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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Reel Thoughts Interview: A Single Man’s Savior

Designer Tom Ford is one of those insanely talented men you want to hate. He’s gorgeous, a brilliant clothing designer, and now a first-time director with Oscar buzz building around his debut, A Single Man. Based on the book by Christopher Isherwood, it tells the story of a professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) in 1962 Los Angeles who, bereft at the death of his partner (Matthew Goode, Ozymandias in Watchmen), decides to commit suicide. As his presumed last day unfolds, George sets about putting his life in order, planning a last night with his devoted friend Charlie (Julianne Moore, looking ravishing in period gowns), and enjoying a sexually-charged conversation with a handsome James Dean-like hustler (Jon Kortajarena).

He is interrupted in his mission by Kenny, one of his students, who may be just what George needs to shatter his suicidal funk. Kenny is played by a striking young man, Nicholas Hoult, who you’ll be amazed to recognize as “the boy” in the Hugh Grant film, About a Boy. Hoult took time from his twentieth birthday to speak to me about A Single Man, and why British actors have fewer hang-ups about playing gay characters than American actors.

NC: First of all, happy birthday. You’re not a teen-ager anymore.
NH: Thank you. Yeah, I’m twenty today. Odd.

NC: And I just remembered, we (the Phoenix Film Critics Society) gave you an acting award for About a Boy in 2003.
NH: Yeah, which was fantastic. It’s in my house.

NC: So how did your love of acting come about?
NH: It was more of an accident, to be honest with you. My brothers and sisters were involved in the same thing. My mother took me along at three, and the director saw me in the audience, and used me in her next play. It sort of all kicked off from there. It was kind of a hobby which I continued to do — instead of playing for a sports team, I’d act.

NC: Kenny’s a pretty forward character. How did you approach playing him?
NH: The main thing about Kenny is, he’s not necessarily that confident. He’s about embracing the moment and living in the now. I think anyone would seem that confident if they were just about the present, and not worrying about the past or the future. I think that’s where Kenny’s coming from.

NC: It’s just what George needs at that moment.
NH: That’s why their relationship works so well, because George is someone who is living in the past very much and dealing with the loss of his lover. He’s not been spontaneous and gone swimming in the ocean at night and all that. A lot of people in life don’t have those experiences enough.

NC: For you, what was the best part of working on A Single Man?
NH: For me, it was working with such talented people as Tom and Colin and the whole crew. It was a real labor of love for everyone. It’s a nice experience on a film set when it’s not all about making money.

NC: A colleague was grateful that the film showed a healthy gay relationship (before the lover’s death), rather than self-loathing characters.
NH: That’s a key part of the story is that it’s about love and loss, and it would have worked as well if George’s partner who died had been female.

NC: Was it hard slipping into the time period and the American accent?
NH: I had a great dialogue coach and she just made sure that the accent was specific to the time and place we’re in, and it gives you the confidence to forget the fact that you're speaking in an accent when you’re acting. The script was so beautifully constructed by Tom, that everything you needed was in there.

NC: What are Kenny’s motives in respect to George?
NH: I think it was to have a connection and an understanding with him. It’s pretty rare in life when we do have a beneath-the-surface sort of connection with someone.

NC: I notice that British actors seem to have a lot less hang-ups about playing gay roles. Why is that?
NH: I don’t know if it’s that British actors are so happy to be working (laughing). There’s not such a huge air of not being cast in something else because you played a gay character, because people aren’t defined by their sexuality — they’re more defined by many other things in their personality. I think maybe it’s something to do with looking past that as well.

Hoult will also be seen in the big budget film Clash of the Titans, which he enjoyed. “It’s great to see how those films are made. I think it could be a very popular film,” he remarked. For now, he hopes people will see A Single Man. “It’s a great piece of cinema,” he said, that teaches people to live for the moment and enjoy life.

UPDATE: A Single Man is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from

Interview by Neil Cohen, resident film critic of Movie Dearest and Phoenix's Echo Magazine.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Oscar the Luckest Dog in the World

Well several days ago we give you a giant George which is known as the world tallest dog. how about if we give you another amazing dog?? now we will give you an information about the Luckiest Dog in the World. this dog named Oscar. look at oscar photo below. you will know why this dog known as the luckiest dog in the world.

This year he and his master traveled across 5 continents and 29 countries.

Five years ago, Joanne Lefson found Oscar in a South-African kennel and took him in. In May of this year, Joanne sold her house and went on a trip around the world, accompanied, of course, by her beloved pooch. Their incredible journey was meant to inspire people everywhere to take stray dogs of the streets and offer them a home.

Oscar was really lucky to have a picture in the world most popular place such as tajmahal in India, Hollywood, Egypt, Liberty Statue in New York, Great Wall in China and several great place. wow i envy oscar so much. i wonder when i got the opportunity to visit all these place.

Here are some amazing photos of Oscar taken in some of the most amazing locations in the world. Oh, and check out the full of list of countries he visited, at the bottom.

Via : Oddity Central

Merry Christmas To All! And The Winner Of My Spectacular Christmas Give Away Is ....

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." ~Charles Dickens.

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! Hope your Holiday Season is filled with magic and joy. I am also very excited to announce that the winner of my Spectacular Christmas Give Away is amazing The Gossamer Tearoom . Congratulations, darling Betty. Please, contact me with your shipping address at .:-)

Ho Ho Ho!

from Movie Dearest!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Pharaoh's GOWDY Head

Walking past a toy store in Pretoria I notice an enigmatic headless seated Pharaoh. I scratch my head, take a photo and walk two paces..
A-ha! There's the Pharaohs head.

I had never thought of Darth Vader's helmet as a lookalike for the ancient Egyptian King's Nemes.

The universe giving helpful little syncs through visual pun and slapstick, lovely.


It is very often said that Antonio Gaudi's Surrealist
Architecture greatly influenced the artwork in Star Wars.

Last Judgement

The Pharaoh's GOWDY Head

Walking past a toy store in Pretoria I notice an enigmatic headless seated Pharaoh. I scratch my head, take a photo and walk two paces..
A-ha! There's the Pharaohs head.

I had never thought of Darth Vader's helmet as a lookalike for the ancient Egyptian King's Nemes.

The universe giving helpful little syncs through visual pun and slapstick, lovely.


It is very often said that Antonio Gaudi's Surrealist
Architecture greatly influenced the artwork in Star Wars.

Last Judgement

How the Stritch Stole Christmas!

A special Christmas Eve video treat by way of Broadway's leading grande dame!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Award Time


I received this blog from Heather Taylor at the Dream Machine--thanks so much!

Here are the rules that came with the award:
1) Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
2) Copy the award & place it on my blog.
3) Link to the person who nominated me for this award.
4) Tell us 7 interesting things about yourself.
5) Nominate 7 bloggers.
6) Post links to the 7 blogs I nominate.

The interesting facts:

1. I used to live in Abu Dhabi when I was a little kid. And before you ask, yes. Yes, I did run into Nermal, and I refused to believe that it was a dude. Nermal is a GIRL cat.

2. One time one of my best friends (you know who you are!) and I waited outside a theatre (twice!) to get John Stamos's autograph. One time even in very cold weather. What can I say? I love my Uncle Jesse.

3. Peter Lerangis is one of my Twitter followers. And R.L. Stine tweeted something at me last week. (The fact that I'm this proud of this stuff is kind of weird, I know, but I don't care.)

4. I have the biggest evil eye collection of anyone in my building. (I'm guessing.)

5. Sometimes I don't wear underwear to the gym.

6. One day I want to start a charitable organization for baby birds who are having trouble flying. I'd call it Go, Bird, Go!

7. I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of the girl group sound of the early sixties.

Now to give it to seven other blogs who are worthy.

1. Travel Ramblings. The next best thing to traveling! (So, will this AWARD butter you up at all and increase my chances at a certain PEPPERPMINT PIG?)

2. Not That Kind of Girl. The next best thing to singing karaoke, talking to strange people, or interacting with people. (Truly, the socially awkward introvert's blog.)

3. Unprofessional Critic. Great blog--where I go to get my fix on today's culture.

4. Psyched on the Prairie. Even more fun than reading the Little House books.

5. Awful Library Books. Wunderbahr book snark.

6. Living in the 80s and 90s. Nostalgia galore!

7. Children of the 90s. More great nostalgia.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics

Fashion Fair Cosmetics ups logistics capabilities

fashion fair cosmeticGlobal colour cosmetics provider Fashion Fair Cosmetics has increased its logistics capabilities with the adoption of SPS' Trading Partner Intelligence.
The software is designed to help prevent in-store, out-of-stock and over-stock inventory conditions and provide critical facts to develop greater flexibility for stock demand.

The US-based company's products are sold in over 1,000 stores worldwide, in countries that include the UK, France, Canada and US - distribution that means maintaining efficient stock levels is paramount.' software programme is delivered via an SaaS model, providing suppliers with retail industry and data integration and customer support worldwide.

Using only an internet browser, users can access ad-hoc or predefined role-based reports, charts, graphs and alerts for improved decision making using POS and fulfillment data, the company says.

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