Rabu, 14 Desember 2011

Lady Gaga crushes rivals in 2011 music earnings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga towered over other female musicians in 2011, heading a list of top earning women with an estimated $90 million in income, according to a Forbes.com survey released on Wednesday.
The "Born This Way" singer and performance artist made more than double her nearest rival -- country/pop artist Taylor Swift -- thanks to multiple endorsement deals and an estimated $1.3 million nightly gross ticket sales from her concert tour.
Swift earned about $45 million, thanks to her hit album "Speak Now", perfume line, and other deals, just ahead of "Teenage Dream" singer Katy Perry with $44 million.
Forbes.com drew up its list from data on pre-tax income compiled through record sales, touring data and interviews with music lawyers, managers and concert promoters.
Beyonce's 2011 income dipped to an estimated $35 million, mostly because of her relatively small amount of touring this year, but her new album "4", fashion line, and two fragrances helped to put her in 4th place.
Rihanna rounded out the top 5, earning an estimated $29 million from sales of her album "Loud", and endorsements from cosmetics company CoverGirl.
The full list can be seen on the Forbes.com site at http://tinyurl.com/d36m7gd.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Kamis, 24 November 2011

Ian Somerhalder: Thanksgiving Is About Family, Not Discount Shopping

Don't expect to see Ian Somerhalder lining up at midnight to score some of this season's best shopping deals
The 32-year-old Vampire Diaries star wished his Twitter followers a "happy Thanksgiving" late Wednesday night, though he also vented his frustration with what's become of the holiday.

"What I'm not grateful for is the midnight black Friday crap," he wrote. "Thousands of families are missing out on family time."
The actor -- currently dating his costar Nina Dobrev -- added that "stores should be ashamed."
"Family is all we have, the foundation of our country and our world," he explained. "Just my two cents. It may not matter, but I said it."

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Jumat, 18 November 2011

Capsule reviews of new releases

"Arthur Christmas" — This pleasant holiday treat from Aardman, the British animation outfit behind "Chicken Run" and the "Wallace and Gromit" cartoons, has the old-fashioned spirit of Christmas at heart, spinning a snowflake-light tale with warmth, energy and goofy humor. The movie unveils the vast high-tech enterprise run by Santa to deliver all those presents as his big-hearted but bumbling younger son, Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy), races to deliver a single gift that fell through the cracks. The delightful, drolly funny voice cast includes Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen. Director Sarah Smith offers a fresh look at the Santa legend with a flawed Claus whose family is as dysfunctional as everyone else's. There are lulls and comic misfires that feel like stocking stuffers thrown in to pad the simple story to feature length, and the manic banter comes a bit too fast for viewers to digest it all. Still, the visual gags will carry youngsters along, while there are plenty of clever wisecracks to keep their parents occupied. PG for some mild rude humor. 97 minutes. Three stars out of four.
David Germain, AP Movie Writer
"The Descendants" — Alexander Payne makes movies about men on the brink — of a nervous breakdown, of personal or professional ruin and, ultimately, maybe even some hard-earned peace. That's certainly true of George Clooney here. As real-estate lawyer Matt King, he finds everything in his life is in flux and on the verge of collapse simultaneously. This isn't any easier even though he lives in Hawaii, a place that's supposed to be paradise. Clooney being Clooney, though, makes every stage of his character's arc believable, from grief through anger and eventual acceptance, and he gives a performance that's so understated as to appear effortless. Matt's wife, Elizabeth, is lying in a hospital bed in a coma following a boating accident. Matt, who hasn't been the most available or hands-on father, must now take care of the couple's two daughters on his own: 17-year-old boarding school rebel Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and 10-year-old troublemaker Scottie (Amara Miller). Then Alexandra drops another bombshell on her father: Elizabeth was having an affair at the time of her accident. As if all this weren't enough to handle, Matt's enormous family has put him in charge of deciding what to do with the 25,000 acres of pristine land on Kauai that they've inherited from their royal Hawaiian ancestors. Payne's pacing is often so languid that we don't feel the sort of mounting tension that we should. But the story keeps us guessing as to where it will go, and it features some piercing moments of emotional truth. R for language including some sexual references. 115 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic
"Happy Feet Two" — The dancing, singing penguins are as adorable as ever. Yet a couple of shrimplike krill almost steal the show in this animated sequel that sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own. It helps to have Brad Pitt and Matt Damon voicing the krill with great companionability as they join a vocal cast that includes returning stars Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. Wood's tap-dancing penguin now is a dad dealing with a misfit, runaway son embarrassed over his own lack of rhythm. Director and co-writer George Miller, who handled the same chores on the 2006 Academy Award-winning first film, keeps the focus on penguins in peril while adding an interesting nature-in-perspective angle with the side journey of those tiny krill trying to find their place in a world of bigger, hungrier things. The sequel delivers the key ingredients that made its predecessor such a hit: lovable characters, a rich blend of pop tunes employed in showstopping song-and-dance numbers and remarkable Antarctic landscapes whose bleak beauty pops off the screen even more than in the original, thanks to some of the finest use of 3-D animation since the digital age brought an extra dimension to the screen. PG for some rude humor and mild peril. 99 minutes. Three stars out of four.
— David Germain, AP Movie Writer
"The Muppets" — Jason Segel, Amy Adams and friends deliver a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's creations after a 12-year big-screen absence. From start to finish, the movie is a healthy, dizzy dose of childlike bliss, the songs campy but catchy, the humor corny but clever. Co-writer Segel and Adams play small-town tourists embarking on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save their old Hollywood studio, which is targeted for demolition by an evil oil man (Chris Cooper). Director James Bobin maintains a nimble pace throughout, the story gleefully dashing from song-and-dance numbers to hilarious montages to the sort of precious asides that are a staple of the Muppets, among them plenty of self-aware winks at Hollywood convention. Celebrity cameos, also a Muppet strength, are plentiful but a bit disappointing; after such a long time in mothballs, the Muppets deserve a better turnout of top stars to welcome them back. But overall, the movie's refreshing on every level, a piece of nostalgia so old it's new again, and a breather from Hollywood's 3-D digital onslaught in favor of fur and fuzz. PG for some mild rude humor. 110 minutes, including an amusing "Toy Story" short that precedes the movie. Three stars out of four.
— David Germain, AP Movie Writer
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" — "Laughable" probably isn't the word the filmmakers were aiming for, but there it is; laughter, at all the wrong places. The fourth movie in the freakishly popular girl-vamp-wolf love triangle series is so self-serious, it's hard not to cackle at it. The dialogue is, of course, ridiculous and the acting ranges from stiff to mopey. But moments that should be pulsating with tension are usually hilarious because the special effects are still just so distractingly cheesy. This latest installment has yet another new director: Bill Condon, a man capable of both panache ("Dreamgirls") and serious artistry ("Gods and Monsters"), little of which you'll see here. The first of two films adapted from the final book in Stephenie Meyer's series (with part two coming next year), this serves as a placeholder for the ultimate finale but is jam-packed with developments in its own right. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire beau, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), marry in a lavish, romantic outdoor ceremony. Bella's childhood best friend and the other man in the equation, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), stops by as a gesture of goodwill. Finally, Bella and Edward can have sex, the thing she has wanted all along but he has been reluctant to do for fear that deflowering her will, you know, kill her. And he may have been right. He impregnates her on the honeymoon and the resulting hybrid spawn threatens to destroy her from inside. PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements. 117 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.



Detectives taking new look at Natalie Wood's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The circumstances of Natalie Wood's drowning death nearly 30 years ago remain one of Hollywood's enduring mysteries and continue to create renewed intrigue, with homicide detectives unexpectedly re-opening a case Thursday that had long been classified as a tragic accident.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective will speak to reporters Friday about the decision to take another look at the Oscar-nominated actress' nighttime demise in the chilly waters off Southern California on Nov. 29, 1981. Wood drowned after spending several hours drinking on Catalina Island and a yacht with husband Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the ship's captain.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday the renewed inquiry was prompted by unspecified new information about Woods' case. The Los Angeles Times quoted Sheriff Lee Baca as saying recent comments by the captain, Dennis Davern, who was interviewed for a book project and whose comments from a 2000 article by Vanity Fair are being featured on a new print edition and a "48 Hours Mystery" episode that focus on Hollywood scandals.

In the magazine, Davern is quoted as saying that Wood and Wagner fought in their cabin before the actress went missing. Coroner's officials ruled her death an accidental drowning, perhaps caused by her slipping off the boat while trying to tie down a dinghy.

Wood's death sparked tabloid speculation that foul play was involved, but Wagner and Wood's sister have dismissed any suggestion the actress' death was anything more than an accident. Coroner's officials at the time agreed, writing that Wood was "possibly attempting to board the dinghy and had fallen into the water, striking her face."

It is not the first time Davern has contradicted statements he and others made to investigators after Woods' death, and the magazine notes that he has told his story through tabloids and has been shopping for a book deal for years. Attempts to reach Davern were unsuccessful Thursday night.

Sheriff's officials are also hoping for tips from the public that may shed new light on how Wood, who was afraid of being in the water, ended up drowning.

"Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death," Wagner spokesman Alan Nierob wrote in a statement.

Wood, a three-time Oscar nominee famous for roles in "West Side Story," ''Rebel Without a Cause" and other Hollywood hits, was 43 when she died. She and Wagner, star of the TV series "Hart to Hart," were twice married, first in 1957 before divorcing six years later. They remarried in 1972.

Lana Wood wrote in a biography on her sister, "What happened is that Natalie drank too much that night."

Wagner wrote in a 2008 autobiography that he blamed himself for his wife's death.

He recounted the night of Wood's disappearance, during which the couple and Walken drank at a restaurant and on the boat. Wood went to the master cabin during an argument between her husband and Walken. The last time Wagner saw his wife, she was fixing her hair at a bathroom vanity and she shut the door.

Wagner wrote that despite various theories about what led Wood to the water, which she feared, it was impossible to know what exactly happened.

"Nobody knows," he wrote. "There are only two possibilities; either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened."

Later in the book, Wagner wrote, "Did I blame myself? If I had been there, I could have done something. But I wasn't there. I didn't see her."

He wrote that he has never returned to Catalina Island.

Phone and email messages to Walken's publicist were not returned Thursday. Walken and Wood were co-stars in "Brainstorm," which was the actress' final big screen role.


AP reporter Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

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Rabu, 16 November 2011

Drake : Biography

Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET's 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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New generation of music central to Occupy protests

NEW YORK (AP) -- The sound of insistent drumming bounces off the sides of nearby office towers announcing the location of the Occupy Wall Street home base long before its inhabitants are otherwise seen or heard.
Turn a corner in Zuccotti Park and you're likely to run into a drum circle or find someone strumming a guitar. Maybe it's an amateur trying to keep spirits up, or it could be the real deal — recording artists such as David Crosby and Graham Nash.
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Music and musicians are woven into the fabric of the Occupy Wall Street protest, much as they were in movements, confrontations and protests of the past, from the American Revolution to slavery to the Civil War, suffrage movement, labor movement, civil rights movement and Vietnam War. But no defining anthem such as "We Shall Overcome" or "Which Side Are You On" has yet emerged for the protesters who have taken on corporate America.
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"Every successful progressive social movement has a great soundtrack. The soundtrack (for Occupy Wall Street) is just as democratic and grass roots as the movement," said singer Tom Morello, who was given an MTV online music award for his performance of "The Fabled City" at Zuccotti Park last month. A clip of the performance has spread widely online.
Morello, who performs solo as The Nightwatchman and was a member of Rage Against the Machine, has also brought his guitar and sung at Occupy demonstrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Nottingham and Newcastle, England. Just before midnight Wednesday, he performed near a darkened kitchen area at a demonstration in London.
He has also volunteered to contribute to an album of protest songs that Occupy Wall Street is putting together as a fundraiser this winter.
If Occupy Wall Street has no anthem yet, it's partly due to how a new generation experiences music: through personalized iPod playlists streaming through headphones instead of communal singalongs.
True to a movement that claims to speak for the 99 percent of Americans who aren't super-rich, Occupy Wall Street embraces many forms of expression. Musicians across several generations and styles have given their support.
"The more the merrier as long as you're going to bring in positive vibrations for the movement," said Kanaska Carter, a singer-songwriter who traveled from her home in Canada to camp out at Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan near Wall Street. She helped arrange Morello's appearance and is shown in the video clip of his performance, standing near him holding a guitar.
Crosby and Nash's manager sent an email to Occupy Wall Street's website asking if the musicians could perform. Crosby quietly came a few days earlier to check out the scene, worried that cold weather would make it difficult for him to play guitar, said Beth Bogart, who helped show him around. The day of their visit was warm, however. Because police don't allow amplification, the performance was decidedly old school. The audience heard only as far as the singers' voices could project.
Bogart couldn't hear Crosby and Nash, but "you could just see the energy," she said. "When the whole audience started singing you could see their spirit lifted. It really was a good vibe."
Among the first New York performers was Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, an indie rock cult favorite who played a long set. Rapper Talib Kweli performed and so did Michael Franti. A 92-year-old Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, veterans of the labor, peace and civil rights movements, sang "We Shall Overcome." Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright offered an irony-drenched version of Madonna's "Material Girl."
Kanye West and Katy Perry walked through Zuccotti, but didn't perform.
Then there are those drums, beaten steadily by about a dozen people who call themselves Pulse. Police and protesters have limited the hours of drumming to help neighbors work and occupiers sleep.
An Internet-connected, do-it-yourself culture allows people beyond those at Occupy demonstrations to join in. They can write their own songs and spread them on Twitter or YouTube. The band Atari Teenage Riot has made a new video for its song "Black Flag" that includes clips from Occupy demonstrations sent in by fans, said Shannon Connolly, vice president for digital music strategies at MTV. While she's staying in Zuccotti Park, Carter has written movement-inspired songs "Stand Up to Wall Street" and "Game of Chess" that she's put on her websites.
"The movement is not waiting for superstars to grace it with their presence," Morello said. "It's not waiting for a Diane Warren-penned anthem featuring Rihanna and Drake."
Occupy Wall Street's nature as a sometimes unfocused expression of dissatisfaction plays into the diversity, too, said Amy Wlodarski, a music professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
"There's no centralized musical figure because there isn't a coherent value that is going to be communally expressed in song," she said.
Yet from the earliest days of America, music has been a cornerstone of protests and conflicts and movements. Music provided a voice for the disenfranchised and stirred people to fight injustice. The Revolutionary War produced "The Liberty Song." "Follow the Drinking Gourd," with its escape directions for fleeing slaves, was the anthem of the underground railroad, while "Battle Hymn of the Republic" gave support to Union soldiers during the Civil War. Women fighting for the right to vote in the early 1900s had "Suffrage Song." There was even a protest song about lynching, the jazz-infused "Strange Fruit."
The labor and peace movements created some of the more enduring music, with such artists as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. "We Shall Overcome" was born during a strike in 1945. Based on an early 20th century gospel song, it became the theme of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Meanwhile, anti-war sentiments flared in such songs as "All Along the Watchtower," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Give Peace a Chance" and "What's Going On?"
Socially conscious music never went away. Such artists as Bruce Springsteen, OutKast and Bonnie Raitt continue to take on injustice. Others also give voice to social issues from the economy to anti-war to the environment to abuse. "We Are the World" galvanized anti-hunger efforts. Rappers such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. offered messages from the streets. Steve Earle puts a string of progressive causes to music and Neil Young recorded a disc of opposition to the Iraq War.
The more current protest music is not noticed as much as the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s because music is increasingly a more individualized experience. People rarely gather at each other's homes and pump up the volume on their stereos for a shared listen of a hot album. Instead, friends might burn a CD for a buddy or share a download of a tune.
But if Occupy Wall Street needs a song to call its own, Texas songwriter James McMurtry's seething "We Can't Make it Here," written in 2004, is a virtual blueprint for the movement. It tumbles with images about damage done to the country through corporate greed and political neglect. McMurtry knew he had something the first time he played a version of the song, then unreleased, during a visit to an Austin radio station.
"I had some really nasty emails on my website before I had even gotten home," he said.
Hopeful that things might change, McMurtry stopped performing what is probably his best-known song when Barack Obama was elected. He has since started playing it again. McMurtry said he's going to make "We Can't Make it Here" available for free on his website in a gesture of solidarity, and is encouraging fans to make their own videos to accompany it.
"I'd be glad to let them use that song," he said. "Whatever helps."
Morello, who has done what amounts to a tour of Occupy demonstration sites, considers it his job as a musician to "keep steel in the backbone and wind in the sails of people who are standing up for economic justice."
"I've been down there a couple of times," said MTV's Connolly. "There's always music. It's sort of a thread that runs through it."

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Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Announce 2012 Brothers of the Sun Stadium Tour

Two of the biggest stars in country music, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, will be touring together in 2012.

Kenny Chesney is well-established as the biggest live audience draw in country music. His summer stadium concerts are like Jimmy Buffett concerts on steroids, growing to easily sell out the largest venues in the country through the summer months. Now Tim McGraw has joined Chesney in what is being billed as the Brothers of the Sun Stadium Tour in 2012. The series will kick off in Tampa, Florida on June 2 and will finish up in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 25.

Along the way, Chesney and McGraw will hit most of the major outdoor music venues in the country. To have arguably the two biggest stars in country music paired together for a summer concert series is noteworthy in itself, but the fact that McGraw is joining Chesney's now-iconic concert series is even more difficult to grasp. Chesney definitely doesn't need the additional fan support that McGraw offers, but the venture appears to be much more about two old friends having fun than whether or not they can make a little more money from their fans.

"It’s two artists who’ve known each other for 20 years, who’ve been friends for 20 years, at the top of our game to be able to go out and do this together," McGraw said. "To get two artists to agree on anything is pretty spectacular. But to agree to go out together, do a tour together and just have a great time together and play music together is a pretty unique and remarkable thing. And I think that can only happen with guys who are as good of friends as we are."

McGraw and Chesney have known each other since living in the same apartment building outside Nashville when both were struggling new artists. Eventually, McGraw broke through and he brought Chesney on the road with him as the two opened for George Strait. Now both artists have risen to the top of country music, while also crossing over into the main stream because of their laid-back personas and massive followings. With most of the concert dates and venues already announced, tickets are going to be hot commodities in 2012.
By Buzzle Staff and Agencies
Published: 11/14/2011

Senin, 14 November 2011

Author Achebe turns down Nigeria honor _ again

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and other works examining the political failures and corruption of oil-rich Nigeria has again turned down a national honor over the failings of the nation.
Chinua Achebe rejected being honored with the title of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, an honorary position awarded to others during a ceremony Monday by President Goodluck Jonathan. Achebe's terse letter to Jonathan noted he rejected the award in 2004 and said problems he cited then "have not been addressed, let alone solved."
The rejection by the 80-year-old writer sparked an equally curt response from the presidency, which said Achebe's decision "clearly flies in the face of the reality of Nigeria's current political situation."
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Pippa Middleton splits from Alex Loudon, perhaps for good

Pippa Middleton is a single woman, reports say. The 28-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has split with her long-term boyfriend, cricket player turned financier Alex Loundon, after a series of fights in recent weeks.

"[Pippa] and Alex split briefly in the summer — but this time it's over," a source tells The Sun. "They are barely speaking

In the wake of the breakup, Middleton is said to have turned to her sister and Prince William for comfort last night. Middleton also apparently spent the weekend with the royal couple at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

It's unclear exactly what caused the split after three years. Some friends claim Loudon was never comfortable with Middleton's status as a sex symbol and tabloid fixation, following her headline-making turn in a figure-hugging gown at her sister's wedding in April. But a source tells The Sun that Prince Harry was at the crux of the couple's demise. "It was said after the wedding that Alex was jealous of Pippa flirting with Prince Harry," the source said. "But the truth is she and Harry are just mates."

During Middleton and Loudon's brief break this summer, Middleton was spotted out with her ex, George Percy, at a dinner in London and then at a Wimbledon tennis match. But the couple eventually reconnected and, last month, was photographed kissing outside the Boodles Boxing Ball at 4:30 a.m.while waiting for a taxi.

Just a few weeks ago, reports said that Loudon had asked a friend to help him shop for an engagement ring and had his eye on a blingy Diane von Furstenberg sparkler for Middleton. A source told The Sun at the time, "Alex knows that if he doesn't ask her soon he might lose her. He's an ideal choice for Pippa."

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Jumat, 11 November 2011

Canada's Loch Ness Monster Caught on Tape?

A possible sighting of Canada’s version of the Loch Ness monster at a lake in British Columbia has stirred up the legend of the sea creature long-rumored to reside there.

A man visiting British Colombia’s Lake Okanagan claims he filmed video of what could only be the elusive monster, known to locals as Ogopogo. The 30-second video shows two long ripples in the water in a seemingly deserted area of the lake.

“It was not going with the waves,” Richard Huls, who captured the scene on camera during a visit to a local winery, told the Vancouver Sun. “It was not a wave, obviously, just a darker color. The size and the fact that they were not parallel with the waves made me think it had to be something else.”

Ogopogo is the Canadian version of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness monster. The first recorded sighting of the alleged creature in Loch Ness was nearly 1,500 years ago when a giant beast is said to have leaped out of a lake near Inverness, Scotland, to eat a local farmer. Since then, the legend has taken on a life of its own through first-person accounts of those who claim to have seen it and in public imagination.
As with Loch Ness, the Ogopogo phenomenon dates back hundreds of years and is believed to have its origins in native Canadian Indian folklore with a creature called N’ha-a-itk. The locals would not cross the area of the lake where they thought the monster resided without an offering to feed the monster if attacked.

Ogopogo is most commonly described as a 40- to 50-foot-long sea serpent. There have reportedly been thousands of sightings of the monster through the years, including a marathon swimmer in 2000 who claimed he saw two large creatures in Ogopogo’s likeness swimming with him at times. The lake has been searched and no concrete evidence of the monster has turned up. Still, the legend of the lake monster lives on.

So, is the latest video just a ripple in the water or something more? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


US soldier gets life sentence in Afghan killings

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A military jury sentenced an Afghan war veteran to life in prison after the Army staff sergeant was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges in the deaths of civilians, in one of the most gruesome cases to emerge from the conflict.

Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., was accused of exhorting his bored underlings to slaughter three Afghan civilians for sport.

The jury for the court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle sentenced Gibbs Thursday to life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole in less than nine years.

The 26-year-old soldier was the highest ranking of five soldiers charged in the deaths of the unarmed men during patrols in Kandahar province early last year.

At his seven-day court martial, he acknowledged cutting fingers off corpses and yanking out a victim's tooth to keep as war trophies, "like keeping the antlers off a deer you'd shoot." But he insisted he wasn't involved in the first or third killings, and in the second he merely returned fire.

Prosecutors said Gibbs and his co-defendants knew the victims posed no danger but dropped weapons by their dead bodies to make them appear to have been combatants.

Three of the co-defendants pleaded guilty, and two of them testified against him, portraying him as an imposing, bloodthirsty leader who in one instance played with a victim's corpse and moved the mouth like a puppet. Gibbs' lawyer insisted they conspired to blame him for what they had done and told the five jurors the case represented "the ultimate betrayal of an infantryman."

The jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting him on all charges. The sentencing hearing began immediately after the verdict was announced, with a prosecutor, Maj. Andre LeBlanc, asking for the maximum, life without parole. He told jurors that Gibbs was supposed to protect the Afghan people but instead caused many to lose trust in Americans, hurting the mission. LeBlanc noted that Gibbs repeatedly called the Afghans "savages."

"Ladies and gentlemen, there is the savage — Staff Sgt. Gibbs is the savage," he said.

Gibbs' lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, asked for leniency — life with parole, instead of without it — and noted that Gibbs could be eligible for parole if they allowed it.

"He'd like you to know he has had failures in his life and he's had a lot of time to think about them," Stackhouse said. "He wants you to know he's not the same person he was in Afghanistan. He doesn't want his wife to have to raise their son on her own."

The investigation into the 5th Stryker Brigade unit exposed widespread misconduct — a platoon that was "out of control," in the words of a prosecutor, Maj. Robert Stelle. The wrongdoing included hash-smoking, the collection of illicit weapons, the mutilation and photography of Afghan remains, and the gang-beating of a soldier who reported the drug use.

In all, 12 soldiers were charged; all but two have now been convicted.

The probe also raised questions about the brigade's permissive leadership culture and the Army's mechanisms for reporting misconduct.

After the first killing, one soldier, then-Spc. Adam Winfield, alerted his parents and told them more killings were planned, but his father's call to a sergeant at Lewis-McChord relaying the warning went unheeded. Winfield later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the last killing, saying he took part because he believed Gibbs would kill him if he didn't.

The case against Gibbs relied heavily on testimony from former Spc. Jeremy Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, who is serving 24 years after admitting his involvement in all three killings.

According to Morlock, Gibbs gave him an "off-the-books" grenade that Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes, of Boise, Idaho, used in the first killing — a teenager in a field — in January 2010.

The next month, Morlock said, Gibbs killed the second victim with Spc. Michael Wagnon, of Las Vegas, and tossed an AK-47 at the man's feet to make him appear to have been an enemy fighter. Morlock and Winfield said that during the third killing, in May, Gibbs threw a grenade at the victim as he ordered them to shoot.

Morlock and others told investigators that soon after Gibbs joined the unit in 2010, he began talking about how easy it would be to kill civilians, and discussed scenarios where they might carry out such murders.

Asked why soldiers might have agreed to go along with it, Morlock testified that the brigade had trained for deployment to Iraq before having their orders shifted at the last minute to Afghanistan.

The infantrymen wanted action and firefights, he testified, but instead they found themselves carrying out a more humanitarian counter-insurgency strategy that involved meetings and handshaking.

Another soldier, Staff Sgt. Robert Stevens, who at the time was a close friend of Gibbs, told investigators that in March 2010, he and others followed orders from Gibbs to fire on two unarmed farmers in a field; no one was injured. Gibbs claimed one was carrying a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, but that was obviously false, Stevens said.

Stevens also testified that Gibbs bragged to him about the second killing, admitting he planted an AK-47 on the victim's body because he suspected the man of involvement with the Taliban, according to a report on the testimony in The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma.

But during the trial, Gibbs insisted he came under fire.

"I was engaged by an enemy combatant," he said. "Luckily his weapon appeared to malfunction and I didn't die."

Gibbs testified that he wasn't proud about having removed fingers from the bodies of the victims, but said he tried to disassociate the corpses from the humans they had been as a means of coming to terms with the things soldiers are asked to do in battle.

The muscular 6-foot-4 staff sergeant also testified that he did it because other soldiers wanted the trophies, and he agreed in part because he didn't want his subordinates to think he was a wimp.

Gibbs initially faced 16 charges, but one was dropped during the trial.


Michelle Obama: If Malia or Sasha Joined the Military, "I Would Be Proud"

In honor of Veterans' Day, Yahoo! Shine went to the White House for an exclusive interview with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to talk about Joining Forces, the White House initiative to support military families. Yahoo! and Yahoo! Shine readers submitted nearly 5,000 questions that they wanted us to ask, including how Mrs. Obama would react if her daughters Malia and Sasha said that they wanted to join the armed forces. Here's what she had to say about the idea:
Jill Biden already knows what it's like--she's a Blue Star mom herself. "Our son, Beau, is Delaware Army National Guard. He's been in for 10 years," she told Yahoo! Shine. "He joined in his 30s. And he was deployed to Iraq for a year."

"I felt proud when Beau told me that he was going to join," she said. "He's now a captain, and he's soon to be made a major. We'll go to that ceremony, the entire Biden clan will be there. So we're just very proud."

With the troops from Iraq expected to be home from the holidays, some Yahoo! readers wondered what the Obama Administration is doing to help support military wives and family members who are coping with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that soldiers may be struggling with.

"Well, our husbands, through this administration, have expanded outreach and counseling through Veterans Affairs, first and foremost," Mrs. Obama pointed out. "But we need more awareness. We need more trained professionals available. And that's something that Joining Forces is working on--finding the collaborations of universities out there that are going to improve their curriculums to really gain an expertise in how do you treat and identify post-traumatic stress disorder."

"But we have to realize, as a nation, that this stress doesn't just apply to the men and women in uniform. That similar stress is happening at home. And I think a lot of Americans don't think about that," she added. "So we need local professionals and neighbors and community members and teachers aware. This is why you have to know who are the military families in your communities, be able to identify... those stressors."

Dr. Biden, who still teaches English full-time at a community college in Virginia, says that schools are on the front line in treating PTSD.

"We're taking curriculums into the teachers colleges so that teachers could be aware of the children in their classroom who may have a parent deployed, and what they're going through, and making them aware of it," she explained. "And also I think that the services are doing a much better job of working with the families."

Those who serve in the National Guard live in with their families in civilian neighborhoods, not on military bases, which means that they may not have the same level of support as other soldiers do once they return home, Dr. Biden pointed out. "I think it's the families that help to work within each other and help to recognize some of the problems."

We also asked the First Lady and Dr. Biden about their families' holiday traditions, what they'd do differently as parents, and how they maintain their own identities and careers. And stay tuned-they also talk about what civilians can do to help military veterans on Veterans' Day and every day, only on Yahoo! Shine.


Minggu, 23 Oktober 2011

Singer Loretta Lynn hospitalized with pneumonia

ASHLAND, Ky. – Country music singer Loretta Lynn was hospitalized over the weekend with the early stages of pneumonia, according to a representative of the performer.
The 76-year-old Lynn was scheduled to perform Saturday at the Performing Arts Center in Ashland, Ky. and Sunday in Durham, N.C., but the Kentucky center issued a news release saying she is in the hospital and would be unable to perform. The Kentucky theater says the show will be rescheduled.
Loretta Lynn Enterprises posted a statement on her website Saturday night that confirmed the cancellations due to illness.
“Doctors have diagnosed her as the beginning stages pneumonia, and will continue to need rest. Loretta is doing well and is disappointed but feels confident she will be ready for upcoming November dates.”
Calls by The Associated Press to representatives of Lynn were not immediately returned Saturday.
In August, Lynn canceled shows because of knee surgery. Before that, she returned to live performances with a show at the Grand Ole Opry after being forced to cancel shows in Ohio and Connecticut because she was hospitalized for heat exhaustion.
The daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, Lynn had a string of hits starting in the 1960s – “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” and “One’s on the Way.” Many of her songs reflected her pride in her humble background and her experiences as a wife and mother. Her 1977 autobiography was made into a movie that brought an Oscar for Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn. More recently, Lynn marked 50 years in country music and won two Grammy awards in 2005 for her album “Van Lear Rose.”

Harold Camping Prediction: World Survives Doomsday (Again)

The world refused to end yet again on Friday, despite another prediction from Family Radio network owner Harold Camping that it would.

Earlier this year, Camping claimed Judgement Day was coming May 21. Then, when it did not, he said the actual day of reckoning would be October 21.

That day too passed without incident and now the Daily Mail is having a tough time getting Camping or anyone else from Family Radio to explain why the Earth is still turning. The paper's calls to the company were not returned.

The AP also ran into a roadblock while searching for answers.

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, but we at Family Radio have been directed to not talk to the media or the press," Camping's daughter Susan Espinoza wrote to the AP on Friday.

Reuters caught up with camping recently, before the big non-event, and the preacher declined to comment.

"We're not having a conversation," he told Reuters. "There's nothing to report here."

In May, thousands of billboards across the country proclaimed the world would end on May 21. One man from New York City said he spent his life savings on advertisements notifying his fellow citizens that the apocalypse was near.

This time, there was no such fanfare, perhaps showing that people have grown weary of trusting a man who is now 0 for 3 when it comes to anticipating Armageddon.

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Sabtu, 08 Oktober 2011

Sara Leal Pictures: More Photos Of Ashton Kutcher's Alleged Mistress Surface (PHOTOS)

The rumor mill is in overdrive with stories of infidelity and marital troubles for Ashton Kutcher and wife, Demi Moore.

In late September allegations that Kutcher cheated on his wife of six years surfaced, and soon, a name was put to the alleged other woman. After many conflicting reports, it seems a 23-year-old named Sara Leal is the individual who claims she had an affair with the "Two And A Half Men" star, with sources close to her asserting that she was involved with the actor and activist.

A source went on the record to give some specific details about the alleged rendezvous between Leal and Kutcher, saying the affair reportedly involved a full night of partying in Kutcher's private Hard Rock Hotel suite in San Diego.

Check out some scandalous photos of Kutcher's alleged mistress below.

David Beckham Shows 'Love' For New Tattoo

David Beckham needs another tattoo like he needs another adoring female "soccer fan" -- but that didn't stop the football stud from getting some new ink. Beckham's wife, Victoria, tweeted a photo of her handsome husband's newest body art, the word "Love" written in large cursive across his hand.
But what's the cutest part? The couple's newest family addition, baby Harper Seven, but her two sense -- or rather her tiny hand -- in on daddy's new ink.
What do you think of Beckham's new tattoo? Cool, cute or cheesy?

Minggu, 25 September 2011

Justin Bieber I Really Am ... "KING of the World"

Justin Bieber will almost certainly get lucky tonight ... because TMZ has learned he just surprised girlfriend Selena Gomez with the most romantic surprise ever.

He's corralled the entire Staples Center in L.A. for a screening of the movie "Titanic" ... just for the two of them.

Sources connected to the Biebs tell us .. Justin hatched the idea after seeing the movie "Mr. Deeds" -- where Adam Sandler surprises Winona Ryder with a date at Madison Square Garden.

Here's how it went down tonight ... Justin took Selena to the Demi Lovato concert at neighboring Nokia Theater. He then said, "Come with me" -- and took her underground to Staples Center to watch the biggest shipwreck of all time.

And if you don't hate him enough already -- Justin didn't have to pay a penny for Staples. We're told since he sold out the venue three times, and it was empty tonight ... they gave him the entire arena for free.

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Jesse James, Kat Von D Split Again

Jesse James and Kat Von D are on the outs, yet again.

The couple, who called off their seven-month engagement in July, reconciled last month, telling people they were still on track to tie the knot.

However, it looks like that's not the case.

Von D took to Facebook Saturday to clear up some rumors that had been floating around, including rumors about her on-and-off relationship with James.

"I am not in a relationship," she wrote. "And I apologize for all the "back and forth" if it’s caused any confusion."

Von D also confirmed the news of the split to PEOPLE, telling them she and James were "on two different paths in life."

The tattoo artist and James, who is the ex-husband of Sandra Bullock and CEO of West Coast Choppers, first stepped out together last September and had originally been planning an August wedding.

Relationship trouble aside, things haven't exactly been stress-free for Von D lately. The tattoo artist, whose TLC show "LA Ink" was recently cancelled, also used Facebook to talk about what's next for her -- and it doesn't include moving to Texas or shutting down her shop, High Voltage Tattoo.

"As hard as it is to sometimes let go of the things you are so accustomed to doing, I am happy to have done 'LA Ink,' but am even more excited about new upcoming ventures -- and can't wait to eventually share more about this with you all," she wrote.

See some photos of other celebrity couples who've called it quits below!

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Senin, 19 September 2011

Michele Bachmann Defends HPV Vaccine Comments, Gay Marriage Stance On 'Tonight Show' With Jay Leno

Michele Bachmann appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Friday, and the talk show host used the opportunity to press the Republican presidential candidate about her controversial remarks about the HPV vaccine and her views on homosexuality.

At the GOP debate last Monday, sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express, Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing an executive order requiring middle-school girls in his state to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.

"Is that bad? It's a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer," Leno asked Bachmann Friday night.

"Well I think so," Bachmann replied. "The concern is that there are potentially side effects that can come with something like that. But it gives a false sense of assurance to a young woman when she has that, that if she's sexually active that she doesn't have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases."

"I'm not sure it's a sense of assurance. It can prevent cervical cancer, correct?" Leno interjected.

"It's something that could potentially have dangerous side effects," Bachmann repeated.

Leno also pressed Bachmann about the story she has told about meeting an unidentified woman following the debate who said her daughter suffered "mental retardation" as a result of the HPV vaccine.

"Do you regret not getting this woman's name and address?" Leno asked Bachmann.

"I don't know who this person was," Bachmann replied, refusing to budge from the talking points she has repeated this week. "I wasn't speaking as a doctor, I wasn't speaking as a scientist, I was just relating what this woman said."
Leno also pressed Bachmann about her views on homosexuality and gay marriage.
"That whole 'pray the gay away' thing, I don't get it," said Leno, referring to the Christian counseling clinic she owns with her husband.
Bachmann tried to deflect Leno's question with a joke, pointing to her hair and saying, “When I heard that I really thought it was like kind of a mid-life crisis line, like, 'Pray away the gray.'"
The joke fell flat.
"It sounds like, if two gay people want to get married, that's their business, that doesn't concern us,” Leno continued. "Why is that even an issue?"
"I know gay families that are married, they have children. And they're wonderful people. It doesn't seem like they shouldn't be allowed to be happy. But I'm not going to change your mind on that one.”
When Leno asked who Bachmann would like to have as her running mate, she tried to lighten the tone. “You’re taken. You don’t want a cut in pay,” she teased Leno.
“Well, we’d probably have an argument over the gay thing,” he replied.
Leno did get in one good one-liner, though, while discussing the Tea Party's uncompromising position on raising the nation's debt ceiling.
“If you become president -- and you seem pretty strident in your views," Leno said.
“Convicted. I’m convicted,” Bachmann interjected.
“Convicted?” Leno replied. “No, you don’t get convicted until after you’re in office. That’s later. You have to get elected first."


Fox Kills Alec Baldwin's Phone Hacking Emmy Joke; Baldwin Pulls Out Of Ceremony

Rupert Murdoch's Fox network cut a joke by Alec Baldwin about the company's phone hacking scandal out of a skit for Sunday's Emmy Awards, causing Baldwin to pull out of the ceremony.

Deadline was the first to report the news, and Baldwin confirmed it on Twitter.

"Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke," Baldwin wrote. "Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little."

Baldwin had made a reference to the omission in an earlier tweet, writing, "I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line. #NewsCorphumorlessaswellascorrupt."

Deadline says that the joke came during the planned opening sketch for the Emmys, in which Baldwin was to play a fictional head of a television network. News Corp. told the site that it cut the joke because it didn't want to make light of the phone hacking scandal which has engulfed Murdoch's company.

It's not the first time that a Murdoch property has been accused of going soft on the scandal. The Wall Street Journal was heavily criticized for an editorial strongly defending News Corp.


'10 Years': Courteney Cox, David Arquette Developing Relationship Show For ABC

Well, the experts always do recommend that you write what you know.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who separated last October after 11 years of marriage, have remained more than amicable, spending time together, praising each other and raising their daughter, Coco. It also seems that the pair have been keeping up their business relationship, too. According to TV Line, the pair, through their Coquette Productions production company, is in development on a sitcom that would track the ups and downs of relationships over the course of a decade.

Cox would only work behind the scenes, though Arquette -- who is on this season of "Dancing With The Stars" -- could feature on screen in the show. They both appeared in this year's "Scream 4."

Since their split, and some difficult substance-based times for Arquette, the pair has been open about their admiration and affection for one another. Back in April, Cox told David Letterman that, "I don't know what's gonna happen, I really don't. We're getting along so well that I hate to, like, rock the boat." In March, as Arquette left rehab, she said to "Extra," "Oh my God, I'm so proud of him! Best he's ever looked! He's so cute that I'm like, dude, I don't understand. Really?! Why are you that cute right now?"


Rabu, 10 Agustus 2011

No politics today

It's nearly one in the morning. A moment ago the newsreader breathlessly reported that a police station was set on fire in Birmingham. In a minute or two, a new development will overtake that in another part of the country or another part of London. It is chaos, the most genuine chaos we've ever seen here.

A moment ago, returning home from a walk around my area to report on what had happened, the true human effect of it hit me. As I walked past another man, dressed in nothing more off-putting than jeans and a T-shirt, we both glanced up at each other, suspicious and defensive. That glance is what it's cost us so far. It's increased the space between us.

London can be a cold, difficult city, and its inhabitants, like the British in general, are not particularly vocal about their love for it. We do not treat London as the Americans, say, treat New York. But everyone I know is fiercely proud of this city. Everyone who is from London - and you're from London whenever you choose to be — intensely loves this place. We love our city because of its extraordinary vigour, because we need to be somewhere vital and alive.

We all must accept, however, that we could have seen this coming. Not just Londoners — Britain could have seen this coming. We know what it is to walk past a threatening group of young kids, their hoods up and caps on, their body language jagged and aggressive. The easygoing label we attached to them, 'hoodies', serves to make it something you expect, something to giggle at on panel shows.

Somewhere along the line Britain became afraid of its children and we just did what we always do: we made jokes about it. It doesn't feel so funny anymore. The signs were there. Asbos, CCTV, shopping centres using mosquito alarms to disperse groups of children. Just because it erupted and has startled us all, let's not pretend the signs weren't there.

The actions were near-simultaneous because the idea did not need to spread. It is not an idea at all. It is a shared community which can't even formulate the language to describe itself, which didn't even know it existed until a few days ago.

Now we're all going to have to talk about it. The major events which hit us now are treated as automatic verifications of each individual's personal politics. It happened most recently with the massacre in Norway. Just this evening mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone made points which amounted to party political posturing. Ukip leader Nigel Farage and the BNP blamed multiculturalism. More than one right-wing columnist blamed family breakdown. An army of left-wingers blamed deprivation. Many of them also joined the right in calling for the army to come out on the streets.

The first thing we have to do is separate the valid ideas from the invalid ones. Blaming this on multiculturalism, for instance, is laughable and demonstrably false, as any Turkish man defending his shop with a stick tonight can tell you.

Then we must separate the arguments which are essentially tactical from those which are about the fundamental problems in our country. Neither the water cannon nor the army are off the table and we should all accept that. But we're not there yet. The most obvious solution is to absolutely drown major urban areas in police on Tuesday night. Anyone who has followed my writing in any capacity whatsoever will know that that is not the sort of thing I would ever usually write.

The conservative voices are correct. We need to have the harshest possible penalty for those involved in this disorder. We can't talk about why this happened without talking about family breakdown, lack of respect for others and lack of responsibility.

But we will also define ourselves by how we respond to this. We already have the powers to deal with this sort of situation. There is no need for new laws or macho posturing. The left has many answers. No-one with a career behaves this way. No-one who is invested in society would act like this. Only people with nothing to lose would do this.

This has to be a moment of unity. It's too big, too important, for us all to fall into our familiar bear pit. Today, there can be no politics. Right now, this is about how to stop it. Later, it will be about why it happened. And when that happens, everything is on the table. It's the most boring, but also the most accurate, thing we can possibly say: there is no single right answer.

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Sabtu, 16 Juli 2011

Wajah Baru Charlies Angel

Setelah meraih sukses box office di industri film, Charlie's Angels akan kembali ke habitatnya yang pertama. Kisah tiga cewek jagoan itu akan kembali diangkat ke layar kaca.

Adalah jaringan televisi ABC yang berencana menayangkan serial action itu di layar kaca. Proses shooting serial televisi tersebut kini tengah dalam penggarapan. Selasa (15/3/2011), para bintang baru telah mengawali pengambilan gambar di kawasan dermaga Miami (AS).

Yang menarik dari serial tersebut tentu saja kehadiran wajah-wajah baru para pemain utamanya.

Siapa sajakah mereka? Ini dia para bidadari jagoan Charlie: Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, dan Rachael Taylor.

Kelly, perempuan kelahiran Los Angeles, California, 24 Juni 1980, mulai dikenal setelah berperan sebagai Lyla Garrity dalam serial televisi Friday Night Lights (2006-2009).

Soal penampilan, perempuan yang satu ini cukuplah ayu. Tak heran, banyak pria yang mengincarnya jadi kekasih, tak terkecuali aktor Donald Faison, Chris Evans, musisi John Mayer, hingga pemain baseball Derek Jeter.

Dalam film yang skripnya ditulis Alfred Gough dan Miles Millar, Kelly akan berperan sebagai mantan Marinir AS yang tangguh.

Rachael Taylor juga tak kalah cantik. Sebelum akting, ia juga seorang model dengan rambut pirang. Perempuan yang dilahirkan di kawasan Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 11 Juli 1984, ini makin dikenal setelah turut ambil bagian dalam film Transformers. Nah, yang tak kalah menarik adalah dengan kehadiran Annie Ilonzeh. Dalam film ini ia akan berperan sebagai Kate, salah satu anggota Charlie's Angels yang paling cerdas dan memiliki kemampuan beladiri yang mumpuni.

Bintang televisi kelahiran Grapevine, Texas, 23 Agustus 1983, itu dikenal sebagai Maya Ward di serial General Hospital, yang tayang sejak 2010 hingga sekarang. Charlie's Angels yang akan ditayang di ABC akan mengadopsi kisah dari novel 1976 yang ditulis Ivan Goff dan Ben Roberts. Gough dan Millar, penulis skrip untuk serial televisi, mengatakan, kisah dari serial televisi ini akan mengajak penonton bernostalgia bersama tiga perempuan jagoan yang menjalankan tugas sebagai pemberantas kejahatan di bawah arahan pria misterius bernama Charlie.

Selain akan dibintangi ketiga perempuan cantik itu, serial televisi ini juga akan diperkuat oleh Robert Wagner (pengisi suara Charlie) dan Ramon Rodriguez, yang dipercaya memerankan Bosley, rekan ketiga cewek jagoan Charlie.

Julie Estelle, Dari Adegan Ciuman Sampai Makan Pete

Julie Estelle siap membuat para penggemarnya kesal karena ia akan menunjukkan ciuman mesranya di pantai dengan seorang lelaki dengan latar belakang matahari terbenam. Tak tanggung-tanggung ia akan membeberkan ciumannya tersebut kepada khalayak umum.

Jangan kesal dulu, karena ciuman Julie tersebut adalah adegan yang harus ia mainkan dalam film terbarunya, COWOK BIKIN PUSING. Dalam film tersebut, Julie melakoni adegan ciuamn dengan Nino Fernandez. "Itu ciuman cuma sekali, kalau dilihat itu sunset, cuma 10 ambil scene itu. Karena memang butuh sunset, cukup singkat, profesional saat mengerjakannya," tegas Julie saat ditemui di screening film terbarunya itu di Planet Hollywood XXI, Jl Gatot Subroto, Jaksel, beberapa waktu lalu.

Dalam film terbarunya tersebut, Julie juga harus melakoni adegan memasak. Untuk adegan yang satu ini, Julie bisa melakukannya dengan mudah. "Pada dasarnya aku suka masak, jadi enggak ada kesulitan. Aku syuting di dapur bakery besar beneran di Bali, jadi aku diajarin bagaimana caranya bikin kue beneran, tapi sebenarnya aku memang suka bikin kue beneran kok," ungkapnya.

Soal akting, banyak orang yang tahu bahwa Julie memang mampu berakting bagus, termasuk adegan ciuman yang satu ini. Namun, tak banyak orang tahu bahwa kekasih Ello ini doyan makan pete juga lho.

"Aku memang suka makan pete. Kalau di filmnya emang dibuat sense komedi, dari perempuan cantik jadi suka makan pete, tapi aslinya aku memang suka makan pete, buat aku enggak ada masalahnya. Sejak aku pertama cobain aku suka makan pete," ungkapnya. Wah, untung saja Julie tak makan pete sebelum melakoni adegan ciuman. (kpl/uji/dka)


Rabu, 08 Juni 2011

Regretting Move, Bank May Return to Manhattan

Fifteen years ago, New York City’s reputation as an international financial center was called into question when the giant Swiss bank UBS moved its North American headquarters to the Connecticut suburbs, where it built the largest trading floor in the world.

Now, though, UBS is having buyer’s remorse. It turns out that a suburban location has become a liability in recruiting the best and brightest young bankers, who want to live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, not in Stamford, Conn., which is about 35 miles northeast of Midtown. The firm has also discovered that it would be better to be closer to major clients in New York City.

As a result, UBS is seriously considering a reverse migration that would bring its investment banking division and up to 2,000 bankers and traders back to Wall Street and a new skyscraper at the rebuilt World Trade Center, according to real estate executives and city officials.

“They just can’t hire the bankers and traders they need,” said one landlord who has spoken with UBS but requested anonymity so as not to alienate a potential tenant.

The bank is also looking at several Midtown locations, and Connecticut is sure to wage a fierce battle to keep UBS in Stamford, where it is the largest private employer and the biggest taxpayer.

A final decision is perhaps months away, and any move would not take place until 2015.

But over the last week, UBS has engaged in negotiations with the developer Larry Silverstein over the terms of a potential financial deal at 3 World Trade Center, an 80-story office tower that he plans to build at 175 Greenwich Street. The return of UBS would be a boon to New York, which in past decades often suffered from corporate defections that were fueled by a sense that computers and telecommunications had made a Manhattan location more of a luxury than a necessity.

The move would be the latest sign that New York has regained its allure as a caldron for the young and creative. Six months ago, Google paid nearly $2 billion for a large building just north of the meatpacking district, in the same Manhattan neighborhood where many of its employees live.

“A key piece of the mayor’s economic strategy has been to make New York City a place people want to be,” Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said, “and more than ever the city is the ideal location for any company, like UBS, that succeeds by attracting a talented, motivated work force.”

A UBS trader in his 20s said that like many of his peers at the firm, he would have preferred a job in New York City, where he lives.

“I mean, it’s annoying,” said the trader, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak about the possible relocation. “I take Metro-North. I live pretty close to Grand Central, so it’s not a terrible commute. But it’s not ideal.” The trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how many stops the train makes.

He added that “the bank’s plan is to move to New York, but it’s mostly to be closer to clients.”

UBS has hired the real estate brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis to explore new space. A UBS deal would also be a vindication of a multibillion-dollar effort to rebuild the World Trade Center complex. After the terrorist attack on the trade center, there was widespread debate over the future of the city’s financial center downtown. Since then, the residential population there has swelled.

Last month, Condé Nast, publisher of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Glamour, signed a deal to be the anchor tenant of 1 World Trade Center, the signature skyscraper at the northwest corner of the site.

Mr. Silverstein has the right to build three towers along Greenwich Street. The first one is already under construction, and the city has pledged to take space in it. But Mr. Silverstein has long sought a large financial tenant for what is known as Tower 3, which features five trading floors at the base, and will be built before Tower 2 is. A possible UBS relocation, which was first reported by Bloomberg News last week, would be a major blow to Stamford, where a quarter of the office space is vacant.

Michael Pavia, the mayor of Stamford, said UBS executives have been noncommittal, saying they have “no firm plans, nothing that they can report at this time.”

He said he and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a former mayor of Stamford, “are committed to keeping UBS here.”

Catherine Smith, Connecticut’s economic development commissioner, said: “We just want to make sure that Connecticut has a fair shot. We love having them in the state and hope they’ll stay. But you don’t always win these competitive battles.”

Mr. Pavia said UBS had about 3,000 employees in Stamford, down from more than 4,000 a couple of years ago. The bank, which leases but does not own any space in Stamford, is not expected to move all its employees out of town.

UBS issued a statement saying that “we routinely evaluate our space allocation as these leases expire and/or space becomes available.”

UBS, then known as Swiss Bank, touched off cross-border recriminations and municipal hand-wringing in 1994, when it announced plans to move from its two Manhattan locations, one in Midtown and the other in the financial district, to Stamford. New York City, still in the throes of a deep recession, was already hurting after the defection of MasterCard to Westchester County.

City officials and real estate executives feared that New York was about to endure another wave of corporate departures to less-expensive locales in Connecticut and New Jersey and beyond. Some experts suggested that financial firms no longer needed to be in Manhattan and close to Wall Street because of the spectacular growth of computerized trading and telecommunications.

Connecticut sweetened the pot for UBS by dangling what was supposed to be a $120 million package of tax breaks and interest-free loans, although the actual value of the incentives turned out to be substantially less. The bank erected a trading floor the size of two football fields, packed with more than 5,000 computer monitors.

At the time, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani charged that Connecticut had broken a 1991 nonaggression treaty among New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in which state leaders promised not to use special incentives to steal jobs from one another.

New York City officials took out large advertisements in Connecticut newspapers condemning the subsidies as too costly to taxpayers. They vowed to begin wooing Connecticut firms, a largely empty threat.

“If you start a border war, you don’t really give us much choice but to fight back,” Deputy Mayor John Dyson said in 1994. “New Yorkers are not widely considered to be patty-cakes.”

U.S. Trust, Goldman Sachs, Chase, UBS and other financial institutions moved at least some of their operations across the Hudson River to New Jersey, although Goldman Sachs equity traders revolted in 2002 when the investment bank tried to relocate them to an expensive new tower in Jersey City, a mere mile from its Lower Manhattan headquarters.

Goldman slowly moved other employees over to Jersey City and then built a new headquarters in Manhattan, across West Street from the World Trade Center site.


The Polar Express

"The Polar Express," Chris Van Allsburg's beloved children's book, published by Houghton Mifflin, captures the pure spirit of the holiday season. It is a time of wonder, of enchanting discovery, of boundless fascination.

The inspirational tale will become even larger than life with the theatrical release of "The Polar Express." The movie, from Warner Bros. Pictures, stars the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis. And now, fans of "The Polar Express" can take home a little bit of the story's magic with exclusive gifts from Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

"'The Polar Express' is such a classic Christmas story, it seemed appropriate that Hallmark Gold Crown stores, a traditional holiday destination, serve as 'The Polar Express' headquarters," said Greg Raymond, vice president of license acquisitions at Hallmark. "The one-of-a-kind Hallmark collection truly brings the classic story to life."

In the movie, a young boy who wants to believe in Santa, no matter what the doubters say, is given an unexpected train ride to the North Pole. When the train reaches its destination, Santa himself materializes and offers the boy whatever his heart desires. In the end, the boy learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Fans can feel the excitement of the movie with items from Hallmark's collection, such as an authentic reproduction of the bell Santa gives the boy as the "first gift of Christmas."

Also available in the collection are copies of "The Polar Express" book, Keepsake Ornaments, photo frames, gift-wrap, a tea-light holder, stocking holders, greeting cards and partyware. The variety of gifts in the collection will delight even those not so familiar with "The Polar Express" story.

"Hallmark has a long history of celebrating warm holiday traditions and these traditions are perfectly in sync with what 'The Polar Express' symbolizes," said Karen McTier, executive vice president of domestic licensing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "Now filmgoers can take a bit of the movie magic and enchantment home with them."

Selasa, 07 Juni 2011

DeVito calls for healthy food in schools

Danny Devito is throwing his support behind celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's campaign to improve food in American public schools.

The chef has been trying to convince US officials to revamp school lunches to include more nutritious options for students.

DeVito has now pledged to help Oliver on his food crusade, insisting it's important for kids to adopt a healthy lifestyle at a young age.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, DeVito writes, "Got up again to talk about Jamie Oliver and his passion about getting kids to start on a good diet and fight the sugar and salt. Let's help!

"Got to do something... Talk to kids and get them on board. We have to do it. We have to talk about the future. Let's not suck our kids into an additive life of soda pop and candy. He wants our children to get with a correct program of health... We have to rebalance our lifestyles to fit the future."


Studi: Gamer Cenderung Gemuk dan Depresi

CALIFORNIA - Jika anda gemar bermain game, baik di konsol maupun PC, ada baiknya anda berhati-hati. Sebuah studi baru menyebutkan, sebagian besar gamer cenderung memiliki tubuh lebih gemuk dan berisiko mengalami depresi.

Studi itu dilakukan oleh gabungan ilmuwan dari Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University di Atlanta serta Andrews University di Michigan. Hasil studi itu mengungkapkan bahwa mereka yang sering bermain game memiliki risiko lebih besar untuk kelebihan berat badan serta mengalami depresi. Rata-rata gamer yang mengalami kondisi ini berusia 35 tahun. Demikian seperti dilansir Reg Hardware, Sabtu (21/5/2011).

Sebanyak 500 responden berusia 19 hingga 90 tahun ikut berpartisipasi dalam studi ini. Sekira 45 persen dari para responden mengaku sering bermain game.

Para peneliti menemukan bahwa gamer wanita memiliki tingkat depresi lebih tinggi dan kualitas kesehatan lebih buruk dibandingkan wanita yang tidak bermain game. Sementara, gamer pria cenderung memiliki nilai Indeks Massa Tubuh lebih tinggi ketimbang pria yang tidak bermain game.

Lebih lanjut, gamer pria dan wanita juga tercatat lebih tergantung pada internet sebagai dukungan sosial mereka dibandingkan non-gamer.


Minggu, 05 Juni 2011

Berbagai Anggapan yang Salah Seputar Jerawat

Benarkah makan coklat dan kacang bisa menyebabkan jerawat? Lalu, apakah benar pasta gigi bisa membantu menyembuhkan jerawat? Berikut ini mitos-mitos yang beredar seputar jerawat. Baca lebih lanjut agar Anda tak lagi salah dalam merawat kulit wajah.

1. Jerawat disebabkan oleh debu.
Jerawat muncul akibat pori-pori tersumbat oleh minyak, bakteri, dan sel kulit mati.

2. Makan coklat dan gorengan bisa menimbulkan jerawat.
Sampai saat ini, tak ada penelitian yang bisa menemukan hubungan antara jerawat dengan makanan apa pun. Selama dikonsumsi secara tidak berlebihan, makanan tak akan mempengaruhi jerawat.

3. Jerawat bisa diatasi dengan cara sering-sering mencuci muka.
Cucilah wajah dengan sabun atau pembersih yang lembut, maksimal 3 kali sehari. Terlalu sering mencuci wajah bisa menyebabkan kulit iritasi, dan merangsang kulit untuk memproduksi lebih banyak minyak, sehingga jerawat malah makin meradang.

4. Pasta gigi membantu menyembuhkan jerawat.
Pasta gigi tak mengandung zat apa pun yang bisa mengobati jerawat. Carilah obat yang mengandung benzoyl peroxide atau salicylic acid.

5. Memencet jerawat adalah cara tercepat mengusir jerawat.
Dengan dipencet dan dipaksa pecah, bakteri penyebab jerawat justru akan mudah tersebar ke bagian lain. Apalagi jika tangan yang digunakan untuk memencet jerawat tidak steril. Akibatnya, bukan hanya jerawat bertambah parah, tapi juga akan meninggalkan bekas luka di kulit wajah.

6. Sinar matahari membantu menyembuhkan jerawat.
Paparan sinar matahari bisa menyebabkan iritasi yang membuat jerawat makin parah.

7. Jerawat hanya muncul pada kulit remaja.
Pada usia remaja, hormon dalam tubuh banyak mengalami perubahan. Oleh karena itu jerawat lebih sering muncul pada remaja. Namun timbulnya jerawat bukan hanya dipengaruhi oleh hormon, tapi juga oleh kebersihan diri, pola makan, polusi, stres, dan faktor genetik, sehingga anak-anak maupun orang tua pun masih bisa berjerawat.


Kekenyangan Makan Pupuk Rasa Asin, Seekor Gajah Sumatera Tewas

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,BENGKULU - Gajah Sumatera (Elephas maximus Sumatrae) yang ditemukan mati pada 2011 di sekitar perkebunan kelapa sawit PT Alno dalam Kecamatan Putria Hijau, Kabupaten Bengkulu Utara, diduga akibat terlalu banyak makan pupuk jenis urea. Berdasarkan hasil otopsi laboratorium dari Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), gajah itu mati akibat terlalu banyak makan pupuk urea sehingga kadar nitrogennya cukup tinggi.

Gajah liar itu paling suka makan rasa masin-masin. ''Sedangkan, pupuk di perkebunan itu rasanya juga masin, sehingga gajah tersebut mengkonsimsi dalam jumlah banyak dan mengakibatkan kematian,'' kata Kepala Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Provinsi Bengkulu, Amon Zamora, Senin (23/5).

Gajah itu ditemukan tim evaluasi gajah liar beberapa bulan lalu. Kondisinya sudah dalam bentuk tulang belulang di sekitar kawasan perkabunan kelapa sawit PT Alno di Bengkulu Utara. Dengan hasil penelitian itu, pemilik perkebunan PT Alno dan PT Agricinal diimbau agar penggunaan pupuk bagi tanaman kelapa sawit itu tidak sampai diketahui gajah.

Amon mengatakan bahwa Polres Bengkulu Utara saat ini tengah memproses pegawai PT Alno. Karena, ada dugaan pupuk sengaja diberikan agar hewan itu tidak mengganggu tanaman kelapa sawit lagi. Padahal, kawasan perkebunan itu dulunya merupakan habitat gajah liar.


Hopkins becomes oldest world title winner

Bernard Hopkins, 46, became the oldest man to win a boxing world title when he defeated Canadian Jean Pascal by unanimous decision to claim the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight belts.
"It feels great," Hopkins said after eclipsing the achievement of George Foreman, who was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight title in 1994.

"I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn't going to be denied. You're supposed to win titles in your twenties, not when you're 46."

The bout was a rematch of the duo's controversial majority decision draw in Quebec City last December which Hopkins thought he had done enough to win but only one of the three judges awarded him a win.

On Saturday in Montreal, however, all three judges awarded the canny, former undisputed world middleweight champion the fight with Hopkins claiming 116-112, 115-114 and 115-113 majorities.

That result seemed unlikely when, after a quiet opening round, Pascal came to life in the second round and landed several hard punches, including a combination against the ropes that had the crowd of 17,560 roaring its approval.

In the third, Hopkins, 52-5-2 (32 KOs), turned the tables, feinting with a left and then landing a booming overhand right hand that buckled Pascal's legs, forcing the younger man to hold on.

Pascal, 26-2-1 (16 KOs), returned the favour in the fourth, landing a big right and then following up with a right-left combination that had his opponent looking hurt at the end of the round.

Although Pascal was the younger man by 18 years, he appeared to tire surprisingly early in the fight and took advantage of every second of the one-minute rest between rounds to catch his breath on his stool.

When he appeared to take especially long to stand up at the beginning of round seven, Hopkins mocked him by doing push-ups in his corner while he waited.

By that stage, Hopkins had seized control of the contest, with Pascal beginning to look confused. An overhand right in the eighth round nailed Pascal, as did another right in the ninth.

In the tenth a short right hand spun Pascal around and he staggered forward, touching the canvas with his gloves, but British referee Ian-John Lewis did not call a knockdown, instead ruling the Canadian had slipped.

As the fighters emerged for the twelfth and final round, Pascal in particular appeared exhausted, but he summoned the last of his energy to attack Hopkins with everything he had left, landing two hard rights as the two exchanged furiously at the final bell.

But it was not enough and Pascal, who claimed the belts by beating Chad Dawson in August, was left to praise the new champion.

"Bernard fought great tonight," he said. "He is a great champion. he has really good defense and a lot of tricks. I am a young fighter and I am green. These two fights will make me better in the future."

Hopkins, who made his professional debut in 1988, was delighted with his achievement.

"It was exciting," the American said.

"I've been accused of being boring but I've saved the best for last. I'm going to fight like this until I retire. But I want to fight for as long as I can."

Hopkins also received tribute from Foreman, whose record he broke.

"What great conditioning," he marvelled. "And he did it in Pascal's home town. Isn't that something? He was just so much better. I'm happy for Hopkins and I'm happy for mature athletes."


Penandatanganan Kesepakatan Bersama Direktorat Jendral Pajak Dengan Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia

Direktur Jendral Pajak, Drs. Mochamad Tjiptardjo, MA Dengan kepala Badan Reserse Kriminal Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia, Komisaris Jendral Polisi DR. Ito Sumardi DS, SH, MH, MBA, MM., dihadapan Menteri Keuangan Republik Indonesia, DR Sri Mulyani Indrawati dan kepala Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia, Jendral Polisi Drs. H. Bambang Hendarso Danuri, MM, dan dihadiri Kepala Kepolisian Daerah (Kapolda) seluruh Indonesia, hari ini bertempat di kantor Pusat Direktorat Jendral Pajak mengadakan pendatanganan kesepakatan bersama antara Direktorat Jendral Pajak (DJP) dengan Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia (Polri) . Kesepakatan bersama ini merupakan pembaruan dari kesepakatan bersama yang telah dibuat beberapa tahun yang lalu. Kesepakatan bersama antara lain berisi kerja sama dalam penagihan, penyidikan dan lain-lain termasuk pengamanan dari pihak Kepolisian bagi petugas pajak yang menjalankan tugas penegakan hukum di bidang perpajakan. Kesepakatan bersama itu dilaksanakan sesuai dengan tugas dan fungsi masing-masing. Kerjasama yang telah dilaksanan antara lain adalah kepolisian menjadi Koordinator Pengawas (Korwas) penyidikan dan pemeriksaan Bukti Permulaan Tindak Pidana Pajak. Kesepakatan bersama juga dilakukan dalam hal tukar menukar data dan informasi, penyidikan dan pelatihan yang diperlukan kedua pihak, termasuk juga kegiatan penyuluhan di bidang perpajakan. Dengan dilakukannya pendatanganan kesepakatan bersama antara DJP dengan Polri, tentunya sangat diharapkan kerja sama dan koordinasi yang selama ini sudah terjalin dengan baik akan semakin lebih baik lagi, baik pada tingkat pusat maupun di tingkat daerah di seluruh wilayah Indonesia. Jakarta, 23 Februari 2010 Divisi Humas Polri


Russell Brand deported from Japan

Russell Brand was taken into custody and deported from Japan yesterday, Katy Perry revealed on Twitter.

The pop star is currently touring Japan and husband Brand had flown over to see her perform but Tokyo police stopped the 'Arthur' actor at Narita airport, prompting Perry to tweet:

"So... my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favourite place #tokyodreamscrushed", before launching an impassioned plea to fans to "#FREE@RUSTYROCKETS! RT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", @Rustyrockets being the twitter alias of her comedian husband.

[See also: Actress claims Arnie has fathered more love children]

Brand was clearly not incarcerated in a particularly strict cell, as he joined in the Twitter action himself, saying: "Planning escape from Japanese custody. It's bl**dy hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick."

Soon Perry accepted the situation too, reassuring her Japanese fans by declaring, "But of COURSE I ? my Japanese fans & the show #MUSTGOON no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings! #it'snotrightbutit'sokay".

[See also: Exclusive video interview with Russell Brand]

Brand's deportation was related to prior offences from over ten years ago. The Japanese authorities have not made the precise offences public, or the action taken against Brand, but he has been arrested a total of 12 times during his turbulent past.

In addition to drugs charges, the former heroin addict was arrested for indecent exposure and criminal damage while covering May Day protests for MTV in 2001 and, more recently, had to post a $20,000 bail after being arrested for battery charges relating to an alleged attack on a photographer in 2010.



Clive Owen reportedly fell about laughing when Angelina Jolie told him that he looked sexy in "Beyond Borders". This may have been news to the actor who used to be a big fan of David Bowie and changed his hair color every time the singer did. But the green-eyed, darkly handsome, very British actor attracts women audiences to every film, including the very scary "Derailed", his latest movie.

"Derailed", about a happily married man who begins an affair with a beautiful, young woman he meets on a train only to find out all may not be as it appears, is Owen 's latest movie. The complicated character he plays in this film is the kind of part that he prefers because he 'has never been interested in playing good guys. I'm always attracted to dangerous characters. Those roles are usually far more interesting and I hold no fears about doing them...' (Clive Owen quoted at AllMoviePortal.com)

This film caused controversy when Anniston claimed that she was covered in bruises after her steamy, sex scenes with Owen, but Owen denies this. In an article by Jack Ryan at The Post Chronicle website (November2, 2005) Anniston reportedly said that she didn't mind, describing Owen as 'dreamy' to work with. He had nothing but praise for her, admiring her courage in handling her divorce from Brad Pitt.

Owen who comes from Coventry, England aimed to be an actor ever since playing the Artful Dodger in a school play but. according to his biography on the IMDB database, a teacher told him that: "You're a working-class boy from Coventry. What do you know?"

His rise to fame after attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art began with classical parts on the stage and he joined the Young Vic Theatre Company where he met his wife, Sarah Jane Fenton, who played Juliet to his Romeo. They now have two daughters: Hannah and Eve. Although he'd had an extensive stage and film career in England by his late 30's he was still little-known in America. His big chance came in "Croupier", in which he played a struggling writer working as a casino employee who is taken in by a female scam artist. Robert Altman, impressed by the actor's performance, asked him to join his all-star movie, "Gosford Park" and Owen's career has shot ahead ever since with starring roles in "King Arthur" and "Closer".
Owen's latest role is in the brilliant director Spike Lee's "Inside Man" in which he plays a bank robber and hostage taker. His co-star is Jodie Foster. Owen loved spending time in New York while the movie was filmed, which he said in an article on the Star Pulse website (Starpulse News Blog: 03/13/06) is "the best city in the world and the capitol of the world...There's so much to do and never enough time to do it." If it weren't for his daughters, Owen would like to move to New York.

The gorgeous actor's career appears to be going from success to success. His next role is likely to be Essex alongside Cate Blanchett in a new movie about Queen Elizabeth 11 . This swashbuckling character who won the heart of the flame-haired, young queen is likely to suit the actor who likes to play 'dangerous roles'.