch-rival – “Working with Bette Davis was my greatest challenge, and I mean that to be kindly. She liked to scream and yel. I just sit and knit. During Whatever Happened to Baby Jane ?, I knitted a scarf from here to Malibu.” (Variety April 1973)
In her last book "This 'N That" Bette Davis said, "Feud is a Hollywood word, a wildly overused Hollywood word. Did Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ever feud during the filming of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? No!"
"Like, dislike-these were not words I applied to Miss Crawford. Until we were cast as the costars of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? I knew her only slightly. Our paths had seldom crossed, even though for three years we had adjoining dressing rooms at Warners."
"In truth I did not know her any better after the film was completed. Twenty years after we had worked together, and half a dozen years after her death, we are still a team in the public's mind. We finished only one film and started another. We did not compete for parts since we were opposing types of actresses. "
Bette was probably correct when she stated there was no feud. Both women were consummate professionals and neither would have acted up on the set. Crew members on Baby Jane reported that both actresses knew their lines, showed up on time and were cordial to one another during the entire filming of Baby Jane. Crawford mentioned in an interview a number of years later that while they both behaved themselves on the set, she felt Bette's competiveness throughout the filming, and that she (Crawford) would be damned if she would be the "slacker" on this project. "I knew my lines, showed up to the set on time and tried my hardest to get along with everyone including Miss Davis." Bette most certainly felt the same way.
Bette did state that she hardly knew Crawford but both actresses were aware of the stature they each held at their studios. Bette was the queen of the Warner Bros. lot and Joan was MGM's leading lady for many years. Their paths did cross at numerous Hollywood functions and both women were extremely jealous of one another. Bette had the acting credentials. An extensive New York theatrical background and high profile films which garnered her a total of ten Oscar nominations for best actress. Joan on the other hand had the beauty, glamour and style of a movie star something that Bette coveted in private. Needless to say this jealousy that each felt for the other was often acted out in icy stares, upturned noses and catty comments to friends and associates.
Genre: Classical Music, Traditional Pop
Label: RCA Victor
Producer: Hugo and Luigi
The Classic Della is an album by actress and singer Della Reese. The songs are based on classical music pieces by Tchaikovsky ("Symphony No. 6," "Melodie Op. 42"), Debussy ("Reverie"), Schubert ("Serenade"), Chopin ("Etude in E, Op. 10 No. 3," "Polonaise No. 6 Op. 53"), and Puccini ("Musetta's Waltz Song" from La Bohème). The album was arranged and conducted by Glenn Osser and produced by Hugo and Luigi who wrote in the liner notes,
- The Story of a Starry Night (Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky adpt. Mann Curtis, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston) 2:50
- These Are the Things I Love (Tchaikovsky adpt. Barlow, Harris) 3:35
- If You Are But a Dream (Rubenstein adapt. Nat Bonx, Jack Fulton, Moe Jaffe) 3:07
- My Reverie (Claude Debussy adapt. Clinton) 3:39
- Take My Heart (Albert Ketèlbey adapt. Luigi Creatore, Peretti, Wess) 2:44
- Stranger in Paradise (Alexander Borodin adapt. Forrest, Wright) 3:01
- Gone (Riccardo Drigo adapt. Peretti, Creatore, Weiss) 2:38
- Serenade (Franz Schubert adapt. Peretti, Creatore, Weiss) 3:24
- Moon Love (Tchaikovsky adapt. David, Davis, Kostelanetz) 2:58
- Softly My Love (Chopin adapt. Bennett, Tepper) 2:42
- Till the End of Time (Chopin adapt. Kaye, Mossman) 3:30
- Don't You Know? (Puccini adapt. Bobby Worth) 2:35
The odds on dealing 13 cards of one suit are 158,753,389,899 to 1. The odds on dealing the perfect hand (13 cards of one suit) to a particular player is 635,013,559,559 to 1 and the odds on dealing a perfect game (4 players receiving a perfect hand) are 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,599,999 to 1.
APACHE GOLD 1963
AKA: Winnetou - 1. Teil
Director: Harald Reinl
Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice and Marie Versini
The construction of the Great Western Railroad creates heavy conflict between the railway company and neighboring Indian tribes. Worse, criminal gang leader Santer sets his eyes on a gold mine located on holy Indian land and influences the construction supervisor to re-rout the planned railroad straight through Apache land. Old Shatterhand, who works as a measurement technician, discovers the evil plan and searches contact with the Apaches in an effort to avert war
Release Date: 1 May 1965 (USA)
Runtime: 101 min | USA: 91 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Line-up: PETER ALLEN (vocals, piano); CHRIS BELL (vocals,guitar).
Peter was a country boy from New South Wales where he had learned piano and developed an interest in music. whilst still only in his mid-teens, he headed for Sydney where he began playing in pubs and met up with singer Chris Bell. With the help of Chris’ father, they.became the Allen Brothers. In 1960 they were spotted by a friend of Australian TV celebrity Brian Henderson, and as a result appeared on his Bandstand show where they became regulars for three years.
Their first record, 'Bells, Bells, Bells', was released on the Leedon label in April 1960. This was followed by 'There's No Need'. Later that year, they moved to Pye Records and released their only hit, 'First Kiss'. Follow-up -singles-included 'Pretty Keen Teen (Pye, November '60) and 'Too Muc-h' (Pye, March '61). ln 1962 they left for the Orient where they met up with Judy Garland who enticed them to the US where they worked together at clubs and signed with ABC Paramount Records in 1965. They continued as a duet until 1970 when Peter moved into songwriting - later performing and recording, and Chris settled in California where he became a flying instructor.
Friday, June 10, 2011
During a recent press event, held in tandem with the re-opening of Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Eric Jacobson, senior vice president of creative development for Walt Disney Imagineering, took the opportunity to show off some the latest progress within the Fantasyland expansion, and to discuss further details regarding how the new area is coming together.
Here is an update to how the major elements of the refurbishment are progressing:
The area celebrating Beauty and the Beast, which includes Beast’s Castle and Gaston’s Tavern, is the area nearest completion. While crews work to complete stonework, the statue of Gaston which will anchor the area in front of the tavern, is being created off-site.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
Jacobson confirmed that the ride would be very similar to the similar attraction that’s about to open at Disney’s California Adventure.
However, the facades of each attraction will differ; Magic Kingdom’s ride will include Prince Eric’s castle. Thus, when the Fantasyland expansion is complete, Magic Kingdom will be home to three castles, and three mountains.
The familiar ride, which will add an additional carousel, will feature an air-conditioned waiting area, where riders will await their turns “much like a restaurant with reservations,” explains Jacobson. Previously, the area also included three tents that would serve as retail operations. Plans have been updated to include only two shops now.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Less progress has been made on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the new roller coaster attraction that features story elements of Snow White, and an innovative “rocking” car. Jacobson promises that it will be worth the wait, however. “It’s going to activate the entire land,” he stated. The ride will be a cross between Goofy’s Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain, according to Disney Imagineer Gary Hoffman.
Jacobson shared that the entire area would provide more shade than the original Fantasyland, owing to the fact that the expansion is taking place over natural land, rather than service tunnels, so larger trees will have an area to root.
Further, the temporary train stop that took guests to Mickey’s Toontown Fair will be replaced Storybook Circus-themed area, and will seem “like it’s always been there,” says Jacobson.
The expansion, the largest in the park’s history, is still on track for a 2013 opening, with areas beginning to open to the public as early as next year. Between 70-100 imagineers have been devoted to the project.
Unlikely as it may seem to the whining schoolboy creeping unwillingly to school, this word is ultimately from a word meaning "leisure".
This was the Greek word skhole, but since the Greeks were highly cultured people, their idea of leisure was hanging out with Socrates and Plato discussing philosophy so skhole came to mean "employment of one’s leisure time in disputation and discussion."
It later came to apply to more formalized discussion in the ancient Greek equivalent of a school . The Romans borrowed it from the Greeks, and almost all European languages borrowed it from Latin.
ln English, it would have been pronounced SKOLE until Shakespeare's time (the double o represents a long o in Middle English). There was no h in the word in English until the Renaissance, -when people wanting to show off their knowledge of Greek and Latin reinserted it.
Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), 1980,
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 106.7 by 106.7cm.
Estimate: £3.5-5.5 million / $ 5,790,000–9,100,000.
Blondie’s Lead Singer Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol to spearhead Sotheby’s forthcoming Contemporary Art Auction this June.
The artist’s 1980 acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas of Debbie Harry, the renowned lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie, is estimated at £3.5-5.5 million and will be offered for sale on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, coinciding with the release of Blondie’s new album Panic of Girls.
This iconic work comes from a private European collection.