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Posts from February 2012

Happy Leap Day

February 29, known as a leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of that year.
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New iPad ready already

You just spent all that money on the latest iPad and now a new version is coming out. Apple is inviting VIP’s to an event next Wednesday in San Francisco. An image on the invite showing part of an iPad screen suggests it's to announce a new model. The company has been widely expected to reveal the third version of the iPad soon, close to the anniversary of the launch of the iPad 2. Apple didn't provide any details on the new device. Various unconfirmed reports speak of a sharper screen and faster cellular broadband options. It's not known when the new device would be available for sale. Last year, sales of the iPad 2 began in the U.S. nine days after the announcement.
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The number two ranked reality show on television has just announced it's line-up for this season. Jaleel White, better know as Urkel from the T.V show "Family Matters", Donald Driver from the Superbowl winning Green Bay Packers, and Gladys Knight will headline Dancing With The Stars when it premieres March 19th.

Other famous faces participating this year will be tennis player Martina Navratilova, Opera singer Katherine Jenkins, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, "The Bold and the Beautiful" actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy and "Extra" co-host Maria Menounos.
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Here's the list of the 84th Annual Academy Award winners.
     1. Best Picture: ``The Artist.''
     2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, ``The Artist.''
     3. Actress: Meryl Streep, ``The Iron Lady.''
     4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, ``Beginners.''
     5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, ``The Help.''
     6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, ``The Artist.''
     7. Foreign Language Film: ``A Separation,'' Iran.
 8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, ``The Descendants.''
     9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, ``Midnight in Paris.''
     10. Animated Feature Film: ``Rango.''
     11. Art Direction: ``Hugo.''
     12. Cinematography: ``Hugo.''
     13. Sound Mixing: ``Hugo.''
     14. Sound Editing: ``Hugo.''
    15. Original Score: ``The Artist.''
     16. Original Song: ``Man or Muppet'' from ``The Muppets.''
     17. Costume Design: ``The Artist.''
     18. Documentary Feature: ``Undefeated.''
     19. Documentary Short: ``Saving Face.''
     20. Film Editing: ``The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.''
     21. Makeup: ``The Iron Lady.''
 22. Animated Short Film: ``The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.''
     23. Live Action Short Film: ``The Shore.''
     24. Visual Effects: ``Hugo.''
     Oscar winners previously presented this season:
     Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.
     Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.
     Honorary Award: Dick Smith.
     Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.
     Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.
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Bad story turns out good
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The Oscar Curse: Destined to Divorce?

You may not be a stranger to celebrity divorce, but have you heard about the "Oscar curse"? It's a pattern that leaves leading ladies with a best actress statue, but without a spouse. Some claim that these divorces are just a result of men who cannot handle their wife's success. Whether famous or not, no one can argue that disproportionate success can put a strain on any relationship, but could there be something more? Here’s a look at seven talented, but unlucky-in-love ladies ... so you decide for yourself.

Sandra Bullock
2010 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "The Blindside"

After marrying in 2005, Bullock and hubby Jesse James appeared happy and strong. However, five years after tying the knot, Bullock would win a an Oscar, and find herself in the middle of a very public and humiliating divorce.

Kate Winslet
2009 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "The Reader"
Winslet's first marriage to director Jim Threapleton ended without any Oscar wins during their short-lived marriage from 1998 to 2001. Winslet married again in 2003, this time to director Sam Mendes. The couple survived two nominations during their marriage. It wasn't until she won in 2009 that the curse set in, and the couple announced their separation in 2010 .

Reese Witherspoon
2006 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Walk the Line"
As Hollywood's golden couple, Witherspoon and husband Ryan Phillippe, were certain to last - that is, until she won an Oscar in 2006. The couple separated in October 2006 and divorced in 2008. Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth in 2011, and hasn't been nominated since ... perhaps good news for the couple?

Hilary Swank
2005 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Million Dollar Baby"
When Swank won an Oscar in 2000 (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for "Boys Don't Cry"), she was the third-youngest woman to ever take home the honor. The win was an amazing achievement for any actress, and a sign for Hollywood wives that perhaps the fabled curse had been broken. She and husband Chad Lowe seemed to be going strong until her second win in 2005 for "Million Dollar Baby." They divorced just one year later in 2006.

Halle Berry
2002 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Monster's Ball"
Berry, already a divorcee, wed Eric Benet in 2001, and then divorced in 2005 claiming that he had a sex addiction.

 Helen Hunt
1998 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "As Good as It Gets"
Hunt dated her long-time love, Hank Azaria for five years before marrying him in 1999. She came very close to escaping the curse - they got engaged in 1997; she won the Oscar in 1998; they married in 1999, and divorced in 2000. She has been in a relationship with producer/writer/director Matthew Carnahan since 2001, and they had a daughter in 2004 ... during which time she's never even been nominated for another Oscar.

Joan Crawford
1946 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Mildred Pierce"
An experienced divorcee, Crawford was married and divorced twice before she settled down with Philip Terry in 1942. Unfortunately, marital bliss ended four years later in 1946 -- the same year she won the Oscar.

Bette Davis
1936 - Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Dangerous"
The first victim of Oscar's Curse, Davis, had been married to Harmon Nelson for four years before receiving her first Oscar in 1936. Three years later, she divorced and went on to marry three more times, being once widowed and twice again divorced. She was nominated for three Oscars during her second marriage, which left her a widow, one Oscar during her third marriage, and one more during her fourth marriage.

Is it a curse, or is it that all of these women let the success go to their head?


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American Idol update

Really tired of the long drawn out ...'well we have some bad news for you"... and get the contestant to cry and shake before saying..."You Made it" Down to the final 24 tonight in Las vegas. 14 down 10 to go then finally we know who the semi-finalists are. Last night's episode ended with Adam Brock crying his eyes out while telling the judges how much music means to him. We'll find out tonight if he stays or goes. Then the live shows start next week with viewers voting for their favorites.


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Whitney Houston, 1963 - 2012
Whitney Houston's death continues to shock and sadden celebrities and fans alike, but unfortunately at 48, Whitney wasn't the first superstar diva to die too young. From Judy Garland to Amy Winehouse, Whitney joins a list of celebrated ladies who passed away long before they should have.

Here's The List:
Amy Winehouse, 1983 - 2011         
In July 2011, Amy just 27 years old, died of accidental alcohol poisoning after years of a very public battle with drugs and alcohol.

Maria Callas, 1923 - 1977         
The opera star died of a heart attack at her home in Paris when she was 53 years old.

Florence Ballard, 1943 - 1976         

After being dropped from the Supremes, the soulful singer led a turbulent life, which ended with her death from cardiac arrest at the young age of 32.

Judy Garland, 1922 - 1969 
The Wizard of Oz star turned 47 just days before dying from an accidental drug overdose.

Dinah Washington, 1924 - 1963
The Queen of Blues and Grammy winner died in her sleep at 39 from a lethal combination of secobarbital and amobarbital.

Patsy Cline, 1932 - 1963
A plane crash took the life of the iconic country singer at age 30. Ten years later she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame for her hit songs.

Dorothy Dandridge, 1922 - 1965
The actress and singer, who was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, died from an accidental drug overdose at just 42 years of age.

Billie Holiday, 1915 - 1959
Known for bundles of gardenias in her hair, the jazz vocalist, nicknamed "Lady Day", endured a tumultuous life that ended at 44 due to congestion of the lungs from heart failure.

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Well another Mardi Gras is here and it didn't com without a few surprises and some changes. The weather as always is the biggest threat to the disruption of the biggest party in the nation, and this year was no exception. Saturday was a washout for most krewes, electing to roll another day. The Super Krewe of Endymion decided at the last minute to brave the conditions and roll, although it was a much quicker pace than usual, and the crowd was much thinner. And also as usual there are some that still think Mardi Gras is a time to open fire on someone in a crowd without  having the common sense that they might kill or seriously injure innocent bystanders.

Yes it's Canival time in New Orleans, and yes even without all the uncertainties that comes with it, we can't wait until next year.
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Closed Mardi Gras museum will sell collection

 Designed as a celebration of Mardi Gras when it opened in 1992, a museum in Kenner has closed and its stock of memorabilia will go on the auction block.  The Mardi Gras Museum suffered from a drop in attendance, and its city-sponsor like many communities around the country has been forced to tighten its budget. Bidders will have the chance to acquire costumes, classic invitations to exclusive balls and other items associated with Louisiana's famous festival. Auctioneer Bradley Mutz, who'll handle the March 8 auction, expects buyers generally will get the stuff at bargain prices. But Herbie LeBlanc, president of the Mardi Gras Memorabilia Society who appraised the holdings, said some are rare or one-of-a-kind and will draw higher interest from Mardi Gras collectors
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