Celebrity Real Estate: A-rod Buys New Condo, Eminem’s Childhood Home Up For Auction

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Rodriguezs new home came fully furnished. Kid Rock lists Malibu home for $13.45 million Kid Rock is known for shock lyrics and hillbilly-rock style. Its expected his home would reflect that perhaps be decked out in hard-core rocker aesthetic. However, Rocks home is done up in a modern Balinese style, complete with white walls and exotic woodsgiving off a soothing vibe. I wanted a place that was comfortable and fun, where I could kick back, write music and hang out with friends. But it also had to be a house that was well-built something with quality, Kid Rock born Robert Ritchie told the LA Times Magazine in 2008 . He hired designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to outfit the home. Bullard reiterated to the magazine that despite the entertainers rocker image, he has good taste. Yes, hes a crazy, mad rock star, but hes also very mellow, and he loves to entertain in style, Bullard said. His taste is surprisingly sophisticated. We werent going with red velvet sofas and Gothic chandeliers. Kid Rock bought the property at 28830 Bison Ct, Malibu, CA 90265 in 2006 for $11.6 million. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home measures 8,305 square feet on just over an acre lot on Point Dume. Typical of most Malibu homes, the house has an open floor plan, incorporating indoor and outdoor living areas. The property includes a chefs kitchen, guesthouse and pool with outdoor shower.

Celebrity Guilty Pleasures That Prove Stars Are Just Like Us

Gluten-free and high in butter. Gluten-free whoopee pies are amazing.” Nick Wechsler “Porn and murder. Yeah, killing people while watching porn. No, no, lets see one of my guilty pleasures, and Ive said this a bunch of times which is insane that I even put this out there, is ‘Americas Next Top Model.’ I dont know whats wrong with me, but I love it.” Camila Alves “Chips and salsa and guacamole.” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino “My guilty pleasure … Miley Cyrus.” Julie Bowen “My guilty pleasure is probably a combination that involves my couch, it involves maybe ‘Project Runway’ and Nilla Wafers, and thats that. Im not that out there and on the edge, but generally my life is kind of in fast forward and it requires so much energy that my guiltiest pleasure is when Im lying still, watching something that requires very little thought and eating sugar.” Taylor Schilling “My guilty pleasure is I like to watch a lot of HGTV. I really like watching design shows about houses, like extreme homes.” Jennifer Love Hewitt “The wonderful thing about doing red carpets when youre pregnant is instead of sucking on a piece of ice and drinking chicken broth before you walk out there, you actually have to eat a full meal because otherwise you get really dizzy and not nice, so Ive been able to eat before the red carpets. Yes, awesome!” Tim McGraw “Cheeseburgers. I like everything on them.” Nick Jonas “I dont know if I have a guilty pleasure. Im sort of pretty wide open when it comes to why I like certain things. I love the show ‘Nashville,’ I mean thats a show thats pretty incredible. I dont know if its a guilty pleasure, but I think its great.” Kelly Bensimon “I dont really have a guilty pleasure my life is a guilty pleasure.” Joey Lawrence “Pizza and chocolate chip cookies.” Jewel “Kung-Fu movies.” Rob Lowe “First of all I have a philosophy on guilty pleasures.

And celebrity chef-branded frozen pizza. Heck, theres even a celebrity chef-endorsed antacid . So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange.

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

From earning as much as $15 billion a year in the mid-2000s, the industry has shriveled to between $5 and $10 billion today, according to various estimates. But one form of adult entertainment consumers will still apparently pay for is the celebrity sex tape. In fact, one adult industry insider tells FOX411 that the celebrity sex tape is basically keeping adult entertainment companies, including industry leader Vivid, afloat. The source maintains that savvy women like Farrah Abraham, Myla Sinanaji, and Sydney Leathers are giving their 15 minutes of fame to adult companies to make professional pornos for big paydays, and the porn companies are scrambling to find more trashy stars like them to boost their bottom lines. Vivid only makes money from celeb tapes.A porn video generates no income.Celebrity tapes sell, the source told FOX411. They are finding women celebrities to make sex tapes.It was not a romantic relationship that Farrah had with James Deen.It was set up.(Reality star) Tila Tequila was staged with lighting with her girlfriends in Las Vegas. The founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch, acknowledged the landscape of the porn industry has changed, and that D-list celebs now mean big money. I think that were dealing with several issues.The one that most people talk about is the amount of free content on the Internet and how to deal with that.What weve chosen to do is work with free sites.One of the things that we did decide to do is work with celebrity sex tapes, he said. What we did is we leased a celebrity sex tape with Farrah Abraham and we took a five minute clip and put it onto one of the three sites.And as a result of that, they had 12 million views of that five-minute clip within the first 10 days.We surrounded that clip with links back to Vivid.com, and then those people came to Vivid.com to watch the movie, which equated to $500,000 in sales. But Hirsch would not go so far as to say Vivid relies on celebrity sex tape income to stay afloat. The one thing about celebrity sex tapes is they dont fall into any sort of schedule. Sometimes its two or three in a row and then not any for a year.So it depends if were able to find some or not, he said. This year weve been lucky with Farrah and Sydney.Ultimately they are not a huge part of our business, but its what helps to drive our brand, and gets the name out there, and drives traffic to all of the Vivid properties. He does, however, acknowledge pursuing young women in the news.Absolutely.Yes, yes, yes.Were very proactive, Hirsch said. If we see something in the news we try to contact them or make them some sort of public offer. Our sources say this pursuit is a huge change in how the industry works.

Mcdonald’s Tries Fancy Food With Celebrity Chefs In Nyc

Feeling like I’ve just chewed on glass for two hours straight. 12 These are probably made of plastic, let’s be honest. 11 Chocolate and peanuts are both delicious. Somehow these manage to be completely unremarkable. 10 Guys, there is a time and a place. Just come on. 9 Even people who love Whoppers will admit that they are really strange. 8 Flickr: stu_spivack Okay. A hot dog is the most meal-like thing anyone should be eating in a movie theater. 7 You can’t really mess with a classic. 5 Sweet Tarts Amazon These are what Sour Patch Kids hope they’ll be when they grow up and stop cutting the ever-loving shit out of peoples’ mouths. 4 Twizzlers?

None of the dishes will reach McDonalds drive-thrus, at least not in the near future. But company spokespeople said the exercise will help engender new ways to think about the existing menu and highlight the chain’s ingredients. At the event, dietitian Jessica Foust, who manages McDonalds nutrition and culinary division, will craft mojitos made with the chains Mango Pineapple Smoothie base. Her beef and gnocchi dish will be made with McDonalds French fries, another smoothie base, carrots and meat normally used for burger patties. As McDonalds struggles to keep sales growing at the fast clip maintained during the recession, the chain is spicing up its menu with Habanero Ranch sauce and rice wine vinegar in its McWraps bolder flavors that werent as acceptable five to seven years ago, Foust said. You can find these ingredients in grocery stores and some of the most fine dining in the country, she said in a recent interview. Were helping people understand that its food thats all it is. James Tahhan, star of cooking shows on Telemundo and Utilisima, will create tortilla espanola with garlic and saffron aioli using the fast-food companys hash browns, eggs and onions. There will also be Kung Pao chicken made using Chicken McNuggets by Dale Talde, a contestant on Bravos Top Chef show. Aaron McCargo Jr., winner of the Next Food Network Star competition and host of the Big Daddys House show on the television network, will present barbecue chicken. The ingredients? McDonalds crispy chicken, hash browns, Chipotle BBQ sauce, cheddar jack cheese and espresso.

As Washington debates, some U.S. states proceed with food stamps cuts

Oklahoma Department of Human Services spokesman Mark Beutler said he was not sure how many people would be affected there. The changes have drawn criticism from some advocates for the poor and unemployed. “It’s the wrong thing to do,” said Louis Goseland, campaign director for Sunflower Community Action, based in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s not as though starving 20,000 people will do anything to change unemployment. It is punitive to the most vulnerable people in the state.” President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package in 2009 suspended the work requirement nationwide to help the growing number of unemployed during the recession. Even as the economy and job picture have improved, the waiver has remained in most states. Five states – Delaware, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming – have not used the waiver in recent years for a variety of reasons, according to a recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent public policy research group. The waiver still allows unemployed people to get food stamps, but only for three months within a 36-month period. That means in Kansas and Oklahoma some people will have three months from October 1 either to find a job or enroll in a federal job-training program. The tighter restrictions follow a vote by the Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives on September 24 to cut food stamp spending by $40 billion.

Food meets technology at the International Food Bloggers Conference

She joined 320 food bloggers from across the continent who attended the 2013 International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) in Seattle last weekend. Now in its fifth year, the annual three-day conference focuses on the latest trends in food, writing and technology, bringing together food bloggers and connecting them with writers, publishers, media professionals and marketers in the food industry. The conference draws bloggers and writers from all walks of life: the beginner, the seasoned, the professional who does it on the side, to the traditional cookbook author/food writer looking to transition into another aspect of the food industry. Unlike larger food blogging conventions, which can draw attendees into the thousands, IFBC provides an intimate setting for bloggers to meet other participants, discuss their craft and digest all the rich material (and food) the conference has to offer. The long list of speakers included several luminaries in the food world. Dorie Greenspan, author of 10 cookbooks (Desserts by Pierre Herme, Around My French Table) and winner of six James Beard awards, kicked the conference off as the keynote speaker. Renowned New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani returned by popular demand to share his A-Zs of digital food photography. Chef John Mitzewich of Food Wishes gave another lively and humorous cooking demonstration, this time preparing raw salmon recipes. Bloggers searching for more instruction on how to develop their creativity and writing attended sessions by cookbook author/journalist Kim ODonnel (The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations) or Cynthia Lair and Matt Smith of Cookus Interruptus. For those heading in a more entrepreneurial direction, sessions with AllRecipes, WordPress and Google+ addressed the elements of building blogs as a business, addressing topics such as building traffic, blog design and understanding and utilizing social media. But the real star of the show is the food. From artisan olive oils to Bordeaux wines to scallop and bacon sliders on a Brioche buns, bloggers sampled, photographed, blogged or tweeted dozens of gourmet goodies at every seeming hour.

Players Not Sold On London Franchise

Ike Taylor gets playful as Steelers arrive in London

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You have that country camaraderie behind it, whereas America, its kind of our own deal right now. Anything thats spreading the NFL to other countries, I think its a great idea. Might be different for guys with families. But how much different is it from going from California to New York or New York to London? Its still a pretty good trip either way youre looking at it. Eagles linebacker Trent Cole : All your family is back in the United States. Who would do that? You wouldnt have a good team because I dont think too many people would want to do that. Play in London, away from your whole world and your family? Theyre going to have to go get some rugby players. That would be cool. Get some rugby players, have them get some equipment on, drug-test all of them. Eagles cornerback Cary Williams : Stay in America, man. Lets worry about the Jacksonville Jaguars not getting the fans out there. I dont know. Its cool to go across the water and all that. Its cool for a trip, but you dont want a franchise out there.

Game plan London: The NFL abroad

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More than 11 million people out of a total population of 63 million in the United Kingdom, or 17%, now say they are NFL fans, according to NFL research. That compares to about two-thirds of people in the USA who self-identify as football fans. In China, by way of contrast, which has a population of 1.4 billion, there are about 3 million fans of the sport, or 0.2% of the population, according to managing director of NFL China Richard Young, who revealed the statistics in an interview with Ad Age in January. On yet another measure, the NFL’s main Facebook page has 8 million “likes”; NFL China’s Facebook page has a mere 199 “likes”; and the league does not maintain a separate Facebook page for the U.K. As an export concept, Fuller says, football is not without headwinds. “Whereas for basketball or soccer it’s relatively easy to put together a team, put two jerseys down for a goal, or find a basketball hoop and just start playing, there’s a lot of structure to football that makes it more difficult to transport to another country,” he says. “There’s the structure of the team, the structure of the officials. There’s also the cost of the equipment,” he says. The modest amount of padding permitted but not required, for example, for players of rugby pales in cost compared to a helmet, shoulder pads, leg padding and other accessories deemed absolutely necessary for football players. The NFL has returned to London with the Vikings and Steelers set to meet at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29. But the league has been featuring its product abroad for decades. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Last Slide Next Slide Still, growth for the game at the grass-roots level at the field level does nevertheless appear to be taking place in the U.K. “It’s an upward trajectory in terms of participation,” says Andy Fuller, the director for student football at the British American Football Association, the national governing body for the sport here. BAFA’s Fuller says that there has been “rapid and tremendous growth within the higher education sector” with a full 76 college teams now competing and what he called a “tranche more” ready to launch for the 2014 and 2015 season. In 2008, there were 42 teams playing college football in the U.K.

London Weekend: Fleetwood Mac, Bond Breakfast, Timberlake

“I’ll tell you what,” Taylor said. “I would love to meet the Queen the head lady.” PHOTOS: NFL GOES OVERSEAS The NFL has returned to London with the Vikings and Steelers set to meet at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29. But the league has been featuring its product abroad for decades. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Big Ben poses in front of Big Ben. Yes, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did his share of offseason promotional work in London, including this shot in front of his namesake, to market the league. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Fullscreen The Jaguars and 49ers will meet in London on Oct. 27, marking the first time two games have been played there in the same season. The Jaguars will “host” a game in England each of the next four seasons as owner Shad Khan tries to expand the team’s international footprint. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP London’s 6-year-old Wembley Stadium has become the NFL’s primary European venue. It holds approximately 86,000 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009. Brady passed for three TDs. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Brits got a full dose of Broncos QB Kyle Orton (8) in 2010 rather than experiencing the play of then-rookie Tim Tebow. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports WR Michael Crabtree and the 49ers were too much for Orton’s Broncos, winning 24-16. Alastair Grant, AP Fullscreen The Buccaneers, who are owned by the Glazer family (they also control world-famous soccer club Manchester United), were back in 2011. But they fared no better against the Bears, who won 24-18 as RB Matt Forte racked up 183 yards from scrimmage and scored one TD. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Brady and the Pats invaded again in 2012. They faced a Rams squad that had initially agreed to play three “home” games at Wembley but later backed out given their tenuous stadium circumstances in St.

Through Dec. 15 at the Hayward Gallery: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk or +44-20-7960-4200. MUSIC Fleetwood Mac plays the final gig of its three-concert run at the O2 — the first U.K. shows since it sold out Wembley in 2009. The veteran band is the same as at its Rumours peak — while Christine McVie is largely absent, she did make a surprise brief appearance at one show. Expect plenty of the 1977 album, re-released this year in a 35th-anniversary edition, as well as hits from a new four-track EP. Information: http://www.fleetwoodmac.com . The iTunes festival is wrapping up at the Roundhouse. Dizzee Rascal serves up his droll hip-hop on Friday, John Legend adds jazz on Saturday and Justin Timberlake offers hit-material pop on Sunday: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/ . OTHER LONDON OUTINGS Send your kids up a chimney this weekend at a festival to inaugurate a vast new London square. Kings Cross Square (in front of the station) celebrates its Victorian, industrial past with a carnival at nearby Granary Square, where visitors can race penny farthings (those old bicycles with huge front wheels) and kids can shovel coal. Information: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/6288.aspx .

Rihanna Booed After Arriving 80 Minutes Late To Concert

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Phil Comments 0 Gustavo Dudamel rehearsing members of YOLA for their Hollywood Bowl debut in 2009. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) Also By Mark Swed Los Angeles Times Music Critic September 26, 2013, 5:16 p.m. Gustavo Dudamel will do it again. He will begin his fifth season as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director like he did his first — offeringa free concertwith the Youth Orchestra LA, which he founded with the L.A. Phil, before going on to lead a very tony gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big occasion for this year will be a celebration of Disneys 10th anniversary. What will be different, though, is that the free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday will, this time, be at Disney Hall, not the Hollywood Bowl. Since the tickets have already been distributed, the program will also be shown on a free live simulcast in Grand Park. PHOTOS: Gustavo Dudamel career in pictures What will also be different — besides the fact the YOLA players are considerably more advanced and worldly than they were five years ago (some even accompanied the L.A. Phil to London earlier this year) — is that for the first time the young musicians will sit side by side with the L.A. Phil for a performance of the bounding, folk song-inspired fourth movement of Tchaikovskys Second Symphony, known as The Little Russian, as well as for Marquezs just as upbeat and even more danceable Conga del Fuego. What wont likely change, though, is the sheer inspirational fervor Dudamel inspires in student musicians and the likelihood of tears in the eyes of even the hardest-bitten unsentimental music professionals in the audience who think theyve seen it all.

Lionel Richie concert review: Endless hits at the Patriot Center

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The good news is, were going to sing all the songs. The bad news is, I hope I can remember them. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Richies been crooning the same songs for so long Penny Lover, Truly, Ballerina Girl, Lady that he could probably sing them in his sleep. The same could be said of the members of the predominantly middle-aged crowd. We have known each other a long time, he cooed onstage, flashing a big smile at the ladies in the front row who werent seat-sharing but instead jumping up and down and shrieking. Richie instructed people in the arena to go back in time and reminisce about when they first heard his songs, and where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with. From the dreamy looks on many peoples faces, those were some happy memories. What could have been an incredibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores) most well-known hits, including Still, Stuck On You and Three Times a Lady. Richies voice, strained at some points, still provided enough power for bursts of energy for Dancing on the Ceiling and the island-themed smash All Night Long. Although it was a little unsettling to see Richie (whos Grandpa Lionel now, he reminded everyone, although his grandkids call him Pop Pop) make the hourglass-figure hand motions with Brick House. But Richie embraced the cheesiness, with some especially awkward dancing: lots of hip swivels and pointing of index fingers in the air. Easily winded, he caught his breath a couple times as he soaked in the screams from the audience and wiped the sweat from his forehead with a small towel. No mention was made of his recent return to pop-culture relevance with last years Tuskegee , a compilation of countrified versions of his songs featuring guest stars that include Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. It was his first No. 1 album in 25 years. Instead, the concert remained all about the past, culminating in a long shout-out to Michael Jackson when Richie closed with We Are the World. Curiously, the feel-good group hug of an evening ended on a somber note. What really disturbed Jackson, Richie recalled, was that after they wrote the song, it didnt seem to change anything.

Concert will feature ‘best of the best’

27, 2013 Modified: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 – COURTESY OF DR. JIAN ZHANG Jian Zhang More Information Learn more: For information about Jian Zhangs organization and the Oct. 5 concert, call him at 704-906-8686 or go to http://tix.cpcc.edu . Next month, Charlotte will have a chance to hear some of the best musicians from China and the southeastern U.S. Charlottes Chinese American Association, the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, and the North Carolina China Council in Raleigh will host a concert titled Trans-Pacific Melodies. The concert will be 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The China National Orchestra and the North Carolina International Orchestra will perform at the Dale F. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. The CNO is an arts institute of the Ministry of Culture in China. Fifteen members of the orchestra will perform in four concerts in the United States. The CNO is led by artistic director Xi Qiang, an expert in Chinese folk music. He also is a Chinese traditional stringed instrument performer. The NCIO is a symphony orchestra of professional musicians established for joint performances with the CNO.

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Rihanna performs live for fans at the first show of her Australian tour at Perth Arena on Sept. 24, 2013, in Perth, Australia. (Photo: Stefan Gosatti, Getty Images) SHARE 114 CONNECT 16 TWEET 13 COMMENTEMAILMORE An Australian crowd thought Rude Boy singer Rihanna was just plain rude when she showed up a full hour and 20 minutes late for a show Thursday night. She was supposed to be onstage at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre at 9 p.m., The Australian reported , but that didn’t happen. Some fans even gave up, choosing to leave instead. “not impressed with rhianna at all…….left concert without seeing her and she was over an hour and a half late….” tweeted Twitter user @leahmac677 . When she finally took the stage, she was greeted by boos instead of cheers from the fed-up audience. RELATED: Rihanna gets a new gun-shaped grill Though she did mention something about taking “a long, long time to get back to Australia” she had been due in from Perth, Australia, where she played a show Tuesday night that started 40 minutes late there was no apology or further explanation, according to the newspaper. “Adelaide what the (eff) … I’m finally here … and I now remember how crazy my Australian fans are,” she said to open the show. But once she got going, it seems much of the crowd was willing to put her tardy arrival behind them.

Music Teachers From Chaminade, Pinecrest Vie For Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator Award

He had so much talent and yet was so humble. Another chorister, Suzy Stevenson of Bethlehem, said Storers singing voice was smooth as velvet. Ron sounded like Kenny Rogers, and he even looked a lot like him. Ron made the songs he sang come alive, whatever their genre. Storer also constructed sets for his choirs performances. They looked so professional that you could put them on stage at Atlantas Civic Center, Stevenson said. Jason Harper was a singer who was profoundly influenced by Storer. I was 11 when Ron encouraged me to take voice lessons, Harper said. He made music fun for me at a time when I was consumed with sports. So when I went to college (Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.), I majored in music. Harper said after college he worked two years at Opryland as a performer, then settled in Little Rock, Ark., moving initially into radio and then to television news. He said he continues to sing and act in local theater productions, for which he credits Storers mentoring. Ron was like a second father to me, he said. In 1998 Storer left his music career to work full time with his wife, Rhonda, in Storer Classic Designs Inc., remodeling dozens of homes, mostly in the northeast suburbs.

Florida Georgia Line: The duo changing country music, one party song at a time

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Even if its just acquiring a chilled beverage on a hot summer afternoon. I could use a cold brewski, Brian Kelley (known as B.K.) announces as he walks into the front lounge of a stuffy tour bus on a stifling August day. No problem. He opens a small sliding door, and as if by magic, reveals several beer bottles packed in ice. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Hovering over six feet tall, Kelley, 28, sits down, leans back and props his legs up on a small counter across the aisle as his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, appears. Hubbard, 26, grabs a granola bar out of a makeshift kitchen cabinet and takes a seat. Just a couple of everyday guys, hanging out before taking the stage in Richmond in front of 6,000 screaming fans. Fifteen months ago, these dudes didnt have a record deal. Now theyre shattering music records while taking Nashville by storm . On Sunday, the 20,000-plus expected to gather at Merriweather Post Pavilion for the annual Sunday in the Country festival will see Kelley and Hubbard right before they graduate to the next level of stardom: their first national headlining tour, which kicks off Thursday. Fans will pack in to hear feel-good party songs from the duos platinum-selling debut album, Heres to the Good Times , and especially the inescapable crossover smash Cruise, which recently spent 22 weeks at No.

Students might spend time learning a new chord on the ukelele, beating out rhythms in an African drum circle or plucking the metal keys of a mbira, a thumb piano made from the half shell of a gourd or coconut. Kids get to create and express themselves, to find out who they are and (what they) want to do with their lives, said the San Fernando Valley native who is married with two adult children. She also directs Chaminades choir, the C-Notes, which has twice performed at New Yorks Carnegie Hall. The group is open to all students, not only those born with melodious voices. I can teach them to sing, Rohrs said of the all-inclusive policy. All they need is the heart and desire to participate. Turpin has been teaching for a decade, even thought she just turned 26. While attending Simi Valley High, she gave piano lessons, starred in, choreographed and designed sets for the likes of Hello, Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie and worked with the theater program at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. She credits those experiences with giving her the strong work ethic, inspired imagination and unflagging self-confidence she brings to Pinecrest. Music taught me that its important to just keep reaching, that creativity is so vast and infinite it can just keep going, she said. Music is also a big tool to help understand math and English. Its a different way to work the mind to get to the answer. Turpin teaches music theory and practice, with students learning to play the hand bells and recorder. She also leads three choirs that perform at community functions. And shes become an innovative fundraiser, organizing a student talent show that helped the school buy new microphones. Now she has her sights set on speakers.

Amazon, Apple Face More International Taxes In Europe

Europe’s global role

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Microsoft Amazon, Apple face more international taxes in Europe Carol Kopp, Minyanville 12:33 p.m. EDT September 27, 2013 A picture shows an Ipad with an “Amazon” logo. (Photo: Lionel Bonaventure, AFP/Getty Images) SHARE 9 CONNECT 23 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s no day at the plage operating a giant, successful, multinational American company, once you’ve run up against some very un-American notions about tax policy from abroad. Such as the “data tax” on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, about to be proposed by France for adoption by the European Union. Apparently, France would like to impose a data transmission tax on those companies — and only those companies — because they are the dominant platforms for Internet usage in Europe just as they are in the US, but they are “non-European,” that is, American. Their dominance therefore prevents European competitors from emerging from obscurity. (How taxing the most popular sites will make other sites more popular with consumers is not clear.) A French member of the European Parliament tells the Wall Street Journal that a data tax should be imposed because the European nations have become “just the puppets of financiers and multinationals.” Or, as Forbes puts it in a now-classic headline: “Gibbering Nonsense From France About Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.” The tax plan is just one piece of a proposal that would establish a new Internet regulatory agency within the European Union. In part, the agency would be empowered to impose other rules aimed at leveling the playing field for European competitors, such as forcing the American companies to enable portability among devices for digital purchases. French Technology Minister Fleur Pellerin told the Wall Street Journal that the absence of such regulations is effectively “blocking innovation from all of the other actors,” and making it difficult for European companies to emerge. The call for regulation gets real impetus from another issue that has entangled US technology companies in Europe: data privacy. The issue gained a great deal of heat after revelations of the US government’s continuing collection of private data on a massive scale, and with the cooperation of some of its biggest technology companies. The proposals are expected to be presented in late October at a summit of European leaders.

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China, India, Russia, Brazil and others are seen as fierce rivals who want a afull-scale reversala of their relationship with the West by demanding better representation in multilateral fora. Others argue that Europe should be more assertive and more self-confident when dealing with the cheeky new kids on the bloc. It was partly to respond to such concerns that the European External Action Service (EEAS) was set up three years ago to act as an EU foreign ministry a and certainly the EUas international profile has gone up a notch. But in todayas competitive world of rising powers, new alliances and increased geo-strategic competition, the EEAS is still seen as underperforming. Much of the criticism is levelled at Catherine Ashton, the head of the EEAS and the EUas de facto foreign minister. It has to be said, however, that Ashtonas role is constrained by the limited space she is allowed by some of the EUas bigger member states, including Britain and France. Still, some EU countries want to go further. The foreign ministers of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden argued recently that Europe needs a strategic framework to help it navigate a more complex world. The famous question posed by Henry Kissinger, the former US national security adviser and secretary of state, about the dialling code for Europe has, by now, by and large been answered, the ministers said. aThe critical question is no longer how to reach us, but instead what Europe should say when the phone rings,a they complained, adding: awe now have the hardware of institutions in place, we need to focus on the software of policies that makes the entire thing operate Payday Loans in a clear and credible way.a But as Javier Solana, the EUas former ahigh representativea for foreign and security policy said recently, in todayas world of flux, the nature of power is changing. Power was once measured in the size of armies and population, not in terms of GDP per capita, reputation and whether you get to host the Olympic Games. And it is worth remembering that while military force and interventions can provoke regime change, in the end, all parties a the victorious and the defeated a have to come to the negotiating table and find political solutions.

Research and Markets: Europe B2C E-Commerce Report 2013

Amazon, Cdiscount, La Redoute and FNAC are among the leading online sellers in France, but the market is diverse, as large players account for over 2/3 of the market, but the top 10 for less than half. In contrast to the general economic situation in Italy and Spain, E-Commerce has experienced healthy growth in those countries, reaching a double digit figure in billions of Euros. Moreover, Italy is expected to remain the fastest growing market in Western Europe. Cross-border B2C E-Commerce is popular in Spain; consumers there shop online from overseas websites and Spanish online shops sell abroad. In Central Europe Germany shows double-digit growth in B2C E-Commerce. In Germany, B2C E-Commerce sales reached several tens of billions of euros in 2012 and showed double digit growth over 2011. As a share of total retail sales, B2C E-Commerce accounted for several percentage points less than 10% in 2012, and the share is expected to increase by one percentage point in 2013. The most used payment methods for online shopping in Germany are invoice and PayPal, a contrast with many other European E-Commerce markets where bank cards are the most popular payment method. US based mass-merchant Amazon is the largest E-Commerce player, while the Germany based Otto Group continues expansion into domestic as well as international B2C E-Commerce. German online retailers benefit from popularity with shoppers in neighboring Austria. Eastern Europe sees higher rate of growth in online sales. B2C E-Commerce in Russia grew by over a quarter in 2012, reaching a double digit figure in billions of euros. Further expansion in the online retail market is expected. Some product categories, such as household goods, cosmetics and auto parts have shown recent growth of over 50%. The clothing segment, including such players as Lamoda and Kupivip, has attracted large investments from overseas as well as domestic investors.

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It did, however, gain 4.5% of the vote. So, while major anti-euro policy plays are out, noise will increase around Germany’s role in Europe, and any benefits it gets from being in the single currency. How will a third term of Merkel influence the German economy? Merkel’s stewardship of the German economy has been good for the country, but not for all of its citizens. Since she was first elected in 2005, Merkel has steered a steady course, shielding German output from the worst of the financial crisis. This is reflected in upbeat readings for business confidence and a 75% appreciation for the Xetra Dax, the nation’s main bluechip stock index. While unemployment soared in the eurozone and in the U.S. after 2008, Germany’s jobless tally decreased. READ MORE: How Merkel become more American Has crisis split Europe in two? Economists have also argued Germany’s exports benefit greatly from being priced in a currency that is much weaker than the Deutsche Mark would otherwise have been. Barroso: Europe not out of crisis However, large numbers of people are reliant on low-paid “mini-jobs” which leave them struggling to make ends meet. The Social Democrats are calling for a national minimum wage to combat the problem of the “working poor.” Human toll of economic crisis The OECD warned recently that the gap between rich and poor in Germany was wider than in any of the group’s member states, which include the U.S. and Mexico. How did Merkel survive while the rest fell? As only the third person in post-war times to win three terms in office — joining Helmut Kohl and Konrad Adenauer — Merkel has cemented her place in the history books.

Ioc: Russia Won’t Discriminate Against Gays In Sochi

Russia: clerics warn of unrest over Quran translation ban

Russia in New Move on Islam Study

He said the IOC had received written assurances from Russian officials there would be no discrimination. “The Olympic Charter states that all segregation is completely prohibited, whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, color or other, on the Olympic territory,” he said in French. “That will be the case, we are convinced. Another thing I must add: the IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.” Russian officials insist the law is designed to protect children and doesn’t infringe on the rights of gays. “Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable,” said Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing preparations for the Sochi Olympics. “So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.” The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., condemned the IOC’s assessment of the Russian law. “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “The safety of millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completed neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world.” He noted that Killy spoke a day after gay rights activists were arrested outside the Moscow headquarters of the Sochi Olympics organizing committee for protesting the law. In Strasbourg, France, a leading European human rights watchdog that counts Russia among its 47 member states said the law “raises serious issues” under its 60-year-old human rights convention. The Council of Europe’s committee of ministers released a statement Thursday that “invited” Russian authorities to take measures to raise awareness about the fundamental rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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The base of the drug is usually codeine. Pure codeine is extracted from its pill form and adulterated with chemicals to create a liquid substance that is later injected into the veins. The types of chemicals used by manufacturers vary. Some of the chemicals theyve used are very dangerous, LoVecchio said. Theyve used things like hydrochloric acid. Some have used paint thinners, gasoline and other stuff that includes phosphorous. The acidity of the chemicals causes the bodys fat and skin to burn off and die, LoVecchio said. The presence of chemicals also makes the body more prone to infection. Immediate effects include visible scarring on the skin. Long-term effects are much worse. Once you start using this drug on a daily basis, you could die within two years, he said. Other reports are that death is probably due to overwhelming infection. Your body cant fight the infection. Leslie Bloom, CEO of DrugFreeAZ.org, said that despite the drugs dire consequences, krokodil use is not an outbreak to be fearful of. We dont want the public to be alarmed, she said. What we want them to be is aware that this is a trend. There are other drug trends, too, that we see from time to time, especially with the synthetic drugs.

Russian Muslims are very strongly indignant over such an outrageous decision, Rushan Abbyasov, the deputy head of the council, which has close ties with the Kremlin, told Reuters. If the ruling is acted on, the cleric warned: There will be unrest not only in Russia but all over the world, we are talking about the destruction of the Koran. In the letter to Putin, the council drew a parallel with violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan over the actions of an American pastor, Terry Jones, who threatened to burn the Koran on September 11, 2010. Is it necessary to discuss how the destruction of books, especially sacred religious books, has been received in Russia in the past? it said. We recall how the burning of just a few copies of the Holy Koran by a crazy American pastor elicited a firm protest not just from Russian Muslims but from our entire society, in solidarity with the stormy and longlasting anger of the global Muslim community and all people of goodwill, it said. A lawyer representing the texts author, Azeri theologian Elmir Kuliyev, said he will appeal the ruling, which calls for the text to be banned and copies of it destroyed. This is pure idiocy. Some local prosecutor sent this material to a local court and they together decided to ban a holy book, lawyer Murat Musayev, who has one month to appeal the ruling, told Reuters. On the one hand there is freedom of religion in Russia, on the other they are banning fundamental religious texts. Experts say the more than decade-old translation by Kuliyev is a respected scholarly work, one of four translations of the Koran into Russian. This is one step away from banning the Koran, said Akhmed Yarlikapov, an expert on Islam with the Russian Academy of Sciences. This is a very high quality translation, he said. The banning of Kuliyevs translation is utterly unprofessional, you could ban the Bible just as easily because it also has passages that talk about the spilling of blood. BLACKLIST Putin has championed the dominant Russian Orthodox Church as a moral compass but has also called for a multicultural Russian identity and emphasized the need to avoid religious strife in a country with a Muslim minority estimated at about 15 percent. The government is fighting against a persistent Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, spawned by separatist wars in Chechnya, and tension between ethnic Russians and Muslim minorities have led to outbursts of violence across the country.

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Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, reveals something about the male ego through its main characters, and Blue Caprice depicts the tragic true story behind the D.C. sniper shootings, though the film doesn’t dig deep enough, according to Hornaday. Divorced parents Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) explore middle-age romance in Enough Said. (Photo by Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight via Associated Press) Enough Said (PG-13) Like the best romantic comedies of Hollywoods Golden Age, Holofceners film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue (‘What the hell is chervil?’ Eva snorts after Marianne lovingly gives her fresh herbs from her perfectly un-manicured garden), but also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws. Ann Hornaday Rush (R) As much escapist fun as ‘Rush’ is as an adrenaline-juiced car-race movie, its most interesting as a rare depiction of male vanity, how physical attractiveness informs self-worth and potency, and the role beauty so often the sole purview of women on screen plays in mens relationships and personal insecurities. Ann Hornaday Inequality for All (PG) this film avoids the familiar impartial-arbiter mode of documentary filmmaking and adopts a single perspective as its own. (Viewers will not, in other words, hear from any Gordon Gekko types arguing that wealth belongs to those who can take it.) Both films pair bits of biographical color with footage of well-polished lectures, bringing in just enough outside material to make them feel like real movies. John DeFore Blue Caprice (R) As admirable as Moorss oblique style is, though, Blue Caprice doesnt offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise. Muhammad, who was executed in 2009 , and Malvo, who is serving a series of consecutive life sentences , remain enigmatic, remorseless figures, their depravity never deeply examined past their emotional problems and psychological ills. Ann Hornaday Don Jon (R) The only real down side of Don Jon is the extreme vulgarity, especially early on. Its easy to imagine that some of Jons audacious admissions could alienate certain audience members, and it would be a shame if the outrageousness overshadowed the movies thoughtful revelations and surprisingly sweet heart. Stephanie Merry Baggage Claim (PG-13) Theres so much wrong with Baggage Claim from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadful Whats Your Number to Talberts clumsy, flat-screen directing that its all the more surprising when things go right. But it would be unfair to deny that it doesnt provide its own modest, sometimes outright hilarious, pleasures. Ann Hornaday Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) But instead of upping the ante, as so many sequels do, Cloudy 2 merely gets the band back together including perky weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), immature bully Brent (Andy Samberg) and Flints level-headed father (James Caan) for a repetitive mission that calls to mind multiple beats from the first movie. Sean OConnell Metallica Through the Never (R) Thanks to wireless instruments, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are highly mobile, and even drummer Lars Ulrich moves around a lot. They interact with other performers in scenarios that appeal to some metalheads taste for carnage and destruction. The last staged catastrophe seems rather tasteless, but it turns out to be a clever setup for the back-to-basics finale. Mark Jenkins Haute Cuisine (PG-13) Frot manages the tough trick of playing someone whos both standoffish and likable. Hortense isnt easily amused or benevolently quirky, the way so many female characters can be. Shes serious, but her passion for recipes and fresh produce proves appealing. “Haute Cuisine” also strays from the typical formula because its devoid of a romantic subplot. Stephanie Merry The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Unrated) Bill Siegels The Trials of Muhammad Ali reminds us, though, that the boxer fought significant battles outside of the ring, as well. And in doing so, Trials educates casual boxing fans about the unexpected political, religious and social strife Ali encountered and largely brought upon himself during a tumultuous time in our nations racially divided past. Sean OConnell You Will Be My Son (R) It would be easy to make a movie pitting Paul, the deadbeat dad, against Martin, the long-suffering descendant who deserves his multimillion-dollar inheritance. But director Gilles Legrand, who co-wrote the script, opts for a more difficult and satisfying approach.

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That privilege costs $500 ($600 for 3D), good for one showing within 24 hours. Check after the break for more of our impressions after a quick preview at Prima’s CEDIA 2013 booth, then prep your black card for the pricey purchase. We saw a bit of Ron Howard’s new flick, Rush, a movie that popped up on Prima’s systems last week even before it was available at most theaters nationwide. The movies play in 1080p/24 and are encoded in “higher than Blu-ray quality” with lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD audio. In our brief viewing it certainly seemed on-par with a theater experience, although at this price we’d hope a 4K option arrives sooner rather than later. Of course, other than the steep entry fee there are a few other hurdles to jump before you can obtain one of these. It’s only for home use in theaters that seat fewer than 25 people, with a check of the purchaser’s background to weed out pirates, and the box requires a public static IP to make sure it stays where it’s registered. Past that process, once it’s all set up owners enjoy the kind of access usually restricted to the well-connected studio elite, screening the newest flicks at their leisure. Or, almost at their leisure, because while there’s a pause button and a five minute skip, the usual playback controls aren’t present here. The other fly in the ointment is a relatively short list of available titles. Universal is an investor and its movies are among those listed, with selections also popping up from others like Millennium Films.

The down-shift from cartoon romance to romantic drama would be jarring if Esther were played by a lesser actress than Julianne Moore, who makes the wisdom shes given to deliver sound like good hard sense from an older woman whos been through hell. Shes touching, Johansson is wonderfully awful and Gordon-Levitt is electric, making it easy to forgive the movie its meannesses. Unless you happen to be Italian-American. Don Jon, from Relativity Media, is playing across the U.S. Rating: **** (Seligman) Muscle Shoals Songs as energizing as When a Man Loves a Woman and Brown Sugar leave us wanting more, so maybe its fitting that a documentary about the place that delivered those gutbucket classics does the same. But Muscle Shoals , Greg Freddy Camaliers feature-length film hitting select theaters before airing on PBS in early 2014, leaves us unsatisfied for all the wrong reasons. Ruminations on Native American legends and Helen Kellers water pump would be fine in an Alabama travelogue, but in Muscle Shoals? Couldnt we please get back to Mustang Sally? Rock Superstars In the 1960s, Muscle Shoals, the backwoods Alabama town that housed FAME recording studio and its rival facility Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, drew rock and soul superstars looking to tap the areas homegrown funk rhythms. Some, like Aretha Franklin, were surprised to learn that those beats came from a rhythm section composed entirely of white boys barely out of their teens — the Swampers, as they came to be known (and name-checked in Lynyrd Skynyrds Sweet Home Alabama). Muscle Shoals explores the cross-racial camaraderie that launched gems from Arthur Alexanders Anna to Paul Simons Kodachrome. Wonderful old footage shows the Rolling Stones hearing their first playback of Wild Horses and Franklin laying down the opening piano chords of I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Loved You. Alongside interviews with Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Bono and Clarence Carter, among many others, the film properly credits FAME founder Rick Hall as the man who started it all. And as intriguing as the still-living Hall is — his life story absolutely twangs with a blues songs misery and missed chances — Muscle Shoals lags when it strays from those perfect beats. Muscle Shoals, from Magnolia Pictures, is playing in New York.

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At 7 p.m. Central Time, the triple feature leads off with1947′s crime classic &quot… Top Ten Movie Musicals of the ’60s August 30, 2013 The 1960s was the last great decade of the Hollywood musical. Although the genre has experienced a bit of a revival in recent years, most modern-day movie musicals are adaptations of long-running Broadway hits, often starring famous actors… Top Ten Oliver Reed Films August 29, 2013 This year saw the publication of “What Fresh Lunacy is This?: The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed” by Robert Sellers, a fully-rounded portrait of Britain’s beloved, notorious actor/drinker/hellraiser, the self-proclaimed “Mr… Weird Wednesday at Alamo Drafthouse: ‘The Hellcats’ (Video) August 26, 2013 “The Hellcats” screens this Wednesday August 28th at 10 p.m. as part of the Weird Wednesday series at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 East Sixth Street in downtown Austin. When we listed “The Greatest Biker Movies Ever… Dig this: ‘The Todd Killings’ (1971) (Photos) August 23, 2013 Director Barry Shear spent the majority of his 30-year career in television, with only four feature films in his resume. 1968′s “Wild in the Streets,” his first movie, was a broad yet subversive satire… ‘Dirty O’Neil’ a/k/a ‘The Love Life of a Cop’ (1974) (Photos) August 22, 2013 In the 1950s, American International Pictures ruled the drive-in circuit with a series of low-budget exploitation films that catered to the the primary clientele of the “passion pit,” teenagers. In the ’60s, the studio branched… Diane McBain is completely insane in ‘The Mini-Skirt Mob’ (1968) (Video) August 21, 2013 Disregard their good looks/Theyre just a bunch of dirty crooks/With skirts showin plenty of knee/Thats the Mini-Skirt Mob/On another spree.Thus begins the 1968 exploitation oddity “The… Steve McQueen marathon on TCM this Friday (Photos) August 8, 2013 From early Friday morning, August 9th, through the early hours of Saturday, Turner Classic Movies presents a Steve McQueen marathon that spans the actor’s career over the course of three decades, from up-and-coming supporting player in… Alec Guinness marathon on TCM this Saturday (Photos) August 2, 2013 This Saturday August 3rd, Turner Classic Movies will present a daylong tribute to the great British character actor Sir Alec Guinness.

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He’s his conscience. He’s his guardian angel, whatever it is. What I really liked is inside, as his heart, there is actually a wishbone. Hammett: I didn’t see that. You shot the concert footage in Vancouver and Edmonton. They were real audiences, but they seemed to be on their best behavior. Not a lot of cell phones raised or activity in the aisles from people going to get beer and hot dogs. Hammett: Well, they knew we were filming. Hetfield: I don’t know if we said to do or don’t do that. We pretty much let it be. It’s the film first. We were there to film a film, and they knew that. So they were gonna be a part of something extra special, so you don’t need to film it [laughs] we’re filming it. The stage is amazing so large it won’t fit into 60 percent of arenas? Hetfield: Something crazy like that.

The NCIO concertmaster is Xi Yang. The logistics of this project were coordinated by Lian Xie of the N.C. China Council in Raleigh. Xie said, The mission is to promote a cultural exchange between North Carolina and Charlotte. Next spring, our goal is to perform in China. He plans to promote cultural exchanges between North Carolina and China. Xies organization has sponsored a variety of cultural arts events since 2006. We bring the best of the best from China, Xie said. The musicians have performed in Washington, D.C., and will perform in two other cities in North Carolina. The final North Carolina performance will take place in Raleigh on Oct. 6. The four concerts will be conducted by He Jianguo, who led CNO concert tours in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Japan, the United States and Egypt. The orchestra has produced more than 15 CDs, and it has won numerous awards from the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

Concert series kicks off at Christ Church

17. Dianne Williams on flute and pianist Brent Schloneger will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in a special concert to raise funds toward the purchase of a Steinway Grand piano for the church. Christine Brandes, an internationally acclaimed soloist, accompanied by organist Jonathan Dimmock, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11. A freewill offering or donation is suggested for the six events in the series. Anyone is welcome to join the Christ Church Music Patrons Fund, which allows the church to underwrite the cost of events. The goal is to raise $15,000 this year, and contributions of any amount are welcome. For more information, visit www.cantoncpc.org. Christ Presbyterian Church, 530 Tuscarawas St. W, begins its 2013-14 concert series bringing in musicians from the West Coast to the East Coast, according to a newsrelease. Paul Jacobs, a Grammy-winning concert organist from New York City, kicks off the series at 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

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Club drug Molly taking a toll on electronic music party scene Four people have died this summer after using Molly, a drug that is often marketed as the pure form of MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. The drug is rising in popularity and musicians like Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Kanye West have talked about it. REUTERS Comment HANDOUT/Reuters Molly is the street name for a drug that is commonly believed to be the pure powder form of the banned substance known as MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. Related Stories NYPD will help in probe of Electric Zoo drug deaths Artist and therapy student Anna and her friends marked a birthday in New York recently with a familiar ritual: They pumped up the electronic music, danced, and celebrated with a special guest called Molly. “It was a group of about 12 people at someone’s house and we were all just celebrating,” Anna recalled. “Somebody had it and, and you know, it was a pretty electronic music kind of crowd.” Molly, an illegal stimulant frequently sold in pill form, has become prominent in the electronic music scene over the past decade, said Anna, 26, who did not want to give her full name because she is in school and “counseling people to be healthy.” RELATED: MOLLY OR MDMA ENJOYING DANGEROUS SURGE IN SONGS Molly is the street name for a drug that is pushed as the pure powder form of a banned substance known as MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. In the last five years, Molly has made its way into popular culture, helped by references to it made by entertainers such as Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West. The drug’s dangers became more clear after a rash of overdoses and four deaths this summer, including two at a huge annual electronic music festival in New York City. The parties of the late 1980s and early ’90s saw the heyday of ecstasy, but its popularity began to wane a decade ago after a number of deaths and hospitalizations. RELATED: ELECTRIC ZOO DEATHS: CREATOR RAN REPUTED DRUG-FUELED CLUB TWILO IN CHELSEA That’s when Molly made her way onto the scene. Over the last few years, drugs sold under that name have “flooded” the market, said Rusty Payne, a spokesman with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In some states, there has been a 100-fold increase – the combined number of arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses – between 2009 and 2012, according to DEA figures. The drug is accessible and marketed to recreational drug users who believe it to be less dangerous than its predecessor, which was often cut with other substances, from Ritalin to LSD. Like ecstasy, Molly is said to give a lengthy, euphoric high with slight hallucinogenic properties.

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Wire is projected to generate nearly $50,000 per year in property and sales taxes, he said. Other recent arrivals include Wing Boss, a Culver’s restaurant, Sushi Junkie and a retail bake shop at Turano Baking Co., he said. The building that houses Wire was a theater in the 1930s, said David King, president of David King & Associates, the Oak Park real estate firm that managed the building’s sale. The space was later occupied by a local council of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which sold it to Neville and the other investors, King said. The new owners stripped the interior to bricks, hauling away about 30 truckloads of material from two dozen offices and several bathrooms that had made up most of the second floor, Neville said. A stage and an elaborate lighting system were erected in the cavernous space that remained, along with a bar built from some of the building’s beams. Neville estimates the venue will accommodate around 350 people. “It’s important to us that music comes first here,” he said. Three of the four investors in Wire play in local bands and plan to perform at the new venue. Neville’s band, Tributosaurus, adopts the persona of classic rock groups for performances, trying to reproduce the group’s recordings. The group’s core members bring in as many other Chicago-area musicians as needed to help they hired a marching band to play Fleetwood Mac and a 24-person chorus to do Queen, Neville said. Tributosaurus has drawn crowds over the last decade to its monthly shows at Martyrs’.

The initiative from the Google-owned platform covers an initial 150 music tracks to choose from as backing music to a video, with the new library offered via the video manager page, and available to be sorted by parameters such as genre, instrument, or mood. YouTube are believed to be implementing the service as a means for creators to have a selection of music available without the overhanging fear of their video (or any other online content including those not on YouTube) being pulled by the music rights holders through copyright violation. The video-sharingbrand add that they are intending to grow the library in the future to include more MP3 listings via aspiring musicians looking for a widespread platform to promote their work. One stigma that may be attached to such track listings, though, is that they will most likely see their music attain a status of generic with so many people able to use it Summarising the developments, the YouTube blog noted: When youre uploading a video to YouTube, knowing where to search for the perfect song can be tricky. We do our best to provide creators with tools to enhance their content and to simplify this process, but we wanted to make it even easier to find great music for your videos. Any YouTube creator now has access to more than 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks you can use for free, forever, for any creative purpose (not just YouTube videos). Youll find a link to the library in your video manager and you can browse the tracks by mood, genre, instrument and duration. The tracks can be downloaded as 320 Kbps MP3 files. Latest TV searches: youtube com music, drake songs youtube starting song, free royalty free music, you tube music, yoy tube YouTube Plan Music Streaming Platform While it has long been the home of watching/listening to music for free, video sharing website YouTube have revealed their plans to release an official means to bring songs to viewers, claiming that a music streaming service similar toSpotify will be releasedlater this year. Adding to a rumoured Android device-exclusive streaming platform, the plans, revealed by Fortune, suggest that sources in the record industry have been workingwith Google on the new service, and that while a unique brand, a YouTube Music service would cross-over in some aspects with GooglePlayand YouTube when it comes to features. One such idea is a Google Play-based digital music locker for Android users, enabling easier management of tracks. To add to this, the YouTube offering would follow on from the site by enabling the music to be streamed for free, but with advertisingsupport, though a subscription model is also being considered as a way to promote additional features beyond the basics. While YouTube are not yet confirming the existence of such plans, a spokesperson for the site reaffirmed their desire to offer selected video content on subscription, stating: While we dont comment on rumour or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so were looking at that. Externally, the music plans are being suggested by experts as an obvious move to follow up ontheir dominant position in the industry , having already been identified by surveys as the most popular source of online music over dedicated streaming or discovery platforms. The main stumbling block for the new service is said to be the current disagreements between Google and the very finance-conscious music industry, who arestill negotiating how much content can be made freemium, with a particular concern being the amount thatcould be consumed through mobile devices. AlthoughGoogle and YouTube clearly have the power and presence to pull off an arrival in this market if they desire, will it be something that actually comes to fruition by the end of 2013?

How film music shapes narrative

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Diegetic music is music produced within the implied world of the film such as the music supposedly piped into the mall where John and Agatha are on the run. Nondiegetic music, in turn, refers to music external to this narrative universe, such as music mirroring the mood and action of a car chase. What if Moon River were presented nondiegetically as a dramatic score accompanying the scene, rather than playing inside the fictional world John and Agatha inhabit? How might diegetic versus nondiegetic presentation of the same piece of music shape our impressions of a film scene? Surprisingly, a search of the film music research didnt uncover any related studies along these lines. Indeed, almost all film music studies have focused solely on the effects of nondiegetic music. Diegetic music has been largely neglected in the research. So my colleagues Matthew Spackman (Bringham College) and Elizabeth Wakefield (Kalamazoo College) and I set out to investigate. We selected the 85-second shopping mall sequence from Spielbergs Minority Report described above, found at 1:35:33-1:36:57 on the 2002 DVD. We prepared three versions: The Original Diegetic version was the unaltered Spielberg version with the Henry Mancini Moon River ballad sounding as if it were playing over speakers inside the shopping mall. The Nondiegetic Moon River version was one we created by purchasing the same Henry Mancini Moon River as a single, and mixing it louder and clearer to sound like a dramatic score. Speech and sound effects from the original were retained, still crisp and audible.