Archive for November, 2010
Hollywood has lost a great star. Leslie Nielsen, who made audiences laugh with his ridiculous seriousness in the absurd scenes of comedy films like Airplane! and The Naked Gun has died. He was 84.
Nielsen had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks as a result from pneumonia, his agent said.
“Just in this last 48 hours, the infection has gotten too much,” his nephew Doug Nielsen told canadian radio station, CKNW. “He just fell asleep and passed away.”
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, where his father was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Nielsen began his career in television in the 1950s, after training at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse.
The news is out! November 23rd Karl Lagerfeld was announced to be the third designer in a new designer series of collaborations at Macy’s. Whatever Karl decides to design for Macy’s the cost of the garments will be significantly less then he has ever done before. Although Lagerfeld was the first to design for H&M, this is a new fashion vehicle to conquer. Li & Fung, a licensing firm based out of Hong Kong that represents many other labels such as; Rachel Zoe and Jennifer Lopez’s line at Kohl’s, will be handling licensing for Karl Lagerfeld at Macy’s as well.
It is always refreshing to hear a loved and adored designer is going to create a line that everyone can purchase. This economical downfall has given us the opportunity to take advantage of the crisis and create clothing at affordable prices for the average Joe. Although some would argue that the designer is losing their exclusivity when creating a line anyone can buy. In all reality, it’s smart. Who wouldn’t want a garment created by a genius that has single handedly created the world’s best garments for Chanel and Fendi. The average Joe deserves to enjoy the fruits of fashion as well. Karl’s line is to hit stores next fall. Make sure you keep an eye out.
With nearly a decade in the rave scene, Human Condition are no new comers to trance music. With influences from the new and old school, Human Condition bring the sound that is unique and hard hitting. The Duo Based out of Southern California DJs Machine and ION, have recently become an up and coming name in the underground Trance scene. Influences ranging from Mars, Christopher Lawrence, Sean Tyas, Second Sun, Simon Patterson, Organ Donors, Cosmic Gate, and John “00” Fleming to name a few. The variety of influences can be heard through their music. Living up to their namesake the Human Condition cannot be ignored and are sure to be recognized in the electronic dance scene.
In honor of Thanks giving and the holidays coming up. Here is something a little different for you to try.
Mix 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka,
½ oz. Licor 43,
1 oz. pumpkin liqueur,
½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream,
a splash butterscotch Schnapps and ice.
Shake, then pour and sprinkle with ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice. For added “pie” effect, rim the glass with fresh lemon juice and crushed graham crackers.
Bigger isn’t always better. Case in point: the new Audi RS3 Sportback. Based on the compact A3, the RS3 sportback is a five-door premium sport hatch that packs a whopping 340 horsepower from its turbocharged five-cylinder engine – through to all four corners via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system and seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission – to rocket to 60 in just 4.6 seconds.
The RS3 Sportback’s nearly 50,000 euro pricetag in Germany would put it around $68,000 in the United States. Unfortunately, it looks like Audi doesn’t have plans to bring the RS3 to the U.S. shores anyways, but they weren’t going to import the RS5 or TTRS either. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Top Gear USA has been buzzing around the Interwebz for a while now. It has been a rocky start for the show to say the lesat. It started in 2005 when Discovery Channel made a pilot of the show featuring actor and IHRA driver Bruno Massel as one of the hosts, but it was not picked up by the network. NBC announced, in January 2008, that it had ordered a pilot for an American version of the show, retitled Sixth Gear. BBC Worldwide has been contracted to produce the pilot for NBC.
On June 16, 2008, NBC and BBC officially announced an American version of Top Gear, to be hosted by Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer. The studio segments for the pilot were taped on July 26, 2008 to generally favorable reviews citing close following of the UK version’s format. NBC was expected to have Top Gear premiere as a mid-season replacement in 2009.
On December 11, 2008, NBC reversed its decision to place the show as a mid-season replacement, citing concerns about the potential success of a car-themed show in light of the failure of Knight Rider. NBC allowed the BBC to shop it around to cable networks to possibly pick it up. In February 2009 Jeremy Clarkson stated that the American version had been “canned”, claiming that focus groups “… just don’t understand a single word we’re on about. They just don’t get it really.”
Jay Leno, who originally turned down offers to host the show, expressed concern over whether or not a show like Top Gear could be successful in America. In a column published by The Sunday Times, Leno expresses concern that an American version could lack the critical reviews the British version is known for. The British show is produced for the BBC with public funds while the American show will air on commercial television. Leno believes that the show may have to worry about offending current and potential sponsors by giving their products poor reviews, leading to a compromise in the journalistic integrity and freedom of the original show.
On August 6, 2010, the first Top Gear trailer was published on the web, giving fans a preview on what to expect on the upcoming episodes to be broadcast on the History Channel. In this trailer, new hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood are seen participating in a Moonshine Challenge and Tanner Foust also takes a Dodge Viper for a test drive.
Well finally the first episode aired Sunday evening on the history channel. The Show has had mixed reviews from Top Gear U.K. fans. Although it is not as good as the U.K. version and might never be, it shows promise. The show is enjoyable but still very new. A key factor for the show is the relationship between the host. While Clarkson, Hammond, & May have had years to work on their relatinship our new host have had none and it shows. The First episode felt a little fake and forced. Over all it needs more polish that time will bring. Our source told us that what he saw of upcoming episodes will be much better. We will stand watch with anticipation and delight. We have faith boys do us well.
This is the first song supposedly to be released off Dre’s Detox album, it’s been 8 years in the making. It features Snoop Dogg & Akon, there is a hook that sounds like Nate Dogg but it hasn’t been confirmed nor is he credited. Some sources, including MTV say it’s Timbaland.
As of April 2010, Nate Dogg was still in the process of recovering from a pair of strokes. He was relearning how to speak and regain his body movement. Some listeners don’t think its him since he couldn’t record in his condition. It is however possible that they could have used a pre-recording of the hook before his current health issues occurred. At this time it’s still unknown.
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Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the Hollywood star’s bid for a new trial.
Revoking bail for the 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy, the judge ordered him to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons. It was not clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars, however. His lawyer, Daniel Meachum, has said he would appeal if a new trial was denied. Meachum told the Orlando Sentinel the ruling was shocking.
“Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive,” the newspaper quoted Meachum as saying.
Porsche announced a few days ago it would bring their newest car to LA? Here it is! It’s called the Cayman R, with R standing for responsive and refined, and of course racing. The name pays tribute to the first Porsche with the “R” designation, the 911 R of 1967. It will go on sale in February 2011, at a price of $66,300.
What makes the difference between a standard Cayman and the R version? First the engine. The Cayman R is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 330 HP. The the sprint from 0 to 60 mph, now made in 4.9 seconds (or 4.7 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono packages) and the top speed of 175 mph with the manual gear box , or 174 mph with the PDK.
But that’s not all. With the new Cayman R, Porsche also focused on reducing the car’s weight. For that the company used only lightweight components and renounced any convenience equipment. There’s also a new set 19 inch light wheels. The result is a total weight of 2855 lbs and a power-to-weight ratio of 8.6 lb per horsepower.
For the exterior, the Cayman R gets a distinctive fixed rear spoiler, high-quality silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting highlights. Those highlights also consist of black-framed headlights , black exterior mirrors and the “PORSCHE” lettering on the side in contrasting black or silver, depending on the body color.