Monday, August 17, 2009

The Hangover

image Bachelor party gone wrong. Precisely 2 days before D-day of Doug’s wedding party, Doug and his closest friends, Phil and Stu, and his future brother-in-law, Alan, make a road-trip to Las Vegas for an unforgettable bachelor party. But… everything goes wrong. Read the review by Owen Gleiberman from EW.Com.

Going to Las Vegas for a ''wild'' bachelor party is now the ultimate middle-class hedonist cliché. It's not just that the jaunt has been done so often, in the movies as well as in life. It's that there's a contradiction embedded in the lure of the Vegas bacchanal. Men — and women too, of course — go there to be as reckless as humanly possible. But the naughtiness is soorganized that there's not much recklessness left in it. Sure, you can craps-table your way to financial ruin, but the lap dances, the glorified college drinking binges, the ritualized ordering of hookers: It's all about as spontaneous as a shuffleboard tournament on a cruise ship.

image The fun of The Hangover — what makes it more than just one what-happens-in-Vegas romp too many — is that the film completely understands all this. The four comrades who drive from Los Angeles to the Nevada desert to prepare for the wedding of Doug (Justin Bartha) aren't daring or cool; they aren't born swingers. They're an unglamorous Everyguy quartet, doing what they all think they’re supposed to do. They're probably imitating Vegas movies as much as those films imitated reality.

Phil (Bradley Cooper), the one who's good-looking enough to strut into a casino like he owns it, is a junior-high teacher devoted to his wife and kid; Stu (Ed Helms), the group dweeb, is an anxious-eyed dentist who's like the 21st-century version of American Graffiti's Terry the Toad, with a fascist girlfriend (Rachael Harris) who treats him like a slave; and Alan (Zach Galifianakis), so brick-stupid he qualifies as more nutzoid than dorkish, is a pudgy, bearded runt who stands up in the group's cruising convertible and shouts ''Road trip!'' That's an inside nod to the fact that Todd Phillips, the movie's director, made Road Trip as well, though it also indicates that these four think they're living inside a stupid teen comedy.

image They arrive at their hotel, and the film then cuts to the next day, when they wake up in their trashed villa. There's a tiger in the bathroom, and a baby in the cabinet. Stu is missing his top right incisor; the groom is nowhere to be seen. And the thing is, none of them remembers...anything. The Hangover is structured, basically, as one long morning-after OMG what have I done?, and the kick of the film is that the discovery of what the characters have, in fact, done becomes the perfect comeuppance to their tidy fantasy of Vegas bliss. A light-buttered comic nightmare, like Martin Scorsese's After Hours (or Peter Berg's scandalous, overlooked Very Bad Things with things not nearly so bad), The Hangover is a riff on what the stuff you do when you're really out of control says about you.

The surprises in this movie are everything, so without giving much away, I'll just say that a Vegas chapel figures into the mix. So does a crowbar-wielding Asian gangster (Ken Jeong) who might be the epicene brother of Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles. There's also a juicy run-in with Mike Tyson. The Hangoverhas scattered laughs (many in the cathartically funny end-credit montage), but overall it's more amusing than hilarious. The most deftly acted character is Stu, played by Helms with a realistic alternating current of horror and liberation. As Alan, Zach Galifiannakis makes blinkered idiocy a cartoon rush, though a little of him goes a long way. I wish Phillips, working from a script by the knockabout team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), had nudged the characters closer to being a true shaggy-dog Apatow-style ensemble. You're always a little too aware that they're types. But it's fun seeing each of them have the ''fun'' they deserve.

Director : Todd Phillips
Star : Justin Bartha,
Bradley Cooper,
Ed Helms,
Zach Galifianakis,
Heather Graham


image Watching Disney-Pixar’s movies has always been a very satisfying experience. Because, Disney-Pixar’s animated movies can give me satisfaction in all aspects. Like UP, i think this is one of the best movie for this year, for all ages. No doubt. Below is a review written by Rebecca Murray from About.Com

The Story

The story is about Carl Fredericksen as the leading role. He as a young boy who dreams of being an adventurer as he watches newsreel footage of explorer Charles Muntz. Carl's quiet and sort of shy, but his love of Muntz leads him to Ellie, a sassy little girl who is as outgoing as Carl is introverted. They make for a great team and in fact will go on to share their lives together. From elementary school through high school and on up into adulthood, Carl and Ellie are inseparable, sharing every moment of joy and sadness together while dreaming of a time when they can actually take off on an adventure in the wilds of South America just like their hero, Muntz. But jobs and health issues and whatnot have a way of intruding on dreams, and Carl and Ellie grow old never having visited the South American jungles. And then, sadly, Carl becomes a widower with just his lovely little house and his beautiful memories of Ellie to keep him company.

image Unfortunately, Carl's home is right in the path of new construction. Unable to stand up legally to those who want to level his house, Carl finds the perfect way to keep his home intact. He'll kill two birds with one stone. He wants to visit South America before it's too late and he needs to remove his house from its current location. The solution: ties thousands of helium-filled balloons to his roof and float away. He's even rigged up a way to steer.

But Carl fails to take into consideration the persistent presence of an overly helpful Wilderness Explorer scout named Russell. Russell didn't know of Carl's planned getaway and was on the porch when Carl's house lifted off. With no way to put the house down and South America set as his goal, Carl and Russell become unlikely traveling companions. Touching down just short of his target landing spot - Paradise Falls - Carl and Russell must walk the house (with balloons still attached) a mile or two to the perfect spot.

image On the way to the house's final resting spot they meet up with a huge exotic bird Russell names Kevin (why? who knows) and a super friendly dog named Dug (not Doug). Dug's wearing a fancy collar that allows his thoughts to be translated into English, a plot device that's so incredibly funny that Dug deserves a film all to himself. Dug's mind works about how you'd expect a canine's thought process to, with lots of happy thoughts interrupted often by shouts of Squirrel!

So, now they're in South America and all is as it's supposed to be, right? Nope. There's danger lurking around every corner for poor Kevin, and it's up to Carl, Russell, and Dug to keep the rare bird safe.

image Up plays on your heartstrings and there are one or two scenes which may have you grabbing for a tissue. I'm not joking about that. It got to me and I don't get emotional about a film unless an animal dies (no, that's not what happens in Up). And speaking of animals, dog lovers are going to go crazy over Dug. He's an adorable little guy who's brave and loyal and is sure to remind you of your own furry best friend.

Up is storytelling at its best. The adventure film takes audiences through the full spectrum of emotions, with action and thrills mixed with comedy and suspense. A sure lock on an animated film Oscar nod, Up delivers a wondrous world filled with people and creatures you'll fall head over heels in love with. Up earns a spot as one of the best films of the year, and not just in the animated category.

Director : Pete Docter
Voice : Edward Asner,
Christopher Plummer,
Jordan Nagai,
Bob Peterson,
Delroy Lindo
Distributor : Walt Disney Pictures
Duration : 96 minute

Friday, July 17, 2009

Michael Jackson 1984 Accident

NEW YORK – Us Weekly magazine has obtained video it says shows never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's head catching on fire during filming of his 1984 Pepsi commercial.

Jackson suffered severe burns after a pyrotechnics mishap caused his hair and scalp to catch afire. Still photos of the accident have been seen before, but the new video on Us Weekly's Web site shows the moment Jackson's hair caught on fire and the top of his head became engulfed in flames.

Jackson didn't realize his hair was on fire. In the video, he's still dancing as the flames are on his head. When he spins, the flames go out. People on the set tackle him to extinguish the fire, and his brotherJermaine Jackson, playing the guitar in front of him and oblivious to the commotion, turns around. When Michael Jackson emerges from the pile of people trying to help him, the top of his head is bald.

The accident, witnessed by thousands of stunned fans at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, came at the height of Jackson's fame, about a year after the release of his best-selling "Thriller" album. It marked what would be the beginning of serious, lifelong pain for Jackson, who had been treated for painkiller addiction and has been described by relatives and friends as being hooked on pain medication at the time of his death last month at age 50.

Jackson, who was photographed in an ambulance with a bandage on his head and his trademark sequined white glove on his right hand, required several surgeries and needed skin grafts to treat the injury.

In his autobiography, "Moonwalk," he described the cause of the accident as "stupidity, pure and simple."

As he described the accident, he wrote: "... bombs went off on either side of my head, and the sparks set my hair on fire. I was dancing down this ramp and turning around, spinning, not knowing I was on fire. Suddenly I felt my hands reflexively go to my head in an attempt to smother the flames."

As a result of the accident, Pepsi gave Jackson $1.5 million, which he donated to a burn center named after him.

A representative for Us Weekly had no immediate comment on where the video came from.

Us Weekly

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Thursday, July 16, 2009


image Rupert Grint was born in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, the eldest of five siblings. His father, Nigel Grint, is a memorabilia dealer and ex-racecar driver, and his mother, Jo (Parsons), is a homemaker.

He has one brother, James (born in 1990), and three sisters: Georgina (born in 1993), Samantha (born in 1996) and Charlotte (born in 1999).

Before being cast in Harry Potter, he had only appeared in plays for school and his local theatre group, Top Hat Stage School.

As a young child, he was once cast as a fish in a play based on the story of Noah's Ark.

Grint playing the part of Ron Weasley.A self-proclaimed fan of the Harry Potter book series, young Grint was interested in getting a role in the film. For his audition, he sent a video he made of himself, in which he dressed as his drama teacher, while rapping about how much he wanted the part and won the casting selection with it.

After completing the first Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), he appeared as Alan A. Allen in the British comedy film Thunderpants (2002).

In 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007, he again starred as Ron Weasley in the Potter sequels Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Grint also starred in the coming of age story Driving Lessons with Laura Linney and Julie Walters (who has played Mrs. Weasley in the Harry Potter movies), which was released in the summer of 2006.

Also known for his radio and television voice-over work, he appeared as Nigel Molesworth of the Baggy Trousers series for BBC Radio 4 and voiced Peter Pan in a BBC documentary.

On 9 July 2007, Grint and fellow cast-mates Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson left imprints of their hands, feet and wands in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

While directing Prisoner of Azkaban, Alfonso Cuarón is reported to have gained the strong impression that Grint is "the likely future star out of the Hogwarts trio".

In July 2004, Grint finished Richard Hale School, taking his GCSE examinations.

When not working, he enjoys learning to ride the unicycle, drawing/sketching, and playing golf.

Like Ron Weasley, he has stated that he has a fear of spiders.

With his earnings from the "Harry Potter" series, Grint purchased an ice cream van, and stated jokingly that if his career falls out after the end of the seven part series, then he'll still have the van.

According to Emma Watson from her interview with Conan O'Brien, it has all the ice cream and chocolate toppings in it.

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Rupert Grint Information

Birth Name

Rupert Alexander-Lloyd Grint

Date of Birth

August 24, 1988

Place of Birth

Watton-at-Stone, Herfordshire, England, UK

Notable Features

Red Hair, Freckled Face

Eye Color


Hair Color



5' 8" (173 cm)

Zodiac/Star sign



English (British, United Kingdom)




Nigel Grint (father), Jo Parsons (mother), James (brother), Georgina (sister), Samantha (sister), Charlotte (sister)

Resides in

United Kingdom

Personal Interest/Hobbies

Football (soccer), guitar, drawing, sketching, golf, and watching Tottenham Hotspur


Rupert Grint has been known to support Sense, which is the UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind (both deaf and blind)

Other (Trivia)

Arachnophobic, can ride a unicycle, took 2 tries to pass his driving test, bought an ice cream truck


Emma Watson’s Transformation

image Emma Watson doesn't balk at having spent ten years made up as the freckled and frumpy Hermione Granger. "I really use the discomfort, the itchiness, the backcombed hair to get into character," she has said. Even when it comes to her glamour moments—the 19-year-old has become a front row regular at Chanel and is now the face of Burberry—she is strictly pragmatic. "I guess it's helpful for me to be seen away from Harry Potter," Watson has said. "You know: 'she can look different, she is older, she could be cast in other roles.'" The soon-to-be college freshman has pledged to live a normal dorm life, but with three more Potter films to come (including this month's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), we are guaranteed to see more of this reluctant English rose on the red carpet. And, lucky for Watson, there will be no extra freckles necessary.

image 2001: Today, Watson looks back on her appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with amusement: "It's like baby photos…I look like a chipmunk."


2002: As a 12-year-old, the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets star played around with tween-friendly shimmery pink shadow and gloss.


2004: At 14, Watson wore girlish curls to a premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


2007: The sleek-looking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix lead had a mature take on her future career: "The next things we do will prove whether we're made for this business, and whether we really can act."

image 2008: The 18-year-old lent her voice to Princess Pea in Tale of Despereaux and graduated to dramatic black liner.

image 2009: After Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princepremieres in June, Watson will attend an as-yet undisclosed college where, she has said: "I want to forget about hair and makeup."


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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Michael Jackson’s Profile

image Profile:
Name: Michael Jackson
Birth Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Height: 5' 10
Sex: M
Nationality: American
Birth Date: August 29, 1958
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA
Profession: musician, song writer, actor
Education: California Preparatory School, Encino, California

Place of Death: UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
Death Date: June 25, 2009
Cause of Death: cardiac arrest
Husband/Wife: Debbie Rowe-Jackson (married on November 14, 1996 in Sydney, Australia; divorced on October 8, 1999), Lisa Marie Presley (married on May 26, 1994 in the Dominican Republic; divorced in January 1996)
Father: Joseph Walter Jackson (music manager; born on July 26, 1929)
Mother: Katherine Esther Jackson (born on May 4, 1930)
Sister: Janet Jackson (born on May 16, 1966), LaToya Jackson (born on May 29, 1956), Rebbie Jackson (musician; born on May 25, 1950)
Brother: Randy Jackson (October 29, 1961), Marlon David and Brandon Jackson (twins; March 12, 1957; Brandon died shortly after birth), Jermaine La Juane (December 11, 1954), Tito Jackson (October 15, 1953), Jackie Jackson (May 4, 1951)
Half Sister: Joh'Vonnie Jackson (born on August 30, 1974; mother: Cheryl Terrell)
Grand Father: Prince Albert Screws (maternal grandfather), Samuel Jackson (paternal grandfather)
Grand Mother: Martha Upshaw (maternal grandmother), Crystal Lee King (paternal grandfather)
Uncle: Luther Jackson
Son: Prince Michael Jackson II (born February 2002), Prince Michael Jackson I (born on February 12, 1997; mother: Debbie Rowe)
Daughter: Paris Michael Katherine Jackson (born on April 3, 1998; mother: Debbie Rowe)
Niece: Stacee Brown (born 1971), Yashi Brown (born 1977), Brandi Jackson (born February 6, 1982), Autumn Jackson (born 1978), Jasmine Jackson (born 1988), Valencia Jackson (born 1977), Brittany Jackson (born 1979), Genevieve Jackson (December 3, 1989)
Claim to fame: album Thriller (1982)


American superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958 and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine (Scruse). Together they prodded their growing family's musical interests at home. By the early 60s the older boys Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had begun performing around the city; by 1964 Michael and Marlon had joined in.
A musical prodigy, Michael's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature and he soon became the dominant voice and focus of "The Jackson 5." An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown, it was Gladys Knight (not Diana Ross) who officially brought the group to 'Berry Gordy''s attention, and by 1969 the boys were producing back-to-back chart-busting hits as Motown artists ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Got to Be There," etc.). As a product of the 70s, the boys emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop/soul vocal groups in music history, successfully evolving from a Temptations-like group act to a disco phenomenon.
Solo success for Michael was inevitable, and by the 80s he had become infinitely more popular than his brotherly group. Record sales consistently orbited, culminating in the biggest-selling album of all time, "Thriller" in 1982. A TV natural, he ventured rather uneasily into films, such as playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz (1978), but had much better luck with elaborate music videos.
In the 90s the down side as an 80s pop phenomenon began to rear itself. Michael grew terribly child-like and introverted by his peerless celebrity. A rather timorous, androgynous figure to begin with, his physical appearance began to change drastically and his behavior grew alarmingly bizarre, making him a consistent target for scandal-making, despite his numerous charitable acts. Two brief marriages -- one to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley -- were forged and two children produced by his second wife during that time, but the purposes behind it appeared image oriented. Despite it all, Michael Jackson's passion and artistry as a singer, dancer, writer and businessman are unparalleled, and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevail over the extremely negative aspects of his seriously troubled adult life.
For it all to end on June 25, 2009, with his sudden death at age 50 of a cardiac arrest just as he was just coming out of a four-year reclusive period and rehearsing for a sold-out London concert "comeback" in July seems uncommonly cruel and tragic. Millions upon millions of dedicated fans will remember where they were "the day Michael died"

Source : Celebrity Profile and Biography


Jacko's Dermatologist: 'I Am Not the Father'

Michael Jackson's Dermatologist: 'I Am Not the Father' | Michael Jackson

Dr. Arnold Klein (left) and Michael JacksonPhoto by: Splash News Online, Sonia Moskowitz / Globe

He is alleged to be the real father of Michael Jackson's children. Another claim says he is being investigated for prescribing the singer dangerous narcotic pain medications and anesthesia. Now, Jackson's longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein speaks out to address the rumors.
Klein, a Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at UCLA medical school, and a favorite of stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, flatly denies any involvement in over-prescribing drugs to Jackson.
"I didn't give him this crap they are talking about," Klein states in a new interview with Good Morning America. "I've never prescribed Oxycontin in my life. How am I going to prescribe Diprivan [a.k.a. Propofol, which is used for anesthesia] when I don't understand how to use it?"
He also denied being one of five doctors reportedly under investigation in the state of California for writing prescriptions for Jackson's medications. "I am not even under any examination by the police as one of those individuals," he said. "I have not been examined by anyone. I have not been contacted by the police in Los Angeles."
Klein also says that Jackson did not appear to be in severe pain – or to be battling addiction – during their last meeting, which was the Monday before Jackson's death. "He danced in my office. He danced for my patients. He was very muscular and he was very very happy and dancing," Klein says. "I saw nothing at that point I time that would make me worry whatsoever."
When asked if a rumor that he was the real father of Jackson's three children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael II (Blanket), 7, was true, Klein offered a denial – sort of.
"All I can tell you is, to the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children," Klein said. "I can't answer it any other way. I don't want to feed any of this insanity going around." He did express a fondness for his friend's children adding, "These are brilliant children and I want them in no way to be harmed ... People should know the depth of [Jackson's] love of his children."

By Charlotte Triggs