Saturday, September 14, 2013
- David Graham was the first Australian to win the US Open Golf Tournament in 1981.
- In heraldry, the word Sable means black.
- In Greek mythology, the supreme god was Zeus.
- Baku in Azerbaijan, Doha in Qatar, Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo are the running to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
- US Media conglomerate Viacom owns Paramount pictures.
- The Australian Formula One Grand Prix was last held in Adelaide, South Australia in 1995.
- Buckingham Palace is Queen Elizabeth II’s official London residence.
- The element arsenic has the symbol As.
- The Roman God of Fire was Vulcan.
- The cartoon character Bullwinkle is a moose.
- The first UN General Assembly was convened in London in 1946.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Artist : Michael Bolton
Album : Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Tribute Hitsville U.S.A.
Label : Caroline Records
Genre : Pop
Released : 2013-02-26
Ain't No Mountain High Enough: Tribute To Hitsville, U.S.A., is a tribute to the classic music of the Motown music era.
While showcasing Michael at some of his highs, it is too short of tributing classic songs, and feels like it is too little. The album features some of his best covers though in years, from his cover of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, and a cover of Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing with Melanie Fiona. Some of the other covers work fairly well, like How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You.)
This album is too short with more classics that could have been added to the album.
1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Feat. Kelly Rowland) 2:49
2. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 3:13
3. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (Feat. Melanie Fiona) 2:36
4. Gotta Keep Dreamin 4:33
5. Nowhere To Run 3:03
6. The Way You Do The Things You Do 3:10
7. You Keep Me Hanging On 3:08
8. Whats Going On (With Michael Lington) 3:29
9. Tracks Of My Tears 3:59
10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Im Yours) 2:51
- When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
- Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, your body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "Woo hoo! What a ride!"
- The trouble with life is you're halfway through it before you realize it's a "do it yourself" thing.
- Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person too.
- The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
- It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, and it's true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
- It takes only a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
- Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
- The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way.
Universal Pictures today announced that "Jurassic Park 4" has been retitled Jurassic World and that the film will be released in 3D on Friday, June 12, 2015.
Steven Spielberg returns to produce the long-awaited next instalment of his ground-breaking "Jurassic Park" series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers.
Jurassic World will be shot in 3D.
Toys retailer giant Toys "R" Us will stop labelling its products for boys and girls after mounting pressure from consumers.
According to Think Progress, the United Kingdom branch of the company will start to use gender-neutral terms and images in its toys Christmas catalogue. The move comes in response to an online petition launched by the group Let Toys Be Toys asking the company to remove gender stereotypes from its products.
A similar Change.org petition was made for the U.S. stores, reaching over 3,000 signatures to follow on the UK’s steps, but the company’s website still labels toys for boys and girls, and the company hasn’t replied back to requests for comment.
Ed Comment: 3,000 signatures in the US can change the marketing of a huge store … imagine what a combined force of many can do to change the world!
Whenever an actor becomes a rising star, film vehicles are often made to capitalise on their success. Some are quick cash-ins while others provide genuine spring-boards to greater ventures. ‘Paranoia’ isn’t one of them. Featuring current ‘hot young hunk’ Liam Hemsworth, it fails in its primary objective. Talent is more important than looks with Hemsworth’s skills fading as fast as the film’s credibility.
Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is an inventor working for powerful businessman Nicholas (Gary Oldman). When fired from his job, Adam goes on a spending spree using his former employer’s credit card. Caught out, Nicholas blackmails him in spying on his main competitor Jock (Harrison Ford). Working alongside Emma (Amber Heard) at Jock’s company, Adam finds himself trapped in a deadly game of corporate espionage.
‘Paranoia’ is a by-the-numbers effort. Lazily directed by Robert Luketic with little enthusiasm it is less than enthralling. Chief amongst its failures are ordinary performances. With stars such as Ford, Oldman and Richard Dreyfuss playing Adam’s father, you’d expect high calibre acting. Sadly all three are wasted in their roles and are seemingly there just to pick up a hefty pay packet. Hemsworth’s thespian skills are woefully thin with endless shirtless shots and smouldering looks never equating to genuine talent.
For a movie purporting to be an ‘exciting thriller’ it continually misses the target. You know exactly what will happen with the excitement level barely registering. The few action sequences are competently handled although they’ve been done better elsewhere. The sense of disappointment only increases when discovering the script’s many plot holes with the predictable ending not arriving soon enough.
A connect the dots style production ‘Paranoia’ is a waste of time for all concerned. Hemsworth’s thespian skills aren’t anything special with the quality of his monotone performance conjuring ‘Paranoia’s true feeling of fear.
Movie Review Rating out of 10: 2
Movie Review by Patrick Moore
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- The action in the book The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico was set in World War II.
- Phuket is the largest island in Thailand.
- The Beaufort Scale is used to measure wind speeds.
- The Swedish Nightingale was the nickname of Jenny Lind.
- Hyperhidrosis is better known as excessive sweating.
- The Gobi is a large desert region in Asia.
- The title characters in the 2004 film Starsky and Hutch were played by Ben Stiller (David Starsky) and Owen Wilson (Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson).
- Parking meters were first installed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1958.
- The lead singer of the Australian band Sherbert was Daryl Braithwaite.
- An abnormal and persistent fears of mirrors is known as eisoptrophobia.
John Hurt joins Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, and David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, in the 50th Anniversary poster for the premiere of The Day of the Doctor.
The BBC has also confirmed the show, which is titled “Day of the Doctor,” will be a supersized 75 minutes long.
“‘The Day of the Doctor is nearly here!’” said Doctor Who Matt Smith in a statement. “Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.”
“The Day of the Doctor” stars Smith, Tennant, Hurt, Jenna Coleman, and Billie Piper and premieres on BBC America, November 23. No Australian dates have yet been released,
In The UK
It’s not just TV where audiences will be able join in the celebrations; programming across Radio 2, Radio 1 and Radio 4 Extra will also mark the 50th.
BBC Radio 2 will ask Who Is The Doctor? in a 90-minute documentary featuring newly recorded interviews and exclusive archive material. The programme will look at the lasting appeal of Doctor Who and ask how much of its continued success can be attributed to its basic formula.
In The Blagger’s Guide To Doctor Who, David Quantick will give the iconic Doctor the Blagger’s treatment. He’ll be finding out the answers to questions such as, why do Americans think Tom Baker is still Doctor Who? How many Doctors have there really been? Were the Daleks really named after an encyclopaedia?
Finally, Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live (Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London. In a special three-hour show, Graham will take a ride in the TARDIS and will also be chatting with some of the series’ stars and fans.