Monday, December 10, 2012

Obama meets Psy


Instead, the South Korean pop star, wearing a sparkly red top, shook hands with the president during the “Christmas in Washington” concert held at the National Building Museum.
Obama has said he thinks he can do “Gangnam Style” — Psy’s signature dance — but hasn’t proven it yet.
And the timing wasn’t quite right last night. Psy had just apologized on Friday for an anti-American rap performance in 2004.
President Barack Obama and Psy shared the stage in Washington on Sunday but didn’t dance “Gangnam Style” together.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kate Middleton ‘feeling better’ as she remains in the hospital to be treated for severe morning sickness during pregnancy

Though the royal mom-to-be is recovering well, she reportedly still faces up to six more months of misery.
By Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Pregnant Kate Middleton is “feeling better” after spending her second day hospitalized by severe morning sickness with her prince of a husband by her side, a St James’ Palace spokesman said Tuesday.
Prince William, who appeared in good spirits as he was pictured leaving the hospital after spending hours at his wife’s bedside, is “immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received,” the spokesman added.

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands on the balcony of The Guildhall during her and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's first official visit to Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England.  (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

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Kate Middleton may not have the easiest pregnancy with her first child.
Though the royal mom-to-be is recovering well, she still faces up to six more months of misery, the British tabs reported.
The parents of the former Kate Middleton, Michael and Carole, put on a brave face when they emerged from their country mansion. They are reportedly “elated” that Kate is preggers but worried about her condition.
Carole Middleton and Kate’s pert sister, Pippa, were expected to visit the queasy royal later Tuesday.
The Middletons found out Kate was in a family way over the weekend when she began vomiting violently and a worried William drove her home to London.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/APPrince William leaves the hospital in central London on Tuesday after visiting his wife.
Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royals found out later Monday after William and Kate raced to the hospital, where the stricken princess was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a devastating malady that affects one in 50 expectant mothers and can turn pregnancy into torture.
Citing royal sources, the Daily Mail reported the Duchess of Cambridge was holding her own “but her symptoms of severe vomiting may last for much of her pregnancy.”
Kate, who is 30 and believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant, was expected to remain in the hospital for several more days followed by a “period of rest” at home. She is reportedly on an IV drip to combat her dehydration and taking pills to stop the nausea.
“When this occurs, the simple treatment is to get fluids into them — and usually they feel considerably better,” Dr. Peter Bowen-Simpkins, medical director at London Women’s Clinic, told the BBC.
Easy for doctors to say; they’re not the ones getting sick, HG survivors told The Daily News.
“If Kate’s back in circulation by the second trimester, I’ll be very impressed,” said Lucinda Herbert Flynn of Westchester, who was sick for duration of both her pregnancies.


Carole Middleton leaves her home in Berkshire, England on Tuesday.

“I remember being so weak I would simply lie on the bathroom floor — vomiting seven or eight times per day — even in labor,” the mother of two wrote. “Each time, I was hospitalized for a week and hydrated intravenously.”
Another mother of two, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote that she was laid low by the illness during both her pregnancies and what she “experienced the second time can only be described as hell on earth!”
“Not only was I robbed of any joy in anticipating the arrival of a new life — I was robbed of the joy of more children,” said the 31-year-old mom, who underwent a tubal ligation rather than risk getting pregnant again.
William, 30, is second in line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles. Under new rules, William’s first child — whether a boy or a girl — would be third in line to become monarch.
The baby would be the first grandchild for Charles and the third great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth.
The intense speculation about when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might have a child began shortly after they tied the knot on April 29, 2011.
Now oddsmakers are betting that they royals will name their first firstborn John or Charles if it’s a boy, Elizabeth or Diana if it’s a girl.
William’s mother was the late Princess Diana.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Prince William and Kate: What Will They Name the Baby?

Anya Leon
The much-awaited news may be confirmed, but there’s still plenty to buzz about when it comes to Prince William and wife Kate‘s baby announcement. Namely, well, the name.
With much speculation that the baby’s moniker will honor William’s late mother Diana, Europe’s largest betting company is putting all their cards on the table for a spot in the name game.
According to Paddy Power, the odds that the royal couple will call their firstborn Mary, Victoria or John are 8-1; the popular choices of Diana and Frances stand at 9-1; while Charles, Philip, Anne and George round out the top picks at 10-1.

Kate and Prince William
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Will a little princess be named after her paternal grandmother? Or her paternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth? (Not likely with odds at 16-1). Or will the new parents choose to pay homage to William’s grandfather and decide on Prince Philip?
No matter how the chips fall, don’t expect to hear any crazy Hollywood baby names – the couple will more than likely keep their choice classic.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

America’s fantasy villain

By Joanna Weiss As a New Orleans-based reporter in the 1990s, I sometimes found myself driving along backroads of west Louisiana, chasing some story near the Texas border. I’d always make a point of driving into Texas, if only for a mile and back. To an East Coast kid like me, Texas felt like a mythical place, full of 10-gallon hats and 50-gallon personalities, and I think that had a lot to do with “Dallas.” I was a kid when the CBS soap first aired — in a pre-cable era when one prime-time TV show could capture the attention of the world — and despite the booze and the adultery, it was always a family event. (This is a paradox of modern entertainment: Today, we let kids stew in cartoon violence, but we shield them from the everyday havoc that grownups can wreak.) In 1980, everyone I knew was obsessed with “Who Shot J.R.” — so much so that the day after the answer was revealed, a girl named Kristen walked into our elementary school with a sign that said, “I didn’t do it!” J.R. Ewing was a powerful force, which is why so many people were so saddened when Larry Hagman died last week. He was 81, and hadn’t yet finished filming the second season of TNT’s “Dallas” reboot, his return to the perfect marriage of actor and character. Hagman wouldn’t have been such an icon if his career had peaked with “I Dream of Jeannie.” And if anyone else had played J.R., “Dallas” might have shriveled. According to the Dallas Morning News, J.R. was first conceived as a side character. Hagman’s performance, informed by his Texas upbringing, consumed the show. The TNT series reminds us why: No one else is nearly as watchable. The good guys are handsome, but wimpy and dull (especially poor Bobby, still getting steamrolled by the meanies who are always three steps ahead). The young villain, J.R.’s son, needs a moustache to signify his sleaziness. And then there’s Hagman, with eyebrows that seem to spread from Lubbock to San Antonio, and a glint in his eye that conveys the sheer joy of a nice guy playing bad. The TNT series has made some adjustments for modern times — acknowledging the 21st-century tension between oil and renewable energy — but wisely doesn’t try to change the character. When he’s first introduced, J.R. is catatonic in a nursing home, possibly gone soft. By episode two, he’s up and about and scheming against his own son. A big television trend, in recent years, has been the rise of the antihero: complex, damaged characters who invite us to explore the world of gray. Tony Soprano did dastardly things, but he lived by a code and went to therapy. Vic Mackey, of “The Shield,” walked both sides of the law, largely for his family’s sake. Showtime’s Dexter is a serial killer who’s meant to be understood. No one was ever supposed to understand J.R; he’s an unambiguous, all-American fantasy villain. Yet as destructive as he was, he never seemed to pose a threat to the world outside of Southfork, to spill over the border and wreak havoc outside his overprivileged circle. This was where the myth of Texas came in. The ’80s-era “Dallas” was a show about a grab for resources, with the knowledge that there would always be more — more oil, more money, more power, more land. Texas looms large on the map — Massachusetts is a thimble in its ocean — but it has to be inconceivably big, to spawn a villain as safe as J.R. That’s why it was always a little disappointing, in my brief East Texas sojourns, to find that the trehttp://bostonglobe.comes and roads looked the same as they did across the border. Reality never quite lives up to memory, especially when memory is filtered through TV. So it is with the new “Dallas”; it’s good for a nostalgia fix, and especially a Hagman fix, but it will never be what it was. Last season, it averaged 5.3 million viewers — terrific for a cable TV drama, but nothing compared to the 300 million worldwide who watched the show in its heyday. Especially now that J.R. is gone, Texas doesn’t seem quite so grand. Source"

Monday, November 26, 2012

Roll out the red carpet: Kate Middleton in bright red at Wales rugby international

Kate and Wills meet seriously injured rugby players before game at Millennium Stadium
porting a bright red coat, there may have been a danger of Kate Middletonblending into the background at this evening’s rugby international between Wales and New Zealand.
But there was no mistaking that huge smile after the Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a bouquet of flowers by nine-year-old Isabella House at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Redy for action: Kate before the match
Kate, who was wearing an LK Bennett coat, and Wills joined tens of thousands of patriotic Welsh rugby fans in their red jerseys for the game.
Before the 5.15pm kick-off the royal couple had pledged their support for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust which helps people who have been seriously injured playing the sport.
Paul Davies MBE, who has been involved with the charity for nearly three decades after being paralysed during a match as a 21-year-old, was among the guests who met the royal visitors. He said the duchess took a genuine interest in the plight of the injured rugby players.
He added: “I got the impression that William and Kate were here for the trust, not just the match.
“It was a real pleasure for us to talk with them, and I think they felt it was a pleasure for them to talk with us too.”
Paul said: “I think people now see the person and not the chair, and that is down to the brilliant work of the small, dedicated team of supporters with the trust.
“It is truly humbling how they have helped me throughout my life since the accident. I cannot explain enough how they have been a lifeline to me and others.”
Philip Harris, 59, of Brynamman near the Brecon Beacons, was partially paralysed down his left side after being injured in a game. After meeting the royals he said Wills, who became a patron of the charity this summer, “was very inquisitive, caring and interested in all of us here today”.
Philip added: “He is dedicated to this great cause, he’s shown that today. To get somebody of his stature to support us is incredible.
“This is a great charity, it has brought us comradeship and friendship as well as emotional and physical support. We would have been lost without it, so to have Prince William here has meant a lot to us.”

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

'Paranormal Activity 4' Spooks Box Office Competition with $30.2 Million

Hear that? It's Paranormal Activity 4 screaming "Boo!" at the rest of the box office competition. As predicted, the latest in the beloved horror franchise topped the weekend box office with $30.2 million. That number is lower than the debut postings of the franchise's previous two outings, Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 2, which scared up $52.6 million and $40.7 million, respectively. Still, its latest take at the box office helped it finish atop the popular Hotel Transylvania and Taken 2 (No. 3 and 4) and adds to the franchise's impressive cume, which has now surpassed $600 million between the four films. And the numbers bode well for the box office in general — the industry has experienced four "up" weekends in a row compared to the comparable timeframe in 2011.

The weekend's other new showing, Alex Cross scored in the low teens, as expected, with $11.75 million and a No. 5 finish following spotty reviews. But audience members loved the movie, handing the film — which sees stars Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox playing against type — an A on CinemaScore. Perhaps rumors of a sequel may come true after all?

Oscar and audience buzz remains strong for Ben Affleck's Iranian hostage crisis film Argo, which finished in second place with $16.6 million and a total cume to date of $43.1 million. Incredibly strong and ongoing word-of-mouth is reflected in the minuscule 15% second weekend drop which is the best non-holiday drop for a live action release. Look for the film to continue to build its audience in the coming weeks and as Oscar buzz builds.

Lionsgate's Sinister in sixth place held very well considering the horror competition from P4 at the top of the chart.

What other films were golden with plenty of green this weekend? See the weekend's top five below!

1. Paranormal Activity 4: $30.2 million
2. Argo: $16.625 million; $43.191 million total
3. Hotel Transylvania: $13.5 million; $119 million total
4. Taken 2: $13.4 million; $105.97 million total
5. Alex Cross: $11.75 million