Monday, January 31, 2011

WHO'S THE NEW SUPERMAN?

Henry Cavill, the star of Showtime's "The Tudors," has been cast as iconic superhero Superman in a film to be directed by Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures confirmed in a statement Jan. 30. "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen," Snyder said. "I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and 'S' shield."

Cavill will be seen later this year playing Greek warrior Theseus in director Tarsem Singh's action picture "Immortals," and opposite Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in the thriller "The Cold Light of Day."
The 27-year-old actor was reportedly on the shortlist for "Superman Returns" when McG was to direct it, but when Bryan Singer took over the project he went with Brandon Routh instead.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Assasination Of Gandhi (1948)

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.
Born the son of an Indian official in 1869, Gandhi's Vaishnava mother was deeply religious and early on exposed her son to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence. Gandhi was an unremarkable student but in 1888 was given an opportunity to study law in England. In 1891, he returned to India, but failing to find regular legal work he accepted in 1893 a one-year contract in South Africa.
Settling in Natal, he was subjected to racism and South African laws that restricted the rights of Indian laborers. Gandhi later recalled one such incident, in which he was removed from a first-class railway compartment and thrown off a train, as his moment of truth. From thereon, he decided to fight injustice and defend his rights as an Indian and a man. When his contract expired, he spontaneously decided to remain in South Africa and launched a campaign against legislation that would deprive Indians of the right to vote. He formed the Natal Indian Congress and drew international attention to the plight of Indians in South Africa. In 1906, the Transvaal government sought to further restrict the rights of Indians, and Gandhi organized his first campaign of satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience. After seven years of protest, he negotiated a compromise agreement with the South African government.

In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and lived a life of abstinence and spirituality on the periphery of Indian politics. He supported Britain in the First World War but in 1919 launched a new satyagraha in protest of Britain's mandatory military draft of Indians. Hundreds of thousands answered his call to protest, and by 1920 he was leader of the Indian movement for independence. He reorganized the Indian National Congress as a political force and launched a massive boycott of British goods, services, and institutions in India. Then, in 1922, he abruptly called off the satyagraha when violence erupted. One month later, he was arrested by the British authorities for sedition, found guilty, and imprisoned.
After his release in 1924, he led an extended fast in protest of Hindu-Muslim violence. In 1928, he returned to national politics when he demanded dominion status for India and in 1930 launched a mass protest against the British salt tax, which hurt India's poor. In his most famous campaign of civil disobedience, Gandhi and his followers marched to the Arabian Sea, where they made their own salt by evaporating sea water. The march, which resulted in the arrest of Gandhi and 60,000 others, earned new international respect and support for the leader and his movement.
In 1931, Gandhi was released to attend the Round Table Conference on India in London as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress. The meeting was a great disappointment, and after his return to India he was again imprisoned. While in jail, he led another fast in protest of the British government's treatment of the "untouchables"--the impoverished and degraded Indians who occupied the lowest tiers of the caste system. In 1934, he left the Indian Congress Party to work for the economic development of India's many poor. His protege, Jawaharlal Nehru, was named leader of the party in his place.
With the outbreak of World War II, Gandhi returned to politics and called for Indian cooperation with the British war effort in exchange for independence. Britain refused and sought to divide India by supporting conservative Hindu and Muslim groups. In response, Gandhi launched the "Quit India" movement it 1942, which called for a total British withdrawal. Gandhi and other nationalist leaders were imprisoned until 1944.
In 1945, a new government came to power in Britain, and negotiations for India's independence began. Gandhi sought a unified India, but the Muslim League, which had grown in influence during the war, disagreed. After protracted talks, Britain agreed to create the two new independent states of India and Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Gandhi was greatly distressed by the partition, and bloody violence soon broke out between Hindus and Muslims in India.
In an effort to end India's religious strife, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas. He was on one such vigil in New Delhi when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him. Known as Mahatma, or "the great soul," during his lifetime, Gandhi's persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 RAZZIE AWARDS NOMINEES

The nominations for the 31st Annual Razzies were revealed today with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender tied for the most with nine nominations each including Worst Picture.
Personally, I think that Twilight Saga: Eclipse will receive most of the awards considering that it did not level with the first two twilight movies. The Last Airbender happens to be the movie that I didn't watched last year just for the reason that it did not caught my interest.


The Razzie Awards winners will be announced on the night before the Oscars
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Well, here are the 31st Golden Raspberry Award nominees.

WORST PICTURE:
The Bounty Hunter
The Last Airbender
Sex & The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

WORST ACTOR:
Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels)
Gerard Butler (The Bounty Hunter)
Ashton Kutcher (Killers, Valentine’s Day)
Taylor Lautner (Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Valentine’s Day)
Robert Pattinson (Remember Me, Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

WORST ACTRESS:
Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter, The Switch)
Miley Cyrus (The Last Song)
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City 2)
Megan Fox (Jonah Hex)
Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Valentine’s Day)
Cher (Burlesque)
Liza Minnelli (Sex And The City 2)
Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender)
Barbra Streisand (Little Fockers)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Billy Ray Cyrus (The Spy Next Door)
George Lopez (Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door, Valentine’s Day)
Dev Patel (The Last Airbender)
Jackson Rathbone (The Last Airbender, Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Rob Schneider (Grown Ups)

WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE OF 3D (Special Category for 2010!):
Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge Of Kitty Galore
Clash Of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Nutcracker 3D
Saw 3D

WORST SCREEN COUPLE/WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE:
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler (The Bounty Hunter)
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent (Jonah Hex)
The Entire Cast of The Last Airbender
The Entire Cast of Sex & The City 2
The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Eclipse

WORST DIRECTOR:
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck)
Michael Patrick King (Sex And The City 2)
M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender)
David Slade (Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables)

WORST SCREENPLAY:
The Last Airbender (written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko)
Little Fockers (written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke)
Sex And The City 2 (written by Michael Patrick King, based on the TV series created by Darren Star)
Twilight Saga: Eclipse (screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
Vampires Suck (written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer)

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2010):
Clash Of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Sex And The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

MOSCOW AIRPORT ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS

MOSCOW – A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, coating its international arrivals terminal in blood. The attack killed at least 31 people and wounded nearly 170, Russian officials said.

The Terminal at Domodedovo Airport was engulfed by smoke and splattered with body parts after the mid-afternoon explosion that sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings.
Amateur video posted on YouTube showed a pile of bodies on the floor, and other bodies scattered around. Luggage lay strewn across the ground and several small fires burned. A dazed man in a suit pushed a baggage cart through the carnage.
A man in blood-soaked clothes said he was just a few yards (meters) away from the explosion and thought he had been severely injured.
"The guy standing next to me was torn to pieces," said Artyom Zhilenkov, a 35-year-old driver. Doctors told him he had not sustained any injuries but he had been splattered by other victims' flesh and blood.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the bombing was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber and "attempts were being made to identify him." The Interfax news agency, citing law enforcement sources, said the head of the suspected bomber had been found.
President Dmitry Medvedev called it a terror attack and immediately ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities. Medvedev postponed his own planned departure Tuesday for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he was to give the opening address on Wednesday.

MINSAN LANG KITANG IIBIGIN Trailer

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starring Coco Martin, Andi Eigenman, Maja Salvador, Amy Austria, Tonton Gutierez, John Estrada, Dante Rivero, Ronaldo Valdez, Boots Anson-Roa and Miss Lorna Tolentino

This will be one of the most extravagant teleseryes by ABS-CBN. Miss LT's show in Kapamilya Network was so far the most beautiful teleseryes made for TV: Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay and Dahil May Isang Ikaw. Wait, Lorna Tolentino and John Estrada were in all of these teleseryes. But anyway, this series will be exciting because of the story itself and the fact that some of the most talented actors and actresses are part of this project. Can't wait to watch this.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Emmett Till Murderers Confessed (1956)


On this day of 1956, Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager from Chicago. In the Look article, titled "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi," the men detailed how they beat Till with a gun, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River with a heavy cotton-gin fan attached with barbed wire to his neck to weigh him down. The two killers were paid a reported $4,000 for their participation in the article.

In August 1955, 14-year-old Till, whose nickname was Bobo, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives and stay at the home of his great-uncle, Moses Wright. On August 24, Till went into Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi, to buy candy. At some point, he allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who ran the store with her husband Roy, who was away at the time. Till's seemingly harmless actions carried weight in an era when prejudice and discrimination against blacks was persistent throughout the segregated South.
In the early hours of August 28, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Emmett Till from his great-uncle’s home. The men were soon arrested but maintained their innocence. On August 31, Till's decomposed body was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 3, Till's mother held an open-casket funeral for her son, in order to bring attention to his murder. An estimated 50,000 mourners attended. Afterward, Jet magazine published graphic photos of Till's corpse.

On September 19, the kidnapping and murder trial of Bryant and Milam began in Sumner, Mississippi. Five days later, on September 23, the all-white, all-male jury acquitted the two men of murder after deliberating for little over an hour. The jury claimed it would've reached its decision even more quickly--despite overwhelming evidence that the defendants were guilty--had it not taken a soda break. The acquittal caused international outrage and helped spark the American civil rights movement.
Milam and Bryant were never brought to justice and both later died of cancer. In 2004, the U.S. Justice Department reopened the case, after evidence showed that other people--some of whom are still alive--might have participated in the crime. Till's body was exhumed by the FBI in 2005 and an autopsy was performed. However, to date, no one else has been charged in the murder.

TODAY IN HISTOR: Sir Winston Churchill Die (1965)


Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, dies in London at the age of 90.
Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father's death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving in a number of important posts before being appointed Britain's first lord of the admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war that he foresaw.
In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns, and he was excluded from the war coalition government. He resigned and volunteered to command an infantry battalion in France. However, in 1917, he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926. Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of Nazi and Japanese aggression.

After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill was called back to his post as first lord of the admiralty and eight months later replaced the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would "never surrender." He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin into an alliance that crushed the Axis.
In July 1945, 10 weeks after Germany's defeat, his Conservative government suffered a defeat against Clement Attlee's Labour Party, and Churchill resigned as prime minister. He became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister. Two years later, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume historical study of World War II and for his political speeches; he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1955, he retired as prime minister but remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death.

Monday, January 24, 2011

OSCARS BEST PICTURE PREDICTION

Well, since the Academy Awards is coming, I have made my own predictions of who will be nominated for Oscar's Best Picture this year.
Here are the movies included in my shortlist, just tell me if you approve of it or not.

1. INCEPTION starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Directed by Christopher Nolan



2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara Directed by David Fincher


3. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson Directed by Lisa Cholodenko



4. BLACK SWAN  starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder Directed by Darren Aronofsky



5. TOY STORY 3 featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty Directed by Lee Unkrich



6. THE KING'S SPEECH starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter Directed by Tom Hooper



7. BURLESQUE starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming Directed by Steve Antin



8. THE TOURIST starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck



9. THE FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams Directed by David O. Russell


10. TANGLED starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard


11. HEREAFTER starring Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard Directed by Clint Eastwood



12. SHUTTER ISLAND starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo Directed by Martin Scorsese

TODAY IN HISTORY: First Frisbee Was Released

On this day in 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs--now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.
The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling "Frisbie!" as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the "Flying Saucer" that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the "Pluto Platter"--an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
In 1958, a year after the toy's first release, Wham-O--the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle--changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc's surface--called the Rings--to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.
High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In the 1970s, Headrick himself invented Frisbee Golf, in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There is also Freestyle Frisbee, with choreographed routines set to music and multiple discs in play, and various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs--the best natural Frisbee players.
Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs--generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Killer Quake in China

On this day in 1556, an earthquake in Shaanxi, China, kills an estimated 830,000 people. Counting casualties is often imprecise after large-scale disasters, especially prior to the 20th century, but this disaster is still considered the deadliest of all time.
The quake struck in late evening, with aftershocks continuing through the following morning. Later scientific investigation revealed that the magnitude of the quake was approximately 8.0 to 8.3, which isn't close to the strongest tremor on record. However, the quake struck in the middle of a densely populated area with poorly constructed buildings and homes, resulting in a horrific death toll.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Wei River Valley in the Shaanxi Province, near the cities of Huaxian, Weinan and Huayin. In Huaxian, every single building and home collapsed, killing more than half the residents of the city, a number estimated in the tens of thousands. It was a similar story in Weinan and Huayin. In some places, 60-foot-deep crevices opened in the earth. Serious destruction and death occurred as much as 300 miles away from the epicenter. The earthquake also triggered landslides, which contributed to the massive death toll.
Even if the number of deaths caused by the Shaanxi earthquake has been overestimated slightly, it would still rank as the worst disaster in history by a considerable margin. The earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 is generally considered the second deadliest disaster in history.

I HOPE YOU DANCE - Lee Anne Womack

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Here is on of the songs that touches my heart. One of the best lyrics I have ever heard and the melody is so great. I am not aware who the singer is though.

TEARIN' UP MY HEART - NSYNC

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To those of you who miss 90's music, here's a treat for you. This is one of the first songs by NSYNC. You can see in the video how bubbly JT, JC and the rest of the guys are. Typical teenie-boppers. I just wish we had music like this nowadays. Hayst, anyways enjoy.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Top 10 Songs This Week

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1. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars
3. Firework - Katy Perry
4. What's My Name - Rihanna featuring Drake
5. Black And Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
6. Tonight (I'm Loving You) - Enrique Iglesias
7. We R Who We R - Ke$ha
8. Raise Your Glass - P!nk
9. The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas
10. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars


MTV ASIA

1. Firework - Katy Perry
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars
3. We R Who We R - Ke$ha
4. Raise Your Glass - P!nk
5. Pray - Justin Bieber
6. The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas
7. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna
8. Hold My Hand - Michael Jackson featuring Akon
9. What's My Name - Rihanna featuring Drake
10. Whip My Hair - Willow

MYX HITCHART

1. Firework - Katy Perry
2. Sino Nga Ba S'ya? - Sarah Geronimo
3. Pray - Justin Bieber
4. Liwanag - Callalilly
5. Hurricanes And Suns - Tokio Hotel
6. Hoot - Girls' Generation
7. Go Away - 2NE1
8. Hanging Habagat - Champ
9. Mahal Kita (Di Mo Pansin) - Kyla
10. Lagi - Kiss Jane

TODAY IN HISTORY: Foreman Defeated Frazier (1973)

 On January 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, the 24-year-old George Foreman pulls off a stunning upset, defeating reigning champion Joe Frazier in four minutes and 35 seconds to win the heavyweight championship of the world.

At 6’3" and 217 1/2 pounds, four inches taller and 3 1/2 pounds heavier than Frazier, "Big George" was the 1968 Olympic gold medalist and had won his last 37 fights, 34 of them by knockout. The boxing world, however, sniffed that he hadn’t truly faced anyone like "Smokin’ Joe," and Frazier--the 1964 Olympic winner and unbeaten heavyweight world champion since 1968, including a 1971 victory over the great Muhammad Ali--was put at a 3-1 favorite before the match in Jamaica.
Billed as the "Sundown Showdown," the bout was supposed to be one more triumphant step for Frazier on his way to a multimillion-dollar rematch with Ali. It was Foreman, however, who roared out in front from the beginning. Using his greater size to advantage, Foreman slammed Frazier with uppercuts, knocking him down six times in two rounds, as the crowd went wild in Kingston’s National Stadium. Foreman’s last punch, a perfect right uppercut, lifted Frazier’s stocky body into the air for an instant before he hit the canvas yet again. Frazier struggled to his feet, but at that point, 1:35 into the second round, the referee Arthur Mercante called an end to the bout, declaring Foreman the winner on a technical knock-out (TKO).
The Frazier-Foreman fight in January 1973 was the first boxing match broadcast on the Home Box Office (HBO) cable television network. The celebrated announcer Howard Cosell called the match for TV, making one of sports history’s most memorable calls when he repeated "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" It was Foreman, and not Frazier, who would take on Ali in that multimillion-dollar championship bout, held the following summer in Zaire (now the Congo) and dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." Ali won the match late in the eighth round, regaining the world heavyweight crown and handing Foreman the first loss of his professional career.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Heath Ledger Dies (2008)


On this day in 2008, Hollywood mourns a talented young actor’s life cut tragically short, after the body of 28-year-old Heath Ledger is found by his masseuse and housekeeper on the floor of his rented apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.

Best known for his Academy Award-nominated turn as the closeted gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in the director Ang Lee’s acclaimed Brokeback Mountain (2005), Ledger was a former child actor from Australia who first became known to American audiences in the 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. He later passed up other teen comedies and was rewarded with a big break when he landed the role of Mel Gibson’s son in the Revolutionary War drama The Patriot (2000). After appearing in the well-reviewed Monster’s Ball (2001), Ledger starred in two critical and commercial flops, A Knight’s Tale (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). He roared back in 2005, with lead roles in no fewer than four films, including Casanova, in which he played the title role.
It was Brokeback Mountain, however, that truly made Ledger a star and earned him comparisons to acting greats such as Marlon Brando. Ledger lost the Best Actor Oscar to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) but Brokeback Mountain cemented his reputation as an A-list actor and a fixture in the pages of celebrity-obsessed magazines. This last role--which he fulfilled uneasily--was intensified by his relationship with the actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. The couple had a daughter, Matilda, born in October 2005, and were often photographed in various scenes of domestic bliss. In September 2007, however, Ledger and Williams announced they were separating, and Ledger moved from their house in Brooklyn to the rented SoHo apartment.

 
Though his personal life might have been in turmoil, Ledger’s professional life was flourishing in the months before his death. Near the end of 2007, he was in London filming Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In addition to a role as one of several Bob Dylan alter egos in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, he had also recently finished work on The Dark Knight, the latest Batman film, in which Ledger played a younger version of the Joker, the villainous role originated by Jack Nicholson. In interviews that would be scrutinized exhaustively after his death, the actor admitted that the Joker role had been difficult for him and that he had been using prescription drugs to manage recurring bouts of stress and insomnia.
Soon after the masseuse and housekeeper discovered Ledger’s body, emergency crews arrived on the scene but were unable to revive him. Media speculation about his possible illegal drug use intensified over the next two weeks, until on February 8, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office released the results of toxicology tests performed on Ledger’s body. The report stated that he died of an accidental “abuse of prescription medications” that included commonly known painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills. After memorial services in New York and Los Angeles, Ledger’s family took his body back to their native Australia; he is buried next to his grandparents, in his hometown of Perth.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Bloody Sunday Massacre in Russia (1905)

 

On 1905, a group of workers led by the radical priest Georgy Apollonovich Gapon marched to the czar's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to make their demands. Imperial forces opened fire on the demonstrators, killing and wounding hundreds. Strikes and riots broke out throughout the country in outraged response to the massacre, to which Nicholas responded by promising the formation of a series of representative assemblies, or Dumas, to work toward reform.
Internal tension in Russia continued to build over the next decade, however, as the regime proved unwilling to truly change its repressive ways and radical socialist groups, including Lenin's Bolsheviks, became stronger, drawing ever closer to their revolutionary goals. The situation would finally come to a head more than 10 years later as Russia's resources were stretched to the breaking point by the demands of World War I.

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME - solid Harmonie

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Here's the thing. I was in elementary school when I heard this song. The year: 1998. Those were the days when Spice Girls dominates the world. I love Spice Girls' music then but when I heard this song, my feelings immediately switched to Solid HarmoniE. This is one of the greatest song of the 90's I have ever heard. And now, whenever I hear this song, it always bring me back in the days where I am still innocent and young.

WHAT"S YOUR FLAVA - Craig David

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Here is another song used in the movie "What A Girl Want". The song was the first single from David's second Album Slicker Then Your Average. Although the song peaked at #8 in UK chart, it failed to chart in U.S. Billboard. Oh well, I still so love this song.

I WANNA BE BAD - Willa Ford

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I remember this song from the early 2000's. I was into this song, dancing and grooving every time i hear it. I really think that this is a good song with good beat and Willa is smoking hot. This song was even used in the movie "What A Girl Wants".