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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Famous March birthdays - Justin Bieber

Famous March birthdays - Justin Bieber

Famous March birthdays - Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber is making a radio appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on his birthday, March 1, 2012 alongside his newly signed artist Carly Rae Jepsen, but how else is Justin spending the day he turns 18 years old? HollywoodLife spoke with a source who claims that Justin will not be throwing himself a lavish party. Instead, Justin is set to spend the day with his friends and his family.

We hope that Justin’s girlfriend Selena Gomez can take a day off from filming “Spring Breakers” to hang out and celebrate with Justin!Internet sensation turned mega pop star Justin Bieber broke on to the music scene (listen to his music) with a platinum-selling debut album, "My World." He released "Never Say Never," a movie that chronicled his life on his concert tour in 2011.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

'Awaken the Giant Within' author

'Awaken the Giant Within' author

'Awaken the Giant Within' author. He began his career as a protégé of this motivational speaker, went on to write several self-help books and had a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Shallow Hal."Anthony Robbins was born on February 29, 1960.
Robbins is an 11 born and is a life number 11. WOW! Talk about double the master number energy, so what you see is what you get with Robbins.
Being a double 11 makes Robbins tender, artistic, and romantic in nature. You can definitely see this in his demeanor when he’s in his seminars, but also during his interview with Oprah. The term “gentle giant” comes to mind with Mr. Robbins.
Since he is born on the 29th, this makes him mentally strong, hard working, but also fortunate.
For those of you who have been reading my blog already know that the number 11 is the number of “illumination”, those who bare this vibration are here to inspire others, and assist them in cultivating spirituality.
It’s not uncommon for those who have a major 11 in their chart, or those in a major 11 cycle to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight. For Robbins, it was by divine order that this was to happen for him.

When certain numbers in your chart align, success is inevitable. That is if you are pushing the numbers in your chart to their most highest and favorable promise, and making the “correct” choices along the way.
Robbins ascent wasn’t an easy one, according to his interview with Oprah, he had a difficult childhood, and grew up virtually poor.
Numerically this makes sense as Robbins has a first pinnacle of 4. Usually a first pinnacle of 4 indicates that one goes to work at a young age out of necessity or self motivation. It’s during this time though that Robbins got his start, and began marketing for the late self help speaker Jim Rohn.
What makes Robbins so easily relatable is that he has a destiny number 9, the 9 has lived through many experiences, and thus people are drawn to it, not only for its wisdom, but also for its compassion and spirituality.
The 9’s success is contingent upon how much good it does, and interestingly enough, Robbins is a firm believer in this.
However, the number 9 is also a number of loss/abandonment. You can see that in his eyes when he talks about his turbulent childhood. He also was married once before, and endured heartbreak. Through it all he managed to pull through, and was still able to shine his light to those around him, and to the world.
The number 9 is also divinely protected as well, at the age of 32 in Robbins personal yearly cycle of 7, he found out that he had a tumor. Which is the reason why he grew so tall, he stands 6’7 now. However, miraculously enough the tumor shrank, and there was no need to remove it.
According to Oprah, Anthony Robbins business generates $200 million in annual revenue, thus not only providing him with a comfortable living, but making him very wealthy. There is no other life coach who comes close in terms of Robbins notoriety, popularity, and wealth. This is an example of pushing your numbers to their most positive power.
2012 is his personal yearly cycle of 9, and his transit of 5! Look at that, the 5 is in the spotlight again!
While this year Robbins brings something to a close, he’s starting on something new. His transit is the karmic 14/5 so he must be careful not to be so self indulgent, and to control his impulses.
Numerically speaking Robbins has been working extra hard since 2004, but come 2013 he’ll enter his final pinnacle of 9, which will link to his destiny 9. So tolerance, compassion, love, understanding, and charity works to his advantage during this time.
A pinnacle 9 is an easy money period, so gifts, favors, and increase in ones pocket book are all part of this cycle. However, it is an emotional time, and may incur some hiccups in his personal and professional life.
Either way Anthony Robbins has paved the way for many of the current and aspiring motivational speakers, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Tony Robbins has published two best-selling books, Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.
Unlimited Power, published in 1987, discusses the topics of health and energy, overcoming fears, persuasive communication, and enhancing relationships.[33] One reviewer called the book "uplifting and idealistic" and referenced the "dynamic enthusiasm" of the book;"[34] and another describes Robbins as “a persuasive communicator who spends more linage on step-by-step details of his recommendations than in self-boosterism."[35] while another reviewer said it's "too wordy" and "reads like a transcript of a series of talks."[36] Other reviewers dispute the book's originality, pointing to ideological similarities with Maxwell Maltz, Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill, and Dale Carnegie, all of whom Robbins acknowledges in his book.[37] Some have criticized the chapter called "Energy: The Fuel of Excellence" which includes information on food combining, lymphology, and deep breathing to promote health. Robbins makes reference to the book Fit for Life and its authors, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, whom he refers to as his "former partners".[38] The National Council for Reliable Health Information wrote a critical review of the chapter and called his sources unreliable.
Awaken the Giant Within, published in 1992, was an expansion of his personal development techniques and strategies taught through a motivational self-help type approach. Robbins made the distinction between his techniques, coined as Neuro-Associative Conditioning as unique from Neuro-Linguistic Programming because the trademarked difference is defined by the application of "conditioning" to a newly learned personal development technique and/or skill or strategy rather than "being programmed" and suggest-ably fixed once and for all by someone else who had more power than the individual to make a change.



Second African-American to win a gold medal in swimming

Second African-American to win a gold medal in swimming

Second African-American to win a gold medal in swimming. Born in the Bronx borough of New York City, Jones moved to Irvington, New Jersey while in elementary school. He learned to swim after he was rescued from a near-drowning at a splash-down pool at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania when he was five years old.[1][2] He became an age-group swimmer at Metro Express, a club team at the Jewish Community Center in West Orange, NJ under head coach Ed Nessel. Jones later switched teams to the Jersey Gators Swim Club in Cranford.
Swimming career

Jones attended North Carolina State University, where he was an English major with a minor in psychology. He turned professional in the summer of 2006, after signing with Nike[3] and burst onto the scene shortly after at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships where he set a meet record in the 50 m freestyle with a time of 21.84. He also swam a leg (split of 47.96) in the world record breaking 4×100 m freestyle relay along with Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale.
 In 2007, he also won a gold medal in 4×100 m freestyle relay with the same teammates in 2007 World Aquatics Championships
Jones is the second African-American to hold or share a world record (4×100 m freestyle relay) in swimming, after Anthony Ervin.[4] He is also the third African-American to make the US Olympic swimming team after Anthony Ervin and Maritza Correia. At the 2008 Olympic swimming trials,
 Jones broke the American record in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 21.59. The record was subsequently broken the next day by Garrett Weber-Gale. In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he won a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay in a world record time of 3:08.24 with Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale.

In July 2009, Jones set the American record in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.[5]
He trains with David Marsh at the Center of Excellence at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.Swimming is not a black sport, often not even a pastime. At 5, Jones almost drowned at a water park — he flipped forward in his inner tube at the end of a water slide; full resuscitation required — because he didn’t know how to swim. Jones’s mother, Debra, immediately enrolled her son in swim lessons. But in middle school, when he started beating white kids at New Jersey swim meets, parents started muttering in his direction, “Shouldn’t he be playing basketball?” Jones, who now stands 6-foot-5, heard this at home, too. His father, Ron, loved basketball and played on his community-college team. “He was a center who played like a point guard,” Jones said. “Deadly.” He could sink jump shots from half court. He wanted badly for his son to follow in his hightops. He didn’t let go of that dream until 2000, when he learned that he had lung cancer. “After that, he never missed a swim practice,” Jones told me. His father died later that year, well before Jones would break the American record in the 50-meter freestyle and win a gold medal in the 400-meter relay with Phelps. Swimmers are big on tattoos — so much exposed skin. Jones had “41,” his father’s basketball jersey number, inked on his back.

Had Jones’s father lived, he would have been justified in lobbying against a sport that combines so much pain and boredom with so little glory and margin for error. The 50-meter freestyle is a 21-second race. Jones practices a big, vaulting freestyle technique that requires twin discomforts: hyperextending the shoulder joint to create more length and power and not taking a single breath. (“I’m kind of pansy about breathing,” Jones admits.) This week, Jones will race in the biggest event of the year, the FINA World Championships, in Shanghai. He’s the fastest American ever at 50 meters, but he has also choked at a couple of key moments. In 2004, in Jones’s first Olympic trials, Gary Hall Jr., holder of eight Olympic medals at the time, strutted out to the pool deck in boxing attire; he psyched Jones out, causing him to swim poorly and not qualify. Four years later, at the 2008 Olympic trials, Hall’s antics messed with Jones’s head again. One day after Jones broke the American record in the 50-free preliminaries, Hall appeared before the finals in a satin boxing robe, and Jones says, “It took me off my game.” He didn’t swim well and again didn’t qualify (neither did Hall). “Afterward I was curled up in the fetal position in my hotel room, crying. I couldn’t believe that I’d trained so hard. Not to be ready in that moment just killed me.” After the 2008 Games, Jones took four months off. When he returned, he worked with a sports psychologist on mental preparation. “That’s the biggest hurdle for me, how to psych myself up. I still have slip-ups.”

To prepare for this week’s World Championships — which are themselves preparation for the 2012 Olympics — Jones swam last month at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Apart from having spectacular bodies, the best swimmers in the country lead lives that are less glamorous than you might think. Many are postcollege, in their mid-20s, with stressful, modest sponsorships that pay in part based on performance. Jones has more stability — and a B.M.W. — thanks to corporate sponsors, including Nike, that clearly see the market appeal of the handsome black swimmer. He also works with the U.S.A. Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative. Who better than Jones to connect with minority children, who drown at higher rates then white children, and teach them to swim?
In Santa Clara, Jones stripped down to a Mondrian-patterned practice suit and warmed up next to Phelps. Phelps, of course, exists on a different plane, one that includes two security guards to fend off the Sharpie-wielding children thrusting swim caps at him to sign.
 Jones’s agent hopes, as agents do, that Jones, too, will eventually rise above his swimming peers, that he’ll win big in the 2012 Olympics and become not just the unexpected brother on Phelps’s team but a cultural hero like Serena or Venus Williams or Tiger Woods, the black champion of a white sport. But Jones doesn’t think that grandly, not before a race. “Baby steps,” he told me, toweling off from his warm-up. “I just try to beat the guys in my heat.”
Elizabeth Weil is a contributing writer for the magazine. Her book "No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage, Then I Tried to Make It Better" will be published in February.



kobe bryant concussion

kobe bryant concussion



kobe bryant concussion, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are two of the NBA’s top-scoring and top-earning players, and have shared in a bitter rivalry for the last few years. The competition between the two shooting guards has often produced memorable and entertaining basketball, but things got more personal on Sunday.
During the third quarter of the All-Star Game pitting East against West, Bryant went for layup and got hit in the nose by Wade, who was trying to defer the ball. After stopping his nosebleed, Bryant returned to throw 2 successful penalty shots and surpassed Michael Jordan as the career leading scorer in the All-Star Game. The West, for whom Bryant plays, won the game 152-149.

Dwayne Wade refused to apologize or see if Bryant was all right after fouling him, even after realizing his nose was bleeding. He did, however, have a few choice words following the game regarding Bryant’s record and the foul.
With Kevin Durant in the league, I don’t know how long that’s going to last.
Obviously I didn’t try to draw no blood…but I took a foul. Kobe had fouled me twice in a row before that, so he’s still got a one up on me.
The comments have since been downplayed by Wade and Miami Heat teammate Lebron James after Wade was criticized for malicious intent. Wade also claims to have apologized in person to Bryant.
Apologies, however, will do little to comfort Bryant, who is confirmed to have both a fractured nose and concussion as a result of the incident. The concussion was confirmed on Tuesday by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams, whom Bryant visited after experiencing further nasal symptoms. Williams will evaluate Bryant once more on Wednesday, and says that his statusis day to day.
According to new policies enacted near the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, players diagnosed with a concussion are required to undergo tests to ensure they are free of symptoms stemming from the concussion, and then pass several physical challenges to confirm that the player is healthy enought to return to play.
Kobe Bryant’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers, will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. This will be the first game that Bryant has missed this season despite playing with a torn wrist ligament in his shooting arm for the first half. Despite his injuries, Bryant has managed to maintain a league-best 28.4 points per game.
Kobe Bryant suffered a concussion and a broken nose after being struck in the face by Dwyane Wade during the 61st NBA All-Star game, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.

The Lakers said the four-time all-star MVP was officially diagnosed with a concussion after team doctors examined him on Tuesday.

"Doctor (Vern) Williams's diagnosis after evaluating Bryant was that in addition to the nasal fracture, Bryant also suffered a concussion in Sunday's game," said Lakers spokesman John Black in a news release.

Bryant fractured his nose in the third quarter after taking a forearm in the head from Team East guard Wade. Bryant moved past Michael Jordan to become the leading all-star game scorer in history in Sunday's contest which was won by Bryant's Team West.

The Lakers said the 33-year-old Bryant was questionable for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

The Lakers host Wade's Miami Heat on Sunday at Staples Center arena.
Kobe Bryant has a concussion in addition to the broken nose he sustained in the all-star game.

The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and he diagnosed the concussion. The all-star guard will see Dr. Vern Williams again on Wednesday, and his status for that night's home game against Minnesota is day-to-day.

Bryant was first examined Tuesday by an ear, nose and throat specialist, who confirmed his broken nose and referred him to Williams.

Bryant was injured during Sunday night's game in Orlando, Fla. He was struck by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who said Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.

jolie bill o'reilly

jolie bill o'reilly



jolie bill o'reilly, Last summer, Star Magazine quoted an insider as saying Angelina Jolie was down to 99 pounds and emaciated, but now after her Sunday Oscar appearance Jolie has FOX’s Bill O’Reilly wondering if the statement was true.
Of course, the article by the tabloid had to be taken with a grain of salt, about how they had an insider suggesting the actress was having a drug relapse and issues with anorexia. However, she has always looked a bit thin at times.

While most of the attention on the actress following her Oscar appearance was about her bare thigh stance on stage, O’Reilly pondered if there may actually be a problem that’s being ignored after seeing her appearance.

He said, “Is it just me, or is she looking mighty slim these days? Emaciated even?”

O’Reilly showed some footage of Jolie at the Oscars in her black dress, “I was kind of taken aback. Look at the arms on her! Once again, the media largely ignoring Ms. Jolie’s physical profile, but she is a role model for some women. Something’s going on here. I mean, she is slight. Let’s hope it’s nothing unusual.”

Ironically, Jolie is known to have a tattoo written in Latin that reads, “quod me nutrit me destruit” which translates to “what nourishes me destroys me.”
While many mocked Angelina Jolie's over-the-top posing at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the 36-year-old caught Bill O'Reilly's eye for a very different -- and much more serious! -- reason.
"Is it just me or is she looking mighty slim these days?" the FOX News personality asked on The O'Reilly Factor Monday. "Emaciated even? I was kind of taken aback. Look at the arms on her!"
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O'Reilly, 62, pointed out that the In the Land of Blood and Honey director "is a role model for some women" and suggested she might be sending the wrong message with her rail-thin appearance. "Something's going on here," O'Reilly said. "She is slight. Let's hope it's nothing unusual."
The political commentator wasn't the only one alarmed by Jolie's bony body.
VIDEO: Watch Jim Rash make fun of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars
During Sunday's telecast, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks tweeted that Brad Pitt's love of seven years "is beautiful but she needs a lil' more meat on those bones!" The Bravo star then suggested that the mother-six eat "some biscuits and Popeyes chicken."
Singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee agreed with Parks, telling her Twitter followers that Jolie needs to "eat something."
Jolie's diminishing appearance first became a concern in December 2011, though a source close to the actress assured Us Weekly her pin-thin frame had little to do with vanity. "She puts herself on fasts to make statements for the children she visits," the source said of the U.N. goodwill ambassador. "She says, 'If they can't eat, I can't eat.'"
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Pitt, 48, grew increasingly concerned about Jolie's health, a second insider claimed. "He's worried about her and has made her see a zillion doctors, but they keep telling her she's fine."
ANGELINA Jolie and Jennifer Aniston finally have something in common!

And this time, it’s not Brad Pitt!

Jolie — who raises six kids with Pitt, Aniston’s ex-husband — apparently has the former Friends actress’ back in her war of words with FOX News host Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly caused controversy Tuesday night by calling 41-year-old Aniston “destructive to society” for saying women don’t need men to be good mothers.

“Angie would totally defend Jennifer on this,” said a source close to the Salt star, who adopted her first son, Maddox, when she was single.

“She agrees with Jennifer that a woman doesn’t need a man to start a family to be a good mother. For Bill to take issue with this statement is him taking issue with every single parent in the world.”

However, Angelina isn’t happy that Brad and Jen are back in contact!

“Angelina knows that the more you fight something the more power you give up, so she has simply told Brad that he has her blessing to stay in touch with Jen — but believe me, she doesn’t like it,” a source said.

celine dion ill

celine dion ill


celine dion ill, How do you make an overrated singer sound even duller than she already is? A: Deliver a press release like this to promote Kate Walsh's gig at CrawDaddy, Dublin, on Monday, February 25:
"Unlike most of her peers," the release begins, "Kate Walsh doesn't have an iPod or a Walkman (Update -- she got a freebie from them when she hit #1 on iTunes). She does own a television, but she hasn't plugged it in since last July. Consciously or otherwise, this gifted 24-year-old knows that, in a world teeming with
distractions, it's best to give the muse some elbowroom in which to work. 'A lot of the time I just like to sit', says Kate, 'or I'll go for a walk along the beach. The songs tend to come when I have time alone to think'."
Cue a ream of similarly nauseating paragraphs before ending in the same schmaltzy vein: "'I'm really proud of the new record and I can't stop listening to it,' Kate says with a typically modest smile." Pass the sick bucket, please.

Congratulations must go out to MCD on another sold-out extravaganza at Croke Park. Within hours of going on sale, the Celine Dion-Il Divo dream team had shifted all 80,000 tickets. It's astonishing to think that so many people would willingly pay through the nose to be bored senseless by a lady who seems to have been fashioned in Wysteria Lane and then given a humour lobotomy.

And as for Simon Cowell creations, Il Divo, all I can say is that I spent an hour interviewing them in The Late Late Show green room but would probably have got better copy from the mannequins in the Brown Thomas windows, such was their collective charisma deficit. Expect riots on May 30 next year.

Those who miss Blogorrah should consult new blog on the block, The Chancer, which is fast turning into the best way to while away time in the office. Last week, the site asked readers to suggest the worst Irish album titles of all time and a 1981 solo album from Chieftans' harpist Derek Bell came out tops. The album is called Derek Bell Plays With Himself. Plucking hell.

Frank Sinatra impersonators are 10-a-penny in Ireland, but by far the best performer of Ol' Blue Eyes material is Dubliner Sean Hession. A Late Night -- a new album with long-time collaborator Luis Stewart -- is a typically fine collection of Sinatra renderings. On Saturday, December 15, Hession -- best known under the Frankly Sinatra moniker -- and the 16-piece Dave Gold big band plays the Helix, Dublin, and is heartily recommended.

Those who don't have tickets for the sold-out Kings of Leon shows can check out bassist Jared Followill at Dublin's Tivoli on Wednesday night. The KoL bassist will be delivering a DJ set as part of the Corona Presents series, and we're reliably informed that the other three Followills will be in attendance too and possibly taking their turn on the decks. Tickets cost €18.

One of the abiding memories of my childhood was spending Sunday afternoons at my maternal grandparents' house watching MT-USA. Grandad Ryan -- who was well into his seventies at that stage and an unlikely rock aficionado -- seemed to enjoy the show as much as I. At one point, I think I wanted to be Bryan Adams when I grew up, particularly if adulthood meant wearing the same sort of denim jacket and jeans combination.

Now SonyBMG is bringing out a DVD inspired by the series. Inspired is the key word here -- there's no actual footage of Vincent Hanley presenting the show. It's merely old rock videos from the time. What a rip-off for nostalgia fans and for those of us whose memory of the show is fuzzy because of our youth.

The MT-USA DVD is a reminder to all that just about any old rubbish gets put out in this pre-Christmas silly season. Take TV3 weatherman Martin King. He's put together a book featuring photos that viewers/"fans" have sent him over the years. No, I don't want a copy.
Celine Dion has cancelled several upcoming concerts in Las Vegas because of a virus.
Caesars Palace officials said the singer's doctor advised her to rest for a week to recover from the virus, which caused an inflammation of her vocal cords. Shows scheduled for Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled at the resort's Colosseum.

Her next scheduled concert there is March 3.

Celine, in a statement, said she does not "like to let people down," and she feels terrible about not being able to perform at the shows. Refunds will be given to people who bought tickets
Celine Dion has cancelled a week's worth of concerts in Las Vegas as she battles a virus which has caused inflammation of her vocal chords.
Doctors have told the singer she must rest as she receives treatment - and so she has pulled the plug on upcoming shows at Caesars Palace.
A statement from the Because You Loved Me singer reads, "I feel terrible about not being able to do these shows. I feel so bad for the fans. I don't like to let people down... I really hope everyone understands how sorry I am."
She is expected to be back onstage on Saturday (03Mar12).
Dion is currently in the middle of a residency at the Colosseum, where she's performing with a 31-piece orchestra.

Famous Leap Day Birthdays

Famous Leap Day Birthdays
Famous Leap Day birthdays - Leap Day babies, Leap Day is here once again. The every-four-years phenomenon is extra-special for those born on Feb. 29. See if you can guess the identities of these famous Leap Day babies.

A life coach : Anthony "Tony" Robbins

Age: 52
He began his career as a protégé of this motivational speaker, went on to write several self-help books and had a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Shallow Hal."Anthony Robbins was born on February 29, 1960.
Robbins is an 11 born and is a life number 11. WOW! Talk about double the master number energy, so what you see is what you get with Robbins.
Being a double 11 makes Robbins tender, artistic, and romantic in nature. You can definitely see this in his demeanor when he’s in his seminars, but also during his interview with Oprah. The term “gentle giant” comes to mind with Mr. Robbins.
Since he is born on the 29th, this makes him mentally strong, hard working, but also fortunate.
For those of you who have been reading my blog already know that the number 11 is the number of “illumination”, those who bare this vibration are here to inspire others, and assist them in cultivating spirituality.
It’s not uncommon for those who have a major 11 in their chart, or those in a major 11 cycle to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight. For Robbins, it was by divine order that this was to happen for him.
When certain numbers in your chart align, success is inevitable. That is if you are pushing the numbers in your chart to their most highest and favorable promise, and making the “correct” choices along the way.
Robbins ascent wasn’t an easy one, according to his interview with Oprah, he had a difficult childhood, and grew up virtually poor.
Numerically this makes sense as Robbins has a first pinnacle of 4. Usually a first pinnacle of 4 indicates that one goes to work at a young age out of necessity or self motivation. It’s during this time though that Robbins got his start, and began marketing for the late self help speaker Jim Rohn.
What makes Robbins so easily relatable is that he has a destiny number 9, the 9 has lived through many experiences, and thus people are drawn to it, not only for its wisdom, but also for its compassion and spirituality.
The 9’s success is contingent upon how much good it does, and interestingly enough, Robbins is a firm believer in this.
However, the number 9 is also a number of loss/abandonment. You can see that in his eyes when he talks about his turbulent childhood. He also was married once before, and endured heartbreak. Through it all he managed to pull through, and was still able to shine his light to those around him, and to the world.
The number 9 is also divinely protected as well, at the age of 32 in Robbins personal yearly cycle of 7, he found out that he had a tumor. Which is the reason why he grew so tall, he stands 6’7 now. However, miraculously enough the tumor shrank, and there was no need to remove it.
According to Oprah, Anthony Robbins business generates $200 million in annual revenue, thus not only providing him with a comfortable living, but making him very wealthy. There is no other life coach who comes close in terms of Robbins notoriety, popularity, and wealth. This is an example of pushing your numbers to their most positive power.
2012 is his personal yearly cycle of 9, and his transit of 5! Look at that, the 5 is in the spotlight again!
While this year Robbins brings something to a close, he’s starting on something new. His transit is the karmic 14/5 so he must be careful not to be so self indulgent, and to control his impulses.
Numerically speaking Robbins has been working extra hard since 2004, but come 2013 he’ll enter his final pinnacle of 9, which will link to his destiny 9. So tolerance, compassion, love, understanding, and charity works to his advantage during this time.
A pinnacle 9 is an easy money period, so gifts, favors, and increase in ones pocket book are all part of this cycle. However, it is an emotional time, and may incur some hiccups in his personal and professional life.
Either way Anthony Robbins has paved the way for many of the current and aspiring motivational speakers, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

A New York City rapper: Ja Rule

Age: 36
He's known for his beef with a fellow rapper and for his collaborations with female singers, including an "American Idol" judge and another singer-actress. *Rapper Ja Rule has pleaded guilty in New York to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, the AP reports.
The gun-possession case stems from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car. The rapper said “this isn’t a good day” and declined to discuss the case as he left a Manhattan court.
Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the $250,000-plus car after it was stopped for speeding.
In court Monday, Ja Rule was promised a two-year prison sentence. He’s free until sentencing, on a date yet to be set. He’s due in court Feb. 9 for an update.
Ja Rule’s “Pain is Love” was nominated for a best rap album Grammy Award in 2002. The 34-year-old rapper — born Jeffrey Atkins — also has appeared in movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious.”
A soap star: Antonio sabato Jr.

Age: 40
He got his start on a daytime soap opera, hit the prime time as an abusive ex-husband on "Melrose Place" and caught the world's attention in a sultry music video by Janet Jackson.The Former Soap Star Puts His Heart—and His Abs—up for Grabs on My Antonio It's not difficult to meet women," says Antonio Sabato Jr. Well, of course not: Standing in the California sun, the torso that earned him fame as a Calvin Klein underwear model and General Hospitalstar is so chiseled that his pecs cast a shadow over his abs. But at 37, Sabato wants more than just to meet someone. "I'd rather be in a relationship," he says. "My career has been up and down. I'm raising two kids. And I'm doing it alone."
His solution? The new VH1 reality showMy Antonio, in which 13 bachelorettes—along with his opinionated mother, Yvonne—traveled to Hawaii last January for five weeks of speed dating. Adjusting to the spotlight of reality TV was jarring for the actor, who shares custody of his son Jack, 15, with mom and actress Virginia Madsen, and daughter Mina, 7, with her mother, Kristin Rossetti, in L.A. "I don't go to premieres anymore," says Sabato, who drops his children off at school and cooks them Italian pasta dishes for dinner. "I'd rather be at home with my kids."

Sabato is mum about whether he finds love on the show—"It was about making a connection; not 'Here's my wife.'" But at least one Sabato is benefiting from My Antonio: Jack. "His friends are like, 'Your dad is the coolest in the world!'" says Sabato. "He's going to be very popular when he goes to high school this month."
A late talk-show host : Dinah Shore

Died: February 24, 1994
Dinah Shore is best known for her long career as a singer, actress and variety show host. Her popularity peaked in the 1950s, but in the early 1970s, Shore took on daytime television, hosting not one, but two, talk shows.

Dinah's Place was an early template for modern shows like The Rachael Ray Show or The Martha Stewart Show. The early morning, half-hour program featured celebrity guests who would engage with Shore in an activity. For example, when Ginger Rogers appeared, she didn't dance. Instead she demonstrated her ability to work a pottery wheel. And health and fitness experts were regular guests, serving up advice to viewers on how to eat well and get exercise.

Her second program, Dinah!, more closely followed the talk show format. The competition for her 90-minute talk show? Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas, both of whom had well-established shows. The biggest twist for the daytime show was its regular rock star guests, like David Bowie. The bands showed Dinah's appreciation for new musical talent and introduced audiences to performances they might not otherwise see.
She began her career on radio programs in the 1940s but later moved on to host several talk shows, date a movie star and found a popular golf tournament.
A groundbreaking historian : Alexander Dee Brown

Died: December 12, 2002

Why he's famous: His 1970 bestselling book exposed the injustices Native Americans lived through as the United States government settled the West.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by American writer Dee Brown is a history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century. He describes the people's displacement through forced relocations and years of warfare waged by the United States federal government. It was first published in 1970 to generally strong reviews, although scholars criticized it on several grounds. Published at a time of increasing American Indian activism, the book was on the bestseller list for more than a year. Translated into 17 languages, the book has never gone out of print.
The title is taken from the final phrase of a 20th-century poem titled "American Names" by Stephen Vincent Benet. The poem is not about the Indian Wars. The full quotation, "I shall not be here/I shall rise and pass/Bury my heart at Wounded Knee," appears at the beginning of Brown's book. Although Benet's poem is not about the plight of native Americans, Wounded Knee, (a village on a reservation in South Dakota) was the location of last major confrontation between the U.S. Army and American Indians. The event is known formally as the Wounded Knee Massacre, as more than 150, largely unarmed, Sioux men, women, and children were killed that day.
An MLB slugger : Al Rosen


Age: 88

Baseball reserves a special place in its heart for the what-ifs. They can be white-hot blips like Herb Score, the Cleveland Indians pitcher whose face was shattered by a bullet line drive in 1957 after two dominant seasons in the majors. Or they can take the form of Sandy Koufax, who gave us just enough sustained genius to prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that injuries abbreviated one of baseball’s greatest careers.

But then there’s another class of player, the what-if-what-if. Caught in limbo, he fails to generate the same mystique: He is too accomplished to mourn yet not accomplished enough to become a legend. So, as the Major League All-Star game unfolds tonight, let us pay our respects to the almost-legendary Indians slugger Al Rosen, a four-time All-Star and the best Jewish ballplayer between Greenberg and Koufax. “If he had a couple of more good years, maybe one more good year, he would have been a candidate for the Hall of Fame,” Ira Berkow, the longtime New York Times sportswriter, told me. “He was one of the premier, if not the premier, third basemen of his time.”

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Rosen, a broad-shouldered, barrel-chested asthmatic who had been an amateur boxer, made his debut with the Indians in 1947. He made five appearances that year; nine the next; and in 1949 saw action in 23 games. By the time Rosen got the chance to play a full season, in 1950, he was already 26.

Rosen had put his career on hold to serve during World War II, which accounts somewhat for his delay in becoming a regular in the Indians line-up. The primary culprit, though, was the lack of free agency and any real union presence—pied piper Marvin Miller (a Jewish labor lawyer from the Bronx) did not come over from the United Steel Workers of America until 1966 to become director of the MLB Players Association—which enabled franchises to hoard players. The Indians were grooming Rosen as All-Star Ken Keltner’s successor at third base and had little interest in seeing him flourish elsewhere. With no leverage, players like Rosen could do little more than wait their turn.

Reached at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Rosen, now 87, is matter-of-fact about his strange career path. “I was a walk-on when I played in Thomasville, North Carolina, in 1942,” he told me. “I wanted to play baseball, and Thomasville needed a third baseman. I made $75 a month. I was happy, I was young, energetic, I loved every minute of it.”

But at some point, you get antsy. “I think that, given the chance in 1948, I could have played at the major-league level,” Rosen said. “Definitely in 1949.” The numbers back him up. In 1950, with Keltner finally out of the way, Rosen got his first full season in the majors. He hit .287 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs. Perhaps more important, his OPS—a stat favored by sabermetricians that combines on-base percentage and slugging percentage—was .948, the second-highest of his career.

Once Rosen finally got his chance, he almost immediately established himself as one of the best players in the game. From 1950 to 1955, he made four All-Star Games. In 1950 and 1951, Rosen was very good; in 1952 and 1954, he was fantastic; and in 1953, Rosen was sublime, winning the American League’s Most Valuable Player honors and narrowly missing the Triple Crown—he led in home runs (43) and RBIs (145) and came in second to Micky Vernon in batting average by .001. (He also led the league with a 1.034 OPS—an OPS above 1 being considered spectacular.) But injuries struck in 1955, and after the 1956 season, he retired at 32, right when he should have been at the height of his powers.

How good was Al Rosen? Baseball writer Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%, made the case to me with the metric called Wins Above Replacement (WARP), which takes a “replacement-level player”—essentially, some hypothetical player a notch or two below average—and, using both batting and fielding stats, measures how superior the actual player is to this imaginary mediocrity in the number of extra wins the actual player would generate over a full season. “How much better was Al Rosen than a replacement-level player?” Keri asked by way of explanation. “In his MVP season, he was more than nine wins better. If you have an 85-win team and you add Al Rosen, instead you have a 94-win team. So, you’ve gone from a pretty good club to a club that has a chance to win the World Series. He had a couple seven-win seasons, which are also tremendously good, and a few seasons just below that.”

Keri added, “If you are a two-win player, you’re a solid starter; if you’re a four-win player, you’re an All-Star; if you’re a six or seven player, you’re considered for the MVP; if you’re nine or more, you’re getting into some Albert Pujols-type seasons.”

Rosen also, of course, became an icon for the Jewish community, earning the nickname “The Hebrew Hammer” (though he chose to inscribe “Flip” on his bats). He also met with his fair share of anti-Semitic taunts. The newly arrived black baseball players may have made for bigger targets in the early 1950s—Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947—but Jews were by no means off the hook. When it came to voices from the crowd, Rosen never let his anger show. “You’d hear things from the stands after you would make a bad play or struck out,” he told me. “I had the feeling that anybody who felt as badly as I did could say anything they wanted.”

Other players, though, were a different story. Rosen didn’t hesitate to challenge, and fight, opponents who tried to make his ethnicity an issue. “There’s a time that you let it be known that enough is enough,” Rosen tells an interviewer in the 2010 documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. “You flatten [them].” He offered a more nuanced picture of anti-Semitism in our conversation: “I always felt that it was much better to ignore it until the point came when you really had to speak up, or else your entire reputation would be damaged. Then, I would assert myself.”

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The Indians won the pennant in 1954, only to lose the World Series to the New York Giants. That was also the year that Rosen’s injury problems began. He hit .300 with 24 home runs and 124 RBIs—strong numbers, but a marked comedown from the previous year’s heights, the result of having missed 17 games. The fans made their displeasure known, and Rosen’s confidence began to suffer. His numbers dipped further. The Indians tried to arrange a deal that would have sent him to the Boston Red Sox; he rejected it. He was then offered a steep pay cut. Rosen, who had worked as a stockbroker during off-seasons, chose to retire. “Every person has their own ego,” he recalled. “I was used to being the best, and when I couldn’t be the best in my own mind, it was time for me to move on because I didn’t want to start moving around from club to club.”

His injuries were far more extensive and overwhelming than people realized at the time. A fractured finger never healed. He got into a car accident the day before spring training began one year. “Things just began to deteriorate physically, and it became a mental thing,” he said. “Instead of being something I looked forward to every day, the game became something I dreaded.” Nor did this “mental thing” start only when his physical prowess began to wane: As early as 1952, a Baseball Digest profile described Rosen’s “exaggerated capacity for worrying over his batting troubles.” In the previous off-season, disappointed with his hitting, he had traveled to South America to clear his head and had given up golf so he could spend even more time on baseball, working out his legs well before that kind of training was the norm.

The comparisons to Greenberg were always obvious. Both men were enormous, muscular, and proud, feared hitters who were good for power and average alike. Both were Jewish ballplayers who made it clear they wouldn’t tolerate anti-Semitism. Rosen had grown up idolizing Greenberg. And, as it happened, Greenberg was a member of the Indians front office, in charge of the club’s minor league operations when Rosen broke in and general manager soon thereafter. With Rosen starring, Greenberg working behind the scenes, and Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (Jewish on his mother’s side) as player/manager, the Indians probably had as much Jewish cachet as any organization before or since.

So, it’s of special, if morbid, curiosity, to Jewish sports fans that Greenberg played a not-insignificant role in Rosen’s retirement. In 1956, the player Rosen had grown up idolizing gave Rosen a choice between a second pay cut or a trade, neither of which suggested the former superstar had much faith in an Al Rosen comeback.

Rosen told me he prefers not to talk about his relationship with Greenberg. Leaving baseball was not an easy decision, and having Hank Greenberg push him out the door certainly didn’t help matters. “Too much has been written about my relationship with Greenberg, and I prefer not to go there,” he said.

“Was there some jealousy from Hank to Al, with Al being a prominent player with the Jewish community when Hank was now a front office guy?” said Berkow, who interviewed Rosen when putting together Greenberg’s posthumously completed memoir The Story of My Life. “Maybe, but I can’t go into Hank’s head.”

“Hank was a general manager in a time when general managers were tough,” Berkow added. “There wasn’t a lot of sentiment.” If he was looking to trade Rosen, maybe Greenberg pragmatically saw he could get some value for Rosen. “He wasn’t looking at it as a Jew and he wasn’t looking at it as a friend. He was looking at it purely as a baseball man.” In the end, it was the system that cost Rosen a shot at immortality.

Rosen remained in Cleveland until 1973, sitting on the Indians’ board of directors and working with hitters in the spring. In 1978, he returned to baseball as the president of the New York Yankees, caught in the crossfire between George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin. Rosen resigned halfway through his second season and headed back to Las Vegas, bearing a World Series ring for his troubles. There was a front office stint with the Houston Astros from 1980 to 1985 and, from 1985 to 1992, time with the San Francisco Giants that won him Major League Baseball’s 1987 Executive of the Year award. A decade ago, he was briefly a consultant to Steinbrenner.
He was a four-time Major League Baseball All-Star third baseman who became general manager for a National League team in the 1980s.
A Democratic congressman : Bart Stupak


Age: 60

Congressman Bart Stupak is a Democrat from the first Congressional District of Michigan. He Co-Chairs the Bi-Partisan Pro-Life Caucus with Republican Congressman Chris Smith. He is one of a strong and vocal contingent of Pro-Life Democrats who carry on the legacy of the late, great Governor of Pennsylvania Bob Casey. They hear the cry of all the poor, including children in the first home of the whole human race, their mother’s womb. They recognize the truth that these dear children whom Mother Teresa rightly called the “poorest of the poor” have no voice but ours. They are our first neighbors.

As the debate over health care reform continues in the United States , we must keep in focus our first and primary concern, to ensure that if any Health Reform legislation passes, it absolutely and explicitly forbids the expenditure of Federal funds to kill these children in the womb by funding abortions, directly or indirectly. It is people like Bart Stupak who are becoming the great champions of this fundamental human rights issue in their own Party. They may also turn out to be the key in defending against a stealth abortion mandate at the National level.

On September 16, 2009, Congressman Stupak gave an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox news in which he strongly contended that President Obama’s assurances that funding abortion is simply not going to happen are not reliable. In fact, he said it “is just not true” and that he is “disappointed” that the President continues to make the claim.

Yet the President has sent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius out to ride point on the issue after making just such an explicit claim in his recent address to both Houses of Congress. In an interview with the Washington Post on September 15, 2009, the Secretary could not have been clearer in underscoring the claim, responding to a direct question with this assertion: “Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions”. The retired U.S. representative played a crucial part in health care reform and rented a room in a controversial Washington, D.C., house.
A reality TV star : Pedro Zamora

Died: November 11, 1994

The then-22-year-old introduced MTV viewers to the realities of being HIV-positive on a groundbreaking TV series.

The real story of the San Francisco cast was Pedro Zamora. It was the first time many of the MTV generation could say, “I know someone with AIDS.” It was probably the first time a lot of people even could say, “I know someone who is gay.”

More importantly, viewers didn’t watch him just struggle with the disease. Most of Pedro’s larger health problems came after the show was done taping. Instead of watching a struggle, people who watched The Real World watched Pedro live. They watched him go to work, giving speeches about the AIDS virus. They watched him fight with his roommates and go on vacation to Hawaii. They watched him date, fall in love, and commit to Sean.

Pedro went on the show hoping to put a face on the AIDS virus, and he did. He brought AIDS out of the hospital and being gay out of the bedroom and showed what it was like to really live.

And his roommates learned what it was like to live with someone living with AIDS. The same irrational, but inevitable, fears came up about sharing glasses, toilet seats, etc. Part of Pedro's gift was ability to educate without making his roommates feel silly for those fears

An Olympic swimmer : Cullen Jones


Age: 28
He became the second African-American swimmer to win a gold medal as a member of the record-breaking 4x100 relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Bronx-born swimmer Cullen Jones didn't just help power the U.S. relay swim team to Olympic gold - he just may have shattered the stereotype that blacks can't swim.

Although Jones isn't the first African-American swimmer to make the Olympic squad (he's the third), or the first to win a gold medal (he's the second), he figured in one of the most exciting races in sports history.

And that thriller will be replayed on Olympic highlight reels for generations to come. "I hope this exposure from the race today, a kid can see this and say, 'Wow, a black swimmer - and he's got a gold medal,' " Jones, 24, said. "The stigma that black people don't swim ended today."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

jennifer lopez oscars

jennifer lopez oscars



jennifer lopez oscars, Jennifer Lopez provided the Oscars with possibly one of the most uninspiring "wardrobe malfunctions" of recent times when it was fully clear whether the star's dress had slipped as she opened the envelope to announce the winner of an award alongside Cameron Diaz at last night's ceremony.
With Angelina Jolie already making a show of herself by revealing more than a little leg as she presented an award for Best Screenwriter, the internet was ripe for an evening of meme making, fake
Twitter accounts and blogs, Jolie's leg suffering the fate of all three. As Lopez tight-fitting dress drew attention it looked like it was about to kick off all over again, with a Twitter account called Jlosnipple appearing and making numerous witty posts including "If you were a nipple for one day...which event would you make an appearance at? Super Bowl? Check. Oscars? Check. Oscars JLo."
However, disappointment for any Lopez and/or nipple fans; according to her stylist Mariel Haenn the slip never happened. "The Oscar dress was custom-made for Jennifer by designer Zuhair Murad. The dress fit perfectly to her every inch," Haenn explained to Mtv, "There were cups built in and there's no chance that there were any how do you say? 'Slips.' While the dress did give the illusion of sheerness, jokes on everyone who wishes they saw something!"
The awards are only half the fun at the Oscars -- everyone knows that the fashion on the red carpet is just as important.

And like every year, the 84th annual Academy Awards included both stunning ensembles and dreadful gowns. Click through the gallery (above) to see what worked, and what didn't.No wonder the writer of this piece on Oscar best and worst dressed did not want to put his or her name to the piece, because it is utter rubbish. Just because you have to choose some really bad dresses, please actually use the eyeballs you were given and engage your brain before making your choice. By pronouncing stunningly beautiful dresses such as the one worn by Viola Davis as having a horrible colour, you force us to ask - are you actually looking at your choices?? The dress was excellent and looked wonderful on Ms. Davis, suiting her skin colour and all. She looked totally radiant!!

And yet you gave the thumbs-up to the Melissa McCarthy, when the whole effect looks like (*BURP*) the Christmas plum pudding!!! Absolutely ridiculous!!!! Judy Greer looks like the silver filling to an Oreo, and gets another thumbs-up. And it must be pure jealousy that drove you to vote down Jennifer Lopez' dress, which recalls the glam days of the 1930s. She definitely has the body and wonderful café-au-lait complexion to pull it off.

Let me take a guess - you were too incompetent to make a decision, so you took all the photos and ran up a flight of stairs to the top floor of the news building and then threw them down, and the ones that landed at the bottom of the stairs you gave the thumbs down to!!
Jennifer Lopez, who presented last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards with Cameron Diaz, avoided what could have been a major wardrobe malfunction. The pair, attempting a lame Oscar joke, quickly spun around and announced the winners with a few laughs. Diaz summed up the presentation saying, “Sometimes you’ve got to take a chance!”

octavia spencer surgery

octavia spencer surgery



octavia spencer surgery, Octavia Spencer won the supporting-actress Academy Award on Sunday for "The Help," completing an awards-season blitz that took her from Hollywood bit player to star.
Spencer's Oscar triumph came for her role as a headstrong black maid whose willful ways continually land her in trouble with white employers in 1960s Mississippi.

Spencer wept throughout her breathless speech, in which she apologized between laughing and crying for running a bit long on her time limit.
"Thank you, academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room," Spencer said, referring to last year's supporting-actor winner Christian Bale, who presented her Oscar.
Her brash character holds a personal connection: "The Help" author Kathryn Stockett based some of the woman's traits on Spencer, whom she met through childhood pal Tate Taylor, the director of the film.
Before taking the stage, Spencer got kisses from "The Help" co-stars Viola Davis, a best-actress nominee, and Jessica Chastain, a fellow supporting nominee.
"I share this with everybody," whose 15-year career includes dozens of small parts, often as a nurse, in such movies and TV shows as "Seven Pounds," ''A Time to Kill" and "The X-Files."
Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" won four Oscars, including the first two prizes of the night, for cinematography and art direction. It also won for sound mixing and sound editing.
It was a great start for Scorsese's film, which led contenders with 11 nominations.
"Marty, you're a genius as usual," said "Hugo" cinematographer Robert Richardson, who won his third Oscar after previous wins for "JFK" and Scorsese's "The Aviator."
Best-picture front-runner "The Artist," which ran second to "Hugo" with 10 nominations, won for costume design.
The Oscars normally start with a major prize such as one of the supporting-acting categories, but this one began with an unusual flurry of technical awards. Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher drama "The Iron Lady" claimed the makeup Oscar.
"Thanks, Meryl, for keeping me employed for the last 37 years. Your brilliance makes my work look good, no matter what," said J. Roy Helland, who shared the makeup Oscar with Mark Coulier.
Oscar organizers saved the first acting trophy until nearly a quarter of the way through the 24 awards. But TV viewers had a consolation prize at the outset with the return of beloved Oscar host Billy Crystal.
Crystal got the show off to a lively start with a star-laden montage in which he hangs out with Justin Bieber and gets a nice wet kiss from George Clooney.
Back as Oscar host for the first time in eight years, Crystal also did his signature introduction of the best-picture nominees with a goofy song.
Before his monologue, Crystal appeared in a collection of clips inserting him in scenes from key nominees. The montage included re-creations from some 2011 films featuring Tom Cruise of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and Clooney's best-picture contender "The Descendants," with the actor planting a kiss on Crystal.
Spoofing a scene from nominee "Midnight in Paris," Bieber told Crystal he was there to bring in the 18-to-24-year-old demographic for the 63-year-old host.
Crystal's return as host seemed appropriate on a night that had Hollywood looking back fondly on more than a century of cinema history.
The top two nominees -- "Hugo" and "The Artist" -- are both love songs to early cinema.
"Hugo" centers on a mystery connected to French cinema pioneer Georges Melies, who made groundbreaking fantastical short films in the early 1900s. "The Artist" traces the downfall of a 1920s movie star and is favored to become the first silent film to win best picture since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.
Add the Marilyn Monroe tale "My Week with Marilyn" -- which earned Michelle Williams a best-actress nomination as the Hollywood's greatest sex goddess and Kenneth Branagh a supporting-actor nomination as Oscar winner Laurence Olivier -- and the show's producers had a ready-made script for a night of fond recollection and backslapping about show business.
Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer created the right setting, converting the theater where the Oscars have been held for the last decade into a grand mock-up of a stylish old movie house.
Of course, nostalgia can be sad along with celebratory. The Eastman Kodak Co., whose film has been a staple in the business for as long as Hollywood has been around, is in bankruptcy, and to save money, it won court approval to duck out of its sponsorship deal for the theater that's home to the Oscars.
The signs were still up identifying it as the Kodak Theatre, but at the request of the landlord, Oscar organizers yanked references to it from the broadcast.
Stars such as Clooney, Streep, Brad Pitt and Jean Dujardin arrived on the red carpet to the delight of fans in the bleachers outside the theater, but comedian Sacha Baron Cohen showed up and upset the chic Hollywood tone.
Cohen arrived dressed in an over-the-top white military uniform, sunglasses and a thick beard to promote his upcoming film "The Dictator." Holding an urn he jokingly claimed were the ashes of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, Cohen then dumped the container onto "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.
Among key nominees, Dujardin had a chance to become the first Frenchman to win best actor for "The Artist."
Christopher Plummer is in line to become the oldest acting winner ever at 82. Streep might join the acting three-peat club with a third Academy Award as Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Because of a change in voting rules, the Oscars feature nine best-picture nominees for the first time, instead of the 10 they had the last two years.
Competing against "The Artist" and "Hugo" for the top honor are Clooney's family drama "The Descendants"; the Deep South tale "The Help,"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris," from writer-director Woody Allen; Brad Pitt's baseball tale "Moneyball" and his family saga "The Tree of Life"; the World War I epic "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg; and Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock's Sept. 11 story "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."
The record-holder with 17 acting nominations, Streep has won twice and would become only the fifth performer to receive three Oscars. Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan all earned three, while Katharine Hepburn won four.
It's been almost three decades since Streep last received an Oscar, for 1982's "Sophie's Choice." Though she has the most acting nominations, she also has the most losses -- 14. Another loss would be her 13th in a row.
Streep has tough competition in Davis, her co-star in 2008's "Doubt," who also was up for best actress as a maid leading the fight to expose racism in "The Help."
Best actor also looks like a two-person contest between Clooney as the distressed patriarch of a Hawaiian clan in "The Descendants" and Dujardin as a silent-era superstar whose career tanks as talking pictures take over in "The Artist."
It would be the second Oscar for Clooney, who won the supporting-actor prize for 2005's "Syriana." While French actresses have won before, among them Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche, Dujardin would be the first actor from France to receive an Oscar.
Dujardin was picked as best actor Saturday at the Spirit Awards honoring independent film, where "The Artist" ruled with four prizes, including best picture and director for Michel Hazanavicius, who is favored for the same trophy at the Oscars.
Octavia Spencer plans to have plastic surgery this year to have her breasts liftedSpencer told Parade magazine that she was planning to have cosmetic surgery this year.

“I am going to get my boobs lifted. That’s going to be my first gift. I’m going to do that. I figured going into my forties, I want my boobs where they were when I was 17,” she said.

The 39-year-old is likely to have the surgery in November because she has plans until early fall to be working out of the country on a movie written by Diablo Cody about a woman who is severely burnt in an accident and chooses to abandon her religion.

“That way I could just relax until January,” Spencer stated.

In addition, Octavia talked about her most memorable celebrity encounter in Hollywood; it was Steven Spielberg. She mentioned how the multi-award-winning film director “was always smiling,” when she happened to see him.

Additionally, the magazine asked her if she has bumped into actor Keanu Reeves, who helped her fix her vehicle after it broke down, right after moving to LA.

“No, I haven’t, but I still go to all of his movies on opening weekend,” said Spencer.
Octavia Spencer says she plans to get some help of her own -- plastic surgery to enhance her breasts.
When asked whether she planned to give herself any post-Oscar splurge gift, the 39-year-old Oscar nominee told Parade magazine she plans to go under the knife. "I am going to get my boobs lifted. That's going to be my first gift. I'm going to do that. I figured going into my forties I want my boobs where they were when I was 17."
Big Winners & Big Moments at SAG Awards
Spencer said the procedure would likely take place in November because she's going to be working out of the country on a Diablo Cody-written movie until early fall. "That way I could just relax until January," she said.
Viola Davis' Mom Reluctant to See The Help
The actress also reveals that her favorite celebrity encounter in Hollywood was Steven Spielberg, whom she noted "was always smiling." When asked whether she's bumped into Keanu Reeves since he helped her out when her car broke down after she had just moved to L.A. she responds: "No, I haven't, but I still go to all of his movies on opening weekend."
For more of Spencer's interview, pick up a copy of the new Parade magazine -- in newspapers on Sunday -- or visit Parade.com.

chuck norris bridge

chuck norris bridge



chuck norris bridge, Chuck Norris is the leading contender to have a pedestrian bridge connecting Slovakia to Austria named after him. The Slovakian public has been granted the unique opportunity to vote for potential names for the bridge, which will span across the Morava River, just north of Bratislava.

According to Reuters, action-star Norris is far and away the favorite to be honored in the form of a bridge, though other contenders include Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa and the nearby village of Devinska. The final decision will be made in the hands of a regional assembly, though public opinion appears to suggest Slovakians would be happy commuting across the 'Chuck Norris Bridge'. Regional governor Pavol Freso says the lawmakers will adhere to the people's wishes indicted in an online ballot. As of Thursday (February 23, 2012), the American marital artist-turned-actor had garnered 1,157 votes, which translated into 74 per cent of the total. Maria Theresa appears to have been roundhouse kicked down the pecking order, receiving only 8 per cent.
Though the exact relationship between Chuck Norris and central Europe is unclear, his movies and television shows became popular worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. He is perhaps best known for starring in the series 'Walker, Texas Ranger' - a crime drama that ran for eight seasons.The bridge, which crosses the Morova river into Austria, looks set to be known as the Chuck Norris Bridge with the film star currently having 74 per cent of the vote.
As it stands, 1,157 votes have been cast in favour of Norris, largely because of his 'kitsch' popularity among Slovaks. His name is often the punchline in jokes relating to macho strength.
The final decision will be made by the regional assembly but officials have said that the internet ballot's decision will be respected.
Regional governor Pavol Freso, said: 'The same way as we have so far been building it in full sight of the public, we will seek that the name is accepted by the public as well.'
Also in contention for the name of the bridge are former Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Thereas, who currently has eight per cent of the vote in second place.
Another contender is a small village close to the bridge, Devinska.
Norris is a martial arts expert and famous film star who has, throughout his career, built a reputation for playing tough guy characters in movies including Lone Wolf McQuade, Missing in Action and The Delta Force.

 Slovaks have been voting overwhelmingly in favor of naming a new pedestrian and cycling bridge near their capital for 1980s action film and TV star Chuck Norris.
The two other top names in the running for the bridge, which will span the Morava river and cross the border to Austria, were Maria Theresa after an Austro-Hungarian empress and the Devinska cycling bridge in honour of the closest village.
Norris, a martial arts expert-turned film star, is known for playing tough guy characters in such classic movies as "Lone Wolf McQuade," "Missing in Action" and "The Delta Force.The actor's work has become a popular source of kitschy fun among Slovaks and a mainstay for local jokes about macho strength and invincibility.

The final decision will be up to a regional assembly. But regional Governor Pavol Freso has said it would follow the wishes of the people in the Internet ballot where Norris leads as the top choice for the bridge's name.

"The same way as we have so far been building it in full sight of the public, we will seek that the name is accepted by the public as well," he said.

The voting will run until April. As of Thursday, 1,157 votes have backed Norris, 74 percent of the total, leaving the runner up 'Maria Theresa Bridge' far behind with 8 percent.
Slovaks have been voting overwhelmingly in favor of naming a new pedestrian and cycling bridge near their capital for 1980s action film and TV star Chuck Norris.

The two other top names in the running for the bridge, which will span the Morava river and cross the border to Austria, were Maria Theresa after an Austro-Hungarian empress and the Devinska cycling bridge in honour of the closest village.

Norris, a martial arts expert-turned film star, is known for playing tough guy characters in such classic movies as “Lone Wolf McQuade,” “Missing in Action” and “The Delta Force.”The actor’s work has become a popular source of kitschy fun among Slovaks and a mainstay for local jokes about macho strength and invincibility.

The final decision will be up to a regional assembly. But regional Governor Pavol Freso has said it would follow the wishes of the people in the Internet ballot where Norris leads as the top choice for the bridge’s name.

“The same way as we have so far been building it in full sight of the public, we will seek that the name is accepted by the public as well,” he said.

The voting will run until April. As of Thursday, 1,157 votes have backed Norris, 74 percent of the total, leaving the runner up ‘Maria Theresa Bridge’ far behind with 8 percent.

birth control recall

birth control recall



birth control recall, Glenmark Generics is issuing a nationwide recall of seven lots of birth control pills. The pills are labeled "norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets."
Because of a packaging error, some of the pills were placed in the wrong order within the packs, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration. The packs contain three types of pills with varying levels of hormones, designed to be taken at different times during a woman's cycle.

The pills were rotated 180 degrees within the pack, so the weekly tablet orientation is reversed, and the lot number and expiration date are visible only on the outer pouch, according to the FDA. Any pack for which the lot number and expiry date is not visible is subject to recall.
Because of this error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect, leaving women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.
These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks, but consumers whose pills are affected should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately, the FDA said. Patients who have the products(lot numbers are provided below) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.
Lot numbers of affected packs are as follows: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129 and 04110134. The packs were distributed nationwide between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30, 2011. The complete name of the product is norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (Generic).
The error was discovered when a consumer complained she received a pack in which the tablets were packaged in reverse order, the FDA said.
In the correct packaging configuration, the top row contains seven white to off-white tablets, and the bottom row contains seven inactive, light green tablets in bottom row.
Last month, Pfizer recalled 28 lots of generic birth control pills labeled Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, when the company found some packs contained an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets, and tablets out of sequence.
More than 1 million packets of birth control pills are being recalled after packages were made with the incorrect dosage of active and inactive tablets. The pills themselves are not dangerous, but taking the incorrect dosage could lead to unwanted pregnancies. The affected drugs include Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets that have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

The drugs in question are manufactured by Pfizer, which already had a bad day on Tuesday, following a disappointing earnings announcement. The company beat income expectations, but announced a drop in both profit and revenue over 2010 numbers and revised the rest of its 2012 earnings downward. The patent on its most popular and lucrative drug, the cholesterol-fighting Lipitor, expired in November, causing sales to fall 42 percent in the United States in just one month.

The pills may also be labeled under the Akrimax Rx Products and Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand, the company that markets the pills on behalf of Pfizer.
Glenmark Generics Inc. USA today issued a voluntary, nationwide, consumer-level recall of seven (7) lots of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg. The recall is being implemented because of a packaging error, where select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date visible only on the outer pouch. Any blister for which the lot number and expiry date is not visible is subject to recall. This packaging error is limited to the seven (7) lots listed in the table below of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg. This product is used as an oral contraceptive indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception. As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy. These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. However, consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately. Patients who have the affected product (lot numbers are provided below) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.These tablets were manufactured and packaged by Glenmark Generics Ltd. India. and are distributed by Glenmark Generics Inc. USA. This product is distributed to wholesalers and retail pharmacies nationwide between September 21, 2011 and December 30, 2011. This product is distributed by Glenmark Generics Inc. only in the USA.
Lot numbers of affected packs of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (Generic), are as follows:
This packaging related issue was discovered when Glenmark received a complaint from a consumer stating that she received one blister pack in which the tablets were packaged in reverse order. The correct packaging configuration of this product has 3 pouch packs packaged in a carton and each pouch pack has one blister which contains 28 tablets (seven tablets each of a different strength and inactive tablets) in which the sequence is white to off-white tablets on top row and inactive light green tablets in bottom row (correctly packaged blister packs are pictured here):
Each white to off white tablet contains 0.18 mg of the progestational compound, norgestimate USP, together with 0.035 mg of the estrogenic compound, ethinyl estradiol USP.
Each light blue tablet contains 0.215 mg of the progestational compound, norgestimate USP, together with 0.035 mg of the estrogenic compound, ethinyl estradiol USP.
Each blue tablet contains 0.25 mg of the progestational compound, norgestimate USP, together with 0.035 mg of the estrogenic compound, ethinyl estradiol USP.