Category: hollywood

Hollywood Gamble - The New Fantasy League
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02 August 2013

Chances are good that you know at least a few people who completely love Fantasy Football. In the months leading up to the NFL season, these diehards spend hours meticulously going over their roster, choosing their dream teams, participating in drafts and then monitoring games to see how their fantasy teams are doing.  The hobby's popularity is so vast that there’s even a show on FX called “The League” based on this often time-consuming hobby.

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Absinthe, the show of intoxicating circus and burlesque
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14 May 2011

Caesars Palace is the venue of one of the most extraordinary shows to hit Las Vegas and the show is the amazing Absinthe. This incredible mixture of circus and burlesque is the brain storm of Spiegleworld and BASE International who have come up with a show that offers audiences the old world burlesque, carnival and pure decadence in a performance that will leave them speechless.

The Roman Plaza at the front of Caesars Palace has been transformed into a playground filled with extraordinarily entrancing entertainment. This unique show comes alive as the sun goes down and provides a pure fantasy world for all those who enter into it. There is so much to get involved with as the spectators wonder through a maze of 20th century European décor that captivates the imagination in so many different ways and leads them to the centre piece of the show.

The main attraction takes place in a central wooden tent that is generously decorated with flamboyant mirrors, colorful stained glass windows and opulent velvet drapes. This European feel of decadence is just the beginning of some of the most outlandish acts that unfold in the round theatre. This adult show is a surreal experience for all who take part in the excesses that the cast perform just a few feet away from them in breathtaking acts that will enthrall them.

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Britney Spears performs special show in Las Vegas Palms, Rain nightclub
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06 May 2011

Wherever Britney Spears performs anywhere in the world there is always a frenzied audience that greets her and when she appeared on stage in Las Vegas at the Rain nightclub this was no exception. Wearing one of her usual stunningly sexy outfits she sang her first song ‘Hold it Against Me’ as she was surrounded by her sexy male dancers and the audience simply went wild. The whole set was geared up with a wind machine that had her long blonde locks floating away with the lyrics of her song as she pumped up the energy around her.

Britney’s usual lively and energetic performance with her dancers had her fans rocking with her throughout her rendition and the music kept upbeat the whole time as she lunged into her second song ‘Big Fat Bass’. Britney really knows how to grab her fans with her antics and as she danced around the stage, climbing on speakers and literally she sent the crowd into a real frenzy. This track had been remixed to include past hits such as ‘3’, ‘Slave 4 U’ and ‘Gimme More’ which her fans really appreciated as they got louder as Britney strode around the stage.

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New York TV and Movie Sites Tour
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19 February 2011

New York City has been centre stage on the big screen since filming began and over the years has become the most filmed city in the world.  The New York TV and movie sites tour takes you round this exceptional city of stardom, stopping at all the most filmed places for your recollection of movies past and present.  You will be taken behind the scenes of once midtown and uptown Manhattan film sets, where you can relive the movie experience.

You can check out TV hotspots from famous shows like; The Sopranos, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl and films such as; Taxi Driver with Robert Di Nero and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Go behind the scenes of popular shows such as; Ugly Betty, Law and Order and friends.  You can take a break at these classic TV hotspots with a coffee or bite to eat and picture the stars walking by in there acting roles.

The list of films for which this city has played host is endless with top blockbusters including; Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, I am Legend and the Devil Wears Prada.  All the sets from the different locations of Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, Central Park West and Upper East Side can be visited on the New York TV and movie sites tour, even off the beaten track locations don’t get left out of this fun packed adventure.

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Biography of Austin Powers Star Michael York
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20 May 2010

British actor Michael York was born March 27, 1942 in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England. Although York has been acting in film since the 1960s, he is best known for his recent work in the series of Austin Powers movies. Michael Myers’ three-part comedy series transformed a lot of the movie characters into pop culture icons, including York.

York lives in California today and is well known on the restaurant scene and in the liberal elite circles. He even appeared as himself in HBO’s hit comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing well with the series’ star Larry David as a partner investor in a money-pit-like venture.

Michael York is an Oxford-educated man who always showed great intelligence in his acting decisions. After growing up in Burgess Hill, Sussex, York started to pursue acting as a career in the mid 1950s. By 1956, he scored his first role in a production titled The Yellow Jacket. York would make his West End debut in 1959’s production of Hamlet.

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Legends of Cinema - Jane Fonda
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02 April 2010

Actress, fitness guru and stark political activist Jane Fonda was born on December 21, 1937 in New York, New York. Jane was a child of privilege, enjoying the fruits of her father’s - actor Henry Fonda - labor. From her plush surroundings in the big city, Fonda decided to follow in her father’s footsteps at a relatively early age.

Jane attended Vassar College after graduating high school, and soon after that, she began to study acting and working as a model. Eventually, with her own proven talents and her father’s name to prop her up, Jane landed a role in the 1960 film Tall Story. Although the film met only mediocre success, Fonda was a standout and her career began to take off.

The 1960s were a crazy time in Hollywood for actors. With the assassination of John F. Kennedy and a war in Vietnam that most in the elite culture shunned, more and more actors began to fervently speak out against America’s involvement overseas and even its lack of social justice here at home.

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Meryl Streep - one of the greatest actresses of this generation
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29 March 2010

Widely appreciated as one of the greatest actresses this generation, Meryl Streep was born June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey. Since beginning her stage career in the early 1960s, Meryl has been a virtual powerhouse of the motion picture industry, starring alongside some of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen.

Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep and was raised in an upper middle class neighborhood in Bernardsville, New Jersey. After graduating as class valedictorian from Bernards High, she then enrolled at Vassar College in 1971 and earned her B.A. in Drama. After leaving Vassar, Streep then attended Yale.

At the Yale School of Drama, a young Meryl began to hone her craft while playing various roles in the school’s bevy of onstage productions. After graduating from Yale, Streep would then go on to perform in several theaters throughout New York City, including an appearance at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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A biography of legend Harvey Keitel
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28 February 2010

Harvey Keitel was born on May 13th, 1939 in Brooklyn New York. He made the decision at 16 to leave school to join the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed in Lebanon while serving his country. Upon his return to the United States he lived a modest but comfortable life working as a court reporter.

Harvey Keitel eventually caught the acting bug and had the opportunity to study at the HB Studio. This led him to roles in some off Broadway productions and eventually to his first appearance on film which was in Martin Scorseses production of Whos That Knocking At My Door.

This role was just the beginning of a working relationship between Keitel and Scorsese, who at the time was not a hugely well known producer.

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Marilyn Monroe - One Of The Biggest Hollywood Icons
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27 February 2010

Marilyn Monroe was undoubtedly one of the most famous actresses from the 1950s. She was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson but later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker.

Norma Jeanes childhood was everything but idealistic, her mother was mentally ill therefore she spent a great deal of time as a child in foster homes and orphanages.

Norma Jeane caught her first modeling break in 1946 when it was suggested by a photographer that she apply to The Blue Book Modeling Agency.

Norma Jeans career didnt come easy to her, as there were changes she needed to make in her life to make it happen. Some of the most notable at that time were dying her brunette hair to blonde and divorcing her husband who was unsupportive of her career.

She went on to have a very successful modeling career and would eventually become one of Blue Books most successful models. As a result of her success she was discovered by Ben Lyon from 20th Century Fox. After impressing company executives during a screen test Norma Jeane was offered a six month contract. The only catch was Norma Jeane needed a stage name, and with that Marilyn Monroe was born.

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World’s Most Expensive Properties - Aaron Spelling's Mansion
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09 July 2009

The late Aaron Spelling is known for introducing a generation of teens to such primetime classics as Beverly Hills, 90210, and Melrose Place, as well as a long list of other hit shows and high-grossing movies over the years. His home just outside of Los Angeles, California, “The Manor,” is considered one of the world’s 10 most expensive properties.

The legendary producer had the home built in 1991 and made sure to include all the luxuries that any self-respecting entertainment mogul could ever want. The Manor was built atop the lot where Bing Crosby’s former home stood. Spelling spent an estimated $47-million on the mansion.

The Manor contains over 56,000 square-feet of floor space, making it the largest single-family (residence) home in all of Hollywood. Although it rests only on a six-acre lot, the home easily stands out amongst all other of Hollywood’s large and robust dwellings.

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Pierce Brosnan Mr Remington Steele as James Bond
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18 September 2008

Actor, film producer and environmentalist Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born May 16, 1953 in Castletown, Co. Meath, Ireland. After leaving school at the age of 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. Years later, Brosnan attended drama school in London for three years, and landing a leading role in the popular television series Remington Steele following his brief on-state career.

Brosnan is a very well-known actor, appearing in notable movies such as The Thomas Crown Affair, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Lawnmower Man, among many others. Though these are popular movies and undoubtedly cemented Brosnan’s role as a leading man in Hollywood, it wasn’t until Brosnan took over the role as super-agent James Bond that the world stood up and took notice.

Brosnan’s early years were spent in the modest area of Drogheda, Ireland, where he as raised as a Catholic. After Brosnan’s father abandoned the family, his mother moved to London to work as a nurse.

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The new James Bond Daniel Craig has proven himself
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31 August 2008

English actor Daniel Wroughton Craig was born March 2, 1968 and Chester, England. He is the son of Olivia Williams, an art teacher, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, who was a midshipman in the Merchant Navy, working in various capacities when he came ashore. His cousin is the novelist Joe Craig. Daniel was raised on the Wirral, Merseyside where his father was landlord of the Ring ‘O Bells and The Boot pubs.

He attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. Craig also played for the Hoylake Rugby Club. He moved to London when he was sixteen, joining the National Youth Theatre after a brief stay at Calday.

Craig studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991, then going on to appear in several minor roles including Sharpe’s Eagle, and an episode of Drop The Dead Donkey. Our Friends in the North, a BBC Television serial, offered Craig his first leading role. He continued to work with the BBC, and starred in the 1997 Francis Bacon biopic Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, playing Bacon’s lover George Dyer. Craig also played D.S. Andy McLoughlin in the TV drama The Ice House.

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Who is Timothy Dalton
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07 August 2008

Born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on March 21, 1946, Timothy Peter Dalton is a Welsh born English actor best known for playing the role of James Bond. He is the eldest of 5 children. His mother was American (the Bronx, New York) of English, Italian, and Irish decent, and his father was an English advertizing executive from Wales.

Dalton grew up in Manchester, England, and joined the National Youth Theatre for 3 summers after leaving school. Dalton also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 2 years. In 1966, Dalton joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he played numerous leading roles.

In 1968, Dalton landed a role alongside Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins, in the instant hit The Lion in Winter, where he played the King of France. This proved to be Dalton’s big break. Dalton then went on to follow Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.

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Casino by Martin Scorsese
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31 July 2008

There's something about watching a Martin Scorsese film that is just magical. Along with Robert De Niro, Scorsese has directed a few films, including Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The King of Comedy, along with a few others.

In Martin's 1995 instant-classic Casino, an ensemble cast gives a stellar performances and sum up what it was like to be part of the Las Vegas culture when the mob still had influence. Written and directed by Martin Scorsese, Casino stars Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, and Don Rickles.

Somewhat based on a true story, Casino is the story of Sam Rothstein (De Niro), who is one of the best bookmakers from the old days, hand-picked and brought in to Vegas by the mob bosses. He is charged with running the Tangiers Casino. Sam is essentially forced to be a miracle worker.

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Sean Connery and his James Bond journey
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24 July 2008

Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930, in the Fountainbridge region of Edinburgh, Scotland. He grew up in an impoverished environment as the son of a truck driver. Connery left school and ultimately joined the Royal Navy.

After serving for a while, Connery has to be released to do medical issues with ulcers. He held many jobs before finding his calling. He's worked as a laborer, lifeguard, a model, a lorry driver, and a coffin polisher. In 1953, Connery represented Scotland at the Mr. Universe Contest and took home 3rd place.

After his bodybuilding career, Connery landed a job in the chorus with the touring company of South Pacific, where he went on to start in various stage productions, and finally making a television debut in 1956.

Most know Connery as the quintessential James Bond, but upon his audition, Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, described Connery as the anti-Bond, stating that Connery was nothing like the character he created. Despite Fleming's opinions, Connery was cast as the first James Bond in Dr. No in 1962.

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A little story of a Bond called Roger Moore
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19 July 2008

Sir Roger George Moore was born October 14, 1927, in Stockwell, south London, England. He is the son of a noted policeman. At the age of 15, Moore entered an art school with aspirations or becoming a painter, later becoming an apprentice at an animation studio.

In the mid 1940s, Moore appeared as an extra in crowd scenes in movies. Studying at the Royal Academy of Drama, Moore appeared in various plays in the West End, before ultimately being inducted into the British Army. He served in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant with a Combined Services Entertainment Unit in Germany near the end of WWII. Moore worked in theater, radio, television, and as a model after his military career ended.

In 1953, Moore went to the United States and landed a film contract with MGM. He would go on to act in several films. His biggest role was as the charming Simon Templar in the television series The Saint.

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Our top choices for the best 5 Bond girls
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15 July 2008

Bond films are composed of a simple formula that has stood the test of time: Hero, villain, ridiculously sexy Bond girl. In fact, most men will tell you that the Bond girls are what make the movies worth watching to begin with.

Out of the dozens of Bond girls, the list has been narrowed down to 5. These buxom beauties really stood out on the screen, and will forever be known as the reason why guys want to be James Bond.

1 - Honey Ryder. Played by Ursula Andress, Honey Ryder is perhaps the most mysterious Bond girl. Like a scene from a dream, Bond awakes to find Honey dripping wet, coming directly from the sea wearing only a scantily clad bikini and a knife.

Adding to the mystique, she begins to sing “Underneath the Mango Tree” as Bond looks out at this gorgeous girl. At the time of Dr. No (1962), Honey Ryder was the first Bond girl.

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A special preview of Quantum of Solace
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21 May 2008

Quantum of Solace, the 22nd spy film in the James Bond catalog, is due for release in the United Kingdom on October 31st, 2008. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Casino Royale, in which Bond, played flawlessly by Daniel Craig, had to infiltrate a high-stakes poker game to apprehend a world-renowned terrorist.

Casino Royale won critics over partly by telling the story of how James Bond became 007. Through numerous bond films and multiple characters playing the role, viewers of the series were never granted access into Bond's personal love life. Though there had always been the evident Bond-girl, there was never a story about why James Bond never fell in love. In Casino Royale, the viewers see that Bond was betrayed and turned cold-hearted by his girlfriend, Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green.

This sequel delves deeper into Bond's beginnings as a super-agent. After his initial break from love in the first film, Quantum of Solace picks up exactly one hour after the first ended. Bond is colder in this film and seems to have a taste for revenge.

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