Saturday, December 10, 2011
Having conquered Broadway musicals and starred in the year’s top-grossing movie, Daniel Radcliffe now has a new title: Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year for 2011. The announcement was made on the December 7 edition of Good Morning America by EW managing editor Jess Cagle.
“Ultimately there was one person who made the most sense,” Cagle said of the 22-year-old triple threat. “There’s nothing he can’t do. He’s really interested in doing the work. Despite all his wealth and fame as a teenager, he never derailed.”
For most of 2011 Daniel as starring as J. Pierrepont Finch in the hit revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, grossed more than $380 million after opening this summer. Radcliffe is set to depart Broadway on January 1, just before the film thriller The Woman in Black opens.
Pop singer Adele was runner-up for EW’s Entertainer of the Year. Also making the list: Hugh Jackman, Tony winner Viola Davis and Book of Mormon creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
- Asteroids travel through space making a noise like a powerful but subdued engine.
- Asteroids are usually locked into orbits, but if a comet comes by, they can be bumped out of their rut and become dangerously unstable.
- It's only the fact that everything is locked into an orbit which prevents collisions in our solar system. Any asteroid that gets loose is certain to crash into Earth within a matter of hours.
- It's just barely possible to evacuate any city to a distance of 100 miles in 48 hours. This requires lots of airplanes. It also requires martial law, so that "looters will be arrested on sight". With 30+ hours to go, people will panic in the streets and run around at random.
- A mile-wide asteroid can mostly burn up in the atmosphere, causing it to do only a relatively small amount of damage like bursting a dam when it strikes.
- A river from a burst dam can exactly keep pace with a pickup truck for several minutes. It will then obligingly pause as the pickup truck turns around and goes in another direction.
- When a raging river washes over a pickup truck on a bridge, the bridge won't be damaged, the truck won't be swept off the bridge, and people in the open back of the truck won't be swept away.
- A four-mile-wide nickel asteroid which would mass about a *trillion* tons can be destroyed -- literally destroyed, so that nothing remains -- by three airplane-mounted lasers.
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the first trailer for "The Lucky One". Coming out via Apple, the freshly released promo opens with a scene where Zac Efron's Logan Thibault found a photo of Taylor Schilling's Beth Clayton during a war in Iraq. It continues to unravel the budding romance between the two strangers.
Logan is a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq. Crediting his survival to a photograph of a woman he has never met, he sets out to meet his good-luck charm when he finally returns home. After finding out who the woman is, he comes knocking on her door and gets a job from her mother. Soon, sparks fly between the two.
Along with the new trailer, Warners unleashed the first poster for the romantic drama. The one-sheet shows Logan and Beth sharing an intimate moment with him putting his hand on her neck while staring at her affectionately.
Based on Nicholas Sparks's best seller, "The Lucky One" is directed by Scott Hicks with Douglas McGrath and Will Fetters penning the script. It is also supported by Blythe Danner, Adam LeFevre, Sharon Morris and Joe Chrest, and is slated for a April 19, 2012 release in Australian theatres.
- In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
- In its entire lifetime, the average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey.
- In May 1948, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe, both in New Zealand, erupted simultaneously.
- In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
- In October 1959 Elizabeth Taylor became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a single picture. (for Cleopatra)
- In Papua New Guinea there are villages within five miles of each other which speak different languages.
- In relation to its size, the ordinary house spider is eight time faster than an Olympic sprinter.
- In Russia, suppositories cut from fresh potatoes were used for quick relief of haemorrhoids.
- In Siberia, in 1994, a container full of marijuana was discovered in the 2,000-year-old grave of a Scythian princess and priestess, among the many other articles buried with her.
- In Thailand, kite-flying is a major sport with teams of up to twenty people competing against each other.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Are you ever stuck for words or in need of a way out of a tricky conversation? Not any more – ‘Self-Annihilating Sentences‘ are the perfect get-out clause which will instantly put an end to any argumentative or stagnant discourse!
- No University can maintain a shred of unity unless its professors continue to argue.
- An unexpected effect that universal education has on the labour market: ignorance has become so rare that it commands a high salary.
- In the U.S. the only ones who know their place are at the top.
- When it comes to giving, some men stop at nothing.
- It's amazing how we can do things simultaneously, like talking and not listening.
- If you're not behind in your work, you're just not moving ahead.
- Every outstanding person is misunderstood.
- Competition for the apathy prize is keen.
- Everybody is discriminated against equally.
- Nostalgia is the wave of the future.
When Hugh Jackman asks, the Broadway audience digs deep.
Jackman's one-man show, Back on Broadway, has not only been breaking theatre box office records in New York, but is also leading in the fundraising initiatives for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund drive.
The actor's appeals to the audience after the show have raised $US857,740 ($A839,645), according to the entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter.
Most of that came from auctions of T-shirts Jackman wore in the show, for which members coughed up around $US10,000 each.
"You have no idea how much sex I've been having," he quipped when he was honoured for his fundraising efforts during a ceremony at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Tuesday.
The Broadway fundraising effort is into its sixth week, with Jackman stepping into the fray three weeks ago, the website says.
The drive, which was first held in 1989, has raised $US4.895 million from 53 participating Broadway, Off Broadway and touring companies.
Jackman's show keeps breaking the Broadhurst Theatre house records - last week it grossed $US1.5 million ($A1.47 million).