Saturday, March 3, 2012
J.K. Rowling has inked a deal with Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company to publish her first novel for adults. The publisher did not reveal the title or publication date, but the novel will be published in print and eBook formats.
Little, Brown Book Group publisher David Shelley will edit and publish for UK readers; will be responsible for publication in the United Kingdom and Little, Brown and Company executive vice president Michael Pietsch will publish in the United States.
Rowling had this statement in the release: “Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
- Gangster's Briefcases either contain weapons or banknotes. No one ever got coins at a robbery.
- Briefcases are designed to hold exactly three rows of banknotes. As if it had power by itself money likes to be sorted in nice packs and rows, even if it had been thrown into the briefcase by a terrified casher at a bank.
- When you use a movie taxi don't ever give any change. Drivers won't know what to do with it. Just say "thank you" when you pay a bill, reach into your pocket without looking, take out whatever note is in it - it will just fit.
- Same is true in restaurants. Checks are always designed to be 15 percent under the sum the male customer has in his hands first.
Soundtrack from a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
01. Sidney Joseph Bechet – Si Tu Vois Ma Mere
02. Swing 41 – Je Suis Seul ce Soir
03. Original Paris Swing – Recado
04. Stephane Wrembel – Bistro Fada
05. Conal Fowkes – Let`s Do it (Let`s Fall in Love)
06. Conal Fowkes – You`ve Got That Thing
07. Josephine Baker – La Conga Blicoti
08. Conal Fowkes – You Do Something to Me
09. Daniel May – I Love Penny Sue
10. Enoch Light & Charleston City All Stars – Charleston
11. Enoch Light & Charleston City All Stars – Ain`t She Sweet
12. Dana Boule – Parlez-Moi D`amour
13. Conal Fowkes & Yrving & Lisa Yeras – Barcarolle from ‘The Tales of Hoffman’
14. Czech National Symphony Orchestra – Can-Can from ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’
15. Francois Parisi – Ballad du Paris
16. Francois Parisi – Le Parc de Plaisir
‘Gone’ is the cinematic equivalent of the ‘boy who cried wolf’ tale where a repeated statement is given to the dis-belief of many. Its marketing could be construed as making its own false heresy as its promise of ‘an exciting thriller’ is anything but. Eventually losing its way in an average story it reaches a crescendo of artificial scares mirroring its subject.
Jill (Amanda Seyfried) is a woman with a dark past. Previously kidnapped by a serial killer and eventually escaping, she has since lived life afraid of others. When her sister suddenly vanishes she thinks the killer has returned to claim her. Pleading for help from nonchalant authorities she despairs at their lack of faith in her words. Taking matters into her own hands she attempts to confront the killer and save her sister from a grisly fate.
The type of film given a theatrical release before quickly vanishing to DVD, ‘Gone’ is less than scintillating. Whilst its first half sets the scene quite well with Jill’s paranoia ruling her life, it unfortunately takes a more mundane approach in solving her problems. Occasional moments suggest some clever twists which sadly fail to surface. ‘Gone’ promises a lot but ultimately delivers little with only Seyfried’s feisty performance of interest.
Weighing heavily against any minor gains are the poorly conceived characters. Fine co-stars such as Wes Bentley are given short shrift with their undeveloped roles. The laughable depiction of the police-force ruins any sense of believability. The few interesting times where Jill questions her sanity are reasonably intriguing although these are soon discarded for a typical ‘chase the victim’ formula.
Failing to utilise its good points, ‘Gone’ is generally a waste of everyone’s talents. Unfocussed and saddled with a poor script, it may make for good viewing on a rainy afternoon than from the darkened aisles of the local cinema.
Movie Review Rating 4 / 10
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After a knockout Aphrodite-inspired appearance at the 2012 Brits, Kylie Minogue spoke to Metro about her plans for the upcoming “K25″ celebration in 2012–as well as a new album in 2013.
‘I have started on new music already. It should be ready for 2013,’ the pop princess said, who has been celebrating her K25 milestone in the musical mecca of Abbey Road Studios.
The 43-year-old is arming herself with a few geniuses for the follow-up to her 2010 No.1 album Aphrodite.
‘It’s a few different people,’ she said, refusing to name names but promising fans her new offering is ‘really exciting and different’.
Thanks to a few not-so-subtle hints on Twitter, we already know that Kylie’s been hitting the studio with Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), Greg Kurstin and Karen Poole–a SMASH HIT team of superb pop scribes.
- The 1st comic strip was "The Yellow Kid," in the New York World in 1896. The cartoonist was Richard Felton Outcault.
- The 1st feature-length animated film, released by Disney Studios in 1937, was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
- The 1st inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 were Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams were.
- The 1st interracial kiss on TV took place Nov. 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt.Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of "Star Trek."
- The 1st kiss in a movie was between May Irwin and John Rice in "The Widow Jones," in 1896.
- The 1st live televised murder was in 1963, when Jack Ruby killed JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald while millions of viewers watched.
- The 1st performance of Handel's "Messiah" was on April 13, 1742 at the New Music rooms in Fishamble St., Dublin. Because of the demand for space, the men were asked not to wear their swords and the ladies not to wear hooped skirts.
- The 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV was in 1955. Eisenhower was the president.
- The 1st televised presidential debate was September 26, 1960, between Nixon and Kennedy.
- The 1st time the "f-word" was spoken in a movie was by Marianne Faithfull in the 1968 film, "I'll Never Forget Whatshisname." In Brian De Palma's 1984 movie, "Scarface," the word is spoken 206 times - an average of once every 29 seconds.
GARE DU NORD, PARIS
Gare du Nord offers connections with several urban transportation lines. By the number of travellers it is the busiest railway station in Europe and one of the busiest in the world.
Paris Nord or Gare du Nord, "North Station", is one of the six large terminus railway stations of the SNCF mainline network for Paris, France. It offers connections with several urban transportation lines, including Paris Métro and RER. By the number of travellers, at around 190 million per year, it is the busiest railway station in Europe.
The Gare du Nord handles trains to Northern France, as well as to various international destinations such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The station complex was designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff and built between 1861 and 1864. It is situated in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.