Friday, May 11, 2012
Often words in a modern society take on new, different and somewhat humorous meanings.
- Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
- Dust: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
- Eclipse: What an English barber does for a living.
- Egotist: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
- Elbonics: The art of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a theatre.
- Esplanade: To attempt an explanation while drunk.
- Extravaganza: The spare vaganza you keep on hand in case you run out of vaganzas.
- Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist.
- Fine: A tax for doing wrong.
- Flabbergasted: Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
The original plan was for Universal Pictures to develop three films and two limited-run TV series based on Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" books. Ron Howard was on board to direct from a script by Akiva Goldsman. Javier Bardem was in talks to play gunslinger Roland Deschain.
But then Universal got a look at the budget and immediately backed out. Howard then took the project to Warner Bros and HBO, but with a lowered budget. Apparently everything is now going smooth, because Howard has just posted a message on his Twitter account, stating: "Spent the day today in story session on 'Dark Tower.' Terrific meeting with Akiva Goldsman and [producer] Erica Huggins (J. Edgar). No timetables, but very positive."
After Universal bailed, Warners bought Goldsman's script and are now paying him to do a polish. Everyone is still on board, including Bardem, and the goal is to begin shooting in the first quarter of 2013.
Superb Motor Cycle stunt riding
Production : Switch Riders - http://www.facebook.com/switchriders
Riders : Jérémy Mérirès, Thomas Sagnier, Kevin Parussini
Camera : Renaud Margry, Samuel Gibella, Cyril Scharff, Arnaud Daucher
Montage / Edit : Jérémy Mérirès, Cyril Scharff
Musique / Music : Daft Punk - Solar Sailer / Arion - Internet Rebellion
Liza Minnelli was fresh from winning "Best Actress" Oscar for Cabaret and "Emmy Award" for television spectacular "Liza With A Z" when she hit Broadway full force with "Liza Minnelli Live At The Winter Garden", month long engagement quickly sold-out in one day...needless to say audiences were ecstatic and ready to experience Superstar Liza and all of that excitement is captured throughout this wondrous recording, thankfully expanded from original vinyl release that shamefully has been out of print for decades, this beautifully remastered welcomed release is long overdue but better late than never!
Liza is in sublime form with varied song selection being a mix of classic standards, original material written specially by Kander/Ebb plus current songs of the day all blending well to show off the great singers voice and extraordinary performing ability to the maximum. Opening with a powerful mix of old & new, "If You Could Read My Mind/Come Back To Me" show Liza in command as she nails this stunning medley, creating an incredible opener that has the audience cheering for more right from the start. "More Than You Know" is a gorgeous ballad done by many great singers including her mom, but Liza makes this classic standard her own and the magical ending final note show a singer with a glorious voice unlike any other.
John Kander and Fred Ebb loved writing a creative mix of epic songs for Liza, "I'm One Of The Smart Ones" is a rousing tour-de-force that becomes a riveting performance from Liza that is one of her finest, amazing vocal is stirring, powerful and supremely soulful...at the other end "It's A Quite Thing" show how they created fine deeply illuminating gems for the singer that show her soft vulnerable side in a way that is most touching. Another legendary singer/composer close to Liza through the decades is Charles Aznavour, represented here with the mesmerizing "And I In My Chair" and the tremendous "There Is A Time", both songs find Liza at the peak of her amazing interpretative powers.
Song after great song find Liza Minnelli in her realm on the Broadway stage in front of an adoring audience, doing what she does best; singing from her soul and giving her all to an enthralled audience, easy to understand why a special "Tony Award" was given to Liza for this kaleidoscopic performance...Bravo Liza Minnelli!
1. Overture; Liza With A "Z"\ Ring Them Bells\ I Can See Clearly Now\ Maybe This Time\ Cabaret (Live)
2. If You Could Read My Mind/Come Back To Me; If You Could Read My Mind\ Come Back To Me (Live)
3. Shine On Harvest Moon (Live)
4. Exactly Like Me (Live)
5. The Circle (Live)
6. More Than You Know (Live)
7. I'm One Of The Smart Ones (Live)
8. Natural Man (Live)
9. I Can See Clearly Now (Live)
10. And I In My Chair (Et Moi Dans Mon Coin) (Live)
11. There Is A Time (Le Temps) (Live)
12. Quiet Thing (Live)
13. Anywhere You Are/ I Believe You; Anywhere You Are\ I Believe You (Live)
14. Cabaret Medley; Cabaret\ Curtain Bows : Cabaret (Live)
15. You and I (Live)
16. It Had to Be You (Live)
17. My Shining Hour (Live)
Most semi-astute people already assumed there would be a sequel to the superhero blockbuster, especially after it raked in more than $200 million during its opening weekend, setting a new box-office record. More than $200 million in three days, guys. I’m not even sure Tony Stark makes that kind of cash that quickly.
But Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns Marvel, officially confirmed during a conference call today that there will indeed be an “Avengers 2,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.
No details about a potential release date or a plotline have been revealed yet. But Iger did reiterate that “Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2” remain on track to arrive next year, while a second “Captain America” movie is slated to come out in 2014.
So basically, you won’t be able to get rid of “The Avengers” — as a group or individual super heroic entities — for the next several years.
- The world's smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.
- The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.
- The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth - about half an inch a year - is caused by the pressure exerted by two of Earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.
- The wristwatch was invented in 1904 by Louis Cartier.
- The writer, Rudyard Kipling, only ever used black ink.
- The 'y' in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a 'th' sound, not 'y'. The "th" sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y".
- The youngest letters in the English language are "j," "v" and "w."
- The yo-yo originated in the Philippines, where it was used as a weapon in hunting.
- The zeppelin 'The Hindenburg' which exploded in a huge fireball, was filled with hydrogen.
- The ZIP in Zip-code stands for "Zoning Improvement Plan."
A musical tribute to the Golden Girls of MGM from the 1986 Academy Awards. Howard Keel sings and introduces – Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson, Marge Champion, Leslie Caron, Jane Powell and Esther Williams.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
JOHN LENNON and YOKO ONO
According to biographers, avant-garde artist Ono pursued Lennon relentlessly. At the time they met she was showing her work at London's Indica Gallery .Lennon saw the show' which impressed him, but did not respond immediately to her advances, which included pleas for sponsorship of her art, hanging around outside his door, and bombarding him with notes .. Eventually the couple' divorced their respective spouses and married in 1969 on the Rock of Gibraltar.
- Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.
- Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
- Reply to everything someone says with, "That's what you think"
- Finish all your sentences with "in accordance with the prophecy".
- Adjust the tint on your monitor so that the brightness level lights up the entire work area. Insist to others that you like it that way.
- Don't use any punctuation.
- As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
- Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".
- Sing along at the opera.
- Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."
Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.