Jumat, 22 Juni 2012

star Aaron Johnson marries Sam Taylor-Wood

Publicists say artist Sam Taylor-Wood and actor Aaron Johnson have tied the knot.
A statement Friday from Public Eye Communications said the couple, who have two young children, married on Thursday – the summer solstice – in Somerset, southwest England.
The statement said 45-year-old Taylor-Wood wore a dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The 22-year-old Johnson wore a suit by Tom Ford.
Johnson played the young John Lennon in Taylor-Wood’s 2009 film “Nowhere Boy” and went on to star in “Kick Ass” and the upcoming “Anna Karenina.”

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Kamis, 14 Juni 2012

Jury Dismisses Baldwin's Lawsuit Against Costner.. !

After deliberating for less than two hours, a jury rejected claims that Kevin Costner and his business partner swindled actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions in regards to a lucrative BP contract for oil cleanup devices in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
"My name means more to me than money and that's why we didn't settle," said Costner to the Associated Press shortly after the verdict was read in a New Orleans courtroom.
Baldwin and friend Spyridon Contogouris were seeking $17 million dollars in damages from the lawsuit which claimed that Costner convinced them to sell their shares in his Ocean Therapies Solutions. Had they known then that BP intended to buy the company's oil cleanup devices, they say they would never have sold their shares. BP spent an estimated $52 million on the oil-separating centrifuges.
Baldwin would not make a statement, but his attorney James Cobb told the press his client was "disappointed" in the verdict.

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Minggu, 10 Juni 2012

Paul Pierce Profile

Paul Anthony Pierce (lahir di Oakland, California, 13 Oktober 1977; umur 34 tahun), diberi julukan The Truth,[1] adalah seorang pemain basket profesional Amerika Serikat dalam grup basket NBA, Boston Celtics. Dia memperoleh gelar penghargaan Tim Pertama All-America pada tahun awal kariernya di Kansas, dan telah menjadi pemain awal setiap musim sejak dipilih oleh Celtics sebagai pilihan 10th secara keseluruhan pada NBA Draft 1998. Dia juga memenangkan penghargaan 6 kali All-Star dan membawa Boston ke Final Wilayah Timur pada 2002, sebelum dihentikan New Jersey Nets. Setelah melewati musim reguler musim 2007-08, akhirnya Celtics menuju NBA Finals dan berhasil menjadi juara. Pierce terpilih menjadi MVP Final NBA 2008 dalam final NBA pertamanya.


Jumat, 18 Mei 2012

Stars without makeup: Plain Janes or plain brilliant?

After being photographed without makeup while in Vancouver last month, candid shots of AnnaLynne McCord hit the Web, with with one site noting: "Her facial blemishes were completely visible."
"This is newsworthy? Me not wearing makeup," the "90210" actress recently told CNN. "The more I thought about it, the more upset I got."
And so, one week later, in her New York hotel room, a barefaced McCord snapped a photo of herself and posted it on Twitter for her more than 140,000 followers to see.
In the past few months, stars such as Bethenny Frankel and Jennifer Love Hewitt have also shared fresh-faced pictures of themselves via their Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, actresses Zooey Deschanel and Paula Patton, among others, posed without makeup for People's Most Beautiful issue.
And we can't help but look.

Minggu, 12 Februari 2012

Taylor Swift Nge-Beat Box Pada Iklan Grammy Awards

Penampilan lucu diperlihatkan penyanyi wanita peraih nominasi Grammy, Taylor Swift. Pada kesempatan tersebut, Taylor tampil bareng pembawa acara Grammy Awards, LL Cool J, Taylor melakukan beat-boxing sambil mempromosikan dirinya mereka untuk malam penghargaan Grammy Awards yang ke 54 tersebut. 
Taylor yang memang bukan penyanyi rap, mampu menyamai suara beat-boxing ala rapper LL Cool J. Lucunya, walaupun terdengar aneh, Taylor tetap melakukan beatbox sampai akhir sebelum semuanya tertawa terbahak-bahak. Grammy Awards akan digelar pada Minggu, 12 Februari mendatang langsung dari Staples Center. Wah, Ternyata Taylor tidak hanya pintar bernyanyi dan menciptakan lagu, namun juga piawai nge-beat box!

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Jumat, 20 Januari 2012

Singer Etta James dies at 73

By Msnbc.com staff and wire

Singer Etta James has died of leukemia at 73, her manager told the Associated Press.

The singer, known as the Matriarch of R&B, had been in failing health for several years.

She was hospitalized earlier this month but was taken home to be with her husband and family on Jan. 6.

James, a six-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Blues Hall of Fame, is perhaps most famous for her 1961 hit "At Last." The song reached No.47 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a favorite at weddings.

In January 2009, President Obama and wife Michelle danced to different versions of the song at each of their 10 inaugural balls. Singer Beyonce performed the song at the first ball, and James later said the singer "had no business" performing her signature number.

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Senin, 02 Januari 2012

The Iron Lady : Critics' Reviews

"People don't think anymore," an aggrieved Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) complains to her physician about two-thirds of the way through "The Iron Lady." "They want to be governed by people who care more about feelings than about thoughts or ideas." I do not know if the inclusion of this bit of musing, which the audience is clearly meant to get right behind and cheer on, was intended as some kind of perverse in-joke on the part of screenwriter Abi Morgan and/or director Phyllida Lloyd. But whatever their intention, they certainly do have their nerve.
Because "The Iron Lady," a portrait of the first female prime minister of Great Britain in her Sadly Dementia-Tinged Dotage, her Resilient Days of Early Struggle, and, in its most triumphalist key, her Controversial and Steely Tenure as the Woman Who Politically and Economically Reshaped the United Kingdom, is almost altogether bald in its desire that the viewer not think about Margaret Thatcher, or her ideas, or her actions, and pretty relentless in its efforts to squelch thought while promoting pity, empathy and a little dread.
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That the movie succeeds at all in doing the latter is almost entirely attributable to the acting work of Streep, who is remarkably precise, respectful and frequently quite witty in her portrayal of two of the three above-cited incarnations of Thatcher (the young and oddly hot Margaret is played by plucky Alexandra Roach), and of Jim Broadbent, playing a more hamishe version of Thatcher's husband, Denis, than many who recall Denis' disposition in public life might find probable. Of course, the Denis Thatcher of this film often exists solely in the imagination of Margaret, whose contemporary mental condition, as per the movie -- the present-day segments of which take place during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist bombings -- is deteriorating rapidly. As Margaret sees news reports on the television about the attacks, her mind goes back, not just to the assassination attempt against her in 1984 (also a bombing, in this case, of the Grand Hotel in Brighton), but, of course, to her entire career, from humble beginnings as a grocer's daughter to early political ambitions met with snobbery and sexism to conflicted family life and on. These memories are interspersed with dreary scenes of her life now. Soon daughter Carol (Olivia Colman, looking like she's dropping by on her way to a Mike Leigh film) turns up and is immediately alarmed by her mom's condition. But while Thatcher's mind is going, her defenses, and the indomitability that earned her the nickname that gives the film its title, are still very much in place.
The point being that even an iron lady is, like all the rest of us, only human after all. This message is not being entirely well-received by certain righties, who would like to see Thatcher marry Ronald Reagan in Conservative Oz, or by many lefties, who have a stately figure of Thatcher cracking a whip at some Dickensian waifs on their carousel of history's greatest monsters. Those whose knowledge of recent British political history is mostly informed by new wave music of the '80s (The English Beat's "Stand Down Margaret," Robert Wyatt's "Shipbuilding," and Elvis Costello's "Tramp the Dirt Down," in which the singer imagines himself tending Thatcher's grave, are among the standout protest songs in what is practically a subgenre) are not going to be necessarily persuaded by the largely favorable light the film casts on Thatcher's rule.
Morgan and Lloyd contrive their view of events so as not to tip an ideological hand, which naturally winds up landing the whole thing smack dab in the middle of dominant ideology. Thatcher's rise is depicted to demonstrate that strength of character and savvy application of learning always overcome odds; her standing up to trade unions is pitched as an object lesson in doing the right thing even when it's not the popular thing; her decision to wage war in the Falklands when she's told that the country can't afford a war shows us ... well, come to think of it, I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of that bit, except maybe that a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do, or that Thatcher's special glory was in being given the power to send men to their deaths, and who then exercised that power, or ... I dunno. And her political fall, precipitated by a mistake of personal (what else?) hubris, and carried out by her former compatriots, is ostensibly a bit of ain't-it-ever-thus "Et tu, Brute?" universalist wisdom.
Whew. And much of this material is handled by Lloyd, who also directed Streep in, yes, the ABBA-song musical "Mamma Mia!," with notable maladroitness. A handful of scenes here provide textbook examples of where-not-to-put-the-camera shots, and her use of ostensibly emotion-boosting effects such as slow motion is so arbitrary in most instances that it might as well have been decided by a coin toss. For as much of a mess as this movie is, there are moments in which Streep and Broadbent draw it into a sharp humanist focus. But they don't occur often enough.
Glenn Kenny is chief film critic for MSN Movies. He was the chief film critic for Premiere magazine from 1998 to 2007. He contributes to various publications and websites, and blogs at http://somecamerunning.typepad.com. He lives in Brooklyn.

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