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Miley Cyrus posted a pic on Instagram which shows her and Liam Hemsworth posing for an XMAS photo ... and Dax noticed something interesting ...
Check out Liam's left ring finger -- it looks suspiciously like a wedding band. The pose blocks Miley's finger.
They got engaged earlier this year but made no announcement about a wedding date.
And as long as we're talking, also take a look at another pic Miley posted, show her in a Santa's getup. It looks like she might have 2 bands on her ring finger, one being her engagement ring.
You know this source is looking up the marriage certificate
Cue in all the "OMG SHE GOT MARRIED WITH THAT HAIRCUT" comments
Who can forget Tom Hiddleston's best role of the year in the After Hours skit "Loki'd"? Forget "The Avengers," this video had it all: Action, adventure, intrigue and even a little romance (just look at that sexual tension with MTV News' Josh Horowitz).
Fortunately, we've got a little more of where that came from. What you saw in "Loki'd" isn't all that was shot that day, and Hiddleston has dropped in to give us some hilarious unseen outtakes from a day that the MTV newsroom will likely never forget.
"If you liked that, then you're in for a treat," Hiddleston said. "I'm here to introduce some never-before-seen outtakes from that day of insanity and folly."
Tom Hiddleston remains perfect.
Dakota Fanning: I Told Kristen Stewart to Watch 'Duck Dynasty'!
Seems Dakota has a new reality show obsession!
“I am obsessed with it. I was watching it and totally zoned out. I never laugh at TV even if it’s funny. I never laugh out loud. This show, I was cracking up. I was dying laughing,” Dakota told USA Today. “I called Kristen [Stewart] and told her she had to watch this show. I think it’s the best show ever. They make those duck calls. It’s insane.”
He has a cameo in the film.
Luxembourg's Prince Félix is engaged to Claire Lademacher, the Grand Ducal household has confirmed.
In a statement on Thursday the Grand Ducal family confirmed what had already been rumoured earlier this month.
The official statement reads: "The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have the very big joy to announce the engagement of their son, His Royal Highness Prince Félix, to Miss Claire Lademacher."
Félix and Claire have been spotted together at several events over the past months, including the wedding of the Prince's cousin Archduke Imre in Washington DC. Claire also attended the wedding of Crown Prince Guillaume, but the couple was not allowed to sit together.
Claire Lademacher's biography:
Born on March 21, 1985, in Filderstadt, Germany, Claire is the second of two children. When she was aged 11, Claire's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she visited the Atlanta International School.
When the family returned to Germany in 1999, she continued her education at the Frankfurt International School before finishing her final two years of secondary education at the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil" in Switzerland, where it is said that she met Prince Félix for the first time.
In 2003, she won the Prize of Excellency at Beau Soleil. She then began her studies at the American University of Paris in International Communications.
Postgraduate studies in Rome
Following her undergraduate degree, Claire worked in publishing for Condé Nast in New York and Munich, before becoming a project manager for IMG World in Berlin.
Claire then pursued a Master's degree in bioethics at the University Regina Apostolorum in Rome, which she finished "summa cum laude", as well as working for the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights particularly in the areas of research and event coordination as well as communications.
Currently, Claire is studying towards a PhD in the Italian capital in the field of organ donation ethics. As part of her research she recently spent several months as a visiting researcher at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
Sporty and culturally interested
Other than German, the soon-to-be princess speaks English, French and Italian.
Claire enjoys sports and plays tennis, volleyball and badminton. She also skis and has a passion for dance. She is also interested in music and photography, and is especially interested in cultural and social activities. For example, she travelled to Tirupur, India, in 2002 as part of a humanitarian project.
Prince Félix's biography:
Prince Félix is the second of five children of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and was born on June 3, 1984, at the "Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte" in Luxembourg City.
Second in line to the Luxembourg throne, the Prince also wears the official title of Knight of the Orderof the Golden Lion of Nassau.
Félix started primary school in Lorentzweiler, and then moved on to the "École Privée Notre Dame (Sainte-Sophie) de Luxembourg" as well as the American School of Luxembourg for his secondary education, which he finished in 2003 at the "Beau Soleil" boarding school in Switzerland.
He then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which he left early for health reasons. Between 2003 and 2004 the prince completed several internships, before starting to work in marketing and public relations for a renowned Swiss company
In 2009 Prince Félix decided to pursue a Master's in bioethics.
The sporty prince
Supporting his family at official occasions, Félix is also the patron of the Luxembourg Aeronautical Association (FAL) for sport parachuting, as well as the honorary president of the Luxembourg Basketball Federation (FLBB).
In addition to Luxembourgish, Prince Félix speaks fluent French, English, German and Italian. He has also studied Spanish.
A keen sportsman, the prince plays tennis, football, volleyball and basketball, as well as golf. He also parachutes. Félix also enjoys winter sports, such as ski freestyle, classic slalom, giant slalom and snowboarding.
Photos from the engagement photo-call
In other royal news: Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her British-American fiancé have announced her wedding date
From he Facebook age: "We are happy to announce, that following these days of family gathering, we have decided a date for the wedding. It will take place on the 8th of June in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm."
Cricket and Bollywood Tuesday joined hands against gender discrimination as Unicef brand ambassadors Irfan Pathan and Priyanka Chopra launched a website to support adolescent girls.
The website - The Cheer-O-Meter comes as an extension of IPL team Delhi Daredevil's "Dare to Care" campaign for adolescent girls.
Championing the cause of reducing discrimination against women, the campaign is meant to promote education and equal opportunities for girls.
"Even today, millions of girls continue to be deprived of their right to education. Early marriage keeps lakhs of girls from completing their studies," said Priyanka Chopra, urging people to join the cause.
Irfan Pathan also appealed to the people and said: "The entire Delhi Daredevils team is appealing to all our supporters to join hands in the fight for providing equal opportunities to adolescent girls."
Speaking on the occasion, Louis Georges Arsenault, Unicef India representative said women are widely seen as a liability, and the mindset needs to be changed.
"Given the traditional mindsets on the issue of the gender, women have lower economic status, less livelihood opportunities and they have little say in their home. They are often seen as a liability," Arsenault said.
"This mindset needs to change making sure girls will not be married before 18, they will be able to complete school, they will be protected from gender based violence," he added.
yeah, she's pretty fabulous.
As 2012 comes to an end we follow up our most pirated TV-shows chart by taking a look at the most pirated movies of the year.
With nearly 9 million downloads Project X leads our list of most shared movies on BitTorrent in 2012, leaving Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises behind in second and third place respectively.There is no significant change in the total number of movie downloads compared to last year but it’s clear that demand for movies remains strong. Project X as “winner” is perhaps the biggest surprise as it’s the lowest grossing movie in the top 10 with only $100,931,865.As is the case every year, our top 10 list has a few notable absentees in 2012. These include the top grossing The Hunger Games and Skyfall. The latter is currently only available in a lower quality release, which explains its absence.
What movie did you dl in 2012 ?
Daily chart from Box Office Mojo
Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes
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Call them gorgeous and perhaps overpaid, but let's not forget that at the end of the day, actors are still employees. And some certainly perform better than others.
While many a movie star is remembered for being "box office poison," failing to earn a studio or production company their salaries back in box office sales, the folks at Forbes have compiled a list of celebs who consistently produce gold.
Oscar winner Natalie Portman tops the list, returning an average of $42.70 for every $1 she's paid. Credit the phenomenon of 2011's awards hit "Black Swan," made for just $13 million and earning $329 million in domestic and international sales. That's a lot of tutus.
The list was calculated using Forbes' Celebrity 100 index and receipts from Box Office Mojo over the last three films from a given star – like "Twilight Saga" queen Kristen Stewart, who clocked in at number two.
Stewart brings in a reported $40.60 for every $1 placed in her Balenciaga wallet, thanks to the juggernaut conclusions to the vampire franchise "Breaking Dawn" parts 1 and 2. Stewart also performed an impressive feat in launching "Snow White and the Huntsman," co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. She's already confirmed for a sequel.
Though former "Transformers" headliner Shia LaBeouf rounds out the top three, Forbes makes an interesting note about his earning potential in lists to come. The actor, who rates $35.80 on the dollar, has been more than vocal about his desire to step away from blockbuster films like Michael Bay's explosive fare and move into a more independent genre – not your typical lucrative popcorn flick.
Other bold-named boys who appear on the list include Robert Pattinson (#4) and Daniel Radcliffe (#5).
To see what other stars offer the best return on investment, including Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams, head over to Forbes.com.
The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises. Skyfall. There were plenty of highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed films that wowed moviegoers this year. But you know all about that stuff already, so we at RT decided to give some love to a few of the overlooked, underappreciated, and, in some cases, critically dismissed movies that made an impression on us. Read on for a rundown of lesser-known gems from 2012 that we think deserve another look.
End of Watch - 80%
This was one of my favorite movies of the year (along with The Grey), but it really struggled to find an audience. So I was glad to see if get a recent re-release nationwide, and I really recommend seeing it if you have the chance. This story about two cops in South Central LA is sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking, and this movie caught me completely off-guard. I'm not sure what I'd been expecting, maybe another forgettable cop drama. What I got instead was a riveting ride-along with two cops (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) that I really believed had been partners for years. They had an easy familiarity that looked like a couple of guys that had gone beyond being partners or friends, and into real brotherhood. You laugh with them when they laugh at each other, and you worry about them when they're on their own. Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera and David Harbour all put in strong supporting turns, Kendrick as Gyllenhaal's new girlfriend, and Ferrera and Harbour as fellow cops. As I said before, I strongly recommend this movie, and I'd really like to see some of this cast (especially Pena) get some notice as the awards season heats up.
The Turin Horse - 87%
Nobody makes films like Hungarian director Bela Tarr. His spare, eerie mediations on morality and mortality occupy a bleak, mystical plane that seems to exist outside of time (or any notions of contemporary cinematic influence. The plot of The Turin Horse is simple - a man and his daughter tend to their farm while waiting for an apocalyptic storm to hit - and it's told with an absolute minimum of artifice: the camera barely moves as our protagonists eat, work, and go about their daily business in near silence. I'm not even going to try to sell you on The Turin Horse; it's the type of movie experience that will strike some as poetic and evocative, and others as a nifty cure for insomnia. But it casts a hypnotic spell, one that I've been unable to shake since seeing it. If you choose to watch it, I'll give you one piece of advice: wear a sweater, because you can practically feel a wintery chill from the screen.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits - 86%
Since I am terrible at remembering actual historical events, I love movies with revisionist history--especially when they involve pirates and claymation. Aardman Studios enlisted the help of Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, and Martin Freeman to tell the tale of the Pirate Captain, who really isn't a great leader, and his quest to impress a girl (Queen Victoria). Along the way, he meets Charles Darwin, enters a science contest, tries to win Pirate of the Year, and learns what friendship is really all about. This film is nothing less than what I have come to expect from the Wallace and Gromit folks-- it's hysterical from start to finish, has staggering amounts of charm, and provides phenomenal detail even within the foam on beer. Every time I watch it, I want to give this movie a hug.
The Queen of Versailles - 95%
This critically acclaimed but largely underseen documentary surprised me not so much because it was good, but because I enjoyed it for very different reasons than I expected. Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles begins with a portrait of a wealthy family living in excess: time-share mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie are in the process of building their dream house, a 90,000 sq. ft. mansion modeled after the Palace of Versailles. But then, the 2008 economic crisis hits them hard, and Siegel is forced to make vast cutbacks, both in his corporate empire and within the Siegel home itself; construction on the mansion is halted. At this point, one might expect to be overcome by a sudden rush of gleeful schadenfreude - and certainly, I felt some of this as I watched the beleaguered patriarch agonize over his expenses - but the film begins to reveal the layers behind the glitz and glamour, and this shift is what took me by surprise. Jackie's been warped by her wealth, sure, but she's well-meaning, she's loving, she's supportive, and she wants so badly for her family to feel like a family; I have to admit, I was kind of touched. The Queen of Versailles is an absolutely fascinating glimpse at the lives of the super rich, but its power is in its portrayal of the Siegels who, at the end of the day, are just another family trying to adapt to changes they're wholly unprepared for. Never before have I experienced such a mix between my sympathy for and smug satisfaction with the misfortune of others.
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Nicholas Hoult, as zombie teen R, unveils the post-apocalyptic world he lives in, the danger that lurks and his best friend in new footage from the Feb. 1 release.
Nearly two months after Summit debuted the trailer for Warm Bodies, a zombie flick with a romantic comedy spin, the first four minutes of the film have hit the web.
our editor recommends
Based on the YA novel by Isaac Marion, the footage sets up the film rather succinctly. About a zombie teen named R (Nicholas Hoult) who meets a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and falls in love with her, he soon realizes that their partnership is making him feel very human things.
The movie starts out with R wandering aimlessly through a destroyed airport, with him dreaming of what the zombies that he passes by used to be like when they were living, breathing human beings. He also goes through his muddled thoughts to figure out just how they got to be the way they are: chemical warfare, perhaps?
R also warns of the Bonies, those annoying little creatures who'll "eat anything with a heartbeat." It's a state all zombies become, R observes, as he watches a zombie take off a chunk of what used to be flesh: "This is what I have to look forward to."
Then R introduces his best friend (Rob Corddry) and they engage in grunt-filled conversation. They even manage to exchange some words.
Warm Bodies, written and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), hits theaters Feb. 1, 2013.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has surpassed the $500 million benchmark at the worldwide box office. To date, the blockbuster has earned an estimated $179.7 million domestically. In addition, on the heels of its record-breaking release in Australia -- the biggest Boxing Day opening of all time -- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has grossed an estimated $344 million internationally, for a global total of $523.7 million.
With so many franchises either refreshing their reputation anew (Alien) or bringing a heralded saga to a close (Batman), it’s natural to expect that the year has had its share of controversy, as it’s impossible to please everyone, and sometimes people just aren’t going to be happy no matter what you bring to the table. The year’s most popular films served up a wealth of surprises that largely proved divisive, particularly as far as the Internet conversation goes, whereby people were either dissatisfied that their beloved franchise didn’t close out in the manner that they envisioned, or they’ve made pains to highlight what they perceive as plot-holes within the narrative (regardless of whether they actually are). Other films crowbarred open political debates about race and torture, ensuring that this year’s film dialogue was as healthily provocative as any that has ever been conducted.
SPOILER WARNING: the below will include massive spoilers for many of the biggest and most popular movies of 2012, so make sure to proceed carefully if there’s any that you haven’t quite gotten round to seeing yet. Don’t worry about having the likes of Django Unchained ruined, though; the only films appearing on our list that aren’t out in UK cinemas yet are Cloud Atlas and Zero Dark Thirty, though neither entry deals with overt plot points, and given that we all know how the latter ends anyway, you needn’t worry about being inundated with spoilers.
Click below to see the 10 controversial movie moments of 2012 that shocked us all.
10. Agent Coulson Dies – The Avengers
Agent Coulson was the likeable face of S.H.I.E.L.D. who became a more prevalent presence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe the closer we got to The Avengers actually coming to fruition. Primarily pitched as comic relief – and brilliant comic relief he is – he nevertheless also turns out to be the emotional driving force that compels the superhero supergroup to actually get along and fight against Loki as a cohesive unit. After he is stabbed through the chest by Loki and slowly dies, Nick Fury manages to cleverly re-purpose that death as the cathartic push the heroes need to realise the enormity of their mission, though naturally, the Internet exploded with ire as soon as they had seen the film.
An adamant refusal to believe that Coulson had died was the most prominent statement, angry at Joss Whedon again building up a likeable supporting character, only to off him. The announcement that he will be somehow appearing in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. show further muddied the waters – will it be a flashback or not? – and frankly, if Marvel do backtrack and reveal that he didn’t die, it will be disappointing and somewhat dilute the strongest emotional beat of an excellent movie.
9. Ridiciulously Abrupt Ending – The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was a challenging, exhausting, hugely impressive cinematic experience, and one that we knew would be just that going in. Joaquin Phoenix delivered a masterful performance as Freddie Quell, the sex-crazed alcoholic who struggles to adjust to regular life after returning from World War II, thus aligning himself with glorified cult leader Lancaster Dodd and The Cause. The narrative asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of religion in all its forms, and the ability for human beings to find a way to transcend existential anguish and mental illness.
While the film doesn’t provide many answers, that’s not exactly a fault in of itself; it is thought-provoking and asking the questions in such an arresting fashion is sufficient work for Anderson. The problem comes with how one can then end the film on a note that’s anything approaching satisfactory, for The Master ends with Quell having sex with a woman before lying on the beach – as he did at the start of the film – next to a sand sculpture of a woman he made. Cut to black.
When I first saw the film, I thought perhaps there had been a projection issue, yet when “The Master” title-card appeared, it became clear that The Master’s ending was instead abrupt and wholly ambiguous, a statement that audiences will have to struggle to understand themselves and strive to imbue meaning into. It is without question a great film, but one that proves infuriatingly vague in its final few moments.
5. “Yellowface” Make-Up Effects – Cloud Atlas
Tom Tywker and the Wachowskis crafted an unbelievably ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, brimming with stunning visual effects, a complex narrative, and also some of the best make-up effects that cinema has ever seen. However, much attention was raised over the so-called “yellow-face” make-up effects, used to turn a number of the film’s Caucasian cast members (such as Jim Sturgess, pictured almost unrecognisably above) into Asian people. Soon enough advocacy groups began to pipe up, criticising the film for its “poorly done” Asian make-up, while implying racism on the part of the filmmakers, who they assert should have given the acting opportunities to Asian actors instead.
Of course, none of the people complaining about the make-up had evidently seen the film, given that the narrative is clearly about past lives, a notion you completely throw down the toilet if you have actors being played by different people just to be politically correct. Nevertheless, it kicked up a sufficient fuss even it was, in fact, completely idiotic and unfounded.
(Also I'd like to issue a big 'Fuck You' to Jim Sturgess for defending the use of yellowface)
1. John Blake Becomes Batman – The Dark Knight Rises
Going into The Dark Knight Rises, we all knew that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake was going to have an important role, one that many theorised was going to turn out to be Robin. As it happens, though John Blake’s legal name might tend to be Robin, he is not Robin as some have theorised; rather, he takes the mantle of Batman, inheriting the Batcave and presumably training himself up to be Batman 2.0. It proved controversial because many were disappointed that he didn’t become Robin, and some felt that the face of the world’s most awesome detective should not have been handed to an unknown character who wasn’t in the comics. Nevertheless, while controversial – as probably any ending to the hugely popular series would have been – I personally found it to be extremely gratifying on pretty much every level.
The Assassin’s Creed series is a rare breed. Not only does it allow players to fulfill their subconscious need to end virtual lives but it also fulfills the needs of their inner history geek. Its picture-perfect recreations of long, lost civilizations are about as close as it gets to using a time machine. It's done Italy and the Northeastern United States, but there are plenty of other places that could ultimately work even better within its framework.
10. The Industrial Revolution
The rise of the machines (the one that didn’t involve Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries could present some interesting plot points and stealth missions for the Assassin Order.
This was a time when adult and child workers who slaved away in the factories of the textile and agricultural industries had little to no labor rights. They were forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions for ridiculously low amounts of money. Just imagine the good that a blade-wielding assassin could do for his fellow man against some greedy factory owner who puts profits ahead of lives. The steam punk setting is just sitting there on the tee, Ubisoft. Pull out your driver and whack it.
9. China’s Ming Dynasty
The Great Wall of China might be one of the "Great Wonders of the World" but it’s also one of the least utilized landmarks in video games. In fact, only a handful of games come to mind and one of them is a "Simpsons" game for the NES.
If the gaming industry truly wants to pay its respects to this man-made marvel, the team behind the Assassin’s Creed games are definitely the ones who should do it. Of course, it took years and three Chinese dynasties to build the wall so nailing down a specific time period might be tricky. If it were up to us, the Ming Dynasty would be on the top of the list. Not only did this dynasty spend the most time and effort building and renovating the wall, it would also provide the most interesting opportunities for plots and missions such as the rise of Japanese pirates, Europe’s trade expansion across the region and the beginnings of its famed Forbidden City. Admit it, we had you at “pirates vs. assassins” and obviously the naval combat is already there.
8. The Fall of the Roman Empire
It seems such a shame that the Assassin’s Creed series had to start so far away from the start of A.D. They really missed a chance to explore some very interesting chunks of history. We don’t mean they had to go back to the latter part of the Cretaceous period, even though the thought of assassins fighting velociraptors is about as cool as it gets.
If the developers went a little farther back in their “Wayback Machines,” they should have given Rome’s decline and collapse some serious consideration. Granted, the series has done Italy quite well already, but the story of a mighty superpower spiraling out of control would provide some interesting conflicts. Any Sim City player will tell you that building a civilization is just half the fun but the other half is unleashing a catastrophe on it and watching it burn.
6. The Napoleonic Era
Believe it or not, there was a time when France was much more than just a synonym for “surrender” or a punchline in Larry the Cable Guy’s act.
France's military history contains stories of great power and strength. In fact, America wouldn’t exist today without France's help at the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The rise of its most infamous, self-appointed “Emperor” would make a good target for the assassins. His imposing stature and military strength could provide some interesting obstacles for the game as players try to navigate their way through massive battles and revolutionist uprisings leading to his inevitable defeat and exile…or so the “history books” tell us. The game's unique historical fiction angle could also offer a more valid explanation for how Napoleon’s, um, little dictator “abdicated” following his death.
5. The French Revolution
Of course, if you’re going to make Napoleon into a video game villain, it would be impossible to create an effective one without first exploring the revolution that paved the path to his rise to power.
The feudal oppression that plagued 18th century France and led to the famous storming of the Bastille would certainly make for an interesting Assassin’s Creed experience. Much like in Assassin's Creed III, the presence of the imposing French prison could create all sorts of fun stealth and rescue missions as players attempt to weaken its defenses to help the revolutionaries raid its weapons cache or free the wrongly imprisoned. Assassins could also fight alongside the struggling proletariat as they attempt to bring their landlords and leaders to task leading up to King Louis XVI’s famous removal as head of state (insert rim-shot here).
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FUCK YEAH DO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE AND ROBESPIERRE AND MARIA THERESA AND DU BARRY AND COUNT FERSEN AND MARAT AND CHARLOTTE CORDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AFTER Radiohead completed a year-long world tour in Melbourne in November, guitarist/sound manipulator Jonny Greenwood didn't go home to England. Instead, he and his young family stayed in Sydney while Greenwood went back to work, this time with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Greenwood - who as well as being one of the creative forces in Radiohead is also a fast-rising composer of pieces for orchestra, chamber group and film - was in effect a composer in residence with the ACO for several weeks.
In that time the orchestra and composer workshopped an as-yet-unnamed Greenwood piece commissioned by the ACO's artistic director, Richard Tognetti.
Why Greenwood, who the more snobbish might describe as ''merely'' a rock musician? Why not, responded Tognetti, who has little doubt the Englishman is no musical dilettante, declaring that ''Jonny's technical skills … are up there with any other composer I've worked with'' and that the art of commissioning was ''identifying someone with a genius, like Jonny, but making sure we have the right circumstances''. After all, the talent is there in someone who was composer in residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2004-05 and has composed the score for films such as Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and There Will Be Blood, Norwegian Wood and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
''I think the amazing thing about Jonny is he might be a world first [because of] this incredible acumen that he has for being able to write for an orchestra coming from the background of being in a band,'' Tognetti said.
''This is almost a coming of age. Since jazz in 1901 there have been a lot of people trying to cross over and write so-called serious music and Jonny comes with all the technical know-how, which is very refreshing.''
The composition, to be premiered in 2014, will not be the first time the ACO has played Greenwood, as the orchestra's general manager, Timothy Calnin, pointed out. ''The ACO had its first encounter with Jonny Greenwood's music in 2010 when we gave the Australian premiere of Popcorn Superhet Receiver on a national tour,'' Calnin said.
''It was very much a mark of Richard's confidence in the piece that he put it on the same program as Schubert's unfinished symphony and Brahms … Here was a composer with a strikingly individual voice and real panache in writing for strings - the heart of the ACO.''
The excitement about the collaboration was not just on the Australian side.
''I like having people to report to and work with,'' says Greenwood. ''When I got the first [2004 artist in residence] job at the BBC [Concert] Orchestra, the first thing I did was have a printout of all the names, ostensibly so that I knew how many players there were for each instrument, but I started getting obsessed with the names and the thought that these people weren't just presets on a keyboard. It's fun to be in a team, and it makes it easier.''
Teamwork is more than just polite talk in this case, because between the end of Radiohead's world tour and his pre-Christmas departure to India and then home to England, Greenwood spent several weeks in intense workshops with the ACO. What Tognetti calls ''every composer's dream to have access to live musicians'' during composition was a rare chance for composer and orchestra to bat ideas back and forth.
The result sees Greenwood heading home with rehearsal recordings, an annotated score with notes from each player and fresh ideas on how to approach the composition, which is to become part of the ACO's touring repertoire.
''The workshops have been a whole series of finding things that can't be done and ways it can be improved and explanations of what would make it better,'' says Greenwood.
''How else am I going to learn this stuff?''
Greenwood says even amid Radiohead's world tour, he was devoting plenty of attention to the ACO commission. ''I've been spending an awful lot of time in dressing rooms the last six months working on this and trying to imagine [it],'' he says.
''That's why I turned up with three-quarters of it on paper already, because I'd rather make a lot of mistakes and edit away rather than work with a skeleton and add to it.
''The excitement for me is taking away the recording [of the workshops], which I will be listening to pleasantly, complete with all of Richard's jokes and gags.''
deity amongst mortals tbh. if he doesn't get an Oscar nom for his score for The Master i will lose my shit.
Nathan Followill and his wife Jessie Baylin welcomed daughter Violet Marlowe Followill on Wednesday, Dec. 26 in Nashville, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
“Mom, Dad and baby are doing well and are so in love!” a rep for the band says.
Violet, who was born at 4:01 p.m. weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz, is the first child for the Kings of Leon drummer, 33, and the singer/songwriter, 28, who announced the pregnancy in June.
“I’m beyond excited/anxious,” Followill, who wed Baylin in November 2009, Tweeted at the time of the announcement.
Baby girl is in good company — she joins cousins Dixie Pearl, the daughter of frontman Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge, and Knox Cameron Patrick, the son of guitarist Matthew Followill.
The claws were out this year as Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise continued to grow in both popularity and catfights.
From exotic getaways in St. Barts to Miami lingerie parties, there wasn’t a place free from drama. Even a near million-dollar wedding brought out some disagreements.
As 2012 comes to an end, we take a look at six memorable storylines that had us tuning in week after week. Heres to 2013 for even more drama. (Orange County and New Jersey are already filming.)
We knew Lisa would create a memorable wedding for daughter Pandora. We just didn't realize how grand and fabulous it would really be. From beautiful decor, tasty food, sparkling diamonds and more, Pandora's big day gave us a much needed break from the drama.
Well, we can't forget Lisa's husband, Ken, reacting to the high wedding price tag. Ching-Ching.
Bravo's Andy Cohen promised season two of the "Real Housewives of Miami" would be like a real-life Telenovela. He wasn't kidding when a cast member hosted a lingerie pool party that turned violent. When Adriana confronted Karent about some bad press in a Miami tabloid, Karent's ally Joanna stepped in to defend her friend. As Adriana stormed off, Joanna followed her and received a giant slap to the face. Ouch!
We knew Sonja and Ramona were BFFs. But what happens when they have a little too much to drink and get away from the men in their life? The answer is naked pool parties, random gossip fests and questioning what white trash really means. Aviva didn't appreciate their behavior but loyal fans loved every minute.
for the Top 3, go to the source (link is below)
Joanna shares whether or not she and her boyfriend are still together.
Ana doesn't believe Lea's a self-made woman and Lea bites back.
"The Following" will premiere on Monday, January 21st, at 9/8c.
THE FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Welcome to THE FOLLOWING, the terrifying new thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the Scream franchise) and director Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”).
When notorious serial killer JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy, “Rome”) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent RYAN HARDY (Emmy-nominated actor Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature.
Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll. He knows him better than anyone; he is perhaps Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. This investigation is his redemption, his call to action. In contrast to nine years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots on this case. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes all-business and tough-as-nails JENNIFER MASON (Jeananne Goossen, The Vow, "Alcatraz") and young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore, X-Men).
The team considers Hardy to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of killers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape, and there’s no telling how many additional killers are out there. The FBI’s investigation leads Hardy to CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea, “Justified”), Carroll’s ex-wife and mother of the criminal’s 10-year-old son, JOEY (newcomer Kyle Catlett). Close during Hardy’s initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll’s next move. The tension rises when Carroll’s accomplices kidnap his intended last victim from nine years ago. Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll’s game when he realizes that this psychopath intends to finish what he started. The thriller will follow Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the devious Carroll, who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. The reinvigorated Hardy will get a second chance to capture Carroll, as he’s faced with not one but a cult of serial killers.
Less than a month until one of the best reviewed pilots in years airs! I know I'm excited for this.
In celebration of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary next year, the Royal Mail will release a special set of stamps.
Each of the eleven stamps will feature one of the eleven actors that have played the role of the Doctor since the show’s first began in 1963 – Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell.
In addition to the stamps featuring the Doctors, a five stamp miniature sheet will also be available, which includes the TARDIS and some of the Doctor’s most famous foes – a Dalek, a Cyberman, an Ood and a Weeping Angel.
Managing Director of Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail, Andrew Hammond, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this remarkable 50th anniversary. These stamps pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular.”
Product Development Director at BBC Worldwide Consumer Products, Fiona Eastwood, added: “The Doctor Who stamps are the perfect way to mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this much-loved programme. The collection is really impressive, and I am sure they will delight all Doctor Who fans.”
The special stamps will launch on March 26th, 2013, but are available to pre-order today from royalmail.com/doctorwho
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